Where We Ordered Our Countertops

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A Cozy, Charming Dining Room

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Hello and welcome to our dining room! There are many favorite parts of our kitchen, but this spot is high on the list. From the light oak against the checkered marble floors, to the gallery wall filled with art we’ve collected from friends, family and travels around the globe and a view of giant oak trees through an oversized picture frame window…as with everything in this kitchen, every inch was obsessed over and thought out. I think it turned out better than I could have ever imagined!

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Our Kitchen Remodel Products

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Quickly following up my kitchen reveal post with a list of products we used to make it all come to life! When planning this remodel, I used countless blog posts as resources and was SO grateful for those ladies who took the time share…and in turn, make my life easier when it came to selecting products (because if you’re renovating, you KNOW is an absolutely agonizing experience haha…SO. MANY. OPTIONS!). Let me know if I missed anything and I am happy to share in the comments.

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Before & After: Our Kitchen Reveal

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Living Room Plans With Interior Define

There’s just something about a new season of life that makes you want to change things up. Now that we have Jude, I see the functionality of our house differently. Can our sofa withstand a couple of kiddos? Is that rug soft enough for crawling? Will our blinds survive Watson freaking out when the postman rings the doorbell? (Spoiler: we’re on our third set of blinds…). I’ve loved our current living room setup, but when I dream up living room furniture that will stick around as our family continues to grow, a sectional sofa and more durable chairs come to mind. Within the last 10 months, we added a 95lb dog and baby to our family…which means big changes in this small house! Having beautiful furniture that’s created with pets and kids in mind is exactly what we need…
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How I Care For My Houseplants


“I’m not a regular mom, I’m a plant mom…” 😉 Today’s post is all about how we care for our plant babies! Anyone else get a ton of joy out of a space filled with house plants? There’s just something instantly calm and relaxing about them. Not to mention when you nurture a plant for years (years!), there’s going to be some sort of proud attachment, ha. (There’s the plant mama in me coming out!). When Blake and I moved into our house three years ago, we went a little plant crazy. Though some were lost along the way (RIP), I’ve finally learned how to care for these finicky little fellas. That said, I’m sharing how we care for our plants, the types of plants we have around our home and our favorite place to buy house plants – let’s get to it.

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Baby P Nursery Reveal

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I want to thank y’all for your shared excitement as we begin this new chapter! It’s been so fun to connect here and via social media with fellow mama-to-be’s and current moms throughout my pregnancy. I’ve had such great feedback as we’ve furnished the nursery and I’m thrilled to finally share it!! I’ll be linking as many details as possible at the end of this post, so stay tuned…

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crib – WAYFAIR / rug – WAYFAIR / rocking chair – OVERSTOCK / side table – WORLD MARKET / lamp – WORLD MARKET / bookshelves – IKEA / curtain rod – TARGET / diaper changing pad – KEEKAROO / moses woven bassinet – DESIGN DUA / crib sheet – SPEARMINT BABY / swaddle blankets – SPEARMINT BABY / mobile – ETSY / natural wood frames – TARGET / safari illustrations (set of 4 or individual) – ETSY / accordion hanger – AMAZON


Patio Renovation Materials Info

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This day has been a long time coming and I am SO EXCITED to finally share my first video with you guys! Disclaimer: please go easy on me haha, I am not used to shooting video!! YouTube is another part of the blogosphere I have wanted to add to my content for a really long time, and I’m fortunate that my brother, Jacob, is a videographer and photographer – so he has been kind enough to bear with me as I dip my feet into this new space. Ps. I may or may not have had a few mimosas prior to shooting to calm my nerves…ha! (You’ll want to watch until the very end – it’s pretty funny!).

Lately, the blog post that’s been coming back up in conversation via emails, direct messages on Instagram and comments on my blog – is how we renovated our back patio. In a nutshell, the paint colors, materials, why we decided to renovate, etc. A ton of you are working on patio renovations of your own, so I am thrilled to be able to give you a full-on walkthrough of the reno from the inside out, sharing all the details throughout! Aaand with that said, let’s get to it…

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A Few Cozy Decor Updates

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EMBROIDERED LUMBAR PILLOWS / P.F. SOY CANDLE / FLOOR CUSHIONS

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


Our Modern Bungalow Dining Room

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Ps. Watson was actually a total ham during this shoot – there were no treats involved, ha! He just willingly really wanted to lay on that freshly vacuumed rug haha!

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table – (courtesy of) ARTICLE / chairs – HOUZZ / light fixtures – ANTHROPOLOGIE / plant stand – TARGET / woven plant basket – AMAZON / shelf – WORLD MARKET / rug – MACYS (similar HERE) / bronze tray – SEZANE