Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Favs 48

What up?  Happy Friday!

Tons of my fav bloggers have been raving over the deals to be found at Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale Early Access event for Nordstom cardholders for days now, but since I'm not a cardholder, I've had to wait until today to get a look at the deals that are now available to the general public.

Sorry guys, I'm not going to get a credit card just so that I can shop a sale a few days early.  Especially at a store like Nordstrom, where I could easily drop a few hundred bucks in a few minutes.  Dangerous.

But the Anniversary Sale IS pretty cool.  For a few weeks, Nordstrom offers new merchandise for the upcoming fall and winter season at great sale prices before bumping them up to the regular prices that they will be for the rest of the season. It's a great opportunity to invest in shoes, jackets and basics for the upcoming fall and winter seasons AND an awesome opportunity to get started on Christmas shopping!  And since Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns on every order, every day, ordering stuff to try on  at home is risk-free.  

So for this week's Friday Favs, I thought I'd share some of my favorite picks from the Anniversary Sale!
Disclaimer: I'm a girl on a budget.  So, while there are some AMAZING sales on higher-end items, I'm not really one to spend a few hundred dollars on a pair of shoes or a bag, so my focus will be on more affordable accessories and home items.  But if you ARE more of a high-end shopper, check this sale out!  It's totally for you.

Fav #1
Love this Cara 'Knot End' Hinged Bracelet!  Really love that it comes in three colors and costs less than $18!

Fav #2
These letter accent pillows are just too cute!  For less than $20, they would be adorable in a kid's bedroom or any place that needs a touch of  whimsy.

Fav #3
I'm in love with these link bracelets!  With four colors available for under $40, this would be a perfect addition to my jewelry box!  I especially love the rose gold.

Fav #4
This Lola Cuddle throw looks so cozy!  I love the aztec print!  It's available in three colors and costs less than $25. 

Fav #5
Probably my favorite item in the sale is this pair of House of Harlow Sunburst Button Earrings. I love these!  I want both the black and the olive.  For less than $ might have to happen :)

Fav #6
This is not from the Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale, but I can't not mention these amazing monogrammed house numbers on Pick Your Plum today. I'm in love!

Are you a high-end shopper?  I just can't do it. I want so many other things more.

Have a great weekend!!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gilded Seashells

I totally forgot that I had these sand dollars hanging out in my decor closet!  I bought them on clearance last fall, and was tempted to use my fav liquid gold leaf (of course) on them immediately. But I held off so long that I forgot about them!

I love when I find a surprise in the decor closet. 
Is is shameful that I don't always remember what I put in there?  Is it even more shameful that I feel compelled to liquid gold leaf EVERYTHING?!

Creating these cute sand dollars couldn't have been easier.  I used painter's tape to create sharp, crisp lines on two of them, and free-handed the rest with a craft brush.

I do have an idea for making these babies into something even more special, but for now they are jazzing our coffee table.

Can't wait to show you what they turn into!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Favs 47

Happy Friday!  Is it just me, or is summer flying by?!  
Please, please slow down.

A few weeks ago, I shared with you that Mr. M. and I are trying to start our family through IVF, and as I find myself stuck in the interminable two-week period where there's nothing to do but wait to see if the process was successful, I'm increasingly finding myself wading into the dangerous territory of dreaming about putting together a nursery.

Why is that dangerous, you ask?  Well, you don't get to the point of IVF without a fair amount of failure. In our prior attempts leading up to IVF, I've allowed myself to imagine and plan for success, which ended up making the failures just a little harder to swallow. 

Surely it would be easier to detach, but I can't help it.  The planning and dreaming is just so fun while it lasts!
  And apparently, I'm a glutton for punishment :)

So this week has been dominated by expanding my never-ending list of nursery inspiration.  Lately, I seem to be leaning towards more modern, gender-neutral spaces featuring graphic prints.  Grays, blues and yellows seem to be where I'm heading. Here are my current favs!

Fav #1
I love this aqua and gray nursery.  It is gorgeous as is, but it would  also be so simple to add in some pops of color to make it more gender specific.  I'm thinking orange, yellow or bright pink.

Fav #2
Ok, this one is definitely feminine.  But oh, that mobile!  Love those ruffled poms, as well as the graphic crib skirt.  And that mirror!

Fav #3
Any kids who grows up in this room is destined to be cool.  The focal wall is perfection, and I especially love the modern crib.

Fav #4
I'm pretty sure this is the first nursery I ever pinned (years ago), and it consistently lands in my list of favorites.  The striped walls were the inspiration for our striped focal wall in the room that will eventually be the nursery. 

Fav #5
I love the board and batten and the pops of yellow in this room!

OMG I can't wait to have real nursery plans to show you! Follow along with the inspirational pinning on Pinterest!

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Great Debate

A winner has been selected for the Blogiversary Giveaway!  Congrats Emily V!  Be sure to check your email :)

A debate has been raging in our house for, months.

The great debate began nearly a year ago, when the ceiling fan in our master bedroom stopped working.  Summer was almost over at the time, so we just toughed it out (and by 'toughed it out' I mean, we just set the air conditioner a few degrees lower).

But now that the heat of summer has rolled around once again, we've been reminded of how nice it was to have a breeze at night and the push to replace the fan is on.

Except my husband and I have very different ideas about what constitutes an acceptable replacement.

To be honest, I HATE ceiling fans.  They're all pretty ugly.  I often convince myself that I don't really even want one.  That I'd rather pick out a cool chandelier or sleek drum shade......and then I remember how much I love to be cold and bundled under the covers, even in the the desire for a fan returns.

