Favorite Posts of the Week – 5/4 Edition

My weekly round-ups are back!

Let’s just get right to it. Here are my favorite posts from the week of April 30th:

A Par-Tee for your golfer

My hubbie is an avid golfer and so this golf-themed Father’s Day party caught my eye. Of course, Mike and I aren’t parents yet, but this is definitely going into my Pinterest vault for the future. Loving the plaid design on the cake, and the printables are just perfect.

PAR-TEE. Show the golfer in your life how much you care.

PAR-TEE. Show the golfer in your life how much you care.

Here’s my golfer doing his thing while we were in Maui back in December.

Mike Golfing in Maui

Mike Golfing in Maui

Girly, girl Princess Party

I’m a TOTAL girl inside and out so this party featured on Hostess with the Mostess had me wishing I was 5 years old again.  Actually, considering my obsession with Kate Middleton this party would still be fitting for my next  birthday party. Seriously though, how adorable is this birthday party? The Royal Princess Tutu’s (I want one!), elegant, monogrammed welcome easel, and glass slipper candy favors. The party was flawless and I’m sure tons of fun for the little girls who joined in on the fun.

Dress-Inspired Princess Party

Dress-Inspired Princess Party

Practical and Cute

Love this cute little find by MadeByGirl during her stop at the Traditional Home party at the New York Design Center. Take a a look at the rest of her post for photos of lovely vignettes, funky chairs, and more.

Practical, yet stylish makeup brush holder

Practical, yet stylish makeup brush holder

Inspiration everywhere, anywhere

Inspiration can come from anywhere.  I know we’ve all heard that before, but Chassity from Look Linger Love really showed us how it’s done. She created art inspired by some of her favorite things from her closet. I LOVE this idea and really want to try it myself. What do you think of Chassity’s source of inspiration?

Closet inspired art

Closet inspired art

Do or Don’t: Carpet

I thought the idea of carpet was dead. Wooden floors or even tile are what predominately appear in bedroom floors nowadays.  So why did I recently find myself carpet shopping at Home Depot?

Six months ago my hubbie and I (along with some amazing help from family) ripped out the nasty carpet in our master bedroom and replaced it with beautiful engineered hardwood floors. We splurged! It’s gorgeous and has changed the look of our room, but it was expensive and REALLY painstaking as a DIY project.

We still have the gross, stained brown carpet in our office and guest bedroom which I’m DYING to get rip out.  Unfortunately, we can’t afford to go with wood floors in these rooms so I reluctantly settled on carpet. Although it’s nice and soft on your toes, I’ve always had a problem with carpet. It stains easily, collects dust, can feel dated (depending on the color), and absorbs smells.

Over the last few weeks I started researching carpets online and visiting carpeting stores to see what’s out there. I quickly started to realize WOW the options for carpets are so much more extensive than I realized and most of it is GORGEOUS!

I know you don’t believe me, but let me show you what’s out there and how you can use carpet to make a statement in your room.

Villanova Residence - living room traditional living room

First of all, this room is gorgeous! The patterned carpet helps tie everything in and is the one of the main statement pieces in the room.

Same room - different look eclectic dining room

Oh, the drama!! I’m loving this dramatic, decorative carpet in this dining room.  The carpet pulls in all the colors and makes this dining room ultra fabulous.

Master Suite and Bath Collection traditional bedroom

I’m kinda jealous that I didn’t think of this for my master bedroom. Don’t get me wrong; I love my hardwood floors, but this carpet just fits this room so perfectly. It makes the room!

Greenwich Residence traditional bedroom
Although this is still to0 wild for me, I do like that they paired this bold carpet with more classic pieces like the tufted headboard, elegant lamp, and wooden dresser.
Great Rooms traditional living room

This is a bit more classic, but still a bit “out of the box” from what I’m used to. I really love the patterned carpet or “sculptured piles” as it’s officially called. This is actually the style I’m going after for our rooms.

What do YOU think? Do you still feel carpet is dated or have I opened your eyes to a whole know world??

Favorite Posts of the Week – 2/27 Edition

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I’m so happy March is upon us…it’s my favorite month of the year. The weather is just gorgeous in Miami, there are lots of fun outdoor events to attend, and I get to celebrate another birthday!

