The Best Deal on Curtains

West Elm Curtains

I’ve been searching for curtains online and came across these for only $19 instead of $89. It’s an insane deal and if they fit into my design I would scoop them up in a heartbeat. Since they don’t, I thought that I’d share them with all of my lovely readers! Happy Shopping!

-Katy


Sometimes There’s Clouds

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Lately I’ve felt pretty overwhelmed. When I list out everything that is causing me anxiety, worry, or stress though, I feel like a bit of a whiney brat because so many of those things are awesome. We’re traveling, bought a new house, finishing up work projects, volunteering, etc. and while they’re all wonderful new changes, the happening all at once part is making me feel less than adequate. Back in college I remember learning about how any change, good or bad, causes stress and I’ve thought a lot about that lately. Even with all my great luck (or blessings if you’d like to call it that), I still feel a little “off” sometimes which then leads me to feel incredibly guilty for being ungrateful. This only leads to a downward spiral situation.

But I was driving the other day and saw the most beautiful cloud formations. I love clouds; they’re beautiful and grand and majestic and even sometimes a little moody. And even though they were covering up the sun and obscuring the beautiful sunlight, they were beyond lovely themselves. I thought about how when I lived in southern California I missed the clouds and the constant sun felt like a drain after awhile. I almost think that happiness can be the same way. Constant sunshine, like constant happiness, is not sustainable and we shouldn’t expect it to be. Sometimes there’s going to be clouds and we should not only accept it but embrace it as part of the human experience. As I’ve started picturing my anxieties and feelings as clouds, I’ve come to better realize that they’re fleeting. No feeling, good or bad, can last forever and there is beauty in experiencing the the spectrum. And I’ve come to realize that I’d much rather have a beautiful life than a perfect one, clouds and all.

 

-Katy

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Moody Bedroom Inspiration

In my non-blog life I run a marketing consulting company and we have been super busy which has put me a little behind on some (OK, a lot) of home projects so I’m going to have just salivate over other finished, beautiful spaces in the meantime. Blogger, SFgirlbybay posted a great home tour and I fell in love with this moody and beautiful bedroom.

Moody Bedroom

It’s moody, dark, edgy and yet somehow, a little romantic. It’s a beautifully styled room that would have intimidated me in the past until I started breaking down designer rooms the room piece by piece. I love this room and would love to take pretty much every single piece but I’m not entirely sure that the husband would be OK with the neon sign.

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So what are your favorite pieces? Would you put a neon sign in your bedroom? I’ve already convinced the husband that we should paint our room the glossy flint color, now to cajole him into agreeing to the swan print.

-Katy


Taking Time to Read: A Husband’s Secret Book Review

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I picked up The Husband’s Secret after seeing it on quite a few summer reading lists with readers swearing it’s worth the time it takes to get through the 400 pages. I’m not someone who devours book after book so I read several reviews on it before I ordered my copy, hoping that it would be a better written Gone Girl type novel. Well, it proved to be disappointing on that front as I could fairly accurately predict most every twist and turn far before I should have, but I was impressed with the character development and the real-ness of their choices. Maybe the story is predictable because the characters make such realistic choices.

No one person in the entire book was either mostly good or mostly bad- they were all flawed in such a human way. Each person in the story lived out their reality individually within the complete narrative and it made me think about how life is pretty much the same way. We all live life in our own heads, living and reacting to our unique perceptions of the world around us. It’s something that I know cerebrally but easily forget. This book was an enjoyable reminder that everyone’s lives are intertwined and yet can be so solitary. We’re all fallible, limited by our own insecurities complicated by our past and hopes for the future. The story doesn’t end up perfectly because it’s like life, and there are no tidy endings in the real world. This book is definitely a book that I’d recommend, and unlike Gone Girl, is one that can be read in bits and pieces and still remain enjoyable.

Anyone finish their summer reading and want to recommend a good book? I’m on the hunt for something new!

-Katy


Fall Outfit for Warmer Weather

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Living in Texas, Fall is a gorgeous and beautiful time but far too hot for sweaters, scarves, or even long sleeves. Right now I feel like so many outfit inspirations are gorgeous but not practical for all of us living south of the Maxon Dixon line so I thought that I’d put together a cute outfit that you won’t die in when you walk outside. Best part? The entire outfit is just over $100- including the Kate Spade necklace.

I just bought the dress and I think that I’m going to have to pick up the gold plated bracelet as well since it’s such a steal!

-Katy

 


Fresh Strawberry Cookies

Best Strawberry Cookies

Hey guys, I’ve been pretty busy this weekend but I thought that I’d let you in on my go-to recipe for anything potluck. We had a welcome BBQ this weekend but most of the cookies never made it- they’re too good to not sneak a couple every few minutes. I’ll warn you that this is pretty much the best sugar cookie recipe ever. I love that the dough doesn’t need to be chilled, perfect with or without frosting, and completely easy to make. I follow her recipe pretty closely except halve the frosting amount and add half a teaspoon of lemon juice.

