Thursday, August 4, 2016

Kitchen Update Reveal

I have made some changes in my kitchen and I'm LOVING the results! I was never completely satisfied with my old kitchen island. I KNEW there was something that I would like better and I was always on the search for it...for 2 years. I finally found antique printers table from the 1800's with the original marble top. 

I love the patina of my new island! I painted the wood black for some contrast. I had a very specific look that I wanted to create in my kitchen. I didn't have to do a ton of changes to achieve it, thank goodness!

What I wanted to achieve with my kitchen makeover was a design where all the major focal points are layered front and center, and everything surrounding the major focal points does not draw the eye and is very simple. So basically a "POW" of focal points layered inside an invisible frame and everything outside the frame very minimal to make those focal points really stand out! With my wood cabinet already a major focal point, I just needed a dark colored island to layer in front and more color for my shelves. These are what I wanted to draw the eye and everything else surrounding to gracefully disappear. 

I switched out my light fixtures over the stove to be almost invisible. I do have some contrast on this wall...the wood pot rack...but it's just enough to add some interest without drawing the eye away from my major focal points. 

I'd like to introduce you all to my new fridge...what started it all...the Smeg model FAB32UWHLN. Since the fridge is skinnier than our old one, I had some space that I wanted to take advantage of.  We really needed a permanent counter over my dishwasher and something to clean up this side of the kitchen. So we took a shot at DIY concrete countertops!

We took video of the process so I hope to share that with you soon! But let me tell you my thought process behind designing this counter. I wanted it to be very simple and not draw the eye. But I knew I loved concrete countertops! I love the very natural look of the natural grey concrete. Since I have marble on my back wall counter and now on my new island, I felt I could do a different surface material without it looking too mismatched. 

I wanted a light grey concrete so it didn't draw the eye too much. I know you can get concrete in any color but we didn't order ours, we went to a local store and just bought what they had in stock, which was only grey and white. I decided to take a risk and try mixing the grey and white to get a light grey. I love how the shade turned out!

Side note: I think this is my husband's masterpiece! Between the custom cabinets he built and the concrete counter that he made, not having ever done any concrete work before, I think it was maybe one of his most challenging projects, but one that turned out so, so amazing!

I wanted the counter to be very rough looking and have a lot of texture. I love how the edges turned out! For the cabinetry below I wanted a blocky look and thick, rough-cut wood. I banged up the wood  a bit before painting it. I wanted the wood to look old as well as the concrete countertop, but I also needed it to be minimal and very simple and clean so it didn't distract from my main focal points in the kitchen. 

My old sink was pretty rough and I found this one on Craigslist! It's bigger and has been re-enameled....which means I need to be careful as I use it. But I knew I wouldn't find one in better shape than the one I had without spending a fortune. So far I've been very impressed with the enameled sink. 

I had some left over pieces of antique marble and they were just the right dimensions to make a backsplash for the counter. I love love LOVE the backsplash!

Since this sink didn't quite fit under my window sill, hubby took out the bottom of the windowsill and added this marble piece above the sink lip instead. I think it's my favorite part!!

I designed cubbies for the left of the dishwasher and a simple shelf for under the sink. It definitely helps to have more storage in this kitchen! I'm not too picky when it comes to function and conveniences in the home, but I will not ever get rid of my dishwasher! I know doesn't add to the design of the kitchen, but my thought process behind the dishwasher is if it's very simple and plain, it is hardly noticeable. 

That's a little glimpse into what I was going for and my thought process behind the design of my kitchen. Hope it was helpful!


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Vintage Modern Bedroom Makeover with Cocoon by Sealy + a giveaway!

Tanner and I have been renters for our entire marriage which is really hard for two people obsessed with creating spaces just the way we envision them. That being said, it does allow us to BE creative and find ways to work around an uninspiring space! We've been lucky to have landlords in the past who bought materials for us and let us do what we wanted, but most of the time it's on our own dime if we want to make improvements. The house we are in now is not bad at all, but the color of the paint and floor makes everything too yellow for my taste. Tanner came up with a great idea to build a temporary wall out of plywood and use it as a base for shiplap! We already had most of the materials left over from other projects, and he cut sheets of plywood into boards for the shiplap! We thought this would give the room a focal point and tone down some of the tan color on the walls. I LOVE how it turned out. I had him leave imperfect gaps and some of the outlines unpainted because I love the texture and contrast it gives the room.

I have SO MUCH to tell you about in this post, but I want you to see what the room looked like last year and then right before this overhaul, so click those links first and then come back.

Here's one of the projects I'm excited about: this amazing little side table!! We found the base at the Habitat for Humanity thrift store for $20 and the marble top came from a garage sale last year for $5! I have been holding onto it for just the right base. It could not be more perfect!


Vanessa and I partnered with Cocoon by Sealy to turn our bedrooms into our "happy place," and I FINALLY feel like my bedroom is my happy place. Even Tanner said, "I could hang out in here. It's really comfortable and bright." Yes, it is, thanks to our new mattress and his great idea!!

