HALLOWEEN 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018



It's that time of year again, and Halloween is by far my absolute favorite holiday! I'm sure you are aware of that little fact about me if you've been following along. I love nothing more than decorating our home, and watching our favorite Halloween movies all month long with our kids. I also love when Kael and I can watch our scary movies once the kiddos are off to bed.

Our outdoor decor took quite some time to work on. In the end I was really happy with the outcome, and now I'm totally convinced we need to plant climbing roses of some sort at the entry. We get a lot of trick or treaters, so I know they will appreciate our spooky set up. 


For a movie night I put together a candy spread and of course everyone loved it! I purchased the candy from World Market, and Target. It was super easy and looked delightful! 














I used more web around the house, and incorporated skulls that I already owned. I also added a lot of candles around the living areas, and the spiked pumpkins I purchased from Target a few years back. 

I also felt like it would be totally appropriate to display spooky eyeballs in one of my favorite Halloween dishes.

The kids can hardly wait to go trick or treating, and I'm looking forward to giving out candy and enjoying the rest of the greatest time of the year! 


Hope you enjoyed our tour! 

Xo









IKEA HACK

Monday, October 8, 2018





This was my first Ikea hack and I'm really happy with the outcome!  When I first discovered Pinterest there were so many hacks being shared. I knew I would always do one eventually, it just took me some time to figure out the look I was going for.  

Our living room is narrow, and I wanted to incorporate a stylish media cabinet  with lots of storage that wouldn't take up too much room. After some going back and forth, I decided on the Besta storage. It was sleek and offered enough room to shove crap into. We have had this piece for quite some time, and one day it dawned on me how I wanted to make it feel like more of a custom piece. 

When I became familiar with Instagram I was immediately drawn to interior design accounts. Christine Dovey  was one of first designers in the Instagram world that I loved! She has a great sense of style, and I fell in love with her media cabinet. 

 I went back into my Pinterest boards and showed my husband Christine's media cabinet and asked him if he was willing to do it. He agreed and although it was very tedious my husband did an amazing job! 




Kael took the doors off and used composite board to cut into squares in equal varying sizes. Once that was done he measured them up, bonded them together with Liquid Nails Fuze-It, caulked with Paintable Acrylic Latex White Caulk, and primed with Premium Wood Primer.

 Once that was done they were sanded smooth, wiped clean, and painted with a Modified Acrylic Water Base Satin Paint. Once they dried Kael installed them back on to the cabinet.  







This cabinet is one of my favorite pieces in our front living area. It looks like a million bucks, but is reasonably priced for anyone. Yes it's a process, but totally worth it if you're willing to put the work in. 

Now I'm off to put the finishing touches on our Halloween decor and I'm sharing it all next week! 

Xo

Pre-Teen Room Reveal

Friday, September 28, 2018



I'm so happy that the weekend is upon us and I'm finally sharing Santiago's finished room. I'm so ready to move on from this project and start decorating for Halloween. I can't stop obsessing about our front porch area, but I digress... 

This room was definitely a challenge, and I'm hoping Santiago will keep it clean in the near and distant future so I won't feel like punching him in the face when I walk in. 

Lets take a look at the horrifying before, shall we. If you missed the original post and all the before photos you can catch up here.


Before:






After:











Just as the sky is blue, my son is obsessed with shoes.  However, they fit right in with the aesthetic of his room so I suppose his obsession is not totally irrelevant when it comes to styling his room. We are really happy with the way it all came together even after hours of frustration, uncertainty, and unplanned additions! 

The walls, doors, dresser, and desk were all painted. On the accent wall I used black contact paper and cut the lines into different lengths, which was extremely tedious, but saved us a significant amount of money due to the absurd cost of wall covering.

The new bookshelf fits really well and doesn't take up too much space, but holds a lot of books so that took care of two issues in itself. 

I added the black trim to the white roman shades for a custom look. 

On the desk I used an oil based sharpie and wrote a few words. I also included something that my Grandfather would chant when my brother and I were kids. It was a verse from a Johnny Cash song, we thought it was so funny and my grandpa loved to repeat it. When I was painting the desk the verse popped into my head and I felt it was appropriate since the desk belonged to him. To be honest, I haven't thought about that song in quite some time. I think Gramps must have been serenading me when I was painting away. 

The art we already owned, but needed a hanging refresh.

It's amazing what paint and throwing out a bunch of crap can do. I'm relieved it's done and now I can move on to another project. I'm also going to share the process on our sideboard next week. I have received a lot of questions on it. 


Looking forward to our favorite upcoming month! 



Xo
Amber 










A JORD WOOD WATCH FOR SUMMER & A GIVEAWAY

Monday, August 27, 2018








If you’ve been following along, you already know how much I love bold and unique decor pieces in my home. I also strive to find such qualities in my fashion and jewelry pieces. If you’re a watch person like myself, then you should definitely take the time to check out the selection Jord Wood Watches has to offer. They have a variety of women and men's watches.

I’m the type of person that feels naked if I don’t have a watch on. So when Jord Watches reached out to me, I was excited to add a unique piece to my growing watch collection. I had a hard time trying to pick just one watch. My love for black, white, and a dash of gold runs deep and I absolutely love the combo in this watch.Their pieces are definitely original and made from exotic wood grain.
If you are in the market for a simple but lovely watch to transition from Summer to Fall with, Jord  is definitely a must. Also, the holiday season is approaching quick and these pieces would make a great gift. Did I mention you can also personalize your watch? You can have it engraved and have it custom fit upon arrival. 







I’m not going to lie, when I’m not wearing my watch I love to style it on my bed side table. The black and gold fits right in with my aesthetics. It’s a great way to display a lovely piece when your not wearing it.

