Today I am so excited to finally share my home renovation experience + my home decor favorites! I purchased my first home in April and it has been a labor of love (okay to be honest I hated the process at times) ever since. When looking to buy, I knew I wanted to find a space that I could make “my own.” Most of the changes were purely cosmetics: paint, new lighting, more paint, new hardware, appliances, did I mention paint? It felt like we were painting foreverrrr and almost lost my arms in the process lol! We painted the ceilings, white trim, every wall in the place, cabinets, and doors. The bigger undertakings were the kitchen, installing new counter tops, painting the cabinets, installing pendant lighting, and tiling the fireplace. The renovation process took about a month, but well worth the wait in my opinion! I have to give a huge thank you & shout out to my parents who helped me complete this renovation (to be fair I wasn’t much help! haha!).
The kitchen got a major makeover and it’s probably my favorite space that we did! Before, the counter tops were a dark brown laminate color. It was a major eye sore and I couldn’t wait to get rid of them! I used home depot for replacing the counter tops. Production took about 5 weeks after the measurements were taken but despite the wait time the process was relatively simple and stress free. The only aspect not ideal is not having counter tops for a few weeks… lots of takeout meals! We got rid of the heinous yellow sunshine wall color and replaced it with light grey and also painted all the trim + cabinets. Painting your kitchen cabinets is a great low cost option to spruce up the space rather than gutting it! It amazed me how much expenses start adding up once you begin the renovation process. $$$. You do have to use a special type of paint that is more expensive so be sure to tell the store assistant what you are looking to do with it. I originally wanted to paint them white, but my sister has white cabinets and advised against them (they get super dirty quickly). Eventually, I would like to add a back splash of subway tile above the counter to the bottom of the cabinets.
Inspo for subway tile:
I am so in love with the fireplace! How amazing is this tile??? I originally wanted to do chevron tiling (see example here) but after reading reviews on Pinterest, a lot of people advised against it for those DIYing it. I decided to go with this tile (also from home depot) and am so glad I did! I love the color variation and look of the stone finish vs tile. My Dad did the tile job himself (gotta love handy Dad’s!). In his opinion it was relatively easy so if any of you at home are considering taking on a tiling project don’t be intimidated! You do have to know how to operate a tile saw, but these can be rented at Home Depot for about $50/day. Measuring and cutting the tile was the most time consuming part of this project. The application goes pretty quickly.
One of my favorite things to shop for is home decor. I haven’t purchased too many new items yet for the space but next on my list is to find an area rug to go in the living room! I also want to buy some art to go above the chair to the left in the picture above and another piece to hang above my couch. I have been eyeing this piece from World Market.
I purchased this bookshelf from Wayfair a few years ago. I love switching up the decor and moving pieces around on it. If you love displaying books but aren’t a big fan of the pops of color the covers give off, just flip them around so the pages show to the front instead of the bind. I learned this trick from another blogger and love it! Much easier than finding & buying neutral book covers just for the display.
Shop my home decor purchases here!:
Shop my other Home decor favorites I have been eyeing!
Who else is excited for Bachelorette Monday?!? I’ll be honest, I’m not a huuuuge fan of the season so far. I feel like the guys are so sub par and seriously how has the model guy not been sent home yet?! Not to mention the constant upbringing of the brutal way she was dumped on the last season (let the girl move on! lol!). But it’s like a bad train wreck, we cant help but stare. Whether you’re into this season, or not, its the perfect excuse to open up a bottle of wine (as if we needed one right? 😉 ) and have a few good laughs with your girlfriends.
I love throwing together Charcuterie boards together for nights like these. They are the easiest appetizer to put together when entertaining (or if your like me, sometimes they turn into your dinner too, oops). They are so effortless and simple, yet look so stylish and put together! A fool proof way to make sure you cover all your bases is to be sure to include each of the following categories: sliced meats, a few cheeses (goat cheese and brie are my personal favs), something sweet such as pears, apples, figs or honey, something spreadable (I did baked brie with spicy strawberry jam inside), & something crunchy (crackers, preztels, pickles, almonds, etc.). You can also include some tart accents like spicy mustard.
I picked up this wood board from our local Home Goods for under $10! I have also seen similar style at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, World Market, and Target! I also love this chalkboard one from World Market as well.
And of course the most important pairing to any Charcuterie board… the WINE! While this could take up it’s own blog post in itself, my three go-to wine selections are Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, and Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay. All three bottles are budget friendly, can be found at Target and are bottles that I drink on the regular (maybe a little too much:)).
Baked Brie recipe pictured:
1 can of Phillsbury crescent rolls (original)
Jam of your choice (I used spiced strawberry)
On parchment paper, roll out the crescent roll bread. Place Brie cheese in the center. Top with jam and fold the dough into the center of the cheese. Bake for 10 min at 375 degrees or until bread is golden brown. It’s thaaat easy!
Let us know your favorite Charcuterie & wine pairings below!
Happy Tuesday, loves! We hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. Can you believe it’s already May?! (Based on the rainy, cold weather in Chicago, you definitely wouldn’t know that summer is just around the corner.) But weather aside, the summer months are here, which means Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. If there’s one thing we both LOVE to do, it’s to spend time with our mommas. Something else we love to do is to spoil them with gifts.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and truth be told we’re not huuuuge romantics when it comes to Feb. 14th. (I mean, let’s be honest, I’ll still accept any flowers or chocolates that come my way.) Whether you’re in a relationship or single, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to show the important people if your life a little love; even if it is kinda corny. My boyfriend will be traveling so I’ll be celebrating with my (Gal)entine this year! We both love this tradition, but then again what’s not to love about getting together with your besties, having some cocktails and sharing a few laughs? We rounded up some of our favorite products in this Galentine’s gift guide, and they’re all under $50.
Spoiler alert: my weekend away in Charleston, South Carolina was absolutely incredible. I’m officially obsessed with the history, the culture, and of course the food that the beautiful city has to offer. I’m sharing all the details from my Charleston weekend, and in case you haven’t caught on, I’ll definitely be planning another trip back.