Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hermann Getaway Weekend

I mentioned on Friday that we were headed to Hermann, Missouri for a friends wedding. We had a wonderful time! We stayed at a cute little B&B called Meyer’s Hilltop Farm. It was just outside of town but it felt like it was nestled away in the middle of the country. The owners, Maggie and Eldon, are super sweet and chatty and Maggie made everyone a delicious breakfast both mornings.

The house was decorated with antiques and country collectables, which wasn’t really my style but I guess that’s what you get with a B&B. I loved the outside of the home and the property though. It had a huge front porch from where we could watch the hummingbirds, an old-fashioned hammock, lots of flowers and huge trees, an old barn, and even an old hollowed-out tree on the road up to the house.

It was super affordable too: the attached suite is $120 a night and the two bedrooms inside the house are only $80. What a great deal!


B and B collage

humming birds




cabin 2


B and B collage 2

We had a little time Saturday to sample some wines at Stone Hill before the wedding on Saturday, and Sunday we went back to tour the property before visiting Adam Puchta winery. I’ll be back later this week with photos from that part of the trip, stay tuned!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! Here are a few things I’m loving right now.



I’m loving green smoothies lately. If you’re a newbie Simple Green Smoothies has everything you need to get into the trend, and if you want to get a little more intense try signing up for their 30 Day Challenge. I’m sort of doing it now, and by sort of I mean I’ve been very inconsistent.

Although I’ve tried many combinations so far, here’s one of my very favorites:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 T. ground flaxseed
  • 3 ice cubes

If you don’t have a fancy blender (I use an inexpensive Oster blender) make sure to follow a couple tips: blend the spinach and milk first so you don’t have any spinach chunks, and defrost the frozen fruit for 30 seconds so it’s easy to blend but still cold. Enjoy!



I absolutely adore Mindy Kaling,so I was thrilled to come across this article called “Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Mindy Kaling” on Hello Giggles.  If you love Mindy even half as much as I do you owe it to yourself to read this article. Even if you don’t particularly care for her, give it a read: she has some great tips for being a smart, strong woman.



All the free printables on Oh So Lovely. Audrey’s a local girl who has created a ton of beautiful art that’s available for anyone to print and display for free! One of my favorites is this “You Are Beautiful” print, but there are many other wonderful options to choose from.



The Nordstrom Anniversary sale. So many good deals! I am in dire need of new tennis shoes so I’m thinking about getting these Nike shoes. They’re super cute and only $67 (marked down from $110). I also really love these Kendra Scott earrings that are on sale for only $34, though I definitely don’t need them.

shoes and earrings




photo via Experience Hermann

To Hermann, Missouri. One of Ben’s good friends from college is getting married there on Saturday so it’s the perfect reason to get away for the weekend. Hermann is a really cute small town about 3 hours east of Kansas City that’s known for its many wineries. We’re staying at a little B&B for the weekend and we’re planning to check out one or two wineries before we head to the wedding. Should be a great time!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Eight Mirrors Under $300

Mirrors are a great design tool, and a really special and unique mirror can make the room. If you need proof, look at these gorgeous photos:


via House Beautiful


via Centsational Girl


via Recently

There are a lot of beautiful mirrors out there that range in price anywhere from $20 bucks to $2000 and up, but most of us can’t afford to spend anywhere close to the top of that range. Here are eight lovely mirrors in a variety of styles and all under $300. They’re all pretty substantial in size as well: I think the smallest is 32” in diameter and the largest is 46” tall.


From top left: Champagne Burst Mirror, Pier 1, $103* / Gold Medallions Mirror, Pier 1, $225* / Sana Mehrab Mirror, World Market, $130 / White Faux Bois Mirror, Wisteria, $297* / Gilt Moroccan Mirror, Wisteria, $237* / Nicola Venetian Mirror, Ballard Designs, $299 / Zhu Mirror, Pier 1, $129 / Mughal Mirror, Wisteria, $297*

*current sale price as of 7/16/14

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Etsy Explorer: Hometown Love

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love living in Kansas City. I’m from a small town in central Illinois and I loved growing up there, but at this point in my life I’m so thankful that I live in a city like KC. There’s so much to do here: live concerts, festivals, sporting events, lots of shopping, and so many good restaurants and bars.

So if you love your hometown and/or your state as much as I do, why not express it in the form of some great art? Etsy has many amazing artists that have created some awesome prints in the form of map art, paper cutouts, skyline silhouettes, and much more. And if you don’t live in Kansas City, don’t worry: just about all of these shops have art for cities all across the country.

KC art collage

From top left: Missouri State Letterpress, Paper Parasol Press / Kansas City from Liberty Memorial, alibubba / Kansas City Skyline Watercolor Poster, Inkist Prints / Kansas City Map, Paper Finch Design / Kansas City, MO print, Albie Designs / KC Cut Out City Scape, Cropacature / Kansas City Print, Evelyn Henson / Missouri Map, Paper Finch Design / Union Station, Art by Joseph Dalton / Kansas City Travel Print, Just a Bit Outside

Which of these do you love? I’d be thrilled to have any of these in my home, but I think my favorite is is one by Albie Designs.

