Southern State of Mind

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Our Southern Summer Family Adventure List

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! High fives for the pool opening, a three day weekend, and the official start to summer in my book. 

Yesterday was the last day of "school" for the little guy. While I am super excited to spend the summer with my kiddos, I must admit I am also a bit nervous. You see, this will be my first true summer as a Stay at Home Mom. Last year, the baby was born in late June and it was all just a big blur enjoying those first few months.

This summer we have an almost 4 year old and almost 1 year old. There is a wide spectrum of age, so activities that involve both can be a bit tricky. In order to make sure our days are intentional (and not go cra-cra), I have been dreaming up our family adventure list. 

I am calling it our adventure list, because that is what the 3 year old refers to as our outings. Plus even the most mundane activities sound exciting when you call them adventures. I can't wait to make some fun new memories with my sweet boys. So without further ado, here it is. Our Southern Summer Family Adventure List:

{May) Pretty Preppy Party

Welcome to the May Pretty Preppy Party, where all things Pretty and Preppy are celebrated each month. I am always amazed at the inspiration in blogland and love looking through the projects linked up each month. I can't wait to see what you have been up to! But before we get to the link-up, let's take a quick look at what each of the hostesses have been up to lately.

Sarah worked on updating her living room for summer. She revealed a sneak peak of her throw pillows and shared some ideas for the other items she wants to add to the space.
Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

{THE FOYER} DIY Driftwood Dresser

Good morning, good morning! Hope you had a great weekend. My weekend trip was better than I could have imagined. The baby was a complete joy to travel with and it was such a great weekend with family from near and far celebrating my grandparents lives. Although I must admit that I came home extremely emotional. Spending time with family can do that to you sometimes I suppose! 

Anywho, today I am back in the newly updated foyer with the deets on the dresser. Last week I shared how I spontaneously painted the foyer navy to get the makeover ball rolling. Then the how and why on the "Eat Well Travel Often Choose Joy" DIY art. Today, it's all about the driftwood dresser. 

Y'all. I realize that most people do not want their furniture to look like it has been tumbling around in the ocean and washed ashore.

But that is EXACTLY the look I wanted for this dresser. 

how to driftwood finish furniture

Yep. I wanted this dresser to look like driftwood and today I am going to show you how I did it. Take very careful notes because it is very specific with lots of exact steps.

Friday, May 15, 2015

{My State of Mind} Five on Friday

Hip hip hooray! "Is da weeeeeekkk-ennndddd ewrybuddy" as my three year old says!

Speaking of Mr. Big Stuff, he will be spending the weekend with Daddy because the baby and I are heading out of town. First flight with the little guy but I am certain he is going to be a great traveling buddy. 

Couple things on my mind today:

1. As you know, I have embraced my "Boy-Mom-Hood" and nothing says it better than this awesome shirt. Being a Boy-Mom truly is the best job ever. And I think this might be the best shirt ever! If you want one for yourself, check out Boy Mom Designs and if you buy two shirts, you can get 65% off with code:  BOYMOM38  (not an affiliate, just adore this!)

Southern State of Mind Boy Mom

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

{The Foyer} Eat Well. Travel Often. Choose Joy.

Hello Sunshines and Happy Wednesday! I am busy getting ready to head out of town with the baby this weekend but wanted to pop in to show you how (and why) I made the "Eat Well Travel Often Choose Joy" artwork for the foyer. 

Yesterday I shared how one makeover can kick start an avalanche of projects around here and the foyer was my latest victim. After I spontaneously slapped the navy paint on the foyer walls, I found this dresser and the space started taking shape. #navyismylovelanguage

Since the foyer is the first impression of our home, I wanted to make a big one. And I think I accomplished that with the navy wall and this large "Eat Well-Travel Often-Choose Joy" DIY art. 

Eat Well, Travel Often, Choose Joy DIY Artwork

But this DIY art isn't just random inspirational words slapped up on paper. 

It has a back story.

Monday, May 11, 2015

{The Foyer} A Facelift

Hi! I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day weekend. Ours was jam packed and got me seriously excited for summer adventures. It was great to enjoy some family time and I am just loving the boys ages these days! (3.5 yrs and 10 months) 

Thank you so much for your sweet comments about our master bedroom makeover reveal last week! It really feels great to have it pulled together. I still smile when I walk by the room and that is really what it is all about, right?  I still want to share some of the DIY's from that room but I am kind of excited about another update....

I hinted that the master bedroom wasn't the only room that I have been busy zhushing lately. Today I am going to share our new and improved foyer. 

