Hey you, happy Monday! I don't know about you, but since becoming a stay at home mom a little over 2 years ago, I have practically been living in the "mom uniform". You know, the slobber stained yoga pants, baggy tee shirt and messy bun? Yup, that's me.
But lately I have been trying to take a few extra minutes in the morning for some self care- and trust me, it's long overdue! I have found that if I put on a bit of mascara, spray in some dry shampoo, and throw on a few timeless accessories, that I feel like a completely different person.
It seems like a no brainer, but just reminding myself to take an extra 20 minutes in the day for those few things can really make me feel better. Now let's be honest... I'm not busting out the spanx and stilettos for a target run but something as simple as throwing on a real pair of pants and a new cool watch can really change my attitude on the day. Which is why I am so excited to share my new favorite accessory with you- my Jord watch.
Why am I obsessed with Jord? It goes with anything!
Jord offers so many versatile and timeless pieces that it was hard to choose just one. I immediately fell in love with their unique wooden bands and knew it would be the perfect everyday accessory. I chose the "Frankie" series Zebrawood and Champagne watch and I couldn't be more obsessed. I love how neutral it is, and that I can pair this timeless piece with just about anything. Leggings and a baseball cap, sure. Booties and a chunky sweater? Yup! You can dress this watch up and you can dress it down, and what mom doesn't love versatility?
"Native to West Africa, zebrawood offers a striking grain contrast and exceptional finish. Although the growth rings are very pronounced, the wood occurs naturally with both large grain and fine grain patterns. Zebrawood is considered a luxury hardwood and is most commonly used in veneer application. JORD uses only whole wood stock to create our Zebrawood watches."
Check out the entire women's collection here
orange cardigan linked here
Great gift idea! You can personalize it!
One of my favorite things about Jord watches is that you can personalize them. That's right- Jord offers personalized engraving on their watches AND their one of a kind cedar boxes. How cool is that? Talk about a perfect gift idea! With the holidays quickly approaching, I have a feeling my next Jord will be one of the men's series for my hubby- the real watch fanatic in this house!
I am thinking something along the lines of "Our love is timeless" or "Every second I love you more". You know, something sweet that will prove that I still love him even when I'm nagging because he forgot to put the toilet seat down or put his laundry away- ha!
Unique simplistic design- Truly one of a kind!
Since receiving my Jord watch in the mail, I have gotten so many compliments on it. Everyone that sees my new timepiece can't get over how beautiful and different the design is. It's very simplistic and like nothing they have ever seen- and I love that!
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I have a confession... We have lived in our home for 5 years now, and I am JUST now getting around to making our guest bedroom presentable. For the last few years I have been sharing images of our home on Instagram and Facebook and not once have I shared photos of our upstairs because, well, it's just not worthy.
We have lived here for years but all the while we have been trying to move back east, and because of that I kept making excuses on why I should wait, and thinking that there was "no point" in spending time and money upstairs. Well, a few weekends ago I decided there is a point. It was time. We have family and friends that stay with us pretty frequently and although I am sure they don't care what their quarters look like- I do. I wanted to be sure that when our parents or siblings come and spend a week with us, that they aren't just sleeping in a bed surrounded by 4 blank walls- which is exactly what this bedroom was before. Seriously. See embarrassing "BEFORE" photo below.
My starting point:
I know, I know... not too inviting, eh? Now, being that this was our guest room and wasn't being used TOO often, I didn't want to spend a fortune to update it. I knew we could make use of the current bed frame and nightstand, and that I would need to buy new bedding, window treatments, and possibly a new piece of furniture or two. But I was in luck... Driving home one day in the pouring rain, I saw a large amount of furniture out at someone's curb with a sign that said "free". Some in decent shape, and some not. I pulled over and started rummaging through to see if there was anything I could use, and low and behold there was! I loaded my SUV with two large man made shelves and a heavy oak bookcase while someone smiled and waved from the kitchen window. (I have no shame if you can't tell..) Here is what I left with:
For the rest of the room, I defintely wanted cute and stylish, yet affordable which is why I shopped my attic first, and then went to Ikea and Hobby Lobby second. I did a lot of running around and pulled this bedroom together in less than 2 days! I am the type of person that once I start something I want it done NOW. My husband has a love/hate relationship with that obsession of mine, HA! But in this case, I think it paid off.
Here is the finished product...
