Home Tool Kit Necessities

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Let’s talk about the necessities of your home tool kit before your husband goes crazy in the nearest tool aisle. These few tools may seem a little out of the ordinary; but, I have used every one of them multiple times while living on my own and have been thankful for all of them. Here’s my home tool survival kit!

Tape measure (It’ll come up more than you think! Always a good thing to have on hand.)

Hammer

Screwdriver

Plier

Stud finder (Great when you’re hanging a heavy piece of furniture or art on the wall.)

Extra Nails & Screws

Mini level (For one, it’s cuter. Secondly, it’s much easier to store!)

Electrical tape

Flashlight (For when you don’t want to waste your phone’s battery, this comes in handy.)

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These few tools should get you on your way to having a fully functional home in no time. However, if your home is a much smaller scale, maybe opt for a mini tool kit. Obviously everything is cuter in miniature but this is also great for around the house or to put in your car, garage, new homeowners as a gift. My mother gave me one when I moved into my dorm room and I can’t tell you how much I’ve used this! It’s a must have starter kit.

Leave a comment below and tell me what tool you’re sure glad is in your home tool kit!
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Dream Kitchen Inspiration

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Do you remember last month when I shared Great Room Inspiration? That was such a big hit that I decided to bring it back this month and share my kitchen inspiration. I think you’ll notice a lot of similarities between the two aesthetically. I definitely know what I like! Being in this industry certainly immerses me in many different styles so I’ve grown to know what I personally lean toward in my own home. Here are a few of the major things I look for in my dream kitchen.

Waterfall Edge

No matter what, I’m definitely going to need a large gorgeous island with a waterfall edge countertop. It’s non-negotiable at this point. I’m so glad my hubby is on board with this look because, to me, nothing looks more luxurious than a waterfall edge.

Dark Hues

Dark floors and dark cabinets. I love them both. Why pick between the two when I can have both? I love the crisp and edgy look it gives the kitchen. With the proper lighting, it won’t look dreary and dark. I’m partial to the Calcutta marble looking countertops so that will be the source of brightness to bounce light around the kitchen.

Bold Backsplashes

Since most of my tastes are more simplistic and plain, I love the idea of adding a pop of accent to the backsplash. There are so many great metallic tiles out there that I’m in love with. Only time will tell which backsplash I can convince my hubby into getting!

Modern Fixtures

From sink faucets to the light fixtures and all the way down to the cabinet hardware. Modern everything! By no means am I a traditional kind of girl. I love my modern touches.

I hope you liked a little inside look on my dream kitchen. Leave a comment below of something you want in your dream kitchen!
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My Gallery Wall

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Like everything in a home, no project is ever complete. I just wanted to show you where I am in the process of creating my gallery wall. I love gallery walls because they are the easiest and best looking way to display pictures, Knick knacks, and all kinds of decorative items you may pick up along the way. My gallery wall has been a work in progress for about a year so far and I’m really happy with how it’s coming together. I will link all the products I can or at least link similar products.

Downtown Chicago Pictures

My mother actually took these photos years ago on one of her trips there with my sister. I loved the shots so I decided to put them in this simple black frame from Target.

Libra & Cancer Paintings

These are watercolor paintings I did myself actually. I got the idea off of similar pieces from Minted, feel free to buy them here if art isn’t your forte. I ordered the square white frames from Amazon and I love them.

Couple’s Pictures

The idea for this came from Pinterest, of course. It’s a picture of me and my husband our first year and our last year of college with our first college apartment address in the middle. Once I get around to it, I am going to put a copy of that apartment’s key in the center as well. Loved the idea and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

Gold Foil Iowa Map

I ordered this piece from Minted as soon as I found it. I LOVE the gold foil. Minted also has a variety of frames to offer so I just picked up a white one to go with my theme.

Artistic Quote

The small little quote in the blue frame was just a quote I got off of Pinterest paired with a frame I picked up from Target.

Antique Mirrored Arrows

I picked these up recently from Target and I love the three dimensionality it gives to the wall. These are so cute and can be sure all together or separately like I am.

