Buying a house that had been completely remodeled and renovated is by far the best decision I’ve ever made!! Sure, I love DIY as much as the next person, but I am not handy nor patient enough to tackle major home renos or projects. I like the simple stuff. The fun stuff. DECORATING! And that is exactly what I’ve been doing.
The Living Room is coming along quite nicely, if I do say so myself.
I LOVE the navy and coral color scheme more and more every day. And aside from a Gallery Wall and an entry table, I’d say this room is pretty much complete.
A few small finishing touches are all it really needs. And I haven’t quite figure out what those “touches” are yet….
I’ve got my ladder shelves almost the way I want them. If I told you that I put stuff on them and then left it alone, I’d be lying. They’ve been reorganized and changed probably 10 times. And they will probably change again.
My mission right now is to find some awesome, weird, eclectic pieces to add to my shelves. I don’t know what I’m looking for exactly, I just know that I will know it when I see it. So, the hunt continues.
I plan on staying in this house for a while, a loooong while, so I’m not in too much of a rush to get the whole place perfect. I’m taking it room by room, and trying not to tackle too many projects at once. I’ve been in my house for almost a month, and so far, I couldn’t be happier!
Fall wreaths seem to be the new thing this year. You can buy them almost anywhere or you can make one, DIY style. I prefer the latter. Not only because I like to be crafty, but because the wreaths I wanted cost WAY too much money.
I’m sure you’ve seen them around – bubbly burlap creations decorated with ribbons or monograms, costing upwards of $50+. I just can’t justify paying that much for a craft to hang on my front door (where I can’t even enjoy it). So I decided to go the DIY route and made my own… for $24.
There are tons of online tutorials, just google it, and you will get step by step instructions on how to make your own wreath – this is the one that I used though. SUPER simple, and I did it in about an hour.
Be warned – it’s a messy craft!!
After getting the first row complete, you simply repeat, and repeat, until the wreath is full.
I left mine pretty plain so that I could adorn it with festive embellishments, depending on the holiday or season. That’s right – I’m getting really fancy up in here.
The end result is just as beautiful as a $50 wreath from Etsy, but all the more satisfying because I made it myself!
So, I’ve been a little busy lately. Busy buying. Busy Decorating. Busy LOVING my new home. And everything that that entails!!!
I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job making these four walls feel like my home! Just to be clear though, in no way do I think this is going to be HGTV’s Most Stylish Home anytime soon – give me a year – but I have been trying to slowly add my touch to every room. I managed to get the living room painted and decorated fairly quickly. I wanted to have one spot in the house that I could “relax” in that actually felt like MY space.
There is obviously a lot more to do – and you can count on more progress shots as more gets done. Also, something I’ve realized about myself during this process is that I have extreme unpacking/decorating ADD. It doesn’t take long for me to get bored in one room and move on to another, most times in the middle of a task…
So before I finished the living room, it seemed appropriate to move on to the dining room. A girl’s gotta have a place to eat, amiright?
Currently my dining room is a hodge podge of “shabby chic-esque” art, contemporary chairs and accessories, and at the center of the room, a traditional table. And I have to say, I love it this way! I am not usually drawn to matchy, matchy decor. I prefer things a little more eclectic but with an overall color scheme or theme to tie them all together. I haven’t quite figured out the direction I’m heading in this room yet – but I know it will come to me eventually.
It’s been a little over 2 weeks since my last post. And honestly, those weeks have seemed like a LIFETIME! A lot of crazy stuff has been going on. Well, not A LOT, just ONE crazy thing…
I bought a house!
So – my world has been completely preoccupied lately – and it probably won’t get any better, any time in the near future. But I am completely ok with that. Stay tuned for some house updates
I AM SO EXCITED THAT FOOTBALL IS BACK!
Not just because I love it, but because, to me, it signifies the start of Fall – the best season ever. I’m pretty pleased with how the first game turned, clearly because we won; but I know not to get my hopes up because it’s entirely possible that last night could be our only win of the season… But for now, I’m going to bask in the winning glory.
Talk about being out numbered, the 4 of us were the only Eagles fans in the bar for a while. But luckily we were joined by others shortly after kick off. I hope the Eagles can maintain this winning trend, at least for a couple more weeks. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…
There’s nothing I love more than spending time with my best friend – especially when my best friend brings along her adorably chunky baby!!!
Lewis Ginter Botanic Garden
I have been completely preoccupied lately!!!
Lots of new & exciting things happening in my world and time has completely gotten away from me. I wish I could spill the details, but not quite yet!
#crypticpost <3 Stay Classy Friends….
Sorry for the lack of posting lately friends; I’ve been quite a busy bee the last week and a half!
I went to Orlando for a marketing conference…
It is the BEST conference I’ve ever attended, hands down! And, it takes place in some pretty cool locations. Last year, it took me to San Fransisco In between the sessions and filling my mind with all this new and wonderful Marketing knowledge, I did get to have a little fun.
Ally and I went to Epcot
SMPS Virginia visited the most entertaining establishment in Orland – Atlantic Dance Hall
And I left feeling inspired!
So, Friday afternoon, this happened!
I was lucky enough to be in the Circle of Trust before Brian popped the question to Kelly, so alllllll day Friday I was anxiously awaiting THE phone call. Clearly this is a momentous occasion, which required pedicures, champagne, and girl’s night out. Brian, thanks for letting me steal your fiance 24 hours after your engagement, and make her get white girl wasted.
Celebratory shots & photo bombers
We started the night at Tobacco Company, ya know, trying to be classy and all. But it wouldn’t be a girl’s night out without some Banditos in our lives…
The next year is going to be full of exciting memories, plans, parties, and wedding festivities; and I could not be more thrilled for 2 of my bestest friends!
Hope everyone had a wonderfully relaxing weekend – I certainly did.
This about sums up my Saturday…
My friend Ashley has a house at Lake Anna, which is where we spent the majority of our time this weekend. It’s nice to be able to stay at the lake, so you can actually enjoy your day instead of having to drive home when you’re tired (and possibly hungover from day drinking).
We worked on our tans, drank too much beer, and maybe ate a little food too. Side Note: two girls trying to grill using a charcoal grill that doesn’t want to get hot is quite a sight! Some how we managed to fully cook the hamburgers; but it took a while.
Ashley’s neighbor was also having his annual summer party on Saturday. To say that the people watching was prime would be a serious understatement And, at the end of the night, we got front row seats to the neighbor’s fireworks show.
Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to regroup and relax. Now I’m ready to tackle the work week, feeling 100%!