Help! Living Room Chairs

living room chairs | home sweet blogWe are ordering new chairs for our living room and I am having the hardest time making a decision! I need your help! Which stripe do you like best? I asked yesterday via Instagram and got very mixed reviews. Now I’m even more confused! While I love the grey on the left I think the simple stripe on the right might work best in our space. We have a lot of brown/warm tones in the room and for some reason, I just think they’ll be the better fit. These chairs will be replacing a pair of slipcovered parsons chairs (that were moved from the dining room temporarily for additional seating… aaaand two years later) that you can see from this post a year ago. In fact, so much as changed in the room since that picture. I’m excited to order the new chairs and share pictures of how the room has changed.

Picture 13Soooo, what do you think? Left or right?


***1/23/14 UPDATE: The chairs have been ordered! Be sure to check back next week to see which ones made the cut! Also, to find out where you can score both the chairs above at a mega discount!


DIY | reindeer moss wreath

reindeer moss wreath tutorial | home sweet blogWhen I finally took down my Christmas decorations (clearly I was in no rush. But, Elvis used to leave his Christmas decor up until his birthday on January 8th. So, just pretend I did that on purpose… you know… for Elvis.) I needed a little something for the front door. I decided to make a reindeer moss wreath – it’s perfect for the transition from winter to spring. This could not have be any easier and I love the way it turned out! Here’s what you’ll need to make it,

reindeer moss wreath | home sweet blog

  • grapevine wreath (I used one I already had)
  • reindeer moss (I found mine at Michael’s and bought two different colors, $6 per bag, and had plenty left over)
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • burlap or ribbon for hanging

Prepare yourself because the “how-to” is embarrassingly simple… just hot glue the reindeer moss on the front of your wreath. I chose to leave a few of the vines showing. If you wanted a less rustic looking wreath you could use a foam wreath form. After covering the front, I glued the moss around the edges of the wreath, so only the back was left uncovered.

reindeer moss wreath instagram | home sweet blog

reindeer moss wreath 3 | home sweet blog

When you’re finished gluing, just hang and enjoy! So far it’s been hanging outside for two weeks and it has held up wonderfully. The moss has stayed on and it hasn’t lost any of it’s color. The wreath below was on One Kings Lane this week for $55! Not only was mine a tiny fraction of that price, but I like it better.

OKL reindeer moss wreath | home sweet blog

Also, saw this one at Target for $44.99! It looks pretty good online, but I saw it in store and the moss practically crumbled when it came in contact with anything.

Target wreath | home sweet blog

reindeer moss wreath 4 | home sweet blog

reindeer moss wreath 2 | home sweet blog{ sorry for my scary reflection… }

reindeer moss wreath 1 | home sweet blog

Today I Love | Nate Berkus Lamps

This week I ran to Target for a few things… an hour and $100 later, I left with more than just laundry detergent and light bulbs. Which for me – and I’m sure most of you – is pretty much par for the course. In my defense, most of what I bought were things we actually needed, except of course for these lamps…

Nate Berkus lamp | home sweet blogThese Nate Berkus rattan lamps were on sale from $55 to $16! So naturally I had to buy them. Online they are only on sale for $27, so if you’re looking to scoop them up try checking in store. I’ve been looking for a pair of lamps for my office, and while these are lamps I never would have picked out normally, I could not pass them up at that price! I’ve had my eye on these from Hobby Lobby. Their lamps are almost always on sale for 50% off and I had planned to cover the brown with gold Rub-n-Buff, as I’m hoping to bring some gold or brass in to the room – curtain rod, hardware, etc. – but I think these Nate Berkus lamps will end up being a better addition to the space. They already have brass on them (although it looks silver-y in the picture above) and I’m really digging the natural texture. Now I just need to find the right shade. Which of these do you like best?

lamp shade options | home sweet blog{ the textured linen shade, the black or the white lined with gold? }

You may remember the pic of my office shelves I shared here about a year ago. Once we finish the master bathroom I think my office will be the next room to get some TLC. I spend all of my time in there and a little “refresh” is long overdue. With a few easy (and fairy inexpensive) projects I think it will really transform the space. I’ll share my design board for the room soon!

