Happy Labor Day!

 

 

 

I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day! I’m enjoying it with a few projects around the house and some laundry. Exciting stuff, huh? What I wish I was doing was shopping! Labor Day seems like a good time to catch some sales! I won’t be going shopping, but that doesn’t mean I’m not doing a little online window shopping! Here’s a roundup of some great sales from a few of my favorite stores online!

 

I LOVE all the jewelry at Anthropologie. It’s too bad I would never pay full price for any of them. There are some seriously beautiful things in their sale section currently, however. Even better…all their sale items are an additional 20% off! I’m still not going to buy anything, but it’s fun too look and dream!

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Love this necklace at only $14.95!

 

 

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I’m a bracelet person. It’s the easiest way for me to accessorize. Necklaces and earrings don’t always feel quite right on me. I can always throw on a bracelet, though. I love this one!

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This necklace is only $12.95 and it’s so sweet and adorable!

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Another bracelet I just love.

 

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I won’t lie…I seriously want this chair…I tried to convince Shane we needed it. He wasn’t convinced. I adore everything about it and have been on a bit of an orange kick lately. It’s down to only $149 plus another 20% off! So so so tempting!

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I saw this pillow in the store last week, and it almost came home with me. I love the handmade look.

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If you are looking for white bedding with just a little bit of detail I think this set is perfect in every way!

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These sheets are also perfect! I’m a sucker for quality bedding. It makes climbing into bed sooooooo much better. I love the little arrow detailing.

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This headboard is seriously gorgeous. It’s a solid wood headboard with a carved design. If I had more beds around here, I might have to have it.

 

 

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Pillows are so expensive, but I LOVE this one at only $24 for the cover!

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It’s always nice to bring in wood elements into a room. These vases are perfect.

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If I buy anything it might have to be a few of these beautiful agate knobs. I have a project in mind that I would love to use it for! They would also look beyond gorgeous on our bedroom dresser.

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They seem to only have the salad plates left in this pattern, but I think they would be amazing paired with plain white plates. For a $1.99 it’s way hard to pass up!

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I have a thing for buffalos. I love this print from Urban Outfitters.

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I feel like you can never have to many beautiful baskets! (Not the kind my mom used to collect….you can definitely have too many of those…) This seems to be a good deal for a basket this large.

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I picture these chairs in a white out dining room. I love the legs.

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I adore the color combo of this industrial pendant.

 

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Again, If I had more beds I would most definitely need this headboard. So amazing!

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Apparently I have a thing for diamond weave chairs. I love this one, too.

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I think this shelf is great. I have it on order for Shane to make something similar, but for those of you that aren’t as lucky as me and don’t have a personal furniture builder, I think this one is great!

 

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Seriously, for $99 this chair is amazing! I really love it.

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They only have this headboard left in a twin, but can you imagine it on a room with two twin beds. Adore!

That’s my round up! There’s some great things out there on sale right now. Maybe there’s something perfect for you!

A Little Art For Fun

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Sometimes I like my hand to be moving and doing something not all that important. It seems to leave more space for my brain to think. I found this little typography art piece on Pinterest, so I decided to copy it just for fun and to give my brain a little breather. I just roughly sketched it out in pencil and then went back in and refined it with a permanent marker. Then I popped it in a frame I already had. It was a fun little mindless project…because sometimes you need those! I love love love the saying! Adventure is close to my heart! Happy Friday, everyone! Be adventurous!

Inspiration for an Art Collection

I came to the realization the other day that I’m ready to start a grown up art collection.

I have only three pieces of art that are even important to me, and none of them are the big statement pieces I want. All three of them are posters we’ve picked up while traveling. Here are two of them…

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In the past (aside from these three posters) all the art on my walls has been limited to things I got for free, paintings I did myself, and art I picked up at Goodwill. I’m ready for a more intentional art collection. I LOOOOOOVE art! It can really add so much visual interest and sophistication to a room. Until now, I’ve just lacked the resources to get the big and beautiful pieces I’ve wanted. Shane and I agree that its time to start building a collection slowly over time. We will start slowly and wait to find the perfect pieces. Our collection will most likely consist of originals, prints, and possibly a few pieces we make ourselves. We plan to be patient and keep our eyes open for art that we really just fall in love with.

I hopped onto Pinterest and Houzz to find some inspiration of all different types of rooms with beautiful art in them! Enjoy all this eye candy…

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The pictures below are some of my favorite looks, because they just feel more like my style…

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I can’t wait until we pick up our first piece!

