Houston, We Have a Bed!

Well, the bed came…and it came on a pallet…that would barely fit in my garage…  That was an interesting day.

But the bed is finally in our bedroom, beautifully put together (thanks to my sweet, handsome hubby and his awesome partner from work), and I am in love.


You should have seen my face when this came into the bedroom…  It’s supposed to have nailheads!  They forgot the nailheads!  That’s the first thing I said.  😉  That’s where patience comes in handy — this bed came in a few pieces and the nailhead “wings” hadn’t been brought inside yet.  This is where I hear my Gramma saying to me, “Patience is a virtue, Maria!

Tufting and Color

But check out that button tufting!  It’s perfect!  And the color… I’m so happy that I decided to go with the beige rather than the gray.  It’s super neutral so I feel like it will really stand the test of time (or rather my ever-evolving tastes.  That’s what I’m choosing to call my fickle design sensibilities).


Bed 2

It is a fact that I have never had a bed that is this nice…ever…in my life.  Grey and I crawl into bed each night and spend the first five minutes in bed talking about how luxurious it feels, lol.  Real romantic conversations going on in our bedroom these days.  😉  But seriously, there is just something about having a bed like this that makes our bedroom feel, well, like a bedroom!  Keep in mind that we’ve been sleeping on a mattress and box spring since Day 1 in our new house — and we moved in five months ago!


The pillows look great with the color of the bed, and I am keeping my eyes peeled for a throw blanket or matelassé quilt in the same color as the blue on the background of the pillows for the foot of the bed.  I’m also wondering if I want to have one drapery panel on each window in that blue, too — bringing that color all around the room.  Still undecided.


Our box spring is currently in our garage — we’re trying to figure out something fun to do with the wood since the bed didn’t need it.  And it doesn’t feel like we’re sleeping too low, which is great since I don’t love a low platform bed.  Right now we’re tucking in our duvet all around the sides for a really simple and tailored look.  The duvet cover is from Ikea so obviously doesn’t have gussetts to fit over the corners of the footboard — someday I will have custom bedding that will fit completely perfectly!  😉

Side Tables

Once the bed was here, I was even happier that I decided to purchase these lucite nesting tables — the bedroom really needs the negative space and so far, they’re working out great for us.

There are still some more projects we want to do for this room but they’re taking a backseat right now while we switch to saving up some spending money for our vacations we are taking this Summer rather than pricey home decor projects.  We budgeted $1,000 for this room and once we hit that mark, we capped it off and will do more when $$ permits.  For now, it is so wonderful to sleep in here every night — and glimpsing this room from the hallway, or the living room — it’s a dream!

Thanks so much for following along with us as we transform this space.  🙂

Spring Decorating Ideas

Happy Monday, guys!  I hope you had a great weekend.

I’ve gotta be honest — I have officially taken down the Spring decor in our house!  Between seasons I like to allow our house to breathe and the Spring stuff had been up for several months — we do live in Arizona, after all.  I totally get that Spring is just now beginning in parts of the country, but I’ve got my radar on Summer right now (kind of) and I’m beginning to collect things that I see and like for those seasonal vignettes.  I’m finding that each season in our house is so magical!  The house is becoming more full of pretty things that I love and I am enjoying the evolution of our space so much.

I thought today I would share some Spring decorating ideas from our house and also a couple of vignettes from my in-laws’ house (I snapped a few photos while we were over there for Easter lunch!).

Wooden Eggs

This little set-up is on our coffee table, and the only thing that really changes now and then is what is in the center silver bowl.  I’ve written about the treasures on this tray before, and also about the fact that this marble “tray” is actually a super easy DIY project.  I spotted these wooden eggs at Target in the Dollar Spot, no less, and I know that a lot of people probably used them for a craft, but I thought they were so pretty in their raw state.  I placed them inside of this bowl and then arranged the rocks and seashell on top.  I also pulled out a couple of candlesticks and placed an egg on top of each near our TV.  🙂

Spring in the Foyer

Spring in the Foyer Details

This is my in-laws’ foyer, and my mom-in-law always puts really pretty decor on this table.  This year for Spring it is an impressive assortment of apothecary jars, filled with moss, nests, birds, bunnies…  All the Spring stuff.  🙂  The candle holders are super versatile and are essentially seasonless — they go with everything.

Spring Silverware

We hosted my parents for dinner a couple of weekends ago and I set up the buffet table to be Springy, of course, for a little barbecue.  🙂  I layered two different varieties of wrapping paper to create a table runner (my favorite easy entertaining trick! — see other tables here and here) and I tried to match one of the wrapping papers to the napkins — the colorway ended up being super similar so I was a happy camper.

