Dining Room

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Welcome to my dining room! In here we have lots of fun colors (like mint painted walls eeek) that truly show my style personality. This is one room in my house that I feel is completely done and I absolutely love everything about! This room looked super builder grade with its gross laminate, off white walls, honey oak trim, and 90’s fabulous chandelier (even though our house was built in 06, I know I don’t get it either). Okay now that I ranted let’s do this thang

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These are my burlap curtains that I sew all by myself (with the help of my sissy, thanks!) including putting in grommets. I’m pretty dang proud of them…even if the lines are a wee bit crooked…but I tell myself you can barely tell especially from a side shot. Tell me you agree.

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Next up is my beloved ikea expedit piece in gray with casters on the bottom. For the size of this piece and the fact that it was less than $100 I think it makes for a great pseudo buffet in my dining room. While it definitely has decorative pieces just for show it has four great sized baskets that I store all my extra dining linens in! I also made that cute fluffy knock off wool Anthro wreath which I originally put up during Christmas season but it’s managed to stick around cause I love it so much.

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Here is the view from the kitchen which displays my honeycomb chandelier quite well if I do say so myself. I think the light definitely adds to the space and brought it to a completely different level. Also you can get a different view of my drop leaf antique store table and rattan wood chairs.

Where’d ya get that?

Drop Leaf Dining Table: Antique Store $150

Rattan Wooden Chairs: TJ Maxx $50/ea

Honeycomb Chandelier: World Market $120

Ikea Expedit with Casters: $100

White lamps with Burlap Shade: TJ Maxx $30/ea

Burlap Curtains: Casa de Shelbi $20

White Curtains: Big Lots $8/pk of 2

Rug: Ashley Furniture $100

I was sitting in my living room last night (which opens up to the dining room) looking at it and was just filled with joy that myself (and sister) did the work to make it look how it looks and I feel so at home in it. Thank you so much for coming to take a peek at my dining room, hope you loved it!

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Our Wedding Video

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Our wedding video is completed and is one of the most special things I think I’ve ever seen..since it’s my own wedding day! I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and that it’s something we can watch again and again, we can hear the vows we made to each other (that we helped write), and see all the people who came to support us on our big day! In this video you’ll get to see more details of our wedding, and a few details of our home as well.

One of the parts about this video I love so much is that where I got ready was in our house, the home we now share. I loved getting ready in our home, while many choose to do so in a hotel room it was so much more personal for me to get ready in the house that we now share. I love having pictures of my wedding dress hanging our house versus a hotel lobby. Means so so much more to me.

Another thing I love that I’m so happy that Nick suggested to us was that we write each other letters to read from one another on our wedding day. It took some convincing on Isaac’s end (thanks love for doing it!) but I am so so ecstatic that we did. Watching our video today was the first time I had heard him read my letter. It’s something personal and I think truly shows our love for one another and everything that God has done in our relationship.

I hope you will head over and watch our video!

A special thanks to Nick Miller Films for capturing our amazing day, it truly is priceless to me.

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Come on in…Make yourself cozy!

Hi there! Welcome to my living room I hope you enjoy your stay here! (well virtual stay that is) Today I wanted to show you around my living room which I consider mostly/almost/pretty much done! Just needs a few last touches in certain places that I’m keeping my eye out for the “perfect” things. I’ve shared before here about getting a lot of my furniture/home decor for steals at places like TJ Maxx.

First up is a main shot of my living room

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I’m so so happy with how this turned out, I feel like the palette is a wonderful neutral that lets me play when the seasons change but is gorge all on its own as well. This room of the house has probably received the most work out of all the rooms. We got new floors, (no we didn’t install those ourselves…I’ll leave that to the professionals) my sister and I painted the walls gray and trim white, (yes even those high arches, thanks sissy!) painted the awful honey oak fireplace a different shade of gray than the walls and now has all new furniture. (thanks mom and dad for a lot of this!)

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This little coffee table is one of my favorite items in my living room. My sister and I found it at a local flea market, I added casters to the bottom and set this beautiful, big basket on top complete with our wedding photo book.

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And upppp next in the living room is my adorable little navy bar cabinet that my sissy gave me for one of my bridal showers…I am absolutely in love especially because I’m a wine connoisseur now (okay so that might be a bit… okay a lot of an exaggeration but hey it helps me look the part of one right??)

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This beauty of a chair just walked on into my life…and living room today for a steal of a deal so I just couldn’t say no. It also fits the bill of what I needed in this corner to better connect my kitchen to my living room. I love how the wood brings some much needed warmth in to break up all the whites and greys.

