Mid-Century Boys Room & Our New House

Man, it has been a long few months for me and my family. We are living in a temporary condo waiting for the renovation of our other house to be finished. 

We were only supposed to be here for less than 2 months and it's been 3 with one more to go. We are living in a place that is just a tad too small for 4 people, which means VERY LITTLE sleep for any of us! BUT we are doing our best to stay positive and excited about this new house with a massive YARD for kids to play in.

I will take pictures when everything is done, but it's going to be a mix of modern, simple, vintage, mid-century and eco-friendly. Not everything we're doing is totally "green". But we are going to have an edible garden, the kitchen is totally "green" construction, tiles in bath will be stone and recycled glass, floors are concrete, entire house will have purified water, we're using old trees as furniture and refurbishing things that don't need to be thrown out. Blah Blah. But with our small budget we're trying to focus on most important things first. We're also setting up electric to eventually go solar but that won't be for awhile. 

I'm very excited about this and I thought I'd share a little bit of our new house ideas with you before the construction is finished. The above picture is a little peek into what our boys room will look like.  

Oh and these great bunk beds are "green" / eco-friendly, as well. In case you've been looking around for something {wink}!

To see a bunch more of my ideas and a few of the things we'll be doing, you should check out my NEW HOME INSPIRATION board on pinterest

Of course some of this is just me putting stuff together. Not all of it has been purchased, but it will give you a feel of the what we're doing! 

Hope you're enjoying your weekend and stay tuned for more food recipes to come!

Winter Kitchen Finds

Time To Spruce Things Up

Vintage Vera Pillow :: Etsy ShopA few times a year I get like to freshen things up at my house. I don't want to spend too much money so a lot of what I do involves rearranging chairs, pictures, flower pots, etc. Or repainting walls. Maybe buying some new pillows or plants.

In fact, one easy way to make your old pots look great/new again is by swapping out your flowers or succulant or whatever plants you currently have in them.

Also, consignment stores often have REALLY great things for sale - somebody else might be tired of looking at even the most stylish of things. Hey, it happens to the best of us. 

When I buy anything new for my house I try and get rid of some of my old things as well. Right now I'm selling two old ginger lamps on craigslist and a very LARGE double outdoor lounger. I'm going to make the upstairs patio into yet another kids play area. 

I also often like to swap out my kids play toys a few times a year. I think the boys get tired of the same old books, the same old cars and legos. So, we head over to the toys store {fun for the whole fam, let me tell ya} and get some new toys. If you have a used toy store nearby GO FOR IT! That's even better. The one by us has a lot of baby stuff but not really legos and cars. Also, don't forget to take advantage of your local library for new books every so often.

Check out my new thrift store finds plus a few West Elm eco-friendly goodies in the photos below. 

Note: one of the best and cheapest ways to SPRUCE things up is by doing a really good house cleaning and purging of old papers, mail and/or cleaning out the junk drawers. My favorite cleaner for this kind of hard core sprucing up is ORANGE cleaner. You can get it at most health food stores. 

orange wonder works on everything and is super concentrated. i LOVE this stuff.

you'll never believe this, but i found this amazing rug at a local consignment store. ;)new kitchen towels and table linens. i'm excited to use these in upcoming blog posts photoshoots as well. pot and succulent $5 at local consignment storethese used pots were sort of retro. i love getting new pots and plants!new pillow addition to my sons bed. and a few good reads. new orchids bring a month or two of joy. and this new pillow is a HEMP west elm find. our old faucet broke so we went with a EURO modern one. it's the little things that add so much.

WHERE TO FIND IT

Hemp pillow from West Elm
Craftmark sustainable pillows from West Elm - on sale!
Check out Vintage Vera on etsy {VERA creates new pillows out of old vintage material patterns}