Plates and Flowers

The plates matched really perfectly, too.  I layered these plates on top of a cake platter with Easter “grass” to give the table some needed height.


I have been treating myself to Trader Joe’s flowers weekly (my trade-off for no fancy coffee drinks) and this pitcher is from HomeGoods — perfect for a big bouquet of just about anything.  I used a smaller bud vase for additional flowers that didn’t fit in the vase, and that little arrangement is now next to my side of the bed in our bedroom (which I can’t wait to show you this week!).  I have about eight of these bud vases and every time I think about getting rid of them because they take up space and I don’t use them super often, I end up needing one and I toss that thought right out the window.  😉

Egg Wreath

This is just a brilliant way to use a wreath, in my opinion.  This is at my in-laws’ house and this glass hurricane gets updated for each season.  Isn’t it funny how certain spots in our homes are areas we just naturally gravitate toward for seasonal decor?  I love that.  This little vignette is super pretty, not at all fussy, and best of all — easy to put away at the end of the season!

Is your home still decorated for Spring?  What is your favorite way to decorate for the season?

Blue and White Foreva

Mark D. Sikes… the king of blue and white.  If you’re on Pinterest actively pinning interior design inspiration, chances are you have seen one or more of his designs.  His work is utter blue and white perfection.

There’s something about a blue and white color combination that I have always been drawn to.  For me personally, I am really inspired by Asian-influenced blue and white antiques or replicas.  I have been infusing some of these accents into our living room, so I wanted to share.

Former Side Table

It all really started with this side table.  I like it — and it does have some Asian influence, as it is sort of a faux-gilded bamboo style.  But I was walking through HomeGoods one evening and saw a blue and white garden stool on deep, dark, dirty discount.  I committed the cardinal sin of shopping at HomeGoods and left without the stool…you know, the one that was on major sale…and then proceeded to think about it for the next two days.

I asked Grey what he thought about adding a little blue and white to the space, and he was all for it.  So after staying up for half the night praying that by some stroke of luck the stool I wanted was still there, I woke up bright and early the next day and got to HomeGoods when they opened.

I had a mirror that I was going to be returning (too small), so armed with that, I walked down the clearance furniture aisle…

And you guys, the stool was still there.  And it had been further marked down… From $50, to $30.  !!!!!

Garden Stool Top

Garden Stool Vignette

I love it with the zebra rug.  So.  Much.  It just has a really casual vibe that I appreciate in this space.  Plus it doubles as seating.  The other table is still in that spot in the background — it’s not bugging me there, and I don’t really know what to put on it at this point, but it’s fine for now.

Blue and White Living Room

That orchid is pretty epic and my husband picked it out at Trader Joe’s.  The pot that it is in is one that I bought from an antique shop ages ago.  It’s what started this whole blue and white thing for me!

Cachepot with Lid

This cachepot was another steal from HomeGoods…I think I paid $12 for it.  It has a cute lid, or…

Cachepot with Flowers

It looks especially pretty with hydrangeas.  🙂

All of these blue and white shenanigans prompted some rearranging (my favorite!)…

Lamp in Kitchen

I moved the living room lamp into the kitchen, which I am super excited about because I have always loved the look of soft lamp lighting on a buffet.  This piece of furniture was a Walmart find and stores a bunch of stuff — all of my husband’s pipe accessories and tobaccos, plus all of my Spode dishes.  It’s so nice to eat in here and have just the lamp and the chandelier on while it’s dusk and we’re having dinner.

Lamp in Living Room

This space needed a lamp, so I brought this one out of my office and I really like it.  I feel like it adds just a touch of masculinity that the living room needed after adding the feminine touches of blue and white!

Are you loving blue and white as much as I am?

Bedroom Update: Side Tables & Bedding

Last week was exciting on the delivery front.  Our crazy new rug came and then came the side tables for our bedroom!

Boxed Side Tables

We obviously quickly unwrapped them and then set them up in the bedroom.

Just Unwrapped Side Tables

They’re really pretty and perfect for the space.  I didn’t realize until these were in the room how much the sides of the bed definitely need that negative space.  So far they are a little bit difficult to keep perfectly clean (Shiba Inu during shedding season + Arizona DUST!) but I’m not worried about it.  I dusted them on Saturday and gave them a wipe-down.  Nothing in our house is super fussy so I’ll just clean these as-needed/once a week.

Our bed isn’t due to arrive until this week (hopefully!) but we decided to run over to HomeGoods to see if there were any pillows that we liked.  I wrote about our initial design plan for the bedroom last week, but the pillows we picked out are not nearly what I had written about in the post.  My sweet husband said he was a little bit confused by the post, because he didn’t think I liked pastels!  😉 I do, but we decided to go a different route with the fabrics.


