December 30, 2017

Decking the Halls! 2017 Holiday House Tour

With the new year just around the corner and our last week of holiday break coming to a close, we're beginning to clean up the house and wanted to take a quick pause to share some of our favorite photos from how we "decked" the halls this year.

December 22, 2017

Modern Farmhouse: DIY Gold Eucalyptus Place Settings

This time of year I'm looking for any excuse to bring a touch of shimmer into our home and quick projects with a big impact are topping my list. Tis the season!

December 13, 2017

It's Tree Time!

This past weekend we ventured out to choose this year's Christmas tree. We ended up bringing home a 9 footer, the largest we've ever managed to accommodate in our space — insert praise hands for the high ceilings that come with historic homes.

November 30, 2017

Our Master Bedroom Transformation: Final Reveal

Over the past year we've undergone a series of restorations and a full redesign in our master bedroom — and we couldn't be more excited to say this space is finally complete! Can you hear the excitement? If you're curious (or just want to see some good "before" pics), we detailed the entire restoration bits of the room in this post and created a mood board with all the background details on the inspiration for the design in this post.

November 24, 2017

Nov-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit | Sales Edition!

Today we've been curled up with stretchy pants on, recovering from yesterday's festivities and getting an early start on our holiday shopping — a pretty nice way to spend my big 35 if I don't say so myself (that and birthday cake).

Partaking in the excitement of post-Thanksgiving weekend sales is an annual tradition in our household and this year it's been all about avoiding the crowds and shopping small. Today we've rounded up a series of festive finds from shops participating in Etsy's cyber week event and are sharing the details on a special sale we're running in the jewelry shop now through December 1st.

Whether it be a personalized memento or an unexpected surprise, we've found gift ideas sure to please even those hard to buy for peeps. You know who you are — cheers!


November 6, 2017

Our Master Bedroom Transformation: Demo & Restoration

A few weeks back Mary shared the inspiration behind how we've been rethinking our master bedroom, which you'll see a sneak peek of in the photo below. Before we share all the photos from the transformation of the space, I wanted to detail out each of the restorative repairs that went into the process. If you are on the fence about owning a 100-year-old historic home, today's post might just help in the decision making...

October 30, 2017

Octob-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit

There's nothing quite like the season of October — the scents and flavors are unmistakable, along with a touch of haunt and nostalgia for family traditions. This month's Etsy edit welcomes the chill in the air, and cozier times ahead. Enjoy!

October 23, 2017

The New CJS is Open! Must See Wholesale Vintage Jewelry Supply Warehouse

Wholesale vintage lockets, CJS Sales
On our most recent trip to NYC, I stopped into one of my very favorite supply warehouses for one of a kind jewelry components, CJS Sales. This time last year I was posting about the liquidation sale in preparation for their big move — well, they've just opened the doors to a newly opened location and I couldn't wait to check out the new space. 

Today I'm excited to share pics of the vintage treasures I brought back home, along with a peek into the new suite for anyone thinking about making a visit.

October 1, 2017

Halloween How To: Make a DIY Concrete Pumpkin

This year, we've introduced a new friendly face among the bunch of fall decor out front. Can you spot it?

September 23, 2017

Sept-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit

September brings with it the return to autumn, perhaps our very favorite season of all. There's a marked shift in the air and promise of cozier days ahead. This month's Etsy Edit gives a welcome nod to hunkering down, extra layers, warmer hues, gift ideas for the home and a special shout out to pie season. Happy fall, y'all!

September 11, 2017

Our Master Bedroom Transformation: Inspiration & Design

Over the last year, we've made some repairs and improvements to our master bedroom. Now in the stretches of feeling like it's in a final state, we're ready to share all the details behind the transformation of one of our favorite spaces.

September 5, 2017

Road Tripping: Visiting Kinston, North Carolina

We recently made a mid-week road trip down to Kinston, North Carolina. It was a bit of a final farewell to summer and spontaneous for us — today we wanted to share some of the highlights and our favorite snaps from our stay here on the blog.

