Welcoming Spring

Spring is off to a steady start in our home with amazing new work opportunities, lots of inspiration, a mix of fast and slow pace, and squeezing in as much time together as we can in the midst of all of the business.  We are hanging in there, people!

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I’ve pared down a lot of the decor in our house for now (pretty much since after Christmas) and I am loving having less out.  Usually this time of year I have so many decorations for Spring and I just felt like doing things a lot simpler this year.  I’ve become a plant lady!  We have lots of thriving plants throughout our house now and I don’t know what took me so long!  Flowers die… our plants are ALIVE!

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That fiddle leaf in the corner is fake, by the way.  I’m not that good…yet.  😉 I pull out the Limoges when my Spring mood strikes each year.  An amazing friend of mine gave this to me several years ago and I treasure it so much.  It was her mother’s.  ❤ I don’t take out all service for twelve, and I don’t take out every type of plate or bowl — just the basics.  We like to eat off of the dishes while sitting on the sofa at our coffee table.  I usually light some candles and we eat on our laps.  And with a slipcovered sofa we don’t even have to worry about pasta sauce.  🙂

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The copper pot for our stovetop scents has been put away until Fall, and out comes my Spring teapot.  😉  I’m ready for some fresh dish towels, too.  We’ll see what I find in the coming weeks.  It’s been fun to nest in this way for the season… Not feeling like I need to add eggs to every corner of our house or bunny banners.  I’ve just been decluttering, organizing, puttering…simplifying.

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This guy has my heart.  I love to see him find and enjoy all of the cozy spots around our little house.

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Sniffing the camera.  🙂

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Just a little update…  Wishing you a Happy Easter!

Goodwill Art Upgrade

We’re almost to the weekend!  🙂  I hope you’re having a great week so far.  Mine has been super productive and I’m so grateful for that!

Back in January, I stopped into Goodwill on Dollar Day (Thursday!) to see if I could find anything that caught my eye.  I have been waiting to find the perfect artwork to put over by our kitchen table since we moved into this house — I mentioned on the blog that I usually don’t go searching for artwork, I wait until it finds me!  And I stumbled upon something good!

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These two “prints” inspired me.  But before I tell you why, let me tell you that I am using the term “prints” very loosely…ha.  These were literally printed off images on cheap computer paper stuffed into two very ill-fitting and flimsy frames, lol.  Nothing fancy here, folks.  I paid 99 cents each for this artwork and knew that my next order of business was finding some good frames.

The reason these pictures spoke to me is because I love making my house smell good with natural stovetop scents, and I’ve written about that on the blog here and here.  These pictures totally reminded me of some of the ingredients I use in my recipes!

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DIY Cleansing Stovetop Scent

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My Favorite Simple Stovetop Scent

The pictures themselves are not very large — about 8″ x 10″ — and the space in our kitchen calls for something pretty substantial.  I was looking for large, neutral frames with a chunky white mat.  A couple of months later, I was perusing HomeGoods, and I found just what I had been picturing in my head.  I love when things work out like that!

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The frames were a bit banged up so I asked for a discount and then repaired them as best I could at home.  They’re not perfect, but nothing in our house is, and I like things that have character.  🙂

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To the left of this is our buffet with our coffee station and a couple of chalkboards above.  I love how this dining area feels like its own separate and defined space now.

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I found this table runner in the Target Dollar section.  I think it’s so cute and perfect for Spring.  The tassels add a fun element to it.  I’m a sucker for anything with tassels, lol.  The metal pail came from there, too.  I plopped in a plant from Trader Joe’s.

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I love stringing lights in our faux trees for a pretty nighttime glow.  It’s my new favorite decorating “trick.”

This was such an inexpensive project and it took some time to complete because I was waiting for things to find me, but it was worth it!  This art wall feels so representative of our little family now.  I love it!  And I hung these up myself, which was a major accomplishment.  I used a level, guys!  Lol…  Greyson is usually the hanger-upper, so I was pretty proud of myself that I got these up on my own.

