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Friday, June 4, 2010

I Got Soul

*rapping*  "It's been a long time, that I left you.....without a strong beat to step to, step to"
LOL, This is the rap my husband starting rapping when I told him that my last post was April 8, 2010! Anyone remember that old rap by Eric B and Rakim (I think)?! Well, apparently Lance does. If you don't, take a listen...it'll give you a good laugh!

Anyways, I am so very sorry that I've been missing in action for a while.....I've been through alot in my personal life and haven't found the time to blog. Hope all of you are doing well! I'm anxious to get back into the swing of things!

Lately I've been into black and white, so I'll leave you with a few beautiful Inspiration pictures...it's sort of like a peace offering!











IMAGES FROM THE NEST

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Small Reveal!!

I know, I know....a small reveal doesn't really sound that exciting, but I couldn't really call the reveal of our downstairs half bath BIG. It's actually pretty small! :) But I'm new to all this decorating stuff...so I had to start small. Do you remember the before picture in my first post about it? Let me refresh your memory:

And here she is now...
Chrome is in the details...


The sink, toilet, and all the hardware was bought at Lowe's....my favorite hardware store. I purchased the frame from Big Lots for six bucks! The print out of the picture I got from Oh Brooke, only cost $3.00 to print out at Staples. The quality is much better than what I could achieve at home. The candle holders were $5.00 a piece from Kohls online and I purchased the soap dispenser from K-Mart.
Everything else was things I had lying around and waiting for a home!
Oh! Almost forgot....I put a metal basket under the sink with supplies with a few magazines under it.


Thanks for looking!!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I Was Featured!!

On one of my favorite blogs The DIY Showoff!! Please go check it out. Thanks Roeshel!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Cutest Bungalow EVER!!

I was flippling through Sunset on Wednesday, and they featured the cutest bungalow ever!


Lauren and Eric Wendlandt saw potential is this 96-year-old, 750-square-foot, fixer-upper and updated wiring, plumbing, total gut renovation.
You can tell that they took extra care to utilize every square inch of this home! There is a lot of storage placed high on the walls...what a great idea when you working with a small space!




They also took advantage of the backyard, which was three times the size of the house. This picture was simply labled...LIVE OUTSIDE.

For more pictures, visit here: http://tinyurl.com/StylishLiving

Check out Sunset's idea homes for more decor ideas...it's a great resource!

Easter Egg Tip...

I don't know if anyone else will be surprised about this as I was, I may be just a little behind! When I was reading one of my magazines, they mentioned that you could use brown eggs to accomplish a richer color for Easter eggs. I don't know about you guys, buy my Easter eggs always seem a bit washed out...


....but with brown eggs you get a much richer color!


It takes about five to ten minutes longer to dye them, but you're rewarded with deep, jewel-like shades. If you want to see speckles, leave them in for only three minutes.

For more tutorials on dying unique easter eggs, check out these blogs!





Monday, March 22, 2010

I Love Houzz, Spring, and Blue!

I've been checking out Houzz idea books to get me motivated for some home decor and spring! Such pretty pictures and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Dining dining room


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Monday, March 8, 2010

So Excited!!

My Nest Bio is being featured on the Chat Page!! Go and check it out if you would like to see pictures of my home. There are a few rooms not pictured but alot of them are! It is right under the blue column titled blogs and my screen name is misslin20. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Alfredo Pasta Bake: My Over-used Recipe

I'm participating in the Over-used Recipe Swap over at Simply Modern Mom!! Although I'm not sure ANY recipe is over used in my house....right Lance? :) I don't cook much, but this is so easy and doesn't require much effort!

This is a recipe from Amber's Delectable Delights. It's so simple, easy, and inexpensive...as a matter of fact we ate it tonight! My husband loves it!


Alfredo Pasta Bake
Ingredients:
8 oz pasta, cooked and drained
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup mushrooms
1.5 cups chicken, cooked and shredded or diced
1 jar Alfredo sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 Tbls butter
Directions:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees

 Coat the bottom of the two small or one medium baking dish with a thin layer of Alfredo sauce. In a medium bowl, mix the pasta, broccoli, mushrooms, chicken, garlic and Alfredo sauce until combined. Place mixture into baking dish and top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cut the butter into small pieces and scatter on top of the cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is hot and bubbly.

