Nursery Inspiration

Good morning everyone!  Hope you’re still enjoying Savvy Darling’s new look!?  I’ve had so much fun tinkering and adding new things lately, like the share buttons at the bottom of this post! Hint, hint!  If you love this post, please do share with others!

As most of you know, I’m prego, like 30 weeks prego and we’ve decided to keep the gender of our baby a surprise. Therefore, I’ve had a hard time with a color scheme.  Since I’ve been on another painting rampage. I decided to start on the nursery and I’ve hit a wall, my nursery wall, that is.  I can’t for the life of me decide if I want tan and white stripes or just tan.  I have a chalkboard accent wall in the nursery, so I’m afraid adding white stripes will just make the space looked cramped and we don’t want that! What do you all think about my dilemma?

The colors I’ve chosen are gold, tan, white and grey.  I think these colors are a great choice for either boy or girl!

I have a mock up on the look I’m going for and I must say, I think I’ve outdone myself!  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out despite not knowing how I want to paint the walls.  I have lots of similar items on my mood board that I’ve already purchased, so I can mentally see in my mind where everything is going to go!  Go on, take a look, you know you wanna!

1. Lindsay Letters print via Hobby Lobby -$40.  I must share a word or two about this lady.  She is Beautiful from the inside out with a love for Christ and UBER talented!  Her prints can now be found at Hobby Lobby, but if your having trouble finding them in your local store, check out her website Linsay Letters  (2.Serena & Lilly Crib -$495.  (3.Threshold Floor Lamp via Target- $80 (4. Simmons Kids Augusta Upholstered Glider via Target -$300 (5. Kathy Kuo Home Sunburst Mirror  -$503 (6. IKEA Isala Side table -$179 (7. Gold Faux Leather Ottoman via Burke Decor (8. Pile High Rug via Wayfair

I hope this gives some of you moms-to-be lots of fun inspiration!!

How would you decorate your nursery If you were letting the gender of your baby be a surprise!?

Would you go bold and boisterous, or would you keep it soft and subtle?

Liebster Award

liebster award

Savvy Darling was nominated for The Liebster Award!  Thank you so much Tonya, from The Little Slice, for nominating and following me.  Your blog is so much fun and I love your breezy attitude, it radiates through your blog!

The Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
2. Display the Liebster logo on your blog.
3. Answer the questions the award giver asked you.
4. List 11 facts about yourself
5. Pay it Forward: list 11 blogs you want to nominate and ask them 11 questions.

What I was asked:

1. If you were a ruler/president/prime minister of your country, what would be your number one task to tackle?
    **Stream line the government by cutting every unnecessary program and instituting tax breaks for small businesses
2. What was your last dream about?
    **Giving birth to my unborn child.
3. If you could go back in time to change one thing what would it be?
    ** I would have gone to hair school right out of high school
4. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
    ** Tuscany
5. Are you a hat person?
    **Nope, I have the tiniest head in the world, so hats swallow me!
6. What was the last thing you recorded on T.V.?
    ** Nothing! I don’t have DVR, but the last thing I watched on Netflix was “Royal Pains”
7. What is the best food recipe you’ve made or tried from someone else?
    ** My husbands, grandmothers Italian meatloaf. Her recipe is amazing!
8. Can you do 10 revolutions of a hula hoop?
    ** Of course, maybe even more!
9. Do you enjoy a good mess or are you a everything-has-to-be-in-its-place kind of person?
    ** I enjoy a good mess every once in a while. My husband is the one whom loves everything to be in its place.
10. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
    ** Rachel McAdams. When I had red hair, people said I looked a lot like her
11. What keeps you hooked on blogging?
    ** The thrill of helping others by giving them DIY ideas, inspiration and faith inspired posts. Plus, it keeps me busy when I’m not in the salon.

11 Random Facts:

1. I carry an assortment of grandma-ish items in my purse always.
2. All the books in my home are business and faith related.
3. I can be completely content doing nothing.
4. I always change my living room furniture around.
5. I was a procrastinator before I got pregnant and now there’s no slowing me down.
6. I love to take road trips with my husband, we travel well together.
7. I lost 20lbs in prep for a fitness competition and then got pregnant.
8. I love to spray paint everything.
9. One of my pet peeves is seeing other people with dry lips.
10. I can sing really well, but have horrible stage fright.
11. I live at the beach but have not laid out on the beach in over a year!

Here are my nominations
1. Designs by Saenz
2. Ray of Soleil
3. Home is Where the Heart is
4. Flux and Flow
5. Leah’s Fashion Blog
6. A Pretty Penny
7. Forever Maddy B
8. Gusto and Grace
9. The Purple House Blog
10. You and Mie
11. M&J Blog

 My questions to my nominees:

1. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
2. What does your perfect day look like?
3. What’s one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?
4. How would your friends describe you?
5. What’s the main thing that makes you unique?
6. How would you define honesty?
7. If you could predict the future, what would you do with that knowledge?
8. If you had to spend a day not using technology, what would you do?
9. What memory makes you smile the most?
10. What was your biggest blogging challenge thus far?
11. What drives you to continue blogging?

