{blogiversary} Blue i Style Turns 2 & Gets a Makeover

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This post is hitting the presses pretty late tonight, but I wanted to finish it up before the end of the night in honor of today being Blue i Style's SECOND BLOGIVERSARY!

Last year, I celebrated my first blogiversary by compiling a round up of my 10 ten most popular post from my first year of blogging. But since I just recently looked back at all of my top posts of 2014, it seemed to soon to do another top 10.

So instead, I thought, why not give the blog what any of us would enjoy on our special day... a makeover!

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 4

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home!

Bloggers, show us what you've got! We are eager to share your DIY, decor and design projects! Our favorites will be showcased at next week's party, via our social media platforms and pinned to numerous Pinterest group boards and to a special board for maximum exposure.

{diy with style} Tips & Tricks for Using Chalkboard Paint + A Few Uses You Probably Haven't Thought Of

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and apparently there hasn't been enough painting going on in my life lately because I just can't stop thinking about all things paint!

Yesterday, I shared all of my best advice for painting any space... from choosing paint and paint supplies, to achieving perfectly crisp paint lines, clean up, and even paint storage and disposal. And now I'm talking about chalkboard paint!

{diy with style} The Best Tips and Tricks for Painting Any Space

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Last year when I finished painting the argyle wall in my son's room, I posted the full tutorial, and then buried down at the bottom, I shared my best tips and tricks for any painting project. Recently, I've received a handful of painting related question from readers, so I decided that my painting tips probably deserved a post all their own. So here you have it, all the painting wisdom I have picked up {largely through trial and error} over the course of many DIY projects! These tips and tricks will help you paint any space.

{five minute friday} Layering Canvases for Bigger Impact

Friday, February 20, 2015

One of the most common mistakes in interior design is scale, especially when it comes to art. It doesn't matter how gorgeous a piece of art is, if it's too small for the space, it just won't have the intended impact. Often times, people try to solve this problem by simply hanging numerous small piece of art on a big wall, but unless they are grouped together to create a well designed gallery wall, lots of too-small photos or pieces of art just end up looking cluttered and don't solve the scale problem.

Today, I have a great five minute tip to help you fix this common mistake. Rather than hanging one too-small piece of canvas art, try layering two canvases for better scale and a bigger impact!

{link party} The Creative Circle Week 3

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home!

Bloggers, show us what you've got! We are eager to share your DIY, decor and design projects! Our favorites will be showcased at next week's party, via our social media platforms and pinned to numerous Pinterest group boards and to a special board for maximum exposure.

And readers, you've come to the right place, because today the blog is going to filled with endless home inspiration from all over blogland! Please stick around and check out some of the links at the end of this post {and when you do, tell them we sent you}.

{mom's style} Winter Wonderland Bedroom in Breckenridge

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

We are so lucky to live in colorful Colorado where we can enjoy a vibrant city life in Denver but can get away to the mountains any time we want. And we are luckier still that a few years ago my parent's built a vacation home in the gorgeous mountain town of Breckenridge. If you aren't familiar with Breckenridge, then let me just tell you that it is extremely deserving of it's place on the Forbes Top 5 list of America's Prettiest Towns.

Last year, I launched a series called Mom's Style to showcase some of my mom's amazing projects and interior designs {you can click here for an introduction to my mom and her style}. In the past, I've shared several rooms from my parents' home in Breckenridge, and today I'm extremely excited to share one more - the beautiful bedroom my mom designed for my younger sister, which I call her Winter Wonderland bedroom.

{decorating with style} What You Get for Valentine's Day When You're Married to a Blogger...

Monday, February 16, 2015

I hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine's Day, or simply an enjoyable Saturday if Valentine's is not your jam! Scott and I were originally going to stay home with our boys, but after finding a last minute babysitter, we left the house with no real plans other than to spend a few kid-free hours together. It ended up being a crazy evening that finally culminated with us having dinner and exchanging gifts around 11 pm.

When the babysitter arrived, we left the house with no clear destination. It had been too late to get a dinner reservation, we thought about going to the theater but couldn't get seats together, and there weren't any movies showing that sounded that good to us. Instead, we started driving aimlessly while discussing what we should do.

{five minute friday} Organizing Cords & Cables

Friday, February 13, 2015

I've been working on several big organizing projects recently, one of which is organizing all a hall closet that houses, among other things, all of our small electronics - everything from cameras and video cameras, to iPods, iPads and portable speaker. And every one of these items comes with at least one, if not two or more, cords and cables. The closet organizing project is still a work in progress, but I did just complete one key component - taming all of those cords and cables!

I'm sure you'll all be able to relate to my before photo! And reality our before was so much worse because this photo only shows 5 or 6 cables out of probably 20 that I needed to organize.

{link party} The Creative Circle: Week 2

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I have to start today's post by thanking everyone who joined us to help Kathy and I kick off The Creative Circle last week! I had a wonderful time visiting every post that was linked up - they were all so inspiring and it was so hard to pick my favorites {but I had to...so keep reading to see my top three}!

This past week was full of some frustrations because I discovered that nearly all of the comments I was leaving on others' blogs were not being received. On some sites, my comments were being diverted to the spam folder, and on other sites they were literally just disappearing. After lots of headaches, I believe the issue is finally resolved, but I didn't have time to go back and re-comment on everything.... so please know that if you linked up last week and didn't hear from me, I did visit your projects and I am so thrilled that you are back to join us for week 2 of The Creative Circle! 

{gifts with style} Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Only three days until Valentine's Day... have you found the perfect gift for your significant other yet?! If not, I'm here to help! Today I've put together a list of eight quick and easy gifts that your special someone is sure to LOVE!

Rather than just saying I Love You on Valentine's Day, why not say it all year long? Simply print out this cute love note {available in two colors and two size}, pop it in a frame, and use a dry erase marker to write a new message each day.

{DIY with style} Framing Canvas Art with Trim Molding

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When I came across two canvas prints - Watching Over NYC and Watching Over LA by Zoey Riley - on final closeout at Z Gallerie a year or so ago {they are now back, but in a more expensive glass coat versions}, I immediately knew they would be a key element in the master bedroom refresh I had been dreaming of. The shades of blue were perfect to tie in with our existing blue duvet that I wanted to keep, and the skylines set the perfect mood for the Modern Metro vibe I wanted in the room. 

The only problem was that the the canvases were quite dark, and I was afraid they would get lost on the dark grey accent wall in our bedroom, especially when hung above our black headboard. To brighten up the space, I decided to add some pops of white around the room, including using crisp, white trim molding to frame around the canvases - making the art a major focal point of the room!