Meet Local Maker OK Collective

Jessi and Kelli Newsome at a recent makers fair. Photo by Ronnie Harris

Jessi and Kelli Newsome at a recent makers fair. Photo by Ronnie Harris

We met Kelli Newsome in Oklahoma City during an Indie Wholesale Market event. She and her wife Jessi are the two person show that is OK Collective featuring handmade candles, pillows and jewelry. With one waft of their candles, we were sold. We burn these awesome, chemical-free candles in our own homes and have heard rave reviews from many of our customers. We've been wanting to carry candles for a while and are so happy we found these gals and their great products. Please enjoy reading about what inspires and motivates them to be makers. And come get a candle for yourself! With every purchase of a candle at our shop you get a vintage matchbook set!

Where are you from? Jessi grew up as a military brat and has lived in Oklahoma for the past 13 years, considering herself a proud Oklahoman. Kelli moved around growing up but has spent the majority of her life in Oklahoma.

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How long have you been making candles? What is your history with these skills? Jessi has always loved candles and became curious earlier this year about making her own. We both have allergies related to commercial candles and were excited to add handmade candles to our mix of products that are better for our own health and better for the environment.

Why is this your medium? Jessi focuses primarily on candle making and I sew pillows and make jewelry. Our company initially started in July of 2015 with handmade cotton baby shoes and refinished and repurposed furniture. People were consistently buying our furniture for nurseries so we thought the baby shoes would complement that. We started experimenting with different products and really fell in love with the mix we have now. Jessi puts her everything into each candle, and I love handling the business side of things from building relationships with wholesale accounts to coming up with new accessories and home decor pieces. We make everything that we sell by hand and want to keep it that way for as long as we can.

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What inspires you? I feel like our events inspire us. We have craft and maker events scheduled almost every weekend, sometimes two a day, which inspires us to come up with new things to keep our assortment interesting. We want repeat customers to find something new every time they stop by.

What do you enjoy about collaborating with our shop? We absolutely love the style of your shop! We also adore Mid-Century furniture and finding ways to repurpose pieces that have had past lives and stories to tell. I remember when I first met the Ashleys, and they told me that they only like doing business with nice people. I knew right then that they were going to be awesome to work with.

Why are handmade items important in a home? We think it's important to incorporate items into your home that are not only functional but also hold value. Knowing that your coffee table was made with someone's bare hands from reclaimed wood that would have otherwise gone to waste or the candle you bought from us helped us start a family, is huge. It holds meaning and substance. It has purpose. 

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Why do you love Oklahoma right now? Because it's our home and we feel supported here. We are in a maker community that encourages each other and shares trade secrets to help the whole community succeed. It's not everyone for themselves, and we think that's really helped us grow in our business so quickly. Oklahoma has the nicest people, and it's the only place that feels like home.

What is your favorite decorative item in your home right now? Our favorite decorative items in our home are our framed cards. We have a collection of cards that we've given each other since we first started dating with beautiful lettering and illustrations that we've purchased from our favorite local shops. We even have two of some of them because we love them so much that we forget that we already have them. We've run out of places to hang them, but we won't stop buying them. It's kind of our thing.

We love what you're doing Jessi and Kelli and are so proud to be carrying your candles! Thank you for working with us!

 

Make 2017 the year you live life on a beautiful background.

A-List Weekend Reading

Tasha Ball makes the most baller macrame bunting and we're all going to learn how next week!

Tasha Ball makes the most baller macrame bunting and we're all going to learn how next week!

Palmer's kitchen is about to be painted a bold color! Eeek!

Palmer's kitchen is about to be painted a bold color! Eeek!

We are all about the outdoor space with coral hues and rattan in this home.

This is a REALLY beautiful kitchen, don't you think?

I'm about to paint my kitchen a bold color next week, so I'm happy to hear this is considered a positive.

Daly is obsessed with people having artwork that is beautiful and meaningful to them or makes them really feel something. Here's a new place for pretty and affordable art.

Y'all party time calls for decorations. We are hosting a chance to make your very own macrame bunting with the beautiful Tasha Ball of House Sparrow Fine Nesting next week, June 1st. Get excited to make multifunctional, stylish party trimmings! 

These colors make us feel things.

This home tour has what is on both our minds...bold colored kitchens and landscape gallery walls.

See ya on the flip side!

