May 13, 2015

Tomato Basil Quinoa with Chicken

I've got another dinner for you today that's been on regular rotation around here.  It's really simple and so good.  Something really good to use up all that fresh basil and tomato that's about to start popping up in our home gardens as well.  I think it's really good served warm with some crumbled feta on top or cold the next day as a lunch salad.

Tomato + Basil Quinoa with Chicken
Quinoa cooked according to the package but substitute chicken stock for water
Bake one package of boneless skinless chicken breast seasoned with salt + pepper and garlic (or use rotisserie chicken)
Add 4-5 heaping spoonfuls of pesto mixed into the fully cooked quinoa
3-4 Fresh vine ripened tomatoes cut up
5-6 basil leaves cut up

May 12, 2015

Spring Cocktail Recipes

Spring Cocktails.  It makes me smile just saying it out loud.  I'm helping to plan a Spring Garden Party this weekend in our neighborhood and I've been tasked to bring the signature drink.  I started looking into fun party punch to serve and found several that would both look pretty and taste great served in a batch.  I thought y'all might like to see what I narrowed it down to as well.  Also, I would love to hear any of your favorite fresh cocktails! 

My favorite drink lately is a Malibu bay breeze; Malibu Rum, Pineapple Juice, and a squeeze of lime.  Reminds me of being 22 at the beach.  I'm excited to give all of these drinks below a try as well.  They all look so refreshing and delicious!  Like the kind of good you have to be careful about.

Find the original recipes and directions below:
Meyer Lemonade with Rosemary and Vodka || Citrusy Champagne Sangria || Coconut Mojito || Strawberry Gin Smash || Watermelon Mint Spiked Lemonade

May 11, 2015

Current Obsessions

What an awesome weekend we just had!  A fun neighborhood kids party, a fun and relaxed neighborhood party for just the grownups, a neighborhood yard sale, and Mother's Day.  I couldn't have asked for better weather or more laughs.  We really got so lucky moving in to such an awesome neighborhood.  Is it just me or does May feel just as busy as December?

Lots of parties means lots of cute outfits!  I've still got white neutrals on the brain.  I love how pretty they are in Spring!  And so polished and easy!

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May 6, 2015


Welcome to the final reveal of the ORC friends!  I can't believe the end is finally here!  I am so proud and happy with the way this space has turned out.  It's truly a room both my husband and I are eager to hang out in.  And let's be honest, the kids too.  There are no rooms off limits to those little munchkins no matter how I try.  It's truly a lovely and serene place to land at the end of the day and a bright and clean way to begin in the morning.  Come on and take a look!

I know it's super picture heavy so I'll just skip the words today.  I'll be back over the next few days discussing some of my choices and details further.  Every decision was really thought out and I tried to make it both a pretty and liveable space.  Enjoy!

If you're new here, I've spent the last six weeks completely making over our master bedroom into a peaceful and easy master retreat!  Be sure to check out the the way this room has evolved below! 

Welcome to our peaceful and relaxed master bedroom!

Thank you so much for following along and for all of the help and encouragement along the way! I would love to know if you are linking up tomorrow so I can stop by and see your space as well!  Cheers to another fabulous One Room Challenge!


Also, be sure to check out the final reveal of the other fabulous participants below.  Everyone has such different style and there is so much inspiration to be found in these spaces!
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Duvet Cover + Euroshams || Headboard || Monogrammed Sheets || Lumbar Pillow Fabric || Navy + White Striped Blanket (homegoods) || Bedside Tables || Capiz Mirror (homegoods) || White Lamps (homegoods) || Art Print (beach scene) || Mohair stool (target) || linen leopard pillow || French Market Basket (with plant inside) || Console Table || Upholstered Chairs from Arhaus || Moroccan Pouf || Seafoam Linen Lacefield Pillow || Blue Medallion Pillow || Blue Chevron Kufri Life Pillow || White Lamps (homegoods) || Blue + Navy Art Print || Blue and Gray Art Print || Taupe Ikat Shams || ReWined Rose' Candle || navy + white leather monogrammed catch-all || acrylic monogrammed tray || Ginger Jar (similar) || Turquoise stools (homegoods) || Stone Herringbone throw || Roman Shades || Linen Bedskirt || Sisal Rug || Paint Color: Sea Salt cut to 50% || Emily Jeffords Art Print || Linen Storage Bench || TEAM FOR LIFE print by me in IKEA RIBBA FRAME || Metal Platform Bed || wicker laundry basket (homegoods)

A special thank you to the One Room Challenge sponsors

It was also a great experience working with these two companies in this space


And a giant thank you to Linda of Calling It Home for orchestrating this incredible blogger event!

May 4, 2015

Decorating Around a TV in the Bedroom

First of all I just wanted to say Happy Monday!  And then, how the heck are we already in the full swing of May?  Time is flying by me. 

TV.  I'm a big freaking fan.  I'm also an avid reader so I feel confident the two cancel each other out.

Let's discuss.  I am all for making what you need work and we need a tv in our bedroom.  Case Closed.  But it's been so much harder than I imagined to make that TV feel like a purposeful part of the room on it's own.  Without decorating around it, it feels a bit random in an otherwise peaceful and pulled together space.  Yet I am trying with all my vignette-loving self to pull back in this room and let it breathe.  We don't need more chairs or another table in here.  We just don't. 

But now our tv is floating on air which feels incomplete as well.  I love the placement of all the other furniture in our room and I don't want to move anything or switch things up so this needs to be something completely new to the space.

And here are the only images I could come up with that feel like something I would recreate in here.

