Living room.

Although Autumn came a few days ago, its still been fairly warm the last few days, until today. It rained. Which put me in nesting/decorating mode. 
Not to mention, I had finally ordered curtain rods for the bay window in the living room, so I needed to hang curtains anyway.

{I apologize in advance for some of the dark pictures. The living room/hallway do NOT get good lighting, so I fiddled around and did the best I could to capture some good shots, but even then, I had to pull out my trusty iPhone and snap some shots of the entire room {like the one below}}.

This room is the first thing you see when you walk through the front door, so I wanted something that was cozy, yet dramatic.

Those curtains are the "dramatic" I wanted.

I originally purchased them for the boys' room and had already hung them in there, but wanted to see what they'd look like in here. They're staying. 
I feel they're the backbone of the room. They give it the balance the room was missing.

I was going to hang white curtains in here, and I'm sure they would have looked just fine, but these velvet beauties really make a statement.

Besides the curtains and rug, nothing was purchased. Everything else I already had, which is great. 
The coffee table I found on Craigslist last winter and I still love it. It's a solid piece that isn't overbearing, considering it's size.

 I do have a hard time styling it, though. I don't want to over clutter it, but don't want it too empty, either, so I'm still sort of playing around with it. But I do love the marble tray I picked at Marshalls the other day.

The antlers are a must in almost every room of the house, since hubby finds them while hunting/hiking and brings them back to me. They're little treasures that don't cost a penny.

And fresh flowers, of course. A must.
Amazing what a simple, white orchid does for a room.

I'm finally open to the idea of cozying up the place for Autumn, but I believe that you don't necessarily have to have warm colors, in order to do that. 

I've never really been a "brown" person, so it doesn't reflect in my home or closet, actually.
But whites, creams, grays, cooler blues {and black, ofcourse}… Yes, my love language.

I thrifted this mohair throw blanket and I absolutely love it on the couch. 
Remember, your details don't have to match exactly. Since my curtains are a shade of teal/blue and the floral chairs are a blue background, the blue-ish blanket works well in the space.

All of the black/white stripes I've got going on in this space?? I'm not so sure, haha!!!

I've been on the hunt for new throw pillows, but haven't found anything I love. I would love a floral pattern to add with the chevron print, but we'll see what I end up finding. 

I finally dug through some boxes and got some things out to put on the side tables, as well.
Lots of my things are still packed away, because of how uncertain things are with the short sale, but after being here for months, I felt it was time.

I usually bring the little brass deer out during Christmas time, but I felt they were totally appropriate for Autumn.
And that cloche? A recent find. I've been on the hunt for one, for a while. You know what it really is? A glass cover for those hideous clocks you find, thrifting!!! 
They're a LOT cheaper. I am still looking for a much bigger size, though...

 Here's a peek at the table in the hallway, that leads to the kitchen, from the living room.

 The table I found at Goodwill for under $20 and all I did was sand it down to its raw wood. It's such a stunning piece, I don't think I'll ever get rid of it. 

 I also spent some time writing on a chalk board. I haven't done that in ages!
I hung it in the hallway that leads to the garage and tv room. 
I had the floral oil painting {thats by the front door, now}, but it was just too small for that wall, so this filled it up nicely.

I had seen this image on Pinterest and fell in love with it. It's so beautiful!
I don't normally copy things to a tee, but did with this one. Although, hers is still so much prettier!

{I tried to find the original source to this photo, but I'm not finding a valid URL :( }

And there you have it! 
It's best I stayed home and decorate anyway, just means less money was spent on things I didn't really need… Anyone else feel me? Haha!

Now, to go take a nap on the cozy couch…


Gabes room.

If you've read a couple of my previous posts, you'll know that we moved.
Although we absolutely love our house, it's still not officially ours. Short sales should not be called "short", but long. Super long.