Sometimes a makeover in one room can start an avalanche of makeovers around here. I love using things I have on hand in new ways and in different rooms to give the space a new look. But that usually results in tackling more than one space at a time. It's my own version of Home Decor Tetris, and apparently my idea of a good time. :)

Hale Navy Foyer

The foyer was one of the spaces I was dreaming of reworking this year. As I finished painting the navy blue accent wall in the master bedroom, I literally just wandered down the hall and started slapping it up on the foyer wall... 

I really can't help myself sometimes y'all. :) #itsasickness

But I am so glad I did because it was just what I needed to start the foyer facelift. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

One Room Challenge- Master Bedroom Reveal

Squeal! It's here! TIME'S UP!  This feels like my very own episode of Trading Spaces. 

Except I did my own room...I didn't have a $1000 budget, and there is no Ty...or Paige....oh, and it's not 2002. 

But wow, to get a room done in six weeks is no joke and I can't wait to share my "reveal" with you! 

If you are just joining me, WELCOME! I have been a busy bee giving my master bedroom a sweet kick in the pants. It was a snooze before and I had given ZERO thought to the space in the five years we have been in our home. So glad this One Room Challenge was just the motivation I needed to start...and to actually (almost) finish! 

The best part of this makeover is that it was verah-verah-verah inexpensive. I do not believe that a limited budget should hold you back from having your home make you happy. This makeover is a tale of repurposing items I already had, finding a few yard sale treasures, a little elbow grease and a vision. 

Sadly, my fairy godmother did not show up this week and bippity-boppity-boo her way around the room to magically complete some big projects. Therefore I did not complete my lofty goal list. But that's OK, because in my world, I NEVER call a space done. It just isn't in my DNA. I love to constantly tweak and when the inspiration hits I know I will get 'er done.

OK, so with that (man I am feeling wordy today), I am thrilled to share the space. Can I get a low-five for getting so much knocked off the list in just six short weeks? And a up-high-five for doing it with lots of TLC, DIY, blood sweat and tears.... and very little actual moola?


Thursday, April 30, 2015

ORC Week #5- Master Bedroom - Hello Fairy Godmother, Are You There?

Here we are on week 5 of the One Room Challenge! I am so behind that I am actually a day late this week posting my master bedroom update. 

I lost some steam last week but for a great reason- SISTER was in town all week! Then we had the family girls weekend and it took a few days to get back in the swing of things...just in time for the little guy to have a double ear infection. 

I knew when I took on the challenge that I was being quite lofty in my to-do list...

and unless my fairy godmother shows up sometime over the next 6 days, I don't think I will quite finish it all. 

But overall, I am SUPER pleased with the progress I have made. The way I see it is that either way, the room already looks 100% better and it has been so great to have this kick in the pants to keep me going. The good news is that no room in my home is ever "DONE" so I can always continue to plug away on things when time permits.

The big update this week is the dresser wall. I hung a large white round mirror that was up in the attic. I also made some colorful botanical artwork to surround the mirror. 

As a reminder, this is what it looked like before. SNOOZE! 

I picked up these frames for $2 each and gave them a coat of navy spray paint. The botanical prints were found for free online and to have them printed was around $5. 

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I am really loving botanical prints these days and was happy to find a spot to put some in the master. I like how they tie in the coral from the drapes and add a dash of girliness to the room. (sorry honey)  

Sadly, the kelly green that I was hoping to bring into this room isn't really working out but I still hope to find a way to bring some green into the house for summer in the family room.

I played musical lamps around the house and swapped in this blue and white one from my cloffice. It's not perfect, but for about $15 spent on this wall, I'd say it's a big improvement! 

I would still love to paint this dresser navy blue and get new hardware but realistically that is probably not going to happen this go round. 

In other news, the mirrors that I added to the wardrobe got a coat of paint. Last time I left off, they had white frames. Te remind you, this is what it looked like:

I liked them but it still just felt off...

So I decided to paint these Knock-Off Ballard mirrors with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to make them look more like built ins on the wardrobe. 

Originally I thought the white would make them pop off the wardrobes in a good way... turns out they just looked like 5 wall mirrors plastered up. Now they feel more like something that was supposed to be there all along. 

Last but not least, I hung this starburst mirror that used to be in the foyer above the bed. (and PS, I have a surprise foyer update for you soon! because apparently I like to take on multiple projects at a time...)

This really isn't that impressive except I hung it with an anchor all by myself. For those of you who think you need your husband to hang things, it's just not true!! JUST DO IT!

