Monday, February 25, 2013


Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in all of the projects and to-do lists and forget about all the small details in a house that make's it feel like "you".

This weekend I definitely fell in love all over with the little details around our house that make it "ours". I'm lucky that Chris let's me be creative and express myself in our house freely. I try to intertwine masculine elements in each room so it doesn't feel too feminine. 

Our master bedroom is one of my favorite places in the house. I love waking up and seeing the woods and stream in our back yard. I bought the bed frame and headboard as soon as we bought the house as a house warming gift to us - since we never had a headboard before.

I found the nightstands on Joss and Main and one of my favorite memories is walking into the bedroom one day and seeing that Chris had placed a photo of him and I on his nightstand. I know that sounds typical and silly, but it just reminded me that I am surrounded by love in our house and I get to go to sleep and wake up with someone who loves me. [end of sappy post]

I have a photo of my grandmother on her wedding day on my nightstand and the vases were a wedding gift that we used at our wedding for the welcome table.

I'm so excited to have new appliances in the kitchen! It really gives the house an updated feel and I'm excited that I can now check the time on the stove/microwave lol Yes, even the digital clock(s) were broken on our old appliances.

I've been planning on painting our mantle since day one, but I had no plans of painting the brick - it was a "hmm, I wonder what this will look like" thought. I was actually shaking while painting the brick in fear that Chris would come home from work and kill me since there is no going back. Luckily he loved it. As in, he walked into the room and said, "Wow! That looks awesome!"


I love that you can see the details of the mantle so much more painted white. Now to convince Chris to let me cover up the brass and redo the hearth.

The mirror was a HomeGoods find and we finally hung it last night!

Orchids are one of my favorite house plants and I especially love the oversized one that found a home in our dining room.

I love how the mirror reflects our chandelier and the mixed metals we have in the room.

No one is more happy that I finally found pillows that I love than my husband. It's been a rough scene around the house with me swapping out pillows in the room, but I finally found two that I love (and fabric that will add one more pattern to the mix this week).

I decided that this living room can't handle color (wait, that may just be me) and I like that the room has masculine and rustic elements. It balances the other rooms downstairs. 

Chris and I replaced every light switch, outlet and cover plate in the house. The next people who live here may not notice, but I hope they appreciate it.

I love how our kitchen hardware really pops against the newly white cabinets. We're adding white subway tile as a back splash, so having a contrasting color is nice and it ties in the black of the stainless steel appliances. Plus, I am obsessed with bin pulls.


It seems like a long time ago that I painted stripes in our entry hallway, but I'm still loving them. Some days I think of switching out one of the colors with white, but then I talk myself out of it. The gallery wall is still up and makes me smile.

 Last, but not least, I love our new granite! We are installing it this week and we're so very thankful that our best friend's family has been so generous in helping us out with this project. This is one of the last big pieces to the puzzle in our kitchen.

Anyways, the point of this post is to stop and appreciate all of the little details in your house that make it "yours". It's so easy to become consumed with all of the projects and things you want to do and forget about all of the changes you've made so far!


  1. Those touches are what make a house a home!! PS-I'm SO happy you decided to paint your brick white. It was such a dramatic transformation to our fireplace when we did that...I absolutely love how it brightens/freshens things up! :)

    1. Thanks, Gabbi! I definitely think the details make a home and the design.

      It totally brightens up the room - which is good for us since we have the darker walls!

  2. Great post. I am always noticing what needs done and spend less time loving what is done.

    LOVE the fireplace makeover!!!

    1. Thank you! We are loving it, too! I feel like we always have 2 or more projects going on at once and I am definitely one who sometimes needs to stop and smell the roses!

  3. Everything looks so good! Where did you get your headboard?

    1. Thank you! I ordered the headboard off of Amazon - I believe it was a skyline furniture piece. Hope this helps!