Gift Guide for Her- Gifts for All Interests & All Budgets

I’ve scoured my favorite shopping destinations and broken down for you my best gift ideas for the special ladies in your life (or yourself). Just click the photos in the carousels below and head straight the items to shop! Got any questions? Just ask! 🙂

My Shirt / My Rug

Gifts for the Beauty Junkie:

I ordered this beauty kit about a month ago, and I use each product regularly now! My favorite is the High Brow Pencil. I use it in the corners of my eyes and right under my brows and it brightens my entire face! The bronzer is great for contouring and the highlighter is another great way to brighten your face. It also includes a full-size macara! This is a great gift to give to almost anyone! Even yourself… 🙂

Gifts for the Skincare Guru:

Gifts for the Jewelry-Lover:

Gifts for the Techy Girl:

Splurge-Worthy Gifts for the Designer Gal:

Gifts for the Home:

Cozy Gifts for the Homebody:

Gifts under $50 and Stocking Stuffers:

My Shirt// My Watch// My Bangles// My Gold Cuff Bracelets// My David Yurman Bracelet

(All of the items I’m wearing and linked above are also great holiday gifts!)

Hope this helps you put a nice dent into your shopping lists! I know I’ve been busy shopping tons of these items already! Comment in the comment section what other gift guides you’d like to see or any other questions/comments you may have! Thanks for using my shopping guides and links this holiday season… it’s because of you guys I get to continue to do what I LUV! Which is share all the things I LUV with all of you! xxoo

*Affiliate links were used in this post. Which means I get a commission if you purchase any of the items you click on. A TON of work goes into making these selections, so I SO appreciate you guys using my links and supporting my blog! As always, all opinions are my own.

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THE BEST OF BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY SALES, {Constantly Updating…}

As a blogger, I get a heads up of what the best sales of the holiday season are, and it’s my job to make sure you guys are in the loop, too! This includes Pre-Black Friday deals, Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday! I’m going to keep updating on this blog post as sales are LIVE, so come back daily to check it out!

Grab a cup of Joe, cuddle up and start knocking out some of your holiday shopping! Here’s what I’ve got for you so far… (Click the store/promo to get shopping!)

 

CYBER MONDAY UPDATE/ADDITIONS:

ANTHROPOLOGIE// 20% Off 24-Hour Exclusive! Plus Free Shipping on Orders Over $100

NEIMAN MARCUS //Save up to 70% off when you take an extra 30% off online clearance at NeimanMarcus.com! 

DATE: 11/26 – 11/27

NEIMAN MARCUS //Cyber Monday Gift Card! Receive up to a $750 gift card with your $200+ regular priced purchase at NeimanMarcus.com! Beauty & fragrance included. 

DATE: 11/26 – 11/27

LEXMOD// 20% OFF Everything + Free Shipping

Save 20% on my favorite mattress and some of the furniture I have in my home!

TARGET// Take Extra 15% Off Today (Online Only)

Click on the Cyber Week Deals to See the Best Sales!

THE MINE// 30% off Sitewide

Shop some of the items in my home:

CODE: CYBER30

T3 MICRO // 25% off Everything

DATE: 11/27 – 11/28

CODE: MONDAY17

WORLD MARKET// Buy More, Save More- Up to 40% off

CODE: CYBERSALE

Abercrombie- TODAY ONLY!-  50% off Everything + Free Shipping

Must Create Free Club Membership for Offer to be Valid at Checkout.

ASOS // Black Friday Weekend- 30% off Everything

DATE: 11/22 – 11/28

CODE: EPIC30

What I purchased from ASOS Sale:

BAUBLE BAR // 30% OFF EVERYTHING

My favs, including a few of the things in my cart:

CLAIRE’S ICING // Black Friday Starts now 40% Off Almost Everything

DATE: 11/23 – 11/26

EXPRESS: 50% off everything, plus free shipping

DATE: 11/27

FINISH LINE // Use the exclusive code REWARDSTYLEBF to gain early access to 25% Off Finish Line’s Black Friday Deals! Ends 11/22 at midnight.

DATE: 11/20 – 11/22

CODE: REWARDSTYLEBF

FRANCESCA’S // Black Friday starts here. Buy one, get one 60% off all clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, home & gifts at francesca’s. Stay tuned for more cyber specials!

