Our trip to Teton Village, Jackson Hole & Yellowstone National Park!

As I sit here and write this I can honestly say that our time in Jackson Hole was the most relaxing vacation I have ever been on! Something about being in nature and surrounded by nothing but stunning views, mountains, creeks, horses, buffalo, and sunshine is enough to make you just want to become one with nature hahah I know that sounds corny but I am being serious IT WAS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! From the minute we landed in Jackson Hole I fell in love. The airport is the cleanest and most picturesque place I have ever landed in my life so far. Andy has been all over the United States because he was in the Air Force so luckily because he has always been quite the traveler at heart this trip was one he had been on years ago and knew the area we are visiting pretty well.

Where to stay: We stayed in Teton Village which is about 15 minutes from Jackson Hole. I highly recommend staying in this area because their SO much to do. You could also book your stay in downtown Jackson Hole as well. We used airbnb to coordinate all of our lodging for this trip. Shopping, restaurants, hiking, water sports and site seeing galore are to name some of the few activities available to do on this vacation. Teton Village is a quaint little village that many people actually stay at during the peak ski season in Jackson Hole because the village actually sits at the bottom of the Tetons mountains. This is where thousands of people ski during the winter months. What is beautiful about this location is that you can see where the ski trails are from the bottom of the mountain where everyone stays and it is absolutely beautiful to see how vast they really are. The summer months in my opinion are equally as beautiful.

The great thing about this area of Wyoming is that it is NOT commercialized at all. Other than the main areas where the resorts, condos, and restaurants are commercialization is pretty much non-existent. Their are vast open plains wherever you look. What does exist though are beautiful, breathtaking sights and sounds wherever you look. Within Teton Village their are several restaurants, horse trail riding opportunities, gondola rides along with stunning mountain views and hiking.

Activities: The activities in the area that we stayed were honestly endless. If you stay in Jackson Hole or Teton Village you are basically in the mecca of where all of the events and activities you can do take place. We actually wanted to do more while we were vacationing but by the end of the 8 days we felt fulfilled with all that we DID accomplish in our time there. We did horseback riding, bike riding, hiking, swimming, basketball to name some of the few options you have! Next time we go we would love to go whitewater rafting! Another great thing about Teton Village is you can rent bikes and begin a lot of the activities at this spot. We did a two hour horse back riding adventure through Teton Village Trail Rides. HIGHLY recommend them if you want to horseback ride! Fun fact Scarlett Johansson actually did this same tour with the Rockefeller family our tour guide told us:) It really was such a beautiful way to take in more of the landscape and sites and sounds around this beautiful area.Horses 2

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Yellowstone National Park: Andy had been describing Yellowstone to Sofia and I for a long time and we both I don’t think fully grasped the beauty of how it really was until we actually physically were there in person. It is hard for me to really describe it to you in detail without you going to see it for yourself:) Another reason you should make this a bucket list trip! A few things to keep in mind with Yellowstone National Park is that their is a lot of driving so bring plenty of sandwiches, snacks, and water. I also recommend leaving EARLY so you can see the animals at dawn especially because you will get a lot of the driving out of the way to the park before the rest of the tourists begin piling in. Here are the different sites we visited while we were in Yellowstone. Where we stayed brought us to the south entrance of Yellowstone, so in order to get to Yellowstone you have to drive through Teton National Park which was another beauty but not as many landmarks to see at this one. Still so pretty to drive through though!

Lewis Lake: This is right at the entrance of Yellowstone park and to be honest I think it is one of the most underrated parts of the park because it is SO picturesque and beautiful! The waterfall running into the lake is gorgeous and it is not too large so you can go and explore. You certainly can jump on the rocks at the base of the fall and enjoy the water below.

Hayden Valley: This was one of our favorite parts of the park because of the amount of wildlife here. Buffalo are everywhere simply everywhere so MUCH that you are like where do I look? They are so adorable, they make funny sounds and as you see below they are on their own time and DO NOT care about crossing in front of traffic which is hilarious. We LOVED it! At dusk though their was NO buffalo here when we drove through on a different day so I would say the best time to come is during the daytime so you are able to see all of the buffalo! You may get lucky and see other wildlife as well:)

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Old Faithful: We all thought Old Faithful was beautiful it is just VERY touristy and crowded. We actually hiked almost 2 miles to the top of one of the mountains to see this go off from afar. I highly recommend doing this because to us it was actually a lot better of a view and it was not as crowded to look at from above here. If you go I would make this site one to do maybe toward the end of your trip because to me their was other beautiful sites to see besides this one.

