Monday, October 24, 2016

Rifle Paper Co. Inspired Botanical First Birthday Inspiration

I have to confess...I've been planning our girl's first birthday basically since before she was born. I know, I know. But I just can't help myself. There is so much beautiful inspiration out there these days, and who doesn't love a pretty and fun party?! Since she's been born, I've used peach and blush as her "theme" colors (aka my favorite tones to purchase for her wardrobe), and I love using anything and everything Rifle Paper Co. So the theme for her first birthday party was an easy one. It will be a Rifle-inspired party with lots of botanicals, peaches, blushes and some gold (similar to her nursery). I've had so much fun gathering inspiration, so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite images that are driving the direction of our little fete. 

This is the collage I've been using to show vendors and others what I'm thinking. So pretty seeing it all together!
I LOVED this shower and the fun floral cupcake toppers. What a beautiful set up!

This mama killed it on her daughter's first birthday - how jaw-dropping is this?! You have to see the whole party over here.

This photo is probably my main inspiration. I ordered tons of seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus and I'm hoping to create the neutral, soft, botanical look seen here.

 My mother-in-law is an incredibly talented baker, so she's doing all our sweets. She's making a couple naked cakes, Rifle-inspired cookies, and delicious cupcakes. I can't wait to see what she comes up with!
I've taken monthly photos with the Rifle Paper Co botanical letter garland spelling out each milestone, so I plan to display them on an empty frame similar to this. So fun!
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Such a beautiful white palette with eucalyptus. 
Love this naked cake!

This is just one example of a Rifle-inspired cookie, and my mother-in-law is going to work her magic and put her own twist on things. So cute!
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The party is next Sunday and I'm already half set up haha! I simply can't wait to celebrate our girl! She has blessed us more than I ever imaged and made our lives so full and joyful. She deserves every second of delight (and sugar!) that I hope this party brings her. I'll of course have photos of the whole affair for you post-party. You may even get a glimpse of our daughter (I've been a bit shy about posting her photo online much, but I may not be able to help myself with party pictures).

What do you think? Can I pull it off?! Wish me luck!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Modern-Meets-Traditional Living Room Refresh

I have been waiting way too long to share our living room refresh with you guys! It's actually been done for several weeks, but one of my big frames fell off the wall and broke so it's taken me a while to get a new one and get everything photographed. So here we go...

I still love the original look but was ready for something new. Since we are moving in less than a year, I didn't want to spend a lot of money but was itching for a fresh look. The biggest change came from simply rearranging the furniture. Today the room looks like this...

 You might remember our living room used to look like this (see more of the previous look here)...

It feels so much more open in here now! Rearranging the furniture was just the fresh look I was craving, plus I added in some new accessories to make things a little more modern. I talked here about the shift in my style from vintage to more modern, and this room is following that trend. It's probably not all the way there since I was using a lot of what I already had, but I'm slowly moving forward in preparation for a different look in the new house.

I adore the new coffee table look! I used lots of white to lighten the feeling of the wood table, and it was such a simple change that made a big impact.

Coffee Table: Home Decorators Collection | similar | Bowl: Susan Gordon Pottery | Marble Box: TJ Maxx | similar | White tray: Hobby Lobby | similar | Marble coasters: Home Goods | similar | Habitat book | Silver spheres: TJ Maxx | Gold planter: local boutique | similar 

I adore this handmade bowl by Susan Gordon pottery. It is so unique and stunning, with its organic shape and gold rim. I had a hard time choosing between the gray and blush color! Everything she makes is beautiful. You can follow her on Instagram here and see her shop here

Chair: TJ Maxx | similar | Pillow: Serena and Lilly via Tuesday Morning | Gold frame: Target | Abstract print: She Reads Truth | Circles abstract print: Etsy | Abstract pillow: Society6

This side chair is one of my all-time favorite TJ Maxx scores. And can you believe I scored that Serena and Lily pillow at Tuesday Morning for $15?! The artwork in the gold frame is from She Reads Truth, and the top artwork is a printable from Etsy.

Large frame: Ikea Ribba | Artwork: Revel and Co | Fiddle leaf fig: Amazon | White basket: Target

And on the other side of the TV is more inexpensive abstract art. This is actually a $4 sheet of wrapping paper from Revel and Co. framed in an Ikea frame...can't beat that! The gallery wall stayed the same, except the top left art is a new printable from Etsy.

Gray pedestal table: World Market (discontinued) | similar | Vase: Magnolia Market | Lamp: Target

The side table is one of my favorite "moments" in the room. I picked up this beautiful green glass bottle on our trip to Magnolia this summer, and paired it with some accessories I already had plus an inexpensive brass lamp from Target. Simple and elegant.

