Welcome West Elm!

West Elm is coming to Michigan! It's about time... sometimes our sweet little
mitten state gets overlooked.

In honor of one of my *fave* stores moving nearby... here's a little wish list. 
Seriously, how cute is that salt cellar and those critter containers?!? 

Oooh... and if I ever get the courage to remodel the Kitchen {aka live without a range and sink for a few weeks} these shelves would work perfectly. 

All Things Winged

 I just wrapped up the most hectic art show weekend ever at the DIY Street Fair in Ferndale, MI. It is always *the best* show to be a part of. The vendors and the crowd are creative, sweet, a little hipster and so much fun to chat with.

I sold almost all of my organic soy candles {All Things Winged on Etsy} which had me thinking... I wonder exactly how many of these I have made so far?!?

I had some amazing thrifting over the past few weeks. The squirrel container and the Southern Comfort glasses made me giddy. I love thrifting.
The pizza from Woodward Avenue Brewers is picture- worthy. 
The best pizza *ever*.

 I'm getting back into my beer cap trays. Hello friends...yes, I will be hoarding all your beer caps again. This one is a vintage cake stand.
I'm going to get some things done around the house and relax  bit. make more soy candles for my Etsy store, All Things Winged.
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A new tradition

The first day of school jitters are gone. {Yay!} This morning I took my second grader to school and she asked if I could drop her off. What? No way. So we parked and we made it half way to the school doors before she insisted that I stop, and let her find her way to the class line.

Our new tradition {year two!} is loading the back to school pics on the computer only to find the settings made the pictures blurry, foggy, and ugly. So here's to our new tradition of recreating the photo after school, lol.

We wrapped up our basement remodel with a Pratt and Larson backsplash. I have loved their tile for *years* so it's fun to finally have it in our house. Their new tile shapes are so fun to design with. This is the triple scallop, fish scales, clouds or ghosts... depending on who you ask. We chose 7 colors and created a custom blend {only 10% of the white and dark bronze color}. My coworkers voted on the percentages- yet another perk of working with other designers. We agreed that it should blend with the wall color, and that some colors should be super saturated.

I'm not finished styling the bar yet, but I thought I would share it anyway. We might add a distressed shelf with metal brackets above... and attempt to keep the snack jars a little more full.

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Off the grid

We went *way* off the grid for a week this summer to Charleton lake Camp in Whitefish Falls, CA. 
No phones or t.v., fishing for dinner {except for me and my veggie burgers!} and cooking over campfire.
{7 hr drive + 1 hour ferry ride + 1.5 hour drive + a quick boat ride = destination

Get comfortable... because this post is full of pictures. This place was so beautiful I couldn't stop documenting. Shocker, I know.

I know this isn't camping, but it was pretty close to it. I settled on the term cabining, because it for sure wasn't glamping like the Housewives of New York would do.

We took our little fishing boat to a different island each night and started a campfire to cook our dinner. We all hung out until dusk and then headed back to the cabins to play cards. 
{no internet or t.v., remember??}

My in-laws have been coming here for over 40 years.... cooking dinner the same way each time. Soups for appetizers, skillet potatoes, and fresh pancake battered fish.

I have at least 40 pictures of the lily pads, moss, and lichen. There was a good amount of time spent fishing, so what's a girl to do?

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Paint color answers

Some of you had questions about our paint colors and our process... so let's do this. 

We chose the neutral ceiling color first and made sure that it worked with the travertine flooring we fell in love with. {That sounds easy, but neutrals can have a green cast, pink cast etc.}The living room and studio color are from the same family on the fan deck to give a little variety, while keeping things balanced. It was the same thought process for the playroom... the laundry room color is a darker version of the playroom. Long story short- we like lots of colors in our house, just variations of a few colors to keep it simple and monochromatic.

Some people feel more comfortable in a Skittle house- a different bright color in each room and some pick one neutral color for the whole house. We are somewhere in between.

Benjamin Moore paint colors:
Cape Hatteras Sand AC-34

living room and studio:
Shenandoah Taupe AC-36

Clay Beige OC-11- a favorite that has followed us from house to house!

Bali 702

laundry room:
Knoxville Gray HC-160

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Happy 4th... or 8th

We stocked up on homemade salsa and hummus and headed Up North for the long weekend. 
The essentials, right?
This salsa recipe is better than anything you can buy in the store- *I promise* and it's fresher too.
{recipe at the end of post}

Every day was a fabulous beach day. 

Each ended like this with appetizers on the deck. Pretty relaxing... well, as relaxing as it can be with a seven year old that loves to sing and dance *constantly*.  

Hope you had a great weekend too.
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Salsa time
 2 onions   
1 jalapeno
4 large tomatoes   
2-3 limes
1 large bunch of Cilantro- chopped

Pre heat your oven to 425 degrees.
Add 1 roughly chopped onion, 4 large whole tomatoes and 1 jalapeno to a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil and 2 Tbs. of minced garlic over the top and bake until lightly charred. The jalapeno will be slightly blackened. Let the tray cool and then puree everything in a blender/ Cuinine Art.

Place the mixture in a large bowl and add 1 finely chopped onion, one large bunch of cilantro, and juice of 2-3 limes. Salt and pepper to taste. Add a little cayenne pepper if you still want more heat. 
It will taste even better if you have time to chill it over night.

Basement Remodel- Part One

I can finally say that we are in the home stretch of our basement remodel. Isn't it fun to see the *ugly before* photos first? My poor card catalog looks sooo lonely.

We decided to divide the space with book shelves, since the room is very long and only 15 feet wide. We saved *a ton* by going with painted ceilings instead of drywall... and MDF bookshelves and doors instead of wood. It all adds up, right?

One item on our remodel wish list was a hang out area for family movie night. We can all spread out on the sectional and relax. It's perfect. We always try to mix a little old with new so we picked an old tile cart from work as our coffee table.  

We chose all of our sconces from a big box store. These hammered bronze ones were $35 each. We found them in the exterior/ garage lighting department.


Here is a little snack and bar area with a wine room on the right... still in progress. 
I have Pratt and Larson tile planned for the back wall. I'm in love with *all* of their designs. The wine room door is original to the house {from 1915}. We removed it from the bottom of the stairs in  our Dining Room. It was always in the way there. 

We found these pub dog handles years ago while antiquing and just *had* to have them. 
We are hoarding one less thing now. 

 We found these stainless sconces in the exterior/ garage section too. Rustic barn lighting can cost a ton, but these were $15 each. Wouldn't they look super cute spray painted in bright laquered color, like turquoise or coral?

Sink: We found in an old farm house sink in our barn up north.
Faucets: We removed them from a pedestal sink a neighbor was throwing out.
Cabinets: We found two matching nightstands on casters while antiquing and dreamed up the wood top to bring it all together.
Claw foot tub: We removed this from our first house so that we could have a shower. {We only had 1 bathroom!}
Grand total... $200 {!!!} We plan on adding a bit of wood at the front of the vanity to hide the plumbing.

Peyton's playroom with the oh-so-popular disco ball and sliding barn door.

Next post:
Our studio and office space

I wanted to leave the center cabinet green, but I think the hubs will win on this one and I'll paint it black. Not sure yet.