2.26.2013

best floor lamps under $200

I'm currently looking to replace the floor lamp in our living room, but I don't want to spend a ton of money doing it. 
After searching high and low, here are my top picks under $200:

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Which one do you like the best?

2.25.2013

jute home

I've just recently discovered the gorgeous work of interior designer Alison Davin of Jute Home. I love how her designs are simple and clean, but at the same time feel interesting.
This blue chevron backsplash works perfectly in an otherwise all white kitchen.
 What's not to like about this bathroom? Those sconces, the gold mirror, marble countertop, and a vanity in the lightest shade of blue. Meow.
I love all of the different mixes of patterns and textures in this room. This mix is the perfect example as to why you should never buy all of your furniture and/or accessories at the same time. 


all images via Jute Home

2.22.2013

the cutest

On a much lighter note than yesterday, I'm feeling a little better. I gave them my answer and they were more than supportive, which makes it even harder to say no. But I have to be confident in my choices and just keep swimming...

Reading this article from The Everygirl was very inspiring and just what I needed yesterday. I also couldn't help but notice the cutest little phone dock that I need ASAP for my desk!
My phone is always sitting next to me on my desk, and I love how this props it up so you can see your messages when they pop up. It also functions as a charging station, which sealed the deal for me. I can't wait for it to arrive.

2.21.2013

 Today is a total T.M.I. Debbie Downer post, so if you're not into that kind of thing, I suggest you cruise on through to your next blog ;)


So yesterday I had to make a stupid hard decision, like the kind of decision that will change the way the rest of your life goes. Those really suck. And I was given approximately 24 hours to give my final answer. Naturally I spent my entire. freaking. day. going through all of the what if's, practically begging Charlie to tell me what to do (which he didn't, darn him!), and even though I've officially come to what (I think) I'm going to do I don't feel happy about it. It's one of those things that I just wouldn't be happy with no matter what choice I made, so I'm making the one that I feel is right for me at this moment. I'm just hoping so, so much that I don't look back on this and completely regret it.

If you've made it this far you're probably asking yourself "WHAT IS THIS DECISION, STACY!?!" or maybe not, but in any case here ya go... Yesterday morning I was just given an opportunity that if it had happened this time last year I would have jumped for joy and screamed "yes!" without even blinking an eye. I was given the opportunity to teach my dream grade, with my dream team, at my dream school. Except now when I find out about it all I can think about is that I have just finally made the decision to take a break from teaching. I'm just getting started with design and totally love it, and would have to completely give it all up. I'll have to drop all of my classes. I'll have to quit before I've really even started with it all. 

Then the self doubt kicks in and I start to think that I never really could have been successful in design anyway, and I should stick to what I know and what I can get a job in. Then I start thinking that if I don't take the risk, I'll never even know... Classic over thinker/analyzer right here.

So, after many tears and complete uncertainty I have decided to stick with the direction that I've been heading and take a break from teaching. Which is why I chose this quote from the Perks of Being a Wallflower, because I'm both happy and sad about the whole darn thing, and I can't quite figure out which one I should be.

I know there are much, much worse problems to have, and I'm actually grateful to have this problem, but it still sucks to be so sure of myself and have it all change in a second. Every inch of my body feels filled up with some sort or thought or emotion, and I hate it. Maybe I'll look back on this and realize it's not really that big of a deal and that I'm completely overreacting, but right now I feel like I'm deciding my fate, and I really don't want to eff that up.

2.20.2013

bedroom updates!

Yesterday I'd finally decided that I'd had enough of our crazy blah bedroom and did some shopping around the house to change things up a bit. This is all totally spur of the moment and preliminary just to see if it works... so no judging. If you want to see how our bedroom used to look, check it out here. Don't those beige walls just make you want to punch someone??? We're still looking into moving, but if we end up staying for another year I'm painting. Like, no matter what I'm painting that shizz.
 I switched our black and silver lamps from the bedroom with my pretty pink lamp from our bar area to give some much needed color to our room.
I found these coral x-benches for a complete steal at Target a few weeks ago. I had planned to reupholster them, possibly in this David Hicks goodness, but they are growing on me as-is.
I found this greek key trim that I will be using to trim our curtains (hopefully next week!).
There used to be a weird mixture of metallics going on here that I switched out for a nice, big plant. The lamp will probably end up going, but I haven't figured out what I'm going to put in its place just yet.
Here are our previous nightstand lamps that have found a new home on our bar. I'm still trying to figure out if the scale is all wrong, or if I like it.

