Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

For most, memorial day mean the pools will open, friends head to Dewey, families will have BBQ's, the school year ends and the summer begins.

For me, it mean a little more than that. My husband is an active duty member of the United States Army. He graduated from West Point. He went to Ranger School. He served for 2 years in Iraq. He now instructs college students on how to be great officers and leaders of our country. They respect him- I respect him.

So today, and this weekend, please remember that you have a day off of work because of the men and woman who have served, and who currently serve our country, who have given themselves selflessly to a greater cause and who love our nation and all its citizens.

I won't dote for a long time on this topic, but I will encourage you to thank a service member at some point in your summer celebrations this weekend. Feel free to leave a comment on here for Kev- he is the most selfless person I know and I thank and pray for him and his service to our country everyday.

Whatever you do this weekend, please remember that our freedom is a blessing and one that is protected by those who are called to serve. Remember especially to pray for those who have lost their lives defending that freedom and that this holiday is really about them.

God Bless America.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It Is Never Too Early for Fooball Season

If you are a true Southern Lady, then you have a football team to cheer for year around. An NFL team or European Soccer Team does not count. A true southerner has a college team that they follow, not only during the season, but really all year long. My team is Auburn. My alma mater. The loviest village on the plains. The Heart of Dixie. The Home of Bo Jackson... you get the point- it is awesome.

As a true fan, I look forward to the spring evaulation of how our team will be in the fall. And lucky me, that preview is in. I will not bore you will the details, but to sum it up: Auburn is awesome, all other teams are not. To prove it, you can read an unbiased opinion here.

On that note, in the past 8 years (yowsa!) that I have been loyal to Auburn, the color combination of orange and blue has become a ridiculous passion of mine. Baby boy owns several orange and blue outfits and I have a separate folder in my saved pictures of rooms which are subcounsciously celebrating Auburn's spirit. Here are some of my faves:















War Eagle!

*Images from Domino, Southern Living, Southern Accents, Coastal Living, Traditional Home, House Beautiful and via Censational Girl.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Inspired By: A Rose

This rose to be exact:







Have you ever seen such a thing? She lives at Renyolda Gardens and I can't believe I hadn't noticed her before, but I am so glad I did this time. And of naturally, the color combo did not escape my mind and I was able to find several pieces of inpiration to go with it...

Perfect striped slipcovers. What a great what to change things up. Also, please check out the chandelier. Where can I get one?

In my next house, I will wallpaper the bathroom. With big, bold colors and pattern. Don't tell my husband (sorry honey if you are reading this).


From one of my new favorite blogs, Paris Hotel Boutique Journal. Yes please, I will take them all.


Mixed patterning and a big gold mirror? Perfection. If I had any sense (or money) when I was in college, my living room would have looked this way.


Love the little seating area in this room. Plus, it encompasses my passion for white, with a punch of color!


And perfect for summer, the classic Navajo sandal

Monday, May 24, 2010

I'm Not a Bad Mom...

But I really love this picture.

And I swear that right after I took it, I cuddled baby boy and let him know that it was going to be ok. He was crawling too fast after our dog and took a dive on the side porch. When I picked him up, there it was, the first nose bleed. And just so you know, I happened to have the camera right next to me, reviewing other pictures from the day. But I was glad I did, look at the raw emotion of that face. It is kind of beautiful isn't it?

Beisdes, the best part of being a mom is being able to clean up those tears (well, and nose).

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bedroom Makeover (and Guest Blooger!)

Happy Monday friends! I have a special treat for you today. My friend Laura from We Heart (Most) Art is here today with a guest post. Just so you know, Daffodil's is really Laura's fault. We were both venturing into the world of DIY and she introduced me 'these great home decor blogs'... And the rest is history. She is talented and lovely, so I am sure you will enjoy her easy bedroom make-over. Afterwards, head over to We Heart (Most) Art and vist her and Jenny!

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Hey y'all. I'm Laura, Katie's neighbor. I usually write about art over at my blog so I am excited to be trying something new here at Daffodils!

Katie has been a pretty good sport over the past year, accompanying me to and from the fabric store to mull over (and over) fabric for my bedroom make-over/ DIY upholstered headboard project.

