Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Favorite Things: My Christmas List


Hey y'all! Thanks for stopping by for the first linkup of our My Favorite Things series. This week we are posting all about what is on OUR Christmas lists. Truth be told, this was pretty easy for me because I have been sending these lists out to my family/Stephen/his family as well because my birthday is right around the corner too. Since I have been so focused on the house this year, it felt good to put some things on the list just for me. Without further adieu....


My Christmas List
Majesty Peacoat It's always nice to brighten up my winter wardrobe in the midst of the sea of black I gravitate towards. This coral number is just the ticket. I am really, really, really loving the color. // Tara Slouch Boot Let's now talk about Frye boots...I have three pairs and they do not go out of style and they just get better with age. An absolute staple but they are worth the investment in my opinion. I love these with a little heel to step it up a notch when I am still on the casual side. I think they would be great for going out for a casual dinner, but wanting some height. // Soho Studs Love these new earrings by Moon and Lola. Such a fun twist on the classic pearl, right?! // Marble + Wood Cheese Board This is so pretty with the marble, and I love a good cheese tray! // 85 mm Lens I am becoming more and more interested in photography. Not that I am really great or anything, but I love playing around with my camera and improving my skills. I am missing this lens in my camera bag and would love to own it! // Jo Malone Perfume I have been using a sample of Jo Malone's Wood Sage and Sea Salt and I love it. I mix it sometimes with the Peony scent and it's my fave! // Tory Burch In Color Last but not least, one can never have enough coffee table books. I would love this one to go in the den, such a beautiful cover! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Design Idea: Decorate Your Stairs

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I mentioned a few days ago how excited I was to finally have a staircase to decorate for Christmas. I know, seems a little silly. But, I have always enjoyed seeing how people decorate their staircases for the holidays, so I am excited to be able to do it myself this year. As luck would have it, looks like I really enjoy the real and natural look to the garland. I'm quite sure that is the expensive stuff. You know, the kind you don't have to cover up with a million ornaments and bows. So if anyone has the lowdown on nice garland that isn't outrageous go ahead and let me know, pretty please! Ps- my favorite look of all of the above is the last one. I love those pretty bows. Not sure that will be the look I go for with a tricky bookcase/tv cabinet underneath but it sure is a beauty!

And, don't forget to link up with us tomorrow for the first linkup of My Favorite Things. An awesome way to get some ideas flowing for Christmas...I love seeing other roundups for gift guides. Such a great way to scour the internet for deals/items I may not ever see!  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five on Friday: All Sorts of Fun Stuff

One: My Favorite Things
In case you missed our announcement earlier this week, we are so excited to bring you a gift guide link up series for the holidays. Does anyone else have people demanding lists from you already? Yes, I do. I love those people. But I do feel like I always fail them on getting a list on time. This year, I'm on top of it! Make sure to join us this coming Tuesday for linking up YOUR Christmas list.


Two. Cant Stop Wont Stop
Ok, so I barely have gotten over my One Room Challenge Hangover and I am already jumping on board to Christmas decorations. Some years I am into it, some years I am not. I mean, I always do some decorations, but sometimes I don't feel like reinventing the wheel and all that. This year, I am into the decorations. I am sure it's because we have a new house/new space to decorate. Oh, and I do have a brand new staircase that is begging for some garland! Inside squeel/yay! I already got started on some easy indoor blooms this week...If you want to see my post on how to force paperwhites, check here.


Three. Savoring Soups.
I just love soup season, don't you? Best part- leftovers. I made this soup several weeks ago and have one container left in the freezer. It just might get pulled out this weekend since we are under a freeze warning! {Straight from summer to winter in the south} Find the recipe here. It is incredible and I can't wait to make it again!


Four. J.Crew Sale
Hello...25% off. I remember some things I wanted last year being sold out come December...so stock up now. I am loving this sweater, this vest and this would be on repeat at least once a week  Remember to use the code SHOPNOW at checkout! Link for popover below is here.


