3/22/13

Affordable Finds...by Jonathon Adler

I, along with thousands of others I'm sure, have lusted over Jonathon Adler's designs. His bright color combos are always pleasing to the eye. Add a few of his fun accessories and a boring room transforms into a happy, hip oasis.

The price tag for his pieces? Well, let's just say they're not quite as friendly. So, when I heard that Jonathon Adler would be creating a line for JC Penney called Happy Chic, I couldn't wait to check it out.

The result? Color me happy.
The Happy Chic Collection offers Adler's signature bold colors, and crisp patterns, but the price point is fantastic. Here are some of my favorite finds-

 
A great range of vases from $22-$90
 

 

 
 
 
Did you also know that JCP now carries a line by Pantone, British designer Sir Terence Conran and Michael Graves? I know JCP has been struggling the past few years, so it's nice to see them branching out and offering more modern lines. I hope it does well for them.
 
*Please note that this is NOT a sponsored post. This is simply by own opinion. I discovered this online and wanted to share with my readers.
 
Have a great weekend! xoxo, S

3/21/13

Derailed

Sadly, I am not back with bathroom makeover pics to share:(  Trust me, no one is more bummed than me. Unfortunately, our weekend was filled with some highs and some lows. The low points ultimately effected our ability to tackle the bathroom. There's always this weekend though, right?!
 
Friday night, Justin had his first outdoor soccer game of the season. He had been training the past few weeks in anticipation and was sooo excited to finally join this league with his brother and best friends. As I sat on the sidelines cheering him on, something bad happened. The game had just started and Justin had the ball. An opponent was right on his trail, when Justin started to turn to bypass him. Well, his body turned one way and his cleat got stuck in the turf and didn't move. He tore his MCL (which is your knee for folks like myself that didn't already know this). He tried to walk it off, but it was obvious from the immediate swelling that this was not good. He was in a lot of pain that night but thought he would feel better the next day. Well, he didn't. As I was leaving work on Friday, I scored some Big 12 Tournament tickets. My Alma mater KU was playing Justin's school K-State. This was huge game and we both hated to miss. Justin decided to bear the pain and go. We bought him a knee brace and he was feeling better.

The game was great....my team won. Justin's did not...

However, by the end of the night all of the activity proved to be too much. Justin's knee was even more swollen and he was now experiencing pain in his calf as well. Sunday was spent staying off his knee and applying ice. He now has an appointment with an orthopedic doc next week and will hopefully find some relief. We are keeping our fingers crossed for no surgery.

This was our weekend in a nutshell. Life happens. We'll just pick up the paintbrush another weekend and get to work.

Although this is random, I found this bedroom on Pinterest this week and haven't been able to get it out of mind. It calms me during a particularly long week.

Simply beautiful. Image found HERE

Also, Congratulations to Amber G.  who won 2 free tickets to the Kansas City Home Show!
If you have some time, you should definitely check it out this weekend!


Back soon with some bathroom pics I hope!

xoxo, Sue

3/15/13

Guest Bath Inspiration and Plan

courtesy of Southern Living
 
Guest Bath Makeover Inspiration
 
I mentioned yesterday that we are in the beginning stages of a bathroom makeover, and I realized that I don't think I have shared pics of our guest bath before. It's not horrible, but it's not great either. It's a plain Jane.
I literally have no pictures of this bathroom. This is the only one I coudl find in my files:(

Basically, I hung a shower curtain, a leftover piece of art (and I use the term 'art' loosely) and laid a bathmat down when I moved in and haven't touched it sense. Our goal is to add color, interest and character. Since this bathroom is windowless, I don't want to go to dark or bold. Here are some inspiration  images that capture the general look and feel of what we want:

1. More visual interest and architectural detail. We love this thick crown molding.

 
 
2. Appropriate art. I don't mean bathroom-themed artwork or vinyl lettering spelling out 'bath', just an upgrade from the framed poster print that is currently hanging on the wall. I have always loved charcoal drawings and sepia-hued imagery...

3. Fresh, airy wall color. As I mentioned above, our guest bath has no windows or natural light. If this were a half-bath, I wouldn't be afraid to embrace dark, warm colors. However, this is where guests and our future children will get ready, so the lighting is important.

 
Although a neutral palette, the pattern creates quite an impact.
 
 
4. Although the wall color will be lighter and brighter, we do want some contrast. I love how the rich dark bronze pops of this cream colored vanity.
 