New Dining Room Mood Board Design

Hello everyone!

I hope your enjoying the new Savvy Darling? I know I’am and I’m so glad to be up and running again! I’ve got a few small hiccups to work out, but for the most part, my blog s now appealing and the hiccups are on  the back end and you can’t see those, so it’s okay for now!!  To start off my new web design celebration with a BANG!  I’ve decided to share some dining room design inspiration with you.

I’ve got big plans for our dining room in the near future and I wanted to show all of  you the direction I’m headed with this space!

If you’ve been following along the past two weeks, you’ve seen the small transformation my dining room has undergone.  I’ve painted the walls and cleaned up the space to be prepped for fun interior furnishings and such!  It was important for me to have a “clutter free” space to work with, kind of like a blank canvas, if you will!

I’m so excited to find similar items from my mood board!  By creating a visual mood board, it has given me direction and very much so serves as a check off list!  I think that’s why I like the mood board concept so much!

“It gives inspiration with direction”

If you didn’t already know this about me, than here’s something new.  I love ANYTHING dealing with organization, but I’m very unorganized!!  Hence utilizing a mood board to refer to when I veer off track, which I do quite often :/

Have a looksie at a mock up of my dining room…

Ughhhhh……I drool!

Everything about this say’s simple, rich and elegant.  I’m a big fan of over all neutrals from wall to wall and then adding something BRIGHT, any pop of color to wake up all the neutral.

I’m hoping my dining room comes together as easily and as quickly as this mood board did!!

What do you all think? You know I love your feedback!

If you are as much in love with these items as I am, you can find the links below!

1. Large Farlane Chandelier, Antique Brass$1,655.00 2OKA Nicolai Upholstered Dining Chair, Oak Legs$765 3. Jamie young ball chain mirror $400 4. Merced Black 3×5 Hooked Rug By Trina Turk by Trina Turk$160.00 5. Pineapple Print$30 6. Alpine Dining Table 7. Floral Arrangement $670.65

Everyone have a fantastic morning and thank’s for following along!

Updating Our Home One Room at A Time

The past two days have been much of a blur.  I’ve been busy priming and painting my life away, literally! Hence the past two days being “much of a blur”.

My husband and I installed new window fixtures in black, I decided it was time to give my dining room a color makeover.  We previously had tan on the walls and tan and black are nice colors that fit well together, I just needed something a little more dramatic.  After adding the window fixtures, one thing led to another and we started working on the kitchen.

Before we get into what my dining room and kitchen look like now, let me show you the atrocious monstrosity it was…..

Everything was disheveled and my poor husband was going nuts!  With the pregnancy coming to an end in 3 short months, I’ve been going stir crazy trying to get things accomplished. Below are a combination of paint colors I chose for our dining room, three colors to be exact!  You can’t really tell and I guess I’m horrible at choosing paint colors….My husband picked out our new paint color and I love it, its lighter than all three of those “same shades” in the picture below.

Our kitchen is another story!  I think this stressed my poor hubs out the most, because we purchased an IKEA island.  We all know that when you purchase anything IKEA, it comes in a million ba-jillion pieces…..So, what we really purchased were two base cabinets, all their doors, hinges, pulleys, knobs, dividers and a butcher block top………I’m pretty sure I’m leaving a few more things out…..Below is what our kitchen looked like during this installment.

After all the doors were placed together, I started the painting process.

The next day, my hubby and I decided that we needed the IKEA kitchen island to have a custom look, which we are still working on.  I will be sure to share with you all the end result  Here’s a sneak peek below of where we are going design wise.

For now, here is how far along we’ve come with both the dining room and kitchen.

My husband picked out a fantastic color in mint called “Green Vibe” by Valspar.  If you haven’t noticed by now, I love Valspar paint! The knobs are from IKEA and of course, I would put in the link to buy them, but they won’t ship em’……..ugh……

The paint color we chose for the dining room is called “Silver Leaf” by Valspar.  I love it far better than the other three colors I had swatched on the wall.  It’s the perfect shade of grey with a hint of blue.  Hopefully one day we will add some crown molding to this room.

The next project, which will be a breeze, is the interior side of the front door.  I’m planning on….yup…you guessed it, I’m painting it!  I think I will paint it the same color as the wall, but in a semi gloss, of course.

I cannot wait to reupholster these wing-back chairs.  They are such an eye sore!!  We will also be changing this table out for a large round one!  So exciting!

I love how this Silver Leaf color plays with the dark grey/blue in my hallway!  It’s the perfect visual when walking in through the front door!

