Friday Faves

Fridaylinks copy Happy Friday! We’ve made it through another week. Ours has been a busy one and included a sick baby, so I’m really looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Between work, family responsibilities and fun girl dinners out, I’ve managed to compile four links for you of stuff that caught my attention this week, hope you enjoy!

Closet-This jacket is a steal at $49.99 and encompasses both my love of faux sheep skin and (probably) faux leather. All wrapped up in one moto goodness, effortless look. I feel like F21 has stepped up their game lately…

Palette-I recently made this pumpkin risotto for a dinner club I’m in and here is my two cents-great dish, lack luster without the bacon and Parmesan. Serve immediately, doesn’t stay warm and to it’s consistency long, probably a terrible dish to try and reheat. I would make this again and I do think it would be a great Thanksgiving holiday contribution.

Kiddo-Right now our house efforts have turned to the dining room, but I think once winter hits we will move things downstairs to our basement. Right now it’s just being used as Oliver’s play area but we have big plans for it. A section of the basement will still be reserved for Ollie and I really liked the image above for inspiration. Check out the link to see how this couple transformed their basement!

Space-We have a large, blank wall space above our couch in the living room. I’m thinking we will remedy this hopefully this weekend with a grid of black and white pictures. I’ve been hording the frames for a while not feeling like doing the grunt work of the actual hanging-but this photo looked so on-point, that the time may have come to get up off my lazy butt and just do it. Stay tuned!

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Super Easy, Decadent, Apple Crisp

apple crisp copy The fam and I visited Apple Jack Orchards over the weekend and we all had one thing in mind (or Chris and I did anyway) and that was buy apples, bring apples home and make apple crisp. Oliver was in stimulus heaven between picking out pumpkins, mechanical cow rides and one totally underestimated corn maze. At the end of the day we came home with our apples, and bellies full of apple cider doughnuts and kettle corn to boot! I whipped up this seriously easy apple crisp in about twenty minutes and let the aroma fill our house. I promptly ate it once it was out of the oven around 4 o’clock, pre-dinner. Sometimes you just gotta break the rules.

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October, I love you.

IMG_8585 October is one of my favorite months! Besides it being the birthday month of yours truly, it’s just always a nice month to help you creep into colder weather. The leaves in Minnesota are amazing right now and even I (the un-caffeinated weirdo) find myself wanting to indulge in a little Pumpkin latte every now and again. Football is in full-force, crock pot recipes are flooding Pinterest and it just feels fresh and crisp…(did someone say apple crisp?) I’ve never been much a “seasonal” decorator but I plan to step up our game now that we are in the house. Since I like seasonal decor to be understated and we really don’t have much stock built up anyway, we’ve started simply with a few touches here and there. This of course will be an abolished principle once Christmas rolls around…

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Grateful.

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How annoying is it that I’m not consistent? I mean really…you can be honest.

Recently I was forced to remember that I can’t count all my blessings on two hands or sets of toes, and that’s not me bragging, that is me being grateful. It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind, to disregard the simplest moments and to take your loved ones for granted.

Life is hectic, but it’s also fleeting and from what I can tell the point is to love and be loved.

On that note I’ve got nothing for ya this week-nada. I’m only going to halfway blame this on my Photoshop issues I’m having, but the other half is just us being busy. September is oddly jam packed with stuff. Some good, some great, some just obligatory. I will say that I’ve got good material in the pipeline for you, like posts that are actually worthy of you even visiting. But bare with me as I touch base casually in between these so-called revolutionary blog posts.

So in an effort to give you folks some reading material, I have tracked down a few things that have kept me going (inspiration-wise) this week!

Have you guys heard of Chatbooks? It’s a pretty great way to get your Instagram photos off your device and into your hands and honest to God it’s $6 for 60 pages and free shipping. I’ve been playing around with trying to make some seasonal ones (spring, summer, fall, winter)-how would you organize yours?

This children’s book makes me giggle-you should get a copy.