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West Thumb: This was beautiful. So many hot springs at this part of the park and this site overlooks Yellowstone Lake so the sites and sounds are just so peaceful and serene.

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Mammoth Hot Springs: This beauty is at the north side of the park and I highly recommend checking it out because this part of the park also has a general store, lodging and restaurants to eat at. It is so crazy how different parts of the park are really so different from one another.

Where we ate in Teton Village:

*Mangy Moose Restaurant & Saloon: Great great breakfast, cappuccinos, smoothies etc. YOU name it they have it and they serve breakfast until 11 AM. They also have dinner as well and we ate their one night for dinner. Really good food and drinks:)

*Jackson Hole General Store: This is such an adorable little general store right in Teton Village. They also have smoothies, sandwiches, and other snacks to choose from. They also have cute gifts around the store!

*Four Seasons- The Handle Bar: Ever since my trip to San Diego in June I have become overly obsessed with spicey margartias and The Handle Bar has amazing spicey margs. This was a great place to go after we would bike ride all day or we were done with our adventure through Yellowstone National Park.

*Four Seasons- Westbank Grill: We treated ourselves one night and ate dinner here and it was amazing. The food, the atmosphere, and our server were all so sweet and very accommodating. We actually all got steak and it was delicious. Sofia even got a smore for dessert and loved it. They have smores that you can actually buy and eat on the patio outdoor with your family around the fire pits.

Restaurants in Jackson Hole:

*The Merry Piglets: This restaurant has unreal Mexican food and if you know me you know I LOVE Mexican food. The spicey marg here was insane. Celebrities have even been seen eating here according to our lovely server.

*Jackson Drug: AMAZING ice cream. This location is right in downtown Jackson Hole and has a a cute quaint area inside for everyone to enjoy. I will warm you though the service is pretty slow so keep that in mind before you come but I PROMISE it is well worth it!

*Bin 22: This was surely a family favorite for all of us. Bin 22 has amazing Tapas. Unreal. Anything you order of the menu I guarantee will not disappoint. Sofia LOVED the lemonade here too:) She is still talking about it today!

*Teton Village Pizza: This pizza was amazing. REALLY good! We all enjoyed it and it was a quick and easy place to go after being in Yellowstone all day.

Shopping:

The shopping in downtown Jackson Hole is great they have a lot of general stores as well as home decorating shops (which I loved) We actually bought a beautiful rug and had it sent straight to our home so I will share that with you when we get it. They really have a wide range of everything from candy stores, to cute boutiques, and shoe stores. I would say a majority of the shopping though is in Jackson Hole. Teton Village only has a few places to shop. Look how adorable this restaurant is!

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Tween Bedroom Makeover for Sofia

Hi!

Today I am SO excited to be sharing Sofia’s bedroom upgrade with you all! I absolutely loved creating this space for her and seeing the reaction on her face when I showed her the room! Sofia loves two things all things white, along with simple gold accents. I kept both of these things in mind while I helped design this new space for her. Her grandparents were nice enough to purchase all of the bedroom furniture for her. This was her birthday/graduation gift and we are very lucky and thankful for that:) Sofia and I selected all of her furniture from Wayfair.com. We have had so much luck with everything we purchased from them in the past so I thought it would be a great place to purchase all of her bedroom furniture as well.

Here was the initial design board that I created for this space. Design boards are essential to begin with when redesigning any space. Visually seeing the furniture and the other elements you would like to add into a room are key to making sure you really like what you are about to purchase. We did a gold, black, and white color scheme throughout and it turned out so great:)

Boylan Upholstered Panel Headboard                                 Castagnier 3 Drawer Night Stand

 

Katy Student Desk and Hutch Set       Hanscom 10 Drawer Double DresserThese images shown above are all from Wayfair.com

As you can see all of the furniture is white but different shades which gives the room as you can see a contrast in itself. What was great about ordering from Wayfair was the delivery process which was all so new to me. They not only delivered everything to our house but they brought it into the room that it needed to go to and it WAS already assembled! Was not expecting that at all but was so pleasantly surprised because usually furniture is left outside of your front door step.

