Sunday, April 7, 2013


I know, I know... I have a history for bad taste in movies and TV shows. I will admit (and have previously have admitted) to enjoying the Twilight books. I know they're not well written and the story line definitely has a stalker-esque vibe to it...Yeah, yeah, I know. But when you're fourteen years old and you dream about fairy tale romance, those parts of the book are completely lost on you. In hindsight, I'm well aware of Twilight's faults, but it still holds a special place in my heart. So when the most recent Twilight movie made it's premiere, I couldn't NOT see the last movie...I mean, I had come this far, right?

I don't care what you think about Twilight, the books or the movies, Breaking Dawn: Part 2 was worth watching just for this...

I would take that house in a heart beat...It's perfect...absolutely perfect... And if you HAVE read the books you know what a great job they did creating it exactly like the book.

The living room in all of it's neutral glory is absolutely stunning. I'm not usually one for red as an accent color (though I guess it makes sense for vampires...) but they really did a good job of using it here. It's just enough color to break up the neutrals. This house feels so warm and inviting and cozy.

See the light fixtures in the next two pictures  They are absolutely fantastic... I am finding them and MAKING them a part of my home, pronto.

This next part of the house is probably my favorite, and most likely every woman's favorite...

I love how they used the light fixtures to house the scarfs. Such a good idea as mine are always falling off the mirror that I have mine draped on. And this way you have no problem telling what you have on hand!

I mean, would you just look at that organization?! If you've read any other post from my blog you know I have a soft spot for closets. And Bella might not appreciate the clothes in hers but I can promise you I would gladly take it's content off her hands. I'm sure I'd be able to find something in there that I'd like...You know, just being a good person, trying to help a girl out...

I had a hard time getting clear pictures of the bedroom but you can get the jist from the pictures below. I think one of my favorite part of the design of the house is the exposed beams in every room with books upon books upon books. Nothing makes a house feel like home more than books for me. That and a piano, but I'm purposefully overlooking that part :)

Next room, Renesme's nursery. I'm not a big white and cream fan when it comes to kids bedrooms but they added a lot of really cool touches that I appreciate. Like the turquoise drops hanging down from the chandelier. The only color in the room and stunning at that. I also love that her changing table became a dresser as her room grew with her.

I totally dig that connect four and the porcupine print. I'm not going to lie, some of the art in this room I would totally hang in my house...and I have no kids...don't judge :)

And seriously, how do people get vines to grow on their houses like that? I have no patients when it comes to growing plants. I love the after product but the before just takes so darn long! lol. Sigh, I need someone to just hand over the keys to this house so I can move in right now. Or just transport that closet into my own house somehow...I won't complain! :)

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Lying Game - Lamp Love

I was just checking out Rue la la and I saw they're selling the exact lamp that I featured a month or two ago in my Lying Game post. This little beauty is originally $600 and is on sale for half the price. I just thought it was worth mentioning in case somebody had fallen madly and deeply in love with the lamp before :)) I wish I had a room for this lamp myself...

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Little Update

I have been a very bad blogger for the past couple of weeks. A VERY bad blogger. It's not that I haven't wanted to blog...but finding the time when I'm not working and/or exhausted has been difficult. Or non existent even. I officially have made the jump from unemployed to the employed. It took a long nine months (filled with many DIY projects) but I'm proud to say I have a job!

My blog however, is quite unhappy with me. And I can't say I blame it... Over the past 9 months, I've gotten frustrated countless times when bloggers stop posting out of nowhere. Do they realize there are those of us who check their blog avidly? We may not always comment, but nothing brightens our morning more than a blog post from (insert name here)! What I'm trying to say is I understand how awful it is to find a new blog you like (or old) and they're not updating to your liking. With that being said, I simply don't have the time anymore to post five times a week. My job, though I love it, is demanding. But as inspiration hits me or I complete a new project, I will definitely be posting. I promise to try as much as possible!

I just wanted to give you guys a little update just in case I've left a few of you hanging. I'll get on a new post right away! :)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Small House, Big Dreams

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As a kid I always wanted a ginormous two story house, sprawling acreage in the back, and a golf cart so I could drive to my parents house on the VERY far end of my property. I was always enamored by the big houses my friends lived in with their intercom systems and movie theaters inside. At ten years old I began to equate my future success and happiness to the amount of square footage of my future home. Now that I'm older I realize how shallow and clueless this notion was.

Growing up, my family and I lived in a modest 2,000 square foot house with a sizeable backyard. Because we lived in tight quarters compared to most of my friends, we were almost forced to hang out in the living room together. It sounds terrible, I know... :)) But the older I get, the more I realize how much I value all of that time spent together, whether I appreciated it at the time or not.

When I entered the blog world I began to discover all of these amazing interior designers living in modest houses, not unlike the one I had grown up in. Their houses were so warm and lived in and inviting. Intimate spaces that said something about the people that resided there. It reminded me that what makes a house a home is not all of the expensive furnishings and sprawling square footage.

