Creating a Home Space You Love

There’s something special about being in a space that truly makes you feel at home, I think we can all agree on that. Having been in an apartment the last 3 years I understand that there’s some things I just can’t change no matter how much I want to i.e I want wood floors and I currently have carpet and I would love a different stove, but I do have huge windows, a balcony that spans across my living room and bedroom, beautiful plantations shutters and a larger than the norm open floorplan space.  There will always be little touches in décor you can do to make sure that you enjoy your space every single day and to ensure it’s as chic as you can possibly hope for. If you’re interested in my tips for creating your perfect home space then keep on reading!

Choose a Color Palette You Love

For Jeff and I that is neutrals. This allows us to throw in color when and where we want and to change that out with the seasons. Within our living room we have a base of dark wood furniture and a leather chocolate brown couch.  We have played off that with a large golden, burgundy and navy area rug and a throw blanket and pillows to match, with all the natural light and the white plantation shutters and the white kitchen cabinets the contrast of dark and light but all neutral really blends well.  Moving into our dining area we have a white wooden high-top table that seats 4 with a fun table set from Anthropology that incorporates turquoise, pale pink and gold. The white wooden table again a neutral, works with the lighting and the white plantation shutters adorning the door to the balcony. Once you filter into our bedroom you’re greeted with the same dark wooden furniture and bedding that is a creamy linen, keeping everything neutral and bright!

Fresh Flowers and Candles Always

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I am and always have been the type of girl to want fresh flowers in my home and candles lit 24/7. I always choose flowers for the look and candles for the scent.  I’m a fan of Peonies, Roses, Hydrangeas and quite a few other florals but again I like to keep that color more in that neutral family.  I’m a huge fan of white, cream, sand and (when it comes to peonies) pink for my flowers with the occasional greenery! When it comes to my candles I like to have a candle or 2 in every room! I live for a candle in the bathroom on our counter tops, I like for a candle to be on each nightstand in the bedroom and on the dresser, I keep candles in the kitchen and one on our coffee table.  I like to keep the scent consistent within the rooms always! I love a floral in the bathroom, a like to keep Mahogany and Black Teakwood in the bedroom at all times and lastly because our kitchen, dining area and living room are all openly one space I like to find a candle I like in the moment and get it for those spaces, let’s just say that scent is always changing.

Choose a Décor Style and Stick to It

When I first moved into Jeff’s apartment (which is now our apartment) it was very much a bachelor pad. There was not one photo on the wall, no décor and no solid color scheme.  It was very much a man’s home and then I came along!  As modern and gam as I tend to be when it comes to a home style I very much love a farmhouse, rustic/glam feel and I blame that completely on Joanna Gaines! If modern is what you are and you enjoy the sharp edges, marble, acrylic etc then go for it and stick to it.  In my home you’ll find little touches farmhouse touches from containers in our kitchen to the wooden bible verse above our bed.  When you get into a groove of finding a style that really resonates with you finding pieces to compliment that style will be easy!

Look for Inspiration If You Have None

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One thing I truly love is home décor so I am always looking through TheEveryGirls Home Tour section watching apartment tours in Youtube and of course always rummaging through the millions of inspo photos Pinterest has to offer! If you’re moving into a new space or simple want to revive your space there is nothing wrong with looking through the many social media outlets to see what speaks to you and what you can recreate! Keep tabs of what you like and create mood boards for yourself so you can really see the vision prior to going out and buying pieces on a whim!

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**photos not mine

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My Dream Home

With Jeff and I getting married in less than 6 months I think it’s natural to start thinking about the next steps in life. I mean we do want to have a family together and not be apartment living forever as I’m sure almost everyone feels. Currently we’re in the midst of hunting for a new apartment and it’s got me thinking about house hunting and what exact I want in our first home (engaged or not, I would never buy a home with a man who isn’t legally my husband as of yet! Personal Preference).  My mother has constantly told me to be realistic because our first home won’t be our forever home but there are certainly things I have always and will always want!  I’ve composed some photos of home décor and home trends/styles that I really love and thought why not share some ideas I have tucked away for when we purchase our first home!