GAP // 50% off EVERYTHING

CODE: BLKFRIDAY

HORCHOW HOME // Black Friday Sale! Save up to 40% off select items + enjoy free shipping on orders $50+ with code HOLIDAY @HorchowHome

DATE: 11/22-11/26

CODE: HOLIDAY

HUNTER // Shop the Black Friday Sale alongside an exclusive offer up to 40% off a new Hunter product every day.

DATE: 11/20 – 11/27

J CREW //Take 40% off everything

DATE: 11/21 – 11/26

MADEWELL //Take 25% off everything

DATE: 11/21 – 11/26

MISSGUIDED // Own the night with the new season party collection from Missguided and get 50% off all dresses (excluding sale and CarliBybel items) using code DRESSYBABE in the US and DRESSLOVE in the UK

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Transforming a Blank Wall to a WOW Factor- A Fireplace Wall for our Family Room

For the entirety of the 3.5 years we’ve lived in our home, the giant wall  in our family room has plagued me. As someone who cannot stand clutter and fully appreciates minimal stuff when it comes to decor, nothing I’ve done with this wall has really worked for me. Because it’s such a large wall and the vaulted ceilings are so tall, it’s always felt either super cluttered (when I add stuff to the wall) or too blank, like we just moved in and haven’t decorated yet. For that reason, this wall is typically left out of pictures and changes CONSTANTLY.

Since we’ve been renovating almost our entire home since we moved in, this big, blank wall has always gotten put on the back burner. (We knew building what we REALLY wanted on this wall would be a costly investment.) Since we’ve completed most of the other big projects in our home, and since updating our family room this spring, I really couldn’t wait another second to bring to life the visions I’ve always had for this wall and make this room feel complete .

So, I went to my favorite trusty cabinet/countertop connoisseur Derek Adams at Adams Multicare and asked him how quickly we could get started. (If you’re in the Tampa area, and you’re looking for someone to help you with your cabinet and countertop needs, look no futher! Got questions about Adams Multicare? Just ask. I used to do a little freelance design work for them AND they’ve renovated a good majority of our home. Highly recommend.) Anyway… after a few pow-wows, we nailed down a design and were ready to get started. After much adieu, we are finally completed with the project…

I knew the number one thing I wanted to add to the wall was an electric fireplace. Living in Florida, especially the subdivision we’re in, it’s not always easy to find a home with a fireplace. So, this was something I’d been wanting to add since we moved in. After some research, I landed on this electric fireplace that I found on Amazon. The best part about an electric fireplace (especially in Florida)… you can turn your fireplace on any day, anytime and not HAVE to have it ommit heat. Honestly, there are few days in a year that we can use the heat down here. But I’ve had our fireplace on every single day since it was installed!

I wanted a VERY simple mantel. I didn’t want to disturb the clean lines of the unit, and I’ve really transitioned out of most of our farmhouse-inspired decor, so I didn’t want anything with a rustic vibe. I had such a hard time finding something that I liked! UNTIL… I stumbled upon this seller on Amazon that makes custom mantels at SUPER affordable prices in the color and finish you want. I went with the non-distressed white mantel in 72″ to cover the entire width of the fireplace build-out. Honestly, I think this mantel/ledge would be great on a wall even if you didn’t have a fireplace. It would work for so many different designs!

I also knew I wanted to add lighting to our unit. And, I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I went with my go-to modern lighting source Lucent Lightshop. (You’ll see their light fixtures scattered throughout my home.) When we renovated our laundry room, we also went with all white shaker cabinets and chose a matte black hardware from my go-to source for unique hardware. (My kitchen hardware are from here as swell.)  I absolutely luv’d the simplicity of the design and the clean look. So I knew I wanted to go with the same hardware on this unit and match the lighting with a matte black finish. These drop arm sconces were the perfect fit for the bill. I actually had them create a longer arm for the sconces than the listing called for, and I think they turned out perfect! (Want to win one of these gorgeous sconces? Stay tuned to my Instagram to find out how!)

Finally, for winter, I decided to add a super neutral rug to the room to prepare for my Christmas decorations (that are very neutral, too). This rug is ridiculously plush and soft, and basically it just feels like you’re walking on a cloud. Super cozy for the fuzzy, winter vibes I’m going for… Makes ya just want to curl up in front of a fireplace. Oh wait… I can! 🙂

Overall, we couldn’t be happier with the way the wall and the entire room have come together! The floor to ceiling fireplace with quartz-surround creates a wow-factor the room really lacked. The white shaker cabinets coordinate perfectly with the neighboring kitchen cabinets and the rest of the cabinetry in the house. And the simple black detailing really is the cherry on the cake for me.