Wedding Quote

This gorgeous piece was actually a wedding gift from my sister. I love it! The poem is one she wrote specifically for us and I think it’s absolutely beautiful! Her creativity never ceases to amaze me.

Family Photo

I love these family photos we took last year with my husband’s family and the blue in their shirts pairs well with the subtle blue theme of the wall.

Gold Hello Sign

I recently picked this up from the Target dollar spot and thought it was a super cute addition. The hello sign can be removed and replaced with a new picture but I like the color of it so I think I’ll keep it for a while.

I hope you enjoyed this little look at my gallery wall and pulled some inspiration to incorporate these pieces in your own home. Let me know down below what your favorite piece was!

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Great Room Inspiration

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As an interior designer by profession, I see a lot of different styles and design for many different high end clients. I’d like to think that being a designer makes it easy to design my own home; but, the truth is that my tastes change all the time since I’m surrounded with so many different styles. It’s hard for me to choose exactly what I would like in my own home but I do have a pretty good idea of what elements I prefer. Since there are so many different areas of a home, I decided to focus on one room, the living room. This is where most of my time is spent currently and I have a pretty good understanding of what I need/want in that space.

Deep Hues

Deep, dark colors in both furniture and wall color. I love the aesthetic of a well-designed dark space. There’s a way to design a beautiful dark space without making it look like a cave.

Luxe Items

Brining in luxe glam items in places like the coffee tables and end tables will help lighten up the place and give it a more feminine touch. I love the mix and grunge and glam in a space.

Accent Lighting

I would love to have a large feature piece like a chandelier or a beautiful set of accent pendants. A dark space needs more than one layer of light to help with ambiance during all times of the day. Simply lamps or recessed lighting won’t do the trick as the only source of light.

Texture

If you’ve seen my bedroom tour, you know I love texture as opposed to color. I’d love to bring in different textures with wood flooring, tiled fireplaces, mirrored accent pieces, metal lighting, and a plethora of fabric types.

The mixture of all of these will create the perfect dark glam space that I envision as my dream great room. I can’t wait to own my own property where I am allowed to make changes like these to create my dream space. What does your dream living room look like? I would love to know!

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DIY Rustic Wood Headboard

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I have never had a headboard prior to this custom one I made (with the help of the fiancé and some power tools). I have always wanted a headboard but could never find one I liked. Then one day it hit me. Duh! Just make my own! It wasn’t a hard process by any means but I am a perfectionist. I may have taken a few extra nonessential steps along the way to ensure we made the exact headboard I was envisioning. For those of you who have been around here since the beginning, you may remember my very first blog post. It was a DIY jewelry holder that was very similar to the piece I wanted to show you today!

Here is what you’ll need :

  1. 2×6 pieces of wood (amount depends on your design)
  2. A large piece of plywood
  3. DIY aged wood stain
  4. Nail gun w/ nails
  5. Saw
  6. Sandpaper or a sander
  7. Drill
  8. Bolts w/ washers
  9. Stain (if preferred)

The Process :

  1. First, I started out with a scaled rendering of how I wanted the pieces laid out. Once I tweaked the design to my liking, I labeled all of the measurements
  2. Cut down your 2×6 boards to your specified dimensions
  3. Cut your plywood backing to the overall size of your headboard
  4. Once you have your pieces cut, attach them to the plywood by using a nail gun (we found this to be the easiest)
  5. Once all of your front facing pieces are attached, attach the two vertical pieces that will attach to your bedframe (we took special care that we knew exactly where these posts would line up with the frame
  6. Give your headboard a good sanding (remember you will have your head close or on this many nights)
  7. Apply your DIY stain/store bought stain (we used both to give the headboard a more gray appearance)
  8. Line the headboard up with your bedframe and drill holes where you will need to attach the bolts
  9. Attach the bolts and secure the headboard to the wall if necessary (depending on the height)

This DIY was a little lengthier and hands on than the jewelry holder but it is so worth it. If you have all the tools on hand, like I did, then this headboard will cost you close to nothing. It could be even cheaper if you have the wood on hand. (For reference, I made my headboard queen sized.) This DIY cost me about $100 for a gorgeous custom headboard that people normally pay hundreds, even thousands, for. I’m so happy with how it turned out! I think it looks amazing. It’s better than store bought because I got to take the time to make it exactly how I wanted, from design to the finish. I love it. Let me know if you would like to see other DIY’s soon and I can definitely arrange that. Have a great day!

