Thursday, June 30, 2011


Right now, I am with
roadtripping from

{new york}


{charleston, sc}
to see 

and kiss all over

these sweet babies!!!

We are going to stay at my family's lake house and I am just so excited I can't stand it! 
This vacation is much needed for the both of us! 

Can't wait to have this view for the week!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pinnable Pictures

I thought it would be fun to share some of my recent pins on Pinterest!

Follow me if you aren't already! :)
(or let me know if you need an invite!)

I'm dying over this bar cart...I'm in serious need of this.

Wow! How gorgeous is this floor??

Love the neutral furniture with all of the pops of color!

Would love to get a print of this quote framed for my little studio area!

Source: via Molly on Pinterest

I cried the first time I read this...I miss my sweet friends so much! :)


Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies...these look lethal!

Loving this color scheme for a wedding!

Would love to know how to do my hair like this!

Oh. my. gosh. Pinterest is NOT helping my baby fever. Can't wait for Joe to hold our little babies like a football! ha!

Obsessed with this precious birth beautiful is the calligraphy??

Loving the chunky watch/bracelets trend...although Joe thinks I look like a gypsy :)

Everything I love rolled into one little dinner party! Pink Chiviari chairs, chevron fabric, and beautiful flowers!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

phone photo dump!

I got a new phone a couple of months ago and downloaded the Vignette app and love the pictures it takes! Here are a few I've taken lately:

 Grand Central Terminal...I could never get tired of that view.

 Road trip to Pittsburgh!

 Gorgeous view at the Pittsburgh Pirates game

 love all of the bridges in Pittsburgh

 move in glad it doesn't look like this anymore!

 Dinner in Little of my most favorite places to be

 Peonies in bloom!

 Aqua lamps I have been lusting after at Home Goods...I NEED them :)

look at those sweet furry babies!

our new herbs on the window ledge...don't you love our view? ;)

Hope you are all having an amazing weekend!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Striped Entryway: Done!

Entryway before (super boring!) :

Sorry it has taken me so long to get this post up! The stripes were actually the first thing to get done, but it took me a little longer to get the room styled. I'm such a perfectionist and don't like to take "after" pictures until every little detail is just the way I want it. Of course, I've changed things around a million times since I took these pictures (some accessories are even different in some of the pictures) so I guess your home is never really finished!
taping was not the most fun part, so i was thankful it was a small room!

We actually did this all on June 5...yes, our first anniversary! Super romantic, huh? I wouldn't have had it any other way, though! We don't get to spend a lot of time together due to our super hectic schedules, so it was nice to have a big project like this to work on together! Joe was so sweet to help me with this! He was a HUGE help to this extremely right brain creative girl! He is always so logical and mathematical, so he was the one who did all the measuring...thank God!

all taped and ready to start painting!

I thought about writing a full tutorial, but decided not to because the one I followed was so amazing! Jessica from Decor Adventures wrote a fabulous tutorial on painting stripes, and it was so incredibly helpful to us. We did a few things different, but it was so nice to have her post to go by. Seriously, if you are thinking about painting stripes, definitely use her post as a guide!

all finished!

Our ceilings are super tall, and we had lots of molding to work around, so we decided to take the easy way out and paint the gray stripes on the existing wall color (which is kind of an off white.) I was worried it wouldn't look as crisp as some of my inspiration pictures, but I absolutely love the way it turned out. Plus, it was WAY easier not to have to paint a base coat of white! We ended up having 4 gray stripes and 5 of the existing color so we wouldn't have to tape around the ceiling and baseboards. Genius, I tell ya!

I ended up choosing the color Versatile Gray from Sherwin Williams because I was scared the greige color I picked out at first would be a little too dark. I was totally right! The Versatile Gray turned out to be exactly what I wanted, and I love the way it looks with the off white that was already on the walls.

This source list is for you, Allison! :)

Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams
Mirror: Home Goods (it's the same one from Young House Love!)
Both buffet lamps: Home Goods (The white one with the fun lampshade will be sticking around in here!)
Floor lamp: Target
Buffet: It's acually a bookcase that is supposed to stand up tall, but we added some stainless steel legs from Ikea and called it a buffet!
Ikat bowl: Anthroplogie (I am so in love with this bowl and need to go get more before they sell out! Perfect for keys or jewelry!)
Bench: Home Goods
Pillows: Home Goods
NYC Prints: Photos taken by yours truly! I thought it would be fun to have some cool NYC architecture framed in here to go with the Statue of Liberty picture I had mounted on canvas. Nice, cheap art!
Shoe Basket: Home Goods
Silhouettes: A DIY project I did for the cake table at our wedding. Love looking at these and feeling all nostalgic :)

Mostly everything else was either a wedding gift or from Home Goods!

So, there ya go! A pretty and welcoming entryway on a super tight budget! 
Moral of the story...GO TO HOME GOODS!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mantle: Done!

The huge, gorgeous mantle and fireplace in our new apartment are my favorite things about this place! As soon as I saw it during my first walkthrough, I knew this apartment had to be ours. When we moved in, I was itching to hurry and decorate the mantle, but knew that I didn't have anything substantial enough to fill up the space (it's pretty huge!) We started focusing our time and energy on other areas of the apartment, and the pretty mantle took the backseat for a couple of weeks until I found the perfect stuff to go up there.

I originally thought of getting a huge canvas from Michaels, and painting some sort of graphic pattern on it. Here is a little mock up I made before we moved in:

I love me some Olioboard, people! Anyway, I still LOVE how this looks, but everything changed when I found the most perfect mirror on a trip to Home Goods this week! It is enormous and barely fit in my backseat, so I knew it was going to be a great fit on the giant mantle. I love how clean and crisp the white frame looks on the white mantle! I accessorized the sides with some random things I already had, so it probably isn't permanent. I love the idea of changing it all around when I'm in the mood! 

As you can see, I still need curtains for all of the windows in the living room, but haven't found the perfect solution. I'm also waiting on the campaign dresser that is currently at my parents' house in SC to go in the little TV niche...we haven't figured out the most economical way to get all of that furniture up here yet! Any ideas??