2/20/08

'The Plan'





This is my attempt at knowing how I'd like to decorate and make purchases for our next home. I need something with a strong sense of style that reflects our family's taste. When you're decorating on a really tight budget, you need a plan so you don't waste money on pieces you don't really like or lose focus of what you really need. I'll be filling it up with images and lists in preparation for the new place.

I found these this weekend at a local antique store. I love Mellimac! I've been collecting the Mellamine that Target started putting out last Spring because I love the idea of a bright, mix and match kitchen. My mom has always had Pyrex in her kitchen so it feels right to have it in mine. Brett and I are planning to move to the Midwest near the beginning of Summer via U-Haul and are hoping to catch an Ikea on the way to load up on a few pieces of furniture in a box. One of the benefits of having moved so often in the last four years is getting to start fresh with furnishings. We've given away and sold most of the furniture we've ever owned every time we've relocated but having a child means doubling the amount of 'necessary' furniture to take with you.

Flickr has been a fabulous source of inspiration for the new place.
A girl can dream or a girl can plan.

More news later. My mind is starting to shut down for the night.

19 comments:

Veronica said...

what? You're moving? But I just met you...? humph.

~wenhether~ said...

I love your idea for your book! It is a great idea! We are planning on buying a house next year so I might have to copy you. :)

Mandy said...

Love the binder...such a fun way to keep all your decorating plans in one place! I just have a three ring binder with magazine pages in it. LOL :) Good luck with your house hunting!

Michelle said...

Your design journal is so cute! I love the papers on the studio page. I haven't seen those before. I made myself an inspiration journal not too long ago, and it's been such a help! I take it with me thrifting and to the hardware store, etc. I love decorating on a budget...I think it's forces more creativity! Good luck with your move!

Lauren Z said...

so cute!

Your Moving?? "The Midwest" huh? Which state are you headed to? someplace exotic? :)

grover said...

love THE PLAN book!
just had to pop and tell you that :-)
i think it is a fab idea..I am in the same boat..need somewhere to stash those ideas before we buy our first home..and yep-i hear ya..gotta make every $ count!
thanks for the inspiration!

Kara said...

so cool! love the bowls. the binder is so great!

Michelle said...

oooh....love the houndstooth in that pic!! =) yum! And I did the same thing when I moved...had a lil design book...it was an awesome way to stay in budget and still end up with a cute place!! =) happy planning!

Michelle said...

Love the new Hambly. I have some that i need to make something with. That book is really beautiful!

Marie said...

I love the idea of that floder! SO cute! Im sad u are moving to the mid-west so we have to get together before u leave for sure! Im so excited that you are getting a house to call your own tho! YIpee! Decorating is the best part!

Marie said...

ok i meant folder lol!

Cara said...

i think there is an ikea in Utah. and, um, colorado is a pretty good pit stop on your way to MO. it is about 12 hrs from your destination - the perfect place to spend the night on your way through. hmmm, now if only you knew someone who lives in denver . . .

miss morgan... said...

well you already know i love this! your eye for color is amazing!

Keka0407 said...

I looovvee the mix and match idea...I commented your book on sistv b/c I loved the idea so much. U should move to NYC!

Sarah said...

Rachel,

I found your blog through my sister Martha and how fun to catch up with you!!! We seem to have a lot of similar interests and I really enjoy seeing all the pretty things you're working on. Where are y'all moving???

Sarah Highfill (from the OBU days) :)
www.sarahannhighfill.blogspot.com

Quiet Violet said...

Every time you post, I like you more and more!

IKEA is my FAVORITE. Fav-o-rite! If you plan out what you want before you guys leave and where you'll stop, you can use the online feature to see if they have what you want in stock! (Tip: if they have 5 or less of the itmes in stock, the online check will say it's out of stock. You can call and talk to someone who works there and see if they really are out of stock or if they're just low.)


Your idea book rocks! It reminds me of that movie "One Night at McCools." Liv Tyler's character does the same type of thing, but I like your book, with the pretty paper, better!

Hope you guys have a great weekend. :)

Bekka said...

I love Melmac!!! I have a couple of sets stored at home -- can't wait to get some kitchen space so I can use them!

Love your planner idea!

nancy said...

I love my melmac dishes! I got my robin's egg blue ones at a garage sale on a whim and i ended up loving them.

Holly said...

Ooooh...that binder has lots of pretties in it already! So, you like the melanine stuff, huh? Might I suggest checking out this linkage:

http://loftparty.com/french-bull-jackie-shapiro-c-1.html

The whole Loftparty site has some cool stuff, but that French Bull melanine line is something I think you would particularly like. ;0) Got my journal kt yesterday...crossing my fingers for play-time this afternoon!