Decorating with Maps

Last Sunday my little family did what we normally do once A month on a Sunday.... Took a little walk over to the book store. I grab me an ice mocha and a big stack of decorating magazines, and go plop myself down in a big comfy chair, while Jake and the boys......... well I can't actually tell you what they go and do. I'm usually lost in my own little world by then.


They were everywhere in these magazines! I was totally inspired. So the first thing I did after our walk home, was dig through my travel file. I keep maps and brochure's of the places I've been or where I'd like to one day go.

I put up my favorite one on my bulletin board. It's of the Oregon Coast. I totally want to live there one day. It's such an awesome place, so this way I can get more familiar with the area, Right?

Here are some other beautiful and creative uses of Maps:

Steven Gambrel

Coastal Living

Wallpaper by Ralph Lauren

Better Homes and Gardens

Domino. Adrian Grenier's home

Thanks for stopping by,


I got to go see Jewel last night! My good friend, Bethany called me up yesterday, an hour before the concert to see if I'd go with her. Her poor sister got sick and had to cancel. So of course, I said, Yes!

She was playing at the Botanical Gardens in Boise. The weather was beautiful. We laid our picnic blanket out on the grass, like 20 feet away from the stage. 
It was Awesome!

She had Brandi Carlile open for her, who also has a great voice and very entertaining I should add.
she had everyone cracking up.
Jewel sang all of my favorite songs: Down so long, Foolish games, Who will save your soul, and her new one, Satisfied (check it out, if you haven't already). Oh and she even sang a song just for us called, "There is No Z in Boise"

No Cameras we're allowed........ But some how I still managed to grab a quick shot!

It was a very Fun night.

Painted Hutch

I painted this cute little hutch but unfortunately have NO room in my little house for it. So I'll be selling it in my yard sale June 26-27.

This is what it looked like before.
 My sweet mom in law picked it up from someone in her neighborhood, and she knew I'd have fun fixing it up.

I sanded it down, spray primed it, and after a good 3 coats of white paint........(these kind of projects ALWAYS take more time and paint then you expect)

It turned out Lovely!

It has a cute little drawer.
 I kept the original knobs, but spray painted the inner screws, as well as the hinges silver.

The bottom half of the hutch is a lift top desk. I left the inside of it, the pretty wood.

The top shelf has an indent to hold plates. So it's perfect for a kitchen or dinning room.

But I was thinking it would also be great in a bedroom, a bathroom, a little girls room or nursery, or even used as a laptop desk.

If you're in the Boise area and would like to buy it, be sure to stop by my yard sale!

Beachy Bathroom

Here is my tiny little Master Bathroom.

And here is my homemade seashell mobile, that I blogged about in my last post HERE.

I painted the little plant stand blue. 
 I also painted the flower pot white, which is totally pealing off, but I like it. And then I glued little seashells onto it. 
I think my little plant has a wild side!

I hung a shelf above the toilet, which holds small baby food jars filled with sand and a tea light candle.  I added some sea shells to the shelf as well.

I love the way the light sparkle in the mirror.. it makes for a very relaxing shower (unfortunately no bathtub in this bathroom...yet)

We did put in a new little light.

My husband tore out the old shower and put in and tiled this new one.

He added these great little shelves. They hold more of my cool rock soap from Backyard Birds (located in Salt Lake City, UT)

I love the blue tile, I think it's so cute. My Jake sure did a fantastic job, I'm very proud of him.

This is what the bathroom looked like before:
OK, So if you were wondering where my sink is, Well....... I almost didn't post this, because it's  so embarrassing. 
Have a look for yourself.

Yup, that's the sink there behind the my bedroom! So ever since we moved in, we've wanted to remodeled it. Put in a big tub, a pedestal sink, a bigger closet and a wall. It's taking a long time to get there because it is such a huge project.

And because I'm always looking for the easiest and cheapest way out of things, I've come up with some Bathrooms in the Bedroom inspiration.

I'm in love with this one.

found on ratemyspace by tgr3gory

Hopefully, One day!

seashell mobile

Over at Simple.Casual Living blog (which is also a store, named city.cottage in Ontario) they are having a giveaway of one of these beautiful seashell mobiles. You can pick out of a few different ones. 
Like this one..
This one...

Or this one...

I believe the contest is still going on. So head over and enter, if you haven't already.

I entered for the top one....... but loved it so much, that I had to have it now!!!

So here is the one I made. I can't take all the credit because I did have a seashell chime that I dismantled and added the sticks to. So my seashells already had holes in them.
I have it hanging in my master bath, which I'm blogging about next. So stay tuned.

And by the way, if by chance I am the Lucky winner. I'll be stoked. I'm sure I can find a spot for another one.

Junk Sale Shopping

I'm not really sure what it is about going through peoples old stuff that I find to be so much Fun. Whether it be a yard sale, antique shop, estate sale, flea market, thrift store, or even sidewalk junk. It gives me such a thrill finding one of a kind "treasures".  I'm pretty sure I'd still love these shops even if I had millions of dollars. 
How about you?
 Here is what I picked up on my last outing.
The Frame ended up in the Kitchen...
 holding some favorite recipe's.
 The cute little stool is now in front of the sink, so that the kiddo's can wash up by themselves.

This is a very interesting piece. It's some sort of ruler. It measures up to 8.5 feet. I'm thinking it was used for farming equipment. Maybe measuring grains??? It had a lot of mud on it.
I'm thinking I'll use it to measure my boys.

I painted the little night stand red. Spray painted the handle silver, and then roughed it up good.
Which if you remember ended up in Liam's room.
Oh and P.S. I'll be having a Yard Sale of my own sometime in the next month or two. You Must Always get rid of the old to make room for the new.