I’m so lame! I couldn’t come up with anything to post these last few days, moving really takes a toll on me. I feel physically and emotionally drained. Physically, because I can’t believe how much stuff we’ve accumulated in the last year, all of which had to be boxed, lifted, transported and relocated. Emotionally, because I’m so sad to leave our loft, even if better things are on the horizon, and the fact that EVERYTHING IS IN A BOX. What a nightmare! I can’t find anything. Woe is me, right?
I’ll be my normal self soon…
Moving is the hardest when you have to undo the things you just did, take apart the things you built, and paint over your favorite walls. But it’s all for something good, something better. I just hope my plants survive in the mean time…
Yep, it’s finally Friday! And naturally this means I share with you the random things I’d so totally hoard this week
// ONE World’s cutest stapler, we now know, is shaped like a whale // TWO brass and wood bar carts are all the rage right now, and this one is a sweet nod to that mid-century Mad Men character lurking inside of you // THREE Watch out gold, copper is about to steal your thunder! I’m totally loving these baroque chargers, paired nicely with some warm woods and whites and natural greenery, you’ll have yourself one snazzy table scape // FOUR If a cold flute of sparkly champagne were transformed into a pillow, this pillow would be it. It’s so tasty! // FIVE lord knows I don’t need another tote, but my goodness West Elm! Metallic leather + nautical stripes?! Winner.
Have a wonderful weekend friends!
First off, have you read Sarah’s blog yet today? She’s hosting a fun little interview sesh and today I’m the guest! You’ll learn a few things about me, including my all time DIY fail. Check it out here.
On a similar note, we’re in full moving mode. All that’s left in our loft is only our bed, AND our Christmas setup for the Holiday Challenge, which is quite a sight let me tell you.
One of our neighbors stopped by to check out our unit, and to my surprise he didn’t say one. word. about our glamorous holiday setup. I think he was too confused to acknowledge it, but its quite possible he’s hiding his own Christmas shrine in his loft. #youneverknow
We’ll officially be back in the burbs this weekend, back where we came from almost a year and a half ago! The plan is to stick it out in our old place for a few months before we move onto something different. We’re saving a ton of $ along the way, and lord knows when two accountants get married, saving dough always wins, no matter how much we love our loft (and our commute!).
I’m sad, but ready for the change (and challenge). We’re going to make the best of our spaces, and if anything it just means new blog content, right? My plan is to post some bon voyage before-and-afters of our loft, and finally put together what bits we have for a “home tour”. Hang in there with me as we transition, the fun DIY content will return before you know it!
Some of you may have guessed it, and I’ve been hinting at it on Instagram… Home Depot has finally announced this year’s Holiday Challenge, and yours truly is one of 23 fabulous participants! Earlier this year I participated in the Home Depot patio challenge, which was bonkers and may not have been a huge deal for some, but was one of the best ‘break-throughs’ of this ol’ blog here.
I’m super stoked about this season’s challenge because many of the bloggers headlining have become close blog friends of mine. Many I’ve followed since I began blogging, and many I drool over and can’t believe I’m beside (like Naomi and Rashon…) is this real life? Someone pinch me, seriously.
Head on over to The Apron Blog to read about all these crazy talented participants! Oh, and someone please remind me to get a more professional looking head-shot. Sheesh #embarassed
Boy, I’ve missed these faves the last two weeks! Two Friday’s ago I posted our fall home tour, so it was a special case. Let’s just forget I skipped last Friday Good news is, this audit is almost over! My regular schedule can finally go back to normal.
// ONE Even the British are riding the gold train. Check out these retro faceted light fixtures from London designer Lee Broom. // TWO I think I need to learn how to mix cement, so I can hack this bajillion dollar marble cylinder stool. A little concrete, white paint, and faux marble treatment and we have a hack! // THREE I just love slices of wood. There’s no better way to display nature’s beauty on your coffee table than with these wood bark coasters // FOUR We’re all going gaga over this white & gold Ikea lamp. Rumor has it there’s a floor lamp version too?! Someone pinch me. // FIVE Holy cow this chair. I need two of them, for no concrete reason, just two to place at the end of my bed. I’d toss my X bench like a hot potato, because these club chairs are so beautiful. Too bad they cost an arm and a leg.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone! I’ll be decking the halls, and moving. UGH MOVING.
Boy! It’s been quite a busy week. I’m managing an audit at work, solo. Yep – world’s biggest time suck!
OK so I totally know it’s not Halloween yet, but for reasons I can’t share, Christmas is hot on my radar. I have a few Christmas projects in the works, which I’ll share as soon as I can, but for now let me leave you with a little taste of what I’m working on.
