Having a "first look", where the bride and groom privately see each other before their actual wedding ceremony, and often photograph this special moment, seems to be a trend that has grown over the past few years. I debated whether or not I wanted a first look with my soon to be husband before we actually saw each other at the alter on our wedding day, but ultimately decided to do it because of the reasons I’ll outline below.
A couple weeks ago I posted my Touches of Fall Home Tour and included my dining room with new dining chair slipcovers from Comfort Works! Today, I’m posting a full review that will hopefully answer any questions you might have about them. :)
Over the past several weeks, I’ve been blogging about all of my fun finds at my local andThat! store as part of a fun shopping challenge! This is my 4th challenge to make all of the things cozy this fall for just under $150! My favorite thing about andThat! is that it won’t break the bank. You can walk out of that store with a cart full of goodies and feel great about the value you’re getting!
This might be my favorite challenge yet, because “coziness” comes in all shapes and forms, doesn’t it? Perhaps “cozy” is also in the eye of the beholder, so I’ll just show you what cozy looks like to me! ;)
Fall is officially here and I’m really happy to be bringing you my fall home tour in a blog hop with 5 other wonderful bloggers that I’ve been blessed to connect with and get to know! At the end of my tour, all of the other bloggers and their fall home tours will be linked up. Shall we get started? Come on in!
I'm so thrilled to be joining these sweet and talented bloggers for the Loveliest Looks of Fall Tour! It's September in Florida, which means we are still having 90 degree days! That's one reason I like to keep my decor feeling light and airy while starting to add in some cozy touches. It's my way of transitioning our home from summer to fall.
You may remember a few posts back that I made some changes to my living room. Now, with the help of Lo Home (which I'm absolutely in love with), I have carried that serene coastal style into my foyer! I cannot wait to show you the details! Come on in!
Pets are family! (And all the pet-owners said, "Amen!") Amiright? If you've followed my blog or Instagram for any length of time, you probably already know how we feel about our sweet Summer girl who just turned 6 in June. She's a Great Dane and English Mastiff mix weighting about 160 pounds at her leanest weight. What a joy it is to come home to that darling face and happy wagging tail. Our fur-babies grace us with their presence here on earth for far too short of a time and it's important to make that time count.
This really could not have worked out more perfectly! I looked in so many places for some ginger jars that would "match" my decor and was just about ready to give up on my search when Lauren Haskell reached out to let me know she had just added a brand new line of soft and colorful ginger jars to her store, Lo Home! While I absolutely adore the look of blue and white traditional chinoiserie ginger jars, that pattern and color just doesn't fit into the soft palette in our main living spaces - but, soft gray-blue? Now we're talkin'!
Queue the drum roll! It's officially Pumpkin Spice Season!! I was a closet pumpkin supporter. Little pumpkins have been popping up in my decor here and there but I was too afraid to post them for fear of the angry internet mobs railing against the inevitable disappearance of summer. But when Starbucks says it's okay, then it must be okay, right? I'm totally rolling my eyes at that sentiment because (don't shun me) I'm not a huge fan of Starbucks. So, I created my own cute and delicious little coffee station with the help of andThat! ;)
You know those plain, builder-grade mirrors that come with a lot of homes, right? Our home had a few of those not-so-pretty things when we bought it and I couldn't seem to find a great option to replace them. When Frame My Mirror asked me to try one of their products, I was really excited because I knew they would have the perfect solution for our guest bathroom, which I began to update last year.
Whether you're creating from scratch or redesigning a room, Corian Moodboard Maker is a great place to begin! After all, there are SO many details when it comes to what you will put in a space; the colors, textures, patterns, fabrics, etc. It can all be overwhelming if you don't know where to start. So, let's start here and I'll walk you through the three easy steps!
I bet you had NO idea that your local andThat! store is a great place to grab the cutest food and drinks for a get together! Some of their products give me quite the chuckle! They're fun conversation starters and also made me feel pretty nostalgic. Check out some of the finds I photographed while perusing the store and you'll see what I mean:
First of all, "re-poofed" is a word. At least in my house it is. Let me explain...I thought I knew what love was. But I was wrong! For years I've been saying the only pillow inserts I like are down-filled, but they have now been demoted to my second favorite type of pillow insert. And quite frankly, they don't even compare. They're chopped liver. Thanks to Lauren of Lauren Haskell Designs and her new online shop, LoHome, I now have a new favorite pillow insert and I cannot rave about them enough!
I've made a few changes over the last several weeks to our living room! I'm trying to emphasize a little more of the "chic" side of a coastal chic style. Soft blues and neutral tones create a serene atmosphere. Pops of green from freshly trimmed palms add a little vibrancy. I don't think I can live without my palm fronds. ;)
I'm really excited about this series of blog posts in partnership with Christmas Tree Shops andThat! When I was asked to participate in a series of decor-related challenges, I of course said yes. Sometime last year I realized we had an "andThat!" store just down the road from where I worked and have loved perusing through it since the first time I went in. The first challenge is decorating a small space.
