Since returning from Haven Conference 2019 I’ve been soaking in all the knowledge and just goodness from my weekend with some of the nicest and most creative women I’ve ever met. If you’re not sure, Haven conference is a conference for Home Decor Bloggers and DIY’ers that takes place in Atlanta. I started blogging about two years ago however I’ve been a home decor blog reader for over a decade. When I was an Art Teacher in between classes or when I had time, I’d read blogs like Young House Love, Bower Power and Making it Lovely, amongst others of course too (these are some of the OG’s of home blogging). They gave me ideas and inspiration for home decor projects, as we were just getting ready to buy our first home.
I really can’t believe that now I’m on the other side, as a blogger! I have my home decorating business that I’ve mainly built on Instagram. However, I wanted to connect to a platform I have ownership of, because if Instagram ever tanked you guys know where to find me. This year when they released tickets to Haven I knew I had to go! I’ve been working so hard and wanted to take another step towards investing in myself and learning the ropes of blogging. Haven is where you do that. Today I wanted to share 5 highlights of my Haven Experience. If you are thinking about blogging and not sure where to start this is the place to go and learn. Here are my highlights of the trip!
Staying at a luxury Air B & B was for sure a highlight, yes being at the hotel would have been convenient, but for a girl that loves gorgeous design- staying at this beautiful Air B & B was such a treat. Typically, attendees stay at the hotel where the conference is being held. However, myself and a few other girls; Andrea from 31 Girl at Home, Merichelle from We’re the Joneses Brendt from She Gave it a Go, Kelly from The Tattered Pew and Jennie from The Little Bird , had the opportunity to stay here! We were hosted by owner Pam Sesssions and were less than a 10 minute drive to the conference. THIS is the listing to the Air B & B we stayed in if you want to see more photos. Each room was jaw dropping-ly beautiful. Plus these ladies were some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met! If you have a moment go check out all of their beautiful blogs.
The workshops/classes range from photography, to upholstery classes, SEO, Making a Blog, Instagram Growth, Working with Brands and SO much more. Experts in the field lead the classes and offer a wealth of information and personal experience. I did a little of everything and I have to say, one of my favorites was learning how to work with local news stations to increase your brand presence on TV. As well as creating a cool display board with simple easy to use materials such as plywood, muslin, a staple gun and ribbon.
Some of the leading companies in the home category attend and sponsor Haven Conference. Everything from cleaning, to carpentry, to sinks, to paint and cement! Brands that attend go all out with their booth setups. I was so impressed with the level of creativity and eye catching-ness. I mean it is a conference for creatives after all. The Home Depot is the big sponsor of the whole event and shared their new line of home decor products from bedding to towels, which they were personalizing on the spot! Also, companies like Hoover, Rust-O-luem, Hunter Fan Co., Wagner and so many more were all in attendance to meet with us. It was so great to chat with reps from these companies and get inspired by their products for my own home projects and idea, essentially you pitch yourself to them for collaborations.
Being at an event full of creative individuals is nothing short of inspiring and motivating. It reminded me back to my art school days where everyone has a talent, and everyone is trying to hone in on that talent to share it with the world. At Haven Conference it’s the gift of home decorating, building, photography, design and more… talent is overflowing and it would be easy to feel competitive but it’s not it is a community and everyone is there to help each other improve.
I saved the best for last because connecting with others is something that can’t be topped. I’ve spent years building my Instagram account, not to intentionally become an “influencer” (I hate that word) but to share my love of decorating/crafting and to give people ideas on how to make their house a home and to make connections while I was home with two little babies. I have made so many friends these last couple of years on Instagram with people from all around the country, sharing this same passion. To meet these online friends in person and grow that connection… was the best feeling! To know I have a network of friends “colleagues” I can go to when I need advice or help is priceless.
