Breath of Fresh Air Living Room Makeover

Who doesn’t breathe a sigh of relief when Spring finally enters the scene again?! Welcome to the Breath of Fresh Air Blog Hop, if you’ve just arrived from Lion and Lantern, Welcome! I know you’ve enjoyed Caitlin’s Spring Inspiration.

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As I thought of what the Spring season needed to bring to my home, I knew I needed to turn my energy into more than adding small Spring touches here and there. This winter has been the longest that I can remember, and I’ve been needing a big huge color boost to kickstart the season.

One of my favorites things in all the world is the inspiration I find through social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram, but lately for me things were getting a little fuzzy. 

There is just SO much beautiful out there, and I want to try it ALL!  Soon my house started feeling less like MY home, and more like a scrapbook from my Pinterest page as I filled it with more and more ideas that I just needed to try.  

2019 will be an effort for me to get back to the inspiration that I find when I look within and less about looking without.  I started here in my living room.  It hurt a little bit to pull out my leather brown couches, and take down some of the boho I had scattered around. But as I began to fill it back up with colorful ideas that have sprung into my heart, I’ve felt my joy for this room coming back to life.

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My muse for this room makeover is by far the vintage couch I found on Craiglist last summer. With the guidance of a kind neighbor, I was able to recover it in a new pink fabric from OnlineFabricStore. The sexy curved lines are just so good, and covered in Salmon pink fabric makes it the diva of the room for sure! A perfect color for a Spring boost!

I knew if I added such a statement piece in here, I’d need to leave the rest of the room pretty neutral. I grounded the couch with an orangey brown area rug that vibed midcentury to me. The accent chairs are from West Elm.  Their simple design is understated, but I love how the dashes on the fabric give a modern vibe.

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When I stumbled upon FornStudio’s instagram account, I knew I needed to incorporate some of Anne’s prints into the room, so I’ve added some neutral color to the walls in muted browns and pinks. 

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I finally caved in and added curtains to my long oversized windows. I put it off for so long, because I love the modern look of bare windows. What I didn’t love was driving up to my house at night and being able to see straight in. With the kids old enough to be on their own for a bit, I was feeling less and less comfortable with that view. I added up the cost for window treatments on all six windows, and OUCH! I ended up settling on a quick and easy curtain rod DIY using copper pipes and fittings and some affordable IKEA curtains. It saved me a ton of money, and I love how the warm copper tone pairs with the pink of the couch. Also, privacy for the win!

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About half of the items in this room was either thrifted or handmade. Our nesting coffee tables were designed and built by Tim, as was the A-frame bookshelf.

My final dilemma was what to do on the accent wall behind the couch. The practical side of me was thinking and entry way bench with baskets, and hooks on the wall for coats. Maybe a modern console table? I just couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.

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Tired of staring at an empty wall, one morning I headed to my basement for some paint. Using leftover paint samples and a pencil, I sketched and painted this lighthearted terrazzo mural on my wall. It’s a temporary fun little pop of joy. If you’re curious about my process, you can read all about it here !

It’s always my goal to incorporate whimsy, quirkiness, or humor into my designs. After this Living Room Makeover, my home is starting to represent my heart again. And for that I’m so grateful.

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Now when I walk into my living room, I immediately grin! The bright pinks, the earthy tones, the fresh green of living plants all around are all channeling this new Spring season, and I couldn’t love it more.

For more Spring inspiration, head on over to Jordan from A Blue Nest’s blog, to see how she’s brought this season into her home! And don’t forget to check out all the other wonderful ladies on our Breath of Fresh Air Spring Home Tour. You can find each one below!

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How to Install a corner Wall Shelf


Today I installed a Wall Shelf in my home all by myself. It was sturdy, completely level, and I’m 100% confident it won’t rip out of the drywall as soon as I place something heavy on top.

I share this, because for so many years I was too intimidated to hang anything that needed to be sturdy, whether wall shelves or curtains or lights, so I had to rely on my hubby to handle those tasks.

Not any more people! The process is simple, anyone can do it, and now I want to share it with YOU so you can have the same confidence to hang a shelf on your own as well.

