I had a wonderful morning the other day. I went to a local brick and stone supplier for brunch! Anna's House brought breakfast - it was DELICIOUS! I haven't been to Anna's House yet; but have heard nothing but great about them. if their food at the restaurant is as good as their catering was (and I'm guessing it is even better) I'm going ASAP!
After our breakfast, we got to see and learn about their new products. I have always loved stone and brick, but after that morning, I was inspired by it again!
We always think of stone and brick on the outside of a house, a patio, fire pit or a fireplace. But have you every thought about how else to use it INSIDE your house?
Stone and brick is not a cheap way to add character and style to your home, but used in the right ways, it could be just what your house is missing!
I found some pictures that I hope will inspire you!
I love the idea to hang old brick pavers! What a great way to display them!
I hope that these inspired you! I love how brick and stone can fit within almost any design style. There are SO. MANY. OPTIONS!!!
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I know you love house tours as much as I do! :)
This house finished up a couple months ago. I had a great time working with this family getting their new home built.
Enjoy the tour!
Happy Fall, ya'll!
I want to introduce to you a NEW SERVICE that I am offering to all of my customers! You don't even need to live in Michigan for me to help with your space - that is right, I will "come" to where ever you are!!!! By "come" I more mean digitally, but if you want me to (for real) come to you - I am also all about that! :)
As an avid DIYer, I love other DIYers. I also know that DIYing a whole space/home is OVERWHELMING!!! Growing up a builder's daughter and being in the industry, I always have someone to help me with any design or construction question I have. Since most people don't have don't have that - I want to be that person for you!
Are you working with a contractor? A lot of contractors do not have a "me" on staff. :) Don't worry - I will still help you! With my digital design, I can help you communicate exactly what you want your space to be to your contractor. It will also help your contractor with knowing what you want and eliminating questions and changes during the construction process.
How it works:
1. Send me pictures of your space and a hand drawn floor plan (nothing fancy) with measurements.
2. We will talk (email or on the phone) about what you want for your space, what you want me to do for you and how much your digital design will cost.
3. I will have you start a Pinterest Board for just this space, that I will follow to see what you are wanting.
4. I will hand draw a floor plan
5. Do a 3-D design (this is optional, if you want to save money and don't need the 3D design for yourself, this is a great option to skip)
6. Get you a shopping list!
7. You get started on your new project!
Digital Designs will start at $300. Each room and project is different, so after we chat about what you need, I will get you a price for your digital design.
Take a look at this recent digital design. This is similar to what you should expect for yours!
Give me a call or email today, to get started on your digital design!
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This summer I visited Mackinaw Island - I haven't been there since I was a kid, so it was a treat to visit again.
Mackinaw Island was just like I remembered it, the horses and all the shops!
One thing that I did not pay attention to when I was a kid - all of the beautiful homes on the island! I could have walked around all day just looking at the homes, but the little ones I was with, would not have been ok with that! :)
Here are some of my favorite pictures that I took on the island of some very cool houses!
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This guy just turned 6!!
We have been so busy this summer, that I wasn't going to do a "party" (we were just thinking lunch with the family), but when you have a very excited boy ask about a birthday party 2 weeks before, you figure out a way to throw one together.
We chatted and decided that a bonfire would be a lot of fun. After searching Pinterest for some ideas: This is what I came up with.
Tacos are Kegan's favorite food, so we did "Walking Tacos". Have you ever had them? They were a ton of fun to do, We got the little bags of Doritos and then had taco meat, re-fried beans, chili with beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, taco sauce and salsa ready for every one to fill up their bags. I remembered "walking tacos" for camp when I was a kid and remember thinking they were the BEST! And I think I remembered right, because the kiddos loved it!
We had Smore's Trail Mix for snacking!
Of course, I had watermelon - all summer long I have watermelon on hand, it is MY favorite!
The "flames" were cheese puffs,
The "twigs" were pretzel sticks.
The "matches" were also pretzel sticks: I dipped the end in white melting candy (melted white chocolate chips would work too) and rolled in red sprinkles. It was an easy thing to do, but took a while - these were gone minutes after I took the picture!
You can't have a "Bonfire Birthday Party" without S'mores, so we had plenty of marshmallows on hand, I had chocolate & regular graham crackers and Hersey's chocolate bars ready to go!
And every birthday party needs a cake - right?
I found a bunch of pictures of cakes like this and was not sure how to make it, finally I found this < http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-campfire-cake.html > and was so excited! I just used a store brand chocolate cake and chocolate icing, then followed the rest of her directions - it was actually pretty easy. the most time consuming part was roasting the marshmallows (I just used my gas stove).
*Just a heads up if you want to make this cake, you can probably see that the "flames" are melting a bit. :( I made the cake the day before and then wrapped it up good and left it on the counter above the dishwasher, I think that the heat from the dishwasher melted it some and then it melted more while sitting outside during the party (it was a humid day).
Also, the flames did not taste good, but it looked great - even melted!
We did a couple "games"; one was Glow-In-The-Dark Ring Toss! I put them together with a 1" dowel, cut down to 12" and screwed to a 1x10 select pine (cut down to 9 3/4") I then sanded it and stained it. I used glow sticks for our rings.
Our second game, was a Scavenger Hunt. I made the "labels" above and printed them off on to card-stock paper and glued them to the paper bags. The treasure that the kids had to find was a little 2" "gold" trophy that we found at the dollar store. We had kids from 2 years old to 9 years old, so I asked the older kids help the little kids,but they all ended up looking for their items together! It was cute to watch them!