Have a great rest of your day!

Office Refresh

Good morning!  🙂 I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start.  I’m off to visit my sweet nephew later this afternoon and I’m so excited!

Our little house has two bedrooms.  Since we moved in I think we have been struggling with what to do with this extra room.  We don’t have kids yet, we don’t really need a guest bedroom, but we do have a computer and books and a printer…office stuff!  The furniture in this room has moved along with us many times over the years.  It is pretty beat up and I’m hopeful that in the coming months and year (?) we can either paint these pieces or design a new room entirely.  I have dreams of making this space a room where I can work but also a room where we can retreat to for quiet… a cozy room.  I have a whole floor plan and design plan worked out for this ideal room.  😉  Are you surprised?  Lol…  BUT for the time being, the goal was just to get this room organized, decluttered, and useable.

Because we all know that when a room has no purpose, it becomes the trash room.  Where things go to die.  Or is that just me?  Ha…

This room had become the place where we put things that we didn’t know where else to put.  A catch-all for mail and papers that had not been filed.  A place where things I didn’t want to deal with at the moment went to live.  Not good.  So at the beginning of January, I decided to really start tackling this space.

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Office Refresh {Details Blog}

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I shared these pictures on Instagram while I was in the thick of it.  This was how the room looked for a couple of weeks — I would just work on it when I could and be grateful that I had a door that I could close.  There was so much to go through.  So much that had to be thrown away or recycled.  So much that I donated.  So much that I was ‘saving for later.’  So.  Many.  Duplicates.  Ugh.

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This picture was taken as the room started to take shape.  At this point I had whittled away the big clutter and I just had a bunch of annoying little things to look through.  Not my favorite!

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And here’s our little room.  I placed the rug on an angle as you enter the room to make it a little bit more interesting.  Adding the tassel garland over the window is something fun in here until I figure out a window treatment someday.  The mirrored closet doors are not my favorite feature but they serve a brilliant purpose in our two bedrooms because they make the small rooms appear bigger.  Grateful for that!

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This is our desk.  I really hardly use this space, which is why I would love to make this room a little bit more relevant to how we live.  We have a desktop computer that is rarely used anymore so ideally we would sell that and then buy a small writing desk that would be used for laptop work.  But for now, this is what we’re working with.  It’s all a process!  I made this little ‘inbox’ for myself from the top of a cute box that I received a gift in at Christmas and I added some pretty paper from The Dollar Store to the bottom just for fun.  Also, that coffee warmer on the right-hand is one of my favorite things ever!

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My craft supplies got a huge overhaul.  I don’t have a ton but what I did have was so disorganized and I was hanging on to so many things for later that I ended up just donating a bunch of things.  Holiday treat bags are my nemesis.  I’m going for simplicity this year and that means I don’t need things like special holiday treat bags, you know what I’m saying?  I’m remembering that we live in just over 1,000 square feet and I do not have room for everything!  On my little card table work station I have this caddy that I used for our brunch with family last month and some things that inspire me — sand from our last trip to Oceanside, rocks to be painted, and my Gramma’s beads that I treasure.

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I send a bunch of snail mail, so a place front and center for that with no digging required was high on my priority list.  I love having all of these things easily accessible.

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These bins from IKEA have long-awaited a real purpose.  For over a year they have each held their own special collection of random c-r-a-p.  The ‘Current’ bin has supplies and items that I frequently access for any current projects I’m working on.  The other two hold office supplies and also my gear for my Barre3 workouts.  I have a whole bin that is EMPTY.  So that was exciting!