Some of the items we used to decorate here space are all linked below:

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These are the globe lights we used in her room from Target:

The gold wooden beaded picture picture display is from the Papersource:

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This is the throw we bought for Sofia’s bedding to go over the top. Throw blankets are like finishing touches to a bed.

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I LOVE this fringe pillow. It has gold sequins sewed into it and it pops perfectly on Sofia’s bed:)

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We accessorized her room with a lot of the same frames we had in her previous bedroom but we did add in some gold accents because Sofia LOVES gold. We got a lot of the frames and accessories below from TJMAXX. What is great about this room is that it is now a relaxing oasis for Sofia to go to when she gets home from school and unwinds. The desk in her room is so important for her to utilize for studying, writing essays, and getting things done.

 

I really like my new room because it has a nice gold decorations like the pineapples that I mixed with everything that I LOVE!

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Sofia’s Bathroom!

 

Designing Sofia’s bathroom in our new home was so fun for me! I knew when I began the design of this space I wanted to do something fun, practical, and timeless. In a way this bathroom reminds me of our honeymoon when we visited Paris which was unintentional but also very special. The color scheme I decided on was brass lighting along with black accessories. My inspiration for this space really came through different elements I knew I wanted and I knew Sofia would LOVE. I wanted something with clean lines, and a bit modern. Completing the space with a brass light fixture as well as a nice over-sized tall scalloped black mirror for above the vanity helped really tie this space together.

If you have been following along with me on insta stories you know the subway tile you see was actually something I added after I had picked out the tile and the vanity. I am SO happy I pulled the trigger on the subway tile because it really completes the space and is a beautiful focal point. Having never had subway tile in a home before I was anxious to see how it looked when completed. It is so easy to clean, and what is great about it is you can still add in fun pops of color within this space and not worry about anything clashing. Subway tile is also perfect for a kids bathroom because it is SO easy to clean and you never have to worry about the walls getting water on them because the tile is their to protect that.

The flooring was done in a herringbone pattern and what is great about this tile color is it hides dirt very well and you are not having to constantly clean it. I am in LOVE with this pattern!

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The only challenges we had in this space were drilling in the mirror into the subway tile. Andy had to buy a specific bit at Home Depot for this but once that was purchased it was very easy to drill into. I recommend researching how to do this before you drill anything into tile. The other challenge was installing the light which the builders did for us because you need a certain tool to cut into the tile and install a light. This required a builder and a technician.

Bathroom Sources & Details:

Towels: Wayfair

Towel Hooks: Wayfair

Shower Curtain: Wayfair

Mirror:  Wayfair

Faucet: Wayfair

Sink: Kohler

Bathroom Rug: Target

Picture: Primark

Hardware: Rejuvination in a brass finish

Hardware: Amazon

Quartz: Thegraniteplace {Located in Massachusetts}

Tile: Fitzegerald Tile {Located in Massachusetts} done in a herringbone pattern

Lighting: Amazon

Charlie is even making himself right at home. I hope you all enjoyed this post and have a great weekend!

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Kitchen inspiration for our new home

Hi!!!!!

Happy Thursday:) Geesh I know they say April showers bring May flowers, but for real I AM SO over cold, rainy, snowy weather. Living in New England takes a toll on you this time of year because you are just like ummm Spring where are you??? Anyways, today I wanted to share with you what my kitchen inspiration has been for the new space. I know I shared some inspirational images with you on our moving post, but I wanted to dive into more of the details that we are going to  replicate within our space. For each category I wanted to show you what we plan on doing within that part of the kitchen space.

