Hey friends. I have been so excited to share this post with you guys. It's all about getting back to the basics of bedding, sheets, pillows, comforters and more. There is so much more than just finding sheets and a comforter for your bed. We partnered with The Company Store on this blog post to share all their basic bedding choices. If you don't know The Company Store, they are owned by one of my favorite companies...Home Depot!
Yes, can you believe it? It's amazing! You will have to check out their website and see everything they have, which is a lot! One of the things I love most about them is that they give back to the community, aside from their gorgeous bedding. They have helped so many people and organizations. It's truly inspiring.
Let's talk basics! When it comes to bedding, I look for comfort, durability and texture.
First, comfort. I chose the LoftAIRE Reversible Mattress Topper, which is super comfy. It gives your bed a good hug! Think fluffy cloud. If firm is more your thing, they have several firm mattress pads as well. I love this one most because it is reversible, so you can flip it! It's also a great down- alternative, hypoallergenic and provides allergy relief to those allergic to down! I love how fluffy it is.
Second, durability. You want durability in bedding, bedding that lasts a long time! I believe you have met your match. The quality and durability is on point. I got the Comfort Wash Solid Linen Bedding! It is everything. I got white, and they are just yummy. One big thing about linen is it gets softer over time. Linen is timeless and very luxurious.
This is my first linen bedding and I am really impressed. They make me happy!
Comfy pillows are really important. These are super fluffy pillows, the kind that takes you far away to dream land! I got 4 supreme down pillows that are hypoallergenic. It actually has a lifetime guarantee. They are magic, you guys. Honestly, if the basics are good. Life is good.
Texture adds flavor to any room! Texture is everything. In decorating, you need a wonderful mixture of textures. Why not do that with your bedding too? This coverlet really makes my heart sing! Gah!! I love it. It is the Hillcrest Matelassé Coverlet and gives all the vintage vibes. Don't you think?
I honestly wasn't going for romantic bedding but wow! It turned out that way. Makes me so happy. It looks as cozy as it feels. When you're buying bedding, consider all the comfort possibilities! The Company Store has several comfort guides at the bottom of their website to help you better understand your bedding needs. It helped me a lot.
We all need a place we can escape to.
I think I need a nap now! May be here for a while. Haha!
Of course, you could always add a fun throw too and some throw pillows. But this time around I wanted to share the foundation of bedding and then you can build onto that.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read all about the basics! Let me know if you have any questions or want anymore advice in choosing your bedding. I am happy to help you in the comments section! Big thanks to The Company Store and for making beautiful bedding. Have a beautiful week, friends!
Hey loves! How are you? How is life? Life is so good, even though I am still so behind from my allergic reaction. lol. I am looking at the bright side. Coffee in hand and the sun is shining. Today I woke up with a lot on my mind, trying to finish the youtube home tour and decide what editing needs to be done on that piece. I am also working on finishing up taxes so fun! haha! Anyways, lets get to the good GOOD stuff! I am super excited to finally share my favorite store in all of Savannah, Georgia. We actually just got back from Savannah again late Sunday night for a last minute trip to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday!
We have spent so much time in Savannah and believe me, I have shopped at so many stores!
My favorite store of all time in Savannah is 24E Design Co! I stumbled across this store last year shopping with my brother! There was a hanging swing bed covered in fluffy pillows in the window and it instantly caught my attention. Everything in the store is unique and beautiful.
Flash forward to a couple months ago and I actually got the pleasure to meet the owner Ruel Joyner who is one of the most awesome people I think I will ever meet. I went to the front desk this time and said is the owner here by any chance? Then heard a guy sitting at a large medal table made out of AIRPLANE pieces say, "Hey! I am Ruel. I am the owner." He sat there sipping his coffee and was like what's up! I instantly knew we would be friends. He showed us around the store and talked about his story. He comes from a family of designers and has several other creative designers that work for him. They build tables, swings, aviation furniture, sculptures, pretty much anything you can think up- they build/sale and they have so many one of kind pieces and lots of VINTAGE!
"This is not furniture for the meek. Spanning three generations, the Joyner family has worked, lived, and played on Broughton Street, in Savannah, Georgia. In 2000 Ruel Joyner put his thumbprint on the family business designing and curating originally designed furnishings and objects from all over the globe. Over the years, he and his wife Delaine, molded 24e Design into an open creative space where people can be inspired by designs and take part in an experience that is travelled." - 24estyle.com
I posted about this gorgeous light I got from their store a while back! Hopefully you remember that post, if not go back to my instagram and see more pictures later!
This chandelier is my absolute favorite! I love it hanging in my bedroom. It is rustic and so beautiful. I have never seen one like it before.
It's the Geoffrey Chandelier and you can actually purchase this exact one HERE.
Isn't his Ruel's store so beautiful? I literally want everything they have!!!
We got the opportunity to see his storage building. If you were lucky enough to watch my instagram stories, you got to see it with us! I was blown away!! Truly! Everything was awesome. I was like a kid in a candy store :)
This is one of the most beautiful American flags I have ever seen and it is vintage!
It is incredible how he mixes vintage and new so well. I never wanted to leave!!
There were giant pieces of airplanes laying around all neatly in the middle that he is going to craft into gorgeous chairs and so many other amazing pieces. He had more chandeliers than I could even count and gorgeous wood floor squares you could buy that piece together so beautifully!
These airplane parts turn into these chairs...
"Tradition and travel. Born from the recycled parts of a McDonnell-Douglas DC-9 twin-engine these armchairs are an original 24e DESIGN and the latest addition to our Aviation Collection.
Made with aluminum and suede these twin chairs were crafted with precision and detail for a modern day Neil Armstrong. You can purchase them HERE.
THEY are fantastic!! I was blown away by how well they Aviation Chairs are made. I would love to have one some day and more rustic pieces in my house.
It was wonderful learning about his story and how his family got started! He took over his Father's business. It was truly inspiring. He has worked with so many incredible people and companies.
Let me know when you get to see 24E Design Co yourself and tell Ruel I said hey!! I would love to see your pictures too.
Lots of love,
Big thank you to Jonathan Louis for sponsoring this post and making our sectional dreams come true! Cannot wait to share it all with you!
You guys, I am finally back in the land of the living, and feeling well again. So much has happened since we talked last. One really exciting thing that happened is our sectional was delivered and we have been doing the happy dance ever since. Honestly, I take a lot of time choosing what furniture goes into our home and also what would be the best to share with you all as well. We’ve been a Jonathan Louis fan for years now, and thrilled to have another piece in our home.
This is their main site: HERE
They have so many pieces to choose from, with hundreds of fabrics too. I found the Kelsey sectional and fell in love with it. The shape is really unique and I love the wood grain touches! It frames the bottom perfectly. Honestly, this sectional would go perfect with almost any home. You can mix it up and make it more modern or simply go with my farmhouse sisters and decorate it up vintage style!
This is my first ever sectional!
We are looking forward to popcorn and movies together on this bad boy.
Harper loves it! Can you tell?! Haha!
The best part about my sectional ordering experience was that I got to order 3 free swatches sent right to my front door. It was great for planning, plus inspiration! I actually poured some fruit punch on them to test too! It started bringing back science memories in highschool!
The fabric I chose was Gypsy Crème and you guys, even though the fabric isn't technically considered "stain-resistant," the juice just beaded right off! Hello world? Are you perfect now? I think so! This makes it super easy to clean and it’s kid/pet friendly! Winning.
You kind find swatches HERE. There are SO many!
Aside from the beautiful sectionals, Jonathan Louis offers countless collections of sofas, beds, armchairs, other accent chairs, storage benches, cocktail ottomans and much more. They are available at many retailers across the U.S. including Sprintz Furniture in Nashville and Franklin, TN and Knoxville Wholesale Furniture in Knoxville, TN. To all our Connecticut friends there is Jordan's Furniture in New Haven, CT!
