Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Front porch plans / bed swing design


(porch light, rug, pillow, fan, planter is ikea, front door knocker is rejuvenation)
We've been working on the front porch plans for a while. I'm planning on painting the front door emerald and the ceiling a fun mint. I love that jute rug and I'm trying to find an indoor outdoor version of it. We already have that galvanized planter from Ikea, light and door knocker and I can't wait for it all to come together. That ceiling fan is a must for hot SC nights. 

I love our front porch, its big with grey painted wood floors and a deep overhang from the house. Its the perfect hang out spot and I've been dreaming up a plan for a bed swing for a while (see here). 
Here is what it looked like last summer, we loved that set but it was borrowed and had to go home. I've been working on a design for a bed swing for us to build, I loved this one from Ballard (which is on sale for $699!), but its smaller then I want, and more than I wanted to spend. 
I really wanted to use a twin xlong mattress we already had so I based dimensions on that and we are going to build our own. I sketched and sketched trying to find a design that would be interesting and easy to build (HA). I also knew I wanted some curves because our house has so many straight lines with the paneling and porch railings and I wanted to break that up. Then I was watching an older fixer upper one night (love me some jojo) and I saw this pattern they were overlaying on a bench and loved it. 
Finally! Here is what I came up with. We are adding some fun finials and trim pieces and I can't wait to see it all come together. Luke's dad, the master carpenter is going to help us and I'm hoping to have it done in the next few weeks. 
Now I'm on the hunt for some good outdoor fabrics to use to cover the mattress and make pillows, any good reasonable sources?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Work and Play / Spring BSHT 2016

The Blogger Stylin Home Tours hosted by my good friend Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co are always some of my favorite weeks of the year and this Work and Play edition is no different. 29 bloggers are opening their homes showing where they Work and Play, and its been some amazing spaces. All the weeks links are over at The White Buffalo.  If you are coming over from Style Mutt Home, welcome! Cate and Chelsea are so talented and I loved Chelsea's dining room she shared. I love following along all their projects! 

For those of you that are new to A Creative Day, I'm Eileen, a wife and mama to twin girls. An architecture graduate, I worked in interior design before our girls were born and since then we have renovated two houses and moved to our favorite city, Greenville SC. Our home now is our dream house and we are loving renovating it, squeezing the most out of every naptime and after the twins go to bed. 
Play time is taken very seriously around here, as you can imagine it would be with twin toddlers. I thought I would share the two spaces we spend the most time in, the twins room and the playroom. We just finished the playroom a few months ago, (see here), but each space in this house changes faster then the twins do. 

 We recently added a fun kidkraft kitchen and more pillows and blankets in this room, we all spend so much time in this room lounging on the floor so the pillows are a must. The unicorn head is from the pillowfort line at target and one of my favorite things! 
The gold patio string lights were an easy DIY with standard lights from Target and some gold spray paint. 
The twins still LOVE this little hideaway spot that I made with a simple fabric curtain and a tension rod. They hide back there all the time and pop out, PEEKABOO! 
I'm loving that this space can grow with the girls. Eventually I'm planning on replacing the teepee with a sleeper sofa for movie nights and popcorn.
The other space that we hang out in every day is the twins bedroom. I loved this space when we first moved in because of all the storage of those built-ins! When you are trying to fit two cribs in a small bedroom, storage is key. I painted the built-ins a fun mint to add some interest and painted the wood paneled walls white (see before pictures here, and progress pictures here). 
At first we had a rocking glider in here but then we didn't need the rocker in here any more (tear! Babies grow too fast) so Luke made this little play table from a premade top and a few 2x2's from Home Depot. The baby eames chairs are from Hobby Lobby!

One of my favorite things about this house was all the rustic shiplap looking wood paneling and fun built-ins. 
And all the windows and natural light :-)

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today! Make sure you head over to Style Your Senses, Mallory knocks everything out of the park so you know its going to be good!  

And make sure to check out all the weeks links here!

xoxo

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

TALK Magazine Feature

If you follow me on instagram (acreativedayblog) you might have seen that last night I posted a peek of my feature in the latest TALK Magazine (pinch me). TALK is a local Greenville magazine that has a great readership in the community with lots of fun local features. It was so fun welcoming them into our home and I thought I would share a little more about the feature and behind the scenes. 
First off the feature wouldn't have happened without my blogging turned real life friend Lindsay who got me in touch with the magazine. She's the best. If you aren't reading her blog you need to be. She's one of my all time favorites and her genuineness just pours out through her writing, not to mention her design style is killer and she is renovating an amazing house that they have transformed from a 750 sq foot to 1500 sq foot dream bungalow. 

