December 19, 2014

Friday Finds: Farmhouse Pottery

another in the "have you heard of" category. i found farmhouse pottery through where else but instagram. their things are gorgeous and they sell a little bit of everything...

kinda makes me want to find an old farmhouse somewhere and fix it up and have cows and horses and like 4 dogs. dreamy :)  have a great week - almost ho ho ho time!!

December 18, 2014

Golden Tote

have you heard of golden tote? i honestly can't remember now how i came across it (mommy memory issues are for real) but i think it's a really interesting alternative to stitch fix. i have not had any luck whatsoever with stitch fix but the stuff at golden tote looks a little more...unique maybe? from the pics it has an anthropologie-esque feel...

you can order "totes" of 2-3 or 5-7 things and you choose one thing and they surprise you with the rest. the prices are super reasonable - $49 for the smaller tote and $149 for the bigger one. the sales changes every month. they also have a boutique where you can purchase things directly. anyway, i'm intrigued. plus you can gift it to people which is a great idea!

December 17, 2014

Bedroom Dreaming

hi friends! you might have seen on instagram a little sneak peek of our updated family room! see this post where i talked about the switch we did. i love how it's coming along so far!

anyway...i saw this room on pinterest and loved the soft, neutral and feminine color palette. gray, white, pale pink, and brass.

but wouldn't it would be so pretty as a bedroom scheme? so i did some dreaming and threw together some ideas!

happy hump day y'all!

December 12, 2014

The Family Tree

it's friiiiday! this weekend we are super excited to be going on a little road trip to visit some 3 week old puppies. we love our lily girl so much and miss her every day but we've decided we have room in our hearts for a new little baby. the boys are out of their minds excited :)

anyway, i've posted a few pics of our christmas tree on instagram and i thought i'd share a few more here. i'm really loving it this year - it's really full and a great shape. and better yet my husband cut the trunk really well so it's actually straight too! we probably won't hit this trifecta again for a few years so i better document it ;)

this year i decided i wanted to decorate with giant pom poms. i'm not exactly sure how that got in my head. i saw a picture somewhere of a tree with really big ornaments and i think it must have loosely been my inspiration. also i wanted a safer, fun, and way less formal tree without the traditional, and very breakable, glass balls. so i ordered 20 pom poms from this seller on etsy but when they came i was a little scared.

it just looked like an incohesive mess! but as i started to put them on the tree it actually started to look cute and young and fun which was my goal.

happy with the end result! for some reason when i try to take a pic with my phone and the lights are on, it does this weird thing where it can't focus and ends up taking pictures like this...

but they're so cool looking!! enjoy your weekend - only 2 weeks till christmas ahhh!!

December 10, 2014

Changes On The Homefront

a few changes around here...some big life changes and some fluffy but fun redecorating changes.

the big news is that i'm stopping work in the middle of january. i'm terrified and excited at the same time. it was, and still is, a really tough decision, but it's one that i think is right for our family right now. i've been at the same company over the last 7.5 years so it will be a huge change and a large part of my life today will "end" in a way when i leave. but a new chapter will begin and for that i'm excited. one goal that i have is to kick up my design business a notch or two. i've worked at this point with several people on projects big and small and i really love it. i need to continue to grow my confidence and think of myself more on a professional level - someone with real insights to offer. and that's scary too! one project that i'm starting to think about is a business name and logo. any thoughts would be welcome!!

and on the other end of the spectrum - a non-life change but a fun one! - we've done a bit of a redo in our living room and a lot of furniture moves! (oh yeah - remember that time when i said no more big projects for a year?! well i've failed, majorly.) here's the deal - our basement has an awesome playroom/tv area with a sofa and chair from my first apartment ever. that makes it approximately 15 years old. #sadbuttrue #ifeelancient. it is perfect because we don't care what happens to it but it's also not-so-perfect because it doesn't really provide enough seating and isn't the best use of the space.

("before" pic just after we moved in - best one i have b/c of course i forgot to snap one for this post!)

at the same time, we started to realize that the sectional in our family room had started to get lumpy and uneven no matter how many times we turned the cushions. basically just uncomfortable which by the way is really annoying since it's basically only 2 years old (from pottery barn - would not recommend their sofas anymore). so we decided it was time to sell the old blue sofa and chair in the basement, move the sectional down there, and invest in something that hopefully (it better!!) will last a really long time for the family room upstairs.

so now, here is the new sectional in it's new home. it's really perfect for this spot - fits well and the kids can abuse it - within reason ;).

i also added a new rug that i picked up on one kings lane to add a little color back to the room since the sectional is basically the same color as the walls and the furniture (so many plans in my head to make it even better!). the poufs from target are perfect for kicking up your feet!

we actually like to be down here now almost as much as the kids! but let's be real...this is how it looks 90% of the time :)

December 9, 2014

PSA: Awesome Bag Alert!

i came across this bag the other day while doing some xmas shopping and i think it's a total steal! i love the side zippers, it would hold a ton of stuff which for a mom of 2 toddlers is critical, and it looks way more expensive than it is - $54!! for real! granted it's faux leather and i'm a bit of a bag snob (#truth) so i'm a little leery but i think it's definitely worth a try.

any good steals you've seen lately?

December 8, 2014

Holiday Table Scheming!

ho ho ho y'all! busiest weekend ever but we finally got our tree - i feel like we were so late based on what i've seen on ig and now i'm excited to start decorating! it's so fun to be creating our own holiday traditions with the boys, especially now that they are beginning to understand the concept of santa. it's so awesome to see it all again through a child's eyes.

i've been doing some scheming - and shopping :) - lately for my holiday tabletop. we host christmas eve dinner every year, and even though it's just 7 or 8 of us, i still like to pretty it up! this year i'm going for color and shine!

my other half stated that this wasn't very "christmasy" but i say, break from traditional red and green and white! not sure he's sold ;)
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