This kitchen has given me a new appreciation for oak. Which is helpful seeing as how we live in the Midwest and all…

Need a photographer? Carpet installation? Kitchen counter tops? Plumber? Thumbtack is a neat website that allows vendors to come to you with their quotes, based off your job. It’s a great way to source pricing of projects, and they are all local to your area. It makes it so much easier for hunting down quotes. We’ve used it numerous times since buying our house.

One of the better hair tutorials I’ve seen to get great, natural and effortless waves with your curling iron. I even bought the Garnier Fructis De-Contructed texture tease. #Dontjudge 

The recipe to the pie that I made last week, which I highly recommend! I need more practice with the graham cracker crust and overall presentation but the taste was beyond amaze.

 

 

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Skipping Rocks 101:

A few weekends ago we had a pretty stellar Saturday, on accident. It was one of those days that unfolded organically and left this mom with a big grin and much perspective. I had been wanting to visit Lake Calhoun, just one of the many, many lakes Minnesota has to offer but this one happens to be the largest in the Minneapolis area. It’s a good 3.1 mile walk around and we quickly found out that this is where all the fit people come on their weekends! There was tons of people biking, running, walking and enjoying the last few weeks of hot balmy summer weather we have left. There is an amazing eatery on the lake called The Tinfish that serves everything from wine, to crab cakes and lobster rolls to fresh served ice-cream cones. Also on the lake is a fantastic children’s park where we stopped and let Oliver play but quickly fell into a rock skipping tutorial that lasted a good half hour, or more. It was really one of those precious moments as a parent where you sit back and watch your child learn something new. He was having so much fun and it was really gratifying to experience something as simple as skipping rocks through his toddler eyes. It was the perfect “Wasting Time Wisely” moment and the entire afternoon I felt elated from our few hours around Lake Calhoun.

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Bye-Bye Brass

4557742a-e965-40b9-857d-31ff24ed8bbb_zpsb4ce4cdf With the completion of Oliver’s planked wall, Chris and I agreed to put the woodworking projects on hold for a little bit and focus on “warming” up the place by making small changes that have big impact, and buying a lamp or two. We are also in desperate need for some rugs. We’ve both agreed things were looking a little bare, and to be honest, we could both use a break from the mayhem some of these larger scale projects come with. While we were working on Oliver’s room the dresser sat out in the hall for a good two weeks and it drove me crazy.   We had been wanting to replace all the door knobs in the house for quite a while and last weekend finally got around to switching them out from brass knobs to chrome levers. We tackled it in about an hour and it has made all the difference! It was also nice to start and complete a project in just one day. We have to get more of those on the docket.

What other changes are quick and easy that you’ve done in your home?

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The Great Wall

For the past few weekends Chris and I have been working on Oliver’s room, and I’m relieved to say that I think the most labor intensive parts are done! We’ve sanded, we’ve painted, and re-painted and re-painted and built one heck of a planked wall, which I posted on Facebook and Instagram and a lot of people seemed to have an interest on how we did it and ask for more pictures. I took a few through our process and so this is how Chris was able to “nail” (pun intended) this Pinterest inspired accent wall.

There are still a few weeks worth of finishing touches, but hope to post the final room reveal by the end of the month! But for now, here are some glimpses of the “before” photos!

d18fc804-0aae-424d-b695-b332f3552cf0_zps5a3e97c2 When we first moved in we knew we were going to paint so we didn’t hang anything or really decorate. We sort of just moved in Ollie’s stuff and kept things pretty minimal. #sadroom

IMGP8190 IMGP8193 The painting process is the worst! I’m so glad we are almost done with the rooms in our house, the dark navy color we picked didn’t make things any easier. It took several coats and of course, we are continuing to paint over the oak and turn our trim white.

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0cc73987-7c67-46d4-812b-b25aee435a45_zpse10d27e6 We purchased roughly 40, 8-foot pieces of pine wood from Home Depot, totaling around $100. Chris used his miter saw to cut the pieces in sections of 4-5 feet. Using a level and brad nailer, Chris started building the wall on top of the drywall. Once the wall was up, we used the same stain from this post, and thankfully only needed one coat.

