FIRST IMPRESSIONS: FRONT YARD

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: FRONT YARD

Something about exterior work seems to take double the time of interior. We’re approaching 2.5 years in our home and I feel like the outside is FINALLY beginning to match the inside. I always felt the need before when inviting people over for the first time to say “the inside looks better I promise..” as we’re greeting them on the porch. It’s a nice feeling to have the front yard be as welcoming as our entry or kitchen and also makes for great morning coffee drinking and relaxing.

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OUR SMEG COFFEE MAKER: REVIEW

OUR SMEG COFFEE MAKER: REVIEW

One of my favorite presents this year was my brand new beautiful Smeg Coffee Maker from my husband. I’ve been looking at Smeg products for years now and finally decided to add one to my list. Coffee is a huge part of my life and I promise I’m not just exaggerating. I was basically raised a Gilmore Girl, I average 4-8 cups a day and I decided it was time for an upgrade.

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DIY MAGNOLIA GARLAND

DIY MAGNOLIA GARLAND

Magnolia trees are one of my favorites in existence. They’ve always seemed special to me, serving as backdrops in some of our favorite wedding photos and we actually got married surrounded by them. I was pretty thrilled when we found this home and it had several established ones on the property. Ever since, this has become one of our Christmas decor staples. It’s quick, affordable, easy and gorgeous. We do them indoors and out because I can’t get enough of it. I promise this will be short, sweet and painless!

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THE HEART OF THE HOME

THE HEART OF THE HOME

The kitchen was first and foremost for us in this house. It’s where the coffee is made, it’s where we prep and eat meals, it’s where company gathers, it’s just the most important.

The first two are pictures from the real estate listing and honestly I think they're too forgiving. It's amazing how a wide angle lens and good lighting can make something appear. Our new home had fabulous green counter-tops, vinyl flooring, the cabinets were a cheap plastic and were buckling and falling apart, and sort of a yellow tone..  and that bulkhead.

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