Fall in Love // A Room Makeover { update #1 }

Two weeks ago 18 other bloggers and myself announced a room makeover blog hop thingy that we’re doing, and what better room to makeover than our bedroom?! Our bedroom is in distress, kinda like the current state of my fiddle leaf fig tree (it’s dying! Help!).  I desperately need to give my bedroom some attention, and I have a plan yet it’s proven to take much more time than I anticipated.  Surprise, surprise.

So, what have I done since the announcement? Nothing.

Kidding. First we made a bigger mess by moving out our old storage drawers, like the ugly dresser my husband ‘borrowed’ from his college dorm, 8 years ago.  Yes, YEARS.  I tried moving my armoire into our bedroom once our wall came down (there wasn’t room to fit the armoire down the hallway before).  Once we got it in there I was so upset.  I probably threw what you’d call an “adult temper tantrum”.  I was so annoyed my armoire was eating up all the space in by bedroom.  It didn’t last more than a week in there! I decided living out of large blue Ikea bags was better than having a succubus of an armoire in my room.  I’ve been hunting for a replacement dresser, something vintage-y, without much luck.  My husband replaced his college dresser with the 8-drawer Hemnes dresser.  Trust me, it’s an upgrade.

So anyway, I’m running with a design plan with the following in mind: something classy and gender neutral, and a bit calming.

Fall In Love // bedroom makeover by brittanyMakes

Black & white pillow // gold pillow // art print // bowl // lamp // rug // dresser // throw // lumber

Some of these items may invoke questions, like the lumber.  Why the lumber? You’ll have to wait and see! Hopefully it all works out as I see it in my head.


Friday I’m in Love {My Favorite Links & Things}


Friday Favorites // brittanyMakes


// ONE #nateberkusdoesitagain // TWO I wish there was a way I could hack this beautiful brass suspension chandy // THREE #targetdoesitagain // FOUR I’ve been obsessing over this roller chair after seeing it in Emily Henderson’s guest bedroom reveal, she sold the extras on Charish, which sold out super fast. I’m now depressed. // FIVE geo planters, I’ve got some succulents for you

More around the internets:

// I cried yesterday

// I died yesterday!

// This is our new dining table, should arrive in a week or two, I can’t wait!

// I’m not liking the new changes on Pinterest AT ALL. How do you feel?

What are you up to this weekend? Tomorrow we’re doing purge round #2 by selling more stuff at my mom’s garage sale.  I need to get rid of all the things!  I have so much crap.


A Quick Kitchen Update

Hello! How about that giveaway yesterday?? PlaidFox is pretty cool.  I can’t wait to see who wins, and what pillow they choose! Speaking of winner, the winner of the Target Gift Card Giveaway is Sarah Coviello! Congrats Sarah! You should check out the comments, pretty much everyone wished they could register for a KitchenAid stand mixer.  KitchenAid, are you reading this?

This weekend was great, I’m just getting caught up now but I had to mention my SIL had a baby girl on Friday (!!!, hence my absence), so we spent much of the weekend with the fam ohh-ing and ahh-ing over itty bitty baby fingers and toes.  I know it’s only been four months, but man, newborns are so tiny! My giant of a baby makes me forget just how tiny he once was. OH, and thank you everyone for your sweet birthday wishes! You all know how to make a girl feel special :)

It’s been like 3 weeks since I updated you last on our kitchen progress, you’d think everything would be finished by now, but no.  We were having major drama over a window.  A stupid, dumb, silly window that is making things VERY difficult.

Alrighty, where did we leave off last? Oh, yeah, we picked out our marble. (Catch up on the remodel with the links at the end of this post)

kitchen guttedSorry for the TERRIBLE photo quality, my husband isn’t a natural photographer. Anyway, here is our kitchen gutted-ish, which had to be done to rewire and relocate all the electrical in the dining area.

kitchen reno

Again, SO SORRY for the awful picture quality, but as you can see here they quickly dry walled and painted everything.  I didn’t realize but apparently kitchens are ‘supposed’ to be painted in semi-gloss paint.  I prefer flat finish on my walls, so you could sense my surprise when I came home to shiny walls.  Because we were going to be dealing with inspections on our load bearing beam installation, the contractor painted the walls in semi-gloss to ease the inspection.  Once all is said and done, I’m painting those walls flat.

kitchen reno

A major cosmetic situation we have to deal with for a while is our floors.  Our dining and kitchen were covered in faux tile linoleum, which is the worst! Our linoleum was textured and nearly impossible to get clean without scrubbing on my hands and knees. I understand it’s a cost effective solution for some, but I seriously couldn’t get it out of our space fast enough.  I prefer subfloor to linoleum! We will have to live with subfloor for a while once this kitchen reno is complete, until we can afford a full overhaul on all the flooring in our house.  There’s no sense in paying for temporary flooring that we most likely will replace in 6 months.  So, phase 1 is the kitchen, phase 2 is floors! Fingers crossed next spring we will be able to install new flooring.

kitchen reno

The biggest improvement is our ceiling! After a little back and fourth with the inspector, our load bearing beam has been approved! Our crew had to reinforce the foundation by pouring concrete beneath the studs that now support the load bearing beam in our attic.  Next on my list is ripping up that carpet! I still have to convince my husband that subfloor is better than that carpet, which will definitely be a challenge.

Have I mentioned I’m SO ready to have my kitchen back? We’re going on 7 weeks here… I can only eat so much Chipotle!

Get caught up on the remodel!


