Blogger Home Tour: Five Simple Ways to Add LUV to Your Home for Valentine’s Day

Hey y’all! Hopefully you’re making the loop and stopping by my home tour after visiting Deborah’s blog at B Vintage. If so, thanks so much for stopping by here as well. Is her home gorgeous, or what?! If you like what you see, I hope you’ll subscribe to LUVBEC.COM and maybe even give me a follow on Instagram. I’ve teamed up with some of my friends to share 5 simple ways we’re decorating for LUV Day! In true Luv, Bec-fashion, my decor inspiration is simple, minimal and consists of a lot of natural pieces and pops of pink.

Coming right off of all of the holiday hoopla, and just having taken down all of my Christmas decor, I just can’t stomach the idea of adding a ton of decorations back into my clean spaces. Having said that, my kids LUV when I make a point to honor each holiday and do something that makes the day stand out and feel a little special. And let’s get real… I’m a decorator. So, NOT decorating for a holiday pretty much goes against my religion. So for my Valentine’s Day decor, I keep it very simple with fresh spring flowers in hues of pink and red and my favorite way to add in simple holiday decor… throw pillows & banners/garland.

I got this simple mirrored “I LOVE YOU” banner at Target last year, but I’ve linked some other similar options for you at the bottom of this post, along with some other awesome options to add a little LUV to your home. The  amazing scripted”love” art was custom-made for me by my friend Aedriel. It’s usually above my desk, but I always rotate it down into the family room this time of year, as it’s obviously the perfect decor for Love Day.

Shop the these amazing cactus silk Moroccan vintage pillow covers & the other items you see here in my family room:

Fresh flowers are the number one way I LUV to add Valentine’s Day and spring to my home. I’m a big advocate of picking up some inexpensive floral at the grocery store each week. I can usually get a simple bouquet for only $4, so for less than a cup of Starbucks, I can add a little happy to my home for the week. Having fresh flowers around just makes me smile. Life is short- add happy wherever you can. 🙂

Another simple thing I like to add to my kitchen table each holiday are decorative straws. My kids LUV to throw straws in their cups, so adding some decorative ones to a clear mason jar is a little something simple for the kids and it adds a simple touch of the holiday to the space. I usually find mine in the Dollar Spot at Target, (I found the ones photographed there as well.), so for $1-3 dollars, I have a cute decorative item on my table that makes the kids happy. Win. Win.

Shop my new kitchen table, chairs and lighting (along with some other items you see in this kitchen space) here:

Finally, my daughter’s room is usually the space that gets the most LUV. She really LUV’s when I add a decorative banner to her chalkboard. I found this one also in the Dollar Spot at Target.I also found the pink sparkly pillow you see in the Dollar Spot for $5. But bonus- it matches her room, so it can stay put after the holiday. She also picked out her own natural greenery last time we went to Lowe’s together and her own little pink planter. Adding that to her desk also brought in a cute touch of pink… always need at least a bit of greenery in each room. 😉

I’ve linked her pink bed, floral bedding, pendant light (THAT IS ON CLEARANCE!) and some of the other items in my daughter’s room:

However you add LUV to your home, I hope it’s something that puts a smile on your face and brings happiness to your heart.Remember, it doesn’t have to be elaborate. Throw a cute decorative pillow on the couch or a pink throw blanket and some bright fresh flowers, and you have an instant update. I’ve compiled links to some of my favorite Valentine’s Day decor that will help you add a little LUV to your home in simple ways as well…

Thanks for stopping by! Next in the loop, you’ll be stopping by Kim and Lacey’s blog Styled with Lace where they’ll be sharing a tablescape done at Lacey’s home. Kim and Lacey are a mother/daughter team that share tons of inspo on their shared blog, and I know you will LUV them as much as I do!

I’m honored to be sharing this tour with some amazingly talented ladies! After you check out Kim and Lacey’s blog, make sure to visit each of the participants’ blogs to see their LUV Day inspiration as well!

