On Our 3rd Anniversary


 Dear Husband,

Today we're celebrating 3 whole years of being husband and wife. I cannot fathom how it's been so long, and yet it feels like yesterday. Our wedding day was the happiest day of my entire life! I had dreamt about this day since I was a little girl, all the details, sure-- but mostly wondering who I would walk down the aisle to and spend forever with. To know it was you, my handsome husband, is so sweet. When I would pray for my future husband in high school and college, little did I know I was praying for you, all the way across the country from each other, nonetheless. It was you all along. 

Marriage isn't easy; it requires intentionality, work on our selves and our own sin and pride...but it's sanctifying and it's worth it. Our love will always be worth it to me. Loving you and being loved by you is my greatest honor. May we grow together for years to come and become more like our Heavenly Father in the process.

Cheers to 3 years!


Enjoy our black and white photos from our wedding day-- some of my very favorite!







Photos: The Poffs 


See more of our wedding related posts here!

xoxo



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Our Living Room Builtin Reveal

At the top of my list of priorities for our new house renovation was getting the living room in better shape. Right away I knew we needed builtins around the fireplace to create a substantial focal wall. You can see in the below before photo that the fireplace looked small, short and DIRTY haha! There was also no ideal place to put the TV because above the fireplace wasn't wired for it. While some people don't love the idea of putting a TV over the fireplace, but I actually really like it if this is the only room for your TV. Instead of creating two focal points in the room (one with the fireplace and one being the TV area), you can hone in all your focus on one spot by hanging the TV over the mantle. This is what we opted to do and I'm so glad we did.

Here's the before:


And here's the AFTER! We hired a local woodworker named Jason Bradley to create these builtins for us. For his first set of builtins, they're awesome! He installed them then I caulked every seam and painted them (a whopping 4 coats, including the primer!) The first two finish coats I was using the wrong paint, which my kitchen cabinet painter told me when he saw me doing it. I would have only needed 2-3 coats if I had used the right paint right from the start so it covered everything and the wood didn't soak it all up. The paint he suggested was Sherwin Williams Emerald. We matched the white of the builtins to the white of our trim. 

We opted for closed storage on the bottom half with shelves up above for displaying decor. I took these photos back in June, which is why you'll see the peonies ;) I still need to get hardware for the bottom cabinets, but I've decided on glass knobs! I'm thinking these or these hexagon knobs. 

Once the builtins were in, we had an outlet installed above the mantle. Then my husband installed some 2x4 framing and then nailed in the shiplap to the 2x4's so that there would be something to nail it into but also so the outlet would have a space to sit behind the tv (our exterior wall is brick, so it couldn't go directly in the wall). Once the shiplap was up I painted that. Our builder also built a new, sleek mantle without as much fuss as the old one. I wanted something much simpler and I'm so happy with this one! Can't wait to hang some stockings!!

You might remember I stenciled our fireplace mantle and showed you how in this post! I'm so happy with it and glad to report it's holding up great!


The other thing we did (and by "we" I mean my husband ;)) was install can lights in the room. Before we had no overhead lighting and now we have 4 recessed cans on a dimmer and they make such a huge difference!! We centered the 4 lights on the bay window and it turned out great.

Here are some close ups of the builtins and our decor. Stay tuned for Thursday when I'll show you some styling tips for bookshelves-- I took photos this weekend and I'm excited for the post to go live this week because I'm showing you the right and wrong way to style your shelves. Hopefully it'll be really helpful!











One more time...

BEFORE: 


AFTER:

In this room we still have a couple things left to do:
- New larger rug with some color (blues!)
- Wall art for the wall with the ladder
- Bench cushion for the bay window bench
- One day we'd love a larger couch, but we're fine with ours for now :)


See you back here for Thursday's bookshelf styling post!

xoxo


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Join us at Bloom Bash Dallas November 5-6th!

Happy Monday! I cannot believe we're halfway through September already. Our anniversary is on Wednesday and it will be THREE YEARS. I can't wrap my mind around that! With fall in full swing, I am excited to tell you about our November workshop in Dallas this year.

On November 5-6th we're bringing Bloom Bash to Quinlan, Texas (right outside of Dallas) again! If you're newer around here, I have a second business called The Bloom Workshop where my business partner and I travel the country teaching women in small creative businesses how to sustain and grow a thriving business. We're all about handing our attendees practical tools they can implement tomorrow and see their business take measurable steps forward! In 2017 we brought our 2 day workshop, Bloom Bash, to Texas at The White Sparrow Barn and we loved the venue so much that we decided to come back this year. It's the most gorgeous white barn and it couldn't be more perfect for our two days together.