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Let’s talk books.  I don’t think I will ever be someone who can limit my books to a certain number.  But I only have so much space and at this point we only have one place where books live in our house, so I am limited in that way.  I decided to be pretty ruthless about what I kept.  Anything that I would really want to read again, I kept.  The same went for my husband.  Design books that really inspired me — yes.  A few keepsake books — yes.  Everything else was donated.  Now that I have these parameters in place, it’s really easy for me to decide when I finish a book if I am keeping it or donating it.  A lot of used book stores will buy your books back and then give you credit for their store, so I like to do that, too.

I stored our books in various ways on the shelves…  Some by genre, some by author (Emily Giffin gets her own shelf!), some by the time period…  I tried to keep each shelf in a ‘family’ of sorts so that when I finish a book that I want to keep, it will have a specific place that it fits into.

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Bags on the floor are not my thing, but that’s where my work bags have been living for over two years.  Command hooks are my favorite.

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Finally, Kuma’s “house.”  He is a dog with a bed in every room.  This room and this “house” is kind of his storm retreat.  If there is a loud storm, or if things are loud in general, or if he just needs some peace and quiet he goes in this little covered space that Grey made for him out of PVC pipe.  I upgraded his ‘window treatment’ with a little bit of pom pom trim that I found when I was decluttering the craft supplies.  Because he obviously deserves it, and also because it makes me smile every time I see it.  🙂  It truly is the little things.

Whew!  If you’ve hung on until the very end, thank you!  I’ll share more updates of this never-before-seen-on-the-blog space as they happen.  But this room is proof for me that sometimes it’s not about the design or decorating being everything you’ve ever dreamed of — sometimes it’s just about feeling like everything has a place and things are organized.  That alone can make a room feel brand new!

A Bedroom Design Evolution Story

Hi, friends!  How is your Wednesday going?  I’m looking forward to Valentine’s Day tomorrow with my sweetie.  Do you celebrate the day?  We just like to make it a day to remember how grateful we are for one another.  We keep it very simple.

It’s been a hot minute since I shared anything about our bedroom!  I will admit that I have taken a bunch of photos of that space but the lighting in there is so tricky and there has been a time or two that I have had to re-take all of the photos.  Made me a little bit crazy!  But I was determined and I finally have a bedroom update for you today.

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This is the bedroom design we have been enjoying for the past many months.  I have to say…it feels like a dream.  I feel like I constantly have to pinch myself because this is mine.  It’s nothing fancy at all, but it is the prettiest bedroom I have ever had.  Grey and I have lived together for nine years total, and our bedroom was never decorated while we lived in apartments before this.  We lived with his parents for a couple of years while we saved up for this house, so of course our spaces were pretty.  But this is the first bedroom that we have ever had that is all ours that is a true retreat.  You know how it is…  When you’re super young and just starting out, newly married, you don’t have anything!  Rooms get neglected.  And too often that room is your bedroom!  But let’s take a look back at where we started…

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This was how our bedroom looked when we moved in, and it stayed like this for about six months.  Our mattress was just on the ground.  We did not care!  We had a home of our own and I truly wanted to make this space just the way that we wanted so I was willing to wait for the things that I thought were perfect.  A really wise friend of mine advised me to do that, and I’m so glad that I did.  See Grey’s phone charging cord on his side of the bed?  Yes, no nightstands, lol!  We would bring coasters in here and put our water on the floor.  It didn’t matter.  🙂

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In May of 2017, we finally bought a bed.  I blogged about that here.  We bought some pillows, a white duvet cover, a pair of lamps, and some lucite nesting tables.  We hung drapes.  Now we were getting somewhere!  But the lucite nesting tables quickly became a catch-all for clutter (and dust!  oh, the dust!).  The table lamps didn’t feel right to me — they were nowhere near tall enough.  This is when I realized we are rarely happy with things that we buy on impulse because we feel an urge to “finish” something.  It’s always better when things find us.  I bought a quilt that matched the pillows nicely — it became a pretty room.  But I started feeling the urge to make it more of a neutral space — more textural, less of a commitment to a certain color.  So I sold some of the pillows on OfferUp, relocated some of the others, sent my husband off to work with the lucite nesting tables, and we lived with less again.

