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The Basement Boldness Continues

Hello friends!

Thanks so much for your feedback on my basement media room in progress.  I'm still considering my options, in terms of the panels, and how to deal with them, but I did paint around the panels for the moment, and it's looking GREAT.

I will show you those changes soon, for now I wanted to share some of the pillows I picked up to tie my color palette together down here.  I dropped my son off at soccer practice last night, and just happened to pass TJ Maxx, so what's a girl to do?

Luckily, I channeled my inner Maxinista, and found some great pillows for my basement.

I already had green pillows, and was glad that I could reuse them in this space.  They tie in perfectly with the colors in my new pillows, and I love the pattern mix too.  Makes me look like I know how to mix patterns, doesn't it?
I was kind of on the fence at first, since they seem kind of predictable, and I was thinking about adding other colors down here - yellows or orange maybe.  But now that I have these in place, I'm really digging them.

What do you think?  What colors are inspiring you these days?

Linking up to:
No Minimalist Here - Open House Party
Thrifty Decor Chick - August Before and After Party


Bold Basement Color


I hope you're all having a great week!  With it so uber-hot around here, it leaves me wanting to curl up in a cool and comfy corner.  And where would that be?  The Basement.

Now, I'm not talking scary-cellar basements.  Think luxe, sit-and-stay-awhile basements.  I have shown you my basement space here and here, and I've been doing some more work to make it mine (ok, who am I kidding, my boys get the most use out of this space).  But, it's coming along. 

I blogged about some great color palette ideas from Sherwin Williams that I have been using as a starting point for this space.  A refresher...

I have already used Ethereal Mood on the walls going down the stairs to the basement and along my board and batten wall near the bar area (of which I apparently have no recent pictures to share).  But here is the stairway...

We have a media area that is great for watching sports (go Reds!) or for cozying up for a family movie night.  It's a separate area, without being completely closed off from the rest of the basement, which I love.  I just haven't been too jazzed by the baby-poo colored walls down there.
So, I'm drawing inspiration from my HGTV color palette, and some great photos that I found burning hours of time that could  be used in other productive ways online.
Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

Since our media space is a big gaming/movie/sports watching area, I decided to take a gamble and go dark.  I was originally planning on going with the Sherwin Williams color, Riverway, in the HGTV color palette.  But then I pulled out my trusty Aegean Teal (Benjamin Moore) that I just used to paint the back of my bookcases, and decided it was a close enough match to carry that beautiful bold color downstairs.

Here is a sneak peek of my progress so far.  Don't judge - it's a sneak peek/temporary disaster zone, and it was dark outside.   I will say my 13 year-old son gave it a thumbs up, because it's nice and dark - "perfect for playing video games."  While my goal wasn't to increase my son's screen time, I'm happy he likes it. 

My only dilemma is that I'm not quite sure how to deal with the area around the big screen.  There are all sorts of panels surrounding it (some is for storage, some is just there, with no real purpose), and with the baby-poo color, they kind of blend in, which is nice.  But, I don't think I want to leave it the current color. 

 What do you think?  Do I continue with the basement boldness?


How Does Your (Tomato) Garden Grow?


I mentioned earlier this summer that I carved out some space for a garden, and I am always thrilled to see those little seeds and plants grow and produce wonderfully delicious veggies. Ripe, freshly picked, warmed by the sun tomatoes are one of summer’s simple pleasures.

My little patch of garden goodness is growing up!  So you can imagine my giddiness at my first pickings.

My grape tomatoes are growing like gang busters.

Although one of my plants is looking a little sad, and I'm not sure why.  One year my garden at our old house suffered from tomato blight, which was just awful - my plants literally went from perky to pathetic overnight.  This isn't the same thing, but I'm scratching my head as to why it's happening.
But, here is proof that I don't have a complete black thumb.  Spontaneous basil growing in my garden.  I thought it was a weed at first, and when I pulled it up, I was pleasantly surprised.  Magic, because I didn't plant it!

My cucumbers are taking off too.  I'm hoping to tame them with my trellis.  Pay no mind to the rigged up tape to hold it together.  The wind storm that came through a few weeks ago knocked it over and decapitated my pepper plants in the process.
 And my zucchini is starting to pop as well.  Can't wait to make some zucchini bread with these lovelies!
But again, not sure why my leaves are looking spotty all of a sudden.  Despite my basil good fortune, these leaves have me a wee bit worried.
So now that the veggies are coming in - you have to have recipes, right?

Is there anything more delicious than fresh garden tomatoes, basil and mozzarella?  Add some balsamic vinegar, and it's a little slice of heaven!

Here's a link to some yummy looking tomato recipes.  Yes, some more twists on tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, but lots of others too, like tomato tartlets and baked parmesan tomatoes. 

Yes, please.

So, are your gardens growing?  Any favorite recipes to share?  I have more recipes, but will have to wait until my crop yields more veggies first.


Aegean Teal Built-in Bookcases

Hello Friends!

Hope you all had a wonderful July 4th holiday weekend.  Ours was great, despite the oppressive heat around here.  Looking forward to a "cool down" with highs in the 80's!

As for my "Nooks and Crannies/Crooks and Nannies" post, many of you guessed correctly.  As one reader commented, she was taking advantage of a  "five finger discount" here.  I will tell you that I will forever be an Apple customer, and thanks to their iPad locator functionality, I was able to channel the Cagney in me, and locate its whereabouts (at a pawn shop) after it went missing.  Along with my son's Kindle Fire.

This whole thing brought out my inner Mama Bear as well as a bit of Donald Trump.  Having never fired anyone before, it's exceedingly easy when you add the Mama Bear factor.

Ok, on to the built-ins!  I finally got around to painting them that pretty Aegean Teal color that I've been wanting to incorporate into our home.  It adds a nice punch of color that I think will tie in nicely with the curtain panels I ordered from Avec Dieu Couture's Etsy shop.

I spray painted some of the picture frames white so they would pop a bit more against the teal.
I added an aged finish to some of these garage sale terracotta pots, and planned on planting some herbs in them, but for now, this one looks nice on the bookshelf.

So, a quick look back on a before and after of this space.

Still debating on whether or not to paint the rest of the beige area white, but for now, I'm liking it.

Linking up to:
Thrifty Decor Chick - July Before and After Party
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Tuesday Treasures
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesday

Thrifty Decor Chick


Nooks & Crannies and Crooks & Nannies

Last week I was all excited to show you some of the things I’ve been working on around here, but life got in the way.  In a stinky way.  I’ll spare you all of the details, but suffice to say, if you can read between the lines on my blog post title, you’re on the right track.

But, to give you a preview of what I’ve been working on (again, read between the lines), here is a clue…

Source: via C.L. on Pinterest

Wishing you a drama-free day!