The Living Room {it's getting there}

We are finally getting to the stages where our new rental home is starting to look like an actual home. It's far from being "done", but at least we are to the point where some of the spaces aren't complete safety hazards. I am crossing my fingers that all the real deal safety hazards are finished up this week so Ellie can have her birthday party here over the weekend. This year she wants it small and intimate. My girl is growing up.

This is the front living room. It slopes here and there, so much so that even a marble would have a hard time knowing which way to roll. The room is still pretty stark and I am going more minimal this time around, but it still needs quite a bit of life breathed into it. Our new rug came in {I bought it for 75% off} and Ellie was ecstatic that is actually had fun color. Currently I am trying to decide whether to keep our pillows neutral or add something fun {listed below} for even more color. What I still need is actual window treatments. I think these will add some much needed texture and privacy, but still keep the moulding as center stage.

The fireplace we are giddy about. It burns real life wood and I hear can heat this whole house in no time. The more I tried to add to the mantel the more I felt it looked more cluttered. I really do love all the old home charm and don't want to distract from it in any way. Our old home was a new build and I loved adding layers upon layers to add the character and charm in lacked. This home simply does not it. To the left of the fireplace I am adding this print. I like the graphic punch it will add, but hopefully not distract from the blow up I want to do of our Colorado trip that will be on another wall.

Most of the items you see in this space I already owned. The rug is new of course and the crazy dimensions worked wonderfully in this space. What we did not own, but needed were end tables. We popped into West Elm over the weekend and came across these . I like the simplicity of them, but the bone adds the texture I like. I also feel like this room could handle some pretty.

This wall will house our piano once it gets brought in from our old house. This is also where the big Colorado print will go. The end table all the way to the left we tried by the sofa {from Target}, but it was a tad too petite. I do adore it so I may end up keeping it and moving it into the tv room or Ellie's room. Oh, and here it is just a couple of weeks ago...

Also let's not forget where it all began!

sofa by Robin Bruce {similar}

chair by Best {similar}

lamps from Restoration Hardware years ago {similar}

candle holder mine are brass though {here, here, and here}

small art of mantel {here}


end tables

pillows {these, these and these are new contenders though, with HUGE sale of course on the latter}

leather square pouf found locally {similar and maybe even more fabulous}



The Final Leg...

On our final days in Colorado we explored the mountains on Trail Ridge Road. I must say the narrow drive and the sheer drops made me a bit queasy, but alas it was a memory I will hold dear. We saw an incredible amount of wildlife and some that happened to be a bit too close for comfort. HA. We hiked, climbed and met many kind people along the way. I am eager to pick an image out from this trip to blow up extra big for the house, but I am afraid the decision may be a little hard to make. I am thinking it will go in the main living room over the piano which is also where the "entry" is. I will be sure to share soon!


Here and There {Colorado}

While we were in Colorado we spent much of our time with family we never get to see, but we still wanted to be sure to explore the sites that Colorado has to offer and I must say Colorado sure does have a lot! We drove up Pikes Peak one morning and it was stunning. We actually got to touch snow in June. The kiddos got to climb a bit, but we were most definitely not packed for the frigid weather of the mountains.

On another morning we went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. It is literally a zoo built into the side of a mountain. It really was incredible. The nice weather also had all the animals out and about which was such a treat for the kiddos. They also have a ski lift that quickly became a highlight of the trip.

After spending much of the week in Colorado Springs with family we ventured off to the Denver area. Kellen had the most fun idea of surprising KJ with a baseball game. He was beyond giddy. We got fabulous seats and stayed to the very end even though it was ridiculously late. KJ had high hopes that the Rockies would come back for a win, but alas it was not their day.

sidenote: When did my babies get to looking so old???



We finally took the time to sit down and edit the Colorado pics from a few weeks ago. It really was such a remarkable trip. There are so many images I want to share so I am going to break it down over the next few days. Being able to explore some of the Mr's favorite old stomping grounds with the kiddos made for memories that we will have for a lifetime. Well at least I sure do hope so! I have heard many stories that take place at Garden of the God's over the years. Now I can see why. It was beyond beautiful. The kiddos loved to climb a bit, learn about the animals that roam there, and the views were just breathtaking.

Oh, and Ellie was going through some of the pics with me and said I just had to share this one. Ha. Apparently she likes her mama looking like a goof.

my outfit: top | shorts | shoes super old {similar} | purse | sunnies

kj: crewcuts {similar}

Mr: J. Crew

Ellie: crewcuts


10 Years

Today is our 10 year anniversary. There is a part of me that feels like he has always been there then there is another part that makes me stop and gasp that I can actually be old enough to be married for 10 whole years. He truly is my best friend. He makes our life an adventure. He has faith in me even when I struggle to do so myself. He really is the best part of me and am eager to see where life takes us. We have a big trip planned for this fall while the kiddos are in school and I could not be more excited! It will be the first extended time I will be away from the kiddos, but 10 years is a great milestone for a second honeymoon of sorts.