Kim and Lacey – Styled With Lace

Mysha – Remington Avenue

Ashley – House of Five

Deborah – B Vintage Style

And don’t forget… if you use any of my posts as inspiration in your own lives, please post a photo to Instagram with the hashtag #luvbecinspired! Seeing how my ideas translate to inspiration in your own lives makes me incredibly happy! As always, I appreciate you stopping by. Don’t forget to spread the LUV

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Reliving Our Trip to The Oscars with World Market

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Three years ago, we had the amazing experience of attending The Oscars. If you consider my bucket list… there’s nothing I’d have ranked higher… and it happened. To date, it was the most amazing night of my life, and one I know my husband and I will never forget. Each year since, I try to make viewing the event from home super special. Whether sitting and watching it with my husband, kids or girlfriends, I always make a big deal of cuddling up on our sofa with fancy cocktails and appetizers & hor d’oeuvres and reliving the night that is forever ingrained in my memory.

This year, I had the honor of working with Cost Plus World Market to create the perfect night at home. If you, too, enjoy watching The Oscars (or any of the award shows), I’m showing you the items I used to create the perfect setting… (And if any of y’all are interested in seeing some photos from our night at The Oscars, stay tuned to the bottom of this blog post. But don’t skip yet, because I’m giving you some good tips for your own Oscar viewing experience first!)

Did y’all know that World Market has food? I mean, you see me regularly link their items for the home, but this opportunity really gave me the chance to dive into the Food & Beverage section of their website and see all of the options they had to offer for Easy Entertaining. (Side bar, to any of my local Tampa/Clearwater friends… a little birdie told me there may be a World Market store coming locally to us! I cannot confirm this 100%. But if this rumor is true, I know I’ll definitely be doing some of my food and entertaining shopping here if/when this should happen. I am thoroughly impressed after trying out their food delivery services!)

So honest truth, I’m not much of a cook. I LUV good, healthy food. But I REALLY LUV good, healthy, EASY food. So World Market’s Gourmet Delivered foods make entertaining super easy, super tasty, and you’re sure to have a spread that looks pretty too! I ordered the Perfect Picnic Antipasti Selection, and let me tell you… it is DELICIOUS! The flavors are complex and rich, and the kit arrived to my door, refrigerated, within a couple days. I added some grapes to the spread, threw them on this gorgeous marble cutting board with copper handle (which matches my new kitchen table gorgeously) and this large, slate cheese board that comes with 3 pieces of stone chalk, making it perfect for labeling foods or writing something festive! I LUV that I can order this set (for no more than it would cost me to round these foods up at the grocery store) and it arrives to my door without ever leaving the house. I can throw it on the boards, and I have an instant party (would also be great for a picnic or date night OR VALENTINE’S DAY). Like I said… easy. Here’s a couple photos to give you an idea of how it arrived.

When it’s time for the show, I’ll plug in a set of frosted bulb string lights for that Hollywood kinda feel and we’ll dim the lights to make it extra cozy.

I usually set the food up right in front of the sofa, so we can be really lazy and don’t have to miss a second of the show. Or the red carpet… because let’s get real, that’s my favorite part.

Even if the kids don’t make it up late enough to watch the show with us, I really like to include them in the fun. I remember coming home from LA that year, bringing them their “Best Sister” & “Best Brother” Oscar trophies and telling them all about our amazing weekend. The kids still like to talk about how “Mommy and Daddy met the people in the TV”. This year, I let the kids pop their own popcorn with this retro popcorn popper. My daughter and her friend had a blast pouring the kernels into the machine and watching it pop. Even if they can’t be up for the show, I LUV taking out their trophies and reminiscing as we watch the preshow and hang out together.

I’m so excited for this year’s show, and hope you have found some bit of inspiration today to use in your own plans for this award season. Let me know how you celebrate The Oscars and what you’re most excited about this season… (I, personally, cannot wait to see what’s trending on the red carpet!)

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Oh… and as, promised… a few shots from our night at The Oscars… Forgive the poor quality of the photos. These were snapped on my older iphone before my blogging days. 😉

    

Thanks for stopping by and reliving this wonderful night with me! Can’t wait to see how you celebrate this year!

