My Love/Hate Relationship with Diy {and My Diy Milk Painted Buffet}

DIY Milk Painted Buffet

Are you confused by my title? After all, a lot of what I showcase on the blog is diy projects, right? The truth is, I do sometimes have a love/hate relationship with diy projects. This diy milk paint buffet is the perfect example of this. This was a furniture piece my husband had in his bachelor pad. Not bad, actually really well made. But the black finish with faux distressed look just didn't go with the rest of what we had. Instead of selling it or tossing it to the curb, I thought, why not give it fresh coat of paint? Just a few fresh coats of paint would make it look all shiny and pretty and blend beautifully with the rest of our furnishings. The fact is, what you … Read More

Bookshelf Decorating:: A Work in Progress

Styled Bookshelves-Left Side

All of our necessities have been unpacked in the house for several months now. However, all of our boxes with accessories and decor have been shoved in one of our bedrooms upstairs ever since we moved in. I had been waiting until I got most of the furniture settled to know where I even wanted things to go. A few weeks ago I finally took the time to unpack most of our boxes with decor and start sorting through accessories. It's almost like Christmas getting to open boxes full of things you haven't seen in over a year {most of my decor I left boxed up when I moved into our little rental knowing we weren't going to be there for too long}. We have built-in bookshelves in our living … Read More

Affordable Home Decor from Target

Black Friday Target Deals

Two posts in one week! What's gotten into me? Can you tell the creative juices are coming back. I think I just needed to start writing again to find my creativity and voice. Just wanted to pop in today to let you know that Target is having an amazing Black Friday in July sale on select home decor and furniture items today and tomorrow. I pulled together some of the things I have my eye on and am loving that are all currently on sale. Be sure to head over to Target right now and snag some cute stuff for your own home! Happy weekend friends! The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my … Read More

My New Design Style {aka My Obsession with Fixer Upper}

Fixer Upper- Antique Card Catalog with Framed Grainsacks

What is my decorating style? As someone who loves decorating and who has a home decor blog, that's probably something I should be able to articulate. I can walk into any store and tell you right away the things that I love and the things that I don't. But, how do I describe my taste? No clue. I think I would use words like rustic, vintage, neutral, transitional, and eclectic. But, does that really tell you much? Have you seen the show Fixer Upper on HGTV? If not, stop, do not pass go, immediately run to your tv and set your dvr to record this show. I'm serious. If you love interior design as much as I do, you will soon be as obsessed as I am. Joanna Gaines' … Read More

Why The Blogging Silence & Updated House Pictures

Dining Room Trestle Table with Restoration Hardware Chairs

We're still alive and well. I'm sure many of you may be wondering why this space continues to be so quiet. After all, now that we've moved into our new house there should be a lot of blog-worthy content, right? I've honestly been wondering the same thing myself. The fact is, the words just haven't been there. I could just dump a lot of pretty pictures without any substance or content to the words that go along with it, but that hasn't felt right.  If you are taking the time to come to this little slice of the blog world, I want it to be worth your time. I want to share stories, encouragement, and inspiration. I want you to leave getting something out of what you just read or … Read More

Around Here:: May Edition

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There's been a lot going on in our world these days, so since I haven't done an 'around here' post in a while I thought today would be the perfect time to fill you in on the details of what we've been up to. Starting: to feel normal again. The last few weeks have been non-stop with moving, unpacking, and subs still coming in to fix things. Things seem to be getting back to normal and I can finally just enjoy the house and this next phase of making it our home. Looking: forward to enjoying this space this summer and fall. We ordered some outdoor furniture that arrived a few weeks ago and we already broke it in this past weekend. Since this picture was taken, I've also added an outdoor … Read More

It’s Finally Finished

Painted 1919 Brick House with Painted Stairs and Shutters

Tap, tap, tap. Is anyone out there? It's been so long since I've posted I'm wondering if I still have any readers left? :) Hope you guys haven't given up on me. I had planned on posting final pictures before we moved in, but clearly that didn't happen {we officially moved in a few weekends ago}. Between not having wireless internet the last few weeks before we moved, having to wait until all the final touches were made, and packing/unpacking, putting this post together just didn't quite happen. Hopefully you'll forgive me because I finally have all the final pictures to share with you all. Before I show them to you, be sure to check out all the before pictures here. You can see what a … Read More

Dream Cabin in Highlands, NC

Dsigner Cabin in Highlands 4

This past weekend the hubs and I spent the weekend in Highlands, NC. My birthday was a few weekends ago so it was a little belated bday celebration. We've been to Highlands a few times now, mainly for their culinary weekend in the fall, but thought it would be fun to experience it at a different time of year. In the past we've stayed at one of the main hotels/inns that brings a lot of tourists to town, but this time we thought we would get a little different experience and decided to rent a little cabin near their main street. Ya'll, this cabin was gorgeous! It had so much charm and character and was beautifully decorated and styled. I felt like I was in a Ralph Lauren magazine … Read More

Appliances, Hardwood Flooring, Plumbing, Oh My!

Mudroom with Painted Door

Ya'll, we are getting so close to the finish line! We are 94% done. There's only a few more things to get accomplished but then after that, we'll be at the mercy of the inspectors and the city before we'll be able to move in. We're hoping to be in at the end of March or early April at the very latest. I'll show you what's been accomplished since my last update. The front door we picked out was installed. This past weekend I finalized our stain but actually getting it stained will all depend on the weather. Don't think you can apply stain in these frigid temps. Anyone else sooo ready for spring?? The painters came back and applied the final paint colors to all the walls. All the … Read More

Renovation Update:: Let There Be Light

Dining Room Chandelier

Tap tap. Is anyone out there? I know it's been a while since I posted. My dislike of winter has put me in hibernation mode over the last few weeks and has depleted my creative energy. The good news is that we are getting really close to having the house finished and moving in! I even started boxing up and re-packing stuff in our basement this past weekend since I could begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. One of the more exciting things is that we finally have light! As in a good portion of our light fixtures and can fixtures have been installed. Here's some updated pictures of  all the progress that's happened since my last update. On the exterior, they installed all … Read More

Renovation Update:: Exterior Painted & Stained

New Tree

Did you guys think I fell off the face of the earth? Sorry for so much silence. I've been trying to work on being more intentional about my time and over the last few weeks that's equaled blog silence. Sorry about that! It's been a while since I've done an update on our renovation progress. Part of that is due to the lack of actual progress. There's a lot of reasons why but one of the factors has been weather. The exterior couldn't be stained or painted in cold or rainy weather, which is what it's been the last several weeks. But, before that and recently, we've had some good weather so some good painting has been accomplished. All the brick has been painted minus the front columns … Read More

Around Here:: January Edition

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It's officially a new year and for most, it's back to the daily grind of work and school. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed some much needed time off over the holidays. It's been really rainy and gray so while I did get some productive things done, I also allowed myself to be lazy and just relax. It's been a while since I've done an Around Here post so here's what we've been up to over the past month or so. Spending: time with family. We spent Thanksgiving in Hilton Head with my husband's family and did lots of bike riding, scavenger hunting, playing and eating. It was fun to all be together and spend some time at my favorite place, the beach! Looking: forward to reading … Read More