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Back Patio: One Room Challenge Week 3

Back Patio: One Room Challenge Week 3

Well, guys, we get a D- for this week’s One Room Challenge progress report becuase we haven’t accomplished anything in the space since last week because…LIFE! I’m not too worried. Last time we did the One Room Challenge we had a lull about half-way through and we turned out ok! Hah. But have no fear, we’re back at it this weekend so I expect we’ll finish the wood paneling on the ceiling that I shared last week and start getting the space cleaned out to make way for the new furniture!! Speaking of furniture, it’s starting to trickle in and I’m so pumped!

Mood Board Update

Since I changed the furniture selections a bit, I thought I’d include a revised version of the mood board. I like to keep it updated as I’m working on the space so I can visualize everything and reference it while I’m out and about shopping for accessories.

The outdoor sofa and chair should be here next week. They’re both 20% off right now if you’re in the market for outdoor furniture! The coffee table and side tables are here (from West Elm) and I’ve had the hanging chair for a while now.… Read more

Back Patio Project: One Room Challenge Week 2

Back Patio Project: One Room Challenge Week 2

It’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge and our back patio project is coming along! After sharing the design plan and inspiration last week, we jumped right in. A few of the furnishing and decor options have changed, but I think I have everything finalized now.

Back Patio Project: Week 2 Progress

The first thing we did in our back patio project was install our new outdoor sconces. I love the copper finish against the white brick.

We also got our new ceiling fans in so we removed the ugly warped ones and hung these industrial style bronze ceiling fans.

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We also decided to add a feature to our patio that I didn’t tell you guys about yet because hubby just decided to go for it over the weekend and that is wood paneling on the ceiling!

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We’re installing these pallet boards right over the existing drywall. I am considering painting it white but I’ll decide after I see it finished. That hook you see is for the hanging chair that’s going up! I’m also debating painting the french doors.… Read more

Opalhouse, Target’s New Collection Hit the Stores!

Opalhouse, Target’s New Collection Hit the Stores!

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Did you go to Target over the weekend? If so, you may have seen their new collection Opalhouse, which hit the shelves yesterday. This is by far the collection I’m most excited about. Target does a great job changing things up and appealing to the masses, from Magnolia’s Hearth & Hand farmhouse-y vibe to Project 62’s modern aesthetic. Opalhouse is all about eclectic style. It’s actually three collections in one, all with a global, wanderlust feel. Right up my alley!

Here are some of my faves from the Opahouse collection…some of these are definitely going to end up in my shopping cart!

Rattan Plant Stand / Carved Wood Candleholders / Rattan Bench / Woven Strap Headboard / Pouf / Pom Pom Lumbar Pillow / Wedding Quilt Bedding 

Happy shopping!… Read more

Rustic Modern Back Patio: One Room Challenge Week 1

Rustic Modern Back Patio: One Room Challenge Week 1

So check it out. Remember when I mentioned my plan to turn our hot mess patio into a rustic modern back patio?  Well, progress has been nonexistent so I decided to join in on the One Room Challenge to help motivate me to get it done. My mamma always said I performed well under pressure, so here goes! If you’re not familiar, the One Room Challenge is a biannual event hosted by Linda with Calling It Home in which featured and guest designers and bloggers makeover a room in 6 weeks, blogging weekly updates with the grand finale reveal in the final week. Last year, I successfully completed our modern boho guest bedroom as part of my first One Room Challenge and loved it so I’m looking forward to participating again this year with my plan for a rustic modern back patio! Let’s jump in!

The Design Plan

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Overall, I am going for a rustic modern back patio. I want to keep the patio mostly neutral and incorporate textures and pattern with pops of muted colors. I have a lot of one-of-a-kind and vintage pieces I plan to incorporate like a custom farm table and vintage tub (which makes a great drink bin) and I want to do a reclaimed architectural salvage piece as wall art.… Read more

Staircase Project Update … and cha, cha, cha, CHANGES!

Staircase Project Update … and cha, cha, cha, CHANGES!

A lot has changed since I last blogged about the staircase project. By a lot I mean everything.

Railing Debate

First things first, the railings. The vertical vs horizontal railing debate kept us occupied for quite a while. Originally, I wanted horizontal railings but then as I mulled it over and pinned staircase after staircase, I started to lean toward verticle railings.  staircase project railing debate

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After we decided to hire out the railings, I brought in a metalworks guy and he showed me some samples. I was still torn so I mocked up both versions on a photo of our balcony and did a poll on Instagram and I’m happy to report we’ve officially decided to go with horizontal metal railings. I feel the horizontal is less busy, more modern and less traditional than the vertical. We will have a lot of railing, about 80 ft, all of which is visible from the main living area so in this case, I think simpler is better. I know some of you will say that horizontal railing is a climbing hazard but we’ve increased the height of the railing on the balcony area above code requirements to help minimize some risk.… Read more

24 Outdoor Sofas I’m loving for Spring

24 Outdoor Sofas I’m loving for Spring

Spring is in the air and I’m itching to finish our back patio! I thought I had decided on the sofa I was going to select, but then IKEA threw a curveball, so I’m trying to hold out until the HAVSTEN comes out in stores so I can scope it out in person before I decide. As usual, my hunt for outdoor sofas took me down a rabbit hole, so I thought I’d share a roundup of outdoor sofas here on the blog. I broke them up into three price groups, under $500, $500-$1000, and over $1000.