Kitchen Hood: I think the white built-in vented hood look is so sleek, and wonderful in any kitchen space. The carpentry work is so unique looking and the vented hood turns into more of a focal point rather than an eye soar. We are working with our kitchen company to accomplish something very similar to the below.

via Hendel Homes - a white kitchen with a classic white subway tile backsplash and a sleek Thermador range cooktop. Please check out the blog for more innovations from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando 2017.
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Open Shelving: I LOVE open shelving anywhere in a space especially in a kitchen! I want to put some in our kitchen by the wet bar. These pictures are what I am thinking for inspiration. I plan on stacking the shelves with our colorful dishes, and glasses that we have. They have awesome options on Etsy and they are reasonanably priced as well. I like the concept of open shelving SO much because you can see what dishes and plates you have, I know often times we are all guilty of not even knowing what we own so this is a good solution.

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The open shelving trend in kitchens are stunning and functional. Take a look at these Looks to Love Open Shelving in the Kitchen - 15 Inspirational Kitchens
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Farmhouse Sink: Who doesn’t love farmhouse sinks? They are not only gorgeous, but they are big enough to hold plenty of dishes, and really are so practical. Here is one that I LOVEE. We want to have a white one in the new kitchen. The look is so simple yet such a statement piece. They also are a lot deeper than a typical sink so floral arranging will become a lot easier for me..haha these are the things I think about.

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Glass Cabinetry: One of the other must haves I wanted to make sure was incorporated into our kitchen design were a few glass doors on our cabinetry. Similar to open shelving glass doors on your cabinetry allow you to showcase your pretty china, and colorful pieces you own. I am so excited to see how these turn out!

Wet Bar: We have never had an area designated to mixin’ up cocktails so designing this part of our kitchen has been super exciting for us! I mean what is more fun then an area to store all of your fancy cocktail glasses? We are even going to have a wine/beverage cooler similar to the one shown below. We will have a built in wine rack + wine glass holder above the counter top to make sure we have plenty of room for all the wines we love.

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Runners: In this kitchen we will have a lot more space to place a pretty runner by the kitchen sink, so I have been loving some of these runners designs below.  They are neutral and go with everything!

Today we are finalizing the tile and Friday we are finishing up the kitchen layout. We are so close to getting all of the larger details complete it is kind of surreal. The little details are what seem to be the most tedious, but we will cross the finish line soon enough! EEEK!

Have a great rest of your week my friends:)

xx

Kitchen inspiration+ some of my must have kitchen accessories!

Happy Friday!

If you have been following me along on instastories you know that I have been taking you along with us as we pick out the different elements and accessories we will be including in our new kitchen layout as well as our house. I am drooling over the fact that we are getting a navy blue island. I think it is going to be quite the show stopper! The great thing about islands that are created for kitchens now is that they end up looking more like a furniture piece than a regular kitchen island. I think of them as an accent piece for your space. Here are some of the inspirational images that I used when creating our new kitchen layout:

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Our island is going to shaped similar to something to this picture below but the circular part is going to be larger and wider. We have some dead space by the slider going on to our deck that you could place a breakfast nook table, but we wanted to just extend our island and utilize this space as much we could with stools and not have another table.

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We are going to be doing quartz counter tops for our kitchen space and our bathrooms as well. The great thing about the fact that we are making our island a lot larger in this home is that the storage for pots and pans will be endless. You never can have enough storage! All of the hardware in the kitchen is going to look similar to the pictures shown below. I have never done bronze hardware ever before and to be honest I never thought I would, but something about it really pops in a space and it is hard to resist. Here are some images that I swooned over:

I think either aged brass or gold really pop and it will be hard to make the final selection! Now on to the kitchen accessories that I can’t live without:)

Last weekend we stopped into Williams Sonoma which always has the best selection for baking, cooking, and hosting! I picked up the below wooden utensils and new additions for our wet bar and it got me thinking about how amazing their selection really is for everything! The wooden utensils were so reasonable and lately that is allll I cook with. Below are some of the ones I picked up that I LOVE.

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Andy also loves to drink liquor so I got him these cool stainless steel icecube spheres that you put in your whiskey.

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I know we all probably have so many utensils already, but I noticed a lot of the ones I had already weren’t exactly the ones I needed so I cleaned them out and went out to get utensils that were actually necessary for the way we cook in our home:)

Tomorrow we are going to the new house to meet with the builder so I will be sure to take some photos to share with you all on the progress!

xx

Jordan

We are MOVING!

Happy FRIDAY!