Plus, Mr. M. insists on a fan.

Except I don't live in The South.
(Is it really necessary to capitalize that?  I mean, it's not its own country....sorry southerners!)

And since a ceiling fan is something that is actually installed in the house, it's an item that we should both agree on (see how reasonable I can be?!), so I have found this beauty that I think is an excellent compromise.

It's a ceiling fan that looks like a drum shade!  Perfect!

The problem is that Mr. M. hates it.  He thinks it is ugly, and that $400 is a ridiculous amount to spend on a fan when we could buy one that is perfectly acceptable (in his eyes) for half the price.  

We actually originally had this debate when the fan broke last summer, and I've spent the past year hoping to change his mind or at least catch this beauty on sale.

Neither one has happened.

So recently, I've been seeking out other possible options.  I've found that there are hardly ANY ceiling fans that don't look like ceiling fans out there, and that those that ARE available are way out of our price range. $400 was the lowest price I could find.
(There's a totally niche to be filled here, people!  Home furnishing companies take note.)

 Which led me to seek out ceiling fans that are minimally ugly, reasonable priced, and  fit the requirements of the room (we needed one that was either a flush-mount, or had a very short drop) and found this one.

I like that it feels pretty streamlined, due to the fact that it only has two blades.  It looks current, but isn't so modern that it looks like it belongs on a spaceship.  The espresso blades aren't really my favorite, but to be honest, I don't know what finish I would prefer, so it's hard to complain about that.  And it comes in at $152, with free two-day shipping from Amazon Prime (If you don't have prime yet, you NEED it! Get a 30-day free trial here), so the prices is really great.  

For reference, here's an old shot of our master bedroom.

We'll see where this one ends up...for now, the debate continues.

Which one do you like best?  Do you ever have to compromise what you really want for your house?

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

June '14 Recap

OMG, it's July already.  NOOOOO!  Summer must slow down, I've barely had time to enjoy it yet.  

June was a pretty light month around here, but in case you missed anything---here are the highlights!

-I shared some gorgeous bridal shower details...

-And gave some more info on the painted mason jar vases that we used in the centerpieces.

-Shared the beginning of our IVF journey with you...

Be sure to stop by that last post to enter the blogiversary giveaway!  Good luck!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Patriotic Mason Jar Vases

Look at me, posting two days in a row!  Hopefully I'm on way to getting back on a more regular blogging schedule :)  Before I get started, don't forget to enter my Blogiversay Giveway!  You can' enter through midnight on July 8th.

I shared this post a few days ago on Sweet Haute, and wanted to share it with any of you who might have missed it!

For me, holiday decorating is all about finding cheap and easy ways to give a nod to the season.  So as the 4th of July approaches, I was excited to utilize a few of the dozens of mason jars that we have around our house to create some patriotic vases for our front porch.

Creating these mason jars couldn't have been easier (or cheaper)!  I used red, white and blue craft paint to paint each jar, and then distressed them with sand paper before topping them off with a jute twine bow and a simple grocery store flower bouquet.  Since I had most of the supplies on hand, all that I needed to purchase was the craft paint ($2.01 for all three) and flowers ($5.99), bringing my grand total to an even eight bucks.  

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For some variety, I painted one jar white and then used painter's tape and red paint to add stripes....

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...used toothpicks to dot red and blue paint on top of a white base coat in order to create a confetti effect...

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...and left the third jar a simple, distressed navy blue.

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Although I did need to wait for the paint to dry between coats, I found that the craft paint dried very quickly and was able to complete the entire project in multiple sittings within the course of one day.  

I set the vases on a wood slice to bring it all together, and it's such a perfect seasonal touch for our front porch!  I've had them out there for well over a week now, and they still look amazing!  More of the flowers have opened, but they still look as fresh as they did the day that I bought them!  I do add water to the vases every few days.  I know that they'll still look great on the 4th of July!

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Cheap, easy, and uses materials that you probably already have on hand.  I can't think of a better project than that! Hope you give them a try!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

One Year In... (Blogiversary and Giveaway!!)

Happy Blogiversary to me!

I can't believe that I've been writing and sharing this little blog with you for a whole year!

I'm so, so, so appreciative to all of you who regularly check out what's going on around here.  Thank you so much for all of the support, kind comments, and inspiration that you share!  

To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to a little recap of the most popular posts of this last year...

Most popular posts...
I love looking back at what posts are the most popular.  It's always such a mystery to me why some posts get a ton of views, while other (often better) posts don't. I mean, why would September's shopping recap make the top ten?! It's so weird. At least it gives me something to get excited about. To be honest, the anticipation of whether a certain topic will take off is one of my fav things about blogging!

Burlap Wreath Tutorial

Goodwill Hunting

App Crack: Waterlogue

Console Table Styling Options

27 Plates

Painting Stripes Tutorial

Spring Wreath Roundup

16 Minute Dinner

Shopping Recap: September 2013

6 Simple Rules for Painting Walls

Oh yeah...and to thank you all for reading, I'm offering a blogiversary giveaway of some of my favorite things!

The House in the Heights blogiversay prize pack includes:

- A Starbucks Scales Mug, as featured in the post DIY Sharpie Mug (whether or not you want to sharpie it is totally up to you!)

-Two wood-burned spoons, as featured in this post.

- A nylon pouch from Freshline, which is one of my favorite Etsy stores.

-A one-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

Pretty fun, right?!  Enter using the Rafflecopter below (please be patient, it may take a moment to load).  The giveaway will run until midnight on July 8th, and the winner will be contacted by email.  Good luck!!

Here's to another year of house projects and progress!!

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