This is my first post here that I’m sharing a little sneak peek inside my own home – I’m a little bit nervous! It’s taken us about TEN years to finally get our basement family room just how we’d like it – and it’s not complete, but super close. From the beginning I wanted this space to be very functional – as it’s where we live the most aside from the kitchen. I also wanted this space to be very pretty – and sometimes it’s hard to find the right balance of the two. It’s honestly been the room that I’ve struggled the most with in our home. It went from our neutral light tan walls when we first moved in, to a buttery yellow (I don’t know what I was thinking, I hate yellow) – back to the original light color – and finally with a gorgeous slate blue accent wall that I really love. We’ve had three different sets of furniture and countless decor items over the last 10 years – I was always looking for a deal instead of finding something that I’d really love, and would last. Flash forward to the last two years or so – I’ve taken my time and saved up to purchase items that will last – and make me happy. Only incorporating colors that flow well with my home – and making sure everything is intentional and most of all, functional. I can’t stress enough how important intention is when choosing items you bring into your home.

First – real life, the lines on the blue wall are from my blinds on the opposite wall, it’s not really striped. This is the best I could do angle wise. Our family room is a very long – but not extra wide space and hard to get a good photo of. A few sourcing questions I should answer – the blue accent wall is Vermont Slate by Benjamin Moore. Our couch is from Downeast Furniture – it’s the feather luxe sectional. It’s extra, extra comfortable, deep and cozy and I feel like the perfect couch for a family room. However, if you don’t love that lived in look – it’s probably not for you. It seats about 7 very comfortably – and we’ve even had 4 people spend the night on it. Heaven. The TV stand is from Wayfair – I was super impressed with how easy it was to assemble – and it’s heavy duty, for a great price -I’m sure it’ll last as long as we’d like it to. We chose the ashland pine finish. The white table pictured against the wall is something we had built here locally in Utah. The clock on the table is Pottery Barn, and while it’s no longer available for purchase – I’m linking a similar option here. The pretty white bison faux taxidermy mount is linked here – Melby, he’s one of my favorite decor pieces, ever!

Pictured above is the back half of our family room – it’s not quite complete, I’m adding a large book shelve to that big empty wall next month. Speaking of functional decor – I picked this table up at a local flea market. It’s antique and gorgeously chippy and heavy. It serves as a game spot for my favorite little people, a snack buffet table on movie nights – and a favorite spot to work on projects. We also carry this table upstairs anytime we need some additional seating – it’s super easy to move around with the fold able leaves on the side. Stack able metal chairs are from Amazon and we also have these at our kitchen table.

A few other snap shots of this space – the pretty gold framed artwork on the left was painted by my husbands grandmother and gifted to us after she passed away. They are truly treasures! Our end tables are from Wayfair – they aren’t something I think I want permanently, but work for now. I do love the hair pin legs. I picked up the Let’s Stay In sign recently at Target, it’s from the Magnolia collection – and it flips around to say Let’s Go Out. And let’s be real – I’ll never flip it over, because my basement family room is ALL about staying in. It fits just perfectly.

Now, let’s talk about budgeting for your home. I rarely pay full price for anything – decor & furniture wise. If you can be patient – wait to purchase your furniture when it’s on sale. IE: Memorial Day and Labor Day, most furniture stores have their biggest sales over these two holidays. I’ll find the item I’m wanting months in advance and wait to purchase. A few stores also do their half yearly sale – another great time to shop. Don’t be afraid to ask employees about any up coming sales either! Another tip for furniture – check out your local Downeast Home. They often have name brand pieces – Pottery Barn, West Elm etc. at discounted prices. I was able to purchase my upstairs living room furniture, all Pottery Barn for an awesome price at Downeast – all customer returns because they wouldn’t fit in their space. Woohoo for me! I purchased about $3000 worth of furniture for $1500! Craigslist and KSL are great options too. Sign up for emails from your favorite retailers once you’ve found something you need – if your willing to be patient, within a few weeks I can almost promise you’ll have a coupon code in your inbox to use towards your item. I also LOVE doing this – because it gives me time to think about my purchase before making it. Sometimes even changing my mind. It really helps me be more intentional about what I’m choosing.

So your starting from scratch or your wanting to change up a space in your home. Tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years – first, write down 5 or so things you want this space to function as. Is this a pretty guest room that won’t often be used? Or a family room that is the hang out, let’s be in our comfy clothes spot? Choose something you love, start there – something you absolutely have to have in your room. Coordinate everything else around that piece of furniture, decor – throw pillow, whatever you love. Be patient in your search – wait for sales if you can! I often feel like once you’ve got an idea of the vibe you’d like – the big stuff usually comes first and it’s easy to add the smaller decor items later, or as you go.

Happy weekend friends!

Rule of Sixes

Rule of Sixes

I have a rule of thumb I like to use when I start designing a room – it’s nothing professional, I’m sure you probably won’t find it in any design or decor books – but I REALLY believe it works, well – it has for me anyways. I shared these images on my IG this week – but wanted to go a bit more in depth here today. I choose ONE item that I absolutely cannot live without. Big or small. Couch or throw pillow. Rug or a small piece I want sitting on my entry way table. And I try to wrap everything else in the space around it – or coordinate everything to flow together with this one very special, very loved piece. From there – I wholeheartedly believe that just SIX other decor items can absolutely transform the entire vibe of a space – and these six items give you a great place to start as you incorporate more of what you love, or even – give you all you need. As I get older and have really “explored” my style (I use explored because I’ve gone from every single trend, color scheme, to sh*t tons of decor pieces on every available surface in my home .. haha, back to basics – a bit more minimal, really just pieces and colors I love – and that make me feel good – so yeah, that’s “exploring”, nicely put). It’s taken me almost 14 years of renting / owning my own home to really figure out what I like, what kind of feeling I want my space to have and the items I want to be surrounded by. This is an ever evolving process – and something I’m sure will continue to change – I’m okay with that. Be okay with that. When your designing and decorating your own home – it’s okay to try something, not love it and start over again. Aside from the more expensive things (flooring, cabinets, counter tops etc) – most things are inexpensively changed.

