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I am very sorry that it has taken me a while to post. I was working on a VERY special project for The Honey and it toke up every little bit of my free time.

Ok back to business.

I was on the hunt for something that I could make a coffee station out of. I had the perfect little spot in our eat-in kitchen area. The only problem was that it had to be under 35″ long. I scoured all the yard sale sites, craigslist, and LetGo. Finally one day my friend Marie asked me if I wanted their dry sink… I asked her to send me a pic-

YIKES!

I’ve never done a furniture makeover, and maybe I was biting off a little more than I could chew. But I’m one for a challenge so what the heck.

Who am I to turn down free furniture anyway?

She dropped it off and I got to work.

First The Honey and The Kid sanded the paint off the top with the hand sander. They used 80 grit then 120 grit.

Then I wiped the whole thing down with a damp rag to get the saw dust off.

Next I put the door back together with some wood glue and little nails, and I took all the hardware off.

By this point I was starting to get excited. I pulled all the drawers off and set them with the door. I didn’t want to have to sand the whole piece down because I’m lazy (its true). So instead I started with a coat of Cover Stain Primer.This does exactly what the name says…. it covers stain. Its stinky so make sure you are in a ventilated area.

Next I painted it white with interior paint in semi-gloss. I painted the cabinet and the drawers separately.

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While that was drying I spray painted the handles black.

Next up I painted the base cabinet, except for the top because I knew I was going to stain that.

Once the base cabinet was dry I was ready for stain! I put painters tape around the entire top of the cabinet so I wouldn’t get any stain on the paint. I started the top with Minwax Pre-Stain. When you are staining wood it’s great to use because it helps you to get a smoother, more unified color.

Up next STAIN!!! I chose Minwax Classic Grey and I love it!

I put on 3 coats because I wanted a darker grey color. Once that was dry I finished it off with a coat of polyurethane.

That’s it! Here’s the finished product, what do you think?

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Welcome to my other living room! This one is where we spend the most time (its where the TV is). This room is about to get a very special update that I will be starting next week, and I can’t wait to show you. Seriously, I’m soooo excited!

This living room was a tragedy just like the rest of the house when we moved in. Here are the pictures from the listing:

There’s those fancy drapes again. The previous owner was nice enough to leave them for us…. I couldn’t rip them down fast enough. I’m pretty sure they had been hanging there since the age of the dinosaur, because they came down in a giant cloud of dust. I spit and sputtered, and coughed out some dust balls.

I painted, repainted, and painted again until I was finally happy with the colors. This gigantical clock I bought from Home Decorators…

Let me tell you more about that….When Juliet died I packed up all our stuff and we moved into Mikes moms house. We put all our stuff in storage for five months until we bought this house. So I don’t know about you, but I’m a secret shopper. What I mean by “secret shopper” is that I buy things and hide them so The Honey doesn’t get mad.

I bought the clock online but it was so BIG that there was no where for me to hide it. So I asked my friend Melissa if I could have it shipped to her house, and when I moved she could give it to me and we would pretend that it was my “housewarming gift” from her. So that’s exactly what we did.

My friend Marie told me that her mom’s best friend used to hide stuff in her bushes so her husband couldn’t find it. My friends Lauren knows a woman who hides it in the closet for a few months so that when her husband asks where it came from she can say “Oh! This old thing? I’ve had this for months!” Some women hide it in the bushes, the closet, some in the trunk, some in the attic, the shed, the basement, you name it!

So with us staying with The Honeys mom I no longer had a hiding spot for things I wanted to buy.

Until I remembered the storage unit.

We had a 10×20 storage unit I could hide all my treasures in, and it was only a mile away from all my FAVORITE stores! I shopped my little heart out for those 5 months…. piling bag after bag into the storage unit. I filled inch after inch, piling things higher and higher. The THRILL! The EXCITEMENT! That is until moving day when my mountain of bags all came crashing down. On The Honey.

Lucky for me I wasn’t there, so by the time he got all the stuff I had collected packed in the moving truck and brought to the house he had calmed down. “There sure was a lot more stuff in there than what I remember.”

“Yup!” I said, and ran away to escape unpack.

As you can see I ripped up the carpets and put in these beautiful Pergo floors from Home Depot. This pretty vase was a HomeGoods score I found on a road trip to Philly.