I can’t believe Memorial Day Weekend is here and we are just about to kick off summer. We are actually splitting up the weekend between Cape Cod and then back home for some little league baseball and a family BBQ. I’m so happy that BBQ season is officially here. We’ve worked so hard on our outdoor spaces that I’m so ready to finally enjoy them! The last thing on my to do list this week was to get some Red, White and Blue, decor on our front door. I want to enjoy it for awhile before we head back to C.C. for majority of the summer and a lot of my Patriotic decor is at our beach house so I was really just looking for things I already had around the house to bring a little Americana vibes to our front door with out going out and buying a bunch of new stuff.
Let’s start with the lanterns. I’ve had THESE lanterns for several years now. They’ve seen it all from rain and lots of snow. They really were starting to look dirty and dingy. I’ve tried to clean them before but there was fading and chipping. So I decided to do my favorite most cost effective tricks- spray paint. Whenever I want to breath new life into something, if I can spray paint it I will. So for the lanterns I just grabbed some white spray paint and gave it a nice clean coat. They look so much better. I also have to admit to you that I don’t ever truly light up my lanterns. They are there for look. Since these are exposed to moisture the batteries always rust and get messy. So I simply leave the lanterns with out batteries. That may seem strange to you but just works for me.
I already had these red planters and I tend to bust them out every summer when I start adding some festive Patriotic decor. I’ve had these for years, however it’s as simple as taking a large cheap plastic planter and spray painting it red and like that you have super inexpensive and easy patriotic decor. I wish I could tell you the name of the plant I put in them. I was in such a rush, I was looking for something full and with white petals and this was the best I could find at Lowes. I also grabbed this large red flowered plant which I was so excited to bring in that natural red color.
If you ever see an old chair on the side of the road, or at a local thrift store, grab it! I chalked paint this one red, after a few seasons outside its weathered to this rustic chippy garden stool. My front steps need such a good cleaning. I think we need to get the pressure washer out. Always something else to do right guys?!
I purchased this adorable straw tote months ago with intent to use it or give it to Autumn to use, because I loved the classic colors and “hello”. However I couldn’t find a wreath I was really into and I love trying out different things for my decor, reusing something for a different purpose is always my favorite thing to do. I love how it looks with some simple faux hydrangea and two small flags on either side. I used some bags to fill out the bottom and make it look really full. I just added mine to a small nail we already had on the door so its centered. I tried adding to a wreath hook but it looked to bulky. Our door has seen a lot of abuse over the years with out a storm door that, it’s probably time to replace soon. So a tiny nail hole doesn’t really bother me too much.
I found this simple metal star with the flag on it at the grocery store of all places and it was under $5 and I simply rested it to the side of the lantern to bring the colors down in that corner. Hanging it on the door wouldn’t have made enough of an impact but just leaning it against a pot or lantern is a nice extra touch.
There you have it my Red, White and Blue Decor for the upcoming summer Holidays! I didn’t have to buy too much and used a lot of things I already had on hand, I just grabbed some plants and spray paint!
I hope you have an amazing Memorial Day weekend.
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Friends we have two exciting home projects beginning this summer, starting early July! I have been waiting and dreaming for this and it’s finally happening!! We are planning to remodel our upstairs full bathroom (our one and only full bathroom) and add an additional master bathroom. EEEEK! If you could only see me right now, I’m literally typing this gitty with excitement. One full bathroom was fine while the kids were little and didn’t require much physical space, but as they continue to grow we are beginning to out grow our one tiny bathroom.
When we purchased our home 6 years ago we knew we eventually wanted to gut the upstairs bathroom but the timing was tough, I was pregnant with Autumn and Griffin was only 2. Plus, financially it was just too much to take on all at once. Not to mention it would have left us with out a shower or bathtub. So we decided to put the full renovation on hold and instead, we update a few cosmetic things like the pink bathtub which we had sprayed white, the pink toilet and the extremely dated vanity. I even tiled right over the pink floor tile. It actually didn’t look too bad once we did a coupe cosmetic updates, plus took off all those handle bars.
