Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christmas Traditions

I just LOVE this time of year and I'm always convinced I can make it less crazy but the truth is, I want to squeeze in every.single.festive.thing. Our calendar is already filling up but one of my favorite Christmas traditions is Thanksgiving night, our house elf Ook brings pajamas (and himself!) to our home. :)

I am a huge fan of classic pajamas and after reading Present Over Perfect and relating to it all too well, I thought I too needed some proper pajamas (vs just an old t-shirt ;)). I'm obsessed with the faint red stripes.

We are going to be doing Advent with the girls (see this this Advent throw back with Lay Baby Lay here). I love this Advent cards from She Reads Truth that I was lucky enough to snag (hopefully they will re-stock them!).

Our favorite Peppermint Sipping Chocolate.

I'll be sharing some pretty tablescapes for Thanksgiving, haven't forgotten about this lovely holiday. It needs it's moment to shine too but I just can't wait for Christmas.

For Sam: Brushed Cotton Pull-ons
For me: Jersey Pajamas
For the girls: Fleece Classic Sleep set (SO cute!!!)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Style Swap with Home Decorator's Collection: Anna's Dining Room

Ah!! So excited to share my friend Anna's gorgeous dining room that I helped her design along with the help of Home Decorator's gorgeous pieces. As you may remember from my earlier post that Anna and I did a style swap over the summer where she helped me design our living room while I helped her design a stylish but family-friendly dining room for her adorable family of 7 (Anna just welcomed her sweet baby girl to their family last week!!!).

Anna and her family had just literally moved into their new home about a month before we started the design process. She had your typical "builder beige" walls and their furniture but that was about it. She wanted her dining and breakfast nook to feel like one cohesive space and be the heart of their home. I loved the vaulted ceilings but they also presented a lighting challenge so we started with the bones and worked our way to the fun details.

Anna wanted neutral and airy but also some edge and Spanish European feel. She met and introduced me to wall artist Emily Harris who went to work on creating the aged brick accent wall. So neat, right?! The walls were brightened up with Behr's "Dove," a really pretty light grey.

Anna also chose the main foundation pieces:

+ Highland Dining Table - sandblasted with traditional legs, versatile for any decor.
+ Garden Side Chairs - these metal chairs are easy to clean and add an industrial vibe.
+ Oxford Buffet - amazing storage, neutral and also a great serving piece.

These pieces set the stage for transforming the room. After we originally chose a pretty traditional rug with lots of white, Anna had a moment of clarity of needing a rug that could get beat up. With now five little ones, she needed a work horse that added warmth. This Seascape rug is neutral and nubby adding both texture and practicality.

The next challenge was tackling lighting. I suggested mirroring the lighting so that we could tie the two spaces together (breakfast nook + dining room) and Anna was game. The only problem was getting the lighting installed and long enough with her beautiful vaulted ceilings. Anna's handy husband got to work on using pipe and flange from Home Depot to take two of these pendants to make a unique fixture for their space over the table. I love the way it turned out! We used the same pendant over the buffet.

Other elements we used to bring the space together:

+ We kept the room airy with these faux wood blinds
+ These beautiful candle holders brought magic to the space and I love this chunky lazy susan paired with this terrarium!
+ Greenery always adds life to a room. We used the Faux Fiddle Leaf, Delray Palm and Rubber plant
+ A coffee bar for the buffet using these gorgeous marble bowls, our favorite little Pineapple bowl for sugar or matches, pops of copper with this basket and some of Anna's vintage pieces (see more of the buffet here)

Special thank you to Anna for working on this style swap with me - loved getting to be with you this summer and to Home Decorator's Collection for sponsoring this amazing project. You can see more shots and stories of our spaces over on the Home Depot blog!

photos by Anna Liesemeyer

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Living Room Style Swap with Home Decorator's Collection and IHOD

Ahhhhh! I am so so excited to share our living room makeover today! This room had been completely on the back burner since we moved in and now it makes my heart sing. This space was a hodge podge of hand-me-downs and completely cluttered so I jumped at the chance to collaborate with Home Decorator's Collection and my dear friend Anna of In Honor of Design for a style swap! She helped me design this space and I helped her design her dining room. It was SO much fun and I adore her style so having her advice was amazing.

Here is a lovely "before" shot where you can see first hand that this room was in need of some TLC. Sam put those shelves up earlier this year and it always felt a little busy to me and just way too many colors. Having little ones that were growing out of the toddler phase, I was craving both serene but also a bit more sophisticated. I wanted a comfortable family room that would double as a stylish space for a girl's night in.

To personalize the space and stay true to the feel of our 1910 farmhouse, my Dad and Sam got to work on hanging the faux shiplap to brighten things up and add character to the room. The paint color is Behr's Polar Bear in Exterior Matte finish.

Anna and I both picked out the foundation pieces for our rooms. I chose this gorgeous tufted sofa in Natural Linen and this incredible beaded chandelier. I then pinned some inspiration photos here for Anna to look at and go off of so that she could get a feel for my style and the look I was hoping to achieve. She totally nailed it with this space!!! So grateful. I love Anna's taste, so getting to pick her brain and having her style the space was a dream come true.