I added bead board under this little area to make it pretty.

Ok let’s talk about my LOVE of throw pillows. I like to think of myself as a throw pillow hoarder collector. My sofas are like adult ball pits, minus the boogers, half eaten candy, and occasional wayward turd. Sometimes I like to dive onto my couch and bury myself in beautiful, soft, textured pillows, and I squeal with delight as I roll around (only when no one else is home).

 (P.S. I love faux fur)

There you have it! what do you think? Do you hide your shopping like I do? Are you obsessed with throw pillows…Or maybe something else? Thanks for reading and don’t forget to subscribe!

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There’s a page on Instagram called @interiorsforthehome . I’m not quite sure how I stumbled across it, but I think it may have been in my search for a fiddle leaf fig tree. Every time that Amy the owner posted a new picture, I found myself drooling over it. I’d wipe my chin and eventually move on, but there was something that always brought me back to her page time and time again.

At first I thought she was a blogger as well, but after a little investigation I realized that not only was she a store, but she wasn’t that far away. I was so excited! I knew that I HAD to go, or I would drive The Honey crazy talking about it and I am currently not allowed to talk about stuff like that.

I sent my friend Lauren over to Amy’s Instagram page, and she told me she was most definitely in for the road trip, so we planned to go the next day! I picked her up around 10 o’clock and we were on our way! It took a little over an hour to get there but BOY OH BOY was it worth it! The store was nestled in with several other stores just like it. We started at Interiors for the Home because that was out intended destination.

Everything inside was beautiful. Blue, gold, green, and coastal fabulousness! So many pretty things-  my heart started pounding as a ran from one vignette to the next.

So pretty!!! But this Fiddle leaf fig tree was my absolute favorite thing-

 It was big, leafy, and gorgeous! It was the fiddle leaf of my dreams! I got so excited at the store that I had to pee. They didn’t have a bathroom so they directed us next door to The Barn at Valley Forge Flowers.

I hadn’t even gotten through the doors when I told Lauren I wanted to move in. She thought she would move in with me, so I wouldn’t have to be alone. Such a great friend! This store was mainly outdoor furniture and décor, and I absolutely loved it!

These metal stools were adorable, all the sets had different bohemian style cushions on them, and they were all so beautiful! this swing was my absolute favorite thing that we saw all day, and I decided that I’m going to make one for under our deck this summer!

And how pretty is that outdoor rug? I wanted everything in this picture, but the swing bed IS happening so get ready Honey!

Next Lauren wanted to go in Valley Forge Flowers, and I’m so glad she did! I was like a kid in a candy store! One beautiful thing after the next. Seriously, everyone needs to go here at least once in their lives. Its like heaven. I took a bunch of pics so I will let them speak for themselves-

This artichoke statue was the prettiest thing I have ever seen.

How cute are these tiny little vases?!?

There was room after room of beautiful things, and I took a million pictures! so many in fact, that when I went to the checkout to pay the woman said “You really love everything here don’t you? We saw you take so many pictures!” I told her I most definitely did love everything, and that I was going to blog about my trip to the store. She thought that was great- free advertising. The truth is, that of the three stores I went to that day, this one was my favorite! Do you have a favorite store that you love gong to?

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I’m pretty sure I didn’t obsess over things before my daughter died. I feel like the older I get the crazier I am. Not in the way like “Oh Rachael? She’s crazy, I always have fun when I’m with her!” More along the lines of “Rachael?” (raised eyebrows, and shaking head) “She’s crazy.”

I used to be the type of person who was always down for whatever. A free spirit. Spontaneous. I lived my life with reckless abandon.

Not anymore! My idea of a good time is an evening on the porch with a glass of red wine and The Honey. Most days I don’t even leave the house. I’m perfectly content being at home with my family. The days of reckless abandon have been replaced with responsibility and a sense of belonging.

I’m sure that all sounds nice to you, except the truth is I don’t like to leave my house because I’m awkward, and I have social anxiety. I panic when I’m around a group of people and I don’t know what to say. When I do speak its always a STUPID joke that sounded funny in my head but makes no sense at all when I say it. Usually I just keep my eyes down and try to avoid people, cling desperately to The Honey, or drink some wine to try to loosen up and end up polishing off the whole bottle  while simultaneously peeing my pants and drooling on myself. I may or may not be exaggerating a little.