TALK contacted me and we set up a date to shoot last October. We bought our house last spring and it was mid September when we first talked which is important to note because at this point our kitchen was only 80% done, we had lots of trim work to complete including building a custom hood, finishing painting and installing the rest of the molding. Our upstairs was filled to the ceiling with boxes and our living room was far from picture ready. YIKES. For the next month and half Luke and I worked during every nap and after bedtime for the twins. Oh yeah and we had 14 month twins at this point who were just learning to walk and we needed to babyproof the house as well. It was a crazy time but when the day of the shoot came I was so happy we did it. It made me have a goal and finish so that now I can just enjoy the house, which is new for me considering we finished our last house's renovation 2 weeks before we moved. 

If you want to see all renovation posts with lots of before and afters they are linked here. House tour when we first bought the house click here

The article about the house turned out so well. Its a 12 page article with lots of pictures and fun details about our favorite pieces in the house, including the kitchen table which Luke made for me as my wedding present and my great grandmother's secretary I painted chartreuse. I loved that they included all those special details. 

TALK loved our kitchen floor (I do too!) and they ended up doing another article in the same issue focusing on the DIY of our kitchen floor as well as other patterned tile options so make sure you check that out as well! It has my DIY tips for laying your own tile. 

When you renovate a house its so easy to only focus on what else needs to be done and forget how much you have already accomplished. It was great for me to go over the renovations with the magazine so I could really think back on how much we had already gotten done and be grateful for that instead of the never ending to do list. Any other renovators feel the same way? 

If you are local make sure you pick up a copy of the April issue, but if you aren't then here is the link to the online copy of the issue. The tile feature is on page 100 and the house feature starts on page 105. More details and pictures can be found in the online article linked here

Thanks again to TALK, Dorothy and Patrick Cox the talented photographer and to Lindsay. You guys are the best and I'm grateful to you! 

xoxo

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Twins playroom before and after

Our house has this little area at the top of the stairs that I had planned to turn into a playroom for the girls since we moved in and we finally tackled it over Christmas break while we were stuck home with sick babies (silver lining to the both babies have colds cloud). We did this room on a budget of around $250 for everything. This included paint for the walls and built-ins, lots of storage bins from Target (those add up!), floor pillows from Home Goods (some of the most expensive items at $30 a piece but since Luke and I sit on the floor all the time while the girls play it was a good investment), patio string lights and gold paint and all the little random things you never think about but always end up needing. 
It's a small space and was painted a dark tan when we moved in which made the space feel smaller. We painted everything BM Sea Pearl (just like downstairs) which made the space flow together with the stairwell. 

 I love these built ins which are perfect storage for toys! 

Our TV stand from our old house fit perfectly in this corner, although we did have to take the door frame off to get it up the stairs. Totally worth it. It was already painted sea pearl from our old house and having it painted the same color as the wall makes the small space seem bigger. 
After! My sister got this teepee for the girls for Christmas, isn't it the cutest? And my sister in law painted us that adorable height chart.

One of the twins favorite areas in the room! I put up a tension rod in this little cabinet niche and made a curtain with some fabric I already had and hem tape and they love hiding and then popping out, TADA! I used a coral knob from Hobby Lobby if they want to pull over the curtain for performances and such. 

 These fabric bins from target are great for legos and tea sets. 

I took patio lights from Target and spray painted them gold and love the soft lighting they give. 
I painted a peach stripe up the wall and love the detail it adds, but thinking I need to go over it with a darker peach, this one doesn't show up as well as I thought it would. 


 I LOVE these dipped Hobby Lobby frames, make sure you wait until they are 50% off to get them, that makes them $9 a frame! 

The twins love this little space, it turned into such a sweet little space and I'm excited to see it grow with them. I'm thinking eventually I'll swap out the teepee for a sleeper loveseat for sleepovers and movie nights :-)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Easy closet upgrade / affordable gold pulls

We are 'snowed in' today. The 2 inches we got last night effectively shut down our city and everyone is snuggled inside by fires and making snow angels. Hashtag I love living in the south. So I'm blogging. On a Saturday. I know what??
I'm sharing one of my favorite easy upgrades we have done in both of our master bedrooms and its one of my favorite details. 
Our old master bedroom (shown above) was such a transformation from the before space. 
We moved a few doors around while adding a second bathroom and centered the new entrance door on this wall and built in two new closets. Luke's dad custom built the simple doors and we went floor to ceiling with them. It was a relatively easy upgrade that made the whole room feel custom and special. When I was looking for hardware I knew I wanted large and gold. I looked at the Lewis Dolin but didn't want to pay $40 a pull so after lots of searching around I found these. My secret source. Gold bar pulls at $5 for the 12". They have all different sizes up to 15".
I loved this room. When we moved into our new house we had simple closet doors with large round wood knobs and I knew the same pulls would look great. 

They just add a fun detail and make the otherwise simple doors stand out and you can't beat the price. Let me know if you buy them and use them, I'd love to see! 
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