Saturday, November 18, 2017

Currently: Thanksgiving Edition

I can't believe Thanksgiving week is here! It seems like Halloween just happened and I'm still trying to catch up! Here are some Thanksgiving links to inspire your table, your food and your wardrobe. Happy Turkey Day!

I really wouldn't mind hosting Thanksgiving if my kitchen looked like this!

I'm trying my hand at this pumpkin mac and cheese from my girl Living with Landyn this year, and couldn't be more excited!

With so much prep the week of Thanksgiving, we're eating our very favorite, super easy pumpkin soup a couple nights this week. It's been in the rotation since September, but this is probably the last hoorah since pumpkin is hard to find after November. It's seriously a family favorite and incredibly quick and easy! We recommend serving it with a crusty bread.

Also loving this gorgeous Thanksgiving set up from Chris Loves Julia

I always want to look chic but cozy at Thanksgiving, and wear something with a little "give" to it that will make it through two huge dinners and pumpkin pie too. These are my (forgiving) picks this year!

Diagonal Poncho (so classy, hides the belly!)
Floral Dress (such a pretty fall print and great with leggings and boots)
Buffalo Check Wrap (you can't go wrong with buffalo check this time of year and it looks so cozy!)
Blush Wrap Sweater (feminine, soft and sweet)
Flutter Sleeve Blouse (fun details paired with a loose, flattering cut)

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

One Room Challenge | The Reveal | Modern-Traditional Powder Room

Seven weeks, fourteen hours of wallpapering, two turkish rugs and it's all finally over! The One Room Challenge is in the books and I'm so excited to share our completed powder room with you guys today. 

I'm so happy with how everything turned out! It took this space from basic to filled with pattern and interest and so many elevated details.

The wallpaper was definitely the right choice. I love the watercolor texture and the modern pattern that's also so timeless. It just took the whole space to a new level and is the perfect backdrop for the rest of the elements.

Just to remind you, here is where we started.

The room is not terribly small as far as half baths go, so I was able to add a shelf in this open area. I wanted it to be really simple so it didn't compete with the other elements in the room, so it's the simple metal and glass Vittsjo from IKEA.

I kept the styling light and airy so it didn't feel cluttered, with a few bathroom staples and containers for storage.

It's all in the details and this textured planter is one of my favorite little touches.

My very favorite element might be the mirror. It is so unique and elegant, but still very modern.

I was so happy to find this little lemon cypress topiary at Lowe's which really added a lot of life to the vanity. 

This room is not tiny but is still small enough that it's a bit of a challenge to photograph. It was hard to get in the shots but I absolutely love how this rug ties everything together. The subtle pops of pink elsewhere are brought through in the rug, and I love being able to incorporate a vintage piece into the room.

I hadn't really planned to incorporate pink into the room until I found this artwork from Minted, which I absolutely adore!

I chose two pieces from the same artist that would compliment each other and bring through the charcoal palette.

Again, the details are my favorite part of decorating, and the little brass stripe on this marble soap dispenser is just perfect with the brass corners on the mirror. And how about the texture on that vase? It was part of several things I found 75% off at Kneader's Bakery of all places!

And the light. I know I already shared about it in previous weeks, but it's just such a statement. 

We absolutely love our new space, and even though it was quite the whirlwind over seven weeks, it was so worth it! It's so gratifying to see a space so transformed and it makes me want to join the ORC again in the spring! Maybe just no wallpaper next time ; )


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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Christmas Shop: A Holiday Decor Guide

If you're like me, the holidays can be a little overwhelming deciding which direction to go with decor. There are so many options, styles and stores, it can be tough to navigate. So I wanted to provide a resource for a curated holiday look you could put to use in your own home. I scoured all the stores to find my very favorite decor and bring it together in one place. These are all things I either own, plan to purchase or would absolutely put in my own home. Stay tuned for more recommendations as the season unfolds, but I wanted to share my very favorites first. Which ones catch your eye?!

I'll link this post on the top menu and the sidebar of the blog as well, so you can get to the Christmas shop any time. I may even add more as the season continues. Happy decorating!

PS - If you're reading this in an email or a reader like Bloglovin' I included text links to the items, but it is easiest to shop if you click through to the blog post >>

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

One Room Challenge 2017 | Week 6 | Modern-Traditional Powder Room

I have never been so thankful as when they added a week onto this One Room Challenge! Between throwing Lexie's birthday party (in case you missed that, you can see it here) and a really busy season at work, I'm barely going to make it to week 7! But we are in the home stretch!

