Monday, September 6, 2010

When Inspiration meets Reality

Ever created an inspiration board? If not, I highly recommend it! Below is the board I created over a year ago with several pictures of ideas I wanted to use in my future house someday. All you need is a piece of canvas, modge-podge, and your favorite magazines!

Back in May we moved into our first house and over the summer, I had some time off to fix things up and, as my mother would say, "Nest." I've quite enjoyed letting my domestic side blossom over the past couple months and finally feel that I'm at the point to blog about our decorated home (even though I'm not sure a house will ever be fully 'decorated'...for I'm always changing things up...I know I get that from my mom!)

Anyway, I derived most of my inspiration from the POTTERY BARN August 2010 catalogue. As you will begin to notice, the picture on top is the 'inspiration picture' and the picture below it is the 'reality picture' (or what's in my house now). Enjoy!

Inspiration: (actually saw this at a McKinney Antique Store)


Inspiration: (loved mirrors above bed)

Reality: (Josh & I's room)


Reality: (pictures in hallway)


Reality: (this is actually in Josh's office. I bought burlap to cover the back of the HUGE bulletin board in his office)

Re-bar & Hobby Lobby hooks used to rest magazines upon.

Old trivits my mom found at a garage sale (an entire box of these were $5!) Inside are old flash cards found at an antique store.


Reality: (so I don't have a fireplace mantel, but I did find this old header ripped out from a historic bldg in San Antonio. Found it at a garage sale for $20!)

Other pictures from our house...
Living room...

Check out the old piece of tin my mom found at a garage sale...

Opposite wall from couch

Enclosed entry way:

I made these over the weekend using used votive candles, burlap, old tart cans, and vintage scrabble letters. BTW, it spells out BARNES in case you can't see it clearly!

Guest bedroom:

Now it's your turn, make whatever "inspires" you to become a reality. Good luck!


Sarah Lynn said...

LOVE your pics! Thanks for sharing!

sophieglenn said...
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sophieglenn said...

absolutley adorable!!! should visit canton sometime, you'd be in HEAVEN!!! :)

bunnytrails said...

Emily, You have made your house a precious HOME ! Don't ever let me hear you say that you are not creative!! Everything is absolutley beautiful and so comfortable. Love you, Mom

Suzanne said...

Oh, I hope to see this in person some day! Emily, it looks so well thought welcoming! The perfect nest! Looks like you had fun this summer!

Janice said...

Love your inspiration room/idea and then the real one. Simply beautiful.

caroline joy said...

Emily! Seriously! This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! Your home looks like it came straight out of a magazine...Okay, I'm planning a trip now, like it or not :) And PS I'm IN LOVE with the rebar/hobby lobby hook magazine holder...and burlap on the bulletin board. Gorgeous! You are awesome.

Rebecca said...

LOVE your inpiration aboard and I LOVE LOVE your house!!! It looks beautiful!! love you- :)

Elliott and Cherry Wood said...

Emily, your house is a doll house! My favorite is the header that acts like a mantle. GREAT idea. hope you guys are doing well!

Anonymous said...

Your house is so beautiful, I am so happy for yall. I believe if I remember right the recipe made 24 cupcakes. Thanks for viewing our blog, I loved looking at yours. Enjoy this time of your life...such sweet first memories of making a home together. oh wow i sound old don't i?