Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ENGAGEMENTS (PART 2)

THIS IS ACTUALLY WHERE WE STARTED TAKING PICTURES, WHERE WE GOT OUT ALL THE NERVOUS JITTERS, WHERE CHARLA MADE US BOTH FEEL SUPER COMFORTABLE, AND ALSO WHERE I TOTALLY HAD A FREAK-OUT MOMENT AND SQUEALED BECAUSE TAKING THESE PICTURES MADE EVERYTHING FEEL REAL, MADE ME REALIZE, WE'RE GETTING MARRIED!!! EEK!!!

THIS PICTURE MAKES ME FEEL HAPPY, GIDDY AND ALL KINDS OF GOODNESS INSIDE!
I LOVE THAT WE'RE BOTH SMILING FROM EAR TO EAR AND I CAN'NOT WAIT TO TREASURE THIS MOMENT FOREVER!

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hers: earrings | shirt | belt | skirt similar and similar  | boots
his: shirt | jeans | boots 

Monday, August 31, 2015

ENGAGEMENTS (PART 1)

MAYBE IT'S JUST ME, MAYBE BECAUSE THEY TUNRED OUT BETTER THAN WE COULD HAVE EVER HOPPED FOR, BUT I AM OBSESSED WITH OUR ENGAGEMENT PICTURES!
I SEARCHED, SEARCHED AND SEARCHED FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT WOULD WANT TO CAPTURE OUR ENGAGEMENT PICTURES AT THE RANCH, AND THEN ALSO OUR WEDDING DAY...WITH A LIMITED TIME FRAME, IE A SIX MONTH ENGAGEMENT. WHICH, IF YOU LIVE IN TEXAS IS CONSIDERED CRAZY THESE DAYS. A TYPICAL ENGAGEMENT TIME IS 12 TO 18 MONTHS!

THE SEARCHING PAID OFF!!
CHARLA STOREY. YOUR WORK, YOUR ART, YOUR ABILITY TO CHASE LIGHT, MAKE IT WORK, AND MAKE IT ALL SEEM TOTALLY NATURAL IS BEYOND WORDS. 
IF THIS IS HOW THE ENGAGEMENT PICTURES TURNED OUT, I WILL START PREPARING MYSELF NOW OF JUST HOW BEAUTIFUL THE WEDDING DAY PICTURES WILL TURN OUT!



hers: dress || earrings || shoes
his: jeans || sports-coat || shirt

Thursday, August 6, 2015

BEFORE & AFTER :: living | dining

I thought I would share with you one of my most favorite projects and spaces... creating a home!
A few years ago I snagged a steal of an apartment in the same neighborhood I was living in at the time. I had been to one of the units in the building before, and knew that if it ever went on the market I would need to do whatever I could to get my hands on it. 
At least once a month I would drive up and down some of my favorite streets and wait for a 'for lease by owner' sign up be in the yard...  and one of those days I got lucky. The sign went in the yard and and very day I met the agent and handed him a deposit check. No time for questions - I knew I wanted it. 
750sqf - open concept, lots of light and even (my favorite part of all) a screened in porch - dreamy!!
so here you have it, a few of the before pictures of the space.
(the true before had dark gray walls in the living and bedroom and a bright red/black combo in the bathroom... I went with softer colors to brighten it up and give it a cleaner feeling!)

Since sharing before & afters of all the rooms at once would be too easy, I'm going to share one at time (there are only 4 before and afters) staring today with the LIVING/DINING ROOM. 

BEFORE
paint color || BM Camouflage

AFTER

I love love love this space! 
When I moved in, the renter before my had the room flip flopped: sofa in front of the windows, and windows covered to avoid a glare on the TV. By changing the layout, I was able to bring more light into the room, create a welcoming entry space (front door it in the back left corner of these pics). 

While I don't love the TV being a focal point of a room, or center of a mantlepiece, I do like having it angled to one side of the room. Plus by adding the giant bull print from my boyfriends ranch to the mantle the room felt like it now had two directions, a living room on one side and a dining room on the other. 

There are so many, what I like to call, treasures in both rooms... it is a collection over time, travel, countless garage, estate sales and junking trips to lots of fun places!
And its a habit that will always be part of me.. my great-grandfather, grandfather and even my mamma all stop(ped) for any 'sale' sign and it's hard to leave without a good treasure or find, it doesn't matter how big or small!
The only thing that was purchased 'new' for this space was the white sofa. I had a big, down-filled sofa for a few years, it was the most comfortable sofa ever... and provided some of the best naps in history! But moving into an older home, means really narrow door frames - you learn something new every day. The movers tried to fit the sofa in through both the front and the back doors, from ever angle you can imagine, but it was just not going to happen. Solution: IKEA Flatpack Sofa for the win! It came in 2 flat boxes, required minimal instructions and with a bottle of wine my sister and I had it assembled in no time. A white sofa is not the best choice, but the whole cover fits in the wash and fits back on perfectly after washing (hang to dry!!)