 Jord Watches is giving one of my lucky readers a chance to win $100 towards a watch for yourself! All you have to do is enter here. You can also get 10% off any watches as a consolation. Contest closes on September 9th. Good Luck! 



Xx
Amber 


This is a collaboration with Jord Watches. All thoughts, and opinions are my own. 





































PRE-TEEN BEDROOM MAKEOVER

Friday, August 10, 2018








Santiago's room has been screaming for a good cleaning, fresh paint, and some long overdue organization.  I honestly should have tackled his room before Jax',  but I figured Santiago's room is going to be a longer process. Every time I walked into that room it was so bad to the point it made me really angry (welcome to pre-teen hell).

I have a lot of DIY planned for this room. We recently bought him a new bed and mattress. The old bed was a twin and it was the same platform, black and white striped bed that Jax has in his room. Santiago was asking for a bigger bed, which I guess as they get older they tend to do so. I went with a full size bed as I didn't want to go any bigger due to the fact his room is not very large, and I don't want the bed to take up too much space. 

The dresser is getting painted with some new hardware installed. It's a great piece of furniture, but it just needs a little TLC and I have something fun planned for it. We are getting rid of the secretary desk, and moving in the vintage desk we inherited from my grandfather. If you follow me on Instagram you got a peek of the before and the inspiration behind it. 

I also decided to ditch the blinds and add some roman shades. I was thinking of adding some wallpaper, which I am going to create myself. It will cut the cost since we have bought a lot of stuff for this room.

I can't wait for this room to be done and not feel like punching someone when I go into his room. 

Here are the terrifying before photos:






Disturbing right? Can you say HOARDER? Believe it or not I do clean this room, but my son doesn't do a good job at keeping it up. Boys can be dirty and I live with three of them. Below is a list of what we have done and what we still need to get done.

Completed

 -  Room has been cleaned and four huge trash bags have been filled 
      and disposed

 -  Walls have been painted white

 -  New bed is up 

 -  Roman Shades installed 

To be completed

 -  Paint closet and bedroom doors black

-  DIY wallpaper 

-  Paint dresser 

-  Hang TV & art

-  Put together book shelf

-  Organize

-  Style & shoot 

I hope to get a lot done this weekend and next week. I can't wait to share this transformation! For the time being I don't feel like hurting someone when I walk in here. Have a great weekend! 


Xx
Amber 

Jax' Room

Friday, August 3, 2018



The day is finally here for sharing Jax' ever evolving room! I've had a lot of fun putting this room together for our sweet boy. It's definitely taken me some time to figure out a design that Jax could grow into so I  won't have to change out too many things as time goes on. 

I bought Jax this bed several years ago online from Walmart.  I also moved the book shelf in here from the living room. I splattered the ceiling with black paint. It was super messy, but totally worth it! 

I picked up the velvet duvet from Opal House for Target. I really love the color! Jax and Kael love football and their favorite team is the Philadelphia Eagles, so this fits right in. 

Jax loves Darth Vader and Marvel's Thanos, hence he seems to root for the bad guys and I'm not really sure why?











The bass guitar belonged to my stepfather who passed away a couple of years ago. My boys were really close to him. Jerald gave my oldest son a guitar a while back, and after he passed Jax inherited this bass. I love that both my boys have these instruments to remind them of him and his love for music. 

 We are a family that uses skateboards as art displayed around our home, and also out on the streets. I adore that Jax is learning how to ride it, and he's a natural just like his older brother. 

The black pouf I found at Target a while back. I bought it on clearance not really knowing where I was going to put it. It comes in handy by the bookshelf so Jax can sit and totally destroy the area. 

Now that Jax' room is complete I've moved on to my oldest son's room. I didn't have any before photos of this room, but I did manage to get some of Santiago's room. This transformation is going to be good! Also, if you follow me on Instagram I shared the before of the desk I painted. It will be going to Santiago's room. Stay tuned! 



xo
Amber



PLANTER ROUND UP

Friday, July 13, 2018








Now that our patio is complete with the exception of the door which I'm currently on the hunt for, we are now turning our attention to the front yard. So heres the 311... Back in March our front yard was completely destroyed by sand from a new housing development. In the desert during Spring we get horrible winds that pretty much destroy shit. Long story short the earth moving company finally got their shit together and gutted out the destruction and replaced our front yard with new gravel. It's not
our first choice, but hey it was free. 

Our yard is pretty bare at this point. We also had to cut down the large and only tree that resided in the front. Unfortunately, the tree wasn't doing well and we came to the decision of removing it. We have plans to add new trees and plants. I really want to add some climbing roses so they can grow on the adjoining wall, and engulf that portion of our house. I would also like to get a new front door, and some new lighting to accentuate and illuminate the front entrance.

I decided to add two artificial boxwood spiral trees at the front entrance of our home. We had such an excellent experience with the faux boxwood in the patio, I thought the spiral tree would look great and last in the front. Our yard gets beat by the harsh sun all day, which makes it difficult to keep some plants alive. I wanted to add some stylish planters so I found these at Target online. The planters got here fast, but one arrived broken. I ordered a replacement and couldn't wait for it to get here, but for some reason the UPS guy never showed up and my tracking confirmed that I refused the package and it was sent back.

Let me tell you something, we don't EVER refuse packages around here. I'm not sure what happened, but now the planter in the large size is sold out. I got back online and ordered these from CB2.

I found a couple more from CB2 that I really love, and a couple of other ones from Crate & Barrel and West Elm. I kind of want to order them all, but I'm taking my time to figure out the front yard situation. I think we may wait till Fall comes around before planting as it's been pretty hot here.










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Enjoy the weekend! 

   xo