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The wonderful world of wallpaper

I love me some wallpaper.

When it came time to re-decorate a wall in our bedroom/nursery, I knew wallpaper was the way to go without spending too much money (and putting more nail holes in the wall). Wallpaper can be EXPENSIVE but I found lots of affordable options on Carter and Main, Amazon and Walls Need Love. We wanted a print that was mature enough for adults but young enough for baby. We decided on a peel and stick wallpaper because we live in a rental and it will be easy (hopefully) to take down. We landed on a whimsical forest print and love the way it turned out! You would think with the bold and dark pattern it might make the room feel smaller, but it actually made it feel bigger. Wallpaper is also a safe way to decorate a wall where a crib is up against – there’s no heavy mirror or framed art that could fall on your little one.

Final Pick: Amazon’s Groovy Garden

Total Cost: Wallpaper + extremely sharp cutting tool + smoothing tool = $131.96

Some Tips: Before ordering, measure your walls to see how much you’ll need. We got by with 4 rolls for 1 wall that measures 14 feet by 16 feet and had enough leftover to cover part of my closet. You could also use the leftovers in a drawer, cover the back of a bookshelf, or frame it for a piece or art.

Before & After

Below are some prints that might just be what you’re looking for to add some flavor to a room.

Dreamy and full of wonder | Wild! | Sweet for a nursery, bedroom or bathroom | Fun and corky | Calming | Modern neutral | Bold and artsy

Happy wallpapering to you!

Decorating With Mirrors

Mirrors bring a good energy to a room. They are great for many reasons, they reflect light, open up spaces, allow you to check if your hair looks good! But when it comes time to hanging one on the wall, there is a little bit of an art to it.

What Does The Mirror Reflect?

Mirrors are usually hung based on available wall space, but it’s important to think about what will be reflected in it. When hung opposite of a painting or piece of furniture, it will give that item even more importance—as it will if hung across form something unattractive. Hanging a mirror across from a window will increase the amount of light in the room. I also really love when a mirror reflects a pretty light fixture or chandelier.

Go BIG!

Don’t be afraid to use a large mirror in a small space. Mirrors create the illusion of depth and space so they can really help a small room feel bigger. A full-length mirror leaning against the wall is a great decorative element to use in a tiny room. Mirrors are also great for narrow spots such as hallways.

Create A Focal Point

Mirrors make great focal points. It’s why they are often placed above mantels. Hang sconces on either side and you’ve got the perfect focal point in any room. If you really want to go all out, cover a wall entirely in mirrors for a wow effect!

An awesome full length mirror for the bathroom or bedroom.

Love this round mirror and the price is on point!

A great square mirror to add to a gallery wall or on its own.

Now go hang that mirror!

Home Office Ideas

A room or corner in your home has probably been put to use a lot more recently (if you’re working from home). That space can sometimes get overlooked and might not get styled like the rest of your home. Whether you have a full room or just a wall, you can carve out a work oasis anywhere. If you don’t know where to start, add greenery, fun artwork and a lamp to begin with!

Natural

Clock, Rug, Grey Desk, Chair, Grass Stems, World Map

Modern with a pop

I know some people are against mixing brown and black, but I think it gives an eclectic look and can prevent a room looking matchy. Mixing the pink chair with neutral pieces allows it to be the pop piece in the room without being too bold.

Pink Chair, Desk Lamp, Rug, Bubblegum Art, Fig Tree, Desk

Urban Cowboy

Leather Chair, White Desk, Cow Rug, Snake Plant, Harrison Ford Art, Floor Lamp

Retro

Peel & Stick Wallpaper, Swivel Chair, Leopard Lamp, Rug, Desk, Bagels Art Print

Preppy

Flag (also love this one), Chair (cheaper version), Grey Rug, Pillow, Lamp, Desk

For Smaller Spaces (Especially my fellow New Yorkers!)

Hanging plant, Desk, Wall Shelves, Mini Lamp, Chair, Bulletin Board

Do you have a dream movie apartment?

There are some movies I watch because it’s a great story and sometimes just because I like the setting. Maybe it’s filmed in a romantic city or town – or it’s that perfect house on a perfect tree lined street and it just sucks me right in and I start imagining myself living there. Do you do this?

Have you seen The Break Up? If you haven’t, it’s an anti-romantic comedy from 2006 and it was on TV the other day and I forgot how much I love this apartment! The couple (Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn) share a condo in Chicago and one of their biggest fights is over who gets the apartment. And rightfully so because the apartment is worth fighting for. It’s vintage, cool, artsy, chic, clean, cozy, has amazing crown molding and I love it!

Bedroom.
Accent wallpaper wall. Cozy lamp. Not too matchy-matchy with different bedside tables to give that eclectic look.
Also, Jennifer Aniston’s wardrobe in this movie is a dream movie wardrobe, but that’s a whole different discussion!

Living Room. Hey there pretty built in bookcases! Adds soul & smartness to a room.
Living Room. Rattan blinds and neutral color palette. I spy 2 cozy lamps 🙂
Kitchen. Love the wood butcher block island.
Dining Room. Open flowing space. Lovely french doors that lead to the kitchen and the raw wood table.
Living Room/Hallway. Cool patterned – corky chairs.

Do you have a favorite movie apartment?

Should you add one of these fiddle~leaf trees to your home?

It seems like most people (including myself) now have a ficus lyrata in their home. Commonly known as the fiddle-leaf fig, native to western Africa and can grow up to 12–15 m tall! It brings the outside inside in a very minimal way and isn’t too overbearing of a plant. I think it can help liven up any room and make it feel happier!

Below is a round up of some of the best looking ones on the market right now!