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outdoor sofas under $5001. KUNGSHOLMEN / 2. APPLARO / 3. Baltic Sofa (gray frame also available) / 4. Stallcup Sofa / 5. Fernhill Metal Sofa / 6. Teak Sofa w/coffee table (cushions also available in blue & green)

I actually really, really love option 5 above and had it as a placeholder in my patio design plan. It’s a great budget-friendly outdoor sofa, IMO.

outdoor sofas under $10001. Whitewash Seville Sofa / 2. Marina Del Ray / 3. Erich Sofa / 4.… Read more

Friday Finds & Weekly Recap

Friday Finds & Weekly Recap

Friends & Family Sales

Happy Friday friends! There are some great friends and family sales going on.

Serena and Lily is offering 20% off everything now through 3/19.

Lulu & Georgia is offering 25% off everything 3/19-3/26 using the code SPLURGE.

Staircase Project Update

The staircase reno is still consuming my brain. We have the tile situation figured out and now I’m contemplating the railings. We were going to attempt to DIY the project but because we need SO much railing (about 80′ total) with many turns and angles, I think it’s best to hire the project out. The railing is a meticulous project with lots of precise measurements and safety is important so I think we’ll let the professionals handle this one. I have an idea of the overall look I’d like to achieve but we’re still contemplating verticle vs horizontal railing, and if we do verticle, whether or not to take each baluster to the floor or do a horizontal bar on the bottom. 

I’m leaning toward verticle balusters with a bottom horizontal rail so that it’s easier to clean the stairs and so that we don’t have to destroy the new flooring by attaching each baluster but I do love the simplicity of each baluster carrying all the way to the floor.… Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Table Centerpiece Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day Table Centerpiece Ideas

Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day Table Centerpiece Idea? Impress your guests with these ideas for unique St. Patty’s Day entertaining that are anything but cheesy.

St. Patrick’s Day Table Centerpiece Ideas

Remember our pretty St. Patrick’s Day tablescape? We’re so excited to have it featured over on Pizzazzerie today! Head over to Courtney’s blog to see the entire feature.

For our soft, elegant St. Patrick’s Day table centerpiece we used a minty green linen runner with white and green florals in a large urn as the focal point with smaller flower arrangements along the table.

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This St. Patrick’s day table centerpiece was inspired by an Irish garden and features a living runner of moss and florals along the length of the table.

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I love the idea of incorporating green cabbage for a St. Patrick’s Day table centerpiece. Use the cabbage as a vessel to hold a small floral arrangement or use small heads of green cabbage mixed in with florals to create a unique centerpiece.

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I love the use of the green handled tin in this example.… Read more

Favorites from IKEA’s Summer Collection

Favorites from IKEA’s Summer Collection

I’ll admit, I have a love-hate relationship with IKEA. One one hand, IKEA is a great source for affordable accessories and great rug and pillow options, but anyone that’s assembled some IKEA furniture knows that it’s not always worth the inexpensive price tag. I have been pretty impressed with IKEA lately though. Last year’s boho line, the currently trending STOCKHOLM chair, and now IKEA’s summer collection, inspired by entertaining and relaxing at home, is on point.

IKEA’s Summer Collection Faves

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This award-winning outdoor sofa has me VERY excited! I love its lines and minimalistic metal frame. I’m really considering waiting for IKEA’s summer launch to finish my back patio so that I can have this sofa.

Emphasizing backyard lounging, neighborhood cookouts and warm summer nights under the stars, IKEA’s summer line is all about casual and effortless entertaining at home. The line includes solar-powered lighting options, outdoor pendants, pillow covers in vibrant summer hues, minimal stoneware dishes, several new planter models and of course, some show-stopping outdoor furniture.

Despite my feelings about IKEA, it’s summer catalog is chock full of inspiration and some innovative pieces.… Read more

Removing the Half Wall Around the Living Room

Removing the Half Wall Around the Living Room

Pony Wall Saga

Our house came with an existing half wall around the living room. Commonly called a pony wall, it’s a feature I never really liked and I wanted to take it down. Hubby liked it though. He thought it made the living room feel cozy and thought it was a unique feature we could make work. We brainstormed ideas. Shiplap it. Add bookshelves to it. Make it into a built-in planter. We considered all of these ideas but I still preferred completely removing it. It took a year, but hubby finally got on board. I posted a poll on Instagram and I’m surprised that a lot of you voted to keep it.  Nonetheless, we finally removed it.

To recap, here’s what the main living space looked like when we closed on the house. This is the view from the front entrance and you can see the half wall around the living room. There were two sets of steps down into the living room, one set on the left coming from the kitchen area and one out of the frame on the right.… Read more