No one wants to see that.

Since Juliet died I have noticed that I obsess. I obsessively obsess. A typical day goes like this: “Honey did you know that blue is in right now?”

“Honey everyone is painting their walls white, can you believe that?”

“Honey I think I might stencil our walls, do you like this?”

“Honey I really need you to bring me some wood home from work.”

“Honey I want to make a blanket ladder, and then a coffee table, and then a dining table, and then maybe ill build a house!”

“Honey can I just show you this one thing on Pinterest I really like?”

“Honey can you buy us dinner? I didn’t have time because I was at HomeGoods.”

All these questions fly at The Honey one after the next. Why? Because I obsess. I eat sleep and breathe interior design- to the point that it may be unhealthy. I know for sure I’m driving The Honey crazy because at one point I could see steam coming out of his ears and his eyeballs looked like they were gonna POP out of his head.

I have promised him on several occasions that I will try to keep it to myself from now on, but sometimes I feel like a geyser that’s ready to burst.

 You know on hoarders how the people usually start hoarding when something traumatic happens in their life? Well I think that’s what happened to me. When Juliet died I started obsessing over Pinterest because home décor made me happy and it was a way to keep my mind occupied. The only problem is that I don’t know how to shut it off.

I guess for now I’ll just work on not driving The Honey crazy.

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I have been working so hard to update my living room this past week. Some of you may have seen the sneak peaks I posted on Instagram. I’m happy to say that it’s finally finished!

My living room has gone through several different phases over the past 2 years, but I can say that I have it exactly how I want it, and I’m in love! I have included affiliate links for your shopping convenience. You can see my full disclosure policy here.

So anyhoo when we moved in to someone else’s dream home the living room was white with beige carpet and as boring as it gets… here’s some pictures from the listing.

I know what your thinking…. “I love that living room, why did she change it? And where can I purchase those lovely drapes?”

HA.HA.

No one is thinking that. What you are really thinking is “My grandmothers place is homier than that.” or “It looks like a retirement home threw up in that living room.”

Not me though.

I saw potential. I saw my dream living room with huge windows and lots of natural light. I had visions of blue grey walls and white furniture dancing in my head. I had BIG plans and very little cash.

There are 2 living rooms in our house, and we only had enough furniture for one. This wasn’t the one. I already had the paint color picked out for this room before we even moved in. Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams. It was the perfect blue/green/grey, and I couldn’t wait to get some color on the stark walls.

My beautiful, amazing, wonderful mom came over and helped me paint, which made it go much faster, and it was such a fun day for us to spend together. About a week later I bought a white Ikea sofa at a yard sale, got a white chair and ottoman from Goodwill, and a wood coffee table off Craigslist. My mom and I went to Ikea and she bought me a bookshelf I had my eye on as a housewarming gift (thanks mom!) Here’s some pics I took with my iPhone of the finished product.

What you don’t know is that the blanket is covering where I ripped the arm of the slip cover off trying to put it back on…

I remember when I first posted these pics to Facebook I thought they were the bees knees. Seriously, I thought they were super good pics. Haha. Anyway I loved my pretty white furniture, and so did my pets. My little yorkie named Pookie would lay on the back of the chair and leave hair all over it. My cat Killer laid on the sofa and left hair and cat litter paw prints across the white furniture (GROSS!), and my dog mason thought the chair was his giant personal dog bed. Just to prove it I dug up this pic of Pookie and Mason shedding and slobbering all over my white chair:

Bad dogs

  Now I know some people love to have Ikea slip covered furniture cause you can just wash it, but for me- it wasn’t working…. so I sold it.

It happened to be PERFECT timing because it was right around the time we decided to rip up the boring beige carpet and put in our new Pergo floors. Putting the floors in was such a labor of love….minus the “love” part. It was actually hate. I hated it.  Like dispise with all my being. As soon as we were done, we were itching to have furniture in there, so we went out and bought a brand spanking new chair and couch from Ashley furniture!

Not to toot my own horn but seriously guys, how stinking pretty is that!?

Does anyone else have Nerf darts everywhere? It never ceases to amaze me where I find these things sometimes.