Hope you enjoyed this little look at our most recent project. Next up… the nursery! 🙂

If you have any questions about the materials we used, the design or the companies we worked with, please feel free to leave your questions and comments in the comment section below.

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*Some items in this room were sponsored, and some affiliate links have been used in this post. Thanks, as always, for your support!

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My Top Picks from the World Market Furniture Sale

I have several items in my home from World Market and regularly have my eye on several new. They seem to always nail designer looks for less, and they’re always up on the new trends. (I am a World Market Ambassador, but this specific post is NOT sponsored! I just LUV this sale!) Since there is so much good stuff right now, I thought I’d peruse the 46 pages of items that are currently 40% OFF and break down my favorites for you!!!

Living Room:

Dining & Bar:

Bedroom & Home Office:

So the sale is 40% off ALL FURNITURE, excluding outdoor. The awesome part, it seems to even apply to sale items! So you can snag a new headboard for under $100 or a new sofa for under $250! I mean, it’s insanity! The discount code FURNSALE also applies free shipping to orders over $200. It does appear delivery surcharges still apply, but I’m telling you guys, these deals are hot. Happy Shopping! Comment with your favorite items below…

*Affiliate links are used in this post, which means I get a commission if you purchase items at my suggestion. Thanks, as always, for your support!

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The Quartz Countertops that I LUV, Why I Think White is Here to Stay & The Truth Behind Our Pretty Photos

Of all the questions I get on my social, some of the most frequent pertain to the countertops in my home… What are my opinions on quartz vs. granite, marble, etc? AND I’m asked ALL THE TIME how I have so much white in my house with little kids and how I keep it clean.

(Our master bathroom, featuring Ella by Cambria Quartz)

To the first question… We have had granite countertops before and now have 2 different brands of quartz countertops in our home. We started our renovations in the kitchen a couple years ago and selected our white quartz, based mostly on price and our budget. I wanted something mostly solid white, with very simple veining. The style I selected fit the bill for this, and I was pretty happy with it when installed. (More on this later…)

If you don’t know a lot about quartz, there are 2 main reasons it has become so popular…

1- It’s beautiful. To me, granite can look overly flecked and uniform. Because of the way quartz is manufactured, the patterns are all completely unique. I had the pleasure of visiting the Cambria Quartz production plant in Minnesota, and watching the materials being made was mesmerizing, to say the least. The creations are gorgeous, ornate and full of character. It has the look of marble, and {almost} everyone LUVs marble. But unlike marble…

2- Quartz is super low maintenance! Granite and marble both require regular maintenance and need to be sealed regularly, as they are extremely porous. Quartz is typically pretty stain repellent and naturally impervious to acidic substances. While real marble is absolutely gorgeous aesthetically, if you are going to choose this material for your home, you must be completely open to the idea that stains and etching could be inevitable. Quartz requires zero sealing and is more likely to maintain its original character, as it is highly durable.

I often follow the second question (about how I have so much white with kids) by reminding my followers that what you see is not always what you get when it comes to a bloggers’ photos. Typically I’m photographing a space that is freshly cleaned, and for every clean space that’s being photographed, there’s typically a mound of laundry or some other type of mess hiding just behind that space. Having said that, I believe there is something to be said for light surfaces, in terms of keeping them clean. The granite countertops we previously had were a dark blend of blacks and metallics, and quite honestly, you’d never even know if they were dirty, because they hid EVERYTHING. While some may find this idea nice, the thought of what lurked beneath what meets the eye always gave me the heeby jeebies. When a surface in my home is dirty, I know. I can feel confident when food touches my countertops that they’re not bacteria-ridden, both because I keep them cleaner (because they are white) and because they aren’t porous.

So to prove to you my point that bloggers’ photos are not always an accurate depiction for what everyday life looks like, I’m going to show you some staged photos of my kids’ bathroom vanities and then show you what they look like more often than not…

Here’s how my daughter’s bathroom came together. The color we selected is Ella.

OK, now let’s be real… Here’s a more accurate depiction of how her bathroom typically looks. Em’s daily rituals are as bright as her personality. She likes to come home from school and add a rainbow of hair chalk to her hair. She usually has the hamster on her countertops while she brushes her teeth. And, despite the fact that she’s 8 years old, she LUVs applying makeup.

I mean, you can be afraid of white surfaces all day long. But for me… what’s scarier is thinking about what my kids put on their countertops (ahem… hamster butt) and not being able to see if they are actually clean. Non-porous sounds pretty good, when you think of it this way, huh?!

