Since it looks like the cold weather is behind us, I can finally start to focus on finishing up what I like to call “phase two” of our home renovation, the exterior. When we purchased the house we had to take out every single tree and shrub in the front, along the back fence and along the side of the driveway because they were all dead. It was a little overwhelming to see the house completely “bare” but it means we have a clean slate when it comes to what trees and flowers we plant. After seeing the entirely exposed house we also realized we wanted to re-side, add white trim and replace every window (we also had to replace the roof but that was something we expected).
I am in love with how the front exterior turned out, but along with spring planting we will also be focusing on replacing the rails on our two tier deck in the back, since they are brown, to match the new white trim in the front. We are hoping to create a cozy lounge area under the covered lanai so we can spend evenings out there enjoying time with family and friends. With that in mind, I have been searching all over the internet and in every store I can think of to find the perfect setup that won’t cost us an arm and a leg.
So far, this comfortable looking sectional from Joss & Main is total front runner and after seeing this rug on a picture I found on Pinterest, I was so excited when I found out it was out major sale on Anne Selke. I have settled on the light blue and rustic wood color palette and I hope to have the same look and feel on the upper level of our deck where our BBQ is. There, we plan on putting a large outdoor dining table and maybe a few more chairs to lounge in. I have been looking forward to finishing up this part of our renovation for awhile now and it is making me so excited for the warmer months ahead. If anyone has any suggestions on easy to maintain outdoor plants send them my way I know nothing about flowers and trees, other than what I think looks pretty!
Happy Monday everyone! I hope most of you are enjoying an extra day off, or at least enjoying a stress free morning. During holiday weekends it is hard to escape the promotions and emails that come your way claiming exceptional savings and once in a lifetime deals. While some of that may be true, it is sometimes hard to determine which sales to shop and which to pass up. But, don’t worry, I’ve spent some time (probably too much time) this weekend checking compiling a list of where to shop for you, your home and even your kiddos.
I’ll be paying close attention to those home sales because we have so many spaces to still fill in the house. This sale has been high on my list and I will probably pick up some throw pillows I have been eyeing as well as these gold frames that I plan on using to create a gallery wall in our living room. But, that doesn’t mean I won’t be checking out some deals for myself, Addison or even the little nugget arriving later this year. So grab a hot cup of coffee and get cozy because you won’t want to miss any of these deals!
It has been just over a week since we closed on our new home and our renovation is well underway. While this first week has not been without its challenges and headaches, I wanted to give you a peek of what the home looked like before and lay out the scope of the project we are undertaking before we move in at the beginning of January (fingers crossed!):
-Minimal tree/shrub planting
-Full kitchen renovation
-Renovation of two upstairs bathrooms
-Renovation of master bathroom
-Enclosing the walk in closet in the master bedroom
-Updating the living room fireplace
-New molding throughout
I know, this list seems incredibly long, but the good news is there was a lot of big ticket items that were brand new in the home including a new hot water heater, a new AC unit and ducting, a new internet based alarm system and a new in ground sprinkler system all installed or replaced in the last 2-3 years.
Based on the information from the previous owners, the house was originally built in the 1950’s and this half split level, half traditional colonial home got a “facelift”, including a large extension, in the early 1990’s. So while there was nothing wrong with the home definitely it needed a little help in terms of design. The usual layout and very modern appearance worked in our favor when it came to purchasing and negating on a price. The neighborhood we are moving to is very traditional, and as is this home is a little out of place. I’ll be attempting to post regular progress and design updates here as well as over on my Instagram account using the hashtag #IBDForeverHomeProject. For now, I hope you enjoy these lovely before photos!
It’s been a little while since I’ve done a forever home update so, with less than a week until we close (eek!), I thought I would fill you in on some ideas I am putting together for our living room design. For a long as I could remember I’ve been obsessed with the idea of a green velvet sofa. I’m not sure why, but it is just one of those things that I have always had in the back of my mind that I would have in my home. While I would love to indulge my every wish, a green sofa just isn’t in the cards. But, what I am planning are some really cool green chairs (in jade)paired with this beautiful leather sofa that I have had my eye on for awhile as well. While this is our “formal” living room, these is noting formal about the way we live. I would never want people walking into our house and feeling as if they can’t kick back and relax. Mixing neutral browns, black and grays with the pop of green and gold accents will also give me blend of masculine and feminine and will transition into the rest of home nicely.
These chairs and sofa are probably more than I would have liked to spend, but our living room is the first room people will see when they enter our home. We have been saving and planning for this for this house for awhile now and I really want it to be just right. I did get to take advantage of some of the sales that happened this weekend and got a bit of a deal on the green chairs, as well as these side tables and this rug that starts around $100!. I will probably hold off on the sofa and see if I have better luck during the amazing sales that happen during Black Friday. See the thumbnails below to see what else I am planning for our living room and when we close on Tuesday I’ll be sharing a first look inside our new home, as well as a bunch of before pictures on my IG Stories!