Love this beaded chandelier SO much. It reminds me of lighting that would be in a gorgeous beach house! We had it installed with a dimmer and I like the modern look of using the round light bulbs.
Anna chose the Old Treasures rug in gray, which adds a really nice neutral feel to the room and I love the contrast of the cool, airy tones against our distressed floors. I really wanted the space to be very light with lots of texture and natural elements. This Anjou Coffee table in the white wash offers amazing storage and a clean silhouette that I love. She also paired matching Cathedral Mirrors to open up the room and give the illusion of more windows. I adore the symmetry!

Two Milton arm chairs flank the coffee table and in person they are really lovely. Although they are polyester, they look and feel like linen. The perfect neutral chair with a nice high back and long seat to make for cozy seating.

I really wanted to be able to have my girl friends over for a glass of wine and fell in love with these brass Bella Glass end tables that Anna chose to add a touch of glamour. I love the way they pair back with the antique brass in the chandelier. We tucked them far enough back to protect them from little hands and running little ones!

We used our existing curtains but the rods were updated to this pretty oil rubbed bronze stacked rod that really pops and makes the black trim on the windows stand out. Anna layered in more texture with bamboo weave roman shades in "honey."

Anna also layered in such really great accessories like this adorable lamp and these yummy Hobie striped pillows in ivory.

She also picked out these gorgeous hammered aluminum bowls for the coffee table and this adorable wooden bowl.
In lieu of wall shelves, Anna grabbed this industrial Empire bookshelf to hold books and odds and ends. It looks a lot more pulled together and makes grabbing a favorite read on sundays a breeze!

Here is a peek of the TV wall/fireplace before...

We ditched the black for more shiplap and hired someone to install these simple shelves to display some of our favorite photos of the girls as well as some pretty things. Anna chose this Holbrook TV stand to replace the midcentury credenza (that we moved to our dining room!). It makes watching movies SO much easier! I love the distressed finish and little pops of pale blue paint.

Love seeing the side by side transformation!! We painted it black to disguise the TV but whitening up that corner just makes the room look so much bigger. I also love my friend Ashley Bailey's artwork above our fireplace.

A closer look at the TV stand. This piece is a favorite of almost everyone that has come over. I love having the simple storage as well for DVDs and little toys.

Hope you guys love the space as much as we do!! Huge thank you to Anna for her design brilliance and to Home Decorator's Collection for sponsoring this post! Loved working with them. Their pieces are so beautiful and reasonable! Couldn't believe how wonderful their prices were for the quality.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

New Favorites on 30A

I mentioned on my last post that I wanted to share with you some of our favorite new spots on 30A which is a strip of highway lined with adorable neighborhoods in Florida along the gulf coast. We have been visiting this area (specifically Seaside) since it was built (an old photo of us there here).

When we first got in we went to Water Sound's new watering hole: The Hub. You can watch movies here at night, the kids can run around and you can get a killer margarita ;) (half off at happy hour!). The BBQ was super good, not a lot of GF options but we ordered half a chicken, the potato salad and the beans. :)

I know all moms feel this way, but I just love these beautiful girls so much.

The food trucks in Seaside are always a good idea! The snow cones were the perfect dairy-free alternative to ice cream and we honestly preferred them. Get the strawberry margarita (sadly only virgin ones available haha).

A short-ish walk from Rosemary Beach is a shopping area called 30 Avenue (we also loved the Chipotle-esque Barbacoa for burrito bowls) where my new obsession Shop Outpost lives. This beautifully curated shop boasts beautiful housewares and clothing and accessories, they also have a small coffee shop and happy hour (hello Rose in a can!).

Speaking of happy hours... the gorgeous Pearl hotel has a rooftop bar with a gorgeous view and amazing apps. We loved the nachos and flatbread pizza. Nom. So fun getting to go with Mama and Rach. :)

We always love going to Pickles. They have an amazing grass-fed burger and yummy fries! The girls were obsessed with the giant pickles. Super kid friendly, not diet or food allergy friendly.

The Pop Stop in Seagrove is a tiny little shop with homemade popsicles. We got the Milk + Cookies, Raspberry Cheesecake, Creamy Latte and Strawberry Lemonade to name a few. ALL good.

Walking around Seaside is my favorite. Above is a peek at their neighborhood school. Swoon.

We tried Bud and Alley's Pizza bar and it was delicious. Fun date night! We got two pizzas and shared them.

One of my favorite memories from our trip was our date night in Alys Beach. We ate at George's for dinner, I had the short ribs with cauliflower fries (nom!!!) and Sam had the grouper plate. So good and the dessert was unreal. After that we walked to Caliza, their exclusive pool opens to the public at 7 for dinner and drinks. It was gorgeous and we had the best time at the bar.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Beach Trip 2016

I've been trying to take more photos with my camera and of course a family beach trip is the perfect excuse. Sweetest time with my family at this adorable cottage last week. Going to share some trip favorites this week. So thankful to have this time away with my family of four and for my mom who helped make the trip extra special. We even had a visitor! My sister Rachel came up for a few nights. Pure heaven on earth. The girls passed so many little milestones while we were there too and we saw so much amazing wildlife: star fish, sting rays, huge fish, sand dollars and more! <3

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