PlaidFox Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday friends! Today’s a great day because I get to introduce you to a new online home decor resource, PlaidFox! PlaidFox is a Canadian home furnishing & decor retailer featuring one-of-a-kind items in all our favorite categories ranging from furniture to rugs, pillows to wall art – they literally have something great for everyone.  PlaidFox’s mission is to help make your home a reflection of who you are, which they’ve executed brilliantly with their amazingly curated inventory.


PlaidFox and I would like to host a ‘one for me, one for you’ pillow giveaway! I’ve been oogling over this Gold Fleur pillow by Caitlin Wilson for quite some time, so I jumped on it right away!

Gold Fleur by Caitlin Wilson

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know by now pillows are my thang (or should I join bloggers everywhere and say “my jam” ha!). I love to change things up at home by swapping out pillows.  I know I say it a lot, but a pillow swap is literally one of the easiest ways to liven up your space. Whether its your bedroom, your living room, your reading nook, etc, all you have to do is swap out pillows for the season or if the mood changes.  It’s so much easier staying on trend with pillows over pieces of furniture, that’s for sure.



Perhaps the most exciting feature of being a PlaidFox shopper is the minute you sign up for an account (which is free!) and make a purchase, you automatically earn 8% back in cash credit towards your next purchase! It’s like the gift that keeps on giving!

Now, let’s get to the fun stuff. With this giveaway, one lucky reader will win a pillow of their choice from PlaidFox.  Go ahead and check out their amazing pillow selection!  Everyone will have 4 opportunities to enter:

  1. Leave a comment with a link or reference to your favorite PlaidFox pillow
  2. Follow PlaidFox on FaceBook
  3. Follow PlaidFox on Twitter
  4. Create a PlaidFox account to start earning cash credit!

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*This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. Giveaway ends Monday 10/13/14 at midnight PST.

Good Luck!


What day is it?!




Today’s my birthday! I’m not one to call it out and plan posts and my entire week around the day, but I thought I’d share some cute pictures of our weekend celebration.  My husband (who I realize I’ve never mentioned his name before – It’s Antonio by the way!), myself and baby Zano went to Hogs Island for some oysters this last weekend.  Oysters are in high season right now.  I remember last year I wanted to do this on my birthday but I was preggo and seafood is a no-no when preg.  We had such a fun time! It was just us 3, chillin’ by the water, eating artisan cheeses and breads and shoveling oysters in our faces.  I love making new memories with our new family.  It’s the best thing ever.


And how cute are Zano’s batman shoes??? They’re from Target, although I cannot find them online.

Have a great day everyone!


#Targetwedding, a Registry, & a Giveaway, oh my!

Disclosure: Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. #Sponsored

Being in the midst of a kitchen reno typically means you chuck all your kitchen belongings (fridge included) into the garage, and you live there until the renovation gets sorted out.  We’ve been in this state of upheaval, living out of our garage, going on 6 weeks now.  Let me tell you, 6 weeks is a LONG time to be washing dishes in the bath tub and searching for your salt at the bottom of a Target shopping bag!  Long story short, our current situation has really forced some perspective and self evaluation on all the things we own and how we store and utilize them in our small living space… ie, we need better storage!

It wasn’t too long ago my husband and I were planning our wedding, registering for gifts, contemplating our forever life together etc etc.  Hindsight is 20/20 right? I wish now someone would have suggested to me ‘hey, you need to consider STORAGE!’ Instead of just registering for all the pretty things like china and champagne flutes, I definitely wish we would have registered for things like storage totes, decorative baskets, Pyrex sets and the like.  Because of this realization, Target and I have decided to partner and share the good news about the Target Registry! Oh, and of course host a giveaway (see bottom of post for deets!)

The Target Wedding registry item I most strongly suggest adding to your kitchen arsenal is the Pyrex 10-Piece Storage Set.  After our wedding was over and the holidays came to, I asked Santa for a Pyrex set (not joking here!).

Target Registry

I’m so glad Santa delivered because I was kicking myself for not registering for food storage.  Can I tell you, I HATE disposable food storage, you know, those flimsy plastic “disposable” containers you buy in packs of 5 or whatever that permanently stain pink the second you plop your leftover spaghetti into them? Yes, those. I mean honestly, does anyone actually dispose of them?  I’m telling you, you need the glass set. Not only can you see what the contents are, you can microwave them from cold no problem.  Pyrex is magic.

Since I’m on this pedestal singing about storage, let me show you a few other items that would be perfect for your Target Wedding registry:

Target Registry

Cute & colorful storage totes! I love these storage boxes, they fit perfectly onto bookshelves and even more perfectly in that Expedit unit you know we all have somewhere at home ;)

Target Registry

If color isn’t your thing, try these more versatile and neutral shades of grey, leather and tan.  With these boxes, you’ll look very grown-up, indeed.

This season Target is encouraging couples to ‘get into our groove’ and design a life together beginning with the Target Wedding registry.  The Fall season is really the best season to gather and organize yourselves now that the fury of Summer is gone, and focus on new routines and habits.  Target offers a vast array of traditional and non traditional items for any couple’s style, budget, and personality.

Now, for the giveaway!

Target and I have partnered to giveaway a $25 gift card to one lucky reader. Don’t worry, everyone can play along even if you’re solo or already married!  One winner will be randomly chosen, but in order to qualify all you have to do is leave a comment here and tell me what item at Target you would add (or should have added) to your Target Wedding registryGiveaway ends Sunday October 5th at midnight, PST.

Good luck!


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