June 20, 2017

Lately: Our Summer So Far

Good Morning!  I hope everyone is having a fun summer!  Ours has started off a little different this year.  If you follow on IG, you may have heard that I started working full-time on June 1st.  It's for the same company that I've worked for over the last three years as a per diem, but now I'm full-time with a lot more responsibilities.  It's so different from all of my previous jobs and I'm really excited about it! 

I do however still love this little website, so I'll be keeping it up as well.  This little place on the web for me is my definitely my creative outlet and I've worked really hard at it and I'm not ready to let it go.  So you will still find me sharing my love for home design, fashion and all our special life moments.  We actually have another house project in the works that I'll be sharing soon.  But until then, here's some randomness...

One - I have actually done very little shopping for summer outfits this year.  Starting this new job has me shopping in the business professional section and leaving little time for cute summer clothes.  But I did manage to recently pick up these super comfortable sandals and a new pair of sunglasses.  The sandals are such a steal at $29 and I'm sharing this top again because not only is it perfect for summer, but it's under $20!

Two -  Another one of my favorite places is the garden center.  I made a trip there this weekend and put together this combo planter.  Loving how it turned out!  Of course you know who is never far from my side.

Three - I've shared this recipe on here before, but we made these again this weekend so thought I would share again.  Full recipe can be found here.

And that's it for now.  Have a wonderful day!

June 2, 2017

Summer Vacation Favorites

Hello June!  And just like that we are into summer break.  Yesterday was the last day of school for our district and I know there are lots of fun summer vacations planned.  My favorite place to be in the summer is near the water.  So above I rounded up a few pieces that I thought would be great for a summer vacation.

And a few more below...

And don't forget about Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale going on until June 4. I have actually not had a chance to check it out yet, but hoping to browse the sale this weekend before it ends. I always find such great deals during this sale.

May 24, 2017

May Fashion Favorites

Good Morning everyone!  Can you believe Memorial Day Weekend is upon us?  We will be spending ours at the coast and I'm so ready for a few days of sand, sea and sun.  I am loving the color and style of this top, and hoping to catch it on sale maybe this weekend.  I will be keeping a close eye on it for sure.  

And the wedge espadrille sandals are adorable and only $30.  A trip to Target is happening today so I can try them on.

*Update - I did purchase the wedge sandals and they are so comfortable and fit true to size.  Perfect for summer!

Enjoy your day.

May 18, 2017

Our House Progress After One Year

Good Morning!  Thanks so much for all the kind comments about our One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover.  It was a lot of work, but I am so glad to have it finished.  April 29th marked one year that we closed on our home, so I thought I would share the progress we've made in the last year since we moved in.  And if you want to see the before pictures you can find them here.


Study/Piano Room

Family Room


guest bedroom

Still lots of projects in our future, but we have definitely made some progress in the past year.  Hopefully more coming soon!

May 11, 2017

Our Kitchen Reveal | ORC Guest

It is finally time to wrap up this One Room Challenge and show you our kitchen reveal.  I am so excited to finally have this space finished!  It's definitely the most used space in our home both on a daily basis and also our hangout spot when we have guest over.  Having it updated feels so great.

Again if you want to catch up on where this room started and how it evolved, you can find all the details here: Week One,  Week Two, Week Three, Week Four and Week Five.  But those posts are all messy behind the scenes pictures, so let's jump into pictures of the pretty finished space.

So many things I love in here now.  Not only the new bright, white cabinets and clean, crisp backsplash but really so excited about my new counter stools and light fixture.  They are the finishing touches this space needed. 

The only other item I was really hoping to get done before this reveal was to switch out the faucet.  My husband was out of town for a few days this week and we just ran short on time to do that task and still have time for me to photograph.  It's an easy update and it doesn't take away from the main makeover of this space.

As you can tell from the picture above, I am really into the look of the Roman Shades.  I used bamboo style shades against our back windows and then went with this simple grosgrain ribbon cordless shade above our kitchen sink. 

Continuing to bring in touches of blues, I also picked up these navy throw pillows for our sofa.

And finally below a before picture so you can see how far this space has come. 

And After...

So funny that there used to be a time when I just could not see passed an outdated space.  But now I walk in and immediately my wheels start turning.  And I think really sticking with a timeless, classic design in this kitchen really keeps it true to the style of the home. 

Thanks so much for following along.  Maybe I'll make this a twice a year project and sign up again in the Fall.  Especially since we have so many makeovers we want to tackle in this home.