Corbin, on the other hand, is a certified neat-freak, like his mama. He doesn’t like anything to be dirty. But one thing that seems to linger is toothpaste residue. (Someone tell me why children always get more toothpaste on the countertops and in their sinks than their actual toothbrushes?!) AND, like Em, there’s often an animal on the counter. He has had a fish here for the last year, that just passed, rest his soul. But the kids put the dog on the counter to drink water out of the sink and Em tends to bring her hamster in here as well. So, again, I really like that their surfaces are non-porous. Here’s what his vanity area looks like when I typically photograph it for my social…

And what it more frequently looks like…

 

So, as you can see, non-porous is the key when suspicious bacterias could be lurking on your surfaces. (Ahem, dog on counter and then toothbrush in mouth…)

While I would have LUV’d to do unique designs in each of our bathrooms, we decided to keep a unified look throughout the house, for both resale value and budgetary reasons. We used white shaker cabinets through our kitchen, bathrooms & laundry room and simply chose different hardware and finishes, to make each space a little unique from the other. Like I mentioned before, we chose a quartz countertop brand based on price when we first did our kitchen, and the bathroom renovations came a year later. After a year of using our kitchen quartz (not Cambria), I wasn’t completely happy with the durability of them. They do, in fact, scratch a little and they have become a little more dull than I had hoped. So when we went to select the quartz for our bathroom renovations, I went with the brand I had coveted from the beginning… Cambria. Cambria’s cutting-edge technologies make their designs more durable and higher-quality than all of their competitors. Some key notes I learned about Cambria when visiting their facility last winter…

  • Cambria is American-made!
  • Cambria is a quartz surface product made of 93% pure, natural quartz- one of the hardest and most common minerals on Earth.
  • Cambria offers more variation than any other quartz manufacturer. (AND, recently introduced a matte finish material into their product line as well.)
  • It is non-porous, scratch and stain resistant, maintenance free and never needs sealing! Liquids and bacterias are never absorbed.
  • Cambria invests extensively in research and development, delivering the most technologically advanced surfaces available in the market.

So, in a nutshell, Cambria leads the way in technological advances, when it comes to quartz countertops, and seeing with my own eyes how it is made, I really was able to see what makes it the best. All of that aside, I can speak through experience that it really is superior when it comes to quartz countertops. Our kitchen quartz (not Cambria) has scratched, chipped and stained. Something I never thought would happen. We’ve now had Cambria in our bathrooms and laundry room for more than a year and have not seen one scratch, one stain or one imperfection. (This post may be sponsored, but that is a fact and my own experience and 100% truthful!)

Having said all of this, our “white’ish” Cambria quartz countertops have been one of the best design decisions I have made in our home. Again, I LUV that I can always see if they are dirty and I LUV the versatility of the design. In my next home, maybe I’ll go outside my comfort zone with a little color (who knows?!). But I’ve been extremely happy with how cohesive the designs in our home feel. I’m guessing white is going to stick around a while. It’s versatile; (You can change out the hardware and/or decor and have a different look.) It’s bright and beautiful; and I think it’s here to stay.

Got any other questions about my experience with the countertops in my home? Just ask!

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* This blog post was sponsored, but it was arranged a year AFTER having chosen Cambria for our home on our own. This experience has 100% been our own, and I agreed to do this collaboration because of my positive experience with the brand.

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3 Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Living Spaces, as Featured Live on Great 38 Tampa Bay

Today I was live on Great 38 Tampa Bay talking easy tips to spruce up your own living spaces!

Shop my outfit details:

YOU CAN WATCH THE ENTIRE CLIP OF MY LIVE SEGMENT BY CLICKING BELOW!

Cheap ways to spruce up your place

I’m sure you find yourself often scrolling through Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz and many other image forums oogle’ing over gorgeous photos of interiors, wondering how you can possibly make your own home look that good! Then, if I had to guess… you probably head to your local home decor store (Homegoods, most of the time, I’m guessing) and add tons of items to your cart, only to get home and scratch your head and wonder what the heck you spent all that money on and why is it doing nothing for the overall aesthetic of your living spaces??? Yep, I know that routine. I did it for years, and I’ve talked to SO many people who are all too familiar with the same scenario. I’ve finally got a few years of styling experience under my belt now, and I’ve acquired some tactics for avoiding this scenario. Today, on Great 38 Tampa Bay, I was featured on a live segment discussing 3 easy ways to spruce up your home, and even some easy tips to transition your home from spring to fall. Below I’m breaking it down for you a little more and sharing with you some of my favorite pieces you can purchase without even leaving your home. So, without further ado, here are 3 things you can do to spruce up your living spaces…

