Happy Chic

Jonathan Adler has a line out for JCPenney called Happy Chic. Prices are good and the colors are bright. Tons of bedding and fun home accessories.

These are my favorites from the line:




Of course I love custom window treatments, but sometimes you just can't beat some pre fab panels.
I wanted some sheers for my den and just stumbled across these West Elm look-a-likes:

                  JcPenney Kya Rod Pocket Shears                     West Elm Ikat Ogee Linen Window Panel
                       $17-28 per panel - on sale                                             $69- $99 per panel


In Living Color

Foyer Status:   PAINTED
Paint Color: Naval - Sherwin Williams  

Woke up early Saturday morning and knocked this out. 


Looks so much better. It is now the only room in our house that isn't drab beige and quickly becoming my favorite room because of that. Next up is to have Cam build a table and have a skirt made, add some crown molding, change out the fixture and switch the rug out. 
Progress is amazing.

Yesterday was Cam's birthday- I satisfied his inner 9 year old with a 
Dairy Queen ice cream cake.



We experienced our first married Valentine's.
Let's just say we are having a re-do tonight at 5Church, due to an issue I am ashamed of 
but am currently working on...

I get really

On a more positive note I managed to whip up some valentines,
 very reminiscent of elementary school.

In other news, IT'S FRIDAY! I'm pretty sure ad-mist my hunger pains last night I convinced Cam to let me paint our foyer this weekend, so hopefully that will actually happen. I gave up on the wallpaper idea after it dawned on me that it's not in the budget and probably won't be for a few years...so I've moved on to this:
Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue

Seen here and here and here

We also will be celebrating these two crazy kid's ENGAGEMENT!!!
(click link to see their epic love story)

Baubles&Cocktails: In the Spirit of Love...



I admit that I watched this show religiously, mostly alone because 
nobody else would ever watch it with me.

I'm sorry I'm not sorry I thought it was hilarious. 


Indecent Exposure

One of the things I first liked about our house was the size of the Living Room and Den.
However lately it's been driving me crazy. Long, large rooms = lots of floor. 
So - much - hardwood - can - not - take- it - ANYMORE!! 

Clearly we are also are also crucially in need of more furniture, art, new paint and trim, drapes and to get that ceiling fan the hell out of there. 
Sure some people live with bare floors but every sound in the house is amplified and there is a constant urge/need to sweep. Rugs the size of these rooms aren't cheap and since there would be so much of it I want something that I won't get sick of looking at. I have finally come to a solution. It literally was under my nose the whole time (like seriously I have stacks of these books at my desk).
SEAGRASS, SISAL, JUTE, whatever you fancy. I was afraid these would make my rooms look too Pottery Barn/vacation home, but due to my extensive studying I'm finally starting to understand what clearly everyone else already knew - it looks awesome everywhere with every decor.

You can also find it practically anywhere and at every price point. I can't get them in my house fast enough. Although due to my current...ahem...budgeting, they're going to be coming one at a time.
That saying "all good things come with time" has been waaay over used in this house -- nothing like being an impatient person with a strict budget, in a near empty house.

Marley on the other hand, has all the time in world.


Attention Target shoppers

 I am a self proclaimed Target connoisseur, I love scoping out the good stuff. 
A discovery I made awhile back are their line of candles by NEST, appropriately called MELT.

Half the price of NEST candles and they do an amazing job of keeping the smell of dog from wafting through the house. Go stock up on the Holiday scents they're on CLEARANCE (favorite word). 
Let's be honest, who doesn't want it to smell like Christmas all year round?



Lets Do This

It 's mid January. It would appear as if I fell off the face of the earth since my last post.
My job has been ridic and was leaving me drained, I've been working on a way to balance work and the rest of my life. I'm just starting to get a the hang of it.
I made some resolutions but to be completely honest, I've broken all of them already. I'm more of the "wake up in the morning and tell myself that I'm going to exercise, eat better than I did the day before and try to be nicer" type of person. I'm taking this whole thing one day at a time.
One exception is that I'm going to try and make it to this page as often as I can.

I'm obsessed with these ladies duds. Very nicely done.