Sunday, April 6, 2014

Gone to The Masters

This year, we are fortunate enough to be going to the Masters... yes THE Masters! I was lucky enough to win the ticket lottery after only my third year of entering it. We got 4 tickets so we invited our friends who live in Kentucky to come meet us in Augusta, Georgia.
In preparation for the trip, I made a Masters wreath...
...and now in a few hours we will be "Gone to the Masters!"


I also had some seersucker koozies made from the Etsy shop It's Gee Gee Baby


My first thought after I got the e-mail that I will be eligible for getting tickets was: What to wear to the Masters?
Mr. Engineer has gone once before in 2006 during his senior year of highschool, and the only advice he offered me from his previous experience was to wear comfortable shoes.... He isn't much of a fashinista.
The Master's Website says "Appropriate clothing and shoes should be worn at all times." That is very vague.

After doing a little more research, I decided that I will be bringing two different outfit options:

Option 1-
Option 2 (in case it is rainy)
Seersucker Bermuda Shorts, golf polo, Tennis Shoes, baseball cap, clutch, and Sunglasses



Sunday, March 9, 2014

New Built-in

Since we bought our house, we have been dreaming about putting a built-in cabinet and bookshelf to fill the little nook next to our fireplace.


 Our dream has finally came true!



This is what the space looked like before. The large wall of the space overwhelms our cluttered console table. This space is the perfect size and shape for something more permanent that will only add value to our home!

 

This was our inspiration. This is about the same type of area as our nook. I love how it is asymmetrical and how the shelves are styled.
 
 
I applied this inspiration and drew a rough sketch with dimensions. We meet with a carpenter and showed him our ideas. He made some different suggestions and added some great options. It took him about 1.5 months from the time of our design meeting until install.
 


The night before the instal we cleared out the nook.



Then, he came with this and installed it. It is made of hardwood. The craftsmanship is excellent and it definitely exceed our expectations.



Yeah, yeah I know Mr. Engineer and I could have probably done it ourselves, but it would not be as detailed. It was completely worth it to get a skilled carpenter with excellent craftsmanship.
 


Also bonus... inside the cabinet, the drawers slide out! It was one of the suggestions he gave.



We ultimately decided just to paint it. We are going for a lighter feel since our sofas, side and coffee tables are dark. So to prep for the priming and painting, I filled any holes and imperfections on both the built-in, molding and walls with Spackle. Then, sanded and finally wiped down the whole surface with a damp rag.



I then primed everything using a basic wood primer.
 


Then primed it again and then touched up any areas I thought could use an extra coat. So I would call it 2 1/2 coats of primer to make sure everything was evenly covered. Between my priming, I sanded the areas that needed it.

 

Finally, I did a coat of paint. I choose the same paint color as our base boards and molding. I went to Lowes with a paint chip and matched it. I would call it a coat and a half. I just touched up the spots that needed a little extra. With my major priming, the coverage was excellent with the paint.



Next, I taped the where the cabinet meets the wall and touched up the paint on the walls as needed.



We ended up with a pretty sweet built in.



 My favorite feature is definitely the slide out drawers.


I couldn't wait to start putting things on the shelves. I still have some more books to fill it with and stylize it more, but I am so happy right now! This dream has been two years in the making!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Tablescape


This is Mr. Engineer and I's eighth Valentine's Day together!


We had a Valentine's lunch at a nice restaurant, so when we got home, I set the table with a Valentine theme for dessert and wine.



The centerpiece features home made valentine's trees. Two are pink, red, and white felt hearts and one is made of pink and red Mardi Gras beads.


These cute napkins were just given to us by my Mother-in-Law. 


I also have this precious felt heart garland draped from the table.




 I think it gave some nice ambiance! Also check out our Valentine's table scape from last year's home cooked Valentine's dinner...

Happy Valentine's Day to all you love birds!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Food Creations Inspired by Architecture

I am from the South, therefore I have a passion for food! So when I found something that combined my love of food with my profession of architecture, I got a little excited and had to share!

Mrs. Samantha Lee is a very talented food artist. She posts all her art that she makes completely out of edible treats on instagram. She even breaks down how she crafts each masterpiece on her blog Eatzy Bitzy.



I am especially drawn to her creations that are architecture related. Some of my favorites remind me of places I have visited:



France is the first European country that I visited during a high school foreign language study. So the Eiffel Tower in Paris holds a special place in my heart. A fun fact is that this tower was designed by an engineer.



I have great memories of the summer I lived in Italy studying abroad for graduate school. I actually got a chance to climb the Tower of Pisa!



Surprisingly, the first time I was able to visit New York City was last year. My favorite tower in NYC is definitely the art deco design of the Chrysler Building.



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mardi Gras Decor

Carnival season has finally arrived, and it is time to put up the Mardi Gras decorations. Mardi Gras is my absolute favorite holiday and it's a shame that most of the nation doesn't celebrate it!

I adorned our door with this yarn wreath that I made last year.



Our entryway table is festive with a Mardi Gras mask and crown and purple green and gold ribbon.



Our mantle is transformed to a purple, green and gold scape!



I displayed a mask on our column and bring him to life with a boa and some beads.



My table centerpiece is even in the spirit!




Our window display with a pretty feather fan and some beads.


Mardi Gras is actually more of a way of life than a holiday around here. It is a laissez faire attitude.


Here is our mantle last year.



Last year I bought a nice little ornament with the year on it and I am still on the hunt for one to commemorate this year. The plan is to eventually have a Mardi Gras tree.


I also wanted to include some photos from my grandmother's house. She is the one that I get all of my holiday decoration inspiration from.


She has a small Mardi Gras tree filled with masks, beads, and throws.



She overdoes it a little, but that is what makes it so fun!




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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Collage Wall

A project I recently completed was finishing a collage wall in our entryway.




A lot of people hanging collages lay everything out and precisely measure and nail everything in an exact location... I just eyeballed it and nailed away.



Here is the before photo for comparison.

 

First I laid everything out on the ground to consider the best arrangement of all the pieces.



 Then I started from the top with the first piece, which was a gift from my mother-in-law a few years ago.



 Next, I added the larger fame that I haven't put the artwork in.



 Then I added the ampersand that I recently got on sale at Hobby Lobby.



Next, I added two small frames with family photos to balance out the collage.



Then, I put a floor plan by A. Hayes Town in the large frame. For now it is just a placeholder. Eventually I plan to make some artwork with our home's floor plan, this will also give more color to the collage.



The final collage on the entryway wall is complete for now, but there is some room to add things in the future!




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