Our first home // Inspiration

she’s a beaut!

We close on our new house TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY! Crazy to think that in just the two months since we’ve been married, we have moved in together, put our money together, I’ve changed my name, and we’ve gone through the home buying process to move in to our first house.

I love to decorate and search online for home decor ideas – of course I have several lists of what needs to be done in each room, what items I’d like to buy, or at least the look and feeling I’m going for. The new house has 4 bedrooms, so we have plenty to work with! The downstairs is all completely open concept with a covered back porch and a big back yard for the doggies. We already have a lot of items and furniture, but when you think about filling a house, it helps to take it room by room to try to figure everything out.

The big change will be our living room! Like I said, the downstairs is open concept, so it’s the living room/dining area/kitchen all in one. I love it, but I do want to try to make sure it feels like there are different spaces, which I think we can do. We already have a kitchen table with bench chairs and a rug to go under it to kind of divide the space, so that part is done. But we are purchasing basically a whole new living room, which is SO exciting! The couch and chair that we have now have been handed down and are very old, the dogs have lived on them, several different people and houses have had them, and I’ve had them for about 5 years now! So we are getting a new L-shaped sectional with a chaise lounge (yay!!!), all new coffee tables and end tables, and a TV stand that all match. We also got a recliner that looks really nice and comfy, and a large ivory shag rug to put on the wood floor underneath all of that, so that part can feel like a completed room! I can’t wait to get everything in there and see how it all looks!

I really love a cozy room with everything in its place – I am a little bit of an organization freak so when I think about decorating a room, I am also considering functionality in addition to comfort and visual appeal! I guess I would classify my decor style as industrial farmhouse or modern farmhouse – I love the comfort and softness of the farmhouse style, but I like to bring in a little edge with metal and wood accents for things like side tables, wall decor, lamps, or other accessories.

So without further ado, here are my inspiration ideas for our new home! I also had to google it to make sure it wasn’t “further adieu” rather than “ado,” but it turns out I was right. Feeling pretty good about that.

coffee table/end table set with tv stand, couch, recliner, table lamp, plant, floor lamp, mirror

The coffee table set is currently out of stock but Wayfair offers similar styles underneath it! We got it on super sale. Furniture is expensive! But these pieces are sturdy and will last a long time with any type of decor. The couch has wonderful reviews and was a GREAT price. I did a LOT of research on items and prices and compared before making any decisions, so I hope this couch is all it was cracked up to be! We also got a shag rug from Amazon for the space, and the cream sectioned mirror (or something similar) will go above our fireplace! Love the gold lamps and plant, but haven’t pulled the trigger on those yet.

lamp base + shade, bench with storage, standing mirror, dresser, plant, map

We already have a set of furniture for the bedroom, but if we need an extra dresser, the white one pictured is affordable and looks similar (from IKEA). Our bed is a navy upholstered platform bed like the one pictured, and we already have a floor standing mirror from the wedding that we’ll use! We want a storage bench but I know Home Goods has them all the time so it may be less expensive there.

rose chair, cube storage

I LOVE this rose chair and first saw it when Lauren Bown posted it to her blog. I’ve been obsessed ever since! We have a gift card to World Market from the wedding, so if it’s okay with Andrew I really want to use it for this chair! I can just see a cute little pillow on it with a blanket tossed carelessly meticulously¬†across. I already have a white desk and chair almost exactly like the picture, and we already have the white cube storage, too. And it will be nice to finally have a functional space to have my white filing cabinet so I can do some real adulting ūüôā

side tables, bench, lamp, mirror, plant, wall sconce

I LOVE the feeling of all of these items together. The dresser in the picture is VERY expensive, but we will paint a dresser we already have that was my grandmama’s. I think we’ll paint it a similar minty color, which will be much less money with the same vibe! I am loving the round mirror for above the dresser, and the gold accent tables and accessories will be a nice contrast to Andrew’s wooden bed frame we have that his great grandfather built! So our guest room will have items from both sides of our family ūüôā I like this neutral gauzy bedding¬†because it looks clean and cozy. I put a lot of thought into making the guest room somewhere that I would love to stay, with any needs covered. Our family and friends will be staying here – people we love the most – so I want to make sure it is a cozy retreat with storage for all of their things and the comforts of home.