I have been anxiously waiting to post this for about three months now. It really has been KILLING me that I haven’t shared every step of the way with you all, but don’t worry all the fun has just begun! We are in the process of building a new home:) If you have stuck with me on Instagram this far I REALLY love and appreciate every single one of you. I will be honest my content has NOT been anywhere near what it was last year at this time but with half of our current house in storage it has been hard to keep creativity flowing within our space. When you put your house up for sale in the city realtors want it to look larger by taking out the bigger furniture pieces you have around the house. Sounds great when they tell you initially but it really is a HUGE pain in the you know what. It ended up paying off, but it has been quite a few busy months for us if you can image.

Why are you moving? I know you are all probably like WHAT? You are moving? WHY?! Well the truth is after all of the blood, sweat and tears (literally) that we have put into our home it is time to move on and grow together as a family into a larger house. When Andy and I bought this house a little over three years ago we lucked out and purchased when the market in Boston was no where near as high as it is today. Sofia at the time didn’t live with us permanently but was moving in with us that following summer so we wanted her to begin her adjustment to moving to Boston at a good school in a nice neighborhood near our house. Also, the location we picked worked good for our jobs which were closer to the city at the time so it made sense. Fast forward to now both of our jobs have changed and we don’t need to be located in the city anymore.  Andy’s commute is getting to be even longer for him each day so that isn’t fun for him. Most importantly Sofia is going into middle school next year so she would be entering a new school anyway. In the city once you hit seventh grade you either go to a public school, or you go into a private school so she didn’t get too upset about the change. She is so resilient and has moved so much in her life already that this is a piece of cake for her. Around Christmas the conversation began between Andy and I about moving. Eventually, when our family does grow we knew that staying in our current house would be difficult in terms of space, and practicality for all of us. We have already put so much work into our current home and we knew that if we wanted to stay we would be really only be adding another room downstairs, but we did the math and knew that we would have to add a few more bedrooms to make it work for everyone and it really didn’t seem worth it to us in the long run.  SO our house hunt began.

Why I waited to tell you all: Their really was no particular reasoning other than the fact that moving can be very stressful, lots of moving parts are going on all at once (no pun intended) and to be honest I didn’t want to jinx us (I know that sounds crazy, but I wanted to keep all of the positive vibes out in the universe as much as possible so everything ended up working out for us the way we wanted). Their is nothing worse that looking for your dream home, getting your hopes up and something falling through. I know any of you who have dealt with putting your house on the market and then purchase a new one after know what I am talking about. So far we have had very good luck and everything has worked out very well for us. We sold our house in less than a month and we are very happy with who the new homeowners are. They are a very cute younger family who have told us how excited they are to make our house their forever home. They wrote us the sweetest letter with their offer that actually made me tear up. I am totally going to keep it.

Where to? We are staying in Massachusetts which is great because we really do love living here. We are just moving outside of the city which trust me was very bittersweet for me when we began looking. Then I realized as you get older all of the decisions you make are no longer just for you. They are for your husband and kids + pets:) We landed on a town 30 mins outside the city and we are very happy with it. What attracted us to the town initially was all of the new construction that is being built their currently. The one thing I wanted to make sure was still a possibility on my wish list when we moved was to still be able to walk to get coffee and grab a bite to eat somewhere. I am so happy that our new town offers just that. They have the cutest little deli, dry cleaners and coffee shop right up the road from our house. The schools are great, the town charm is adorable, and everyone that we have run into so far has been so sweet. Moving is always nerve racking but I plan on getting involved in different things at Sofia’s new school so we can meet other couples, and set up play dates!

Next Steps: When we bought our new house the physical structure of it was already built, and the outside just had the siding and the shutters in place. It is a colonial. The inside layout is what we really fell in love with because it is a blank canvas with just the studs in place to identify what room was what. As you know this part was heaven to me so Pinterest became my best friend all over again. This was a huge selling point to Andy and I because we knew if we wanted to build a house we wanted it to be the way we had always envisioned our space to be. It has a huge great room and then a smaller family room which will most likely be a kids playroom. One of my favorite parts of this house is the third floor walk up attic. I cannot even begin to explain the potential of this space:) I included some photos below for you to see the space before hand. I think it will be really cool for you all to see the before and after transformation.

