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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:

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)…

“DISPLAY SHOWER:
Your thoughtful gifts will be put on display, so no need to wrap it anyway.  A ribbon or tie will do just fine leaving us with more time to visit and dine!”

THE DECOR:

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!

FOOD AND DRINK:

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.

DATE JAR & FAVORS:

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.

Jordan

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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.

Pale Pink

Feb 14

Love

XOXO

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

JORDAN

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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.

Jordan

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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:

(My Design Board for the Cloffice)

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!

Jordan xoxo

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