You can find stores near you by clicking on their “dealer locator” on their site and entering your zip code. Feel free to peruse through my insta to find more pieces we got from @jlfurniture.
I highly recommend Jonathan Louis! They are a wonderful company that we believe in. Again, thank you for all the sweet messages and support! We love you all! Hope you also love the sectional as much as we do! Have a beautiful blessed day! I would love to hear your feedback here on the blog or over on instagram as well.
Lots of love,
Sarah & Harper
Alright, I'm really putting myself out there! I've pushed this off long enough! Here we go...
I am starting a fitness journey! On Fridays I will be sharing some of my favorite workouts and meals. I would love for us to all be able to support and keep track with each other in the comments section! That way we all can share together. We ALL have different goals!!
My weight has fluctuated all my life. I ran track back in the day and have been pretty active. I've always been really muscular. Although, my body changed after having a baby and it was a lot easier to gain weight in my stomach after that. When I gain weight my stomach looks round like I am preggers sometimes so hence the shape. It actually makes me uncomfortable to even look at and show you. It was much straighter a few months ago. I think it's because I had a cesarean and diastasis recti but it can go straight over time with a lot of hard work.
I am short so my weight shows a lot easier on me. Here are my current stats...
I'm 5 feet tall and 132 pounds.
The past 2 weeks I have worked out every single day. I am already seeing some changes but mainly, I am gaining a lot of muscle right now. PLUS: I feel amazing and am sleeping through the night. Sleeping so good, that I am actually falling asleep around 9pm (the time I usually try to post on Instagram at night! haha) So that is why I have been MIA lately! Mama needs a nap!!
I lost 15 pounds in this picture! I weighed 115. This was taken 8 months ago and then I gained it back after dealing with a break up and just eating my feelings instead of drinking them. It is my fault. I have shaped myself to this point and I take full responsibility! I want to get back to this picture. I felt great!! Honestly, I am not far from my goal but feel like this may help you! Maybe you can relate with me? Maybe this will inspire you to start working out again or just eating healthy?! I know it doesn't matter what the scale says! I am not a nutritionist by any means. My goals are to lose weight and tighten up all over. AKA look and feel good naked. That is the ultimate goal!
WE all should love ourselves and feel good in our own skin!
I would preferably feel better if I lost some weight :). My goal is 115.
Here is the meal plan I'm on right now but tweak it some if I go to a restaurant last minute. Oh, and I started drinking Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and it really seems to help with cravings and helps me feel better too. It is supposed to help with weight loss, but we will see about that! Also, I switch up my proteins with chicken and sometimes add rice in the evening, change it up with a sweet potato or avocado! Variety is so good! I eat bananas some for snack too and some fruit. I am just trying to keep my sugar intake low right now.
BREAKFAST: 1 tall glass of water, 1-2 tablespoons of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, little shot of honey and a squeeze of lemon; sugar fee or low sugar if you really need sugar - oatmeal, egg whites, if you're in a super hurry, grab a protein drink since you can't have eggs, drink more water
Eat every 3 hours.
SNACK: handful of almonds and apple or apple and tablespoon of peanut butter, or oikos triple zero (I love the chocolate)
Drink more water!!
3 hours later LUNCH: SALAD spinach leaves, onions, red and green peppers, couple of tomatoes, couple of cucumbers, half a grilled chicken breast (correct serving size is the size of your palm) mild cheese, extra virgin olive oil & vinegar if you need dressing or squeeze of lemon
((This is the time I workout! Although, my favorite time to work out is early in the morning!))
then I drink a protein drink after my workout.
3 hours later SNACK TIME yayyy!
1 cup of skinny popcorn or carrots and hummus, or oikos yogurt if you prefer
DINNER TIME: Broccoli, steamed, salmon (size of palm) apple sauce unsweetened
Drink lots of water...
SNACK TIME: Popcorn or 2 graham crackers, you could always grab more veggies if you are super hungry!
I will post some of my favorite workouts next week. For the most part I do 40 min hiit workouts/cardio and then weights for 20 minutes. I do try to mix it up and sit in the sauna!
STRETCH before bed! I am always sore now haha!! Okay who is with me?! It is hard but so worth it! I do 1-2 cheat meals a week!
Just so you all know, it took me weeks to get enough courage to post this. I have work to do. I want to be honest with you though and show you where I am at right now. This is the beginning.
I can also post my workout playlists and some motivational vids I love if you want them too!
Love you all bunches! Thank you for stopping by and just being so supportive. I am going to just close my eyes and hit save & publish. Hope this helps you and maybe you can join me!!
Happy Valentine's Day loves.
Valentine's Day always makes me happy! Because who doesn't want to celebrate love?! It's everything. I love my blue eyed baby girl bunches. I told her this morning that this is our fourth year celebrating together. She smiled so big and handed me the sweetest card she made. I couldn't make out the words but I'll keep it forever. She also made up a song for me and it was precious. I couldn't wait until today and had her open up all her gifts last night! I not the best at keeping surprises. Made me so happy to see her all excited! I even had to find her a tiara that magical powers. Do y'all know how hard that is to find on amazon?! haha! Let me show you some fun pictures...
These are her handmade cards for her sweet friends! She was so excited to hand them out to her friends today. Harper is such a giver! Makes me proud.
Harper "bought" me some flowers and pillows at pottery barn! I can't wait to share with y'all all I got!
I saved up and bought this headboard at Pottery Barn in December for my birthday and Christmas! I love it! They make it by hand so it took a few weeks to get here. I love the texture and the tufted fabric is beautiful.
The nightstands are perfect for this space. I am going to style it more soon. Just wanted to get some pictures out here for you to see. I will add more vintage style books here and some ceramic vases. I got the nightstands from Pottery Barn. I love how much space the drawers have and the shelves are just a bonus. The other side is my side of the bed and I have some of my favorite books stacked up in the corner. I have so many half read books, it's not even funny.
Let's talk chandelier!
I got this bad boy at 24 E Design Co. It's the Geoffrey Chandelier and honestly, I saw it hanging in their shop and it stopped me right in my tracks! I was like, I have to have this!! It's even more gorgeous in person. I love the contrast it adds to the room and the overall rustic aesthetic vibe.
I am sharing more about 24 E Design Co. in a few days! I have a lot of pretty pictures I took there in Savannah! You're gonna freak with everything I found there.
I gave you some easy clickable links below...
Shop my bedroom.
I am thinking about taking the basket down. I am also changing out the mirrors we have in the entryway and hanging them over the nightstands! They are going to be a little bit taller than the headboard, but I think they will be perfect :)
After I save up enough money, I am going to take the window down here and put french doors in it's place! It will be perfect to walk out on to the porch and get on the swing bed! I also plan on making a corner for my easel outside on the porch to paint there too!!
This is my new cozy corner! My brother's friend moved the settee into the living room and then this bad boy right here! I need to get a wider curtain rod and curtains but I love it here. On a sunny day, you can see out on the front porch and all the gorgeous rosebushes.
This blanket is my absolute favorite! We both fight over it constantly. I mean, she always wins though. haha!
The pillow and purse are part of our Painted Fox Collection too! I got the Sugarboo pillow here and the bag here.
I hope you have a beautiful Valentine's Day and rest of the week. Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by and read about the bedroom makeover and us! Lots of love to you and your family!!
VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT IDEAS // OUR VINTAGE FARMHOUSE
One of our favorite pillows! It's really comfy and durable. We love handmade companies. You have to check out the rest of their pillows too! They make great gifts.
