July 30, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Final Countdown

Hey there!  As the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale approaches it's final hours before prices go back up on August 3rd, I'm deciding which pieces I know I will regret not purchasing when that first cool front blows through.  I have ordered these boots and love them!  Such a simple, classic pair of riding boots that I know will get lots of wear.  This handbag (in the cognac color) and this one are both $20.  Thinking I will get more use out of the brown one, but might just have to get both since they are so well priced :)  And I'm excited to wear these flare jeans this fall.  And I have this sweater (same one I'm wearing in my profile pic :) and love it!  $24 and very lightweight.

Shop this post and my other Anniversary Sale picks below.

July 28, 2015

Mini Kitchen Makeover | The Reveal

Good Morning.  I hope everyone's summer is going well.  I am excited to finally share our kitchen with you all today!  We started with a very dark kitchen and I absolutely love how bright and fresh it looks now!  Our home is only about 4 1/2 years old, so we already had really nice cabinets, stainless appliances and a great layout.  Therefore, our changes were not major structural ones, but instead smaller cosmetic ones.

I love the look of an all white on white kitchen.  We started a couple of years ago with painting the cabinets white which you can see more of here and here.  And we finally completed the look about a month ago by adding the white subway tile backsplash.  I was back and forth on whether to lay it horizontal or do a herringbone pattern, as well as whether to do a light or dark grout.  Both looks I really liked, but finally decide to stick to a simple, classic look and go with the horizontal pattern and light grout.  We did the backsplash ourselves, which was fairly easy once we got the hang of it.  The harder part was actually removing the old tile and repairing the drywall before we could even get started.  Before we installed the new backsplash, we also added under cabinet lighting which is wonderful!  My husband did all the electrical work for those and I'm so excited that I can actually prepare food on our back counter tops now.

Lighting was the next change we made.  You can see in the before picture below that we started with 3 smaller pendants over our island.  For this makeover, I wanted to eliminate one of the small lights and instead switch to two large pendants.  While hunting for lighting, I came across this round, wood chandelier and fell in love with it!  So I decide, why not move the current breakfast table pendant (very similar here) to the island, buy one more to match, and replace the breakfast light with this pretty round one.  Great plan, until the new island pendant arrived and was ever so slightly different from the old one.  Ugh!!  Same store, same name, but it had been changed a tiny bit.  So much for saving a little $$$, as I had to order a second island pendant.  But after all that I love how it all turned out and how they compliment each other!

The breakfast area also got a little refresh.  In addition to the new light, I also purchased new chairs (love the gray finish on these) and decided to paint my pedestal table white.  We used the same spray technique as we did on some of our previous painted furniture projects.  And to give the table a protective finish we sealed it with 3 coats of polycrylic which will hopefully help it stand up to our daily use.
Would love to maybe change out the faucet one day and of course a lighter color granite would be so lovely, but it is not in our current budget.  So, it will stay as is.  For now :) 
Source List
Paint Colors
  • cabinets - Kwal Paint Pure Snow
  • walls - Kwal Paint Bone White
  • trim - Kwal Paint Pure Snow
Have a wonderful day!!


July 23, 2015

Sweet and Salty Recipes

Hi there!  We are still beach'in it but I wanted to pop in and share a few of my favorite recipes that I like to make for vacation.  Food and drinks are definitely a major part of our vacations plans.  I am a dip/appetizer girl and I also have a major sweet tooth.  I could seriously go to a restaurant and just order appetizers and desserts :)  Here are a few of my favorites above.  You can click on the links below each pic for a full recipe.  For this trip I made the candy surprise cookies and this dip
Lots more yummy recipes under my 'FOOD' tab.  All taste-tested and approved!
Have a wonderful day!

July 20, 2015

House Tour | Coastal Virginia Idea House

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  We spent ours finishing a few projects around our home and one being our kitchen.  If you've been following, you know we are doing a little kitchen makeover that I hoped would be finished last weekend.  Well, always some little surprise, right?  Here's what put a little delay in our plans.  My plan to save a little money on lighting was to move our pendant that was over our breakfast table to it's new location over the island.  Buy one more to match it since it was still available and then buy a new light for the breakfast table.  Great plan until we pulled the pendant we ordered out of the box and noticed it was ever so slightly different from the one I had purchased awhile back from the EXACT SAME STORE AND HAD THE EXACT SAME NAME.  Ugh!  While the change was very minimal, two lights hanging side by side made the ever so slight changes to the light noticeable.  So there went my plan to save money as I had to order another pendant to match the newer one, wait on it to arrive and then we finally got it hung yesterday.  So, after all that our mini kitchen makeover is done!  And I would be sharing this week, but we are actually on vacation this week and we are heading to the coast!  So instead of trying to rush and photograph it, edit photos, write a post, I decided to instead get my packing done and share this dreamy coastal home tour with you all!  It is the 2015 Virginia Magazine Idea House and it is amazing!  Keep reading for more stunning pictures of this home...

July 16, 2015

What is #YourHomeStyle?

Hi there!  Today, I wanted to quickly pop in to let you know about a fun weekly Design/D├ęcor Series I'm co-hosting on Instagram with 4 other super talented design bloggers.  We want to see your home style.  Each week on Tuesday we announce a new photo challenge theme and you simply post a picture of that week's theme and hashtag it #YourHomeStyle.  This week we are looking for entry ways or foyers.  Then the following Monday we feature our favorite on all 5 of our IG accounts.  And what's great is you don't have to have a blog to join, just an instagram account!  Fun, right?  We have seriously been blown away by all the beautiful homes each week sometimes sending our voting into overtime :)  Below are a few of my favorites from the previous weeks' themes so you can see for yourself what I mean.

So gorgeous!  So come join the Instagram fun! 

P.S.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public tomorrow.  And today is the last day for cardholders to shop deals before things sell out tomorrow.  And you can still earn double reward points through today.  See previous post for the details and some of my favorites!  Happy Shopping!