master bath re-do | window treatment update

window treatment update | home sweet blogI finally pulled the trigger and selected a fabric for the window treatments in the master bathroom. I’m going with this beautiful John Robshaw Kedara fabric. It was a favorite from my original post, but the image of the fabric online looked kinda dingy and yellow-ish. It wasn’t until I ordered the swatch that I was able to make the final call. It’s actually not dingy or yellow at all. Thankfully. It pairs perfectly with the wall and cabinet color. We already have dark bamboo shades in the room, which we’ll be keeping for privacy, but I think a window treatment will be a nice addition. I am hoping to recreate the style below,

box pleat valance | home sweet blog

I’m hoping it won’t be too difficult! And I’m still deciding whether or not to add a contrasting trim… what do you think?

master bath re-do | progress

Happy Friday! I just wanted to share another update on the master bath re-do. Between travel and family our holiday was crazy/hectic (but sooo wonderful!), I’m shocked we had any time to work on the bathroom at all, but we were actually able to cross a few more things off the list.

  • paint walls
  • install subway tile above shower / grout
  • buy shower curtain rod / install
  • find window treatment fabric / order (I finally made a decision! More fabric details to come next week.)
  • sew window treatments / hang
  • order new light fixture / hang
  • frame mirror
  • paint shelf / hang
  • paint cabinets
  • install new cabinet hardware

I’m waiting to share any more “sneak peek” pictures until the final reveal. Also, this wasn’t on the original bathroom to-do list, but I got new towels over the holidays. My parents gave me these,

perpetual bloom towels | home sweet blog

I L-O-V-E them! They are the Perpetual Boom Towels from Anthropologie which have been on my wishlist forever. And I ran out the day after Christmas and scooped up several more because they were on mega clearance. It looks like I got them just in time, because they are no longer available on their website. More exciting bathroom updates to come. Have a fabulous weekend!

Welcome 2014

welcome 2014 | home sweet blog

We are almost 10 days into the new year and I still cannot believe 2013 is over. After the holidays filled with travel, family and friends, New Years eve celebrations and an amazing trip to California (an early anniversary/National Championship game trip) I’m finally back to a normal work week and it actually feels kind of nice to be back to a routine… well, today at least. I’m sure a month from now will be another story. As I reflect back on the past year and look ahead to 2014, I can’t help but think about ways to make this year better than the last. For me, something about a new year really sheds light on things and encourages change. But, I rarely make resolutions and when I do I rarely stick to them, so instead I just want to give myself two things to work on in the new year. Yes, just two. Keeping things simple here.

1. Take more pictures. And then actually print those pictures. I have two awesome cameras and other than snapping “before and after” shots of house projects, they rarely get used. I’ve never been good at taking pictures. I like living in the moment, not seeing it through a camera lens. But over the last year BW and I have had the opportunity to share and experience so many amazing things together, I hate that I don’t have photos to commemorate all of our special trips and occasions.

2. Make more phone calls. When did texting become our primary means of communication? For those of you who I talk to on a regular basis, don’t worry… this doesn’t mean I’ll be calling for “hour long gab sessions.” There’s just something about hearing the voices of the ones we love – if only for a minute or two – that makes a connection you can’t get from a text message or email.

What are you working on this year? Happy 2014 to you all!

master bath re-do| a sneak peek

master bath sneak peek | home sweet blog

First of all, let me say that I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving… and WAR EAGLE! We spent the holiday with family eating wayyy too much and celebrating an incredible Iron Bowl victory! Things are underway on our master bath update. Between work travel, SEC football and holidays our weekends have been pretty jam packed, but we’re slowing making progress. Above is a little sneak peek of a big project that we can finally cross off our list. I’ll post more details soon! Here’s what we’ve got left on the bathroom to-do list,

  • paint walls
  • install subway tile above shower / grout
  • buy shower curtain rod / install
  • find window treatment fabric / order (I’m still scared to commit to a fabric!)
  • sew window treatments / hang
  • order new light fixture / hang
  • frame mirror
  • paint shelf / hang
  • paint cabinets
  • install new cabinet hardware

There is still quite a bit left to do, but we are making progress. Hopefully soon we’ll have a weekend at home to tackle a few more things on the list. Have a fabulous week!