But because we've already been here for over 6 months, I had to start making the place look like ours. I couldn't take looking at the previous owners curtains anymore and was desperate to get rid of the disneyland colors on the walls. No disrespect to those who love lime green and neon pink on their walls, I just prefer grays and whites.

Because Gabe, my oldest, started middle school this week, I really wanted to give him his own space and because we had the extra room, I knew it was gonna be perfect for him.

I'll spare you of numerous photos of the before, but here is one, so you have an idea of what I was dealing with. Thankfully only those two walls were burgundy and the other two were white.
And because I had bought 10 gallons of white paint, I figured I would go ahead and use it in his room, so I didn't need to go and spend money on something I already had.

And because I chose white walls, I wanted to accent one wall, so it wouldn't just be a boring, white room.
I really wanted a birch print wallpaper, and found it for a really good price on eBay, but didn't want to hire someone to put it on, so I chose these removable triangle decals.
I found them on eBay as well and I absolutely love how much character they give the space!

I was originally gonna place the bed against the decal wall, but it didn't work, since the room is fairly small, so it only made sense to place it that way, so he had a little bit of floor space.

I kinda love all the fun patterns I ended up picking for him. None of them were planned, they just kinda happened and I'm pleased with the look.
The curtains and rug I already had, picked both up at Ross, the black/white aztec pillow is from Ikea and the orange one is from Target, that I thrifted brand new.

I wasn't going for any specific colors, so that helped with picking fun pieces out. 

His gorgeous, mid century modern dresser I thrifted at a furniture thrift shop and I think I paid less than $65 for it. I of course had to do all the work, to make it look pretty, but it was worth it. It's my favorite piece in the room!

I believe in every room having either fresh flowers or a live plant and that goes for my kids' room as well. I picked up this simple succulent type plant at Ikea for around $6 and I love the splash of color it gives.
The globe I thrifted as well. You can ALWAYS find globes at Goodwill. 
Mine is vintage and the kids love it as much as I do. They love playing "guess the country" with it.

Just to the right of the dresser, there was another bare wall and I wanted to something fun, but simple, so I did a mini gallery wall.  

Here's a beter view of that side…

The white plastic chair is from Ikea as well, but I found it at Goodwill for a fraction of the price and those little sheep skin rugs are my favorite! I have them all over the house.

Hubby shot this little beauty last year and I knew I wanted to hang the skull somewhere in the house. And now I finally had the perfect spot for it. 

It's right through the entrance...

Here's an overall view of the space.
So glad he can have something he can call his own.
{I know, the lighting is horrible in his room}

 I finally started Isabelle's room as well, and I'm just about done, so I will be sure to share with you all, what I did!

Hope you enjoyed the read and are inspired to tackle a room in your house! :)



I don't know why I thought summer was gonna slow down. We've been going and going non-stop all day, every day.

We've had lots of hot days and this is the first year we've had a pool membership, so thats pretty much where we're at 75% of the time. Chores can wait… Summer will only last 3 months around here.

Today, before we headed to the pool, we drove a little bit out of our way, to discover this beautiful field out in the country.

I told the kids I'd take them to the pool if they cooperated for a picture {I know, I'm horrible}. 

Isabelle insisted I take one of her and Kit smelling the flowers. Not sure what I'd do without my one and only little lady.

 And then theres this kid, who ABSOLUTELY hates being in pictures, but was all smiles today!

And even wanted to snap some pics himself. He's actually pretty good. 

A few minutes of us pulling over, the owner walked down and offered to take our picture! Such a sweet man. I thought for sure he'd ask us to leave, but proceeded to tell me about his farm and land, instead.
 It's a little blurry {my camera is manual}, but such a nice gesture, none the less.

I love unexpected days like today. Just an ordinary Monday, filled with a small memory that we can tuck away and talk about later.


Lavender farm.

 Just like the peony garden, I visit the lavender farm once a year and pick some fresh lavender to add to my packages that I ship.

If only you could scratch and sniff this picture...

I always feel like I'm in a different country when I'm there. It's so peaceful and the aroma, obviously.

