Monday, August 21, 2017

One Room at a Time-Front Room Edition

This has been a SLOW, work-in-progress post, but I'm finally ready to share!

We moved into our house about two years ago knowing that we'd need to eventually update almost every square inch.  Since money doesn't grow on trees {or maybe I've been looking in the wrong place for that special money tree?-ha!}, we're slowly trying to complete one room at a time.  

So far we've updated...

And today, I'm showing you the front room.  I'm not really sure what to call this one, but "FRONT ROOM" has kind of stuck around here.

This room is right off the front door/entry way.  This room and the dining room are the first rooms you see when you walk inside.  We're trying to start at the front door and work our way through the house.  {When everything needs to be updated, it seems like a good place to begin.}

Just to remind you, this was the room before...

And this is the room now...
I apologize for the lighting.  I took pictures with blinds open, with blinds closed, with the lights on, lights off and I'm sharing a mix of them all.

The dining room is a bit modern so we wanted to make this room feel a little more rustic/traditional to balance that modern out a bit.  In this room the big project was the fire place.  We wanted the fireplace to be similar to the fireplace in the living room but have a little more formal feel.  We also changed out the ceiling fan for a rustic light fixture, got some new furniture, and added a few finishing touches.


I got these chairs from Nebraska Furniture Mart.  {Exact chairs are linked.}  They're over sized and super comfy.  Pillows were from Pottery Barn {sold out}, rug from Pottery Barn, and stools from Pottery Barn.

To be honest, the room is rarely used but I love that when people stop by or guests come over they're greeted with a cute room.

Lamp:  I.O. Metro Outlet {In Fairview, for local girls}
Candle holder:  Z Gallerie {Sold out}
Picture Frames:  Are all old and probably all Hobby Lobby
Terra Cotta Vase:  Exact here from Pottery Barn
Blue Lantern:  {Sold out}
Tall Pyramid Thing:  {Canton Find}

The big mirror and the big buffet/table were both purchased from a friend.  They were both dark, Old World style pieces and we hired a local painter to update them.  She did a great job.  I love the way they turned out.





Everything on the mantle is sold out or old, but the planked wooden wall hanging is still in stock.

We changed out the blinds for plantation shutters as well.  This house had shutters on the front of the house-but only the upstairs rooms so we're slowly changing those out.  #oneroomatatime

Again, please let me know if you find the money tree!  hahahaha!

The last thing we did to "complete" the room was change out the fan to this light fixture.  I can't find ours online, but I ordered it from Ballard Designs.

I really like the way the room came together.

Marla gifted me this wall hanging for Christmas and it was PERFECT for the wall opposite the mirror.  It just fits this room.  I never took a picture of this wall because the floor length mirror was still out from taking pictures of the dresses last week.  #bloggerproblems  :)

I'm not sure what room will be next.  I need to hang a few things in my office and then we could check it off our list.  I'm thinking we'll put the finishing touches on the kiddos' bedrooms and they'll be checked off soon as well.

Hope you guys have a great Monday!  XO

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites

HAPPY FRIDAY!

We've been out of town on a last minute family getaway before school starts.  We're soaking in EVERY SINGLE MOMENT we have left.  I'm currently saying goodbye to the lazy river.  This might be tough.  :)  ha!

Andrea, Narci, and I are sharing our Friday Favorites.  Every Friday we invite you to join us!

Today, I'm sharing about a little getaway we took last weekend.  {Brace yourself-picture OVERLOAD!}  Tab had some work to do for his "real job" and a little football work to do as well.  Prior to football starting and me single-momming it all fall long, we decided a little trip was perfect timing. {My mom guilt almost kept me from going...four kiddos is a lot to ask anyone to babysit, but my parents were more than excited to get to spend time with our kiddos.  Also, we decided Britt getting to sleep in her own bed, being in her own house, and staying with siblings was just as good for her as us flying her to the west coast to stay in two hotels, sit in traffic, etc.}

Because it was work related, I really didn't know when our free time would be so I didn't make a lot of reservations.  I simply didn't know when we'd be free.


Friday morning, Tab had a breakfast meeting so I stayed in the room and got lots of work done.  Afterwards our plan was to tour the Warner Brothers Studio.  We arrived to this line of cars all doing the same thing.

