Weekly Chat: Quick Glimpse At Our New House!

Hello friends! I am pretty darn excited to share a little peek into our new home today! These are all iPhone snaps…and yes, I definitely took these with the intention of sending them to mom and not posting on my blog haha. Buuut after so much wonderful feedback on my Instagram Stories last night (I did a mini-before/after progress report), I figured it would be super fun to document our house little by little. I’ll be posting full room reveals as we get things together (lots of fun ideas!), so stay tuned for those over the next few months (…err, year? No pressure, right?! ūüėČ ).

Disclaimer: we are still living in a state of empty boxes (like…everywhere, ah!), piles of things to put away (…that’s what the weekend is for, right?) and of course, lots of open space that will be filled in time (I know, I know, those bookshelves above are lookin’ scarce!). All that said – we are having SO¬†much fun settling in and it still feels surreal that this precious house is our very own.¬†Blake and I are so grateful to have found this gem and even though not a single room is complete at the moment, we still sit in bed with coffee each morning and look¬†around in awe. Needless to say, we are loving every second in our new space!¬†Sooo….without further adieu, here we go!

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Before & After: My Cozy-Chic Home Office Reveal!

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-west-elm-home-office-before-after-reveal-pink-grey-cozy-chic-white-airy-girly-austin-texas-fashion-blogger-1Hello friends! Oh my goodness, I am SO excited to finally reveal my home office makeover with you!! As we make our way into the New Year, one of my biggest goals was to create what I like to call a ‚Äúhome office sanctuary.‚ÄĚ After spending countless hours on Pinterest for inspiration (you can follow me on Pinterest here!), I teamed up with the wonderful team over at West Elm in Austin to make this dreamy space come to life! The vision was airy, feminine and above all, a place that inspired me to write, style and photo edit.

Here‚Äôs the thing‚ĶBlake and I live in a one bedroom apartment and just re-signed a 14-month lease as we save up for a house! Sooo‚Ķgiven that we aren‚Äôt going anywhere any time soon and the fact that my office is literally in our dining room (gotta work with what you got!), it was simply time for a major update ‚Äď and one that was both practical (we need to use space as efficiently as possible!) and easy on the eyes!

Ps. Special shoutout to Blake for letting me do whatever I wanted to this common area‚Ķa fluffy pink pillow, bold rug and exposed shelves filled with pretty trinkets, shoes and handbags‚Ķ You are THE man of my dreams! ūüėČ He has his own little desk space and jokes that he‚Äôs going to put up Slipknot posters in retaliation‚Ķhaha! Apparently, I won‚Äôt be taking over the entire apartment juuuust yet! ūüėČ

**Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis Photography

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SHOP MY OFFICE

CHAIR (available in chevron print) / DESK (oldie but oh so pretty from Home Goods!) / DESK LAMP / PINK PILLOW / GREY PILLOW / POOF / RUG / FLOATING SHELVES / HANDBAG HOOKS / WHITE BOOKSHELF / WOODEN BOARDS / JEWELRY CASES (OCTOGON CASES) (RECTANGLE SHADOW BOXES) / CURTAINS / SIMILAR LADDER / WHITE LIGHT FIXTURE / ROUND NOVA TABLE LAMP / GOLD GEOMETRIC DECORATIVE / BRASS CACTUS / COPPER CLOTHING RACK / SMALL MIRROR / WOVEN STORAGE BINS


Unique Home Decor Finds

Anyone else have an obsession with Etsy for those unique home decor finds? Hi, that’s me! It’s always my go-to when I’m searching for something a little out of the ordinary¬†to decorate our space or add a unique touch. I love that it’s a wonderful site where artisans from all over the world can sell their products under one roof…not to mention, supporting small shops is always a do in my book! As Blake and I save for a house this year, we’re locked into a 14-month lease at our current apartment, thus, making this little one bedroom abode feel like a home has been a top priority for us over the last few months. It definitely helped that we got married three months ago and wedding gifts jump started our home decor hunt… I realized I finally felt¬†like an adult when I was more excited about new pots and pans arriving on our doorstep than a pair of shoes – ha!

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CLOTHING RACK / JEWELRY TRAY / BLANKET LADDER / FLOATING SHELVES / KNIT THROW BLANKET

SHOP MY ETSY FAVORITES

A big thank you to Etsy for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Kitchen Rugs

kitchen-rug-4Okay SO! One thing not even Blake knew about me (he learned this over the weekend) is that I have an obsession with rugs (okay wait he knew that..) because¬†(here it comes) I used to work at a rug shop! Well, it wasn’t actually as glamorous as it seems (if a rug shop can sound glamorous to anyone but me?)…it was really that I sold rugs in the back corner of a liquidated store for about a month and a half during my freshman year of college..Ha! Glamorous? Not so much. ūüėČ However, I did learn a TON and now have a super appreciation for beautifully made rugs (they’re expensive for good reason) and LOVE to style with rugs…they really can instantly change the mood of a room.read more

