Client Reveal: Modern Farmhouse Master Bed & Bathroom

Hope you are having a great week! I've been itching to show you this client reveal for MONTHS...I'm really not sure why it's taken me this long. This master bathroom is one of my favorite rooms I've ever designed and I know you'll love it, too! You can see more of this client's home by clicking here. It's always so fun to hear the vision of the client and then direct them to choose beautiful finishes that all work well together...then to see it all come together is like magic!

I hope you enjoy the tour of this modern farmhouse master bedroom and bathroom:

This bathroom is SO gorgeous...I still need to find a way to have a spa day in here ;)

We did shiplap on the main wall all the way up, then continued that around the bathroom halfway up the wall. We used Stonington Gray for the walls above the shiplap (one of my favorite grays with a blue undertone!) The cabinets are a pretty blue/gray that coordinates so well with the little detail on the tile floor.

The walk in shower is all tiled with large subway tile then the inset has the same tile as the floor, to tie it all in.

Builder: Steve Visser Builder // Photography: Ashley Slater Photography

Dreamy, right?! 


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January Flowers For Your Home

I'm SO excited about this post, not because it's anything overly amazing, but because I LOVE flowers and I'm excited to share a new series with you. Once a month in 2019 I'm going to share a flower arrangement with you. Sometimes it'll have tips, step-by-step directions, and sometimes it'll be more simple, like it is today. But they'll always have pretty pictures of flowers, they'll always be bought from a local grocery store and they'll always be arranged by me-- not a florist, but a flower-enthusiast ;) Hopefully it's inspiring and will spark you to pick up some blooms for your home!
I usually pick up flowers for our little abode when I'm at the store (almost always at Trader Joe's)...guilty. They just make me so happy, especially in the winter. I work from home, so need some LIFE in here! (Okay, husband?!) When I got a bunch of requests from my sweet readers about wanting to see some more flowers / flower recipe posts / how-to's with flowers, I was so excited. I already buy flowers for our home, so why not share what I'm doing with them with you?!
For January, I wanted something colorful yet warm. It's so dead outside, friends. Although it's been the mildest winter since I've lived here since 2014, it's still cold and everything is brown. This week when I went to Trader Joe's I was instantly drawn to this pink/purple color!
I grabbed two varieties:
Spray Roses $4.99
Alstroemeria $3.99

For this arrangement I chose a pretty, warm copper vase to compliment the magenta flowers. Since these flowers have a lot of width to them in that they take up a bit more area space and can spread out, I thought this size round vase would be great.

I always tape off my vase first so that it provides a structure and support for the stems!

Make sure to discard any leaves that will sit under the water on your blooms. If there are leaves under water, it'll create bacteria and make your flowers wilt quicker. This is also why changing the water is important!

I wasn't able to take step-by-step pictures, but what I did was put 1 stem of alstroemeria in each of the 4 tape quadrants. Then, to cover the tape lines better, I added 2 more stems in there. Then I placed the spray roses and tried to group them together. I don't like when the different flowers are so spread out it looks like polka dots, so I tried to incorporate them a little more than that. I also wanted the flowers to spread wider than the width of the vase, so they took up more area space. The last thing I'm conscious of is covering the tape lines on the side and giving it some height. You don't want to cut your flowers so short or all the same height, because then the arrangement falls flat and lifeless.

I braved the 20 degree weather to sneak a couple pictures outside for you ;) You can see here that I tried to pull some stems out a little more than others to offer different heights and textures.

The pink is just so lovely!! And the beauty of this is that usually I have enough flowers to do one larger arrangement and one smaller + even a budvase or two for my bathroom and nightstand. By choosing flower varieties that have a lot of "breaks" like the spray roses, and a lot of area space, like the alstroemeria, you get a big bang for your buck! And alstroemeria lasts forever!

My husband got me this little vase in my stocking, so I was very excited to put it to use :)

I snapped these a couple days after the really opened up!

