Tuesday, June 6, 2017

12th + White Moving Sale! (And Time Change)

Whew! The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of showings and contracts and everything that goes into buying and selling real estate. Our house is now under contract which means we're packing up and making plans and everything is in a constant state of chaos...but we're so excited to be moving! If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen that I am having a moving sale this Saturday. Our new house is very different from our current one in terms of both style and space, so I'm letting go of quite a bit. Most of it is definitely in the vintage vein so if you're a chippy antiques lover, this will be the sale for you! I'll try to show some sneak peeks of everything in my Instagram stories in the coming days.

The buyers are actually purchasing most of the furniture I was going to sell, so there is not too much furniture except a few small pieces. But there are lots and lots of accessories! Architectural salvage, old baskets, ironstone, old scales, dishes, etc. There will also be newer home decor items like pillows, accessories, florals and several rugs.

The sale is this Saturday, June 10. When I first posted I was planning to hold the sale in the morning, but because of some scheduling details I need to move it to 2 - 4 p.m. It's at my home in Wichita, KS, and if you'd like to join us just email me for the address at courtneymbrowning (at) gmail.com. I'd love to see you there!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Four Reasons Why Accent Chairs Are My Go-To's in Decor

This post is sponsored by PayPal. As always, all opinions are my own and I only share products and services I use myself.

Ya'll know I love to change around my decor and keep things fresh. One of my favorite ways to do that is with accent pieces like side chairs. These go-anywhere pieces are so easy to swap around to give a room a new look. Here are four reasons why they are my go-to.

1. The Team Player. Fill in Any Decor Gap.

I moved my favorite white side chair into this awkward, hard-to-fill space next to our fireplace and voila, instant reading nook. Anytime a corner needs a little livening up, I know I can just pop in a cute chair and the work is done. Plus, chairs are easy to change up with a different throw or pillow, like this striped beauty I added for another layer. Every now and again I swing and miss when ordering accessories like pillows online. But I've gotten more confident in purchasing them because I know that if I need to return something, PayPal will pick up the return shipping for me! Yep, no more debating between keeping an item you're not thrilled with or paying that pesky return shipping cost (ugh). PayPal picks up the return shipping tab for you and everybody's happy!

2. Did Someone Say Affordable? Yes!

You guys know what a bargain shopper I am. You can find accent chairs at such great prices, and they are so much less of an investment than pricey pieces like sofas. Often I see them for incredible prices at stores like TJ Maxx (this favorite white chair was a TJX score). And when I'm buying furniture online, I love that I can use PayPal's Pay After Delivery to make sure I love what I purchased. PayPal's Pay After Delivery option lets me shop with confidence knowing I can inspect that pretty new chair (or any other goodie I've ordered) before I pay. And my purchase is protected if something's not right. I love that it takes all the worry out of ordering online!

3. The Go-Anywhere Chair. Versatility and Flexibility.

It's rare that a piece will work as well in my bedroom as it does in a dining room, but that's exactly what I love about the versatility of accent chairs. I love that I can choose a gorgeous chair and it will have a home in almost any room of the house. Here I added upholstered parsons chairs to the ends of our dining table and it completely changed the look of the room. But I could easily slide one in to the corner of our bedroom and it would fit in just as well.

4. They Make a Statement. Hubba Hubba.

Here I used two matching chairs to create the feel of a larger piece. I love the statement they make and how much symmetry they add to the room. Sometimes a good chair is the cherry on top when you've got lots of larger pieces in a room, or need to visually break up a space.

What about you guys? Do you have a go-to piece of furniture or decor? Do tell!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Plans for the New House {Master Bedroom}

There is so much I want to do in our new house! The great thing is it doesn't need any work at all. We could move in, set our furniture down and be done. But you know I have more planned than that! While I don't want to do anything major like renovating or even painting, I do have plans to change most light fixtures and then really make it come alive with furnishings and accessories (my favorite part anyway!). The master bedroom is first on the list mostly because we want to upgrade to a king bed and finally graduate to dressers I did not own when I was 4 haha. Here is the very lovely blank slate we're working with. I love the large window, vaulted ceiling and textured carpet (I can't believe I'm saying I love a carpet, but this one I actually do!).

