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Girl Cave Inspiration

Within the next few years we are hoping to start our family but we have two challenges ahead of us: paying off our debt from the restoration of our Mustangfinding me an at-home employment opportunityIn the meantime, my husband wants me to design my "dream" office.  Still my beating heart!  Of course this means we'll be DIYing a lot of the design to save money from the high end shops.  :)
Here are some inspiration photos I am drooling over loving.  Unfortunately I don't know where all of these items came from but I have re-pinned them from PinterestEnjoy!

Expedit styling from ikea
Hubby will build me a combo of these two desks (white desk but with a drawer).

Or what about this one?  From World Market Chair on the left is from Crate & Barrel ($299.99) Can't find the source for the chair on the right.
Or this chair???  From World Market I am envisioning the metal crate will be used for storage of wrapping paper.
Maybe we could find something similar and transform into …

How To: Create a Chalkboard Frame

So, yesterday I wrote about how I wanted to create a chalkboard frame for my kitchen.
The rest of the story...from picture frame to chalkboard frame!

Here is the 16"x20" frame I purchased from (believe it or not) Joanne Fabrics ON SALE for 40% off ($11.99!!!)

Chalkboard spray paint from Krylon:  $7.99

Directions: For best adhesion, clean glassShake, shake, shake the can (after ball inside the can begins to rattle) Apply paint to dry surface in a "sweeping" motionAllow 24 hours before initial useOnce dry, break in surface by rubbing full area with side of chalk and then erase entire surfaceGuess what I found this morning as I was getting ready for work???

Isn't he sweet?

Here is a distance shot to see where it now resides in our lovely kitchen.  I couldn't be happier with it!!!

 Just a little doodle...
Are there any projects you have done using chalkboard paint? Happy Decorating!

Chalkboard frames

This Pinterest thing has really gotten me excited and my creative ideas are spinning inside my head!  I have wanted to get a weekly menu planned out and organized for some time now.  If I could create something that would encourage me to plan ahead, then I might be so inclined to do so!  There are chalkboard frames all over blogland.  We're talking at weddings, at birthdays, above fireplace mantels, kitchen walls, pantry doors, you name it!

Here are some inspirational photos:

Whipper Berry
Martha Stewart Weddings
Wedding Channel
Martha Stewart Weddings
My initial goal was to find a fun vintage mirror and spray paint the frame white.
I was thinking something like this: or this Ikea

...though I didn't exactly find what I was looking for, I ended up with something a little more modern and it actually fits our kitchen perfectly!

Tomorrow I will share with you the rest of the story!

I am in the market for...

Here is what I'm looking for:
     Lamp Base Finish:  Antique Silver finish, Crystal, or Polished Nickel      Shade:  Drum or Tapered Drum Shade      Shade Color:  White, Linen or a Natural Fiber
It is not a must to have a three-way or a high/low switch.
As far as the shape of the lamp base, I am narrowing down my favorites.  I am also not sure about the height of the lamps yet...still doing more research.
Pottery Barn
Macys The yellow lamp base is just for fun, my hubby would never go for that one!
JC Penney
Ballard Designs

I sure love to dream about decor!
Are you in the market for new home decor?
Happy Decorating!

30 Before 30

Adventures of a twenty-something approaching 30...trying to accomplish my "30 things to do before 30 list"
Take a glass blowing classShoot a rifleShower in a waterfallVisit New York CityGo wine tasting in a vineyardSleep under the starsRide a roller coasterGo kayakingLearn to WhistleGo white water raftingGo snorkelingBuy my first homeGamble in a casinoGo fishing and eat my catchTake a dance classHost a Dinner PartyAttend a Major League Baseball gameGet a full body massageTravel to a foreign countryComplete a triathlonGet MarriedHave a babyAppear on TVFly a helicopterTry YogaDo 15 pull-ups in a rowWatch a meteor showerRead the whole BibleSponsor a child in needClimb a mountain