Thoughts for Thursday: Casual Chic Living Room Design

Since moving back into our house after the renovation the one room we haven't touched at all is our living room.  We decided that we would live in the house for awhile before we purchased any furniture for the room.   Now that we have been back almost three months I think we've finally decided what we would like to do with the room.  

I put together this design/mood board for Kyle but had to share it here with you since I'm hoping to share the progress as we get the room completed.  

Here are some pictures of the living room in it's current glory so you can get an idea.

 This is what you see when you look in from the front door/main hallway 

 Here is the fireplace 

 Here is the view from the right back corner 

 Here is the view from the right front corner 

These two below are looking in from the dining room into the living room.  When we did the renovation we did all new wall, window trim, and baseboards.

So looking back at the mood board below,  you can get an idea of where we want to put things.

mirror // chest // art work // chair // 

We want to keep this room as "adult" as possible.  I feel like 90% of our house is over run with kid stuff so I'm excited to have an area that's just for adults.  I like to think I can keep the kids out of the room, but we'll see! There will definitely be a no toys allowed rule in the room for sure.

The walls are already painted Sherwin Williams Repose Gray and we're planning on keeping that for now.  I'm leaning toward a jute rug in this room and really like the Diamond one from Pottery Barn.  Kyle wants something with a little more color and pattern too it.  What do you all think?

So the idea is to have the Modern Gustavian chests with the X-quisite mirror (both from Wisteria) over them flanking the fireplace on either side.  If we do mirrors over the chests then I will definitely have artwork over the fireplace.  I really like this piece I found on One Kings Lane from Michelle Armas but this could change as the room evolves.

For seating we would have four of the Serena and Lilly Jamieson chairs around the Bamileke coffee table.   We have couches in the family room, sun room, and basement so we're really looking for something different here.  We are not sold on the stripes, this was just to show an idea but these chairs will definitely be upholstered in a print of some sort.  

On the back wall (the wall above that currently has a random toy box on it) I like the idea of a long console table with two large lamps on it and then in the middle of the lamps I would probably do a gallery wall of family photos, photos from trips we taken, that kind of thing.  I love this console table from Wisteria and I'm obsessed with these Ethan Allen Kiera lamps, just need to convince Kyle of the price tag.

So this is our starting point! I'm excited to finally have an idea of what we're going to do in this room.  While I know things will change as we start to decorate and work on budgets I'm really hoping we can get as close to this final product.

What do you all think?  Has anyone done the four chairs around a coffee table look?  Does it work well?  

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Current Obsessions

Happy Hump Day!  Today I've rounded up some things on the internet I've been drooling over and trying not to spend my money on... which is really hard!!

I'm always looking for cute affordable one pieces and I love this printed one from loft.  

 Drooling over this new Lilly dress!! I'm obsessed with the one shoulder style this season and I love the yellow and pink pattern of this one.  

I picked these up at the outlets last week and they're my new favorite sunglasses.  I love them so much I just ordered a second pair!  They're perfect to wear with baseball caps in the summer and look a lot more expensive than $15.  

 Love this easy to throw on yet a little different halter peplum top! I think it would be cute paired with white jeans or shorts too.   

How fun are these earrings! As you know I love the statement earring look and I'm thinking these might need to be added to my collection.  

I love a cute peasant top in the summer and this one is no exception.  It would be adorable as styled or with jean shorts or navy blue shorts.   

How fun is this clutch for summer?! I mean who can say no to a palm tree clutch 

I always love a good denim or chambray dress and this one looks perfect for summer. Not too heavy but not too light.  

Another one shoulder top I'm obsessing over! Love the navy with the white jeans, or paired with the shorts below.  

How comfy do these shorts look?  I'm all away the drawstring waist shorts these days, and you can't beat a soft summer linen.  

I honestly can't believe this dress is old navy because it looks so much more expensive in my opinion!  I would need to see it in person obviously but it would be a great addition to your summer wardrobe.  

I'm always looking for an easy canvas bag in the summer to use a purse or to tote stuff around as we go from place to place and the price and stripes on this one is calling my name.  

I still haven't found a romper I love as much as my J.Crew factory one from two summers ago but this one looks like it could work for me, since they shorts aren't too short and again with the one shoulder.  

This tank top!!! How cute is it?!  The little geo trim is the perfect way to add a little something extra to a basic tee.  

I couldn't resist this adorable glasses case when I bought my aviators at the outlet last week.  It's just perfect for summer and keeping my aviators from getting crushed in my black hole of a purse.  

What are you obsessing over this week?  Do you love the one shoulder look as much as I do?  What about off the shoudler?  

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Bethany Beach Recap

Hi Friends! Maybe one of these days I'll actually have my life organized and be able to get back to this blog.  Who knew I would get less free time as the kids got older and not more?!  If I thought they were time consuming as infants, every mom with older kids must have been laughing at me!! These toddlers need so much attention all day long, or they get into trouble.  

We returned on Saturday from an awesome week in Bethany Beach with friends!  It was exhausting at times with 6 kids four and under but mostly a lot of fun!  I hadn't been to the Delaware beaches in over 10 years which is crazy considering I spent my entire childhood vacationing there.  It was so much fun to see all the old places I used to visit and let my boys re-live a piece of my childhood.

We arrived just in time for the rain to end and the sun to shine! We were so lucky that our first couple days were perfect beach days, sunny and 85.  We stayed in a house about 2 blocks from the beach and 5 blocks from the Main Street right in downtown Bethany Beach. It was the perfect location in my opinion, close to the beach and walking distance to all the restaurants and shops.