I also made these tents for the kids to play in at the party. Let's be honest, I saw a picture of them a long time ago and thought they would be cute, but never did it until now - I just needed a good excuse to do it! :) My niece and a few other kids had a picnic by the tents for dinner!
Below is a few other pictures of the party! We had a great time and the Birthday boy loved it! I had a lot of fun on this party and hope that you all enjoy it too!
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This house just finished up last month, I had a lot of fun on this house and wanted to share it with you! Check it out and let me know what you think!
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I hope that you are all enjoying your summer! This weather has been great!! (minus the dry grass, but we can't have it all, right?)
I have been slacking big time on blogging this month - sorry! I have been wanting to share the parade house that I worked on this year and I am finally getting around to it! I hope that you enjoy this home! I had so much fun with this home, We added some modern, art-deco, traditional and "farmhouse modern" (<I may have made that up, but it's my favorite) elements to the house. This was the perfect house to mix different metals and woods, I feel like every house feels a bit more homey with a mix of everything the homeowner loves in it (even if it is gold, deer antlers and concrete)!
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*Liked what you saw? I got the furniture and a lot of the accessories from Klingman's Furniture.*
I am so excited! I finally "finished" our play room! I say finished like that, because, lets be honest it will probably change, but that's the fun part of decorating! And I am still in search of something big and fun for the empty wall - I have some ideas in my mind and want something old, so finding it is the hard part! :)
I wanted a space in our home for the kids to just be kids, you know the "wild & free" type of kids! :) I love that we have this space right off the kids' bedrooms and upstairs, we have an open railing so I can see them and hear them (not always a good thing) from the main floor. They have a space that they can go and pull out every toy they want and I can keep the main floor less of a toy mess (although as I write this, there is a pile of legos on the kitchen table).
We are the mean parents that did not add any tv hook up options in the kids' rooms (but at the rate technology is changing tv will probably be completely wireless by the time we have teenagers). We did; however, put a small tv with a dvd player in the playroom. It's a fun spot to do family movie nights, hence the couch in the playroom.
I got this beautiful buffet and had no where that it would work on the main floor, but it fit perfectly under the tv upstairs. I did not want the tv to be the main focus of the wall. so around the tv I added fun shelves (from Target), the arrows were the perfect color (from Hobby Lobby), I got each of the kids their initial (from Hobby Lobby) and I made the rhino heads - a boy and a girl, one for each kid (I just thought they would be fun)!
I bought the couch from a friend. She already had the cover on it, which is perfect since it is a kids' area and I knew it wouldn't stay clean. I want to get a new cover, I'm thinking yellow or green, but haven't found the right one yet. The sign was one I made when I was pregnant with my baby girl - both kids were going to be in 1 room, so I needed something that worked with my very boy room decor that was a little girlier and I still love this sign.
There you have it, our playroom! Plenty of room for the whole family to spread out and play or watch movies (not on the couch, haha!). This is exactly what I wanted for this room!
I hope that you liked this room too!
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Also, happy Memorial Day weekend!
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My baby girl is getting "old'! Haha! Well, she will be 3 this summer!
She decided that no crib could hold her (she was way too young when she started climbing out), so we made the crib into a toddler bed and started planning what to do for her "big girl bed".
My first thought for her bed was a pretty 4 post bed, when I got on pinterest I found "house beds" that I loved. So I showed my husband a picture and he got to work!
I absolutely love that he can build pretty much anything I want! I did a paint wash on it - 50% paint and 50% water - there was not as much wood grain showing as I was hoping, so I quickly grabbed a rag and wiped it off as I painted. I love how it turned out. I added the lantern lights on the bed for a night light, they were one of those random finds in the Target dollar section, although, they were $3 and I bought 2.
I love all colors and bright pops of colors are the best! So I painted the her room really dark (Intellectual by Behr) that way the bright colors would stand out against the dark walls. Her wall hanging (I found that at At Home), her drapes (I got from Target) and her hanging flags (I made them) are all bright and beautiful by themselves but are so fun together!
A child's room should be fun, right?
We have one "blank" wall under the flags, but I want a dresser there & just haven't found "the one" yet, so this is how it will be for now!
She is a lucky girl with a double closet and I made the bottom half of the second closet a dress up spot. She is a girly-girl - she loves shoes, shopping and tu-tus. I painted this mirror (from Ikea) and hung it in the closet. I put a bin (from the Dollar Store, score!) to hold her shoes and non-hangable dress up stuff. I had the butterflies from a home I staged and decided that they NEEDED to be in her dress up area! :)
I think this room turned out perfectly "Myla"!
I hope that you like it! Do you need help making a room perfectly you? Give me a call today!
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He requested a black room, it is his favorite color and he wanted his room like the bat cave. We didn't want his room to be an actual cave, so we talked him into Intellectual by Behr. It is dark enough that he still calls it black, but the dark gray will grow up with him and looks great with the white trim.
We had a "blank" canvas!
I DIY-ed the super hero pictures you see hanging above the bed out of Good Will t-shirts.
I made a "fort" under the bed and added Christmas lights and some paper lanterns.
I made the cityscape shelf & hooks.
I made the outlet switch plate covers as well.
I also covered cork board squares in a fun comic book fabric.
My super boy loves his room! I hope that you liked it too!
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I'm Megan. A wife, a mother of 2 and a home/interior design consultant. I love creating beautiful spaces and beautiful things. Just trying to figure this whole thing out! ;)