Wall Galleries Galore!

One of my favorite decorating strategies is configuring a wall gallery. There are no rules – just try to create a pattern that is aesthetically pleasing. Take your favorite things and mix them in with family photos or some pretty plates. I think people forget that plates can be hung on walls as art instead of being used for dining. Not only are they circular, but they are 3 dimensional, adding variety to an otherwise dimensionless wall.

Places to consider when looking for unique artwork for your home – World Market has some great pictures that have been printed on canvases. Anthropologie has some truly beautiful appetizer size plates in a variety of patterns or animals, if you fancy. Pier 1 is a favorite of mine but they are pricey on some items. If you see something you like and it’s not on sale, just wait because it will eventually get there and you’ll kick yourself for spending full price on it. Another comparable store to Pier 1 is Kirklands and they are very reasonable on pretty much everything in their store. If I find something I like at Pier 1 (Or, God forbid, Pottery Barn – REALLY can’t afford that unless it’s 110% off!) I look for something like it at Kirklands.

When I travel, instead of getting a typical suvenir, i try to find art of some kind. Traveling is my favorite thing to do in life and when I’m at home, I love being reminded of where I’ve been. Plus, it’s just cool having something you can’t go run out and buy at Target. Sometimes, I’ll catch myself wondering if my grandchildren might treasure some of this stuff once it’s considered “vintage.” To be honest, my house is full of vintage pieces of art AND furniture that has been passed down from generation to generation. There’s something beautiful about breathing new life into something that’s been in a storage unit for who knows how long.

If you can’t tell, I’m a dog lover and I try to incorporate pups into any and all decor I can. When people come over I want them to know that a very handsome standard poodle puppy named Rupert has stolen our hearts (and our walls). 

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DIY house decor projects over the holidays… Goodbye 2016. Hello 2017! 

The holidays brought some wonderful time to decorate the house. Our bedroom got a facelift with this beautiful mosaic from Pier 1… it compliments our talc colored tufted headboard and grey and cream bedding. 

I was also able to tackle the giant walls in our foyer with a wall gallery… filled with some of my favorite pictures, signs and a beautiful mirror passed down to me from my great grandparents. 

And I was finally able to frame this beautiful artwork I brought back from our honeymoon in Key West at Earnest Hemmingway’s home. If you look closely, there are cats in this painting. Hemingway was a cat lover like myself and had around 50 cats at his dreamy estate! One of my favorite things to do is bring back art from places I visit. This is one of my favorites. Thanks to Hobby Lobby for the white vintage frame… trying to channel that French Cottage look. 

2016 was a tough year

It’s been a long while since my last post but quite a few things have happened over the past several months. This year has been full of so many life changes for me. Graduating from college, getting married, leaving home, starting my first job and leaving it, going back to school for dental hygiene… I lost my grandfather the day after my wedding and I miss him so incredibly much, especially right now during the holidays. I lost my beloved dog I’ve had since middle school. Our pastor was thrown in jail for child molestation… I could go on but the reality is that sadness has been knocking on my door for several months now. But God has reminded me over and over again that I am not in control and that His plan is where my hope needs to rest.

I’ve started running and listening to Christian music for an hour each day and it has awakened my motivation and faith that have been drowning since the day I lost my Grandpa. Grieving is hard and it takes time… it’s been 3 months now and I am just now getting back on my feet and working towards the future I want. It’s hard to even think about a future when the man whose been there literally every step of the way is no longer with you.

So many people I care about have experienced tragic loss, cancer, or unemployment this year and I honestly can say that all I want for 2017 is a fresh start and renewed energy for these beautiful people to pick up the pieces and press forward. I know my Grandpa is with his Creator right now and that brings me overwhelming joy that pushes the sadness down so i can move on with my life. My strength comes from the Lord and that’s all there is to it. Here’s to happy holidays with family and friends, a Christmas to be thankful for what we have and hope for a new year! God is good.

How did I get here?

181255_487352241345774_678028961_nI ask myself this question in the early hours of the morning when I can’t sleep. I’ll be holding my stuffed animal the same way I did 20 years ago. I look back and think about the days when everything was decided for me. The days when recess was the highlight of the school day. The days when I woke up every morning to the sound of my mother rummaging through my closet, picking out that day’s outfit for me. It all seems so long ago in a completely different life. It’s almost as if there was no transition – that I just woke up here in my almost 23-year-old body with a college degree under my belt and a ring on my finger.

It all happened so fast. It sounds so cliche, but, my God, is it the truth! You spend your whole life in school dreaming of the day when you can be an adult and do whatever you want to do, where you’re not bogged down with homework assignments and papers. You think that being an adult means people won’t be telling you what to do. And that you’ll be free. But it’s the complete opposite. You want to know what the complete opposite of freedom is? Bills. Student loans.463968_414969961858855_1101339008_o

And then you finally and all of sudden arrive at adulthood and have no idea what you’re doing.

Making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner is a milestone because it didn’t come from a drive-thru window. You watch Netflix documentaries on fighting crime or saving someone’s life in surgery. And you sit there on the couch with a mouth-full of PB&J thinking, “Why can’t I be like them?” And then you have a pity party for five minutes and you listen to the same Taylor Swift “RED” album that got you through all four years of college. And you’re right back at trying to figure out this thing called life.

I will say this though, If I was successful at anything, it was finding a Godly man. Somewhere in the middle of the chaos of college, the craziest, most unexpected thing happened – I met an incredible man on a blind date.12045224_939362162811444_816212703337800537_o I was 100 percent sure I had found The One, but I still found myself asking, “Am I ready for this? Can I do this? Do I have what it takes to be a wife?” And every time I looked at Colin, it was a resounding “Yes.”