Five. Veterans Day.
I have a very big soft spot for Veterans and all of those who are serving our country. What a sacrifice! My grandfather was a pilot in WW2 and I greatly admire him. I only wish I could hear more of his stories. We live close to a base and occasionally see marines in local restaurants. Last night, one happened to sit right behind us in an otherwise empty restaurant. I didn't even have to turn around, after hearing him speak to the waiter, I knew that this young man was probably in the marines. When he was in the bathroom, Stephen asked the waiter if he indeed was a marine and he agreed most likely. Stephen told him to go ahead and give him his tab. As soon as that young man asked for his check and heard it was taken care of, he jumped up and walked right to our side, thanking us. {Btw we didn't ask the waiter to tell him it was us but he did so anyway}We in turn were thanking him...who else would be so gracious? They deserve so much more than one day of recognition...

Linking up with the lovely ladies of Five on Friday: Christina, April, Darci, Natasha...I'm glad to be back on it this week! Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Favorite Things Linkup Announcement!

 
EXCITING NEWS. I'm collaborating this year to co-host this fun and fabulous link up for My Favorite Things! I remember how fun this was {and helpful!!!!!} last year to get the wheels turning for gift giving before the crunch time hits. Oh- and, it just might be helpful for your significant other to get some ideas ;) Elise asked a few of us to join in on the fun this year and we couldn't be more excited! So, this year we are comin' at ya! I will be co-hosting with some fun ladies you probably already know and love... EliseApriland Zelle! (and thanks to Jen, sweet creator and mastermind behind this festive fun)

Here are all the details for this year!


{If you would like to see my posts from last year, see herehere and here for ideas}


In summary:
1. Plan your posts! We'd love to have you for all 3 weeks, but feel free to pick and choose if need be!
2. Grab the button at the very top of this post, and link back to our blogs. [April, Elise, Katie, Zelle]
3. Link up at the bottom of our posts for the next 3 Tuesdays, and/or join us on Instagram/Facebook with #FavoriteThings2014. 

We simply can't wait! Now...get to listin'!

Monday, November 10, 2014

One Room Challenge: Den Sources



Lamps Bunny Williams via Craigslist / Lamp Shades Urbanest Living
Arrow Plate: Nate Berkus for Target   
Mirrored Frames: TJ Maxx / Gold Mirror: Flea Market / Bamboo Chair: Estate Sale 



Round Starburst Mirror: Ballard Designs / White Jars: TJ Maxx


Candle: NEST / Coral: Local Beach Shop 


White Duck Fabric: Mill Outlet Raleigh / Rug: Tuesday Morning


Stain on Stairs Minwax Dark Walnut / White Paint on Risers: Valspar Porch and Floor Paint


Lucite Pulls: Hobby Lobby 






Anything not mentioned was probably something I already owned, 
but feel free to ask any additional source questions! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Den: One Room Challenge Reveal

Welcome back to the final week of the One Room Challenge, the reveal! Although the last several weeks have been full of work and little sleep...I have really enjoyed it. And I am over the moon that we have a room "completed" just in time for the holidays. Since we moved in our renovation home in April, we have made changes- some were quick strides and some are like a marathon that take forever. I am thrilled that this room has come together over the past month and we can enjoy this cozy space that made us fall in love with our fixer upper!




 



 


 











 








I will be doing a full recap on the sources, but I wanted to give a quick overview in case you are just now tuning in. This room had excellent bones and character, it just needed some polishing. And the stairs...they were an entire room themselves, but they have improved in a thousand ways. From carpet, to a million staples, to staining the pine and adding completely new railing...I am thrilled over their sleek look and I know they added so much to this room. I spent a lot of time styling the bookshelves- it takes time if you want them to look good. Slipcovers were made for the existing furniture, and fabulous new throw pillows were made by my my Mom. Most of the decor I already owned, and it came together so well in this room. And just for fun, here is a shot of the before:


Thanks again to Linda for hosting this amazing little challenge. And big thanks to my hubby for sticking this thing out and still loving me ;) Last but not least, check out all my friends as they debut their designs here and here

For a full recap of the challenge: 

 
Laura Wyatt Design