cornflake dreams.

3.23.2017

sunroom plans.

Another major selling point for our new home is our sunroom! The sunroom is right off our living room with an adjoining deck that goes out to our backyard. From the sunroom and deck we have a river view and H already has lots of plans for landscaping. Our contractors installed new windows and a small heater to the sunroom, so we'll be able to use it year-round! I'm sure it'll be one of our favorite spots to hang out together as a family. Here are my decorating plans for the space: 
My top priority is finding cute patio furniture for the room -- or else we'll be sitting on camping chairs. Thankfully, we found this set on sale a few weeks ago. I initially wanted light beige or white cushions, but I decided to go with the navy because I'm hoping they will be easier to keep clean with a toddler. 

H and I have always loved outdoor string lights on pergolas and patios, so we want to recreate that look and have the lights up year-round.

We want to have a garden but we've already spotted a few deer running along the river, so until we can figure out a way to keep the deer away I want to plant a small herb garden in our sunroom. I love this large modern planter -- it's tall enough to reach the windows so the herbs will get lots of sunshine. We have always had lots of houseplants around our house, but after our move back from Charleston we are down to one :( so I'm excited to add more greenery to our house again. Since the patio furniture is dark I want to keep all of our planted pots light -- small, mediumlarge white pots (similar here, herehere)

I love these silver lanterns but I'm not about to spend $200 -- these outdoor metal lanterns are an affordable alternative and they are also toddler friendly-- no glass + faux candles!


I fell in love these throw pillows, now I just need to pull the trigger -- (more options here).

What else do I need for our sunroom?
-xo-
Jillian

3.21.2017

blue outdoor throw pillows.

Happy Spring! I am so excited for warmer weather and I can't wait to move -- only a few days until our big move! The last time I checked in on the house our contractor was installing new windows in our sunroom. I think we'll spend a lot of time in that space this summer so I'm excited to start decorating. We already bought a patio set (I share more details on that later this week) but first I wanted to share some of my favorite outdoor throw pillows. When I started looking for outdoor pillows a ton of loud and crazy prints, but I wanted something a little more polished. Here are my favorite blue pillows, all under $100:

1 / 23 / 4
5 / 6 / 7 / 8
9 / 10 / 11 / 12
13 / 14 / 15

Which one is your favorite? 
-xo-
Jillian

3.17.2017

DIY hanging felt heart garlands.

I have a fun DIY project to share today! For Violet's second birthday we're doing a rainbow theme party. I had so much fun decorating for her birthday party last year, but it made me really sad to throw everything away after the party was over. So this year I want to make something that I can use again after her party as decoration for her "big girl" bedroom. After searching on Pinterest for ideas I decided to make hanging felt garland hearts -- and I am so happy with how they turned out!To get started I purchased two sets of pre-starched felt from Target (32 ct hearts + 56 ct square set). You can probably get by with just using the square set, but I really liked the colors in the heart set. Pick which colors you'd like to use from the sets. Then cut out a ton of hearts in a variety of sizes (I used two different sizes for this project -- 3" and 4"). To cut out the hearts you can make a cardboard template and get busy with your scissors. OR I highly recommend using a AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter and this heart fabric cutting die, it cuts three hearts and it made the process really easy.After I had all of my felt hearts cut out I spent a lot of time organizing them into different patterns. I finally decided on rows of classic rainbow colors, and shades of pinks, blues, and purples. When you're happy with your pattern, use a sewing machine to sew down the middle of the hearts leaving 2 inches of thread in between each heart. Also leave at least 3 inches of extra thread at the top of every garland.If you want to hang your garlands up in a row and you don't want a ton of holes in your wall, use the extra thread at the top to tie the garlands around a meter stick. I painted my meter stick silver with this marker -- you can leave it blank for a "school" vibe :) My meter stick had one hole at the end, so I drilled another hole on the other end and hung all of the garlands up on the wall using two nails.I added a sparkly silver TWO letters (on sale for 30 cents each!) with some pastel bakers twine and two push pins to complete the birthday sign. A big thanks to my mom who let me borrow her fabric cutter and helped with the sewing!
-xo-
Jillian

3.13.2017

birthday gifts for a two-year old.

