Tuesday, July 31, 2012

seeing red

a good friend recently asked me about red for her kitchen. at first i was terrified for her but, then i found these pretty spaces.

i'm really loving the red cabinets. would you go so bold in your kitchen?

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Friday, July 27, 2012

a reminder before the weekend

from etsy shop unraveled design

style time

watches are quickly becoming my favorite piece of jewelry. it's functional, stylish, and trendy. my husby calls me a watch whore... because i have a lot... of watches... get it? oh, you got it the first time? my bad.


here are my most worn watches and the occasions i wear them :)

michael kors 5223 jet set / xhilaration bracelet watch / michele deco day diamond bracelet / relic gia white ceramic / c9 by champion

Thursday, July 26, 2012

design crush

yesterday was a whirlwind day of shopping for a client, a trip with a contractor up to check out a project, and a short stint volunteering at an event. all of that equaled no time to blog, which makes me sad. anyways, the missed day will be made up today because WOW have i found an amazing designer to share.

paul raeside is my latest design crush and i found him on pinterest. (gosh, i love that place) i'm reaaaaaalllllllly loving his amazing use of vertical space...

 there's surely more to come from paul on the blog :) who is your current design crush?

image via

Monday, July 23, 2012

21 dates of summer: ice cream

our 3rd date in our 21 dates of summer was ice cream at Berry Winkle. if you've never been to Berry Winkle, they have about ten flavors of soft serve and a toppings bar. then you just pay by the ounce. it's a really good place for those of us who are indecisive. :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

clothing racks

when living in a small place without much closet space, a clothing rack is a really fun way to hang your clothes. even if you're not living in a small space, having some of your favorite tops and skirts that make you feel happy when you wear them out in front of you can also make you feel happy and inspired when you see them. as long as a clothing rack always looks neat and styled, i say flaunt those pretty pieces instead of hiding them in a closet.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

21 dates of summer: concert

date numero 2 for the 21 dates of summer was a concert. we got tickets to see Zac Brown Band at an outdoor venue, but only because KJB's brother's band Northern Nights was playing on a side stage before the show! it was MEGA hot that day- 105 degrees! but we had a good time seeing their band perform (check out their current single on itunes - shameless plug) and got to see Zac Brown Band later in the night.

wifey files - our daily cleaning schedule

now that i'm a wife and in charge of someone else- wait, i mean... now that two people are cleaning our home instead of one, i decided to make up a little daily cleaning routine. each day takes 15-30 minutes of cleaning time, resulting in ZERO cleaning for the weekend. this sheet goes into my household management binder, which is also home to our monthly budget sheet, insurance information, and car maintenance information. i've seen these kinds of cleaning schedules floating around blogs and pinterest so I thought it was time to come up with one that will work for us. we started it this week, so hopefully it works well!

image via ANTM website

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

a magical find that makes my girly heart happy

my favorite thing happened this weekend. 

i went link hopping through blogs and of course, made an awesome discovery. the site i found? an amazing artist called Jirka Vaatainen who has illustrated our favorite Disney princess characters into phenomenal life-like women. i had to share my favorite princess, Aurora but i'm also MEGA in love with his version of Alice and Esmeralda.

aren't they simply stunning? that Esmeralda one gives me shivers it's so real. i encourage you to check out his behance page found here for your favorite characters as well as his other work.

what's your favorite thing you have ever found by link hopping?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

wall hangings and such

sometimes i love simple wall arrangements like these...

but often times i LOVE cotton candy...
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

21 dates of summer: breakfast

girl crush confession: I think ms. anna from In Honor of Design is pretty awesome. and when i saw she was doing a 21 Dates of Summer, i knew i had to be a copycat. so here is our first date of the 21 Dates of Summer challenge!

 weekends have always been my down time but lately KJB has been working which really isn't fun. so when we happened upon a morning that we didn't have anywhere to be, breakfast out was our first priority. now, to be honest, the hubs wasn't so excited as you can see by his sleepy face.

 it cracks me up when he wears a hat so he doesn't have to do his hair then takes the hat off as soon as we sit down at a restaurant.
 we splurged on biscuits with gravy (for him) and french toast and eggs (for me). i can never finish a meal though so he cleaned up my plate too.
and a little bit more caffeine.

have date ideas for us to try out? let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

recycled headboards

the best thing about designing bedrooms is how versitile headboards can be. headboards can be completely change the look and feel of a room. i also love how creative people are becoming with their headboard art. here's some of my favorite, recycled headboards that set the style for their room.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

backyard party lights

there is something so magical about a warm summer night and pretty, hanging lights... it's one of my favorite things about summer. what do you love about the season?

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

classic home office furnishings

see that? that office up there? yeah, i'm in love with it's classic pieces. i pulled them together so you can make this room yours.

lamp / credenza / task chair / side table / side table / side chair / desk

do you love this room like i do? would you want it for your home?

designer: Rafael de Cárdenas / photographer: William Waldron

Monday, July 2, 2012


a fun weekend + a new week

this quote was on twitter last week. it's now in a frame in my living room.

we had a splendid little weekend trip to Indianapolis which consisted of a rooftop pool, a view of the circle monument, and of course, lots of food, drinks and music. on sunday we spent some time with family, went to a very intriguing Sunday evening church service, followed up with ice cream with our mentor couple from church.

hope you all had a wonderful weekend! let's get this week off to a great start!

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