I’ve been dying to add some texture to the wall behind my bed, but wanted it to be subtle. I didn’t want to paint it, and I had already tried a sponge technique on the other side of the room. I found this wallpaper at Anthropologie that I really liked, and I thought, why not draw it? Continue reading “DIY Faux Wallpaper Using A Pencil!”
We’ve all been stuck at home during this quarantine and while I can still online shop, there is nothing like a good trip to the thrift store. If I had to pick the one thing I miss most about thrift stores, it would hands down be the art. And while I can’t leave the house, I decided to get creative. Continue reading “A Simple (and free) DIY To Create Some Seriously Cute Kid’s Art”
About a month ago I started to finish up the kid’s room, and felt like something was missing. The walls felt unfinished, and they needed a “layer” of something. This was also the only one of two rooms in the house without any wainscoting and it always bothered me. And while I know I could’ve added some, I wanted a quicker, cheaper, and easier way to accomplish a similar look. I had seen several color block walls on Pinterest, and I figured it was time to give it a try. Continue reading “How To Color Block A Wall In 4 Easy Steps”
I wanted to share a fun, cheap, and easy DIY I did this weekend that made such a dramatic transformation to my master bathroom. The real star of the show was the faux backsplash I did with a sponge, however, let me walk you through the entire bathroom refresh… Continue reading “Faux DIY Backsplash Using Paint And A Dish Sponge”
It’s no secret I love a good gallery wall. In fact in my last apartment, I had so many of them that I probably needed an intervention. I think they bring so much charm to a space, and there are so many different ways to do one. Whether its a perfect grid family photo wall, or a floor to ceiling display, a gallery wall can bring so much character to your space. And for an art lover like me, it’s a great way to showcase all my fun finds. Continue reading “4 Steps To Creating A Beautiful Gallery Wall”
I don’t know about you, but there are two things that truly frustrate me when it comes to traditional lamps: First, I hate how ugly cords look. They drive me crazy, and I will go to great lengths to hide as much of them as I can. Second, I’m always restricted where I can place lamps because of where my outlets are. The same goes for beautiful sconces–There are so many places I’d love to have them on my walls, but unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to hard wire all my walls. Well, that’s where Modern Lantern comes in–Their lamps run on a chargeable battery. I recently purchased the Bella Bronze Cordless Lamp, and I couldn’t be more impressed. Continue reading “Hate Cords But Love Lamps? Modern Lantern’s Got You Covered.”
Not a weekend goes by when I’m not painting these days, and I have another super easy (and cheap!) DIY that I just finished this past weekend. Remember that Faux Wallpaper Dot Wall I did a few months ago? Well instead of a paintbrush, I used an old dish sponge. Yup, you read that correctly. There are all kinds of different sponge techniques that you can play around with, and below is the one I chose to use this weekend. Continue reading “DIY Sponge Paint Wall–Small Budget, HUGE Impact”
I’m alive!!! It’s been a minute since my last post, but I’ve been busy buying a home, moving in, and now I’m currently waking up 4 out of 7 nights a week in a panic because I can’t decide on a paint color or what rug size would fit best in whatever room I’m currently obsessing over. Totally normal, right? And if you’re not following me on Instagram already, you can check out our new home and follow along as I make it our own. Continue reading “DIY Faux Wallpaper Ideas”
We’ve been looking for homes for about two months now, and I swear if I say “I’m just looking for something with character” one more time, my husband may leave me for Karen, the girl who thinks HGTV is a medication and is totally OK with a popcorn ceiling (**gasp**). Continue reading “20 Ways To Add Character To Your Home”
If you follow me on Instagram, you likely didn’t miss my not so subtle excitement over Reese Witherspoon’s new book, Whiskey in a Teacup. And it’s not because I’m obsessed with Reese Witherspoon, or the fact that I love Whiskey, or that I have an obsession with books in general. Because all those things are true, but this book was really special. I couldn’t put it down. And by the time I was finished, I had texted all my girlfriends to go out and buy it. Here’s why you should:
1. You can totally judge this book by it’s cover.
We all know I’m obsessed with coffee table books. And if you’re a Reese Witherspoon fan (I mean, who isn’t?), the cover of this book is super cute and has her right on the cover. It really is a beautiful book (and the pictures inside are beautiful too!).