Now that I'm older I dream of a similar childhood to my own for my kids. Lots of time spent together in the living room and kitchen, playing board games and watching tv. I want an intimate home. The perfect home for my own future family. Of course, I've been virtually searching for this dream home ever since...

And...surprise...I found it!

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I saw this picture on Pinterest and I was immediately smitten. I love the separation between the kitchen and the living room, but still the feeling of an open concept. And the windows! Oh they're breath taking. I mean seriously everything about this kitchen is stunning. But of course when I clicked on the link to see more pictures it was attached to the wrong link. Don't you hate when that happens on Pinterest? Drives me bananas. Luckily, after some intense googling, I found this blog's post on the house. She was lucky enough to visit it in person...

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It's called the Park Avenue house and is by Witt Construction. I don't know if life will ever take me to the East Coast, but if it does, I'm calling on Witt Construction to build me a house. No, not a house, a home. They make such great use of space. There's so many nooks and crannies that are fully used. Built ins everywhere... And the perfect way to get away with a smaller home if you have tons of storage space.

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 I'm pretty sure I'd never leave that window seat...

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 That's it. My dream house in a nutshell. Can it magically appear in the South now? It's got me dreaming of the future :))

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

May Books

I've always been a notebook girl. I have a billion journals and notebooks filled with ideas and thoughts dating back to elementary school. Now that I think about it...I should probably burn some of my pubescent emotions before my future kids find my stash of journals. Nobody wants to read about their parents past romantic loves...No one. Shudder.

Any who, now that we're past realizing that I have a future date with a fire and a stack of embarrassing journals, I wanted to talk about my recent new found love of May Books. Even though I stopped writing detailed journal entries long ago, I still like having some sort of journal or book with me at all times in case inspiration hits, whether it's for design ideas for my house or simply a quick thought.

I use to browse through Barnes and Noble's journal section but their journals are always so heavy. I don't know about you guys, but my purse can't handle much more weight...

Enter May Books. They're completely customizable day planners, journals, address books, and more!

My future sister-in-law bought me the one on the left for planning my wedding. It's been so immensely helpful to stash it in my bag and grab whenever I talk to a vendor or have a moment of inspiration. All of my budget breakdowns and ideas are in one organized place for me to look at.
My sister-in-law has been sending the wedding planner notebook to her newly engaged friends and for $20 it's such a sweet and inexpensive gift to give to your friends. And ever so useful. It's definitely the best present I received when I got engaged! Best my engagement ring, of course. :)
I know this has sounded like a long "you should buy this" spiel but I really do think it's a great product. I most definitely will be purchasing their day planner every year. You know how I love organization! And they actually just came out with a budget breakdown planner and an address book. I can't stop my May Book madness! I want them all!!!
(I have absolutely NO affiliation with May Books what so ever, I just love their products!)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Kitchen Island or Kitchen Furniture?

Remember the kitchen island I posted about from my It's Complicated post? I really love the French style islands. There's something about the iron and airy feeling that makes me feel like my cooking is little bit better... Which believe me, it needs all the help it can get...even if it is in my own head. :)

While I wish my cooking was enough reason for me to nab the island from Crate and Barrel, the price tag sadly deters me. However, there IS a silver lining! While virtually strolling through target I ran across this kitchen island! At half the price it's still stunning and gives your kitchen an airy feel. And if I want the steel to be black, spray paint would do the trick in a jiffy.

Part of me wants to put in my order right now, but I'm still undecided if the size would work in our kitchen. In addition, I love the idea of a craiglist dresser turned kitchen island. I've seen this idea all over Pinterest and design blogs.

Here's a snap shot from the Nate Berkus Show of a dresser they turned into a kitchen island. I love the color of the dresser with the pops of orange. Orange is increasingly becoming one of my favorite colors.

Here's another one from the LittleGreenNotebook that I absolutely love. Including that rug. I want that rug!
The only problem with my plan of DIYing my own dresser/island is that I live in the craiglist void part of the country. There's absolutely NOTHING good on craiglist around here. Just people trying to promote their business, which is incredibly annoying, or people who think their stuff is worth 100x more than it actually is. I know craiglist is a waiting game but I'm convinced this city has people who:
a. know how to hold on to the good stuff or
b. no good stuff actually exists in this city
I think I'm going to go with the second option. I might have to widen my search to Houston and get my parents to pillage the lands of Craiglist for me. :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Beautiful and Functional : Office Style

I'm potentially starting a new job in the next couple of weeks and I'm already dreaming of what the future might hold. I'm excited to learn the ropes for a new position and get to working. New jobs are exciting! And like the silly person I am, before I even get the job, I immediately starting dreaming about my office. Who knows, I might not even have an office, but hey, it doesn't hurt to dream. :)

To stop my dreaming from getting completely out of hand, I decided to tone down my office decoration ideas to just a little bit of organizational inspiration. I have a secret, or not so secret, passion for organization. And having never had a professional job before, I'm excited to finally put my organizational skills to work. And hey, if you're suppose to have beautiful things surrounding you at home, why not at work too? So inspired by that, here's another beauty & function post. Office style. :)