I hope this inspires you to go pick up some flowers (these were under $10 total!) to bring some color and life into your home this week! Next month, I'm going to be showing you a couple Valentine's Day inspired flower arrangements with my friend Chelsea, who's also a flower enthusiast :) We're going to shoot it in her lovely new kitchen. You won't want to miss it!
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Favorite Faith Resources

Hi friends! One of the questions I get a lot on Instagram and in emails is what my favorite faith-based resources are. I'm happy to answer, though I'm not a pro, just trying to study God's word the best I can. It doesn't always happen the way I want it to or for the amount of time I want it to, I'll be honest. But I think God sees our hearts! My husband and I have made a goal to try to fill either our ears or eyes with God's word every day in 2019. This might come in the form of an in-depth Bible study or it might be simply listening to a podcast or Christian music. Either way, we want to set our minds above and learn as much about God as we can this year.  

Here are some of my favorite resources for deepening our walks with God.

1. I have read a couple books in the past year that I absolutely loved. Here they are:
- None Like Him, Jen Wilkin
- In His Image, Jen Wilkin
- How We Love, Milan & Kay Yerkovich *This is a marriage/relationship book but they are Christians and infuse their faith in it.
- The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp
- Growing in Gratitude, Mary K. Mohler  *not quite done with it, but loving it!

A couple more of our favorites:
- Nothing to Prove, Jennie Allen
- Women of the Word, Jen Wilkin
- The Holiness of God, R.C Sproul
- Mere Christianity, C.S Lewis
- 1000 Gifts, Ann Voskamp
- The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer

2. A couple podcasts (and one movie) that have also been encouraging, convicting and equipping:

- Ask Pastor John, with John Piper: a couple times a week John Piper answers questions in 15 minutes or under. He's one of the most solid Bible and gospel teachers I know, so my husband and I really value these! Desiring God is also one of our favorite websites to read faith-filled content.

- Journeywomen Podcast, with Hunter Beless: I have a hard time finding true gospel-rich resources, but friends, this one is SO on. Each Monday Hunter brings on a woman who loves the Lord to interview them on a specific topic for about 45 minutes to an hour. Even if I am not interested in the topic that week, I always listen and I'm always convicted and pointed to Jesus. You can head here to check out all the episodes and play the topics that interest you! I think you'll find Hunter + all the guests she has on to be really Christ-focused. It's practical and encouraging! (By the way, they're on a break now and returning in April with new episodes.)

- Fierce Marriage, with Ryan and Selena Frederick: these two are cute, funny and really have a heart for Godly marriages! I love listening to them discuss topics about marriage in their roughly 50 minute podcast episodes that come out weekly. 

- Knowing Faith, with Jen Wilkin, JT English and Kyle Worley of The Village Church: I really like Matt Chandler, the pastor of The Village Church, and Jen Wilkin, the women's bible study leader at TVC. I've found this church is saturated in the gospel, the scriptures, and loving people well, so when I found they had a podcast, I was excited. The three hosts discuss different topics and questions each episode and they're typically pretty in-depth, which I appreciate, even if I don't understand ALL of it.
- The American Gospel: In Christ Alone. This is a documentary my husband and I watched a couple months ago and we were shook in the best way. I'm not sure I've heard a more clear version of what the gospel really is according to the Bible, what it's not, and how to live in light of those things. It's 2 hours, so it's long, and you have to rent it or buy it, but friends, trust me when I say it's so worth it! Some of the best, most biblically-sound pastors from all over the US are interviewed and then other believers share their stories of redemption, faith, and coming out of distorted and false theology that the film talks about being the "American Gospel". I can't recommend this enough!

3. Bible study tools:
- Give Me Jesus Journal: I've had this journal for a while and really like it. It's by Well-Watered Women and I pretty much love everything they produce.

- ESV Illuminating Scripture Journals: these are really cool because it's literally just the bible text on the left side and a blank page on the right side to journal and take notes. This is awesome if you're wanting to study the bible inductively (which is just the word for comprehension, interpretation, that order). I don't have one yet, but I'm thinking of getting one!

- Highlighters: I just ordered these highlighters that don't bleed through Bible pages...yay!

The She Reads Truth App: I have been following along with She Reads Truth studies for years-- since the beginning of college actually! When they came out with the app to make it easier to do the studies on our phones, I was really excited. I did their Advent study, along with numerous others last year and they're great. The best thing is, they get you reading the Bible...and A LOT of it! Right now they're in Luke. I'm not doing this study, as I'm doing one in James right now, but I do recommend SRT! They even have a really beautiful Bible.

ESV Gospel Transformation Bible: this is the Bible both my husband and I have. All the commentary seeks to point out Jesus and the gospel, whether it's in the old testament or new testament, which is awesome, because that's who and what the Bible is all about anyways!