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View from our kitchen looking into the great room!
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Sneak peak of the outside!

This is the first of many posts about the new house. Tonight we picked our Sherman Williams room colors, but have three rooms left to pick. Do you know how many darn gray color shades their are?!!!! hahah. We are finalizing our kitchen layout this weekend as well as picking out the tile for the bathrooms so I will take you all along on that road trip. I AM so excited to be able to take you on this adventure with us, and thank you so much for being patient WITH ME! It is going to be crazy, challenging, and exciting for all of us:)

Love you all and have a wonderful weekend,

Jordan xxoo

 

 

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New Year, a blank slate

Hi All!

I know everyone loves to start a new year with resolutions, but I feel like that word tends to put too much pressure on yourself so I am a big fan of New Year, NEW goals! Goal is a great comprimise because it lets you prepare yourself mentally to get you to the goal you have in mind. Some of the few I have in mind for the New Year are below, I think this is fun to do because writing it down keeps you accountable and motivates me even more to do it-here we go!

*Organize and get rid of clutter in our kitchen space as well as other spaces within our house. I don’t know about you but their really is nothing better to me than opening a cabinet that has organization and controlled chaos. Right now I am definitely in the market for buying more organizational storage bins, baskets, and even spice racks. YOU name it. I am a very organized person by nature BUT I think getting more bins for snacks, and clear glass jars for cooking essentials will only make my life easier in the kitchen. The great thing about the ones below are that you can grab these at Target, TJ MAXX, or even the container store. How mean can we all just take a moment to look at how pretty this looks??

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*The boxes that food comes in can take up too much room (has anyone else noticed this?) and finding things on the fly can be challenging if you are in a rush. Another great thing about having clear bins is that kids are able to navigate their way through your kitchen in an easier manner too.

*Go through items you have lying on countertops, and even your dining room table. I feel like we are all so busy and places in our house especially the dining room table tend to be the hot spot for all of our clutter and paperwork. I am in the market for finding an organizational way to store all of our paperwork and bills without some of our surfaces looking like a hot mess.

*Who else is sick of walking into chaos in their basement? This girl is! This year my mission is to tackle our basement which could use various different organizational elements to help make it more manageable for the whole family. Below is such an easy and amazing way to keep all of your holiday decor, party supplies, kids toys etc. in one area. Clear bins with labels is such an easy way to make this happen too. Also, the metal shelving that these bins are on is not too pricey either.

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*Another goal I have is to continue to create more me time for myself. This really is so important especially to promise yourself to do as you get older and life gets crazier. This can mean going to meet a girlfriend for drinks, getting a mani-pedi and also getting a workout in. I am usually such a go go go type person so sitting in one place for a while can be challenging, but so important. Reading is also one of my favorite things to do in my spare time especially the winter when it is unbearable in New England to go outside

I hope this also helps motivate you to tackle some of the projects you have been wanting to make happen around your house I can’t wait to share mine with you!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Jordan

Gallery Wall Inspiration

Happy Monday!

Lately, I have been getting a ton of questions on how to create a gallery wall in your home and space, and what to put up on your walls? Great questions! I am here to help:)

The great thing about gallery walls is that you really can combine all of your favorite items into one space and their is no right or wrong way of what elements you choose to place on the wall. Some people choose all of the same types of frames for their photos-I on the other hand chose all different types of frame sizes and colors to add a different element to our wall space. Again, it really is totally up to what you prefer. Don’t think you are doing this wrong their really is no right or wrong way I promise.

One other item I will mention is that before you begin nailing in the frames into the wall map out the gallery wall on your floor before you place on the wall.                                                               Like this:

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That way you can gauge the space you need in between each frame. I LOVE this idea below I found and I kinda wanna switch our gallery wall up by doing this….

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Here are some other ideas that I love and think look great in a space, and it is also a great example of what it looks like to have all of the same color frames but with different dimensions on your wall. untitled.png

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Here is a photo of a wall with the same color frames and dimensions:

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This shows different elements of frames, and pieces that can be used.

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Happy gallery wall hunting:)

xx

J

Wedding PREP for all of YOU beautiful BRIDES to be

Hello gorgeous:)

This post was REALLY fun for me to write! First of all CONGRATULATIONS to all of you that just got engaged, and have been engaged:) SO EXCITING!