#1- ADD GREENERY

(Source: Studio McGee)

Take the room  in the photo above, for example. The crisp white walls. The rug is perfect. The neutral furniture makes the room feel bright and airy, and the textured pillows bring the perfect amount of style to this coastal-inspired space. But that fiddle leaf fig in the background… well, it definitely completes the room and gives life to this space. Fiddle leaf fig trees are all over my house. (Apparently when I LUV something, I need it everywhere!)

Below, in my bedroom, you can see how a faux fiddle leaf gives my neutral bedroom the life it needs!

Here are some links to some great fiddle leaf trees you can add to your own home:

I mentioned on the show the use of air plants, succulents and terrariums and how you can change out faux stems in a vase to change your greenery season to season, in an affordable way. I also luv adding subtle greenery to vases and bowls. Even unique items that you already have in your home can be used as vases for simple greenery and botanicals. (For instance, I like to use patterned bowls I have as planters.) Whether you use a few of your favorite vases and planters and add some real greenery or choose faux, you’ll be amazed at the difference greenery can add to your space.

(Source: Becki Owens)

Dress up a room, add gorgeous furniture, the trendy paint color of the moment, all of the best accessories… Step back and you’ll STILL wonder what the heck it’s missing until you add a little greenery. Look at ANY styled photo of a gorgeous room. I can almost guarantee it’s completed with a little greenery.

Shop some of my favorite planters, vases, plants and botanicals (faux & real):

#2- BE MINDFUL WITH TEXTILES

(Source: House of Jade Interiors)

The use of textiles can sometimes confuse people. I’ve had a lot of people ask me through the years strategies for mixing pillows/throw blankets and how to coordinate them with patterned rugs, curtains, etc. The thing to remember when using textiles is to first start with a color or style that speaks to you.  Browse Pinterest and decide what style you’re consistently gravitating to. Once you’ve figured out what style you LUV the most, it makes it a little easier to find photos or designers to draw inspiration from. When I used to take clients, I would always tell them to start from the ground up. So, if you don’t plan to change your rug (this is obviously a more expensive piece to change than throw pillows) and/or your curtains, take into consideration their colors/patterns when choosing your other textiles- throw pillows and blankets, fabric benches or poufs, etc.

I would say to first decide whether your style calls for simple, clean lines or if you like a more dramatic style. If you prefer simple, maybe the majority of your room calls for solid colors with one or 2 simple patterns.

(Source: Michelle Janeen)

If you like drama and color, don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Some of my favorite rooms are a masterpiece of mixed patterns. But here’s the key… keep in mind size, scale and texture. Mix solids with stripes, patterns and textures. But try to coordinate a color story and mix up the scale of the different patterns so they don’t clash or fight each other.

Below you can see how Em Henderson used a base of blues with pops of pink. The blues are slightly different shades, but they blend well. Since she has a patterned rug and used the same color for curtains, the solid panels blend and don’t fight with the other patterns. Then she added in different sizes of stripes in the pillows (including the colors that she chose to accent with) and a couple solid throw pillows to ground the patterns. But you’ll notice there is a consistent theme.

If you’re going to do a pattern, try to change the size and scale. I tend to think the addition of one or two leather pieces always grounds a lot of color and busy patterns. For me, the photo below is no exception. I just luv the styles she mixes in this room. (And again, notice the fiddle leaf fig in the corner.)

(Source: Emily Henderson)

One of my favorite things to do is use a base of solid pillows, add one or two that are patterned and then one or two that are textured, for depth. Below is a photo from my recent family room makeover. I transitioned this room from a more simple, neutral space to a parade of colors by adding a mixture of patterns through textiles. The rug has shades of blues, browns and rusty hues. Even though all of the pillows are a different pattern, the underlying colors are the same as, or complementary to, the rug. I grounded the ends with a fur pillow and a Moroccan pillow to add texture, and to anchor the sides with a solid color.