Animals beware: Do not climb, sit, or lay on this furniture or risk being shot…..with a dart….Maybe that’s where it came from? Just kidding. Or am I?

This is my favorite little corner right here. The pillow is a Goodwill find, the blanket is from a consignment shop, but you can buy the same one here. The faux fiddle leaf fig tree (I bet you can’t say that 10x fast) is from Michael’s…..but there’s a story.

I had been dreaming (obsessing) over these on Pinterest and Instagram for AGES (actually days….it was days). I convinced the Honey to take me to HomeGoods so I could look for one, but they didn’t have any and the cheapest one I found online was well over $100. Would I pay that much for a faux plant? The answer, sadly, was yes. Would the Honey not speak to me for days if I spent over $100 on a plant that wasn’t even real? The answer to that, sadly, was yes.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

FAUX FIDDLEAF FIASCO

I started Googling my life away to no avail. I then took to Pinterest which wasn’t much help either. Finally I went on Instagram #fiddleleaf and I commented on everyone I saw that I liked asking where they got it. Robyn from Robyns Southern Nest told me that she had just bought hers that weekend on sale at Michaels for $49! Well that was music to my little ears so I called Michaels right away. A young girl answered and told me they didn’t have any. I was so disappointed that I called back 5 hours later and asked someone else. This time the lady told me that they just got a bunch of faux plants in. She put me on hold for about an hour (give or take). When she finally came back she told me they didn’t have any. I refused to take “no” for an answer so I immediately drove to Michaels to look for myself because what did they know.

I drove super fast of course because I was on a mission, and no one was going to slow me down. I power walked rather than ran into the store as to not draw too much attention, or look like the crazy person that I most definitely was. I Made a beeline for the faux greenery, a cold sweat dripping from my brow. My demeanor was focused, and I gave an employee the stink eye as I flew past the registers in a blur.

I got to the aisle in the blink of an eye, and there she was……. In all her glory. She was the only one, and had a price tag of $99, but I knew the Michaels website had a 50% off coupon, so I grabbed my precious and headed towards the register.

I stood in line with a smile from ear to ear. The women behind me were dripping with envy as they glance from me to my fiddle leaf and back to me again. I tightened my grip and threw it up on the counter. Victory was mine. Take that ladies.

The throw pillows are from Target, the table is a Craigslist find that I drove an hour and a half to get (there is no limits to what I will do for the sake of a design), and the rug I got on Amazon right here for super duper cheap.

That’s all she wrote! What do you think?

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I Love to decorate with crystals!

When I was in school studying to be an esthetician we took a class on crystal therapy and I was instantly intrigued! When I was a kid I love collecting stones and polishing them in my tumbler, so when I found out that each different stone had its own healing vibration, I was immediately excited…. i couldn’t wait to learn more!

Have you ever walked into someone’s house and instantly felt happy, or at peace? That’s because their house had good energy! Your house should be a place of healing, nurture, and most of all- a place that brings you joy.

A great way to help improve the positive energy in your house is by decorating with crystals!

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Different color stones do different things. A few of my favorites are:

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Rose quartz is a beautiful light pink stone the color of rose petals. It promotes self love, restores confidence, and balances emotions.

Crystal quartz is clear and beautiful. It gives you energy and recharges any other crystal around it. It is the ultimate healing crystal.

Amethyst is anywhere from lavender to dark purple in color. It neutralizes negative energy, balances emotions, and aids in decision making.

There are soooo many more, but these are my 3 favorite! How can you incorporate them into your house? I will show you!

One thing I have in my office is just a small bowl of stones on a little table. Whenever I have clients over they cant help but pick up the stones…It is believed that you are attracted to the stones that you need in your life at the time. Here are some examples:

Aren’t they all just gorgeous! So easy to incorporate into any room of the house! You could set a dish on the bathroom sink, on an end table, by the bed, in the window, you name it!

Another way to add crystals to your room is with candles…

     

I love agate slices with little tea lights in them… I have several around my house.

Here’s a pretty display…This entryway table is the stuff dreams are made of. It’s glamorous and dreamy, I could seriously stand there looking at it all day!

End tables are a great place to create a little positive energy vignette, just like this one here that is absolutely stunning…. These crystal towers are called wands, or obelisks. I love the mix of whites and golds.

