Inspiration Monday: A sweet little girls room

Monday, August 8, 2016

If you've been around for any length of time, you know I'm a total sucker for mixing and matching patterns and textures.  This little girls room is so simple and sweet.   

 I love the bedding and the mix of the rugs.

And everywhere you look in the space there is encouraging words for this little girl

Stephanie custom made this sign just for Audrey.  I love it so.

Stephanie is a leader and visionary with a passion to inspire and connect women through the power of the local moms blog.  In 2010, Stephanie launched Scottsdale Moms Blog with a friend. Little did she know that this single site would grow to 64+ sites around the country, allow over 80 women to own their own small businesses, represent over 1,500 voices of moms from around the country as contributors and writers, and come to be known as City Moms Blog Network. She is married to Alan and is mamma to three little girls, Nora (July 2009), Elsie (May 2011) and Audrey (February 2013). Steph and her family live in Minneapolis.

When it comes to design, Stephanie finds her inspiration roaming the aisles of Homegoods and scrolling through Instagram.  She primarily sticks to neutral colors but likes to throw in a splash of color here and there (when it comes to her girls rooms, that splash of color is typically pink)!

Sources list: 
Nightstand & Rug - Homegoods
Headboard - (no longer available)
Stuffed Bunny: Blabla kids
"Happy Girls are the Prettiest" & "Audrey's Blessing" Canvas Prints - Designed by me & printed via
Bedding : Macy's
Gold Triangle Decals : Pick Your Plum
White Dresser - Thrift Store in Phoenix
Tassels - Etsy

Inspiration Monday: A Before & After Basement

Monday, August 1, 2016

A few years ago we embarked on the adventure of finishing our basement.  We started room by room as we wanted to pay cash for the project, and finished the entire thing most recently.  It was a huge undertaking and I am SO happy it is done! 

This is the state of what it looked like when we looked at the house:

And this is what it looked like with all of our stuff! 
I call it an "adventure" because with the help of friends, we completed the majority of the renovation by ourselves.  If you've ever done home projects with a house full of kids you will understand how hard it is to finish projects while juggling life.

Sorry for the poor quality of before pics, but you'll get the idea.  
Our awesome friends came over to help us sheetrock.

Our oldest son and I laid the floors.  We were (and still are) complete amateurs.  I learned so much about this process.  We had to pull them up not once, but THREE times. The first time because I didn't leave enough of a gap on the edges for expanding, the second time because we didn't run the flooring far enough into the bedroom to account for the carpet transition, and the third because we weren't paying attention to the random floor pattern, and it was completely off.  This is the downside of being a perfectionist.
The cabinets are stock cabinets from Menards.  Again, we had no clue what we were doing here, but some other friends came over and helped us  installed them for us. Everything was done on a budget. The countertops were also from Menards, and are a high resolution laminate. 

A few snapshots of the rest of the downstairs:
 You can see more of the guest bedroom HERE
 You can see more of the multipurpose room HERE

One more look at the before and after
We also have a bathroom down here that we are still working on some finishing details on.  Like a DIY barn door that looks pretty, but doesn't function. That's a different post for a different day. Lessons learned... more to come on that and what we did wrong.  What about you.. Have you ever embarked on a major DIY project?