Retail Therapy


OMG! Jolie is cutting her first set of molars currently, and lets just say we’re both crying over spilled milk these day. I got a total of 3 hours of sleep last night, and Jolie didn’t get much more than that. She refused both of her naps today, and basically cried at my feet the entire day. I feel terrible for her. Nothing seems to help, and with Shane away, I’m tackling it all alone. It’s enough to make your hair fall out….again! My hair was just now starting to recover from all the postpartum hair loss! Jolie is finally sleeping and I’m practicing deep breathing. In times like these you either need Oreos, or shopping, probably both! I don’t have any Oreos, and I’m going to do my best to use my better judgment and just pretend shop instead of actually shop…and also…buy Oreos tomorrow. Seriously…I deserve it.

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Thank goodness these are sold out! I would have bought them…

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Is it spring yet? I’m ready to break out the flats!

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Via Urban Outfitters

Black skinny jeans erryday! Therefore, I need more!

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Forever 21 is mostly a thing of the past for me, because…well, I’m not 21 anymore. Sometimes I still like what their working with though!

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So pretty!

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Sunglasses always make me feel better! I’m feeling the need for something a bit more funky than my usual!

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I tried this on the other day at Forever 21. It’s GOOOOOD! I should have bought it!

Guys, this actually works! I feel a bit better and I didn’t actually buy anything! I could still use some Oreos, though!






The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe…Minus the Lion…and the Witch

I LOVED that book growing up. I still do! Nothing tickles my fancy like a far away land accessible through your very own closet! There’s just no idea cooler than that, not when you’re a kid, and not when you’re an adult either! I wish that’s what this post was actually about, but well…real world. Waah Waaah Waaaah. This post IS about wardrobes, though! They seem to keep showing up all around me, and I’m officially smitten!

Besides the obvious storage factor, wardrobes can be a great statement piece. They can also serve to balance out a room if you have something heavy on the other side of the room, and you need some weight to balance it out.

Check out some of these beauties….

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Via Cup of Jo

Um…LOVE… That’s all!

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Via Apartment Therapy

This family knows what’s up. They have a wardrobe in nearly every room of their house. You can check out their house tour by clicking the link above.

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Via House Tweaking

This wardrobe has me seriously itching to find an old junk wardrobe and revamp it to be a beautiful piece like this! I love the modern twist on a traditional style piece of furniture.

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Via Remodelista

I mean….gorgeous!

The best part of this whole wardrobe thing is that they’re easy to find and, often, for cheap! If you’re willing to do a bit of work painting then you’re all set!



Wallpaper on the Brain

I’ve had wallpaper on the brain, lately. It’s so so so unlike me! I don’t know what happened to Plain Jane Emily, but she’s changing so much! I’m usually just a white wall girl, myself, but lately I’ve been seeing some wallpaper inspo that has me itching to tackle my first ever wall paper project! I have no real plans to wallpaper anywhere, but I have plans to daydream about it for sure! 

I’m not sure a bedroom gets any dreamier for a little girl. I love the untraditional use of wallpaper here.
This bedroom really got my obsession started. I just love it. It’s so beautiful yet understated and casual somehow. I think that’s why I’ve always avoided wallpaper. I’m such a casual gal and I always thought of it as very formal, but this is changing my mind!
I’ve always loved this little wallpapered entry!
And this one!
Powder rooms seem like one of the best places for wallpaper! 

Can you see where this obsession is coming from? Uhhhgg give me all the wallpaper please!!!

Current Obsessions!

Things have been a bit boring around here for me lately! So, naturally, I’ve been a Pinteresting fool! I thought I would share my latest obsessions! Prepare yourself for some seriously be-a-utiful stuff!

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Via My Domain

I’ve been OBSESSING over designer Vanessa Alexander’s home for weeks now. The whole dang thing, from floor to ceiling, is exactly what my dreams are made of. Like seriously! I absolutely can’t get over this little dining nook, though. I mean…those chairs…that light! A wall light over the dining table is now totally on my list of things I will be doing in the future. I wish I could do it now. It would work soooooo well in our little dining area. I’m so mad at myself for never thinking of that!

