Summer Home Tour: Family Room

I'm really excited to show off the current state of our family room. I feel like it is finally getting close the point where I can call it "finished" and move on to another room. A few months ago I woke up and decided I wanted to do something drastic that day. Our walls were already painted a light blue/grey color, but there were 3 rather large walls that were just blank. I needed to add some pizzaz without making them too busy. So I grabbed my painter's tape and started measuring out the lines. Of course, because I am me, I measured wrong and had to redo one wall all over again. By the second wall I had it down, so it went up no problem. 

I'll tell you a lil secret though. That chair rail on top was put there to cover up a mistake. I measured wrong and it would have ended up with a white stripe on top if I continued any higher. There was no way I could handle the aesthetic of a white stripe against a white ceiling, so I had to think fast to come up with a solution to fix it. I sent John to Home Depot and he bought this chair rail that I painted white and then nailed to the wall to finish it off. I am actually quite satisfied with the results of it though. Now we can hang things up there if we want to, but since it is still at about eye-level it looks complete just the way it is. Total #MeasureOnceCutTwice moment on my part though.

I decided that the dining room needed some detail in it since it is the first wall you see when you walk into the back part of the house. I have a bunch of paper mache letters left over from different projects, so I decided on the word "gather" and went out to the garage to start assembling. This sign was made using a piece of wood I already had on hand, and with the same color of paint used on the walls. I think it was the perfect addition to a wall that I had originally made a mistake on!

We got this white ladder bookshelf from John's mom who bought it from Pottery Barn years ago. I enjoy bringing different types of items together to create a classy and unique display. The blankets are my favorite item on this shelf. They are so handy when we have people over because everyone gets their own. Between our big comfy couch and our big screen TV, these blankets make it impossible to stay awake for more than 15 minutes.

We have books staged all around our house for various reasons, some bring height to a display and some to bring color and detail to a room. The books I have on this shelf are cute and colorful, but our guests can also open them up and get some entertainment from them. Especially "A Pug's Guide to Etiquette." So Cute. 

The candle holders you see on the left are just cans that I spray painted white and wrapped twine around. Any can will work for this simple project, I think these were made out of canned corn. The white candles inside of them are propped up higher with a block inside of the can. They fit perfectly and no one would know the difference! Also... how cool is this radio that we got from John's grandparent's? You can't really tell, but it has a retro aqua-marine colored case around it. 


You may have spotted some other projects in this post that I'm also very proud of:






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Pottery Barn Townsend Coffee Table

Hey strangers! I haven't been blogging very much lately, mainly because I'm either asleep on the couch or glued to the TV watching Orphan Black. {My real job has really sucked the energy from me lately.} Even though I haven't put much effort into showing off my projects, I have definitely accomplished a lot in the past few months. 


My favorite little coffee table has been making quite the splash in our living room this summer. Everyone is so intrigued by this Pottery Barn table that I got second-hand. I love going through the creative process to come up with things to put inside of it.


I considered making a 4th of July themed table for the month of June, but realized that would require too much effort, so I just stuck with a nautical theme. I figured that can at least get me through September before I need to change it out for the holidays. 


Most of the items in here are from Home Goods. A lot of the shells/sticks/balls were from a pack of potpourri that I just separated to look like individual items. The larger orbs are sold in 3-packs separately. The glass bottles are my favorite touch; I bought these from Pick Your Plum a while ago and have been hoarding them ever since. You know, just in case I needed to throw a nautical/pirate/fairy [dust] party. Because I do that so often.


A similar version of this coffee table is on sale at Pottery Barn right now. Only $599! HA. Yeah right. I paid $80 for mine. Make sure to check your local Craigslist or see if you can DIY it before paying the big bucks. 

Click to check out my Christmas & Valentine's Day day themed tables. So much fun!



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Our Engagement Story, In Form Of A Comic Book


I finally have permission from my darling husband to share this with the world. He clearly worked many hours hand drawing every picture, scanning it in, adding color and writing the story. He would wake up and get out of bed after I fell asleep to work on it all night. I had absolutely no idea. 

Happy 3rd anniversary to my Main Squeeze. 
I love doing life with you. 


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Spotlight: Handmade Shops

I've recently become overly obsessed with handmade items. I really want to support my fellow crafters since I know all too well how much effort, love, and time goes into every item they make. I usually find new shops through Instagram and then stalk the crap out of them because I'm just so in love. I don't always pull the trigger on purchases, but with these three shops I did. And I don't regret it one bit.

Olivia Ann Collections
I've been eyeing these homemade crowns for a couple of weeks now. I won an Instagram bid for a few of them and they'll be here any day. I couldn't be more excited. What am I going to do with them? I'm thinking: dress up my dogs, put them in my craft room as decoration, take pictures of my niece wearing them, set them out as Christmas decor, or just save them for when I have kids. We'll see. I'm really excited to see how these look in person. 
I came across this Instagram account and literally spent an hour looking at every single picture she has ever posted. I love her style and wish everything I owned was as girly as she is. I purchased this hanger a couple of weeks ago and absolutely adore it. It is hanging above a pink chair in my craft room. Next step is deciding on which one of her adorable prints I'm going to purchase to hang on it. 
I don't remember how, but I somehow stumbled across this Etsy store. I'm the type of person who wears scarves in 90 degree weather. My favorite outfit consists of a t-shirt, scarf and jeans. I have about thirty too many scarves already, so I figured one more wouldn't hurt. LOOK AT HOW CUTE THIS IS!!! I'm obsessed with all things Pug, so there's no way I could pass this up. My ideal outfit with this scarf is a long sleeve chambray with dark jeans and tall brown boots. I haven't been able to wear that outfit yet considering it's the middle of summer, but I definitely think about it every morning. 

Please make sure to click on the links above in pink and go show these ladies some love!

P.S. I'm not getting paid or given any free product for this post. I just really love supporting small businesses :) 



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Wedding Tip: Don't forget the ring.

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