It’s been a little over a year since we’ve moved into our current house and I swear I feel like I’m always doing some sort of decorating. With as many moves and houses that we’ve lived in, I’ve learned that decorating isn’t something that just comes over night.. or at least not for me. Our living area for the past year has somewhat been neglected. It’s a spacious, open room, that connects to quite a few other spaces in the house and it’s been a tricky one to put together. The seating has been a little tough to figure out, as well as the layout. We noticed that we kept not having enough seats when guest would come over so we decided to add another sofa to the space. So yes, we now have two sofas in our living room and it actually solved our little seating and layout problem.
When we decided on a second sofa I knew it had to be budget friendly, something other than leather, and strong/washable enough to withstand two little boys. I didn’t really want to go to a traditional sofa store to find one and we were on a tight budget. After searching online with no luck and a late night trip to ikea, we ended up with their Ektorp sofa and I LOVE it!My first thoughts on the Ektorp were kinda meh. I knew it was a popular couch and insanely budget friend ($300), but I really didn’t care for the colors that it came in. What I did like about it was that I could wash everything and that it was SUPER comfortable. Like not too soft, not too hard ,but just right. So we got it home, super easy to assemble, totally worked (size wise) for the space, but the cushion covers were STILL getting to me. I ended up with the standard beige color, but with the room being completely white, the couch just needed something…With that being said, I turned to the good ole internet in search of a cover for this sofa and came across the mothership of all Ikea sofa covers… BEMZ. So Bemz makes covers specifically for Ikea sofas and they are to die for. Linen, velvet, cotton, you name it, they have it… and they also come in a ton of great colors and patterns. I really wanted to bring some subtle color to the room or maybe a fun pattern so after receiving a few fabric options in the mail to choose from (which was a hard decision!) we ended up choosing the one below… Vreten Pinstripe in Silver Grey. It’s a perfect color, striped (which I LOVE) and Jacob and I both agreed on it. I paired it with the Marine – Brena Lino and it is total perfection!
These covers are all made to order so it will be a few weeks until I receive it and I can’t wait. I feel like it will be such a fun staple piece in the room that kid friendly and looks great! I will keep you guys posted on the final product and how this room comes along! Give me your thoughts? Do you like?
xo – Emily
Happy New Year friends! December has been one heck of a month for us! We moved into our newly built home, had a baby, the holidays came and now it’s a new year am I getting back on track from a whirlwind of a month! I’ve had big plans to share our home building process with you all and today I thought I would start by sharing some of the ways we truly put our own touches on the house and really made it our own. One of those touches being the outdoor lighting that we installed on the house.
Since we live in a neighborhood, we really wanted to set our home apart from the other houses on the street. Our floor plan, brick, window color, roof and siding had already been picked out by our builder so we weren’t left with many choices, exterior wise, with the home. The lighting and front door color were about the only thing we were able to choose so I really wanted a “bang” with them. Most of the houses on the street have basic outdoor lighting and I knew we had to break the trend. Being a huge fan of the farmhouse/industrial barn style lighting, I turned to the best place on the web, Barn Light Electric, to order our lights from. Barn Light Electric carries an enormous array of farmhouse inspired lighting that can be customized to fit any homes needs and that was just what we wanted. We wanted to be able to chose it all – shade size, stem and neck length and style, color and placement on our home. Barn Light Electric has so many incredible lighting fixtures to choose from that narrowing it down to just one was tough!
We ended up choosing the Cherokee Uplight Stem Mount and Cherokee Uplight Goosenecks in black and couldn’t be happier. I loved how modern they were, but yet still had a vintage vibe to them. They really pull out the black tones in our brick and break up the grey/brown. Not to mention, they compliment our inkwell colored front door as well and give the house a farmhouse look, which I love! We installed a total of three lights. One on each side of our garage and then one on the from porch.
The lights are well constructed, easy to install and assemble and very durable. We had some extremely heavy winds (60mph) not long after they were installed and I was terrified that were going to get damaged, but they withheld the crazy gusts. Being crafted from a quality metal, these lights are definitely crazy southern winter weather friendly!
Another thing that really struck me with these lights is how easy the bulbs are to change out. The bulb area is a thick glass cover that easily screws on and off making bulb maintenance very easy. Overall I’m so pleased with these lights and just feel that they really complete our house. They’ve been such a conversation starter with our new neighbors and totally set our house apart from the others. You guys know that I love things that are unique and different and these lights are just that! If there is anything that I’ve learned about building, it’s to really focus on details. Details are everything and really make your house a home.
we have (almost) finally sourced everything for our little bathroom renovation we’ve been eagerly planning since we finished our flooring (you can see some before photos HERE). i’ve been trying to really take my time on making these big decisions + really thinking them through. our main floor bath has been floor-less since I pulled the existing pink carpet up (yuck). it was a must do. carpet in baths only equal one thing, grossness.
with our little bath reno comes a budget. home renos are expensive and we are trying to do them as penny savvy as possible. we have kept most of the things that would have been crazy expensive to replace in bath and are doing all of the work ourselves to cut cost. I love saving money on things + being able to make inexpensive things look expensive. we have so many projects to tackle in this house and I’m trying to stretch our dollars as far as I can! here’s a little breakdown of what we’ve got planned for the space –
tub – keep existing tub + paint with a ceramic tub painting kit.
toilet – replace. surprisingly you can purchases toilets for a pretty cheap price.
tile – tilebar penny tile on floor, subway tile on walls.
countertops – after pricing countertops that were insanely expensive ($800+) we decided to go with a wood countertop in the bath. sounds crazy, but jacob’s got a pretty strategic plan to waterlox it. the entire countertops will cost us under $30. you can’t beat that!
vessel sink – I was able to find a vessel sink and modern faucet on amazon for under $100. amazon is my go to these days. if you are doing some home renos, I highly recommend that you shop there!
hardware – cabinet knobs, new towel rack.
lighting – the current light doesn’t put off much lighting so we will be updating it!
and some fun odds and ends! plants, rug, basket, towels, you know the fun stuff!
so whatcha think?! I’m excited to get started!