This week my focus will be on bedding and overall zhushing of the space. At this point, I don't think any other big projects will be tackled because I am hosting a baby shower next weekend. I may or may not have one million little projects I am trying to wrap up around the house.

Hello, fairy godmother... are you listening?!?!? :)

Can't wait to share the whole package next week! STAY TUNED!!!!

One Room Challenge Master Bedroom Must-Haves

- New bed
- Paint Navy accent wall
- New curtains
- Cow Hide Rug
- Address Wardrobes
- Paint nightstands
- Bedding/Linens
- Bench for end of bed
- Lamps for nightstands
-Lamps for dresser
- New mirror above dresser
- Paint dresser
- Paint TV stand
- Art for dresser wall
- Art for TV wall
- Fabric treatment behind bed (NOT DOING)
- Paint bathroom door
- Create a reading "nook"
- Address small window next to closet

To follow along with the progress here is a recap of each week:


Linking to the One Room Challenge.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

{Girls Night In} Game Night Pajama Party

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Good morning! Whew, time sure is flying. How is it almost May? Seriously, where in the WORLD did April go? I am really hoping time s-l-o-w-s  d-o-w-n this week and I have a chance to catch up on well, life.  

Yesterday I told you how this past weekend was filled with family girls and fun for our 5th annual girls weekend. It was so fun to shop and run around all day. But we really wanted to enjoy some quality down time together so one night we decided to do have a "Girls Night-Game Night-Pajama Party". Complete of course with matching pajama pants, M&M® Ice Cream Sundaes, Hasbro® Monopoly, Jenga and a Clothes Swap Exchange. 

Um, you had me at pajama pants and M&M's!! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Girls Weekend Gift in a Jar- Scarf & Purple Mason Jar

Hi! Hope you had a wonderful spring weekend! 

Mine was super fun because it was our fifth annual family girls weekend. This is where the moms, aunts, sisters, daughters and cousins on my moms side of the family get together to eat, shop, laugh and love. And every year I feel so blessed to call these women my family. This year we had three baby boys join the fun as well. 

The party happens here in Atlanta so I get to stay local but the others come in from Florida, Ohio and North Carolina. As with years past (as shown here and  here) I love getting the gals a fun little gift upon their arrival. Last year, I gave everyone matching pajama pants which was really fun.

Girls Weekend Gift in a Jar

I loved the idea of giving everyone another piece of clothing that we could coordinate and wear in the coming years. So this year....

Everyone got matching scarves! 

Girls Weekend Gift in a Jar

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Best of April Pretty Preppy Part-AY

Happy Happy Thursday. Today starts FAMILY GIRLS WEEKEND 2015!! This is the 6th annual and I am so excited to see my people. :)

We had some really great projects link up at the April Pretty Preppy Party. I love clicking through to see all of the great projects and always leave feeling so inspired. Here are a couple that really caught my eye. 

Little Bits of Home shared how they planked their fireplace. This is something I have always wanted to do above our fireplace and love the way this turned out. 

You know I recently did a mirror treatment to our wardrobe doors in our master bedroom. I love what Honeycomb Home did with these mirrored closet doors. What a great and easy transformation!

Last but not least, Bless'er House created some lovely over-sized art with some sheet music that she printed on an engineer print. Between the music and the engineer print, this project has me written all over it.

Be sure to check out the other lovely PPP hostesses features as well! Be sure to mark your calendars for the next Pretty Preppy Party on May 21st. Remember we pin our features to our PPP Pinterest board- lots of inspiration for you!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORC: Master Bedroom Makeover Week #4

Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a great week. Did you get a score any Lilly goodies on Sunday? I had BIG intentions but then I just could not DEAL. #bloggerproblems #mommyproblems 

So sadly I didn't get anything on my wish list.  But my cousin knew of my sadness and happened to hit Target at just the right time where she snagged a cosmetic bag that was returned for me. Maybe I will get lucky and come across a few more pieces too! 

Well here we are on week #4 of the One Room Challenge Master Bedroom Makeover. Whoa. How does a month really go by this fast?!?!?

The big news today is that the curtain conundrum is O.V.E.R. 

Curtain conundrum you ask?

Yes, I have been in the middle of a curtain conundrum over here and just be glad I didn't bring you along on the ups, downs, headaches and tears. 

OK, so maybe no actual tears were shed but I've had more awkward moments balancing one foot on my bed and one on the nightstand to hang different options than I care to mention. The good news is that since this is a 6 week challenge it forced me to keep dusting myself off and to try-try again.