The littles. They've grown SO much in the last year.

The kids will just run around while I sit and enjoy the scenery.
I might have to go back again, cause it's just so dang gorgeous there and so close to my house.

Whats your favorite places to visit during the summer???


Peony garden.

Every year, I drive 30min to what I call "heaven on earth".
It's a trip I look forward to every Spring and how can you blame me. 

The brooks peony garden isn't huge, but a big enough garden with hundreds of varieties of peonies. 

Almost every year I go, its rainy/drizzling and muddy, but that doesn't stop me. I knew if I didn't make my trip, I would miss out, since I waited til the end of the season to go.

Overcast makes for pretty pictures, anyway.
Here are a couple of the rascals that came with me, while the other two were in school.

Even end of the season peonies are beautiful.

The owner has every variety set in vases, so you know what each one is called.
That yellow one stole the show… Absolutely stunning.

I also grab myself a bouquet to go. It usually goes on the dining table. 

 Until next year…



Do you even remember who I am??? Haha!

Ive been horrible about keeping up on here and its simply because life took over.

In the past 6 months we've:

1. Snipped flowers from our new garden.
2. Watched our kids grow up.
3. Gone camping.
4. Got bunnies {and then gave them away a month later}
5. Watched the beautiful sunsets.
6. Celebrated birthdays at the beach.
7. Had weekends away with girlfriends.
8. Decorated, painted and DIY'd {we MOVED!!!}
9. Went to baby showers.

And everything in between!!!

If you were paying attention, you might have noticed #8… WE MOVED. Yes!!!
After living in our rental for over 6 yrs, we finally were able to house shop and settle on one that was absolutely perfect for our little family.
Except, almost 4 months later and we STILL haven't closed. Anyone else gone through this??? 
It's an absolutely draining process and requires extra-special patience. The kind I've never had to practice before.

Although the house isn't officially ours, we've slowly started making it our own, starting with painting every room in the house. 
I'm only half way done, because its a LOT of work and we have to keep the budget in mind {darn that budget!}.

I've also purchased some new furniture here and there, including my dream bed {sneak peak in #8} and tackled some projects that needed to be finished ages ago.

I will do my best to share updates and pretty pictures of things that get done around here and will covet any prayers, regarding the closing of this house!!! Or prayers for patience. Whichever comes to your mind first.

Happy Monday, friends!!!


Family photos.

This last weekend, we had our family pictures taken, by a childhood friend {Bumble Alley Photography}.
Its been 3yrs since our last shoot, so this was a big deal.

Just by glancing at them, they look like ordinary family pictures… But only if you knew what was going on in real life.

The entire week before the shoot, it was pouring rain. So everyday I prayed that we would have atleast an hour of dry weather, so we could at least get ONE family shot… The Lord answered my prayer, but little did I know I needed to pray for no wind.

The wind was SO insanely strong that day, there were moments we could barely stand and there were trees falling as we were shooting!

 The kids were freezing but did so amazing {feeding them candy after every take might have helped.. don't judge}.

I couldn't understand why The Lord gave us no rain, but such crazy wind, that there was no point of even doing my hair!

But then, I saw the pictures… 

That glorious wind gave the pictures some beautiful, beautiful drama and character that otherwise, we wouldn't of had.

One of my favorite moments were these of hubby and I… I love how black & white shots capture emotions.

And this is the reaction you get when theres a flock of ducks, suddenly, flying over you… 

I could share at least 50 more outtakes, but I'll spare you…

I am SO thankful my amazing friend braved the crazy weather and got these amazing moments on camera.

I always say it, but invest some money in good family portraits. I promise, you will NOT regret it, especially if you don't do it very often.

Also, I've missed you all!
It's been just a little busy around here, so there hasn't been much decorating or party planning… But instead, lots of cleaning, cooking and trying to keep up with laundry. You know, life.

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek through these.

Happy almost November {where does the time go}!!!