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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year's Eve!

If you're looking for any last minute party printables this is your source!! 

Have a happy and safe New Year's Eve!! See you in 2014! 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Look Back At 2013

2013 is nearly over, so what better way than to recap the most popular posts from this year! Thank you to my fabulous readers who devote time to this wee little blog here. I'm so lucky to have your support! Hopefully I'll get my butt in gear soon and be back to blogging regularly! 

HAPPY 2014!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Holiday Home {The Mantle}

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hope that St.Nick soon would be here!"

It only took me a handful of trips to Target to remember the command hooks to hang my stockings and complete the mantle decor. My inspiration this year was based on a black, gold, and green scheme. The mantle was already styled  in black and white so I stuck with the existing decor. I added green balls and the boxwood wreath along with new stockings I scored at Marshalls. 

The green ribbon adds a finishing touch to the gold deer. 

I'm sure you have seen a similar idea on Pinterest.  A few LED stems from Target and faux branches completely transformed this basket. So simple, but high impact! At night the living room is so cozy now with the fireplace and lights from the tree and hearth! This will definitely be the last area to get undecorated after the holidays! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

My Holiday Home {The Entry}

Have you noticed that I'm a little late at posting my holiday home this year? No, that can't be because I have a newborn! 

To be completely honest, I wasn't sure I would even attempt trying to decorate for Christmas, but who am I kidding? I absolutely love the holiday season and my 3 year old is so excited for the Christmas! She had such a blast helping me pull out all the decor and especially hang ornaments on the tree! 

This year things are a bit simple and I used what was on hand instead of trying to totally recreate the wheel! There are a mix of metals and soft colors as well as some natural elements and lots of greenery! 

What I love most is definitely displaying all the cards we receive! It's so exciting to get new cards in the mail and see all the smiling faces of our friends and family! Since my display is small, I'm working on a new way to show them off. The ice however has put a damper on my spray painting. Just 1 more coat of gold and I'll show you the new display! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

High/Low Chairs

HIGH- Spool Chair, Layla Grace, $1,452.00  | LOWSpindle Chair, Z Gallerie, $599.00  |  
HIGHCardiff Tufted Armchair, Pottery Barn, $899.00  |  LOWHome Loft Concept Club Chair, Wayfair, $324.99  |  
HIGH- Tudor Armchair, Pottery Barn, $999 as shown  |  LOWColin Club Chair, Overstock, $296.09  |  HIGHAsheville Chair, Crate & Barrel, $1,899.00  |  LOWBaxton Studio Gray Linen Armchair, Overstock, $360.89

I saw this high/low armchair comparison on Pinterest and thought it was definitely worth sharing with you! 

I can speak from experience and honestly say that the 3 beige low end chairs are fabulous finds! I've sourced each one out to clients before and they have all been very happy with the quality and comfort. Plus, you can't beat the prices! The Spindle Chair at the top from Z Gallerie is one of my favorites! Too bad I don't have a place in my own home for it! 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Favorite Holiday Recipe

My motto as a kid was always "eat dessert first! We would go to the yummiest grossest cafe on Earth, Luby's and I would always get chocolate pie and devour it first. Just in case a fire ever occurred, I didn't want my dessert to waste. I can now thank Luby's for the extra pounds I acquired as a kid.

Since we are speaking of desserts, my new favorite as an adult with a richer palette is my mom's pecan pie! We always enjoy it during the holiday season, so why not share it with you today?! Last week, on Thanksgiving I ate less of the "big meal" to save room for the 3 pieces (yes, you read that right) of mom's Pecan Pie that I nibbled on the rest of the day! It was dessert, dinner, and my late night snack! It's just that good! 

This recipe holds special meaning to my heart not only because mom makes it, but because my late Grandpa LOVED it! Every holiday he would make extra sure we were bringing the pecan pie that was made with fresh pecans from his tree. And we always saved the last piece for him.
I know this recipe is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Do you have a special, family recipe you religiously rely on every holiday season?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide

With Black Friday creeping up on us and Christmas only weeks away it's time to get a jump on your holiday shopping! Here's some items sure to make any lucky lady smile on Christmas morning. 

To shop these items simply go to my holiday guide on Pinterest! Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Menu

With Thanksgiving less than a week, away I hope your menu is in order along with what I'm sure is a hefty grocery list if you are doing all the cooking. Our family keeps a very traditional menu that we don't often vere from.

Via 1 2 3 4 5 6

Garlic Mashed Potatoes with gravy
Candied Sweet potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Hot Buttery Rolls

Via 1 2 3

I must confess that my favorite part might just be the desserts!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Baby Harper

Our sweet baby Harper arrived on November 5, 2013. We are loving every minute with her and adjusting to life with 2 girls now! 

I just love how our newborn pictures turned out!! They captured how excited big sister Ava is to have a little sister now! 

Hopefully I can get back to somewhat of a normal blogging routine soon! Thanks for your patience! If you're a new mom then you know exactly how time consuming newborns are!! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lighting that will Surprise You

We all love a good bargain so I had to share a few chandeliers that I found that look amazing in person but won't break the bank! 

