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Our Living Room {Update}

It should come as no surprise that I'm in full-on nesting mode with a baby on the way. When we purchased our condo and I did an initial tour here on the blog, I knew there were a lot of changes that I wanted to make! One of the first was getting rid of our Ikea couch. It worked for us for awhile but it wasn't very comfortable and it was small! I thought picking a new couch would be easy, but in all honesty, it took forever! We wavered so much! Sectional or no? Grey or natural linen? Chaise or no chaise? It was agony! However, I have to say, I'm so pleased with our final decision to get this grey sectional from Haverty's. The rug is from RugsUSA and the mirror is from IKEA. Blue and Gray Living RoomBlue and Gray Living Room

I found this console table for a steal from Burlington Coat Factory and decorated it with odds and ends from Home Goods. The picture is from Ross and the small sheepskin rug is from IKEA. Eventually I’d like to get two square ottomans to go under the console table and a small chair for in front of the fireplace. I’d also like to get a round ottoman — I love this tufted one from Pier1 and of course, curtains.

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This room is definitely a work in progress but it's come a long way!

See pictures of how our living room used to look here.

Shop these products: Songe mirror | Amalfi sectional | Erosion Rug |

What's on your to do list for your living room? 

New Home Tour

So most of you guys know that I moved this past weekend!! We bought a condo and I love it! I thought you might like a peak at what it looks like now that we're all moved in! Enjoy! Hey-Guys

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I just have to pause for a second and say how excited I am about this bed! It's new! We got it a few months ago but decided to wait to unwrap it until we moved; it felt so good to finally pull off that plastic! My plan is to paint the walls a deep grey, add nightstands (we need a new dresser too) and hang textured curtains. We've also got a gorgeous trellis rug on the way for this room! I can't wait to see it come together. Eek!

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As you can see we haven't unpacked our second bedroom. We plan to make this room into an office (see my other offices here and here) and I'm really excited to see it come together as well!

Of course, we have a few projects planned, from putting up crown molding to installing a mantel and even a washer/dryer; getting new living room furniture and a new, handmade farmhouse-style dining table. However, for now, we're just enjoying this place as-is, which I have to say, is more than good enough for us!

Any advice for us, as new home owners?

How do you prioritize house projects? 

Oh, and ps: Rocky wants to play fetch now! :)

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My New Home Office

"There's no place like home."

SONY DSCIf you guys followed my old blog, you know I put a lot of energy into revamping the space to suit our style. Then, we moved! (Go figure!) I love change so the move didn't bother me that much (actually, I was excited to decorate a new space!) but, things never move along fast enough and a space never really feels done. Well, I finally decided it was time to share my new home office - done or not.

We share a townhouse and the bottom level is our domain. I setup the desk by our sliding glass doors because I love the natural light that comes in. There's only one other window in the downstairs so this is prime real estate. I hope to share more of our home with you soon! In the meantime, here's a peak at where I do a lot of my blogging:

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My collage of printed 4x4 instagrams is a DIY project that took on a life of it's own... it was supposed to be an inspiration board with cards and such, but I got carried away with Printicular, a fairly new app that allows you to print instagram photos at a nearby Walgreens within the hour! I love it! The base is an old frame and I used twine and mini clothespins to hang the photos; the tassels are leftover decor from my Valentine's Day themed girl's night!

The "Be Still" print is one of my other favorite office details. It was sent to me by wedding planner extroadaire Jacin of Lovely Little Details. I've been following her blog since before she got married and since before she started planning weddings... I heart the woman and totally envy her work! Thank you for this lovely print, Jacqin! I treasure it!

So there you have it, my new home office! You can see the old office here.

What's your home office look like? Do you have any favorite office details?

Do you display your instagrams? Have you heart of Printicular?

Behind the Scenes {Fit for a Bride Studio Office} & How Your Living Space May be Affecting Your Health

Happy Friday eve, y'all! I've got a treat for today: a little behind-the-scenes look at my home office! Since this week has been about me sharing my life--my weight loss story, my wedding, and how I started blogging--I figured it'd be fun to share a glimpse of my living space! Aaron and I have lived in a small one-bedroom apartment since we got married (that's almost 2 years now) and making our little house a home (or "nesting" as some like to say) has been so fun! It's been a learning experience, too, as splitting household chores and blending aesthetic preferences isn't always easy! Hello married life!

Now, I know everyone doesn't move in with their mate after the wedding (some of y'all live together before, and that's cool too!), but we did it the traditional way, and let me tell ya: those first few months, our place was stuffed to the brim with so. much. stuff. It was a combination of his 30 years and my 27 years all under one roof and it wasn't pretty-- a lot of hand-me-down furniture, old books, old papers, way too many sheets and towels, a lot of clothes, shoes, and throw blankets. Just a lot!

After about a year of living with all that stuff, I couldn't take it anymore. I read this and decided it was time to give our apartment a 'healthy' overhaul! We started by clearing out the big stuff- a huge desk in the corner we never used; an oversized dresser doubling as a TV stand (that thing was massive!). Then we tackled all of our little piles! Piles of paper mostly, but I'll admit: I had a lot of knick knacks too. Finally, we bought shelving from Ikea and organized what was leftover...

Here's where I tell you this is about your health: in my opinion, the stuff we surround ourselves with, just like the food we eat, has an impact on our health! Those old clothes we keep jammed up in our drawers, the junky cabinets in our kitchen, and old papers--all of it affects how we feel each day. I remember the morning after I cleaned out my closet-- I had the biggest 'ah ha' moment... I thought, "WOW! It's so nice to walk into a clean, organized closet! Why didn't I do this sooner? After all- this is the first place I step foot into in the morning!" How do you feel when you get home from work? Are you relaxed, or is there a big pile of mail nagging at you?

The bottom line is this: being healthy isn't about the way we look; it isn't about how much we weigh- it's about how we FEEL.

I wanted to feel inspired and relaxed in our apartment. I didn't want the stuff of year's past to weigh me down, and not only that: I needed a place to blog! I needed a place to stretch and do yoga. I needed a space conducive to my dreams!

So without further ado, here's what I'm calling the Fit for a Bride studio (aka, a big chunk of my living room)! Let me know what you think! Oh, and keep scrolling to see a before and after picture of our apartment!

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Alright, here's the before and after!

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You can see more of the before and after photos here.

Looking back, I believe that gutting our apartment led the way for me to begin this blog--clearing out the old made way for the new! It sounds cliche, but trust me!  Or, better yet, try it! See if you don't feel instantly energized, inspired and accomplished  (all of that!) after cleaning out a junk drawer or ditching some old papers!

I highly suggest you start this process now! At least ask yourself how your living space makes you feel?

Thanks again for reading!

Sources: The tablevases, and chair are from Ikea; the coffee mug is from Crate & Barrel; the wall color is Restoration Hardware- Silver Sage; and the framed print is from the National Storytelling Festival (We got engaged in 2009- read about Aaron’s proposal here)! Oh, and the apples are real!