I am excited to announce that, as of last week, the headboard is done and my master bedroom is almost complete. It only took 369 days! Yeah, it was a procrastination thing... the whole project was actually very easy. All you need is:

1) a husband or easily bribed man with a jig saw
2) plywood (and two 2 x 4 for the legs)
3) two double sized egg crate mattress pads (spiky side down)
4) quilt batting
5) fabric (if your headboard has angles like mine, use a pliable fabric. I went with linen)
6) a staple gun

Draw out your design on butcher paper just in case. Before you cut, make sure the headboard is about 2 inches wider than your mattress. Assemble the first two layers of egg crate followed by batting wrapping both around the back of the board and securing with staples. Add fabric layer and staple again. You can mount the headboard directly to your wall if you have stud behind your bed. If you don't, or you have a weird room layout like me, go with legs.

A normal person should be able to complete the project in under 6 hours. Obviously, I am totally not normal.

Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of the process. So, I can't show you exactly how it was done. All I can show you is the room pre-headboard.


The ugly duckling table at the end of the bed was found by my mom on recent "curb shopping" expedition. I thought that after a little work it would look great at the foot of the newly head-board bed. (Painting and recovering the Hollywood Regency chair there in the corner is my next project.)



The table was encrusted in mud and the mirror in the middle was peeling. So Katie, C$ and I ventured over to Lowes for an 8-ounce sample can of orange-sorbet-ish colored paint for my new Preval Spray Gun. Two hours later, I returned to Lowes alone, covered in orange sorbet and reeking of turpentine for more paint and mini foam roller.

While I have no doubt there was some small operator error involved, I am going to have to give the spray gun two thumbs down. It sputtered... it clogged... it dripped... it leaked... but it did not come even remotely close to spraying!

Two coats of paint, one coat of Minwax Wipe-on Poly and some strategic mirror distressing with a razor blade and ta-da!



The orange is not overpowering and I think it works well with my walls which are a beachy Lido Green by Benjamin Moore.

So, without further adieu...


And check out that headboard! I feel like it was worth the 369 day wait.


Thanks for letting me guest blog Katie!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Super Simple Supper

1. Decide you don't feel like cooking.

2. Go to your local Harris Teeter.

3. Pick up some E-Z peel shrimp for $4.99 (on sale! before they are taken away by oil spills!) and ask the nice seafood man to steam them in old bay.

4. Wander around grocery store for 5 minutes picking up essentials: wine (Robert Mondavi Chardonary on sale for $8.99), beer (for the hubby), whole milk (for the baby boy), new issue of Veranda (for inspiration).

5. Go back to nice seafood man and pick up your bag o shrimp. It will look like this and smell awesome.



6. Wait for hubby to get home from work.

7. (if applicable) Put baby boy to bed.

8. Empty shrimp into bowl.



9. Check out fridge for other goodies to put with shrimp.



10. Move to deck with cocktails, toast to a beautiful and blessed life, and enjoy!

The FINAL Happy Yellow Bench

Remember Happy Yellow Bench? It started here. Then moved into my dining room. Then was bought by my friend Cate. As a result of that, it got a fabric makeover in order to go with her bedroom. Here is the final product:





Pretty hunh?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

More White

I'd like to write thank you notes here



And sit in here



And put my china in here



And wear this dress



Or this one:



*Images from Southern Accents, Traditional Home, Macy's and New York and Co.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dreaming in White

What is it about this time of year that makes me wish my entire house was white? I used to love the dramatic black curtains in my dining room, the sweet cottage feel of my kitchen, the bold yellow duvet on my bed, but now, all I want is white. White, white, white! But since I have limited budget, and we might be moving in the next few months, and Ill probably change my mind by August (or the first time baby boy puts a mud covered-hand on this dream-white house), here is my hypothetical house in pictures!

Kitchen:



How gorgeous is this? My two favorite details? The blue subway tile and the black chandelier-type light fixture.

Dining Room:



Does this really need explanation? It even has long white curtains which I am wishing for SO badly right now.

Living Room:



How do we feel about putting a white slipcover on my brown leather couch for summer? Plus a see-through coffee table? Hmmm the wheels are turning...