Yes, you are ready for this. Yes, you can do this. Yes, you have what it takes to be a wife. There was no question that this was the person God had made me for – marrying him was the easiest decision I have ever made.

So, I graduated college, found my husband, now for the huge question of what does my future career look like? 13124628_1055513454529647_3692283855616589769_nAnd the answer has been and always will be writing. I was born with a love for it and college taught me how to use it. Writing will take me wherever I was meant to be because that’s where my passion lives. Find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life.

A Cinderella Wedding

Cinderella is blonde. I am blonde. Her dress is sparkly blue. Blue is my favorite color and sparkles make everything better. There’s a really fat cat in the movie. I have a fat cat that I love dearly… Murphy is nicer than Lucifer though. She talks to animals as if they’re humans. I talk to animals as if they’re humans.Cinderella rides in a pumpkin carriage in fall. Fall is my favorite season and pumpkins are freaking awesome. Cinderella loves to dance on gleaming floors with attractive men. I love to dance with my attractive man, especially on a shiny floor. Cinderella lives happily ever after in a glamorous castle overlooking a charming, historic town with cobblestone streets… I’m still working on that part.

But most importantly, Cinderella is kind when people are not so kind to her. Cinderella is ambitious and never lets fear get in the way. Cinderella, ladies and gentlemen, is my favorite Disney Princess. And if you know anything about me, it’s my love of Disney. It’s been there since I couldn’t walk – it’ll be there when my  grandchildren walk out the door to college. It’s not something you grow out of. It truly is a source of happiness in my life. It is timeless and unchanging – I can sit down and watch this movie and get the same feelings of bliss and peace as I did almost 20 years ago, plopped down in front of the VCR in my very own Cinderella costume.

Now, that being said – I’m getting married to my very own Prince Charming this fall in October! I can truly say that “the dream that I wished did come true.” My bridal shower and bachelorette party both have a fairytale theme tying them together with the wedding (thanks to my crazy talented, creative maids of honor who know my obsession with Disney is unparalleled).

I am not having the typical “Disney wedding.” There will be no mickey mouse ears or pixie dust to be found. You will find some subtle, classy Cinderella touches that add a timeless element to the day I have dreamt of ever since I was a little girl. The fact that my family is giving me the gift of my dream wedding… there are no words. Every girl should be able to feel like Cinderella on her big day… no matter what that looks like.  Here are some picture ideas to give you a feel of what I am aiming for as the designer of my Cinderella wedding.

Beautiful Mess: The Mind of a Designer

My house is sometimes messy. You can ask my fiance just how badly it bothers me, too. If I had it my way, everything would be put exactly in its place all the time. Every room at any given time would look like the cover of a Southern Home magazine. But the reality is that magazine covers are staged. What I mean by that is an exceptional amount of time has been spent deciding where specific objects needed to be placed in order to create the look or the effect desired.

S –  styled 12219512_947080308706296_1043195564101964536_n

T – tampered

A – adjusted

G – geared

E – edited

D – designed

(FYI this picture is completely unstaged… Yes, I am offering my Starbucks to the Percheron in Charleston)

When I spend an exceptional amount of time deciding where to put my precious junk that I had way too much pleasure shopping for, it’s usually while I’m drinking vanilla flavored coffee from a Keurig cup while watching House Hunters, pinning color samples on Pinterest… in my pajamas. Typical girl moment, right? Messy bun, no makeup, sprawled out on the couch – completely unstaged Lindsay.

You must know the pictures I put on here are STAGED! My house does not look like this all the time. If you think I have a dozen roses sitting on my coffee table with a black and white Kate Spade planner angled at exactly 75 degrees all day every day… well, I wish you were right.

However, if there is one thing that fails to ever change – it’s that damn mismatched sock whose habitat is my master bedroom floor. I don’t know how it gets there. I pick it up. I walk away feeling accomplished. I come back. It’s still in the floor.

Looking at me.

I may sound psychotic here and to be honest, the sock makes me feel that way sometimes.

Congratulations, sock – you win.

It is important to understand that when you are a complete mess sitting on your couch scrolling through all the pretty images on Pinterest and you feel that your space is somehow inadequate to those pictures. Always remember – they are staged (styled, tampered, adjusted, geared, edited, and designed for a certain look). Life is not staged. Life is messy, beautiful, and completely unstaged. Like that sock that has a relationship with my bedroom floor.

In order to achieve that desired look or that staged look, you have to get messy with ideas. It’s all about trial and error… sometimes just error. But it makes your space that much more rewarding when you finally reach your nirvana.

The legend of the Papasan 

This morning as I was reading through my emails, I came across a fabulous deal – an entire Pier 1 Papasan chair WITH a cushion for $99! And by the end of the day, I had this comfortable, soft beauty sitting in my living room. Red is such a fun color to add a pop of warmth and spice to any space. They say red is the color of passion. What does red make you think of? It makes me think of my favorite Taylor Swift album that came out my freshman year in college.

Bathroom Facelift

Wall storage. That’s all I have to say if your bathroom is lacking cabinets like mine. This wall storage unit with rustic wicker baskets from Pier 1 is perfect for storing your soaps, lotions, makeup, hair products – you name it. It’s sturdy, it’s durable. And it’s beautiful! It basically is a mantle above my whirlpool tub instead of a fireplace. It doubles with hooks for towels also. Notice how I put a wreath above to draw the eye upward towards the ceiling – elongating the wall… not to mention, I am a sucker for wreaths. And no – they are not just for doors! Complete with a few touches of a picture of my fiance and I on the day I said “Yes,” a woven basket from the market in Downtown Charleston filled with hand lotions, candle pillars, and a bath salt / candle duo from Pottery Barn called “Milk.” The sign is from Hobby Lobby – love that place. Love Song of Songs 6:3.bathroom