How the heck can I still have a nice living room when my kids toys are everywhere?

THIS question is one of my favorites. I am so happy that I get to unload all of my thoughts and opinions on this topic today. I receive so many burning questions on this often. A lot of times I get asked this question and I thought it would be so helpful for you to have ALL of my thoughts on this. I hope this will allow even more inspiration for you in your living room space. I am telling you it is possible to contain your living room space and kids toys while being practical

I want you to think of any space in your home as one in which can be functional for all different phases in your life. How are you currently living in it? Do you feel like you aren’t totally maximizing it’s potential? I am sure you can probably answer yes to a lot of these. DO NOT WORRY you are not alone.

I don’t have little’s running around BUT I can only imagine the chaos that goes on while you are in your living room trying to watch TV. Bottom line I get it you want to have a space where you can unwind and relax while still having the flexibility that your children need for an area to play in. We have a living room room space and a play room but I am going to pretend for this post that we only have the living room to work with. You don’t need to break the bank to create a dual space that works for everyone in your family. DEEP breathes. I got YOU covered.

Here is what I hear a lot of:

You love your sectional couch, but you don’t love looking down at toys scattered all over the floor. MAN DO I HEAR you. The great thing about kids toys these days that I have noticed is that they are modern and actually I wouldn’t mind ANY of these in our own space. I mean this mini kitchen set is a dream! The items I have selected below are some of my favorites that I have been eyeing for any of the kid friendly design plans I do. I have created a design board with links below for you to reference when creating this space in YOUR OWN home. I hope this gives you a better understanding of what I mean.

Resources I picked with links:

Teepee

Kids Kitchen (This one is no longer available I don’t think but their are SO many on Crate&Kids and other options. I would use this one as inspiration).

Toy Organization

Snake plant: You can get any local nursery, online or Home Depot

Plant Basket

Rug

Pouf (Additional seating for the kids)

Circular coffee table (SO practical and great for kids, you don’t need to worry about sharp edges hurting them)

Black & White Canvas (Target is killing it with the art prints lately. THIS I DIE FOR)

Side Table ( I LOVE THIS)

Overarching Lamp

Wall Hooks

Listen, I know kid “things” can get everywhere but that doesn’t mean your life has to be chaos in every room I promise. I hope this inspires you to see all the potential in making your living space work for YOU and YOUR family for years to come:)

Xx

Jordan

Our Updated Entryway!

Hi!!!!!!!

It feels so good to be typing on my blog again I took quite the hiatus but between moving this past summer and life I am finally back into the swing of things and it’s time to get back on here and chat with you all;)

I think the entryway of your home is so important to prioritize when you are decorating this part of your home. It is the first space guests see when they enter your home and it leaves quite an impression. I noticed recently every time Sofia has her friends over we all greet and chat by our front entry way so you want that space to feel warm, welcoming, inviting and comfortable to guests.

A few simple additions you can create to an entryway space no matter the size are these ideas:

  • Add greenery
  • Candles
  • Small floating shelves
  • Hook’s for coat storage
  • Add a mirror for additional depth and dimension

In our last home our entryway was quite simple. You walked in and the coat rack was to the left with a closet on the right. That is the case for many homes and even apartments. The different additions I mentioned above can still be incorporated in small spaces. You can add greenery (succulents, larger potted plants if you have the space) very easily. Any pop of color especially natural real live plant color is gorgeous to see when you walk in the front door. Who doesn’t love the smell of a good candle the second they walk into someone’s home? A small table to place a mini candle on is a great cozy addition the entrance as well. If you don’t have the space for a table to place anything on I would recommend investing in some floating shelves. They come in so many different sizes now that you can easily find one small enough for your front entry way that suits your space. Target has some great options. Here is the link to the ones I have in our front entryway!

I recently purchased this mirror at our local HomeGoods and I love the way it looks. The best part was that it was ONLY $40.00! I was shocked when I saw the price and the quality of it!! These french bistro inspired mirrors make me so happy and I didn’t even install this one into our wall I think it looks great just leaning against the wall on our console table below. Mirrors are AWESOME to have in an entry way because they make a space look larger and add so much depth. The mirror you place in your entryway doesn’t have to be huge even a circular mirror would work great.

If you have a larger entry way I recommend having a console table with pull put drawers for additional storage and some sort of bench/seating area so that you can allow space to gather your belongings before you head out the door. I added some pillows which are also from HomeGoods. The great thing about the pillows on the bench is that you can interchange them depending on the season. Our bench is from Pottery Barn but I noticed that so many of the benches you find online now have storage underneath. All of the bins I have under our bench are from Target. Here are the ones we have. The other added element that you will see I incorporated into our entryway that works nice if you have the space for it is to place artwork on the wall. It is a great way to add an inviting touch to this space. You could even frame a nice family photo as well!

Here are some photos of our entryway that I hope you gain some inspiration from:

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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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.

love the open shelves in the kitchen idea instead of crowded cluttered cabinets full of crap we never use
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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.

Love the open shelves and cozy atmosphere. Would add a little medium wood color for warmth.
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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.