Here is what it looked like when we purchased the home in 2013:
Now several years later and two larger kids later, the time has come and we are ready to take on this home renovation. I mean… as ready as anyone can be to have their home a chaotic mess for awhile 😉 . The silver lining to waiting to renovate until after living in our home for awhile, which is that by doing some other upgrades, like making our bonus room off our master into a big office/closet it actually freed up our old master walk in closet. So now we have this under utilized space which just happens to be against the other full bathroom. Cue light bulb moment. This sparked the idea that while we renovate the one upstairs bathroom we should consider, to avoid having to go through renovation twice down the road, to have our master bathroom addition done all at once.
Now I want to share my design boards for our two bathroom renovations. Both bathrooms are about the same size which isn’t very big. I want them light and bright so they feel bigger. Our master bathroom will have a single shower but I want to do floor to ceiling tile and glass doors so it feels bigger and more open. I also want to add a barn door entrance to our bathroom to give it something special and to not cut into our master bedroom space. Since we will already have a door in the master bathroom which will connect to that office/closet. I think a barn door will add character and also just make it a lot more open too.
For bathroom design I alway start with tile as inspiration and to lead the overall look and feel for the space. I’m so excited to be partnering with Merola Tile for both bathroom renovations. Merola Tile can be found at The Home Depot and they sell an amazing variety of tile options at very affordable options. All tile is linked by number so you can easily find the product I’m using. I chose floor tile for both bathrooms in interesting yet not overpowering patterns.
For the kids bathroom I wanted to bring in some fun and playful elemtents with the wall art and tile. I’m in love with this Stella Azul pattern, the stars are a bit unique yet timeless and will grow with the kids. I’m planning to keep the rest of the bathroom light and bright with white subway tiles and a white vanity. However, I’m playing with the idea of painting the vanity in a fun accent color. I love to add a couple wood tones to ground the design and for a touch of rustic and a natural element.
I’m so freakin’ excited about this design for our master bathroom. We aren’t working with a big space but that doesn’t mean it can’t feel luxurious! I’m mixing some metallic elements, a bit more sophisticated with the shapes going on. I absolutely love this scallop tile, I don’t want it to be too pronounced so I’ll probably keep grout lines somewhat light in color, as well as the white penny rounds on the shower floor. For the main bathroom floor Ben and I fell in love with this black/gray design which will add that masculine element mixed with some of these more feminine details. All of these tiles are Merola Tiles and I’ve linked them for you.
I’m so happy with how this design is shaping up. I really wanted something sophisticated and timeless, but with some fun twists like the the scallop tile and mirror. I love how it feels neutral and serene.
July can’t come soon enough. I just want to get this project going ASAP. This will make such a huge difference for our family and everyday life at home, plus increase the value of our home! Win, win. Our kids are growing by the day and once we approach those dreaded teenage years I know we will not regret having our own bathroom. I’m sure if any of you have teenagers you are vigorously nodding your head while reading this. What do you guys think of my tile choices? I’m excited to try something different and stick with some classics that I love to use to like the subway and penny rounds.
I’ll keep you posted as we get closer and as the project begins! Here are some more bathroom products I’m loving!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my bathroom inspiration for our upcoming projects!
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My sister and future brother -in-law have been together since they were in highschool- they are true high school sweethearts. I’m so happy for them to finally tie the knot and make it official!! They’re wedding is coming up this May and I’m so excited to share photos from her Cocktail Bridal Shower this past weekend! When she told me she wanted to do something different than a brunch and instead have a cocktail party, I’d never been to or even heard of a Cocktail Bridal Shower before. My own shower and all the subsequent ones I’ve ever been to, which were lovely, were during the day either brunch or lunch, you sit, chat and eat a yummy meal while the bride opens presents.
Her wish was to have a cocktail style shower that would allow her to really spend time with her guests and enjoy their company. So that’s what we did!! I found a local venue Little Bird Events to host us with a hip industrial chic vibe and it was truly the perfect back drop for this event. Hosting a Cocktail Bridal Shower at your own house would be a great option too, however we had a lot of guests and needed a bigger space. Here are some of the details and photos from the day!