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How To Save A Broken Candle

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I hope everyone is having a lovely fall and enjoying the nice change in weather. Being able to turn the AC off and open the windows is such a great feeling to me. I love it! With the cooler air blowing into my house, I realized my candles needed to be switched out to something a little more weather appropriate.

So, this weekend I busted out the fall scented candles! I don’t like pumpkin spice for anything, besides candles. Yes, I know, I am one of the few who hates pumpkin and pumpkin spice. About mid-fall last year I made the plunge and got myself a Scentsy so I had a couple candles left over from last year. Waste not, want not! Those were the first candles I went to grab this season, just to use up whatever was left. However, I noticed that one of my candles had broken in our move last year (UGH!). I’m sure that I’m not the first, nor the last, to have this problem.

So, I’m here today to tell you that all is not lost! For all the candles who have broken, wick wore down, or the scent isn’t as powerful – there is still hope! Go ahead and cut out a chunk of your broken candle and put it in a Scentsy pot. It works just as well as the expensive name brand cubes and it’ll let you utilize the rest of your candle. Don’t give up on your stubborn candles just yet! I know how annoying it is to buy a cheap candle and love the scent but all that burns is the wick. (I like to call them a one and done candle.) Super annoying. But using your Scentsy pot will give them life again! I highly recommend getting one of these pots, especially if you have a growing pile of broken candles. It has been a life saver! Even buying the cult favorites (gimme some of that Marshmallow Fireside!) and breaking it up for the Scentsy is something I often do. It’s a great twist and safer than having an open flame around kids and curious pets! Definitely give it a try and let me know your thoughts. I hope you found this helpful! Subscribe and stick around for more! 🙂

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Shopping Haul – Target, Ulta, Michael’s

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I definitely satisfied my shopping itch this weekend. My wallet isn’t happy, but I am! Like most people, Target always gets the best of me. This haul is definitely an odd mixture of all things décor, clothing, and beauty so let’s just get into it!

Firstly, this shirt…omg it is made of the comfiest material ever. I purchased it this weekend and I’ve already worn it. It’s super cute and super comfortable. This shirt will definitely be one of the most used in my collection and who can argue with that price? Am I right? Target you don’t disappoint.

Cat owners will understand this next purchase. I’ve been needing a jewelry tray to put my ring and earrings in at night. Whenever I put them loosely on my night stand, I’ll wake up to find that my cat took them and hid them…This tray is super cute and I loved the metal mixed with glass.

I was in desperate need of a mascara so I decided to try out a Wet N Wild mascara to add to my cruelty free products. So far, I’m not disappointed! I can’t tell if that is because this mascara actually rocks or if my old mascara was soooo beyond done that anything looks better. I’ll keep you updated.

I picked up two more bottles of the Batiste Dark & Deep Brown dry shampoo because I go through these things like nobody’s business! I like the brunette version much better than the original due to the fact that I don’t have to worry about brushing out the white cast.

I’ve wanted to try out these blushes ever since I saw Casey Holmes rave about them. So I picked up Wet N Wild’s Color Icon Ombre Blush in Mai Tai Buy You A Drink. I’m excited to try this out! I bought it at Target but can only seem to find the purple blush on their website? So I linked the actual color from Wet N Wild.

I couldn’t resist picking up another darker nude liquid lipstick and I’ve been meaning to try the new NYX Lip Lingerie line (mine is in the color Push Up). Dark nudes are definitely my go to year round.

I’m always looking to get my hands on a backup eyebrow pencil. So naturally, I had to pick up some more of my ash brown!

I’ve been looking for a good set of cute letters to display. I’m not quite sure where they’re going to be displayed yet but I love the color and material of these. I just had to have them!

