Next on our house tour is our Master Bedroom! Originally, this room had vertical stripes running up the wall behind our bed. I love stripes, but not for this house or room. We decided to re-texture the wall and paint it white. It gave us a clean space to add a few decor pieces, but I didn’t want to take away from the amazing beam running through the ceiling and wall. That is one of the things I love about this house. It doesn’t need much decor. The materials used on the walls are beautiful enough.
I have shared bits of our home but I thought I better share more details before we move. It is kind of a selfish post as I want to be able to look back on some of our favorite spots in our home in the years to come.
A little back story…when we were looking for a new home my husband told us about our current home. He mentioned it was 2 bedrooms and I stopped him right there. I said no way could I live in a two bedroom home. We only have one child, but we still have a lot of stuff!!! I couldn’t imagine not having an extra room to store all my random decor and exercise equipment we never used! But my husband insisted we at least look because it was a home that was a Mid Century Modern. At that time I was not too familiar with that style. So, we went to go take a look. We pulled up and I wasn’t too sure yet. It looked like it belonged in Palm Springs(not a bad thing…just different). Then we walked inside….and there began our love affair for all things MCM.
I no longer cared that there were only two bedrooms. I had to have this house. After I stopped drooling at all the great architecture in the first few feet I ventured over to the two bedrooms. They were huge! My son currently has a Queen bed and a full drum set in his room! The reason why this house worked so well for us and we decided to put in an offer was because of the size of each room and all the storage. Even if the rooms were large but there was no storage it probably would not have worked out. I have more storage than I know what to do with. My son is able to play in his room and never brings any toys out of his room. It is amazing what a smartly designed home can do! We have never found ourselves in need of another bedroom. I think too, living in a MCM home lends itself to a more minimal lifestyle. I have donated and sold so much stuff. It is amazing what we collect and hold onto. That is a whole other post though. So, let me get to sharing so photo of our house. Today I want to focus on our living room/dining room.
We have a lot of natural wood accents along with dark stained concrete floors, so I knew I wanted brightly colored couches. We had a hard time finding couches that were long enough to fit our space, so I designed these to the dimensions we needed. All of our furniture pieces were either Craigslist finds or from the flea market. I have always been more attracted to vintage furniture, so I had a lot of fun searching for these pieces. The Lane coffee table was minutes away from being painted black before we swooped it up for 50.00 from a Craigslist ad!
The living room area is my absolute favorite room in the entire house. It was the first room I saw when we previewed the home and those windows and beams sold it for me! Also, the wood planked walls that lead into the kitchen are absolutely stunning. They are not original to the home but they look like they are. The previous owner added this feature and I can not imagine a better design for these walls.
I have to mention these white leather chairs! If we do not sell our home furnished these beauties are coming with me to every house we live in! I have to admit I almost passed on the chairs, as they were not cheap, but thankfully The Hubs convinced me to buy them! We found the chairs, along with the small side table in between and an arc lamp, from a vendor at a flea market. The leather is original and in beautiful shape. I placed my Father-in-laws Navy blanket on one of the chairs. Our main goal with our home was to make it look like you were walking into a home back in this era. We tried to hide our tv but had no luck. Other than the tv I think we were able to find many vintage pieces that compliment the architecture of our home nicely.
Mid Century Modern design is known for its indoor and outdoor spaces being incorporated together. I love all the windows(except when it comes time to clean them). In this picture you can see a bit of our outdoor space. Eating at the dining table gives you a sense that you are eating outside since there is a wall of windows looking out to the fountain and outside patio.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of our living/dining room. Be sure to stay tuned for the rest of the tour! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. I love talking about our home!
Happy spring! Here in SoCal, we have had the weirdest weather! We had a surprisingly cold and wet winter. Then all of a sudden it got super hot. Like 90+ hot and we were all swimming and breaking out our shorts and flip-flops. Now, today its cloudy and will be raining all week. Wacky!!!