 

 

Thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest, I have also discovered some great details to turn a basic, boring bath into more of a spa-like oasis. For example:
 
1. Proper Styling. A few, decorative pieces on top of the vanity looks like a million bucks compared to cheap, drugstore bought bottles of hand soap and toothpaste left out. It also makes items like Q-tips and cotton balls easily accessible to your guests, who may have forgot to pack them.
 
 
2. Everything looks better in a proper dispenser. Although this may be a bit much for some, I like the opulence of a decanter filled with Scope.
 
3. Work with what you have...but use some creativity. I hate our huge, builder-installed mirror. However, the idea of tearing it down, repairing the wall and trying to find two affordable but gorgeous alternatives leaves me a little squeamish. This homeowner simply added trim to break-up the massive mirror. Well done.
 
All images found HERE, unless noted as Houzz.com
 
One area that I did not address was flooring. We will definitely been replacing the beige carpet with tile. However, this part of the makeover will come at a later date. once we have decided what style we want to go with and have squandered the funds to tile both the guest and master baths.
 
Of course, if budget and time had no constraints, we would have our bath look like this-
Sigh, I girl can dream...
 
I CANNOT wait to get started on this tomorrow. It's going to be a fun weekend!
xoxo, S

3/13/13

Wedding Progress and A Giveaway!

Hello blog friends!

I want to sincerely apologize for my lack of posting the past several weeks. Between a large-scale acquisition at work and wedding planning, I have been busy with a capital B. Speaking of wedding plans, I have really enjoyed all of the sweet comments and emails from you all regarding our engagement. It makes me feel so blessed and grateful for all of the support we have in our lives. We have settled on a September wedding, and it will be full of DIY ideas and projects, which I will share here, of course.

Since Justin and I will mostly be paying for the wedding ourselves, we have limited our extra spending. Unfortunately, this means we have cut back on house projects etc. Luckily though, I have a large Home Depot gift card coming my way thanks to credit card reward points, so we will be tackling a bathroom makeover starting this weekend. I. cannot. wait. for. it. I have been literally going stir crazy without a project to work on.

This Spring, we will also be planning a landscape project for the front exterior. I am hoping to get some good ideas at the Kansas City Home Show and the Flower, Lawn & Garden Show next weekend.



And guess what....

I have two free tickets to give away to a lucky winner!

Here are the details on this huge event-
The original Kansas City Home Show and Flower, Lawn & Garden Show returns on March 22- 24 to Bartle Hall. Founded by the Home Builders Association of Kansas City, the Home Show has been a tradition for sixty five years. Bartle Hall will be teeming with hundreds of exhibitors to showcase new opportunities and choices for homeowners to get a jump on spring home and garden projects.
 
Headliner on the Spaces Stage will be Lonni Paul, HGTV Design Star Finalist and designer to celebrities. She is a contributor to the Style Network's Giuliana & Bill show and designed their Brentwood home. She also created an infant and children's furniture collection called PetitNest, that she co-created with actress Tiffani Amber Thiessen (yes, from Saved by the Bell and the original 90210). Lonni will present Celebrity Style Within Reach, a down-to-earth look at how homeowners can take ideas from celebrity design, incorporate them and not break the bank. Jennifer Bertrand, HGTV Design Star Winner, will emcee the Spaces Stage.
 
Sarah Susanka, architect and innovator, will be a featured speaker, presenting her powerful "Not So Big for Remodeling & Building New" message on the Spaces Stage. Sarah has authored nine best-selling books including The Not So Big House, The Not So Big Life, Not So Big Remodeling

Brian Santos, "The Wall Wizard" best-selling author of Painting Secrets, Faux Finish Secrets, and Wallcovering Secrets, will give three presentations at The Wizard's Workshop. This 25 year contractor, chemist and educator steps through the real science, magic and myths of decorating your home.Painting Secrets, his first presentation, is geared for the audience to learn the real tips, tricks and techniques of home improvement. 

Event Highlights
Family Favorites - Wayside Waifs adoptable pets & The Bee Guy (Koelzer Bee Farm-Booth #5125) - working bee hives.
● Landscape and Garden Displays - Walk through a custom-built log cabin. Walk through a large custom garden built by The Water Garden Society featuring ponds and a Japanese Garden.
Infinity Lights Exhibit - self-assemble lampshades made up of quadrilateral, interlocking pieces that can be assembled in a variety of ways.

You have two chances to win: 1) Become a Fan of Suburban Spunk on Facebook (if you already are, let me know and I will count it as an entry) and 2) leave a comment on this post and let me know what you would want to check out at the home show. Are you interested in learning new painting techniques? Maybe you want to check out retaining walls for your yard?


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Hope to see you all next weekend! Good luck.
xoxo, S