Every time we go on vacation or leave for a long weekend, I'm concerned about my plants that are sheltered under the patio or porch, since most of them need to be watered at least every other day. Recently, I discovered these awesome planters through Jackson & Perkins that are designed to hold water in a separate compartment so that the plant can get as much moisture as it needs.
Do you want to know what one of my biggest summertime struggles is? Great, I'll tell you. Balancing the inside temperature with the outside temperature - good grief what is up with the freezing interiors in the summertime? Am I the only one that struggles to find a balance the whole house can agree upon? My side of the bed at night ends up looking like a giant heap of blankets and then I wake up too warm once the sun has come up and the room has heated up (hello, large husband and giant dog) from all the body heat overnight. Tell me I'm not the only one with this problem. Alright, I’ll end my rant with some good news!
I never really thought much about having a home office until I started my blog. I began using my laptop all the time and I got tired of seeing it on the kitchen desk counter. We have a built-desk in the kitchen which just ends up being a catch all for mail, bills, etc. You know how that goes, right?
It's no secret that I love staying home. I also like saving money, so win-win for me when my husband agrees to a night in! Whether you just want to save a few bucks or you have kids and can't find a sitter, I hope you'll feel inspired to make the most out of your nights spent at home.
When you think of summertime, what comes to mind? For me, summer is a time to kick back and relax, visit with family and friends and take part in some good, old-fashioned R&R! We are about to head off to one of our favorite beach bars for dinner and drinks, but first, let me give you a little tour! Oh, and I hope you have a refreshing beverage for the tour...some crisp Riesling is doing the trick for me. ;)
I've gathered quite a few kinds of decorative and functional baskets over the years in a variation of shapes, sizes and colors. Rather than get rid of these dark brown baskets that didn't quite match the lighter grays and driftwood hues I wanted in my home, I just added some starfish to give them a more "beachy" feel.
I never miss the chance to celebrate, in my humble opinion, living in the greatest and freest country that ever existed! Thank you to the men and women who have served in our armed forces and who have made the ultimate sacrifice to fight for and preserve our God-given rights! What a beautiful thing to celebrate, right? Many of us gather with our friends and family to enjoy the summertime weather that is now upon us and ice cold brews and American flags are surely a part of any Memorial Day festivity. So, I used them both to decorate my bar cart with a fun patriotic theme!
Living in the Sunshine State with a "sunshine state of mind", I know how important (and sometimes difficult) it is to enjoy the outdoors without looking like a fried, drenched rat after an hour of intense sun and humidity. Today, I'm sharing my favorite products that help me deal with Florida summers! P.S. I used most of these when I lived in Michigan, too. Another state with humid summers! ;)
If there's one thing I've learned the hard way, it's that all dogs don't go with all decor! I hate to put a damper on things, but wishful thinking just won't make your fluffy white rug last if you've got claws tearing into it daily. Trust me, I've been there. But do not be dismayed! I'm here to share the solution to this problem from my own trial and error over the years.
Today I'm sharing with you a super easy cocktail recipe! You know those fun and fruity drinks you get when you're on vacation? You can create your own tropical libation in just a couple of minutes with this simple concoction!
It's the most wonderful time for dining and relaxing outdoors here in Florida, so I was super excited to find out that Christmas Tree Shops andThat! has a new selection of outdoor products in the Coastal Living® collection! Have you ever been to a Christmas Tree Shops andThat! store? Let me tell you, it's like eye candy for home decor lovers, and especially coastal home decor lovers! If you haven't, you can just treat this post like your own personal shopping tour, given by yours truly from my patio. ;) Where ever there are links in the text, you can click through to shop the items I'm mentioning.
If you're like me, you can get on board with almost any reason to celebrate (and for this instance, Mexico's victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla over 150 years ago, aka Cinco de Mayo) - especially if it involves tassels, tequila and terrific weather! ;) Take a look at these fun outfits and accessories that would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration!
Our living room walls remained empty for over two years after we moved into our home. Indecisive much? Maybe. But also the "living room", which is actually just a secondary sitting space for us, was not a top priority. Eventually, I decided a large gallery wall would be the best option to fill the extra tall space and become an interesting focal point.
It's Springtime in Florida, which is my favorite time of year for enjoying our patio! So, when I was asked by Patio Lane to try out their Cushion Builder, I knew exactly what I wanted to "build"! From start to finish, the process of designing your own pillows or cushions is really fun and easy! Patio Lane is even offering all of my readers $50 off a purchase of $500 or more when using the coupon code SUMMER until May 30th! There's so much flexibility in what you can create that I took a little time to ponder over the exact shape and fabric I wanted for my new patio pillows. But, you can also create your own bench cushions or boat cushions! There are so many possibilities.
Welcome! I'm always so excited to invite Spring, and YOU, into my home, so come on in! If you're hopping over from one of the other 7 bloggers on this Loveliest Looks of Spring hop, I'm sure you've been loving all of the pretty Spring details as much as I have! I'm happy to be a part of this talented group of bloggers and I hope you enjoy this hop!