by | Chelsea
Remember my recent post about some fabulous chandeliers that I came across while I was on the hunt for one for our dining room? Here is the one that we picked! This is the first time we have ordered anything online and didn't have to return it on the first try! We have been notorious for buying things online and once we see them in person, they don't look as we anticipated. Both of our rugs and drapes took about three or four tries before we got it right. We finally broke the streak and won on the first chandelier we ordered. Big victories over here, people!
I feel that the iron and the Edison bulbs go well with our other decor. I love the industrial look of the chandy and am now searching for a perfect light fixture to put above our sink with that same feel.
So pretty and perfect!
What style of chandelier do you have in your dining room?
By | Chelsea
A few weeks ago, I received a text from my uncle asking if I was interested in these pieces of furniture that he no longer needed. Obviously, I said "YESSSSS!!!!!" He couldn't have asked at a better time as I have been casually checking out Craigslist for a dresser for our master bedroom and extra chairs for seating in our living room/dining room.
I got four dining room chairs, two dressers, a large mirror and a fabulous floor lamp (not pictured). I have two of the dining room chairs at our dining room table and the other two hanging out in our living room. I am still deciding whether I will keep the two chairs at the table or not - still have my heart set on a farm style bench. I am planning on refinishing the chair legs to give them new life. I am not quite sure if I will replace the seat cushions or not - right now they are faux suede.
I love the shape of these chairs! They are timeless, sturdy and really great quality.
The tall dresser is currently in our guest bedroom. I have the long dresser in our master bedroom that I am using (pictured below). The dressers are in mint condition, but so they don't need to be refinished. However, I was debating about painting them, but my sister Christy had a great idea - she suggested painting only the wood pulls white to modernize them a bit. Love that idea! I think I am going to spray paint the metal on the pulls a brighter brass color as well.
I apologize for the horrible picture, our master bedroom does not get a lot of light. But you can at least make out the shape of the dresser. The mirror also came with this piece. I am obsessed!! I love mid century pieces of furniture.
What are your ideas of bringing these pieces new life? Please leave a comment below!
by | Chelsea
Um, barf! This is the chandelier that was in our dining room when we moved in. You can see why I have been hunting for the perfect chandy to take it's place. I am a firm believer that lighting and paint can transform the whole look and feel of a room. Especially in our house since we have an open floor plan. Our house also sits on top of a hill, so our view is easily one of my favorite things about our house. I wanted a light fixture that not only looked great in the space, but also did not block our view to look outside - we have sliding door leading to our deck right off of the dining room. I found one for the win, but also found some other great ones along my way. Which one is your favorite?
by | Chelsea
In our old house we used a wood trunk as our coffee table for the longest time, but once we moved into our new place the trunk was way too small for our new living space. I had searched for quite some time on styles of tables that I liked and came across an image on Pinterest and showed it to Bird and guess what? He built it! I have to say it looks even better than the picture I showed him. He used the wood from our homemade bar that he built for our wedding. Those pieces make up the bottom and top pieces of the coffee table and the legs are pieces of wood from his grandpa's farm; which adds nice rustic look to it.
I am not naturally gifted in the decorating or staging department…at all. Therefore, I rely on things to inspire me. I found this fabulous article that inspired my coffee table look. Our coffee table is topped with our wedding book, gold sea urchin (similar), magnifying glass, vase with fresh daffodils, homemade coasters that my mama made, coffee table books, fun match sticks (similar) and a lovely smelling candle.
Here's a little birds eye view of the table. My favorite part about the table is that it has a second shelf to store all of my magazines, more coffee table books and any other miscellaneous items, which helps keep the top surface free of clutter.
I found the cheapest place to snag up great coffee table books is Amazon. Even better if you have a Prime membership to get the perks of free 2-day shipping! Plus, coffee table books are those things that you can never have too much of. I know my collection has grown over the years and I still have ones on my wish list.
How do you style your coffee table?
by | Chelsea
Back in high school I thought my eyebrows didn't need to be plucked, waxed or filled in. Thanks to my older sister for always making comments to "wax your eyebrows, they need some shape" I got them shaped by a professional for the first time. It is insane how defined brows completes (and changes) your whole look. I usually get my brows waxed a few times a year and manage them inbetween sessions on my own with my favorite tweezers. I started filling them in after I graduated college. Ever since that time, I have been using a brow pencil , but found it incredibly annoying to have to re-sharpen it every morning. Fast forward to last month when Lesley and I discovered Blinc Eyebrow Mousse at the salon we were at for our facials. I am hooked, it's seriously the best stuff I have ever used to fill in my brows. The mousse helps fill in sparse areas and creates a perfected brow that looks natural and stays in place all day - no smudges!!
*This is just my personal opinion based on my experience.
by | lesley
Besides wanting the snow and ice to melt and for me to be able to wear flats again I also want a few fun Spring things. Granted we are getting ice/rain/snow mixture today, what a drag! But these fun spring colors should bring a smile to your face. It is an ugly time of the year (if you live in the North), everything is melting and everything is brown. Blah. I love when the pastels start showing up in stores, and once again everything is bright again. I have had my eye on too many things lately! I am loving all the floral springy colors. I have been seeing rock door knobs everywhere, and loving the idea. I might get And my wishlist is never ending, but here are some of my tops!
