This Week’s Links

Happy Sunday, friends! What a fun weekend it has been! I was so honored to be a part of one of my very best friends’ big day…it was a gorgeous wedding and she was a beautiful bride!

And now for a few links for you to enjoy…

A few kitchen trends happening right now.

Anyone else find this appalling?

I love this fireplace face lift…it makes me want to break out my faux marble contact paper again!

702parkproject - tiffany leigh fireplace

How to choose the right sofa for your space.

How’s it going? Emily’s post about how we respond to this question struck a cord with me. My dad has always hated when someone would answer, “Hanging in there” or “Not too bad” so I generally make a conscious effort to avoid those replies. Just a simple, positive response can change your whole day!

These patios and porches definitely have me ready for Spring.

702parkproject - luxe source

Tips to find contentment in your 20s and 30s.

A spring cleaning list, plus a free printable!

This dinner party is to die for. I want all the things.

And in case you missed it…

  1. New Bern Historic Homes & Gardens Tour
  2. Interview With The Designer: Lauren Nicole Designs
  3. Spring Southern Ideal Home Show 2015
  4. One Room Challenge – Week 3
  5. Quotable Friday

One Room Challenge – Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the One Room Challenge linking event! I’m working on plans to give our two-story back porch a makeover, and so far so good.

I’ve been pinning to a secret board for a while now, and I’ve had the idea of what I’m going for in my head (you can see inspiration pics here), but I finally got around to pulling together a mood board. I’m kind of glad I waited, because now I can use some of the exact pieces I know I’ll be using.

So stay with me, there’s a lot going on here. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Polyvore allows you to create “sets” that you can share, as well as shop. So if you’d like to see a source for something in the board, just click the photo and it will take you to the set on Polyvore.

Here’s a look at my plans for the upstairs porch.

Upstairs Porch

The main thing I’m going for up here is fun! I want mostly calming colors with a few bright pops to keep it interesting. The little red table will be a fun surprise, and will pull in our red door. The hanging plants will provide pops of green without being overpowering.

I have actually purchased the Ikea chairs, a similar red table, similar pillows, and the rug. By the way, thanks to everyone who chimed in when I was looking for a rug source. I ended up ordering this one and I think it’s going to look great in this space!

I’ve been on the lookout for a retro glider that doesn’t cost a small fortune. I came across this one at the Raleigh flea market last weekend, but it was in pretty bad shape. I’ve seen a few on Craigslist that I might pull the trigger on. You’ll just have to wait and see!

702parkproject - glider

Moving on…here’s my plan for the downstairs porch.
Downstairs Porch

The space for the bistro set can only be about 4′ x 6′ if we want to leave room for a walk way. We got this set for Christmas, and it fits perfectly in that space. With the walk way, a closet, and two sets of stairs taking up most of this porch, there isn’t room for much else. So I plan to keep it fairly simple, and use accessories and some wall space to bring in a little interest. I really want to do planter boxes, but I’m not sure I’ll have room. That will have to be a game-time decision.

You can catch up on the other weeks here:

Week 1
Week 2

Be sure to check out everyone else that’s linking up! There are some seriously talented bloggers out there!! And you can see what the all-stars are up to here.

PS – Don’t forget to grab your daily entry for your chance to win some beautiful jewelry from Geoflora!