Weekend + First Signs of Fall

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope that y’all had a fantastic weekend. I know we sure did. We did a little bit of this and that around the house, but mostly relaxed in this slightly cooler weather!

Our new chandelier is amazing in our master bedroom. My husband actually admitted after he put it up that it looked good! It’s going to sound silly, but I wake up feeling like a princess in our room now! I absolutely love it, and it so much better than our fan, which was barely used anyway.

camella light

I added the little white baby lamp shades that I already had from years ago to make it feel more cozy. I love the simplicity of this chandelier. It’s modern, yet still classic.


I did decorate a little bit for Fall. Mostly pumpkins sprinkled here and there around the house and on the front door, of course. We burned our new Harvest candle from Target during dinner times and at night. It makes the house smell so good!

Lastly, we played outside a lot with our little one! Like I’ve said before, this is my season, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s started!

rain bootsvia
I am in need/search of some new rain boots. Mine literally had a hole in them, so it was time to throw them away. I run errands in them, garden in them, and simply throw them on to go in and out of the house a lot. I am thinking about this pair or this pair.

 Happy Monday, Friends!

Decorating – Blue & White

I consider myself very “traditional” when it comes to decorating. I get it from my Mom. She has exquisite style and taste when it comes to dressing and decorating; therefore, like Mother, like daughter, I inherited her style. And, thank goodness I did.

As for decorating our house, she taught me the art of symmetry and balance. I always buy décor in “pairs.”

When we registered for our everyday china pattern, my husband and I both fell in love with the “Mandarin Blue” collection by Lauren Ralph Lauren.


Since, then I’ve been able to find several discontinued pieces of our pattern like vases, cookie jars, and candlesticks at HomeGoods. My Mom always calls me and says “I found more…” and I tell her “grab them, please!”   Now, I’ll be the first to admit, other than our everyday pattern, I don’t like a lot of blue and white décor, but I do like it sprinkled in ” here and there” around the house. Too much of a good thing is not good, in my opinion.  If you’re lucky, you can find some really great buys on blue and white ginger jars, bowls, vases and more at HomeGoods. That’s the place to hunt for them. When you see one, grab it, because they go fast. I recently found a blue and white bowl for $24.99. It now resides on our sideboard in our foyer. It’s a piece we’ll love for years. The “hunt” for these pieces is half of the fun!

Do you like decorating with blue and white? If so, where do you shop for your pieces?

Below are some images inspiring my “blue & white” style.





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Minor Obsession – Throw Pillows

If I had to say the one thing I change out at our house décor-wise quite frequently would be throw pillows. I will admit I have a teensy weensy obsession with throw pillows. I simply chalk it up to the fact that you can literally make an inexpensive update instantly to a room with a new set of throw pillows. If that cures my boredom with a room, then I’ll keep the obsession going. All in all, if you find a great pair of throw pillows it will probably run you close to $50.00, but that’s a lot cheaper than updating an entire couch or other furniture in a room, am I right? If you have a neutral base (like couches and chairs) then you can add pattern and poppy throw pillows into the mix easily. I love accessorizing with color in both fashion and décor. In my opinion, it’s all in the details. I have a few other obsessions like lamps, handbags, coats and shoes (we can chat about those in another post later), but for the most part décor-wise, my weakness is a cute set of throw pillows.



Some of my favorite places to find these beauties is at Target (of course), Homegoods, and I have even found a few at Etsy that I like, too.

Here’s a round up of some fun throw pillows I have my eyes on right now.

Monogrammed Pink Gingham

I fell in love with this throw pillow a few months ago. These may just have to be a birthday present to myself. Pink and white gingham and pom poms? I’m in L.O.V.E.

Greek Key Pillows


These are classic. They come in several colors too.

Jute Braid Pillow


This is a timeless, neutral pillow that you can mix colorful throw pillows with to create a layered throw pillow collection on a couch, etc.

What are some of your décor obsession change outs? Do you love a good throw pillow as much as I do?

Design Darling & Top Picks

Have you heard of the boutique Design Darling? I discovered it a little over 3 years ago.  It’s a really cute and chic online boutique. This boutique features everything from candles to tassel earrings and even home decor. All of her stuff is happy and bright (two of my favorite things to be), definitely a perfect place for the typically “girly girl,” which I just so happen to be.  Mackenzie has exceptional style and that’s exactly what she passes onto you in her online boutique. She also has a great blog, too. Another great one to add to your daily reading list. Her dog is precious too.

