Oct 15, 2014

Fall Home Decor

Fall is my favorite season. I love it for its scents, changing leaves, 
football, crisper weather, food, and Thanksgiving. There is no season 
in which I am more inspired to decorate than autumn.

Adding warm, autumn-inspired touches to your home is easy and is 
certain to add a cozy element to your abode. I loved putting together 
this inspiration board of lovely fallish decor." All you need is a fire and 
a mug of warm apple cider and you're set until Thanksgiving!
Fall Home Decor

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Polished brass lamp
$320 - nkuku.com

Monogrammed coir doormat

Rattan storage trunk

Fall home decor

Wall art

Pumpkin scented candle

Fall home decor

Pottery Barn wall art

Oct 13, 2014

I'm Back + A Guest Post

Hi, all! I am so happy to be back from "maternity leave." To ease into things, I am busy this week doing mini-sessions from my October special. (Get info by following me on Instagram or liking my Facebook page.) Hopefully I will have some transformation pictures to post soon!

I'm still having trouble finding sufficient, uninterrupted time to write blog posts (I'm voice dictating this to my iPhone while I cuddle my sweet, sleeping baby). So, I asked my sweet friend Nancy to do a guest post for me.

Nancy and I have had conversations about our difficulty with choosing colors to put in our home. We both love neutral decor, so instead of fighting against her tendency to choose neutrals, Nancy embraced them and has made her home a perfectly balanced, neutral-pallet masterpiece.

Nancy wrote: 
"I've always been so confused about choosing a color scheme for my home. I've made many mistakes and have had many regrets. You can say I have color commitment issues, I'll fall in love with a certain shade then the next day I'm so over it! Or the season will change and all of a sudden that light blue I was drooling over doesn't seem to go with the fall weather!

I found myself lost and annoyed at the sea green curtains I had purchased along with the overkill of blue decorations everywhere in my house. I loved the color but it just wasn't me and I couldn't make it work!

Well then a light bulb clicked when I walked into Restoration Hardware. There were no "pops" or "accent" colors, no seasonal pumpkin orange or fuchsia for spring, everything was dreamy and neutral. Talk about fifty shades of gray, creamy whites, wicker baskets, industrial metals and gold accents, everything just came together so eloquently!

I knew I had found the perfect color scheme for my home, Neutral!

While Restoration Hardware was breath taking, it was also way out our league for our Ikea and Craigslist budget! I loved what they had going on with all the neutral decor but we wanted more of a laid back, modern and industrial feel as well. I was just so thankful to see that you could make your home beautiful with out having to add accent colors!

So here's how we started, we sold all our old decor and furniture we wanted to update and used that towards our little renovation. I felt like I could finally breath once those blue curtains were out of my house! My first big project was painting our walls gray and from there I spent endless nights getting ideas from Pinterest and searching for sale ads on Craigslist. We scored on some awesome like new stuff from Crate & Barrel, West Elm, World Market and Ikea! The Lord totally hooked it up! That saved us a ton of money and we were able to "splurge" on nicer chairs from Target and some Eames replica chairs from Amazon that my husband really wanted!   

Our house turned out gray, neutral and lovely!

I know what some of you are thinking... "Blah, neutral is so boring..." but trust me, it doesn't have to be! Add fun and character to your decor by choosing different patterns and textures that stay within your neutral pallet. We used stripes, plaid and chevron along with black and a lot of white through out our home to make it feel a little more modern and open.

There's something about a neutral color scheme that is so peaceful, calm and inviting. Plus I can bust out my colorful seasonal decor if I'm ever itching for color and then put it away when I'm tired of it!

So where are you? Stuck in a rut with that shade of color that was all the rage a few years ago? Can't seem to figure out what to do with your home? Need a little bit of guidance? Well I know the the girl for you!"

Aug 7, 2014

Paperless Post // A New Favorite App

I love snail mail. I really do. But in this busy stage of life, it's nice to find a shortcut.

A few months ago, I discovered Paperless Post. It instantly drew me in with it's chic graphics and gorgeous selections. You can send invitations, greeting cards, and even announcements. It's not completely free, but you do get some free "coins" when you join, and it is really affordable to refill on coins. (Much easier than addressing and stamping 50 envelopes, no?)

Check out this design from J. Crew...

Or this one from Paper + Cup... 

And Pei Designs...

I'm in love.

Jul 9, 2014

Nursery Plans

Hello, all! I am finally updating after a major motivation struggle. I hit my third trimester a few weeks back and all I can say is, "Wow." I am really feeling it! I had a great first two trimesters and then it was like I walked into a wall of exhaustion and laziness. Not to mention, summer in Texas is brutal on anyone's body, especially a 31 week pregnant lady's body.

In the spirit of baby talk, I am writing today about my plans for #3's nursery. After eight months of living in this house, we have done hardly any decorating in the room that will become the new baby's nursery. My other two girls are currently sleeping in this room, but I am transitioning them to another room that will become the "big girl room" (more on that in the future).

I've had the inspiration for this room ever since I spotted this floral Anthropologie wallpaper. It's pricey, so I am only doing an accent wall, but isn't it so feminine and sweet?

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Note that there is no glider/rocker pictured on this inspiration board. I love this classic Pottery Barn one, but it's out of my price range. I am planning to recover my existing rocker, with the help of my mom- hopefully I am successful and can post the result soon!

Jun 17, 2014

She Reads Truth: Ruth

Happy Tuesday, everyone (its only 12:07 am, but it still counts.) I'm venturing today to another non house-related topic...

Have you every heard of the online Bible study community, She Reads Truth? It's truly amazing. It is an eMinistry that provides free online Bible studies, as well as beautifully illustrated study packs you can order. (Check out this one that my absolute favorite blogger, Jones Design Company, illustrated for SRT). As soon as you click on the She Reads Truth homepage, you are welcomed with inspiring, feminine graphics and an organized menu of study options. 

There are lots of ways to connect with other She Reads Truth participants, such as Facebook, and hashtags for statuses and Instagram captions. Its an awesome way for busy ladies in any stage of life to connect in a simple, yet meaningful way.

Yesterday, I began the new She Reads Truth study on Ruth. This study, like the rest of their studies available, are scripture-centered, yet short and to-the-point (which is exactly what this busy wife and mom needs these days). The Ruth series focuses on how our ordinary stories are made extraordinary through God's powerful plan. I especially love this premise, because it is the very foundation for Pretty Little House!

Therefore, I wanted to invite you to join me on this study of Ruth. I will be posting about it along the way, hopefully with a few parallels to homes/contentment/etc.  I would love nothing more than to hear how God impacts your life through it!