As someone who not only does most of her shopping online, but also relies on other shopping online for a large portion of her business I love that you can pretty much get anything and everything these days with the click of a few buttons. But, I do understand when clients come to me and say “are you sure it is going to look like that in person.” There is something about touching and feeling a piece of furniture or a pillow before committing and ordering it for your home. So, with that in mind I’ve rounded up five of my favorite online retailers that allow you to order fabric swatches, so you know exactly what you are getting before you click “add to cart.”
AllModern: Up until recently I had only browsed around on this site and never actually purchased anything. Then, late last year I ordered an accent chair and I have to say they have an amazing selection of furniture and home decor items. Recently I came across this chair and I ordered a few swatch samples and just fell in love with the Reserve Jade option. I think two of these will fit perfectly in our new living room!
Ballard Designs: If you love farmhouse chic then this site is definitely for you. From bedroom furniture to accents for your kitchen you can really find it all here. I’m trying to find a set a counter stools for our kitchen and I think I have settled on this option. But I also ordered some fabric swatches in various shades of blue because these chairs are just beautiful.
Restoration Hardware: While I definitely think this retailer is on the pricier end, you can’t beat the quality and beautiful designs. Depending on the sample you might have a pay (only $3-$5 per sample), but it is definitely worth it. Right now I am looking at headboards for our master bedroom, and can’t wait for my samples to arrive.
West Elm: If you have been following me for awhile now you know my love affair with West Elm. I recently scored this oversized ottoman at the outlet by me, but I can assure you there will be a piece (or five) from their site in our new place.
Caitlin Wilson Design : This online retailer is pretty new to me but her selection of rugs definitely caught my eye. I ordered this rug sample in a few different colors originally thinking it would be great in our kitchen, but now I want to put one in every room. She also has pillows, wallpaper and other textiles and I highly recommend checking out her website.
Committing to a piece of furniture for your home can be a huge decision, but hopefully you can put your mind at ease knowing you can find great options online that let you “try before you buy” :).
Hopefully by now you have heard that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview is underway from now until July 21st. For all of you that have a Nordstrom Card you can get early access to some of the most insane deals on both summer and fall fashion and if you don’t have a card the sale opens to the public on July 22nd. But, what you might not have realized are all items that are all on sale for your home.
This sale could not have come at a better since since we will be closing on our new home in a few short weeks (ah!). While I am not 100% decided on decor choices yet, I have a pretty good idea of the colors I want to use in each room. I scooped up this basket that I will probably use in Addison’s play room, and I have been eyeing this rug that I currently sitting in my shopping cart for our guest bedroom. I also picked up a few of these marble cutting boards for myself and a few extra to use as hostess gifts for the holidays, because at $35 the price is hard to beat!
I can’t wait to pick up some of my online purchases in store today, so follow along on my Intagram to see what I bought!
This past weekend we finally got to celebrate Addison’s first birthday with our family and friends and I could not have been more excited with how the whole day turned out. Since our family spends a lot of the summer out in the Hamptons it seemed like a no brainer to have this milestone event out there too. With not a cloud int he sky we celebrated the day with our favorite people, lots of cake and fun in the pool.
While there wasn’t a real “theme” to the party, once I found these invitationson Minted I quickly realized all I needed to get the look I wanted was a bunch of colorful balloons. Although we may have spent the better part of the morning blowing the balloons up, they were just what the backyard needed to add a festive touch. These invitations even have Thank You cardsthat go with them…adorable right? I cannot believe my tiny little baby is already one, and while it makes me a little sad she is growing up so quickly, she is also turning into a smiley, funny, beautiful little girl and I cannot wait to see what the next year holds!
I know it has been over a week since I posted last and I am really sorry for slacking off. Some major life stuff has been happening and I needed a little time to myself to reflect, reevaluate, and reprioritize some things and now that I have taken that time I am ready to dive back into my weekly posts!
While a lot has been happening lately one of the biggest things is that we have purchased a new home! Yep, that’s right we are moving! A few months back Brian and I decided that while we love our little house it was getting kind of cramped over here. With a baby, a pup, a cat, and the two of us doing a lot of work from our shared home office/spare bedroom we decided that we should probably start looking and see what else is out there. When we started this whole process the one thing we both agreed on was that that if we were really going to make a move we needed this to be the last move (or at least the last move for the next 10 years or so). The two of us have moved a TON since college and we needed this move to be the move into our forever home. Now, I know nothing is a guarantee, and anything could happen, but I really truly feel that this move is going to be the last for awhile.
Another thing we both decided on when we started house hunting was that we wanted a fixer upper, something we could put our stamp on. So, the older, more disgusting, the better. The problem was, in the areas we were looking on Long Island those are actually pretty hard to come by. What is also hard to come by is a house that is a little unconventional and not your typical colonial or cookie cutter layout. I was shocked when we walked into the house that we will soon call ours, it was a little on the contemporary side (which I love), but had plenty of traditional touches.
