Brave New Home

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Get Inspired and Some SF Home Fronts

Inspired Design ChallengeStarting next week, I’m teaming up with a few of my favorite bloggers to challenge ourselves to get creative!  If you haven’t already, meet Angie from Angie’s Roost, Lindsay from Life of Splendor, Kristin from Bliss at Home and Sara from Embrace My Space.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be using five stores as inspiration to move our homes forward.  Anything goes!  DIYing a shower curtain from Target, adapting a furniture layout found in the pages of an old Anthropologie catalog, painting an accent wall the color of the rim of a pair of sunglasses from Urban Outfitters—you name it!

We won’t be hosting link parties but we’d love it for you to play along and get inspired with us : ] Just leave a comment with a link to your post and we’ll feature some of our favorite inspiration posts each week.

In other news, we spent the past 4th of July (extended) weekend in San Francisco visiting family.  San Francisco has some of my favorite home architecture on this planet hands down!  I wasn’t able to squeeze in as much photo snapping of all the unique homes I would have liked (that could take weeks!) but I did manage to get in a few from a couple of the neighborhoods we were in (mostly South San Francisco and Ocean Beach).  Have a look!SF home 6SF home 5I needed a close up of those beautiful planters (or oversized statement window boxes?).  Gorgeous, right?SF home planter SF home 4 SF home 3 SF home 2I don’t think I’d ever paint my exterior Pepto Bismal pink but I’d love having a neighbor do it!  I can’t help but smile just looking at this photo.SF home 1A Mondrian inspired home front.  I wonder if it extends to the interior?SF home 7Apparently I was really drawn to color this weekend!

Are you planning on taking on the Inspired Design Challenge with us?  Any projects jump to mind?

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Oooh Say Can You See

To celebrate Independence Day, today I am sharing with you some patriotic home fronts from homes nearby the base The Hubs works at.  Not only are the houses stunning, lots of them proudly wear their colors year round—this is a military community after all! If you take a close look, many of the homes have other (and less obvious) flag inspired decorations like pinwheels, pillows, and wall art.  Enjoy!patriotic home 2patriotic home 7patriotic home 1patriotic home 5 patriotic home 3patriotic home 4 patriotic home 6Have a fun and safe Fourth of July Holiday!

Do you break out your flags for the fourth or do you display them year round?

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Give Me Liberty!

As I previously mentioned, I recently took a trip to Chicago for The Hubs’s graduation from boot camp.  Only I didn’t stay in Chicago, I stayed in Libertyville, IL.  It was my first time in the Midwest and I have to say, there were moments where I felt like I was on the set of Gilmore Girls (in a good way!).  And yes, I know Gilmore Girls takes place on the East Coast.navy_boot_camp_graduationOne of my favorite things to do when traveling is to get a feel for local life.  I love looking at houses and always pick up one of those “houses for sale” pamphlets to get a feel for housing prices.   The Hubs and I will usually map some of the houses on to find out their market price, too.  Then we kick ourselves a bit and mumble things like, We could actually afford a house if me lived here…libertyville_water_towerThe Hubs’s “liberty” (Navy speak for free time) was pretty limited so we only had the chance for me to drag him to walk around a block or two.  The brick was all total foreign to me but I liked it.  We have too many earthquakes in California so most of our houses are made of wood.libertyville_home_5I love these nice, big extended porches.  Makes me think of warm summer nights with bugs chirping in the background.libertyville_home_4Love me a red door.  Who doesn’t?libertyville_home_3Picturesque!  Totally quaint and unpretentious.libertyville_home_2Adorable attached homes.  All these trees make me want to come back when spring is in full swing.libertyville_home_7 Another cheerful home. libertyville_home_1Thought this was a sweet little side entrance with an almost nautical feel.libertyville_home_6I managed to get one more photo in before the sun completely set.

Both the Hubs and I felt this was somewhere we could see ourselves living and raising a family.  Although we say that about almost every place we visit so maybe we’re just adaptable. 

Do you enjoy touring neighborhoods when you travel?