2. (click on either Mommy or Daughter for each bag) Mommy & Daughter. Painted Fox Home Colsen Keane Bags
These are fabulous. We both have the matching bags and love them! The blush color is even more beautiful in person!
My friend @jlgarvin with @grapefruitandgold introduced me to this diffuser and it's my favorite. It lights up and has music, which is pretty amazing. I love the design too! Makes for a great gift!!
9. Gucci Bloom
4. Fur sandals
8. Bows & Laces
8. Acqua di Giò Giorgio Armani - FAVORITE cologne EVERRRR!
This is a great gift for anyone! THE SNUGGLE IS REAL. It's by my friend @pine.and.birch! You can get several frame options. Gotta love the snuggle.
I hope you all loved all the gift ideas! I spent a lot of time picking out my favorites. Have the Happiest Valentine's Day loves!
SARAH & HARPER
Hey friends! It’s been too long!! A while back, we went to Hilton Head to see the Festival of Trees at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island and it was pretty amazing! I know a lot of you all followed us in our stories and posts and watched our videos but I wanted to share some more pictures here!! It was honestly so much fun. We had never been to Hilton Head in the winter. It is one of the best times to go, especially around Christmas! It’s beautiful and everything is all lit up!! This was our second trip to Sonesta!
You an see our first youtube video below! We are doing more videos soon of our house and travel! I am not the best at vlogging (video blog) but I will get better! I promise. I hope you love it. We truly had a blast! You can subscribe to our YouTube HERE!
Every day looked like this.
And every night looked just like this! All the glow!
Our outfits are from Velveteen Clothing! I love their outfits, especially the mommy & me matching outfits!!
We pretty much had the entire beach to ourselves, which was really nice. The water was cold but it was still fun and the sun warmed us up! The beach is beautiful and so is the hotel.
Luckily, the pool was heated so we got to swim a lot. Harper loved it.
FESTIVAL of TREES
Sonesta had it all decorated! It was gorgeous!!
She said can we take these home?! haha! I wish!
Deep Well Project is amazing.
All the proceeds go to help a local family in need. There were a ton of Christmas trees! Each had their own signature design and theme. They were all special and unique. I was like a kid in a candy store because Christmas is my favorite! Harper loved it as much as me!! We would go to the lobby during the day and night to look at all of them. The white train tree and troll trees were her favorite! I love to give back and see companies give back as well. I couldn't help but think all the families and schools they were helping out. It is so giving of Sonesta. I thought about all the happy faces on Christmas morning, all because the hotel and such a giving community. Hilton Head is such a tight knit community and it's really lovely to see!!
The hotel looked amazing with all the trees wrapped in Christmas lights. Harper loved it so much!!
Blurry but a goody! She will always be my little girl. I love her so much!
BRUNCH at the Hotel
Y'all, we brunched it up! Every day is brunch day! The hotel has the best food! I am serious. I know you don't hear that much. Everything tasted different and so good! Nothing tasted the same. I love some food. H loved making her own waffles every morning. They have an awesome omelette stand where you can create your own! We got a little bit of everything! We ate at Heyword's Restaurant for brunch, it's inside the hotel.
One day Harper was playing with her plate while I was packing on the eggs in the brunch line and I told her to be careful. She kept playing and sure enough it broke into so many pieces! I was embarrassed. One of the employees came over and instantly gave Harper a hug and another plate. Then two other waitresses came over and cleaned it up quickly before I could even get all the pieces picked up and told her it was ok. It really meant a lot to us! The staff were super considerate and made sure to make Harper feel special. They have a great staff and go above and beyond. They even text you to rate your stay and ask if you need anything. It is really thoughtful.
And since we are talking about food, here's a few of our favorite restaurants outside of the hotel!
OLD OYSTER FACTORY // Get everything on the menu! It was so good! Crab Cake Dinner
SKULL CREEK BOATHOUSE //Sushi & Low Country Boil
THE SALTY DOG CAFE // Snow Crab Leg Dinner is amaze!
Day Trip to Savannah
We also took a quick trip to Savannah for the day! It isn't very far from the hotel. We loved the shops, carriage ride and restaurants. I will post more on my next blog post because I actually went back to Savannah after this trip! I have all kinds of good stuff to share!
Savannah's Candy Kitchen was everything! We wanted everything! haha! We talked Uncle Sam into going in with us. He is such a good sport!
Back at The Sonesta
Okay, I know it's blurry but it is still beautiful! You get all the glimmery vibes even outside the hotel.
Happy dance!! We will definitely be back to Hilton Head again soon! Thank you for stopping by friends! Make sure to comment your favorite place in Hilton Head or around the area, so we can check it out next time! Big hugs! Love you all!
BIG thank you to Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island for inviting us to the Festival of Trees! Hope you all get to see it next year!!
Sarah & Harper
Fall is one of our favorite seasons because it’s about being together and cooking with each other! It’s about having friends over and entertaining! Without giving too much away, we are making one of our favorite fall dishes and can’t wait for you to see more!
Sarah & Harper
Pumpkins. Meeting Sadie & Letting your light SHINE.
After Several weeks of calling pumpkin patches and all the regular pumpkin places, we finally found someone that had some! Whew! We jumped on it as quick as we could too. One of our friends on facebook told us we could come to his hardware store and get some. He had literally just got a shipment in from one of the local farmers. We were super excited and rolled up in there on a mission. They took us to a back room and then out to their extra store. This is straight VIP pumpkin status y'all! hahaha! I would of taken the entire box if I could. The green and white ones were my favorite.
We got a ton of pumpkins and had the best time just being with each other! It doesn't take much for us to have a good time. This sweet thing batted her eyes at the hardware employees and next thing you know they were giving her all kinds of tootsie rolls and then popcorn. She has this talent. She will find food no matter where it is! Another crazy thing is... we will be at a random store or restaurant and people come up and say here, you are a cutie! Have a dollar! I wish people would walk up to me and hand me money! hahah! No joke! She has probably made $30 just in being cute! She has got it made and doesn't even know it! I am thankful that even though she is a straight up diva, she is still very thankful and appreciative. She gives her dollars away to random people too. She pays it forward and it's super sweet.
Okay, back to pumpkins! haha! We were really happy with our pumpkin haul and can't wait to get more. I stuffed them in our newly painted fireplace and mixed them with our "new" vintage books we got at our favorite antique store down the street. That store is our favorite but dang, we have to almost wear a mask in there because they stain a lot of their furniture and it stinks to high heaven. I kinda feel like I burn all my nose hairs when I leave so I don't take Harper often! We run in and out! She gets shipments in from London so we can usually find some pretty neat stuff. If you follow our insta stories you know all the crazy stuff we came across too! Hello creepy clown doll.
For everyone asking, these signs are really awesome and no, I am not just saying that. I am only going to share with you things I love and these are definitely amazing! I collaborated with Laney at @pine.and.birch and they are exclusively at @paintedfoxhome. You can find them in our home line here. They are on sale right now too.
The day we met Sadie Mae.
I have been on a puppy hunt for several months now. Harper wanted a puppy or a baby sister for her birthday, so puppy it is! No joke! She has been begging for a sister like crazy too. It would definitely be divine intervention right now and there is no way she gets a baby for her bday! We went to shelters and searched online. Harper finally picked out a few types of dogs she liked. It was a lab, a golden retriever, a minature dog or labradoodle. I searched high and low. One of our sweet friends found a picture of Sadie and it said looking for a loving home! I was like OH MY GOSH! Harper will freak out. She just had the sweetest eyes. I thought about it for a while and finally messaged them and we loaded up the car, with no leash at all mind you and were hoping to fall in love with our new addition. There was a lot of crazy exciting emotions and singing going on in that car! We made it and Sadie was much bigger than the picture we saw. I said, "wow, I didn't know she was 9 months!" They told me she was 9 weeks! That's right, yall! Our little Sadie, is gonna be a giant Sadie! We fell in love with her and had to take her home that night. I had no idea what i was doing. Literally, rushed to the pet store nearby and handed them my card. She set us up with food, crate and toys! We raced back home and I carried in the heaviest crate by myself. It took over an hour to get that dang thing to pop open. It was a wild night but we were so happy to have Sadie with us. We wanted a loving family dog and also a guard dog. It gets scary out here sometimes and I think she will be all that and more.