(Source: me)

Regardless of whether you want simple or dramatic, my biggest piece of advice is to invest in base pieces (the more expensive pieces) in colors and/or patterns that you love and that you think are versatile and will want to keep around for a while. Invest in a large rug you LUV. I LUV the base rug I have in my family room because it is neutral. I can use it alone or layer it with another rug, like I did in the photo above, to change up the look of the space. In the spring, add bright throw pillows in whites, blues, pinks, patterns. Come fall, I LUV richer tones like deep blues and greens and jewel tones. But my VERY favorite way to add texture for fall & winter is with the use of faux fur. As mentioned on a the show, use solid velvet pillows and add in a fur pillow or blanket, like West Elm did below.

(Source: West Elm)

So, the take-away here.. make sure you try to find a way to find continuity, cohesiveness. Ground the room in furniture pieces you’re sure to LUV over time. Then, use a base of solids, with a pattern or two, and anchor with some texture. OR… if you’re going for lots of patterns, play with the scale and size and find a theme.

Shop some of my favorite throw pillows & blankets and more for fall:

#3- ADD DECOR THAT FUNCTIONS

The final design tip I mentioned on the show was using decor with purpose. PERSONALLY, I believe less is more when it comes to design. I do not like a lot of “stuff” out, so I find it’s often very important to choose decor that has a purpose. I showcased how you could use a jewelry or storage box as storage for your remotes on your coffee table.

I’m also all about using baskets. Use them for extra blanket/pillow storage…

(Source: Joanna Gaines)

Or use on shelves for all of those extra decor items that get filtered in and out of your rooms. The ones you want easy access to, but don’t want them visible. In the photo below, you can see how I use 4 baskets on the shelves in my front sitting room. In these baskets, I throw extra decor items that I don’t want to currently use, magazines, photos, puzzles that the kids and I use when sitting in this room and dog toys. I rely on these baskets to keep the room looking clutter-free AND they give a great aesthetic appeal to the room at the same time.

(Source: me)

Use a basket for a bunch of photos that you don’t have in albums yet. Use them in entryways for shoes or to hold pet bags, leashes, items you need to access regularly, like I did in my entryway shown below… (You can also see I use a decorative bowl for our keys and a cute tray for all of our sunglasses.)

(Source: me)

Have you always wondered what to do with all of those design magazines you like to keep but don’t have a place for? Throw them in baskets!

(Source: Pinterest, unknown)

Whatever you do with them. Baskets always add texture, style and function. Shop some of my favorite baskets, trays and decorative storage:

I hope you enjoyed my live segment AND all of the tips I provided above! And thanks for tuning in! 🙂

Shop the exact items I featured on my live segment on Great 38 Tampa Bay! Thank you to West Elm Tampa for lending me all of these items! xxoo

*Affiliate links have been used in this blog post. Which means, I get a small commission when you purchase any of the items I’ve suggested. Thanks, as always, for your support.

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My Modern-Boho Family Room Update & a $500 Giveaway to Interior Define

You may remember the design I put together for this makeover…

Well, here it is! We’ve been talking about this family room makeover for months, and I was so excited for the final pieces to arrive to get it put together! We’ve changed everything from the ground, up. A new rug, new furniture, new decor… The crowning jewel is our brand new velvet sofa by Interior Define! We’d had our IKEA slipcover sofa for a couple years, and while it more than served its purpose and worked well with young kids, my husband has always complained he wanted something more substantial. He wanted deeper cushions and something with a bit more structure. And total honesty, I was getting kinda sick of washing the slipcovers. Our new sofa seats way more people comfortably; I luv the u-shape of our Sloan Sectional, and luv that more than one person has the chaise lounge to kick their feet up. If you want to hear about how I selected this particular sofa and why I chose the fabric that I did, make sure to check out my previous blog post

Now, let’s talk about the new rug situation… When we made plans to makeover this room, of course I ran quickly to the idea of a new rug. If you’ve been with me a while, you know good and well that I have rug ADD and will take any excuse I can get to switch up my rug situation. I’ve been eyeing this top rug for about 2 years now. I even used it in a client’s home over a year ago, in an attempt to get it out of my system. But seeing it in her home, I wanted it for myself even more. So when this room makeover came to fruition, I knew this rug needed to make its debut in this spot RIGHT HERE, with ME… her lucky mama. Instead of using a rug pad, I decided to make use of this natural fiber rug that I had laying around. I’ve used it in this room before and have used it alone AND layered with several other rugs I have. This current situation, however… is my FAV. If you also LUV the layered rug look and are looking for a great layering rug to use, this one might be the perfect one for you. Again, it’s also great alone, if you want the total neutral look. But I luv how this layered look is soft on my feet, with added texture.