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House Envy

 

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You guys, I have serious house envy. Dana from House Tweaking is a damn genius. She documented decorating her first house on her blog, but her second house, the one she and her husband dub “the underdog” is something pretty magical. The kitchen alone makes my heart ache because I will never have the chance to whip up a meal in it or play cards on that island. The workspace is a little  place of homemaker heaven and the open floor plan she’s got going on is perfect for a family. I love how she manages to keep such clean lines, but also nothing looks too perfect, or cold, or modern but yet there is a lot of mid-century modern influence. This woman has totally made me reconsider my aesthetic. She’s really cornered the market on being able to create a space that is light and airy while still managing to have the impact that dramatic colors can bring. It’s perfectly balanced with natural elements and industrial trends and I’m loving every detail she divulges. Eating it up like a kid in a candy shop! Just check out the pictures below and if you want more, there is plenty to uncover on her blog!

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Summer date night

2b9bfa65-07e7-4d76-8d69-7804c3d0d42a_zps88b554c2.jpg~original What an awkward looking photo you say! It IS an awkward photo, but I felt the moment had to be captured. Last weekend (and I’m just getting around to telling you guys this) Chris and I got all gussied up and went out for a fun dinner night out with one of our favorite couples to Burch steak and pizza , which has gotten rave reviews, and we have to agree, the food was delicious. I got to eat with both hands and leisurely too! Our amazing, trusty babysitter, my sister in law, allowed us for a real grown up night out and it WAS amazing, filled with pre-dinner cocktails, during dinner cocktails and what I would call dessert wine- it was so good.

How rare is it these days that us parents get out and when we do I think we both feel like a million bucks. I put on a flirty romper, he put on his dress shirt and while the week of normalcy has brought us back down to earth, for a long while there we were feeling like kids again.

Please refrain from ogling my whiter than white legs. I need to work on my tan and fast, the month of August is here and in Minnesota these warm summer months don’t last long!

Here is to reliving last weekend, when in actuality we’ll be doing mundane things like household chores, building a ceiling to floor wood pallet wall (don’t ask) and I’m pretty sure trying to understand the mystery that is HBO’s “The Leftovers.”

PS. This romper is F21 (the struggle to outgrow that store is real) and was seriously $17. $17.00! Who cares if it lasts only ONE wash at that price. Am I right??

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Hale Navy.

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When we first moved to Minneapolis, and had our townhome, I was able to decorate Oliver’s nursery but I wasn’t able to paint. Well, I could’ve painted but I was too pregnant to care to and since the walls where neutral, I didn’t see the need. Going full force on a nursery was one of my main priorities when we moved into our new house. Although now Ollie seems less and less like a baby and more like a little kiddo these days, so I’m having to keep in mind that one day (fairly soonish) we’ll be transitioning his room from a nursery, but still trying to keep it childlike. But let me catch you up to speed since I was an absentee blogger….we’ve done a lot to the house in the few months we’ve lived here. We have painted every room on the main level, as well as the trim. We’ve painted the upstairs hallway, guest room and now Oliver’s room (just finished that beast this weekend!) We’ve painted the kitchen cabinets white, replaced the hardware, painted the fireplace, replaced overhead lighting to recessed fixtures and Chris has somehow managed to build our dining room table , outdoor table and a guest bed. So to say we’ve been busy is an understatement. But back to Oliver’s room, it’s officially been started and I couldn’t be more excited to pour my heart and soul into it! It’s the only room I see clearly in my head, from the blinds, to the rug and I’m hoping it will be done by the end of August. Generally we’ve been jumping around from project to project due to what makes sense in terms of cost, season, sales etc. but since we have such a distinct vision for Oliver’s room we are just going for it. All other projects are on hold till we get his little oasis complete. Let’s cross our fingers that the outcome is good, otherwise I’ll be forced to show you my whoops project and how embarrassing would that be? The inspiration pictures below are what jump started the idea for his room. Maybe it’s because the color “Hale Navy” by Benjamin Moore screams “boy” to me, or maybe because I painted the vast majority of my house “Accessible beige” but I needed some dramatic color in my life. After putting it on his walls this past weekend, we have no regrets!

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