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These pillows got me excited.  The shaggy grey pillow with silver lurex strands; the hair on hide metallic pillow… they made me smile.  They’re whimsical!  I found the quilt many weeks later on a random trip to HomeGoods.  We bought a pair of vintage nightstands that had been painted and refurbished on OfferUp for $100 — a lucky find.  They are cream-colored and just so lovely.  We switched out the hardware to make them more ‘us.’

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The lamps are huge!  They’re actually buffet lamps and didn’t work out for a client because we found something better for them.  They match perfectly with the fabric on the bed.  🙂  See what I mean about waiting?!  It truly is an evolution.  Hanging above our bed is a print that was in every single apartment and home that my Gramma lived in that I can remember.  It’s a 1920’s-style jazz club scene and there is a swanky lady by a piano — she always told me that when she died, she would be that lady in the picture, and that she wanted me to have it.  I treasure it so much!

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I get so much joy seeing how much this little guy loves this room so much, too.  It makes me feel like we did good.  This is where he hangs out most of the day.  He loves to bury his face in the covers; I love to wrap him up in the furry “blankie.”

We don’t have anything on the walls except for the print above our bed.  Hopefully someday some art will find me!  I’m not someone who likes to go and seek out art for our home.  Our spaces are all pretty eclectic and I like it that way.  Let go and let things find you!  If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the process of furnishing and decorating our home, it’s that I am always happier and completely content with how a space looks when I wait for the perfect thing.  100% of the time.  Let your home be an evolution and you will always enjoy the process of creating it.

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DIY Valentine’s Day ‘Table Runner’

Happy Monday, friends!  After a busy weekend, I wasn’t quite ready for the week to start.  But here we are, ready or not!

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Welcome to our kitchen.  🙂  After last week’s post, you know that I love a good, festive garland.  Give me a mirror or a chalkboard, some scotch tape, and a cute garland and you can be sure what I am going to do with it!

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I totally cheated and made a DIY Valentine’s Day ‘table runner.’  But I didn’t sew anything!  I bought the heart fabric (1.5 yards) and heart tulle on super sale at JoAnn’s (plus used a coupon) and decided to try my hand at the iron-on hemming tape.  Usually when I buy fabric for a table runner, I basically just fold it the way that I want it to lay and call it good.  But I wanted a step up this time!  😉

Like I said, I tried the iron-on hemming tape.  But it did not work for me.  Maybe my iron was too hot?  I could not figure it out.  So I used some heavy-duty fabric glue and just glued it the way that I wanted it to be.  I’m hopeful that I will get a sewing machine in 2019.  I think it’s time!  For the pom poms, I used this YouTube tutorial and then I glued them with a few strands of the pom pom yarn onto the corners of the table runner.  The pom poms were so easy to make, I have been making them like crazy and putting them all over our house.  I guess I am the nutty pom pom lady now, lol.

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The tulle was a little something extra that I found that I thought would look really cute bunched up down the center of the table.  I love it!  It adds another textural and dimensional element that I think looks really fun.

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I have a few of these small mismatched glasses that I use for all kinds of things.  These came from a local store and they are so delicate — I love them so much!  I sprinkled the table with a few for a nice nighttime glow.

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And, of course, I used a little bit of the leftover lip candy from our coffee table centerpiece to decorate the table.  Although, I must admit, these are gone now.  We got hungry.  Lol.

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I bought a big bunch of tulips from Trader Joe’s and used half of them for the coffee table and half for this centerpiece.  You just can’t go wrong with pink during the month of February!

I hope you all have a great day!

Simple Valentine’s Day Garland + Centerpiece

Hey there, friends!  I hope your week is off to a good start.  Wednesdays always kind of get the best of me.  Does that happen to you, too?

