Big Changes & An 80's Montage

7.31.2014

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Hello, friends. I'd like to apologize for falling off the blog band wagon this summer. There's a good  reason that it's been silent around these parts. While it has been a busy summer for our little family, the truth is that I've been thinking a lot about the future of The Lovely Cupboard and whether or not it still needs to exist.

After a lot of stress eating and several weeks debating (both in my mind and with very patient friends), I've decided that The Lovely Cupboard is going to retire and come back to life as a brand new blog, one that represents where my heart is now. There will be a name change, a new web address, and a more specific focus. You may not even recognize her this time next month. (If only I could makeover my post-baby body so quickly...)

WHY?
When I started this blog, I was stuck in a job that left me unfulfilled and I desperately needed a creative outlet. The Lovely Cupboard was the place I kept and shared all the things I was making. I loved spending a whole day creating recipes or taking hours to complete a project. But things have changed since then...

Over the last two years, I quit my day job, had a bubbly baby girl, started my interior design business, and launched a network for creatives. While trying to balance working, being a mom, and having a semblance of a life, the blog became one more thing to do. At one time I loved spending my free time testing recipes and crafting, but lately I was only doing so to crank out a blog post. It started to feel weird and inauthentic.

WHAT NEXT?
I'm at the point in life where every spare minute I have is precious, and everything I do has to be done with intention. Ok, so that's true for any stage in life, but it's only become clear to me since becoming a mom and feeling stretched a lot of the time. I don't have time to blog about things that no longer inspire me. I don't want to have just another "pretty blog" with yummy recipes and Pinteresty parties. There are hundreds of blogs who do a much better job at that than I ever did.

Friends, it's only worth my time blogging if I share what I'm passionate about. It's only worth your time reading if you get something from it.  

My day-to-day work consists of creating floor plans, shopping for affordable rugs, or finding the perfect sized sofa. I feel like my blog should reflect the work I'm doing. I've learned a lot by helping clients use what they have to revamp their home into a space they love, and apparently I have a knack for it. (Good thing seeing as how I'm not independently wealthy and have to bring home a little bacon, right?)

I want to start putting my best out there, and right now "my best" is the budget-friendly decorating advice and trends. I want to share a few design principles that can shake things up in your living room. I'd like to show you how to confidently shop the home section of Target, leaving with items that actually look as cute in your house as they do on the shelves. Maybe I can tip you off to a design trend to refresh your breakfast nook, so you can totally impress your mother-in-law or BFF when they come over for brunch.

A LOOK BACK
This will be the last post for a little bit until I'm back with the new face of The Lovely Cupboard. Since it will soon be lovingly put to rest, I thought I'd do one last round up of my very favorite posts over the last three years.

You might be thinking, "Aww, what a cop out...She's just posting a round up becasue she doesn't have a new project."

This is only a tiny bit true. Would you do me a big fat favor? Would you think of this more like a totally 80's romantic montage? If I could play sappy music in the background and make an emotional slideshow, I would. That's how I felt as I looked over the hundreds of posts representing thousands of hours and countless late nights. I poured my heart into these little projects and recipes.

This is my little way of saying "goodbye". If you've been reading for any length of time, I'd sure appreciate your thoughts now... Also, I could totally use your support when I relaunch in a few weeks. It would mean so much, friends.

Chat soon,

Design Trend: Animal Art

5.27.2014

Flamingo Watercolor via The Lovely Cupboard
Why wouldn't you want a hot pink flamingo hanging out in your living room everyday? I can't think of a good reason not to have one. Isn't this guy magnificent? Maybe it's not the typical choice to hang in a historic 1940's home...

I don't care; he's perfect.

I'd like to name him, but I'm afraid that might be a little crazy. If I can think of a good name, I still might.

This print has actually been sitting in my attic for over a year. I purchased it for a gallery wall in my dining room that never happened. (That whole room has been on hold for two years. Maybe that's a good thing because I've changed my plans about 5 times so far.) Instead of waiting for the room that will probably be put off a while more, I decided to try it out in my formal living room. He's going to be here a while. I moved the longhorn print I had on my mantel into the office...I figure one piece of animal artwork is the max before it starts feeling a little too National Geographic.
Flamingo Watercolor
Animal artwork has been around forever. (Literally. I mean what else adorned the cave walls?) Lately, I've seen so many great pieces that feel either whimsical or sophisticated.

Just for fun, here is a man's perspective on the topic...

     STU: What are you writing about?

     HEATHER: Animal artwork.

     STU: Oh, like that picture of dogs playing poker and smoking cigars?

     HEATHER: No, not like that...Anything but that.

There are gorgeous animal prints, photographs, and mixed media work available on sites like ImageKind, Society 6, and Etsy. Using animals in art is a great way to bring life and something unexpected to your walls. The choice of animal can work within the style of your home. Exotic animals help bring a global feel. Birds are used a lot in of traditional decor. Horses can either feel rustic or completely modern depending on the composition. Here are a few of my favorites from around the web.
Animal Artwork via The Lovely Cupboard
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Sometimes I see a trend and really like it other spaces but not in my own home. I've fully embraced this one though. What do you think? 

Q: Do you have animal artwork in your home? 

HOME GOODS GIVEAWAY WINNERS
The five winners of the the HomeGoods $50 gift cards have been announced! Check the bottom of the original post for the winners.

Nursery Organization & HomeGoods Giveaway

5.20.2014

Nursery Organization
*This post sponsored by HomeGoods.

Organizing a toddler's room turns out to be quite different than organizing one fit for a baby. Perhaps that's just my experience. When Gemma was a newborn I had items in her room perfectly arranged, so I knew exactly where to access them. Once my maternity leave was over, this sweet little utopia of a room quickly became a colorful hot mess. These days my fiercely independent 15-month old wants to do everything herself, including pulling out toys and books. I worked with HomeGoods to reorganize her "toddler room" room that allowed her a bit more independence and me a few corners of controlled clutter.

DIY: Ribbon Table Runner

5.13.2014

DIY Ribbon Table Runner
I keep a stock pile of ribbon on hand for no particular reason. All sizes, colors, and patterns are welcome to hang in my stash. Ribbon is one of those craft supplies that calls to you from the shelves in the store. Even if you don't need any at the moment, you can usually convince yourself that you will eventually. (Is that just me?)
 

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