26 Jan

Scenes from my weekend…

With a massive snow storm on the horizon it has been a bit nutty around town with supermarkets clearing out their shelves and everyone filling up at the gas stations. I tend not to freak out that much due to snow so our weekend was a bit normal.

We started out our Saturday at soccer, then enjoyed our typical bagel breakfast and then got to meet with someone to figure out some mortgage/house stuff. Fun times. :)

After that Jon and I got to run some errands kids free. Asher ended up passing out at my parents house and Hudson wanted to stay and play so off we went on our own.

We hit up Home Depot for some project supplies and I spied this laminatethat looked so pretty it stopped me in my tracks. It has a perfect rustic yet chic vibe to it and the price can’t be beat at .79 a sq ft.


I had heard that JCP was having a crazy clearance sale and I always do well there for the boys clothes so we headed there next. It was blissful. I got to go through all of the racks and not have to worry about a thing. Plus we picked up a bunch of cute things for them.

We got a little crazy and decided to go wander around the mall a bit, because it had been a while since we had been in there. We had fun, but I started to feel guilty that I didn’t have the boys with us. Especially once we saw the new Lego store! Hudson is obsessed with the movie.


Of course we had to go in and buy some for Hudson. Once I found the double double couch set I knew that was the one.

We ended our exciting Saturday ;) with a trip to a new to me food truck called, The Big Cheese. They specialize in grilled cheese sandwiches.


I ended up trying out there grilled cheese stuffed with macaroni and cheese. I order a small and it was massive!


It was delicious and if you live in Nassau County, Long Island I recommend trying it out. I can’t imagine having it on a daily or weekly basis, but as an occasional treat it is well worth the splurge.

On Sunday I got to enjoy a little time catching up some design books:


While this little man had a Sunday snooze:


After a lazy morning at home we headed out to Brooklyn with my parents and meet up with my sisters and their respective boyfriends that are both named Steve. I’m convinced Hudson thinks all males in their 20’s need to be named Steve. :) We tried out a new cupcake shop and then headed out for a late lunch.


When we got home I got some work done while my guys watched Bolt and played with Legos.  Along with design work I also needed to do some research for my sister’s 30th birthday! She turns 30 on the 30th so it’s quite the big deal. For the big bash I’m in charge of desserts and have also decided to bring a couple little decor accents for the dessert table. Number one on my list is some glittery champagne bottles. I’m off to the craft store tomorrow to pick up supplies and will report back with how it goes. I didn’t want to waste a bottle of champagne for this project so I picked some inexpensive apple cider at Trader Joes.


Ah why oh why do the weekends go by so fast?

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23 Jan

Friday Finds…

I have had a bit of a crap week on the mommy front this week. Hudson has entered his 3’s with quite a bang. People have always talked about the terrible two’s but no one ever mentions the three’s. Oh boy. Now that he can talk more it’s a whole lot of sass and for some reason he is now super jealous of Asher when he was totally fine with him before. Perhaps it’s because Asher is mobile now? I don’t know. Any advice is welcomed, because I spent most of my day asking him if his ears are broken. He always answers back, “No momma my ears feel good.” I guess my sarcasm is lost on him. ;)


Here is what caught my eye this week:

-Daydreaming that I can have 5 mins in this beautiful entry way to just sit on one of those chairs and flip through a stack of magazines that are currently sitting on my nightstand unopened.

-What a stunning bathing suit. I’m in love. I think it’s a definite must buy and let’s add a winter get away to the mix as well so we can test it out in the sun. Ah a girl can dream.

-How adorable is this spotty clutch? Love the canvas and leather mix and the little tassel.

-I have been wearing UGGS on a daily basis these past couple of weeks and I’m itching to get my naked ankles out on display again. I can’t wait to wear these babies.

-I saw this ring in a tumblr photo months ago and I could never find a source for it until this week. So happy to have found it and then I saw the price tag! So, it’s not happening anytime soon, but at least I know where it is whenever the time comes.


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22 Jan

Treat Yo Self: Stylish Fireplace Screens

I went with a pretty clean lined and simple fireplace screen for my latest project because I had the new patterned tile that I didn’t want to compete with. During my fireplace screen hunt I did come upon some pretty patterned options that I just needed to share.

stylish fireplace screens

No.1: Geometric Fireplace Screen for $238 plus free shipping. Looks surprisingly similar to this one that retails for $815!