August 28, 2017

Before & After: Painting Our Carriage House

We recently gave the facade of our carriage house out back a quick update and boy is she looking sweet! Since updating the front of our house with a paint refresh this past autumn, we've wanted to update this back space to match.

August 21, 2017

Aug-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit

This month's Etsy Edit gives a nod to the push and pull that August inevitably brings — lingering summer heat that begs for an early autumn, a back to class (gotta get organized!) mentality, the return of football and a chance to witness this month's once in a lifetime total solar eclipse. From celestial treasures and the healing powers of salt water to tropical motifs and clever organizers, cheers to soaking in every last drop that these final days of summer have to give.

August 16, 2017

Dog Birthday Cake Recipe: Meatloaf & Veggies

Last week we celebrated Basil's 7th birthday and spoiled every last ounce of him with a homemade meatloaf cake complete with sweet potato frosting and edible toppings. This dog-friendly cake appears perfectly sweet from the outside, yet is made primarily from savory ingredients.

August 14, 2017

All About Basil: A Birthday "Pupdate"

It's hard to believe our big guy is 7 years old. His birthday was this past Friday and we've been joking all week that he's finally caught up to me (in his 50's if we calculate by human years).

August 7, 2017

Summer's Bounty: A 2017 Garden Update

With summer in full swing, we've got quite the garden bounty coming in and have rounded up a few photos to share how our little city plot (and the raised beds!) have taken shape this season.

July 31, 2017

On The Road: Making Memories in WV + TN

We're fresh off the heels from a roadtrip through West Virginia and Tennessee filled with winding roads, mountain views, and small town charm. Now back home and with a few days under our belts for unpacking and unwinding, we've rounded up a few of our favorite photos to share — along with highlights from the trip if you'd like to see what we've been up to...

July 21, 2017

On the Road: Your WV, TN & NC Recommendations!

Hello Friends! We're in the midst of planning for a few summer trips on the horizon, specifically in Charleston, West Virginia; Cleveland, Tennessee; and Kinston, North Carolina.

While we've nailed down a few destinations in each area, we'll be making roadtrips out of these upcoming excursions and would love additional recommendations — either in town, en route from VA or nearby stops worth wandering off the beaten path for...

July 17, 2017

DIY Cake Topper: A Graduation Hooray!

This time last month we were celebrating Brandon's college graduation with a party here at home. We hosted an informal backyard BBQ and added DIY decorations to help make the space feel a bit more festive. One of my very favorite touches was the homemade cake topper to help dress up the table.

July 11, 2017

July-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit

This month's Etsy Edit honors the trademarks of July in the South — summer heat worthy of worshiping strappy ditties, indoor activities for afternoons inside (shout out to those with kids out of school) and a touch of sparkle-r in celebration of America's birthday. From decor with a fresh new twist to gift ideas fit for every last summer celebration, here's to all the season ahead brings!

July 3, 2017

DIY Graduation Decorations: Party Sticks & Photo Garland

The weekend before last we celebrated Brandon's college graduation here at the house. In preparation for the big day, I'd put together a couple fun decorations to make the house feel a bit more festive — and poke a little fun at the same time...

June 19, 2017

Hooray! Brandon's Graduation Party

Over the weekend we threw a party in honor of Brandon's recent college graduation. It was such a fun day and big milestone — and today we're rounding up some of our favorite snaps from the occasion if you'd like to come take a look...

June 12, 2017

June-Etsy: Our Father's Day Gift Guide

This month's Etsy edit goes out to all the dads in honor of Father's Day. From sentimental keepsakes and small wonders to sweets with a hint of sauce — and even a shout out to the pet dads, we've rounded up a batch of gift ideas fit for our favorite guys!

June 5, 2017

So Much to Celebrate!

The last several weeks have been filled with milestones in our family — we have lots to be thankful and excited for not only in the here & now, but looking forward as well...

May 28, 2017

May-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit

May is in full bloom around here — that time of year just before the southern heat (and humidity) kicks into high gear and the neighborhood is busy with porch sitters, sidewalk joggers and friendly pooches to say hello to on our walks with Basil.

