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 

Jax' Room

Friday, August 3, 2018



The day is finally here for sharing Jax' ever evolving room! I've had a lot of fun putting this room together for our sweet boy. It's definitely taken me some time to figure out a design that Jax could grow into so I  won't have to change out too many things as time goes on. 

I bought Jax this bed several years ago online from Walmart.  I also moved the book shelf in here from the living room. I splattered the ceiling with black paint. It was super messy, but totally worth it! 

I picked up the velvet duvet from Opal House for Target. I really love the color! Jax and Kael love football and their favorite team is the Philadelphia Eagles, so this fits right in. 

Jax loves Darth Vader and Marvel's Thanos, hence he seems to root for the bad guys and I'm not really sure why?











The bass guitar belonged to my stepfather who passed away a couple of years ago. My boys were really close to him. Jerald gave my oldest son a guitar a while back, and after he passed Jax inherited this bass. I love that both my boys have these instruments to remind them of him and his love for music. 

 We are a family that uses skateboards as art displayed around our home, and also out on the streets. I adore that Jax is learning how to ride it, and he's a natural just like his older brother. 

The black pouf I found at Target a while back. I bought it on clearance not really knowing where I was going to put it. It comes in handy by the bookshelf so Jax can sit and totally destroy the area. 

Now that Jax' room is complete I've moved on to my oldest son's room. I didn't have any before photos of this room, but I did manage to get some of Santiago's room. This transformation is going to be good! Also, if you follow me on Instagram I shared the before of the desk I painted. It will be going to Santiago's room. Stay tuned! 



xo
Amber



PLANTER ROUND UP

Friday, July 13, 2018








Now that our patio is complete with the exception of the door which I'm currently on the hunt for, we are now turning our attention to the front yard. So heres the 311... Back in March our front yard was completely destroyed by sand from a new housing development. In the desert during Spring we get horrible winds that pretty much destroy shit. Long story short the earth moving company finally got their shit together and gutted out the destruction and replaced our front yard with new gravel. It's not
our first choice, but hey it was free. 

Our yard is pretty bare at this point. We also had to cut down the large and only tree that resided in the front. Unfortunately, the tree wasn't doing well and we came to the decision of removing it. We have plans to add new trees and plants. I really want to add some climbing roses so they can grow on the adjoining wall, and engulf that portion of our house. I would also like to get a new front door, and some new lighting to accentuate and illuminate the front entrance.

I decided to add two artificial boxwood spiral trees at the front entrance of our home. We had such an excellent experience with the faux boxwood in the patio, I thought the spiral tree would look great and last in the front. Our yard gets beat by the harsh sun all day, which makes it difficult to keep some plants alive. I wanted to add some stylish planters so I found these at Target online. The planters got here fast, but one arrived broken. I ordered a replacement and couldn't wait for it to get here, but for some reason the UPS guy never showed up and my tracking confirmed that I refused the package and it was sent back.

Let me tell you something, we don't EVER refuse packages around here. I'm not sure what happened, but now the planter in the large size is sold out. I got back online and ordered these from CB2.

I found a couple more from CB2 that I really love, and a couple of other ones from Crate & Barrel and West Elm. I kind of want to order them all, but I'm taking my time to figure out the front yard situation. I think we may wait till Fall comes around before planting as it's been pretty hot here.










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Enjoy the weekend! 

   xo












PATIO REVEAL

Friday, June 15, 2018




The patio is looking a lot better these days! I can not express how happy it makes me, with the exception of the wrought iron door. I'm still on the hunt for a new one, and it may take some time before I decide on exactly what I want out here. With that being said, I wanted to share a few photos of the finished space. 


Heres a quick before, yes I hope you don't have nightmares after seeing this. 




 The after.








This space feels completely different. Kael and I love coming out here in the morning to sip coffee and enjoy the sounds of Jurassic Park in our backyard. I kid you not there's so many birds, lizards, wasps and other shit flying around. Other than that we love hanging back here! We also look forward to Fall so we can enjoy the beautiful sunsets in the afternoons/evenings. It's pretty hot out here in the desert at this time of year. 

