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Friday, August 1, 2014

Our current master bedroom


I'm planning to do a complete redo of our master bedroom (or at least the major items in it) so I wanted to capture how it looks currently so there will be a great before and after. There is nothing really wrong with how it is now or the current pieces other than the builder beige really needing to go.  But after 5 years with this furniture, I've decided to go with a more mixed look and want some different sizes from what I picked out for our bedroom from our first home. I'm also ready for a new bedding look using a lot more white. I plan to sell the duvet cover and sham (they are organic pottery barn and in excellent condition).

Try to ignore that white spot of primer on the wall. We had a small crack fixed (normal part of the warranty period) and told them not to bother to put paint over the primer since we plan to change paint colors. Also try to ignore the wrinkles on the duvet.... I got lazy and didn't finish ironing it after I washed it. I lack the ironing patience my mom has.



These hydrangeas are one of my favorite parts of the room. I love love hydrangeas and we had blue ones just like this (only real) hanging on the pews for our wedding.


This full length lovely mirror is one of my most recent HomeGoods purchases (sure you can tell that by the stickers and cardboard still attached). I've been looking for one for awhile and the last one we got ended up having imperfections on it and had to be returned. I scoured this one just to be sure and it looked great and for only $100, it's a great addition.

You may also be wondering about all those paint swatches on the wall. Well we have finally picked a winner so I'll do a separate post on all the blues I sampled and what color the room will eventually be painted. I can't wait for it to be painted so we can hang things on the wall.


This vanity used to be in the master bathroom in our old house in this nook area where we opted not to have a garden tub. Since this house's master bath has a garden tub there wasn't a good spot for the vanity so this is a temporary place for it. It's not really the look I'm going for in any of our rooms but since it was my granny's I don't want to get rid of (not yet anyway). It will probably end up in one of the guest rooms when we redo this room.



Source List:

Duvet cover and shams: Pottery Barn Sausalito Stripe, similar
Other bed pillows: made by my mom and I
Bed skirt: Bed Bath and Beyond (I think), similar - only $14 from Amazon
Headboard: Furnitureland South
Leather storage bench: HomeGoods
Nightstands: Magnussen furniture from Furnitureland South
Nightstand lamps: HomeGoods
Frames: Marshalls/HomeGoods
Candle and glass candle holder: Homegoods
Rock mixture in candle holder (hard to see): Michael's
3 candles on bench tied with jute: Walmart
Woven tray: gift from Williams Sonoma, similar
Light fixture: Progressive lighting
Tall dresser: Magnussen furniture from Furnitureland South
Big white vase: Goodwill and spray painted antique white
Hydrangeas: Michael's
Blue/Brown candle holder: gift
Wall mirror: HomeGoods very recently
Media chest/dresser: Magnussen furniture by Furnitureland South
Bronze lantern thing:
Books: Habitat ReStore
Vintage mason jar: The Depot at Gibson Mill, similar
LAUGH glasses with small candles: dollar store and HomeGoods, easy tutorial for using paint pen on the glasses
Large glass vase with sticks: HomeGoods
Recliner: HomeGoods
Dream pillow: dollar store canvas bag turned into pillow
Vanity: from my granny


As you can see from this list, HomeGoods has been a wonderful source for furniture and decor!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What I Wore: Yellow Skirt and Dot Buttondown


Yellow is just so happy so wearing it definitely brightens up my day. If you think you cannot wear yellow then try it as a skirt or shorts where the color isn't right next to your face or accessorize with yellow. I wore this outfit to work but for a more casual outfit you could pair it with cowboy boots. The skirt is so comfortable... I've been in search of a similar black skirt.




