sassy neutrals.

by Lauren on January 20, 2014

you can probably tell that i love neutral pieces when it comes to decorating my house. my apartment has been getting quite a bit of love lately since i have a little time in my schedule to focus on it. yesterday was a bargain hunting kind of day since our nearby kirkland’s home decor store is moving locations and everything was 40% of the lowest ticket price! and of course I had to stop by target because we all know that I have a very real addiction to anything sold at the big T.













this is a pouf! a pouf is a newer concept in the design world but basically it looks like a pillow/foot rest but really it creates extra seating. the pouf is very sturdy so someone could sit on it if we had a bunch of guests over and needed more seating.













everyone has to have a monogrammed rug! it just seems too perfect not to have your monogram displayed when everyone enters your home.













&. can I just say how much I love a simple & sign. i think of it as elegant yet classic. this one is going in our master bathroom next to the Mr. and Mrs. hooks that I posted here. i think it adds a nice touch to a bathroom that needs a little lift.

love, lo


black & white.

by Lauren on January 13, 2014

There is something to be said about having your own place to design and decorate. I have had more fun this year creating my personal style and showcasing it around my place. As I get older, I have begun to appreciate black and white decor and the simplicity it offers. It goes with everything and never goes out of style. My collection has already started but I plan to continue my search for the perfect home accessories in one of the neutral colors.

Personal style is an important trademark to any space but I hope that when people see my home decor they instantly think of me. Below are my latest finds that I have profiled around my office and the master bath. You can never have to many home accesories!

decor 1

decor 2

decor 3

love, lo


diy home decor.

by Lauren on January 9, 2014

The hubby and I are currently living in an apartment right now which actually feels like a small home since we have two bedrooms and are both able to have an office. Realistically, we will be here for a few more years so I decided that a few projects were in order to keep the space exciting and fresh. Several considerations I made were budget friendly projects and things that we could take with us if we ever moved (except for the accent wall). I came up with three ideas that I will be implementing in 2014.

Gallery Wall:

(see inspiration here)

gallery wall













We have beautiful high ceilings in our apartment that are just waiting to be decorated. I decided on the entry way as the perfect place for my gallery wall since it’s the first thing you see and is currently quite beige. To refine the style of my gallery wall, I narrowed it down to just black and white photography. I am going to follow the instructions on how to set it up from one of my fav blogs, seen here.

Accent Wall:

(This is our bedroom currently. I would be painting this wall you see in the picture.)













Our apartment lets us paint as long as we paint the walls back to beige before we leave. I am desperate to add some color but don’t want to have to paint a whole room back to beige so I opted for an accent wall. I will be painting one wall in my bedroom either a steel gray or purple-charcoal.

Reupholstering Desk Chair:

We have this great vintage chair that has been in my family for generations and I recently switched it out with my old roller desk chair in my office. It has really great “bones” so I know I want to keep it but currently it is forest green velvet. I would like something a little more chic to go along with the style of the chair.

p.s. be looking for a link to a friend’s blog post where she came over and did a closet consultation, plus gave me several new outfit ideas. Stay Tuned!


love, lo

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DIY monogram wreath

by Lauren on September 27, 2013

I was feeling crafty this weekend and was searching on Pinterest for the perfect craft that I could display in out apartment. There were tons and tons of cute wreaths online with flowers, monograms, bows… you name it! I thought it would be fun to create one of my own with the last initial of our last name and color palate of teal, white and tan (burlap, I am kind of obsessed with burlap, I used a lot of it in our wedding!) Below are step by step instructions to help you recreate your own if your having a crafty moment.


















Supplies you will need:

4-5 fake flowers (color of your choice, I suggest getting one bright color one and the rest neutral

Monogram wood letter


Ribbon or burlap

Hot glue gun


Something to hang the wreath (I used a command strip)


I was able to find all of this at Hobby Lobby for under $50.



















It turned out to be a fun addition to our home. I heard one of our neighbors saying how cute it was as she walked by. A wreath is a fun and simple way to update your home and leave guests oohing and ahhing.

love, lo


Yellow & gray.

by Lauren on May 5, 2013

Wedding time is fast approaching which means lots of showers and festivities have been taking place.  I just wrapped up shower number two this weekend and had a blast. There is something so fun about being surrounded by a group of your closest friends and celebrating one another as we each  begin to get married. I wanted to share pictures of my shower that took place two weekends ago. My girls did an amazing job of decorating and chose the chic color scheme of yellow and gray. LOVE!  They did such a great job . I definitely have some crafty friends who have an eye for design. Take a peak at the pictures below!

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