January 16, 2013

Little Blue House Part 1

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We had some freezing rain and ice yesterday on the streets, so we got to leave work yesterday at 1:30, woohoo!  Getting home early gave me the perfect oppurtunity to finally take some pictures of my house while there was still light outside.  I apologize for the gloomy weather, the ice in the background and the extremely long post this morning. 
I usually post more things regarding to fashion, fitness and food, but I just love decorating too so you’ll have to suffer through this today.  I’ll start by saying that we have a tiny house (espcially compared to the ones around us), but it’s just perfect for my husband, me and our 2 yorkies.  We call it the little blue house.  Even though I could probably show you the entire house in a few pictures, I decided to break it up into a few different posts.  Also, our entire front porch and backyard is iced over right now so I’m not brave enough to ice skate out there for photos. 

For my new readers I’ll give you a little background info.  My husband and I moved to downtown Memphis about 5 months ago, and we just love it.  The house is actually about 20 square foot smaller than our previous house, and we lost a bedroom, but we honestly haven’t even missed the bedroom or the space because of the great layout of this house and the screened-in patio.  The house we had before had just a tiny standard size concrete slab in the backyard, and that was it as far as seating outdoors.  We love being outdoors so that made it a little hard to have people over and sit outside.  Our new house has a small front porch (compared to no front porch at our old house), a screened-in patio on the second level (compared to our previous non-existent patio) and the entire back yard is a concrete slab that can seat up to 15 people right now with all the chairs and benches we have out there.  So the first obstacle we encountered when we moved into this house was our lack of outdoor furniture.  We only had one chaise lounge, a small side table and a rod iron table and 4 chairs, so we had a lot of outdoor furniture to buy.  Our screened-in patio is 19 ft x 13 ft so it’s a pretty decent size.  It’s right across from the guest bedroom, and it’s actually a little bigger than the bedroom is.  The first picture is the view from our second level screened-in patio.  I love this room and just can’t wait for the weather to get a little warmer so we can use it again!!  There is a ceiling fan out there too, and we’re working on ordering outdoor canvas drapes to hang so we can close them to block the sun or keep some of the could out in the winter time, but apparently having drapes sewn for such a large area is really, really expensive.  Maybe one day.  = )  Also, right behind the chaise is the front balconly of our house.  My husband’s grandfather screened in the patio, and we’ve decided to try to have him come back and put a door there within the next few months so we can walk out on the front balcony if we want.  Right now the only option is climbing out the bedroom window, and that was a little awkward with all the neighbors outside watching.  The small side table you see in the picture is the only thing we previously had at our other house.  It was from Pottery Barn, and I ended up getting it on sale a couple years ago.  It’s sold out right now here, but they usually bring it back every summer.  We’re really lucky too because we have a Pottery Barn and West Elm Outlet here in Memphis, so make sure to check there first if you have one in your town.  My husband just bought the swing for me for Christmas!  It was built by a man who lives in Olive Branch, MS and was $170, so if you’re interested in getting one let me know and I’ll give you the contact info.  I’ve been wanting a porch swing since I was a little kid, but we never had a place to put one.  When we moved into this house, the first thing we did was walk around trying to decide where to put the swing.  We originally were going to put it in the backyard, but I think it unexpectedly ended up working better here, and in the fall and winter we can see the Mississippi River while on the swing or the chaise.  The rest of the modular furniture is from Pier 1.  You can move and connect them in any order you want, and we’re still working on the final arrangement.  I have been buying pieces here and there since last September.  When I bought them they were 20% off, so if you’re able to wait another 6 months, they will probably go on sale again too.  I didn’t feel like waiting that long, so I bought a Pier 1 20% off coupon off of eBay a couple of weeks ago.  I used my eBay Bucks so that didn’t cost anything, and I had $350 in Pier 1 gift cards, so I ended up spending $9.39 total for the bar table and chairs that you’ll see in the 4th picture.  To say I was excited would be an understatement.  All of the pillows and the swing cushion were handmade from one of my favorite sellers on eBay and were bought with eBay bucks and didn’t cost me a penny.  When we first bought a house 6 years ago we decorated everything in ivory, brown and red.  I had never really decorated before so I had no idea what to do.  It took me a few years, and then I finally decided to start over and incorporate A LOT more color into my house (and my wardrobe too!)  Turquoise is my favorite color, so you’ll see it quite a bit, but it just brightens my day.  I hope I didn’t bore y’all too much with my long winded paragraphs and never ending amount of pictures.  = ) 