2. Totally a ‘feel good’ book
You know how when you watch a movie and it makes you feel all good inside? That’s exactly how I felt about this book. I felt like I was sitting at the kitchen table having coffee with Reese as she shared all her stories, traditions, and tips. She really reminds us what’s important about life–family, friends, home, and traditions.
OMG the recipes. And not just the food, but the recipes for drinks! There is some serious good stuff in there.
She even has full menu recommendations for different occasions.
4. Stories + Memories
Hands down my favorite part. Reese shares a TON of memories and stories throughout the book. She shares stories about important life lessons, shopping with her grandma, gardening with her grandpa, catching frogs, and how doing her own lemonade stand taught her a lot about running a business.
And damnit she made me want a dog again! She had me reminiscing about my own grandma and traditions, some of which were so relatable.
And I loved learning about her mom, her incredible laugh, and her love for life and dancing. Her grandma was a beacon of solid wisdom from beauty tips to her wisdom growing up in the civil rights movement, and the importance of love and inclusiveness.
5. Parties and Traditions
I LOVED learning about the dinner parties and different traditions she has and cherishes. From the keepsake books for her kids, to the road trips (I already tried one of the games with my son during our morning car ride!), to the family dinners at the table, to the music, I loved them all.
And look, now I’m convinced I need to host a Kentucky Derby Party of my own. I’m already looking for some super cute hats.
6. Tips, more tips, and then more tips!
I don’t even know where to begin here! She shares full menu ideas, table setting ideas, road trip games, hostess tips, flea market strategies, gift ideas, houseguest etiquette, and even playlists for different occasions.
I mean the list goes on and on. And look, if you want to master the hot hair roller technique, or learn how to make the perfect sweet tea, this book is for you.
7. The South
As an extremely proud Lebanese woman, I LOVE how proud she is of where she came from, and loved learning so much about the South. It was super cute, she even “translated” some of the Southern “language.”
I loved learning about wicker and wallpaper, it totally gave me some ideas for my own home. Reese talks about the music there, the traditions, the love for Monograms, and look, by the time I finished reading the book, I felt like I was about to let a few “y’alls” slip off my tongue. Oh, and now I love Dolly Parton even more.
8. Life Lessons
Reese really hones in on what’s really important in life, from family and friends, to home and traditions. She highlights how important dogs and animals are, and that it’s so important to make an effort in this busy world, to really sit down at the dinner table with your family and have good food and conversation.
She talks about the importance of female friendships, and the importance of community and giving back. I especially loved what she said about having a pretty home, but a welcoming and practical home for your family and your kids. As she said it, “your home is not a museum.” I think I need to remind myself of that sometimes.
9. Book Club
Umm, did you know Reese has a book club? Not only does she share her favorites, but she shares ideas for a Book Club party menu, how she organizes her books, and all kinds of other good stuff…etc. I cannot wait to start on some of her recommendations.
10. Music, dancing, and playlists
One thing I really loved was the theme of how important music was to her. She shares many playlists throughout the book, and I thought that was such a nice touch! She shares a little something about her early aspirations in life, but I’ll let you wait and find out when you read the book.
So go buy it! Whether you need a cute coffee table book, a good read, or looking for a good gift, I promise you will not be disappointed. I know this is definitely going to be my ‘go to’ for gifts for awhile now. And Reese, in the off chance you ever read this, I totally get the sweatpants thing. And thank you for reminding us that you can care about “silly” things like hair, makeup, or fashion, and still be educated, thoughtful, and care about other things like politics, and civic engagement. And, please, write another book.