By day, you'll find me scouring the depths of the Etsy marketplace discovering new shops and emerging trends. In the spirit of sharing, every so often it's fun to round up some our latest finds — and with summer just in view, May has us ready for long weekends, outdoor time and a little more light left in the day...

May 15, 2017

Landscaping with Herbs: A Lavender Lined Walk

We've been tackling quite a few weekend-sized home projects since the spring weather has kicked in, one of which includes a little refresh of our front sidewalk...

April 24, 2017

April-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit

April showers bring May flowers — the age old saying has been right around Virginia this month!

By day, you'll find me scouring the depths of the Etsy marketplace discovering new shops and emerging trends. In the spirit of sharing, every so often it's fun to round up some our latest finds — and with spring in full swing, we know and love April for its milder weather, and hopes for a bountiful garden in the summer months to come.

April 17, 2017

Vacation Snaps: Cancun, Mexico

This time last month we were just off the heels of our annual self-imposed spring break in Mexico. Today we've collected a few of our favorite snaps from the trip to share if you care to see...

March 16, 2017

March-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit

In keeping with the milder weather, this March has come in more like a lamb and is just now beginning to roar like the lion we know and love (instead of the other way around)...

By day, you'll find me scouring the depths of the Etsy marketplace discovering new shops and emerging trends. In the spirit of sharing, every so often it's fun to round up some our latest finds — with spring just on the horizon, March is notoriously a time we're beginning to think about the outdoor projects we've been wanting to tackle, itching to get early plantings in the ground and just generally looking forward to the bright season ahead.

February 13, 2017

Sending Out an SOS: Hunting Dog Garden Statues

Today's post is a bit of a call for assistance — in the form of, "we've looked everywhere and can't seem to uncover where a pair of these hunting dog statues can be found." Alas, in our fruitless hunt we're putting out a collective call (in our best Police voices) for your knowledge on all things dog statue related...

February 1, 2017

Feb-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit

February hints at a promise of spring ahead and brings a touch of heart right along. By day, you'll find me scouring the depths of the Etsy marketplace discovering new shops and emerging trends. In the spirit of sharing, every so often it's fun to round up some our latest finds — this month is all about cupid's touch, clever helpers and a few unexpected wonders. Cheers to something a little sweet this month!

January 23, 2017

No-Bake Dog Treats: Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter & Oats

These sweet little dog treats are so quick to make, come together with three completely natural ingredients (peanut butter, oats and sweet potato) and require no baking time. They take shape well in most any silicone ice mold — our go-to choice is usually hearts in honor of showing our big guy a little love!

January 16, 2017

Before & After: Painting our Historic Home in RVA

We recently updated the exterior of our home with a complete front door restoration, new gutter system, porch repairs and a fresh coat of paint — suffice it to say, we're feeling all shiny & new! This particular update has been a few years in the making (and completed in stages), so we've been excited to share the before and after photos along with a rundown of the background details here on the blog.

January 10, 2017

Over on eHow: Homemade Apple Butter

Back in autumn, I brought home a bushel of apples as Mary and I set out to make this year's batches of homemade applesauce and apple butter. While both can be found in the grocery store I fondly remember both versions of my grandmothers. Who knew how surprisingly simple they are to make at home using only a handful of natural ingredients?

January 4, 2017

Jan-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit

January is a time for peering out through the post-holiday haze, a time for self reflection, pairing down and new possibilities. It's a season for hunkering down, cozying up and enveloping ouselves in all that winter has to offer — this January even we're hoping for a first snow here in Richmond.

By day, you'll find me scouring the depths of the Etsy marketplace discovering new shops and emerging trends. In the spirit of sharing, every so often it's fun to round up some our latest finds — this month is all about helpful organizers, sweet accessories, a sense of renewal and something a little spicy just for a little kick in the new year. This January is looking anything but bleak...

January 1, 2017

New Beginnings: Our 2017 Goals & Resolutions

Laguardia Airport floor, December 2016

The start to January is a classic time we take to sit down, reflect on the previous year and begin putting our minds to what we want from the year ahead. While these posts tend to be more wordy and robust, they've become some of our personal favorites to scroll back on and see where we were at the time — along with what we were thinking, planning and dreaming of for the year ahead.
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