NOW, that being said, this has been one of the happiest times of mine and Harper's lives but also a hard time as well.
I have had some really bad comments sent to me, one of which pretty much bashed me for anything and everything I was doing wrong, including judging my faith, life as a single mom and puppy decisions. I will not make much light of the horrible things they said or the few other awful messages because that will just shed more light on their hate. It really shook me to my core. Normally, I do not let things bother me like that but you guys, it was bad. It really bothered me. Those words made me question my life. It is hard y'all.
I try to be open and honest with you all as much as possible. I shouldn't have to validate myself here but I am a single mother. I wake up in the morning just like anyone else and pray and hope for the best. It is a struggle sometimes. There is a lot of work involved, working two jobs and also being a mama. I am doing the best I can just like anyone else. We are all struggling and trying to do the best for our family and ourselves. I would never want any of you to think I live this fake bright and shiny life all the time. I choose to be positive and change my perspective daily. Making people happy and inspiring others is everything to me. Sharing things that are beautiful makes my heart happy. I want you guys to embrace the beautiful parts of life and try your hardest to stay positive through the hard times.
Sometimes in life we run into adversity. It may come from events or other people, nevertheless we have to strive to be the best person we can be. We NEVER blow someone else's candle out to make our selves shine brighter. We don't point out (our perception) flaws of other people because to someone else that might be the most beautiful thing about them. I have struggled over the past few days with the way some of my followers have voiced their dislike and disapproval of me and my choices. I have contemplated over that for a few days now. It has been really hard. I have decided that I AM PROUD of what I have done from every mistake to every failure because i have the ability to humble myself in learning from them. I have also seen the look in my daughters eyes and witnessed her kindness toward others and decided that I will not allow bitterness in myself to tarnish that in her. So please be kind to one another. Tell someone they look beautiful today. Ask someone a random question that you know they know the answer, to lift them up because we are only able to control our actions and reactions. I will not let someone judge me and tear me apart. I have worked too hard to let someone try to take it away just because they don't like my choices. Let your light shine! Be the light. People will try to tear you down but push through anyways. People will try to be mean but be nice anyways. People will try to use you but love them anyways.
If you can take anything away from this post, please take this:
You are beautiful. You are brave and smart. It doesn't matter what people say about me because I love myself and I am going to continue to let my light shine.
NO bully or anyone for that matter can stand in your way. You are meant to be something amazing. Let that fire in you continue to burn. Be creative. Think outside the box. Do the impossible but don't ever let someone tear you down. You may get sad, cry. You may fall down. Pick yourself back up and continue to follow your dreams. In the face of adversity, continue to shine.
Sending you all our love! Thank you everyone that watched our ig stories and sent an outpouring of messages. They were beautiful and I cried my eyes out reading them. The good outweighs the bad. I am thankful for my faith. I am thankful for you all.
Sarah, Harper & Sadie
A few simple changes can make a huge impact.
I've been dreaming of freshening up the kitchen for a while now. I fell in love with my kitchen at first sight. I love the galley style kitchen and open shelving that originally came with the house when I bought it. The previous owners did a fantastic job designing it and the pinewood floors are everything! No farmhouse is complete without a large farmhouse sink! I wanted to freshen up the walls and make it bright in here because there isn't a lot of natural light, other than the two windows and then side door window. I also wanted to lower the shelves some and make them more user friendly! Although beautiful, shelves I had were not wide or thick enough.
I went through some gorgeous paint colors from Pottery Barn and decided on the brightest clean color, Sherwin Williams Extra White. Sometimes it is hard to purchase paint online but I recommend zooming in on the color with your phone and holding it up to your wall like a swatch on the spot! It did match perfectly. The color was super clean and turned out better than I even imagined. Luckily, I had help from my friend Charlie Bryant with Bryant Construction! They helped paint and hang the floating shelves. We actually hung them together and they were very easy.
The shelves are even more beautiful in person! I mean, I knew they had texture but goodness, there is all kinds of juicy texture and different colored browns all wrapped into one. I like the chunky look and felt the length was perfect for my kitchen. I also think they would look pretty lined up from top to bottom on a wall in a dining room! The shelves are from Pottery Barn as well and super affordable. I got them here. The biggest thing I recommend is to have help hanging the shelves because they are a little heavy and you wouldn't want to risk dropping them and scratching your walls! Once you screw the long bracket in, you lift the shelf up and push it down flush to the wall and it clasps from there. Pretty genius! I have tested out the durability and it is super durable! I am talking these dishes are really heavy and it didn't even budge!
This part is my favorite. Think first, what do you want most from your kitchen? For me, I want to be able to utilize this space as much as possible! I used the long shelving so I can stack different plates, cups, plants, and almost anything else i can imagine! I want to have a nice space for my coffee area and then another for my go to dishes above the oven. After styling them, I started decorating the left over space on the shelves and build from there! The best way to get a fresh look is to add rustic vases like these and then fill them with your favorite flowers. I love all the different vase heights. It just flows effortlessly through the room. I plan on using them all the all year round. The cutting boards are great to add throughout so you can use them quickly for all your yummy recipes. These trays are awesome! They add height like the vases and you can put hand soap on them, all the way to candles. I placed the napkins on the shelves and left some out on the counter too. They are super durable and I use them for more than just napkins. I have used them to dry dishes with too and they work great. They are pretty even just stacked on your shelf.
I am so happy with how everything turned out. The color turned out perfectly and the shelves are fabulous! This proves that paint and some lovely shelves can truly transform any room! It is a lot brighter in here now! We painted the cabinets with the same paint on the walls. This made the countertop really pop! I have already spilled spaghetti on one of the cabinets and didn't know until the next day. It freaked me out. I used soap and water and it came off instantly! Yass! Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you all love everything. It's been hard keeping it quiet this long!
Here are a few extra links to some of the decor I used...
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Thank you so much for checking out our mini kitchen remodel! Hope you loved it!! Have an amazing day!!
Ps Big thanks to Pottery Barn for helping make this happen! Big thanks to Sherwin Williams too! We can't wait to share recipes and so many more pictures of memories we create in here with you!!
I am still pinching myself over this crazy amazing experience. This is the first HGTV home I have been in and it was unreal! Meeting the HGTV crew & Brian Patrick Flynn was icing on the cake. A few years ago, if someone told me this would happen, I would of never believed them. But it happened! I am honored HGTV invited me and can't wait to show you the inside! The best part is that anyone could win this gorgeous home! You can apply to win twice a day! This gorgeous craftsman cottage is located in the 4th and Gill area of downtown Knoxville, TN! Scripps Headquarters is also located in Knoxville! I am a little biased because I went to UT but go VOLS!! I love it here!
Let's see this sweet Urban Oasis...
Check out these few before pictures!
This house has went from drab to fab and I am kinda loving every square inch. Ok...I am loving ALL of it!! Brian Patrick Flynn and the HGTV Crew did a fantastic job. Speechless is an understatement. The blue is fabulous. Everyone has been blowing up my inbox on the details of the blue and pink door, so here it is...
Sherwin Williams Sea Serpent and the INFAMOUS pink door is Sherwin Williams Hopeful. The trim is Sherwin Williams Incredible White.