We bought a white duvet cover that is really light and soft — we have been loving sleeping underneath it.  I’m really excited to see these pillows with the headboard behind them.

Pillow Close Up


We found these lamps while selecting the bedding and they are the perfect size — and heavy, too!  I like that they sort of mimic the gold dots on the pillows.  At the top of each there is a round crystal finial.

Side Tables

These definitely still have yet to be styled, and that will be a really fun adventure.


We’ve got a long way to go, but we are loving how this room is shaping up!  🙂

Walk On the Wild Side

I have just a liiiitle living room update for ya today, but I’m here to tell you that this small addition makes the room.  I was chatting with my mom-in-law at the brunch we hosted at our house a couple of weekends ago and I was telling her that the missing piece for our living room was the hide rug that I wanted to layer on top of the existing natural fiber rug.  She asked me what color I was thinking, and I told her a beige-y neutral.  At which point she looked at me and said… What about zebra?

Immediately I realized that a zebra rug was what this room needed to fully come together.  I am so excited because it totally adds that splash of personality that this room was craving.

Zebra Rug 1

Zebra Rug 2

The rug that we ended up purchasing was just a little more than $100.  I will say that when it was delivered and we unwrapped it, it smelled SO BAD.  Like farm animal.  There’s no other way to put it.  I checked the reviews to see if anyone else experienced this but no one else reported it so I have no idea.  After a few hours, the rug aired out and all was fine.

I’m really excited to start adding some blue and white pieces for the Summertime soon — and I may or may not have picked up a little something to start that off over the weekend.  😉

Rug Source

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Spring Sunday Brunch

First let me just say that we are so blessed with two amazing families.  To have family at our house is the most incredible gift, and not one that we take for granted.  It feels so special to be making memories in our first house.  The emotional aspect of that is not lost on us — we worked so hard for this, and our families had such a huge part that they played by supporting us to create opportunities for this to happen for us.  Being homeowners is so huge for us…to the point that little annoyances like a slightly overgrown lawn or a bunch of dirty dishes after an elaborate meal for just the two of us raises reactions like, I’m so glad I have a lawn to MOW! – My husband, and We’re so blessed to be having dinner in our HOUSE!  Can you believe we have a HOUSE?! — the dishes aren’t even noticed.  We truly feel just completely overwhelmed at this point with our blessings.  Our cups are overflowing, and we’re taking opportunities all day long to give the glory to God and thank Him for all of this.

To have our families at our house, to putter and nest, to fill our house with flowers and plants, to cozy up on the sofa together and watch movies, to occasionally have a pizza night in our pajamas… It’s a wonderful time.  🙂

So we invited our family for a Spring brunch, and we wanted to make it fun and festive.  I made this egg casserole (so good), my mom-in-law made some lemon danish-type treats and a cinnamon roll French toast bake, and my sis-in-law brought this awesome fruit salad with blackberries, grapes, mandarin oranges, etc. — delicious.  All yummy stuff.  🙂

Cadbury Snacks 1

Cadbury Snacks 2

Trail Mix Snack

Tabletop snacks included mini Cadbury eggs which are ridiculously addicting, and Trader Joe’s trail mix because it is seriously my favorite.

Spring Flowers


Not like our living room needed any more plants but I found the hydrangeas and the mini orchid at TJ’s and fell in love.

Coffee Station



I set up a coffee bar on a table in our kitchen — that way everyone could get what they needed and I just stayed in charge of refilling the coffee pot.  😉

Mason Jars and Straws

Juice Station

We had cranberry and orange juice at the ready and my in-laws brought over a bottle of champagne for mimosas.  The straws were a little too long when I bought them so I just snipped the ends so that they would fit inside of the mason jars at a good height.


A blog that I love, A Thoughtful Place, was where I first saw the idea of using wrapping paper as a table runner.  LOVE that idea so much and I’ve done it once before for a birthday party.  It’s inexpensive and easy clean-up.  It’s also fun to use that as a starting point for the table design.  I decided to go with gold accents and those blue flowers were a Target Dollar Spot find.  They have adhesive backs so I just stuck them where I wanted them and was able to save them for another purpose — they’re in a craft bin now.


Which brings me to the beads.  🙂 These were my Gramma’s, and I’ve used them here, too.  I’ve been missing her a lot lately and these beads remind me of her.  She loved to decorate and make spaces pretty, and she made everything special.  She was a beautiful entertainer and I can still remember her putting fresh mint in lemonade and letting me pull the leaves from the stems.  Having this little pop of red added a splash of personality to the table — and reminded me of her wild and free personality that I loved so much.

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