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I have this one in my living room and it changed the look of the room SO much!
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in Basket
Comes with the basket | Medium height to fit under a picture or add a touch of comfort to a room
Lush with broad leaves

Potted Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig 5' - Image 1 of 7
Faux Potted Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees | Pottery Barn

Some fun baskets & pots to put them in:

2 tone boho look
Jodi Mid Century Table-top Planter - White - 7.5"H x 4.5"W x 4.5"D (Inside pot: 4.5"H x 3.75"W)
Under $30! Modern & Sleek
Pot a plant or put laundry in – dual purpose!
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Below $50! If you have taller ceilings and want to draw the eye up- these are great to add height to a room
Just the Pot Bloomscape Ecopots
Classic Clay Pot – adds a subtle pop of color to a space
Can’t go wrong with a classic black and white basket

Happy tree shopping to you!

A Maximalist Corner

Decorating with shutters creates texture & depth to a space. These distressed shutters gave us a shabby chic rustic vibe.

My go-to workouts when I only have 5, 10, or 15 minutes to spare!

5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

A prenatal workout I loved doing when I was pregnant

Go move that beautiful body!

xoxo,

Kendra

Mom’s French Country Bedroom Reveal!

Ok, so my mom has been searching for “what her style” is for some time now and I think we finally figured it out – French Country. This woman has touched every corner of her house with a paintbrush. I really think she could have her own book with all of the styles and themes she has designed over the course of her life. She decorated her bedroom like this about 16 years ago, and don’t get me wrong, it’s cool and definitely unique, but, it was time to update that sucker. It took us about 2 weeks from start to finish and it looks fabulous!

Total cost: $120.00 for 3 cans of paint. To keep our budget low we are working with what she has. Thankfully, she has some really unique and beautiful pieces that she’s acquired from estate & garage sales over time. This has made it easy to go shopping throughout the house or shed or trailer when we need something.

The Before

How cool is this painting of my dad when he was in high school! (although it didn’t make the final cut)

The Inspiration

*Inspiration photos courtesy of Pinterest | Thistlewood Farms | Savvy Southern Style.

What we did:

~ Painted the walls and ceiling with 2 coats. Took painting shifts – I worked for 45 minutes while mom watched the baby, and then we switched. This worked really well for us & made time fly by!

~ Moved furniture around and changed the set up.

~ Swapped the curtains, changed the rug, got rid of the majority of the wall accents and kept it minimal.

The After

We thought about trying to cover the chandelier cord with a mirror or a cord cover, but in the end we liked the raw look and kept it as is.

Get the French Country look:

  1. Chandelier
  2. Chair
  3. Hydrangeas
  4. Stacked suitcases
  5. 4 Poster Bed
  6. Muted color palette
  7. Aged piece of furniture

Mom now loves to retreat to her bedroom ~ Let us know your thoughts or questions below!

Family Photos

December 2019

It only took us about 15 years to finally hire a professional and get these done, but better late than never! Thank you Haley for capturing the vibe we were going for: @ home casual

From our Family to Yours

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Sweet Home Friday: Ideas for your weekend

  1. Christmas in July! There’s only 1 weekend left of the incredibly amazing/bad Hallmark movies. Break out your holiday jammies & get that hot cocoa ready because Santa is only in town 1 more weekend! Full schedule here.
  2. Canopies! If you don’t have any shade around your pool or patio, this is a great option.
  3. Dinner Ideas!
    1. Breakfast (pancakes + butter, eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls…etc…etc…)
    2. Popcorn + cheese (muenster is my fave) + grapes & apples + wine
    3. Pasta + butter + lemon juice + parmesan cheese

T.G.I.F.

Let there be light! Lamps on a budget

I love lamps. They instantly add coziness and warmth to a room, but choose the right bulb wattage. There are so many to choose from now and can really make a difference on the glow it puts out.

A chart that might be helpful for choosing the right wattage

Below are a roundup of some of our favorite lamps. Target always has a great selection and don’t forget TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods, Tuesday Morning, Hobby Lobby and hit up your favorite thrift store if you’re up for the hunt!

Under $50

RANARP work lamp with LED bulb off-white 17 " 7 " 5 ' 3 "
Clean work lamp with an old soul. Comes in white & black
Industrial & Concrete
HEKTAR floor lamp with LED bulb dark gray 53 W 71 " 12 " 73 5/8 "
Simple floor lamp. Would look great behind a chair or in a corner that needs some love

Under $100

Antique Brass Arc Table Lamp - Image 1 of 6
Minimalist. Comes in black or gold. Would look cool on bedside tables and don’t take up too much space
Sampson 22" Table Lamp
Rattan. Would bring a light and airy feel to a room
Gives off a luminous glow with the frosted globe
SKOTTORP / SKAFTET floor lamp base w light blb, arched gray 84 " 69 " 17 " 19 " 79 " 13 W
Acts as an overhead light but sits on the floor
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Retro table lamp

Under $200

A plug in wall sconce
Earthy & Modern. We have this one in our living room and love it!
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Preppy. Would look great in an all white bedroom or in a living room
Bejou 60" Tray Table Floor Lamp
2 in 1: A lamp and a table! Super sleek and modern
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Boho Vibe

Fun Outdoor Lighting Options All Under $50

Edison Style
SOLVINDEN LED string light with 12 lights outdoor/multicolor 13 ' 1 " 16 " 14 ' 5 " 3.0 W 27 ' 7 "
Colorful & Fun
Clear Glass Solar
SOLVINDEN LED solar-powered pendant lamp outdoor/globe pink 2 Lumen 9 " 7 " 7 "
Would look cool hung in a tree

Go light up a room!

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