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?! 😉 ).

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!

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Here’s the thing…Blake and I live in a one bedroom apartment and just re-signed a 14-month lease as we save up for a house! Sooo…given that we aren’t 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 – 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…a fluffy pink pillow, bold rug and exposed shelves filled with pretty trinkets, shoes and handbags… You are THE man of my dreams! 😉 He has his own little desk space and jokes that he’s going to put up Slipknot posters in retaliation…haha! Apparently, I won’t be taking over the entire apartment juuuust yet! 😉

**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.


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? 😉 ) 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 aboveooh 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? 😉 ) in your step before taking on the day…or after getting home, kicking off your shoes and collapsing on the sofa! …Or in […]