A little Ikea Haul

For me, it’s not a trip to Charlotte without a trip to Ikea! It’s our closest one and I love going there to see what treasures I can find and what diy projects I can start!

I went in for picture frames and curtains and came out with a cartfull of awesome stuff! 

I got the Ribba frames for my above the couch project. 


Their fake and real plants were so good this time! The real plant I had to google- is a bird of paradise plant. How cool!





I got a few pairs of curtains for some projects coming up- more on those later! 

And we had lunch and chocolate cake. What a fun shopping trip with my favorite buddy! 


Hope you had a great long weekend! 

Dream Living Room

It’s always fun to dream…don’t you think? I thought it would be fun to think about what my dream living room would look like.

I went into the design with a blank slate and a blank checkbook (since this is a dream – hahaha) and was surprised with what I came up with. Hope you like it :).

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I started building  my room with a gorgeous sofa from Arhaus. Hubby has always wanted a chaise lounge sofa so I made sure to give him one. Next, I put some of that gorgeous abstract art that I posted about earlier this week. If you’re looking to update your living room, definitely start with the Arhaus living room page and go from there! Their rooms will give you some great inspiration to start planning! 

Love the ottomans, as well from Arhaus! Their Outerbanks collection (along with their other upholstered items) is made in North Carolina, using wood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

Next, the bone inlay side tables, also from Arhaus are amazing! I’ve always wanted one of those pieces so I went for it!

The pillows and rug are from Ballard, along with the pineapple sconces.

That killer oyster chandelier is also Ballard. How coastal chic is that?

I finished off this side of the room with some traditional wingback chairs with modern navy/white stripe upholstery from One Kings Lane. And the garden stool is perfect for a drink or magazine.  The cute dog bed looks like it’s no longer available but I bet I could find a similar one on Etsy.

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The other side of the room is framed by a window. I went with a cool waterfall Lucite table and a reverse navy/white for the roman shade hung with brass hardware.

The bust is pretty cool. Erin Gates puts jewelry on hers. Maybe she needs a fun necklace or a Santa hat at Christmas? A few styling pieces and the room is complete.  A fun rug underneath completes the look. You could also style this as a bar for a gathering with friends. So many choices with this look!

This was a really fun project to do and got me thinking more about my style. I’m still definitely Traditional but I think its fun to pattern mix and throw in some cool art and lucite to really shake things up. Every piece has traditional elements and is styled around an open room with conversation groupings at the sofa and the wingback chairs. I can imagine myself  grabbing a drink at the lucite bar and kicking back on the chaise lounge with those awesome buffalo check and pom pom pillows!

I used all items that you could buy yourself, no to-the-trade items, so I feel like this look could be accomplished at any budget. Maybe that would be a fun part two? 🙂

How would you design your dream living room?

 

 

Friday Insta Faves – Memorial Day Edition! 

Happy Friyay! I’m excited to celebrate Memorial Day with my family this weekend! And maybe enjoy some cooler weather and new things to Instagram😊. 

Memorial Day definitely means something to me as Hubby has been deployed 4 times. Those were some hard years for us but I’m so proud of him and we remember those who didn’t make it back. 

Hope you have a great weekend and let’s get to those #FridayInstaFaves! 


@amylberry – gorgeous green dining room featured in Southern Living!

@plantersinnchs reminded me it’s Spoleto time in Charleston! Such cool events!

@theglampad a beautiful blue & white formal room. 

Next, Connor would die for this little doggy fort & bed. So cute from @coastalinteriors

Mark D. Sikes was on the How to Decorate podcast so I had to shout it out to all my friends! 💙

Traditional Home is in Russia and snapping some amazing pictures of this huge light fixture. 

@johnrosselliassociates never does us wrong!

@caitlinwilsondesign love that chair & the wallpaper

Gorgeous bedroom inspo from Pinterest posted by Caitlin Wilson Design

This blue & white living room looks like it would fit perfectly in my house @tnesom

@rebeccaatwooddesigns posted this beautiful shot from Sarah Richardson. Love!

And last but not least, this stairway shot from @juliesheartandhome. The design lover in me is like -DIE -marble steps. And the mom in me is like -Ahh! But the baby!! 😋

I love a Bookshelf

I think kitchens and bookshelves are some of the most pinned things I see on Pinterest. There are so many ways to style a bookshelf depending on what style you like – minimalist or large display, modern, traditional, monotone, rainbow – I could go on and on.

I thought I’d do a post on bookshelves my way. I’m definitely not an expert but bookshelves are one of the things I love most to style and re-style. I even have a whole Pinterest board devoted to bookshelves!

I do mostly books, with a few objects and pictures thrown in there.


I think sets of books – think antique series books, childhood favorites, even encyclopedias- broken up look great grouped together.


There are tons of bookshelf tutorials but the bottom line for me is start with the things that I know I want to include and fuss with it until it looks right. I try not to group like items together or even mirroring each other on another shelf. I don’t like it to look super matchy-matchy or like I tried too hard to perfect it. I want it to look put together and thoughtful, but still lived-in. Know what I mean?

