Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Star Wars Ambition

Most people know I have a crazy, quirky obsession with Star Wars. There's just something magical about it. Star and Planetary travels? Amazing.
Adorable droids that can be slightly annoying, yet tie the ENTIRE saga together:endearing.
Anikan/Darth Vader's transformation from good to evil to good and his family relations that make the saga: perfect.
Let's not forget the spaceships, the Death Star, the weaponry, the ideals. I even have a book about relating Star Wars to Christianity, it's good, check it out.

But of course, nothing is better than all the COOL things that come from Star Wars: Monopoly, Risk, Battleship, Operation, Mr. Potato Heads, Legos games, Lego Sets, watches, t-shirts. The possibilities are endless.(all of which I own, of course!!)

So, with all that said and done, I'd thought I would show you what I am planning for in the upstairs theater room to appreciate the nerdiness of our love for the Best SAGA ever.

The bathroom: taking out the paneling and adding subway tiles and ...
It's classic detailed background will be timeless, adventurous, and endearing. It's a half-bath so there's no need to have them staring while taking a shower.

Also, these prints will look nice around the projector and screen and THX surround sound system:

Oh, and it wouldn't be perfect without a lounge area to laze around and watch Star Wars once again in Bluray amazingness.

Yep, matching pillows to complete the look. I can't decide between Darth Vader or the Storm Trooper. Oh, I'll take them both. Or MAKE them both.

My fav characters: Yoda, Darth Vader, Storm and Clone troopers. It's a weird mix, but at one time they are all GOOD. Well, except maybe the Storm Troopers.

That's where this works it's way in: between the hubby being Active Duty Marine and Star Wars, what's NOT to love about this print?

And I just found this amazing site to deck out my house in vinyl graphic along with my CAR, too...

Any color, any size, LOADS of styles to choose from. YES!!. Let the nerd-chic begin.

Monday, September 26, 2011

What make a house a home for us?

Interior posts, they are a'coming. As soon as the Marine unloads them into my possession I can show you the before pictures of everything you ever wanted to see inside this place the days before we purchased it. You'll see the quirky lighting in the kitchen (all seven DIFFERENT light fixtures), the lack of overhead lighting in the loving/dining room combo, and the front room, the flowery decor in the master bedroom, and possibly even a glimpse of what some rooms look like currently.

It was fabulously clean Friday, before the Marine came home. It took less than two days to make it feel like we live here again! Newspaper on the kitchen table, hangers on the bed, laundry in the dryer, towels drying in the bathrooms, it's the little things that make it home like to us. Not to mention the obscene amount of black lab dog hair that shows up where ever it feels like. One would think (a) we NEVER brush her and (b) we never vacuum or sweep in here. Neither are correct, she's just a typical lab in her shedding fashion. But, we love her, three legs and all.

So, a typical post has pictures, so I'll leave you with these inspiration photos from the addiction pinterest website.

Beveled glass subway tiles will be somewhere in this house.

 Great use of wall space for t.v. in bedroom

 Perfect shade of green walls, fabulous rug, comfy chair, and a happy couch!!

 Black, white, natural wood, stainless steel: all elements to be inside the kitchen all at once.

The perfect flooring for our Bungalow: hardwood rustic hickory.... depending upon the condition of woods floors underneath this wretched OLD saggy carpet...

Friday, September 23, 2011


Romantic,masculine, relaxing. Those are the requirements for our Master Bedroom.
Right now, it's a HOT MESS but it's getting there.
The paint color is Olympic Paint's SECRET PASSAGE.
The trim was recently stained DARK WALNUT.
It looks hot.
However, the dressers were painted a secret passage-esque color two years ago.
So my dressers are *ALMOST* the wall color, it's odd.
Do I repaint the dressers or leave them as is as we decide to create built-ins to mimic typical bungalow style?
Choices choices.
So, I created a mood board of what would be perfect for this room, a retreat away from stresses of work, family, visitors, etc...

 Check out that amazing velvet chair. I wouldn't ever get out of it. Which could be good or bad. Our Master bedroom is tiny, like 10 by 14 sized so typically we just sleep and watch Neflix in here. There's no room for a desk, a vanity, any typical other extras in a Master Bedroom. But, we don't mind.

So our necessities for this room: 
nail head trim on the headboard (probably a DIY project in our future).
TEXTURES via pillows, a rug, etc.
Sleek dressers/built-ins
Cozy Comfy sheets, pillows, comforters.
T.V. and bluray player.
Dog Bed.
End tables with storage and lamps.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Modern Elegance and Rustic Revival

To create our house into a home, I have located a website that labels the style that we're trying to incorporate into our Bungalow.  If we were semi-located near a body of any sort of water besides the White River, we'd for sure be "Nantucket Style". Growing up next to Lake Erie, and living near the Atlantic Ocean twice now, there's a certain fondness associated with sand, waves, shells and sun. My dream house is somewhere located near a body of water, of course. The husband's is somewhere in the mountains on a body of water. Eventually, we'll have Nantucket style, but for now, it's Modern Elegance/Rustic Revival. Who knew?
You either love contemporary but wish it wasn't quite so cold and austere; or perhaps you've always been drawn to more traditional rooms but are now at a point in your life where you'd like to pair down a bit or want to create a less cluttered and busy space. Transitional Style is here to marry those apparent contradicting designs. And guess what — it's the contradictions that make the mix of contemporary and traditional so successful. The result is an elegant room that appeals to young and old alike.

Either way you play it, you are one of the unique individuals who loves a mix of modern and country. The clean lines of the modern softened by rustic /vintage elements is the perfect mix in your mind. And can we blame you? You've taken the best aspects of two popular designs and mixed them in a manner that appeals young and old alike.

Apparently, appealing to the young and old alike is quite similar as is the mixture of old and new along with stainless steel, satin nickel, and textures like linen, chunky sweater pillows/throws, wood stained mouldings, vintage golds, wood and concrete floors, refined leather, canvas, and rope. Old and new, with varying textures and elements can't be too hard can it? It's proven to be difficult with the nautical mystique trying to work itself back inside. The Aqua trend hasn't helped, either. It's my favorite color and I find myself buying storage items and accent pieces with shades of aqua. Somehow I will have to work them into the mix. Currently the kitchen is the place for all shades of turquoise and aqua, just look at this fabulous curtain.Technically a shower curtain, but I have turned it into a regular window curtain to coordinate with the pale aqua silk curtains over a picture window in the kitchen.

So, how do you celebrate your style? Is there anything specific you look for when choosing furniture, paint colors, curtains? We typically choose what we LOVE and somehow work it in. Unfortunately this does take time and patience to find that specific curtain to match our favorite paint color and our oh so comfortable couches.Do mood boards actually help?