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Where Form Meets Function: Palmer's Mudroom

Photo credit: KET Photography

Photo credit: KET Photography

A high-traffic, multi-functional room

My greatest achievement since moving into our current home was stopping my husband Patrick from spreading his change everywhere. Anyone else have that problem in their lives? Quarters on your bathroom sink. Pennies strewn across the kitchen counter. Dimes tucked between the sofa cushions. Sound familiar, anyone?

Personally, I keep my change in a coin pouch in my purse and maybe in my car cupholders for easy access while in the drive thru. However, after living with my husband for nearly a decade, I know that most people do not in fact use a coin pouch. Thus, I had lived with change spread everywhere in my house for nearly a decade–until we moved into our second home.

In our second home, we were lucky enough to have a mudroom right off of our garage. This is my first time to ever have a mudroom and I've got to tell you, it's my favorite room in the house. Why? Because it's so freaking functional.

This is a high-traffic area that works to keep the rest of our house under control. When laying out the space, I let function lead the way. I thought long and hard about how we actually lived and how this room could best support us through the mundane of the day to day.

My goals were to make the mudroom: 

1. relevant: identify what we do on a daily basis

2. functional: create systems to organize these tasks and make them easier

3.  pretty: aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to be in

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Photo credit: KET Photography

Photo credit: KET Photography

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Upon entering the through the side door, this table (that my father-in-law built for us as a bar in our old home) greets you. This table is pretty, but also serves several functions: 1) we toss our mail into the wooden tray organizer (the mailbox is right outside this door), 2) we sort mail and sometimes pay bills standing at this table, 3) we keep our keys, garage doors openers and other various items in the leather catch-all (by Dust Bowl Dry Goods).

To the left of this table is a filing cabinet where anything worth keeping is filed. At first, I thought we should put the filing cabinet in my husband's office space because duh, filing cabinets go in offices, but then I realized most things we file come from the mail. And if we're bringing in and sorting our mail in the mudroom, it makes way more sense to have the filing system nearby. The recycling bin is also in this room, so mail rarely makes it past this space. In the door. Sorted. Read. Filed or recycled. Done. No random paper floating throughout the house anymore.

On top of the filing cabinet is the solution to Patrick's change issue (Or really maybe it was my change issue!). One of his mom's antique crocks acts as a change collector. It's strategically located so when he walks into the door, he sets down his keys and empties his pockets of the day's change. The coins are finally contained. Woohoo! And if a few strays show up, we can easily toss them in while cleaning up because they have a place to go.

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The least attractive, yet most functional wall in the mudroom houses the cats' litter box, the recycling bin, laundry bin and trashcan. Above these most useful bins are hooks for our coats and bags and a shelf for the diaper bag and other random things like car sun visors. Patrick installed the shelving unit using pipe and unfinished lumber from Home Depot. It's nice to have all of our unsightly, yet necessary items together in one space.

Photo credit: KET Photography

Photo credit: KET Photography

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Beneath my landscape gallery wall is our bench. The bench is made of three old military crates–two positioned horizontally, one vertically. We store shoes and a basket for winter gear during the cold months in the cubbies. On top of the vertical crate, we store our cat's food and water dishes so the dog can't reach them. My mom, Janie, sewed the long bench cushion with navy ticking fabric. We sit on the bench to put on our shoes before we go out into the world. It's so nice to have a pretty, comfy place to leave from and come home to.

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Lastly, there are plants galore in the mudroom! Especially during the winter when the outdoor plants vacation in here. It's a nice way to bring beauty and interest to such a high-traffic, functional space. Thanks, plants. 

Relevant, check. Functional, check. Pretty, check. I feel like I achieved my three goals for this multi-purpose space. My secret fourth goal is to save up enough of Patrick's change to buy myself a little something something.

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The mudroom is also a nice place for budding friendships.

The mudroom is also a nice place for budding friendships.

 

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A-List Weekend Reading

Daly spruced up her front porch with black and white striped pillows and the prettiest flowers ever.

Daly spruced up her front porch with black and white striped pillows and the prettiest flowers ever.

She jumped on the trendy tassel bandwagon without even realizing it.

She jumped on the trendy tassel bandwagon without even realizing it.

Loving this buffalo check pillow in Emily Netz's gorgeous 1920s entryway.

Loving this buffalo check pillow in Emily Netz's gorgeous 1920s entryway.

We're still seeing buffalo check and tassels everywhere and kinda like it. As shown above, Daly's porch accidentally joined the party. Are you inviting yourself to this fete or no?

