Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday must-haves {come on Spring}

As I sit here writing this and it's raining outside again, I can't help but think of Spring and Summer!  I'm so ready for sunshine and hanging out outside.  This weekend was opening day for Little League and anyone else that is a baseball parent knows just how much time we spend at the fields.  I'm always on the hunt for items that can make be feel put together, comfortable and not lack in style.  Here are this weeks must-haves.

I have been obsessed with these Free People royale flats for longer then I can count.  I just love how they look and I know I could walk around in them all day.

This Baseball mom hat has been a staple of mine for over a year.  I am a redhead so wearing a hat when I'm outside for long periods is an absolute must.  And I just love how this hat claims my title for the weekend.  They make so many other hats for us moms, check them out.

You can usually find my daughter hanging out of the grass either coloring or playing with the other sisters who have brothers playing on the team.  This Ulive linen towel  would be great to throw down for her so she doesn't get itchy.  Anyone else have a kiddo who immediately cries "itchy" after they have been on the grass for awhile? I converted to thinner towels a few years ago because I just love how easy they are to throw in my bag without lugging around the traditional terry towel.  If you haven't grabbed a linen or Turkish towel yet, get to it.  You'll be obsessed.

You can also find me rocking a Cross body purse so that I have my hands free for all the other items I have to carry from the car.  I thought this one was so cute and definitely my style.

Sun Bum spray has been a staple in our home.  It is the only spray my kids love the smell of.  I'm a huge advocate of wearing SPF always...again redhead here.  I've had too many procedures done on my skin over the years, so we all grab our Sun Bum spray when we are at the fields.

Lastly, I can't stand having to run to the snack bar all the time so these Freezable carryall lunch bags are great to pack up in the morning.  They freeze all night so that they keep the food cold all day.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

You've got mail {E-design concepts sent off}

I've been super busy finishing up a good amount of client designs, anything from nurseries to guest rooms.  I'm always so thankful that I have the opportunity to help clients love their spaces.

This nursery was so fun because it was for a mom who has two daughters and is expecting her first boy. 

This guest room/ hang out room features a king size pull out sofa bed. 

This family room is for a newly married couple who recently bought their first home and wanted an "adult" space. 

This big girl room was a mini E-design where we worked with the existing bed and dresser, but took the traditional furniture and amped it up with a boho twist. 

 This master bedroom retreat was designed for a childhood friend whom I connected with again through Instagram.

Busy, busy, busy me can't wait to see all these spaces come together.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Monday must-haves {on a Tuesday}

So, I got completely thrown off on my days with this four day weekend.  I'm definitely not complaining, but I was planning on launching this new series yesterday, haha, oops.  If you are anything like me, then you have a constant wishlist or list of favorite things that you think everyone should have.  I've decided that instead of keeping these things to myself, I'm going to share them.  Why not, right?

First up is Jenna's kitchen "Just Add Water" brand new product she just launched.  I'm obsessed with cups and this one called my name with it's all white exterior and 30 oz capacity.  I have to have a fun cup to drink out of in order to get all my water in.  Don't hand me no plastic water bottle, no way.

Skechers  have become my go to shoe for working out.  Who would have ever thought?  I thought I was a Nike girl, but when I put these on with their goga mat technology was like walking on a cloud.

I am obsessed with my Apple lightning SD card reader.  For any of you that use your "nice" camera to take your interiors pictures, but hate the process of importing them to your computer, then this is your guy.  All you do is take your sd card out of your camera, stick it in this and then plug it into your iPhone. Instant import. You're welcome!

My Mae Woven market bag is my go-to bag when I need something large enough, whether it be for me heading to the pool, the beach or the local flea market.  This bag is it for me.

I have suggested this Accent chair to a handful of clients and I just really really really want one for myself.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Small rug, big statement {Vintage rug round-up}

Many of you loved the rug I purchased for my bathroom refresh.  Since it is a one of a kind, I thought I'd share with you all a few of the others that I was deciding between.  They all are slightly different sizes and I tried to keep the price under $150 if possible.  I always go into these kind of purchases knowing that I may get something with a bit of a different colorway then expected.  I was pleasantly surprised with the warmth that my rug has provided to my space.

Rug links below...

1,  2,  3,  4,  5

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Completed bathroom {from awful to awesome!}

I have shared our bathroom with you all a few times, but for those of you who haven't seen where it started to what it is now, I thought I'd gather it all in this one post for you. You're welcome =)

When we bought our condo in December 2012 it was straight out of the 80's.  A sweet older couple who were the original owners still lived here and I don't think they had ever re-decorated.  So, we had a new home with baby blue walls, baby blue vertical blinds and baby blue Berber carpet. It was awesome. (insert sarcasm) I 100% could see the potential with the open concept this home had and just knew we could make it our own.

Now the bathroom was pretty horrible with its old vanity, fluorescent lighting and weird door situation.  It also had a baby blue toilet you see a theme here?  Take a look.

And could there have been anymore towel racks?

Our first order of duty was to remove one of the three doors in this little space, remove the towel racks, get a new toilet and then out with the horrible floor tiles.  We had already changed the rest of the house to cement floors so it was our plan in here too.  

We made major progress over the course of the first year and ended up replacing the existing vanity as well.  Here is what our bathroom looked like at the beginning of December 2016.