The built-ins got a refresh too. I should probably do a whole separate post on the built-ins because shelf styling can be so tricky. Let's just say I spent lots of time pouring over Studio McGee's shelf styling and tried to follow their lead. Hopefully it's not too obvious, but the bottom two shelves are also baby-proof!

Wooden Dough Bowl: Vintage | similar | Geometric object: TJ Maxx | Moravian star: local boutique Geometric vase: Target

 I moved the console that used to be behind the couch over to this side of the room. I would really like to paint it white to give it a cleaner, less vintage feel, but I haven't gotten to it just yet.

The brass mirror paired with gold accessories is one of my favorite things!

Console Table: Joss and Main | available here | Round brass mirror: Target | Lamp: JC Penny Concrete and gold vases: Large | Small | Artwork: Etsy | Gold candle holder/vase: TJ Maxx | White garden stool: Home Goods | similar

You can see that I added just a few pops of pink through artwork and accessories. I moved the convex mirror from our entry and I have to say I love it above the TV (oh decorating around a TV...does anyone enjoy that?!)

The pillows on the sofa really aren't new but I'm not sure I've shared them on the blog before, just on Instagram. I really love the mix of patterns and textures between the cut velvet and ikat prints. So fun!

Fiddle leaf fig: Amazon | Gold side table: secondhand | similar | Mirrored frame: Target | White basket: Target | Coffee Table: Home Decorators Collection | similar | Couch: Ikea Ektorp | Rug: Overstock | similar | Leaf artwork: Etsy

I really wanted a real fiddle leaf fig tree for this space, but I am notorious about killing plants, so I figured it probably wasn't worth it. This little guy looks very real and was only $40 from Amazon. I think I'd like to upgrade to a bigger version soon, but he adds a good pop of green for now. I scored the gold mirrored side table on a Facebook buy-sell-trade group.

 I found the white vases above for $11 at Home Goods, and then that night was browsing a favorite designers' website (who shall remain nameless because I still love them!) and found them for $110! Thank goodness for Home Goods!

Overall I am so happy with how the room turned out! It just feels fresher and the accents feel much more modern. I loved having a project to work on and slowly collecting things over time. What do you think of the new look?

Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Silver Fox
Couch: Ikea Ektorp
Coffee Table: Home Decorators Collection (sorry, there were not stain options when I purchased) | similar
Gray Pedestal Table: World Market (discontinued) | similar
White Wing Chair: TJ Maxx
Linen Club Chairs: Joss and Main
Collage Wall Frames: Target and TJ Maxx
Smocked Curtains: World Market
Black Curtain Rod: Wayfair
Sheer Curtains: Target
Pillows on Couch: fabric is called Kelly Wearstler Bengal Bazaar, via Etsy, cut velvet pillows via Etsy, TJ Maxx and secondhand
Pillows on club chairs: Hobby Lobby

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Monday, October 10, 2016

First Birthday Gift Ideas

First, a disclaimer...I promise this blog will not become completely kids/baby-focused. My love and my intent for blogging is still interior design, but because of my season of life I feel like I have several things I'd like to share that are baby/kids related. I hope it will be fun and helpful to most of you reading this. I know I have researched SO much stuff during my pregnancy and then in the first year of our daughter's life, and so many of the great recommendations I found came from other bloggers. I found their advice and product picks to be invaluable as I was registering, getting used to having a new baby, and now entering toddlerhood. Hopefully offering a few favorite ideas of my own will be helpful to you guys, too!

All that said, I can't believe our daughter is about to turn one! Everyone says it - but it really does fly by. I have loved every single minute and tried to soak up every second. Each new stage brings with it a learning curve, and now I'm preparing for her first birthday as her entry into toddlerhood. I have been researching some fun and educational toys that would make great gifts to carry her through her second year of life. I am one of those people who doesn't want tons and tons of toys overrunning the house, but a few well-chosen, special pieces can really go a long way.

Of course, I tried to balance aesthetics with fun and usefulness. It really does make a difference if you don't have the world's ugliest hunk of plastic sitting in your living room for six months in the form of a baby contraption. So, all of these gifts were chosen with both little and mama in mind!

Ice Cream Set | Is there anything cuter than a pretend sundae to play ice cream shop with?! This set is so classic.

Maileg Ballerina Mouse | I love the Maileg toy company. Everything they make is charming, whimsical and special. In fact, the Scandinavians just know how to do kids toys and play spaces better than we Americans. It seems every play room photo I pin is Scandinavian in origin. You can't go wrong with anything Maileg makes, but I'm especially partial to this sweet little ballerina in her own matchbox bed!

Baby Doll | I searched high and low for a baby that was pretty and practical. I hope she loves this classic doll for years to come.

