I am LOVING these paper flowers. Learn how to DIY here.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
In sourcing pieces for my next room transformation (our guest bedroom) I have fallen in love with the idea of framing a vintage scarf over the bed. Last night on Etsy, I bought this... Isn't she gorgeous?
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Today my husband turns 40. He insisted that there be no parties, or major celebrations... that he just wanted to turn 40 quietly. While I am respecting his decision, I would like to take today to celebrate him. I could not ask for a better husband or father for my girls. I have never seen a father who shares the closeness with his daughters that he does. I am so grateful for the bond that they share. So today, Michael Salmon, we celebrate you and your 14,605 days of life. (Including leap years of course!)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Bit by bit, we have been working on Lou's big girl room since last spring. And I am proud to finally show all of you the finished product.
In between work, kids and blogging, we built the room, step by step. It all started with a plan.
Unfortunately, the fabric for the curtains has been discontinued. It is a P. Kaufman fabric. The Pattern is Camelot and the color is Lake.
We were able to repurpose the bed skirt from the crib to make the bed skirt and borders for the throw pillows. The sconces were on sale at Restoration Hardware.
Corrine Marlowe painted the stripes on the ceiling in the same Melon Shine paint that I used on the bed.
I kept the Little Castle glider from the nursery because I love it so much. The store that I bought it from (that has since gone out of business) allowed me to customize it with my own fabrics. The little chair was a gift that Mom brought back from Rhode Island when she found out I was pregnant with E.
Luckily our changing table was convertible. The mirror was a originally a butterfly picture that I scored on clearance at Home Goods. I painted it Pear Green.
I knew exactly what I wanted for the chandelier... the problem is that it didn't exist.
Then I found Lindsey at Simply Salvage, who worked tirelessly on this baby. Poor Lindsey had no idea what she got herself into with me. This took over 4,000 hand painted beads. She painted them Bird's Egg to match the walls.
My little Lou Lou Bug simply adores her room. When it was finally done she stayed in there for hours. While in another room, I heard her talking to herself saying "This is a dream come true!!! I love my room. I love my chandelier... I love my pink bed... I love my special lights (that would be the sconces.).... I love my flowers.. " Yada, yada, yada. It warmed my heart. And that my friends, made it all worth it. She has slept in her room every night since.
Photos by Ryann Colleen Photography
Monday, September 26, 2011
My friend Ryann Laden recently turned me onto photographer Stephanie Rausser. I could spend hours perusing through her portfolio.
Her photos are so playful, whimsical, and most of all... fun!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Many of you who have been reading this blog for sometime know about our friends the Carmicals. Well, on Wednesday at Union Station, Sherri and 46 other moms who have been affected by Pediatric Cancer shaved their heads for St. Baldrick's.
... and after.
St. Baldrick's is a volunteer-driven foundation committed to raising funds to find cures for childhood cancers. In March, I watched as my big brother, Darren shaved his head in the fight against Pediatric Cancer at another event here in DC. His company raised over $100,000 that night alone.
You can see Darren's before and afters as well as Stan Carmical's moving speech in this very touching video.
Find out how you can get involved here.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Last weekend we celebrated E's 6th birthday. There were a few mishaps and threatening skies, but the weather held out and the party was a ball.
Happiest Birthday to our baby girl. We had so much fun. Now that her party is over, her sister has already started campaigning for her birthday party (in May.)
Party Styling- Krista Salmon
Photography- James Woo
Invitations- Krista Salmon
Cake Topper- Tastefully Treated
Cupcakes and Cookies-2 Sweets
Cupcake Wrappers- Scraptags
Floral Design- Krista Salmon
Guitar Picks- Steve Clayton
Disco Balls- Party Depot
Gloves + Pins +Tatoos + Flower Pails- Michaels
Sunglasses + Michael Jackson Gloves + Microphones- Windy City Novelties
Reusable Goody Bags- Papermart
Materials for Backstage Passes- Staples