Violet is turning TWO years old this week!! I can't believe how fast the past year has gone by and how much our little lady has changed. It has been so fun to see her develop interests -- she loves Trolls, Cookie Monster, Elmo, her baby doll Margaret, and owls. And she has an opinion on just about everything now, especially what clothes and shoes she's going to wear. She is SUCH a girly girl and she has the biggest heart. Lately she's been wishing everyone she knows "Happy Birthday" -- so I can't wait to celebrate HER birthday! We're having cake, balloons, and a few presents this week and then we're going to have a rainbow themed party with family and friends after we move into our new house. Here are my favorite birthday gift ideas for a two-year old:

Vi still loves to do puzzles so it'd be nice to have a few to choose from. Almost every day she asks to play with play-doh and paint -- I already bought her this cute Trolls washable paint set but I'm sure she would go crazy over pink and purple play doh. We have regular family dance parties in the living room and Vi loves dresses she can twirl in.  A rainbow heart beach towel and a splash table would be fun for summer! I also love salt water sandals -- she lived in them last summer. Violet already got her radio flyer red rider tricycle over the weekend, and she really likes riding it around our house and filling the trunk up with all of her toys. She also still plays with her little people playhouse, so these sesame street figurines and thomas the train would be cute additions. And what toddler doesn't like stickers?! -- these are all over our house right now :)

-xo-
Jillian

3.10.2017

cute removable wallpaper on etsy.

I can't wait to get Violet's room set up in our new house! Her current room in our rental is a little sad since we never finished decorating it with the artwork from her nursery in South Carolina. We didn't think we'd be in our rental house long enough to justify putting holes in the walls. I would love to add a wall of patterned wallpaper to Violet's "big girl room" - here's some of my favorites on Etsy:

Which one is your favorite?
-xo-
Jillian

3.08.2017

living room makeover plans.

One of the biggest selling points of our new home was the open living room and kitchen floorplan. We had a similar layout in our condo in the city and we loved it. Here are a few "before" photos of our living room:
Our contractors already removed the carpeting and they are installing new hardwood floors later this week. We're also planning on painting the red wall, installing a new ceiling light fixture, and fixing the top of the bookshelves (I'm not fan of the arches).

Here's my other ideas for the space, with items that I already own or plan on getting in the future:

Already Own: We have a similar gray sectional that will provide lots of comfortable seating. I'm excited to start using our reclaimed wood coffee table again (we put it away when Vi started walking).  And I love our cozy washed velvet pillows and buffalo check throw pillows.

Purchased: I bought two sets of navy blackout curtains and I think they'll add a nice amount of color to the room. This semi-flush ceiling light fixture is going to be a huge upgrade from the worn-out white ceiling fan that used to be in the room.

On My Wishlist: I love the subtle pattern in this gray and white mid-century heathered basketweave wool rug, it would look great with our gray sectional. I really want some birch logs for our fireplace since it's such a focal point of the room. And I'd love some new art! I love these pieces from Minted -- for the bookshelves: Leaf in the Green and Marbled Wake, and I'm deciding between these gorgeous blue prints for our mantle: Rocky CoastPamela or Fields of Blue.

-xo-

Jillian

3.01.2017

modern foyer lighting.

We bought a house!! And now we have some work (and shopping) to do before we move in. The first thing I noticed when I walked in the door was the 1980's chandelier in the foyer that needs to go ASAP...
actually like the chandelier design when you look up, but crystal chandeliers are not my favorite. Here's a few modern light fixtures that I'm considering for our new foyer:
Which one is your favorite?
-xo-
Jillian