Where did I use the garbage picked shelves and bookcase you ask?
It's almost like they were made for this spot, don't you think? As I always say, a little paint goes a long way and nothing beats FREE!
The exact black and white framed print in photo can be purchased here!
Sources for the rest of the items are at bottom of post!
One more Before and After:
So, what do you guys think? A bit of an improvement? Would you stay here? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
If you love the way this turned out, you are in luck! You can shop this look directly, by click through the images below.
Happy shopping, friends! And remember, just because it's on the curb doesn't mean it's trash.
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Hello and happy Wednesday! As you can see by the title, today I am sharing my Wal-Mart favorites with you. Yes, you heard me right... Wal-Mart. If you're like me, you may have already noticed the new Wally World ads on your social media accounts where they are advertising super trendy and modern home decor and furniture. The first time I saw one of the ads I had to do a double take. Actually, lets be honest... the first FEW times I saw the ads I had to make sure I was seeing correctly- I couldn't believe my eyes. Wal-Mart?! Are they finally stepping their game up or what is going on here? Well, it appears as thought they are and I am HERE FOR IT.
Not only does their website offer many decor styles such as Farmhouse, Traditional, Boho, they also have a lot of Mid-Century, Scandinavian, and Modern decor as well. And the best part? Most of these goodies are at famously affordable Wal-Mart prices. Woop woop! If they keep this up, I think they may just be giving 'ol Target a run for their money! ...Did I just say that?
Luckily for you, you don't need to spend hours searching the web to find some of the best pieces Wal-Mart has to offer, because I already did that for you! I have gathered my top 30 favorites pieces all the way from wall-art and vases, to lighting and furniture so that you guys can shop directly! And trust me, there is more where these came from!
I should also point out that in no way is this post sponsored by Wal-Mart! I just had to share with you guys- it's only fair! HA
Happy shopping, friends!
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Hello again! Did you guys get a chance to check out my latest blog post? The beautiful and DRAMATIC kitchen remodel that I designed over at my client Abigail's house? If not, here is a refresher:
That kitchen might go down in history as one of my favorites ever, BUT if you read that blog post you might remember that I mentioned restyling her entryway and living room as well. Abi wanted a fresh look and some new accessories in both spaces, while keeping all of their existing furniture. Sometimes all it takes is for another set of eyes to get a fresh perspective on a space, and thats what I did. I incorporated all of Abigail's current furniture, while giving paint and DIY suggestions, along with helping her make some choices on their fireplace remodel. This scope of work fell perfectly into my "Enhancements" package that I offer on my website which can be viewed here.
Let's take a look at the living room BEFORE:
As you can see, Abi already had furniture that I could work with, and a large space filled with possibilities. As per usual, my first thought is paint. that. oak. If you have been following me for a while you are probably not surprised by that. I am a firm believer that a little paint goes a long way, and by "paint" I usually mean white. Brighter is better in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the look of ALL oak, and I do love the warmth of natural wood tones, but in Abigail's case there was just a bit too much of it. The beautiful beams on the ceiling, the hardwood floors, the built-in window seating, all of the trim work, and the fireplace mantle. It was a lot. We needed to brighten and modernize the space while bringing my client's funky and colorful personality in.
For the fireplace we decided to do something very similar to the kitchen island meaning we removed the river rock completely, and instead replaced it with shiplap. The only difference being that instead of the shiplap being "White Dove" by Benjamin Moore, I chose "Peppercorn" by Sherwin Williams in a matte finish. The shiplap brings in the farmhouse vibes but also adds a more modern feel with the darker paint color. The existing corbels were replaced by industrial bolts, and the hearth replaced by a black natural slab. Here is the finished result:
And a side by side BEFORE & AFTER:
* All items seen in this post will be linked at the end for you to shop!
Now for the rest of the living room! I should note that Abi had a decent budget for decor items but it really didn't take too much. I sourced new pillows, throws, rug, wall art and accessories. That, rearranging existing furniture and a little paint is all it took to restyle this space. Let's take a look at the initial design board that I sent Abi for the living room:
As you can see here, this design includes ALL of her furniture while adding new accessories and repainting the dark navy accent wall back to the light grey (Abalone by Benjamin Moore) to brighten things up. Lets take one more look at the BEFORE:
What do you guys think? Repainting the dark accent wall, window trim, and built-ins made a HUGE difference.
