Welcome to My House: The Living Room

Here it is–my first home blog post! It’s taken me a while to be ready to post a “before and after” post, but I wanted to make sure it was just right. I moved into my new house in May and have had so much fun making the place mine and putting my finishing touches on the house. It’s been a lot of hard work but I am loving being a homeowner! Today’s post is going to be all about the living room–a room that has been the central focus since moving in and having people gather. Welcome to my living room!

Before

Living Room Before

This room was a little dark and cave-like, but had such a gorgeous window with a deep windowsill. I knew that I wanted to brighten up this room and paint it a lighter color–as having bright space was one of the most important design elements to me. I love the hardwood floors and knew I definitely wanted to keep them because they were in such good condition. Other than painting and interior design, there was not much else that this room needed.

After

Living Room After

Tadaaaaaa! I love this room so much and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I have had so many movie nights in here and it’s just been so cozy and relaxing. A lot of this furniture I already had but I will tell you about the new pieces and where you can get them, if interested. The walls were painted a very light grey–I wanted a light color but didn’t want just flat white all over. I think the grey works so well and is such a great neutral background for my style.

Living Room After

The white upholstered chairs were my grandmother’s and were originally pink, striped silk. My mother worked tirelessly to make new cushions for me and paint the fabric with a fabric medium. The finished texture is a little bit linen-like and turned out so much better than we had thought it would. The couch was purchased from a coworker who was looking to sell–I couldn’t find this couch online but I think it is a Pottery Barn couch. It is such a deep couch and has been the central place to hang out in this room.

Living Room AfterThe coffee table is from Amazon (as are a lot of things in this house because it was so much easier than hunting for items) and was so easy to assemble. It’s pretty sturdy as well and I just love the faux marble laminate.

Living Room After

The curtains in the front window were also my grandmother’s. It has been so special for me to have pieces of her home now in my home, after she passed away this year. She had immaculate taste and style and I’m so glad that I have incorporated them into my style, as well.

Living Room After

The rug is from Rugs USA and I purchased it over Memorial Day during a sale. I can’t find the link to the exact rug anymore but there are so many interesting and colorful designs on the site. I believe this rug is an 8’x10′ in dimension.

Living Room After

The lamp is another Amazon find and I think it adds a nice touch of texture and a unique design element to the room. The lamp was easy to assemble and acts as my main light source in the evenings, since I don’t have overhead lighting in the room.

Living Room After

I had this side table already but knew I wanted to add some unique knobs, to blend in with the design aspects. I found this gemstone knob at World Market and knew it was the perfect one for this room.

Living Room After

My mother was so wonderful to make some of the couch pillows for me, and I bought a few others from TJMaxx. I love that these pillows are all velvet-y and they will be super cozy for the cold months ahead.

I hope you have enjoyed the first post of my home reveal–stay tuned for more coming soon!

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October Favorites

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It’s the end of the month and time for my October Favorites! I have a little bit of entertainment, music, hair care, skin care, and food items to share with you this month. So without delay, here they are!

Parks and Recreation

I had seen only a few episodes of Season 1 before, but it didn’t have the same charm that The Office had and so I never got hooked on this show. A friend of mine told me the other day though that Season 2 was way better, so I decided to give it another try. Season 2 is so much better and you can definitely sense The Office-ishness of the show again. Super funny if you’re needing something to watch.

The Good Doctor

I like to watch medical shows and I have really enjoyed this new show on ABC. The Good Doctor is about a young surgeon prodigy who has Autism and his integration into his residency program. The first couple of episodes were tear-jerkers, but a really good show over all.

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The Brilliance Radio on Pandora

I really like listening to worship music during my morning commute–it really helps me set my mind for the day and have some time with God. I have been enjoying this playlist so much because it includes artists like The Brilliance, Ellie Holcomb, Josh Garrels, Bethel Music, Hillsong, and so many others. I sometimes have a hard time listening to Christian music on the radio because I find it to be loud, distracting, and (to be honest) not very worshipful. I don’t mean that about every Christian music artist or song, but some days I feel that way. This playlist has been a great fit for me and has amazing music.

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Nutpods Creamer

I tried Nutpods once during a Whole30 stint and loved it! I was so excited when I found a 4-pack at the store the other day and I’ve been using it in my coffee since. This creamer is the Original unsweetened flavor but also comes in unsweetened Hazelnut, unsweetened French Vanilla, and I think even Pumpkin Spice for a limited time. The consistency of Nutpods is very similar to half & half and it doesn’t taste too strongly of either almond or coconut milk.

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Not Your Mother’s Blonde Moment Treatment Shampoo

I had my hair bleached a few months ago and so I have had to incorporate a purple shampoo into my hair care–to help take out brassy tones and remove build up. I have liked using this purple shampoo because it is affordable, compared to some others, and it also refreshes the color of my hair. I only wash my hair a few times a week and I’ll use this shampoo every other wash.

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Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Pollutant Defending Masque

One of my cousins, recently, gave me a bunch of beauty products to try out and this mask (or masque) was one of them. This is a really thick product that can be used as a treatment mask or as an overnight mask. I used this during a couple of weeks of stress breakouts and it helped to clear up my skin really fast, without drying it out.

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03 Soothe and Cool Post-Training Massage Oil

I have been running a lot more than usual and so I have been a lot more sore than usual. I have been using this massage oil a lot and it has also helped with aching and soreness. I like that this oil is all-natural and I don’t have to worry about what’s going on my sensitive skin. The cooling effect is very gentle and comfortable to wear on your skin. Plus the smell is amazing, so I think that helps to feel a little more relaxed also. I have been using this massage oil on my ankles, legs, and knees after I get out of the shower.

Down Comforter

As soon as it turned to fall, I started to chronically feel cold. I hate it when you’re, also, trying to go to bed but you’re just too cold to sleep! I have had the same down comforter for a while but I’ve really been appreciating it in the last few weeks. I think I bought mine at Ross or TJMaxx a few years ago, during a sale, and it’s been one of the best purchases. If you want to feel cozy and sleep like a baby–get a down comforter.

What have you been enjoying during October?

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Getting Ready for Declare 2017

In a couple of weeks, I will be going to a conference called Declare in Dallas, TX. I’m really excited about going to this conference because it is all about how to be a Christian, female communicator whether that be via blog, book, podcast, etc. I learned about Declare last year as the event was happening and knew that I had to try to go the next year. If you are going to Declare, I can’t wait to meet you!

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Here are just a few facts about me:

  1. I had the desire to begin blogging at the end of 2015 but began blogging seriously in February of 2016. Since then, my blog has been a fun space to write about things I am passionate about, as well as discuss some serious, real-life issues.
  2. One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 43:1, which says–
    “But now says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel’ Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”
    And another scripture that always gives me purpose and direction, in any season of life, is Jeremiah 29:11-14 which says–
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord.”
  3. My passions are my family and friends, traveling, working full-time as a social worker, creating my own content for my blog, reading, and coffee–always.
  4. My favorite candy is Sour Patch Kids (I know, I’m a 12-year-old) and my favorite kind of food is Asian and/or Mexican.
  5. My happy place happens when I have the opportunity to take life at a slower pace, when I am with people I love, savoring and capturing memories, or just being anywhere on a beach.
  6. I am not currently working on any major projects, but I am always coming up with future ideas for blog posts and I hope to make some of them happen soon.
  7. My prayer for Declare is that my heart will be open to whatever God has planned for that week, that I would learn, that I would meet like-minded women, and that it will encourage my walk with the Lord.

See you at Declare 2017!! Learn more about the conference by following this link—Declare Conference.

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