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5 Must-Have Items to Create a Functional Entryway

When optimizing space is a crucial task, it’s important that you make not only aesthetically pleasing choices, but also functional decisions when decorating. Take our home, for example… Our garage is in the back of our home, but our front entryway is where we come in every day. It’s home to bookbags/purses/shopping bags, keys, sunglasses, bags (for the dog), jackets, shoes, mail and other misc. items. So… how do I keep all of this in one small space, organized AND looking clutter-free? Here are the 5 things I added to our entryway with both function & style in mind…

1) A console table/chest with drawers: For all the miscellaneous items that we need to store in this open area, drawers and baskets are crucial. If I had an entryway that we didn’t actually enter through, I wouldn’t necessarily need the drawers and would consider a console that was without them. But for our home, a chest with drawers and baskets is really useful.

2) A rug. Again, since we enter through this area, a rug under feet is crucial. This rug we have here may be light, but with the tan and brown shades, it’s actually masked stains pretty well. It’s faded over time because it’s gotten a LOT of traction. But the look is meant to appear vintage, so the fading hasn’t bothered me. I switch rugs around frequently, but this rug has been in our kitchen (under our table), in our bathroom and now our entryway, and it’s lasted us a pretty long time. You could also consider a natural fiber rug, if you’re worried about stains, but want something light and neutral.

3) A basket for shoes. (Ours is always over-flowing. But we couldn’t function without one in this space.)

4) A mirror. I’ll be honest. I like to check myself before I walk out. Plus, mirrors create the illusion of a larger space. So this mirror serves a purpose AND I think it makes the space appear larger. This mirror is really large and rustic. I, personally, favor circular mirrors. I LUV LUV LUV circular mirrors. Whatever shape you choose, consider a variation of shapes amongst the larger items in the space. If you have a rectangular console, a nice circular mirror (or opposing shape) can give a great contrast to the space.

5) A bowl and/or tray for small storage. We put our keys in a small bowl and our sunglasses line a tray on our console table. A tray can also be used for mail or other small accessories. The bowl really becomes a catch-all for small things you don’t want to lose.

Other things you may want to consider adding to a foyer/entryway:

a bench

hooks

a coat rack

a chair

an umbrella holder

a boot tray

the right lighting (possibly a lamp on a table, as well as overhead lighting)

and DEFINITELY add some floral/greenery.

Get the look of my entryway with these options:

Here are some great options for console tables, in many different styles and budgets:

Here are several options for mirrors that I LUV:

Some other items you might consider:

Hope this has offered you some sort of inspiration! Don’t forget to share whatever has inspired you (from any of my posts) on Instagram with the hashtag #luvbecinspired! I LUV to see what you guys take away from my posts and how my designs/fashion finds have inspired you! Thanks for stopping by!

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Celebrating 20k with $200 to RugsUSA!

{I’M GIVING AWAY $200 TO RUGSUSA!!!}

Hey y’all! So the most amazing thing happened recently, I hit 20,000 followers on Instagram! Which is just absolutely AMAZING, HUMBLING, EXCITING and I’m ever-so grateful! I can’t believe that over 20,000 of you are invested in this journey with me. That 20,000 of you have supported me through this journey of channeling my passions and doing what I LUV! That I have 20,000 friends to share the things I LUV with! I’m humbled. I’m honored. And I am ever so grateful. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

To honor you and thank you and show you how much I appreciate YOU, I’ve teamed up with the first company I ever collaborated with… the awesome RugsUSA! Head to my Instagram now and see the photo above to enter!