I want this room to feel very sophisticated and relaxing, like a luxury hotel or spa. I've been really inspired by Monika Hibbs' master bedroom. Isn't her custom headboard gorgeous?!

And here are my plans for the space. The white tufted wingback headboard will be the star of the show, piled high with sumptuous linens and flanked by gold and white night stands.


I would also love to infuse some interest and personality into the room with curtains trimmed with this gorgeous Samuel and Sons trim tape. It's those kind of details that make a room feel custom. I'm not sure I can handle the price tag though haha. I'm hoping I can locate it for a good price or find something similar.

While we're on the subject of bedrooms, does anyone have an opinion on mattresses? I've been looking into the ones you order online that come in a box and expand in your house, but I'm not sure I'm brave enough to buy without trying them out. Does anyone have a favorite brand - either traditional or online?

I am having so much fun making plans for our new house! If all goes according to plan we will move in at the beginning of July. Of course it will take some time to get settled and we may have to save up for some of the bigger purchases we're wanting to make, but I'm sure I'll have lots to show you over the next several months! Can't wait!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Our House Is For Sale! {And Five Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell}

It's finally happening! After a house hunt that felt like forever (although technically it was probably only a few months) and thinking we would never find the perfect house at the perfect price, we found our dream home! It's a new build, and actually by the builder we were working with before we talked with our bank and decided we couldn't really afford to build the house we wanted, so it all worked out in the end! We put an offer in last week, which included some pretty big asks of the seller, and couldn't believe it when he accepted without any changes! Our current house hit the market yesterday and I thought I would share some photos of it staged for real estate from the listing. It's not terribly different than usual but it is interesting the difference between real estate photography and interior photography.

Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

Here are my best tips for staging your home to sell. This comes from both my experience touring homes recently and getting ours ready to sell.

1. Clean, Clean, Clean
I admit I am not the world's best house keeper, but when getting your home ready to sell it must be sparkling. We hired a professional crew to come in and clean everything before listing and it was money well spent. I have been into several homes while looking that just did not feel clean, and were even kind of grody, and it just turned us off so fast. Make sure your home is as clean as possible while having showings. This is tricky while living there (and with kids!) but it's totally worth the extra hassle to get the home sold.

2. Declutter
I know you hear this one a lot, but it really is so true. You don't realize how much "stuff" you live with day-to-day that doesn't make the house look its best. I like to think we don't leave out too much, but I still removed probably 3/4 of what was on our kitchen counters and even lots of my decorative items from other rooms just for the staging. Let the rooms breathe and people won't be distracted by all your stuff.

3. Showcase a Lifestyle
This is sort of an ambiguous one, but when you're selling your home you're really selling a lifestyle. Make your spaces feel as luxurious and relaxing as possible. You want people to imagine the great life they could have if they bought this house. It's not about how you live, it's how you want people to imagine living. Our realtor gave me the tip of adding potted orchids to the bathrooms and even that little step took things up a notch. Try thinking of presenting your home as if it were a luxury hotel and see what changes you would make to create that kind of feeling.

4. Make It Move-In-Ready
There wasn't a lot that needed to be done to our house, but there were several small projects we completed just to make the home look its best and so they wouldn't be a deterrent to buyers. Complete all those little projects that have been on the back burner, so buyers don't see "work" when they walk into your house.

5. Show How to Use the Space
Stage your home to show the best way to use its space. Even if you're using rooms differently, it's important to show buyers what they can be. Remember, it's not about how you live, it's how you want people to imagine living.

