The Short List No. 10


Here with one of my favorite posts today! Let me know some of your answers in the comments!

What's new: Well, the biggest news is my husband and I are house hunting! We went to see 7 houses last weekend and it was great to see different neighborhoods (liked some, ruled out others) and see what sort of features we want in a house (like, attached garage, please!) Our plan is to get a bit of a fixer upper. One that has good bones, but might need a kitchen and bath remodel along with paint and floors. I'm not super into moving walls, replacing windows, etc. because that gets too costly. This will likely be a short-term house for us...not one we plan to stay in for too long. But I'm really excited to share this journey with you soon hopefully. 
What I'm cooking: this week we got Hello Fresh (and all the people said AMEN!) but I also picked up a new pot roast I saw at Trader Joe's. It's in the crockpot as we speak and I'm planning to serve it with red skin potatoes and green beans. I'll let you know how it is.
What I'm watching: Obviously The Bachelor ;) Who's your favorite? No spoilers!! My girlfriends and I watch it every Monday night together. We think Hannah G, Cassie or Caelynn. Do you read these recaps on the show? Sheaffer always makes me laugh! 
My husband and I are almost done with FRIENDS (me for the 4th time and him for the 1st!) Lastly, I finally caved and watched the Gilmore Girls Year in a Life Netflix special. I liked episodes 1-2 but then I thought 3 got weird (with a lot of time spent on the neighborhood play! ha!) I still have the 4th to watch, which I'll watch next week while traveling. 
What I'm wearing: A couple weeks ago I got home from church and noticed there was a HOLE in my jeans. I was mortified haha!! So I'm down to one pair of blue jeans and I'm pretty much living in them (I do have army green jeans, black and leggings, of course). But I'm loving my Kut from the Kloth jeans. I think I'll have to get another pair come summer! Maybe this ankle style.
For my upcoming trip, I rented a couple pieces from Rent The Runway. Can't wait to show you soon!
What's on my desk: So many projects!! I have 2 new builds, 1 total renovation down to the studs, 1 decorating the main level and about to start finishing off the basement, finishing off a new build in the decorating phase now, and a couple smaller projects when I go to California. SO...I'm a busy bee right now! A couple pictures from recent client appointments:
 This is a sneak peek from a little boy's nursery I'm doing. It's almost done!

This is our inspiration for a new construction laundry room. Our cabinets will be navy and the floor will be a cool hexagon tile. I can't wait!

This is the plan for a new build's master shower. I had you guys vote on subway tile size for the walls and big won-- which is what I loved, too! The patterned tile will be in the shampoo niche.

This is what we're thinking for another new build master bath. The quartz is the countertop, the medallion shape is the shower floor and niche and the square at the bottom is the color of the vanity. It's all sitting on top of the tile floor for the bathroom. It's going to be so lovely!

This was another possibility we played around with for a shower. The tiles ended up being too big for the floor, but it was a pretty design!


What I'm looking forward to: My trip to Palm Springs with my mom next week! I can't wait for some warm sunshine, a couple days by the pool, shopping and good eats ;) Then I'll fly up to the Bay Area with my mom to visit family for a week. I'll see my grandparents, my cousin who's having a baby in June, and probably some aunts and uncles. My brother will be out of town, so I won't get to see him, sadly. 
Please send Palm Springs recs my way!
What I'm using most: Obsessed with this face oil for the winter and this moisturizer for the day time before my makeup. One way I'm saving money is by doing my own nails, so I've been loving this safer brand of polish. Also been making lots of tea recently! Peppermint tea with a little coconut creamer is so yummy. My morning tea is this cream caramel decaf from Ann Arbor Tea Haus
What I'm reading: I'm finishing How We Love and then I want to read Fierce Marriage. I'm also still in Jen Wilkin's James bible study.
What Lincoln's up to: Oh, he's getting sooo sweet!! He's so cuddly now and always has to be touching me when he lays down. His only issue is that at dark when we take him outside, he goes nuts if he sees another person or dog. I think cause it's dark, he can't really see and gets spooked?! During the daytime, he's totally fine. Any tips??
Happy Thursday!
xoxo
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Client Reveal: Modern Farmhouse Kids Bedrooms & Bathrooms


Can't wait for you guys to see these sweet kids spaces below. These are the last of the rooms from my Modern Farmhouse project that was in the parade of homes here in Grand Rapids last May. 

Up first is one of my favorites of the boy's rooms:



The basement boy's bath turned out really cool, too! I love the wall of herringbone tile, the cool mirrors and industrial hardware.


Upstairs is the sweet little girl's room where we did a wall of shiplap girly chandelier, pink headboard and really pretty gallery wall.

Prints from Minted, PCB Home, and Evelyn Henson 


In the upstairs bathroom, we use marble hexagon tiles behind the mirror (great way to save some cost is only tile AROUND the mirror, not actually behind it!), installed gorgeous brass sconces and hardware. The color in here is Tranquility by Benjamin Moore.