Also, lucky for us, we got to spend time in this beautiful home with a nice lady who gave us good coffee. Look for a full home tour on the blog soon.

You know we love a good textile on the wall. A whole bunch of textiles on the wall is even better.

Tis the season for outdoor living. Can someone buy us this?

Need a good before and after this week? We love love love the wallpaper and color in this old home. Also, that mural. Scroll down, it's worth it. Or if you need two before and afters, we also have this to offer up because we like you.

That's it, girls and boys. Happy reading!

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Vintage Shopping in Tulsa: Tulsa Consignment Shops

For the latest installment of our favorite places to shop vintage in Tulsa–consignment shops! Yet more wonderful destinations to hit up when searching for that perfectly elusive vintage object.

Found this tufted beauty hanging out at Snow's Consignment at 25th and Sheridan.

Found this tufted beauty hanging out at Snow's Consignment at 25th and Sheridan.

What are consignment shops?

What is a consignment shop, you ask? Consignment shops take items on consignment (hence the name) which means the store doesn't out-right own its merchandise; they instead take a cut of the profit once something sells. The percentage the shop takes ranges from shop to shop–typically we see anywhere from 50% to 20%. Many genres of these shops exist–clothing, jewelry, kid's stuff, furniture. We only have eyes for furniture and home-related consignment shops, obviously. Some of these shops pack in the furniture while others more thoughtfully arrange the pieces. As such, your experience can vary widely while shopping vintage in consignment stores.

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Pricing and negotiating at consignment shops

Consignment stores usually have a more narrow focus, better quality, and a higher price point (though still reasonable) compared to thrift stores. Often times, you can negotiate prices at these shops, although the shopkeeper has to get an okay from the item's owner before agreeing to a lower price. Sometimes consignment shops will have dates written on tags, indicating how long an item has been on consignment. Items that have been around for longer periods of time usually have owners who are more motivated to sell, and you may be able to more easily negotiate a better price.,

You can see the price as been lowered over the time this pretty couch has been available. 

You can see the price as been lowered over the time this pretty couch has been available. 

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Pro tips about consignment shops

Note that not everything in a consignment shop is vintage. These shops usually stock all eras of furniture and homewares, so be sure to really inspect an item if you want a true vintage piece. There's nothing more disappointing than spotting the "made in China, 2001" stamp on the bottom of your hand-carved vintage bird figurine. Amiright? The more you shop vintage, the better you'll get at deciphering what is old and new. Also, if you really love the bird figurine from 2001, who really cares?

Another pro tip to note when it comes to consignment shops: the back room. Yes, you heard right. We especially love consignment shops that have a forgotten back room where they house the "older" stuff. You can score great deals there. Tulsa folks, be sure to check out Consignment Furniture's back room.

Daly found this worn rocker at a consignment shop and immediately saw its potential for Harriet's nursery.

Daly found this worn rocker at a consignment shop and immediately saw its potential for Harriet's nursery.

After Janie's Upholstery got her hands on it, this rocker became the star of the bohemian modern nursery.

After Janie's Upholstery got her hands on it, this rocker became the star of the bohemian modern nursery.

This rocker was even featured on Apartment Therapy–talk about a cinderella story!

This rocker was even featured on Apartment Therapy–talk about a cinderella story!

Below are a few of our favorite consignment shops in the Tulsa area. Comment below with some of yours!

Snow's Consignment 

2525 S Sheridan Rd Tulsa, OK

Consignment Furniture

717 W Washington Ave Broken Arrow, OK

Mustard Seed

5800 S Lewis Ave Tulsa, OK

Round the House

4941 S Peoria Ave Tulsa, OK

Be sure to check out our favorite antique stores, thrift stores, and flea markets to shop in Tulsa!

 

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A-List Weekend Reading

Palmer's been working on prettying up her patio this week–slow, but sure progress.

Palmer's been working on prettying up her patio this week–slow, but sure progress.

Loving the plain and simple terracotta pots plus handmade marbled concrete bullet planters by Tulsa's Atomic Studio.

Loving the plain and simple terracotta pots plus handmade marbled concrete bullet planters by Tulsa's Atomic Studio.

Peonies spotted at the Tulsa Cherry Street Farmer's Market!

Peonies spotted at the Tulsa Cherry Street Farmer's Market!

