July 22, 2015

Life Changes in an Instant

Hello friends. I have tried to write this post many times in my mind, but today I hope I find the strength to type it out and actually hit publish. On July 4, we celebrated my mom's 70th birthday with a bbq at my brother's lake house. She was feeling great and I remarked to her that I hope I could jump in & out of a boat with as much ease as she could when I turn 70. Two days later, while spending time at the Jersey Shore with friends, she suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke. Just like that, our whole world tilted.

She was in the hospital for 3 days in ICU followed by 5 days in a step down unit. She is currently in a rehab center working very hard to regain her life. She still remains paralyzed on her right side and she cannot speak at all. I am struggling to find balance between being there for my mom and being a mom to my 3 boys. We are taking things one day at a time. It is hard.

I hope to have life return to some sort of a new normal soon. Until then, I will be taking a break from blogging, other than a couple of things I was previously committed to. If you can spare a few thoughts & prayers for my mom, they would be greatly appreciated. xo Courtney

June 23, 2015

Summer Changes in our Living Room & Entryway

My boys will finally be beginning their summer vacation tomorrow.  Thanks to a rough winter, there were several days tacked on to the end of the school year and they have definitely not been happy about that.    
Living Room with striped drapes and Ikea furniture-www.goldenboysandme.com
I recently made a few changes to lighten things up in our upstairs living room.  First off, I moved the furniture to an arrangement that leaves more open floor space.  I prefer to keep things more open   during the summer when the kids are home more.  Things feel less cluttered this way.  Or, I should say, it takes a bit longer for it to feel unbearably cluttered :)
Living Room with striped drapes and Ikea furniture-www.goldenboysandme.com
I added a couple of pops of green with 2 new throw pillow covers from Ikea.  All of the other throw pillows are from my "collection" in the basement.
Ethan Allen accent chair in summer family room-www.goldenboysandme.com
Unfortunately, peony season is just about over, but I took advantage and filled our house with peonies during their peak bloom.
Peonies in living room-www.goldenboysandme.com
Our up-the-stairs gallery wall has a blank space where a white ampersand used to be.  Yet another casualty in my crazy house with 3 active boys.  Note to self: must find a replacement.  I had completely forgotten about it until I was editing these pictures.
Ikea stocksund chair and Hemnes hack coffee table-www.goldenboysandme.com
I am still campaigning to replace this sofa with something that is of a smaller scale.  Everyone else in my house wants this comfy one to stay.  Including the dogs, who both consider this couch their perfect napping spot.
Sleeping golden retriever on Ikea furniture-www.goldenboysandme.com
In our entryway, I changed up the chalkboard art a bit.  I printed out one of my favorite "home" sayings and transferred it to our chalkboard.
Thanks for stopping by today!

June 18, 2015

Summer Cottage Garden Party: Pool & Patio Ideas

Today, I am joining in with a Summer Cottage Garden Party, hosted by Brenda at Cozy Little House. I am going to share some pictures of the most used area of our yard during the summer months, our pool area.  We always start by power washing this entire patio right after we open the pool.  It is crazy how much dirt collects over the winter and it all looks so much better after the washing.  

June 10, 2015

Summer Changes in our Family Room

I recently changed things up in our family room for summer and added some cabin style decor to remind us of our favorite place to be in the summer, the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY.  I like to spread the furniture out in this room when we aren't spending as much time around the fireplace.  It isn't quite as cozy, but this room always feels so much larger arranged this way.Family room with stone fireplace and cabin style decor-www.goldenboysandme.com

June 8, 2015

Mixing Colors and Patterns in the Bedroom with JCPenney & A Giveaway!

When it comes to home decor, mixing colors and patterns is just about my favorite way to add personality and my own unique stamp to a room.  This week, our master bedroom got a whole new look.  Lately, I have been loving the color combination of deep blue mixed with a bit of orange and I decided to make that the inspiration for our new bedding.  When I spotted the Adana bedding from The Eva Longoria home™ collection at JCPenney, I knew it would be the perfect starting point.