CHRISTMAS 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018




I can't believe Christmas is next week! I feel like this month just flew by. Does anyone else feel that way? I had the hardest time trying to decorate around our home this year. I could picture it all in my mind, but trying to execute the design was much more difficult. I also experienced that same morbid feeling considering all the gifts I needed to purchase for loved ones.  Luckily once I got going I knocked that shit out!  

I do love Christmas, but maybe not as much as Halloween.  However, the Christmas movies, trees, treats, and invaluable time spent with our family is definitely a favorite of mine. 












I purchased the tree in the front living room from Michael's online a couple of years ago. It has held up just fine, but quite a mess develops when you first set it up. 

The smaller gold tree is from Target, and it is a few years young. It's a perfect fit in the family room. 

Originally my efforts were to not buy new stuff, but that is impossible when trying to create a unique design compared to the previous year.  Hence, the new wreath for the front door from Target. It was gold and of course I couldn't help myself! 

I always purchase fresh garland and a boxwood wreath, but it is difficult to snag a few before they are all gone.  

We are looking forward to spending time with our family & loved ones this Holiday Season.  Tomorrow we kick off the festivities with a delicious brunch with a few of our favorite friends.


I hope you all enjoyed our tour, and I wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!! 



Xo



CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDES

Saturday, December 1, 2018



Christmas is upon us yet again and I'm slowly, but surely decorating our home and will share it all soon.

I had a hard time getting started with the gift shopping.  My kids tell me things daily, but if it's not in front of me I will never remember. With that being said, I put together some gift guides for the gal and guy in your life. I also included a gift guide for the home.

















I would like one of each please!  I hope this helps with your holiday shopping! I'll be back to share our holiday home decor. 

Xo 

HALLOWEEN 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018



It's that time of year again, and Halloween is by far my absolute favorite holiday! I'm sure you are aware of that little fact about me if you've been following along. I love nothing more than decorating our home, and watching our favorite Halloween movies all month long with our kids. I also love when Kael and I can watch our scary movies once the kiddos are off to bed.

Our outdoor decor took quite some time to work on. In the end I was really happy with the outcome, and now I'm totally convinced we need to plant climbing roses of some sort at the entry. We get a lot of trick or treaters, so I know they will appreciate our spooky set up. 


For a movie night I put together a candy spread and of course everyone loved it! I purchased the candy from World Market, and Target. It was super easy and looked delightful! 














I used more web around the house, and incorporated skulls that I already owned. I also added a lot of candles around the living areas, and the spiked pumpkins I purchased from Target a few years back. 

I also felt like it would be totally appropriate to display spooky eyeballs in one of my favorite Halloween dishes.

The kids can hardly wait to go trick or treating, and I'm looking forward to giving out candy and enjoying the rest of the greatest time of the year! 


Hope you enjoyed our tour! 

Xo









IKEA HACK

Monday, October 8, 2018





This was my first Ikea hack and I'm really happy with the outcome!  When I first discovered Pinterest there were so many hacks being shared. I knew I would always do one eventually, it just took me some time to figure out the look I was going for.  

Our living room is narrow, and I wanted to incorporate a stylish media cabinet  with lots of storage that wouldn't take up too much room. After some going back and forth, I decided on the Besta storage. It was sleek and offered enough room to shove crap into. We have had this piece for quite some time, and one day it dawned on me how I wanted to make it feel like more of a custom piece. 

When I became familiar with Instagram I was immediately drawn to interior design accounts. Christine Dovey  was one of first designers in the Instagram world that I loved! She has a great sense of style, and I fell in love with her media cabinet. 

 I went back into my Pinterest boards and showed my husband Christine's media cabinet and asked him if he was willing to do it. He agreed and although it was very tedious my husband did an amazing job! 




Kael took the doors off and used composite board to cut into squares in equal varying sizes. Once that was done he measured them up, bonded them together with Liquid Nails Fuze-It, caulked with Paintable Acrylic Latex White Caulk, and primed with Premium Wood Primer.

 Once that was done they were sanded smooth, wiped clean, and painted with a Modified Acrylic Water Base Satin Paint. Once they dried Kael installed them back on to the cabinet.  







This cabinet is one of my favorite pieces in our front living area. It looks like a million bucks, but is reasonably priced for anyone. Yes it's a process, but totally worth it if you're willing to put the work in. 

Now I'm off to put the finishing touches on our Halloween decor and I'm sharing it all next week! 

Xo

Pre-Teen Room Reveal

Friday, September 28, 2018



I'm so happy that the weekend is upon us and I'm finally sharing Santiago's finished room. I'm so ready to move on from this project and start decorating for Halloween. I can't stop obsessing about our front porch area, but I digress... 

This room was definitely a challenge, and I'm hoping Santiago will keep it clean in the near and distant future so I won't feel like punching him in the face when I walk in. 

Lets take a look at the horrifying before, shall we. If you missed the original post and all the before photos you can catch up here.