Here’s my newest RugsUSA rug I’ve added to my collection. I’m LUV’ing the neutrality it brings to my dining room and the fact that I can move it around and use it in other spaces when I get the itch to move things around (which I do often). I really LUV neutral rugs (beige, gray, black and white, navy blue) that I can switch from room to room when I want to create a new look in a space…

Here are links to some of the rugs currently (or previously) in my home:

And here are some other affordable rugs I LUV:

So, again, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for investing in this journey with me and showing me your constant LUV. I hope you’ll continue to stick around to see what the future has in store for Luv, Bec! I’d LUV to hear more about what you’re enjoying, what you want to see more of, maybe even if you aren’t LUV’ing something (respectfully, please). This journey isn’t just my own. It’s for you, too. So I hope you’ll reach out and share with me anything. And don’t forget to post your own photos on Instagram with the #LuvBecInspired, if you’ve found inspiration in any way from my social or blog. I’d LUV LUV LUV to see how you’ve translated it and all of your talents!

Now don’t forget to head to my Insta NOW for all the details to enter to win a $200 credit to RugsUSA.*

*This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Instagram or any of its affiliates. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of any and all responsibility and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to US residents only.

Disclaimer: Some of the product links on this site are affiliate links. That means that if you purchase something from these links Luv, Bec receives a commission. Also, Bec occasionally receives free products and payment to feature items on this site. I take a lot of pride in endorsing products I love and I hope you trust that I would never let that get in the way of sharing my favorite products with you. Thank you again for reading and hope you enjoy!

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My Modern Kitchen Update

I’ve been telling you guys for quite some time that I was working on modernizing my kitchen. I guess I picked one of the most popular kitchen tables out there, because when I went to order it, I realized it was majorly on backorder. But it’s the table I’ve been eyeing for over a year, and no other was going to compare… so I set in for the wait.

The table (and new chairs) have finally arrived, and we’re in LUV with the outcome! Over the last year or so, I’ve been slowly transitioning a lot of my home from rustic to more modern. Don’t get me wrong… I LUV to incorporate both styles, but as the farmhouse craze continues, my desire to do things a little differently has kicked in. So, the girl who thought she’d never be a “modern” furniture kinda gal has transitioned to the dark side. And lately, the more modern the better. Maybe it’s the clean lines. Maybe it’s the unique styles. Whatever it is, I’m LUV’ing incorporating modern designs into my transitional spaces. Without further ado… my modern kitchen update…

You may remember I had a farmhouse table in this area. It was a rustic barnwood-look tabletop and I painted the turn legs (with Annie Sloan chalkpaint). You can find the old table here. I decided to go with a round table this time, with hope that it would open the space a little more. Which it has. Plus, I LUV the feel of family sitting around a round table.

I’ve wanted a marble top table for as long as I can remember, but the desire intensified when we renovated the kitchen and put in a marble backsplash. I’m so smitten with the look of this table, without having the maintenance of a real marble table. (If you’d prefer real marble, this table does come in a version with a real marble top.)

The next task at order was to order new lighting. Since I was so happy with the lighting in my dining room, I decided to go back to my favorite lighting source who had just happened to release these new bucket lights, and immediately I knew they were for me. I also added a new runner, and the entire space felt new.

I hope you enjoy the updates and they inspire you in some way! Let me know… what do you think?

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How to Fill {But NOT Clutter} a Large, Blank Wall

When we completed our renovations last summer, I turned our front “formal living” room into my girly “sitting room”. I replaced the leather sofa and chairs with 4 identical oversized, modern armchairs (which are the one of the best deals I’ve ever found, btw!) and a circular coffee table. Mine has since been discontinued but it was replaced with this one and this one. I added a soft rug and minimal decor, and I’ve been LUV’ing it ever since. I hung my beloved juju hat on the wall and have really enjoyed the fact that the room has felt very minimal and clutter free.

However, the designer in me really felt like the room needed some varying heights, so I’d been itching to test out some height on one of the walls. I decided I would wait until after the holidays, as I was looking forward to my Christmas tree being on that wall, and readdress the desire after I took the tree down. The thought resonated, and soon after taking down my holiday decorations, I bought some shelves.

Needless to say, I’m EXTREMELY happy with the result! I honestly don’t know why I waited as long as I did, because I think the shelves are the perfect completion to the room.

