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Our White + Bright Fireplace Makeover

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Along the same lines as the emergency binder post, I’ve accomplished another item off my own personal summer bucket list!  This one was with the help of my awesome hubby and Youtube.  I love DIY and doing different crafts but I’ve never done one on a larger scale.  And while this project is mainly just a paint job, I think it definitely qualifies as a large scale DIY.

Hubby took to Youtube to find what we would need and how much of a process it would be.  He found THIS ONE and we got to work.  As you can see, I was super helpful from the start.

Fireplace Makeover

Hubby did the main rolling and I came in with the grout work.  That took, what felt like, FOREVER.  Our mortar is so far back in some places that it took more than a few strokes to cover.  Luckily, we only needed to prime the grout for it to look good.  Hubby rolled on the additional paint layer to finish it off.

We are so thrilled with how it turned out and how bright it has made the entire room.  We don’t have a ton of light that comes into our house.  When the fireplace was traditional brick, it would stay a little dim even with all the blinds up.  Now, it bounces right off of the pretty white paint and lights up the main level.  We were also fortunate to already have the white mantel piece (removed in the before pic) so that saved us a ton of time.

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Little Happy Corners // Living Room Mantle

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Y’all…these past couple of weeks have been nothing but straight up adulting! There has been a surgery, schedule conflicts and reorganizing, one kid with an eye problem, both kids on a breathing treatment, party plan/prep, etc.  I’ve had to let some things go here and there for the time being and, unfortunately, one of those things was this wonderful little space of mine.  I hate that, but it happens.  Slowly but surely, we’re getting back in a groove, finding new ways to tackle different issues and so on and so forth.

So today I want to share with you one of my happy spots in our house, the mantle in our living room. This little space has undergone a few makeovers over the two and a half years that we’ve lived here but this is, by far, my favorite one.  I don’t really see this changing anytime soon.  It’s bright, soft, and cheerful with family heirlooms, keepsakes, and good vibes.  Enjoy!

The window is one of three that hubby picked up at a garage sale for me at a steal of a price.  All three for $15!

The cameras were pasted down to me by my mom and belong to my great grandfather.  One of them, not sure if it’s one of these or one that sits on our piano (you’ll see that one of these days when I finish that area!), was actually made by him.

This little book is very special to my husband and me.  It held our rings on our wedding day.  Some of the details on it are from my grandmother’s jewelry box.

XO, Kelly

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Little Happy Corners // Gav’s Room

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I can’t believe that I finished this space a while back and I’m only now sharing it.  Maybe because it never feels fully done, or that it’s not as polished as I’d like it to be.  But after stepping in the room to take pictures, I knew that this room would never be fully done.  It’s always going to be evolving into whatever it is that strikes Gav’s fancy at any given time.  He’s still very much into cars and vehicles, which is the main theme of the room, but he also loves dinosaurs, space, Paw Patrol, and his sports trophies.  None of those things “fit” into the theme but I love his room.  It’s becoming an expression of who Gav is at this point in his life.

So, without further ado, here is Gav’s 4 year old bedroom in all of it’s mix and match glory!

A few heirlooms here and there and a keepsake from his SECOND BIRTHDAY.
Why yes, That is a minion hanging from the airplane.  Perfect touch don’t you think?!
XO, Kelly
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Little Happy Corners // Creative Learning Corner

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Our basement serves as more of a family room than any other space in our home.  The built in bookshelves/desk is down there, the TV, Gav’s playroom and so on.  I’ve enjoyed transforming the space from wide open and empty, to sectioned off and purposeful.  Once I had divided the basement up, I was left with this spare corner.  That’s when Gav’s (and eventually Ro’s too) creative corner was born!

His Ikea table and chairs was probably the best $20 bucks I’ve ever spent there!  It’s the same one that you see in all of the awesome hack DIYs on Pinterest.  The Hanging cups and organizer are also Ikea purchases.  The rest is pretty much all thrift and yard sale finds.

A lot of fun, child/boyish art and plenty of supplies.  The Angry Bird tin holds a plethora of stickers and the posters are from Scholastic book orders from Gav’s preschool.

I love this little arts and learning center and eventually it can evolve as the boys get older and need more of a homework station.
XO, Kelly

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Little Happy Corners // The Coffee Bar

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I’m super excited to share a new project I’ve come up with called, you guessed it, “Little Happy Corners”!  It’s my version of a home tour.  We’ve been in our house now for 2+ years and I’m finally getting around to making the each space less hodge podge and more cohesive.  I get so excited when I finally finish a space but I never share it because the whole room isn’t completed.  To remedy this, I’ll be sharing my home with you in pieces!