Basements are notorious for being dark little caves of a space. While this is not the case with every basement, it can be a challenge for many of us baseme

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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

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

All Things Chatham, Cape Cod

Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a great fourth of July! We were at the Cape for part of the week, and it was gorgeous.

Today, I am sharing with you all things Chatham, Cape Cod. I have been going to the Cape for four summers now so in my travels over the years I have been to a lot of the great restaurants, shops, and done a lot of the fun activities that are around to do. Not to mention the views of the ocean, the stunning colorful hydrangeas, and the smell of the ocean always lingering around you.

Just to give you an idea of the pretty sights and sounds:) Can you handle the amount of character on each of these houses below?

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Let’s begin with where to stay when you are on the Cape. Luckily, my future in-laws have a home about 10 mins from the center of Chatham so it is very close to all of the main attractions, and restaurants. For those of you looking for somewhere to stay their are so many options. I do suggest you book well in advance if you are looking to stay for a week plus, only because rooms and vacancies book very quick.

Below, are a list of places to stay while you are visiting. The great thing about Chatham and East Harwich is that they are both located mid Cape, so the beaches are great and the food is delicious.

  • Chatham Motel ($Inexpensive, and centralized location)
  • Pleasant Bay Village ($$Mid Range)
  • Captain’s House Inn ($$$Mid Range)
  • Chatham Bars Inn ($$$$Pricier side)

Let’s move on to my personal favorites eating/drinking & shopping. I compiled a list of some of the stores I like to frequent each time I visit. Some of my personal favorites I have starred for you. All of them truly are worth checking out. The great thing about Cape Cod is it has such quaint charm, timeless beauty, and character.

Restaurants:

Impudent Oyster: This restaurant is great, the food is delicious and the menu selection has quite the variety. The neat thing about this restaurant is it was a former church! The menu is on the higher side, but I promise it is worth every bite.

Chatham Squire: If you are looking for a fun bar to hang out with friends, this is the place to be. From the different license plates on the ceiling, and walls, to the game room they have toward the back this is the place for you. They have a full menu and they also have a bar side as well as a restaurant side to choose from, this surely is where all of the local Chatham peeps hang:)

Blue Fins Sushi & Sake Bar: Sushi is great here and so is the atmosphere. They also, have a great drink selection to choose from!

Chatham Raw Bar (Bistro on Main): Andy and I LOVE it here! From the amazing wait staff, to the to DIE for oysters you have to check it out here. The oysters they have are so fresh, and they get them fresh each day locally. They have a wide variety of seafood, and other selections to choose from on the menu. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Captains Table: This restaurant is so yummy. It is small and quaint with an outdoor patio, but the food is so darn good. They have awesome sandwiches, and I am obsessed with the tuna melt:)

Buffy’s Icecream: Amazing ice cream & smoothies for all! Also, the door is painted hot pink so you can’t miss it.

Chatham Bars Inn: Want a stunning view of the ocean paired with a delicious cocktail and a yummy bite to eat? THIS is the place to be my friends! Stunning views of the ocean, in a gorgeous setting.

Shopping: Plenty of parking, and pictured upper right is tourist center to get information for what to do in town.

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Below are a few of the coffee shops, and stores I LOVE going to while I am on the Cape:

Mayflower Shop, Soft as a Grape, Mahi Gold, Jack Wills, Fatface, Mahigold, Chatham Candy Manor, Chatham Clothing Bar, Jackies, Bella of Cape Cod Monomoy Coffee.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this blog as much as I did writing it! Cape Cod is truly a beauty and whether you are going for a day trip or a week I promise it will not dissapoint!

Have a blast this weekend, summer in the sun is the best time of year!

xx,
J

Weekend Projects & DIY

Hi Everyone!

This weekend the weather in New England was unreal. It was in the 70’s on Saturday. So needless to say we took advantage and it was pretty busy! I have been wanting window boxes installed for the longest time on our house and this weekend Andy finally installed them! Yahoo!!!!

While he was installing the window boxes out front I was busy painting one of the doors on our house that was in dire need of a new color.

These are the window boxes we went with, and as you will see below I ended up painting them a plum/dark color. I LOVE how they turned out. Here is what the window boxes looked like before I painted them: Window boxes really add so much more character to your home, I am so excited to plant flowers in these when it gets warmer out! When I do I will add a picture here to show you what they look like.

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Here is the after:

As I mentioned above I painted the window boxes with a stain, and then added the corbels for a pretty detail underneath each window box. I painted the corbels the same color as the window boxes. I got the corbels at Home Depot in the lumber section, near all of the crown molding. The hardest part of the install on these window boxes is that a section of our house is rock as you see in the picture above, because of that you can’t just use a regular drill when installing these. You need a hammer drill to install them successfully. You can get a hammer drill at any local hardware store, Home Depot, or Lowes. Price of hammer drills range from $80-$300.00o.

All and all how much better does this window look my friends? Seriously I cannot wait to add two more to the other bay window!!! Can it be warm tomorrow already?!

