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3 Budget Ways to Style Flowers



Ahhh Spring, you can feel it in the air, finally. Before you know it the magnolias a cherry trees will be blooming. I can hardly wait! I love to bring flowers into my home as often as I can. But filling your home with fresh flowers can tend to get on the pricy side. With spring comes easier access to all kinds of flowers and blooms. Here are three of my favorite and beautiful ways to add flowers without breaking the bank.

First, grab a bunch of jars and arrange them together. You could use jelly jars or mason jars, wrap some twine around it and place just few stems each of assorted wild flowers for a casual arrangement.


Grill On




When it comes to BBQ’s who is the “Grill Master” in your house? Bryan and I both cook on the grill but he definitely takes supreme pleasure in trying new recipes and simultaneously grilling up a great dinner.  While I can cook a mean steak on the grill I look at it more as a means to getting food in my stomach rather than an art.


We  host a lot of BBQ’s over the summer months (especially since sprucing up the deck) which we love. Over the years we’ve created quite the system for putting together these gatherings. We work really well as a team and have fallen into the pattern where I prep and he helps, he grills and I help. It works well for us Ray Ban outlet but I always think I get the better end of the deal since by the time the guests arrive most of my work is done.


Since Spring seems to be coming so very late this year I keep finding myself thinking more and more about our summer grill parties.  I can hardly wait! Do you grill?

One of our affiliates One King’s Lane has partnered with HGTV and is having a great Day of Outdoor Sale today . I saw a sneak peak yesterday and it looked fabulous. The outdoor rugs are to die for.

We could use some new outdoor furniture and this outdoor sectional from Crate and Barrel is calling my name.

Martha does it again with this grilled steak summer, vegetable salad and tequila shrimp. I hear summer calling my name.

Images from top down Kohls, Crate and Barrel, and Martha Stewart

Taking the Wall Down Was Sooo Worth It



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Anyone want to see some walls taken down? OK good, because that’s what we have for you today. A  14 foot opening where a wall used to be. It’s was a lot of work Ray Ban outlet on Bryan’s part and a lot of cleaning allergy inducing dust in every nook and cranny of the house on my part. But after the dust has settled it was soo worth it.

It’s changed the whole feel of the house.


If you remember we started with an off center doorway and cutout that helped to open the room up a bit but it still felt somewhat outdated. When we took the wall down we were left with some electrical that needed to be moved around.

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Fortunately for us Bryan’s Dad (a former electrician) came by to help Bryan move the wiring. It was a big job and took them most of a day to get it all moved and back together.

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What was left was a couple of 2 x 4’s holding up the wall. The old owner had cut out almost all of the supporting posts which was king of scary to see.

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We put up a brand new header which involved all hands on deck (including mine). We held the beam up and we slid it into place and slid the old supports out.

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It’s amazing what a difference the lack of a wall can make. The whole house feels larger has a more open modern. It’s completely changed how the house looks and how we feel about the space. We still need to replace some sheetrock and will add some molding to finish off the opening soon. I can’t wait.

PS: Did you spot the dresser in the kitchen? It’s standing in for an island to help us visualize if we’d like one there. The verdict’s still out on how big the actual island will be but we love the idea of adding one there. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.

How I Use Pinterest to Shop Online



Online widow shopping is a favorite time killer of mine. I like to browse and look around for ages before I buy anything. But sometimes I feel like browsing the old fashioned online stores are getting less and less easy to view. Sometimes, I just want to quickly scroll through and see if anything catches my eye.

Pinterest is great for browsing. The online Mecca for pretty pictures and inspiration is becoming one of my my go-to places for shopping online. Curious what I mean? Let’s say I want browse what JCrew has to offer, but I don’t have anything Ray Ban outlet specific in mind. There’s a way to see what everyone is pinning from JCrew’s site.

Type this URL http://pinterest.com/source/jcrew.com/ into your address bar.

Viola, all of the pins from JCrew’s site pop up.


Without even scrolling down those gladiator wedges catch my eye and that striped mini skirt and emerald green earrings are great too.

Okay let’s try it one more time. Let’s say you’re looking for Home Decor and want to see what Pottery Barn has to offer.

Type this URL http://pinterest.com/source/potterybarn.com/ into your address bar.


Ohh pretty pendant, vintage sailboat print and that Capiz chandelier immediately catch my attention.

This trick works for any website just replace the “website” text in the url below with the site you’re trying to view. It works like a charm.


Happy shopping!

PS: I cannot be help responsible for what this information does to your credit card. 😉

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New Trend: Large Beach Photographs



Did you ever have one of those days where the words in your head aren’t making it out quite right?
That’s so me right now.
So instead of trying to fight it and form complete sentences I’ll practice the art of distraction and instead share some pretty pictures.
Are they distracting you yet?
Ok good.
This Emily Henderson shared Bri Emery’s house she designed on her blog, the whole home is amazing.  But what really caught my eye was the large scale beach print over the dining room table. It’s a photograph by Max Wagner called “Tulum”, taken from the top of the ruins of Tulum in Mexico looking down on the Caribbean sea. Bryan and I spent our honeymoon in Mexico near there so I think I just talked myself into buying this print.
Plus it’ll go wonderfully with the slightly more modern beachy feel I want to go with in the Living Room this time around. I’m not entirely sure what that means due to my aforementioned thought problems but I am sure Ray Ban outlet that this print will fit in somewhere.
I think I just talked myself into getting it now even more.
And just in case you weren’t thoroughly convinced at the awesomeness and versatility of some large scale beach art below is another example that will bring you over to the beach side.

image above Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day’s apartment tour on Cup of Jo

So have I convinced you?

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