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Chattanooga Family Adventure


Traveling with a family of six can be overwhelming, both logistically AND financially. However, as a family, it’s something that we value incredibly high. A couple years ago we came up with the idea of Family Adventures, short day trips to destinations within driving distance, where we could discover new territories, try new foods, and most importantly spend time and create memories together as a family.

We now have many mini adventures under our belt, and the value it’s brought to our family is priceless. In my Family Adventures Blog Series, I”ll be sharing some of our favorite experiences, as well as tips to make traveling with kids more enjoyable.
Coolidge Park, Chattanooga TN

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga TN


Nicknamed ‘Scenic City’, Chattanooga is located in Tennessee, just north of the Georgia border. Nestled on the Tennessee River, and surrounded by mountains and ridges, we choose Chattanooga as our November Family Adventure destination.

Before we even began the trip we were dealing with some preteen shenanigans. There is nothing quite like investing time and money in travel just to have it sabotaged by an adolescent attitude.

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The certain someone we were dealing with that day happens to be highly motivated by money. So before we began the trip, we sat everyone down and gave them $10 a piece to spend however they’d like, whether at the museum gift shop, or to buy a treat, whatever they choose. The catch? Anytime they were caught complaining or fighting, they lost one dollar. It was a brilliant endeaver. We had zero issues on that trip, and very very happy kids to boot.






Chattanooga is an easy two hour drive from Atlanta, and we arrived in the city just in time for lunch.

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GOOD DOG, Chattanooga TN




Our first stop was on the North Shore of Coolidge Park. We rolled into the kid friendly restaurant GOOD DOG. GOOD DOG whips up a variety of gourmet style hotdogs, served classic how my kids like it (and for $3 so Yay!), or topped with unsuspecting combinations like the Dutch Dog, served with curried ketchup, gouda cheese, onions and peppers, and covered in fries (oh my!!). Their loaded frites are are amazing as well. I love that they also offer vegan and gluten free options, truly making this an affordable stop for the whole family.





GOOD DOG, CHATTANOOGA TN

GOOD DOG, CHATTANOOGA TN


After lunched we crossed the Street to Coolidge Park, a riverfront family recreational area. Right there in the park sits the restored 1894 Dentzel Coolidge Park Antique Carousel. With 52 whimsical hand carved animals, lovingly restored for the city, and a calliope organ as well, it truly was a magical place to spend a part of our day. Rides are just $1.00 so you can your heart out without breaking the bank!

Coolidge Park Antique Carousel, Chattanooga TN

Coolidge Park Antique Carousel, Chattanooga TN



Also in Coolidge Park are the outdoor water fountains, which were off season at the time, but still fun to climb and and play pretend with all the large animal statues. Just beyond that is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Tennessee River over to the South side, a great way to get in some exercise in for the day.




COOLIDGE PARK, CHATANOOGA TN

COOLIDGE PARK, CHATANOOGA TN

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After exploring the park, we drove up Lookout Mountain to Chattanooga’s Prized landmark, Ruby Falls. Ruby Fall’s is the nation’s tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public. Located 1,120 feet underground, a visit to Ruby Falls includes a guided tour through the cave, and offers breathtaking views of magnificent cave formations as you walk through the narrow winding passages towards the Falls. The walk is about a half mile each way, with some of the paths getting narrow. Take note if you or someone in your party suffers from claustrophobia, they could have a problem in the cave.

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For us, the trip was well worth it, especially because our boys are very much into geology. It was truly wondrous to experience nature underground.



After the Falls, we drove to the nearby Incline Railway, which is over 100 years old and whose track is on a 72.7% incline, one of the steepest passenger trains in the world. The train runs up and down the mountain about every 20 minutes and carries passengers from the top of the mountain to the bottom to explore the shops below in St Elmo. Not gonna lie, I had butterflies boarding the train as I stared down the steep side of the mountain, but the train ran slow, and soon I forgot me fear as I took in the breathtaking views of the city as the sun set and the moon rose over Chattanooga. It was absolutely worth the experience, and we’ll do it again next time we visit. The train runs daily from 10 am to 6 pm and a round trip ticket is $15 for adults and $7 for kids.