Where’d ya get that?

White Sofa with Nailhead trim: Dillards $700

Grey Tufted Barrel Upholstered Chairs: TJ Maxx $200/ea (I’ve also seen these in brown leather and a navy linen)

Wooden Trunk Coffee Table: Flea Market $50

Basket on Coffee Table: TJ Maxx $30

Navy Bar Cabinet: Target $100

Rattan Rocking Chair: Burlington Coat Factory $50

Both yellow and mint throw blankets: TJ Maxx $20/ea

Yellow Tripod Floor Lamp: Shade from World Market $15, Tripod Floor Lamp Stand: Target $30

All the frames and accessories have either come from (you guessed it TJ) or from flea market/estate sales!

And that’s all folks! I’m still adding some finishing touches to my fireplace mantle that I am hoping to find at the First Friday sales in KC next weekend and then I will show you that as well. Hope you all enjoyed your “stay” in my living room, come back soon!

 

Favorite Fashion Brands

Favorite Fashion Brands

Since working in a fashion boutique and having the opportunity to be a buyer and go to market I’ve had the chance to try, see, feel, and learn more about fashion brands. As part of being a stylist we were always trying on the new shipments that came in full of beautiful goodies and because of that I learned what brands I loved and that I would stick by. These are only five of my favorite brands that I’ve come to love and wear again and again, a few are staples in my wardrobe!

1. Wildfox-I talked about this brand in one of my previous posts. Though it’s fairly pricey for “just a sweatshirt” it simply is not just a sweatshirt. If you feel one of their products whether it’s a tee or a baggy beach jumper as they like to call their sweatshirts you will be hooked. Especially if you decide to buy said BBJ, you will become obsessed and you will buy one again and again…you’ve been warned. But in all seriousness not only does it feel good but it doesn’t make you look like a slob when you’re in the mood to dress down and just be in sweats. Wildfox in my opinion has taken dressing in sweats to a completely different level. After you’ve read this post go buy a wildfox immediately…seriously it’s that good.

2. Hudson Jeans-This is definitely a staple in my wardrobe and since I first tried them on it immediately became one of my favorite fashion brands. Hudson is an incredible, premium denim brand. Before trying Hudsons I thought that designer or premium lines were crazy expensive and Gap jeans were just as good. This is seriously not true…I am a fairly thin woman who is fairly tall and it is hard to find jeans that hug my figure (thus making me look like I actually have a figure) and that wouldn’t stretch out over a time. My first pair of Hudsons that I bought over two years ago (that I wash and dry regularly) still keep their shape. My favorite style is the Collins skinny which unfortunately they don’t make anymore, but I also love the beth baby boot and the krista skinny. I can’t speak enough about how great these jeans are and how they are worth every penny, I even got my mom hooked!

3. Kate Spade-Onto handbags…I am a girl who love loves to change up her handbag therefore spending a lot of money on one is hard for me to do…enter Kate Spade Outlet. Really good outlets like Kate Spade and Saks Off Fifth are the best thing to grace this planet. I know I’m dramatic but for a girl who loves fashion these stores are amaze. Anywhooo back to Kate Spade…what a lovely lady. She makes beautiful handbags like the lovely mint one I included in this post (yes mint is my fave color) they are of great quality and the company backs that up. I had a problem with one of the first bags I had and they refunded me…quick and easy no problemo and I went to buy another. I am willing to pay good money for items that are beautiful, of good quality, and have a great company who is willing to back up their quality and brand.

4. Vince Camuto-I’ve just recently become a lover of Vince…he’s become my secret bf. I actually see a lot of him at TJ Maxx believe it or not and Dillard’s carries this brand as well. Vince Camuto’s style I would describe best as “the working girl who knows how to have fun”. The styles are so completely on trend and aren’t afraid to take risks. I love the styles that hug your figure (in great fabrics that don’t look like they are hugging), are in fun colors, they love leather (who doesn’t?)  and he plain knows fashion. Check him out and he too can become your new bf.

5. Alex and Ani-Alex and Ani is a fairly new jewelry brand who uses recycled metals and are made entirely in the US-for those of you that like that kind of thing. For those of us who plain like fashion these are adorable. They come in both gold and silver and a variety of different charms and beaded styles. For a girl who likes some good arm candy they are perfect for stacking, mixing and matching. The bad thing is though you can’t buy just one. I have two initial charms, a dove charm, tree of life, two different beaded ones, and a cross wrap.

I hope you check these brands out because they easily have become some of my favorite brands that I love to shop for and see what they are coming out with next! What are your faves?

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