mantle styling — before and after

mantle styling before

this mantle makes emily henderson cry…seriously, it does. it needed a makeover…badly. one of the best features in a home might just be the fireplace and mine was embarrassing. to say the least it was not the fireplace of my dreams. in fact, a large part of me wanted to take a sledge hammer to it. but rather to take things to such extremes (mainly because we have been living in construction zone central for almost 3 years), i chose to dip my toes in the mantle makeover. to keep it quick, clean and easy, i decided to keep the ugly molding and even uglier marble and gave it a simple facelift. (the boy and i discussed painting it white, but since all of our trim was medium wood, we thought it might look weird.)

i’ve tried to place things i love over it to mask it’s ugliness. one of my favorite pieces is the max wanger “tulum” photo. i purchased it two years ago before it made a giant splash in the interior design scene. i thought i had nailed it until i saw my girl crush, emily henderson, frame it in white about 6 months later. my heart sunk…IT LOOKS SOOOOO MUCH BETTER! i also loved the turquoise tea lights from jayson home and garden. they tie in the ocean colors just perfectly! they were to stay.

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a new room for the little lady

little maus is growing up, and fast. everyday she seems to learn something new…her vocabulary is expanding, she is walking down the stairs on her own, she is kicking a foot over the crib railing…wait, uh-oh, that mean ROOM MAKEOVER! excellent! no more nursery for this little lady, we are almost ready for a big girl bed, and that means out with the old and in with the new. finally i get to say goodbye to the crib (although secretly, that makes me a little sad).

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gawd, if she was only cute right? i mean, she is hard to even look at. LOL! seriously, i’m obsessed with her

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losing the baby weight

losing weight in my early 20’s was sooooo easy. if i wanted to drop 5 lbs, i would skip the chocolate or dining out that week and eat only popsicles…i know, not the healthiest of diets…delicious, but not healthy…young and dumb, who needs broccoli, right? fast forward to my late 20’s / early 30’s…age wasn’t slowing me down quite yet…still fitting into my size 6 pants…but i had to throw in a couple workouts to stay toned here and there, maybe shake it for an hour to yoga booty ballet, but everything stayed in check…no wiggle, no jiggle.

early 20s and skinny

me getting married

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bags that don’t break the bank

every other week, my sister-in-law and i text back and forth…it usually starts out as a quick question, but then we start to ramble about other rando things. the other night we started chatting about purses. see, the boy oddly understands my obsession with bags…her boy “understands the importance of a purse, but to him it could be a brown paper bag vs a vuitton” which is the normal guy reaction to spending money on a new purse…and i completely get that — purses are expensive — and vuittons are REALLY expensive unless you buy them used off ebay. also, when you have young children, you run the risk of dropping your new beautiful vuitton in pee or vomit…gross and sad face.

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presently her current purse is from target, but it has a broken strap so she is in the market for a new bag that doesn’t break the bank. since she claims to be purse challenged, she gave me an idea for a post. see, recently i posted a backpack round up but didn’t necessarily keep budget in mind…i just picked purdy backpacks. in my sister-in-law’s case, i was not given a specific color or budget restriction to stay within but based off our conversations, knew louis vuitton was a no go for hubby. she said, okay, you do the work so i just have to send my boy a link…i’m down with that…spending other people’s money? sign me up!

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