This year, my Christmas is a magical mix of animal prints, gold, and faux fur. A nod to the classic Christmas reds help marry everything perfectly. I’m excited to see Christmas come alive for the last time in my light-filled, industrial loft.
Oh, did I mention, we’re moving?
Believe it or not, after ALL these bedroom posts, I’m still not done with the space. Actually, I should say I wasn’t done, until now, considering I was on the hunt for the perfect nightstands.
It was around this time when my favorite gal Kate posted a pic on Instagram of two midcentury nightstands she scored at a local thrift store for next to nothing. It was pure coincidence that I happened to be the first one to gush all over them. Kate ended up not having the right space for them, and suggested they needed a new home. Without hesitation I agreed to give them a new home.
The best part isn’t that these nightstands have a new home (my home!), the best part is the transformation – the before and after – and all the details can be found right now over at Centsational Girl.
I’ve been a big admirer of Centsational Girl long before I started blogging, and this little collaboration over a pair of nightstands is like a little dream come true! Kate’s work is so inspiring, go check out how she put her magical touch on these sweet nightstands.
And now, my friends, my bedroom is finally complete!
It’s going to be a crazy busy week for me this week, but I wanted to start the week off right by celebrating two winners of last week’s birthday giveaway!
Let’s hear it for Cassandre Snyder and Bethany Devore! Check your emails, ladies! I can’t wait to see what you do with them.
TGIF friends! I’m so happy to be included in this fall home series with all these amazing bloggers! What’s so fun about this series is that we’re no longer focusing on fall decor made of burlap and faux berries on a stem from Michael’s, instead we’re blogging about the modern fall, the fun fall, the real fall that makes up our homes between now and when we bust out those advent calendars.
We’ve seen four fall homes so far, Lindsay’s warm and rustic Navajo styled home, Kristen’s crazy cute house full of charm, Sarah sharing her killer crafting skills (and our love for gold!), and Gabbi’s colorful fall abode. There are some pretty amazing ladies on the docket this month, stick around and get inspired!
For me, fall is about layers, and I don’t entirely mean scarves and riding boots. I’m referring to the layers we add when the crisp fall air rolls in, the blankets we add to our beds, the pillows we add to our sofas. I love letting these layers pile up, it creates a cozy and comforting place we can call home.
Truthfully, I only have a like two fall decor tricks up my sleeve: fluffy pillows and lots of blankets. I don’t think you have to change much to add a touch of fall to your home. My blue walls, for example, are not very “autumn palette”, they’re more “cool, mod & breezy”, but using what you have is exactly how we modernize this season.
Another trick I have up my sleeve is simply switching up a few accessories. Replace that alarm clock with a tasty birch wrapped candle. Keep it fresh with greenery and mirrored balls. All it takes is a few switch-a-roos. Just have fun with fall this year!
Now, back to those scarves and boots. My final fall decor trick is layering a room with wardrobe staples. Hang your pea coats in your entry. Display your riding boots by your bed or at the door. It’s the collective of these small details that create the most warm and cozy home.
1 – Kristen with the kickoff!
2 – Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
3 – Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno
4 – Brittany from brittanyMakes
5 – Jesse from Scout & Nimble
6 – Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design
7 – Carolyn from Sweet Chaos Home
8 – Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home
9 – Bethany from Dwellings by Devore
10 – Carmel from Our Fifth House
11 – Kristin from The Hunted Interior
12 – Annekke from This That & Life
13 – Michelle from Décor and the Dog
14 – Cassie from Primitive & Proper
15 – Ally from From the Right Bank
16 – Shannon from Shannon Berrey Designs
17 – Danika from Gorgeous Shiny Things
18 – Kristin from Bliss at Home
19 – Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
20 – Jessica from Dear Emmeline
21 – Kelly from View Along the Way
22 – Sarah from Lacquer and Linen
23 – Eileen from A Creative Day Blog
24 – Sarah from Royal Marigold
25 – Lori from Lori May Interiors
26 – Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles
27 – Caitlin from Desert Domicile
28 – Sherry from Design Indulgence
29 – Lakeitha from Lakeitha Duncan Lifestyle Blog
Today’s my birthday! Woot!
I’m celebrating today by offering 2 lucky readers a pair of the most exclusive metallic paint product around. So exclusive in fact, I’m actually the ONLY one in the US to have them in my hands. What what! How’s that for a giveaway?
Two winners will receive a pair of gold & copper acrylic paint markers. Each reader has 4 opportunities to enter, just use the tool below!
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