Let’s get to my favorite posts from the week of February 27th:

My home office gets a lot of use. I occasionally work from home, and frequently do some late night work from there as well. We’ve done a decent job decorating the room in greys, whites and pops of green. However, after seeing this office – described as heaven’s front office – I’m thinking of doing a white-out redo! Check out Virginia’s blog – Live Love DIY – to see more of this redo, and check out the back of the office chair.

Heaven's Front Office by Live Love DIY

Heaven's Front Office by Live Love DIY

When I was planning my wedding I learned how important lighting is to help set the mood for the night. Up lighting in a color that helps accentuate your color scheme ties the whole room together. Monogram lighting is like the cherry on top. I personally didn’t have monogram lighting, but that’s only becuase I hadn’t seen this one featured on Style Me Pretty. How cute is this?

Monogram Lighting

Monogram Lighting

I’m fascinated by furniture referbs. My sister-in-law, Fit Chick on the Fly, recently completed a gorgeous project for her master bedroom that I’m hoping she’ll post soon, but for now here’s an amazing dresser refurbished for a baby nursery. I love the lace feature on the drawers and it seems like it’s SUPER easy to accomplish. Just lay the lace down and spray over it!!! Check out the full story on The Stories A & Z and little B.

Lace Dresser for Baby Nursery

Lace Dresser for Baby Nursery

I’m kinda over the rustic wedding trend. I guess it depends on the setting, but for the most part I’m desiring to see some super luxurious, glam weddings. This week Style Me Pretty featured an elegant wedding themed after Alice In Wonderland that really caught my eye. The tablescape created for the reception was so elegant and colorful. The lighting, mostly candlelight, creates an ultra romantic vibe.

Wonderland Inspired Tablescape

Wonderland Inspired Tablescape

I love this cake featured on Hostess with the Mostess! My birthday is coming up so what if I make my own super girly pink cake? I think it’s a great idea!

Easy, girly pink cake

Easy, girly pink cake

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DIY: Multi-media Artwork

As you’re probably starting to tell, I’m a wannabe artist. I have a small collection of acrylic paints, inexpensive brushes, and a few canvas boards sitting in my closet for that moment where I get a bit of inspiration. I have a few pieces of “artwork” that I created around the house like the Iconic Monuments sketches I created for our guest bathroom.

Early last year when I first discovered Pinterest, I started to collect inspiration for my next project. I’ve loved the bird trend since my wedding in 2009 and wanted to create something fun and colorful for my guest bedroom.

I pulled inspiration from several places – use of yellowed pages as a background, the way the cute birds were perched on a branch, and the playful design of the flowers.

Where do YOU find your inspiration?

If you want to pull off this cool background let me recommend Mod Podge. Overall it wasn’t an easy task, but what I found was the best method was to layout the pattern for your background, then use the Mod Podge to paste the pages to the canvas, and once that dries brush a coat of Mod Podge to secure all of the paper edges down. Once that’s dry then you can begin to paint over it.

Do YOU have experience with creating multi-media artwork? Do YOU have any tips for me??

P.S. Sorry the images aren’t that great; our camera broke and so I’m stuck using my camera phone.

Favorite Posts of the Week – 2/20 Edition

As you can tell by the silence on Casa Martinez this week, I’ve been a little busy. Last weekend I went to Disney World and Legoland to celebrate my nephew’s 8th birthday. We had a great time, but was a pretty tiring fun-filled weekend. Then on Tuesday morning I had to wake up bright and early to be a good citizen and report to jury duty. It was touch-and-go there for a few hours, but thankfully my stint in jury duty only lasted one day. Needless to say these events threw off my entire week!

Without further ado, let’s get to my favorite posts for the week of February 20th:

I love Key West so when I saw this fun, beach-casual wedding held at the Southernmost House I melted. Key West is a very unique place filled with many interesting characters and stories – from Ernest Hemingway and his cats, to the roosters that share the sidewalks with humans, to the fascinating stories about pirates and ghosts. It’s a place that my husband and I are very fond of and have spent several special moments there (our first trip together was to Key West and we’ve celebrated three New Years there).