It’s a great way to use up some strawberries at the end of the season that might be a little over ripe. Check out CelebratingSweets for the recipe!

-Katy


Tips and Tricks For Decorating Small or Awkward Spaces

The new place isn’t exactly small, coming in at just under 2,000 sq feet, but a few of spaces are small, or even just a bit awkward. I’m sure I’m not alone in having a few tricky spaces so I’ve put together a few tips to help others out there who may similar problems.

  • Decorate with pieces that are clear or have thin profiles. This little desk area is functional without creating a cramped feeling because the designer went with a ghost chair. Great seating with out breaking things up visually.

Ghost Chair Office

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  • Use mirrors to reflect light. Mirrors have a magic ability to make pretty much every space feel lighter, brighter and larger. The general rule of thumb is the bigger, the better!

Wall mirror for small spaces

(Image Source) (Mirror Options 1,2,3- under $100)

  • Look for alternate solutions. This next one is way more practical than pretty but sometimes your staircase is just only so big. Find furniture that can fold or be disassembled so you can actually get it into the space. This guy below is actually headed our way as I type.

Foldable Box Spring

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  • Use large art. Sometimes people can think that using smaller art in a small space can help the space feel larger when really it does the opposite. Large art can help a space feel bigger and more interesting.

Large wall art

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Obviously this is not an exhaustive list of everything that you can do to decorate in small spaces but using just one two can make a huge difference in a room. Anyone else out there have issues with a space? Also, how magical is that folding box spring?

-Katy


Footwear for Anywhere: Shoes For My Next Adventure

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I’m not sure if I’m lucky or crazy but tonight I just booked my flight for Dublin, Ireland! Now I know most logical people out there are thinking “wait, didn’t she just buy a 50 year old fixer upper LAST MONTH?” Yes, yes I did. But you see, the husband has to go out there for work and I joked that if he didn’t take me with him, he shouldn’t come home (kidding, not kidding). So we’re going, even though it doesn’t make a lot of sense. It puts some of our home projects out a little bit further out but honestly, I’m OK with it. When we were thinking about buying a house, we worried that buying one would end our adventures so while this trip isn’t necessarily convenient, it’s definitely ensuring we don’t end up spending all our extra cash on the house.

But enough about the house, let’s get back to the trip! We’re going to be there at the very beginning of October with the average temperatures being 50-60 degrees with high likelihood of some rain. So this means I’m going to need some new duds since Austin weather is quite a bit different. I’ve looked and looked for cute and comfy shoes that fit the bill and I keep coming back to the same pair, although in different colors. But look at them, can you blame me?

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TOMS Desert Wedge Booties

They’re pretty much primed to be travel shoes. A little waterproof spray and the suede should survive most rain, especially if you got them in one of the darker colors. Amazon reviews (who doesn’t live and die by them, honestly?) swear that they’re comfortable all day long despite the wedge heel. I’ve had TOMS flats before and loved how comfy they were so I’m pretty sure these will be as well. One of the best things about these though, is that I think they’ll look great with the skinny jeans I have now and the flare jeans that are SO in this season.

These booties have been out for a season or two so do any of you have them? If so, love or hate them? Also, I would LOVE to hear any recommendations you have for visiting Ireland! I’m so excited to hear anything and everything you recommend!

-Katy

 

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The Coolest New Book for Kids

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I wanted to let you guys know about this super awesome new children’s book written by B.J. Novak, of The Office fame. Cleverly, the book begins by explaining that the reader has to say everything that is written inside of books. Then the silliness begins. Here’s just a couple of the pages:

 

 

 

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It only gets more wonderfully silly from there. It’s a perfect way to induce a little bit of silliness, which is something we all could use. I bought this for a friend of mine’s child and I’m very excited to give it to her and read it to her. Any of you already read this? Any new children’s books out that you recommend?

Have a great weekend!

-Katy


Dramatic Black and White

I have always loved rooms that have a black and white theme with just a hint of an accent color. Back in high school (over a decade ago :/) I loved black and white paired with red but over the past several years I’ve really fallen for rooms that combine the dramatic pair with metallics, especially gold. The red was beautiful but it can scream “look at me” when you’re wanting the black and white to really take center stage. I’ve included a couple black and white rooms that I’ve loved for awhile to show how the same theme can look very different depending on style and space.

Black and White Room

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Black and White Dining

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While I would love to have a living or dining room become a monochromatic paradise, I’m not sure how well it would work with the flow of our new house and most of pieces I already have and love. So I’m working on creating that  black and white space in the new guest room. I’ve been looking for a few pieces to add and thought that I’d share some of my favorite finds.

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As cheesy as it may be, I love the amour pillow (it’s under $20 too!) and I’m thinking it might have to come and live at my house. Any of them that you love?

-Katy