Over-used Recipes Swap

My Favorite Nook

After reading a post on Adventures in Renovating, I decided to post about my favorite nook in my house. My favorite nook posted so far is Rambling Renovator's adorable nursery...mostly because I have serious baby fever right now! :) Check it out!


Rambling Renovators stated that, "I love that it will be the place where Chloe first learns about colour, texture, shape, design, art, and space." How sweet!

On to my favorite nook...I'm not sure if it can be considered a nook, but it a small space that we both spend a lot of time at! It is my "dining" space in my kitchen. It was not very large so we decided to go with a simple pub table that came with bar stools from Target. The space was definitely not my favorite at first sight....but we saw potential.


After a paint job, some new lighting, new flooring and a few accessories..our nook is starting to shape up!


I also love this little window where you could see into the Den....Lance seems to think it's perfect for me serving him while he searches the web! :) I don't mind one bit though.....most days!

I love being in the kitchen now...and let me tell you, I am NOT a cook! But I love that this is the kitchen I'm learning in. This little nook will be where we sit to eat them or throw them out! LOL Either way, we have a lot of meaningful conversations here.

If I could change anything...I think I would have passed on the free light fixture we received at Lowes and went with the smaller version of the Portfolio chandelier that we also have in our dining room.

But overall, I think I did a pretty good job and we love it!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Half-Bath Elements

The next space I am working on is the half bathroom downstairs. They say start small...so that's exactly what I'm doing. And by small I mean REALLY small! Here's what I'm working with...

A blue slanted sink (to fit the space, no doubt), dusty orangish curtains complete with a valance, floor to ceiling floral wallpaper, and lovely vinyl flooring. And that's only what you can see in this picture...the list goes on!! :)

First things first...I reffered to Better Homes and Gardens for some advice. They me some great advice for when you are dealing with small baths:

Take a reflective look.
*expand the area with mirrors*

Treat windows simply.

...their bathrooms don't look small to me, but anyways...

Use Pearly Whites.

Lead the eye upward.



So I'm off with my BHG list and a few other elements I plan to incorporate. Even though it's a very small space, it will be the bath that guests use so I want it to look nice!

I'm starting with some leftover JCP blinds from my old kitchen, replaced by those famous West Elm curtains !

Then added this free print...first seen on Oh Brooke.

Added a frame.....

This frame is actually in competion with a number that I bought from a yardsale a while back complete with ribbed edges and a photo mat. We'll see! Any sugguestions??

The cutest Stainless steel trashcan EVER for $8 at Big Lots. Pleeeaase don't hate on Big Lots!! :)

Then alot of bling a.k.a. chrome in the details!! I have a few more things in mind but you'll have to wait to see them in my final pictures!!


Thursday, February 18, 2010

My First Picasa Photograph!

After reading some great tutorials from Funky Junk Interiors and Censastional Girl, I decided to download Picasa3. It's a pretty cool photo editing program that is easy enough for a beginner like me! And I'm only using a Canon Powershot 1200....look at the difference in this pie!



And for those of you who are interested in that sweeeet pie, here's the recipe:

Frosty Toffee Bits Pie

Ingredients: 
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 package (8 ounces) milk chocolate English toffee bits, divided (I added Butterfingers!)
1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
Directions:
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
Beat in cream until blended.
Fold in whipped topping and 1 cup toffee bits.
Spoon into crust; sprinkle with remaining toffee bits.
Cover and freeze overnight.
Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving.

And trust me, if I can make it...anyone can.


Cute Tray!

I bought a really cute tray from Big Lots a while back. It was only eight bucks and went along with the color scheme in the Master Bedroom, so I picked it up! When I unpacked it last week and put it on the dresser, I invisioned a few candles and pretty accessories sitting on it.
Upon my husband's arrival at home, he said, "Is this for all our junk?" I replied, "Yes." I didn't think telling him that I bought a tray that I didn't really know what I was going to do with yet would go over well. Well, I should have...because after a short time, it looked like this:


I think he approves!! :) So much for those pretty candles and accessories...

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