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Dining Room Rug Tips

Dining Room Rug Tips

A few weeks ago the master bedroom stole the dining room rug, a move that vastly improved my satisfaction with the master bedroom but left the dining room naked and vulnerable. 😉 After a period of indecisiveness, I finally settled on a new rug for the dining room and it is SO. GOOD! I’m sharing all about our new rug and dining room rug tips for you to keep in mind when shopping for a new rug.

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Dining Room Rug Tips

Since there were a few factors that I considered when making this choice, I thought it may be helpful to share my dining room rug tips with you.

Our new dining room rug is from Loloi’s Layla collection in the rust/ocean colorway. We have the 9×12 size. It is a gorgeous rug! It has saturated hues and an Old World, worn look that makes it appear vintage.… Read more

Master Bedroom Update with Magic Linen

Master Bedroom Update with Magic Linen

Spring is in the air and one of my favorite things to update seasonally in our home is bedding. When it comes to bedding, I’m a big fan of linen bedding due to its lived-in, casual look.

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It’s been a while since my last bedroom update and therefore, time to make some changes! The change of season and a new baby on the way has me making little updates all over the digs! We moved the dining room rug to the master, replaced the nightstands, lamps and added this natural striped linen sheet set and beige waffle blanket to our bed, courtesy of Magic Linen.

Magic Linen is a small family-owned business based in Lithuania. They produce handmade linen bedding, home textiles and clothing from high-quality OEKO-Tex certified linen, meaning it is completely free from harmful chemicals. Everything from the dye, sewing threads and linings is chemical-free. Magic Linen bedding is stonewashed, meaning its washed with stones to wear down the fabric and produce a worn feeling.

Why I Love Linen Bedding

Linen sheets are not for everyone, but here’s why I love it.… Read more

Updating our Wet Bar Update with the Power of Paint

Updating our Wet Bar Update with the Power of Paint

When we did our huge kitchen renovation we carved out a nook for a wet bar/coffee bar and I’m so glad we did. The wet bar has proved to be a super functional space to house all the bar and coffee accessories and cut down on foot traffic in the kitchen when we’re entertaining. However, I knew I wanted to eventually do something with the backsplash. I considered and mocked up several tile, wallpaper and paneling options but never pulled the trigger. Over a year later and still craving an update to the nook, I decided to take a paintbrush to it. Paint is the easiest and most affordable option to start with and easy to revert back if we didn’t love it.

Before we get into that, check out how the wet bar has evolved over time.

This is how it looked when we shared the wet bar reveal last year. We were still missing a handle for the mini-fridge but that has since been resolved. 😉

Updating Our Wet Bar with Black Paint

I painted the backsplash black (we used Sherwin Williams Tricorn), added some new vintage accessories, re-arranged the glassware and re-styled everything and man, it felt good.… Read more

A Recap of Our Sedona Babymoon

A Recap of Our Sedona Babymoon

Last month my hubby Mike and I spent a lovely five days together in Sedona relaxing and soaking up the red rocks. He had a planned business trip to Scottsdale so after learning we’re expecting, we extended the trip and had ourselves a little Sedona babymoon. I love hiking so I was thrilled to get on some of the trails, particularly in the red-rock oasis that is Sedona. Hubby is more of a “let’s relax on vacation” kinda guy but we struck the perfect balance. It was a truly incredible trip.

Scottsdale

I gallivanted around Scottsdale for a few days while Mike attended his business conference before we headed to Sedona together. I’ll briefly touch on Scottsdale since it proved to have a lot to see.

Where We Stayed:

We stayed at the Hyatt at Gainey Ranch out of convenience because that was the location of the conference. No complaints about the hotel. The downstairs bistro was good, the gym was well-appointed (including a Peloton, yay!), the location was convenient. We had a rental car so during the day I got out to see what Scottsdale was all about.… Read more

We’re Expecting…

We’re Expecting…

I feel so blessed and excited to announce that my hubby Mike and I are expecting! I’m 19 weeks and we are due early June.

While I am overjoyed, I’d be lying if I said this pregnancy hasn’t been laden with anxiety, especially early on. It has been a bit of a journey for us since deciding to try to start a family two years ago. As you may know, we suffered a devastating miscarriage at 13 weeks early last year, shortly after announcing our news. That pregnancy followed an early-term loss (blighted ovum), which followed nearly a year of trying to conceive. It’s been a rollercoaster, to say the least, but we feel blessed to be pregnant again and have not lost hope that we will have a family of our own.