Almost everything furnished in the home is by Overstock.com.
The pink door is a millennial pink! Brian talked about how he looks at the most pinned pins on Pinterest and what the most popular trends are! He wanted the house to stand out! I think the contrast is fabulous! I want a pink door now!! We should all get pink doors ;)!
Here is some basic info before we go into the home...
With art direction and décor from Atlanta-based interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, the approximately 1,850-square-foot Craftsman home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms centered around an open and airy living concept. HGTV Urban Oasis 2017 Project Manager Scott Branscom oversaw the renovation process, which required turning a duplex with separate living spaces into a single-family home. This home was designed & renovated by architects Open Door Architecture and Tillman Companies and the feel of the home is best described as casual modernist with artistic style, and the clever use of space makes it exceptionally practical for the modern-day family.
During the sweepstakes entry period, which runs from October 2 through November 22, eligible viewers can enter twice per day online at HGTV.com/UrbanOasis for a chance to win the giveaway. The HGTV Urban Oasis 2017 grand prize winner will receive the completely remodeled and furnished home plus $50,000 provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans®. HGTV Facebook, Instagram and Twitter fans can check in for ongoing updates and new details (#HGTVUrbanOasis).
The HGTV Urban Oasis 2017 sponsors include Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSTK); Quicken Loans®; Kohler Co.; Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; SimpliSafe Home Security; American Institute of Architects; and Bush Brothers & Company.
Cue take my breath awayyyy by Berlin!! This front porch is everything!
Hello gorgeous front porch! You know how much I love blush + blue, so I was pretty much in Heaven the entire time!! Speaking of Heaven, did you get to see the live tour on my IG with Brian? That was awesome! I wish it would of let me save it but it was over 30 minutes long. He is mega talented and has the best personality! HGTV, if you can hear me... give this man his own show! ;)
Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams - walls Swanky Grey, trim Incredible White
I love the open floor plan and the overall fill of the living room. I love the mix of classic and modern! Bryan talked about how much he dislikes the television hanging in the living room because it takes away from the overall aesthetic. He also wants it to be an open space where guests can just chat and spend time together. The beautiful abstract painting by Sally King Benedict is perfectly placed when you walk into this cozy space!
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams - trim doors Tricorn Black, walls and ceiling Incredible White
Hello gorgeous master bedroom! I never would of thought to use blush curtains! The curtains and closet really make the room. When you look inside the closet, you'll find wall to wall custom floral wallpaper! I hope you got to see it on the live video. He picked out beautiful accents that just flowed together, some new pieces and some antique. Brian made sure to add all different elements and even added a pair of vintage gloves to give off an Audrey Hepburn vibe!!
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams - trim and ceiling Incredible White, Benjamin Moore - vanity Universal Black
I like to call this a honeycomb wall and it's fantastic! They made sure to tile it all the way to the ceiling. I love how open it is. There are windows added at the top for extra lighting.
Brian said if you are going to use bold wallpaper or bold colors put it in a smaller room you don't spend a lot of time in for the most impact. Genius!! This custom wallpaper is so feminine and yet the tile brings a masculine side out as well. It is a healthy balance where anyone could live here and just be happy as can be.
I don't think I would ever leave the tub!!
You can tell there was a lot of thought put into this entire house, every single detail was well thought out.
Paint Colors: Benjamin Moore - cabinets Van Deusen Blue, Behr - ceiling Frost, trim color match to wall tile.
This kitchen is what dreams are made of! Those chandeliers alone were just phenomenal! Bananas!
He left the exposed brick as a focal point and painted it a nice whitewash. The baskets add some beautiful texture and highlight that accent brick wall. I would never think of going this blue in the kitchen but after seeing it, it's a total game changer! The blue is beautiful and timeless. I could see it in a farmhouse too!
See the small vintage plates on the sides? Yes, he thought of everything!!
Paint Colors: walls Swanky Gray, trim Incredible White.
Brian talked about how he chose a round table so you could pull extra chairs around it for added seating if needed. That is such a smart idea. The blue chairs were so beautiful! See how the blue flows throughout?!
Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams - ceiling Krypton
The open hallway is lovely. I love how the bench sits perfectly at the end! It's so airy and free. All that white!
The walkthrough laundry room is such a nice touch.
Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams - trim and doors Grey Matters, walls, ceiling and closet interior Passive.
The guest room is super inviting. He framed a duvet that was too small for this bed on the wall to the left!
How awesome is that?! Such a great idea!!
Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams - walls Composed, vanity Raging Sea
OKAYYY this bathroom is amazing! Do you all see over to the right? That is a sliding "barn door" shower and it is gold!! I went to the bathroom and may have slid it back and forth a few times hoping I wouldn't get caught! Haha!
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams - Incredible White
This second guest room is just perfect for an office and extra space for guests. I love the built in bunk beds!
This house had an apartment on the back which is now this gorgeous screened in porch! The furniture he chose is such a great mix and he hung a flat screen tv to the right. The natural elements of the table and wood furnishings and trees are my favorite.
That landscaping though! These hanging orange kayaks really bring a beautiful contrast! Look how big the house looks from the back! If you look close you can see the hanging pendants at the bottom over the outdoor dining table.
The garage was insane! I love this extra living room. Imagine all the parties you can have out here! The gallery wall wrapped around the entire space!
This really happened!! Brian is such an awesome person and designer!! I learned so much from him. It was such a great experience that I will never forget it! I was major fangirling at this moment!
Lord have mercy! The garage door is stunning and look at the lights!
Literally swooning with this fabulous table and metal chairs!!
If you love color, this art studio is perfect for you! What a creative oasis!! added art studio connected to the garage is a nice touch and super creative space.
Whoever wins this house is just gonna love it!
We ended the night spending it with Rhoda! Her blog is Southern Hospitality! She is a super talented blogger and decorator! We first met at the Haven Conference and I am so glad she came to the HGTV Reveal! We ate at Tupelo Honey in Market Square and just chatted about life. Make sure you check out her blog and instagram!
Honestly, this was such an incredible experience. I will never forget it. Big thanks to Brian Patrick Flynn , HGTV and everyone that made this happen! Thank you for inviting me!! It's an honor.
Talk to you all soon and sharing our kitchen reveal next so stay tuned!!
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The beach is my happy place. I am always game for waking up with no worries, rushing out to the sand and watch the waves come in or swimming backstrokes in a gorgeous pool gazing up at the palm trees. We were pretty excited to visit Hilton Head again this summer and make some great memories together. We stayed at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island and it was pretty incredible.
A while back I posted on Instagram about surprising Harper with a trip to the beach. I loaded up the car full of our suitcases, favorite snacks, beach chairs and lots of sunscreen. She had no idea. We drove home like usual and then I surprised her! Harp was excited!! It took her a while to process that we were actually leaving at that moment. She kept saying, "but I need my bathing suit" haha! We had that and about everything else in the house packed and ready to GO! After driving 6 hours, we made it. Stepped foot out of the car to one gorgeous hotel!
Harper's sweet lemon and striped dresses are from Adelaide's Boutique <3
When we got to the room there were two large beach bags full of the cutest gifts. Homemade chocolates shaped like alligators & flip flops. We got hot pink & bright blue towels with lots of cookies and sand toys. That was pretty amazing. Not to mention a huge fruit and cheese tray! We went straight for that and the cookies and milk. So let the adventure begin, with feeding our faces. The room was beautiful and we loved having two queen beds. Harp would bounce back and forth, wishing she could sleep in both at the same time haha!! The bathroom was insane, with a large tub and glass shower! It was a little piece of heaven!!
The way to my heart is foooood! We are big foodies but can appreciate good junk food when we see it too!
