Tuesday
Sep022014

Multi functional

I have quickly learned with this new move we need pieces to be multi functional. Old homes don't come with many closets. The ones we do have are quite tiny. My first "huh" moment came when I realized there was not a spot for towels in either of the tiny baths. This also meant my hair dryer, flat iron, and makeup had no where to go never mind all our lotions, shaving creams, etc. The kids bath was an easy fix. They use the old hutch that was in our old dining room that now serves as a library in their hall. The cabinet beneath is a perfect spot for all their bath needs. In all honestly they use our bath more often than not anyway. It was that way in our old house too. As for the downstairs bath the most logical and only spot we had to use for storage is in the office. It is right outside the bath so it makes a quick detour easy. We then came across another problem. We had no where to put our many books. While out shopping with the Mr we came across this bookcase at West Elm. We both LOVED the style and the size was perfect. After opening up the cabinet we realized the shelving inside was just perfect to house all our bath needs. The shelves are large enough to put our books into double rows too. We are one step closer to getting this house done! Well, I still have hundreds of steps to go, but one is good for now.

 Here are a few more that could get the job done...

Friday
Aug292014

Happy Weekend!

This week has been dedicated to getting all my ducks in a row before leaving for our big 10 year anniversary trip next week. We are off to Miami and Key West. Let me know if you have any good recs! I have never been. This dress I bought for that trip a few months back at Ann Taylor. It is one of the few figure fitting dresses that actually looks decent on me. I thought the Mr would like it and it would be a change from all my loose fitting clothes that I where on a regular basis. In the end this week has left me blogging less, but thankfully others have been doing quite a smashing job...

Doing a styled shoot with some fabulous ladies today... Brooke, Heidi Elnora, Brittany and many more!

This dress at 50% off may be a must

Another shoot with Tiffany for the books and it's a stunner

This lady makes me want to pull out my sewing machine again!

Serena and Lily released their new fall line and I am smitten. These are most definitely calling my name!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a War Eagle to all you Auburn fans out there!

{dress Ann Taylor from a few month ago and phone cover J.Crew from forever ago}

Tuesday
Aug262014

High & Low 

I'm pretty giddy over today's find! I have had my eye on the Serena & Lily Tucker chair since it came out. I love the classic Windsor style, but with the paint options it helps make it feel a bit modern. The price isn't awful and I am sure it is a well made piece, but I must say this version is quite close in look and at an amazing price point. As for quality I am sure it will not become an heirloom piece like the Tucker, but for this price point it could add a dose of classic fun relatively inexpensively. Both options offer an array of colors.

Monday
Aug252014

A New Table

If you happen to follow me on Instagram you may have seen an image of this little table. I spotted it at a local antique store and instantly fell head over heels. I loved the function of it and the age. I love being able to see so many water rings and can't help but think how many memories this table must hold for someone. The grain is rather amazing too. This is where my, if you love it then you can make it work, philosophy comes in. Originally I discussed wanting a bookcase for this spot for extra storage and to get things off my counter. I viewed this one from World Market, but in person it had a lot of gray and would not add the warmth I was aiming for. This table was spot on for color and warmth, but obviously makes the storage problems remain. I left it at the store and slept on it. I could not get it out of mind and new it was meant to be even if it did alter my plan a bit. The Mr ended up gifting it to me for my birthday. The kids were so excited when they saw it. They ultimately decided it will be a perfect homework table and I quickly noticed it added the much needed extra seating for all our entertaining needs.

It's a sturdy little table and has casters which makes it easy to move around. In this position I love that I can see the grain of the table so well and can function as a sort of work/baking station for me and the kiddos. Being so short does have it's perks at times.

Here I have one end up. I could scoot a couple of stools underneath and it would work as a table for two. Oh, and do you spot the piece of art on the table? It was from my parents. I have been wanting this piece for years. It is a family piece, as in painted by a family memeber, from the 18th century and I can't believe it's finally mine. Now just to find the perfect spot to hang it.

Here the table is fully open. After measuring and measuring I thought I could not get a table to fit in this spot comfortably and well this little table proved me wrong! I would not say the Mr could sit on the back side comfortably, but the kiddos or I could without any problem.

If I were to leave it open I would need to use stools or a chair that would feel on the lighter side without adding bulk. Immediately I thought of this Bertoia style chair. The only problem I can foresee is that on the leg side of the table they would not push in all the way. Another style that would give the same feel is a ghost chair. This one has a traditional style, but still feels quite modern. I am just not 100% they are me or if dirty hands would eventually drive me nuts with smudge making. Do any of you have experience with a clear chair? This one would be able to be pushed in which is huge I suppose. My other thought is to just use stools. These are stackable and the table would mostly be used as child overflow when we entertain or by me. When we have company I always grab a stool for myself when we run out of chairs anyways. It would also give me the option of moving the table out of the way if need be. I could even be bold and do a color. These could be kind of amazing too!

Friday
Aug222014

34 {and a gift unlike no other}

Today I turn 34. Funny how one can still feel straight out of college with 2 kids and 10 years of marriage under their belt. Of course once I actually talk to a college age person I realize I am no where near. Those kids these days. HA. I kid, sort of.

I thought for my birthday I could ask for gift, well not for me but for some friend's and a child that has yet to be placed into their arms. They are raising money for adoption. She's the one by me on the end with the infectious smile and her husband John Mark who is equally as fun. I know God has given them this desire to give a child a forever home. I know they will make the best parents. They are two of Ellie and KJ's favorites. I would love to be part of gifting them the greatest gift I know to give... parenthood. So that is where you all come in...

Currently they are hosting a Puzzle Fundraiser. They are half way to their goal of $5000! We did some math and that means if 250 of you donated $10 towards buying a puzzle piece {your name will be placed of the back and be part of making the puzzle whole} then they would be there! Of course more would be welcome!!! Adoption is one of the greatest gifts, but not the cheapest which I have come to learn after walking through this process with many of my friends. Would you all be part of this greatest gift? You can read more of their story here and donate there as well.

wearethedoroughs.com

Love you all!!!