The invitations were designed by my friend Kelly @KelisticDesigns we went with a simple white and green theme invite and added an additional card informing the guests that her shower will be a display shower (aka no opening gifts)…
The white floral and greenery theme, with hints of gold were the perfect accents to the beautiful event space with it’s industrial chic vibes. I went to local thrift stores collecting brass candle sticks to go down the long beautiful farm tables. Simple greenery, mixed with faux white roses and layered over the prettiest chiffon runners added sophistication the long farm tables. I purchased large cardboard letters from A.C. Moore and spray painted them gold and added white flowers and greener to the corners. We used double stick tapeto adhere them to the large industrial doors- which was the PERFECT backdrop for photos through out the evening. As guests entered the space they were welcomed with this stunning vintage mirror, which I rented and had hand lettered from Taylor @Topknottypography
I love how the gold accents of the mirror tie in so perfectly with the metal door in the background.
Here is the “Display” table where guests placed their unwrapped presents for the bride to see!
For the food and drink the venue served beer, wine and champagne. Then we did a signature drink of a blood orange sangria which was so delish! The food was a mix of a stationary charcuterie table and passed hors d’oeuvres and for dessert we did a cupcake display with all different types of flavors and frostings.
The “Love is Sweet” sign is from Hobby Lobby.
As a way for the guests to get involved we had a Date Jar- we used some tongue depressors, an antique blue mason jar and a letter board to ask the guests to share their best date ideas with the soon to be Mr. and Mrs. For the favors we ordered these little tags from Etsy and printed them ourselves, then wrapped them around mini wine bottles. We did a variety of wines because we liked the different colors. To display them I took some crates from my home and turned them upside down to get different heights.
It was a beautiful shower and I’ve never seen my sister so happy! We shared so many great laughs and conversations. I loved spending time mingling with everyone and I know she did too. I have to say I think I’m on team Cocktail Bridal Shower… I mean why have a brunch when you can have a cocktail party?! I’m just so excited and happy for my sister!!
Thank you for stopping by! I hope this inspires you if you ever are hosting a bridal shower for someone you love. It’s fun to try something different and outside the norm.
We have this one wall in our house that I have been getting a bit tired of. Our living room is the main living area in our small(ish) cape style home. Often times when you are feeling blah about a space and can’t afford to by all new furniture (I mean who can?!) A more affordable update can be as simple as changing up some wall decor. I loved the images and signs on our old gallery wall, I was just ready for a totally different look. Something a bit more contemporary and clean. Our mix of canvas photos and signs was needing a little refresh, after serval years of living with those pieces and images I felt it was time for a change. Here is how the gallery wall looked before – definitely not bad, I just wanted something a little more sleek and modern looking.
So I decided to use photo ledges to updates this wall and purchased some new frames (which I’ll link at the bottom of this post). I love the ease of the ledges and the fact that I can easily take down photos, pop in new art prints or family photographs. There are so many options with these ledges. If you decided to use ledges on a blank wall in your home be sure you choose some that really fit the size of your wall. If you choose a size that is too small it will not have the same impact! For the finish I chose the white and then added wood frames to bring in some warmth and keep that farmhouse vibe going.
Eventually I want to fill the frames with some art work from local artist’s. But until I decided on just the right pieces I decided to paint and make my own prints for Valentine’s day. It is a more contemporary look- and I love it. My husband thought the artwork that came with the frames was the actual art I chose. I mean it’s not the worst. But I love bringing in color with art so I definitely wanted to add some prints to these frames.
Since Valentine’s Day is approaching I thought it would be fun to make my own prints. I got out the paint and my computer and did a mix of watercolor brush stroke art as well as some digital prints.
I thought it would be fun if anyone is looking to fill some frames with Valentine’s Day art; to offer you guys a little gift from me – some free digital art printable’s. Here are four different prints I created for any of my subscribers/followers to use in their own homes. These will all print right on your home printer on standard white printing paper. However if you have a white card-stock paper they will look even better on that.