Totally loving this beaded chandelier from World Market! Plus, it's only $199! Such a bargain! It also comes in a larger size here which is still a score!

and how about this one...

This gray vintage chandelier has major design appeal! And....only $149!

If farmhouse is your style, then this is your light at $249.99.  It's such a striking centerpiece! 

Remember, lighting can make such a huge impact in a space but not a huge dent in your wallet with one of these finds! 

Do any of these fit your style? 

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Classy Kid's Bath

A kid's bathroom doesn't have to be colorful and juvenile or decked out in Disney characters! You can achieve a whimsical look that's classy and elegant all at the same time. I used a simple striped shower curtain from West Elm and paired it with an animal print rug to add pattern and an unexpected element. 

The artwork is Sugarboo which is a favorite of mine! It adds a playful touch to any space! 

A few elegant accessories and classy lighting makes this bathroom fit for just about anyone! 

See where all of these items can be purchased here

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nursery Reveal

Last week I teased you with a shot from our little girl's nursery I've been working on for the last 6 months! Most of it was complete, except for the chandelier which was just installed a few weeks ago delaying the big reveal. I just couldn't make up my mind on the light, and then I found the perfect one that spoke to me! 

So, without further or do I give you Baby Harper's nursery! 

I started out with a vision of corals and aquas in mind and it turned out that what I really envisioned was a soft palette of neutrals, grays, and hints of color! 

I'm so happy with how the room slowly evolved over time into a space I love! I hope Baby Harper enjoys it too!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Today is the Big Day

Today, we become a family of 4!! We are so excited the day has finally arrived to meet our new baby girl! 

"A" is going to be the best big sister!! 

She was totally hamming it up and loving on my belly/baby sister! 

It was such a fun shoot and I'm so elated with all the special moments our awesome photographer captured! 

Next time you see us, there will be 4!! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Baby Must Haves

In honor of baby H arriving this week, I've rounded up my must have baby products! All of these items are in my possession and waiting for baby girl! Several of these products I've been using for years since "A" was born and some are new items with excellent reviews!

It's pretty safe to say that I'm quite obsessed with anything Aden and Anais and the scent of Mustela products!

Are any of your favorites on this list? Visit me on Polyvore to see where you can shop these items.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Nursery Tease

The chandelier is hung and the pictures are being edited while baby "H" finishes baking! I'll have the nursery reveal soon! I say soon in case she unexpectedly shows up early! Next week is my goal so stay tuned!! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Hallo Decor

For Halloween this year I kept it simple and contained to one spot in my home! I wanted to be able to throw it together and quickly take it down on November 1st.  The only piece that took any effort was the gold boo that was a dollar purchase from someone in my neighborhood. It was a funny color and chipped so I brought it back to life with spray paint. You can never go wrong with a golden touch! 


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stationery Love

Are you drooling yet? I'm obsessed with A)gold B)stationery and C) polka dots, so I think these are calling my name!! The best part is that these hit Target shelves a few days ago! Gotta love Sugar Paper products! 

I was even at Target yesterday but didn't have a chance to check out the new line because "A" was that kid at the store screaming and tossing the groceries out of the cart! Yep, it was fun! So, while she's at school today I'm headed back for a gander! 

Are you in need for some new stationery?! Run to Target! 

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Family Friendly Space

I recently worked on designing a family friendly, but stylish space for a client. They wanted the room to be cozy and comfortable since this is where they would end up hanging out as a family most. 

I came up with 2 very similar designs that both had ottomans for kicking up their feet, but completely different art pieces! 

She ultimately decided on the second design because of her love for the greek key fabric on the ottomans! It's such a timeless and universal print! 

The room has been painted and I know she has been busy pulling it all together! I've been promised pictures once it's complete that I will definitely share with you!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Entryway Updates

Not too long ago I had plans to add sconces and perhaps a pair of x-benches to my entryway. Well, it didn't happen. I was hoping to find a pair of matching benches or ones I could reupholster, but ran out of luck and patience. Then, my luck officially ran out and so did the inventory of the sconces I wanted! That's when we moved on to plan B! Plan B was there was no plan! Ha! 

So, in the meantime I moved the ugly coat rack into the laundry room and stuck a fiddle leaf in it's place to fill the empty spot and add a nice touch of greenery! It also really helped balance the space since I have a chair on the other side. Here's how it previously looked! 

Then, poof! I found an amazing set of sea fan art for next to nothing! Voila', I knew the perfect space for them! 

They filled the large gaps I needed them to while adding just a touch of personality and color. Plus, the black frames pop against the bland beige walls. I'm thinking now the sconces wouldn't have even shown up that well! Blessing in disguise I guess. 

I also moved my large clam shell to the entry and added some moss and succulents to it! I'm really enjoying this space now! There are only a few touches of color amongst the neutrals and it flows really well with the adjacent spaces. 

Sometimes, simple is better!! 

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Cozy and Cute Sweatshirts

Once baby H comes, I'm going to be hiding my flabby underneaths with cute, but comfy outfits! I've got some cozy and stylish looking sweatshirts on my radar!

Are any of these on YOUR fashion radar now?