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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Our Arhaus Sofa

Our new Emory Slipcovered sofa from Arhaus arrived and we absolutely LOVE it. I have never seen my husband so excited about a piece of furniture. It is easily the most comfortable piece of furniture we own. You just sink right into it. I love that it's slipcovered and we can wash it when needed and I especially love the size of it. It's huge! All four of us can snuggle up on it and there's still plenty of extra room. And I particularly am happy with the fact that along with being so comfortable it's also has such a sophisticated look to it.

We went with the deso sand color and love how it looks against the dark chocolate colored walls and we love how our Grand Plaza print works so well above it.

Sometimes it's fun switching up the layout of the room. When we decided to paint the walls dark and go ahead and have the trim painted white and then starting putting the furniture back in it seems like it might be a good idea to switch the furniture layout a bit. We want to move a TV in here onto the wall opposite the fireplace and moving the furniture this way will work much better for that. 

It turns out this sofa is so incredibly comfortable that Jon suggested we move it into the family room. Seeing how this was the first time in history he has ever ever suggested moving a piece of furniture I didn't argue so you may eventually see it in our family room. =)

Source List:  

Wall Color - Midsummer Night in Matte by Benjamin Moore
Trim Color - Simply White in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Door Color - Mopboard Black in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore

Sofa - 94" Emory Slipcovered Sofa in Deso Sand by Arhaus
Extra Long Bolster - I made it with clearance fabric from Joann's Tufted Chairs - TJMaxx
Ottoman - Target about 8 1/2 years ago (only in here temporarily)

Plaid Throw - HomeGoods
Clock - Savvy Home and Garden in WilliamsburgMirror above Fireplace - family antique
Rug - Joss and Main
Drapery Panels - Ritva Panels from IKEA
Print on the mantel - Gift - purchased at Savvy years about 7 years ago

Frames on Gallery Wall - Michael's
Vase of Branches (cut from yard) - HomeGoods
Trophy-like Urn - Purchase on 75% clearance at a store called Seasons about 6 years ago
Books on Shelves - Passed on down or gifted from family members
Large White Book - Blurb photo albums
Small White Books - Chatbook photo albums
White dresser - years and years ago at a consignment shop
Lamps - HomeGoods
Grand Plaza Print - Arhaus

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

*Sofa was provided by Arhaus. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Wednesday!

My computer has been acting up a little bit so I couldn't finish up the post I was working on so I thought instead I just have some peony pictures for today.

This gray tufted bench from HomeGoods is still one of my favorite finds for this room. 

Source List 

Wall Color - Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore in Matte Finish
Trim Color - Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss Finish
Door Color - Mopboard Black by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss Finish
Beadboard Wallpaper - Allen and Roth from Lowe's
Chandelier - Savvy in Williamsburg, VA
Farmhouse Table - I made it using this plan from Ana White's site. Stained with Rustoleum's Weathered Gray and Minwax's Provincial
End Chairs and Side Chairs - World Market
Tufted Bench - Home Goods
Side Chairs next to Sideboard - Joss and Main
Mirror - Restoration Hardware (six or seven years ago but I think they still sell it)
Lamps - HomeGoods
Horse - Joss and Main
Drapery Panels - IKEA Ritva Panels 
Drapery Rods - Lowe's
Sideboard - The Velvet Shoestring (consignment shop - then painted with AS's French Linen chalk paint)
Pitcher on Table  - IKEA
Runner - World Market
Peonies - Picked from outside
Clock - Joss and Main

I hope you all have a fabulous rest of the week!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Strawberry Pie Recipe

The first time I went to Jon's parent's home his mother made a strawberry pie. I am not really a pie person, but this pie was absolutely delicious and has been a summer favorite of mine ever since. She shared the recipe with me and we have enjoyed making it every year during strawberry season. It's really easy and such a fun dessert this time of year. And the red strawberries against the blue and white HomeGoods runner has "summery" feel to it.

The girls and I made one last week and we thought we would share the recipe with you all:


1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp. shortening
2-3 Tbsp. cold water

Mix together and press into pie dish
(We've also used that pre-made Pillsbury dough before too when we've been in a hurry and it works great as well)
Cook at 425 degrees for first 5 minutes then down to 375 degrees for 5-10 minutes

Now place between 2-4 cups of sliced strawberries in the crust

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
4 Tbsp. strawberry jello powder

Mix dry ingredients
Add water
Cook over medium to high heat until mixture is clear and starts to boil
Let cool a few minutes then pour over strawberries
Refrigerate for 3-4 hours

We are so grateful for all of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom!

Friday, May 22, 2015

"Look At The Sea..."

One of my favorite L. M. Montgomery quotes is this one, so we figured it would make the perfect print for summer!  We are offering it in our shop in both a navy blue print as well as a chalkboard print version (scroll down for those photos).

The girls love coming in here and seeing their horse picture from HomeGoods. 

For a source list of items from the porch click here and for a detailed source list of the gray guest bedroom click here.

Have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"When I Saw You I Fell In Love, And You Smiled Because You Knew" Sign

We've got another new sign that will be available in our shop Thursday morning at 10 AM EST. This one not only is fun to display in your own home, it also makes a wonderful wedding gift! We used the quote "When I saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew" by Arrigo Boito in white ink on a black background and it's framed in a gray stained wood. One of my favorite recent finds were these baskets from HomeGoods. They make a great place to store shoes and other miscellaneous items so that they are still handy but the entryway stays organized and tidy. 

We moved the shoes for the product photos above but normally the girls keep their favorite little boots from Joyfolie here on top of these baskets. The baskets from HomeGoods work perfectly in here. We keep the girls shoes in here and it's nice and easy for them to grab them on their way down the stairs each morning.

Source List:

Wall Color - Moonshine in Matte Finish (BM)
Trim Color - Simply White in Semi-gloss Finish (BM)
Door Color - Mopboard Black in Semi-gloss Finish (BM)
Light Fixture - Small Sized Mia Pendant from Pottery Barn
Beadboard Wallpaper - Allen and Roth from Lowe's
Sign - Dear Lillie
Baskets - HomeGoods
Vase filled with Branches from the Yard - HomeGoods
Runner - RugsUSA (can't remember what pattern it was, but when I get a chance will try to look it up and add it in later)
Little Mirror - Antique Farmhouse
Frames - Ribba from Ikea in an array of sizes

You can find a source list for our kitchen here. 

 We also wanted to reintroduce one of our sponsors, Sharon, the owner and creator of 

She just recently launched her beautiful new website. And she is offering you all 20% off anything in her shop! Just use the code: newwebsite

Here are a couple examples of some of the lovely pieces she has to offer:

I hope you all have a fabulous rest of the week! 
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