Tuesday, July 26, 2016

easy under-cabinet lighting

Now that our fauxdenza is finally complete, I've jumped right in and started styling it.  I knew I wanted a light of some type on that wall because it's always so dark, but every lamp I tried just looked off.  You know what I'm talking about.  I thought about a picture light over the t.v. but can you imagine the glare?  So after a lot of thought, I came up with the idea of under-cabinet lighting. Finally, an idea that just might work.  I told Ryan about my idea and he was immediately on board.  
At first I wasn't sure how we were going to make this happen, but Ryan quickly found l.e.d. light strips on Amazon and they were exactly what we wanted.  #amazonsavestheday  
The light strips are sticky, so no drilling or extra holes were needed.  You just stick it on and cut the extra.  Boom.  Done. 

So there ya have it!  
You really don't get easier than that! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DIY Dining Table

A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of our dining room table on instagram.  I immediately started getting questions on where we purchased it, but the thing is, we didn't buy it.   We made it!  

A couple of years ago, we were on the prowl for a new dining table, but had the worst luck finding one we liked.  They were either to small, to traditional or just not our style.  We knew we wanted something mid-century modern but with a rustic twist but that didn't seem to exist.  That's when we had the idea to make our own.  

We found a wood farm (is that a thing?) on craigslist that had thousands (maybe millions) of reclaimed boards.  The boards we picked out were once a barn!  How freakin' fun is that?  We brought those bad boys home and started the search for bad ass legs.  We eventually decided on hairpin legs.


Perfect, right?!  The ultimate mid-century legs to go with the ultimate rustic top.  

Once we had all our supplies, it was time to make that table our bitch.  
The wood was so gorgeous, we wanted to keep it au naturale.  We didn't use a stain, but we did seal it with a light coat of polyurethane.  
We lined all of our boards up, and attached them to each other with three 2x4's and drilled in the legs.


Boom.  We now have a table.  
You don't get much easier than that!  #amiright

Monday, July 11, 2016

Shiplap Tutorial

You know that one spot in your house that you never know how to decorate because it's so awkward? For us, that spot was our living room since it had no fireplace.  Apparently fireplaces aren't all that common in Texas...who knew? For months we were at a loss, but after almost a year of trying to decide what to do with that giant, white wall, we decided shiplap was the way to go.  Little did I know, it would be a huge pain in the ass.  Worth it, but still a huge pain.  

I know, you're probably looking at the before picture and saying, "yikes!"  Yes, I know how bad the tv stand was and let me tell ya, baskets and two kids make for a daily mess

  • 6 inch plywood planks
  • spackling/caulk
  • sandpaper
  • paint roller/brush
  • nickels
  • level
  • nail gun
  • air compressor 
  • tape measure 


We started from the ceiling and worked our way down. We alternated the longer and shorter boards so we wouldn't have a solid seem in the middle of the wall.  

We used a nickel as a spacer...we're fancy around here.

Once it was time to paint, I caulked the edges of the wall, spackled and sanded the seems.  That part was the most time consuming.  It's ridiculous how many coats of paint that wall needed. 

Once the shiplap was complete, we mounted the t.v. and added IKEA SEKTION cabinets to make a floating fauxdenza.  Who needs a mantle when you have this?!

My favorite part?  Not having to clean up baskets daily!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mila turns 4!

We celebrated Mila's fourth birthday this week which seems unreal to me!  Not to get all sappy, but jeez, it feels like just yesterday that she was born.  This year, Mila's only birthday request was that we go to Chuck E. Cheese, so that's exactly what we did....did you know they serve wine now?  #winning All day Mila sweet talked us into doing things she wouldn't normally do by saying, "but please!  It's my birthday today!!"  You win kid.  You win.  This past year Mila has grown up a lot and I can't wait to see what this year has in store for her.   

I'm no Martha Stewart, but I'm pretty proud of this cake.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

Paleo Blackberry Crumble

A few weeks ago, Ryan and I decided to make a lifestyle change and become healthier.  After a little research, we knew that Paleo was the way to go.  Honestly, it's the best decision I've made.  I've lost that last bit of baby weight and my skin is glowing.  But as much as I love eating paleo, I was still needing that sweet fix.  You know, like a pie or cake or something.  So I decided to try my hand at baking a Paleo Blackberry Crumble and it was amazeballs.  It was so amazing, I wanted to share it with you! 

What you need:
2 pints blackberries
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup melted butter (or coconut oil)
2 tbs. maple syrup
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 pinches of sea salt
What you do:
*preheat oven to 375
Place the blackberries in a 9x9 baking dish and squeeze the juice from 1/2 of the lemon over them. Give them a good toss to slightly coat the berries.
In a bowl, combine the almond flour, nuts, melted butter, remaining lemon juice, syrup, cinnamon and salt.
Spread the nut topping evenly over the blackberries until the fruit is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. (roughly 35-40 minutes.)


Friday, March 4, 2016

The Dining Room

When we moved in, I promised to do a home tour, however, I've yet to follow through with that.  fail. So in an effort to make good on my promise, I give you our dining room!

With an open floor plan and white walls, I wanted to bring in some warmth.  By adding a colorful rug, plants and the texture of the light, I was able to do just that.  My favorite thing about this space is hands down the rug but it also happens to be my least favorite piece.  With a messy toddler and an infant learning to use a spoon, the rug gets messy in a hot second which is a total pain in the ass.  The things we do for style, I guess.  


wire picture hangers:  IKEA
wood stool:  IKEA
table:  D.I.Y.
chairs:  Craigslist/D.I.Y.
plants: IKEA

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Miles 5 months

Well, this little guy is already five months old.  How did that even happen?!  I haven't done any type of update on M.J. since three months, so I decided to share some stats today....ya know, since he doesn't have a baby book.  #momfail

AGE:  5 months
STATS:  18.4 pounds and 27.5 inches
NICKNAMES: M.J., monkey, chunky monkey, snuggle bug and love buns.

MILESTONES:  Rolling over, laughing hysterically and trying so hard to crawl.  Slow down big man.
FAVORITE THINGS: Boobies, of course! Miles loves his jumper, his JOOVY walker, tummy time, playing with his big sister, being outside, being tickled, and bath time.
LEAST FAVORITE THINGS:  Napping anywhere other than my chest.  
NOTEWORTHY: This week at the doctor's, we got the okay to start experimenting with solids. hooray!  I'm crossing my fingers he likes pureed vegetables better than Mila did.