These are just quick pics from my phone. I'll take real ones when everything is styled up all nice and pretty!

2.19.2013

instagram updates

Just few instas from last week...
Flowers from my valentine.
Heart potatoes that I made Charlie for Valentine's breakfast.
 Sneak peek of my soon-to-be Ikea RAST Hack. Charlie is a weirdo and loves putting together Ikea furniture, so this was a good day for him.
 RAST project post coming soon!

2.18.2013

14 days of love

Here are the rest of my 14 days of love...
 Day 8: Honey buns for my honey buns.
Day 9: The "bchi" card is an inside joke from when we were 16, and on the inside of the card it says "I love you to pieces."
 Day 10: Our life may be a "circus"...
 Day 11: I'm "stuck" on you with his favorite gum.
 Day 12: Cinnamon Toast Crunch muffins with the saying "you make my heart swirl."
Day 13: S'mores with the sayings "you melt my heart" and "I want s'more of your love" on the back.
Day 14: Heart shaped potatoes and sausage, egg, and cheese croissant pockets.


Also, remember when I told you our weekend plans changed? We went back to Oklahoma this weekend to celebrate the engagement of Charlie's little brother and his girlfriend!
Aren't they the cutest? So excited for TWO new sister-in-laws in 2013!

2.14.2013

my loves


 this guy
and this guy

They make me the happiest.


Images by Dear Okie Photography

2.13.2013

look for less - beni ourain rug

I've been on the hunt for another rug for our bedroom, and even though I have a similar style in our living room, I think I want another Beni Ourain style rug. This one from Pottery Barn caught my eye:
Pottery Barn Beni Ourain Rug - 8'x'10 $799
I love a good deal, so you can imagine me running across this similar style rug while shopping at Target. I was practically jumping for joy in the aisle. They only had a 5'x7' in the store, which wasn't large enough for our room, but luckily they carry larger sizes online that might work.
Threshold Criss Cross Fleece Rug - 7'x10' $250
You can also occasionally snag the Rugs USA Moroccan Shag Rug on sale for 75% off, but right now they are sold out in ivory. See how it looks in my living room here

2.12.2013

instagram updates

 Last week was wonderful! I got to go to market and it was crazy fun. I didn't want to be a loser walking around taking pictures of all the gorgeousness, but I did sneak a pic of my favorite Scalamandre zebra wallpaper. I was totally nerding out seeing all of these fabrics and designs that I've only seen in magazines. We stopped at the Kravet, Brunschwig & Fils, Lee Jofa, Robert Allen/Beacon Hill, and Scalamandre showrooms. The best part was finding out how the whole trade process works, and getting a tour of some of the behind the scenes action that most people don't get to see. Taking this field trip definitely helped erase any doubts I had about going into this field. 
We live around so many fun attractions, and we haven't been very good about exploring them all, so Charlie and I decided to play tourist and take a little day trip to Ft. Worth. Here we are at the center of the water gardens.
 The aerated pool at the water gardens
lunch at Love Shack
argh, I like him!
 my absolutely delicious portobello sandwich
We had planned to go rock climbing this weekend, but our plans have changed due some exciting news that I will be sharing on Monday!


2.11.2013

perfect office space

When I saw this picture I couldn't believe it. It is exactly what I've been imagining for my office area. I really want a long desk that can accommodate our computer and still has space for me to set up my sewing machine. I've also had my eye on this exact drawer unit that I want to place in between the two areas.
Seriously, someone out there was reading my mind. After seeing this picture I'm even more determined to make this happen as soon as possible. 

2.08.2013

14 days of love

Day 4: chocolate donuts
Day 5: candy heart love letter
Day 6: I've got a "crush" on you
Day 7: Lucky charm granola bars. These lucky charm wraps can be downloaded here for free.



2.07.2013

love day gifts for him

I started out totally stumped on what to get Charlie for Valentine's Day this year, but now I've found too many choices and can't make up my mind!


2.06.2013

look for less

I've been loving David Hicks' La Fiorentina fabric for some time now, but I haven't had the right place to use it and it's not exactly cheap.
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After seeing this image, I realized it would be the perfect fabric to reupholster our boring beige headboard! 
Now that I had a place to use it, I was still a little hesitant about the cost. I did a little searching and I just recently found this look-alike on Spoonflower for much less. 
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 I ordered a few swatches today, to see if it's the right match. I can't wait!