August 28, 2010

Garden shop heaven!

by Shelly

Last weekend we went on a little family trip to Roger’s Gardens down in Newport Beach.  I’m pretty into gardening these days and I’ve been told by more than a few people, “Oh my gosh, YOU haven’t been there yet?”.  No, I hadn’t…until last week! I’m glad we finally went!

Seriously, I was not expecting shopping for plants to be a fun experience for the whole family.  But this place is GORGEOUS beyond belief. You could probably throw a wedding in this place it is THAT pretty. Here are some pics from our little trip…

Beautiful hanging baskets.
How pretty would these glass balls look in the garden OR in a bowl on your cocktail table?
Quite possibly my very favorite part of the whole store…hydrangeas in deep blue!
Showing the flowers to my budding mini gardener.
Absolutely stunning for your front door.
This tree was just stunning in person with all the brightly colored baskets hanging from it! A dinner party underneath would be so fun!
The Anglophile in me just can’t get enough of fresh, green topiaries and lots of ivy.
On closer inspection I realized these lovely bouquets are FAKE! See, there are SOME realistic looking silk flowers. But they’re hard to find and usually quite pricey…as they proved to be!
The kiddo really wanted to bring this cool owl home with her. I can’t blame her..too cute!

Pretty succulents in terracotta containers.
And at last, the English rose that will end up in our garden very soon! An Abraham Darby rose…so English sounding.

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August 28, 2010

Life is sweet…

by Shelly

and I owe it all to this guy!

Six years ago today I got to wear the pretty white dress….
to walk down the aisle to marry the man of my dreams…
And this quote that was in our wedding fortune cookies
couldn’t be more true of our relationship.
Even now.
Happy Anniversary Hubby!
6 years 
and 
going STRONG

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I’m ashamed…very ashamed. Almost one year ago I wrote about our upstairs kid/guest bathroom that needed a MAJOR remodel when we moved in. The plan had been to just rip down the horrible Tommy Bahama circa 1995 wallpaper and paint. Well, I ripped down the paper and found some serious water damage underneath it in the process. That started a full scale redo of the room. I will admit…I’m still not really done. I have to still get the one tile left to finish the shower/bathtub and also tile to finish the tile on the floor in the doorway. Lazy I tell ya…or at least that’s what my husband mentions to me almost every other week! I’m on it Reed….PROMISE!!!!
BEFORE
AFTER
I will tell ya…we were on a TIGHT budget during this project. We were trying to get it well under $10k but since I have a small fetish for some expensive tile (I can’t help myself!)…well we had to be creative with the other elements. Here is the breakdown of this area:
1. Countertop:Carrera Marble (seriously found an amazing deal!)
2. Sinks: Kohler Devonshire
3. Faucets: Grohe Seabury
4. Lighting: PB Mercer in satin nickle finish
5. Medicine Cabinets: Restoration Hardware Framed Inset Medicine Cabinet (got for 20% off!)
6. Towel Rings: PB Mercer in satin nickle finish
7. White Plates: Two’s Company (have had FOREVER and finally had a place to put them in our new home!)
8. Rugs and Towels: Restoration Hardware baby and child- on MAJOR sale last Christmas!)

                                                                                                                

                                                                     

                           

