Category Archives: Living Spaces

Creating an inviting entry way.

Hey Hey! Today I wanted to stop in and share how our entry way currently looks, as well as share the journey that (was not so quick but also) led it to how it looks today. 

I am a firm believer in the importance of a good looking entry way to greet your guests when they come to your home, I think it’s definitely a strong first impression… you can either show them what you’re all about… or not use the chance to wow them.

Our entry way happens to not be much of an entry at all, it’s really just straight into our front living room and a long wall. Long walls are hard to decorate because the scale always is so distorted on them. When we first moved in I put a cute piece of furniture on the wall and a pretty mirror but it never felt right. So eventually we added the board and batten with the picture ledge and it felt much better. I loved that metal bench, but back to it being an enormous wall and the scale never feeling quite right… eventually I ditched my super cute bench and bought a longer entry table from World Market, the Everett Foyer Table it did a much better job at filling the space I had. 

I finally got enough picture frames to fill up the top picture ledge, and hung them all up. I’ve gone through times of having a LOT of decorations on the table, but recently on my journey of quieting the house I removed a bunch of decor and just left a couple things, I’m in the mood lately of just letting my bigger items speak for themselves and I’m loving the results. The story of quieting this space is the same.  I think using this train of thought could help save you money too, instead of buying all the things you think are cute or charming… think if they could stand on their own or if they need to be part of a grouping… maybe let them go in favor of classic more statement making pieces.

It’s a little comical to me that it took me 4 years to figure out how to best address this space, when I get paid to figure out people’s spaces for like… a living. It’s harder in your own home I think, it takes living in a space for a while for it to tell you how it really needs to work for you and your family best. I’m finally learning to listen to this voice into my own home and have loved the results.

Quieting the house.

I have been on a mission lately to “quiet the house” I think just after the busy season of the Holidays and all the celebrating but also pure busy-ness it’s nice to reconnect to your home and re-evaluate things. January is always this time for me. I feel as if, when you consciously edit the things you bring into your home it brings a peace to your life. A quieter room allows space to think, and live… which is important when we LIVE in our homes right. I have 3 kids, we really, really, REALLY, live in our home.  I find that taking out excess is liberating.

 When I am designing a space for someone’s home whether it is a full room redo, or just accessorizing I am very purposeful. I think about how they live, who lives there, what their lives are like, etc. all of these thoughts go into what I choose for their spaces. Sometimes in my own home, I get hung up on trends or just collecting beautiful things and I forget to edit…  just load in all the pretties and call it good.  If you look back you will see that this room had a busy rug, it had busy curtains, it had a lot of color and a lot of things. It was pretty but it never quite felt right or “me” or “us” by us I mean my family… I mean our home I always want to be a good representation of who we are. Whenever I edit my house and take out all the layers of crap and things that are just “things” and come back to classic shapes, a mix of textures, and a simple color palette I always feel more at peace and more at “home” which is always a plus when I am in fact home.

I thought I would share this space because its a really good example of a room I edited, I simplified, and I am loving.

Just because it’s quieter, doesn’t mean it is more boring… I let each item speak for itself. I have visual interest in a lot of places still. I added the layered frames on the wall for texture, but still in rather simple forms. I found the old wood pieces that are actually old fruit drying racks from Northern California at the fall Junk in the Trunk market in Scottsdale. I didn’t have a purpose for them when I bought them I just knew the wood color tone was so pretty… I had to have them. I am a believer in filling walls with art that means something to you, which is often for me, family pictures. Especially in spaces where guests are commonly greeted, like this one, our front room. So I layered some simple more modern-lined frames I found at Target over the repurposed old wood pieces and LOVE the combination of the two. So. Good.