I would love to tell you where each piece is form- but thats a lot, and most of it is not from a store. So I a made this, to give you the same look and feel:
lamp || sofa || table || print || cowhide || rug || chairs || mirror || bar cart

candle || plant 






Thursday, July 30, 2015

ENGAGED

I'VE TOTALLY LET THIS BLOG TAKE A BACK SEAT. 
SOMETIMES REAL LIFE, REAL LIFE ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS TAKE THE CENTER STAGE AND MY TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA TAKES THE HIT. IT CAN MEAN ONE OF A FEW THINGS, BUT WHEN THE BLOG IS QUIET, THE REAL LIFE IS BUSY!

AND IN THIS CASE... IN MY REAL LIFE SP PROPOSED!!!
ITS TRUE. AFTER DATING FOR 2.5 YEARS - KNOWING EACH OTHER FOR 5 YEARS, HE POPPED THE QUESTION AND ASKED ME TO SPEND FOREVER WITH HIM! 
I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN SOMETIME BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, BUT I WAS COMPLETELY SURPRISED ON THE NIGHT HE ASKED ME ... 5.1.15.... 

ALL THE DETAILS ARE LONG.. BUT THE GOODNESS OF THE STORY IS WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL. 
IT WAS JUST THE TWO OF US, RIGHT BEFORE HE ASKED, WHEN HE ASKED AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER HE ASKED!! 
 
 
FOLLOWING THE PROPOSAL WE HEADED TO MY SISTERS AND HER HUSBANDS HOUSE WHERE THEY, ALONG WITH MY MOM, WELCOMED US WITH CHAMPAGNE AND CELEBRATIONS!!
WE CALLED OUR IMMEDIATE FAMILIES BUT SAVED MAKING 'ALL THE CALLS' UNTIL THE NEXT MORNING. IT WAS FUN TO JUST SOAK IT IN, ALTHOUGH IT DIDN'T FEEL REAL FOR QUITE A FEW DAYS!

WE ARE GETTING MARRIED THIS OCTOBER. SO THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!!
HENCE, WHY THE BLOG HAS NOT BEEN GETTING TOO MUCH LOVE AND ATTENTION. 
A SIX MONTH ENGAGEMENT IS QUITE THE WHIRLWIND! I WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY AND GETTING TO MARRY THIS SWEET MAN IN LESS THAN 90 DAYS GIVES ME A THOUSAND BUTTERFLIES!!

I WILL DO MY BEST TO HAVE MORE UPDATES FROM NOW ON. 
PICTURES OF THE WONDERFUL FESTIVITIES WILL BE A MUST! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NEW MOMMY MUST HAVES

exciting announcement:: sp is an uncle for the second time!! this time around to a little baby girl!
his brother and sister in law welcomed a little bundle of perfect joy into the world on tuesday afternoon. sp headed straight to meet them at the hospital and i can hardly stand to see them all this weekend!

since i'm not a mommy and don't have any new mommy advice or recommendations, i asked some of my dear friends they are mommy's what some of the things were they 'had to have' postpartum. 
here's the collection that came together: 
new mommy must haves: 
** epsom salt - 'soothing me time' in the bathtub
** coconut oil - 'natures nipple cream' 
** dry shampoo - ' your next shower' 
** gel breast pads - 'sooth the boobs' - refrigerate and enjoy 
** traditional medicinals - 'more better mommy milk' mothers milk tea & cute mug!
** the mommys favorite wine in mini bottles
** halo sleepsack swaddle - the warm fleece kind 
** 'postpartum padsicles' for you know... (image not pictured- details below) 
here are all the goodies in a cute tote i found at hobby lobby (similar)
complete with leopard tissue paper, the mamma's favorite!!  
as for the padsicles... my inspiration was from visiting a friend just a few hours after she gave birth and the nurse had brought her in a 'frozen diaper' - genius!! i've passed that advice on to all my new mamma friends since the hospital does not just offer these up! so i thought, having something similar at home might be helpful. to save the mamma some time, i found these diy padsicles  on pinterest and will have them in the freezer when she gets home!
(i left out the lavender, figured less fragrances the better)