For a DIY option, check out my DIY State Love Art!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Look What I Found at the Bookstore

Happy Friday friends! I hope you all have had a fabulous week. My schedule this week has been a little off due to Ben working noon to 10 p.m. all week. I didn’t think I’d mind it too much but I really hated it. Luckily he’s back to a normal shift next week so my schedule can get back to normal as well.

Wednesday night I went out with one of my really good friends who just moved to Kansas City. We had sangria and snacks at Bravo and then went to see Chef. I didn’t know much about this movie but I had read Meg’s glowing review, so when Rachelle said she wanted to see it I was game. It was wonderful! It was one of those rare feel-good movies that isn’t the least bit cheesy. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a good movie to see.

After the movie I stopped in to Barnes & Noble just to look around. I was walking back to the children’s section to check out The Mark of the Dragonfly when some design books caught my eye, so I decided to browse the interior design section. That’s when I came across this beautiful guy:


I was introduced to Scalamandre last year when I worked on Dining by Design and I fell in love, especially with the iconic zebra print. But the main reason I pulled the book was to check out this page:



It’s the table I worked on at Dining by Design! The design was all by Katy Sullivan, I just assisted in gathering and assembling all the materials, but it was a really exciting project to work on nonetheless. Seeing a gorgeous photograph of our table in this big beautiful book was a little surreal.

For a better look at the table, here are I few of my photos from the event:





Next time you’re browsing at a bookstore I would suggest flipping through Scalamandre: Haute Décor, it really is a gorgeous book!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Best Friend’s Wedding

This weekend I went home to central Illinois for one of my oldest and best friend’s weddings. I was honored and thrilled to be a part of the wedding party as one of her bridesmaids. It was so much fun and such a beautiful wedding, probably the most beautiful wedding I’ve been to.

Here are just a few pictures to give you a hint of the gorgeousness of Kari and David’s big day.

dresses collage

How cute are these hangers Kari got the bridesmaids?

Starbucks collage

We had to start the day right with some Starbucks!


How stunning is this bouquet?! And it’s just the bridesmaid bouquet, the bride’s was even bigger and more gorgeous!

Me collage

We had some awesome ladies do our hair and makeup so we could look perfect in our beautiful Amsale bridesmaid dresses. The MOH Kelley, the bride and I have all been really good friends since middle school, it was wonderful to celebrate with both of them this weekend!

Kari collage

Kari was the most gorgeous bride! Isn’t that train insane?!

table 2

I was obsessed with the gold sequin table linens Kari selected, they looked so beautiful with the flowers and the candles!

The next two pictures are from the Pear Tree Estate, the ceremony and reception venue. They also did all the catering; all the food was incredible! If you live in the Champaign, IL area I would highly, highly recommend them.


Venue 2

It was a magical wedding, and it even included fireworks (a coincidence but still awesome) and sparklers for the bride and groom’s departure.

I hope all of you also had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Red, White, & Blue Rooms: 5 Ways

Happy early Independence Day! In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, and in celebration of the U.S. soccer team’s valiant effort yesterday (seriously you guys, they played hard. And Tim Howard is basically the goalie version of Superman), here are some gorgeous red, white, and blue rooms for your décor inspiration. I’ve also thrown in a few of my own tips on how to recreate the patriotic look in your home.

1. Go Classic

This living room by Tom Scheerer from House Beautiful has a classic Americana vibe. They did a nice job of using equal-ish amounts of red and blue in the room, but my favorite element is the gallery wall. What an easy way to add a splash of red (or any other color of your choosing).


photo via House Beautiful

2. Be Modern

Here’s another gorgeous red, white, and blue room from House Beautiful with a much different style than the room above. Mary McDonald kept most of the elements pretty modern (the sleek blue sofa, the sconces, and the ikat pillows and curtain trim), and added in just enough red via some accessories to give it a hint of patriotic flair. I really love the Chinese garden stool by the way.


photo via House Beautiful

3. Bring in Bright Accents

Lindsay Mens Craig relies on eclectic accessories to bring in pops of red, white, and blue to her living room featured in Style at Home. I love the red rug and the blue pillows and artwork paired with the otherwise neutral room. Of course the plus side of bringing in colors via accessories is that you can change up the color scheme without spending a lot of money.


photo via Style at Home

4. Go Bold

There’s nothing subtle about this Miles Redd foyer from Elle Décor and I like it. The cobalt blue lacquered walls make a big statement on their own, as does the red leather(!) door. Add in bright white trim and accessories like the wall mirror and you’ve got a room that nobody will forget.


photo via Elle Décor

5. Choose aqua

True story: this sweet, vintage kitchen from Apartment Therapy was one of the very first things I pinned on Pinterst on what feels like 10 years ago, but was really more like 3 years ago. I love how the red cabinets and chairs look paired with the light aqua walls. And it doesn’t scream “Fourth of July” like a lot of other red, white, and blue rooms do.

RWB kitchen

photo via Apartment Therapy