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Open House

Blogging fail. I go on a good posting run and then well, I don’t. So here are some quick captures from my house that I’m slowly turning into a home. I’m taking a different approach this time around with how I decorate. I’m trying to work with what I have and selecting pieces that make me pause and not move forward until it’s mine (hmm sorta like dating). Just not pausing a lot for that right now. Anyway, that escalated quickly. Welcome to my home. I promise I’ll let you leave.


After holding onto this console table for nearly ten years I was ready to get rid of it prior to this move, but for now it works and staying put. The art work is an original from a silent action and sets the color palate for the rest of the house. The lamp is one of my all-time favorite vintage finds from a local flea market. It’s original teak wood with a marble base. The other accessories are pieces I’ve collected along the way from California, Mississippi to Crate & Barrel. Yeah that’s where I got that not-real coral from. Or maybe it’s real. Whatever it look good.


So this room. I went around in my head on what to do to make the dining room come together. There are two huge walls and I thought oh sure I’ll just put a mirror up there and call it a day. But I miiiggghhhhhttttt have a mirror (and lamp) obsession so I knew I had to try something different. I have art, photography and mirrors so I figured let’s go with some words. So I went to my friend and co-worker who has some hand-written talent with a bag of In ‘n Out burgers and asked her to help. She obliged and killed it! I’m so in love with this message and how it really completes the room. Table and chairs are Jonathan Adler and I just propped that plant in a Target basket there because it felt right.





Home Improvement Before & After

I’ve been a HGTV junkie for quite sometime. Over the summer as we sat in our third floor apartment I watched so much HGTV that I truly believed the Property Brothers were in fact my brothers. If the show was on DVR I would just fast forward to the end to see the final transformation. I don’t think I blinked as they went from room to room showing off their makeover magical powers. I was hooked.
As we searched for a place to call home in the crazy summer market we lost out on quite a few homes we thought were the one. I grew increasingly frustrated and just wanted it to be over. But little did I know it was just beginning. Within 48 hours of this home being on the market it was ours. I knew there were some things I wanted to change, but didn’t think I’d have the time, plus my brothers weren’t there to tour the house and show me a wicked digital mock-up of how they envisioned the house. However, my husband really encouraged me to think about doing a remodel. I’m not big on making decisions…as in I’m terrible at making them, so you can imagine my anxiety level when I called up a friend who’s husband is a general contractor (Speer Custom Homes) and said “I think I want to remodel our house. Oh and we only have two weeks.” Good times ahead.
I pulled out all my tear sheets, design books and spent an unhealthy amount of time on Houzz and Pinterest. With a lot of patience from Andy, and pushing from my husband, the renovation happened. So maybe I pretended cameras were rolling when I would stop over to check on the progress of the home or when the hours were dwindling and were “running out of time” before the movers appeared. I did learn there’s definitely a lot the cameras don’t show during a remodel; like the enormous amount of dust and dirt a renovation produces or that demo is never easy as it looks. All in all I am very pleased with the outcome. I think my “brothers” would be too. Take a look.





The kitchen had a full body makeover. We painted the cabinets White Dove by Benjamin Moore, walls in Gravel by Restoration Hardware, added new granite counter tops in Ornamental Dark, and basic white subway tile for the back splash. As we looked to really finish out the kitchen we decided it would worth it to add custom cabinets and countertop to the ledge area that didn’t really offer a purpose or much storage. I’m really, really happy we went for it because it feels as though it should have always been there!




The lighting fixtures weren’t all that bad, but I decided to refresh the look from top to bottom. I picked up a simple metal pendant light from Lowe’s. We also replaced the wood floors throughout to make the rooms seem larger and more tied together.

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Friday Finds


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Custom-made furniture using vintage book covers by Brian Gennett



Jetaire Camper Play Tent by The Land of Nod


Pre-cold and flu season natural remedy – Oscillococcinum


Colorful Large Canvas Bins by Land of Nod

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Grace not Perfection print by Emily Ley
Turban by Stella sold at the Meg Biram Shop