My saint of a mom and I finished the wallpaper last weekend and it looks SO good! We had some trouble and it's not totally perfect but overall it makes such a big impact.

Then my sweet dad came over and installed the light fixture for me. I absolutely LOVE it! It is so striking with the gray in the wallpaper, and I'm so glad I chose it over the white (though that is beautiful too). It is much bigger than I thought and just barely fits even with 9' ceilings, because it hangs down so low. I think it adds so much texture, and looks more high end than the price tag.

I hadn't hung the mirror when I took these photos, but let me just say I think this might be one of my favorite pieces I own. It's so chic and feels extra special with the lucite mixed with brass. I've since hung it and it looks incredible up! I can't wait to show you guys next week.

I also got the artwork hung and the shelf put together, but that was all late last night so I don't have photos. Basically all that's left is styling. Well, that and trying to install the cabinet hardware - I am so nervous about that so wish me luck. I'm also keeping my fingers crossed that my (second) oushak rug makes it in time from Turkey. Looking iffy at this point but I'm hopeful!

See you next week for the final reveal!


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Monday, November 6, 2017

Minnie Mouse Tea Party Second Birthday

Our girl is officially two! Her second birthday was nothing short of a light-filled blush and peach dream. She and her friends had the BEST time having a tea party, playing games and playing with all her new toys. I seriously never knew a toddler birthday party could be so fun!

The theme was a Minnie Mouse tea party, since those are her two favorite things. I used three large embroidery hoops and attached eucalyptus and flowers with floral wire to create the Minnie Mouse wall hanging. I really wanted this to be a soft, sweet Minnie theme, rather than your typical bright colors (I'm sure we have plenty of that in our future haha). This carried the theme through in such an elegant way.

My mother-in-law made all the treats again - she's so talented and I'm so grateful for her providing all the goodies! These Minnie cookies with little fondant bows were darling! 

How cute are these Minnie cupcakes? I found the little paper tea cup holders on Etsy and they were the perfect tea party touch.

It was so easy to add some flowers in tea pots to carry the theme through.

I set up some kids play tables and chairs for a little tea party table. All the kids were 4 and under so we kept things really simple with these paper tea cups, which they decorated with stickers and then sipped sparkling pink lemonade.

I'm so glad I snapped these photos before everyone got there because then it was total chaos haha.

I dressed up our dining room wall with two sets of paper fans (these and these) and layered Minnie Mouse and bow die cuts over the top. 

I used these tissue paper flowers from her last birthday and a gold foil 2 balloon to make the fireplace feel a little more festive.

These invitations are so beautiful and exactly the look I was going for with this party!

She loved sampling the treats!

All of the gold partyware really helped dress things up and help a toddler party feel a little more sophisticated.

The peach marble cake was so lovely, and I topped it with a gold glitter two and one of Lexie's felt flower headbands.

I made a little ring toss game with empty glass bottles and small embroidery hoops wrapped in fabric. The kids LOVED it! We also played pin the bow on Minnie, and I simply made that out of poster board and hung it on our glass door. 

Of course in typical two-year-old fashion Lexie was not into having her photo taken, so I didn't get a posed picture really, but these candids are just as sweet and really capture her spunky personality.

One of my favorite moments from the party was when she opened a Veggie Tales book. She LOVES Veggie Tales and especially the episode about thankfulness. The book sings the song she knows about saying thanks every day, and in the midst of all her presents we could hardly get her to pay attention to her toys because she just wanted to look at that book and sing about giving thanks for what you have. It was so sweet and such a good reminder that a pretty party and lots of presents are nice, but not what's really important. Leave it to a two-year-old for that wisdom!

While the adults munched Jimmy Johns, the kids ate sandwiches I cut out in the shape of bows.

She asks every day to wear a tutu (I don't complain) so this is actually the tutu she wore at her first birthday party as well! It's the perfect peach/blush and an all-time favorite!

It was such a fun day and we had so much fun celebrating our girl! I think she thoroughly loved every single minute and I can't wait to do it again next year!

(click on the photos for direct links to products)

Scalloped Table Cloth - Target (in stores only)
Gold Cutlery - Target (in stores only)
Bow Balloons - Etsy but I can no longer find anywhere online for some reason

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