May 5, 2017

Our First House

Sorry to leave you hanging - we didn't have internet for the first week and my Macbook screen went black shortly thereafter.  But I am back in the groove now. 😃  We closed three weeks ago, cleaned, and moved in a few days later.  We're quickly turning this house into our home and it feels great to finally be settled.  Without further ado, welcome to our little brick cape.  I promise to share more photos soon, as our lawn is starting to bloom and looks beautiful!

April 4, 2017

Baby's First Easter | Gift Basket

This Easter is my nephew's first Easter!  You may remember the baby shower I threw my sister here and his debut here.  He has brought so much joy to our family in his 5 months.  I hate living so far away but really enjoy the pictures/videos my sister sends me and when we FaceTime!

Since I won't be back home for Easter, I mailed Elijah his Easter "basket".  I had so much fun putting this gift together and wanted to share in case you have a little one to shop for too.

Baby Polo - how adorable!

Peter Rabbit is one of my favorites.  I found this adorable card at TJ Maxx.

My sister sent me this picture the other day.  I got Elijah the rattle bunny slippers for Christmas.  He now fits into them and loves to kick his feet to hear the rattles. Since they are bunnies, I figured they would also work in this Easter post 😃

and a few more photos my sister shared with me 😍

Happy Easter!

Polo button down (TJ Maxx)

April 3, 2017

Weekend Compilation

Saturday morning, I woke up to snow, which thankfully was melted by early afternoon.  Sunday was sunny and 52℉, so Mike and I spent the afternoon enjoying the outdoors.  Happy Monday, Friends!

Shopping.  I picked up these garden tools and oven mitts at HomeGoods.

Pastries. There is a country store right down the road with the best homemade pastries.
I got an apple turnover and Mike got a raspberry danish.

Cooking. Sunday night, I made this Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken dish I had pinned awhile back.
It was really good... so good, that it will be added to the frequent list!
Photo is from recipe's website.

March 22, 2017

Our First House: Living Room Design Plan

Our new living room is about 21' long and has windows on three sides, providing ample light.  We don't have elaborate living room plans since we already have our big items- couches, coffee table and end table.  But we did need a new rug and I think that will change the feel of the room to a more inviting and calming space than we had previously.

I created these design boards in InDesign and it really helps me visualize all of the ideas going on in my mind 😉
You may remember I had my eye on the Catherine Rug from Ballard Designs for awhile.  It has all of my favorite colors and the description is lovely: The soft, tonal palette of spa, grey and caramel in this plush 100% wool rug is an easy fit with lots of our favorite fabrics and wood tones. Hand tufted in a sophisticated Persian motif of flowing vines and stylized palmettes.

Mike thought it was ok but he didn't love it nearly as much as I did.  Searching for other options, I considered natural fiber rugs since they don't have a design.  A plus to that is it allows me to easily swap out my pillow covers for the seasons without having them clash with a patterned rug.
While I think Persian rugs are classic, we agreed on and ended up choosing this Pottery Barn Chunky Wool and Jute Rug.  Our local store had it in stock and is able to hold it for us until we move in.  Now that that is done, just the accent pieces are left and this room is complete (mentally that is, ha!)

Our lamps look very similar to the one pictured- an oil rubbed bronze base and a beige shade.  I don't plan on changing these out.

The texture from the mantle and the wicker basket provides a natural warmth to the room, almost like the feel of a lodge without being too rustic.

I would love to incorporate ivory drapes with pleats, but that may be later on, as they aren't cheap.

The paint color hasn't been finalized.  I am waiting until we've moved in to see how the paint samples look on the wall during different times of the day.  I've started quite the collection of paint chips since November (which has probably done more harm than good for my decisions) but am thinking a light beige or a warm gray. 

March 20, 2017

Weekend Compilation: Getting Out of the House

Happy official first day of Spring!  We did have some melting-- I sure hope to see some blooms and warmer temps soon 😊🌷

Shopping.  On Saturday, I headed up to Albany for some retail therapy and purchased an area rug for the new living room.
I'll be sharing a post this week.

Reading.  I also picked up this book and read the Introduction and Chapter 1.

Snowmobiling.  Sunday afternoon, Mike and I went snowmobiling.
We went about 20 miles out to a local restaurant to grab a late lunch and see some friends and then headed back, just in time for dinner.