Holiday Home Tour 2018

Last year, we were moving into our home during the holidays. We came to Michigan with barely any furniture or decor, let alone holiday decor! I picked up just enough last year to make it feel like the holidays. This year, I had the time to add a few things here and there and we learned that our bay window deserves a 10ft live tree! I wanted to keep the Christmas color pallet black & white. Welcome to our home at Christmas!

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I Hired a Life Coach

A year ago, if I heard the term “mindset” or someone mentioned “life coaching,” my eyes would roll so far back into my head that they would get stuck there for 48 hours. I’m an extremely analytical, realistic, straight forward person that relies on a dose of intuition. All of this “find your inner-self” shit seemed like a lot of fu-fu fluff. The universe works in funny ways my friends. Early this year, I brought on a life coach as a Thoughtfully Designed client, and we instantly hit it off.

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Black & White Christmas Decor

After Christmas 2016, I completely ditched ALL of my Christmas decor. It was bittersweet. Last year, I traded out that lime green, gold and red for black and white and I have zero regrets. I’ve had my own home for about 5 years now and I’m finally figuring out what I like and don’t like.

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Ditch These Items & Replace Them with Reusable Solutions

If you have been following me on Instagram for awhile, you know that we have been trying really hard to reduce the amount of waste generated in our household. It's been a slow process. We tried to go cold turkey, and found that wasn't realistic for us. After that, adding back in products with wasteful packaging felt defeating, BUT I wasn't giving us enough credit. It's all about progress, not perfection and that goes for you, too! You don't have to be an extreme zero waster to make a few small changes that can have a big impact on your waste generation, so here are some waste reduction tips for people who are NOT zero waste! 

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Our Narrow Entryway Inspiration + Console Tables

This weekend, I started refreshing our main entryway. I was itching for a house project, but needed to spend as little money as humanly possible (wedding planning probs). It’s a space we haven’t touched since we moved in. When you open our front door, the staircase is beautiful, but the space is tight, and the walls were a light purple. To top it off, we still have the midget, cheetah curtain that came with the house covering the window next to the front door.

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6 Stylish Black, Metal Bed Frames Under $350

Okay, you guys have been head over heels for my black, metal, platform bed I got off of Wayfair. It has been sold out for a little while now, so I wanted to share my other favorites from when I was shopping! The one I ended up going with seemed like a total steal for $158.00 and free shipping. The platform beds below vary in price, but there are a couple that I’m drooling over, like the canopy beds. Unfortunately, we have to use a really low headboard because of our angled ceilings.

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Saying Goodbye to Year 24

I can’t believe I am 25 years old today. No clue why, but 25 seems so much older than 24. If you didn’t know my age before, that number might come as a surprise to you. It often does to strangers online! Anyway, year 24 was an absolute whirlwind spent with my best friend. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. So many major life milestones and each one came as a blessing and sometimes a challenge. I love being able to look back on so many wonderful memories, and I know year 25 is going to be the best one yet!

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Transportation in Italy: What I Would do Differently

Our nine day trip to Italy, was, well, an adventure. When we got back home everyone asked the classic, “How was your trip?” Our answer, “Um, 50/50.” Let’s start from the very beginning. We left our house Friday afternoon to drive to the Chicago airport (about a 3 hour drive). Our flight was due to leave at 9:30PM. We parked in economy (Life goal is to always park in the garage) and then waited for a bus for 35 minutes only to discover that the bus wasn’t running to that stop.

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Our Engagement Story

I can’t believe it has already been two months since our engagement! Where in the hell does time go? Back in July, Andrew and I had started planning weekly dates as advised by my amazing life coach (more on her and that experience coming soon). We alternate back and fourth on who plans the date. It was mid-august and Andrew’s week to plan the date.

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International Travel: What to Know Before You Go

We love to travel, but sometimes it feels nearly impossible with limited time off of work and a tight budget. Earlier this year, we made the decision to take one big trip in 2018. Four months ago, we landed on Italy. With help from my world traveler brother, we decided to fly into Florence, spend a few days in Tuscany and then travel down to the Amalfi Coast. You guys know I’m a thrifty gal when it comes to my home, and the same goes for our travels. With one day left before we board our international flight, I’m scrambling with last minute details.

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Inspiration for a Cozy, Fall Master Bedroom Refresh

Our bedroom has gone through quite a few "phases" since we moved in last fall. I've recapped them below for your amusement. That said, I'm finally feeling like I have a vision for this house and the vibe I want to go for. I truly believe design is a journey and not a destination.

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My $500 Kitchen Refresh Reveal with Cost Breakdown

I'm finally ready to share some photos of our budget kitchen updates. Initially, I wanted to gut this thing, but I knew that was not financially smart for us. That said, I couldn't live with our disgusting, outdated kitchen. A little, jk a lot, of paint, and some elbow grease have gone a long way on this kitchen. It might not be my dream kitchen, but it feels so much fresher than it did with what we were able to do on a $500 budget! 

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My Kitchen Renovation Inspiration

I've had a vision for our kitchen since we moved in, but now that I'm committed to getting this thing renovated and put back together, I have to get serious about the design, layout, and finishes.  Andrew and I are obsessed with black and white, wood tones, and different metals, so all of that is going to be incorporated into this tiny box of a kitchen. Good thing the kitchen is tiny because so is our budget. 

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Naked (The house, not me) Tour

This summer, we saw countless houses and all of a sudden we discovered this big, purple (some claim it is grey) Victorian. Andrew made us drive by it before we even met the realtor to see the other houses that day. As soon as we walked inside he looked at me, and we both knew this was the place we would call home. The closing kept getting pushed back, and we were on the seat of our pants for a couple months. Finally, in October... keys! 

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Shop small: 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Can you believe it's already that time? With Thanksgiving behind us, I'm in full on shopping mode. This year, I am making a commitment to shopping small and supporting small business owners, makers and creators like myself! It's like giving a double gift! You make a one woman shop owner dance and delight your family and friends with a special something. What could be better than that?

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Our Lake Michigan Getaway

I'm a little late to the party blogging this trip, but it was just too cute not to share. Last month, we snuck away for a much needed weekend of quality time and relaxation. We rented the most adorable cabin in Sawyer, MI, just a few short miles away from the Warren Dunes. To my surprise there were antique shops EVERYWHERE, which was icing on the cake!

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