I’m really excited with how the downstairs living room came together. We first put this design together while living in the upstairs unit, which we are now remodeling. We used 90% of the same furniture as upstairs.

Here are the original inspiration pictures for the design concept:

Living Room Inspo

Living Room T&T

Here’s what it looked like before:

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basement 7

I mean, ICK, right?

Well thankfully my hubby can handle a hammer, and VOILA!

Here’s what it looks like now:



We have since finished the trim around the front door



Tristan ordered extra kitchen cabinets to make the TV build-in. We love!



A refurbished dresser-turned-shoe cabinet and side table. This was my first experience with chalk paint, my new obsession.




View from the kitchen


So what do you think?

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House Tour: Downstairs Unit Reveal

Well, the time has come when I’ve finally had a clean house and fresh flowers simultaneously. Therefore, I was able to complete the renovation pictures of our splashy new downstairs basement!

Come on In!

The Living Room.

The Bathroom.

The Kitchen.

The Bedroom.



Blue Chinoiserie + Pink

Also known as Hosting My First Shower(s).

Hello and good evening. I’ve had a few moments of adulting over the last month, namely hosting my first bridal shower and my first baby shower.

I knew the bride-to-be liked blue chinoiserie (um hello who doesn’t?) and her wedding colors were navy blue and blush pink. So for the bridal shower, I decided to “invest” in blue chinoiserie vases and dishes at thrift stores and decorate with blush linens and flowers. Here were my inspiration images:

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At that point the baby shower was already scheduled for a few weeks following. The mommy-to-be likes bold colors (her wedding colors were kelly green, black, white and gold – YES.), so I knew I wanted to do bold blue glass with magenta accents. Here were my inspiration images.


79ee94b77eb511eacade3ae5076f069bYou can see the blue glass and blue chinoiserie can kind of mix-and-match. #bonuspoints

I figured that combinations of blue and pink would always work for bridal and baby showers to come, and I plan to reuse these same items for years.

And as you know, I was already able to re-purpose the blue pieces for my blue and orange Halloweenhere’s how it turned out.

Stay tuned this week for some snapshots of each shower. I’d say a “grand reveal,” however these aren’t styled shots nor was there a professional photographer. The reality is that I am hosting a real event, not a styled shoot or “blogger party.” As such, I have real concerns other than taking Pinterest-worthy photos. Like making sure there is clothing on my body before people arrive. Trying to hide a few last-minute objects. Not burning anything and does the house still smell from what I burned earlier? Background music. Taking Saran wrap off of the food. Trying not to cuss. Etc.

Here’s another inspiration image for the road.

blue and white with profusion of pink peonies

Check back to see how everything turned out!



Easiest Halloween How-To Ever: Poison Bottles

Poison BottlesThe poison bottles were so easy, it’s almost not worth a blog post.

  1. I spent about a month collecting interestingly shaped bottles and jars. I ran them through the dishwasher and Goo-Be-Goned them to make sure there was no remaining adhesive goo.
  2. Once dry, I sprayed them with a few coats of Krylon Looking Glass separated by around 15 minutes each.
  3. Other than the fancy mirrored spray paint ($10), I really didn’t want to spend money on these, so I copy and pasted some labels off of the internet into a Word doc (I’m sure there were copyrights on some, so I’m not providing my doc – but here’s some on Google image)
  4. I printed the doc, cut out the labels and Mod Podged them on the painted jars. Even easier would’ve been to buy some Avery white 8.5 x 11 shipping labels and print on those. But when the mood strikes, you make it work! I haven’t had any issues with rippling or peeling thus far.

Poison Bottles

And that’s it!



Top 3 Items on My Halloween + Harvest Wish List

I’m always looking for super unique, quality seasonal decor. For cheap. My goal is to eventually be able to buy new (real) pumpkins each year and call it good. Or a Christmas tree, or Easter eggs. You know, the perishables.

Here’s what’s currently on my fall decor wish list, but I will probably hold off until next year or a post-holiday sale (for the brass pumpkins). But if you haven’t started decorating for fall, it’s not too late! Start here.

  1. West Elm Brass Pumpkin ($14-$24)West Elm Brass Pumpkin
  2. Aluminum Candleholders (DIY) Tin Candles
  3. Skeleton Wreath Hands (DIY)Hands Wreath

What do you think? What’s the most creative thing you’ve seen out there lately?



The Reveal: Halloween Home Tour 2015

And when some bloggers say “home tour,” they really mean it. I mean “come see three vignettes in my teeny teeny home.” And you guys, I have no energy to stage cord-free, shadow free photos. You’ll get the idea.

This year, I purchased a few new items.

  1. Fun and versatile felt balls that I can re-string with a few different color schemes (hello, Husky games!). Purchased over at GroopDealz ($13.99)
  2. A very exciting and unique burlap leaf runner from Home Decorator Collection ($23).

… and I completed a few projects that were on my list from last year:

  1. Poison bottles (instructions are coming soon!)
  2. Pumpkins on black candlesticks (which I already had from our wedding). They actually aren’t shown in these images because I have them scattered around the house.

What’s hilarious is that I didn’t even realize those ideas had been marinating in my head all year. I did both projects without referring to the list from last year!

Without further adieu, my three vignettes.


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Bluea and Orange Halloween T&T (8)


(covering up a ghetto area of the wall…also that’s a changing table we’re using as extra storage, complete with child lock)Bluea and Orange Halloween T&T (12) Bluea and Orange Halloween T&T (13)


Bluea and Orange Halloween T&T (14) Bluea and Orange Halloween T&T (15) Bluea and Orange Halloween T&T (16)

PS – Does anyone else love the HULU Christmas Fire “movie”? I work from home and have my digital fire log going in the background…it’s great!

Coming up next: the items and projects on my wish list for next year! Maybe I’ll even remember to look at it this time.



Laying the Foundation: Halloween Home Tour 2015

As we discussed last year, Tristan and I are on Team Jesus, so we don’t really do anything witch-y ghost-y curse-y in terms of decorations. We go for what I like to call “eerie over evil.”  So, anything that one might find on Sherlock Holmes is fair game – crows, spiderwebs, old books, feathers, leaves, skulls, etc.

I love decorating for Halloween because I also get a chance to use my very favorite colors in FULL FORCE (rust, orange, gold, black, white, gray).

In case you missed it, here are the last few years’ worth of decorations… check ’em out!




This year, I’ve also added touches of blue glass and blue chinoiserie, my new obsessions. I have a separate post eventually coming that will attempt to summarize just how versatile of an investment these pieces are (baby showers! bridal showers! Fourth of July! Seahawks tablescapes!), but for now, I’ll start by sharing the harvest-y looks.

Here was my inspiration:

Blue and Orange Trend Watch via Torie and Tristan

1 – Our Southern Home 2 – Tokyo Ninja 3 – Stone Gable 4 – BHG 5 – Decor Adventures 6 – Bejing Notebook 7 – Stone Gable

Fun and different, no?