Sunday, January 27, 2013

Painted hardwood floors... the big project!



Well, we finally took the plunge this weekend...

We began phase one of painting our first floor hardwood flooring.  As I type this, the kitchen and my studio are done and drying!!  Yay!  I hope to have some photos next week, after everything is dry and I can put the rooms back together :)

The plan is to extend the pale grey color we used on the dining room floor 2 years ago {seen above} to the entire first floor!  Everything will be complete in about 2 weeks, when we finish up with the foyer, powder room and family room.

I know, I know, it's a big decision to paint over hardwood floors...and believe me, I have heard the opinions of those opposed to painting over hardwood!  But I have been dreaming of doing this for a few years now!  I have not liked how my oak floors have really started to turn more orange with each year that passes.  More than that though, I just truly love the look of painted floors and am giddy with excitement to be doing this!!  Thank you to my beloved husband for all of his hard work and cooperation.



Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!

Tracey


Monday, January 21, 2013

Adding a Pop of Spring



Happy New Week!

I'd like to start out by thanking everyone who left a comment {and those who emailed me} on my last post!  It was just so fun to read what everyone is collecting right now!!  




We really have had no snow here in the Chicagoland area yet this winter, which is just crazy!  But, somehow I seem to still have a case of the winter doldrums.

So I have started adding just a touch of spring around the house!  A little pick-me-up for when you enter a room...




Halena's room received some pretty pink hyacinths...LOVE how they smell!  I also tucked a few vintage botanical prints around the large frame in her room, to give that spring feeling to this corner.  I love using botanical prints for a pop of spring inspiration, when fresh flowers aren't as readily available {not much to choose from at the grocery store right now!}.









{reflection from the mirror...}



Have a great day!!!

Tracey



Monday, January 14, 2013

Collecting



Hello Monday!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!!

Today's topic is collecting...

I'm curious, what is your current collecting obsession???




I seem to be obsessed with these latte bowls from Anthropologie lately :)

My sweet 11-year-old bought all of us a Christmas present this year {with her own money!}, and she picked out some of the mini latte bowls for me, in the new pale blue color...LOVE!

I liked them so much, I went to the store after Christmas and bought some more for myself :)




I guess I gravitate toward collecting everyday type items...usually vintage, but not always...ironstone dishes, wooden spoons, vintage white pitchers and creamers, French linens...well, you get the picture :))

And having stacks {and stacks} of whatever I'm currently collecting,  simply makes me happy.  I know there are lots of you out there who know what I mean!

So...what are you currently collecting, I'd love to know??!!








Have a great Monday!

Tracey


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Chippy white chalkboard love and a favorite cocktail



Hello!

I wanted to share this recipe with you before Christmas, but did not have the chance...it is my favorite winter go-to cocktail :)

Pomegranate Martinis

Beware, they do pack a bit of a punch, so a little goes a long way :))

Oh, and the new chalkboard door is one of my favorite Christmas presents.  Isn't it fab?!!  I'm still not over my chalkboard obsession...and to have one so big, in a chippy white door with rusted tin on the bottom...well, let's just say that I do LOVE it!!




Pomegranate Martinis

Make ahead of time:  heat 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat to make a simple syrup.  Simmer for 5 minutes until sugar dissolves.  Chill about 3 hours.

Combine 1 cup of the simple syrup, 2 cups vodka, 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, and 1/4 cup pomegranate juice.

Shake in cocktail shaker over ice and strain into glasses.

Garnish with pomegranate seeds {optional}

Enjoy!




Hope you have a great day!

Tracey




p.s.  there is still time to sign up for the Creatively Made Home e-course!  All videos and course material will be available on the Creatively Made Home website until May, so there is plenty of time left to take the full course!  






Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Thank you midwest living magazine and a little catching up!



Happy New Year!!!

I know I have been absent for a long stretch, but a bit of a break seemed to be what was needed...after a bad run of the flu in our family, we dealt with pink eye, ear infections, and sinus infections, not to mention, my computer crashed and I had to buy a new one {ugh}!  And that was all in the month of December!!  So I decided it was a sign that maybe it was time for me to take a little break and just focus on my family and enjoying the Christmas season :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, filled with family, friends, and lots of joy!  The break did me good and I feel grateful to have had the extra time to just focus on family and the true reason for the season.



{a rare picture of me :)) }

Last June, I mentioned that Midwest Living Magazine was here for a 3 day photo shoot of my home.  It was a truly wonderful experience and now the issue is available and I am so thrilled with how it turned out!!

Carol Schalla was a delight to work with, and Kim Cornelison is an unbelievably talented photographer!!!  A huge thank you to both of them for working so hard to make my home feature look so beautiful!

*All photos of my home shown in this post are courtesy of Midwest Living and were taken by Kim Cornelison*

Here is a sampling of the photos featured...the full article and all of the photos can be viewed on the Midwest Living website *HERE*











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I'm a little late in posting this, but I wanted to be sure and mention that the winter issue of Homebound Magazine is out and it is gorgeous as always!!!  Heather and crew have done another fabulous job and I would love for you to check it out!  To view this free online magazine, please go *HERE*

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The January issue of Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine is now available and in stock in the SHOP!




And as a very special treat, the brand new Easter book from Jeanne d' Arc Living is now available for pre-order in the SHOP.  It looks to be a beautiful book filled with Easter inspiration and I can't wait to get it!!  Release date is January 15th, so reserve your copy now...


{photo via Jeanne d' Arc Living

This time of year always makes me want to begin new projects around the house, switch things around for a fresh look, and focus on decorating...

soooo, I have a big project that Steve and I will be starting at the end of the month.  I can't wait to share it with you!  More news on that coming soon :)

Are any of you starting any new home projects this month???  I'd LOVE to hear about them!!!


Have a lovely evening and thank you so much for stopping by ~

Tracey