Home sweet home!

I haven’t blogged in a while due to trying to get the new blog up and running, work travel, wedding season, and of course, life in general. This week I’m lucky enough to have my husband home with me since it’s a “holiday week” and next week too, since we’re traveling the East coast to participate in the weddings of two of our dearest friends. We’ve been busy trying to make the most of our time together and having a little “Staycation”: Saturday we did yard work and unpacked our office, Sunday we had a cookout with friends, Monday we hiked Crowder’s Mountain and today we are grabbing some wedding gifts, doing homework and museum hopping! Since we’ve spent so much time on the house lately, I wanted to invite you inside for a tour (it’s mostly unpacked at this point!).

houseThis weekend, my husband bought and put together two rocking chairs for us which almost completes our front porch. Still hoping to get my hands on my grandfather’s glider for the other side, but if not, we’ll put a porch swing up. Either way, we’ll be spending lots of time out there rocking, swinging or gliding together.

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Once you come in the house, you walk right into the living room. The open floor plan of the house is one of the things that we loved most when we saw it the first time. And of course, all of the windows with plantation shutters.

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Our corner China cabinet in our dining room is one of our favorite purchases thus far (behind the king-size bed and our plush couches). This piece fits perfectly in the room, almost as if it was made for it and does a stunning job of displaying our China and LW’s grandmother’s China.

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The red kitchen cabinets were not my favorite part upon moving in the house (or purchasing it) but they are growing on me. They definitely brighten up the room, and get people talking when they come over.

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Our kitchen leads out to our screened in porch, which is arguably our favorite place in the whole house, but before we go there, let’s visit the other side of the house. Our dogs have lucked out with the spare bedroom and have chosen to sleep on a queen size bed together instead of their dog beds. We have some work to do in this room still but the boys are happy to share a picture with you.

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Our spare bath sits between the guest bedroom and our office, along with our coat closet, a linen closet and access to our attic. Did I mention how much storage space is in this house?

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I was so happy when we unpacked the office. Books, stationary and inspirational prints, oh my! We had to set up a dual-office due to our working from home. Luckily, we have very little crossover on days that we are actually both working from home. We love the large window that looks out into our backyard.

My inspiration wall is one of my new favorite things in the house! Sweet phrases encouraging me to follow my dreams, be grateful, and always choose happiness are absolute perfection!

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Our master suite is large, but still cozy. I miss my extra large walk-in closet from our old house (it was the size of a small bedroom), but our new closet has lots of shelving which helps. The bathroom is deceivingly large and seems to go on forever. My favorite part? The deep tub with it’s tile ledge which holds wine perfectly during bubble baths!

Upgrading to a king-size bed was the best decision we made. We love the mattress/boxspring combo that we chose and our bedroom set from IKEA. We seem to always gravitate towards the Hemnes collection with it’s modern, yet classy look.

And of course, our favorite spot: the screen-in porch. We love watching the birds eat from feeders, having dinner while the sun sets or sipping morning coffee in this serene space. It’s what dreams are made of!

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We of course love the backyard too, and for more than just the dog’s enjoyment. Our garden is doing so well, as are our blackberries and blueberries! We use herbs from the garden in just about every meal, mainly mint, basil and cilantro.

We have had such an amazing time seeing what the previous owner’s planted. We have of course added our own hydrangeas, irises, azaleas, and a fox glove. My husband has quite the green thumb.

Our home is absolutely perfect for us. We are so glad to have found it and been the winning bid on it! Hope you love it, too!

 

 

 

Knot what I wanted

Yesterday, I got an email from The Knot Wedding Shop that they were having a big sale. And anyone who knows me knows that I love a good sale. I finally found time to check it out as I was laying down for bed last night and I personalized the cutest beverage napkins (eco-friendly!) for our wedding. I kept getting rejected when I was placing the order – they weren’t accepting PayPal, Credit Card payment resulted in a “null” message taking me back to the checkout screen (twice)… so I gave up on the adorable napkins. And my phone buzzed with an email. “You have authorized payment from PayPal to The Knot.”

The Knot Wedding Shop
The Knot Wedding Shop

Did you just say “uh-oh?” Because I did. I checked my bank account and sure enough, there were also 2 charges there. Totalling 900 napkins and $90 dollars. Good news, we’ll have lots of left over napkins for our scrapbook? I’ve been emailing and filling out forms all day – hopefully they will cancel 2 of the orders. Their website does say they’ll do whatever it takes to make you 100% satisfied. Either way, we’re going to have adorable napkins at our wedding and they were on sale for a great price.

In other news:

  • We have ALL of the bridesmaid dresses and they are so amazing. I am tickled pink with how this turned out! They are all the same color but all different styles. Can’t wait to see these gals in them!
  • Both moms have purchased potential outfits for the wedding. I say potential because if they’re anything like me, they’ll find something else in the next 6 months that they like better. (Yes, I need to not look at any more wedding gowns).
  • I purchased shoes for the wedding – eeek! MY wedding shoes! (ps – they are Lilly Pultizer and to-die-for!)
  • I have a hair appointment for April 18th for a test run for the wedding-do.

So we are still truckin’ along, but also still don’t have a florist. But we will… we will have flowers!

Bake me a cake!

