Show & Tell

1|| Farewell Paperie Etsy


2|| When I Grow Up’s DIY Firework Stencil


3|| Olivia’s Nursery Reveal


4|| Decor & The Dog’s DIY Industrial Lamp

How to Make Your Own Industrial Lamp

5|| Bijou Karmen’s Garlands

535199acb120b067b5b60571c287e6ceHappy Blogging!



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Dani’s Dorm Room

I can not believe that my little sister is going off to college. It feels like just yesterday, she was going to her first day of  elementary school in pigtails.

I’m very excited for her new adventure, but let’s be honest, I’m even more excited for her dorm room. So of course, I made up a mood board for her. Behold, the coolest dorm on the planet:

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Just in case anything strikes your fancy, the sources are below.

Bedding|| Pillow|| Nightstand|| Lamp|| Picture Frame|| Knobs || Piggy Bank|| Floral Print|| City Print|| Amazing Print|| Terrarium|| Pinboard|| Hello Beautiful Box||

Happy Shopping!


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Fiddle Leaf Fig

It’s been months since I’ve purchased both my fiddle leaf figs, and they’re still alive. I’ll admit though, that the one in the dining room is lasting much better than the one in the bedroom.

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These things are finicky to say the least. Don’t water them too much but don’t let them completely dry out. Let them have sunlight but don’t put them in directly in front of it. Don’t make direct eye contact but keep admiring them. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?!

To try and maintain their happiness aside from sometimes watering and sometimes giving it sunlight – you need to also make sure to clean off the leaves every once in a while. It’s the same thing you’d need to do with your face.

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But I’m feeling we’re nearing the end with this one.

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Luckily there are some great faux ones out there to choose from, when if this one fails. Take a look at Kirsten’s post to see all the options!

Faux Fiddle Leaf Figs

 Happy Gardening!


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Show & Tell

1|| Young House Love’s Gallery Wall


2|| Greg Klassen’s River Tables


3|| Emily Henderson’s DIY Table


4|| Kristin Davis Designs’ Pineapple Wall 


5|| Anthony D’Argenzio’s East Village Apartment Before & After 



Happy Blogging!


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Kitchen Makeover

I have a lot to say about this kitchen. I want white cabinets, stainless steal appliances, a farmhouse sink, new countertops and a gorgeous backsplash. But, this isn’t our forever home and we wouldn’t see much of a return on investment.

However, the things I could change are the paint color and to redecorate the countertops.



Now I have a bright blue kitchen with fewer accessories – mostly white to pretend I have white cabinets.


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Alex and I are debating to paint the cabinets. He’s afraid it won’t look professional and I just want to avoid the headache, tantrums and breakdowns of the actual work. I could use some helpful input if you’ve got it. Mainly, a magic fairy that will paint them for us at no cost…


 Happy Decorating!



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Organizing Projects & Inability to Use B-Day Presents in a Timely Manner

One of my first projects this summer was to update our file folders. I finally broke out my label maker (a birthday present…7 months ago…). Then to add some color, because of reasons, I put washi tape on the folder tabs.


I had a large garbage bag full of papers to shred, by the time I cleaned the files out. Now everything has its place and I can easily find anything I’d ever need.


Next up was getting our budget in order. Each month we write down all our expenses in their specific category so we can sort out our spending habits. I know that there are programs to do this, but I’m much more of a pen and paper girl when it comes to lists.

So I broke out yet another birthday present from a couple years ago (man I’m bad at that…) and laminated the charts.

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I’ve got to say that being organized is such a weight off one’s shoulders, especially when it comes to all the papers we end up with (bills, doctor records, pay stubs, taxes, etc). So if you need help or direction, or local and just want me to do it for you; I’m happy to do so!

Happy Organizing!


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Painting & Thrifting

I hope you all had a great weekend! We celebrated the 4th with some good friends and good food.

Then like the good little decorator I am, I started painting at 9pm, because what better way to celebrate our independence than painting the kitchen?

A combination of 3 rollers, several Cokes and 7 hours later, I was done!


Yes, it is becoming abundantly clear that I need to paint the cabinets white. But I don’t wanna.

I’ll be styling the kitchen this week so y’all can get the full effect of how awesome this color is!

I also had the Goodwill Gods smile upon me on Saturday. Aside from bobbleheads of all members from N*Sync with certificates of authenticity, mind you, I found the some little measuring hedgies!! I instantly knew these were discontinued from Anthropologie and wondered why on earth someone would part with them. I grabbed them tight and just recently let go to write this post.

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So how did you celebrate the 4th? Any good thrifting finds lately?

Happy Monday!


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Happy 4th of July!!!!

Here’s a little humor to kick start your celebrations.

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Now be safe and have fun!


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Behold Our Nerdararium

I haven’t hidden the fact that Alex and I are super nerds, but I may not have mentioned that he makes video games for a living. So our second bedroom is his home office where he works on projects and conducts, “market research.” That’s why for now, this room is as nerdy and fun as possible!

But first, I need to explain why I’ve never posted pictures of this room before. This was basically our junk room. Everything we had no idea what to do with, went in here.

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After some Craigslist adventures, a couple trips to Goodwill and the dump, we were able to make room for a new corner desk from Ikea. I framed some old comic books, and added in some pretty Target accessories with his nerd toys. And now we have a perfect nerd escape!


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Yup, there’s no more hiding it – we’re huge nerds!

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Happy Decorating!


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A Perfect Depiction of…

How Alex and I figure out big life decisions


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