Friday, February 14, 2014

Home Is Where Ever I'm With You!

I know many people don't enjoy Valentine's Day. I know that to most people it's tacky and just another commercialized holiday. A good way for florists and chocolitiers to make money. But to me there is something so endearing about a man walking out of a Victoria's Secret store with a bag full of goodies. Or seeing the packed V-Day cards aisle at Target. People looking for those simple words on a card that can relate to what they feel for that special person.

Having kids around really brings that feeling home. They haven't had those heart breaks that we as adults have experienced time and time again. So much vulnerability goes into giving your heart to someone else. And so we end up closing our hearts to protect ourselves from all that pain. But they don't know that yet. As a mom, I feel that part of my job is extending that innocence as long as I can. So the past few years I've been really enjoying this holiday even more than I used to.

 Naomi loves helping me make crafts. She loves shopping for the materials and then helping me color, cut and hang everything.

Everywhere you look on our main floor there's a reminder of what we are celebrating this month.

So whether it is through decor, or reading your favorite poem or simply giving the person that fills your heart with joy a call. Take some time today and embrace that unrestricted, pure feeling you once felt as a kid. Who knows, it might just open up your heart to want to feel it everyday of the year.

P.S. Even tacky things can sometimes be beautiful. Check out this picture I took at the dollar store a few years back ;)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Trending Fur Sure

Just the other day I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I noticed this image via Rue Magazine

This is exactly the feel I want in my bedroom. Which is coming along pretty nicely, but our bathroom remodel is getting in the way of me revealing it to you guys. We'll see if I can move some tile boxes around to get that done soon. You can read a little more about the plans for my bedroom here.

I love the dark green walls against the crisp white bedding. But what  I like the most about the image above is the fur throw.

I think it elevates the room and makes it so much more luxurious.

These rooms can seem very cold because of all the white, but the fur adds this cozy more inviting feel that is essential in a bedroom.

I love how they look in these rooms that are a little more colorful and eclectic. Just my style!

Think about just how easy it would be to make the bed in these rooms! For someone who hates making her bed as much as I do it's like a dream come true. 

I also love the way these throws look in living rooms. 
What a great way to keep white sofas nice and clean!

This is for sure a trend that I would incorporate into my home. Although I would use faux fur, which I've been shopping around for and they are surprisingly available just about everywhere these days. 

Would you use these type of throws in your home? What home decor trends are catching your eye?

Images via Pinterest

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Watch This: Her

I just got back from a date with myself. Going on a date with myself usually just means taking myself to watch a movie. I would do this all the time before I had kids and even a little after that. But moving to the east coast changed that. Maybe because my husband travels a lot for work and so when he is home I want to spend every second possible with him. Or most likely because many of the movies being released nowadays are straight out sucky!

I love watching movies on my own in the theater. There is just something so fulfilling about it to me. I am able to immerse myself in the life of the characters. I laugh out loud and YES I cry... I am able to feel and experience the movie very differently than if I had someone sitting next to me possibly looking at me like I am nuts. Can you picture me? I'm a little like Amelie in this scene. BTW Amelie is one of my favorite movies EVER. But I digress....

I went and watched the movie HER.

I liked this movie so much, even though it's different from any other movie I've ever watched. I mean, imagine falling in love with Siri?! Crazy right?!
But it reminded me a little of just how robotic we've become. We depend on social media to keep these superficial friendships that can sometimes become very meaningful to us. But not having that human contact makes it feel a bit like make believe.
We walk around staring into screens. When we see something beautiful we hold up our phones and look at the beauty through a screen instead and then once we take the picture we sit there trying to figure out what filter will make this picture look the best. And will I post it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter???
By the time we are done, the moment has passed us. The beauty of what we saw escapes us.
We forget to hug, touch, hold, kiss those around us while we text smiley emoticons to express emotion.

I saw a few people walk out on this movie but I didn't walk out because I got it! It was a beautiful love story! The visuals were amazing. Every scene looked like a well thought out picture. Joaquin Phoenix is not an actor that comes to mind when I think of my favorite actors. But he was incredible in this film!

Here are a few quotes from the movie that I loved:

“We’re only here briefly. And while we’re here, I want to allow myself — joy.”

"Sometimes I think I've felt everything I'm gonna feel, like the future will only offer lesser versions of what I've already felt."

"The past is just a story we tell ourselves."

"Falling in love is kinda like a form of socially acceptable insanity."

Do I recommend it? I don't know if I would... I don't think it's every ones cup of tea. But if you like movies that have a little bit of an edge to them, then by all means go watch! I would watch it again. 

Check out some of my other movie reviews here  here and here.

Did you watch anything this weekend? I was tempted to go watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Maybe next weekend?

Friday, January 3, 2014

If Only For A Second.....

I had a thought this morning while I was trying to get all of my chores done before the end of a very busy week. 
I imagined myself having wings, but not any kind of wings... 

I imagined myself being a hummingbird. 

I saw myself hovering over my kids, lovingly caring for them....

 Providing  my husband with support and fulfilling his needs. 

Preparing food for my family while keeping the "nest" clean. 

My heart pumping fast and healthy from the flurry of activity (GREAT WORKOUT!). 

I was able to do it all elegantly and efficiently. And feeling gloriously free while doing it all. 

Then I had the thought that we all must have some version of this little daydream session I had. Whether we are parents or not, married or single we are all moving forward in this fast paced world wanting to achieve our best selves. 
But sometimes life gets crazy and we lose focus of how we are going to achieve all that we've set out to achieve. And so we look for ways to cope. 
This morning I chose to cope by daydreaming. 

