Inspiration: Make It Nice * Living Room Updates

We moved into our house at the end of January and six months later, we still haven’t, in the words of Dorinda Medley, made it nice.

If I had my way (and the wallet that went with it), I would have the whole places decorated and done. But unfortunately for us all, furniture is expensive and creating a space that you truly love takes time. Yes, I know patience is a virtue. I just wish I had it.

After a couple months, I bit the bullet and bought a new couch. It’s a gorgeous modern but still comfy sofa with chaise from Interior Define (you may have seen it on snapchat last week) . It came in last week and I am obsessed. As a quick side note: it’s an awesome company to order from. The couches are all custom made, they have tons of fabrics, they are really high quality and there is free shipping. But anyways…  that’s about all that’s going on in our living room right now.

With the biggest buy out of the way, I’m trying to get a game plan together on what to do with the rest of the room and then slowly work through finding, buying and ultimately, creating a space that’s homey, comfortable but also looks put together. I’m going for a mix (aren’t we all). I little mid-century modern, a little classic and a little boho. Most importantly I want it to fit our family and be livable. That’s a lot of boxes to check. Wish me luck.

Since I got good feedback on my master bedroom inspiration post (although I still haven’t done much in that space either… wah wah), I figured I’d share what’s inspiring me as I tackle the living room. When (or if) it gets finished, I’ll be sure to share pics.

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Inspiration + Shopping: Espadrilles

I could lie and say that my my espadrille obsession is fueled by warmer spring temperatures and the lure of days spent by the water. But like I said, that would be a lie. The real reason I’ve been aimlessly putting espadrilles in my online shopping carts and pinning pictures nonstop is because I’m trying to channel my inner Jules Sarinana from Sincerely Jules. That laid-back, effort-less, wanderlust style has me wishing I was planning a summer long beach trip and packing only white sundresses, cut-offs, breezy tops and of course, espadrilles.

My reality is vastly different and seriously less glamorous but hey, a girl can dream. Well that and buy the espadrilles, which is what I intend on doing, if only I could settle on a pair.

One thing I am planning on doing once I get back to regular sized clothes is pairing down my closet. More simple basics and less stuff that I’ll only wear once (or for one season) or that just aren’t me. A simple pair of espadrilles won’t go out of style in a hot second and I’m thinking if I spend a teeny bit more, they’ll last longer than just this summer or at least until we can plan a {semi-glamourous} beach vacation – a la Sincerely Jules.

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The best part about this simple summer staple is that you can find a great pair at every price point. I’m thinking of doing a tiny splurge on these Soludos (just like the ones in the middle right picture) but as much as I’d love to have a pair of the black and white Chanel version, they’re not quite in my budget (these Tory Burch ones are WAY more reasonable – still a little splurge but nothing crazy). Here’s a round-up of pairs from lace-up to slip on, wedge to flat and more.

Inspiration: Mastering the Master Bedroom

You know how in Cinderella her Fairy Godmother appears, waves her wand and all of a sudden Cindy’s got everything she needs to kill it at the ball? I need that Fairy Godmother to show up at my house and turn all of my clutter into Pinterest-worthy decor, magically transform my Target sheets into plush, fancy, high thread count, all-white loveliness (that never stains) and bippity boppity boo my hand-me-down furniture into a magical mix of investment pieces and boho/mid-century finds. Is that too much to ask for?

I’m pretty sure those types of Fairy Godmothers exist but they’re called Interior Designers and they cost a fortune. So maybe what I really need is apply to every show on HGTV, or hit the lottery or magically come into an inheritance from some long-lost relative. Yeah, that seems as likely as that Fairy Godmother showing up.

Sorry if that got a little Debbie Downer-ish. It’s just since moving in, all I’ve wanted to do is have everything totally settled and put together. I’ve also decided that now none of our old furniture looks right but my tuna fish budget is not in line with my new caviar taste when it comes to decor. Clearly that’s something I need to come to terms with. I’m trying to take it slow on tackling projects and while our family/living room is the most in need of some new pieces, I feel like our master bedroom is where we can get the most bang for our buck and make the most impact without having to spend a ton. It’s also my safe haven from the kiddos, so selfishly I’d love to have look more like a retreat than a mish-mash of random furniture and laundry baskets (I’m really setting the scene, huh?).

I’ve called in the help of Havenly (no, this post is not sponsored – I’m just jazzed to have a little help and thought you all might be interested to follow along on the process) since their design skills come in under budget. {Side note: If you’re not familiar, Havenly is an online interior design service where you upload pictures, give a bunch of feedback and go through a little pinterest-type inspiration board to give them your aesthetic – they then put together some design direction and suggest furniture/accessories within your specified budget.}  I’m hoping the designer I work with can help find some great pieces, art and new bedding to compliment our bed (we splurged on this one from West Elm last year) and tie the room together. And since I thought maybe some of you might be int he spring refresh mode, I thought I’d share some of my inspiration.

I’ll also keep you posted on how the process goes with Havenly in case anyone out there is looking to give it a try. In the meantime, here’s the vibe I’m going for… and yes, I know it’s a little all over the place.

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Inspiration + Shopping: 10 Cozy Cardigans to Wear Right Now

Right now all I want to buy is cozy, long cardigans. No, I’m not attempting to dress like a college professor or channel my grandpa’s style – rather I’m trying to convey that slouchy cool girl look that many try but few master (consider me in the group of try-hards). I’m also just anticipating lots of cold winter days/nights when I all you want to do is basically wear a blanket.

Basically, I want to wear one of the outfits below every day from now until the end of the holidays. And yes, if I could get away with wearing sneakers {almost} every day until then too, I would. You know, sneakers or booties. 

10 cozy cardigans to wear right now


If you’re like me and in the mood to add at least three giant cardigans to your closet, here’s 10 great options.

Side note: Where are the Nasty Gal models going in their leather, crop tops, knee high boots and cardigans?

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