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The shelfie (aka a pic of  styled shelves).  Just like selfies, I’m never really satisfied.  I’m constantly changing and rearranging like a maniac. It’s sort of ironic since the built-ins in the family room were one of the features that sold me on the house…little did I know they it would be a serious challenge to style!?

These shelves are a focal point of the room and flank the fireplace (which is still the original reddish brick color).  *Side note: I’ve been so tempted to paint the brick but it’s the one thing the hubs has been really persistent about keeping original.  What can I say, the 80’s is his favorite era and I need to pick my battles.  I think there is enough white going on that having the original brick works okay here but  it can be tricky.

Needless to say, balancing the bold fireplace while keeping the rest if the look simple has been a bit of a struggle.  I think after five years and countless cringe-worthy looks, I’ve finally figured out a few of the key ingredients.

1. If you have adjustable shelves, reduce the number of shelves to keep the look more open.  When we moved in there were 5 shelves on each built in and I removed a few so there were 3 shelves total.

2. Collect everything you want to use and have it all sitting out when you start (pluck from all over the house).

3. Less is more – don’t be afraid of white space.  Sometimes keeping objects away from the sides of the shelves or centering one object on narrow shelves helps.

4. Add different heights and shapes – books and boxes are great for creating platforms for objects

5. If the color of the book spine is distracting, turn it around.

6. Stick to a color scheme – I added touches of blues and greens since that is a theme in the rest of the room.  Mix metallics.

7.  Add natural textures like baskets, branches, wooden bowls.  Don’t forget greens – faux succulents are fab.

8. Layer picture frames in, either leaning or on top of boxes or books.

9. If you have a fireplace in the center like mine, keep the decor simple.  I love the look of a round mirror, or some layered artwork leaning and filler items like vases with greens/branches and candle sticks.

10. Invest in a few statement pieces and also include items you have collected on travels or vintage pieces. For the rest, don’t stress and just buy inexpensive ‘filler’ things.  Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Gordmans, Target and World Market are great for that!


These tips will work for any sort of shelving, open, stand alone, built-ins, etc.

basket (old) – target /// white, light green + gold vases -willows bend /// ‘Uphonium’  trumpet (so cool, works with an iphone – check out his work) – Urban Evolutions by B Brad Creations

glass box – hobby lobby /// faux succulent – memorial florists /// wood bowl – target /// beads – pottery barn /// branch – home goods /// all other items vintage.

Fireplace Screen and Tools – Crate and barrel

Vase 14″ – World Market /// faux branches (old) – Branching out & Co – they have a great selection!


Faceted gold vases – Gordmans /// boxes and frame – pottery barn /// wood sphere – Gordmans // Faux succulents – Memorial Florsits (local) ///  All other items old or vintage.

Mirror – World Market on sale!  /// Other versions here + here 

A view of the opposite wall

Paint color – SW 6385 White Dove


Here’s a little action from 2012 .  When we first moved in, I added wall paper to the back of the shelves and while I love that look,  It was just way too busy with the brick fireplace (yikes).  It took me about 3 years to come to that realization and once I returned them to the original white, things felt less fussy. I’ve since updated the furniture and decor to be lighter tones so that has helped neutralize the space as well.

Hope these tips will help you become the next shelfie star 😉





This Laundry room was on my laundry list since the day we moved in nearly five years ago.  It took that long to convince my other half that it needed some TLC.   It wasn’t horrid but it was just not functionally doing it for me.  The washer and dryer stuck out almost 8″ from the back wall, making it a catch-all for clothing.  The opposite wall had no storage whatsoever, only a long lonely rod hanging out.

The other issue, besides the storage + functionality is the location.  While being off of the back entry is not the worst spot, it’s next to the only first floor bathroom and an eye shot away from the kitchen.  Meaning this dumping ground is viewed by many guests.  Did I mention it lacks a door!?

So I set out to make some small improvements that would be pleasing to the eye and add more function to the small space.  Since the upper cabinets were already white, I figured I would go with the flow and keep the look light and airy.  I had a floor to ceiling height cabinet installed to act as a broom closet and added a counter for folding with room for laundry carts below – aren’t they the cutest?!  Since the floors were already a dark slate colored tile, to tie in some warmth and texture and contrast the cabinets, I decided on butcher block counter tops in a walnut finish. The counters are by far my favorite element and the best part is that they were really inexpensive!  My second favorite element is the hardware…this was a splurge for sure but a game-changer in my opinion.  I love the look of the oil rubbed bronze + brass.