The first space up is my coffee bar.  This little space has been a work in progress since Christmas 2013.  That’s when my hubby built the grid that hangs above the small white book shelf.  It finally came together last week, even though I’ve shared it a few times on my Instagram here and there.  The final piece that brought it all together was the fabulous “Rise & Shine” wooden sign that hangs at the top!

Have a space that you love, a space that you’ve been working on, or just a space that you’ve created that makes you uber happy?  Share it and use the hashtag #littlehappycorners!

A few details:
Bookshelf – Target
Baskets/”Rise & Shine”- Hobby Lobby
Mini Succulent Pallet

XO, Kelly

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DIY // Reclaimed Wood “Love” Sign

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Things are really staring to come together in our “formal” living room.  It’s starting to look more like we actually live in our house rather than we’re still moving into it.  One area that has really helped our house feel more like our home is the mantel.  I’ve finally gotten around to arranging it and it’s just about finished.  I made this piece to tie in the color scheme and, of course, show off one of my favorite images from our wedding!

What You’ll Need: Long Piece of Wood, Paint, Small Round Frame, Picture Frame and Picture

First, paint your pieces.  I went with a wide gray/blue stripe and a gold frame to match the one for the picture.  Once all of your pieces are dry, lay them out on the wood and pencil in where the rest of your letters will go.  The round frame is the “O”.  Glue the pieces in place, making sure that your picture is already in the frame, and fill in the pencil with paint.

I think the mantel is really coming along nicely.  I love how this new sign looks next to the ring bearer book I made that was part of our big day!

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Home Makeover Look Book // Living Room

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It’s begun!  We’ve started painting and I’m getting all excited inside! Not to mention that its smells better, the previous owner was a smoker and that stuff sticks in the walls.
Today I’m sharing my plans for the “formal” living room.  
Our house technically has three levels.  A three story split level if you will.  The main level is where the kitchen and living room are and it’s mainly just a gathering area.  We spend most of our time downstairs where the TV, computer, and playroom are.  But I want this to be more of a welcoming, comforting space instead of a tradition formal living room where kids aren’t allowed to go and nothing can be touched.  I plan on reading here and doing my devotional, more of a “thinking” space.
So here’s what I’m shooting for…
Keeping the color palette neutral will allow all of the special pieces I plan to add really POP.
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Home Makeover Look Book // Master Bedroom

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I’m so excited to start decorating and making this house a home!  And as much as I want to start whirling around with paint and fabric and pictures, I know I have to go slowly.  It’s killing me!
But I plan to go room by room and I want to share the progress with you here.
Let’s start in the master bedroom!  It is currently a powder blue and I’m really not fond of it.  For a nursery, sure.  A bathroom, maybe?  But my tranquil sleeping, dreaming place? NO.  I also want to decorate for both Hubs and myself so it can’t be too “froofy” and it can be too manly.  Both of us love going to this wonderful bed and breakfast in Lookout Mountain, GA so I felt that a cottage/cabin feel would suit us just fine.  Here’s what I have in mind:
I think it fits the bill quite nicely!
XO, Kelly
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Our First Home

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Here she is folks! Well kind of…
This is a fun piece of art I’m working on for my collage wall. (Which I cannot wait to put up!)
It’s weird being in a house now and Hubs and I still kind of feel like we’re just visiting.  But it’s starting to feel like home now that we have unpacked most of the boxes.  Not to mention the clean workshop out back that we can now store things in.  
So now that we’ve settled I can finally show you these lovelies!
I have dreamed of owning a home for a while now but along with that dream, I knew I wanted moving announcements.  I know, I weird thing to dream about, but I can’t help it!  I would look at all the invitation/announcement sites and look at the ones I liked, maybe even click the favorite button on one or two.  Then, about 2 weeks from our closing date, I was contacted by Tiny Prints (a sister company of Shutterfly) to look at their collection of invites, announcements, and cards to see if there was something that struck my fancy.  Hello!? My mouse clicked straight on those moving announcements!
But which to choose?  I knew it couldn’t be too girly or flowery since this wasn’t just for me.  It had to appeal to Hubs too.  Let me tell you, there are so many to choose from, I probably sat there for thirty minutes and favorited about eight cards.  But I was able to narrow it down to two that I liked the best and sent Hubs an email for him to make the final decision.  However, I really liked the option of ordering samples.  If you just can’t decide, you can order one of each design you like, customized with your info, and decide once you see what they actually look like.
I also like that these are postcards.  No need for envelopes, especially if you’re still unpacking and have no idea where envelopes might be!
Can’t wait to send these babies out!
XO, Kelly
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