How You Know He’s a Keeper

10 Nov

Josh and I are discussing Christmas gift ideas for eachother and this is what he said:

“Everything I want to get you is too expensive for right now… like a kitchen remodel.”

I’ll take that!

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DIY Holiday Wreath – Inspired by Pinterest

8 Nov

So, I finally joined the Pinterest train, and I am in love! It is so much fun. There is so much inspiration for DIY projects, crafts, parties, and home design. Seriously, it’s heaven.

But, like many bloggers, I don’t want to pin stuff and never actually create anything. So I set out to create a few of my favorites and first up, I made a holiday wreath. Usually, I’m not really really a fan of traditional fall decor. My home design preferences are usually brighter and color colors like blue and greens and the warm tones of fall doesn’t really fit, in my opinion. But these two wreaths below, I love!


From Here


From Here

I love the berries and deep reds of the first wreath and, of course, the flower rosettes of the second. So here’s my combination.

I picked up an inexpensive wreath from Wal-Mart and some clearance fabric scraps from Hobby Lobby to make fabric rosettes. A few episodes of “The Office” later, I had enough to cover about half of the wreath and start hot gluing them on. The berries were already owned from last Christmas so I threaded them in. I also used a left over shred to make a rustic bow for the top.

I used some left over cream ribbon to hang the wreath on an upside down 3M hook. Removable and I already had it in the house! (I also learned this trick on Pinterest!)

I think I’ve found my ideal fall decor. Deep wine reds with neutrals tied in. Gorgeous! And not only does this wreath look great for fall, but it could also easily transition into a Christmas wreath with a few tweaks like more metallic accents and a bunting message like in the second inspiration picture. I love it!

All together, I spent about $8.00 total. Yes! Tutorials for both inspriation pictures can be found in their links. Check back later this week for some more Pinterest inspired craft projects!

Check In + Update = Check Up?

18 Oct

Hello October! Where has the time gone? My lack of updates has definitely not been from a lack of content but from an increase of craziness in our schedules! What with events, school, homework, and regular work, Josh and I are always on the move. Sadly, I just haven’t had the time or energy I need to get this blog moving.

So, here’s an update, and to make it less boring, I decided to unload some of my recent iPhone pictures for fun.

Graduation looms just 7 months in the distance, so it’s easy to understand that school is hard. Lots of projects and coursework keep me busy these day. Whenever possible, I like to sleep. Sometimes, Scribble (our pet rat who is actually quite adorable) joins me.

Date nights are few and far between, but recently Josh and I did squeeze in a lame-o date about a week ago where we trolled the mall, Barnes & Noble, and got some frozen yogurt. Of course, we made sure to swing by our local Spencer’s to laugh at stupid gifts and trashy Halloween costumes. Check out this cowboy hat made from beer can boxes. One word: classy.


And here is Josh to model it for us.

But, we have still squeezed in time to plan for another Halloween party this month (check out last year’s here.) We’re definitely experimenting with a different theme this year. In the past, I’ve never dressed up as anything creepy so I’m getting my zombie gear ready for this party. But not, creepy zombie, cute zombie. Is there such a thing? Stay tuned. But on another note, there are a lot of adorable Halloween decorations out this year! Check out these adorable stair mice I found at Michael’s. Perhaps, a future DIY project?

And lastly, being surrounded by people at all hours of the day has landed me a fun sickness. For the past few days, I’ve been stranded on the couch. And while, yes, that is usually considered rest, but being sick is really draining. So, while I haven’t been producing blog content, I have been reading a lot. I just love the blog-0-sphere! So many amazing people and wonderful ideas.

One of my favorite discoveries this month has been Design Seeds. There you’ll find all of the most amazing color palettes you can imagine! Based on beautiful, original photography, these color palettes would make it so much easier to plan a room on! Just pick your favorite, take it to the local paint star, and let the fun begin! Check out one of my favorites below:

sushi hues here

There! We’re all caught up! Now, let the real blogging continue. I’ve got some really cool posts coming up like a fun chair makeover, some super easy Halloween projects, and the long awaited kitchen makeover!

Ten Dollars of Goodwill-y Goodness!

26 Aug

A Goodwill trip always starts with the need to make a donation. I pile the stuff into our car, pull into the drive-thru drop off, and make sure to get a receipt for our taxes. Then as I’m rounding the building, I always decide to just stop in and see if there’s anything worthwhile. Most of the time… there is. Now that I’m learning more about repurposing and upcycling, I try to see the potential in the items that clutter the shelves. Here’s what I got on my last trip:


1. Picture frame/bulletin board combo. It’s headed to the kitchen in combination with a new family calendar (that’s on its way).*

2. Loofas. Yes, loofas. I bought loofas from Goodwill. Here’s how I justified it: they were pre-packaged (not used!) and they were cheaper than those at the grocery store. Why the heck not?

3. Silver hoops. I’ve never really been a huge fan of hoop earrings, but I saw these and decided to give them a try. At just $1.99, they were the perfect trial pair.