The Home Itself

To start I would love to have a minimum of 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms – I don’t anticipate wanting company to stay the night with us (I’m not big on people staying in my space) but would love to have 2 bedrooms for children or a child and perhaps home office. My favorite style of home is the cottage style which is a big change from the Mediterranean style I’ve been obsessed with for so many years. The more I watch Joanna and Chip Gaines on Fixer Upper the more I fall in love with the Boho Farmhouse look. I’ve got a Future Home Pinterest board that is completely filled with photos of Charming Cottage Styles homes, with Gorgeous White Brick, Wrap Around Porches and little details that you’ll see in photos below.

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Time Spent in the Kitchen

My Dream kitchen is definitely that same farmhouse style to match the house! I love an open concept all one story living space.  Growing up in my parent’s home the open concept allowed for my mother to be in the kitchen during big family and friend gatherings while still being able to socialize. Although I don’t want people feeling like they can just come into town and stay with us, I do want to have the option to entertain as I’m huge on BBQs, game nights and event just cocktails with friends, and having a large kitchen space (and killer outdoor space) is really great in accommodating that want. Beyond just a large and open kitchen, I ideally want a large island for the family (future kiddos) to eat breakfast at and the friends to congregate around while having cocktails and the idea of wooden beams over the kitchen is very appealing to me (I’ve seen this in a friends home and it was stunning)!  Large windows to let in natural light, a farmhouse sink, and either wooden floors with a great patterned back splash or fun tiled floors with a super simple backsplash!

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Let’s Have Some Fun Out Back

Another thing that I would love in our first home but definitely has to be in our forever home is a great outdoor space. I’ve followed Helena of Brooklyn Blonde through her home reno and particularly her backyard (article here) and immediately thought what a beautiful space.  I would love to have a space where friends and kids can relax, have a glass of wine and just converse.  Living in Orlando, I’m sure many would love a pool but truthfully I’m not that into it (we can just drive over to the beach), I would love some cute and comfy seats, perhaps a fire pit, outdoor kitchen type of situation, great lights and a fun and relaxing vibe all in one!

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What are some things that mean the most to you when house hunting and what trends are we both loving?

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5 Things Living with My Partner Before Marriage has Taught Me

Depending on who you ask living with your partner can be a huge NO NO, my mother wasn’t fully for it when I told her and my father I was going to move in with Jeff and my dad (although he didn’t want his baby girl to leave the nest) thought it would be a great idea.  Some people say it’s terrible for many reasons, religion, romance etc but I personally couldn’t fathom marrying someone I’ve never lived with.  My older brother told me that I’ll begin to really learn Jeff when I live with him.  The little things I never saw before that I will inevitably hate and little things I’ll love.  Living with someone everyday of your life is a lot different then staying with someone Thursday night through Monday morning.  If you’re interested in the 5 things living with my partner before marriage has taught me then keep reading!

1.One of us will be the clean one. Now when I say clean, that doesn’t mean the other is “dirty” I’d use the word messy.  Luckily in our apartment I’d say Jeff and I both have our little quirks, We both have our own laundry hampers yet always have a pile of clothes on the floor midway through the week, Jeff doesn’t change the roll of toilet paper and I will almost always leave an empty glass on the coffee table, (and I never take out the trash) That’s Jeff’s job for sure! But always remember when living with your partner – the little things you two both do now, you’ll more than likely still do in 10 years so make sure nothing is a deal breaker and if you’re the messy one(more so me) you’ll always be the messy one!

2.You will both complain about hair being everywhere.  Jeff has dreads (and very curly hair) and I am naturally with very curly hair.  For me wash day is every Sunday and is a complete task of prepooing, shampooing, conditioning (twice) detangling and of course styling.  It’s a whole ordeal and although Jeff isn’t getting is hair done every week we both inevitably have little curly cues EVERYWHERE! they have literally taken over the apartment which makes vacuuming a must! He will always say my hair is clogging both the shower and sink drain (because it probably is) and he will always have little curly pieces of hair in the carper, and couch and bed for that matter! it will continue for the rest of time.

