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christmas decor…that I never posted!

I never posted my Christmas decor even though the post has been sitting drafted since November…its just been a little crazy. Actually I decorated the second we got home from Thanksgiving (a 11 hour drive from Tennessee!). Last year we moved in right before Christmas so we set up the tree but didn’t really go all out. This year it was so fun to put everything up, and extra special because my mom and grandmother gave me some of their Christmas decor.christmas-living-room
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how to make your own bathroom valances

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I’m excited to share a DIY project I worked on over Christmas and New Years…it did take that long. Not because it was complicated but it was involved. I had been looking for new valances since we moved in last December (before pics below) and never found any that I liked. So I decided to take a sewing class (if you are in New Jersey I highly recommend taking them here), find fabric that I loved and make my own.
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Halloween + Thanksgiving decor tour

Our downstairs has been taken over by all things fall and we are both loving it.fall-table-setting

How cute are these copper leaf napkin rings? 4 for $5 at Target!

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I shared we are going to be sippin’ on this tonight while trick or treaters come by. I love these funny poison cups from Target. halloween-decor-hutchhalloween-decor-top-of-hutch
I’m trying to hide our candy from JPS…like he won’t see it on top there? hahalloween-decoration-dining-roomif-youve-got-it-haunt-it
I found these little napkins at Home Goods–my favorite place to find cute napkins.target-apple-cider-sign
Can you believe this little sign is only $5? thanksgiving-fireplace-decorationsthanksgiving-hutch-decorations

Whelp, thats a quick tour around here…can’t wait to break out the Christmas decor. I’ve been eyeing some things at Target already like this tray, these sweet little plates, and this cookie jar.


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kentucky derby at home

One of my bucket list item is to make it to the Kentucky Derby. I love the hats and the dresses and Kentucky (it’s where my mom and grandparents are from!). Until my year comes, I love these items to bring the derby to me.
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Table Runner / Ole Kentucky Home raglan  / Jockey Silk Tote / Mint Julep cup

I love the jockey silks and I love that they are so different from everything else you see. What a way to stand out. Mint Juleps are not my drink, I’ll save the mint for my iced tea, but I love the idea of flowers in mint julep cups instead.

Don’t forget to place your bets for May 7. I’m liking this one’s name.

 

 


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tips on packing up your seasonsal wardrobe

I had the chance to do a big purge before we moved. You know, tossing the things that I didn’t wear, or needed to stop wearing in the trash, donations bins and taking only what I wanted…but that was still a lot. Without a basement my closets were always packed to the brim with things I didn’t need right then and crowded my current season clothes. Living in Boston and Philadelphia I’ve done the small city apartments where you rent a storage unit, recruit friends to help carry things, rent a zipcar, try to find parking near your apartment and avoid meter maids…its the PITS.

If this is you check out, MakeSpace a great service to help you store your out of season stuff! There comes a point where you just can’t store out of season clothes at your parents house. MakeSpace actually comes to get your stuff and HAUL it away, HELLO closet space!
MakeSpace, your closet in the cloud

Tips on packing up your seasonal clothes (with or without MakeSpace):
1) Pack neatly because you’ll want to avoid the box in the future if you don’t!
2) Jot down on a piece of paper and tape on the outside or on the inside flap what’s in the box. Nothing worse than looking for those yellow shorts in a sea of bright summer clothes.
3) Think about what looks worn. Go ahead and toss it and look for sales at the end of season. It might be counter intuitive when you are packing but if your down jacket looks like its seen to many snow storms its a great chance to upgrade as stores try to move the seasonal clothes out.

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house project: guest room

One of our first major projects was tackling our fourth bedroom…the guest room. It was a horrid color of yellow and needed some serious TLC and I needed to make our smallest bedroom look bright to appear as large as possible. See before and after below!guest room before and afterIMG_8179paint: pale oak by benjamin moore, bedding: hey y’all pillow, custom pillows, bedspread, art: home good clearance findIMG_8182a few TJ Maxx findsIMG_8190I love how much Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak brightened the room!IMG_8186

I think its a huge improvement from the yellow and we are so excited to have our first guest come this week!


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we’re buying a house!

We are most of the way through buying our first house…we were in the process to buy another house earlier in the year and it fell through so fingers crossed things go much smoother this time. I’ve been pinning a ton (follow me here). I’m really looking forward to decorating my new house!

I’ve been pinning a ton of navy, grey and bright whites.

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Can’t wait to take this from pinterest to house projects!