Here are some options of different styles and for all different budgets to get you started:

My main goal of the shelves was to ensure that I didn’t fill them with clutter and create a bunch of noise in a space that felt really serene to me. So, I filled the shelves with touches of nature and neutral designs, like wood decor, white ceramic vases, clear candle vases, my favorite books and of course… greenery.

When styling shelves, the goal is to use objects of varying height, style and texture, but do NOT overdo it. Use pieces that make sense with the space. Don’t just throw a bunch of stuff you have lying around on the shelves and expect a desirable result. It will most likely just feel cluttered. Add simple pieces and try to stick with a color theme. And my suggestion… when you use color, try to be harmonious with it. Stick with a certain color theme and ground that/those colors with lots of neutral pieces. Add framed photos or art of height to break up all of the lower pieces. And always, always, ALWAYS add in some greenery (IMO). My final suggestion is an easy one because it’s something almost everyone has laying around. Find some hardcover books not being used and remove the covers. Face them backward if the color doesn’t work with your design. Books are the best, most accessible form of decor in shelf styling by almost all of your favorite designers.

And here are some of my favorite design books I LUV to read AND style with:

Here are some of my favorite decor items to inspire you in styling your shelves:

Shop the items in my room (or very similar):

I hope this post has inspired you in any way to decorate in your own home! I’d LUV to hear what you took away from this. What did you LUV about this post? What do you want to see more of? Let me know in the comments, and as always, thanks for stopping by.

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Easy, Guilt-Free Mini Banana Muffins {You Can Make with Ingredients Usually in Your Home}

Yesterday, I posted on my Instagram stories my easy, guilt-free peanut butter, banana mini muffins, and got TONS of questions about them! So, I’m sharing the complete recipe with you here! Feel free to Pin it for easy reference, by clicking on the “Pin it” icon at the very bottom of the post. If you LUV it as much as we do, you’ll probably make these a staple in your home. The substance of these muffins is the bananas (You want really ripe bananas, so I usually make this recipe when I have overly ripe bananas laying around that haven’t been eaten.) and peanut butter. (You can probably make these with any nut butter of your preference, if you have allergies or want to go with a healthier option.) I also stated in my stories that there are several options for using your overly ripe bananas, so don’t throw them away! Peel them and freeze them for use in your smoothies or make 2-step banana pancakes.  Anywho… these muffins are delicious and perfect for snacking and satisfying your sweet tooth! They’re flour-free and oh so yummy!

As I said in my stories, if I have enough to, I always double or triple this recipe, because my family pops them like candy and we tend to go through them quickly. If you triple the recipe and use a mini muffin tray, you can stretch this recipe to make around 60 mini-muffins, give or take a little.

Recipe (again, you can double or triple this, but this is the single recipe):

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix…

1 banana

1/4 tsp. baking soda

pinch of salt

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1 egg

3 tbsp. honey

1/2 cup peanut butter

Mix all ingredients, and when the mixture is nice and smooth, add dairy, nut & soy-free mini chocolate chips. Mix again until they’re evenly distributed.

I spray my muffin tin(s) with coconut oil spray so they don’t stick and then scoop the mixture into the muffin cavity about 3/4 full.

(I try to use organic options whenever possible.)

Bake for 7-9 minutes, depending on your oven.

And voila…

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Make these before a playdate, get-together or just to have for the week so you can snack on them or give them to your family for breakfast. You can also alter the recipe by skipping the chocolate chips and adding blueberries if you use a regular-sized muffin tray. Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy and LUV them as much as we do!

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How I’m Getting Organized in the New Year and Why I Don’t Like to Use My Phone for My Calendar

My organization struggles usually do not lie in the organization of my home, but more the organization of my brain. Does anyone else know what I’m talking about? I blame it on “pregnancy brain” that never really went away, though my husband said it existed long before children. (How dare he?!) Anyone who knows me knows I’m notoriously forgetful and have done the occasional double-booking of events. (I don’t know what they’re talking about. I think it’s a conspiracy.) But nonetheless, I’m going to take a step this year to try to work on this personal challenge, and it’s starting with my new Simplified Planner.