Air Plant Birthday

Shane got me air plants for my birthday! I got a whole box of them shipped to our door. Let me just say…I LOVE them! I’m a little plant obsessed, though. Excuse me while I share WAY too many pictures of my new beautiful air plants.

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Yeah…Sorry that was definitely WAY too many plant pictures, but I wanted to show you the beautiful variety Shane picked out for me! I really only wanted 4 air plants, but I ended up with 12! I won’t complain, though. I REALLY REALLY love them!

So what are air plants? They are plants that don’t require soil. They grow in the air. All they require is to be bathed in water once a week and an occasional mist. Luckily, these guys came with directions.

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I followed the directions and soaked them in a big bowl for 30 minutes. Then I let them dry out on a towel. My plan is to repeat this process every Saturday.

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“Why the heck do you want air plants?” You may ask… Um…I just like them! I had these olive boats from a baby shower that I decorated, and I thought they would look really cute with air plants in them, because who really uses olive boats for olives? Not this girl!

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I really really love the way they look on my dining room table. I also really love air plants in clear glass vases. We have several of these little glasses that we don’t use all that often. I decided to sacrifice 3 of them for air plant vases.

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Is that not adorable? They are to me anyway. I have them sitting on the cabinet the TV sits on in the living room. I also really wanted an air plant for the little turtle that I recently inherited from my grandpa. He sits on my kitchen window sill, and he just seems happier now that he’s carrying a new air plant.

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I have a few more scattered about. I’ll have to get pictures of them eventually. Happy birthday (belated) to me!!! πŸ™‚

My New Favorite Dessert

I feel like there are not many people that know this about me, but I love to cook. Am I Martha Stewart? Hardly. Do Shane and I enjoy a delicious home cooked meal every night? Hardly. There are times I get lazy, times I just really don’t feel like cooking, but typically I really enjoy cooking. I find it incredibly rewarding to throw together a really fantastic meal that we enjoy. I tend to find recipes and just ad-lib based on ingredients we already have and personal taste. I almost never follow recipes exactly. That’s exactly how my favorite dessert I’ve ever made happened!

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Typically I’m not much of a dessert person. Sweets just aren’t my thing, but while sitting in the doctors waiting room, I watched a cooking show where a woman made a dessert that intrigued me. I didn’t write anything down. I don’t really remember the ingredients she used. All I remember is that the base for the dessert was a sweet cheese with honey and vanilla, toped with fresh berries, and drizzled with a sweet raspberry sauce. She described the dessert and savory and not overly sweet. She was speaking my language and I just had to try.

I headed to the grocery and picked up some ingredients that I thought would accomplish the same kind of dessert.

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So here’s what I ended up with. This will make 2 smallish servings:

1 Cup Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt

2/3 Cup Mascarpone Cheese

1/4 Cup Sugar

1/2 Seedless Red Raspberry Jam

1/2 tablespoon of a fruity liquor (Optional)

Strawberries

Blueberries

 

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Once I had everything home, I just went for it guessing along the way. I started with the yogurt and cheese base.

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While I can’t remember at all what kind of cheese the lady used in the show, I just picked up mascarpone cheese. I knew it was a soft, sweet cheese. I don’t believe the lady in the show mixed yogurt into her cheese, but the idea of shoving spoon fulls of cheese into my mouth was unsettling for me. I worried it would be too rich. So, I thought Greek yogurt would be the perfect companion. The lady on the show mixed vanilla and honey into her cheese, so honey vanilla Greek yogurt seemed like a good option. Although, I think it would really be delicious to use regular Greek yogurt and add the honey and real vanilla in yourself. I might try that next time! It’s important to get Greek yogurt, though. It has a better texture and consistency and goes well with the cheese.

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I have a little food chopper that I blended the cheese and Greek yogurt in together. You definitely want to use a machine of some sort to be sure you blend them together really well. A normal blender or a mixer would probably work well. At first, I wasn’t sure how much of the ingredients to use. I went with my gut and mixed 1 part yogurt and 2/3 part cheese. 1 cup of yogurt and 2/3 cup of cheese seems to work well for two servings. Once that is blended you can just place it in the refrigerator.

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Next in line was making the raspberry sauce. I knew I wanted it to be really sweet and taste like raspberry jam but with a soupier consistency. The amounts were pretty much a guess for me on this one, too. Here’s what seems to work well for two servings. (I did have quite a bit of the sauce left over because we don’t like things too sweet. So if you are more like me you may want to cut this in half. I didn’t mind the left over sauce, because it would be good on ice cream, oatmeal, yogurt, along with other things I’m sure.)