Jen Wilkin's Women's Bible Studies: right now I'm doing the James study from 2014 (I think). I'll link to her studies here, but you can listen on the podcast app by searching "Flower Mound Bible Study Jen Wilkin". I printed out the workbook that goes along with the study by scrolling down and finding the study I'm in on this page. It's been so good already and I just started last week. I have done two of her studies before this one.

4. Music: my husband and I both love music. I usually have some on at least during one part of my day. I have noticed that while driving I don't listen to music very loudly, but I love listen to it at a soft decibel (maybe I'm trying to focus in the car ha!) 

- I will often play these playlists created by other resources I've share above: 
Well-Watered Women Word before World
Journeywomen Jams

Shane & Shane (love their Psalms albums)
Rivers & Robots (an indie-folk feeling, really beautiful! We had one of their songs play at our ceremony called The Bridegroom)
All Sons & Daughters
Sovereign Grace Music
Christy Nockels
Rend Collective

One last thing that I got asked about on my instagram last week and didn't cover above: how do you discern what author's to read and listen to? This is such a great question and one my husband and I are really passionate about! Here are the main things I look for:

1. Does what the person says line up with scripture? So important to read the bible for ourselves and not just take what author's say as true at first glance! Dig deep and read in context.
2. Does the author talk about sin as well as hardships and pain? If not, I think they're avoiding something real and crucial to our faith. If they avoid these, then I avoid the author ;)
3. What's the author's main focus in their writing? Consider all their works. Is it mainly about you and how you can improve yourself or live your best life OR do they mostly write about God, Jesus and his sacrifice and his character? For me, I choose not to let in all the "inspirational" writing out there and try to focus on getting sound biblical teaching in my heart, so I always choose the latter. It's all about Jesus, friends!

I hope this is helpful for you. I don't have this all figured out...but these are some things I think are great. Please add to my list in the comments if you have more resources!

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How to Diagnose Your Skin Type

Alright friends, today I'm dishin' on how to figure out what your skin type is and then what cleanser you should be using to make sure your skin routine is off to a good start.
Skincare is not a one size fits all! Some of us have severely dry skin, while some have really oily skin (I'm oily in Summer and sooo dry in Winter!). And because the spectrum is so wide, there are tons of products on the market to suit the skincare needs of everyone.

And, ya know, to throw a wrench in things, whatever your current skincare regimen might be at the moment, might not be what's best for your skin 6 months from now. Awesome ;)

Here's how to correctly diagnose and check in with your skin to see where you fall on the dry vs. oily skin spectrum:

Do this on a day when you're not in a hurry to get ready in the morning. Wash your face, then wait about 30 to 40 minutes before applying any kind of moisturizer. Examine how your clean skin feels after that time.  
This little check-in will help you to figure out what products you should be using! There's no need for you to buy intense moisture creams if you have oily skin or even balanced skin. And in contrast, someone with dry skin will probably want to steer clear of toners that tend to strip away oils.

When it comes to skincare, apart from using toxic-free products, the other important aspect is that you're using the right products for your specific skincare needs.  

Let's start with the right cleanser for YOU:

Nourishing Cleanser / Charcoal Cleansing Bar-- don't let the price tag on this bar of soap scare you. You can use it twice daily and it'll last you 5 months! / Cleansing Balm Rejuvenating Cleanser

I actually use the Cleansing Balm to remove my makeup (the tiniest amount, so the jar lasts forever!), the Charcoal Bar at night after removing makeup, and then in the morning I use the Exfoliating Cream cleanser or Cleansing Balm. This seems to be the perfect routine for me at the moment, but come Summer, I might have to switch it up.

Are you currently using a foaming face wash? You know that squeaky-clean feeling you get after washing your face? That's due to sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient added to face wash to make it foam.  The problem is that Sodium lauryl sulfate strips the skin of the natural oils that our skin actually needs for protection. Even worse, because it removes the skin's natural, protective oil, the body ends up producing more oil (the very thing you're trying to get rid of) to compensate. Crazy, right?!

So plain and simple, sulfates aren't doing dry skin or oily skin any favors. The first step to a great skincare routine is to make sure your cleanser is safe and the right type for your skin. Otherwise, all of the stuff you put on it after cleansing won't do what it's supposed to!

Hope these tips help! Let me know if you have any questions.

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