On my night stand I have Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp like this one that you can buy here.

 

Pink Salt Lamps clean the air in the room by producing negative ions which reduce allergy and asthma symptoms. It improves your mood, concentration, helps you sleep, treats seasonal depression, and improves blood flow to the brain. Who wouldn’t want one in every room! I Absolutely love mine…..it makes me smile whenever I look at it. I hope I’ve given you some good ideas as to how to incorporate crystals into your life! Happy healing!

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I LOVE lighting. Nothing sets the mood in a room as much as beautiful lighting does. Besides painting, changing out lighting is the first thing I did in our house. I believe it was Candice Olsen (an interior design goddess) who first said ” Lighting is the jewelry of the room.” It has stuck with me ever since.

Think of Each Room as an Outfit…

  1. The paint is the under garments
  2. The rug, furniture, and curtains are the clothing
  3. The blankets, throw pillows, and décor are the other layers (scarf, jacket, sweater)
  4. Last but not least the lighting is the jewelry

I don’t know about you, but I love my bling. Diamonds, silver, gold, ANYTHING THAT SPARKLES! So when buying lighting for my house, the same rules apply. The first lighting I changed was the pendant lighting in the kitchen.

There was nothing really wrong with it, it was just soooo boring, and it didn’t speak to me. So I scoured amazon until I came across this pendant light for only $50, and I knew right away that it was what I was looking for! I bought two of them to replace the old LAME-O ones in my kitchen. Here’s what they look like:

I think its a big difference! I love how pretty yet masculine they are. What do you think?

Once that lighting was changed I was hooked. I spent hours on Amazon looking for more pretty lighting, because they really do have the best deals and selection. So next I moved onto my dining room light. Its was ok, but again….not my style AT ALL. You can read more about my dining room transformation here. This is a picture of my dining room with the original chandelier-

Its not bad, but I wasn’t excited about it, and I’m a firm believer that the devil is in the details. So here is the gorgeous, sparkley, crystal chandelier that I chose as the jewelry to this room

I love it! It looks even prettier when its dark outside. The light shines through the crystals and emits a soft glow. It was such a steal at under $100! Everyone that comes over compliments me on it, and it is BY FAR my favorite one. You can buy it here.

At this point I was on a roll so the next light to replace was in my eat-in-kitchen area. I’m pretty sure they were part of a set because the lights in all 3 rooms matched. here is a picture of the eat-in-kitchen light before

BLAH.

so I saw this light fixture from Restoration Hardware

But with a price tag of $1395 it was out of the question. So I searched and searched, and searched, and I finally found this one that I loved even more, at a price under $300!

I really feel like I scored with this one!

Next light to go was in my little bathroom/ office/ linen closet corner. I don’t have a before picture, but it was one of those ugly builders grade light fixtures that look like a boob. HAHA! I lovingly call them “boob lights”. I wanted something a little prettier, and something with 3 spotlights so I could aim one at each door. This pretty little brushed nickel light fixture was perfect, and under $150!

I really love the way the spotlight looks on each of the doors!

Next is our hallway light. I don’t have a before picture of the hallway but it was also a builders grade “boob” light. Functional but boring. I had some pretty large artwork hung in the hallway so I decided that I wanted spotlights in there as well so that I could aim a light at each picture. This light we purchased from Home Depot for under $80, and you can buy it here.

I really like that its dimmable, and I can adjust the spotlights to aim at whatever I want.

Last but not least is my office light. Again it was a builder grade “boob light” as you can kind of see it from this picture

It had to go. I was at Home Goods, one of my favorite stores, when I happened upon a section I had never noticed before. I was looking at lamps when all of the sudden there it was. A ceiling light section, and most of the stuff was on CLEARANCE! I bought my light, not yet knowing where I was going to put it, but I just knew that I had to have it. The best part: it was on sale for $29.99! I brought it home and shoved it in a closet until I could figure out where to put it. It sat in there for about a year until I started my makeup room overhaul and realized that it would be perfect in the space with my gold décor. What do you think?

I love it! I think it works perfect in the room! I hope I have helped you find some great lighting, and that you love it as much as I do! Thanks for reading, and if you like what you see please subscribe to my blog my adding your email down below. Thanks!

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