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Summer Home Tour

So I know I am a little late in the game, but I wanted to share a mini-summer home tour with you guys today. Better late than never, right? As you all know, I love coastal, contemporary decor. Consequently, summer is typically my favorite decor season.   To my dismay, I recently had to replace my beloved white Ikea Ektorp slipcover with a darker and more stain resistant Nordvalla gray. While I preferred the white, my boys destroyed the white to…

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How to Paint Over Dingy Grout – DIY Gray Grout

If I ever took the time to devise an inventory of worst home decor ideas ever, I think white floor grout would be close to the top of that list (along with wallpaper and popcorn ceilings). While I love the look of dark gray tiles with contrasting white grout, I know it is a mistake waiting to happen between my dogs, kids and loathing of mops. When I completed the initial walk- through of my fixer upper before purchasing it,…

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Creating a Kid- Friendly Dining room

Hello friends! After a self-imposed maternity leave, it feels so good to be back. While I have been busy balancing life with a two year old plus a two month old, working out in the gym like a mad-women  and  getting back to my "day job" of digital marketing, I have been inspired to design again. You see, I have been on a recent mission to make my home more kid-friendly. As far as my dining room is concerned,  that…

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A Cheap Way to Personalize Your Home Decor

I full-heartedly believe home should be a reflection of its inhabitants. A well- curated home takes time to establish....you can't just make a trip  to your local Homegoods or Pier 1 and acquire all of your home decor within one visit. The house would look "soul-less". I believe certain types of aesthetics lend themselves to display more personal character (think eclectic, global,  traditional and farmhouse), while other aesthetics (minimal modern, neutral  contemporary) present more of a challenge. The more I…

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Newborn Photos and a Confession

Hey ya'll. I am so excited to officially announce the arrival of my baby boy and share some photos from his newborn session with my friend Jacky Kaye! I am also coming clean about some struggles I faced recently. Baby Rivers is almost three weeks old now, and I am thoroughly enjoying my "maternity leave". I am also so relieved to no longer be pregnant. You see, during this pregnancy, out of shame, I kept a deep, dark secret.....I was…

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DIY Marbleized Indigo Eggs – Lessons Learned

I am still hanging in there , friends. Although it feels like the baby could pop out at any minute, given the pressure I feel on my bladder, nothing has happened yet and I actually had the chance to do a fun little DIY easter egg tutorial. And no....I cannot claim to be the originator of this awesome idea as I actually found this DIY Marbelized Indigo Easter Egg tutorial from Alice and Lois. You can check out their tutorial…

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2016 Spring Home Tour

Welcome to the 2016  Hello Spring home tour hosted by Lovely Etc. If you are joining me from another blog, I am so glad you decided to stop by. I have made so much progress on my 1980's fixer upper since the Christmas tour back in December and I am so excited about sharing the recent updates with you! Just warning you,  my take on the spring tour may not include as much "spring" as you may prefer, as 1.) I am not…

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Office-Mudroom Progress: “Moffice”

This weekend, my husband and I were able to make some progress on the "moffice", otherwise known as a multi-functional space that serves as a mudroom and office. My husband and I are quite the team. When we tackle home improvement projects, we alternate between watching our crazy two year old son and actually executing the given project. So, this weekend I watched our son, while my husband painted the walls in Sherwin Williams "Gray Matters". By the next day,…

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DIY Chalkboard Top Toddler Desk

As I embark on the last month of my pregnancy, I sadly realize that last burst of "nesting" energy has completely eluded me... I am utterly drained, worthless, huge and counting down the days until I can consume a strong margarita on the rocks! Actually, I have already instructed my husband to smuggle tequila, salt and margarita mix into the delivery room.( I have craved margaritas the entire pregnancy). As a result of the new baby craziness, my blog is going…