We are living on outdoor time with this lovely weather we've been having lately. Palmer is building a giant outdoor sofa, and she's been on the hunt for backyard living inspiration

What do you know–kitchens are still on our minds this week as both of ours are still under construction. Getting encouragement from this beautiful before and after from Emily Henderson's blog. We are obsessed with that green line in the back splash–are you?

Also, speaking of green and kitchens THIS has Palmer super pumped about the green going onto her walls soon.

Oh, and one last thing about kitchens. We are both doing open shelving and so we enjoyed getting inspiration from this ode to open shelving. That's it for the kitchens. For now.

The One Room Challenge ended this week and we've been enjoying the end product eye candy. This master suite and this master bathroom are a couple of our favorites. 

A couple great ladies who are fellow Oklahomans: look at this amazing food! And some very polished style.

Still obsessing over peonies, and here is a great guide to them.

One more Oklahoma female shout out...Tulsan Ashley Snyder's home was featured on West Elm's blog.

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Bigger than the Three of Us Home Tour with Ashley Mayes

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This past weekend we were lucky enough to spend a few hours at the beautiful home of Ashley Mayes, creator of the home interior and DIY blog Bigger Than the Three of Us. We've been following Ashley on Instagram for a couple years now, ogling and reading about her home renovation and decor projects, so we were super excited to meet her! 

Not only is Ashley's home style beautiful, but she's so dang helpful. Her blog is a source I usually look to when I have a question about my own home projects. For example, I've referenced her blog on how to install open kitchen shelving many times during my own kitchen renovation and will probably continue to do so until those suckers are secured onto my wall.

We asked Ashley a few questions during our visit about home design and inspiration:

Where do you find inspiration for your home? For sure, Instagram but I also love looking through product catalogs. A lot of the time, I feel so inspired by the backgrounds that are created for products that it just sparks something fun and new to try at home.

How would you describe your style? I'd say I'm a mid-century eclectic girl living in a traditional house so my style if a fusion of those! 

What's your favorite room in your house and why? As far as decor, I love our master bedroom because it's calming yet has personality. For day to day living though, it has to be our kitchen. The style, usability and just overall joy it brings to our lives was such a complete change from where it was when we moved in. 

Do you ever feel a room is complete? As a interior decor blogger, I'm constantly changing things because I'm surrounded by decor and ideas all the time. I'd say that for our renovation projects, yes, a room can be complete. For example, our kitchen was remodeled and I don't have plans to change any of the remodel work. That being said, the decor in the kitchen and how it's arranged changes weekly. So, I'm sticking to yes and no. =)

What are some of your favorite blogs and/or Instagram accounts to follow? I've followed Sarah Sherman Samuel for a long time. Her blog and her IG are both really good! I adore Megan Pflug too! She has the best eye on renovations and decor in general. A few IG accounts that I love:

Thanks for having us into your home, Ashley! 

Now sit back and enjoy scrolling through images of her gorgeous home.

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A-List Weekend Reading

Vintage landscapes Ashley Daly hoarded for her dining room.

Vintage landscapes Ashley Daly hoarded for her dining room.

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Ashley Mayes's gallery wall that's getting ready to be updated. 

Ashley Mayes's gallery wall that's getting ready to be updated. 

We spent last weekend up in Springfield, Missouri with Ashley Mayes of Bigger Than The Three of Us (We have a home tour of her space coming up Sunday!), and it really got us thinking about gallery walls since Ashley M. has been working on hers lately. We have also been collecting vintage landscapes for a jam-packed gallery wall in Ashley Daly's dining room.

In the mean time, Claire Brody's floor to ceiling gallery wall is making us want to get Daly's landscapes together fast, so we can get arranging them.

We are both super deep into our kitchen renovations, and a carrot we are holding out for ourselves is each of us getting a cutting board from this Oklahoma wood-worker.

During her morning run, Palmer's ears heard a good interview with Caroline Rowland of 91 Magazine. 

Um, we are ready for spring style trend-woven pieces for your home and you. We have a hanging light like this in the shop, as well as tons of baskets and bags.

We have a name for this time of year. We call it "Peony Week," the floral version of Shark Week. And what a lovely way to celebrate it.

Oh thank goodness...now Daly can relax knowing her design choices are validated by a cool design magazine.

That's a wrap folks...have you read any great design content this week? Feel free to share below!