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Autumn Treat – S’mores Muffins

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Cooler evenings have me yearning to start a fire and roast some marshmallows! However, I walked by this little beauty in the store the other day and decided to see if it would satisfy my s’mores craving. Now it has my asking, where have these been my whole life? S’mores muffins are probably the most ingenious idea ever. These are SO yummy. I just got mine from the local grocery store in their bakery section. So, now that I’m hooked, I decided to take to the internet to find some yummy recipes. I found a super simple and easy to follow recipe on Busy Moms Helper that I’ll definitely need to try. I also found a yummy sounding recipe that adds bananas on Inside Bru Crew Life’s blog. Of the two, I’m leaning more towards the recipe that includes bananas. I think that would make a super yummy addition to these treats. But I’m definitely going to be trying both of these this fall/winter season. They would be such a cute treat to bring along to a party or event this season. If you try them too, let me know how you like them!

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New Hair Care Products

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Today I wanted to talk to you about a couple new products I picked up recently to try out. My shampoo and conditioner are getting low; so, while I was out buying backups, I decided to try out these two beauties. I’m super excited to dive into these. I’ve heard nothing but good things about OGX so I’m sure I won’t be disappointed. My hair is in a desperate need of a trim so any extra life I can put back into my hair, the better. While in the OGX section of the store, I decided to try out the Coconut Milk Shampoo and the Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner. I didn’t want to commit fully to one or the other (coconut milk vs argan oil) so I decided to go with one of each. The main reasons I finally gravitated towards these are due to the fact they’re sulfate free and cruelty free. YAY! More cruelty free products to add to my arsenal! I’m itching to give these two a go and once I do, I’ll be sure to let you know my thoughts.

Have any of you used these products or any products by OGX? Have you enjoyed them? Let me know below.

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This or That Tag

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I saw laurenellen do this tag and thought it was super cute and creative. So, today I decided to give it a go! If there is a rhyme or reason to why the originating author chose the subjects they did, I’ll never know. I thought it was fun and a few of the choices definitely threw me for a loop! Keep reading to read some of my favorites!

Makeup

Blush or Bronzer : Bronzer, I need it!

Lip Gloss or Lipstick : Stick. My hair sticks to gloss WAY too easily. Annoying!

Eyeliner or Mascara : Mascara. I definitely use mascara way more than eyeliner. I feel bare without it.

Pressed or Loose Eyeshadows : Pressed, I guess. I didn’t know loose was a thing?

Brushes or Sponges : Depends on what it’s for I guess…I use brushes more than sponges so brushes I suppose!

 

Nails

Long or Short : Long! If only I could grow them out without picking at them…

Acrylic or Natural : Natural. I love acrylic for their length but they’re so much work to keep up on.

Brights or Darks : Option C – Neutral.

Flower or No Flower : NOOOOO Flower

 

Fashion

Jeans or Sweat Pants : Sweat Pants all day, everyday!

Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve : Long sleeve for sure.

Stripes or Plaid : Plaid. Not all stripes are flattering…

Dresses or Skirts : Skirts. More versatility.

Flip Flops or Sandals : Sandals.

Scarves or Hats : Scarves for days I’m dressing cute. Hats on days I want to be a bum.

Studs or Dangly Earrings : Studs.

Heels or Flats : Flats. As much as it pains me to say, flats are more functional for me. Heels are so cute though.

Jacket or Hoodie : Hoodie. If I’m dressing down, I’m going full bum mode!

 

Hair

Curly or Straight : Straight. Takes way less time to do!

Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips : Bobby Pins. Not sure if I have ever used a butterfly clip.

Long or Short : Long. I’ve done both but I prefer long.

Light or Dark : Dark. Looks best with my skin tone. I’m not meant to be a blonde!

Side Sweep Bangs or Full Bangs : Side Sweep. I’ve never done full bangs (not after grade school at least).

Up or Down : Up. Get all this dang hair out of my face!

 

Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading this tag as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you do this tag, be sure to tag me!