Navy polka dot button down: Gap Outlet, similarsimilar
Yellow skirt: Loft Outlet, similar, similar, midi skirt, similar
Cognac belt: Old Navy, similar, similar
Cognac flats: Aerosoles, similar, similar, very similar
Gold disk earrings: Towne & Reese, similar, similar, similar


Linking up to: What I Wore WednesdayWhat I Wore to WorkBecause Shanna Said SoTucker UpPTMT Get Pin-spiredTip Junkie

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nantahala Cabin Weekend


A few weeks ago, we had a wonderful cabin weekend away with friends in the Nantahala area near Bryson City! Eric and I stopped in Asheville on our way to walk around for a little bit and have dinner. We browsed through a few shops and took in a large drum performance in one of the squares (there are always random street happenings like this in Asheville).





We then drove just a few minutes away from downtown to the river district area to have dinner at The White Duck Taco Shop. It is a la carte tacos and such with indoor and outdoor seating. It reminded me of Tacodeli in Austin. The salsa trio and the tacos were delicious! I couldn't even get a picture of Eric's tacos before he had eaten too much of them. The best one was definitely the fish taco (one of Eric's).



Once we got close to the cabin area we headed straight for the Nantahala Brewery for a few hours to meet up with two of the other couples. It was a a really nice brewery with plenty of space and had a built in stage where a band was playing. Everyone seemed to enjoy the large selection and variety of brews too. After that we headed to the cabin and the other two couples arrived bringing the total to 10 people. The cabin had 3 bedrooms (one of which was this bunk room where we stayed) so there were beds for 8 people but then also a couple of futons in a room with a pool table.


The next morning we went on a hike through part of the Appalachian Trail starting near the Nantahala Outdoor Center. It drizzled most of the steep and narrow hike but at least it wasn't hot.







Then we went back to the brewery for the afternoon. Then we came back to the cabin to relax and start the fire in the fire pit. The cabin also had a hot tub.





That evening we grilled dinner, relaxed by the firepit and had some fun with sparklers and fireworks. Did you know that you can just toss a whole box of sparklers into the fire and it will make the fire turn all kinds of cool colors? Try it!






Later we played our new favorite game for a group, Cards Against Humanity. It's basically a hilarious adult version of Apples to Apples. After playing it once at Kiawah, we immediately ordered it off Amazon so we could have one of our own. Oh and some midnight snacks that Sean and Angie's dog was anxiously awaiting.




The next morning we packed up and headed back to Charlotte. Eric and I made a brief stop in Hickory for lunch at Cafe Gouda (awesome lunch spot that also serves breakfast food for lunch).


It was so nice to have a little getaway to the beautiful NC mountains!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I Wore: Teal Top Three Ways


I'm about to demonstrate why you need a teal top in your wardrobe. Teal/Turquoise (I think these names are really interchangeable from my experience) is one of my favorite colors if not my very favorite because it looks great and goes with so many other colors. So... get some teal in your life!

The 1st I wore to work, the 2nd I wore out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants (I thought we'd be doing a lot of walking around otherwise I would have worn cuter sandals) and the 3rd I wore to an evening baseball game in uptown - actually on the same day I wore the 1st outfit to work! It made for an easy swap into shorts, flip flops and different jewelry after work for a completely new and casual look.



Teal top: Loft, lots of similar options below
Blue/purple blazer: Loft Outlet, very similar, similar - on sale at Nordstrom (semi-annual sale)
Black straight dress pants: Loft, similarsimilar, similar
Gray flats: Anne Klein iflex
Red statement necklace: Pick Your Plum, similarsimilar
Silver earrings: made by me
Red lipstick: Revlon Colorburst Red Velvet
Gray printed pants: Loft Outlet, ssimilar, similar, similar
Sandals: Rainbows
Gray teardrop necklace: Groopdealz, similar - great statement necklace to have in your collection (comes in lots of colors)
Gray studs: Towne & Reese, similar
Cobalt nail polish: Revlon Colorstay Indigo Night
Tan striped shorts: Loft Outlet, similar, similar, similar
Pink necklace: Towne & Reese
Pink earrings: Towne & Reese, similar
Aviator sunglasses: Loft Outlet, very similarsimilar

Below is an assortment of similar teal/turquoise tops. Just click on the numbers below the picture grouping to get to the individual sites for each top. I really like 1, 4 and 7.



Left to right: 1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  6.  7.  8.
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