decor inspo: blue island and mantel

mantel copy

Compromise. It’s part of what makes the world go ’round. At least it feels that way.

Beckett and I have very different taste so when we moved into our new house and I started talking about painting the old ugly oak cabinets he immediately wanted dark colors. He prefers black, dark brown, deep hues of burgundy, and bright blue. His design aesthetic is sometimes modern, sometimes traditional.

I like things brighter, lighter, and a little luxe. I like the clean feel of a white room, but I’m not in love with the 2016 all white everything trend, but I like things bright. I like a little color mixed with unexpected accents.

The mantel and kitchen is our mix– our perfectly imperfect home decor balance.

A lot of work went into getting the kitchen to this point and it’s still far from done.
If you have a house that needs a little help like I did, maybe this list will help give you ideas of where to start.

Order of projects to DIY an ugly kitchen into 2017:

  1. scrape the popcorn ceiling
  2. paint the ceiling (mine is taupe).
  3. mark cabinet doors so you now where they go
  4. take off the hinges (and label them… I made the mistake of not labeling and it took me hours to get the hinges back to normal since not all of them were exactly the same… it was a pain in the you-know-what)
  5. take off cabinet hardware (that I added soon after we moved in because it drives me nuts to not have drawer pulls).
  6. clean doors and lightly sand
  7. use bonding primer to prime doors
  8. tape off the floors and walls
  9. prime, and paint the frames of the cabinets with your enamel paint (that just means its semi- or gloss paint).
  10. paint the cabinet doors with 2 coats of your paint.
  11. let dry for one day.
  12. add hardware back on
  13. paint walls and built-ins in living room/kitchen area.
  14. tile over existing fireplace tile.
  15. paint mantel and kitchen island blue!
  16. add “shiplap” to the kitchen island to give it some interest/texture.
  17. wallpaper above mantle.
  18. replace repulsive kitchen light fixture.

blue kitchen island with white peremeter cabinets diy shiplap copy

Still on my list:

  • get new counters
  • upgrade faucet
  • fix garbage can pull out (it opens randomly and I can’t figure out why!)
  • resurface the kitchen table.
  • add corbels to the island as a countertop support.
  • replace appliances when they die (and that could be sooner than we hope). 😐
    arrange roses copy

    Beckett got me these beautiful roses and I couldn’t help but take a picture to show them & him off <3 thank you, babe!

When the whole project is done I’ll post a before and after, sound good?

Until then, let me know if you have any questions about what type of paint to use or other questions related to my projects!



Giveaway with Smile Brilliant!!!

smile brilliant giveawayHello Loves, it’s giveaway time!

Today I’m teaming up with Smile Brilliant again to bless one of you with a $139 credit toward your own teeth whitening kit!

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This contest is open to all my peeps with permission from someone over the age of 18 in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia!!!!

A winner will be chosen in 2 weeks! So keep checking back to see if you are the lucky person! 🙂

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shortalls and gingham

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Top: Ralph Lauren, similar style under $20 & another colorful option from J. Crew factory ($32) | Overalls: Old Navy, similar found now at PacSun— good fit! | Bag: LV, similar that I would buy now if I were in the market for another LV bag | shoes: justfab, similar from Office, and another option with less of a heel. 

Why I chose this outfit:

Gingham will always be a popular print in the summertime so you won’t go wrong getting a shirt in this fun picnic-y/preppy print. 
The overalls add a playful element to an otherwise dressy #ootd. It’s always good to mix things up a bit when you can. 
My mom and I bought this shirt for my high school graduation party and every time I wear it I remember how we got it because it was quite the ordeal.
It was one of THOSE shopping trips. You know, the kind where you can’t find anything near what you’re looking for. We had already been at one mall and were running out of options and time. 
My high school graduation party was about a week away and I had nothing to wear. So after scouring  one mall, we headed to the infinitely huge Mall of America. A place my mom loathes because she hates to shop. 
So we entered at Macy’s where I noticed an adorable Ralph Lauren gingham shirt, but there was no time to linger because we needed to find that cute summery dress of my dreams– STAT! 
But I tell you… somehow… on that day in 2008 the MOA had 0 dresses. Zero I tell you! Ok, well it had a few, but we went all over that mall and couldn’t find anything other than bodycon dresses that were short with low necklines and made me look like a two dollar you-know-what. 
Not a good look on anyone, but especially not for a high school graduate! Nothing says “bright future” better than looking like a hooker (or at the very best a party girl) on graduation day. 
So at the end of the day as we walked back empty handed through Nordstrom toward our car I glanced over and the gingham Ralph Lauren shirt was glowing. Well not really. But for real, I had a moment and realized it wasn’t the end of my life if I didn’t wear the world’s cutest dress (that I had designed in my head before shopping) to my grad party. 
And I also thanked my mom for being so patient even though she HATES shopping.
Have I mentioned she hates it? Lol 😉
By the way, don’t picture an imaginary dress in your head before shopping. You will never find what you’re looking for. Disappointing. 
Also, don’t be a dreamer who thinks too much about clothes. 
The end. 

twirling in tulle X three

Shirt: lace, older (similar here) | Skirt: Pink Blush (comes in black, navyblush, and gray too!) | Heels: Jessica Simpson | Clutch: Asos, similar here

Shirt: white tee | Skirt: Pink Blush (seriously though, do yourself a favor and check out the grey one!) | Heels: studded, similar here by Sam Edelman that are budget friendly! | Earrings: chandelier earrings, old

Shirt: old from a Swedish store, similar concept here and another fun option here | Skirt: Pink Blush! | Heels: sold out, similar here and black with studs here | Clutch: similar | Gift Bow Ring: Kate Spade, similar here and another in red!

Hello girls! Today I want to share with you one of my (many) favorite items from a trendy little online boutique called Pink Blush! If you remember back when I was pregnant we partnered together for their Pink Blush Maternity line of clothes, but now I want to show you how to take their clothes from pregnancy to mommy style. OR really, a not so mom looking style because when I hear the words mom and style together I don’t think of super cute clothing that anyone could wear, but that’s exactly what Pink Blush specializes in.

Whether you’re a mom, don’t want kids, or can’t wait to have ’em, go check out all of the cute items and make sure you have something festive to wear for your holiday parties and Christmas Eve service!

But before you go: which shirt/heels/clutch  do you think I should wear with this on Christmas Eve?

I like all of them, but don’t know what to pick!



This post is brought to you in part by Pink Blush. All thoughts and opinions are my own.