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Three Ashleys, Two Kitchens: a Tulsa Kitchen Renovation

Both of us Ashleys are renovating our kitchens this year. We partnered with Ashley Whiteside along the way and are sharing what happens when three stylish Ashleys collaborate to update two very different kitchens. Read Part I of Daly's kitchen renovation here.

Palmer's Kitchen Renovation, Part 1: Getting Started

The Decision to Renovate

When we moved into our current home, we knew we wanted to renovate the kitchen. Though definitely not the worst kitchen to exist, it's over sixty years old and kinda blah compared to the rest of the house. We'd done a handful of things to make it more attractive like painting the eat-in breakfast nook dark green (which I love and plan to keep!), removing cabinet doors, and adding a light fixture. However, in addition to falling short on looks, it also has some functional issues. For example, the oven is basically the size of an Easy-Bake oven and the vent hood is large and menacing and so high that I have to jump to turn it on. Also, due to the layout, I'm not able to put the dishes up while the dishwasher door is open and even with the light on, the pantry is dark in the evening. Homes should be functional. So yeah, we wanted to renovate.

Before: the vent hood is large and in charge and too high to really do anything good.

Before: the vent hood is large and in charge and too high to really do anything good.

Before: no room to stand to the left of the dishwasher to put up dishes.

Before: no room to stand to the left of the dishwasher to put up dishes.

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Before: the tiny oven and dark pantry (to the left).

Before: the tiny oven and dark pantry (to the left).

How Do I Start a Renovation?

Renovation. It's a daunting word. To be honest, I had no idea where to start. I began sketching out my kitchen on graph paper and researching appliance dimensions almost a year ago. I had strong ideas of how I wanted the kitchen to look aesthetically, but I had no idea how to make that happen. I had so many questions floating around my head:  Does it make more sense to move our fridge or our oven to the other wall? Can we move this doorway opening? After intensely flirting with the idea of hiring a general contractor, we realized it wasn't in our budget. And after nearly a year of research and planning and talking to friends who had managed their own renovations, we decided to do it ourselves. 

Although we opted to go it alone, I went to designer Ashley Whiteside for advice and wisdom. Ashley was a natural choice for kitchen design guidance. She has experience, amazing style, and a design aesthetic similar to mine. Plus, her name is Ashley. Ashley's design consultation helped us in two ways: 1) she provided us with many ideas and resources for materials that we would have never thought of on our own. For example, she recommended a backsplash tile that mimicked our 1950s fireplace stone (Yes! Yes! Why hadn't I thought of that?!). 2) She made us feel confident enough in ideas we already had to actually move forward with them. For example, to reconfigure our layout, we needed to move a doorway a few inches. I felt like we were overlooking an easy way to rearrange without doing this extra work; however, Ashley agreed this move made the most sense design-wise. Ashley's agreement made us confident that it was the best way forward.

Ready, Set, Renovate

Nearly a year after we decided to renovate, our kitchen renovation is finally on its way. We've hired subcontractors based on friend recommendations and Home Advisor, created timeline and budget spreadsheets (which I obsessively track), and set up a temporary "kitchen" in the dining room. I don't know exactly what the next couple of months will hold, but I do know I'm done jumping to turn on my vent hood. I always knew that vent hood was a bad seed and discovering that it was venting into our attic via a cardboard box only confirmed my suspicions. Sayonara, sucker.

Our stove ventilation situation we discovered in the attic. Whaaaaaa!

Our stove ventilation situation we discovered in the attic. Whaaaaaa!

Our temporary kitchen setup in the dining room for the next couple of months. Any suggestions for washing your dishes in the bathtub?

Our temporary kitchen setup in the dining room for the next couple of months. Any suggestions for washing your dishes in the bathtub?

Thanks for letting us bake 100 mini birthday muffins in you, Kitchen! You helped make Caroline's second birthday a success. Now to get you back together before she turns three!

Thanks for letting us bake 100 mini birthday muffins in you, Kitchen! You helped make Caroline's second birthday a success. Now to get you back together before she turns three!

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Blush Walls And Should You Have Trends in Your Home?

Yes! Also, this pink looks so brown on the chip. It's true, paint looks totally different all over a wall.

Yes! Also, this pink looks so brown on the chip. It's true, paint looks totally different all over a wall.

I loved this lamp for a long time. So happy it's mine.

I loved this lamp for a long time. So happy it's mine.