Before I begin I want you to take a DEEP breathe, because promise me when I tell you that everything will be JUST fine. I am going to begin this post with a laugh that you will enjoy. One of my bridesmaids looked at me recently and was like “Jordan you have literally been the calmest bride I thought for sure you were going to be a bridezilla.” hahah I laughed so hard, and I took that as a major compliment because the last thing I ever wanted to be is considered a crazy bride who loses sleep over planning.

Let’s face it we ALL have our different preferences, opinions, and styles when doing anything in life so I think when it comes to YOUR wedding day the most important thing to do is do what YOU love, and what makes YOU happy. If you can take one bit of my wedding day advice post that would be it.

What is going to make YOU smile at the end of your special day? What are the little details that will make you look back on your day and say “I am so happy I did that?” Remember your wedding is your day to shine, smile, laugh, and be around all of those special people in your life.

TOP FIVE WEDDING TIPS FOR YOU

Family Opinions: Weddings can bring out opinions and thoughts from people in your family that you may not have even thought about. This is not a bad thing at all. I think you just need to keep in mind that with anything in life opinions will be thrown your way so taking each thought as more of a suggestion than an opinion will not only save your sanity, but whoever is giving you the idea will greatly appreciate the fact that you are at least listening to the idea they have.

Vendor Selection: I was very open to different vendors when selecting them for our wedding. Being a new bride the key for me was to ask other friends and family members who they used when they got married. Don’t be afraid to do that! I think it is just a lot easier to go off of someones opinion that has already had a first hand experience with a vendor you are interested in getting for day of the wedding. This way you know what you are getting and know what to expect. The knot.com also has great vendors to choose from as well if you are looking to expand your horizons on what vendor to work with.

Pinterest: Pinterest is great for wedding inspiration, themes you would like to follow, or different creative ideas. In my opinion I wouldn’t obsess over getting everything from Pinterest only because their are so many different options that you could go down a rabbit hole and find yourself coming out on the other end with 748377348 ideas and then begin feeling even more overwhelmed. I looked on Pinterest for a few ideas and then google imaged some others and other than that I kept things very simple. As soon as you start crafting several different items at once it can begin feeling overwhelming especially with all of the other wedding essentials that need to be complete.

Do something to keep you calm: Keeping calm during wedding planning is key because it does feel like a lot to take on at times especially if you are working full time and have life itself to take care of at the same time as planning. I suggest to keep going to that yoga class, boxing class, or even outings with friends because it will keep you grounded and it will be a great outlet for you to release any stress you are feeling during the process of planning. Your fiance will thank you too;)

Don’t sweat the small stuff: Remember at the end of the day and the wedding no one will remember the little things that you spent so much energy on worrying about. What they will remember is the food, the music, and the drinks. So if you are ever feeling down or defeated during the planning process just keep reminding yourself of that.

I am excited to hear if any of this advice helped you at all in your wedding planning processes! I hope you all have a great day:)

 

I get married one week away!

 

xx J

Ottomans in your space

Hello my friends:)

Last night while I was in our bedroom looking around I noticed our beige ottoman and I thought to myself I LOVE this thing AND I need to tell my followers all about it. I think ottomans look so great in any space. They really do add such a fun touch. They are also a great place to store different items you have.

The great thing about ottomans is that they can really go in any room within your space. Bathroom, bedroom, living room you name it. Ours is great in our bedroom because I put all of our decorative pillows on it at night while we are sleeping. The one in our bedroom I got at Homegoods, BUT you can really get them anywhere and they are not too expensive. They also can provide a great source of color for any room. If you had a neutral space and wanted to add a pop of color this would be a great way to do so.

To give you an idea of what they look in different spaces I have compiled a few photos below:

 

Several of the above are from both overstock.com as well as jossandmain.com they are very inexpensive and I think you would agree they are SO gorgeous! You can also get long and narrow ottomans that are great to go in back of your couch to separate any space.

Here is what that look and feel looks like to give you an idea:) I am telling you these babies do make a great DIFFERENCE!

 

I hope you all have an amazing Thursday:) I will chat with you later this week.

All the best!

xx

Jordan