Here is a shot of the other side of the room..
We kept the existing toilet since it was in great condition and didn’t need to be replaced. I think I would like to replace the recessed light with a normal flush light. Please excuse my dumb light bulb. I need a new recessed light in there! I’m also not too keen on the shower curtain…Any suggestions?? I like the spa feel in here, but since it’s my 3 year olds’ bathroom I sort of want to put something more fun. White and ruffles maybe? Not sure yet. I had my tile guys expand the little area in the shower for soap and shampoo. It was just a hole before and I know when Ellie is a teenager it will need to fit shampoo, soap, skin stuff, razors, bath bubbles…you get the picture. Here is the breakdown of this area.
1. Shower/Tub tile: Ann Sacks (I plan on doing it half way up all around the room in the future!)
2. Shower Curtain: Tar-jay
3. Vintage Metal Doc Sign: Found in the desert of California on the side of the road!
4. Trashcan and Toiletpaper Holder: HomeGoods                                                                                                                                                                                                 5. Shower Faucet: Grohe Seabury ( Cannot recommend this line enough!)                                                                                                                                                    5. Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments
And now here’s where I show you the part of the room that is very NOT finished. I’ve been stumped since day one with this corner. At first I put a towel bar on the big blank wall near the vanity, but first off…it wasn’t long enough, and second I just wasn’t feeling it. Here it is…you’ll see what I mean.
So I ended up realizing that guests and my little one are not going to fold their towels nicely on a rack.  It never happens. And I’m a neat freak, so I had to minimize my stress. I went to Antho and picked up some vintage looking coat hooks for the towels instead. Yes, I’m going to take down that God awful towel bar, but friends…HELP PLEASE…what do I do there? I have soo many ideas, but even interior designers get stumped on projects. Do I do a series of prints here, or maybe one big print? Add a small chair in the corner?
So what do you think friends? I’d LOVE your help here. I should probably go get that tile this week eh? Hubby is about to kill me! hee hee.

The Lettered Cottage

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August 23, 2010

Office Improvements!

by Shelly

A good friend of mine told me a month or so ago, “I really love your blog, but you just don’t write nearly enough for me”.  She’s right…I know! But dear readers I’m still juggling being a stay at home mom to a very active three year old and trying to work AT THE SAME TIME. I’m crazy. I know it. But I see the light in the distance…PRESCHOOL starts the beginning of September for the little Ellie belly! Whoo hooo! She’s going to love it. I’m going to love it. I’ll hopefully get more work blogging done. It’s a win win for both of us.
But things have been happening over at the Van Rozeboom abode! I have been hard at work organizing and designing my home office.  Since we’re on a budget I have been really trying to keep things cheap and under budget. This my friends, is NOT an easy task for me. I love to shop…that’s probably half the reason I got into interior design and I love nice things. Let’s be honest, we all do don’t we ladies? Hee hee. So I’ve been going round and round on what direction I wanted my office to go. I wanted it to flow with the rest of the house..updated but not stuffy traditional, a dash of cottage, beachy…you get the picture.  My first real solid idea was to get this desk:
But even though it is a reasonably priced desk I still felt like I could find something on Craigslist at a much better deal. And I did! I found this:
Seriously, how cute is this desk!? And I love the way the seller totally styled the desk before posting up on CL. I would have bought the lamps too if she hadn’t already sold them. So, at just under $200 I picked up this clean lined cutie for my office. It was a perfect match to my roadside find, free bookcases which my wonderful hubby painted white for me! What a doll!
He wasn’t so happy that I was posting this photo, since the day he decided to spray the bookcases for me it was HOT…really, really hot! He borrowed my gardening hat to protect his already sunburned neck. I was cracking up when I walked outside and found him in it. But in any case the ugly brown, cane shelves look FABULOSO now. When I get a few more finishing touches done on the office, hopefully by mid-week, I’ll be showcasing a final reveal to you all!
I also found a cute turquoise ceramic lamp at Homegoods to add a pop of color on the desk. It’s similar, but much cheaper than these beauties….
I also purchased this must have to stick all my inspiration photos and on going projects onto.
I can’t wait to show you guys the big reveal next week! Still need a chair…so that will be a few more weeks. Well, I’m off to make shrimp spring rolls for a cool dinner tonight. We’re finally getting some warm, summer weather here in Southern California…high 80s and low 90s all next week…so I see a ton of pool time in our future here!

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August 12, 2010

Design shout out!

by Shelly

I got my first design shout out over on Shade of a Beech Tree! We’re working on her dining room now that we’ve almost completed the family room.  Jessie has been a joy to work with and she has fun taste as well! Stay tuned for updates on her home…but for now check out the first change to her dining room here!

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