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I purchased this new coffee table (full price), only to discover it went on clearance right after I purchased it! {Insert eye roll.} But my loss is your gain. You can get this gorgeous, real wood, brass-edged coffee table (from my favorite store on the planet) for less than $300. I paid double. {Insert double eye roll.} All of that aside, it’s a gorgeous piece, made of real oak. It has the look of a vintage cutting board and has a gorgeous brass banding around it’s edge that blends perfectly with the brass feet of the new sofa and the brass in our barstools and other decor throughout this room.

Over the last couple years, I’ve streamlined our decor to cleaner lines, more modern, with a subtle coastal vibe. When I went to looking for a new statement piece for this wall, I knew I wanted the piece to embody that direction in every way. Insert introduction to Kara Rosenlund. Kara’s art has been featured in Elle, InStyle and a million other notable publications. Kara is an Australian Travel Photographer and was recently named by UK Interiors Elle Decoration as “a modern day Martha Stewart”. She really is talented beyond belief. Her limited-edition prints are signed and stamped, and if you decide to purchase one, you will be investing in a valuable piece that I bet will stay with you a very long time. Check her out. You won’t regret it. I’m legit OBSESSED with my Diver Photographic Print. FYI- Mine is the large.

Shop the items (and similar) on my console wall (MY FAV: my new record player):

The tree is real, but here is a similar faux option if you’re thumb is brown like mine!

I know you also want to talk about my current pillow situation. Pretty much everywhere you look right now, you’re seeing global inspired textiles, mudcloth & natural dyed cushion covers. I found this amazing Etsy store that carries all of the above. I’ve linked a couple of the ones you see here in the shopping carousel below, but definitely peruse the entire shop, because there is so much goodness, it’s hard to even know where to begin!

Since there isn’t enough room for a big side table, I knew I wanted to add a floor lamp to have reading light. Like with the other pieces I’ve selected, I wanted something modern, with simple lines, and I really wanted to bring in some touches of white. I’ve added a lot of color this time, but I still luv my white! This floor lamp is from the same place as the new rug, and it could not be more perfect! The Mine has been my go-to for unique home decor pieces. (It’s also my go-to for unique cabinet hardware.) If you’re looking for literally ANYTHING, you’re likely to find it at The Mine.

PS- Really good faux greenery can be hard to find. But I LUV this one.

I hope you like what we did with the space! Believe it or not, we’re actually not completely finished with the space, as we are currently working on a custom built-in wall unit for the other side of this room. (Stay tuned to see how that comes together.) But I have to say, I absolutely luv the reintroduction of some color into our home. For anyone who may ask, the paint color did not change. It is still Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige and the window treatments are Wendy Bellissimo for Smith & Noble. For all other items, shop the carousel below…

Shop the items my family room makeover:

So, wait for it… here’s the real kicker! Interior Define has agreed to offer one of my lucky followers a $500 credit toward the item of their choice! All you have to do is follow THIS LINK and enter your email to enter! The giveaway ends August 14 at midnight CST.  Cannot combine offer with any other offer. May only be used on orders greater than $1,000. Good luck, y’all!

Thanks for following along! PLEASE leave your thoughts in the comments below! I’d REALLY REALLY LUV to know what you think!

*Some items in this post have been either partially or fully gifted/sponsored. Some affiliate links have also been used, which means I get a small commission if you make any purchases with the links I have provided. As always, thanks so much for your support! Lots of LUV! :-*

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Choosing my New Sofa With Interior Define {and my Family Room Update Design Plan}

You’ve been hearing me talk about our family room makeover for a while, and I’m finally getting close to the finish line here, so I thought I’d give you an update. (Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the full design plan I created.) We decided a while ago that we really wanted to pick a new sofa for the space, but we’d looked around locally and couldn’t decide on one that we LUV’d. So I hit the Internet and good ol’ Instagram to search for a brand that had designs that were modern, affordable and unique. That’s when I stumbled upon Interior Define. If you follow their Instagram, you’ve seen a lot of their designs in action, and I’m sure you’ll agree that their product is extremely unique. Though some may find it a little intimidating to order a sofa online, with all of the photos that other people have posted of I/D items in their own homes, and all of the reviews on the website, I felt extremely comfortable with ordering. In addition, the fact that I could choose my own unique design, from the style to the fabric to the feet, made me even more excited. I LUV’d the fact that the sofa we would order would be made specifically for us.