We were stoked!!  I'd read online this tour was amazing.  When we got up to the line, we were told all the tours were sold out for the day!  WAAAHH!  We snagged some tickets for Saturday and quickly changed our plans.


Santa Monica for lunch was the next stop.


This was our view from the table.


Holy yum...lobster roll and french fries were delicious.


We ate at The Lobster House and would highly recommend it.  Great views and yummy food!


Then we headed back to the hotel for a little downtime that afternoon.  Tab worked out while I went to the spa for a facial.  We stayed at the JW Marriott Live in L.A. right beside the Staples Center.  The JW and The Ritz connect so the spa was all the Ritz.


It was stunning...this was the women's lounge.

This area was called The Sanctuary...both men and women could relax in here while waiting for their services.


I arrived early and had some time to read while I waited.  I had the hydrafacial and it was AMAZING.  It was so good that I started panicking about my time being up. 


Then Tab and I found two chairs on the rooftop pool to catch a little sun.


Tab has a client {who's also a friend} in the L.A. area and we had plans to meet he and his girlfriend for dinner.


I'm not sure what I'm doing with this stance.  haha!  But we were ready for a night out on the town.

We met them at the Intercontinental.  The lobby for that hotel is on the 70th floor.  Crazy huh?  We could see a little view of our hotel.


We hung out for a bit on the rooftop bar with these amazing views of the city.


And then walked over to our dinner reservation.  This was the view from the table.  Those big blobs of lights in the middle are fireworks going off at Dodger Stadium.  So cool!  We had dinner at 71 Above.  My favorite part of the meal-hands down my scallops!  They were delicious!  It was fabulous getting to hang out with them and experience the L.A. life just a bit. 

Saturday we slept in and then headed straight to Warner Brothers to try that whole tour thing again.  This Starbucks was inside...which was super nice because some people had to wait a bit for their time.


Our number got called and we went into a little theater to watch a quick video before getting on to our cart for the tour.


They drove us around the back lots and pointed out different buildings used on different movies or shows.


Like this was used as the front shot for Miss Hannigan's on Annie.

This street was used when Annie and the girls began singing, "Hard Knock Life", AND do you recognize that ladder?  Remember Spiderman kissing Kirsten Dunst upside down while hanging from that ladder?  That's the one!  Our guide told us they were making it rain, Toby Maguire was upside down, and they realized he was practically drowning.  So they stuffed his nose with cotton so the water wouldn't go up while he was hanging upside down.

Remember this?


This was pretty much the look on my face the entire two hours we were there.  haha!  I'm not even kidding.


Our guide parked us right in front of this house...do you recognize it?

It was used as the house on Gremlins AND it was the Growing Pains house.


I think Growing Pains used it from this angle.  :)

We began walking around and I for real fan-girled out, geeked out, you name it...I felt like I was walking around Stars Hollow!

I mean.  I had a moment.  The gazebo was in the middle of this little fake town and all around it were different houses Warner Brothers had used for different shows and movies.

I had a couple people ask me about my outfit.  This top is super similar (same brand) but I bought mine in the spring so it's sold out.  Shorts are here.  And my favorite tassel earrings are here.


I'm telling you...I had a moment!

I shared a picture on Instagram and you guys told me it was also used in Hart of Dixie and Dukes of Hazard.


Hello church!  Again, used in Gilmore Girls, Pretty Little Liars (and probably Hart of Dixie), and much more.


We walked around this area for a while and our guide pointed out different buildings.


I just kept having a moment.


There it is again.  :)


The sign wasn't there, but do you recognize this?  

LUKE'S DINER!


They paint, change signs, and do what they can to make the buildings appear differently in different things.  And it totally works.  Right?


Miss Patty's Dance Studio was right across the street.  This one looks way bigger on t.v. to me.

This little plot of grass happened to be where they filmed the big Phoebe running in Central Park scene.

We hopped back on our cart and our guide pulled us up to Sound Stage 24.


We weren't allowed to take pictures inside.  {Talk about SELF-CONTROL!}  But today as you read this they're filming a new season for Fuller House and the entire set was set up.  I have no doubt I had my mouth open...in awe!  haha!