We have been sleeping our new Cocoon by Sealy mattress for two months now, and LOVING it! My hips normally hurt at night but not since we've had our Cocoon. You can read more about our initial thoughts as well as a video on setting it up here (so easy...still can't believe it came in a box delivered to our doorstep! I was able to set it up by myself)!

Cocoon by Sealy was kind enough to provide another mattress for a giveaway, AND a promotional code for a $50 cash gift card with purchase of a mattress from now until May 31, 2016! Visit and enter the code VINTAGE50 to redeem your discount! Details on the Cocoon by Sealy mattress giveaway is at the bottom of this post!

When I was thinking about what would inspire me to ENJOY my bedroom, a couple things came to mind: one, for it to be clean haha...and two, PLANTS!! I went to the nursery and picked out a few gorgeous plants: jasmine, honeysuckle, a fig tree and Beckett picked out cosmos. I couldn't say no to those :)

Vanessa sent me a photo on pinterest of this really neat grid made out of sticks tied together and I HAD to have one in my bedroom! It was actually pretty easy and quick, and I love that I can start growing vines on it! A living, breathing, energizing headboard! I wrapped a few loose honeysuckle and star jasmine vines around it. Can't wait to get them growing that tall. Any pointers on how to start that??

All of the bedding I used is a mix of thrift store, garage sales, and new. I am still loving my linen bedding set from H&M and don't see changing anytime soon. It's so comfy!

These brass candlesticks have been with me for years -- I started collecting them when I'd see them at thrift stores, and I always display them somewhere! I love the dainty stems!

I really am loving the light that the white wall adds to the room. I am sitting on my bed writing this post and I haven't actually worked in this room since last year! It feels SO relaxing -- truly my happy place!

Now, we want YOU to experience one of these phenomenal mattresses! Enter our giveaway for a Cocoon by Sealy mattress!! Details are below -- we'll pick a winner in two weeks! Also: if you're planning to use the 'VINTAGE50' promotional code at for a $50 cash gift card when you purchase a mattress, be sure to do it before May 31, 2016!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Entry Reveal

I have been obsessed with black and white for over a year now and I especially LOVE half black/half white walls! I really wanted to do it somewhere in my house but I knew I wouldn't always love it and that it would probably become a "dated" look after awhile. So what perfect spot than my little entry! It's small, it's not lived in, it's only seen for a couple seconds at a time, and it would be so easy to repaint when I get tired of it. 

That adorable pendant is from Schoolhouse Electric. I love the simplicity of it!

We painted the floors with Benjamin Moore, Porch and Floor Paint in "Black Knight" (#2136-10). The walls are Benjamin Moore, Regal Select "Black Knight" and "White Dove" (OC-17) both in the Pearl finish. 

This house used to be divided into 3 apartments and I just never wanted to get rid of the three door bells on the wall. 

The pillow, rug and mirror are vintage. 

I love how my little entry turned out. I think everyone needs a place in their home they can "experiment" and try knew things with. I'm very blessed to have such a perfect room for that! 


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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cocoon by Sealy unboxing video + GIVEAWAY!

We are so excited to be partnering with Tempur Sealy for the launch of their new mattress in a box, Cocoon by Sealy, and the #myhappyplace campaign! A mattress that arrived on my doorstep in a box shorter than I am...well, Vanessa and I were both skeptical! See her post on it here.

                                 ( This post contains sponsored links from Cocoon by Sealy )

I told Tanner to let me do most of the heavy lifting because I wanted to show you guys just how easy it was for one person to set up. I got all the way to putting it up on our new platform bed (built by Tanner...if you're in Colorado and interested in one, email us at!) and then let him help me haha. They really make it SO easy for you, and with a 100 night trial, 10 year warranty AND someone to come get it FOR FREE if I need to return it? Yes please!!

My bedroom has gone through a lot over the last year, and I can truly say the last time it was SUPER CLEAN was when I did the last blog post on revamping it! I have neglected it big time. It's my catch-all room. It's where everything that doesn't have a proper place ends up. It's also the only room I can retreat to when the boys are asleep, and it's supposed to be a sanctuary for Tanner and I....but since I haven't done a great job on keeping it cozy and clean, it's the opposite of my happy place right now!! When Tempur-Sealy contacted us, it was just the kickstart I needed to really get it in order. I'm nowhere near done, but this is where it all begins...with an incredibly comfortable mattress!

My bedroom NEEDS to be a haven and an escape. I was so empowered and motivated to completely change my perspective on keeping my room CLEAN when I was getting rid of the old mattress!! I can not wait to show you guys what it turns in to.

We've been sleeping on the mattress for about a week now, and I am IN LOVE!! My hips don't hurt in the morning, my back doesn't hurt if I lay on my's the perfect blend of soft and firm. And it came in a box! Gone are the days of walking into a store to buy a mattress three times the price I pay for rent! Cocoon by Sealy provides exceptional comfort at a minimal price. Twin beds start at $549 and a king size is under $1000 and they're sold exclusively online here. We REALLY want you guys to try one, and Tempur-Sealy was gracious enough to gift us two mattresses to give away!! We'll be hosting the first giveaway today, and the second when we post again in May about how our bedrooms have changed! I am so excited to take the next couple months and transition my room from something I avoid to something I never want to leave -- my happy place!

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