This view is from the door that leads from our master bedroom out to the screened in patio.  I’ll include pictures of the master bedroom in Part 2.

My patio floor (also known as an ice skating rink.)

The next few pictures are of the guest bedroom.  It’s on the 2nd floor and is connected to the screened in patio.  There is also a bathroom in the guest room.  The painting hanging over the bed was painted by my other SIL Lindsey (I have two SIL Lindseys, and you can find one of them here.) 

Marshall’s White Moroccan Table Lamp.  Old, but I love this one here for $16.99 and this one here for $62.10 after you sign up for emails and save 10%.
 Pottery Barn Blue Glass Jar.  Old, but similar ones here from West Elm.
Pottery Barn Moroccan Rug.  Old, but similar one here and here.
Pottery Barn Ikat Duvet Cover.  Sold out, but you can fit it on eBay here or Poshmark here.
Accent Pillow was handmade using a Pottery Barn Tile Print Shower Curtain I bought off eBay.

West Elm Parsons Desk.  $314.10 after signing up for email.
West Elm T Back Desk Chair.  Old, but similar one here.
Kate Spade Crystal Picture Frame.  Old, but similar one here and here.
Pottery Barn Faux Croc Leather Catchall.  Old, but similar one here.
This painting was done by my friend Christy from work.  She also sells her work. 

West Elm White Gallery Frame.  My photography.
Ralph Lauren Basic Towel in Cloud.  Monogrammed by a friend.
Pottery Barn Tile Print Hand Towel.  Old.
The Moroccan Dish is from an old Pottery Barn Jar I had.  I just used the top upside down as a cutip holder.

So Fresh and So Clean Clean Printable here.
Pottery Barn Yellow Hand Towel.  Sold out in yellow, but available in green here for $6.99.
Another Pottery Barn Blue Glass Jar.  Old, but similar one here.

Pottery Barn Classic Bath Rug.  On sale for $22.  Save 10% if you creat a registry.  It can be for housewarming, wedding, anniversary or any kind of event.  Janessa, you should definitely sign up!  = )

20 thoughts on “Little Blue House Part 1”

  1. I'm pretty sure I need to move to Memphis … LOVE your home! And a West Elm outlet?! Perfect.
    Great interior design. You definitely have a knack for it. Can't wait to see more!


  2. Love it! I love home tours, I am excited to see the rest. I was thinking I would put a "page" on my blog with a house tour and progress photos because we are under some major construction over here.

    I love all of the floor windows in your upstairs, beautiful!

  3. oh my goodness, love it all. But I really love that patio! Can't wait for us to get together at your new place. And that "so fresh and so clean clean" print is going up in our half bath, lol. Too cute. And I promise to take myself over to pottery barn and create a registry online for the new house. That will be a great way for me to keep to a plan for things for the house. I also have a friend at works at the outlet so maybe she will keep her eye out for a few things for me too. And I need to get some of your contacts for artwork! Once I decide what colors and where to put stuff, lol

  4. Love it! I need to come see it soon. I really love the outdoor furniture! I want to do a home tour post so badly but my house is no where near what I want it to be right now. I am waiting on Caleb to get bigger before I fix it the way I want to. I took a lot of pics of other homes while we were out walking the other day for a friend. I may post some of them along with my favorite details of this house.

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