Thursday, July 21, 2016


Hey Friends!

I hope you enjoyed meeting Mallory from Style Your Senses and Eliesa from Pinterest Addict this week, I'm so grateful to them both for filling in for me and sharing their favorite projects with you while my family and I are on vacation.  (If you missed their posts, catch up with Mallory here and Eliesa here.)

I'm signing off for the rest of the week as we wrap up our vacation, look forward to seeing you all next week (if we can tear ourselves away from this beautiful place!)!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Happy Wednesday everyone!  While we're vacationing this week I've invited a few of my blog friends to guest host here by sharing their all-time favorite 5 posts or projects with us.  Today in Red River, several in our group (not me) set off on a vigourous hike to reach the summit of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico at over 13,000 feet, and come back down all in a day. (I'll participate in a less strenuous hike on another day-I'm more of a nature walk kind of girl than big hard hiker).  Those of us who stayed behind are planning a horseback ride (much more fun in my book!).  I'll plan a big trip report all about Red River when we return.  It's a WONDERFUL summer family destination!

Earlier this week Mallory from Style Your Senses was here, and today I'm happy to introduce you to Eliesa from Pinterest Addict.  Eliesa is a fairly new to me friend, but she's been around Pinterest for sure!  I realized as I perused her projects that in the past I had seen many of them as crazy popular pins on Pinterest, but I never put two and two together that she was the brains behind those projects!  Eliesa has a big family (human and furry!) and blogs about a variety of topics.  I know you'll find some things that will inspire your creativity, so here's Eliesa to share her favorites with us!

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Hi there! I'm Eliesa, from the blog Pinterest Addict. Most of the time on my blog, I share results from pins I've tried from Pinterest and lots of my own projects - and just a tiny bit of my life with four kids, 10 pets and a new house. We just adopted two little girls from the foster care system, so lately I've been writing about those experiences too. I'm so excited that Jennifer asked me to share my 5 favorite posts with you. In no particular order here they are...

DIY Herringbone Headboard My husband and I made this headboard for our son, and it's still one of my very favorite things we've ever done. I love that it has different colored wood stains, so it can work in just about any room we put it in. I love that he always is quick to point out to his friends that his parents made it for him when they say how awesome it is.

How to make a Herringbone Headboard

The post that put me on the map was when I used fabric spray paint to paint this chair instead of trying to reupholster it myself. I had only just started blogging, and Pinterest was still so new, that the post took off. To this day, it's still one of my most popular pins on Pinterest.

Tulip Fabric Spray Paint in Teal made the makeover of this chair so easy!

My favorite room in our house is our guest bathroom. Do you know how sometimes budgets, space, time restraints make it impossible to follow our vision? This was one of the few times I was able to pull off exactly what I had envisioned in my mind. It's a hit at parties too - our guests think it's funny that the artwork is staring at them... :P

Guest Bathroom After - black walls, marble floors and an artwork gallery.
The dinosaur bookends that we made for my daughter (she's studying to be a paleontologist) are perhaps the favorite handmade gifts I've ever given. My daughter loves books and dinosaurs, so this was the perfect gift - and super easy to make too.

How to make dinosaur bookends
And finally, our faux carriage garage doors have been a pretty popular post too. I found the hardware for just a few bucks, and painted on the windows - and created some instant curb appeal. I'm always amazed at how the smallest projects offer the most bang for the buck...

Carriage Garage Door - After
So that's it. My five favorite posts from my blog. I'd love for you to check out the rest sometime. Thanks Jennifer for inviting me to share with your readers!

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OK, can we just discuss how fabulous that bathroom gallery is?  And I've already showed my husband the "carriage" garage doors, ours are similar and we might be able to totally pull off a similar look!  I especially loved this recent post of Eliesa's, because I'm in the same boat right now too!  #29daysuntilschoolstarts

Be sure to spend some time getting to know Eliesa at Pinterest Addict today.  Thank you, Eliesa, for sharing your favorite projects with us today while I'm away!

If you've missed any of my former guests in the My Favorite 5 series, catch up here:

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Monday, July 18, 2016


I mentioned in my last rambling post that my family is on vacation, we're relaxing and doing a lot of nothing in beautiful Red River, New Mexico this week.  Several years ago I started a guest post series called "My Favorite 5" (not to be confused with the other monthly series that started this year "My Five Favorites"...close names, but different themes!)  where I invited a fellow blogger to share 5 of their all time favorite posts or projects with us.  I thought it would be fun to revive that series with a few special guests this week while we're away.  I hope you meet some new friends and are inspired by some of the projects they share with us this week.  

