We had the menu tasting for our future wedding reception last night! It was so nice to go back to our venue together again. It was a very cold day but the sunset was beautiful! Favorite dishes of the night include tenderloin, kimchi salad, and mini chocolate chip cookies. They have their own wood fire oven for pizzas so we got to try some blue cheese flatbreads too! Yum. I don't have pictures of all the food because the photos didn't look quite as appetizing in the dark! So far I've sent save the dates, ordered invites, booked the location and photographer, met with a florist, tasted our food, and gotten a dress! Why do I still feel like a bad bride? :) Still a long to-do list!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Just finished buying my gifts yesterday, but I thought I'd throw out some inspiration boards like last year! Clockwise; 1. West Elm Mugs 2. Anine Bing Ring 3. Companie De Provence Soaps 4. Dean and Deluca Cloud Cookies 5. Copper Etched Leather Pouch
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Remember the middle room? Probably not! I haven't mentioned much about our third bedroom because it hasn't been much of anything, even after we redid the floors two months ago. Just a reminder- I got a little crazy and pulled up the carpet in the middle bedroom to find wood floors underneath. This was the motivation to get the floors sanded and stained. After we did this, the room stayed empty with nothing but a desk and a computer for at least a month. Budget and lack of time kept the room from being completed. While I had already painted the room before the wood floors were discovered, I hadn't hung curtains or found any furniture for it. It still had mini blinds... eek! I wanted a daybed for that room, or a couch, but a daybed seemed practical (comfortable, less expensive) because it can be used to sleep in or as a lounging spot for watching movies or searching the web. However, did you know daybeds are also really expensive? My first choice was a french inspired one by Elegance at Layla Grayce, and my second choice was from Ballard. Unfortunately I didn't have an extra $1,000-2,000 sitting around for a rainy day, so I kept searching for one under $500 before I got serious about buying one. I found one on Joss & Main I wanted for $400 but you can't return orders from their events, and with a mattress purchase it'd still be over $500. I considered Ikea, which surprisingly didn't have any as cheap as I'd imagined, but I was worried it wouldn't be sturdy enough anyway. I finally settled on an "Indonesian Daybed" from World Market because they had 25% off furniture and I could return it if I didn't like it. Plus, they had it on reign check and out of stock for about a month so it bought me some time. It's finally here and I am somewhat pleased. I like the shape and the depth... haven't bought a mattress for it yet. I had a dream the other night that I painted it. I am not used to dark pieces but I'm getting used to it. As for the bedding, it will eventually be H&M linens and pillows that all match. As for now it's any random pillow and cover I could find because I don't have a pillow budget right now. As for curtains, I had planned on hanging curved rods but couldn't find any, so I used some mismatched spare rods that I had in the closet and some hand-me-down Ikea curtains (Linda) from my mom. This room houses our computer so I sewed some window covers to come up halfway on the windows for privacy since I don't usually even like closing curtains and blocking natural light. Just used linen fabric from Joann's. The rug is a random I grabbed from Pier 1 that was intended for the kitchen. The desk is an old purchase from West Elm. The dresser is from a garage sale- it used to be lime green but I painted it with leftover Benjamin Moore paint. The odd lamp was $25 from Pottery Barn Outlet, and the decor bits are from Round Top, Home Goods (!) and a local store called Back Home.
Once my fiance and I were watching Million Dollar Listing New York and this 20-something girl buying a very expensive apartment overlooking Central Park called her spare bedroom a KiKi room. The agent asked her what that meant, and she said it's a room where you listen to music, hang out, and get ready to party! We thought that was funny, so until we have kids or need that room for something practical, we just call it our KiKi room. It's the first time we've had a third bedroom, so we feel lucky to have a KiKi room of our own!
New ceiling fan
More permanent decor/rugs
Doorknob for the door that doesn't have one
Saturday, November 2, 2013
The other half of our road trip was spent with family in Little Rock, Arkansas. Little Rock is full of beautiful historic homes, as well as small shops and local restaurants. The second to last photo is of the Governor's Mansion. Over the years it seems like more young people are moving there and making it a more vibrant place to live. Or maybe it just seemed more vibrant because of the cool front that had just come in, who knows! There was a nice garage sale across the street on the first morning where I got a pretty bird print, some old fashioned fruit place mats, and a porcelain teacup nightlight. We stopped by a local farmers market and ate at our favorite restaurant twice for breakfast. The Root Cafe! We also tried a neat place for dinner called Nachez (the chef is originally from Naches, Mississippi). During this part of the trip we got to eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. On the second day we stopped by the Oscar de la Renta show at the Clinton Library. The dresses pictured were worn by Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, and Sarah Jessica Parker! The next day we did a little shopping at the Little Rock Anthropologie. When I walk into Anthros in other cities I always think... this is so much more exciting than the one back home! Does that ever happen to you?
Monday, October 28, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
We just got back from a little road trip to Little Rock and Nashville. We'd been planning on getting up to Little Rock to visit my aunt to talk about the wedding since she is officiating. We decided to tack on a visit to Nashville for a few nights because we had driven through last year and thought it seemed like a place we'd like to spend more time. We had planned on booking a B&B there, but they were full by the time we got around to making plans. Instead, we found a house in East Nashville to rent on Airbnb. It was our first time staying in a vacation rental home, so we learned several things for the future. Most of the affordable rentals we saw online were condos, and I think I'd rather just stay in a hotel if I was going to stay in a place downtown without a lot of green space. We found this house though that was about the same price as we would have paid for a room at the B&Bs so we decided to book it even though it was a 3 bedroom house and we are just 2 people! Glad we did, because it's nice to have the privacy of coming and going that you don't always get at a hotel. Also, we drove so we had to have our car close by so we could grab stuff out of it every now and then. Loved the furniture at the rental! On the downside, I got really scared the second night because I accidentally discovered the scary basement. We stayed up later than intended listening to the floors creaking eerily. I enjoyed the area we were in, lots of cute shops and restaurants, so that was definitely a positive to booking the house. The only other con was that the bathroom was kind of dingy and didn't have a window- something no one on the reviews had mentioned. Just wanted to give you an idea of the good and the bad in case anyway was considering booking a vacation rental and hadn't experienced it yet. Overall I would do it again because of the privacy, the space, and to get a taste of living in the city! I'll post more about Little Rock after- just wanted to break up the posts because there are so many photos. Things we did in Nashville- ate at Husk and Lockeland Table, shopped in 12 South area, browsed antiques, drove around sightseeing, walked, went to parks, and rested. We took a tour of Belle Meade Plantation, and on the way home we drove down Chickering Rd. because I had read that is where some of the most expensive real estate in the city is located. During this drive we discovered Percy Warner Park, where we found a really magical spot to take some photos for the blog.