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Valentine’s Day is in full-swing over here!  I mentioned in last week’s Valentine’s Day round-up post that this is the third year I have brought this DIY wreath out of storage.  I’m thinking maybe next year I will make another one, even though it’s held up really well.  I like to switch things up sometimes.  😉  I love grapevine wreaths because there usually is no hot gluing that needs to happen if you’re using faux flowers — you literally just cut them to the size that you want and jam ’em in there.  The banner was a JoAnn’s find and that is just tied in there.  Super simple and festive.

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Come on in and grab a cup of coffee!

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…And be greeted by the world’s cutest pup.  😉 I’m not biased or anything, no way.

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Simple Valentine's Day Garland + Centerpiece {Details Blog}

I had this garland from the Target Dollar Spot from a few years ago, but this year I added the faux chalkboard labels to it.  They are just black folded name cards that I hung around the twine and then put a piece of tape in the center to hold them shut.  I used a chalkboard pen to write the ‘X’s and ‘O’s.  I’m no chalkboard artist, lol.  Striving for festive, not perfection.

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Tulips make me so happy.  🙂  They’re definitely my favorite flower.  I was at our local grocery store a few weeks ago and this adorable Valentine’s Day gummy candy stopped me in my tracks in the bulk section.  I knew that I wanted to make a centerpiece like this with it!  This was very easy, too — I just found a glass that would fit in the center of this apothecary jar, and then layered the candy around it.  I used tongs to arrange a little bit and also to grab any candy that had a mind of its own.  😉  Then I filled up the glass with water and added the flowers!  A little tip — the way that I fill this up to refresh the water is by using a little coffee creamer pourer.  So far the water has just sort of recycled itself because the flowers seem to drink up lots of it!

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I hope you have had a great day!  I’ll see you back here soon!

The Month of Love

Hey there, happy Friday!  I hope you’ve had a great week.  🙂

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Welcome to the Month of Love.  😉  I love February.  It’s short and sweet!  Over the past several years, I have posted some really simple vignettes and projects for Valentine’s Day so I thought I would kick off the month by compiling some of the photos here.  Some photos are from my in-laws’ house over the years, too (remember, we lived with them for a couple of years while we saved up for our house!).  I have a few projects in the works for V-Day so I will be sharing those soon!

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Target always has little seasonal throw pillows that are fun this time of the year.  On another note — it’s neat to look back and see how different our house looked just a couple of years ago!

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This was a kitchen table vignette that I created using just a bunch of random things that I shopped from our house right after we moved in.  The blocks were my favorite!

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And here’s a vignette that my mom-in-law created using blocks.  Hers was the inspiration behind mine.  😉  I love those little crystal jewels.  A lot of times you can find those in the wedding section at craft stores.

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For a little gift, I made these yummy (and versatile!) cookies for some family and packaged them up in a festive way.  I love to use doilies this time of the year.

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This is my third Valentine’s Day pulling this wreath out of storage.  I made this our first Valentine’s Day in our house and it’s still goin’ strong!  It’s just a simple grapevine wreath with the flowers tucked into it and the banner wired in.  It took all of ten minutes.  🙂  I store my wreaths in garbage bags in our garage and so far I haven’t had to re-make a single one, they’ve held up so well!

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I find myself reaching for garlands over and over again for each season.  They’re such a simple way to add a festive touch.

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Printables are a fun way to decorate for the season, too!  There are so many beautiful free ones.  I have a whole Pinterest board with my favorites that I have found and used over the years.

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This was another pretty vignette my mom-in-law created in their dining room.  A silver tray, moss, dried roses, and some candle holders.  Very simple and elegant!

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Of course festive cocktail napkins go a long way.  🙂  I like easy this time of year.  We really only go all out for Halloween and Christmas.  The rest of the year I like to acknowledge a season or holiday in our home but not go overboard.  Less to clean up — and less to dust around!

Have a great weekend, everyone!  I’ll see you back here next week!