Here are my top picks from the Design Darling boutique! Some of these things may or may not be on my birthday list.

Happy Shopping!

 Scalloped Desk Organizer – Pink Waves


How cute is this for your desk? It would be a great addition to my desk upstairs!

 Ginger Jar Guest Towel


This guest towel would be perfect in our half bathroom downstairs!

Le Pen – Periwinkle Set of 12


These would be a colorful addition to my desk for writing notes in my planner, thank you notes, etc…

 Camera Print


I took photography in high school, and to this day I still love it. This print would be a nice addition to my office gallery wall I am building.

 Pearl Tassel Earrings


These would definitely be a “splurge” item for me, but I know I would love these for many years to come. Classic tassel earrings in my opinion.

Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish – Navy Blue


This would be a welcomed addition to my nightstand. I constantly have loose odds and ends like earrings and my watch on my nightstand. This would at least keep them organized.

 Note Taking Queen Notebook


My love for elephants continues…I am constantly writing “to-do” lists, adding things to my “dream list” and so this notebook would be a happy one to open anytime I need to jot a thought down on paper.

Home Sweet Home – Updates

Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to make my home inviting, cozy and classic all at the same time. It takes time and money to do both of these things. Afterall, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

However, the best way I have been able to do that is through a consignment stores, Homegoods & Target. Just another great tip my Mom taught me years ago. There are some really great finds at these stores, at superb prices. I think she and I really enjoy the “hunt” of finding that great piece, too. In fact, some of my favorite pieces have come from consignment.

Lately, I’ve been wanting to update a few things here and there in our house to make it more “ours.” Below are a few of the things on my “update list.” These updates are on the smaller side, as they aren’t major renovations, but they will have a big impact which will be nice.

Where do you shop for your home? What updates are you wanting to make to your house lately?

allen + roth 18-in W Antique Rustic Bronze Standard Pendant Light


I want to replace our foyer light. This light is very modern for me, but I really like the Orb light. We have a pretty large/open foyer, and I think this would look great in that space.

 Sea Gull Lighting Lockheart 4 light lantern foyer pendant


I also really LOVE this one, but it’s a bit more expensive. Of course, the one I really love is the more expensive one. This happens to me all of the time. “Champagne taste on a beer budget” as my Dad always says. We’ll just have to wait and see which one we go with…

 Pottery Barn Pearl Embroidered Duvet Cover & Shams


I really love the pearl embroidery on this duvet set. It’s a very crisp and clean look for a master bedroom. I still like our bedding we registered for when we were getting married, but I’m ready for a change. The navy color is classic, and I plan to add our monogram to the shams.

 Natural Linen Paige Round Back Dining Chairs, Set of 2


We currently have a dining room table with 4 chairs, and I would like to add 2 more for each end where my husband and I sit. We host a lot of dinners, but are always bringing our kitchen table chairs into our dining room during these dinners. These would be a welcomed addition to our dining room.

That’s all I am thinking about for right now. The wish list is long, but these items are a great start!



Have a happy weekend!

Office Artwork

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am redesigning my office space at home. Part of the redesign is adding pretty artwork. I am planning on dedicating one wall to be a “gallery wall.”


At my old job, I had a gallery wall of pinterest photos printed out all over my office. Literally, every space was covered. I loved coming into work and working in such a happy space. We had great color printers (one of the perks of working in Marketing), and I would change a few prints out to new ones every few Fridays. Every single image I had hanging in my office inspired me. It was so much better than having plain, grey cube walls. For a creative trying to work, grey cube walls is sheer torture. Trust me.

So, I plan to recreate that kind of space at my home office.

I love the idea of mixing & matching picture frames as well. I plan for some to be clean, crisp white frames, and some prints will be in gold frames.

Now’s the fun part, picking out the prints to go in the frames for my gallery wall. I imagine I will probably change them out with something new every so often, which I look forward to…

I am turning to Etsy to help me build my gallery wall because I know I can get some really great prints at reasonable prices, and I can do the framing myself. Here are a few prints that I am currently loving:

English Springer Spaniel Print


English Springer Spaniel Silhouette Print


Blue and White Vase with Peonies Print


Make It Happen Gold Foil Print


More Issues Than Vogue Print


Pineapple Print


Love You Forever Print


 Do you love gallery walls? It’s a bit intimidating at first to build, but now that I have these great prints to inspire me, I think I can do it! Do you have a gallery wall at home?