The breakfast at the hotel was amazing. We ate a lot at Hewards Restaurant and Seacrest Restaurant inside the hotel. I am talking they had a smorgasbord of build your own homemade waffles, omlettes, bagels (insert heart eyes), an entire fruit bar and so much more! Harper looked forward to decorating her waffles every morning. I think her favorite was the a tower of whip cream and a single chocolate chip on top. I loved the bagels and omelettes. Bailey's Bar & Terrace is really cool too. It transforms throughout the day and is recognized as the heart of the hotel. You can get a quick morning coffee, treats and then cocktails in the evening!
This is Harper posing with her virgin strawberry daiquiri! lol diva! To the right, me and my brother, Sam! We spent time with our family while we were here and our sweet neighbors!! It was the best!!
Some of our favorite restaurants in Hilton Head...
Salty Dog Cafe, Skull Creek Boathouse, The Crazy Crab, Sunset Grille
There was always something fun going on at the hotel! So much in fact, that we weren't able to do everything. Here are some of the fun things we got into...
getting our nails done at the spa! Arum Spa is gorgeous! They are upstairs in the hotel room and it's like a little oasis. It is calming and the music almost put me to sleep walking in! I can't even imagine with a massage too! We loved getting our nails done together. That is one of our favorite things to do together, aside from painting pictures. We got mani's & pedi's! Harper was so proud of her blue nails and wanted to show everyone!
feeding the turtles! shut the front door! We got to feed a ton of turtles. There were a lot of children around, so I didn't get a good picture of the turtles but they were everywhere. It was a lot of fun. Literally, you just walk out of the hotel to the large pond and just start feeding them.
playing at the kids zone! So they have a kid's area called Just Us Kids! It's a program where they can watch your children if you want to go on a date, or just let them have play time and go on beach adventures. Harper loved doing crafts with all the kids and spending some time out on the beach together. The teachers were super sweet and really outgoing. It was a great experience for her! She still talks about her teachers (and the turtles!)
I love how the resort was super kid friendly, with dive in movies at the pool, turtles and they even had a place set up for kids to get floats and anything else you might need.
buying a bunch of jewelry at the gift shop! Harper picked out a ton of handmade layered bracelets. She loved them and stacked them all up her arm! My little diva. The gift shop is called Pearl's Market and it is super cute, full of breezy apparel, outdoor and sport accessories. They have a lot of island inspired gifts, toys, gourmet foods and snacks. They can even pack up goodies and send them right to your room! I love love that idea!!
lunch & dinner at the sandbar!
The pool was amazing and we spent a lot of our time here! Harper just loved it!! Mama loved the drinks too! Mudsliiiide!
The beach was perfect! We had the best weather and enjoyed just being together. Harper found so many seashells and looked forward to the times I said yes to snow cones. No joke, that girl could live off of them. It was pretty funny how her entire mouth was purple most of the day! The staff were super nice and the hotel was immaculate. They kept it really clean. There's nothing like taking a hot shower after a long day at the beach and passing out in the softest fresh sheets! ahhh music to my ears. We practiced not doing anything. It was hard at first but after day two we were pros! We still think about all the awesome memories had here! It was such a blessing and we look forward to visiting again soon.
Thank you for stopping by friends! Leave a comment of your fav memory at Hilton Head Island if you've visited before!!
Thank you to Sonesta Hilton Head Island for being so good to us. We will hopefully make it in the November to see all your Christmas trees!
As I lay in bed writing you guys after a long day, I can't help but feel grateful. I am grateful for you guys that have followed us all this time and just showed us so much love & support. We can feel it from here. Really. We all have a lot to be grateful for. Speaking of gratitude, I'm thankful for our new guest room as well! This has been a long time coming. We have been here for 19 months now and finally have a guest room, (can you believe it) with a beautiful bed and all! Almost everything seen here is from Structube!! I am going to give you all the details! It goes to show that sometimes it really is worth the wait.
Harper thinks this is her second bedroom now because it's right down the hall from her room! I meannnn. She loves it!! We come in here and read books together. I can't wait to have friends and family over now! They don't have to sleep in our pull out beds anymore!
This Versailles bed is fantastic. I was floored with the craftsmanship and the details are just beautiful. I got it here. It's a major statement piece and the fabric is pretty. I got the bedding from Anthropologie and the purse is Free People.
The curtains are from West Elm and the views from the countryside is magic!
She makes my heart sore. Look how precious and she wanted to get her picture taken too!
Her dress is handmade from our friends Adelaide's Boutique!
It is only $111! I love a good deal. The Navi rug has so much texture and I love the natural colors. I got it here. The faux fur pillow is fun and super cozy. Everything from Structube is affordable! I was really impressed with their pricing.
My vision for this room was light and bright.
The lamps are from Grandin Road! I got them here. The pedestal base is beautiful and timeless. It almost looks like a wooden sculpture.
Honestly, I am happy with how everything turned out and can't wait to add some art, a chandelier and dresser soon! It is a perfect place for our guests to come and stay for a while. Thank you for stopping by! I can't wait to show you more. I hope you have a beautiful blessed week.
Structube is an amazing brand we believe in and are honored to have their pieces in our home!
Stay tuned for more on our guest room soon! :)
Well hey there!! It's been a while since I wrote you all last and believe me, we have been busy. There is so much going on and I can't wait to share it all with you soon. I have several clients right now and am trying to get their homes done and hope to share that soon too! One thing I have been SUPER excited to share is our trip to California!! I have always dreamed about seeing California some day and can't believe it finally happened!
Cali is more beautiful than I ever imagined. Harper and I were pretty speechless getting off the plane. It was stunning. Palm trees lined the streets and there were huge flowers everywhere. We spent the majority of our time in Coronado Island, outside of San Diego. There is a lot to do there and it was easier for us girls to just hang on the island!
Our ROOM at LOEWS
We stayed at Loews Coronado Bay Resort! You guys, this place was unreal. The employees were incredibly kind and helpful and the Resort was super clean. Honestly, you could not ask for a nicer staff. There was a huge conference going on but the place was so roomy you didn't even notice! We never got tired of the food, which is extremely rare. Usually we go to hotels and the food all tastes the same after a while. Our view was of the beautiful Bay that fills up with boats at night and we even got a fireworks show!
What I loved most about Loews was how accommodating they were to children and had all kinds of events to keep them having fun! There were s'more nights, game days and treasure hunts! Another thing we loved were the large golf carts that take you to the beach! When you arrive there are chairs, sand toys and umbrellas! That was huge considering we didn't have to worry about anything but sunscreen and our beach bag! They also have so many pools and hot tubs to choose from!! I am talking, THREE large pools and TWO large hot tubs. They have a big outside bar and all kinds of yummy food!
Speaking of yummy food! These chocolate desert tacos were unreal! They delivered them to our room and we were in heaven! I need the recipe stat!
Somebody even got cookies and milk in bed! She was pretty happy about that.
We spent a lot of time at the pool. Look how beautiful it is there...
She looked forward to the bakery daily!
Our favorite part was riding the hotel shuttle to Coronado Island downtown. Harper was just giddy to get to ride the shuttle! That is all she talked about! haha! Coronado Island is GORGEOUS! The houses were insanely beautiful and the beach was just stunning. We watched every sunset together and just took it all in. You have to go to Del Coronado Hotel and just shop it up and feed your face too!
more loews resort scenes...
This was our view walking through the hallway to our room! I mean...
some of our favorite restaurants:
Brigantine Seafood Restaurant (Blackened Sonoran Spiced Ahi Sashimi & Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes)
Crown Landing (inside Loews Resort, brunch anything & Pan Roasted Salmon, pizza by the pool is a must and their bakery is unreal)
Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill (Rock Lobster Tail)
Yummy Sushi (Sunset Roll)
ENO Pizzeria & Wine Bar (Margherita Pizza)
MOO TIME Creamery (chocolate covered anything, we tried it a few times and it was amazing!)