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Decor from Colorado

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I can finally talk about these! We picked up one of these candles for a surprise souvenir for my fiance’s mother. Now that we’ve given it to her I don’t have to worry about spoiling the surprise! 🙂

Can we talk about how GORGEOUS these candles are? I picked these two up from this cute little store in Breckenridge, Colorado called Global Candle Gallery. These are all they sell and I immediately fell in love with their store. I’m not exaggerating when I say, I spent hours in their store testing as many candles as I could. These candles are handmade in the store right in front of you. Let me tell you, they employ some very creative people! These are amazing quality and such an innovative idea! These appear to just be normal candles; until, you put them under direct lighting, then they transform into a gorgeous work of art! The way they layer the wax gives the interior a completely different look than the exterior. This effect also happens when the candles are lit but I’m too much of a perfectionist to burn those gorgeous wicks. I, of course, purchase an all-white candle because I like to use texture as accents instead of color. For my fiance’s mom, we got a gorgeous multi-colored candle that features this cute little elephant (her favorite animal)! I am so in love with these for so many reasons; but most of all, I love supporting local artists. The employees talk so highly of their work and you can tell they love what they do.

Best of all? They have an online store! Be sure to check out their work and see if anything sparks your interest (click here). I will say, the pictures hardly do them justice! Next time you’re in Breck, be sure to stop on in to Global Candle Gallery!

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Tips and Tricks For Creating Your Dream Living Room – For Every 20-Something Living On Their Own

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What a gorgeous way to start of the week! I was definitely feeling the need to shop around for some home décor this weekend. So, I satisfied that need with that big gorgeous canvas up on the wall (I’m OBSESSED). Then I got to thinking: “What better way to start the week than with some home décor inspiration?” Well, here I am! I’ve already talked about Creating Your Personal Oasis in your bedroom; so, let’s take today to talk about your living room.

This post is for all you 20-somethings out there or simply all of you out there decorating on a budget. I’m in the same boat as all of you; except as a designer, I’m tempted by all of this home décor EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. It’s exhausting trying to resist buying these 24/7! So let me help you figure out what you need to buy to start achieving that designer feel. My living room is nowhere near complete but, like all projects, it’s a journey that happens in phases. So, here are five simple tips that can help you achieve that designer look for less.

  1. Invest in your signature pieces. Those pieces include the larger pieces of furniture that get used most frequently. For me, that was the sectional. We got ours at Homemakers a year ago for only $600! (Click here for the exact sectional.) Gorgeous durable pieces don’t always have to cost an arm and a leg. This sectional has held up through a year of cats, dogs, and us without showing any of it. If this sectional isn’t your style, be sure to check out sites like Overstock, Joss and Main, and Wayfair for some amazing deals on your signature pieces.
  2. Ditch the socks. I’ll be the first to remove carpeting in any place I live in. However, I’ve got a serious soft spot for rugs. They’re a great way to dress up a room and add a touch of color or texture. I purchased ours on Wayfair for a pretty decent price (click here for the exact rug)!
  3. Mix the old with the new. You can’t go purchasing all new everything (not yet at least). So, learn to repurpose and mix your old pieces with the new. Our coffee table originally was a light pine color that really didn’t work in our home or with any of our furniture. Some time and paint (and the help of my mother) changed that stubborn old piece into a timeless piece I can mix with any style.
  4. Get cozy. This is where decorating really starts to get fun. Adding accent pillows and throw blankets easily take your living room to the next level. Sadly, accent pillows aren’t too cheap. However, if you look for comfort as well as aesthetically pleasing pillows, you’ll find the perfect balance that will make the decision whether or not to buy the pillow a simple one. The furry pillows came from HomeGoods while the navy and the gold pillows came from Target. (They no longer carry the navy pillows but they were part of the Nate Berkus collection.)
  5. Add the wow factor. Whether you do this through artwork, lighting, or décor it’ll certainly add the extra push to make your living room really come together. This piece of art is my first installment of this step. It definitely did not come cheap…so the lamp and décor I have in mind will need to wait (the art was also a HomeGoods purchase so I sadly can’t link it). And that’s okay! If you can practice patience, I promise the end look will be much more satisfying!

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