623Designs: interiors
"Odds & Ends" - Brain Dump
October 16, 2014

It feels good being back writing for fun on the blog again. The last few weeks at work have been so busy that my brain has literally been running on fumes by the time I get home. Add to that I helped plan our neighborhood’s ”National Night Out" event last Tuesday…

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and helped host a baby shower for my sweet neighbor this past Sunday.

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But, overall, things have started to become manageable again and I’ve actually been looking forward to getting back to blogging. 

My husband and I also had our 7th wedding anniversary earlier this week. To celebrate, we planned an all-day date in Downtown Houston over the weekend.

Our hotel was close to several restaurants, so we walked around a lot and went to brunch and to the movies and to dinner and then to breakfast the next day, and just really got to enjoy each other’s company (sans kiddos), which is the whole reason that we ended up together in the first place.

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We stayed overnight at The Magnolia Hotel, which is a neat little boutique hotel downtown with some pretty amazing decor.

I’m kicking myself now for not snapping a picture of their 2nd floor lobby bathroom, because the setup really got my wheels turning with ideas for our half bath downstairs.

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I haven’t done much to it since we moved in, so I haven’t shared it on the blog yet.  

But I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect mirror in there and I also would like an accent wall of some sort. I saw this mirror at Lowe’s a while back, but now I’m not sure if it will be the one.

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Playroom update: The playroom is done! It’s been 90% finished since like July, BUT there was that nagging 10% that I just couldn’t get motivated to finish.  Now that I’m done, I can finally photograph and share that space soon! 

I’ve also been doing a lot of design planning behind-the-scenes, which is to say that I’m full of ideas that are just waiting for the right combination of time + $$ to bring them to reality.

I tend to snap a lot of pictures of inspiring places on my cell phone and scroll through them from time to time to figure out if there’s a way to incorporate them in my house.

It’s not unusual for me to start a project and then end up jumping to something completely different, so, I usually wait to share a room on the blog when it’s ready for the full reveal.

To switch things up, I’m thinking about showing more of the planning process in future blog posts so that you can follow along with what I’m up to.  I can literally have an idea swirling around in my head for months before it all comes together in just the right way to spark me to get started.  

Since planning is usually the most time consuming part of room design for me, it will give me something to write about instead of going silent while the project is still in progress.  

I mentioned a while back that I was planning a "big girl" room for my daughters.  Remember this?

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Well, this plan has been totally scrapped in favor of something a little more “them”, and I’m excited to share those plans in the coming weeks and hopefully get started on the room later this month.

So, what have you guys been up to? Share it in the comments!

-Bridget

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Fall Flashback - DIY Fall Fabric Wreath
October 3, 2014

We’re in the middle of a welcome cool front here, so things are definitely feeling very fall-like outside.  Posts have been a bit MIA on the blog lately as other priorities have come up.  But, rest assured I have a slew of projects that are still in the planning stages that I’ll be sharing soon.

I’m about 90% done with the girls’ playroom, so I’ll also start sharing that project soon.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this flashback post to a fun and easy DIY project for the fall.

I just pulled this fall fabric wreath out of the craft closet this past weekend and hung it on our front door.  

For more fall decorating ideas, check out 623designs.com on Pinterest!

-Bridget

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Little A’s Neon Birthday Party
September 9, 2014

623Designs:interiors| Neon Birthday Party

I had a great time planning a big blowout for Little E’s 1st birthday, but wanted to come up with something just as fun for her big sister, Little A’s, 4th birthday party last March.

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The Making of Little E’s Vintage Gumball Party
August 20, 2014

623Designs:interiors| Vintage Gumball Birthday Party

I am really happy with the way E’s first birthday party turned out.  Since I made all of the decor myself, it seemed really special to me as a mom.  

And who would have thought that it all started with a napkin….

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"Odds & Ends" - July
July 31, 2014

July, we hardly knew ye! It’s the last day of a month that has been full of fun, busy and relaxing moments.

We started out July celebrating the 4th with a family barbecue at our house.

It was my first time ever using a grill, so it was totally intimidating at first, but not too bad.  I set up a red, white and blue spread and guests brought desserts and sides.  If you follow 623Designs:interiors on Instagram, you saw the patriotic ice cubes that I made for the lemonade.

623Designs:interiors| 4th of July

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Little E’s 1st Birthday Blowout! ~ A Vintage Gumball Party
July 10, 2014

623Designs:interiors| Vintage Gumball Birthday Party

It’s almost time for Little E’s second birthday.

So, I figure it’s about time that I shared pictures from her first birthday party. :)

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"Odds & Ends" - Blog Design Updates
July 3, 2014

What are your plans for the 4th?  Anyone barbecuing?  There’s still time to add a patriotic touch to your yard with these tips from my Red, White and Zebra Patio post.

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Speaking of updates, you may have noticed that 623Designs:interiors has been sporting a new look. After sharing my plans for giving the blog a facelift, I decided to take the DIY route.

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Spray Painted Planting Bed
June 26, 2014

After I got the large front flowerbed looking halfway decent, I turned my attention elsewhere out front.  I didn’t do anything wacky like spray painting the lawn green, but I did make an effort to disguise some unsightly elements of our yard.  

Our house came with these utility boxes smack in the middle of the lawn.

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Eco-Friendly Lawn Care “Weed All About It”
June 19, 2014

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I recently got roped into purchasing a newspaper subscription, which is something I haven’t had in forever.  I’m a news junkie, but I prefer to get my news online since I don’t really have time to sit and read a traditional newspaper. But the paper came in handy with a recent lawn project.

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623Designs:interiors - Blog Tag
June 17, 2014

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I’m participating in my first blog tag courtesy of the sweet and talented Leslie at Oh, the Fun. The Liebster Award/ blog tags are a fun way to discover new blogs that you might not be aware of.

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Rent House Make Ready: Day 2
June 6, 2014

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When I finished Day 1 of prepping the rent house for our new tenants, the painter had finished patching and priming the walls.

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"Odds & Ends" - Stair Banister Top Coat & Headboard Repair
May 29, 2014

In this Odds & Ends post I’ll be sharing a few maintenance tasks that I’ve done around the house over the last few months.  Maintenance is never as fun as creating something, but it’s a necessary step in keeping your home looking good for the long haul.

The stair banister to the second floor in the entryway of our house was stained a rich mocha colored that matched the floors in the house.

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