Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring + Easter 2018

Hey y'all! Happy Spring (and for me, happy spring break!) I don't think I have ever been more ready for winter to be over than I was this year. Winter 2018 was a nasty one here in the South. We had snow, rain, and a nasty flu that just would not leave people alone. No thank you! I don't think anyone was too sad to say goodbye to the cold, even if it means we are welcoming in the pollen that comes with this change in season and turns EVERYTHING a lovely allergy-inducing shade of yellow. The husband and I have been trying to take advantage of this warmer weather to FINALLY get that screen porch of ours finished. You know, the one we started back in...July? Lol, oops. We basically took a break from November-March, but we are back at it now and are SO close to finishing! I cannot wait! Hopefully by the time it's all screened in, this pollen will subside and I can spend all of my free time sitting out there with a cup of coffee and a good book. I'll keep ya posted. Oh, speaking of coffee, I finally decided it was time to invest in a coffee pot. 2 years into my coffee drinking adventure, I realized I needed to add one to my ever-growing collection of coffee making devices. So here it is in all its Costco glory.


It's a Cuisinart Brew Central 14 cup coffee maker and it has already been put to great use.  In case anyone is in the market for a new one, I got mine for $60 and I highly recommend it if you have a Costco membership. I think the normal retail price is somewhere around $90-$100. If I can find it for a good price, I'll link it at the end of this post. Thank you, coffee. Thank you for existing. Sorry it took me so long to discover your beauty.

Okay, sorry that got weird. Moving on. Decorating for Spring/Easter is one of my favorite things ever. I have always loved color (lol probably wouldn't guess from the way my house looks, huh?) and as an adult, pastels have really become my thing. I'm secretly contemplating just leaving my egg decor up all year round. Until fall when I have to add my pumpkins to the mix. That's totally normal, right? Don't answer.

I found this amazing egg wreath at a little family-owned flower shop and I am obsessed. I've never been able to find a full-size egg wreath with all of my favorite pastel colors and this wreath has it all. Clearly I love it because I ended up moving it all over the house trying to decide where it looked best.




I mean, seriously? How cute is that thing?! I just love it so much. I also ended up buying a couple of Target Threshold brand egg topiaries this year to add to my decor. They have them every year and I have never been too interested...but this year they chose the most perfectly pastel color scheme and I could not resist! I did somehow stop myself from buying and keeping every single thing in the collection. Just the 2 arrangements were enough. That's willpower, people. Target is my life.



I mean, just look how perfectly it matches my Bethany Lowe Designs Easter tree! It was meant to be. I have had the tree for a few years and I don't think it's very easily available these days but if I can find it, I'll link it at the end of the post!


Sadly it's the same thing for these adorable bunnies. I got these a few years ago at At Home (formerly Garden Ridge). They originally had shiny gold inside of the ears but me being me, I painted over it with white acrylic paint. I know, I have a problem.

Speaking of bunnies, I actually added a few more of those to my collection this year as well. Darn you, Target dollar spot!





I mean, they were $3 a piece...I couldn't just not buy them, right? Once again, I painted over the shiny gold in their ears with my acrylic white paint that I also (surprise) get at target. I'll try to link it below as well! I really wish I could link these cutie little bunnies, but of course they aren't on the Target website. I really think they need to change that! Hopefully if you're interested, your dollar spot still has some available. Grab that stuff quick. It goes fast!

Oh! One last bunny related item. I promise I'm almost done here. A few weeks ago, my Mom, sister, and I were at Williams-Sonoma (for like the second time in my life, lol) and I spotted the most ridiculously unnecessary yet needed kitchen item that I had ever seen. This. Bunny. Pan. Oh my word. It was over-priced and oh so random but I just knew I had to have it. I have actually already used it twice! First to make these cutie little chocolate chip bunnies that I made for the hubs a couple weeks ago.


Hand mixer, bowl, and canisters will be linked at the end of the post!




(and the platter too!) It's all from the same beaded collection at...guess where? Target! I have the entire line of it. Plates, mugs, bowls, serveware. It's gorgeous, it's white, it's cheap, and it's easy to find. You just can't beat it. I consider it to be a much less expensive dupe for the Pottery Barn Emma line! Just FYI.

Then yesterday, I actually got to use it again to make some lemon bunny cakes for my family's Easter celebration! I mean come on, does it get any cuter? I will have the amazon link for this pan down below as well!

Alright, I guess that about wraps it up. Thank y'all so much for reading. This is the first time in forever that I have actually posted a holiday/seasonal post in a timely manner. I can hardly believe it myself. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and have a very happy spring!

LINKS:




Desk Lamps (on my nightstands): Crosby Schoolhouse Desk Lamp

Beaded Platter: Threshold Beaded Platter


Glass Canisters: Heritage Hill Glass Jar


Ceramic Bunny (Similar): Ceramic Standing Bunny

My Favorite Acrylic Paint: Hand-Made Modern Acrylic Paint

My White Beaded Dishes: Threshold Beaded Dinnerware





Thursday, January 4, 2018

Extreme Catching Up: Holiday Edition

Well hi there 2018! You sure did sneak up fast. Once again, months and months have gone by and I have failed to post even one tiny thing on this neglected blog of mine. We've started on some big house projects (over the summer and still have yet to complete them...COUGH...), and finished some smaller ones. Yet, have I remembered to photograph steps or keep detailed notes about the processes? Nope. Not even a little bit. Our super close but not quite done screened in back porch has been a work in progress since July. The first deadline was September. Then it became October. Then November. Then...well, you get the point. The new projected finish date has quickly become: whenever it isn't this dang cold so we can stand to be outside for more than a second! I'll keep you posted (maybe...let's be real probably won't). Fingers crossed by the SPRING, we will have a beautifully painted and screened in back porch. One of the smaller projects that we have successfully started AND finished (gasp!) was adding beadboard to the back wall of our master bedroom. I can't really tell you why I decided I wanted that...I just did. One day, out of the blue, I wanted to do it. Luckily, it was a relatively cheap and easy DIY so the hubs went along with it and we got it done on a frigid December Saturday. Here's a not so great picture of the beadboard behind our bed. I really do love it. A lot.


