Monday, January 5, 2015

Before & After | Small Living Space

When we purchased this house 4 years ago, we had BIG plans for this tiny room.  But like many home projects go, something more pressing always came up.  So, last year when we found out we were expecting twins, we knew we'd need to give this room a face lift and one that would allow this small space to function with multiple purposes.  This room needed to act as our family tv room, and act as a guest room when needed, as well as grow into a play space for the twins.  That's a whole lot of function for such a small area.  So, in designing the space we knew it needed to be simple in design, allowing to make the most of every square inch.
 We started by clearing out the room and taking down the drop ceiling.  Doesn't it remind you of those from your school classroom days?!
From there, pine tongue and groove boards were added to the ceiling adding height and exposing the wooden joists.

The same tongue and groove boards were installed onto the walls, using the opposite side as the ceiling boards, making the planks wider.
 A fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Simply White and there you go, a quick room makeover that was long overdue.
 Later this week I'll share more about how we turned this tiny room into our high functioning, multi-functional space... 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Twas The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring not even a mouse,
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, 
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there...
This Christmas is extra special now that we have children to share it with!  So, to add some kid friendly decor to the mix while also starting some simple family traditions, we decided to go with a classic holiday theme to celebrate the twins first Christmas!

We stuck with a red and white color palette and were ecstatic when we came across this wrapping paper from Crate & Barrel.  Even more fun was this coordinating tape!  Meant for wrapping packages, it made the perfect addition to our baseboard!  (You get extra points if you can find the single mouse in the first photo)
Our love for these Maileg Mice is what inspired this years holiday kid decor.  We hope to make their appearance a family Christmas tradition. Think elf on a shelf, but with cute, pesky, little, mice.
The cute stocking and candle ornaments were also a Crate & Barrel find.
A pillow from HomeGoods, kraft paper and additional wrapping paper from here, and here rounded off the look.
Wishing a Merry Christmas to all...
...and to all a good night!

Additional Sources:
Stockings: Seabags   |   Twins' Outfits:  Mini Boden
Pom Pom Blanket: Pottery Barn   |   Garland: Target

To see more of our holiday decor, check out our Christmas Home Tour here.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wedding | 5 Year Anniversary

Five years ago, I married my best friend in Charleston, SC.  The date...  
Twelve | Twelve
We wed in the quaintest of chapels, then celebrated the evening with good food and good company.  The day was perfectly us...relaxed, fun and most of all happy.  It was shared with close friends and family and was filled with much joy.  In all seriousness, it was one of our BEST . DAYS . EVER!   It's amazing how quickly the time has gone by and everyday I'm grateful for the life we get to share together.  So, Happy Anniversary Brian, I can't wait to see what's in store for the next five years!  Let another adventure begin!  

Photography by Heather Forsythe
Reception Venue: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blogger Stylin' Home Tours | Christmas 2014 Edition

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  And to kickstart the season, I'm thrilled to be part of another Blogger Stylin' Home Tours Christmas Edition, hosted by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.  
If you're coming over from Retro Ranch Reno, welcome and happy holidays!  How fun were her pops of pink!  This Christmas is a very special one for us at Iron & Twine as we have two new additions to the family, 6 week old twins, and Brian and I are celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary!  With so much to celebrate, I set out to make our living room a merry, bright and festive one without spending a lot of time or money.  Inspired by our wedding day, I decided to keep our living room tree simple in green and white with magnolia flower accents purchased from Hobby Lobby.  Magnolia leaves, along with other greenery, were sniped directly from our yard, providing large decorative impact at no cost!   Boxwood wreaths were a thrift store score for $3 each and vintage goods I already owned were added throughout the space.
A vintage wool blanket, and a pineapple adorned pillow, add texture to our armchairs.  The advent calendar is from Wheel & Basket and made with love by my mom.  It's hands down my favorite and has become a staple in our home during the holidays. I look forward to the day when I can share this with Parker & Kennedy!
A vintage basket was bought for a steal at $3, and inexpensive white kraft paper is used for gift wrap.  Other paper in navy and plaid were purchased from Home Goods and the white, grey gingham from Target.

The letterpress coaster garland is from Red Bird Ink.  The pineapple ornaments are from our wedding, originally given as favors.  The ribbon a sale item from Michaels and the large round ornaments are styrofoam, mod podged with paper flowers ~ costing a whopping fifty cents each.
Due to our new additions, this year we decided to start introducing some kid friendly decor into the mix, while hopefully starting some family traditions that we can continue for years to come.  Here's a sneak peak of what we did for Parker & Kennedy's tree, can you guess the theme?!  I'll be back later in the week to share part two of our Holiday House Tour!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the houses on the tour here!

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