Another great tip is to alter the direction of the books on the shelf. This saves you buying a ton of bookends and adds to the collected look. In my living room, I also grouped books by color and thought it made the whole thing look more cohesive. 


Books on their sides are great bookend substitutes and often as I use that for a little shelf for an item I want to display – maybe a commemorative plate from Queen Elizabeth’s coronation?
In my bedroom, I mirrored stripes on both sides as well as lots of pictures of my baby!


The best place to get books is Goodwill! If you are looking for books of a particular color for a shelf, don’t pay attention the title or subject matter, just look for the cover/spine color. Especially if you are doing a neutral room or a room with dark colors, look for hardbacks with spines in that same color. Your friends won’t notice the 7 Danielle Steele novels in a row, but they’ll notice that they are all cream :).


I’ve also seen where if someone is going for a monochromatic look, they’ll turn the spines around you so just see the pages. Not my style but a cool look if you’re going for a totally neutral room.

Often if I am reworking a shelf, I find it most helpful to take everything out. Then start putting back things I know I want to include first.

I also like to alternate symmetry and asymmetry. I don’t like it to look so perfect – we do live here and read books after all. I want my shelves, like my home, to look collected but not fussy. You want to be able to find your Jane Austen, your Twilight book, and that picture of you on your honeymoon without a lot of effort.


In my foyer bookcase, I knew I wanted to display some of my canton plates, along with mostly books.


In a bedroom, I think you can get away with more pictures so that’s what I’ve done here. I’ve also done less color groups and more by size or even genre of book. The whole top shelf of one bookcase is all of my royal books. It’s shameful how many there are! 


There are a few other bookshelf looks I’d love to try. I love it when designers hang a picture between the shelves – that looks so cool. I’ve hung art to the back of the shelf with a picture hanger, but never hanging off of the shelf itself.

I also think the rainbow shelves are so cute in a child’s room, a playroom, or even a colorful living room.


*image via Pinterest

My friend, Elizabeth did an awesome post on bookshelves! Blue and White Home

Here’s a few photos that I’ve loved from Pinterest.



We’ve all seen this gorgeous one from Emily Henderson’s house that just sold!


And Bunny can style it up like nobody’s business! 

Do you love bookshelves? What’s your favorite bookshelf style? 

What’s in my bag -work edition! 

I love to read these types of posts so I thought I would try it out. It’s fun to peek into someone else’s life and see how they keep organized

To be honest, I’m always struggling to organize something. My car, a drawer, the toy explosion – whatever🙂. You’d think the bigger the bag, the bigger the mess. But ever since I got this bag for my birthday, I’m finally able to carry everything I need in one bag and feel much more organized. 

Here’s what it looked like yesterday in my cube. This photo is not styled! I always style up my photos for Insta and my blog but that is not the point of this post! 


It also holds my laptop for work too. 


First, I took my makeup to work to put it on in the bathroom because #reallife.  Love that Tarte makeup bag I got for free from Ulta. 

Also in my bag, my wallet and 6 key pouch. The key pouch functions as a mini wallet with all my keys and debit cards and license. That wallet was my mom’s and is about 20 years old. I love it and it just shows the LV quality!

The little pouch came with my bag and holds powder and lipstick. Which I have good intentions but never remember to apply. 

 Next, are thank you notes & stamps for Gigi’s birthdat thank yous! Gotta get those out this week!

Love that honest hand sanitizer spray. It smells so good. I also found change, earrings, and an iphone adapter &a crumpled Starbucks napkin. 

I keep a little notebook for Gigi to write in in the car. She writes “songs”, practices letters, and it keeps her occupied for a while if we are running errands. 

I also keep binder clips for my clip system. I follow Dave Ramsey/Rachel Cruze cash system so I separate my cash categories with clips. 

Next, I have Gigi’s dance pictures form, my Target sunglasses and a case from TJ Maxx. 

Lastly, I have my Simplified planner and mini notebook. I loooove my Simplified planner! I use it everyday to write down meetings, reminders, and chores. 


I use the mini notebook for house project ideas. Each page has a room. It’s nice to have that when I am out and see something I like. 

Hope you enjoyed this littke peek into my bag! What do you carry with you everyday? 

Monday Roundup

Hey y’all! I had amazing plans for a new decorating post but #momlife got in my way this weekend. 

I thought I would share a few random thoughts/updates and inspiration for your Monday. And end with some happy thoughts to start the week

First, I got some cute springy/summer wreaths at Homegoods that look like eucalyptus leaves. I thought – Ill take a cute shot! Nope, the door is covered in pollen! 😕 So, I added that to my naptime to-do list and cleaned them. Then, forgot to take the picture! Ha!

Next, we got a jute rug from the Celadon warehouse for the guest room and have yet to unroll it. Maybe tonight, Hubby?! (Who am I kidding – he doesn’t read the blog.)