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Home Decor Inspiration – Gallery Wall

art-gallery-wall-7Ohh my, I am so in love with this design idea! I love the¬†creative¬†aesthetic and¬†sporadic color pops throughout each room, but the gallery wall decor really has me swooning. When I was in college, one of my best friend’s decorated his room in a similar way and we had so much fun going from one Goodwill to the next in search of perfectly mismatched frames. I wish I had a picture of his room after it was complete – it was amazing (especially for someone in college).
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Ohh my, I am so in love with this design idea! I love the¬†creative¬†aesthetic and¬†sporadic color pops throughout each room, but the gallery wall decor really has me swooning. When I was in college, one of my best friend’s decorated his room in a similar way and we had so much fun going from one […]


Boho Decor Idea: Tribal Print Pillows

tribal-aztec-print-decor-design-throw-pillows-bedding-trendy-pattern-livvyland-blog-austin-texas-fashion-lifestyle-bloggerAlright bohemian pattern lovers out there! This post is for you. ūüėČ As Blake and I prepare to move into our new place (next month, eek!), I am on a quest to re-do every room. And while of course our budget does not permit me to buy loads of furniture, adding a few throw pillows here and there is one way to¬†change the decor and vibe of a room in a less expensive way! We have a neutral sofa, so adding some color via throw pillows and trinkets here and there can really go a long way. Take a look at some other pillows I pulled below –¬†tribal-aztec-print-decor-design-throw-pillows-bedding-trendy-pattern-livvyland-blog-austin-texas-fashion-lifestyle-blogger-2

Shop the throw pillows above, from a few of my favorite home decor spots like Urban Outfitters, West Elm and more!

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Second row: 1, 2
Third Row: 1, 2

Alright bohemian pattern lovers out there! This post is for you. ūüėČ As Blake and I prepare to move into our new place (next month, eek!), I am on a quest to re-do every room. And while of course our budget does not permit me to buy loads of furniture, adding a few throw pillows […]


Put Some Pep in Your Step – Cute Doormats!

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It’s the little things, right? A doormat is the first and last thing you see entering and exiting your abode, so why not put a little “umphh” (isn’t that a thing? ūüėČ ) in your step before taking on the day…or after getting home, kicking off your shoes and collapsing on the sofa! …Or in my world…sprinting to the pantry post-work! I especially love all of the fun word art and the cutesy pineapple pattern above, too adorable!

Let’s just say I spent a little too much time scoping out the doormat scene on the interweb recently…but my “me time” is your gain, because I’ve rounded up the best of the best from retailers like West Elm, Lulu & Georgia (SO CUTE) and Urban Outfitters, to name a few!

Shop my picks by clicking on the links or images below and add an adorable touch to your entryway!

Shop the doormats above: ooh la la / pineapples / please be neat & wipe your feet / well hello there / welcome / exit

It’s the little things, right? A doormat is the first and last thing you see entering and exiting your abode, so why not put a little “umphh” (isn’t that a thing? ūüėČ ) in your step before taking on the day…or after getting home, kicking off your shoes and collapsing on the sofa! …Or in […]


Home Office Ideas

creative-desk-space-office-arrangement-pretty-cute-desk-organization-decoration-ideas-2How gorgeous and unique are these pretty desk spaces? I am slowly but surely acquiring artwork and trinkets to decorate a¬†soon-to-be desk space of my own…and I felt inspired to pull a few lovely¬†images of office spaces I’m admiring at the moment. From the different chairs, to the color combinations and natural wood vs. white desks, each space has a different vibe and probably one that’s very fitting of the person who designed it. Minimalistic, colorful, fun, high fashion? It’s neat to see those characteristics come to life within their decor style.
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How gorgeous and unique are these pretty desk spaces? I am slowly but surely acquiring artwork and trinkets to decorate a¬†soon-to-be desk space of my own…and I felt inspired to pull a few lovely¬†images of office spaces I’m admiring at the moment. From the different chairs, to the color combinations and natural wood vs. white […]


4 Kitchen Backsplash Pattern Ideas

colorful-tiles-kitchen-backsplash-pattern-3It’s become a daily occurrence now where I’ll spot some new design idea (well, new to me!) while sifting through magazines, Pinterest or hitting up trendy spots around town, and they just stick with me…as in, I can’t get them out of my head! It’s like when you walk away from almost buying something, then get out the door¬†only to turn back around and scoop it up the next day because it just wouldn’t leave your brain. The only thing is that I don’t live in a house and this design idea in particular is simply not an option at the moment! So, for now I will stare adoringly at these images and hope that one day, I can make this patterned kitchen backsplash design idea a reality in the future. Something to look forward to, that’s how I’ll look at it!

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It’s become a daily occurrence now where I’ll spot some new design idea (well, new to me!) while sifting through magazines, Pinterest or hitting up trendy spots around town, and they just stick with me…as in, I can’t get them out of my head! It’s like when you walk away from almost buying something, then […]


Pretty Bed End Ideas

bed-end-5I just read the Apartment Therapy article “13 Ways to Rethink the Foot of the Bed” and couldn’t resist following suit with a post of my own. Blake and I are currently in an apartment where our room doesn’t exactly allow for anything at the foot of the bed…(I may have to jump over whatever we put there just to get to my side!), but this post really gave me some good food for thought as we scope out our next living situation in the upcoming months.

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