Wednesday, November 14, 2018

2018 Ultimate Gift Guide

Ladies & gentlemen...its that time of year again...drumroll please:

Hosted by Jessi's Design & Life As The Mrs

I hope that y'all will be able to check off a ton of boxes on your Christmas shopping lists after linking up and checking out today's posts. I simply love this time of year and I've tried to keep my suggestions more on the affordable side. I've grouped the list by hostess gifts, gifts for her, gifts for him and gifts for littles. My littles sections is girl specific so I apologize to the boy Mama's in advance for that! Anyway, Its so easy to get caught up and stressed out in the hustle and bustle of the season so grab a glass of wine, stay home and browse these ideas from fellow bloggers! Cheers y'all and remember, Jesus is the real reason for the season. (Thoughts & prayers to all those affected by disaster and trauma in CA) Lets jump in and start with gifts for the hostess - we all have a family gathering or party to attend this season so keep simple hostess gifts in mind (aka see below) then read on for her, him and babes.

Thanks for linking up today!

6. PJs
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Family Portraits 2018

Hey y'all and happy Monday! Today I HAVE to share some of our family pictures we had done last week for two reasons: 1. because I adore them and 2. because we haven't done professional pics since Andi was SEVEN MONTHS old! I know...crazy. I usually just get a friend or a family member to snap a quick pic for our Christmas cards and the hubs doesn't love professional shoots so we just never do them. However, I am SO happy that we did. Time to order ALL the canvas' and prints y'all. 

Also, don't forget to link up with us like normal on Wednesday because I'm joining forces with Brittany from Life as the Mrs. to bring y'all the ultimate 2018 gift guide!

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Favs

Hey y'all and happy Friday! My Favs this week are below but I want to let y'all know that next Wednesday, Brittany and I are hosting the Ultimate Gift-Guide link-up and want y'all to join us! Come link-up as usual and share your favorite gifts or what's on your own wishlist this year. I can't wait to see what y'all come up with #FavTimeof Year 

Happy weekend friends! xo

1. All the pup snuggles since Miss Emma Jo finally had a bath
2. Girl time that I forgot to share last week!
3. Gift Guide Link Party!
4. We made the local paper on Halloween!
5. These pagoda canisters I scored on Marketplace for $45!
6. Fall family pics preview!

Next Wednesday the 14th! 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Furniture Wishlist

Hey y'all and happy mid-week! I completely dropped the ball on drafting this post before this morning and I'm having trouble with the link-up widget thingy. It works for Jenn but will not work for me for some odd reason! Does anyone have a different site they use or have any suggestions? I'm totally open. 

Anyway, today I've compiled some swoon-worthy stuff that has made its way onto my new 'old' house list of things to purchase. Luckily the living room is literally being duplicated and I'm using all of our current things (BUT need new coffee table and end maybe its not totally off the hook) but a few rooms are getting total makeovers so to speak. The dining room is definitely getting an overhaul. I've already scored a bamboo Thomasville Allegro table and 8 chairs and even though it still needs to be laquered, it was quite the steal! I need a buffet and sideboard or huntboard and chandelier with medallion and I think that's really all I am going to put in there. New rugs throughout the house and maybe some curtain upgrades. Below is my design board for the new dining space:

For the kitchen, I only need to purchase the two island pendants and the barstools for the island. (of course appliances but we'll cover that later)  I've had my eye on the Dayna stools from Ballard Design for what feels like centuries...gah why are they so expensive?! I need four of them and I'm swooning over the black version since our island is most likely going to be black with white countertops. The w surrounding cabinets will be white with black quartz countertops so I think it will be a nice contrast and pop.

Other pieces I have my eye on via Joss & Main & Ballard Designs

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Reno Update

Hey y'all! I have FINALLY gotten my act together and I'm ready to share an update on all things home renovation #3. We have been keeping ourselves busy and when the inside is still mostly down to studs, its hard to really see whats been going down via pictures alone. Exterior wise, I can share some mega changes. Our new windows were installed last week and let me tell y'all, I was super nervous about these babies going in.... all 37 of them to be exact. If you recall from previous posts, we decided to take the plunge and go with the black paned exterior windows to create a contrast since the home originally didn't have shutters. So I'm leaving work and driving to the new 'old' house..taking deep breaths...trying not to close my eyes because you know, I'm driving...pull in and look up at the new windows...

 Cut to this reaction with a side of 'whew':

I really like the way they turned out! They're definitely dark but for some reason I fall more in love with them every single time I drive up. They're way more modern-esq than I am used to but it really fits the home. Having them installed in the kitchen is the best part - no more plywood! The natural light in the future kitchen is unreal. You can also see how white the window wrapping is on the outside and that gets me super excited to get the new siding on. We're going with the thicker 7 inch white insulated siding and it will make the world of difference out there. Bring the sunglasses because this home has had a slight dingy hue to it since about 1973 y'all. Bless its heart. 
close-up of black pane design - new wrapping on left
Big picture window in living room - outside & inside view
inside kitchen with no more boarded up windows! Let there be light! Pineapple transom is going above the door - scroll down to see 

other side of kitchen - MORE light! 

We're keeping the diamond decorative windows white so the detail continues to stand out -
we felt like that character would have been lost if we went with black
Outside view of kitchen - deck will be expanded to span house

Also moving right a long (well sort of) is the roof. When the first sheets of metal went down {finally} I was definitely singing some praises. The charcoal versus the old green is definitely the vision I had in mind for this reno since day one. I can't wait to see this completely finished. The wiring and electric is just about finished and hubs + Pop have done a fantastic job adding this sort of work to their renovation resume. However, this leaves me with (I kid you not) 15 specific light fixtures that I need to start shopping for. I pretty much have the kitchen pendants, entryway, dining room, living room and bedroom lights picked out but I'm stumped on hallway pendants (I need 3) the top of the stairs fan versus light decision, sun room lights, closet chandeliers and wet bar....HELP!
too many lights!

Because this looks like a ball of fun ....

and speaking of lights - hubs just added 4 can lights yesterday to the closet so that a decorative chandelier won't be the only light source in there. I had randomly asked via text if it was too late to add these and he installed them in about 3 hours without even telling me. Ahhhhh true love y'all! (haha) #RenovationRomance Have I mentioned we've been through 3 renovations and we're still married?
4 extra can lights with wiring for chandy in the middle
Bring on the new closet! 

Last but not least - fast forward a couple of days - look what hubs and Father-in-law (Pop) installed! I know I've been talking about this beauty for so long it seems but to actually see it brought me to happy tears. I'm IN LOVE with this little custom piece and it just adds so much to the kitchen. Imagine the lights on at night time and seeing it from the outside too! I love that when you walk into the front door it will be the first thing you see down the long hallway.

#Pineapplelove #Swoon 

Overall things have been really coming together faster than I had originally imagined. Its my favorite thing in the world to see this gem of house being restored to its former glory. We still have a long way to go but this evening our HVAC guy is coming to do a walk through and we've hammered down dry wall cost estimates. If you're still reading, Thank you! Stay tuned for more updates and I'll be sure to do another recap once the roof is completed. After the roof completion, I'll try and start back up with weekly reno updates. In the meantime, follow my insta stories for more sneak peeks.

Happy Halloween y'all!

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