We bought our house in a weekend. Ryan described it best when he said, “the house didn’t offend me,” because so many houses in our new town do. It’s a new build that lacks character but it’s solidly built, has a good layout, and is in a convenient location. And I knew that it was a good base to start with even if the vinyl windows are tan (don’t look, it will hurt your eyes).
I started collecting interior inspiration when we were still dirt poor students and the thought of owning a house was a distant dream. But life happens fast and in November I walked into a house that I had only seen for a short period of time and now owned, saw the room below and started to cry. Those outlets in the middle of the wall were mocking me.
Since this is the main living space and it faces the kitchen, it was a priority to cover the ugly as quickly as possible. I thought about a gallery wall, we considered a TV, or maybe a fireplace but then I was browsing saved ideas and remembered all my dreams of built-in shelves and then I couldn’t think of anything else and I started singing the theme to Beauty and the Beast.
I asked around, found a craftsman who could build just what I wanted, he busted it out, and I cried again. This time out of happiness. Because dang, it looked so good.
I still think it’s the best home decision I’ve ever made, might ever make. It makes a huge impact when you enter the house and I admire it while I load the dishwasher on a daily basis.
And there you have our living room.
sources: sofa, mid-century tripod floor lamp, foot stools from Overstock (no longer available), leather arm chair, tulip chair, saddle chair, Lulie Wallace flower painting, dipped planters, face planter, stripe vase from West Elm (no longer available online)
I’ve added another non-marketable thing to my resume, gift formula creator. My dad would be super proud.
Today’s formula? What to bring to a baby shower:
something cute + something practical + something for the mom
I painstakingly (read: it was the best hour of my week) browsed the baby section at Target to demonstrate this formula and help those of you who may be gift challenged.
New moms are curious about what experienced moms recommend. Include something practical like onesies, your favorite diapers, swaddle blankets (in Orla Kiely patterns!), an aspirator, or baby wash. Not flashy, but essentials they’ll be grateful for.
And lastly, don’t forget the mom and how hard pregnancy can be. Treat her with a stylish diaper bag (Orla for the win!), a magazine, a treat, and the post partum trifecta – Covergirl Trublend Fix Stick, dry shampoo, and some lipstick – so she can feel pretty.
What are your favorite items to gift at a baby shower?
Now through Saturday, Target is having a big baby sale so you’re probably going to want to stock up on essentials and collect your gift cards like a boss. My shopping spree was sponsored by Target but I’ve declared my love for the store enough that you know that my enthusiasm for these products is genuine.
Thanks to my frequent references to 30 Rock and Parks and Rec, you may have picked up on the fact that I love TV. And I’m not ashamed. Since many of my beloved shows are now departed (though you can stream entire seasons of many, many shows if you’re a Hulu subscriber), I’ve been catching up on other series on Hulu and finding new favorites.
Since finale season is upon us, I put together some TV shows in a box, maybe to send to a fellow TV lover?
– Fedora to resemble Reddington
– Notebook to write down the case facts or your own blacklist
– FBI badge to make things official
– The most used item on the show
– Guide to Washington DC, so you know where you’re going during a car chase
Saturday Night Live
– More cowbell
– Chattering teeth so something is laughing at your jokes
– Candles to celebrate the show’s 40th year
– A rubber chicken for your skit
– An official book about the show for all the insider details
– Rock star glasses
– Microphone so you can amplify your own renditions of each song
– Tambourine and kazoo, instruments you can play without much skill
– An official button, everyone needs one of those
– Team stickers so you can show your allegiance
Which show would you love to see packaged up?
This post is brought to you by Hulu. Don’t be left out of the conversation! Be sure to catch up on the latest episodes of The Blacklist, Saturday Night Live, and The Voice on Hulu before the season finales air on May 14th, May 16th, and May 19th.
Here are the qualities I was looking for: longer length, not too form fitting, scoop or v-neck, not too sheer, no cap sleeves, reasonably priced. Here are the results. (more…)
In an effort to actually try things I pin and because it always seems like I’m ravenous after church, I decided to start a little family tradition of making a treat every Sunday. I call it Sunday treat tradition and document it on Instagram (I figure it will be good documentation of all the calories I’ve consumed).
Beck is especially enthusiastic about the newly implemented tradition. He loves assisting and has actually gotten quite good at measuring and identifying all the ingredients. And he might have a future career in spoon licking, not to brag or anything.
After watching one too many episodes of Barefoot Contessa, I cleaned out my kitchen of tools that have seen better days (think hand-me-downs from my mom that are older than me) and a cast iron skillet was one of the first things I purchased. To test it out, we made this skillet brownie recipe from My Baking Addiction. And now I may never go back to box brownies again.
Doesn’t baking something in a skillet just seem more fancy? I feel like you could just plop it down in the middle of the table and guests would be wowed.
Join in the tradition and share by using the hashtag #sundaytreattradition so I can see what you’re baking. And if you have a recipe I must try, dish in the comment section please.
This post is sponsored by Kohl’s but I would shop there even if it wasn’t.