05 December 2014

Welcoming December with a Holiday Porch

 


I have all kinds of outdoor d├ęcor but decided to mix it up this year and go simple with burlap and a few splashes of red. I never do red but loved the fun Merry Christmas burlap I stumbled upon during a quick Wal-mart shopping excursion. Next thing I knew I had material to whip together a few pillows, red ornaments, and burlap for the greens. My resourceful brother grabbed me all the fresh greens for free from the place he bought my tree for indoor.



I still need to finish the front urns, add some garland, sweep the dirt off the porch (keeping it real), and a holiday door mat but it feels festive and fun when I come home so overall I would call it a win. Now I just need the sun to shine so I can capture the indoor festiveness.




I am on a bit of a pillow making kick lately. It’s such an easy, fast, inexpensive way to spruce up a space. I made three pillows in less than an hour for under $12 total. Granted they are less than perfect, but if I took a smidge more time they could look even better.


29 November 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

I hope everyone had a wounderful Thanksgiving. I for sure felt surrounded by love and very blessed to celebrate the day with my family. Not only was it Thanksgiving it was also my birthday. Mixed feelings on birthday's falling on holidays like this but overall a great day. The night prior I decided a little DIY was in order to make a cute last minute table for family brunch



I really needed better lighting but the sun didn't come out much that day so these pictures are as good as they get. The fun tablecloth is mud cloth handmade from Mali. The turkeys we bought in Memphis years ago and the antlers collected. All kinda of fun memories.


My mom is super crazy talented and crocheted us (at my request) this adorbale Thanksgiving themed hats to wear for the Turkey Trot the CB Y puts on every year. They were so cute and kept us warm. It was fun to run with my brothers this year and have my Aunt, Uncle, and counsins join in the fun.

After the run we had a delicous brunch at my house, eggs fresh from the coop of course played into the meal. Love love love having chickens of my own.


 

Each person had a napkin holder that had a question on it, some were deeper than others. This was such a great way to really share what we were thankful for and open up conversation among family.


I had made a goal to not drink for 30 days (ended up going for a full 45 instead) as just wanted a break from it. My reward was that I was going to enjoy a great bottle of wine and  a warm bath on my birthday after everyone left. Orin Swift is one of my favorite vineyards and this wine did not disappoing (sorry Erik I know I should only like Glazier brands....)




We went to my other Aunt and Uncles for the big Thanksgiving dinner. Luckily for me my mom bought me this gorgeous dress at Anthropology for my birthday and it seemed perfect for the occasion. We really had a great night chatting with family, enjoying delcious food, and excellent wine.





 A fun cousins picture that has become a yearly tradition. Missing a few but nice we had the majority together for the holiday.


 I truly do feel blessed, Not only did I spend the day surrounded by family, but I was able to run, enjoy several filling meals, all in warm cozy homes, with new clothes. So many out there don't have these same luxuries, so I need to constantly remember to not take any of this for granted and to do what I can to help make the lives of those around me better whenever I can.

26 November 2014

A Super Lovely Beach House

Blogs never disappoint when it comes to visualizing what a space could look like. I was torn on the look I wanted for our new home in Vieques. I knew I wanted simple and neutral with pops of color. This home sold me on the idea of white walls and light furniture. I found this dreamy beach retreat on SF Girl by the Bay. Hello gorgeous!!!
 

We used to have bed/couches just like these at our cabin in Niobrara. For sure some fun childhood memories. I want a real comfy couch in our living room but think these might be ideal for our jungle room as allow for extra guests when needed.




We are doing the wood open shelves liek this in our kitchen and I ordered a somewhat similar set of lights (in copper though) to hang.


 All the neutral colors, wood, metal, and tile are perfect. I custom ordered a dinning table much like the one above and am on the search for the perfect metal chairs that will ship to Puerto Rico.

 
I also really love the idea of black and white tin art. These palm trees look so cool this way and what an easy thing to do with photos I can easily take on the island.
 

This place without a doubt makes me want to go unwind and just enjoy the beauty of the area. Our home will have more pops of bright colors, as I feel an island home is the perfect chance for that. But I want to steal several design elements from this gem.

*All Pictures are from SF Girl By Bay.

Shed Crushing

 
The country shed at my parents is still very much a work in progress. I'm not afraid to admit I did NOTHING on it for several months.


However, now that I found out the fireplace actually works great (my dad hates real fires and initially claimed it was broken....) I am motivated to finish the sprucing so I can enjoy some cozy weekend nights snuggled up.


I did manage to sneak away from lives duties last weekend for a few hours of relaxation and to add a few new touches.

Next up is hanging curtains, a bit more furniture, finishing the baseboards, and some art or wood in the bedroom.


My new girl crush Sarah Schneider not only has the camper of my dreams she also has a very very perfect shed, of course stocked full of anthroplogy goodies.

 

Because of her I did buy that cute turquoise bar cart from Ikea.



What do you all think? Do wood to match the wall of the shed upstairs in the bedroom area as well? It looks cozy in Sarah's place (first name basis is totally normal right, I'm not a stalker or anything....).



I do wish my almost perfect shed had a bathroom - game changer that would be! Probably not all that difficult to add as there is electricty and water right nearby.



All the photos of Sarah's amazing place are from her website Love, Sarah Schneider. Follow her on instagram for all kinds of cuteness.

14 November 2014

Counting Down Until Vieques

 
It feels like winter is officially here. This week has been frigid and awful. I am more grateful than ever that we have this lovely getaway on the Island!
 
 
 
In just a few shorts weeks I will be back on the Island where the tempature is much much more pleasant, hopefully the sun is shinning, and life is easy. I CAN'T WAIT!



 So ready to be chilling on this patio with a glass of wine watching the sun set and having nothing on the agenda other than soaking up the sun.


13 November 2014

Camper Heaven

I've always dreamed of an Airstream. Right now instead I have an 80's driveable beauty. But hey it's still a camper, it runs, and it was a bargain. I am itching to fix it up but nothing really motivated me. That is until I stumped upon Sarah Schneider's amazing amazing blog and her collaboration with my fav - Anthropology. Can I please just steal this camper?



I mean the entire thing is to die for. Talk about perfection.





Love the use of tile, wallpaper, and mirros to add to the glam factors.


I even love the bathroom.





Some of this is so easy to do in my own little camper - especially now that we have an Ikea nearby and I know I could do this on the cheaper side. It may require hours at the sewing machine but it's winter now so I am fully A OK with this task.


We don't have the extra bedroom but the rest is somewhat similiar. I really really need to transform my camper into this perfect little slice of camper heaven. Don't you agree??

All pictures are from Sarah's blog Love. Sarah Schneider click here to see even more. While you are there you really should check out her full blog as her house and kiddos are sooooo cute and swoom worthy.