Master Bedroom Artwork

You guys. I am so, so excited about the art I just hung up in our master bedroom. I’ve thought a lot about what I wanted to go in there, and I wanted more than something that “looks nice” to hang over our bed. I wanted something that had some meaning behind it, but was also really unique and fun. I was on Pinterest the other day (shocking, I know) and saw this from View Along the Way.

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The letters are from 163 Design Company- aren’t they awesome?! They’re wooden with canvas over top. I absolutely love the wording because that is my very favorite hymn, but I already have something with “It is Well” on it in our entryway. Plus, that wasn’t really in keeping with what I wanted in our bedroom. I’ve been wanting to incorporate our wedding song, “Stand by Me,” into our room somewhere, but I figured I would just frame the sheet music and frame it. Then, it hit me. I contacted 163 Design Company (they were AMAZING to work with and crazy fast), and they created me a little something custom for our bedroom.

Wedding song lyrics for "Stand by Me" over the master bed at mycoffeeiscold.com.

Wedding song lyrics over the master bed at mycoffeeiscold.com.

Wedding song lyrics for "Stand by Me" over the master bed at mycoffeeiscold.com.

I am obsessed. I may have stood there for a really long time staring at it and smiling.

Not only was this project budget-friendly at under $100, it was also a surprisingly simple process to hang them up. I laid the design out on the floor, first. Then, I measured the width of the design and figured out where the center was. Then, I put up a painter’s tape guide and made sure that was level. Then, starting at the center, I worked my way out and up. It was really nice to have my sister here to help, that made it go much faster and helped to get things level. I discovered that my secret super power is being a human level- I was shockingly accurate!

Wedding song lyric artwork on mycoffeeiscold.com

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I hung every letter with a command strip (the letters aren’t heavy, so it is pretty secure). I was going to paint them to match our wall, but the canvas color was really close, so I saved myself that step. Plus, I liked the detail of the actual canvas a lot.

Wedding song lyric artwork on mycoffeeiscold.com

I absolutely LOVE the way this turned out, and I love having a little piece of our wedding day in our bedroom.

Do you have your wedding song displayed somewhere in your home, too? Did you frame lyrics or do something different?

Living Room Update

As promised, I am back to show you guys some updated photos of the living room. We haven’t done much else in here since moving in, aside from clearing out boxes and decorating the fireplace a bit more. Eventually, I’m going to hang curtains in here- once I have the time to remake our old ones. They’re way too short for these high ceilings, so I am going to get creative.  They’re a burnt orange color- I am obsessed with blue and orange together! Anyway, here are some photos of our living room as it looks today:

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Living room with Palladian Blue walls and rustic accents from mycoffeeiscold.com
Living room with Palladian Blue walls and rustic accents from mycoffeeiscold.com
Living room with Palladian Blue walls and rustic accents from mycoffeeiscold.com

We love our living room, especially the open concept with the kitchen. Other favorite aspects of this space are our reclaimed mantel (an old support beam from a local house that hosts weddings and events), our faux beam in the ceiling (it’s essentially a box made by our carpenter that was stained and tacked to the ceiling) and the new Ikea couch. Let me tell you, having a slipcovered couch is ESSENTIAL with little boys. I’ve already washed all of the seat cushion covers in the 1 1/2 months we’ve lived here thanks to endless chocolate milk drips and breakfast crumbs. Trevor’s leather “man chair” recliner was an amazing Craigslist find from right before we moved- it was in pristine condition and we paid $250. We found the tag under the reclining portion and it retailed for $1,300!! I also love our media cabinet- it’s from a local furniture store and was already the fun turquoise color. I made the name art that rests on it in Photoshop a few years ago after seeing this tutorial online. There are still projects to be done in this space, but I still love it as-is, in the meantime.

What’s your favorite thing about your living room? Any upcoming projects?

(Linking up today with Tatertots and Jello)

Kitchen Update

We’re just over a month into living in our new house, and the verdict is in: I am in love with my new kitchen. Getting to design a kitchen from top to bottom was the very best and most exciting part of building a house for my cooking-obsessed self.

A few things I really, really love are:

My brick-faced island:

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Our butcher block countertops:

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The apron fireclay sink:

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Our coffee station (because, yes.):

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The lighting:

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HUGE, deep drawers for pots and pans:

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My behemoth pantry (and that extra-cute bread thief!)!!