3.Storage Space Wars! Listen I definitely have more shoes and maybe even clothes than Jeff but I am very good with my storage of said wardrobe items and him not so much.  I like to see everything, I like it to be hanging and I like my shoes to be placed perfectly on my shelf, turn to Jeff’s side of the closet and well, there’s clothes and shoes and shopping bags, and overnight bags! Best thing I’ve learned form this aspect of living together?  When we buy a house make sure it has His and Hers closets!

4. You’re not cooking dinner for just yourself anymore! Grocery shopping and meal planning and cooking dinner isn’t just about you!  Luckily Jeff is pretty adventurous in his food as I am I and we’re always into trying new recipes (enter my Pinterest Food Board) But cooking for a 200+ lb man is definitely something I’ve had to adjust too.  I like to have left overs so I tend to cook way more than food for the two of us for dinner and lunch the next day but I’ve definitely learned that I do have to keep in mind when I’m planning and cooking dinner!

5.Just because you live together doesn’t mean you’ll see each other all the time.  Jeff and I have almost opposite schedules.  My schedule is always the same I work Monday-Friday 8:30Am to 5PM and Jeff’s changing weekly.  He’s almost always 10AM-7PM on Mondays, and either 9AM-6Pm or 11AM-8PM the rest of the week with an alternating Saturday schedule.  Me being a creature of habit (and a creature who likes my sleep) I am always almost sleep or at least in bed by 9:30PM which really only gives Jeff and I an hour together during the week.  Then enter Saturdays when he’s working I see him when he gets home around 7PM and Sundays are our days to have fun (unless it’s football season of course) Just because you’re now living with someone doesn’t mean you’ll now see them way more often than before!

Living with your partner is way more fun than living with a room mate! It’s not as bas as some people try to make it seem.  You’ll definitely get annoyed at times and learn things that you’ll probably hate for the rest of your life but it’s not that serious! Truthfully Jeff knew I was messy BEFORE I moved in with him so there was no surprise that I left cups around when I moved in! Everything is pretty much the same as before we lived together except now He comes home to me everyday and I have a pretty awesome “roommate”

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Holiday Gift Guide For the Hostess

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Holiday Season is among us and guy’s it is beyond exciting for so many reasons! For just about as long as I can remember, well at least since I’ve been living in Florida, Holiday Season means family flying in and parties!  From Thanksgiving at home and at friend’s homes to our annual Christmas Eve Party,  I live for a good holiday get together. One thing I’ve learned is when going to someone’s home for an evening of fun you NEVER show up empty handed.  And while most will opt to bring a spirit or bottle of wine I think bringing a hostess gift is a chance to get creative and fun!
I say when purchasing a hostess gift for a holiday party you’re attending keep it safe by purchasing a gift for them home!  The great thing about this guide is EVERYTHING is under $100 and perfect to bring as a gift.
Holiday Gift Guide For the Hostess
  1. A Candle – you can never go wrong when bringing a candle as a gift for the party hostess.  I mean everyone loves candles, they make the home smell nothing short of amazing! (depending on the scent)
  2. Wine Glasses – Much like these gold ombre wine glasses, wine glasses are always a great gift! Because let’s be real everyone loves wine! But even more than the wine, the glass just gives you an extra oomf and it’s always better holding a fun glass, especially during the holidays.
  3. Measuring Cups – So cute and small but really such a help, these small copper measuring cups are a great inexpensive gift for any hostess who enjoys some time in the kitchen!  Whether your host enjoys baking or simply measuring out how much water to put into her rice these are great to look at and fully functional.
  4. Cocktail Shaker– One major trend of the year has been the bar carts! Fully stocked with glasses, spirits and now a gold finished cocktail shaker, this gift is perfect for the hostess who enjoys a nice cocktail!
  5. Flatware – Everyone needs flatware so why not have your forks and knives in a pretty rose gold finish?
  6. A Monogrammed Ice Bucket and Martini Glasses – SO maybe we have a theme here. (ya know with the alcohol) Anything monogrammed is chic and feels expensive (even if it isn’t) and this set starts at only $29!

Are you going to any Holiday Season Parties and if so I hop this guide has helped!

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