Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Decor and My Struggle with Mums!

This weekend we loaded up the car with a trunk load of beautiful mums and pumpkins! I was (clearly) in the mood for a lot of white. I also cannot get enough of funky heirloom pumpkins! They are so beautiful. And of course I had to get two big, bright orange ones for carving! Overall I just love the color combination. 

Here they are on our stoop:

SO, they may look pretty now but truth be told I REALLY struggle with keeping mums alive! This is actually my second round of mums... The current state of the old ones can be seen below.

I am usually pretty good with flowers and plants, but mums just get the best of me! I honestly don't know if I'm watering them too much or too little, or if they have too much sun or not enough sun.. I just don't know! Any tips or tricks?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My First Design Project! Before Pics & Inspiration


My good friend Matt has enlisted me to help decorate his new apartment. It is a blank slate, in a perfect location, with beautiful views and tons of potential. It is 1200 square feet with one bedroom, two bathrooms, and an office. Matt is 32, a pilot, an engineer, is currently getting his MBA, and loves scotch, golfing, x-box, and his 20 nieces and nephews......and he is single, so this will be a bachelor pad! (On that note, he is seriously one of the best guys I know.. He is Evan's best friend from childhood, was the best man in our wedding, and Miles' God father, so, if any of you single ladies out there are looking.....) Ok, ok, enough embarrassing the guy (Sorry Matty!) Back to the space. 

Although it isn't technically a loft apartment, that is the overall look and feel we are going for.  It will have a boys club feel, while still being inviting, sophisticated, and cozy.  We want to incorporate artwork and design that nods to his interest in planes and flying, while also incorporating a lot of rustic and industrial elements. 

I've gone and visited the space twice now, and we've honed in some paint colors, furniture ideas, light fixtures, and artwork. The first set of pictures below encapsulate my early sources of inspiration (from my Pinterest page here). Since he is renting, we have some limitations (we keep dreaming of refinishing the floors, knocking out walls, and installing new countertops, but it will still be awesome nonetheless!) 

I'm excited to share this decorating journey with you! It is the goal to have it mostly done by the holidays and for Matt to host a Christmas housewarming party. 

So here is the inspiration:

And here is the space:

Clearly Evan and Miles are just as excited about decorating the space as I am, haha :) 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Decor 2014

First, I'm happy to report Miles is finally feeling a quite a bit better. His nose is still running like a faucet and night's aren't as easy as usual, but at least he is his sweet, happy self during the day! We are making progress! 

ANYWAY, I've always decorated for fall (see here), but this year I decided to really amp up the Halloween decor this year. There is something about having a kid in the house that makes me want to make the holidays as magical as possible  (nevermind the fact he is only 8-months old!) Black cats, bright orange pumpkins, friendly spiders and bats! It's pretty darn fun :) 

The "Trick or Treat" banner, table runner, black cat, and pumpkin bag are all from Pottery Barn Kids.

The light-up pumpkins are from Pottery Barn and a few years old.

The child spider mugs are from Crate and Barrel, but a few years old as well. Here is a similar one.

Seriously, having kids is so much fun :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Real Life

I would love to be a great, reliable, interesting, timely blogger... I had great intentions with the "relaunch" of my blog to do just that, actually.

BUT, life just gets in the way. A sick baby and an unusually crazy week of work = one tired mama. One who is focused on cuddling up her little boy and doesn't have time to even THINK about beautiful things, inspirational ideas, and house projects!

So until my baby is feeling good again and I get caught up on work and sleep, I will let you in on a current glimpse of my "real life" :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fridays with Milesbear

As I shared on the blog before, I work on a "tailored work arrangement" and therefore do not work on Fridays anymore. I LOVE my Fridays with Miles! We play around the house, cuddle,  read books, go for walks, do laundry, take a long nap together, go shopping, lay outside under the big tree in our front yard, have play dates with friends, cuddle, practice walking, cuddle, and cuddle some more :)  I love my job and there are a lot of reasons that I decided to continue to work (which I will share in detail at some point), but I think taking Fridays off was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I cherish this extra mommy-Miles day!

This weekend he turns 8-months old! My oh my how time flies!
PS - These are al pics Ive posted on instagram. You can follow me at saramb11!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My MUST HAVE Accessory for Organization! (And I'm giving one away, too!)

I have total mom brain. Things just don't stick in my brain the way they used to and I constantly think to myself "Now, what was it I was supposed to do today again?"  I always feel like I am forgetting something (and I usually am!) As someone who is naturally type A and used to be super organized, this has caused me a lot of unnecessary stress! I've tried a few different types of solutions in terms of to-do lists to keep myself organized, but I have found a true winner in the form of this Archie Grand notebook. It is stylish, quircky, and just the right size to throw in my purse and to put by my nightstand at night. It goes with me everywhere I go, and I refer to it as "my brain on paper". Any time a to-do item or an idea pops into my head, into the notebook it goes! I have my daily to-do lists, shopping lists, birthday reminders, blog ideas, house project ideas, and more all listed on pages throughout this book.
In terms of my failed attempts at organization, these were mostly of the electronic variety. I tried to-do lists in Word, notes on my phone, Microsoft "One Note" on my work computer, and Evernote. However, too often my ideas would pop into my head when I was away from my computer, and by the next time I opened up my computer that idea was long, long gone. I also tried to have a list on my phone, but I just couldn't find an app that I felt really worked nicely for how I wanted to organize my thoughts. And let's be real, there is nothing like crossing off a to-do list item written on a piece of paper with a colored pen. BEST. FEELING. EVER.

I actually got this Archie Grand notebook from J.Crew ages ago. This one is filling up, so I started looking at replacements from the company and just have to laugh at the amazing titles and ogle at the beautiful, bright colors! I'm about to order myself a few more of these (definitely the "Blondes I Met and Liked" notebook) and thought I'd buy one for a lucky reader as well!

All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment with which notebook you would like to have! (Either one of the ones pictures below - my favorites - or one from the website which has hundreds more listed HERE). The winner will be chosen and announced a week from today!

Note: This is not sponsored by Archie Grand, this is brought to you by yours truly!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Going to Market Tote"

I don't remember exactly how I stumbled upon designer Blair Ritchey, (Instagram I believe?), but I instantly fell in love with her "Going to Market" tote.  Some people have a thing for shoes, I have a thing for purses and bags, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one!
I wish I could say I was using it for jaunts over to Cleveland's renowned West Side Market, but in reality I'm just bringing it with me to my local Whole Foods.. next best thing right? :)

PS - I just LOVE sunflowers this time of the year. I currently have bunches of them all over my house!

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