Not too much to update on today (still don’t have a florist, or hair stylist!) but we did email a “cake lady” about our dessert buffet (stomach growl!) and our mini-cake for cutting/photo purposes. Waiting to hear back on her availability – and fingers crossed we do not get yet another “I’m sorry” email. I do not understand how anyone can plan a wedding in less than 8 months with the way things are booking up! Kudos to you quick brides who obviously on-top of it and have eyes on vendors perhaps before the ring?

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Wedding Paper Diva’s is still offering their stamp for 50% off (Code 50DEAL0207). Ours arrived yesterday in the tiniest package ever (that was the text I received from my future husband!) … and it’s perfect! We can’t wait to stamp those thank you notes after the wedding with our “Whites” stamp! Get yours today…. it’s perfect for all of those handwritten notes you send in life!

Happy hump day, y’all!

 

Pickin’ petals

So I took the first step and emailed two florists (both found on Carolina Bride‘s vendor list). The first wrote back and indicated that they are already book for that day, but were nice enough to offer their opinion on another local florist (much appreciated). The second wrote back asking when my wedding is (which was the first line of my email to them when I contacted them). You can see how this causes a little uncertainty in my mind about their attention to detail, right? I wish I could just go to the farmer’s market and buy fresh flowers that morning. I am also really starting to think that I need a planner… traveling more and more for work + grad school 3 nights a week is a doozy.

Once we lock down the florist, we can tackle the rest of these items on our immediate “to-do” list:

  • transportation for us + guests
  • hotel reservation (do we want King & Queen bed options or King only with sleeper sofa for our guests?!)
  • FIND A HAIR STYLIST
  • order BM dresses (hello 20% off sale at J. Crew Weddings today!)
  • Figure out desserts
  • Confirm catering order

And tonight… I’ll be doing hot yoga to relieve the stress of all these “to-do” items.

(Photo from www.flowersofthefieldlv.com

Sunday Funday Bridal Showcase!

On Sunday, I road-tripped it to Chapel Hill to hang out with the best MOH a girl could ask for – and to attend the Carolina Inn’s 18th Annual Bridal Showcase! A special “Thank You” to Jenna at Southern Bride & Groom magazine for the tickets to the show. To say we were underprepared for what awaited us, would be an understatement. I’m still trying to figure out how many calories I took in at all of those cake tasting booths! IMG_3956We had a day full of paper products, flowers, cake and petit fours … and champagne. How can I forget the never-ending flow of champagne? Sarah was giddy over the supply of macaroons that were on-hand – and as a bride who is loving the idea of “mini-desserts”, I loved seeing all the options available. What talented caterers the triangle area has!
bs1One of my FAVORITE cakes was from husband and wife duo Ashley & Co in Raleigh. This burlap delight made my heart skip a beat. And since I met my beau at work and we still work together, I love that they do too!

Ashley & Co burlap beauty!
Ashley & Co burlap beauty!

We hit up the hors d’ouevres pretty early on since neither of us had eaten lunch. Lots of deliciousness going on in that tent – and of course, we were smitten with the Carolina Inn ice sculpture!
IMG_3922Since my wedding is being held in South Carolina, I really just used this event to gain some ideas and not so much vendors. We did meet LOTS of vendors – and we adored the goodies that they were giving away. Check out this ADORABLE cooler bag from Erin McLean Events! I have been back and forth on whether or not to hire a planner/coordinator to make sure things go off without a hitch – and I loved the idea of just a “day-of” coordinator. Plus, I’ve only heard good things about Erin. And Martha Manning took the cake with her giveaway… Krispy Kreme? Who can say no to Krispy Kreme doughnuts? While I’ve already chosen my photographer, Martha was able to give some recommendations on videographers which was much appreciated. IMG_3952Next on my “to-do” list is to secure a florist for our big day. I want simple flowers (I really want the hydrangeas from my late-grandmother’s bush back home in VA, but that’s a little far-fetched). And since green is our accent color, I was hoping for green flowers – but the fiance insists on them being naturally green and not dyed. So, we checked out some booths at the event and got to actually hold some bouquets (it’s AMAZING how big some of them are!). I like the idea of adding something fragrant to the bouqet – like freesia or mint! IMG_3953We got to see a fashion show while we were there – and I immediately recognized the Southern style of Lula Kate in this dress – and also saw Christy, the owner of Bella Bridesmaid in Raleigh. She sold us our stylish dresses for my friend’s wedding this past August. We somehow missed the bridal part of the runway show, but we did catch the grooms and groomsmen and they sure did look dapper!
IMG_3935I had several totebags full of information and goodies as I left, including wedding magazines and honeymoon magazines. We definitely have some reading to do (and decision making on the honeymoon front!)! IMG_3954I LOVED the experience of the bridal show, especially sharing the fun with Sarah. I have to point out one vendor that I was head-over-heels for before we went to the show and I’m so glad I got to see their stuff in real life. I am even more in love now… if that’s possible. Pressed Cotton has some of the CUTEST things I’ve ever seen – and not just for gatherings but for your household. If anyone is interested in a special offer on their items, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to share the deal!

I want to say thank you to all of my readers! Almost to 1500 views (in less than 3 months!). Stay tuned for a very exciting announcement that has to do with ME, this blog, and you reading it!