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featured // honey we’re home

02.28.14

Welcome back to Featured Friday.  Today I am featuring one of my absolute favorite bloggers!  Meet Megan from 

Honey We’re Home

!

Megan is fabulous and such an inspiration to me.  She really does it all; she is a mom, part-time lawyer and an avid blogger of not one but TWO blogs!  In addition to

Honey We’re Home

, she also has a Health/Fitness blog called 

Honey We’re Healthy

.  Megan was so sweet to answer some burning questions tha I’ve been dying to ask her.  Enjoy!

When did you start your blog and what inspired you to do so?

I started my blog in 2010 when we were building our home and I just had a baby.  I wanted to chronicle this special time in our lives and document the process of decorating our home from scratch.  I was also inspired by blogs I fell in love with like La Dolce Vita and Elements of Style.

What is your favorite aspect of blogging?

Over the years, I have fallen in love with styling and photographing a space.  It really is a creative process putting a blog post together.  I love creating a post that I’m proud of and that I feel like people will get something out of.  I’ve been fortunate to make best friends through blogging and I love connecting with like-minded women too.  There are so many talented, kind, beautiful women bloggers.

What is the most challenging aspect of blogging?

Finding TIME to do it!  It’s definitely hard to juggle all the aspects of life and something always suffers or gets put on the back burner, but then you just readjust.  I’m learning to accept that I can’t do it all and that I need help.  If I can’t get a post done for a few days, I have to let it go and just get to it when I can.  I try to take the pressure off of myself to post frequently opting instead for quality posts.

Where do you find inspiration?

I still read blogs and have a ton in my reader, I am a big fan of Pinterest (@honeywerehome) and just going to the bookstore or walking in the park clears my mind and helps me come up with new ideas.

Have you considered going into Interior Design?

No!  I’ll leave that to the experts. 🙂

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’d love to have another baby!  We’ll probably still be in this house and I’ll have wallpapered some rooms, and hopefully landscaped our yard!

What is the easiest and most cost effective way to update a room?

I love adding mirrors to bring in more light and to make a space feel larger, but fresh flowers always brighten a room too.

Describe your decorating style.

Fresh, clean, glam, organized!

Here is a sneak peak of her beautiful home:

Love a clean, white kitchen!

I love how Megan seasonally decorates.  Check out her dining room console table and its’ many faces!

Be sure to check out 

Honey We’re Home

!  A big thanks to Megan for being featured!

XO,

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Painted Furniture DIY

02.25.14

entertainment center makeover

Hello!  Today I am sharing our entertainment center makeover!  I had so much fun painting this piece and will share the details for this painted furniture diy.

I acquired this piece when I was living in my first college apartment.  My mom found it at Hobby Lobby and spray painted it black to go with my bedroom furniture.  Here it is before the paint job.

entertainment center makeover

Since we are now using this piece in our living room, I decided I wanted to lighten it up.  I jumped on the grey train and chose Sherwin Williams Mindful Grey as the paint color.  While I love painting furniture, I am no expert, so I followed a tutorial my dear friend, Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange, posted on her blog.  She has a wonderful post on achieving a beautiful, matte, satin finish on furniture.  She actually worked on the piece from the post for one of my best friends!  Check it out here!

First I sanded the entire piece with a fine grit sandpaper.  After sanding I used a wet cloth to wash off any dust or dirt.  It is important for your furniture to have a clean finish before painting.  Here it is after sanding.

painted furniture diy before

After wiping down the piece, I started priming.  I used Zinsser Bulls Eye primer.  I highly recommend priming before painting.  Priming creates a smooth surface and helps the paint really cling to the piece.

Here it is after one more coat of primer.   painted furniture diy before

Yikes!

painted furniture diy before

Much better!  Don’t freak out after one coat of primer.  You will need at least two coats of primer.  I allowed the primer to dry for 24 hours before painting.

Now onto the fun part!  I added an extender to the paint in order to achieve a beautiful, matte finish.  I picked up a can of Floetrol extender while shopping for paint at Sherwin Williams.  I added a couple of lids full of extender per couple of cups of paint and mixed well.  It was my first time to use an extender, and I highly recommend it!  It eliminates brush strokes and gives the furniture piece an overall smooth and flawless finish!  This is after the first coat of paint.

painted furniture diy before

I gave it one more coat of paint and called it quits.  I was so happy to be finished!  I am such an impatient DIYer. 🙂

painted furniture diy

I did decide to add a grey stain to the doors.  It doesn’t show up great in photos, but it added a nice touch.  The important thing to remember about stain is that a little goes a long way!  I barely dipped my brush into the stain and then wiped almost all of it off before applying to the doors.

I used the same knobs I had but spray painted them gold (surprise, surprise)!

painted furniture diy

painted furniture diy

 Let me know what you think! It makes my day to hear from you!

 

XO,

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home // emerald inspiration

02.13.14

Hello!

I’ve had emerald spaces on my mind lately.  It was Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, and I have not stopped crushing on it since then.  If you remember from last week, I featured  Amanda from  Amanda Carol Interiors on the blog.  Her living/dining room has emerald touches, and it is absolutely beautiful!! Here’s a look if you missed it.

Wowza!!  Here is more emerald inspiration I found.

Houzz

Houzz

Pinterest

Pinterest

I was in Z Gallerie several days ago and snapped a picture of this emerald inspiration.

I decided to create an inspiration board just for fun.  Here is a glam living room with a touch of emerald. Enjoy!

Xo,

Claire 

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Favorite Valentine’s Day Projects

02.11.14

Well… 3 days until the big day and there’s still time to do something sweet for your loved ones!  Today I am sharing some fun, Valentine’s Day projects that I’ve found on some of my favorite blogs!  All of these projects are super easy and would mean so much to your sweetie, child or best friend.  Enjoy!

Free Valentine’s printables via Love From The Oven.  You can print this printable from your home computer and pop it in a frame.  Easy, easy!

Valentine’s mason jars via A Thoughtful Place.  These simple jars would be a sweet touch anywhere in the home!

DIY yarn letters via My Sister’s Suitcase. So adorable!!
Message in a bottle via A Pumpkin & A Princess.  Sweet way to give a message to a secret admirer! 😉
Cupcakes in a jar via Hi Sugarplum!  Yummmmy!!
Mini heart garland via Honey Were Home. A great last minute touch!
Don’t forget to check out my Valentine’s buffet here if you haven’t already! 
Wishing you all a sweet Valentine’s Day!
Xoxo,
Claire 
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