My first trimester was filled with all the pregnancy symptoms. I wasn’t sick and vomiting every day (thank goodness) but weeks 5-9 were pretty awful. Nauseous yet starving, food aversions, digestion issues, discomfort in my pelvis including two days of extreme tailbone pain (crazy!), a week of utter exhaustion, peeing ALL the time, and some other fun ones I’ll spare you from reading.… Read more

Holiday Gift Ideas & What’s on My Christmas Wish List

Holiday Gift Ideas & What’s on My Christmas Wish List

Holiday Gift Ideas

Tis’ the season! I wasn’t sure about doing gift guides this year but after conducting an Instagram poll, it seems you guys find them useful so here ya go! I did one gift guide of products I really like (I have some of them) and I’m also sharing my Christmas wish list below. I hope you find some great gift ideas!

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1. Pajamas – These lightweight linen PJs are so cute and cozy. They come in a variety of colors and prints like this striped version.

2. Butter Bell – You guys went crazy over my butter bell! I did a whole post on it with lots of butter bell options. A butter bell is a great unique gift for anyone. Here are some other options:

3. Weekender Tote – I have an Away luggage suitcase and would love to add this weekender to my luggage collection.… Read more

Black Friday Deals & Steals!

Black Friday Deals & Steals!

Black Friday is here, friends! What are you shopping for?!? I’ve rounded up sales from some of my favorite places to shop. Check it out and happy hunting!

Black Friday Sales from my Favorite Retailers

This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using my link, I may receive a commission for the referral at no additional cost to you. This post is in partnership with Serena & Lily to promote their Thank You Event, during which almost everything is 25% off!

Serena & Lily:

Serena & Lily is hosting their Thank You Event where everything is 25% off until 21/3 using code THANKFUL. I have this gorgeous floor lamp on the way and have been eyeing this throw. They also have great gift items like slippers, pajamas and these candles that come ready to gift in an illustrated box. This is a great opportunity to stock up on some gift items or if you’ve had a piece on your wish list, now is the time to pull the trigger.

My Serena & Lily favorites:

Pottery Barn:

Pottery Barn is offering 25% off for Black Friday using code BLACKFRIDAY.… Read more

Serena & Lily Thank You Event

Serena & Lily Thank You Event

It’s that time of year! Serena & Lily is hosting their Thank You Event starting today through 12/3. During the Thank You Event, almost everything is 25% off!!!

This post is in partnership with Serena & Lily, a brand I know and love. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using my link, I may receive a small commission for the referral at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support!

Serena & Lily Thank You Event

Serena & Lily is known for its fresh approach to casual living and coastal style. Serena & Lily is a great source for quality pillows and throws, unique lighting, wallpaper, and long-lasting investment furniture pieces.

I love Serena & Lily’s selection of home accents like throw pillows and blankets. These linen pillows are casual yet refined and so soft. They have some gorgeous throw blankets in the best fabric like linen, cotton, wool, and alpaca. This woven cotton throw in natural is on my wish list.

Serena & Lily also has great options for nursery and kids’ rooms.… Read more

Mixed Metal Farmhouse Christmas Tree

Mixed Metal Farmhouse Christmas Tree

I’m excited to be participating in the My Home Style: Christmas Tree Edition hosted by my friend Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living. I’m teaming up with a group of talented bloggers to share our Christmas trees, and how they represent our personal home style. If you’re hopping over from Kelly’s blog, hi! Thanks for visiting! I hope you like our mixed metal farmhouse Christmas tree!

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Mixed Metal Farmhouse Christmas Tree

My home style is all about farmhouse living with a modern twist. Our home is decorated in warm, earthy tones. I wanted the tree to fit in and feel right at home in our living room so I incorporated gold, white and green ornaments and mixed silver, gold and brown metals. 

This year we upgraded to a 12′ tree. I purchased and started to decorate a 9′ tree but when my hubby returned home from a trip, he vetoed my 9′ tree and we un-decorated it and exchanged it for a 12′!… Read more

New Dining Room Art and the Runners Up

New Dining Room Art and the Runners Up

I recently shared our plans to refresh the dining room and I’m happy to report things are happening. I received a few key elements of the new design including the rug, chairs and the new dining room art. I worked with Great Big Canvas for the art and it’s stunning! It’s a contemporary impressionist painting of a countryside scene with trees and a river by Tim O’Toole.

Great Big Canvas offers thousands of great works of art in several mediums, sizes and framing options. It was a challenge to choose one piece because I had so many favorites. Here are some of my other favorites:1. Still Life w/Milk Jug & Fruit / 2. Sienna / 3. October Farm II / 4. Riverbank / 5. Wine Country View / 6. The Card Players / 7. The Railway Cutting / 8. The Promise 4 / 9. Veteran in a Field

The color palette of the dining room rug helped drive the selection of the art. I love the muted earthy tones in the rug and I think the new dining room art piece compliments it perfectly.… Read more