So, I ordered some fabric samples (at no cost at all) and got to choosing a sofa…

You can choose 5 samples to order at a time, but I did this twice so that I could really have a good variety to choose from. When you order your swatches, you even have the ability to check “Kid & Pet Friendly Fabrics”, so I only chose fabrics from this category to consider.

After much deliberation, we narrowed it down to the Sloan U-Shape Sectional and we chose the Mod Velvet in the “Greige”. We also went with the Brass Plated L-Legs to go with our gray and brass barstools. The Website gives you the ability to design your piece and see what it actually looks like. Here’s how ours shows…

Once we’d selected a sofa, I went to choosing the other items for the room, and here’s the design I came up with… The sofa shown in the design below is not the U-Shape like we ordered, but the software I used to create this design didn’t have the exact sofa. But this is a close version, and I really wanted to see how it looked with all of the other items together.

The art shown here is not exact either, but it’s similar colors from the artist that we ordered from. You’ll have to wait to see the full room reveal to see the actual print we chose from Kara Rosenlund’s collection. It turned out gorgeous, so we are so excited!

The sofa is expected to arrive this month, so be on the lookout for the full reveal soon! And to get you REALLY excited… with the full reveal, I’ll be giving away a credit for you to put toward your very own I/D item! So stay tuned to LUVBEC.COM!

Here are the shoppable links to some of the other items that we’ll be featuring in our family room makeover:


*This post was partially sponsored by I/D but all opinions and ideas are my own. I have not actually received the sofa yet, so I can not yet speak to the quality of the sofa until I receive it, but stay tuned to my next post which should reflect my opinions on the actual piece we ordered and to see how it looks in the room. Other affiliate links are mentioned in this post, and I receive a small commission if you purchase these items. Thank you for your continued support.

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My Husband’s Modern, Rustic “Man Cave”/Office Space

We’ve finally completed my husband’s office, so I thought I’d share a peek of it with y’all. He wanted it to offer a sitting area with a “man cave” kind of feel, a desk space for when he works from home and shelving for all his knick-knacks. The shelves are not styled perfectly as they’re more for function than to humor my LUV of shelf styling. (He prefers function over fashion… so weird.) Not pictured in the other corner is his Pottery Barn desk that he picked out, but again, it hasn’t been styled very pretty, so I spared you the photos for now. It is a beauty though. His sofa is this one, but here’s a less expensive option that is almost a spitting image.

I’ve linked the items in the carousel at the bottom of this post. The art above his sofa is a print by the AMAZING CC & Mike print shop! It was super affordable, came rolled up, and I found the inexpensive frame at Hobby Lobby. I’d been on the hunt for a live-edge coffee table and the one I’d been wanting from World Market had been sold out for months! I finally found this one at Homegoods, but the super similar one from World Market appears to be restocked for the moment. I’ve linked that at the end of this post as well.

Hope you enjoyed! Let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂

Shop his office:

*I have not been compensated for this post, but I have included affiliate links. I receive a small commission when you purchase the items I have recommended. Thanks for your support!

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Setting Up for Summer… Our New Outdoor Furniture with LexMod

Our back”yard” space has needed some affection for quite some time. Our garage is detached in the back of our home, and the space in between the main home and our garage isn’t all that big. In addition, our pool takes up a good deal of that space. So… being strategic with the furniture is crucial.

We decided on a different set-up than we had before, and opted for a larger dining table (the previous one only sat 4) as we are constantly entertaining and usually need more seats. I fell in LUV with this set from LexMod Furniture. I’m still waiting on some lounges as well, but I can tell you I’m so smitten with this set that I could scream it from the rooftops! I wanted light and neutral and weather-proof, and this set totally fits the bill. It’s already been rained on several times and the water just repels right off of it. It’s also easy to wipe clean and the seating is large and comfortable.

I added a striped rug, my favorite tree and these insanely affordable lanterns. (I’m telling you these are triple the price anywhere else!) Globe lights are a must IMO for any outdoor dining space! They create the perfect ambiance for an outdoor mealtime experience, and this lantern is the perfect touch for my modern farmhouse decor.

I hope you like what we’ve done with the space! As our lounges arrive, you may see we do some rearranging, so keep an eye here to see how the space evolves with the addition of those pieces. Cheers to summer living and time with the people we LUV the most! Let me know what you think in the comments! xxoo

Shop our outdoor space:

*I worked with LexMod on this post, and items were sponsored, but opinions are all my own and 100% true. Affiliate links are also included in this post, and I receive a small commission when you purchase any of the items I have suggested. Thanks for your support!

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