Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Lamps

When my sister-in-law, Annalisa Thomas, started Oilo I think the original idea was to have all the prints available in all the colors.  But that turned out to be very expensive.  So they have a lot of samples that they don't actually sell just sitting around their office.  I asked if they had anything in aqua that they would be willing to sell me and they actually just gave me these two lamp shades!  I love them.  They add some great personality to the space, and I love that they are the same color as Olivia's crib set!

Aqua Cobblestone (only available for purchase in taupe)

They also gave me several yards of an aqua stripe fabric they didn't end up using.  Trying to decide what to make.  Should I cover her chair or make a play blanket or both?

PS if you check out her website, notice the cute baby in the blanket and changing pad pictures.  That's my baby!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Olivia's Mobile

Its been a long time since I wrote this post!  And I've changed almost everything I thought I would do.  But not this.  I fell in love with this mobile on Elizabeth's blog and finally got around to using the tutorial she posted here.

It was a labor of love, that's for sure.  I first cut out all my circles using two small nesting bowls from IKEA but after it was assembled, I decided that they were far too big for the dowels and spacing.  It just looked terribly jumbled and the circles didn't have the scattered look I was hoping for, they all just kind of laid flat against each other.  Soooo, I cut all the big circles into smaller ones, and the small circles became the big ones.  Make sense?

I re-cut them one day during Olivia's nap and restrung the whole thing while my husband and brother watched a fight.  My sister-in-law and I chatted and she worked on grading papers.

Two weeks after it was finished I finally got around to hanging it, and would you believe that I was too short to reach the ceiling even with a step stool!?!  So a few days later my husband did it for me. 

 Still so much to do in this room, but I think I'll be sad when its done have plenty to do in my own room when its done!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Paint Colors

That is what I googled just now: paint colors.  I wanted to look at some paint options for my parent's bedroom and the first website that pulled up was Valspar.  Click, click and I'm hooked!  Look at all the colors palettes you have to chose from!

I love how clicking on a color brings up a room and shows how the paint would look on the wall, along with other colors that will compliment it!  You can also save your color to your "my projects" tab.  So I saved a few different blues to compare and see which ones my mom and I like best.

I started with Cool Whites because my mom's inspiration room are lots of blues and whites.  Here were my three favorite:

 Next I looked at the Neutral Blues and picked these three:

Now that I see them all together I know that Blue Whisper, Sea Side and Dreamy Clouds are out.  They all have too much green in them for the look we're going for.

So try to be productive today, but I know if you're like me you're going to want to just sit and click on paint colors!

I think Air Kiss is my favorite.  We'll have to see if my mom agrees!  Which one is your favorite?

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