Leslyn's Lovely Life: March 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012


Okay. I have been wanting to reveal this room for a very, very long time. The time has finally come. And I am giddy.

Let's look at the first before:

DJ's grandmother gave us this antique desk. It has a ton of storage space (it stores hair products, extra stationery, and a few art supplies). It matched perfectly with our old bedding (which, unfortunately, I don't have a picture of. It is the same color as the fabric on the bench).

I knew I wanted to go bold with the new color, so I just bit the bullet, called one of my roomies, and we painted it! I ordered these AWESOME Anthropologie knobs, and they are perfect with it. I was searching for the perfect fabric to put on the bench, and I finally found it last week!

Of course, I am one of those who can't stick with one thing for a long time (which explains why I will never get a tattoo), so I am saving up for one of these babies.

It's a Philipe Starck Louis Ghost Chair. It's beautiful. I might cry.

Moving on to the next before and after.... This is the only "before" picture of I have of this painting. It was a hand-me-down from my parents. It is HUGE, which is awesome. And the maroon (again) matched perfectly with the old bedding. But alas, we bought new bedding, and the maroon had to go.


So with a little bit of spray paint, leftover paint from other projects, and a little pinterest inspiration (Pinspiration, if you will.... wow, that was cheesy), I turned the "lily of the valley" into this.

I wish I had a before photo of this mirror... It was another hand-me-down from my parents. The frame of the mirror was this bronzey-black color. Kind of like the "before" frame on the lily of the valley. Compared to everything else in the room, it looked dated. So a little spray paint turned it into this!

I posted about sewing my own bedding... But all of the fabric would have cost me WAYYYY too much (like $200... and I didn't want to do all of that work and spend so much money). I found this bedding for only $70 at TJ Maxx. Talk about a steal!

I also posted about pretty storage, where I showed off some wonderful purchases at the Container Store. I didn't really get to talk about it, but I also bought this lamp for only $20 at HomeGoods! I'm obsessed.

I added a couple of lamps do the desk. I plan on ordering a few black and white photos from our wedding day (or engagement photos), and they will replace the mirror. That way, the desk will be a work space rather than a vanity.

What do you think??? I must say that I'm proud of it!

Have a happy Monday! :)

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Project 52.11

Theme: The Eyes of March

I figured that most people would take pictures (and some GOOD ones) of eyeballs, so I wanted to do something a little different. My husband and I took an impromptu trip to Memphis over the weekend, and as we were walking through the Memphis zoo, I looked up and saw this.

I knew this had to be my picture for the week.

This picture, however, reminds me more of the IDES of March..

That animal was staring into my soul, and seriously looked like it was about to attack me!!!!! It was a scary moment.

I'm sooooo excited about my posts this week! There's some good stuff coming up!


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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Project 52.10

The theme: Be Still.

This little spot is actually on the property of the place where I seem to have the hardest time to be still. This is the cross country trail at my school. I felt the need to escape for a few seconds yesterday, and I found this spot. I realized that in the midst of chaos, I CAN find a place to be still.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Goal Update: Month 2

At the end of last year, I posted my goals for this year. Last month, I gave you my first update , and I think it's time for another one!

I have been flying through books this year, and I am loving it! I read the first two Hunger Games books, and I am working on the third one right now. I'm taking my time, because I'm not ready for this love affair with the Hunger Games series to end. I have no idea what I'm going to read after I finish Mockingjay, so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

I have been cooking a lot of healthy food this month, and I am loving it. I feel like a different person, my skin and hair looks better, and I secretly love posting pictures of healthy meals on instagram, almost to say "Hey, check me out. I eat healthy food." Wow I'm weird.

Our house is seriously almost to the point to where there is nothing that we can do (within our limitations) to improve this house. Although I'm pleased with how everything is looking, it can be a little frustrating, knowing that I am very limited in what I can do. I never considered myself decor savvy, but Pinterest has sparked so many ideas that I am dying to try, but I can't. At least not while we live in our rent house.

I have been working out a lot more recently thanks to the beautiful weather (long walks + talking to your best friends on the phone = a perfect excuse for exercise) and due to my new favorite app, Nike Training Club. It's free, and it has the most incredible work outs. Each time you complete a work out, it logs into this Nike account, and once you reach a certain goal, you get some pretty cool rewards (recipes, celebrity workouts, etc.). I highly recommend it, no matter how athletic (or non-athletic) you are.

I co-wrote a song with a student for her senior project. So we are getting closer to becoming the next T-Swift, but let's keep it real- it will be a loooong time before I get to that point. But hey, it's PROGRESS!

So pretty much, I seriously need to hop on the Yoga and wedding dress reconstruction bandwagons. But I must say that I'm proud of the fact that I have been working on my goals very diligently, and that I haven't given up on any of them! I guess having readers as accountability partners will do it for ya. :)

Are you having a hard time keeping up with your goals for 2012? What do you do to motivate yourself?

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Pretty Storage

So the hubby and I were really excited when we had quite a bit of money that we got to spend at the Container Store (aka heaven), and I knew exactly what I wanted to spend it on: pretty storage.

I wish I had a "before" picture of where my art supplies were. They were in one of those plastic drawers that you get from Wal-Mart. Although it held all of my items, there was nothing pretty about the display. So I got this lovely little bin!

Next, I purchased a magazine holder (along with this AWESOME lamp from Home Goods). Our magazines were all over the house. So I decided to cut out articles, recipes, etc. from old magazines and file them based on their category (they're in a binder). Now, my most current magazines are in the holder, and our guests can enjoy them whenever they stay with us!

I also purchased a little stationery holder. I had quite a bit of wedding stationery left over, so I have those on display right now. The rest of my stationery is put away in a box, and easily accessible.

I am very proud of our pretty storage! And just to get you excited about an upcoming post: Our big guestroom makeover reveal is coming up soon! Here's a little preview of our "after":


IHeart Organizing
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

DIY Designer Wellies

Have you ever had that ONE project that you were dying to finish, but you were missing one vital part? Well, that happened to me. About a month ago, on a Saturday when my husband was working (I still hate tax season), I had the brilliant idea to make my own version of these.

Why don't I just buy these, right? Welllll, first of all, they cost over $100 dollars, and they would take forever to arrive because they are made in England (but seriously, the price tag was enough for me to not buy them). I looked EVERYWHERE in Monticello for plain, black rain boots. And nobody had them. I'm not joking. So I had to drive all the way to Little rock to get them.

I took my grommet kit, and put two grommets in each boot....

And put ribbon through the grommets! THAT'S IT!

Why do I loooove these boots? I can change the ribbons whenever I want. Oh, and all of the items cost me $20.

Now I just need some rain so I can show these babies off.. and LEAP in a big puddle (Project 52.9 reference).


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