So – going with my theory, let’s call it the rule of SIXES – I wanted to share three boards I put together from H&M’s Home line (all the heart eyes). Readers, if you haven’t browsed their website – go do that now, some of the most gorgeous, stylish and inexpensive items for the home. Six items on each board that can completely transform, kick start or be everything you need. In creating these boards – I kept mostly the living room or bedroom in mind – they’d work for either, but I’d love to hear if you get creative and incorporate them into another room too. Here’s the best part – each of these boards cost UNDER $150 DOLLARS for EVERYTHING shown.

^^ Minimal, modern farmhouse, rustic – a good mix of all. I really, really love all six pieces here. I’m actually kinda tempted to add them all to my cart right now. ❤ My favorite thing about the black, white and natural wood tones are how easily they are incorporated into any color scheme. I shied away from black for a few years, but am happily incorporating little pieces here and there back into my home now. For the living room – I picture these pieces with either grey, brown or black leather, white / cream or navy furniture. I’d use the black round throw pillow on a chair, roll up the throw blanket – fringe side out and store it in the wire basket. Or another idea – grab some pieces of chopped wood for the basket and throw the blanket over the couch. I’d hang the wooden hooks in the entry way – and use the wooden tray either on an entry or coffee table, with the stone jug and a few of your favorite books stack on top. Maybe adding some fresh branches from your yard to the jug too.

^^ Light, fresh, airy. Blush is the new beige. This could be an absolutely gorgeous trend for a living room (in fact, we decorated my little sisters living room with these tones – blush accent wall included, and it’s unreal!), but in putting together this board I was thinking bedroom vibes. A clean cotton scented candle burning, blush throw thrown over white, grey or cream bedding or maybe even a printed floral, a basket at the foot for extra storage – and the gold frame and white vase for the nightstand vignette.

^^ Moody, deep color, a little bit modern. Again – living room in mind – maybe black leather, grey or white couches. I’d style the emerald blanket over a couch or chair with the throw pillow over that. I’d hang the round gold mirror in the entry – on an entry table underneath I’d place the tray with the botanical pot and candle on top. Or hang the mirror on a wall in your living space – wooden tray on a coffee or side table, with the pot and candle layered again.

I can’t say this enough – but your home should be a place you love. It doesn’t need to be your dream home or your forever home, or even be just exactly as you’d like. But it’s the NOW. Stay present there. It makes me sad when friends & family tell me they aren’t doing anything in their current homes because it’s not their forever home or because there’s still so much they want to change. I’m not talking knocking out a wall, panting the entire house or changing your counter tops friends – I’m talking something small. Bring a few pieces in – or take a few pieces out, something that makes you happy. Something that represents you – and the feeling you want inside your home. It doesn’t need to be expensive, it can be a thrift store find, a family heirloom – or that expensive piece of art you’ve been swooning for. Just make your present space YOURS. Xoxo.

My favorite beauty products right now

Good morning readers! I’m sitting in Mexico right now soaking up all the sunshine beach side with a pina-colada in hand. I wrote this post before I left .. because I’ve really been wanting to share all the beauty products I’m absolutely in love with right now. Not because I’m an expert in this field – like at all. But because I love them so much – and wish that someone would’ve shared them with me sooner. And I thought you might want to try them out too! I really can’t go anyplace without these products.

My favorite texture defining pomade – this soft matte from Kristen Ess is amazing – and smells delicious! I also love that I can pick it up at Target. While your grabbing that – pick up her exfoliating scalp scrub. My scalp gets super dry in the winter – this scrub is gentle enough to use every other wash or so and leaves my scalp feeling so clean. And before you leave Target – the Love, Beauty and Planet MuruMuru Butter & Rose hand cream is a favorite. The smell is light and clean (I don’t love anything super scented!), and it leaves your skin feeling soft and dewy. I LOVE that this product is vegan, sourced ethically and has no parabens or dyes. We’ve raved here before about Image Skin care products – but the two I can’t live with out, the Ageless Eye Cream and the Ormedic Lip Balm. Don’t even think twice about purchasing either of these products.

My last three must have hair products – Living Proof repair leave in – this stuff has helped my damaged blonde hair immensly! I’ll even run a little through my dry styled hair for smoothing and sealing – and dry shampoo – no flaky or powder left over – I really feel like it absorbs any oil and my hair feels clean, even after a sweaty workout! (I pick these up at Ulta, they are a little pricey – but absolutely worth it). And another Kristen Ess favorite – the working texture spray – also available at Target.

I’ve been a MAC lipstick wearer for years and years. I still love them – but started using Kylie Jenner’s lip kits about a year ago – friends, I think I might love them even more. I feel like the color is richer and really lasts. I also love that for under $30 I can pick up a kit including the matte lip gloss and coordinating liner. My two favorites are Posie K and Kristen.

These two oils are skin savers. I rotate between each – and lather up my body before bed or after a shower when I’m staying in my comfy clothes all day. Rose Hip oil is known to help reduce scarring and dark spots – it’s also super moisturizing. You can rub it on your scalp before shampooing to help with dandruff – and it leaves your hair super shiny. The vitamin E oil carries some of the same benefits – it’s a great anti inflammatory, also can help heal wounds – super moisturizing, and has anti aging properties. I use the bottom two shown – and order them off amazon, although I’m sure there are several other great options, just make sure your getting 100 % pure ingredients.