I switched out the louder West Elm curtains with simple drop cloths. I have been asked multiple times if I had found drop cloths without a seam down the middle. And no, I didn’t. Mine have it, but it honestly doesn’t bother me at all. I think there’s beauty in little imperfect details like that.  I think with the new wall art, and the simple layers of pieces in this room each item feels more special, more purposeful, and more like home. I only kept pieces that truly speak to me. I love the tufts of the chesterfield sofa. I love the linen and the wood of the ottoman. I am obsessed with my antique dough bowl. The floral pillows mixed with the buffalo check rug. I find myself coming into this room more when I need just a moment of peace… which has me thinking I need to bring this way of undecorating and quieting into more spaces in our home.

Rylen’s Christmas Home

Well there is less than a week before Christmas and I’m just barely getting my home pictures up. Better late than never? This little surprise baby had rocked my world! We find out soon what we are having and I am SO nervous! I love being a “boy mom” more than I ever imagined  I would but I can’t help but think about the things I would miss out on never having a girl. I am trying to convince myself it will be okay either way! I’m glad that I have had Christmas to keep my mind off of it! 

I saw this adorable set of bells from McGee and Co. only to realize they had sold out! So I searched high and low and they were sold out everywhere! So I decided to make my own. I bought the bells from a cute etsy shop then tied them up with some twine. The wreath is from target.

We have bought a real tree every year since we’ve been married but this year we decided to buy a fake one I had been eyeing from Grandin Road. I loved that it looked not so perfect like most fake trees do. I really do love it. I didn’t think I missed the real tree very much until I walked into my mother-in-laws home and was hit with the glorious smell of her fresh tree. You just can not replicate that. 

I found this cute bucket for $20 at Junk in the Trunk this year. It was the only thing I ended up buying and now I’m going to have to find a place to store it after Christmas, but I think it’s worth it. 

I love the coziness this time of year brings. It makes me never want to leave my house! Hope you enjoyed my holiday home and have a very Merry Christmas!

 

Rylen’s Fall Tour: Part 2

Better late than never right?! I cant believe how fast Halloween has snuck up on me this year! We have our first Halloween party on Friday and I just realized i don’t even have a costume for Ridge yet! Hopefully this isn’t an indication of how the rest of this holiday season is going to go.

I had fun decorating my family/dining room for Halloween this year.  I tried to stick with mostly neutral colors with a vintage vibe. I changed out my botanical prints for these fun vintage prints put together by Ella Claire. I love the playful touch they add.

I was so happy to finally have shelves to decorate! Styling shelves is always a process for me. I have to put stuff up and see how i feel about it for a day or two then tweak things. I recently bought this three tiered shelf from Rod Works in Gilbert, AZ. It is the perfect depth for this dining room. I added some spooky bats to the hallway along with pumpkins of course!

Hope you have a very happy Halloween!

Quick, easy & FUN Halloween Decor

Last year was the first year I decorated for Halloween, and to my surprise… my kids endlessly praised my coolness. So decorating for little holidays, such as Halloween became a MUST in my book. For the children right? Okay, it is a little for me too.

I am not much unto the spooky, but I can do cute and fun which is what I try to do each year. Cat burglars, ghosts, bats, and a skull with a spider for good measure that about sums up Halloween at our home.
What do you think? I know lots of people don’t “do” Halloween but its fun to do a little bit here and there each  year.

Most of my seasonal fun decor comes from my local Homegoods! The prices, the selection… its great! I grabbed the florals, spider webs, and pumpkins at Michaels and Joanns… I keep it simple, keep it inexpensive, and keep it fun!

In other news, I was a little shell shocked when I walked into Homegoods today for an afternoon stroll and found Christmas decor on their shelves. Though if invited to that bandwagon I could potentially hop on… I love the festive jingle bells more than I love a spooky skull.