Bedroom:



Isn't this a great image for right after lunch? It makes me want to take a nap right now. If I got into this bed, there is a good chance a would never get out. *sigh*

Saturday, May 15, 2010

SOLD!

You may remember my very first post, in which I informed you dear readers that my intention was to buy, refurbish and sell furniture. Since then I have made the pink chair, the happy yellow bench and the cheery blue chairs. The pink chair is now at Elizabeth's, an antique/consignment store in Winston and has not been sold. Happy yellow bench was bought by my dear friend Cate and will soon by residing in DC. And the cheery blue chairs were cause of some frustration earlier this week.

However, today, I received that sense of validation I have so been seeking, when after a craigslist post Saturday morning, someone called about those cheery blue chairs that were starting to make me sad. The caller was incredibly excited and drove 30 minutes into town to pick them up. When she arrived she said "they are prettier than in the pictures" and "just perfect for my new farmer's table!" She asked if she could have the name of the paint color (and of course I obliged) and thanked me repeatedly for posting them. Her daughter then informed me she saw them earlier that day on CL and printed the page out because she knew they were just what "Momma" was looking for. And as my husband carried the chairs out our front door, something occurred to me, something that had escaped me during this entire endeavor: this woman was happy- truly, genuinely, happy that she was able to take my chairs home.

How could I have missed this side of the project? The side that put a huge smile on someone else's face? Why did it not occur to me that this wasn't just about my own happiness and self worth, but that it would make other people's day? I was so excited that someone wanted to buy my chairs, that I didn't stop to think that it was making their day too. And as I watched the woman and her daughter load the chairs into their car,looking over the details once again and smiling as big as I was, I realized that this might be the real reason why I find some much pleasure in re-doing furniture: I really, really love to see other people smile. Because of that moment, when I saw her loving the chairs that I made with so much love, I smiled all day.

Thanks world, for coming through for me once again.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Few Things for Friday...

C$ is officially 1! As he is showing you in the following picture.



C$ and I went to Renyolda Gardens in Winston on Wednesday afternoon. It is one of my most beloved spots on Earth. Here are a few of my most favorite pictures I have ever taken.















Finally, may your weekend be full of hope, love and big, big smiles.



XO
KL

He Can Have His Cake...



And eat it too! Happy 1st Birthday to my sweet baby boy!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Happy Surprise

So today I was feeling rather uninspired. I searched through all the pictures I have saved on file of my favorite rooms, looked on my bookshelf for a favorite read and searched through all my bookmarks, checking out my favorite blogs and hoping that something would strike me for what to write about today. But, alas, nothing. And the funny thing is, I was sad about it, awkwardly sad. My normal routine is to blog the night before, check it in the morning while baby boy and I are having breakfast, then post. And last night and today I did neither. It has become such a part of my routine and a hope that one day many, many people (and I love those of you who do) will read it and my furniture will sell and people will be inspired by the posts that I share. And it is a rare day when I feel have nothing to say. So what is the point of this story? Well, just when I started to feel frustrated that I was uninspired and frustrated that that no one emailed me about these chairs I posted on craigslist, I found this in my backyard:



Yep, that's right, my horrible gardening skills have prevailed and I have tomatoes growing along with my broccoli! It was such a happy surprise!

Then, I wasn't sure what to make for dinner, and had already made Baby Boy tortellini, but I knew my husband wasn't such a fan of the plain pasta. So I added a little tomato, broccoli (from the yard!), lemon juice, EVOO and pepper, and here is an adult side to have with our steaks. (Before and after pics)

C$'s Dinner:



Our Dinner:



Next,as if the gods were telling me to 'suck it up', I walked out onto my front porch to find these beautiful flowers growing on my ivy:





They smell like honeysuckle. Remember honeysuckle? I used to pick it while waiting for the bus in the 1st grade. It is so funny how the sense of smell can send you back two decades.

Finally, I saw my sweet flowers all closed up for the evening. I love how some flowers close when its rainy and sad outside; it makes me feel better about the fact that I hate when it is rainy and cloudy out.



Nature tells me it is natural to close up and hide unless the sun is out. Thanks world for coming through for me this evening. Have a Happy Wednesday my friends.