Phew! Last week was a crazy ride... 🎢🚨
Sorry Instagram, growing your account is important an’ all but sometimes there is an avalanche of real life to be dealt with, the volume of which has you hanging on for dear life and feeling euphorically happy just to make it to bed time each night with your sanity still intact! ⛑👻
So yesterday, having missed a couple of days of posts I decided to celebrate by skipping another, (I’m a rebel like that)😆 Although I’m back now, because.. you know.. I somehow got the feeling that if I didn’t do something today I might get totally into it and never actually post again!
One of the many upsides of skipping a few days is that you actually get to accomplish something else! 🤯😆 Like unpacking my Ikea haul from a few weeks back. I’m feeling very happy with my new rug, which was an incredible £17, and my bamboo bowl .. another total bargain at £14. I think I am in love with them both and I would be happy staring at them for a while. But I have picture frames to spray paint and wall lights to install so I must get on with that....
I’m feeling quite zen now, almost back to my normal self.🧘🏼♀️🧘🏼♀️
And I’ll see how things go...Depending on how much I achieve today, and how Instagram behaves, who knows I may or may not post again tomorrow!💁🏼♀️
If you are interested, the rug is Törslev and the bamboo bowl is Blanda Matt. Post also includes items previously gifted by @thelittlebotanical
MORNINNNGGGG - do you remember that episode of Friends where...Chandler and Joey switch apartments briefly with Rachel and Monica and when they go back to normal Joey’s so happy because of the singing guy across the alleyway who wakes him up each morning Today I feel like singing guy, had such a good day yesterday and feel super motivated 🙌🏻
SO! I spoke about this a bit on Stories yesterday and you can catch up with highlights called #DailyDIY. It’s my attempt to make myself more accountable and to try and do something each day, even a little small thing, to move the house progress forward. We’ve been here over 5 years and there are so many little, easy jobs that I never get round to so I’m going to use you all to get shit done. You know, like the stupid tumble dryer filter that took me about 2 months to paint, doesn’t it look so much better now blended in with the blue
You can read more about it in today’s blog post but if you want to join in with your home updates, anything from booking in a plumber to cleaning windows to landscaping a garden, just tag me either on the grid or on Stories and use #DailyDIY so I can share what you’re up to. Hopefully we can inspire each other 🤞🏻On today’s list, painting the back of my kitchen door the final coat, painting a planter and possibly getting some handles fitted on the living room cupboards 💪🏻
@worktopexpress work surface
@kohleruk sink & tap
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New room who dis ➡️ for before and more of our “basement”! / Raise your hand if you’re sick of bloggers linking $900 ottomans and $100 throw pillows 🙋🏻♀️ #ThankYouNext #BallinOnaBudget over here! This room renovation consists of garage sale find furniture. Repurposed/reupholstered old ottoman. Faux built-ins via Ikea billy book cases. And lots of #looksforless - like this $200 France & Son light fixture look alike that typically goes for $1400 😳 -That’s about the price of this entire room renovation. (Shout out to @blesserhouse blog for keepin’ it real with an amazingly easy to follow and inexpensive billy bookcase built-in tutorial. Check out the process on my pinned stories labeled “BUILT-IN” and visit her blog for more deets on exactly how to do it)
The one with the love hate relationship.. And also one heck of a none polished corner of our home 😅 I have this love hate relationship with our outdoor shower.. We put it up last summer in the heat wave and I loved it! Then we started renovating the bathroom and I ended up showering here until late november in cold water 🥶 my butt was so cold at the end 😂 and damn it hated that shower in the end.. It's also in a corner that we haven't really renovated yet so everything looks so raw. However Im certain that it will look so cool when we're done with it. Until then its funktion over looks and on a day like this where the weather gods are sending us 30 degrees Im a-okay with that and you can bet you right arm on that this is where I can be found this afternoon 🐳 what are you Guys up too today #outdoorshower #outdoordesign #myinspiringinterior #designstyleliving #bidathome #solebich #danskerum
I’m totally playing along with #lovethefeedsyoufollow and sharing a collage of four photos that really reflect my style. I think this stuff is so fun and thank @lucky_coins_home for starting this hashtag! It creates a great avenue for finding new, inspiring accounts to follow 🙌🏻 +
I’m just going to say... if you play along, it was really hard to only choose four pictures! I needed about ten....
I AM WE ARE // Let’s do this // July 27, 2019 .