1/4 cup of sugar

2-3 tablespoons of water

1/2 cup of seedless raspberry jam

1/2 tablespoon of fruity liquor (I used triple sec)

1/4 cup blueberries

It was important to me to have seedless jam. I’m not a raspberry seed fan, and the liquor is optional. It gives the sauce a little kick in flavor, but it would probably be delicious without it, too.

I just threw it all in a pan and heated on low to medium it until the sugar was completely dissolved. You may need to adjust how much water you add. You want a sticky thick soup consistency. It will be much soupier while its hot in the pan, but shoot for the sticky soup consistency when it’s a room tempurature. Once the sugar is dissolved I let the mixture cool and then threw it in my food chopper to blend in the blueberries.

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This is what you will end up with, just in a larger quantity. I left this out on the counter, because cooling it too much changes the consistency. I like it served at room temperature.

The only thing left to do is chop up berries. I used strawberries and blueberries. I cooked the main meal and waited to put it all together until I was ready to serve it.

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My mom, Shane, and my grandma were the guinea pigs. I let them drizzle their own raspberry sauce on top. That’s the sweet part so I preferred for them to choose how sweet they wanted it.

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Luckily, the dessert when over extremely well! The cheese and yogurt is savory with a hint of sweetness, and when it’s layered with fresh fruit and the raspberry sauce it’s delicious! Everyone ate it up. While I had just a little left over, Shane and I finished it off before the night was over. It was a dessert success from a girl who really doesn’t like making desserts all that much! Now I’ve made it again just to share it with you!

Obsessed Over This House Tour

We all need a little inspiration from time to time. Here’s a house that is such a big inspiration to me. Let me just say I am 100% love-it-so-much-I-could-cry obsessed with Zach and Rachel’s San Diego house tour on Apartment Therapy.Β Follow the linkΒ and check out the whole house tour. I’m absolutely in love with their house, and I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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Defining My Style

Lately, I’ve been really trying to define my style. It’s ever evolving, but I want to have a good sense of what it is exactly. So I’ve decided to try to come up with a few words to describe the style I love. Here’s what I’ve come up with….

1. Southwestern:

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Keep in mind that my style is not entirely Southwestern. I just have tendencies that swing a bit Southwestern.

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I tend to be a sucker for Southwestern textiles.

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A lot of my Southwestern vibe comes from basket weave items scattered around my home.

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I love the mix of items above. A lot of it is definitely my style, and they have a Southwestern feel. I am currently loving cowhides like whats on the chair. (Although, I prefer faux hides.)

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The skull head and the fur hides gives the above space a Southwestern feel.

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Like the picture above sometimes a Southwestern style can be as subtle as the terra-cotta color of this chair, and the Southwestern feel of the plant.

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I love this Southwestern wall hanging!

2. Midcentury Modern:

I tend to go for Midcentury Modern pieces when it comes to furniture. I am especially drawn to Midcentury Modern chairs like these.

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I love these pieces of furniture.

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There’s no doubt that this dresser is my style.

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Beautiful Midcentury Modern chairs.

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3. Industrial:

Aside from my Southwestern and Midcentury Modern tendencies, I tend to be drawn to industrial style pieces. It’s not something that is quite as prevalent in my home as the other two styles, but it’s still something that I love…Especially when it comes to lighting.

Here are some examples of Industrial pieces I love.

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I love this Industrial lighting.

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Here’s more Industrial lighting. I’m loving this look for lighting lately.

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Here are some more Industrial pieces that are amazing!

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I adore this Industrial looking vanity base in this bathroom. It’s absolutely my style.

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4. Scandinavian Design:

Lastly, I seem to be drawn to the look of Scandinavian Interiors. I like that they are minimalistic with tons of white and black. My style is never as stark as true Scandinavian interiors, but I tend to lean that direction at times.

I love these black and white details.

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I love the clean white of this bathroom.

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More gorgeous white and black.

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I adore how bare this room is.

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So that’s my style! Southwestern, Midcentury Modern, Industrial, Scandinavian. It’s nice to kind of nail out exactly what I love. It can be really helpful to have a description of your style. It can come in handy when you are picking up new pieces for your home. You can ask yourself, “Does this fit my Southwestern, Midcentury Modern, Industrial, Scandinavian style?” I’m often drawn to pieces in other styles, but they never end up fitting into my style once they are in my house. Defining your style can keep you from picking up pieces that you’ll end up being dissatisfied with in the end. Knowing your style can give you a more specific plan for your home. I’m excited to have a clear vision, and I can’t wait to continue developing my home in this direction.

What’s your style??