Oversized Outdoor Wreaths

Everyone has a favorite house, right?  A house you like to drive by because you love the outside so much you can only imagine how amazing the inside must be?  For years, my “favorite house” was a beautiful French Colonial with a cedar shake roof whose owners hung the biggest, most spectacular wreath right on the front of the house over a lovely bay window every single Christmas.  At night it was covered in lights, and during the day it was all greenery with a giant red bow.

I swore that when we had a house to decorate (no dice in a townhouse with association rules all those years) I would get one of those giant wreaths.  Fast forward to right this second and I’d really LOVE to get an oversized wreath for our new house.  Good old Pinterest doesn’t disappoint in inspiration department, and I’m loving the simplicity of these.  SO!  Do we go simple?

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Rustic?

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Add a bow?

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Lights AND a bow?

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Really love the last one.

 

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Pretty House of the Week

Is it a barn?  Is it a house?  I don’t know, but I know I love it.

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Pretty House of the Week

Hang in there, moms and dads.  Daylight Savings may have kicked in (and kicked your butt if your house is anything like mine these days!), but I like to think Mother Natures takes pity on us East-Coasters and gives us leaves like this to make our days just a little bit better:

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P.S. Have you heard about this petition?  So funny.  #ParentsAgainstDST

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Custom Baby Gate

Is it worth it?

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Do you have one?

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I can’t even count how many times I knocked over, fell through, missed the latch on the baby gates we used with our daughter.  You know, those standard metal and plastic things you buy at Babies ‘R Us or Target.  There was never a good way to drill it into the railing or the stairs, so it got dislodged from the wall pretty often.  Luckily it did its job keeping our daughter safe, but I hear boys are a bit more, shall we say, feisty?, and I’m worried about them holding up for another round of baby-proofing.

Now that we’re moving, I wonder if it makes sense to build a baby gate, permanently mount it, and never have to worry about getting my shins all banged up again.  Or worry about the kids falling down the stairs.  Duh.

Here’s a few more inspiration images and a tutorial I found for the first image.

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So, what do you think?  Do you have one or know anyone who does?  Should we do it? (And by “we” I mean my contractor, since I don’t know the first thing about pocket holes and Kreg tools.)  TIA!

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Pretty House of the Week

The Pretty House of the Week is BACK!

Swooning over here for the iron-framed windows, wood front door, and that lantern!  Have you ever seen such a darling fixture on a front porch?

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Have a great weekend and a Happy Halloween!

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Big Girl Room

There’s something about designing a little girl’s room that just makes you happy.  It’s like reliving all the pink and sparkly glory days of your childhood, but getting to put your own grown-up spin on it because they are too little to really make any of the decisions.  Best. Client. Ever.

This is our daughter’s room right now.  (Professional pics because our house is FOR RENT!)

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We have the queen mattress and boxspring that was our guest bed on the floor, and the headboard is a DIY piece, courtesy of my amazing sister and brother-in-law.

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I found an inspiration image I loved and the dimensions (which took forever to find, so you’re welcome ;) ) and had my contractor cut plywood to these specs.  My only modification to this was that we made the crown 8″ high instead of the suggested 9″.   Enter: foam, batting, fabric, and a trusty staple gun.

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Because the mattress is on the floor, there’s nothing to attach it to the headboard, so the headboard just sits on the floor, too.  It has enough support from the height of the mattress and boxspring to keep it in place, and it’s super comfy to lean against while we read books. :)

In the new house, her room is much smaller, so no queen bed.  Plus, do you really need a queen bed when you’re 3?!  Here’s the design board I made for her room.  I’m so excited to install everything and will definitely share pictures!

Think she’ll like it?  Who cares, I love it!  ha

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Rent My House!

Oh hey, Internet!  Long time no speak.  I’ve been off the grid for a while to stay home with my kids – yes, kids – plural!  Our son was born earlier this year, and he is magical.  All the emoji heart eyes for this one, let me tell you.

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When our daughter was born, I started working again when she was barely a month old.  It was So. Hard.  I swore I wouldn’t do that again with our second, so I transitioned out of work earlier and decided to take as much time as I wanted to be home with him.  He’s now 7 months old(!) and I’m feeling ready to get back into it.  Fortunately, thanks to some really amazing clients and a lot of hard work, 2014 for me professionally was a record-breaking sales and award winning year that included an International President’s Circle nod from Coldwell Banker (represents the top 6% of all CB agents worldwide) and a fourth straight 5 Star Real Estate Agent award from Philadelphia Magazine. I know I’m lucky to have the option to take so much time, and I completely recognize it is a luxury. But let’s be honest…it’s not a vacation!

I’ve done the stay-at-home-mom thing.  I’ve done the full-time-working-outside-the-house-mom thing.  And I’ve done the full-time-working-from-home-mom thing.  Every single one is unbelievably hard – a topic for another day, for sure, and one that will never be exhausted (no matter how much we are!).

2015 was a big year for us – we had a baby AND bought a house (I was an excellent client. haha).  I’m going to start up my Instagram feed again sharing progress as I paint, furnish, and decorate, so start following me here.

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As I ramp back up at work, my first order of business is to ask you:  Who do you know who wants to rent my townhouse? As a real estate agent, I post photos of houses all the time, but somehow sharing photos of my own house on the internet feels a bit like I’m standing naked in Times Square, but here goes!  Click on the link below to check out all the photos and read the description. I’d be so grateful if you did.

3 Bedroom 4 Bathroom TOWNHOUSE in Blue Bell, PA

Lastly, if you or someone you know is interested, email me, call me, Facebook message me, hit me up on Instagram.  I’d love to hear from you!

sheila@cbpremierproperties.com
215-699-9000 x124
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sheilasellsrealestate
Instagram: @sheilasellshouses

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Beadboard as Kitchen Backsplash

I can’t remember where I came across this photo, but I saved it and keep coming back to it.

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Doesn’t beadboard as a backsplash seem like such a fresh (and inexpensive!) alternative to tile?

This lady used textured wallpaper that looks like beadboard to cover the fronts of her cabinet.  That could work, too, I think.  And talk about a money saver!

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Now if we can find peel and stick textured wallpaper, I would totally jump in for an easy weekend project that would only take a couple hours.

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Before & After Kitchen

Are you ready for this?

The Before.  (In a word…gross.)

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Drumroll please…

TA DA!

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I know you don’t believe me, but it actually is the same kitchen.

Talk about vision!

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Pretty House of the Week

Long, private driveway?

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Yes, please!

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