Blue Monday. The den we designed in this Los Gatos home. #bylizettemarie
My Airbnb guests always tell me I’m the only Airbnb around Disney World with a swing chair in the bedroom! Well the master suite also has one, so yes 2 swing chairs in my Airbnb! The other is in the King Master Suite downstairs but this Queen bedroom is def one of the faves in the villa 💛 #prettylittlevilla
💡”Get busy watering your own grass so as not to notice whether it's greener elsewhere.” With social media, it's easy to fall into the trap of letting other people's perfect social-media profiles convince you that you're somehow falling short. I have made a point to myself to keep posting for me, when I want. I know it hasn’t been the best for stable growth, but this feed continues to be my passion, not my job. I want to inspire you, entertain you and motivate you, but I DO NOT want to instil envy in you! I try to be as transparent as possible and I urge you to follow accounts that you can relate to and bring you joy. It’s been great getting to know so many people through this wonderful platform and I just wanted to take this opportunity to say - thanks for being here! ❤️
@_blessedanddistressedwomen is at it again!! We love how she styled our paper wall scroll in her home!! Absolutely gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home Marissa!!! 😍 #baycreekfinds
🖤 The black accents in this kitchen caught my eye on @coco.kelley the other day. This space feels approachable + airy, even with the weight of the black.
Definitely adding this to my file of inspiration. #SimplyBeautifulLiving // Design by @tamaramageldesign
A good gallery wall incorporates other elements other than just photo frames! Mix and match colors, textures and metals like we did in our sterling project and you can have a picture perfect wall like this one! 🖤
Even as a designer, things can get monotonous when you're in the grind.
What do you do when you have designer's block Sometimes getting out samples + swatches to come up with combinations just for fun can get my mind working again.
What are your hacks for keeping things creative 🎨
#LBDStudio | Photography by @amybartlam
Some of our best sellers all together. We love to see the projects you create using our fabric, sold by the yard! These beauties are all in stock in the shop!
Think this is the only corner of our house that isn’t a mess. Day two of summer break- I know some of you are feeling me. 😉
I always get asked “what color should I paint a brick fireplace!” I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again...matte black looks reallllll good! And that’s only one of the reasons @msviciousdesign is our #ispyraddesign pick of the week! ⠀
A huge thank you to everyone for using our hashtag, #ispyraddesign this past week and a special thanks to Tamlyn @wild_run_farms for co-hosting with us!! If you’d like to play along and be featured next week, follow these simple steps:⠀
1️⃣ Tag your RAD spaces with #ispyraddesign all week long!⠀
2️⃣Follow all the hosts! ⠀
& this weeks co-host! ⠀
We will pick a winner to feature the following week!⠀
Little girl in the corner for scale*. Meet the most fabulous Kerman in all the land. Traditional and classic with modern colors. Stunning. // ANAHITA • 9’ x 12’ • $1925 //
💭There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place.
⠀ ✨J.K. Rowling ⠀
I believe in the power of storytelling. How it can transport you to a magical place and even inspire you to find your own inner magic. But a beautiful story doesn’t have to be locked in the pages of a book; ⠀
When it comes to a home, it’s your furnishings, textiles and accessories that are your pivotal players, and the textures, patterns and colors that provide them character. And when you layer these unique pieces together, you build a story for your home that creates warmth and soul. It invites you to stay and be embraced by it. This is the type of story that I’ve tried to achieve with The Beach Lodge. And like all great stories, I hope our guests never tire of it and continue to come back for years to come. #TheBeachLodgeLife
A little sneak peek of the laundry room! I finally got the shelves all put together and I’m loving it now! I know paper towels aren’t really pretty decor but I’m wanting to keep the laundry room pretty and functional!
I mentioned in my story that I’ve been feeling pretty sick so I haven’t been posting like I normally do. But I am hoping to get back to my normal routine this week! I hope everyone has a great Monday night!
Is there anything better than summer nights Only when you can enjoy them in a backyard that looks like this right This fireplace is and always will be a favorite!
Alright! Cute story time:
So the other day I looked out my living room window and saw this dog walking by itself down the street. When it went out of view I went to the front door and stuck my head out looking around for the owner. No one else in sight.
Then, the dog lies down on the road and a car ALMOST hits the dumb adorable thing!
My heart and mind were racing. My first instinct was to get the dog safe, so I shouted to get its attention. And oh boy, it sure wasn't hard to call the dog over!
Next thing I knew, she was exploring my house, attacking Laurie in doggie kisses and licking food off her high chair (win!). While I went through the process of informing our local FB page for missing dogs about this sweetheart, I noticed a car going up the street at a crawl speed. I didn't get out in time to flag them, but by their next round I flagged them down and turns out it's my neighbor's dog from across the street!
And that is how we met Kaya, the husky puppy. She reminded me SO much of my Elsie....😭 I really miss having a dog! Especially those big, friendly breeds that are so lovable and great with kids!
One day...one day our family will be ready for the responsibility of such a dog 💕🐶
moments of magic. Something about painting on wood instead of canvas has freed me & I’m loving what’s pouring out.⠀
Also... There's a new blog post up and I'm sharing all about the inspiration behind this small series of paintings. (coming june 25th!)⠀
(link temporarily in my bio) or www.kendracastillo.com/blog⠀😉
We usually eat in the kitchen nook, but this morning we decided it was time to have a fancy tea party breakfast in the dining space instead. Sometimes you just gotta live a little and pretend your water is tea and your mom is a French cafe waitress (instead of a person that will stay in pajama pants all day if you let her.)😉
Head to my blog to read all about my dining room update with @bassettfurniture 😍 I’m borderline obsessed with everything. Like if this table could get a restraining order against me for my constant caressing... it would. Too bad, table. You’re mine! 😂 Link in bio and stories.