Hope you enjoyed this little tour!
xoxo



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Valentine's Day Inspiration & Decor

Valentine's Day is one day away, so to get in the mood I scoured the web for some fun pink and red inspiration! And after finding these donuts, it will now be my mission on the 14th to find some extra cute Valentine's Day inspired donuts. I kind of want to make this XOXO runner too. How easy would that be?! Just some craft paper and black paint! Maybe these will spark some festivity in you as well:


tablescape / XO table runner / heart cookies / cocktail / flower wall / donuts
Something else I think is SO fun are balloon garlands! They're all the rage right now and I just love how my friend Tara of One Stylish Party did this one:


Will you be doing anything to celebrate or get festive?! I'm so excited to make my husband breakfast. I always set the table really cute (not sure if he cares about that, but I sure love it!) I got the fresh fruit and OJ today at the store...and got sausage, but turns out it was veggie sausage, not meat sausage, which is what I meant to get. Oops ;) Going back to the store tomorrow I guess!
xoxo

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February Flowers for Your Home

Happy Monday! Hopefully this post will actually bring you some happiness from all the pretty flowers (it's kind of a photo overload, fair warning!) If you missed my first post in the Flowers for Your Home series, you can find it here. Once a month I'll be showing you an arrangement I make for my house. The flowers will always be from local grocery stores and typically they're going to be inexpensive, but today's bunch was a little more because we splurged for Valentine's Day ;)

If you're local to West Michigan, I grabbed most of these flowers from Horrock's and got the white roses and wax flower from Trader Joe's (was hoping to find greenery at TJ's but got there too late and it was gone). I spend $70 on the flowers total, but my friend and I split them up, so $35 for a full flower arrangement with specialty flowers like ranunculus still isn't THAT bad. However, last month's flowers cost $9...so January definitely won ha! For comparison, a dozen roses at another local grocery store called Meijer is $16.99 usually. That to me is VERY expensive for 12 roses that I can get for $8 at TJ's. 

Anyways, on to the pretty flowers. My friend Chelsea and her husband recently bought a fixer upper and completely redid their kitchen. I thought it'd be fun to photograph our flowers in her new kitchen for you to see little peeks.



We decided to use the exact same flowers for each of our arrangements and see how different they came out.


Flowers:



+ Roses (some standard, a couple more "garden rose" like, but didn't get their exact names)
+ Spray Roses
+ Stock
+ Lisanthus
+ Greenery (sadly, I didn't get the name of this :( I'm sorry!)
+ Ranunculus
+ Wax Flower


Isn't her kitchen lovely?



I used the mercury glass vessel, which were the vases used on the reception table at our wedding and used floral tape across the top in a grid to anchor my flowers, and Chelsea used a white compote with a floral frog to secure her flowers.



Always check the roses for a higher petal count in the center...the higher the petal count, the more they look like a garden rose variety-- like these:

We start with the base of greenery. I put some on either side of my arrangement at different heights.

Chelsea spread hers more evenly:

I started with more two favorite roses as my main flowers and put one front and center, while the other sat up and to the right a little. I also tucked my Stock flower in the back left.

 Next I filled in with some spray roses and a couple lisianthus:

I was trying to be conscious of cutting my flowers at different heights so it didn't seem to flat. I could have done this even more, so I'll work on that next time ;)


Lastly, I added my pops of color with the ranunculus and made sure they were the tallest blooms in the arrangement.  




Here's Chelseas-- I think it turned out gorgeous! She has such a knack for arranging flowers and even grows a cut flower garden in her yard in the summer and fall. Hopefully we'll do some arrangements from her garden this year for the blog.





Here's my arrangement at home on the buffet:

Oh, and I had to show you this little succulent I got for free when I purchased a fiddle leaf for a client last week! It's so cute and fits perfectly in my little tea cup, which was my great-grandmothers.




Even though I've only done two posts in this series so far, I think it's my favorite series I do! And this month's arrangement will be hard to beat. Now onto brainstorming for March's bouquet.... ;)


Hope you have a wonderful day!
xoxo
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Friday Finds: Valentine's Day Gifts for Him & Sale Finds

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I meant to get my Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him up yesterday, since last week was a whole snow week, I have been playing catch up on appointments and just didn't have time. But don't fear, it's here in today's post! I'm also rounding up some of my favorite sales and cute finds below:

LOFT: 40% off tops, sweaters and jewelry

J.Crew Factory: 40% off sweaters

Anthropologie: extra 25% off sale

I have this top and love it (got it for Christmas!) and it's under $45 now and comes in a couple colors. It's one of the softest things I own. I love the bell sleeve and collar!

Here it is on me!




Nordstrom: up to 60% off

This gorgeous dress, perfect for weddings and events, is on sale!
Also obsessed with this cozy top! I love this neckline recently. This brand is known for being ultra soft!


Beautycounter: When you purchase the Flawless in Five Collection (6 makeup items to help you get ready in 5 minutes or less! Foundation, concealer, eyebrow pencil OR brow gel, mascara (choose volumizing!) blush, and lip gloss of your choice) then you get a free retractable foundation brush!

H&M: Friends-- I want this pair of overalls so bad. If I need to be stopped, now's the time. I think they'd be so cute in Spring and Fall (with converse or booties and striped shirts underneath!) I've seen a couple friends share about them being a great fit, but to size up (as with almost all H&M clothes).


Here are a couple other finds that caught my eye!



Okay, now for our Valentine's Day Gift Guide for our men! I hope this compilation of ideas is helpful! I'm getting my husband something on here, but can't tell you what, in case he reads this ;) 
SHOP: chocolate caramels / apple watch band / fit bit smart watch / air pods / 5 love languages / creative questions for couples book / Fierce Marriage / Patagonia 1/4 zip (my husband has this and wears it ALL the time!) / button up (love the color!) / heart boxers / oil free face lotion / beard oil / rainbow flip flops


When it comes to Valentine's Day, we usually exchange very small gifts, a card, and go out to dinner together. Also wake up with my husband and make him a big pancake breakfast on the 14th! What are some fun ways you make your guy feel loved? Any gift ideas I should add to the list?

Enjoy your weekend!

xoxo
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