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Via Anthropologie

I have a bootie problem (aside from completely flat mom rear) I’m obsessed with them. If I could have 1000 pairs, I would. I don’t have 1000 pairs, but I do have too many. I don’t have any like these beauties from Anthropologie, though! I want this pair sooooooo bad! Sadly, I’m on a strict spend no money diet. Part of my New Years resolutions is to be more aware of where our money goes. We’ve got a lot of goals for our future, and being financially wise is absolutely necessary to get there. So, I’ll just be in the corner crying and trying to remind myself that happiness costs a lot less than $200. Why do New Year’s Resolutions always have to suck so bad!? 2017 let’s say screw it…Cake and booties for everyone!

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Via Homey Oh My

I love a good wall hanging! Let’s be honest, though. I’ve got way too much on my plate to spend hours mastering weaving. Sitting isn’t my strong suit. I want something quick and easy. This is to die for! I’m totally going to copy this wall hanging at some point! It’s beautiful and I’ve already mastered tassels so I know I’ll be able to wip it up in no time! I’m pretty excited about the Homey Oh My website in general. It looks like she has a TON of great simple, but awesome, DIY’s! Since, I’m on a money diet I’m going to need to get my DIY on!

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Via Style at Home

Even though we just renovated our bathroom and we won’t be renovating another one for a very long time, I just can’t help but still look for inspiration. I have a MAJOR crush on this tile! How classic and beautiful but still with just a touch of edge? I feel like this is a bathroom that would NEVER go out of style and you’d never get bored with. Totally, digging this look for our next house possibly!

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‘Tis the season of oversize sweaters. Can I get a hallelujah for oversize sweaters up in here?! Seriously, what on earth would my winter wardrobe consist of if someone didn’t decide it was fashionable to wear sweaters 3 sizes too big?!? I’m loving that they just keep getting bigger! Luckily, I got the chance to add a couple of long sweaters to my winter sweaters before I went on the money diet, and I’m obsessed. Mine aren’t nearly as beautiful as this one, but I’m like a D string fashionista wanna-be. So, of course they aren’t quite as perfect.


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Via Target

I seriously can’t even go to Target anymore. Why do they have to be so good at everything?!? We’re breaking up, because they just aren’t supportive of my New Year’s resolutions at all, always taunting me with the most ridiculously beautiful home wares. Seriously, how is this stuff at Target?! They are so far ahead of the curve when it comes to other stores in their category of retail. Did you know that Target in some other countries is totally different, though. Not NEARLY as cool. Poor poor people of other lands. Where do they shop!? That’s besides the point…how amazing is this stool? I’m obsessed with it, and everything they have on their shelves right now. I’m not kidding, I can’t go there anymore.

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Via Oh the Sweet Things

Greenery has been back up singers of the florist world for WAY too long. They’re finally stepping out and making their solo album, and I’m obsessed! (Ignore the dumb analogies.) Forget the fresh flowers and just give me the greens! There is some seriously gorgeous all greenery wedding inspo out there, and it’s making my heart incredibly happy!

Well there’s a quick round up of a few of my current obsessions. I hope you enjoyed!


2015 Picture Review! 

We started the year as very new and VERY tired parents!


Shane I spent our time at home with a new baby dabbling in leather making for the first time!


Shane had to take off to Australia for work, and it was just Jolie and I for 6 weeks, which was both terrifying and liberating as a brand new mom!


After 6 weeks alone, I mustered up all of my courage and took our 4 month old on 3 planes for a total of 25 hours of traveling to join Shane in Australia. Turns out, it wasn’t bad at all!


For 6 weeks we lived the city life in a high rise apartment in Brisbane.

Brisbane will always have a special place in our heart!

And we spent our weekends on the coast and site seeing with some of our best friends!

After 6 weeks our family flew back to Indiana together, and got right to work on a little front porch redo.

Leather making seemed to stick for me and I set up shop with a used industrial sewing machine, and started working on some of my very first Stone Lane purses!

