So, I know things have been quiet on the blog as of late and, for that, I am sorry….BUT that lack of activity directly translates to major progress in the living room. It’s a bummer when I feel like I don’t have much to share with you all at certain points during this renovation process, and I struggle with whether or not to show you all of the ugly in between the pretty pictures and nicely styled rooms but, my friends, you’re in luck because I have a whole lot of that for you today. I haven’t been this excited to see some ugly since the last edition of celebrities without makeup. You’re not fooling me Kim Kardashian. You don’t wake up like that and neither does my living room.

Remember where our living room looked like this?

demo day two

demo day 2

And then this?

installing recessed lights

Well folks, we can officially say goodbye to low ceilings, ugly paneling & dingy bricks because drywall is up!

progress in the living room

In case you were concerned, I have not lost my mind and decided to color block the walls and ceiling in here. Green and beige? Not my thang.

We got a discount on drywall that had been used for painting demonstrations and since we’ll be painting it anyway it didn’t matter one iota. Always ask around at your hardware store to see if they have any discounted materials you can buy. It pays to ask. Literally.

There’s still a lot to be done in here but the drywall hanging, taping and mudding will be done today and then we can move on to truly making this is a pretty picture but, boy, this ugly sure feels good.

Still to be done?

progress in the living room

But I guess that last one can wait ;)

Now, I need to go put on some make up because, there is such a thing as too much ugly.

Happy hump day people!


It’s no secret that I love Fall. It’s simply my favorite. So, although I have vowed to take it easy on the seasonal decorating inside this year while we are in the middle of house renovations, that didn’t stop me from busting out some quick and simple Fall decorating. With only supplies I had laying around and less than an hour on a perfectly cool Sunday afternoon, I was able to put together these super easy studded pumpkins and satisfy my need for speed Fall decorating without going all out.

super easy studded pumpkins

I used two little pumpkins that I bought to put outside (because this whole limited decorating thing doesn’t apply to the outside of our house. Come on people…I can’t totally shut it off) some push pins that I had in my desk and my favorite gold spray paint.

super easy studded pumpkins

I only had silver pins so I stuck the each one in a piece of cardboard so that I could quickly coat all of the tops with my gold spray paint but if you already have gold push pins (or would rather go pick up a pack at the store) go for it. That’s one less step for this already embarrassingly simple project.

super easy studded pumpkins

In just a few minutes, they were dry and ready to go.

super easy studded pumpkins

I kept things super simple and just followed the natural lines in the pumpkins and applied the pins. Depending on how many pins you have, you could add more or less, create your own designs, or do whatever your heart desires. Go on, live a little, you pumpkin studding machine you!

super easy studded pumpkins

I just stuck them in with some mums and some of our go-to Halloween decorations and called it a day.

super easy studded pumpkins

It just adds a little sparkle to a simple seasonal setup outside. Because, if my mother taught me anything, it’s to never pass up a little sparkle ;)

super easy studded pumpkins

Easy peasy. The only way it could be simpler is to not decorate at all…and that, my friends, is not an option at our house.

How are you decorating for the Fall season? Are you keeping it simple or going all out?



Oh what a year it has been.

Yesterday, we took a few moments out of our busy schedules to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. It’s crazy to me how it can feel like we’ve been married for a whole lot longer than one year, while at the same time feeling like our wedding was yesterday. (Check out all the details from our wedding day here!) In order to celebrate Joe putting up with me for an entire year our first year of marriage we decided to stay true to ourselves and stay in and celebrate our special day in the place we love most…home. our 1st wedding anniversary

We recreated one of the dishes served at our wedding, popped open our 1st anniversary bottle of champagne (courtesy of our bridesmaid’s) and, of course, defrosted the top tear of our wedding cake that we’ve had in the freezer for the last year. Because nothing says love like year old, freezer burnt cake.

Just kidding, it was delicious.

our 1st wedding anniversary

We exchanged gifts, flipped through our wedding album, reliving our wedding day… And the best part of all? Opening the notes left in for us by our wedding guests to be opened on our 1st anniversary.

our 1st wedding anniversary

We kept things simple…and it was perfect.

One year ago, I made the best decision of my life and that, for one, deserves some serious celebration!

Happy Anniversary Joe! I love you!


With everything that has been going on lately, procrastination has been at an all time low, and while I realize that that’s a good thing, that doesn’t mean I’ve completely given up my favorite hobby bad habit.

There was no procrastination to be had this weekend though because we have been hard at work trying to get our living room (check out some of that progress here & here) ready in time for the cold weather that is knocking on the door. So far, we’ve ripped out all of the paneling and those old dropped ceilings and installed the brand new recessed lights.

installing recessed lightsSince that picture, insulation has also been installed and we’re hopeful that drywall will start going up this week. It’s hard to even remember when it looked like this!

But, back to the real matter at hand, since I’ll never let a little work get in the way of aimlessly trolling the internet…let’s procrastinate shall we?

*I was able to carve out a little time this weekend to head out to the country for a birthday celebration with my best friends…and boy, it was just what I needed!

*Who else is excited about Target’s styling videos with Emily Henderson?! YES PLEASE. There’s even a video.


via Emily Henderson

*Jenny’s monochromatic prints are gorgeous! I can’t wait to try this out. If only my basement wasn’t still full of boxes #unpackingprocrastination

*Have you ever seen a more beautiful wedding?!

via The Makerista

*A painted tile kitchen backsplash that’s perfect for an inexpensive kitchen update.

*This easy and delicious recipe for homemade bread just screams “FALL!” to me. Now I’m hungry…

via Domino

Now, go try and make this Monday a good one!