Elements of A Cozy Home

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Blake and I moved into our first house back in April 2017 (more about that from this post) and I have learned SO much about home decor within that first year. For one, I learned the aesthetics I like and don’t like (I love a good, cozy vibe, I don’t looove super minimalist, modern pieces). I learned what Blake likes and doesn’t like (…I pick out what I think would work best for our style, then he approves. I’ve come to learn he’s less of a “french cottage” style kinda guy (…then again, have you ever met one that is? Hey, a girl can dream over here haha!) and more of a “I can tolerate some bohemian elements here and there” kinda guy haha). I appreciate that he wants to participate in the outfitting of each room, but I’d be lying if I told you a lot of our arguments didn’t stem from my love for a more feminine style versus his resistance to let our house become a girly-haven-Anthropologie-catalog-type of home. Either way, we’ve made lots of progress over the past year, learned a LOT about the aesthetic we can both happily agree on and have had so much fun turning our first house into a beautiful, cozy space we can finally (proudly!) call our home.

As I dive deeper into updating rooms in the house, there are a few elements that seem to be consistent in creating that cozy, bungalow vibe we love so much. Home decor has been such an exciting new world for me this past year – we lived in apartments for three years prior to living here and I never cared too much about furniture, rugs, all the fun stuff until we moved into our house. Truth be told, entering the world of home decor and interiors has been such a welcomed escape for me from the fashion industry! Literally, when I walk into Home Goods it’s like all my worries wash away, ha! Anyhoo – I’m excited to share the components both Blake and I love with y’all…and likely you’ve got a few of these things lying around the house already, it’s simply how you pair them that makes the difference! Hope you enjoy…

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You Know You’re An Adult When…

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-blogger-dyson-v6-vacuum-ebay-7You know you’ve become a true adult when the day comes that you’re excited…no wait…ecstatic for a vacuum upgrade. When the box for our new Dyson arrived on our doorstep, you’d think I was a wild animal opening up that package…but no, just a regular ‘ol girl who reaaaaally loves her cleaning gadgets! And the absolute best part? This fella was just over $200 (reg. $499)!! I have never seen so many beautiful (…dare I describe a vacuum as such?) Dyson vacuums that are also SO affordable. And where oh where would you find such a deal? Look no further than eBay!

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A big thank you to eBay for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own.


Design Crush: Brushed Gold Bathroom Fixtures

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The thing about moving into house is that you see (and can’t unsee!) all the nooks and crannies you want to change. Though the previous owners of our 1983 abode flipped the inside and did a fabulous job, there are still little elements here and there that aren’t exactly our taste or that could use some improving. Namely: the master bathroom! (…we’re not going to talk about the hallway bathroom juuust yet…that one needs a LOT of work, ha!). Our master bath is absolutely beautiful, BUT the fixtures are definitely funky and not something Blake or I would have chosen on our own. The more we think about what’s next on our list of home updates, the more we both seem to agree that updating the hardware in our bathroom is a must. That said, I’ve been researching (aka spending too much time on Pinterest lately haha) brushed gold bathroom fixtures and wanted to share a few of my faves providing some major inspo!
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Our Patio Renovation Plans

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-home-decor-update-polygal-patio-ideas-sliding-patio-doors-floor-ceiling-glass-panelsNew year, new projects for our little abode and we are especially excited about this one! Living in Austin means spending lots of time outdoors…so creating an inviting patio space is number one on our renovation list in 2018 – just in time for spring. Though the weather is freezing this week, Blake and I are daydreaming about warm, sunny days where we can leave the back doors wide open and Watson can run to and from the house…while we sip a cold beer and read a good book…can you tell we are SO ready for this?!

We have a wonderful contractor team making our dream patio renovation come to life (I’ll share more about who we are working with in the before/after reveal post) and it’s been so fun to scour Pinterest (and Google Images) to help visually explain the look we’re going for (…as seen above!). Our reno plans are moving along and it should all be completed in about a month…can’t wait to share more as we make some progress!