No.2: Lexington Single Panel Fireplace Screen for $395.

No.3: Chadwick Fireplace Screen for $149.

No.4:Woodland Fireplace Screen for $119.

No.5: Diamond Fireplace Screen for $198.

No.6: Gold Mesh Fireplace Screen for $230.

Any good ones that I missed?

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21 Jan

Colored Grout


Yesterday I revealed my new fireplace hearth.  My favorite part of the transformation has to be the orange grout! I toyed with the decision about whether or not to go bold with the grout and actually picked up a taupe option at first. Jon knew I kept thinking about the orange and he gave me the little nudge I needed to make it happen. So the taupe got returned and I did a little research of colored grout.

The number one suggestion out there for colored grout was Grout Shield.


I picked up a bottle for $20 that covers up to 250 sq ft. The best part was that they can color it any color under the sun. Seriously you just tell them what color you want from any of the paint vendors out there and they will match it. I went with electric orange by Benjamin Moore.

Instructions for how to apply it are here.

grout shield

It was a little time consuming because you have to apply it with a paintbrush, but I found it to be sort of soothing since you kind of zone out while you do it. Not sure I would do a whole bathroom with it, but for small tile jobs it’s amazing. Best part is that I can re stain it whenever we decide to sell our house in case potential home owners aren’t in love with orange like me.


The tile is available here. It’s currently sold out, but this is a smaller tile, but the same pattern. I also really liked this pattern, but went with the cheaper chicken. :)

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20 Jan

Before & After: Fireplace Hearth

When we first moved into the house, one of the things I disliked immediately was the fireplace hearth tile.

It was a terracotta color with dark gray grout, and it was all scratched up due to a fire screen being moved around. Even though it was a red/orange shade it was somewhat neutral because it blended pretty well with our hardwood floors. This meant that the tiles stayed as is since we moved in.


When I got asked to be part of True Value DIY Squad I knew right away that one of the projects I needed to tackle was the tile!

Here is how we tackled it:

Step 1: Use a masonry chisel and hammer to chip out the old tile:

Step 2: We then used the chisel to knock down the high peeks in the cement under the tile to have a flat surface to lay our new tile that better compliments the room.

Step 3: In order to figure out where we needed to make our cuts we laid down our tile before we applied any of the thin set mortar.The best way to do this is start laying down your tile in the middle and then work your way out to the sides.


Step 4: Make cuts on tile. We used a tile wet saw and it worked really well.

Step 5: Apply a layer of thin set mortar with a trowel.

Make sure you load up your trowel with mortar. You need to have a heavy hand with it.

After you have applied it use the tooth side and even out the mortar.


Step 6: Now you are ready to lay your tile. Remember to start at the center and then work your way out to the ends. Let it dry overnight.


Step 7: Now it’s time to grout. We used bright white grout and a grout float to apply it.


Use your grout floater that has been loaded with grout to fill in all of the spacing between the tiles. Tackle the tiles from all different angles to make sure that your grout really gets into the teeny tiny spaces.


Once you are done, wipe away the excess grout with a grout sponge.


Let set/dry overnight.

Now you could just be finished at this point, but I wanted to make it a little more Camila friendly and decided to make my grout pop by staining in orange! *More details on stain to follow.

Step 8: Apply the stain with a paint brush. You can also use a nozzle cap, but I found that to be really messy, because you don’t have a lot of control with the flow. Using a paintbrush was much easier.


Now it’s still going to get a little messy, but it’s easy to remove the paint. A shammy cloth will wipe away all of the excess paint.

Messy grout:

Wipe with a light hand so you don’t remove paint from the grout and just the tile:

All clean:

It was time consuming, but a really easy DIY project and what an impact! I love it and if it’s ever an issue later on down the line when we sell the house I can just seal it white again to appeal to more buyers.

It took a weekend to tackle and I’m so happy we finally did it. I can’t believe it took us so long to do it when it was pretty budget friendly and was super easy on the DIY scale.





We are really happy with how it turned and have gotten nothing but compliments for rocking the orange.

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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19 Jan

Scenes from my weekend…

This Saturday we started out with another soccer class. It’s always a mad dash to get us all dressed and ready and out the door by 8:45am, but we did it!