We set in the audience chairs and the guide answered some random questions for us.  He told us the Fuller House crew works Monday-Thursday reading lines and they film on Fridays.  He said you can snag tickets online at www.tvtickets.com.  I asked about the age of kids and he said usually the limit is usually around 14 or 16 because when you're in the audience it is a long day.

Seeing the Fuller House set was SUPER cool.  They'd gotten rid of the Full House set so everything had to be rebuilt, but they did an amazing job replicating it.  If you've seen the show, then you know how similar it is.


Stage 24 was also home to Friends.  :)


Crazy they have special parking for the cast right outside the building.


What do you know...we found the house too!

It looks like they had the lighting all set up for Candace's picture but check it out!


I had another moment!  haha!


We made some circles around other buildings and other sound stages...we saw a lot of Pretty Little Liars' spots, Big Bang Theory's set was all set up (they were filming on Tuesday), La La Land, and more.


Mrs. Kim's Antiques on Gilmore Girls...on one side and the other side was Suki's house.


And then Lorelei and Rory's house...so cool!




This was Rory's reading tree...did it have another name?  I can't remember.


We had a little stop at this Super Hero/Harry Pottery/Fantastic Beast museum.  This guy looked super creepy.


He looked legit.


When I taught third grade, I read all the Harry Potter books.  I had a few kids in my class reading them and I wanted to be able to talk "Harry Potter".  So this little area took me back!




I took this to scare my own children.  haha!


The entire upstairs was Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts memorabilia.


The sorting hat...I was put in Griffindor.  I thought everyone was put in Griffindor until Tab went and he got Hufflepuff.



We had another little drive around the property.  This drive took us right through the middle of a building where they work on sets.

Our next stop was this big building full of cars from different Batman movies.  All the cars are in working order, which makes it a little cooler in my book.




They pulled us up to the last stop on our trip which had a museum about how movies/shows are written AND a Friends' set!  This is where things got crazy.  You guys know I'm NOT a public speaker.  I prefer NOT to have all eyes looking on me.  At this moment I was looking down at my phone and missed the, "We need some people to help us act out a scene".  I looked up and Tab had done that super awkward thing where when they ask for volunteers someone else points at you.  He volunteered me to be RACHEL!  AND SHE PICKED ME!!  (If only I was in the eighth grade, I'm pretty sure back then I was praying to be Rachel...haha!)

 EEK!!  You guys! 

When I sat down, I was doing an awful lot of nervous laughing and I said to the guys beside me-I'm not gonna be good at this.  They both politely mentioned they were studying theater in college.  HAHAHA!  Of course they were.  Right?  So the lady explained what we were doing...Ross was to my right, me in the middle, and Joey was on my left.  We watched the clip of Friends we were acting out.  Then we practiced.  We had big posters with our lines and everything. 

Then they filmed it where it looked like the real Phoebe and the real Monica were talking to us.  Tab took a video.  I promise to post it on Instagram today.  (slaughteren)  Let me tell you...my acting skills are awful, but we had fun!

These guys were great sports and were super sweet to the mom of four who happened to have a red neck the entire time!  haha!

At this point, I'd cooled down, was no longer sweating, and was back in agreement anyone visiting L.A. should check this place out.


On our drive to our hotel Amanda texted us asking what we were doing.  We were in complete standstill traffic so I sent her this picture.  TRAFFIC!

Don't mind my wrinkly finger and nail polish job...ha!  Sunday morning Tab had more meetings so I spent my morning getting a ton of work done myself.

Then I took a little pool side break to read.

And then it was GAME TIME!  {Tab got to help with the NFL preseason game at the StubHub Center...Los Angeles Chargers versus the Seattle Seahawks.}  


I'd heard several times that Los Angeles is building the Chargers a new stadium.  This one is just a make shift spot but I was really impressed for a makeshift stadium.

It was a very pretty place to watch a football game.

 Are you ready for some football?

The palm trees at the top of the stadium were just too pretty.

We finished the game watching in the shade {WAHOO!}.  And then caught a flight the next morning back home to our people.  Definitely a FAVORITE weekend!

Please join us for the link up by adding your blog to the bottom of the post.  Happy Weekend, Friends!  XO