So those are some of my ideas! Obviously it will take time, and that’s ¬† r ¬†e ¬†a ¬†l ¬†l ¬†y ¬† hard for me because I really ¬†just want everything to be done immediately. We have a lot of work to do on the yard, we will have to decorate all of the walls, etc. and then little things need to come into place like the guest bathroom and downstairs bathroom, garage and laundry room and pantry storage‚Ķthe list goes on! But I cannot wait to be settled into our new home and working on all of these projects!

School days + Friyay feels

I say it every year, but I cannot BELIEVE we are already back to another new school year! The summer flew by and we have had so much going on that I feel like this school year came out of nowhere and is already knocking me on my butt. BUT (see what I did there?) I am so excited to get back into a regular routine and tackle some major goals this year!

This year, I am going for my National Board certification! I have 2 friends at school doing it with me, and 1 friend in another county who will be going through the process, as well. I am anxious and scared but excited for the challenge. In addition to that huge undertaking, I will have a student teacher this year for the first time ever! I am incredibly excited about that because I had the most wonderful cooperating teacher when I was in college, and I hope that I will be able to give some meaningful experience, advice, and confidence to another future educator. Lord knows we need them! All that on top of being Department Chair again, leading a club, and serving on a few other teams/committees for the school and county. It’s a lot! I got this dress from Old Navy for the first day of school and I am excited to pair it with some blush suede heels that Whitney let me borrow! I got the dress in black floral. I’m sure I’ll also rock my wedding date bar necklace because it’s one of my favorite daily accessories!

In other news, WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!! Well, we haven’t bought it¬†yet, I guess – but we will close at the end of September. Just in time for my birthday! I am ELATED to be able to finally have our own HOME with a big back yard with a fence for the doggies to run around in. More details to come on the house later, as things progress and as we navigate all the extreme adulting that needs to occur between now and having it finished and ready for living in! I can’t wait to decorate and start making everything cozy! I know Andrew is dreaming of all the things he can do with the yard.

our little slice of heaven ūüôā

Another exciting piece of information this week is that one of my favorite bloggers of all time who I have been following for FOREVER is opening an online shop on Monday! I cannot WAIT to be able to stalk check it out! Her style is so classic and easy and I can’t wait to check out all the everyday goodies coming my way for an AFFORDABLE price!

That’s about it for me! There’s a football game tonight so I’ll go watch our school play and Andrew coach (he’s QB coach this year and will continue to coach JV baseball in the spring). Saturday my sister will be in town (!!!) and that’s fun since I haven’t seen her since she moved to Charlotte! Then going to Whitney’s for some girl time and yummy food cooked by her talented husband Romain. Hopefully a lazy and relaxed Sunday!

I will be in school/life/marriage/football coach wife/house buying/decorating mode for the next little bit, so things are going to be crazy‚ĶI think maybe we’re at the point in our lives where things just are continually crazy and you just keep saying how crazy they are and asking yourself if this is what life is like as an adult?! Haha! But all good things ūüôā Happy Friday, happy weekend, and happy first day of school to all my teacher friends starting up a new year on Monday!

Apartment tour // our little patio!

One of my favorite things about our new apartment (besides our coffee bar) is our outdoor patio! I got spoiled with a huge patio at my last apartment, and the patio at my new apartment doesn’t disappoint! I love the way everything came together.

The idea for our patio “feeling” came from this little corner unit my sister had…

before

We couldn’t find a place for the little corner unit. We didn’t have a lot of corners to put it in that weren’t already crowded. It was also dark brown and just didn’t really go with the idea we wanted for our home. My sister Emily suggested painting it like we did the coffee bar, and we finally came up with what you see here! We just wanted some little succulents and a few herbs, and the cacti were an added bonus when we started shopping – clearly we are hopping on this trend here.