Click on the above blue links above to print my digital Valentine prints and please tag me so I can see how they look in your home!
Here is a view of the ledges with some family photos in black and white m fixed with some colorful prints that I painted and digitally made/printed.
What do you think of the prints I made? I love them mixed with the black and white photos too. I’ll be sure to share more about these ledges soon, specifically how to style them different ways with different items.
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Happy 2019!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and fun New Year celebration. I can’t believe how quickly the holidays came and went. Now that the house is finally settled again, boxes of Christmas decor put away, I’m taking count of the many home projects I want to tackle this year. From as big to renovating our upstairs bathroom to as small as updating some organization and furniture pieces. Whenever the New Year comes along I get that itch to start organizing and decluttering. Anyone else?
There are a few areas in our home that could definitely use a little help in 2019; our playroom (which is constantly evolving, now into a media room) and our mudroom. What I’m about to show you may actually damage your eyes and break your screen- it is probably the most unloved area in our home as well as most unseen, because why would I want to share this hideous corner. This corner has been very low on our priority list until I just about couldn’t take it anymore. When the kids were babies this type of toy storage just made the most sense. But now they are 7 &5 it’s become clear that this just isn’t a necessary piece of furniture to have. PRAISE THE LORD!
This little corner was the inspiration and motivation for getting my NEW YEAR REFRESH on! I’m really excited to partner with ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! to spruce up this area and get a jump start on some of these projects.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! They carry a variety of home decor, furniture, holiday decorations and much much more. Over the last year they’ve recently released their own farmhouse inspired line, which I LOVE, called The Grainhouse. Not only are their pieces very on trend with the farmhouse style but they are also very affordable. After going into my local CTS I was so excited to see all their farmhouse inspired furniture because I knew I needed to update the above frightening corner in our playroom/media room. Plus I wanted to find something with storage that would hide my kids junk (I say that lovingly, I promise).
Off I went to CTS to see what I could find and I was not disappointed. Look at all that pretty spring decor from The Grainhouse line.
There were so many beautiful decor items from wall decor, to storage baskets, to florals! I loved everything but I set my eyes on two furniture pieces that I knew would make a big impact on our playroom (yah know the scariest image I’ve ever shown you) and our mudroom which just needed a better bench situation.
The first thing I purchased is THIS side table, it’s basically screaming at me to fill it with random figures and cars and puzzles. Plus it was under $200 and came fully assembled.The second piece I had to have is THIS adorable entry bench which was $149 and came fully assembled as well. Plus tons of storage for shoes!!
Once I got these two pieces home and put them in their spots- with no assembly required at all may I remind you! I started neatly putting all the toys in to all the bins. Also taking shoes out that we never wear and only putting back the ones we do. Getting all the things ORGANIZED!
I’m so thrilled with how these pieces have completely made two areas in our home so much more clean, organized and stylish looking.
I mean… there are no words. All I can say is why did I wait so long to find a prettier storage piece for this area!?
The second item- the little farmhouse bench is absolutely perfect in our mudroom. I organized all our shoes and it just adds such a great organization to this high traffic area.
The blue floral scatter textile is also part of the Grainhouse line. They had a great selection of pillows and rugs as well. I highly recommend if you have toys, shoes or any kind of clutter going on right now, take a trip to ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! to check out their Greenhouse Line it’s both affordable and stylish. Plus it will help you refresh your home for 2019! Do you have an unloved spot in your home that is just dying for a little TLC? Let me know below.
Want to hear a home decor joke?? What do you get when you put a closet and an office in the same room? A cloffice! I really should be a comedian guys, I mean seriously I kid, I kid. I can hardly remember the punch lines to legit jokes. haha I shared this room makeover on Instagram a few weeks ago, back when my website was still a work in progress. I decided to post about it because I want to recap what we did with a once odd extra room, here on my blog. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a random extra room to make something out of. However I believe if you have a space that you aren’t happy with, empty it out, purge and start from scratch. Really think about what your needs are for your living situation. Do you need more storage? A place to get ready/dressed? A place to exercise or work? Then go from there or contact me for an e-design!
