Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Table and Rug Review

Hey guys! I am so so excited that it is finally the Christmas season. For those that know me Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I love the lights, the cold weather, the family time, the reason for the season, and just the warm cozy feeling during this time of year. I can't wait to show you what I have been up to decorating for the season! First up is a room that really has turned into one of my favorites so far.

This year I wanted to go with a warm rustic cabin feeling. It is just so cozy! Let me start by showing you the space and then we will get into the details.

I ordered another one of these rugs from Rugs USA. I already have one in my living room and I love them! I wanted something a little more neutral for the dining room especially to match my Christmas decor! The price is great, its the softest jute rug I have come across. The size in my dining room is a 7'6x9'6 and fits perfectly under my table. I can't remember the size in the living room but it's much bigger. I just love the color, the texture, it doesn't show dirt and cleans up great! They do shed a little and smell a little funny for a few days after opening. Still worth it in my opinion. They also seem to get softer the more they are walked on. A lot of people ask me about the rugs so wanted to give you some info. You can find this one HERE. It is the Maui Chunky Loop. Its looks like they are having an 80% off sale through Nov 28th so hurry up and grab one! 

I originally had fake mini wreaths on each table setting but it was a little much so instead I opted for some Rosemary from my rosemary plant, some vintage style bells, and chalkboard name tags that I wrote on and decorated. 

The old stoneware is a great rustic addition. They belonged to my great grandparents and were just passed down to me from my grandma. I am loving how they look on the table. I ordered the brass candlesticks off of Etsy for a great price. It is the exact look I wanted! 

I also took a bunch of pictures at night to show you. There are several lighting options with the lighting so I am showing you several layers! This post is picture heavy, I hope you don't mind! 

Ahhhh I am loving this view into the living room. Seriously, this time of year is just magical! 

Alright, let me to try to break down the details as much as I can.

Plates: Ikea
Napkin rings: Target
Buffalo Check scarf (table runner), blanket (on the chair): Target
Candle sticks: Etsy
Centerpiece pinecone stems: Michaels
Table and metal chairs: Restoration Hardware Outlet
Fabric Chairs: Target
Rug: Rugs USA
Stoneware: Antique (passed down in the family)
Goblets: Marshalls
Wood Slabs: Handmade by my sister
Burlap place mats: Home Goods
Burlap Christmas Pillow: Tuesday Morning 

I think thats mostly everything! I can't wait to share more Christmas decor in the coming weeks. What do you think of my Christmas table? What theme are you going with this year? Would love to know!  Thank you so so much for stopping by! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fouta Turkish Towels

I am so excited to write this post today and share with you all a great product and perhaps gift idea if you are looking. Christmas is fast approaching and I figured it doesn't hurt to through out some ideas! I was recently sent a lovely package by a wonderful company Scents and Feel. I have always wanted to try the turkish towels out on the market and I am so happy to finally have done it! First let me share a few photos so you know what I am talking about.

Below you can see the texture of the towels. Love the herringbone pattern! 

Alright, now for a little review.

1. This towel is HUGE. I mean taller then I am. I love their size!
2. The material is very very soft. I wasn't sure how the material would be since they are a little thin but after a couple of washes (which they recommend doing first) they are extremely soft and comfortable.
3. They have a lot of color and design options. I of course went with neutrals to match my house but you have a lot of different colors to choose from to match your style.
4. You can use the Fouta towels for a lot of things….bath towel, beach towel, wrap, table cloth, a lot of other options listed here

1. To me so far only one con. Price. They are more expensive then a normal towel.

Well thats about it. To me there are definitely more pros then cons and I think they are worth spending a little more money on being as the quality is so good. You can find the ones I have in my home HERE for the fouta towel and HERE for the hand towel. I hope you love them as much as I do!

This is also one of the first times showing you a bit of my master bathroom. I love the subway tile, marble floor tile, and grey grout we went with. We also carried the laminate floor into our master bath. The towel rack is a buy from World Market. A good tip as well as that these little garden stools work great in a bathroom! I picked up ours at Home Goods. I obviously have a thing for white!!

I hope you enjoyed this little review and a peek into another room in our home. Let me know what you think of these lovely towels! Have a wonderful day and rest of the week and thanks so much as always for stopping by!

(I was sent these products to review but of course my opinions are always my own)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Kitchen Tour

Hey guys! I know I haven't blogged much and I really am trying to mentally talk myself into getting better about that. I have been pretty active on Instagram lately but not as much on here. I always feel like the things I am doing are so small that they don't deserve a full blog post. I really should just do it anyways! If there is anything you want me to share or explain please feel free to let me know so I know what kind of things you all would like to see!

It is currently close to midnight and I am at my parents house in Arizona nursing my dad back to health as much as possible. If you follow on Instagram he recently underwent emergency eye surgery where they had to reattach his retina. The procedure requires him to have his head face the ground for a week or two. I came out to help him with daily stuff and medications and eye drops. He is doing pretty well overall but it will be a long recovery I think. Sorry, that became a tangent but I wanted to update you for those who prayed for him and said such kind things on Instagram over the last few days. I very much appreciate it! The point is it is the middle of the night and I thought I would post on my blog for once haha!

Ok, I recently took a bunch of photos of my kitchen for a feature that will be coming up soon on a fellow bloggers blog. I will share when that happens but for now I wanted to share my kitchen. I haven't posted a lot about it and half the time its a mess so I avoid pictures (lets be honest here!). I thought this would be a good opportunity to give you a closer look and to go over some of the materials we picked out. Ready? Picture time!

This little desk corner became a catch all spot so I finally cleaned it off and decorated it a bit to hopefully keep myself from continuing that trend! I think I will make a coffee/hot cocoa bar there for the winter months. 

The mug holder is from World Market, the sign is from Hobby Lobby if I remember correctly. 

I know some people don't like a lot of things on the counters but I myself like how it makes the space feel. I have a lot of counter space so it doesn't bother me. The lunch sign is from World Market, The crate was built by my dad, the weight is from hobby lobby, and the scale is an antique find.

I apparently forgot to take a picture of this corner so there is how it looked a few weeks ago before I put some of my fall stuff away!

This little metal stand was a find at Home Goods and I have redecorated it a few times. Here is the latest way its looking. Just very simple!

Alright, so some of the details. We picked a quartz counters that I love! It has a marble look but with no maintenance. I knew if I got marble I am not careful enough to not chip or stain it. I love that we went with something that is SO durable, will look brand new hopefully for a very long time, and requires no sealing. For the backsplash we picked a grey subway tile in a herringbone pattern. It was a couple of hundred dollars more to have it laid that way but I wanted it to be interesting in our builder grade home. I think it adds a bit of character. I am debating on changing some of the hardware on the drawers. I don't like that they are all the same (we didn't really get a choice in that). 

Now for some of the smaller finishes. The pendant lights are from Ikea and the stools are from Target. Our floors are a laminate. If you want more info on those I blogged a full review a few weeks back. 

Well I hope that answers most any questions. We do live in a new build home but I wanted to add as much character into it as I could for now and I just love how it turned out! So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed it and don't forget to let me know what you would all like to see in upcoming posts!