Okay, that’s enough for now!  I can’t wait to share the finished rooms with you.  Right now, I’ve got 100 projects going all at once, suits me right!  I’m having a baby…..I’ve got to get this mess done!!!

Everyone have a fantastic Saturday!

7 of My Favorite Pregnancy Travel Essentials

Good morning everyone!  I hope your day is starting off sunny!  We’ve had a lot of rain here recently in south-eastern North Carolina, but that’s southern summer time for ya!

Just a couple of days ago I was searching through my purse and realized, I have A LOT of prego things hanging out in there.  Things I have never needed nor carried around before getting pregnant.

Then it hit me!  They were right! Who are “they”, you ask? “They” are all the woman whom have been pregnant before me. They told me so many bodily things would change and I would need “this” and “that” and maybe a little more of  “these” to go with “those”. Ummm, can you say mentally drained and not to mention, they we’re only “kind of right”.

If I would have listened to every single women on the planet in my first trimester, I would have had enough products to open up my own, or at least been able to supply with enough product to open up shop!

Instead of heeding everyone else’s advice, I listened to my own body and what it had to say. I was then able to understand some of the advice given to me.  Some certain things women told me would happen, didn’t! So, it’s just a matter of listening to what “your” body tell’s you.  After all, every woman is different when it comes to hormonal fluctuations and such!

So, let me share with you all of the wonderful pregnancy items I cram into my purse and just cannot live without .  Maybe you might find something on this list you didn’t think of and could use!

Let’s jump right in, shall we?

1. Snacks- Oh my word….How I love a good snack 30 minutes right after I eat!  Since the baby is growing and squishing every internal body part I have, eating for two has quickly turned into….”ugh….after eating half of that carrot, I’m about to POP”! So, getting hungry more throughout the day is becoming pretty routine, since I can’t eat as much as I used to without it becoming painful. Having a small snack around to keep me going is a plus.

2. Chap-stick- Here’s one thing no one mentioned would happen, since everyone loves giving advice on what your body will do, without realizing every body is different…..My entire second trimester, I had chapped lips!  No, I was not dehydrated because I drank TONS of H2O!  It was unbearable to say the least and I’m not the type of person who can stand dry lips. In fact, It’s a pet peeve of mine for anyone else to even have dry lips in my presence.  Can’t you tell when your lips are dry?  It looks really uncomfortable…..I know I’m uncomfortable with dry lips…..So I can only assume if I can notice your dry lips, you are uncomfortable too!? This pet peeve is something I’m working on…..I know it’s strange…My fave chap-stick is Burt’s Bee’s Beeswax Lip Balm, it works the best for me.

3. Tissues- My ENT (ear, nose & throat doctor) mentioned that some pregnant women have nasal issues due to hormonal changes.  These issues didn’t occur until late in to my second trimester.  I would have trouble breathing through my nose at night and some times during the day, not to mention when I blew my nose a bit of blood would come out…..Needless to say, I carry around tissues just in case.

4. Deodorant- After becoming pregnant and starting your second trimester off with a bang, you might notice a change in the way your body smells…..Totally normal and if you never experience this, than go you!  I however, noticed right away when my deodorant stopped working and unfortunately for me it happened in the middle of giving a haircut…I now have a travel size deodorant that I carry around in my purse!

5. Breath Mints- After all of the eating for two you might be indulging in, it might be smart to have breath mints available.  Especially if you are having any weird cravings, say onions….That would not be good to get caught up in a convo with someone, all the while having onion breath……These are a must for me since I do hair and when I snip bangs, I’m all up in yoe face!

6. Panty Liners- I actually read about having panty liners on hand for when your pregnant, no one told me it would be like a leaky faucet down there… more ways than one…..”palm smack to the forehead”…..I don’t have to tell you why you will need these throughout your pregnancy, but I will tell you that when your 3rd trimester creeps up and your worst fear becomes sneezing in public, panty liners will be to the rescue.  If you’re still curious as to why you might need panty liners before the 3rd trimester….Then you’re lucky and not experiencing what most women experience…chances are you’re experiencing it though!

7. Flush-able Wet Wipes- This is another “OH MY WORD” moment!  Flush-able wet wipes have changed my entire life!!!  If I have to say another word about why these are so awesome, than again….you are not experiencing what most women are experiencing during pregnancy….chances are, you’re experiencing it though….Do yourself a favor and get some Flush-able wet wipes… changer!  I use the Cottonelle Fresh Care Flush-able Wet Wipes.  They can be expensive so I’ve put the link for the coupons here.  Also, the containers are pretty big to lug around.  I suggest putting a few in a plastic baggy to carry around!

That about sums up my list thus far.  I’m in the beginning of my 3rd trimester, so I still have a way to go.  If there are any other items that can be added to this list, then by all means leave it in the comments and share with me what has helped you through your pregnancy!

Have a fantastic day y’all!