1. Agate Cabinet Handle Set in Light Grey - West Elm
2. Three nail polishes from Zoya's Spring collection - Zoya
3. Hello Blossom Samsung s4 case - Kate Spade
4. Clear Sunglasses - Mod Cloth
5. Valencia Turban - Anthropologie
6. Found My Way Sandal - Seychelles from DSW
7. Mixed Crystal Drop Earrings - Ann Taylor
8. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in light turquoise - Sephora
by | lesley
I have transitioned from lotions to oils in the past half year. I still use some night cream on the extremely dry harsh nights. I've tried to simplify my beauty routine and try not to keep testing out new products on my face. A lot of lotions have extra ingredients and some can me more damaging than good.
1. Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil. I have been using this cleanser for about two years, and really like it. Chelsea raved about it, so I of course had to see what the fuss what all about. I love that you massage it onto your face first and then add water and wash away. It is a lightweight formula that cleanses well and smells good. I will never chose a different cleanser.
2. I got a sample of this from Sephora and liked the benefits I was seeing. I like that it is one ingredient and that's it. I used to put Olive Oil on my face and hair, and now I have transitioned to Josie Maran's 100% Pure Argan Oil Light.
3. Chelsea also introduced to me this this little coconut number. I was a using a different kind of liquid coconut oil for my hair. Put she tried it on her face and was liking the results. We both got facials last month for her birthday and the esthetician told me to use it 3-4 times a week by itself or massage over my other oil and night. She uses it on her son that has eczema and it really helps with his dryness. You can find it at your Trader Joe's.
4. Just started using this product sine I've been pregnant. I rub it all over my body after I get out of the shower and let is soak in. I think that it has really helped hydrate my skin and help it while it has been stretching and growing. Aveda beautifying oil.
5. I recently stumbled upon Bumble and Bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil. At first I was apprehensive, as I thought, what is this going to to do my hair? First off, the smell is probably the best thing about this product. It is sooo yummy! And bonus, it leaves my hair shiny and soft!
6. I started using Josie Maran's Argan Oil Hair Serum when I got it in a sample bag from Sephora. It works great, it's lightweight and it combats my frizz and lets my curls be curls.
by | lesley
I've been on Pinterest a lot more than usual, due to a little one coming in June. I've been pinning like I am new to Pinterest. I've been pinning baby ideas, food (lots of bakes goods!), furniture, lots of pins for this new house I have been dreaming about in my head. It has been fun. I wanted to share some of my recent favorites.
I'm obsessed with the print. I started a print board to hold ideas or great inspirational quotes. In my next kitchen, this print will definitely be represented in a big way. There are many variations of this print, but it would be so easy to make and print yourself.
Love this simple mobile I found on Better Homes and Gardens website. It is made with floral wire and little flowers are sewn onto the wire. It could be placed above the changing table or crib.
I LOVE this idea. Turning wood crates into functional drawers. The mix of wood and metal is very eye catching as well. Again, I found this was on the BHG website.
How can you not like this adorable concept! Soo cute! It would look great on a shelf in an open kitchen. You can buy this gem here. It's only $12.99!
Glazed Doughnut Muffins....need I saw more? Baked goods and me are having a love hate relationship lately. I have been craving anything sweet, and once I start, I can't stop. I am not even going to make these, because the whole batch would be gone. But don't they just sound divine? Recipe, by Cooking Classy.
Don't forget to follow us on Pinterest under: Mingle and Rubbish or our personal accounts. If you have any amazing pins to share, please do! Happy pinning!
by | Chelsea
Winter is no joke in Minnesota. I swear there is 80 feet of snow on the ground with below zero temperatures. To say that my skin has taken a beating is an understatement. Growing up in the Midwest, I have learned what tricks work for my dry skin. I read in a magazine years ago about using baby oil on my body when I get out of the shower - it's one of my favorite beauty tricks to date. The trick is to towel dry your skin after you apply, so you don't rub off the oil you just put on. When my skin is really bad, I use Vanicream over the baby oil. This is also wonderful lotion to put on your feet and cover with thick fuzzy socks to soften up your heels. My sister bought me the Moroccan Oil Dry Scalp Treatment and I love it! I noticed a huge difference after the first time I used it and have been using it weekly ever since. My other long-time fave is the Rosebud's Strawberry Lip Balm as it smells amazing and makes your lips feel like velvet.
What are some of your Winter Necessities to fight off dry skin?
by | Chelsea
Gallery walls are every where and that's because they are awesome. Plain and simple. They are eye-catching pieces that every home (maybe even every room) needs. This mini wall in our living room was begging for some gallery wall love. It was the last piece to the puzzle that our living room needed in order to look complete. I am so happy with how it turned out! Best yet, I can continue to add to it over the years. I think it would look pretty rad with a cluster of frames from top to bottom.
I played with the layout on the living room floor until I had the cluster of frames just the way I wanted it. Then I traced each frame with wrapping paper and hung it on the wall backwards with washi tape. Next I placed these Command Picture Hanging Strips to the back of each frame following the directions on the package. Seriously, who ever invented Command Strips are genius; no nail marks or damage to your wall and you can switch up the layout when ever you feel like it in a cinch.
Top right: Engagement picture | frame from Target
Top left: Katie Daisy print | frame from Michaels
Top middle: Fletcher our late pup | mirrored frame from Target
Top middle: Ampersand from Michaels
Middle left: Wedding canvas from our photographers
Middle center: Nesta our current pup | mirrored frame from Target
Middle right: Print that Bird painted
Bottom left: Card from a local shop | frame from Michaels
Bottom right: Initial tree stumps from our wedding | frame from Michaels
*Most of the frames I spray-painted white to keep the look cohesive.
Do you have any gallery walls in your home? I plan on adding a huge one to our basement living room in the coming months.
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