Monday
Jun092014

Thinking about Coats...in June

The idea of a coat rack has always seemed kind of dated to me. However, now that I don't have any proper place to store my wintry things in the new house, I've realized how necessary one can be.

The one above provides the perfect pop of color in this otherwise monochromatic entry. I am also loving the bit of vintage appeal and nostalgia a coat rack can provide. I'll be scanning CL later to see what I can find.

Can't wait to start sharing some pics of how styling is coming along at the house. Follow me on @Instagram for some sneeky previews! 

Monday
Jun022014

Another Year in the Books

Today is my birthday and it marks the last year of my 20's. I feel relaxed and confident in who I am. I feel strong and calm. I feel insatiably hungry to create.   

The past year has been filled with so many challenging and yet incredibly rewarding ups and downs. At the end of the last year of my 20's, my family and I live in a new {100+ year old} home, surrounded by all of the beautiful things that we love and have spent a short lifetime collecting. My husband and I are fully self-employed and we get to march to the beat of a different sort of drummer. We are surrounded by friends and family who are inspiring and encouraging. Our hearts are very full with love and gratitude; love for eachother, love for the life we have created for ourselves, gratitude for the future.  

This year is feeling pretty powerful already. xx

Tuesday
May062014

New Shelves on the Block

I wanted to give you a little sneak peak at a project my husband and I finished today at the new house! Remember @here when I shared our plans for floating shelves in the living room...

Well, we didn't quite end up with actual floating shelves, but I could not be more pleased with what we were able to build...thanks to a little help from our awesome new tools and the coolest finishing products...

Styling is obviously so necessary, but let's not forget, we're still pretty much in the middle of a construction zone people! We've got about 2 weeks left to go...keep you fingers crossed for us please!

Now on to the details. We started off with ten 8'x12"x1" boards and cut them down to size with our Ryobi circular saw...

Heavy duty tools sort of scare me a bit, but I've got nothing but great things to say about this Ryobi saw. It's super easy to get the hang of using and incredibly accurate. I see many projects coming to life in our very near future thanks to our new Ryobi! 

After we cut down all of the boards to size, we sanded the edges and lightly stained them with Rust-oleum's driftwood stain. I actually sort of wiped it off with a rag as I was working with it to make the outcome of the stain even fainter.

The wood grain is super pretty up close...

And about those brackets...they are actually only $2 from Ikea @here! I spray painted them a metallic gold then rubbed them with the same wood stain I used on the shelves and again wiped it off. The overall look is quite aged and works so well with the driftwood stained shelves. Perfectly imperfect...

Installation was a breeze with some careful measuring and of course our Ryobi Lithium Ion Drill

We've got so much planned for this room I can hardly stand it...here's a preview of what is to come...

Sunday
May042014

Trail & Climb

Now that the inside of our home is starting to come together, I've been putting in some planning time into our yard. We've got a small grassy spot for the pups, a covered portico for entertaining and everything else is pretty much a blank slate at this point. I've got lots of ideas, but one thing I know for sure is that there will be some trailing and climbing happening...

May has been stunning so far in Richmond. Can't wait to see what the rest of Spring and Summer bring. 

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Monday
Apr212014

Tile Time

We just got the word from our contractor that our bathroom and kitchen tile is all set to be installed tomorrow. OMG...FINALLY! This is what we've been working with for the past few weeks...

 

It's gross-looking and hard to imagine where we're headed...but put your thinking hat on and picture the following...

In the kitchen we've got the most beautiful slate tile from one of my best friends who owns a slate quarry {how convenient!}. We're laying a herringbone pattern with a light gray grout. And the backsplash will be a simple beveled white subway tile with dark grout. In the master bath we're laying a white penny tile floor with a black border and the tub will be surrounded with white subway tile and dark grout {Are you sensing a theme here?}. The half bath has the most beautiful 2 inch cararra hex tile. This is my dream tile- I can't wait to see this bath all pulled together! The guest bath will be super fresh and clean with white subway in the tub surround and mint green ceramic on the floor. 

I'll be posting some pics on Instagram...follow along with me @here! xx

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