It’s still adorable to watch Hudson throughout the class, but it’s class 3 and the stage mom in me can not be stopped. I was better this time around and only interjected when Hudson was touching a kids face so I will call that parenting not stage mom-ing. :)


After class we have been heading out to breakfast at our local bagel shop. Hudson loves going up to the counter and ordering his food.


The rest of the day was spent working on projects for the DIY Squad.

One of the first projects was tackling my closet, which meant taking everything out of the closet. It wasn’t pretty.


We needed to do a little wood work, but really it was an easy project anyone could tackle without power tools. I’m in love with the finished project and keeping hanging out in it. Can’t wait for the project to go live.


The closet took most of the day, but I did take a couple of breaks and did a little framing project with this DIY artwork for my sister’s apt. Details coming soon!


On Sunday it was a gloomy day full of crazy winds and insane amounts of rainfall. We decided to just hang out at home I tackled household stuff like cleaning and laundry. No fun photos of this. :)

During all of my cleaning/organizing I went through my fabric stash and found some pretty choices that work with the new/old sofa I picked up last weekend. It’s going to stay in our bedroom so I’m switching things up a little bit with my accent pillows on my bed.


I also managed to devour some leftover cake from Ladybird bakery that my sister left at my house. So yummy, but I’m going to hurt my sister if I gain weight this week.


We ended out weekend with Asher showing off. He started officially crawling last week and this week he decided he can stand up on his own and now his little fuzzy head just keeps popping up everywhere. So cute.


Another weekend that has come to an end. Hopefully you are lucky enough to have today off from work. Around here Jon has to go into work so it’s normal week for us.

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16 Jan

Friday Finds…


2015 has been going, going, going around here. Lots of work happening here at Effortless Style, which means I’ve been out and about every day this week. It’s all good though. Feels good to be back in the swing of things after having cut down on things while adjusting to life with two little men.

Here is what caught my eye this week while I scoured the web on my cell phone!

-This dress totally screams, Camila! The dots, the ruffles. Swoon. Now if only the price tag was three or two digits instead of 4!

-Still finding myself drawn to dark cabinets in a kitchen. Also completely in love with this kitchen design. I never thought I would like a warm wood tone on kitchen cabinets, but it just works. Love! Of course we currently have all white cabinets, but I love that too! Ah I want it all.

-Kate Spade Saturday plus West Elm sounds like a dream collaboration to me! Had fun checking out the items in the collection. My favorites have to be the artwork. This piece reminds of the piece I painted for our living room. This has to be my 2nd favorite piece! What pretty color stories.

-My sister turns 30 at the end of the month and I have been a busy bee ordering birthday presents. Now that I have everything ordered I can concentrate on wrapping supplies. How stunning is this paper?

-I think my dining room needs a little bit of glam added to. Obsessed with this gold flatware set. Only $20 per place setting! Hmmm perhaps I shall treat myself and toss the  Ikea set we have been using.

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15 Jan

Treat Yo Self: Plaid Wrap Coat

Before the holidays I treated myself to this coat and I have never received so many compliments on a coat. I wore to all of my holiday parties and all of the ladies at said parties wanted to know where oh where it came from.





I’m obsessed with it.Open or close in a knot it works either way. Plus the mix of brown, black and gray make it a perfect neutral that goes with anything. It has become my go-to coatthis season along with beanieand I’m ready to head out.

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14 Jan

Free Artwork Printables

The other day I was helping a friend round up some free artwork printable choices for her daughter’s room. Instead of just sending her link after link I decided to make a pinterest board for her and added a bunch of other free artwork printable sources. I had to share with you all so, if you want some free goodies check this board.

I did a little mini gallery wall with a few of the freebies:

free artwork printables

No.1 : Free Artwork Printables
No.2: Bryce Settee How amazing is the pattern on this settee?
No.3: Two-toned pillows
No.4: Mirabelle Rug

Happy shopping! You will get sucked through a rabbit hole going through all of the freebies.Happy Printing!

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13 Jan

$20 Fretwork Pillows!

During one of my weekly Target stops. Who are we kidding sometimes it’s a daily Target run I bumped into this glorious end cap!


I know some may be tired of a fretwork pillow, but for me it will always be a classic. I love how they look and they work with so many different design styles. I think they could go with everything. Love these Threshold pillows. They have the trim stitched on and look really high quality at an amazing price point.

You can currently pick them up in:Blue, Coral, Green, Grey, Navy, Red, Tan, White, and Yellow.

Happy Shopping!

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