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The totally open concept with the living room and our little eating nook (we just added some new blue chairs from Target in here (second picture)… the old ones I borrowed from the dining room are in a few of these pictures. I can’t wait until Trevor build us our banquette seating in this area- we’ll have the two chairs and a wraparound bench.):

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There it is- my favorite space in our house. I’ll be back later this week with more pictures of our living room area. Happy Monday!

Fourth of July Weekend {in Pictures}

This weekend was a bit of a blur, but we managed to have some fun with the kids amidst the chaos. Knox and Brody had a birthday brunch with my sister, Kayla, who decided to cover them in temporary tattoos. Brody was delighted, so much so, I would suspect he’ll be our child that asks for real ones when he’s a teenager. He had “sleeves” of Cars tattoos and was SO proud of them! Hilarious.

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Knox, on the other hand, told his aunt to “take off!” When she put his on. I asked to see it, and this is what he did. He was quite horrified about it. LOL- I did take it off for him.

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I made a pound cake, and this is Brody knocking on the oven for it to come out.

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If you needed more proof that Knox is my child, this is him watching “19 Kids and Counting” on Netflix. He calls the Duggars “Wise Men.” I have no idea why (unless maybe he saw a Christmas episode), but he told me he wanted to watch “wise men” one day, and it took me forever to figure out what he was talking about! Anyway, he’s a boy after my own heart with his Duggar love. :)

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Knox’s other love is anything related to fire, so he really enjoyed watching sparklers and little cheap fireworks.

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We took the boys swimming on Saturday at my mom and stepdad’s house. We didn’t take pictures while swimming, but when we were done, Knox said he “needs to lay down for a minute” which meant he wanted to lay in “his” bed and play with my mom’s iPad. LOL. One of their dogs, Luna, is a Border Collie and is terribly stressed when Knox swims. She runs around their pool until her feet bleed because she’s so anxious about him being in there. Poor thing! Knox’s swimming is absolutely crazy. He thinks he is a fish, I believe. He swims under water without holding his nose and holds his breath. It’s amazing. He has a puddle jumper but prefers to be without it. If we take it off of him, he is underwater practically the entire time. He’ll be swimming by himself by the end of the summer.

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They were worn out!

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We did some drawing… mainly Brody enjoyed this. He thought it was so funny when I would draw his trucks for him.

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I finally made playroom curtains yesterday while Brody napped and hung them up last night. I could not get a good picture because the light was streaming in, so I’ll update that later. Eventually, I will post some more house pictures!

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Did you guys do anything fun over the weekend?

Essential Oils for a Sunburn

So, we have taken the leap into Essential Oils, and after some research, I felt most comfortable using DoTerra (thought I have to say, Young Living is also a great choice) brand oils. I didn’t really know what I was doing at first (and I’m still learning), but I ordered the Family Physician Pack and a ZAQ diffuser to start with- the Family Physician Pack has some of the most-used oils and is a great way to get your feet wet and learn about this new world. Basically, Essential Oils are a natural, plant-based way to enhance your life- aka use “Balance” blend of oils to calm yourself and your kids down by using it in a diffuser in your living room or try using “On Guard” to hold off an illness that is creeping into your home one person at a time. There are a million different options, and as much as I love “green” and natural things, I had to give this a shot. When you think about it, before the dawn of modern medicine, people used natural oils for tons of things- and very effectively. Now, if we’re really sick, we’re using antibiotics. However, if I have a tickle in my throat that I’d like to get rid of, I’m going to try oils first and see if that helps. There are a lot of oils that seem to help with Autism, as well, so that was a huge decision-making factor for me. I’ll let you know as I try some of those to see if they make a difference for Knox.

A super easy “recipe” I tried this week was for sunburn. Trevor and I got fried out on the lake on last week, and we were out of aloe. I did some Googling and decided to try something out:

Doterra Essential Oils for sunburn relief

DoTerra Oils for Sunburn Relief:

1/4 cup water
20 drops peppermint oil
20 drops lavender oil

Combine in  a glass spray bottle and spray on affected area. It provides an instant cooling sensation, and even after we bought some aloe, I kept using this because it felt WAY better than the aloe! Plus, it smells awesome. I’ll definitely keep using this one, and I will share with you guys when I find things that work! I love knowing what’s in the products that we use, just like I prefer to know what’s in the food that we eat, so this has seemed to be a natural fit. If you’d like to try it out, feel free to use this link to check out DoTerra!

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