So heres the break down of everything we did out here:

Repainted the floor white with Sherwin-Williams Porch and Floor Enamel Satin.
Painted the ceiling black using Sherwin-Williams Exterior SuperPaint Satin Latex Paint.
We used Faux Boxwood  panels to cover the stucco.
I already owned the coffee table, mirror, bar cart and chandelier. We added the medallion, painted it black.  
We bought the patio furniture and rug in early Spring from Target .
The outdoor pillows I found online at Stein Mart.

Once I decide on a new door for this space it should all come together nicely and I won't ever have to redo this space again. 

We are now focusing on the front yard. It was looking hideous, which totally wasn't our fault and there's a long story behind it. I'll share more on that later. 


Happy Friday! 

Xo



PATIO REVAMP

Friday, May 18, 2018





Now that the weather is warming up, most people like myself look forward to getting outside and working on our yards. The one thing I absolutely love about our home is our backyard. When we first saw it in person it was everything I ever wanted. Abundant trees, lush flowering plants, and open space for our growing family. 

The patio has gone through some changes over the years.  Earlier this Spring Kael and I purchased new furniture from Target. They were having an amazing sale, making it too good to pass up on. Once we received the furniture I could vision exactly how I was going to pull it all together.  


THE CEILING 

The ceiling is an off white kind of color, and it has some nice brown water spots. I decided it needed a fresh coat of paint, but in black. We used Sherwin-Williams Exterior 100% Acrylic Latex Flat Black Paint.

PATIO WALLS 

This is a major and ugly issue for me. Above our patio is our balcony off the master bedroom. I can't tell you how many times my husband has power washed the stucco. It's clean for like a minute and then it looks like we have never attempted to clean this wall ever in our life. I thought of using faux boxwood panels to cover the ugly stucco. It would also give a lush and calming view. 

THE FLOOR 


The floor really needed a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. I also purchased a really beautiful outdoor rug that I'm dying to put out! 

LIGHTING

We decided to ditch the fan and add the chandelier that previously resided in our dining room to this area.

Now that I've shared a few plans, here's some disturbing before photos and my mood board for the fresh new look. 










Lastly, there are a few items that I'm using which I'm so glad I didn't end up selling on Craigslist. It's always nice to use furniture or items you already have instead of searching and spending more money on pieces.

Kael painted the ceiling last weekend and it already feels like a different space. I can't wait to share it all! 

Xo




MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018












Mother's Day is upon us yet again! I put together a gift guide if any of you are still on the hunt. I also like to put these gift guides together so my husband can pick from my own personal wishlist. He forgets a lot of things I tell him.

I've coveted this beautiful Celestial Bowl for quite some time. Every detail is gorgeous, and I love how edgy it is! It makes a beautiful decor piece. 

I love candles, and I think they make a perfect gift for any occasion. If you're not familiar with Commodity they carry a full range of fragrance, candles, and soaps. I can honestly say there isn't a scent that I dislike. 

Perfume is also one of those gifts that any woman would love to receive. Gucci Bloom is one of my favorites right now! I'm loving how stunning the bottle is. 

I'm always on the hunt for workout shoes.  I found these cute Nike's the other day. I love the paint splatter  detail on the bottom of the shoe. 

I can not recall where I first saw Nina Berenato Jewelry, but it is absolutely stunning! It's bold, edgy, and makes a statement. I so want to own this ear cuff

I own the Vitruvi diffuser, and have several oils. I absolutely LOVE them! Not only is it a beautiful way to diffuse oils, but it's all natural and there are so many uses for them.

This last item I think any wine drinker should definitely own. The Vinglace stainless steel wine cooler is made to keep your wine, champagne, and sparkling water at a cool temperature. It's made by YETI. If your  familiar with yeti, you know that shit is going to be cold! We have a yeti cooler and a couple of tumblers and they are the best at keeping the temperature hot and cold. 


The weekend is here and we are continuing on with our work on the patio, and a few DIY projects indoors. I'm also looking forward to watching SweetBitter  on Starz! I really enjoyed the book, I'm hoping the series will be just as good! 


Xo