I'm really hoping our house will sell quickly and we can be in our new home in no time! If you're in the Wichita area and would like more details on our home, just shoot me a message and I'd be glad to share more with you. Thanks for sticking with me through this moving process! I have tons of plans and ideas for the new home to share, so watch for that super soon!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Toddler Easter Basket Ideas

I've confessed my love for celebrating holidays with little ones before, and Easter is no exception. You can see how I decked out Lexie's first Easter basket last year here. She was tiny then, and is definitely more of a toddler now, so I know she'll really enjoy the little gifts we've picked up for her.

I don't like to go overboard on the "smaller holidays" (ie not Christmas/birthday), but it is usually a good excuse for a couple new toys to keep her interested, or a new outfit or two with a change of seasons. Plus I just really love watching her discover new ways to play!

1. Lamb Plush | Bunny Plush - Sweet, charming keepsakes.
2. Bunny Ears - these are from Target, and are only sold in stores. So cute for $2! I'm planning on adding some faux flowers to ours for a sweet touch.
3. Felt Flower Headband - to go with the perfectly chosen Easter dress
4. Bunny Book | Marshmallow Book - can you ever have too many books? We would read all day if Lexie had her way.
5. Easter Bunny Pajamas - Just so cute!
6. Play Vegetable Garden Set - Mr. McGregor would be jealous!
7. Bunny Sippy Cup - Again...can you ever have too many with a toddler around?
8. Play Eggs - Pretend food is a current favorite.
9. Bunny Egg Decorating Set
10. Flower Play Set - Springy and great for fine motor skills.
11. Fairy Reusable Sticker Set - I am so excited to give Lexie her new sticker sets...I think she'll love them!

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Friday, March 10, 2017


We're still in the planning stages of our 30th birthday trip to Charleston, and this new boutique hotel has me swooning. Even if you don't plan on staying, their Instagram is worth following.

This bathroom reno from The Leslie Style is stunning! I love her point about the accessories making the room, too.

While we're on the subject of bathrooms, how about this beauty from Heather Bullard? All the heart eyes!

Ikea's latest sofa is really lovely, with a bit more sophistication than most of their usual offerings.

A whole lot of eye candy in this sweet shop themed birthday party (yes...birthday party)

I made this one-pot recipe last week and it was a hit and so easy!

Wisteria is offering up to 30% off anything you can set a drink on - so all their gorgeous chests, tables, trays, etc. You guys know I'm a budget shopper, but sometimes a stunning heirloom-quality piece is worth the splurge, and that's totally what Wisteria's beautiful furniture is. I'm eyeing a couple really special things for our new house.

Top row: chest | tray | bench
Bottom: tray | trunk | chest

Happy weekend, everyone!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Get the Look: Layered Rugs

I shared a few weeks ago that our living room got a new addition – a second rug. We already had this great classic jute in a 9x12 size that filled the space perfectly and added tons of texture, but I wanted to change things up a bit.

Layering a second, smaller rug over a larger natural fiber one is a design trick I'm seeing more and more. It adds tons of depth and interest to a room, and can even introduce a different mood or color palette. In our case I wanted to lighten things up a bit and break up all the brown, so I chose this very affordable ivory and gray 5x7 to go on top. On its own it would be far too small for the space, but since the jute rug is the proper size, it's a nice contrast.

Usually natural fiber rugs are fairly affordable, so this is a great way to save a bit if you need to fill a large space but still want that wow that a statement rug brings – it's certainly much cheaper to buy a 5x7 vintage oushak than a 9x12!

It's also great for those of us who like to change things up often. A natural fiber rug like jute or sisal is timeless and can last you through many trend changes. But it's so simple to give a space a different feel by just adding a secondary rug on top.

The possibilities are pretty endless here - add a pop of color with an overdyed rug, extra detail with an intricate kilim, or even more texture with a shag, fur or hide rug.

I rounded up a few picks for inspiration if you're looking to do some layering of your own. Most any natural fiber rug would be a great base, although I'd love to try it with a white jute on bottom and then more of a pop on top. Which is your favorite?

G E T  T H E  L O O K

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