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Emerson’s Modern Playroom Tour

Emerson’s Modern Playroom Tour

To call this space a playroom per se is a little bit of a stretch, but when we embarked on our living room renovation, I knew I wanted to carve out a space at the end of the room just for Em. Since it’s right in the living room I was pretty passionate about wanting it to look as chic and well designed as possible, but at the same time I’m totally ok with our house showing evidence of children …

10 Beautiful Spaces: Dining Room Decor That I Love

10 Beautiful Spaces: Dining Room Decor That I Love

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Since things are really coming together with our living room (see the latest update), I’ve started to make plans for our dining room. Since sharing our renovation progress, I ordered and rolled out a big jute rug that really looks amazing in the room. Now it’s all about curtains, some cool wooden blinds and those few extra special touches that really bring a room together. In trying to decide what I wanted to do about window treatments, I was trolling my Pinterest …

A Living Room Update + Our New Velvet Sofa

A Living Room Update + Our New Velvet Sofa

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When we last left off with our home renovation and decorating adventures, I shared that we were starting to really work on a design plan for our living room. I created a mood board to help capture the vibe and color palette I was after and then jumped into the details of pulling things together. Our initial living room renovation, which we tackled as soon as we closed and actually before we even moved in, included removing multiple layers of wallpaper, fixing the original …

Our Old House: A Living Room Decor Mood Board

Our Old House: A Living Room Decor Mood Board

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve finally started to pluck away at the puzzle that is decorating our living room. When I shared my general inspiration for our living room decor, I mentioned that since our initial living room renovation (removing 3+ layers of wallpaper, fixing the walls, painting every square inch of wall and trim, removing the 40+ year old carpet), the room pretty much has stood as is all summer. As of this week I have ordered …

Our Old House: Cozy Living Room Decor Ideas

Our Old House: Cozy Living Room Decor Ideas

[Photo by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day]

When we left off a couple of months ago, our newly renovated living room looked like this. Spoiler alert! Save for moving in our very old, very stained sofas, that is pretty much precisely how the room looks today. I’m even going to go so far as to share that we have yet to sit in this room and enjoy it for any length of time. Frankly, between both of our work obligations, …

The Prettiest Shower Curtains You’ve Ever Seen

The Prettiest Shower Curtains You’ve Ever Seen

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After the initial mad rush to tackle some of the first big renovation projects around the house immediately after closing, we’ve taken an extended break over the last several weeks as the rest of our life took precedence again. We pretty much look like we just moved in like a week ago. Not exaggerating. With my sister’s wedding this weekend, we’re going to have a few weeks that are a little quieter coming up and I’m looking forward to finally …

9 Awesome Brass Light Fixtures Under $350

9 Awesome Brass Light Fixtures Under $350

I mentioned in my renovation update last week (and also multiple times on Snapchat) that we would be looking to swap out the existing light fixture in our dining room sooner rather than later. Frankly, it’s just not our taste so we had always planned to change it at some point, but then we discovered a bare ground wire hanging by a thread and we decided it was going to need to be a higher priority item than we expected. …

How to Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

How to Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Over the past couple of weeks, my pair of fiddle leafs figs have made a few appearances via social media as I’ve been sharing behind the scenes updates of our renovation (including yesterday on Instagram), yielding several questions on Instagram and Snapchat about how I keep these guys looking so healthy and happy. I’ll openly admit that houseplants and I have a very complicated, mostly failed relationship. It drives me absolutely insane. My maternal grandmother had a prolific assortment of houseplants, the stuff …

Dreamy Backyard Inspiration

Dreamy Backyard Inspiration

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Now that we’re getting so very close to officially being homeowners, Bob and I can’t stop talking about everything we want to do to the house to really polish her up and make her shine. May in upstate New York is hands down one of the most amazing times of year. Trees start budding, flowers start blooming, lawn mowing becomes the official pastime of homeowners everywhere and the smell of dinner cooking on the grill fills the neighborhood on …

Loving Patterned Cement Tile

Loving Patterned Cement Tile

This year is the year that after many years of renting, Bob and I are hoping to finally to own our own home. The jury is still out on whether we will design and build that home from the ground up or buy a house, but either way, I have basically been thinking about it constantly for the last several weeks. Maybe it’s the whole having a newborn baby thing and wanting to give her and the big kids (as we …

Baby Emerson’s Nursery

Baby Emerson’s Nursery

At long last, I am so excited to share our baby girl’s nursery tour with you! I really wanted to create a special space for her, one that was modern but still super cozy. It was important to me that it feel playful and whimsical without screaming “baby” in the traditional sense. It took several months to come together and just a few short days before she was born, I finally finished getting the room painted, furnished and styled. I’ll list and link as …

A Mini Home Tour + Tips for Choosing a Paint Color Palette

A Mini Home Tour + Tips for Choosing a Paint Color Palette

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The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is always one where I start thinking about the year ahead. I think that’s a pretty natural tendency for a lot of us following the craze of the holiday season. To start mulling over resolutions, setting goals, wanting to get organized and in general seeking a sense of renewal as a new year kicks off. …