Maybe someday God will grant me the wish of experiencing 
what it is like to be a hummingbird if just for a second (or maybe a day, atleast). 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Master Bath Chronicles Part 1

As I write this Marc is working on our master bathroom shower. This will be a sllloooowww moving remodel. Mostly because Marc is on his own doing all of the work. And he can only work on it on weekends. He decided to demo and tile the shower first. He's been working on it since right after Christmas.

I've been pinning away on Pinterest for months, mostly to give him a glimpse of what I want for the bathroom. I am the designer, he is my contractor.... but he is a contractor with an opinion. And so we have to agree on all of the finishes. I was surprised that we ended up liking a lot of the same tile and paint color ideas for the bathroom. We both made a few compromises. So we are hoping everything will turn out to something we both love.  Here are the choices we have made so far for tile in the shower.

For the shower area I really wanted subway tile. Marc wasn't too keen on the idea, but then he saw this beveled subway tile and he was all over it. I loved it too! We also want a little bit of an accent to break up all of the subway tile. We both agreed on this mosaic which pulls in all of the colors we are using in the bathroom. And to the far left at the bottom of the image you can see rocks. I like the dark color but I am not convinced that it is the best choice for the bathroom. Marc really likes it and it's the biggest compromise I've made so far. So we will see once everything starts coming together if it will work or not.

My Kitchens and Bathrooms board on Pinterest is full of inspiration for our master. Here are a few of my favorite pins:

 Say YES to dark grout!

Unfortunately our bathroom is too small for dark walls, but one can dream right?! 

I would have been sooooo happy with the floor in this image but it was a no go with Marc and our budget would not have allowed it. But I have been obsessed with this type of tile since I visited some colonial homes in the Dominican Republic this past summer. Instead we went with something like this floor.

I would kiss Marc forever if he would agree to laying the tile in a chevron pattern like this.

or this...

So yes, we hope to start tiling sometime today or tomorrow. And although I hate having to post an ugly picture after all the eye candy in the images above. I just can't post about our bathroom without giving you a glimpse of how the shower is looking right now. So here it goes.

Check out my mans skills.... plumbing, waterproofing, cute butt! What else can you ask for in a man?! I'll kiss him forever with or without that chevron floor pattern.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I've Been Blessed.....

Over six months without writing one word, not one thought on this blog. Yet I login  everyday just to visit what I am so passionate about. I started this blog to express my love of interior design and also my love for writing. But somewhere along the way other priorities got in the way of me submerging myself in what I love. This past year especially I made decisions in my life that would forever change me... and the more I change the further away I seem to get from this thing that brings amazing joy to my life. 

How do I get back to finding inspiration in the smallest things and then being able to come on here and write about it? 
This is something I want another chance at. And what better way than starting now when its the new year and everything seems so possible! 

I've been working on so many projects around the house, which you probably have seen glimpses of if you follow me on Instagram (@decoriadore).

But I would also love to start writing about some other things that have taken front stage in my life. Like my kids, my marriage, my health and most importantly my desire to have a deeper relationship with God. I just want this blog to be an expression of who I am, what I love, what makes my heart skip a beat and puts a smile on my face. 

So lets do this!  2014 is the year that I will finally love the woman I've become.... 
I'll embrace all of the blessings that have and will be presented to me.  And I'll allow myself the amazing glow that comes when you do what truly fills your heart with joy! 

images via Pinterest

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Changes In The Family Room

I've been thinking about the kinds of posts I've shared on here lately. They've all been kinda like a peek into my daydreaming of what I want my house to look like. So I had the thought that most of you might think that I am probably living in an empty house. The truth is most rooms are furnished. They are all at some stage of unfinished waiting for that one (or ten) thing(s) that will bring it all together.

There is one room in the house that is about 90% there. Its the room we spend the most time in each day, it's our family room. I don't have a picture of how it looked empty but I do have a picture of the set up when we first moved in and decorated it with what we had at hand. I don't think the before is ugly. I actually think it's kinda nice. Except for the too short curtains and the color on the walls.

This is what the room looks like now.

We decided not to have a coffee table cause this rug is basically a landing strip for the kids. We read books, play board games, watch TV, do martial arts and cartwheels... No food allowed though!
I think the biggest change in the room was the wall color. It brightened things up so much! 


I'm so excited about having started my gallery wall. I've talked about my love for gallery walls before here and here. But the truth is I always ended up shying away from it because I felt like it would somehow create visual clutter. But putting things up that have special meaning to us was great. We plan on adding more    pictures to the mix, we eventually want to fill the whole wall. 

The gutsiest change in the room has to be the fireplace. We were nervous about this one, but we did it anyway and don't regret it one bit. Here's a look at it what it looked like before. 

and here is how it looks now

It still amazes me how paint can change the mood in a room. I've had lots of fun with the fireplace changing things up almost on a weekly basis. Here is one of my favorite images. Taken around Valentines day. 

The other side of the room leads out to our yard. 

I promise this side of the room is not as dark as it looks in this picture. 
It is, however, very hard to photograph. 

I need to give this side of the room a little more love. I feel like it needs a bit more personality. And I need it to feel a little less cluttered than it does right now. This is where we store our books for kids so that they are at an arms reach. I also printed some of  our favorite Instagram pictures and posted them on this framed cork board that I found at the Salvation Army for like $7. I feel like the cork weighs down this side of the room. I'm thinking of maybe painting it, maybe like this? 

(via Pinterest)

Other than the little tweaks I want to do in this room I am very satisfied with how it's turned out. It feels nice to have at least one room in the house that is mostly finished. And it's nice that it's the room we spend the most time in. Makes it much easier to kick back and enjoy at the end of the day. And if there is something I am good at is kicking back and enjoying.