Today I'm thrilled that my super sweet, amazingly talented, and oh-so-chic friend Mallory from Style Your Senses agreed to be my guest.   Mallory has been a friend for several years and it's been my privilege to hang out with her in person on several occasions, and let me tell you, this girl has it together!  I'm constantly impressed with her poise and kindness, and she can put together a room or an outfit like nobody's business.  So... meet Mallory, I know you'll immediately fall in love with her style, too!

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Hiya! I'm Mallory from Style Your Senses and I'm just tickled to be here with you today while Jennifer is gone. First, can we just pause for a minute and talk about how amazing Jennifer is??! I've spent a lot of time with her now and she's even more beautiful, funny and overall just a great person in real life. I'm super flattered that she thought of me to be here while she's off on vacation!

So here's the short...I'm Mallory...30-something, mama, wifey, creator, do-er and usually running around Charlotte like a chicken with my head cut off and a Starbucks in my hand. Style Your Senses if a Life + Style blog where I share what I'm wearing, how I'm decorating our home, and daily musings about our life in North Carolina. If you want the long version of that SEE HERE. I believe that great style doesn't have to cost a fortune and creating a beautiful, well styled life can absolutely be done on ANY budget. I blog about a mix of things, so my favorite 5 are a little all over the place, but I feel like they represent a great view of the blog as a whole. So here we go, my favorite (more recent) 5 posts:

#1 : Meet My Mom | An interview my mama and showing off her adorable style!

In honor of Mother's Day this year, I invited my mom to join me on the blog for an interview about all things motherhood. She also (against her will...hehe) got in front of the camera to show off her adorable Fashion Over 50 Style...proving that you don't have to sacrifice cute style with age.

Fashion in your 30's and fashion over 50 | An interview with my mom

#2: Tips for Packing for Long Trips | What I pack and why...

Just a few weeks ago my daughter and I headed home to Louisiana for two weeks and I decided to change my over packing ways. I shared my tips and tricks for packing efficiently, while still giving yourself plenty of options. I managed to get 15 outfits for myself, 15 for my daughter, beach gear, over 10 pair of shoes combined and lots of toddler essentials for TWO weeks into ONE checked bag, two carryon's and my purse. It was such a relief to feel organized. Also, you need the details on this monogrammed carry-on...everyone thinks it's Louis Vuitton ;)

packing tips for a long trip

#3 Master Bedroom Reveal | Transforming our Master and stepping out of my colorful comfort zone!

This past Fall, I took our "builder beige" Master bedroom and transformed it into a bright, airy and calming sanctuary for us to relax in every night. I'm normally one that gravitates towards lots of color and, for this project, I totally went the opposite way with lots of muted tones, pale blues and whites. It was scary at first because I felt it might be boring, but it's proven to definitely be the right decision for this space!

master bedroom, calming, one room challenge, bamboo, monogram, art

#4 One Classic Summer Dress: Two Ways | Showing how versatile a good Little Black Dress can be!

I posted this just a few weeks ago, but it was really popular on the blog. This classic summer black dress is such a cute fit, that's just a little flowy but still flattering and can be dressed up or down. I showed the versatility of the dress by styling it for a casual summer day or dressing it up for a Summer date night!

A little black dress perfect for casual summer weather

#5 Office + Playroom Combo | Showing how I combined the spaces for more functionality

Working at home isn't always super easy when you don't have a defined space that allows you to feel creative. It also isn't super easy when you also work for a 3 year old ;) I decided to put our bonus room to good use and transform it into a a creative space where both my daughter and I could love and enjoy together!

office, playroom, creative space, kilim rug, organization, glam, boho

playroom, kids space, stylish playroom, media room, organization, storage

This glam office space will definitely inspire you to create.

Thank you guys so much for having me today and thank you Jennifer for letting me hi-jack your blog! I hope that you'll visit me at Style Your Senses and find me on Instagram @styleyoursenses !

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Aren't you just in love with Mallory's style?  How cute is she with her Mom?  Looking at everything I brought with us this week, I definitely need to put some of her packing tips to use, and can you even believe that playroom/office?  Whoa, it's pretty!  Please make sure to stop by and visit her, you'll also adore her patio makeover, the darling "Tea for Two" birthday party that she hosted for her cutie-pie daughter, and this dress is one of my favorites on her.  Thank you Mallory for sharing with us today!

If you've missed any of my former guests in the My Favorite 5 series, catch up here:

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