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Cold-Brew Holiday Drink

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-chameleon-cold-brew-hot-latte-eggnog-holiday-drink-recipe-5 ‘Tis the season to stay in, cozy up on the couch and add a little holiday cheer to your everyday coffee drink! Living in Austin means our winters can go from 30 to 80 degrees within days…which is why it’s nice to have a pack of Chameleon Cold-Brew Pods on hand. Brew your own cold-brew organic coffee (which is delicious and SO easy to do!), or heat the cold-brew and add in a little steamed milk (…and some eggnog, mmm) then sprinkle a dash of cinnamon sugar over it and voila, you’ve just hit home barista status! 😉

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Coffee Talk With Nespresso

nespresso-7 “Dear caffeine, please give me the strength to get through the day!” 😉 Anyone else feel like this is the go-to, half-asleep conversation with their espresso machine in the morning? As soon as I see those blinking lights and the capsule producing that smooth, perfect espresso shot, I know it’s aaaaall going to be okay! Alright, perhaps I’m over-sharing when it comes to my love for coffee. But then again, coffee is not just a beverage to me, it’s a lifestyle that provides energy (gotta tackle those photo edits!), peace (it’s my favorite way to spend “me time”) and often a way to enjoy a catch-up sesh with friends or family at home. Without a doubt, sipping coffee is my favorite daily ritual.
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Before & After: Our Laundry Room Reveal!

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

Eek, I am SO excited to finally share our laundry room reveal with you guys!! In September we had the absolute pleasure of collaborating with The Home Depot for a laundry room makeover and ohhh my heart, it could not have turned out more beautiful!! I’ve been sharing some sneak peeks on my Instagram and Insta Stories over the last couple of months, and today I’m giving y’all the full scoop, including before + after photos and all the DIY details. That said, let’s get to it! 😉

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WASHER & DRYER / BLACK HEXAGON TILE / WHITE SUBWAY TILE / BUTCHER BLOCK / FLOATING SHELVES / WICKER BASKETS / WIRE BASKET / RUG / WICKER LAUNDRY HAMPER (similar, ours sold out) / HONEYCOMB LIGHT FIXTURE

 


Relaxed Weekend At Home

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A very rainy weekend in Austin meant lots of lounge time…nothing like a few cloudy, rainy days to bring out the cozy vibes in our house. We put The Beatles on the record player, brewed a fresh pot of coffee and did our best to soak up staying in as opposed to braving the crazy weather outside.

Blake and I had a trip planned for the weekend and even went to the airport for a few hours on Friday evening to catch our flight, but Hurricane Harvey had other plans in store. I’ve been following the news non-stop (I’ve got lots of family & friends in Houston) and it’s been such a devastating few days. Every time I check the news or social media, more tragic images pop up. Sending my thoughts and prayers to those affected by the storm, near and far!

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HEADBOARD / COMFORTER / PILLOW SHAMSROUND PILLOW / LIGHT GREY FLUFF PILLOW / DARK GREY FLUFF PILLOW / BLUSH FLEECE PILLOWS / MUG / RUG / LAMPS


Bedroom Dresser Top Decor


Another home decor post headed your way! (…I’m having so much fun with these!!). Blake and I purchased a dresser + nightstand set about three months ago and this week I FINALLY finished our dresser top decor! Yep…it had essentially been collecting dust until this week…however, it was worth the wait because I found the prettiest jewelry holders, yummiest candles and two pieces of art that I am completely in love with! Spilling all the details here…
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DRESSER / CHARCOAL DRAWING / c.o. MAP /c.o. GOLD JEWELRY CASE /c.o. ROSE GOLD GLASS TRAY /c.o. RING HAND /c.o. AMBER CANDLE /c.o. PINK CANDLE / RUG / TREE BARK TRAY /c.o. COFFEE TABLE BOOK /c.o. ROSE GOLD GEOMETRIC TRAY

 


Our Bohemian Entryway

Last week I asked my Instagram followers what posts they wanted more of, and overwhelmingly it was more home decor/interiors! Thus, I worked my little booty off over the weekend to complete the entryway of our new house…and I could not be more in LOVE with how it turned out! We are slowly but surely turning this house into our dream home – and I already feel a sense of peace wash over me every time I step foot inside…which is exactly what I’d hoped we could create: our own little sanctuary space. With the help of Etsy, a few of my favorite stores and Blake’s handy work (…he made the coat rack!), we finally filled out the vacant space next to the front door. Sharing more photos and all the details below, hope you love it!

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