You can see once we removed the tile floors how rough the cement slab looked.  If you can believe it from this photo, the floors were actually smooth as could be, but the mortar left horrible ridging marks, boo.  We lived with this for awhile while I was brainstorming our next move. 

And then I found the most amazing, cost effective company called Quadrostyle.  They make peel 'n stick tiles and floor panels that look exactly like real tiles for way less.  Sign me up!  We are on a very strict budget over here and as much as I've dreamed about laying down cement tiles, we just can't afford it.  So Quadrostyle gave me the look I dreamed of, minus the cost.  

For our situation and space, a major plus about Quadrostyle is the fact that the panels are so thin making the line where our cement floors hit the panels created such a super smooth transition.  Where if I did lay actual tile I would have had an up-step.  Even though these panels are thin, you are going to be shocked how durable they are.  They are made of strong, adhesive-backed vinyl that is created to withstand some serious abuse, perfect for our family of four.  

What's even better about Quadrostyle is how easy the installation was!  I did it all myself and even created a quick tutorial video for you if you want to purchase them for your home.  Now let's get to the after photos, shall we? 

I am obsessed with how this space was quickly transformed with the Quadrostyle panels and the pattern I chose.  I could not be happier.  I truly love our bathroom now.

If you would like to tackle a project like this yourself, then here's is my quick tutorial.  

*I was supplied with product for an honest review and tutorial.  All opinions are my own

Monday, January 16, 2017

Heart eyes over JORD wood watches

Just because the holidays are over, doesn't mean the gift giving comes to a halt. Personally, I just absolutely love giving gifts to others.  I definitely think it is the most fun to surprise my husband with something special.  We don't exchange gifts too often because we tend to focus on the kids, but when we do give gifts, we make them count.
With Valentine's Day approaching it is time to start thinking about what we all might gift to our loved one. I have an idea for you.  I think giving a gift that is timeless, amazing quality and truly unique is the way to go, so that is why I wanted to suggest JORD wood watches.  I mean, just saying that, don't they sound like a cool watch?  It is a watch made out of wood!!  It also comes in the most spectacular wood box that acts as a humidifier to keep the watch looking and performing properly for years and years.

I truly wanted to spoiled my husband with something special because we have been through so much over the course of the last few years.  We've been each others rock during the time I was being a gestational carrier for my cousin and his wife.  We've been each others rock through my husband losing his job and us buying our first condo.  We've been each others rock through the uncertainty of when that next job would come.  We've struggle, but at the same time we've flourished.  Times were tough, but our love was tougher.  We were in it for better or worse and I just knew we'd start to see the light at the end of the tunnel at some point.  Well, holy moly, grabbing the sunglasses because things are so much brighter now.  We've had to create a new normal for our little fam, but I can see clearly now.  Time to spoil my man for all the hardwork he has and continues to put forth for me and the kids.
I chose the new Conway in dark sandalwood with the burgundy face watch for my husband.  I loved the richness this color combo exuded.  And for a little added detail there are stainless steel links intermixed on the band.  Truly this watch is a piece of art.  And if you want to add an even more special touch to this already amazing watch, you can choose to have it personalized with engraving on the underside of the watch, on the box or both.  What a great way to make this a keepsake item for your man. Personally, I'm eyeing a few of their woman's watches for myself because we all know how much I love to accessorize.

So, what do you think?  Would your man love a unique watch by JORD for Valentine's Day? If so, be sure to sign-up for the giveaway I'm running through them for your chance to win a $100 off your watch purchase.  Just so you know though, you're all winners because just for signing up you'll receive a consolation code worth $25 at the end of the contest.  The contest runs til January 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm.  Good luck!!

*I was provided a watch for my review of the product, but all opinions are my own.  

Watch Gift Ideas

Friday, January 13, 2017

A breakfast nook you're welcome at

If you follow me on Instagram then you know how much I love this little nook in our home.  This particular spot has gone through many transitions over the four years that we've lived here.  At first it was my office corner, then a play area with a teepee and everything and then one day I decided to move our kitchen table to this spot.  It hasn't looked back since.  While I loved having our Ikea table in this corner with our four stackable West Elm chairs, something just didn't feel right.  It felt like I just plopped a table in this corner and said "hey, you're going to be our eating area, deal with it."  In all actuality it was missing something and it took me awhile to figure out what.  Enter our Ikea hack to make bench seats and hidden toy storage.  This has been the best decision we have made for this little home of ours.

It really was pretty simple.  We purchased the Trofast benches from Ikea with white bins and then bought some plywood from Lowes to add some doors because no one wants to stare at a bunch of toys, am I right?  We simply cut the plywood to size, added some hinges and some gold knobs from Target and voila...pretty seating.

And what's an eating nook without a whole lotta amazing pillows?!  I'm a pillow lover through and through, always have been and always will be.  I absolutely love supporting small businesses when it comes to pillow purchases.  At this space alone I have pillows from four different small businesses....

The amazing brown leather pillow is from Elizabeth Andersen Home
The black and ivory mudcloth pillow is from Maewoven
The ivory and black mudcloth as well as the indigo dot pillows are from Boho Pillow 
And the indigo printed lumbar pillow is from The Mod Boho
I also have a plaid pillow from Target, a handsewn pillow from moi and the pink Kilim pillow is a one of a kind from a Etsy seller in Turkey.

It's a full blown pillow party with all my favorites.  Now go shop their stores and tell them I say hello.  And we all know you're probably visiting Target today, so give it a big ol high five for me.
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