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For dinner we hit up the local 5 Guys, which was very untouristy of us, but we were hungry and tired and overwhelmed by all the options. After we regained our energy we headed to our final destination, the historic Bluff View Art District, to grab a dessert and a coffee before hitting the road back to Atlanta.

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We found the sweetest chocolatier shop right next to Rembrant’s Coffee House, a European style cafe offering in-house roasted coffee and hand made pastries. As the sun went down, the Art district seemed to be waking up. As much as we wished we could have explored more, our kiddos were tired out so we climbed back in the car and began the drive home.

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Chattanooga had SO much to offer, much more than we could have experienced in one day. We’re already planning another trip back to see everything we didn’t have time for like the aquarium, Rock City, and the Children’s Museum.

 
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Bedroom Makeover week 5

Wow! What a transformation in this room! We are almost finished, and I’m so grateful for the One Room Challenge proving to me that I truly am capable of finishing a space from start to finish in a just a few weeks time. In the past I’ve let my projects drag on indefinitely, so finishing one this quickly is absolutely empowering!

At the beginning of the week, I assembled the girl’s dresser! It was quite a project and took the whole morning to put the piece together, but it’s perfect in the space, and I can’t wait to spend some time styling it this week!

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Next, I painted all but the accent wall white, a sure fire way to brighten and clean up a space. The ceilings in this room are tray, and with the walls and ceiling the same color, it definitely makes this room feel taller.

On Friday, Isla and I put together both of the girl’s beds. They were surprisingly easy to assemble, and add just a touch of girliness to the space without being over the top for my two tomgirls.

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Last we added in the area rug. In my idea board it was too busy, but in reality it’s not too much. Just a little bit more pattern than I would normally be ok with, but sometimes it’s good to put something in your space that’s a little ‘off’. The imperfectness of it all lends a bit of unexpected personality, so I’m quite loving it all together! Although as much as my girls may fight me, I think I might need to change our their mustard pillows for some pink ones to tie the rug color in.

I’ve had some amazing partners sponsor the bedding in this room, and I’ll be honest, these beds are so comfy they revile my own. It makes my heart so happy to tuck the girls in bed at night surrounded with the softest sheets and blankets. I cannot wait to share with you all the details.

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This week is the final week of the challenge. I’ll be busting my tail trying to finish up the space.

I’d love to instal a wall sconce between the two beds, as well as some art. Style off the big dresser, and also add a small dresser in between the beds for extra storage.

My plan was to have a bench at the foot of the bed, but I don’t think there’s going to be enough space, so I’ll be skipping that for this project.

I’m already in love with the space, and absolutely cannot wait to share the finished product with you all next week!




Cheers!

Jodi

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Week Three (and Two, and One) of ORC bedroom makeover

Lord, I am Queen, I mean QUEEN of last minute, what the heck, couple weeks late, let’s take on the challenge, cause why not!!

Dear Jesus, you’re gonna be with me, right!?

But my girl’s room people, it is in total and utter devastation. I’m too intimidated to take it on without some external kick in the pants, so here we go. Thank you in advance One Room Challenge for how much you’re gonna make my life suck these next three and a half weeks. We’re gonna create beauty from an almost literal storm.

Ready for the game plane?

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Currently my girls, ages 13 and 4, SHARE a queen size bed! Bless my teenagers heart, she truly is a saint, but I am an a mission to change this sleeping situation! I stumbled across one of these beds selling on Craigslist for $60, and I scooped it up! I purchased the matching bed online at Walmart, and these two were the building blocks for the room.

My daughter is all about those city vibes, so she choose the brick wall mural from MuralsWallpaper, which I think will set the stage nicely for a loft style bedroom. I plan to keep the rest of the decor earthy and naturally toned. The blue rug is from BoutiqueRugs.com and we picked it out a few months ago in anticipation of a room makeover.

I’m going to keep their linens simple, since there’s enough texture and print happening in the room, and maybe just finish it off with a couple of matching throw pillows to tie the space together.