Progress.. not perfection..is being made in the backyard. Just in time for summer! White cushions that were on backorder for our new @live.outer sofa have arrived and I’m in love!! I also ordered several mud cloth pillow covers that were on sale due to being slightly flawed, and plan to use those out here. I played around with hanging a basket pendant light above the coffee table but found it distracting and I think I’ve ultimately decided to go back to hanging cafe lights! Still deciding on a coffee table. This is from inside and just giving me a feel. Do I go concrete or teak I’m leaning towards teak - just hoping I can be patient enough to let it naturally grey. Haven’t found a rug I love for out here AND I switched the dining table chairs from black to white... and I love it! Landscape will happen someday but I’m totally used to our dirt yard since it’s been this way for years 🤣🤷🏼♀️. Greenery would be nice but that’s just a luxury at this point.
Phew... that was a mouthful and now you know what it’s like to be in my head!! 🤣
Moral of the story; have fun in the progress. Don’t feel the need to rush. Take your time and enjoy each phase as it naturally unfolds. Hopefully the end result will be a space you truly love and one you will continue to find joy in for many years to come. .
#smmakelifebeautiful #myhousebeautiful #mybhg #abmathome #outdoorliving #inmydomaine #beckiowensfeauture #anthrohome #outdoorspaces #theeverygirlathome #pocketofmyhome
You know it’s a good Monday when you get a pretty blue votive from @glassybaby as a thank you gift, someone brings you gluten free donuts from @mariposabaking, you find the rattan vases from @homegoods you thought you left at the store last week, and the weather is a perfect 70° and sunny!
trying to consolidate my belongings into one bag so all my 💩 will fit into the car for our drive home #casual
“Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso.
What are Your Go-To products that you bring along with you when travelling For me - it's my hydrating duo of @lorealhair EverPure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. There's something about travelling that just dries the CRAP out of my hair - maybe it's the air on the plane, but bringing along my EverPure line is a must...or I kid you not, my hair would resemble something in the family of Hay by the end of the trip.
A couple of weeks ago we were in Montreal because Andrew was being honoured with an incredible award for his hard work by his company (I am so darn proud of him). I was grateful to sneak in time to relax, read, rest my aching pregnant body and leave a good conditioner on my hair. Mamas - Hot coffee...full chapters of my book, complete and utter silence...Bless🙌🏼 Just a wee bit of time and love for oneself goes a long way!
Check out L'Oreal's EverPure line - I promise you will fall in love with the fresh Rosemary scent and it's Quenching effects! My hair is 100% #BetterWithEver 🌿
I wish I could tell you all that we spent our weekend enjoying the warm weather on the deck (cause it was soooo nice here!), but in reality, both Russel and I were sick all weekend :( Which meant all of our Father’s Day plans went out the window! 😞 No car show, no brunch, no BBQ. But things are looking up! And luckily we can celebrate Daddy any day! Also, the kiddos still managed to enjoy the deck all weekend without us now that they have an awesome kids space to themselves! [ad] See this adorable kids makeover with @valsparcanada paint on the blog now! #lovecreatecelebrate
It's #thriftshopchallenge day, y'all, and I'm so pumped to be back with @greenwithdecor, @makingmanzanita, and @smallstuffemily to share our fun thrift store finds. Swipe to see a few peeks into how I took some random containers and baskets from my local Goodwill and turned them into gorgeous planters for my house.⠀
I normally tackle a larger project for this challenge but I always see so many fun little vessels at the thrift shops, I really wanted to showcase how you can take any of them and turn them into an adorable planter for your house! So, head to the blog to see how to turn just about ANYTHING into a planter, then be sure to check out everyone else's projects. ⠀
Oh, and keep an eye on my stories this week because we have a really exciting guest host participating later this week! We'll all be keeping a close eye on the #thriftshopchallenge hashtag this week and sharing some favorites, so be sure to share and tag your recent thrift store makeovers too. 🙌🏻⠀
I'm dying to know - what's the best thing you've ever found at a thrift store!
Walt Whitman once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” We happen to agree. #minimalistkitchen
SOLD 🙌🏻. The Secret Garden found a new home today. She’s headed to San Francisco with my collector who now owns 4 of my original works ☺️. The feeling of someone investing in my work and creativity never seems to wane- I’m always as giddy and excited as I was the first time one of my paintings sold. I can’t even put to words how grateful I am to everyone who makes it possible for me to live out my dream. Whether you’ve purchased one of my original works, maybe just one of my coaster sets or prints, have showed up to one of my events, or have even just shared my work with a friend, THANK YOU! 🙏 #stefaniebalesfineart .