Friday Favorites

ONE\\ I love everything about this bathroom: the gray cabinets, Calcutta marble floors in a striking herringbone pattern and the gold hardware, sconces and mirror.

TWO\\ I just started following this blog because I love Mary’s boldness in her fashion choices. She’s not the average fashion blogger, and I love that.

THREE\\ I am lusting hard over these booties. They may or may not be on my list for Valentine’s Day.

FOUR\\ I’m slowly approaching the final few days of the month, soaking up all that I can about freezer meals. I’m starting the first of February! This site has a free downloaded e-book that I’ve found super helpful.

FIVE\\ I love, love, love this DIY wrapping paper, especially in time for Feb. 14th! I’m definitely going to try this!

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

PS: I’m working on printable planner pages to ultimately put in a larger planning binder. Some of those pages include monthly calendars, a daily planning page, a health and fitness tracker, and a blog planner. Would you all be interested in them? Share your thoughts!

Currently Craving

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I’ve always been a fan of the retro look of black and white checkerboard. Growing up, my mother transformed our screened-in patio to a vintage Coca-Cola diner. Her flooring of choice? You guessed it.

I’m seeing this pattern come back around in full swing. It’s simple and elegant, but pays homage to the past. According to Apartment Therapy, black and white checkerboard floors first appeared in “European paintings in the 15th century.” Dorothy Draper made checkerboard floors popular again in the 1940s with her Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Definitely adding that hotel to my bucket list! Not to say check has gone anywhere, but it’s showing up more in the industry. Here are a few pieces that I’m currently craving, especially those Zara cigarette trousers. Yummy!



Tuesday Tips

Let’s say you’re feeling that January itch, you know, the one where you’re dying for change. You’ve already tackled a new diet plan, thrown out the clothes that don’t fit or that you never wore the year before, but you’re still missing something. Look around you. Is your space is feeling rather stale, slightly boring, and somehow too lived in? Has it lost its magic and personality, the very touch of life that you gave it some odd months ago? Well then, this post is for you.

False Creek Condo by After Design

I grabbed a copy of the new HGTV magazine last night at the grocery store, and remembered a simple concept about decorating. The easiest way to immediately and drastically change the feel of your space (without spending a penny) is to do some rearranging.

I’ve always heard familiarity is blinding and ultimately it becomes boring. For example, just because a lamp and an ottoman look good in the living room, doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t look good in the office. I like to move little objects from room to room, that way when I see them in a new vignette I get excited again and I don’t forget about the reason why I loved them in the first place. It’s like going shopping in your own house!

A cozy guest room makeover with an easy home library created with three freestanding bookcases!

Play around with things: move the bookshelf from that wall over to that one, try the table next to the window instead of the center of the room, swap the sofa with the arm chairs. We call this space planning in the design world, and it’s a matter of solving a giant puzzle. You might have forgotten that just because the furniture has always been in its current configuration doesn’t mean it has to stay that way, nor that the present set-up is even the ideal one. If moving things and then moving them again and then moving them again sounds more stressful then it does thrilling, you might do well to utilize a simple floor plan sketch of your space. In school, I would draw out the pieces in my room, cut them out, and then move them around on a hand drawn floorplan of my room. That way, nothing was permanent.

Arranging furniture in a long room 12 different room

You’ll be amazed at not only how different the space feels, but how much clearer you’re able to see it. Plus, you’ll notice those little knick-knacks again that you had forgotten about.

Change is good. Give it a try.

Pillow Upgrade

One of my biggest problems with decorating my own home is that I change my style too often. I love trying out new color schemes and seeing what I like most, but it’s hard when you’re on such a tight budget. However, I realized that there are a few ways to upgrade the items that you already have in your home. One of those items are your pillows. As I’ve unfortunately found out, pillows can be really expensive. I like pillows with feather-down in them because they sit prettier. I love the “V” in the middle that they make.

Okay, I’ll stop being weird.


I already owned a pair of blue pillows that were in great shape, just not the color I wanted. What I really wanted were some glitzy pillows for my bedroom. I stumbled in West Elm last week to only buy a duvet cover and got trapped by the sale that was going on. Happens every time. I came across their pillow covers and was shocked that they were on sale for $12 each. I snatched up two gold shimmery ones (be still my heart) and knew exactly what I was going to do with them.

I stuffed the blue pillows inside, all whilst feeling giddy inside. They were a perfect fit! I tossed them on my new duvet and now, it looks like I have $70 pillows on my bed.



Can we say, “Success?” And just in case I change my color interests in a few months, I can switch out the covers for something else.  By the way, I love my new duvet. This is the pintuck from West Elm and it’s on sale right now!

More pictures of my new house coming soon, and they will be taken during the day and with a better camera unlike these. I just couldn’t wait!


Friday Favorites

Bella Bookworm -- Watercolor Print -- Home Decor -- Read Colorfully

{via History in High Heels}

ONE\\West Elm Marble Cleat Boxes. I picked one of these guys up last night from the sale rack. I just think it’s so handsome! Who knows what treasures it will hold?

TWO\\History in High Heels Shop. I came across this fabulous blog this week and then found out she had an Etsy shop. I already ordered the “Bella Bookworm” print and cannot wait to frame it in my office. Love that pop of green!

THREE\\Heart to Heart Tights. Looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day attire? These tights would look so cute under a peplum dress or flare skirt. I might have to snag them myself!

FOUR\\Sequin & Stripes Top 20 Wardrobe Essentials. If you’re anything like me, now is the time to clean out your closet and donate\sell all of those clothes you don’t wear to make room for quality pieces. This guide was helpful to me and I just love Liz’s style.

FIVE\\Chia Peanut Butter Protein Balls. I just saw this recipe on Pinterest and I cannot wait to try these out. These are packed with protein and are perfect for a post-gym snack. Yum!

Happy Friday! I hope your weekend is full of fun times and love.

14 DIY Valentine’s Day Décor Ideas

One of my favorite holidays is Valentine’s Day. I love the color pink and any excuse I get to use it all over my house is a win, win situation for me. There’s a couple of cute DIY décor ideas that I found, that don’t look cheap, that I’m really excited about trying. I’m trying to plan a housewarming party, so these are going to come in handy.

Valentines Day Decor, Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, Party Decorations, Birthday Decor

DIY Valentines Day Decorating Idea, Cupid's Arrow LOVE Letters!

Poms = a perfect touch for a Valentine's Day party - they beat hanging hearts any day of the week! #ValentinesDay More decor and design tips at

Love this ;) Want to make on canvas

10 Ways to Decorate for Valentines Day - Cherished Bliss

How to fold Valentine's Day napkin envelopes. Cute! #diy

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conversation heart vase

Decor: I'm thinking a little tree in the middle of the table with hanging hearts with my hubby, kids, and my names on them

Top 10 Dollar tree Valentines Decor and more! - Debbiedoo's | Debbiedoo's

easy Valentines Day glitter sign, 2014 Valentine's Day Signs

these would be darling for food/display cards at a party...or to leave a little trail of them with scavenger hunt messages for your kids or spouse!  {hmm, now ideas are brewing...}

@Kristin Hills  --  We could put this up as a bulletin board, but first send home white hearts & have the parents write a secret message to their child -- and then have the kids paint over it to reveal the message...

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All of these came from Pinterest and I have pinned them under “HOILDAYS” on my board, so you’re welcome to go check out the tutorials there.

How do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?