Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Like I said yesterday, the new-to-me house is actually quite old and certainly dilapidated. And while I saw the potential in the house since Day One, I first and foremost fell in love with the property the house sits on. The land surrounds it like a cozy, green ca coon and creates such a magical feel on the property. Here's a little of what I'm working with...

Some of the good...

Outside every window are the most lush greens you've ever seen

Gorgeous old river stone pavers

The bad...

Can you say Pepto-Bismol?

And The Ugly.

While I'm fully aware a complete renovation before moving in isn't for everyone and neither is the abundance of nature, the place stole my heart, and well, the rest is history.

Has anyone else taken on a similar project? Anything you learned along the way? I'd love to hear!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Keys Please.

The good news I've been dying to share with everyone is that....

I finally got the keys...

to this place!

I bought my first house (yay!!) which is exciting enough. But even more thrilling for me - it's a fixer-upper and needs lots of love. So while this house is not exactly move-in ready, it's my project for the summer (hopefully just the Summer) and I can't wait to share all the progress and fun details along the way here on ATLS.

Befores to come soon! Get excited :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Color Palette Classic.

I am loving the color palette of the above Nate Berkus designed space. Blue and white is such a classic combination, but this shade of navy compliments the warm golden tones of the chairs and floor so very well. The black works to further ground the space, while the white trim and linens pop off the blue. Shades of spring green are a great final touch. Nate, I bow down to you.

P.S. Can we just talk about that dark hutch with stacks of white china for a second? Instant classic. I'm in love!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Everything But The Kitchen Sink.

Farm House Sink?

House Beautiful

Fiesty Design

Bright Bazaar

Or Classic Undermount?


Sea Grass Interiors


This & That - full butcher block install tutorial here

Young House Love

Which do you prefer? I'm still out to lunch on this one. Both styles are so beautiful!

Friday, June 3, 2011

What A Great Idea.

Happy weekend everyone! Sorry for the spotty posting lately. I've been busy, busy, busy over here with lots of fun projects, and one especially exciting endeavor I can't wait to share here on ATLS. Today I wanted to share a few fun and simple DIY projects I've come across lately.

A creative way to display lots of your own little artists' work- via Pinterest

Ask your local grocer for a pallet or two for a simple (and free) headboard- via Stylizimo

Such a sweet reminder of all the fun places you and your Hunny have traveled to.
And what a creative wedding gift for a dear friend- via Life Blessons

Paint the back of your cabinets for a pop of color in an otherwise white kitchen- via Pinterest

Spell out any word you want with custom created letter pillows- via Etsy

Perfect for kiddos still afraid of the dark. What's more fun than a "night light headboard"? - via Pinterest

Braided summer headbands...Total swoon! via- Pinterest

So onboard with this beautiful, affordable, and environmentally friendly centerpiece via- Luna and Chloe Weddings

So many fun ideas, so little time! If anyone attempts one of these projects, send photos. I'd love to see your result!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wouldn't You Just Love To...

Keri Russell's closet via Elle Decor this comfy, cozy closet your own. Exposed brick walls, white cabinetry, plush carpet underfoot, and a spot for everything- getting ready in here would be such a treat.
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