Sunday, March 23, 2014

Easter Decorating!

Hello barbies and HAPPY SPRING!

At the BDH we are beyond ecstatic that Spring has sprung. I don't know if it's because of the 4 separate ice storms this winter in NC (which is about 4 more than in a normal year) or us missing Texas's warm weather, or both, but we're extra happy to usher in the sunshine. I planned on celebrating the first day of Spring with some time outside, but ended up working a 13 hour day on Thursday so that plan was scrapped, but I made up for lost time doing lost of yard work with hubby outside this weekend. I'm usually not a manual labor type of gal (understatement of the century) but I was so sunshine-starved that I didn't mind.

In addition to the much needed time outside, I pulled out all of my little Easter bunnies to get the house ready for Easter! The pics are below - how do you dolls celebrate Easter?

First and foremost, I couldn't resist putting our precious little pekingese Toula in her bunny costume. This little bunny melts our hearts.

Here's our first ever 7 ft Easter tree, filled with eggs, bunnies and ears on top. :)





These bunny bar stool covers have become a running joke with my mom and I. They're cheesy as can be, but too funny to resist at this point, and for some reason I'm kinda obsessed with them.



 I may have over done it with the eggs, but there's so much you can do with them!

The bunny banner above was a gift from one of my favorite ladies - she's incredibly crafty - don't you love it?!

Also, I celebrated my birthday last week! It was perfect - I took the day off and spent it with my mom and hubby at the mall shopping. Then, over the weekend, several friends and I had drinks at Big Easy in downtown Raleigh (and the service was HORRIBLE - the worst I'd ever experienced - every staffer we encountered was incredibly rude to us) then headed to the Oxford and Neptune's Parlour (much better experiences at these two). Here was my (first) outfit - I chose a pink pencil skirt and simple white crop top.

Here are some photos from my birthday celebration and my actual birthday:

Thanks for reading Easter barbies!

Friday, March 14, 2014


Late last night, as my birthday was winding to a close, I got a very special birthday surprise from you all - the blog hit one quarter of a million views! I can't think of a sweeter coincidence! Thank you all for your wonderful support!

To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to count down the top 5 viewed BDH posts since the blog's creation.

5. Our DIY chalkboard tutorial (for under $10!)

4. A compilation of some of my favorite dream swimming pool inspiration photos.

3. The recent reveal of our dining room makeover, with custom paint job and wainscoting.

2. Our 2013 Christmas Home Tour, complete with 26 full sized Christmas trees!

1. The reveal of our 11 ft Restoration Hardware inspired table, 100% built by hand by my hubby.

Thanks again for all of your loyal visits barbies! You're fabulous!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Media Room Reveal!

Hello barbies!

Hubby and I finally got around to getting our media room situated! As you know, it sat empty (aside from it's obnoxiously bright red walls) since we bought our house, but in late January we began making some changes. We moved in our beloved sectional sofa from our master sitting room, broke down and bought and projector, hung curtains, bought some matching red throw blankets and last but not least, hubby built our 100 inch projector screen by himself! He welded aluminum for the frame, used white low-gloss laminate for the screen, and created a 2 inch thick felt border - go Ross! Some of the screens we were looking at cost upwards of $1,000, but he built ours for about $100.

Here are some pictures of the finished product, aside from framing our movie posters, which is our next goal. What do you think, dolls?

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