Okay, ready to see where the challenge comes in? Gulp! Side note, I’ve asked my daughter to clean her room every day for the past week, and this is how good it’s gotten.


Ok, so what can I say? She’s a bit sentimental and doesn’t like to throw anything away! I think Momma’s gonna have to tackle this challenge during the week while she’s in school! Wish me luck friends. This is nutso!


Cheers!

XO -Jodi

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Breakfast Nook Refresh

 

It’s amazing how a few little tweaks can change the feel of a space in a big way. 

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 Our breakfast nook is the place in our home where the kids do all their homework, where all the arts and crafts happen (zoom in real close on the old kitchen table and you'll see it's covered in paint and permanent marker stains), and as the name suggests, where we all eat breakfast as we're getting ready for the day. 

 

While there was certainly nothing wrong with this space, it was definately lacking style.  It also had a bit of a farmhouse feel which I've been trying to phase out of this house.

Someday soon, I’d love to take the whole fam to Paris, and I wanted a look that represented that. A look that would help keep my dreaming alive. Tres Chic was the vibe I had in mind, as I excitedly began my idea board. 

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First step was lighting. I knew I wanted a vintage globe style light, but one that was more delicate than most of the midcentury lights I was seeing around.  I found the sweetest Etsy shop, Pepe & Carol's, who's handmade lights stood out with a vintage classic look but with a flare towards the feminine.  I choose this Glass Globe Waterfall Chandelier and I feel like it sits in the space beautifully. 

Next step was to replace the art.  I wanted a gallery wall with a mix of graphic and lighthearted prints in vibrant pastels to climb up the wall in an irreverent pattern.  Snoogs and Wilde has some of my favorite prints so I added two of theirs to the art collection. You can find those prints HERE. The rock on print in from Urban Outfitters which you can find HERE. I hand painted the little rainbow, and the Picasso replica is from Etsy.  I had fun one morning heading to the thrift store and picking out a bunch of vintage frames to use for this gallery.  Most cost around $2 so it was an incredibly affordable way to create a gallery wall, plus it adds the kind of lighthearted character that I value so much.

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We decided to keep the current chairs that we had in the space, but we knew the table needed to be replaced.  Because I was on a budget, I opted for an easy DIY using Pretty Peg table legs, and a table top that I found on Craigslist for $20.  Pretty Pegs supplied all the hardware for the legs, so it was as simple as painting my table top and then drilling the mounting plates for the table and screwing them in.  In the end we created a solid wood breakfast table for under $150. 

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Finally it was time to put all the pieces together! The round jute rug under the table was a happy mistake. I ordered it for a different room but didn't love it there, so I rather haphazardly put it under the table, and it ended up being perfect.  Isn't the texture so good? The rug is from overstock, and you can find it HERE. 

I sat our Walnut and Oak bench under the gallery wall which is just inside the entry from the garage. It's slightly wider than your average bench, and beyond sturdy. We use it in the mornings to hold book bags and it's also the perfect size to sit down and put on shoes.  

Lastly, the pink curtains were somewhat of a chance.  I hung them up before the refresh was finished and was like "Nope, pink curtains don't belong in the kitchen." But after all the other pieces were in place, it was the pop of pink that ended up pulling everything together. I'm absolutely obsessed. You can find similar HERE.  Also, lots of people ask about those curtain rods, yes, they are designed specifically for bay windows.  You can find similar HERE.

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And there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed this little breakfast nook tour.  If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a line!  All sources are listed below!

Xo, Jodi

Jute Rug         Dining Chairs         Curtains         Curtain Rod

Bench           Chandelier          Art Prints         Table Legs

               

LABOR DAY SALE PICKS

LABOR DAY SALE PICKS!

I've put together my favorite Labor Day Sale items from three of my favorite home stores.  Keep in mind that Anthropologie is offering an extra 40% sale items, West Elm is offering up to an extra 30% off sale depending on how much you spend, and Urban Outfitters is an extra 30% sale as well! Happy Shopping!! These items are going fast, so if you want them be sure to jump on it!

I earn a small amount of commission for any purchase that you make! Thanks for helping make it possible for me to put these lists together! 

 

X0 -Jodi