Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DIY: Terrerium

I've been eyeing up these beauties on Pinterest for some time now.

I love the idea of adding more plants into my home in as unique a way possible.
Enter my sweet mom last night who brought me a DIY terrerium.

So sweet and simple! She used an apothecary jar from Guy's and my wedding and made a beautiful little terrerium. All you need are some rocks, dirt, a plant and a little bit of water!

Love easy, beautiful {gifted!} DIY's!!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

shop in your own closet!

Over the last year I've really made an effort to 'shop' in my own closet to create outfits that felt just as 'new' as if I had bought new pieces. Now don't get me wrong - I love to shop for clothes and still do. I just do it less often and have less stuff which has become a priority for Guy and I. 
In less than 10 minutes, I had two outfits incorporating pieces I had either a) never worn or b)hadn't worn in a year.
Outfit One
{Target skirt, Old Navy shirt, gifted scarf, Banana Republic bracelet, gifted earrings, and Nine West pumps}

Outfit Two
{Banana Republic sweater, thrifted skirt, JCrew belt, Ann Taylor necklace and Pazzo heels}

Tips on shopping in your own closet:

1. Pick one item you love and build a new outfit from there. For these outfits the green thrifted skirt was the base and the gifted blue scarf was the other base. Starting with one piece you love ensures you'll be able to build an outfit you'll enjoy!
2. Challenge yourself to where pieces in unexpected ways. Use a scarf as a belt. Or tuck a dress into a skirt to morph the dress into a top!
3. Don't wear the same outfit twice! I know that sounds hard but you can mix and match your clothes in a million different ways. I promise!
4. After you do this for a few weeks, take stock of what's missing in your closet. Do you need more accessories to jazz up your outfits? Or do you have plenty of fun tops but not enough pants/skirts to act as the base? Doing this will let you shop wisely next time you head out!

Anyone else take the time to shop their own closet? I'd love to hear!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

a small win.

Decorating a new home is such a fun experience but it can get overwhelming as well. If you're anything like me, you want to get everything done as quickly yet perfectly as possible. This is not possible for multiple reasons; the main two being time and money.
For that reason, I take little victories to heart when I finish even a small area of my new home.
Today's small win is the foyer. It's inviting, pretty, and just what I wanted.

The lanterns are from Guy's and my wedding, the photo is of our wedding party, the bowl is a small pop of color via Anthropologie, and the painting is by Kerry of Design du Monde.
Don't forget Kerry is still offering my readers 20% anything in her Etsy shop! Details here!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DIY: no sew pillow

In continuing to fix up my new home this past weekend, I knew I wanted an easy and affordable way to add some more color to my family room. I purchased the area rug of my dreams and wanted to incorporate it's coloring into our beige loveseat.

{my newest and most favorite home addition}

I had seen this tutorial on Centsational Girl's blog and immediately knew I had to try it. To my delight, it was easy as pie!
Check out Kate's step by step instructions for more detail but all you need are 2 cloth napkins, an iron, scissors, and iron on adhesive.
Ten minutes after starting voila!

Instant color, reuses an old pillow that I no longer loved, and took no time at all!
Total cost: $2.75.
I'll be making more very soon!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

table for one please.

In decorating the new home, I needed to think of new creative ideas for the pieces and things I already have. One area where I knew I needed inspiration was the bedside table. Such an important piece of furniture that is often left neglected.
Neglected no more after seeing these great inspiration images via Pinterest.

I'm immediately moving my lamp to the middle of the table for starters. LOVE.
From there, the sky's the limit!

Do you have a unique bedside table?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Design du Monde - Beautiful Art to Feather Your Nest!

My dear readers, do I have a wonderful opportunity for you! Remember when I mentioned Kerry and her wonderful little Etsy shop where I purchased my first piece of artwork for my new home? Of course you do.
Kerry and I have been emailing and she is offering Oh Captain, My Captain readers 20% off for the next two weeks! How wonderful is she?!

Honestly, I don't know how one can choose from all of her pieces!

Kerry's prices are already very reasonable and the additional 20% make them even more so!

To get the discount, simply use the code THANKSCAPTAIN3!
Go visit Kerry's Etsy shop and let me know what you like. Happy Shopping!


Monday, February 13, 2012

home is what you make it.

I have never been so {happily} exhausted! Guy and I spent the entire weekend moving into our new home. We slept in it for the first time Saturday night and beyond our sweet Gus being scared out of his tiny mind... all went well!
Here are a few photos I snapped from our packed weekend.

The start of one huge mess! Guy and I both told each other we didn't have much and moving would be a cinch. We had WAY more than expected. It's been fun purging over the weekend but word to the wise - you always have more than you think!

A girl has got to have her moving priorities right?! I can happily say my clothes and jewelry safely made it to their new home.

Our first meal in the house; chinese take out but of course!

Sweet friends & family stopped in throughout the weekend and brought us plants, flowers, food, and cards. Thank you!

Even though our weekend wasn't relaxing in the least, we had a wonderful weekend.
 Hope you did too!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

life according to instagram.

All of my inspiration lately is going towards my new house so you'll have to excuse today's post. Here are a few photos that are a good description of what's good in my life lately. 

 {a new shirt with a favorite pashmina & my newest piece for the house}

 {my sweet Gustavo checking his beautiful self out & my delicious (already gone) birthday cookie cake}

Follow me on Instagram at MorganSc!

Thank you for all the home love! Fingers crossed but we should be moving in this weekend!

Monday, February 6, 2012

progress is made!

Happy Monday Friends!
I thought today would be a nice day to give a little update on our house progress. We aren't living there.. yet. We hope to in the next two weeks however.
First, here's a little preview of our dining room BEFORE. 

Not terrible but not our taste. We love the ironwork over the windows but don' t love the chandelier. Eventually, it will be replaced.
With a fresh coat of Shermin Williams Classic Silver, the AFTER is worlds better!
Next up is the master. BEFORE it was a terrible, not so sunny yellow.
I don't have anything against yellow, persay, but I had ALOT against this yellow.
We had no idea what we wanted for the bedroom color but we knew anything would be better. We settled on Behr Sage Tint for the AFTER and are oh so happy.
Finally, we wrap up with the BEFORE kitchen.
You can't tell in the picture but they had HORRENDOUS wallpaper in the kitchen. That, plus the drag cabinets made for one unappetizing kitchen.
The AFTER kitchen is on it's way to being inviting, modern, and most of all... us.
Behr Dolphin Fin transformed our kitchen and family room into just the right shade of gray.

Clearly not done but we're so happy with the progress! The backsplash should be in tomorrow and new carpets upstairs later in the week. We're thisclose to moving in!


Thursday, February 2, 2012

saying goodbye to 30 and hello to 31!

Today is my birthday friends! And while I am one of those dorks that looooves birthdays (much to my husbands chagrin), I'm sad to be saying goodbye to 30. I can say, unequivocally, that 30 was the best year of my life.
 I got married at 30....
I went to Hawaii at 30....
My husband and I bought our first home together at 30....

31 has a lot to live up to. I hope she's ready!
Happy Thursday Friends!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

go get 'em ladies!

Toms Ballet Flats are finally here!
Order your pair now!