4. I love this wooden jewelry box. I have a lot of jewelry and no real good storage solution for it. This box is like having 4-in-1. It folds back up into one tower and you can pull out whichever drawer you need. It’s in need of a good scrub and I’m thinking about jazzing it up a little, somehow. And at just $2.99, it was a bargain!


5. And lastly, I picked up these fun, jazzy silhouettes. Once they’re cleaned up (and maybe painted different colors) they would look so great in the office. The office is a completely different vibe from the rest of the apartment. It’s much more relaxed with apple green walls and fun art. It really that room’s personality and I only paid $1.75 for the set. Once these go up, I’ll be sure to give post a photo tour of our work space.

*And I just noticed they didn’t charge me for the frame! It was originally priced at $3.55 but it’s not on my receipt. By my calculations, the massive donation clothing and electronics I donated today, should cover the frame.

In total, I was charged $10.05 for everything! What a good deal. I’m excited to get these things cleaned up and in place around the apartment. Updates to come on their landing!

Do you love to recycle and repurpose second hand items? Any good finds lately? Link up and share you projects below!

The Home Stretch

25 Aug

Today starts my final year of college! After 16 years of school, I can see the light at the end of the outrageously long tunnel. I’ve always loved school, but I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am not to have to carry around a backpack anymore!

Sure, graduation brings on approximately one billion more things to worry about, like full time jobs and paying back student loans, but I am ready for that trade.

So, here’s to me. A wish that I will finish this year on a high note, blogging about all the fun stuff along the way.

Our Year ‘Round Mantle

24 Aug

In the fall, our mantle changes with each month. I go all out for the holidays. (Check out last year’s Halloween, Autumn, and Icy Winter mantles!) But throughout the rest of the year, I just don’t have the time or energy to change the decor for each month, so I keep it “seasonal neutral” and just match the scheme of our living room.

It’s colorful and simple. I always love having the drawing of our wedding done by my sister-in-law front and center. To the left, is a simple black matte framing a magazine page that matches our decor. (It actually says “May” but I like the way it looks so I leave it throughout the summer months. Hey, it’s about what makes you happy, right?)

Further to the left are two silver candlesticks, which were a wedding present from my grandmother and a purple bouquet.

On the right is a grouping of purple vases (which were heavily discounted at Hobby Lobby last year) and one of our wedding reception centerpieces (tutorial here). I added the purple ribbons to tie it into the colors.

And, there you have it. Our year ’round mantle. I must admit that I am very excited to start breaking out the holiday stuff. But, alas, it’s only August!

What do you do with your mantle? Change it up every month? Or leave it the same year ’round?

Dream Design: A Colorful Breakfast Nook

23 Aug

Right now, I am so in love with the idea of a breakfast nook. I’ve always liked the idea of having two dining spaces; one formal and one casual. When I saw this particular nook, just fell head over heels. It’s bright, it’s airy, and it’s colorful. Three characteristics I covet in design!



Source: DIY Magazine

But what most appeals to me about this room is that it can very easily be emulated. Find the colors and patterns you love and throw them together! With a neutral backdrop, it can all pull together easily! Enjoy all of your favorite colors! And for your enjoyment, I whipped up a little design board for more inspiration on how to create your own colorful nook!

1. For this room, I chose to go with a true gray as the wall color. Gray is actually my favorite neutral. It’s a bit more modern than your typical beige and cream. Benjamin Moore’s Silver Dollar is a great “true” gray. It will make all of the colorful accessories really pop.

2. Perhaps the focal point of the nook is the pedestal table. White keeps it crisp and, again, neutral. The key making this room work is to keep the major items subtle and then fill in with lots of colorful accessories. For this board I chose the Odyssey White Dining Table by CB2 ($199.00).

3. Start the color parade off with your chair choice! These Tutti Frutti Stacking Chairs by Target (2 for $69.99) are a fun shape and come in several different colors. We actually own them in blue. Of course, any color would be great. I chose pink for this board because

4. I love this pendant lamp! The photo above displays a simple white lamp, but I really loved the pattern and color of the Retro Honeycomb Drum Shade Pendant from Shades of Light ($129.00). If you have a similar set-up as the photo. This colorful lamp can break up the white space if you choose to forgo curtains.

5. Textiles is where you really get to have some fun. These throw pillow are all from The Inglenook Decor, and while they are gorgeous they are a bit pricey ($64, $95, & $80 respectively). You could easily hunt down fun fabrics from your local craft stores or even design your own on Spoonflower and make your own. Same with curtains, if you choose to use them. Short, cafe styled curtains would be another fun way to break up the large windows.

6. I kept accessories down to a minimum for this board. There are so many cute things out there, it’s hard to control myself, but this space doesn’t necessarily lend itself to lots of knick-knacks. Table decor should be kept to a minimum, to keep as much room open for actually eating. This cute Peacock Blue Recycled Glass Vase from Pier 1 ($39.95) and this Ceramic Owls also from West Elm ($9.00) are adorable table toppers. I also added this Oversize Seagrass Basket by West Elm ($129.00) to stash extra pillows that might get in the way with extra guests.

Do you love breakfast nooks? Or are you more partial to a different dining space? What characteristics do you favor in design? Share below!