My handsome hubby's birthday is on Saturday.  As part of his present, I am hoping to hang the gallery wall of mirrors that we have hoarded accumulated.  He wants them hung in the corner to the right of his desk.   I love a good gallery wall.  I love balance and symmetry.  How do you get that with a corner gallery wall?  



Here are some of my favorite M inspiration:


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These are clearly unedited or staged pictures.  You can see some of the mirrors that we will use strewn all over the floor.  Here's to keeping it real!


Here is a shot of the corner for reference.


For father's day I swapped out the standing lamp for a tall Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree.  The mirrors would be hung above the chair to the left of the desk and then wrap onto the TV wall.


Any tips for me?  Should I also hang mirrors on the right of TV?



If you are anything like me you have your wedding dress stashed somewhere around your house.  Maybe it is in a box in the attic or stored in a spare closet like mine.


When we moved into our new house two years ago I wanted to change up our Christmas decor without spending a fortune.


I was on the hunt for a beaded, white Christmas tree skirt.  The ones at the department stores were a fortune and even $50 or more at TJ Maxx and Homegoods.  That is not a bad price, but more than I wanted to spend.


Then it dawned on me that I had the perfect thing at home.  The train on my wedding dress was completely detachable.  It was white satin, beaded and round.  Perfect!


If your train does not detach, you could always cut apart your dress.  Insert gasps here!  Are you ever going to wear your dress again?  Do you have daughters that would actually want to wear it?  I have boys, so that isn't even a consideration.  Why not make into a new and useful family heirloom.


Happy Sunday!  We made a Family Winter Fun list last week.  It's a good way to ensure the Christmas season is not soley based on shopping and hustle and bustle.  We crossed one item off the list last night by visiting Hillridge Farms Festival of Lights.



Many of you Raleigh locals know about Hillridge Farms fall fun with pumpkins and more, but did you know thy are open at Christmas too?


We visited with Santa and the boys told him what they would like for Christmas.  Santa lectured them about not fighting with each other, no whining and to make sure to listen to Mom and Dad the First time!  I love Santa!






Our other favorite activities at the Festival of Lights include the hayride through the lights, the giant slide, and roasting smore's around a fire.  They sell marshmallows on a long stick for roasting and a packet of chocolate squares and graham crackers. Hot chocolate and apple cider are another favorite too!


I had the most wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and hope you did too!  We did tons of decorating! Handsome Hubby put the lights on the front of the house while I decorated inside and on the back porch.



We still need a rug for the patio, snowflake lights, pillows and more, but it is starting to come together.  I am hoping to wrap it up this weekend for a post on Monday.






My oldest was adamant that we "Christmasfy" our house this weekend.  Good thing that is what was already on the agenda.


Please forgive the grainy iPhone photos. I have asked for a new iPhone and camera for Christmas.


This is by far my favorite Christmas tree!  I am sure I say that every year, but I am in love with the white snowflakes and furry critters.  It's the perfect mix of what makes me happy and what makes my two little boys happy.  Plus, it's blue.  Their favorite color.  I reused a lot from last year including the white feather boas for "snow" and the tree skirt is actually the detachable train from my wedding dress.  Not that you can see it since it's covered in the packages I stayed up until midnight wrapping.



My two boys helped me make this ornament garland out of leftover Christmas balls.   We moved the mirror from the Mud Room to the stairs to add some more color to the staircase wall.  I can't wait to have the hallway painted. 

     
We also built Lego Santa's Workshop. This is my new favorite tradition.  We still need to rebuild the Lego Winter Village Cottage from last year. 


What's your favorite Christmas tradition?

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Did you see this Ikea Hack on the Shine Your Light blog?  Incredible transformation!






Hey ya'll!  Are you getting in the Christmas spirit yet?  I am!  Although, I don't agree with Santa Claus coming to the mall before Thanksgiving, I must admit I have been humming Christmas Carols.

Have you seen Emily A. Clark's Winter Patio on the Home Depot Apron blog?  I am in love!  It made me think of jazzing up our screen porch for the winter.


Isn't it stunning?!?

Here's what I have to start with:





Since this is our view from the sliding glass door all winter, I think we should give it a Wintery Wonderland feel that we can leave decorated well after Christmas.  Although I love Emily's Red and Black scheme, that wouldn't flow with our grey, teal and white scheme inside.

Here is what I have in mind:





Now that we are almost done with the boys' bedroom, my next project will be a mini update on the Master Bathroom.  The images shown of the bathroom were taken at the model house, our bathroom currently has no window treatment, is painted boring builder ivory and has no style.


We are so close to finishing M&L's room!  Last weekend the shelves went up over Lucas's dresser and this weekend we finished the cornice boards for the windows.



We initially purchased red Lack shelves from Ikea for their room, but I thought since the boys' legos are so colorful that the wood tone would be better.  Plus, I got these for cheap on Craigslist!  


I had seen several tutorials online for using foam insulation to make cornice boards and thought it looked super easy.  I was wrong!  I think cutting thin plywood wood have been easier and we would not have foam pebbles flying all over the house.  Oh well!  They are done and hung now. 

I wanted to add ribbon trim to jazz them up a little bit, but the Hubby disagreed.


To trim or not to trim????

I picked up this fabric from Premier Fabrics in Raleigh.  I love having a local source for all of my Premier Prints favorites.

We are almost done with this space!  Here is what's left on the to do list:

  • Bookshelf/Hutch for between the beds
  • Sconces
  • Gallery Wall
  • Paint final 2 Star Wars canvases
  • Laundry hampers
  • Trick out the closet
  • Drawer knobs



We are slowly making more and more progress on our boys' bedroom.  The rest of my family was gone this week.  Yeah, I know you are jealous! 





It left a lot if free time so that I could paint their Star Wars canvases.  I also squeezed in a huge abstract 3' x 4' for my neighbor and maybe some shopping and happy hour with a good friend.


It looks fabulous in her 2 story stairwell.

We spent this afternoon installing wood toned Ikea Lack floating shelves and galvanized letters.


My cute little helpers!



M&L love this arrow shelf.  I am not sure where it's going, but I have to find a spot for it since they love it so much.


I hope you had a great weekend.  We certainly did!  We managed to make a lot of progress on the Boys' Bedroom by painting the walls, changing out their bedding, finishing their headboards, installing varsity font wall decals, painting a lamp and hanging some art. 



Lots of blogs out there will show one huge room reveal, but I thought I would use more of a One Room Challenge style of update and show you our progress as we go along.


This picture was taken before I painted the lamp.  You will get to see it red in the next round of photos.



Next I will be working on Star Wars canvases that will be part of a gallery wall. I already purchased the materials.  While at Michael's I scored an awesome pocket watch style red wall clock. I also placed on order for Ikea Lack wall shelves in red and super cute wall sconces.


We are getting excited for our Fall Family Photo shoot with Shannon Foster Bradley.  We usually get our pictures taken at Joyner Park in Wake Forest but I think this year we will try out Shelley Lake in Raleigh.

We went on a family outing to the mall last night trying to get the remaining pieces for our outfits. This year we are going for a navy and yellow or gold color scheme.

Have a great weekend!