Design trends we've tried

So, I like to traffic in decorating trends. It's true. I enjoy timelessness, but I also get sucked into the hype of the newest thing. Right now, my husband and I are all razzed about the color pink. I mean, so are a lot of people. We recently switched our once edgy chevron patterned wall to a sweet, coy blush tone. And here is why.

How to hide a television?

We have a wall just as you walk into our living room from the front door where our coatrack and television hang. This wall needs to feel substantial and bigger and better than just a TV wall–it's our greeting wall. We live in a lovely, small 1950's bungalow, so we have no entryway. THIS WALL is our entryway. It is also, unfortunately, the only place where it makes sense to hang our television (Trust me!). And we can't seem to stop being people who watch TV, SO we have a tricky situation here. Entryway wall + television wall = gotta find a way to make this wall so special it overrides the mundanity of housing a TV. Make the TV disappear. 

I know the small artwork is hung too high. I only think to fix it when my baby is asleep, and I cannot hammer at nap time. That man's name is Ryan. I married him.

I know the small artwork is hung too high. I only think to fix it when my baby is asleep, and I cannot hammer at nap time. That man's name is Ryan. I married him.

When chevron was popular

A long, long time ago...six years? We painted a very bold chevron pattern on the entryway wall using a laser level that stuck to the wall, painter's tape, and some strong curse words. It was beautiful in its time. We mounted our TV to the wall, got a small, discreet, functional media cabinet, and let that huge pattern shine a happy hello to all who entered our home. We felt super rad about our brave choice. And it did achieve our hopes to downplay the TV and play up the welcome factor. Our statement decorating decision spoke over the daily necessity of our television.

See how happy that wall is? Making a statement decorating decision speaks over daily necessities like a television.

See how happy that wall is? Making a statement decorating decision speaks over daily necessities like a television.

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Now to paint the rest of the room a color to better show off the blush...one choice leads to another change. I'm bad about that. Look for that finished room post in three years!

Now to paint the rest of the room a color to better show off the blush...one choice leads to another change. I'm bad about that. Look for that finished room post in three years!

Using trends in your house

It's your house. You can do whatever you want. We wanted to make a beautiful spectacle, and we did. We used a bold choice to override the ugly, simple truth about us–we watch television. It was a big choice, but it wasn't a hard one for us because it was easy to undo. It took a day to plot and create the chevron wall, and it took a day to prime and paint over it. It's okay to try things in your home that you may not love forever, and it can feel really exciting to do it. I recommend it! But you want to weigh how long you'll love it with the work and money it would take to undo it.

For example, I cannot undo painting my house sea foam green easily or cheaply. I will love it until I am no longer in my home (if that day comes) because it's a pretty color, it's era-appropriate for my house, and I think spending days and days and days and days painting it made me bond with it in a way only mothers and babies can understand. And it's a good thing because it's expensive to have your house exterior painted and time-consuming AND expensive if you do it yourself. 

There was a moment in our lives when we tried to get good at pull-ups. That worn spot on the trim is from a pull-up bar. I think it shows a nice history of our wellness efforts as a couple.

There was a moment in our lives when we tried to get good at pull-ups. That worn spot on the trim is from a pull-up bar. I think it shows a nice history of our wellness efforts as a couple.

I force my baby daughter to stand or sit in this corner for daily photographs of her. She leads a great life. Oh, and did you notice I moved that artwork?

I force my baby daughter to stand or sit in this corner for daily photographs of her. She leads a great life. Oh, and did you notice I moved that artwork?

Blush pink is the new white

My husband says pink is the new white. I am certain he read that somewhere really cool. When we decided we were done with the chevron wall, we had to determine what our new look would be. We still have the issue of needing our wall to be so beautiful and interesting that our TV seems like small beans. Blush pink got called to duty. So pretty, so sweet, so pink, so calm, so lovely, so great a color with our other living room colors–it's perfect. Somehow our pink wall is so many things that are wonderful that the TV bows to its glory. 

We plan to put a fresh coat of white paint on the other living room walls and hang artwork that will nestle so gently against that baby shade of pink. Goodnight and good-day I am so excited to be near this gorgeous color!

Yes, our new rug sheds. But it is INSANELY soft. It's from Loloi Rugs...which we can source for you!

Yes, our new rug sheds. But it is INSANELY soft. It's from Loloi Rugs...which we can source for you!

We wear jean jackets in our family. You?

We wear jean jackets in our family. You?

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Pin this guy for later!

 

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