 

– Jenna

Finally Fall: Rylen’s Fall Home Tour 2016

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Jenna and I were so excited to be included in this Finally Fall blog hop! We feel like the theme “finally fall” could not be more fitting for us Arizonans. We have to fake it till we make it for quite a while until it FINALLY starts to cool down here!This fall/holiday season is going to be an interesting one with baby coming soon. I normally love to decorate for Halloween but I know with a newborn around I won’t be changing out my decor anytime soon. I wanted some simple, neutral touches of fall that would transition well until Christmas comes out and ones that I (hopefully) won’t get sick of!
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I was so excited to find this magnolia wreath on decor steals. I’ve been wanting one for SO long but could never justify spending $90 on one. rylen-fallhome-6dsc_0308-2rylen-fallhome-7Can you spy my little photo bomber? Photographing a room takes skills, photographing a room with little hooligans running around is an art. This last time we were photographing, I kept thinking we needed a behind the scenes video going on because it was not as serene as the pictures make it look!
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This is one of my favorite times of year. I love everything that fall brings and cant wait to start all of our fun fall traditions! Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to stop by our fellow Finally Fall Home Tours. They will all make you swoon!

 

Little Glass Jar

A House and a Dog

The Fat Hydrangea

Twelve On Main

Dandelion Patina

An Inspired Nest

Creekwoodhill

Rustic and Woven

Delightfully Noted

Mindfully Gray

Living 511

Finally Fall: Jenna’s Fall Home Tour 2016

Hey girls! We are so thrilled to be included in a fun Finally Fall home tour blog hop with some really great insanely talented hosts. All their links full of eye candy are at the end!

It finally feels like cooler weather is on the way in Arizona so I’ve been making it rain pumpkins for the last couple days… For the first time since I got married I decided to decorate for Halloween. My kids are over the moon and I think I moved up on the cool Mom scale a teeny bit. I would be lying if I said I’m not loving it too. Every time I walk by I can’t help but smile. Originally I only planned on adding Halloween to our entry way, but it has slowly crept it’s way into all my fall decor almost. It adds a bit of light hearted fun in our home, and I am a fan of that! Perhaps later in the season I’ll show these spaces without the skelebones and bats.

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This Haunted House Pillow that I found at Nordstrom Rack is so darling… the little spooky eyes in the windows make me laugh. It’s possible that I’m easily amused.

Our front room functions as a sitting room but mostly a play room for the kiddos. We need to utilize all our rooms in our little house so this one needs to play multiple duties. 
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I always love to decorate this entertainment center for each season, it’s in our main living space the kitchen/dining/family room.

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jennas-fall-home-2017-31 jennas-fall-home-2017-17I found the cutest collection of painted Halloween plates by Rae Dunn at my local HomeGoods. They all have different cute painted witch feet + cute saying on them. My personal favorite is the one I showed on top, smell my feet. Back to being easily amused.
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I hope you enjoyed coming by and visiting our home! I love decorating for fall because it means the entire Holiday season is coming! Bring me all the Pumpkin spice + Caramel apples! 

Be sure to stop by these lovely Finally Fall Home Tours

 

Little Glass Jar

A House and a Dog

The Fat Hydrangea

Twelve On Main

Dandelion Patina

An Inspired Nest

Creekwoodhill

Rustic and Woven

Delightfully Noted

Mindfully Gray

Living 511

 

Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods

This is by far one of my very favorite details of my home, but yet its a view that I hardly ever share. I get tons of compliments from visitors, and questions about it from followers so here are all the details I can think of sharing with you. It’s really so simple, which is probably why I never thought to blog about it. We completed this project well over a year ago, and I don’t think I’ve ever shared the details of it. So here I go.

The first big change I made is adding the faux shiplap planked wall. So easy and I love it. Then I had to address the window situation, which was challenging. In my family room I have a large sliding glass door + a corner of windows in the eat in kitchen. I wanted a seamless look for the entire space, but finding curtain rods that would fit what I needed was 1. Near impossible 2. Extremely expensive.

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One day perusing Home Depot I found myself in the industrial pipe aisle, and decided to go for it. When I spoke to the trusty Home Depot man he suggested that I use electical conduit pipe because it was less expensive and lighter weight. So he threaded the ends of the large pipes to match the fittings I needed to attach them to the wall and I was off.