While there is a laundry list of things to do, including gutting the kitchen, all the bathrooms, replacing the floors, and replacing the roof, one of the first items on our list is giving the exterior a major facelift. I am thinking we will paint the outside a nice off white, and accent it with black on the windows and doors. I have been going a little Pinterest crazy lately looking for inspiration, and I wanted to share with you few ideas that I definitely want to incorporate into our new place!
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I always thought I wanted to live in a red brick house with a black door. But, over the past few years my taste has definitely changed, and i have become much more minimalist and modern when it come to design choices. But, because the neighborhood we will be moving into is pretty traditional I think a nice white exterior with black accents is a perfect compromise.
There is a wonderful deck and big backyard off our kitchen and in an effort to open the space as much as possible I would love oversized doors leading out to the backyard. When we really take a look at everything and what our budget is, if that isn’t possible I would love some kind of unique doors that aren’t your typical sliders.
Ok, this picture is a bit over the top, but for the first time ever, I am looking forward to gardening. I can’t wait to rip out all of the overgrown trees in the front of the house and replace them with some low maintenance alternatives as well as adding some color to the front with tons of flowers. I have been taking notes and researching a bunch of different flower options, but if flowers are your thing feel free to give me some suggestions. Basically, I want a ton of color front floral options that are moderately easy to take care of so that even an novice like me wont’ kill them.
Finally, the front door in it’s current state is less than impressive. I would love to switch it out with some inviting and unique since it is the first impression of the house as a whole.
While it is definitely bittersweet to be moving out of the first home we purchased together as a married couple, the first home we brought our baby girl home to, and the first home I really got to design and decorate on my own, I know this is the right decision for our family. As we get closer to our closing date, and as we get ready to begin renovations on our new home, I will be sure to share all the updates and design ideas here. In the meantime, I have unlocked my secret “Inspired By…Forever Home Project” board on Pinterest, so you can follow along there for all my home design and decor obsessions.
If you haven’t already heard theNordstrom Half Yearly Sale is going on now, which means it’s time to stock up on all your summer (and off season) essentials. Whether you are planning a few stay-cations this summer, or headed off to a tropical paradise, you won’t want to miss out on your chance to pick up a some key pieces that will really make your wardrobe pop. So today, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite beach ready looks that are all under $100. I’ve had my eye on this this chambray number number for awhile and it would would be great for a casual dinner out, and these designer look a likesunniesfor only $5 definitely made their way into my virtual shopping bag this morning.
And, since it is the holiday weekend, Nordstrom isn’t the only store running a major sale. Here are some of my favorite online retailers that are all celebrating the start of summer:
Anthropologie: Additioanl 30% off sale items Asos: 20% off with code SUMMER Banana Republic: Extra 40% off with code BRTAKE40 Bloomingdale’s: Extra 20% off sale items with code BROWNBAG Express: 15% off your purchase with code 9492 Free People: 25% off all sale items Gap: 35% off your purcahse with code EVENT J. Crew: 30% off your purcahse with code WEEKEND Joe’s Jeans: 25% off sitewide Joie: Additional 20% off sale items with code MD2016 Loft: 40% off new arrivals Lord & Taylor: 20% off almost everything Macy’s: 20% off select items with code MEMDAY Minted: 15% off wedding and kids essentials with code MEMORIAL16 Old Navy: 50% off select styles
When it comes to being “trendy” when decorating your home, my philosophy is, everything in moderation. Trying to decide on the style of your kitchen or what tile to use in your bathroom can a bit confusing as you look through those Pinterest images, but you really need to ask yourself, “will I still love this in a year?” So today, I’m rounding up some of my favorite decor trends and how to achieve them in your home without having to renovate your space and spend a fortune.
Accent Mirrors: I’ve been seeing this trend everywhere, and I think its is one of the easiest ways to keep your home looking fresh without spending days painting, or racking up the credit card bills on new decor. Adding a fun mirror over a fireplace, in a hallway, or even a bathroom can really make the space stand out. This one is a great option in a hallway to break up a gallery wall, and is at the perfect price point.
Gold Accents: This next trend has been around for a little while now, but I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. Gold hardware or lighting fixtures in a kitchen, bathroom or bar area can take any ordinary space and add a bit of glam and sophistication. If you are skeptical about if this trend is for you, you can take it slow, and try switching out the hardware on a dresser or side table.
Bold Wallpaper: That’s right…wallpaper! I am loving this trend, especially in smaller spaces like a powder room or as an accent on built in shelves. My favorite part about this trend is that you don’t have to go through the hassle of getting someone to hang the paper (or hang it yourself) because there are a ton of amazing options out there for temporary wall paper, which not only makes it easy to put up, but also makes it easy to take down when you are “over” the look.
Modern Accents: If I had to choose this is probably my favorite trend as of late. Modern accents can not only be used in modern spaces but can also be mixed in with rustic elements as well as traditional designs. I have these chairs in my home and love how they look paired with my rustic farm table. I also have a similar print from minted in my daughters nursery to add a bit of color and fun to her gallery wall.
Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest to see my current home decor inspiration and obsessions, and I would love to know what design trend you all are crushing on lately. Leave your answers in the comments below!