Now for the built-ins and window trim! It took a little convincing on my end to show my client that painting this window trim was extremely necessary and I don't blame her- it was a lot of work. I told her "Better you than me..." Ha! But I just knew how amazing the end result was going to be and trust me- IT IS. Here is a reminder of the BEFORE:
BRIGHT. AND. BEAUTIFUL! The trim work and seating are painted in "White Dove" by Benjamin Moore to match the kitchen, as well as the new shaker style cabinet fronts for a more modern look. Oh, and can we just take a second for those new brass sconces? I am still obsessed.
The final area in Abi's living room was a simple restyle using her existing furniture and decor pieces. Here is the Before and After:
Now, let's take a look at the Entryway Restyle!
Abi didn't need too much done in the entryway but I did source a few new accessories for her, and convince her to paint the trim work, ha! Here is a look at the BEFORE:
...and the AFTER:
As you can see, all that was done here was:
Well, I hope you enjoyed this long but *hopefully* worth it blog post! I would love to hear your thoughts on this two room restyle, so leave them below and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more photos and updates! @decorandmoredesigns
If any of the items in this blog post caught your eye, you are in luck! Everything is linked below for you to shop directly. Have a great week, friends!
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Hi, everyone! I am so excited to finally be sharing this blog post with you! It has been a long time coming, but I assure you, worth the wait. I have been working with my client, Abigail for over 6 months now and she has been an absolute joy to work with- the ideal client, really. She knew what she wanted, was open to suggestions, and trusted the process. When I first met Abi, she was planning a full kitchen remodel in their gorgeous, yet slightly outdated farmhouse and wanted to keep with the country/farmhouse theme while adding her funky style to it. She called it "Kardashian Meets Farmhouse" and I couldn't have said it better myself.
I knew right away this was going to be a fun project and that the before & after was going to be drastic. The kitchen layout was a great starting point, but I needed to brighten things up and bring my client's personality into this space.
Let's take a look at the kitchen "BEFORE" photos:
As you can see, we had a lot of space to work with, and a relatively great floor plan. From the first time Abigail and I met, we talked about removing the built in desk in the dining area (pictured in the second photo) and the dry bar/built in behind the island (pictured in the third photo). Although not changing the floor plan too drastically, I knew removing these cabinets would help open this space up a lot.
Going along with the "Kardashian Meets Farmhouse" theme, Abigail knew from the get go that she wanted the signature Kardashian black and white tile flooring, so that was my starting point. Below are the initial design boards I presented to Abi:
I chose classic white shaker cabinets to go along with the 24" floor tiles and warmed up the design by adding modern brass hardware, wood finishes and jute touches. Luckily for me, Abi was open to a fun wallpaper because I knew it was just what this space needed to incorporate her "funky" style.
As you will see, there were subtle changes made from the design boards to the final design, but the overall look and aesthetic is the same.
Now for everyones favorite part: the AFTER photos!!
(all sources will be linked at the end of this post)
One of my favorite things in Abi's new kitchen is the beautiful butcher block countertop on her island. Abi and I joke about this, because she was very unsure about a wooden top, but I pushed for it because I knew we would need a bit of a warmth atop all of the black and white. The warmth of the butcher block matched with the shiplap base makes for a cozy farmhouse feel in a very modern space.
Designer Tip: Since the layout of the kitchen wasn't changing much, we were able to keep the existing cupboard bases, while just adding new painted fronts and hardware. This is a great money saver for anyone thinking about renovating!
Island Pendant Lights: IKEA Ranarp
Gallery Wall: IKEA Ribba Frames
These beautiful floating shelves were custom made to match the island butcher block, and the green wallpaper (my favorite!) is tied in with the matching wall in the dining nook.
So... what do you guys think? A pretty drastic change, eh? Here is a little side by side action to get a better idea:
Interested in any of the items seen in this post? Shop directly by clicking on the links below. And if you enjoyed this kitchen transformation please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts! Sidenote: I also helped Abi restyle her living room and entryway and will be featuring a blog post on those spaces soon so keep an eye out! Until then, you can stay updated via my Instagram @decorandmoredesigns and as always, thanks for reading!
Wall Color: "Mindful Grey" by Sherwin Williams
Cabinet Color: "White Dove" by Benjamin Moore
Floor Tile: 24 inch matte black & gloss white with 1/8" grout lines.
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