Before:






After:











Just as the sky is blue, my son is obsessed with shoes.  However, they fit right in with the aesthetic of his room so I suppose his obsession is not totally irrelevant when it comes to styling his room. We are really happy with the way it all came together even after hours of frustration, uncertainty, and unplanned additions! 

The walls, doors, dresser, and desk were all painted. On the accent wall I used black contact paper and cut the lines into different lengths, which was extremely tedious, but saved us a significant amount of money due to the absurd cost of wall covering.

The new bookshelf fits really well and doesn't take up too much space, but holds a lot of books so that took care of two issues in itself. 

I added the black trim to the white roman shades for a custom look. 

On the desk I used an oil based sharpie and wrote a few words. I also included something that my Grandfather would chant when my brother and I were kids. It was a verse from a Johnny Cash song, we thought it was so funny and my grandpa loved to repeat it. When I was painting the desk the verse popped into my head and I felt it was appropriate since the desk belonged to him. To be honest, I haven't thought about that song in quite some time. I think Gramps must have been serenading me when I was painting away. 

The art we already owned, but needed a hanging refresh.

It's amazing what paint and throwing out a bunch of crap can do. I'm relieved it's done and now I can move on to another project. I'm also going to share the process on our sideboard next week. I have received a lot of questions on it. 


Looking forward to our favorite upcoming month! 



Xo
Amber 










A JORD WOOD WATCH FOR SUMMER & A GIVEAWAY

Monday, August 27, 2018








If you’ve been following along, you already know how much I love bold and unique decor pieces in my home. I also strive to find such qualities in my fashion and jewelry pieces. If you’re a watch person like myself, then you should definitely take the time to check out the selection Jord Wood Watches has to offer. They have a variety of women and men's watches.

I’m the type of person that feels naked if I don’t have a watch on. So when Jord Watches reached out to me, I was excited to add a unique piece to my growing watch collection. I had a hard time trying to pick just one watch. My love for black, white, and a dash of gold runs deep and I absolutely love the combo in this watch.Their pieces are definitely original and made from exotic wood grain.
If you are in the market for a simple but lovely watch to transition from Summer to Fall with, Jord  is definitely a must. Also, the holiday season is approaching quick and these pieces would make a great gift. Did I mention you can also personalize your watch? You can have it engraved and have it custom fit upon arrival. 







I’m not going to lie, when I’m not wearing my watch I love to style it on my bed side table. The black and gold fits right in with my aesthetics. It’s a great way to display a lovely piece when your not wearing it.

 Jord Watches is giving one of my lucky readers a chance to win $100 towards a watch for yourself! All you have to do is enter here. You can also get 10% off any watches as a consolation. Contest closes on September 9th. Good Luck! 



Xx
Amber 


This is a collaboration with Jord Watches. All thoughts, and opinions are my own. 





































PRE-TEEN BEDROOM MAKEOVER

Friday, August 10, 2018








Santiago's room has been screaming for a good cleaning, fresh paint, and some long overdue organization.  I honestly should have tackled his room before Jax',  but I figured Santiago's room is going to be a longer process. Every time I walked into that room it was so bad to the point it made me really angry (welcome to pre-teen hell).

I have a lot of DIY planned for this room. We recently bought him a new bed and mattress. The old bed was a twin and it was the same platform, black and white striped bed that Jax has in his room. Santiago was asking for a bigger bed, which I guess as they get older they tend to do so. I went with a full size bed as I didn't want to go any bigger due to the fact his room is not very large, and I don't want the bed to take up too much space. 

The dresser is getting painted with some new hardware installed. It's a great piece of furniture, but it just needs a little TLC and I have something fun planned for it. We are getting rid of the secretary desk, and moving in the vintage desk we inherited from my grandfather. If you follow me on Instagram you got a peek of the before and the inspiration behind it. 

I also decided to ditch the blinds and add some roman shades. I was thinking of adding some wallpaper, which I am going to create myself. It will cut the cost since we have bought a lot of stuff for this room.

I can't wait for this room to be done and not feel like punching someone when I go into his room. 

Here are the terrifying before photos:






Disturbing right? Can you say HOARDER? Believe it or not I do clean this room, but my son doesn't do a good job at keeping it up. Boys can be dirty and I live with three of them. Below is a list of what we have done and what we still need to get done.

Completed

 -  Room has been cleaned and four huge trash bags have been filled 
      and disposed

 -  Walls have been painted white

 -  New bed is up 

 -  Roman Shades installed 

To be completed

 -  Paint closet and bedroom doors black

-  DIY wallpaper 

-  Paint dresser 

-  Hang TV & art

-  Put together book shelf

-  Organize

-  Style & shoot 

I hope to get a lot done this weekend and next week. I can't wait to share this transformation! For the time being I don't feel like hurting someone when I walk in here. Have a great weekend! 


Xx
Amber