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Monday, September 1, 2014

parade of homes 2014 - common spaces

Last Saturday, we spent a few hours touring the Denver Parade of Homes.  We made 8 stops, and looked at over 20 homes.  These homes are decorated beautifully, and it's a great place to get design inspiration.  Plus, it's a great opportunity to look at all the model homes in the area without having to pretend you're interested in buying!

I took over 300 photos, but edited them down to the very best to share with you!  I still had over 50, so I split them up into today's post of common spaces (living rooms, kitchens, offices, etc), and then later this week I will share the bedrooms and bathrooms.  


And of course, we had to take a selfie. :-)
 Remember to check back on Friday for the bedrooms and bathrooms...they are breathtaking.

Friday, August 29, 2014

it's the little things

Happy Friday, Everyone! I'm sharing some of the "little things" I've come across in the last few weeks that inspire me and bring a smile to my face.  Check out my Pinterest page to see all of these, and many more beautiful images.
This Outdoor Space...So cozy and I'm loving the neutral colors with the mix of patterns.
This Ceiling...I would love to walk down this hall everyday
This Vanity and Sink...the mix of materials is breathtaking.

This Desk Space...the brick, the rug, the accessories...Plus, that memo board would be so easy to DIY
This Country Bedroom...The bed, linens and light fixtures are just amazing. I would love this for a guest room.
This Foyer...the glass door and gorgeous moulding makes quite a statement.
This Coat...It's such a great piece, and the best part is that it's less than $50!
This Kitchen...So much workspace, and those beams and island lights are amazing.
This Fall Scene...I love this color combo, and I'm ready for fall and everything pumpkin!
This Floor...my family is a little obsessed with board games (my parents own hundreds), and this Scrabble tile floor is just incredible.
This Great Room...Basically our dream room.  The dark wood, stone, built ins, stainless...so cozy.
This Planter...I love the bold black against the green and white of the flowers.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

diy instagram frame

If you follow me on Instagram (erinacolburn), you know that I like to take a lot of pictures.  The best part about these pictures is that they are taken anywhere and everywhere, and they really capture everyday moments in our lives. 

I was working on another project that went wrong and had a simple stained frame made from 1x2s left over.  It was sitting around for a few months and inspiration finally struck me one day to display my Instagram photos.

I made the frame by cutting down 1x2x8s, and nailing them together.  I stained them with Minwax's Jacobean.  This frame measures about 24" x 18".
To make the actual display, I used twine and a staple gun (which I already had), mini clothespins, and 4x4 Instagram Prints.  Walgreen's prints 4x4s now, and they almost always have some type of promo code available on RetailMeNot for prints.

I laid out my photos to determine where to place my twine and stapled the lengths of twine into the back of the frame.
 This took a few minutes, and then the frame was set to go and hanging in our upstairs hallway.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

dresden & lila's 1st birthday

On August 12th, our best friends' twins turned one, and they had a fantastic birthday party!  The theme was Mickey and Minnie Mouse, they had their first cake, and were surrounded by so many people that love them.

We had so much fun, and Matthew took a bunch of pictures to celebrate this special occasion.  They truly capture the very different personalities of these sweet kiddos.  Lila smashes into her cake and likes to mash it up, and Dresden is a little more reserved about the whole situation.  
Here's to the next year for these amazing little ones!
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