Then, I was thinking of something to do with my boring upstairs bathroom walls. What if we painted stripes on either one or all the walls and tiled the back of the shower? I think it would be a great update! Or should we try that adhesive wallpaper? 

Anyway- it was a weekend with cleaning, laundry, and not much else. So here’s some pretty Pinspiration for your Monday! 


I’m always looking for guest room inspo since we’re not totally sure what to do with ours yet! 


Love the colors, the detail on the chest, and the abstract art in this one frome Arhaus


**Love this chair from Arhaus. It would be so cute in G’s room when we give up the glider! 

Friday Insta Faves -Pizza Edition

Happy Friday! We’re having family movie night & #allthepizza and I absolutely can’t wait!

I also can’t wait to show you my Insta faves from the week- so here they are! 

House and Garden UK – loving the striped rug. (Hey Cassie- an indoor/outdoor of this would look so good with that banana leaf fabric in your mudroom! 🙂)

@archandvault giving me some green dining room inspo!
Love the blue & white of the next two from @ashleywhittakerdesign and Veranda. 

@kensingtonroyal shared this of my 3 favorite royals! Love the clouds!

@greyhuntinteriors- awesome black hood!

I also loved the soft florals in this dining room posted by @verandamag

The showroom of @blackbanddesign killed it with this vignette. The colors and the art!

I love a window seat. This one by @collins_interiors is perfection down to the sconces. 

I loved the grey & white light by @leah_g_bailey

John Rosselli always posts lovely designs. Love the lamps & the custom roman shade!

I also loved this @greyhuntinteriors post of @ramblingreno ‘s One Room Challenge! So good!

That’s it for Friday! Did you find anyone new I should follow this week? 

What’s New & What’s on Sale

I was browsing the Ballard website tonight, just looking around for a good deal. I find I like most things there – so I enjoyed looking around.


I thought it would be fun to show a few new things I liked and a some things on sale.
This tulip side table would be so cute in a living room. For those of use unwilling to commit to the large version or to the price of the original :), I think this in the white is a great look!


I also love these new candlestick lamps. They would look great in my guest room. Currently, I’m having trouble finding a pair of traditional candlestick lamps. I think big lamps are having a moment and I’m behind :).

These cute coral candlesticks would look so great on my mantle all summer long.


I checked out the clearance and saw a few good things on there as well.

I always wanted to be that person that stocked up on the Christmas décor in the summer to get a deal – maybe I should get these cute shades for my dining room chandelier?


Have you seen anything lately that you just had to have? Or have a really great deal to share?

Style Quiz

Have you taken Emily Henderson’s style quiz? It was included in her book, Styled and is now live on her website.

I took it twice. The first time, I got 80’s glam (what?). The second time, I got Traditional.


As I’ve said before, I firmly identify with traditional style. I do like some elements of farmhouse, or as we used to call it before Joanna Gaines made it cool, “country”. And I like some modern pieces – mostly modern art and sometimes light fixtures. But overall, I am definitely a Traditionalist.

Interestingly enough, sometimes even Traditional Home is too modern for me.


I even just bought a shiny brass (not the fancy new matte brass) lantern for my foyer.

I generally also don’t identify with the “Transitional” style that seems so prevalent these days. It’s too modern, sleek and funky for me. I think I’ll stick with Traditional and throw in something crazy every once in a while to mix things up!

Did you take the quiz? Was it accurate for you?

Design Crush – Bunny Williams

I’ve quoted Bunny many times – maybe in every blog post? – and it’s no secret that I even decorate with her books! I thought it would be fun to talk about my design crush and why I’m the #1 member of the Bunny Fan Club. Is there one of those? No? Ok – I’ll start one :).

The first Bunny book I read was, “An Affair with a House”. I really identified with her feelings for her house as I also lusted after homes – one in particular that I didn’t end up buying – in the Snee Farm neighborhood. For 6 years, if I saw one on the market, I drove by. I went to open houses, I talked to friends. I even drove around the neighborhood on Saturdays looking for the “For Sale By Owner” home that wouldn’t be on the MLS. We didn’t end up buying the one from the affair :), but it was fun while it lasted. And we may still end up there!

I love her passion for design. I love that she talks about how her mother’s rugs at the front door were always red because of the Virginia clay. Where I grew up in NC, we had clay too!

I also love how in her Ballard interview on the How to Decorate Podcast (have you checked it out?), she said she had rooms that stayed empty for years while she saved up to finish them. I can definitely identify with that!

Every room of hers is filled with things that make my Traditional heart flutter: Chinese export porcelain, wallpaper, tons of books, art of many types, layered rugs, Majolica, antiques.  I always identify with her style and gasp at a beautiful room before I even know its hers.

I thought it would be fun to show some of my favorite rooms of hers. Some of these are from her Southern Living Idea House in Virginia. Some are projects, some are her own house. She is definitely my #1 design crush!

Do you have a design crush I need to know about? Leave it in the comments below :

All images via Pinterest.