When I updated you all on our plans for our big map, I promised to tell you about the new furniture under it! I believe my words were "I'll update you next week..." oops. I am only a week late though :) Without further ado...
When Dan visited Philadelphia last month I sent him on an Ikea run. The store is right on the way home, so it is really hard to resist! I knew that I wanted a table for the entry way & then was contemplating sofa tables for behind the couch since our ottomans aren't the most stable for drinks.
In the picture below, you can see all of our new purchases! Can you tell our secret?
If you guessed that these are all the same table- you are right- the Vittjso Laptop Table to be exact! But don't worry- I am going to change them up a bit! For the two sofa tables, I left off the small bottom shelf. If you look closely you can see where they should attach. So why are they all the same? Cost, of course. Only the Lack sofa table is under $100 & it just isn't my style. Each of these tables is $40, so two was only $80- not bad for a sofa table. But yes, we have three of the same table in pretty much the same room. We must be breaking some decorating rule...
Over in the entry way, I left on the shelf.
Right now it is holding our wedding album & I like that it has a spot! The bin under is from Crate & Barrel & holds lots of scarves, hats, & gloves. A nice little stool will hopefully find its way under here one day.
So what is the plan for these guys? As of now- of course it will probably change- I am hoping to change the glass out for wood in the table under the map. Then I want to paint the base gold. I think it would be a nice contrast of bling & rustic.
Here is some inspiration: one with gold & one with wood- just imagine the wood darker & combine the two!
As for the "sofa table," I am less sure. The dark metal against the dark sofa kind of makes it disappear which is nice, but also a bit strange. I am thinking maybe white to match the shelves / kitchen and tie those together. Or maybe these should be the gold ones & leave the entry table metal?
Help guys!! Just so you don't have to scroll again- here are all the pieces- what would you do?!?
So the more I become obsessed with fashion the more statement jewelry I tend to have. It has now gotten to a point where my previous jewelry storage (found here) is not enough and I have had to find a new way to store my jewelry. I have enjoyed my fabric covered cork board in my office, seen here, so much that I decided to do the same thing for my bedroom. I used the yellow fabric that I used for the pillows on our bed and the grey fabric from our couch pillows to cover the cork boards. It helps that our bedroom colors are yellow and grey and that I really didn't feel like going to another store this weekend to look for new fabric. Here is the fabric and cork boards.
Once again I just used the fabric glue and glued the fabric to the bulletin boards.
Then I added a few push pins, hung up my jewelry, and I was done. It adds some color to the white apartment walls and allows me to see the jewelry I have very easily. Super quick and easy storage solution if you have a little extra wall space.
Does anyone else have easy ideas for displaying their jewelry? Madeline had some ideas as well- check them out here & here!
We are so excited to be co-hosting the Four Favorites link-up with Ashlyn and Kristin this week! Now that Thanksgiving is over it is really starting to feel like Christmas and with the temperatures dropping Madeline and I are gathering inspiration from this magical season in both fashion and home decor.
1.This pink coat from J Crew looks so cozy and the soft pink color is the perfect winter pink.
2.David and I are lucky enough to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, so last year we bought this menorah from West Elm. This may be one of my favorite holiday decorations and serves as an elegant centerpiece for our table.
3.This chunky necklace from Bauble Bar is perfect over a t-shirt or sweater and serves a great reminder that we all have so much to be happy for this season.
4. After a long day of shopping I am ready to head home and curl up in some comfy pj's in front of my Christmas tree. Since I am totally obsessed with stripes, these pajama's from J Crew will make the perfect addition to my stripe collection or a great gift for a friend.
Be sure to link up your favorites!
Hey guys! Like Holly said, we are SO excited to be co-hosting four favorites! The theme this week is winter inspiration- a topic that I struggle with. I am not the biggest fan of winter- I hate being cold & after the holidays are over the winter drags on and on... so in the spirit of trying to stay warm & enjoy the season, here is my winter inspiration!
1- Fleece lined leggings are the best invention ever. I bought two pairs last year from Forever 21 (the only place I could find them!) & now they are everywhere! They even come in festive colors. I have maroon and navy so I definitely need to invest in black! These guys let me stay warm while still being somewhat stylish...
2-A good coat is a must in the winter. I have two coats that I love but one's lining is ripping and the other is missing a button, so a new coat is in order. This classic camel pea coat is a good option.
3- Since this is not my favorite season, a little bling goes a long way to make me happy. While I would probably get this watch in silver, the rose gold is quite festive- and a little sparkle is the best!
4- Ok guys, want to know what really gets me through the winter? The thought of snow days! Luckily, we are far enough south that at the thought of snow we are off. Students think that they want snow days, but teachers are the ones who want them the most! The best snow days are after a big snow when the world is quiet for just a little bit...
Ok guys, what is inspiring you guys this winter? Please link up below (Just click on "Click here to enter!" or leave a comment!
One of the first style blogs I started following was Lilly's Style. I love that her style is classic with some trendy pieces thrown in at an affordable price point. And by far one of my favorite outfits of hers is this layered look.
Since the party is during the holidays, I thought a gold theme would be fun. I threw some bulbs from the dollar store in a glass jar, grabbed my new candle holders (I talked about them here!) & two small mason jars. We have about 100 of these from our wedding. The frame holds part of the invitation- I just wanted the Eat, Drink, and be Merry part, so I cut that off and used the back for the "matting." The invites are from Banter & Charm- highly recommended!
I decided the mason jars were too boring so I taped them off with Frog Tape. I knew better than to try two with the same pattern (I would never be able to make them the same).
Then I put Rub' N Buff on the areas that I wanted gold.
While those were drying, I pulled out a cake stand and started arranging the other items. I also wanted to put a table cloth on the table but disasters happened (wrinkles, steaming didn't work, then somehow chocolate was on it when I was ironing it. The table cloth gods won.)
I love the touch of silver in with all of the gold. When the table cloth finally doesn't hate me, it will look even better. Imagine it with lots of good food all around it!
As for the mason jars, they didn't fit... but I think they would look adorable as drinking glasses for the party!
With all different patterns and a cute punch inside, I think they will be quite festive!
Oh and I also went a bit crazy & added some bulbs to the light fixture! I just used pipe cleaner to attach them.
A nice and easy semi-DIY! The party isn't for a few weeks, but it is nice to have a touch of Christmas in the house. Now maybe I will actually eat at this table....
Are you going to any fun Christmas parties this year? Any good recipes or entertaining tips?
The theme of this week's Four Favorite is Thanksgiving. Holly picked four hostess gifts (check them out here!). Here are my (more traditional) favorites!
1- Family of course! This is Dan's side of the family at our wedding. We will be spending Thanksgiving in Philadelphia with them this Thanksgiving. Shout out to my normal Thanksgiving people in North Carolina- we miss you all!
2- Getting to Philadelphia takes some time. Having Pandora in the car ensures that Dan and I can sing the whole time! I might even throw a Christmas station in there. Right now it is shuffling between country, Fall Out Boy, Nashville (the TV show) & Miley Cyrus- gotta love the variety! Do you have a favorite station?
3- Mashed Potatoes. I don't eat turkey. Or stuffing. Or cranberry sauce. Or green bean casserole. Or sweet potato casserole. But I do eat mashed potatoes. And rolls. Yum.
4- And this year and I am so excited that Thanksgiving means I can start Christmas decorating! This is the first year in our house so I cannot wait!
Hope you all have a GREAT day and weekend with the family! We will be taking the rest of the week off most likely so I just want to say I am thankful to you too!