We are already making plans to come back in December. Locals were telling us how they decorate everything on the island for Christmas and have an epic ice skating rink near downtown! We are going to have to see that. This was an amazing experience and took us out of our comfort zone but in a good way. Harper still talks about it and wants to go back. You really must see it for yourself!
Thank you for stopping by and following our blog! I would love to hear your favorite parts of Cali and recommendations for our next trip! Have an amazing day!!
We are posting some home updates very soon!
Hey friends! I have missed you! As many of you know... we DECORATED our back porch and we had the BEST time doing it!
We partnered with Crate and Barrel to share our porch with you guys and it was hard to keep this one quiet! I've been super excited about it for a while and definitely have a hard time keeping secrets. Harper actually sat with me and helped pick out some of her favorite pieces too!
(all pictures are by RICH POTOGRAPHY <3 more on that below...)
I know it's hard to believe we decorated our porch, considering we have been here well over a year. I think it's mainly because we have been working on the inside the most.
Let's talk about the furniture we chose! There are so many incredible pieces and looks in Crate and Barrel’s outdoor line. I wanted something light, so I can easily move it around as needed. I love these Regatta Lounge Chairs and Ottomans so much that I jumped out of my comfort zone with the stripes. The pattern screams summer fun, and I am here for the party!
When I bought this farmhouse, it came with speakers installed on the back porch, so it's a perfect place for a dance off and just hanging out together! Music is a must!
We also added the Salome Charcoal Grey Indoor/Outdoor Rug, which has a soft, braided texture that is all together beautiful. Durability is key here, because you want a nice sturdy outdoor rug (a.k.a. not flopping with the wind)! It ties everything together nicely.
These gorgeous Lattice Circle Large Side Tables are the perfect home for your favorite flower pot. The tables are super light and versatile, easy for moving around and perfect for a space of any size. Add your favorite book and a cup of coffee, and you are set! After all, you can’t go wrong with white coffee cups and saucers paired with fun outdoor plates and patterns. The silverware is one of our favorites and we use them all the time, called Harper Rose Gold Flatware.
We love this gorgeous view of the countryside! That tree on the hill is our favorite!
If you are looking for a fun way to add more seating that is affordable, you can throw some larger pillows on the floor. They are super inviting.
You guys, this teepee from Land of Nod looks like it was made for our back porch! It’s so fun and surprisingly really easy to put together! Harper loves bringing all her animals inside and reading them books! I can just see her playing in it with her sweet little friends.
(This is pretty much us all the time. I am either laughing at her or she is laughing at me.)
Our shoes are from Joy Folie, one of our favorite clothing & shoe brands. 🌸
And how adorable is this Larry The Llama Ride On?! I can’t even deal. Wish it was adult sized! Harp has had so much fun with it. Now I know for sure what I am gifting all my friends with babies.
We had so much fun spending time together enjoying our yummy brunch and just being together. She is such a blessing in my life.
If your day on the porch stretches into the night, light up your summer gatherings with lanterns and candles. You can't go wrong with string lights!!
BIG Thank you to Emily with Rich Photography! She took all these incredible pictures! Not only is Emily a photographer but also a jewelry designer. All of her jewelry is handmade and truly beautiful! You can see it all here. Her jewelry is called Emily Anne Accessories. I am blessed to know her and work with her often!
BIG thank you to Crate & Barrel for partnering with us once again. They are an incredible brand that we love and believe in. It's always an honor.
Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read this post. Your support means so much to us! I am fortunate to be doing what I love and without you, this wouldn't be possible. Have fun decorating your porch and have a great rest of the day too!
Sarah & Harper
Happy Spring friends! It's about time!! We are pretty excited about all the warm weather and sunny days. Everything is starting to bloom here and I can't wait for the leaves to grow out front. It's pretty magical.
Spring is almost here! You can totally feel it. When spring is around the corner, I start freshening up the house with white bedding and lightweight throws, fresh plants and more plants! I partnered with Birch Lane today and four amazing bloggers to share different ways to refresh your home for Spring!
It's super easy to achieve this fresh spring entryway! I chose many of these pieces from Birch Lane's New Arrivals, using Classic Farmhouse and Country Romance.
1. Start with your favorite bench. I picked this one, called the Beresford Bench and it was easy to assemble. Not to mention affordable and durable! Imagine my toddler jumping up and down on it until I caught her! Because it totally happened! haha!
2. Add your favorite baskets. I picked the two larger baskets called handle storage baskets but could have fully fit all three below for storage. I love how the baskets add so much texture and have durable handles. Then I threw in some driftwood and logs for more textured elements. It is so fun to bring nature inside. I bought some various size pots and gave it a layered look. I showed a couple looks, one with pillows stuffed and the other with my favorite plant inside it. I love the plant best but both looks are very clean. Just go for your gut feeling on this one. I wanted a fiddle fig plant but there were not any at our local greenhouse.
4. Pick out a throw or two! This throw is nice and bright and really pulls all the colors together. It is also organic, which I love! If you pick two throws you can layer them softly over each other, where you can still see the other one behind it. Layering is a good thing! ; ) You never know how many guests might want to hang around and talk and they might be chilly.
5. Add your favorite pillows! I bought laila gathered white pillows which have beautiful tufting along the middle and give a tailored look, the large edie wool pillow cover is my focal point and lastly the dream lumbar pillows! They are my showstopper pillows which compliment all of them. Super soft!! Love love!
6. Throw in your favorite large planter! This one is a lot larger than it looks in the picture. It's called the Estrada Planter and just beautiful. That wood grain gives me all the feels and has a vintage vibe, which to me screams farmhouse! Add your favorite plant inside. I was able to throw in a pot inside it and it was ready to go.
7. Add your favorite art above your bench. I found these pretty large tins squares from an antique store when we went to Charleston. A painting would be dreamy or a set of vintage windows! The possibilities are endless. You could even go all the way in and do a fun gallery wall!
See how easy that is?! When in doubt, throw some pillows on it! I mean really, throw them even on the floor nearby for guests. We are all about comfort around here at the farmhouse.
Keep it fun and cozy. Don't stress. Freshening up your home is easy.
This look shows the lumbar pillows on the end for added comfort. You could toss the striped pillow underneath and put the white pillows in the corner with the lumbar in front of it on each side at an angle.
This bench is very sturdy and beautifully designed. Every home needs a nice bench! I just need to add a fun rug!
P.s. Told you that wood grain is so good on the planter! #allthehearteyes
There you have it friends, a fresh spring entryway! I hope your weekend is beautiful!
Thank you for stopping by! BIG Thank you to Birch Lane for partnering with us, they are a company we support and believe in the durability in their products and we put our faith in this brand.
Don't forget to check out the other bloggers listed above and follow them on IG! Up next is Julie with Lemon Stripes!
Follow the tag #birchlaneessentials to see all our spring refresh pictures on Instagram & you can follow Birch Lane on Instagram Here!
You know how much we love parties and we are excited to share some of our favorite game day tips!
Bring on the fun football plates and bowls!
Throw in some footballs and fun napkins!
Don't be afraid to have a chalkboard out with your favorite team written all over it! (I would of done that but it would just say go food ;))
When in doubt, finger foods are the best foods! Always!
I like to keep a lot of the drinks and desserts in the kitchen so there is more room for all the snacks in the living room. AKA less mess in the living room.
Add your favorite pillows and throws! You want it to be super comfy and fun!!
Throw extra pillows on the floor for added seating. criss cross apple sauce!