Enough type, check it out yourself!   More details/links below.

My little helper prepping before install /// Opposite: see what I mean about drab!?

These carts! I loved the look and was stoked that they are super functional + well made.

faux eucalyptus

Faux cactus – target /// small rec basket – other sizes sold in store

vases + misc jar – world market /// hardware 

 Water color print – Society 6 (The Aestate) love her work! Framed 15×21 size in conservation walnut- under $50!

Install had started /// opposite: After – AHHH! /// wall color – Sherwin Williams – Crushed Ice SW7647

The ugly sink is still on my laundry list but she’s hidden for now 🙂

I actually put some blood, sweat and tears into this project /// butcher block slabs here + here  sold in stores only /// stain – minwax

Counter top details:   I had priced a few options out at custom places and they were all coming in over $1500 for the 2 pieces (not including install).  I almost pulled the trigger on ordering from Ikea but with shipping the total was almost $900.  Soooo luck have it, I was visiting a friend whom had  a farmhouse style table that she and her husband made from butcher block slabs sold at Menards.  It was exactly the look I was going for. Yay!  So I scored two pieces from Menards for under $300 (with rebate).  These are unfinished and can be cut to size. I used the larger island size for over the washer and dryer and the smaller counter size for the opposite wall. Staining them was really easy and it required minimal sanding.  It only took me a few hours and I waited a day or so between coats.  I applied two coats of Minwax stain in special walnut . After it was installed I applied a polyurethane sealer in a satin finish since I didn’t want the glossy ‘lacquered’ wood look.

*Side note: since we are planning to replace the sink, I didn’t want to permanently affix the counters over the washer and dryer. Right now it’s just a floating top and it’s actually working fine like that since it’s super heavy and doesn’t move.

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Thanks for reading,





Crop + fray might sound like a dance move but we’re actually talking about cropped + frayed denim and tips on shoe styling with this look (don’t mind the blurry mirror-selfie photos, whoops).  But seriously, this frayed style started popping up last year and I think it’s going to be a staple for  spring/summer 17!  I bought a few pairs of denim that was pre-cut and I have also created a few pairs myself (we’ve  included a little DIY at the end for those of you that are fearless with the shears).

After owning these for a while, styling them has become less tricky.  A few things to remember when buying pre-made or DIY denim.

1. Make sure the length is above the ankle bone, even an inch or so above looks good if its a flare or straight leg style.

2. Go for high-waisted varieties. They lengthen the leg and balance the cropped style.

3. When dressing up;  minimalist heels with ankle straps, classic pumps  and mid-calf  booties that are fitted around the ankle  look best.  Again, it’s all about balancing the wider/cropped silhouette.

4. Don’t be afraid to dress these down.  Pointy-toe flats, loafers and sneakers look super cute.  Just make sure the length is short enough that it shows your ankles and doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing high-waters.

5. If the flare or wide leg styles aren’t your jam, opt for a straight leg or even slightly tapered.

Kicked cropped 1

kicked cropped 2kicked cropped 4kicked cropped 3

look 1: jeans mother denim (sold out) similar on sale here /// heels /// boots (on sale)

look 2: jeans mother denim ///  heels (sold out) similar here + here /// sneakers (my fave)


denim picks for the saver  (left to right) /// asos /// asos /// old navy // zara


denim picks for the spender (left to right) /// AG /// jcrew /// frame /// coh


Here’s a DIY  for the stepped frayed look:  A few things to keep in mind:   Measure twice, cut once!  The jeans in the photo are a ‘stove-pipe’ leg style, which means they taper but they aren’t as fitted at the ankles as true ‘skinny’ jeans are.  If you’re new to the idea of wearing cropped frays, this is probably a good style to start with.  Don’t be afraid to cut off old denim or even a new pair that is too long – it saves on tailoring and is more on trend.

1. Cut the hem off, all the way across (like shown on left) just at the top of your ankle bones (remember these will shorten when frayed). If you don’t want the stepped look, skip step 2.

2. Measure 1/2″ up and cut along the seams on the front side to remove the strip and create a stepped look.

3. You can use sand paper or something abrasive to rough-up the edges and get the denim to start fraying.  I just usually throw them in the washer and dryer and that does the trick.


Hope you enjoyed our first post after a little hiatus, more to come!