Back in February we officially grew tired of the bonus room off our master bedroom being a useless room that served no purpose other than collecting random items from around the house. Ben was seriously thinking about starting his own business and working at home (which by the way has now officially happened so good thing I got the ball rolling on this). I knew that if he were to make that jump we would need a much more functional office AKA a space not at the dining table for him to work. At the same time our master bedroom closet was not functioning very well either. It was always a challenge finding our clothes. I was so ready for a closet upgrade 😉 I mean what girl isn’t. Below is a glimpse into the bonus room before the makeover. The desk was too small for the room and floating in the middle which just didn’t make sense visually.
Sorry for the poor quality of images, these are from my Instagram Stories when I gave a tour of what a hodge-podge room this was prior to my “cloffice” plan. You can get an idea of how it lacked a true style or purpose.
I came up with the concept to combine our two needs 1. A more functional office and 2. A big open master closet to access our clothing easier, into one space. I created a design board which alway helps me visualize my ideas. The key to making this double duty room work was to subtly divide the room in the middle with a pretty rug and bench. Like this:
The first step was to completely empty the room and to donate or sell items on yard sale sites. Next was to have a closet company come in and give us a quote on what I had in mind. After doing some research I called Closets By Design to come in and do a layout/estimate for us. I really wanted to see if it would be with in our budget. Luckily it was! With a promotion they had going on for 40% off plus free install, the quote ended up being less than what we anticipated. When does that ever happen?! So needless to say we said heck, YES! It took about 4 weeks for our custom design to be made, the actual install took only about 4 hours at the most. We opted out of drawers and cabinets and that really brought the cost down.
If you are wondering about that little door, it’s a crawl space into our attic. If we need to get inside we can take the clothes down from the bottom, middle shelf and pole off. Luckily that doesn’t happen too often so having this configuration didn’t bother us. So here is the after with all of our clothes and shoes. No long crammed into that dark small closet! I actually like that the clothes hide that random little door and the radiator too.
Can you believe what a different this made?! Before this was such an awkward wall I didn’t know what to do with it. Now compared to our old closet, this new design is so open we can see all our clothes at first glance. I’ve even started to wear clothing I haven’t worn in so long because now I can SEE it! It has made getting dressed every day so much more easier and quicker.
On the opposite side of the closet is a wall of equal width and due to its sloping ceiling is awkward to design and lay out. However a long his/hers desk is really perfect their. We made this amazing 12 foot two person work desk by purchasing 3 of these and two ready to stain wood panels from Lowes. They didn’t even need cutting. To be honest we haven’t even stained them because we liked the natural look of them for now. We also grabbed two of these floor lamps from Ikea. I love how the lamps also have that vintage glam look with the white and gold. The floor lamps work well as they don’t take up any desk space.
I chose this rug (click here) with soft the greens and corals to tie in with our bedroom color scheme and this bench I found at T. J. Maxx which was very similar to the one in the design board above. I love that it is open so you can still see the pretty rug design and it ties in with the black in the beautiful crystal flush mount light (click here) and “office” (click here) sign. This bench (click here) is almost identical to the one I have and can create a subtle division in a room or just simply act as extra seating. These neutral upholstered chairs (click here) are so simple, fun and comfy. I love that they have the lace up detail on the back because you see it right as you walk down into the room. They really dress up our “cloffice”. he he
What do you guys think of our two for one room? I love that a room can work so well together yet serve two entirely different purposes. I used to keep the door to this room shut all the time because looking inside made me cringe. Now I keep it open because I love seeing the twinkle of the chandelier and the pop of color from the rug. It’s a grown up space that makes us feel confident and efficient and that is something we could all use, right?
Thanks for checking out our “cloffice” makeover friends!