As you know the One Room Challenge reveal is on Wednesday morning which means this has to be completed today so I can photograph it tomorrow.  YIKES.  Wish me luck!

April 29, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week Five

Welcome to week five of the ORC friends. That means we have just one week left before the reveal.  Which means I have less than a week to finish things up so I can photograph and share the results with y'all.  I'm officially in panic mode over here.  The finished touches are always the hardest part for me.  Adding that final layer of warmth without creating unnecessary clutter.

If you're new here be sure to check out week one || week two || week three || week four to see how our master bedroom is evolving into a soothing and spa like master retreat.

I'm going to go ahead and warn you that today's post is picture heavy but I think that's much more fun to see at this point anyway!

Lots of pretty!  There really is so much I love about this space.  It's incredible how much nicer it is to start and end our day in a room we're really excited about.  I know we've come a long way but I've still got a laundry list of things to get this room exactly the way we want it.  Clock is ticking!

One major element in the room that I haven't really talked about it our bed.  It's kind of the elephant in the room for real.  My parents passed it down to me several years ago and Matthew and I love to hate this bed.  We both love it on one hand but we hated the tall poles on the foot board.  They block the view of the tv and made us feel a bit claustrophobic for some reason.

Second problem, we are adamant about having a tufted headboard.  It's just amazingly more comfortable when sitting up in bed.  We've been trying for about a year now to merge the two.  I don't dislike it but I've just never really loved it.  I thought about painting it white but realized yesterday that I needed to get off the fence and just order a platform instead.  I love the look of a taller bed with a bed skirt so we'll still place the box-spring on the new metal frame.  This bed will go into the attic until Tagg gets a little older and upgrades to a larger bed.

 You can see in the next few pictures below that Matthew installed two of the three roman shades I ordered from LoomDecor.  I accidentally broke the third one when I was trying to get it out for Matthew to hang so you'll notice the side window still has the blinds up.  These things work on tension and it's not wise to take off the clips holding the strings tight.  Lesson learned.

Also, I tried to go a wider view for you because that's always helpful for me.  After the addition of cozy sitting area with our new chairs and console table, the bed pillow situation is my favorite.  My new pillow from ShopMaddie G looks amazing.  I had her make a small boudoir pillow to add some punch to the neutral mix.  It's and odd size but I just shoved a spare standard pillow into it and it worked out perfectly.  I'm also really starting to embrace the blue.  I can't wait to see it paired with the Schumacher Garden of Persia.

Also, people always ask where I got my full euro inserts.  They're from Pottery Barn and they're incredibly full and keep their shape.  I've had these for almost three years now and they're just as full as day one.  The shams and duvet can be found here.

I still have a little work to do on styling our bedside tables as well.  I always struggle between pretty and practical.  A bottle of water and a box of tissues just doesn't look good but I need them.

And just in case you think I've got all my ducks in a row and will be sipping cocktails through the next seven days I will gift you with this little wall of "oh shit."  Oh Shit.

I'm officially starting to stress about getting this all complete and photographed for you in just one week.  Yikes!  Maybe some cocktails will be needed after all.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to check in with the other ladies to see what they've been up to this week.

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April 27, 2015

Denim Picks for Men

Welcome to Monday! No matter how much pep you put into it that just never sounds as good as Welcome to the Weekend.  But today the sun is shining and some of the pollen we're plagued with here in Virginia has been washed away.  I'm ready for the week ahead!

I've got a fun round-up of men's denim for you today.  Matthew actually owned a nice pair of jeans before we met so I've never had to be the trickster wife getting him to upgrade.  He actually wears his more often with a blazer and loafers but I've been trying to get him into a more casual look like the one below.  We'll see. Does your guy wear jeans?  Does he dress them up or more often wear them super casual? 

I pretty much always love a straight leg on guys.  They come in relaxed fit as well so it's a good update to the old wide leg look some guys try to buy for themselves.  We get it, bulging muscles can't be contained and all.  Anyway, these aren't your ladies skinnies but they do look more up to date.

Some of my favorite designers  like AG, Seven, Joe's, and JBrand make great guys jeans as well.  I'm also happy to see that Nordstrom has started price matching making some of my favorites now up to 30% off from prices we saw last fall.


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April 23, 2015

Bar Cart Love + My DIY Bar Cart

I spotted a little black metal two tiered rolling rack of sorts last weekend at a thrift store for $9.  While others saw a wobbly piece missing it's shelves, I immediately saw a bar cart.  I took it home and gave it a once over with some gold spray paint just to make sure my vision wasn't blurry.  It is going to be as fantastic as I thought it would be.  I still need to finish painting and build shelves.

The big decisions:
Paint:  gold or white
Shelves:  Glass or Mirror or wood shelves

Here is where we are now.  I'm loving the gold, although I ran out of spray paint and need to pick up another can.  I would also love to find an acrylic tray to place on top but that size might be wishful thinking.  I'm also thinking mirror on the top shelf and glass on the bottom two might be nice.  Thoughts?

You can see the true before below.  Even then it was calling my name.  The lines, size, and shape are all perfect.  I could see even putting this in our bedroom or my office upstairs as a coffee bar station instead of using it as an actual alcohol bar.  Our house has really squeaky stairs and I've thought about how nice it would be to make coffee upstairs before the kids get up.  This might be my chance to make that happen!

 I've got lots of inspiration below.  It's really just a matter of choosing color and shelf material.  Which way do you think I should go?  Do you have a bar cart in your house?

So much goodness.  Now I want a drink!