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Knock Off Serena & Lily Hanging Chairs

Yup. You heard that right. KNOCK OFF Serena & Lily Hanging Chairs. Christmas came early folks, because I’m sharing with you one of my best finds yet. Everyone knows about those amazing Serena & Lily hanging chairs that we’ve seen spread across Pinterest over the last few years, but unfortunately they’re nearly $700 EACH. I’ve wanted a pair ever since I discovered them, but my pockets just couldn’t seem to take the plunge. After months of research (aka lots of online shopping — you’re welcome!) I finally found a nearly identical match to those beloved Serena & Lily beauties. They’re made by Belham Living, and are sold by Hayneedle. I found them on Walmart.com as well, but I think the price was a little better through Hayneedle. They’re right around $300 each, and come in two colors. I really wanted the “natural” color, but with my existing patio furniture, “white”…

Dining Room Reveal PLUS a Giveaway!

So many exciting things to talk about today, because guess what? Not only am I FINALLY sharing my finished dining room, but I’m also teaming up with Home Zone Furniture to giveaway the same exact model of my dining table. The giveaway also includes either the Palmer Bench and 4 Home Zone chairs, OR 6 chairs without the bench. (Just a heads up though, they won’t be the same chairs as you see pictured in my dining room since I bought those prior to getting my dining set.) My goal for this space was for it to be modern and rustic with a touch of coastal. Pretty much my formula for the entire house! The dining table and bench have the perfect blend of all of the above. The dining table has a modern shape, but it’s crafted with a beautiful rustic wood material. I also loved how the…

Reviewing My Elite Screens Media Room Screen

So I’ve been sharing a few tidbits here and there about our media room, and today I’m super excited to share with y’all my review of our media screen. I even created a short little video for you guys to check out in case you’re in the market for a screen yourself. And even if you’re not shopping for a screen, no worries! The video is also a mini tour of the space, so you can see what it looks like in “real life,” not just through pictures. And just a heads up –  this screen looks even better in person, it’s just a little hard for me to capture the full essence of it on film! Also – As you can see in the YouTube preview below, I make really awesome faces throughout. So worst case scenario, you can always make fun of me while you’re bored at work…

3 Must-Haves for a Media Room

If you read my recent post about our media room, you already know that it’s not exactly the “standard” media room that you normally see. I built it, not just so my husband could watch football or basketball, but for our entire family. I built it to be multi-functional. Hey, if you’re going to spend money on building out an extra room, you might as well make it as versatile as you possibly can, right? So here’s a little review from my last post… Last summer when Chad and I were choosing a floor plan for our new build, we  had a list of must-haves that we stuck to. One of the main features that was top on our must-have list was a media room. I didn’t want the stereotypical media room though. We have two young kids and making the space work for them AND us was very important.…

Media Room Design Board

ONE – Elite Screens Media Screen & LED Backlight Kit TWO – Brass 2 Light Wall Sconce THREE – Reclining Sectional from HomeZone Furniture FOUR – Round Coffee Table from HomeZone Furniture FIVE – Faux Yucca Plant SIX – Brass Vase SEVEN – Brass 1 Light Wall Sconce EIGHT – Hand-Tufted nuLOOM Area Rug (9×12) NINE – Accent Pillow (another similar style) TEN – Accent Pillow (another similar style) ELEVEN – Oversized Poster Frames TWELVE – Decorative Baskets THIRTEEN – Console Table FOURTEEN – Electric Fireplace by Touchstone Home Products Last summer when Chad and I were choosing a floor plan for our new build, we  had a list of must-haves that we stuck to. One of the main features that was top on our must-have list was a media room. I didn’t want the stereotypical media room though. We have two young kids and making the space work for…

Dining Room Design Board

ONE  |  Utica Sputnik Chandelier TWO  |  Flambe Blue Darkening Curtain THREE  |  Palmer Dining Table (HomeZone Furniture) FOUR  |  Palmer Dining Bench (HomeZone Furniture) FIVE  |  Costway Blue Fabric Chairs (Set of 2) SIX  |  Brass Gold Vase SEVEN  |  Navy + White Stripe Vase EIGHT  |  Stoneware Salt + Pepper Shaker NINE  |  Decorative Metal Tray Today I wanted to share with you the design board I created for my dining room. I pretty much knew the vision for the space almost immediately. I knew I wanted the shape of the table to be super simple, yet have a contrasting rustic finish to it. My vision was to pair a rustic table with an incredibly modern light fixture. Thats why I was so excited when I found this dining table (found here) from HomeZone Furniture. I was shocked at how affordable it was. A dining table for UNDER $500? Ok…

My Top 10 Design Elements I Used When Designing My Home

I think it’s safe to say that I have a pretty specific design style. In each space I design, I always gravitate toward certain design selections and materials that end up pairing really well together. Those same design elements also come together to accomplish a look that is very much my own. When I describe my style, I have a hard time summarizing it into just two or three words. I start to ramble and my description of my “style” ends up becoming a novel rather than a short title. BUT if I had to paraphrase, I would call my style Modern Boho Beachy. I want more than anything for my home to feel like a HOME. Not like a showroom or staged house. I’m also obsessed with the beach. I grew up going to the beach and the lake, so water is EVERYTHING to me. If I could move…

Getting All Settled Into The New House

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the ole’ blog here, but after months of craziness, I’m finally back and ready to share all my adventures as of late. We recently moved into our new house and have been working hard to get all settled in. Although we built our house from the ground up, we still had a TON of work to do after we moved in. Since builders have their own markup, we wanted to do a lot of upgrades and additions after we moved in. After talking with a number of different contractors, we settled on a few that we were really happy with, and completed most of the work within the first month of moving in. We added things like floating shelves, a wall of custom-built bunk beds, a media screen wall, a shiplap surround for our living room fireplace wall, an extended back patio, and…

House Update: Countdown to Move-In

It’s been a while since my last house update, and this one is exciting! When building a house, there’s always something going on, but sometimes it’s a lot of “behind the scenes” stuff that isn’t super fun to photograph. But we’re finally at the stage where you guys can start to actually see some of my selections come into fruition. I’ll get into more detail regarding our color selections, tile selections, carpet, wood floors etc., but that will be in another post since there is so much information to share. But as you can see, we chose a very simple color pallet for the entire home. White walls, grey doors as an accent, and we’ll have a beautiful caramel-colored wood floor being installed next week. Most of the fixtures will be replaced once we move in, so any of the chrome fixtures you see in these progress pictures will all…

7 Things I Learned When Building a Home

These past few months have been a blast for Chad and I. We’re building a beautiful home with a builder we couldn’t be happier with in a neighborhood that we LOVE. But, although I’m a designer and have experience in the world of remodeling, I’ve never built a home from the ground up. So – for all of you that might be new to this like me, here are 6 things I’ve learned about the home building process thus far. 1. Nearly all of the design decisions are made in the beginning. Chad and I aren’t building a custom home. We’re building in a master-planned community, so we had a number of different builders and floor plans we were able to choose from. If you didn’t already know, when you go with a builder with a pre-designed floor plan, you are able to add “structural options” as well as design…