Here is the other project I was working on….This door before was plain oak, I didn’t take a before picture because it was pretty sad-looking. I love what this door turned out looking like-the pop of color is just what it needed!! I feel like it is so bright and cheery plus, it reminds me of spring year round. I love colorful doors, we have a red front door, but I think it is totally fine to incorporate other colors on your house.

Excuse the writing on this photo-sorry I took a screenshot of my Instagram account.

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I can’t wait to add the other two window boxes to the other side on the house. I hope you all had awesome weekends!

xx
J

White wash your fireplace!

Hi!!!

Guys, this week I was feelin’ SUPER DIY oriented so I went ahead and white washed our fireplace! It was pretty impulsive, I came home on Monday, and was sitting in our living room looked over at my fiance and said “Ya know what I am so sick of how ugly our fireplace looks, I am going to Google how to fix this ASAP. ASAP as in I tackled it the next day! I know I am insane, but below I am going to give you a play by play on how my experience went. I promise it is A LOT easier than it looks, but it is a bit messy.

Oh and just so you know all white wash is is paint, and water! Who would have thought? It looks so much more complex in pictures that just those two simple ingredients!! I totally learned something new the other day;)

What you will need: A drop cloth, paint brush, an old rag, some blue paint tape, any white paint you have around your house and mix with water. I did 50% white paint, and 50% water. Mix this into a plastic cup and stir. Mix until the consistency is evenly distributed throughout.

Step One: Cover up any areas that you DO NOT want to get covered up in paint splotches. I am telling you people this gets messy, when you are mixing white paint + water it gets very tricky. When I did this I had the rag with me in one hand, and the paint brush in the other so you turn into a super multi-tasker. Then, tape off with your blue paint tape any areas you do not want extra paint to get near.

As you can see this bad boy needed some SERIOUS loving!!

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Step Two: Take a sponge with warm water, and dab the fire-place with it. This will get rid of any cobwebs, or dirt on the brick. You don’t want that to get mixed in with the white wash. No bueno.

Step Three: Now that you have your water and paint mixed, let’s get to it! I would start painting one brick at a time. As I mentioned earlier, this mixture is messy so if you begin painting more than one brick at a time the paint gets everywhere and then you are cleaning your floors like a crazy person. Take a step back to take a look at how the bricks look after you complete the first row of whitewash. This will give you an idea of how many coats you need, and what bricks need to be touched up ETC.

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Step Four: Once you lay on the all of the whitewash on your fireplace let it dry because the brick will seep through and give it that modern feel that you are going for. You may need another coat or you many not I only did one coat of whitewash, and then touched up some of the bricks that needed some extra lovin’.

Step Five: Remove the blue tape, and TADA you are done!!! SO easy, and all in I would say it took about three hours. People you have a brand spankin new fireplace, and it looks like a million BUCKS!!! Tell me how much you love it??!!

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Below are some other examples of how awesome these fireplaces look in homes I found!

Let me know how this worked out for you below:) I would love to see your whitewash DIY projects!

 

It’s Tuesday so you know what that means-My current favs

Happy Tuesday everyone:) For those of you that celebrated Easter this past weekend I hope you all had a great holiday with friends and family! This was my first year ever hosting a holiday dinner so I went a little crazy with all of the prepping. For those of you that host dinner parties often you know how overwhelming it can be.

I have compiled a list below of my current must haves!

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I love love the font on this mug I picked up at TJ Maxx. I think it was only like $8.00 or so on clearance? The fun phrases these mugs come in make me smile. I have one that says Sweetie, and MRS too. Here is the link to these if you have trouble finding them in stores. I am pretty much obsessed with my engagement ring too (Andy did a great job) so I figured why not get both of my favs in one pic.

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This was our dog, Charlie on Easter-can you tell how pumped he looks in these Easter bunny ears I picked up at the family dollar store for him? I cannot stand his cuteness!

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I picked this candle up at Bath & Body Works last week and boy was I happy I did-this baby literally smells like a fun weekend. It is not too perfumey of a smell at all it, it is such a refreshing scent that fills a room. They always have great sales on their three wick candles so keep an eye out for when the next one is!  I love Bath &Body Works candles because they seem to last a lot longer than Yankee or Kringle Candles.

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Above is one of my favorite Easter spreads I had in the house on Easter Sunday. I love the combination of the spring tulips, and hyathis flowers! Anything purple os right up my alley, and the smell is divine. Now it just needs to get warmer in Boston for me to begin planting:)

I picked up this neat bark center piece at TJ Maxx and knew it would be a perfect addition to the spring look and feel of Easter I was going for.

 

 

Tea makes me happy

Happy Wednesday everyone! I wanted to chat quickly about my current favorite drink of choice. GREEN TEA. All types of tea make me happy, and they are a great alternative especially because I noticed I was drinking a bit too much coffee at work as of late.

I have listed a few of my favorites below:

The Starbucks citrus green tea latte is unreal. If you haven’t yet tried it please do yourself a favor. I like it better hot, but they do have an iced version as well.

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The second favorite of mine currently is Yogi Tea. You can never go wrong with Yogi. I like this brand because they have so many different flavors to choose from. It all depends on your mood. The two below really do make you feel so relaxed. Another tea worth sippin’ on daily.

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