As I mentioned last week we took the boys to enjoy some Kohr Bros ice cream! One of my absolute favorites from childhood! We also managed to eat our weight in Boardwalk Fries and Grotto Pizza.

Most of my outfits were beach casual like this one below, a few of you asked me about it but these Old Navy off the shoulder tops are the best!

Since we had so many kids with us most of the days were spent by the beach all day long!  The first few days were sunny and gorgeous but our last three were overcast but still warm. Thankfully!

Thursday morning of our vacation looked like rain so I took the kids to the park for a bit while Kyle worked.  They have the cutest part right now downtown.  The boys had a blast and Matthew became obsessed with sitting in one of the willow trees in the park.  Miller on the other hand said it was way to scary to even try ;) 

A few nights after dinner were spent running around the beach burning off the excess energy for the kids and enjoying some drinks for the adults.  I love the beach at sunset.   

Both kids were fearless when it came to the water but Miller was able to enjoy it more than Matthew since he's older, poor Matt just kept getting knocked down.

I was able to sneak out one day to get to the outlets and spent most of my money at Vineyard Vines. 

Most of the stuff I picked up is for the boys and Kyle but I did get myself a hat, cover up, and rain jacket.  

The adults were also able to get out to dinner one night to  14 Global a tapas restaurant with good food and even better cocktails.  Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of our night out! 

I made a really conscious effort while we were away to stay off social media as much as I could and I'm proud to say I only posted to Instagram twice while we were there ;) This may not seem like much to some but for someone who usually documents everything I'm working on enjoying the moment more instead of trying to capture it in pictures.  

It was such a fun week at the beach and now we count down until our next vacation in 6 weeks! 
Do you have any fun vacations coming up?  

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Thoughts for Thursday: The Beach, Spiked Seltzer, and Camera Recs

Hi Friends!  Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far.  We are down in Bethany Beach, DE with some friends for the week so I just wanted to pop in real quick and share some random thoughts. 

The kids are loving every minute at the beach, as expected.  I used to vacation on the Delaware beaches as a kid so it's been fun to share little memories with them like enjoying Boardwalk Fries on the boardwalk or a big Kohr Bros ice cream after dinner.  These are the moments of parenthood that I love and make me feel nostalgic for my own childhood.   

It's been hard to capture pictures of the kids on the beach this time. They're so excited to have their friends around, they barely sit still or smile for me!  This trip has also made me realize I really need to invest in a good camera so that I can take better quality pictures of my kids. 

Does anyone have a recommendation for a beginning camera?  I got a new point and shoot a few years ago but with the iPhone technology they basically take about the same quality pictures now. 

If you're looking for a new summer drink you have to try Truly Spiked and Sparkling!  It's a light and refreshing spiked seltzer that comes in tall skinny cans which are perfect for the beach ;)  So far I love the Grapefruit and Pomelo flavor.  It reminds me of a La Croix. 

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Friday Five

TGIF Friends!  How is everyone's summer going so far?  We have been so busy the last few weeks that the blog has just totally fallen off my radar.   Lots of time spent with friends, family, at the pool, at the park, on beaches, phew, it's been exhausting so far but we're loving every minute of it.  I'm surprisingly really enjoying having both boys at home with me and enjoying not having to run out the door to school a few times a week.

That being said I wanted to pop in today and share some things I've been loving lately.

1. This $13 Tassel Cover Up!  

So I have to thank my friend Rene for introducing me to this adorable $13 cover up! She was wearing it in the pink color at the pool last weekend and I knew that I had to have it, because I mean it's $13!! It comes in 7 colors so I know you can find one you'll love! 

My go-to breakfast for the past two years has been a Shakeology vegan chocolate shake with almond milk.  Lately though I've been getting tired of the brands I was using so I decided to try Califia Farms because I had heard such good things about it and everyone was right! It is so so delicious! I don't really know how to explain it but it just tastes creamier and more natural, less watered down than some brands I've been using.  

3. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis 

 I decided to pick this book up after seeing a review on Goodreads.  As someone who grew up on the east coast with more experience in city life than rural America I will be the first to admit that I don't know much about the midwest, and with the way the political climate is changing in the world these days I wanted to get an insiders view of a part of our country I know little about.   It has been such a good read I cannot suggest it enough to anyone who is looking to learn a little more about middle America and how their culture and dreams may be very different from the ones your used to. 

4.  Puracy Natural Liquid Hand Soap 

I have this thing with hand soap, see I'm very picky.  I have a few go-tos that I like but in general I have a hard time finding one that I love.  Since I've been trying to add more natural products to our life I started to do some research and came across this brand.  The few other natural ones I've tried I haven't liked and all the reviewers on Amazon said this one was good and that the lavender and vanilla smell was the perfect mix of enough scent without being overbearing.  I decided to go for it and order the 4 pack since it was cheaper, and we have 4 bathrooms so it worked out.  As usual the Amazon reviewers were right and this hand soap is great.  Nice light scent, lathers up easily and is all natural!  A win in my book! 

5. Soludos Braided Slide Sandal 

I wrote about these sandals back in early May when I first ordered them but I wanted to give you all an update.  These are my new favorite summer sandal!  I wasn't sure if I would like the slide on style versus the flip flop or tie up style I've been used to but I absolutely love these! Not only are they easy to throw on they are so comfortable and I get tons of compliments on them every time I wear them. They are under $100 so if you're looking for your new summer sandal, you have to give these a try! 

Wishing everyone a fun, warm, sunny summer weekend! 

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