We went to Home Depot and grabbed some more of the Seaside spray paint that we used for the coffee bar project, a tarp, some gold spray paint, and all of our plants!

little buddies

When we got home, we laid out the tarp and got to spraying!¬†I am an absolute baby when it comes to the summer heat here in NC. Like, I literally just can’t get over it even after almost 30 years. You don’t want to catch me when I’m getting ready and start sweating in hair & makeup. But these little DIY projects were SO worth it! We sprayed two coats, letting it dry between each one. Then, my sister used the gold spray paint and a paint brush and hand brushed some spots on the plant stand to add some flair.

my beautiful and talented sister emily

We ordered two sets of these planters on Amazon and one set of these, and the gray planters came from Home Depot! After transferring all of our plants to their new homes, we set everything up on our plant stand in the corner of our patio where they will get some great indirect sunlight!

my absolute favorite thing about the patio!

The market lights, love seat, coffee table, and decorative tray were from my old apartment, so we didn’t have to buy anything new for our patio except for paint and plants. Emily also had the bistro table set from her old place in D.C. and we re-stained and treated that to be an outdoor set.

I am loving this little spot already, but I know we will get a ton of use out of this outdoor space when the weather cools off a little bit in the fall!

thanks to my handsome fella andrew for hanging lights for me again

Apartment tour // bedroom

I love the feel of a mostly white bedroom. It just feels so calming and peaceful. The only issue is that I have 2 dogs that I can’t stand love having on my bed. So I usually bleach my comforter once a week to keep it looking nice and white! It’s also important to me to have a cozy, fluffy, inviting bed. That’s where I spend a lot of my time working on the blog, relaxing, and sleeping, so it has to be a happy place!

i always like to have a book or my kindle by the bed

that picture on the left is from way back in college…look at that white hair!

i’ve had that candle for so many years. i probably should have used a new one for this picture, but this is real life, people. you’re getting the real me who has a burned up old candle by the bed.

i used to have a matching lamp on both sides…but oliver ate the cord to one of them. literally ate it.

Since I’m not made of money, I couldn’t really afford a whole new bedroom decor look for the new apartment, so I just had to use what I had and switch things around. I’m happy with the way things came out, and as I can add little new pieces in here and there, I will!

when i accepted the smaller room, i didn’t realize there was no ceiling fan. i bought that standing fan from amazon and it has been a life saver this summer!

i shut the door to take pictures of the bookshelf and oliver got his feelings hurt. the corgi print on the¬†wall is from my best friend’s¬†fianc√©,¬†romain. he’s a keeper!

more candles i’ve had forever + favorite books (my old adviser wrote the teen life textbook and gave it to me as a gift when i graduated!)

all my yoga books from teacher training/gifts, coffee books from when i wanted to start a coffee shop, and all my notebooks for allllll the lists. goals and dreams, man.

My sister had the white bookshelf from IKEA in her old apartment. It doesn’t really fit anywhere else in our apartment now (our living room is awkwardly shaped and my couch is way too big for the space at the moment), so I stuck it behind my bedroom door and I’ve been happy with it! It has a mix of mine and my sister’s books and it gave me some extra space for my laptop, notebooks, and a couple of decor items.

eventually i’ll beg andrew to mount my tv, but for now, this works.

pretty little things (always a nice touch to have chocolates lying around!)

my rustic corner! shelves from target, picture frame was a gift from andrew (the picture is from the first time he helped me move! what a guy.) the j is from my friend kelly (i think target), and the leap quote you can read about here. 

just rounding everything out and coming full circle with a picture of the doggies on my bed!

As mentioned in my last apartment tour from the old apartment, all of my bedroom furniture is from Ashley Furniture (except for the IKEA bookshelf).

So that’s my room! Finally (mostly) complete. Not pictured: ¬†The corner of my down comforter Bruno chewed and I held together with a binder clip until I could sew it. Also not pictured: ¬†The corners of every pillow case and the corners of my sheets that are chewed off.¬†I’m starting to sense a pattern here…