 

First of all, I don’t do virtual calendars (any of my brands that collaborate with me, just close your ears/eyes now). I know this confession sets me back to the last decade, but it’s true. I’ve tried. It’s just not me. I like to write my events/tasks/lists in a tangible form that I can open and see without having to click through. As a blogger, I stare at my phone too often through the day. It’s my communication source for business and personal use, and I can operate almost every aspect of my life through this little device. When I put my kids to bed and make their lunches and try to regroup for the following day, I just don’t want to open my phone back up and stare at it some more. I like to grab my planner, open it and make my plan for the following day(s). It’s just my personal preference, and I happen to know I’m not the only one. Not even in 2017. So, stop judging.

So I bought myself a fancy new planner. (I even had it monogrammed, because monogramming makes EVERYTHING better.) I’m spending these first couple weeks plugging in any important info, and I plan to use this to help me with my business AND personal calendar, and it’s even great for goal setting.

There are sections for weekly prep, including reminders to plan your meals ahead, organize your tasks for the week and inspiration for personal time. There’s enough daily space to write out as much as you need AND monthly calendars, if you’re like me, and you like to look at your whole month in a glance. AND… there are tons of additional products to help you with specific areas you want to tidy and organize. Here are some of my favorites…

Because I LUV words of affirmation wherever visible, I also really LUV her gold foil-pressed prints for framing on your wall. Hang over your desk or in a high-traffic location for daily reminders of what’s important to you.

Check out her entire website to see all of the amazing items Emily Ley has to offer. Emily happens to live locally to me, and she’s really a great person. She started this company from her home office and inspires women everywhere to not only follow their dreams, but to remember what’s really important in life. I’m excited to implement my planner in my daily routine, and I’ll try to check in with you occasionally on my Instagram stories with how my planner has been helping me with my organizational goals in the new year.

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Ruffles & Studded Boots (My Favorite Designer Dupe}

I’ve long (and I mean LONG) coveted the amazing Chloe Susanna Stud Boots. But with an almost $1,400 price tag, I haven’t been able to pull the trigger on these amazing booties. This fall, while perusing some of my favorite discount sites, I found these awesome designer dupes and HAD to try them! At about a 10th of the price, I figured it was worth a try… Full disclosure, the packaging arrived less than glamorous (it traveled all the way from China). So I was fairly nervous when I saw the package. But I opened it and the style is glorious! I’ve now worn them about a dozen times and I never had to go through an awful “breaking-in your boots” phase. Zero blisters, and they’re extremely comfortable! I’ve worn them for several hours at a time with no complaints. And I’ve never worn them without getting at least a handful of compliments. They are the shining star to almost any outfit. (In the warmer months, I think they pair perfectly with a cute dress or skirt, or even jean shorts and a tank or tee.)

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This exact top is no longer available in this color, but I found an almost exact option (same designer) on clearance for $20! (From what I can tell, the ruffles are just placed a little differently.) I also found a navy blue option that is 50% off right now for less than $30! (I paid full price for this top, so these are a total score!) And navy will transition perfectly into the spring and summer months with white jeans, shorts or a cute pencil skirt! My bag is no longer available in this color, but I’ve linked a black option. It is the BEST bag. The softest leather, several compartments and I LUV the unique style. Also, paired with my FAVORITE black denim. This outfit was an overall fav of mine. All items linked below…

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Last-Minute Gifts that Can Arrive Before Christmas with Amazon Prime

Are you “one of those” who still hasn’t gotten your Christmas shopping done? 😉 Don’t worry- I’d guess the majority of us still have some sort of shopping and/or wrapping to get done. (I haven’t wrapped one present yet, so I’m “one of those”, too!) Don’t want to leave your couch? I’ve got you covered. Here are some creative gift ideas (that I know I would LUV to receive) that you can order from the comfort of your home (or office) and have arrive before Christmas with Amazon Prime. Because let’s be honest… we all have a “Priming” problem. Happy Shopping and Merry {almost} Christmas!

Click on the links below to take you straight to the products…

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