Anyways, now to continue catching up, holiday style! Per usual, I started decking out the house with pumpkins as soon as September hit (much to my husband's dismay). I cannot help myself. Pumpkins make me so happy. I would leave them out all year long if I could!


I found this wreath at Marshalls this year and I cannot even explain how excited I was. My husband was actually embarrassed by my intense jumping for joy in the store. Ya see, I saw one the year before at Home Goods and for some STUPID reason decided to pass it up. I regretted it almost immediately but when I went back to grab it, it was gone. Fast forward a year and there it was sitting on the shelf at our new Marshalls store. The BEST surprise!


These cutie little pumpkins that I have a million of are from World Market and I love them dearly.


These beauties are from Target from the past few years.


Then came October. All of my neutral pumpkins got replaced with orange and bats started to slowly take over the house. I blame myself mostly...and Amazon.






If you too want a copious amount of bats for your Halloween decor this year, you can order them here! My adorable pumpkin string lights were a care package gift from my Mom in college! She always sent me the cutest holiday decorations for my dorm room and I have been putting them out for Halloween ever since!

Now onto November!
I don't do a whole lot for November besides put my bats and orange pumpkins away and get my more neutral fall decor back out. I also get out my FAVORITE rose gold metal banner from Target a few years ago.


This year was also my turn to host our annual Friendsgiving dinner and I had SO much fun getting to use all of my Pumpkin and Publix Pilgrim serveware.



I made this Apple Cider Sangria recipe that I got off of Pinterest and ohhh my word was it tasty. Needless to say, it was all gone by the end of the evening.

The day after Thanksgiving has become my Christmas decorating day. I cannot help myself. I used to wait until December 1st...but that has since gone out the window. This year, I kept it super, super simple which I ended up really enjoying. I used all of my pre-lit flocked trees and garlands that I bought (mostly) over the summer while it was on super sale. Score. My Christmas trees all came from Walmart and are by FAR the most reasonably price flocked and PRE-LIT trees I have found. The lit wreath and garland are both from a website called King of Christmas and turned out to be amazing quality. The lights are LED but aren't too bright at all. I loved them.






Our stockings are from Target and I love them oh so much. I also have the matching tree skirt but forgot to take a picture...oops!


This picture has nothing to do with Christmas really but can we just talk about how my dawgs are going to the National Championship?! What?! I could not be more pumped for this!



This tree in our kitchen is the 6.5 foot one from Walmart and it was literally $60. I mean seriously?! It's flocked and pre-lit. It just doesn't get better than that.

To finish off, I thought I would include just a few pictures from our INSANE snow days that we experienced at the beginning of December. It was beyond beautiful and the fact that our home was decorated for Christmas just made it all the more magical. I could not stop taking pictures. It was unreal!






I mean...tell me that doesn't look like a Christmas card! I was in awe. Complete awe. Anyways, so here we are in the beginning of January and I have finally taken down all of our holiday decor. I honestly feel like the house looks naked. I haven't had it without any sort of holiday touches since September after all! It is taking some getting used to but hey...Groundhog Day is right around the corner right?!




Haha, Happy Friday Jr. my friends! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!






Friday, April 21, 2017

3 Year Housiversary!


Hello and welcome back to my little blog! Today, I hope you'll join me in celebrating our 3 year Housiversary! 3 years ago today, we were nervously closing on our first home and the endless string of Home Depot and Target trips was about to begin! To commemorate this special occasion, I have decided to do a big before and after of our home. All of the before pictures feature the way it was set up when we came to look at it for the first time (and promptly fell in love with the potential), and the after pictures are the most up to date pictures I have of our space. I realize I have shown you bits and pieces of this before, so I apologize in advance for any repeating pictures. I am not going to do much writing because this thing could get to novel length real fast and without me even noticing. SO, I'm just going to go room by room and show you some evidence of the labor of love we have put into making this house ours over the last three years. I hope you enjoy!

GUEST BEDROOM




GUEST BATHROOM


(Still really hate the floors...but that's for another day!)

MASTER BEDROOM


FOYER
(I honestly could not get a good angle and I simply did not want all of that stuff cluttering the space so our version is pretty empty...I just chose to show the view from the other side of the new front door and paint color!)



DINING ROOM





HALF BATH





KITCHEN













DEN


If you missed my $15 Fireplace Makeover, you can find it here!
If you missed my DIY Shiplap wall tutorial, you can find it here!



(Don't mind me watching Spongebob...I can explain. I love Spongebob.)






Well there you have it! Thanks for taking time out of your busy Friday to take a look at our nest. There are still lots of projects we want to do (I absolutely HAVE to figure out a way to have white cabinets in our kitchen), but for now I think I will sit back, relax, and enjoy the progress we have made over the last three years. Here's to many more!

Happy Weekend!