Today I'm sharing some photos from our last workshop at The White Sparrow, back in 2017. If you have a creative business (think photographer, designer, wedding planner, florist, calligrapher, etsy shop owner, blogger, etc.) then we'd love for you to join us this November at Bloom Bash Dallas!


 You can find more information about our workshops here and then specific Dallas workshop details here, but I'm giving you the basics in this post!

Our schedule is packed with sessions that are designed to help your business flourish. You'll learn everything from how to use your blog and social media for your business, why branding is important and what to implement, photography tips and how to shoot in manual, design and styling principles, how to better your client experience, floral design, brush calligraphy, flat lay and product styling and how to get published. On Day Two, we design a beautiful styled photo shoot complete with models, tablescapes, flowers, invitation suites, desserts, gowns and everything you could dream of, so our guests can practice photographing and styling in real life, then use these images for their portfolios!







Did I mention the barn is absolutely STUNNING?! 














workshop event photos: love the nelsons // styled shoot photos: ashley slater photography

If you have a small business or dream of starting one, we created this workshop because we wish WE had it in our early days of creative entrepreneurship! We'd love to have you join us at Bloom Bash Dallas. We only have a few tickets left, but if you're a reader of mine I'm offering you a special discount of 25% off your workshop ticket. Use code MICHAELA25 for your discount. Click here and scroll down until you see the tickets. Let me know if you have any questions!!

I'd love to meet you!!
xoxo


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How to Decorate by Layering Your Artwork, Mantle & Bookshelves

Today we're chatting about one of the things I get the most questions about-- how to layer your decor. Some of you might be thinking "why would I need to layer decor?" Well, good question ;)
1. We layer accessories and decorations to create a collected-over-time and aesthetically pleasing vignette. If we put everything in straight rows and spaced evenly our decor might fall flat and look a little lack-luster. 

2. Think of layering your home decor like you think of layering your outfits. You look more put together when you have multiple items on. For example, you might put on a cami, layer with a chunky cardigan and then throw on a long necklace to finish it off. Think of those items like you would a sofa, layered with a throw blanket and topped off with fun pillows! It looks more finished and put together.

Today I'm going to show you 3 places or objects where layering can have a huge impact: styling artwork, mantles and bookshelves. After the photos of each I'm giving you a couple of practical styling tips. Let's dive in!

ARTWORK:
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Styling Tips:

- Lean art in front of other pieces of art to create the layered effect. The farthest one back can even be hung on the wall.
- Stack books or set a tray with objects on it in front of art as the second layer.
- Art and frames should be different heights to create interest.
- In the case of mixing art, it looks nice when you keep it in the same color palette, or keep most pieces neutral and then pop one piece with bold color (like the last photo). In the first example you can see they kept it very colorful, but the palette is relatively cohesive. 
MANTLE:

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Styling Tips:

- Stack frames in front of frames like the first example and anchor with taller objects (like plants or a sculpture) on either end to anchor it. Different color frames are okay, just keep balance and visual weight in mind.
- In the second example you can see how simple this can be. One large mirror layered with a vase with tons of greens crossing over the mirror and then a stack of small boxes. This looks collected and effortless, not fussy.
- In the third example the layering is done by leaning (or hanging) something large against the wall, then setting airy plants in front of it and anchoring with skinny black candlesticks (black brings weight, tall candlesticks bring height and the thin sticks make sure it's not TOO heavy).
BOOKSHELVES:
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Styling Tips:

- The takeaway here is that art doesn't have to be HUNG on a wall. It can be leaned. 
- Layering not only has to do with putting art behind shorter pieces, but it also has to do with where on the shelf (how far back) it sits. See how the taller blue patterned vase on the far left is set farther back than the shorter one?
- Almost any time you have a stack of books, an object can be set on top of it (unless it's a tall stack as seen in the last photo). This object is a layering piece.
- You can layer by adding items to bowls or trays, beads to boxes or vases, plants in front of candlesticks, etc.

Hopefully these inspiration images give you some ideas on how to layer your decor! It doesn't have to be expensive or hard-- just start by using what you have. Let me know if you have any design questions! I love answering.

Happy styling!
xoxo

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