The Dread of Leaving

The Dread of Leaving

I’m a coastal girl 100%. I can’t imagine living somewhere that didn’t have relatively quick access to the ocean. Deep breathing sea air is basically my happy pill. 

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My Vision for Our New Home

When Austin and I moved into together in our apartment we had about a month to get our shit together before moving. It was a lot of running around but we were very fortunate to receive a lot of help, both financially and otherwise, from our families. Our apartment wasn’t my idea of perfect as far decor goes but I was happy with what we were able to throw together. I wanted to enjoy the apartment and feel at home there but I also didn’t want to invest a great deal in to everything when I knew at some point we would be moving everything into a more permanent home.

I’m definitely a believer that every home has its own vibe; its own style that radiates from the space and influences how you furnish the space. The home we’ve bought radiates an earthly, woodland vibe. The home sits back off the main strip on .6 acres of land shaded by dozens of trees and down the road from wooded walking trails. By the time we move in there will only be about a month and half before the temperate drops so I don’t want to work too much on landscaping this year. That’s definitely a project that nature, and my wallet, will need to push to next year. As for the interior, I have plans to create a rustic oasis with touches of metallic accents and plenty of greenery.

I am planning to film quite a few videos following our process of turning the house into our home. I’ll be filming an empty house tour before we move in so you guys can see the bare bones we are working with. The next video will likely show how the living room comes together. I have the living room mostly figured out so it’s just a matter of moving in and buying the furniture. After that I’m not sure what room will be next. It’s going to depend on when I find the right pieces for each room. I’ve been hitting the yard sale circuits hard this summer looking to find the perfect pieces for our home at a discount. I can’t say it’s been super successful but I have found a few cute accent items.

We’ve also been checking out second-hand shops looking for something special no one else will have. There are probably 6 or 7 different second-hand shops in my mom’s neighborhood and we’ve come across many things we liked, but we have nowhere to put anything so at this point we are just crossing our fingers that the pieces we want won’t sell before we can buy them.

For some reason I’ve felt the urge to breath new life into older pieces with our home. While I am by no means opposed to buying things new I want to have items in our home with genuine character. I think the juxtaposition of rustic old wood accents with hints of gold and bright white (like the table above which I love) will do justice to the feel of the home without looking dated.

I know I won’t be able to tackle the entire house at once. The wonderful thing is that I don’t have to. This is our home for however long we want it to be our home. I’m excited to be on this new home owners journey with Austin and I can’t wait to start making new memories in a place that will be all our’s.

Decorating Mini Pumpkins

painting pumpkins

Hey yall hey! Today I wanted to share with you how I decorated a few of my cute little baby mini-pumpkins. As I mentioned in my Halloween decorating video I’ve tried to decorate very affordable this year so I stuck with one means of sprucing up the pumpkins. I also wanted to make sure they pumpkins could work for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.

painting pumpkins

Since I wanted to keep things affordable and simple choosing one paint color was definitely the best way to go. I chose gold because it would beautifully complement my orange and white pumpkins. It’s a warmer colors so it’s a perfect fall tone.

The only things I used besides the pumpkins were the gold paint, a paper plate, and one sponge brush. Super inexpensive!

painting pumpkins

This paint color is gorgeous but it wa sa bit sheer so I had to use 3 coats. I recommend looking for one that is an “enamel” or a “gloss”.

painting pumpkins

This is how my sweet little pumpkins turned out. Starting on the left I painted stripes around my larger orange pumpkin, I painted the bottom and the stem of the white pumpkin, and I painted the entire body of the smaller orange pumpkin. On the smaller orange pumpkin I only did two coats because I actually really liked how the orange was peaking through a bit.

I really love how my pumpkins turned out with fairly little effort. Maybe next year I will have some extra cash to buy tons more pumpkins and things to adorn them with!

Trick or Treat Candles

trick or treat candles

If you’ve never smell the Bath & Body Works Trick or Treat candle I suggest you stop reading this, hop in your car and head immediately to the mall. This candle smells absolutely amazing. The description is as follows: “A scary good blend of freshly toasted marshmallow, smoldering woods and vanilla bean.” To me it smells like when you are roasting a marshmallow and you let it catch on fire – just a crispy delicious marshmallow smell. So good!

Anyway, this post was basically just to let yall know this candle is particularly amazing. Also there is a $10 off of a$30 purchase coupon floating around right now.