Pop Up Piano | I first spotted this fun toy in Barnes and Noble (who has a great toy selection, by the way!) and it is so fun! Press the keys and watch the little jacks fly from spot to spot.

Wooden Push Toy | Push toys are a toddler staple, but I had to search hard for something aesthetically pleasing. This wooden model is darling and comes with woodland-themed blocks as well.

Little People House | Little people are so perfect for tiny hands learning to handle objects, and this cottage is so charming.

Play Tea Cakes | You guys, I have a serious play food obsession. It was hard for me not to list every tiny plush cake, ice cream, fruit basket and breakfast spread I found. I think it's all totally darling!

Felt Doughnuts | Ok, so more play food. But I ordered these handmade felt doughnuts from Etsy a couple months ago and can vouch that they are simply the cutest! They come complete with sprinkles, are very well-made, and completely adorable.

Zany Zoo | My friend's daughter got this at her first birthday and was totally enthralled with it. I've remembered her reaction ever since, and knew it would be a hit.

Books: Tallulah's Tutu | I Had a Favorite Dress | Miss Lina's Ballerinas | We are still in the board book phase, but I'm excited to start building her library for when she's a little older and can enjoy a longer story (on real paper!). These are such sweet tales with gorgeous illustrations (not to mention they'll look lovely in the nursery)

Play Table and Chairs | There are several larger items I am just dying to get our girl like a teepee, play kitchen and proper doll house, but I'll wait til she's a bit older and can enjoy receiving such special gifts more. But I do think a pint-sized play table is a must starting pretty young. This farmhouse-inspired one from Target is just too cute and looks practically indestructible!

Wooden Xylophone | All of Pottery Barn Kids' toys are so timeless. Our girl loves to make music and this wooden xylophone is a classic every child will love.

Ride-On Swan | Beautiful and fun, this pretty swan is such an ethereal addition to a play room.

Wooden Shopping Cart | Because you've got to have a way to cart around all the play food your mom bought you ; )

For all you mamas (and grandmas) out there - what are some of your favorite toys and gifts for a one-year old? I'd love to know your favorites!

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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Modern Mix

So this isn't something I shared very publicly, but a month or two ago we almost bought a new house. My husband got a new job and this led to thoughts of moving a bit closer to his work. Well, it turns out we found a gorgeous house only about a mile from where we live (so not really closer to his job haha!) but it was a beautifully done flip so fully renovated and upgraded. It was simply stunning - truly the home of my dreams - and in one of my favorite neighborhoods we never thought we could afford. Long story short, the timing of everything just wasn't right, and we've decided to stay put until next spring or summer. 

The house we were looking to buy was so classic and timeless - hardwoods, crown molding, traditional white kitchen, marble tile in the baths, etc. It's a look I never tire of. Of course my wheels were turning on how we were going to decorate our "new house." I love traditional bones and am leaning more and more toward modern furnishings these days. Not mid-century necessarily, just clean lines and fresh motifs. There are a few designers that really embody the look I love. My very favorite is Studio McGee and I seriously spend hours poring over their portfolio, Instagram and Pinterest. Everything they touch turns to instant gold! I'm also loving Kate Marker Interiors and Julie Couch Interiors (especially her work on the show Nashville Flipped, though sadly there aren't really any pictures of that online. The show is so fun, though!). I shared my top 16 favorite Instagram accounts to follow a while ago and I'm definitely drawing lots of inspiration there!

Here are some of the images that are inspiring me lately. 

I discovered this image on Pinterest a while ago and it was my main source of inspiration that perfectly embodied the look I'm currently loving. Classic meets clean lines and unique details. I had to laugh when I later discovered this room is, of course, by Studio McGee. In fact, it's from the McGee's own home! Yep...definitely loving Shea's style right now! They have a really helpful blog and graphic on how to mix traditional and modern style.


Love the gold frames with large mats and abstract prints. I've been slowly curating a mini abstract art collection (I'll share some fun sources soon too). 

The two images above are by the incredibly talented Sarah Bartholomew. I love the traditional pieces mixed with bold fabric and on-trend gold accessories. 

This vignette is by Kate Marker and I love the simplicity yet visual impact it has.

This one is by Julie Couch - lots of white, a few key pops of color, classic yet modern all at once, and completely sophisticated. 

Love this bedside mix with the large-scale mats and convex mirrors.


I've been trying to channel my inner Studio McGee while restyling our large built-ins in the living room. Their shelf styling is always so on-point!


I just loved the mix of accessories here. So pretty!

If you follow on Instagram, you've seen a few peeks of our refreshed living room. Hopefully I'll be able to show you the whole thing soon, but these are just a few of the images that inspired the transformation in the first place. What styles are you loving right now?

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