Key West Wedding

Key West Wedding

So apparently my home decorating style is called “Transitional” which I only learned this week through Houzz.com. It’s sort of funny because I never felt like my style was really Modern, Traditional, or  Eclectic. I like bits and pieces of each style to represent my tastes, and most importantly putting something together that feels homey and comfortable.  Houzz’s defines Transitional style as “blends the comfort and warmth of traditional design with the clean profiles and understated colors of the contemporary look”, but also says that it can really be combination of any decorating style as long as it casual and comfortable. As you see on their post, Transitional style uses neutrals, but by no means does that mean dull — there are fun pieces, pops of color, and patterns that keep this style interesting.

What do YOU think? Is the Transitional style for those who are indecisive? Or do you think it’s a way to enjoy each style and represent the different facets of your personality?

South Boston Living Room contemporary living room

I’ve been following Lily for a few months now and I really like her attainable, budget friendly style. Honestly, the style of some of the blogs I follow either aren’t realistic from a day-to-day perspective (aka too funky or uncomfortable) or are just out of my budget range; however, Lily keeps it real. I love that she always shares where she purchased her pieces which are usually places like Old Navy, Gap, Marshalls, and Forever 21. TOTALLY, TOTALLY reasonable!

Keep it up Lily!

Lily's Cute Workstyle

Lily's Cute Workstyle

For the past two years my Christmas decor has been an elegant combination of silver and gold. Both shades feel classic and timeless and so the combination, well done,  is just spectacular. However, after the Holiday season I pack away this amazing combo which is not to be seen again for another 11 months.

I love Houzz’s post on how to master the mix of gold and silver around your home despite the seasons. I prefer the combinations that include a shade of white which helps balance the bold statement you’re making with the gold and silver and neutralizes the space.

Independence, MN traditional bedroom

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Favorite Posts of the Week: The Love Edition

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a sweet Valentine’s week.  My hubbie and I had a nice surf-and-turf dinner at home followed by a quiet night of TV watching. It was actually pretty perfect for a Tuesday night.

Although my hubbie and I had a quiet Valentine’s day I definitely got inspiration from the blog world for something more elaborate next year…or even for a random, romantic night any other day of the year.

Here are some of the sweetest and loveliest posts from the week of February 13th:

“Love”ly fashions

Reese Witherspoon was in the spirit this week when she stepped out in NYC in a cute heart-patterned dress. The Frugal Fashionista helps those of us on a budget recreate Reese’s look (although the dress she found is a bird-pattern…which satisfies my bird obsession, but doesn’t go with our love theme). Also, love the pop of red which screams “v-day”.  How much do you love the studded bag the Frugal Fashionista found similar to the one Reese is wearing? Love it!

Reese Witherspoon's Heart-Patterend Dress

Sweet home decor

Loving this bathroom makeover featured on DomestiKated Life.  Originally posted by AB Chao, the bathroom showcases a few cool pieces that you don’t usually find in a bathroom like a monogrammed shower curtain, framed word art, a runner (rug), and, um, Polaroid pictures taped to the wall. How does that hold up with all that humidity in the air? This bathroom design is pretty funky, but there is something sweet about it. What do YOU think?

I seriously want a monogrammed shower curtain – like now!

LOVEly bathroom makeover

Showing some PDA

This adorable post from Spearmint Baby is a pregnancy shoot while she was at 34 weeks. I love the winter/snow theme. I actually don’t usually like pregnancy photos because I’m not a fan of the bare belly shots and so the fact that she’s bundled up is absolutely adorable and so sweet.

I’m definitely going to try to recreate this one with my hubbie during my next ski trip (preggers or not).

Love in the Snow

Feed him something sweet

Craving this adorable cocktail perfect for a romantic night in. This recipe featured on Style Me Pretty includes chocolate and marshmallows as main ingredients…seriously, what’s not to love? I know my hubbie will chug it down!

Valentine's Day Cockatil by Sugar and Charm

How dainty are these cupcakes featured on Kara’s Party Ideas? I’m loving the light blue, pink, and red combination (which I’ve seen a lot in home decor lately too) and the unique designs on each cupcake. This is definitely something that’s going on my Adventures in Baking board on Pinterest!

Dainty, Love-themed Cupcakes