Sisal

The sisal rug is like the little black dress of home decor – versatile as all hell.

It works for any room, really. It brings in a natural element and great texture.

And when placed below another rug, it helps create depth and visual interest.

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And I love that IKEA sells them for cheap.

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Kitchen Remodel

We’ve been in our house for over a year now and there’s still so much work to be done until I feel it really captures our style (okay, mostly mine but The Husband’s totally okay with all my cutesy decor as long as I make sure to include some baseball stuff. And I have, voluntarily.) and feels more updated.

The biggest eyesore is our 1950s kitchen enveloped in knotty pine. It couldn’t be more outdated than if I were taking a horse and carriage to work.

Check out Interior Designer, Erinn Valencich’s Kitchen. (I also discussed Erinn here).

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We both live in the same area and her kitchen layout was identical to mine until she made some changes.

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Sometimes people have a difficult time envisioning what our kitchen would look like sanding away the knotty pine, but these images should help a ton.

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So much brighter and cheerier. If you look closer you can see the before picture up on the top right.

And to find out how Erinn approached this remodel, visit her blog here.

 

xx,

Irene

 

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Gift Guide: For the Girl Who Likes Cute Stuff

Looking to get a friend, a sister, (me), your mom something cute? Maybe a gift for yourself? You came to the right place.

 

1. to-do list (actually, I need this. hint hint) 2. earrings 3. business card holder 4. teacup and saucer 5. journal 6. mixer

 

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MOR, MOR, MOR

Looking for some stocking stuffers or a hostess gift? MOR products are so pretty and they smell divine.

For the person with a candle obsession.

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A candle in a teacup – so cute!

Lip Balm anyone? I never leave home without it. I’ll take the turquoise one, please.

 

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Mmm…. perfume.

 

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Wash your hands constantly and need them moistened? Travel size lotion would fit perfectly in your purse. I have the pink one!

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Maybe you just like pretty packaging, these soaps are no exception.

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Happy Monday,

Irene

 

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What I'm Baggin'

Ever wonder what kinda junk I stash in my purse? No? Hello? Anybody home?

Well just in case you do, Tamara is featuring the stuff I’m not embarrassed to show (step away old banana) over on her blog. Check it!

Sorry for the weaksauce post.

Happy Friday!

Irene

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What I’m Baggin’

Ever wonder what kinda junk I stash in my purse? No? Hello? Anybody home?

Well just in case you do, Tamara is featuring the stuff I’m not embarrassed to show (step away old banana) over on her blog. Check it!

Sorry for the weaksauce post.

Happy Friday!

Irene

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I Have Not Yet Decked My Halls

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When it comes to Christmas time, I think people fall into one of two categories:

a) Those who finish their Christmas shopping early, giftwrap the heck of their presents, buy and decorate their tree the day after Thanksgiving, and are now just sitting back eating their home-baked cookies waiting for Santa to arrive. Well let me just tell you, Santa does not exist…. so keep on waiting honey.

I’m just bitter because I fall into this category:

b) the category of people who still have pumpkins sitting on their front porch.

Plus, Evan says we can’t buy our tree until mid-December. He’s paranoid it’s going to dry-out and catch on fire. Neurotic? A little.

And, our oldest dog (seen here) is terrified of everything. Not-so-loud noises, boxes, my purse, our kitchen (sure, the knotty pine kinda scares me too, but c’mon) I’m a little worried about his reaction to a six-foot tree entering our house. He’s been known to be in freak mode for days on end.

Then, there’s the three pounds of mischief with teeth of a piranha who thinks she needs to eat everything and thus perpetually has diarrhea.

Meet Nora (yes, we gave her a human name. What? ) aka My Little Shit Machine.

Look! She even wants to eat our oldest dog. I’m worried she’s going to think the Christmas tree will be her next meal.

Happy Thursday,

 

Irene

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