I connected 2 large 12′ pipes along the main wall with an L bracket on each end, and a T bracket in the middle. On the adjacent wall I just used 1 12′ pipe attached to the wall with L brackets on each side.

I found these Dot Lattice curtains at Target and thought they would be the perfect backdrop for my home through the seasons, knowing we use and change this space A LOT. It’s been about 18 months and I still am happy with the choice, and that’s saying a LOT for someone who likes to change things all the time.

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New “big” boy room.

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Yay! We’re back from both of us falling off the face of the earth, aka being newly pregnant and feeling like we’re slowly dying of exhaustion + nausea. We’re popping in to share a new room redo, what is better than that! The best kind of blog posts ever.

After we redid Grace’s room, I was dying to redo my little boy’s room too. I feel like he’s always left out of the fun for whatever reason (second kid problems). I call it a “big” boy room lightly, because he’s well.. only 3. But he has a regular bed now so it qualifies right?  Anyways, I was so thrilled to add another Beddy’s to my collection, you can read my review of their product { here }. It is certainly one of my very favorite new things I have found. We went with the Hot and Coaled beddy’s . It is MUCH more color than I am used to, I am such a neutral girl at heart… but I am learning to add color. I believe kid’s rooms should be fun and full of personality. I had a lot of fun mixing patterns in this room (even though I do get scared at times that maybe it’ll look like a clown hut). But I think it came together pretty well.

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My husband built Hudson a bed for this space, because I just think that is the coolest thing to do and also… he rocks at it.  We found plans on Ana White and I love how simple and rustic it is. I chose to do a two-tone finish on it. The planks are stained special walnut, and the white is Swiss Coffee.

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Another project I did was this dresser. It’s an old Ikea Hemnes dresser that’s been hanging around our house for years moving here and there. I added some fun paper from Chasing Paper for the drawer fronts, and I love how fun it turned out. I told you… like so much pattern going on in here… but hey, why not.

Here are a couple more detail shots for fun, I love the pillowcase and animals from the Pillowfort line at Target. The rug is also from Target.


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We DIY’d pretty much everything in this space, from the bed, to the curtains, to the dresser. That is my favorite way to decorate my own home. What do you think? I think it turned out so fun and perfect for my cute little 3-year old.

New Family Room rug + RugsUSA review

Today I’m popping in to share our newish family room rug which was quite the drastic change from the sessile rug that was seen in my Fall Home Tour last year. I certainly loved the kid friendliness of sessile, and the natural texture was just the stuff dreams are made of… but I wanted to do something more risky with my space. I like neutral a WHOLE lot, I mean… most my house is grey or white… but I think that provides the perfect situation to bring in a punch of fun. So I went for it, and took the risk on this beautiful rug during a great sale, from RugsUSA around Black Friday.  This site has frequent amazing sales, and lots of useful customer reviews on their rugs that are quite helpful when trying to figure out the true color, etc.
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When I first unrolled it I was a little taken aback by how BLUE and BRIGHT it was (I mean, I had sessile before… so… quite the change) But it has sure grown on me! It makes me smile every time I take the time to clean up the mounds of kids toys and can take it in… which I’m trying to do more often BTW. But let’s be honest… it’s hard. Good news is covered in tractors and beanie boo’s it’s still pretty. TCH- rugsUSA  - 3

I am very happy with the great quality of this rug, it has a soft silky feel, and has stood up well to our family of two children, a puppy, and messy adults. I had ordered rugs for design clients from RugsUSA but never for myself, and I am quite pleased with the price points as well as the quality! Rylen has purchased some rugs for her  home from the site too.TCH- rugsUSA  - 4 TCH- rugsUSA  - 5

I love when risks I take around my home end up being so rewarding. This rug is definitely an anchor in our family room space, and has really brought so much liveliness to our home… Isn’t it great how adding a little unexpected item, that may be a little out of your comfort zone can end up being the greatest thing!