We also replaced all the floors in our house

Then, we tackled a bathroom renovation, too!


Our house made it into the new YoungHouseLove book!!

We had a wonderful visit from two of our besties from Australia!

Shane landed a furniture making apprenticeship in Tampa. So, we packed up and temporarily moved the family to Tampa.



We. celebrated Thanksgiving on the beach with turkey sandwiches!


We started a small renovation on our home on wheels!


Our baby grew way too fast and we celebrated her first birthday on December 4th!

We had a blast with Jolie’s 2nd Christmas!

Last but not least…All three of us celebrated the New Year with bubbles!

Cheers to a fantastic 2015 and a hopeful 2016!


The Pribbles


Camper Sneak Peek!

The camper is coming along! We’ve actually accomplished quite a bit, all things considered. I’ve gotten a majority of the walls painted in the main living area and we replaced the flooring in that area too! We’ve also added a shiplap back splash, and a few other small shiplap details. Yay! Progress is seriously slow going with a one year old. Also, we absolutely have to be able to clean up all the construction gear in the evenings. Tripping over a bunch of tools and paint just isn’t an option in such a small place. We’d all go completely mad. I hope to tape a little tour video soon, but in the mean time, here are some progress shots!




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The flooring still needs a transition piece where the slide portion meets the regular part of the camper, and I still have touch-up painting to do all along the bottom of the walls where the new flooring went in. We are getting there, though! I’ve even snuck in some garland for holiday cheer! We nixed the dog cage, added a console table that hosts a basket of toys and extra pillows, and a new chair! The console table doubles as a desk and eating area. We just pull the extra chair off the wall and it’s a table for two! It’s working out really well for us! Well there’s a few sneak peeks. We still have a ways to go. I STILL haven’t touched the kitchen. I’m thinking I’ll just wait until after the holidays. Hopefully by then I will feel refreshed and ready to tackle more painting. I still have such a long way to go, but you have to stop and celebrate all your victories!

Sophisticated Living Room

Jolie decided to throw her self a full on party at about 3am last night, complete with bed jumping, chatting, laughing, and major protesting when we tried to shut it down. It was close to 4:30 when security was able to finally completely shut it down. It makes me wonder how I ever survived the newborn stage? That hour and a half of missed sleep has me feeling like a complete zombie. Needless to say, I’m feeling like all my previous plans of major productivity are getting thrown out the window, and I’m planting myself firmly on the couch and lounging! (You know between diaper changes, and hungry 1 year old feedings, and book reading, and baby doll holding, and being a dangerous climbing rescuer…Ok, I may not get to lounge all that much, but I’m going to try!) I have to admit, the camper isn’t an ideal lounging scenario. I’m working on it. I just want to be completely surrounded by fluffily, beautiful things!

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Via My Domaine

This is definitely a “no food in the living room” kind of living room, or maybe a “no food, kids, animals, or anything remotely mess” kind of living room. Shane would definitely not be allowed in this room either. Actually, I’m kind of loving the sound of this room! I would die to have a room that was all for me and me alone, and this is what it would look like! I feel like 15 minutes a day alone in a room like this would really do wonders for me. I definitely need more sophisticated pajamas, though. It would be wrong to lounge in this room wearing what I’m currently wearing….wrong I tell you!

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Via My Domaine

This post is brought to you by a clear need for sophistication in my life! I’m so drawn to sophistication these days. I feel so relaxed just imagining siting on the deep couch staring into the fire with my coffee in hand. Uhhggg, I wish this was real life. I’m still very serious about the pajamas!

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Via Amber Interior Design

This little TV area is by one of my FAVORITE designers, Amber Lewis. She is the beez neez, and everyone is obsessed with her! I’m no exception and it’s easy to see that she is clearly an influence in everything I design. How bad do you want to watch Ellen from one of these chairs? We will still be in our pajamas of course!

Here’s my version of a more sophisticated living room than I’m currently sitting in! I’d love to be here instead!

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Shop the whole look by clicking the pictures below!


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