Tuesday, January 21, 2014


While creating the mood board for the living room, Darling asked me if I was going to do one for his office. You know, now that we have an extra room for the first time in... Ever. Of course, I jumped on that like a dog to a couch! "hecks yeah I wanna design your office baby"! So off I went for color inspiration and design ideas. About twenty minutes in though I quickly realized Darlings color choices and design choices do not always coincide with mine. But, that is okay because this time around we got to have lot of "us" time and design a room solely for him, his taste, and minimal design input by me (I did have to veto a few patterns and desk options though... hey, I gotta do a lot of work in that room and want to feel good too you know ;) ). But the color pallet... all him. His favorite color is, no lie, salmon (don't judge dad, my man is still awesome). I actually really like the way it turned out. It’s moody, manly, and still full of pattern without feeling "heavy", like a lot of man designed rooms tent to get. I was surprised at the choices in fabric Darling chose as well as going for a bold and more modern wallpaper choice. They all tie in really well though because one is a geometric pattern and the other is a floral (and the carpet is just dark enough to keep things friendly while adding some more patterns and still letting the wall and reading chair shine).
So what do you all think? Dig’n the manly pink... err salmon? Anyone else in love with a deep moody colored wall?


office by bethanyblntn featuring distressed furniture
Oh, and the color pallet he picked out was this one from Design Seeds
sushi hues

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dreaming in the Rain

 As the rain pitter patters on my window, I find myself stuck inside an empty house dreaming of ideas and things to fill it with to make it feel more like home. Finally, I got enough ideas put together to create a mood board for you all. I'm thinking of taking some before photos to share soon, as well; so this all makes a little more sense. 
   We have always had a yellow living room. It is my favorite color and just so happens that Darling strives for bright, lively colors in just about every room (I have to convince him that too much pastel can look washed out all. the. time). This time around I thinks our choices in color and style are still very much us but more subtle and mature, in a way. Instead of a canary, we went with a buttery yellow with warmer brown undertones. Of course, we played around with a lot of fun patterns and textures this time around.
In the end, I am really happy with how it all comes together. It totally says 'us'. I'm so ready to make it become a reality; alas, the saving comes before the spending. *sigh* I suppose I will sit with the rain and dream on just a little longer.

 Designing a room takes a little longer for me because, though Darling doesn't like helping create a mood board, when said board is done he always has an input on something if he doesn't like it. Therefore, I search for things I know we would both like and then run it by him as I go. We make design choices together in this house and I wouldn't want it any other way. After all, it’s his casa too! 

If anyone would like a list of the products to show I would be more than happy to share. Just leave a request in the comment section and I'll add it in. Also, I'd love to know what you all think. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

In the Season

The snow is turning to rain; the birds are coming out to play. Spring is on its way! I know it’s a bit early to start digging into the ground just yet but as each day passes I find myself itching more and more to get my hands dirty, grow something amazing, and teach something new to my darling Button. Last year during growing season he was one month old. far too young to play in the dirt with mommy; and though we still might have some "don't eat the dirt" issues going on, I just can't wait to let him explore and share this fantastic passion of mine. My days are full of flipping through seed catalogs and pinning idea after idea for our little postage stamp yard and even if it’s too cold to go out and really enjoy the weather, I wanted to share a little sunny day inspiration for all of you like-minded friends. So whether your starting soon indoors or waiting for the sun, we can all take a little pleasure in a little link and eye candy sharing ;).

This is a great idea if your ground space is limited as mine is. by building a raised bed (with enough space for root growth) you can add extra 'ground' for growing.
Raised Bed Vegetable Garden in Backyard

Here is a link for one of the most useful and helpful vegetable gardening tools I have ever tried! (and trust me when I say, I've tried every free one I could get my cheap little hands on!)
Yeah, its petty much amazing (and they don't even know how awesome I am for bragging about them :p)

I really like the idea of adding a bit of blissful falling water to the yard though I lake pretty much any square feet to have one. I found this bit of genies on Pinterest and would love to make it a statement piece on my own little deck.
Aquarium Pond
Oh yes! this is happening!

I found some great information on growing potted dwarf trees and we might even end up growing one or two on our small deck and see how it goes. Here is a good link on how to grow dwarf trees in a pot.
I hope that these get you all excited and your little green thumbs tingling... I know it does mine! Ha. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Yet to Come

I know it a bit late but I super wanted to finish this all for you and have it up by today. well... it's done! Here is a little something I put together to welcome in the new year. Hope you all enjoy it and happy new year! The best is yet to come!