Keep the kids busy with football crafts for the kids in the other room. I recommend pipe cleaner shaped footballs or paper and crayons projects! You don't want to walk in there and it be a train wreck of glued footballs all over your dining room. (Believe me, this actually happened but at a baby shower and with diapers)
Some great finger friendly desserts are football shaped brownies, chocolate strawberries with white laced stripes and cookies! Lots of cookies!
Sangria is always a great game drink! Make sure to have several nonalcoholic drinks too, remember your drivers!
P.s. Keep extra hand towels in the bathroom for guests!
I hope you all have the best time tomorrow!
GO GAME!! GO HALFTIME!!
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Life is about taking chances and really following your dreams.
It's easy for someone to say, "Take chances! Follow your dreams!" The hard part is YOU are the one that has to take those chances and YOU have to follow your dreams! It truly is easier said than done! I am not going to sugar coat it for you! I know, I am bubbly, happy and hyper but I am still real. I hope you read this and take something away from this that inspires you and moves you to follow your own dreams.
I have never felt more alive than when I started following my dreams. Honestly, it wasn't my choice. I was forced into a fight or flight situation. When you lose almost everything and hit bottom, there is no where to go but up!
Here is my story (I'll give you the shortened version to save you days of reading):
I have been divorced for two years now. Prior to my divorce, I was living happily in Franklin,TN as a stay at home mom. At that time, I had around 10,000 followers on Instagram, that I had grown organically. I was my first follower and just started marketing myself by sharing my family, my art and farmhouse furniture. I had to teach myself everything and, after a while, realized I might be onto something. However, my life kind of flashed before my eyes when I found out I was getting a divorce. I felt like my life was destroyed at that time. The word "divorce" never crossed my mind, ever, but it was happening.
I had no idea what I was going to do. I was a mother and I was jobless. Thankfully I had a degree in Communication Studies that I earned several years back. I was truly devastated and cried for weeks. There was no way around it, the more I cried, the more I knew I was going to have to make a choice.
THIS is where the chance happened. There I was, out there on Instagram, everyone saw my family pictures and how I tried to post inspiring quotes to uplift others and follow their dreams. At one point I was going to delete it all. It was just so embarrassing and painful. Weeks went by and I decided Forget that!! I am going to push on. I worked so hard and I was not going to give up on myself or Harper, or the connections I have made. Instead, I was going to show my baby girl to BELIEVE in herself and FOLLOW her dreams!! I was going to make my daughter proud!!
I decided to move back home with Harper so that I could be with my family. I stayed up for days packing up all our things by myself, waiting for my brothers to arrive. The large moving truck sat there in my driveway, while I loaded every memory that we had. Fortunately, the house sold quickly and I was able to have some money from that. I recieved child support and a few months of alimony (for those single moms asking). I had no idea what kind of job I was going to have, what my life would look like, if I would ever love again and how I would turn it around. There were just so many variables that I needed to be surrounded by family. We moved back to my parents house in a beautiful small town in the country. I honestly didn't know what home was anymore but knew I needed to make one for H and I. My parents did not live there because my Mother is a Presbyterian Minister and served a church in Virginia at the time. My youngest brother lived upstairs, my oldest brother lived right beside us and my middle brother lived a mile away. They supported me unlike anyone else ever could. They helped care for us while I was a mess of sadness. Meanwhile, weeks went by...
This was the real moment! Fight or flight!
I knew I was going to keep my IG but how could I go on? What is my story now? What will it look like? What can I do to give Harper a better life? A life where she believed in a strong Mother that never gave up. I was bawling one night and holding Harper tight, I asked God to please help me. All I have is my faith and my baby girl, but that was all I needed! That night, I promised God and Harper I was going to turn this around. She just turned two and had no idea what I was saying lol!! Still I knew I was NOT going sit around anymore and feel sorry for myself. I started coming up with a plan and putting my goals on paper. I applied for several jobs and three months later I started working at a graphic design studio and then received a job offer as a Communications Coordinator for a utilities company. Meanwhile, I was messaging companies to work with on IG and staging products in my bedroom, which was full of boxes not shown in the pictures. This is what kept me going. I worked hard all the time and still tried my best to keep Harper first! I made sure every day we did something fun because I wanted to make up for all the lost time where I had to work all day. I also wanted to make her feel special and loved. Although I do want to say, she has a Father that loves her very much, too.
One of my goals is giving Harper the best life possible, full of love, kindness and happiness. Placing my baby in daycare was the hardest. I kept sharing pictures of her standing on the front porch and her out in the country. She had no idea her life had changed. Now, I realize it was such a special time because even though I was in pain, Harper and I created a beautiful bond. A bond between a mother & daughter and now, best friends. It was this love I can never explain and I now have hope for the future.
Companies started pouring in and I received my first paying job. I was blown away! Thank you God! I was working with some mobile app companies here and there, which I was grateful for. Then I received a message back from Crate & Barrel! My dreams had came true!! I was honored. They asked me to do a blog post for them and share their products. Honestly, they are an incredible company and helped us in more ways than one. I appreciate them all SO much and to this day, I still can't believe I work with them. My following continued to grow. At this point I had around 40,000 followers or so. My new job was going very well and Harper seemed happy as ever. I told everyone on IG once I moved that I was a single mom. October 24th 2014, I wrote an IG post about how things don't always go as planned but you are sometimes given another chance for a new beginning. Suddenly people realized I was divorced and I feared people would judge me. To my surprise, they still supported us! Single mom messages came pouring in and we were receiving SO much love and support. Everyone told us how they are praying for us. It was truly the most beautiful thing. God turned my worst nightmare into something beautiful. I continued to work with several companies and one day Country Living asked me to take over their Instagram!! I have always loved them and was thrilled to work with them. Still continuing to share and put myself out there, opportunities continued to surface themselves.
By this time, I had spent a substantial amount of the house settlement from my divorce on living expenses but I was able to begin saving to buy a home. I saved an extra $4000 to put towards a house. I had always dreamed of living in the country someday, barefoot and chasing babies around my farmhouse. Even though I had no idea what I was doing, I started looking for houses. I had my heart set on a house near my parents but it fell through. One day I was driving down the road and saw this gorgeous farmhouse for sale. I was speechless. I was like, dear LORD! This has our name all over it! We scheduled a time to go see it and almost everyone thought I was crazy to buy a farmhouse as a single mom! They tried to talk me out of it, including my family. I know they were looking out for our best interests but sometimes you HAVE to take chances!! We walked in and my best friend Crystal was holding Harper. My jaw hit the floor. Once we set foot in the back door I knew instantly, it was made for us and we had to buy it! I put an offer in and it fell through. Still I held on tight to the belief it would be ours! Somewhere deep inside, I knew it would work out. Three months later or so, we heard back from the owners and they were interested in making a deal! I signed all the papers on my own, with my oldest brother by my side and cried once I had the keys!
THANK YOU God!
We bought a farmhouse! God answered our prayers. I believe it happened through faith, hard work, setting goals and never giving up. Harper was my driving force! I get to work with so many incredible companies. I continue to take chances. Through all of this, I refuse to give up on love. I have always tried to be a loving and positive person. I know I will find love again someday.
So here is my message for you:
Don't give up on love and don't settle. Get up, put your big girl panties on and do your very best each and every day. Push hard and keep your head up, SURROUND yourself with loving, positive people. With hard work and a dream, you can do anything. Even if you feel no one believes in you, hold tight to your dreams. Always remember, sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.
I just want to say thank you to my family and all my wonderful friends that stuck by my side this entire time. I love you all. Thank you to each and everyone of you that follows and believes in us. We love you all too. Thank you to all the companies that gave us a chance. We are honored and forever grateful.