So, even though last week felt like summer…this week definitely feels like spring and I am excited. I love decorating for spring. It brings so much color and life into my home. I decided to put together a kid’s picnic table. It could also be used for a fun girl’s lunch table setting or even used as an Easter table setting! I hope it inspires you to break out all of your spring decor and set a cute table!
I hope this gave you a few ideas for your spring or Easter table this year! If you were wondering that beautiful centerpiece was from The Hubs and what really inspired me to do this table! Happy spring!
As many of you know by now, my husband and I traveled to New Orleans last week! I prepared myself by making some Jambalaya and Beignet’s a few weeks prior. This was also the first trip I have been on that I really planned out my outfits and makeup/skincare. I did have a few items I didn’t wear but, overall I did pretty well in the packing department.
Now that we are back I wanted to share my experience and hope it helps you plan your trip to New Orleans.
New Orleans is like Las Vegas of the South… only prettier. I think we all know what happens on Bourbon street. Much like Vegas, New Orleans does not sleep. There is always a bar open and people are always walking around…no matter what time it is. Now, if you don’t know me let me try to explain why this didn’t work out so well for me. I don’t drink that much and I don’t party. I know…why would I go to New Orleans??? Let me assure you there is plenty more to do though. New Orleans is filled with so much history. The beauty of the architecture on every street in the French Quarter is breathtaking. We stayed at the Marriott on Canal street in the French Quarter. Plan on walking every where. You can get an Uber ride quickly or a taxi but, there are so many people walking, it takes just as long to drive as it does to walk.
I was on my own for the first few days, as my husband was there for a conference. I have to say being alone there doesn’t give you the warm and fuzzies. New Orleans is full of beauty but it is also very dirty and there are many beggars everywhere you go. I prayed for that city so much while I was there! It has gone through so much. There were quite a few questionable characters about. There were also a lot of drunk tourists. So, imagine shy blondie female walking alone. Thankfully, no one said a word to me and left me alone. I could hear them screaming at others but they left me alone. I survived!
So, now that I have the negative out of the way let me tell you of all the positives!!! When I think of New Orleans I think of two things: food and music. Boy did we get our fair share of both! Our first stop after we landed was Palace Cafe, it was actually the first restaurant we saw, as it was right next door to our hotel. We loved it so much we went back for lunch the next day and then dinner! I was beginning to think we would not go anywhere else. The character of the building was gorgeous! There was an open kitchen so you could watch the chefs cook(which I always love). If I could recommend only one item it would be the Crawfish and Brie Au Gratin. Holy moly…slap yo mama good! They pretty much recommend you put crawfish in everything and we did!
Another place we loved was Galatoire’s 33 on Bourbon street. It was amazing how many high end restaurants there were in the French Quarter and particularly Bourbon Street. They have a dress code on one side and then a more casual dining restaurant on the other side. *Side note-many restaurants do have strict dress codes so be sure to call ahead or look online before you show up. We chose the more casual dining side which was just as nice and less boujee. My husband and I are pretty adventurous so we ordered the escargot(I actually said no at first but then decided to live a little). It was amazing! Not your typical escargot drenched in butter, it had more of a cream sauce. I tried the roasted duck l’Orange for my entree. It was amazing as well! Service here was the best of all the restaurants. Good service was a little hard to come by at many restaurants, but it was wonderful at Galattoire’s 33.
I could go on and on about all the yummy places we ate but I just wanted to give a few reviews. It really is overwhelming the amount of choices you have. I really wanted to try Lüke, John Besh’s restaurant and also Emeril’s but didn’t make it.
I couldn’t do a review of New Orleans food without talking about beignets! My first stop was a place I stumbled on when I was on an adventure by myself. I went to Cafe Beignet. I assumed they had to have some good beignets, being it was in their name and they sure did! It is a cute cafe…again as you can tell from the name. You can sit inside or outside. They had a few different locations but I went to the one on Royal street. You get three to an order and believe me you will eat at least two!
Of course, you cannot leave New Orleans without going to Cafe Du Monde! There will be a huge line if you go in the morning or day time but it goes pretty quickly. We got an insider tip to go to the take out line(which is always shorter) and order there and then head to the river nearby and eat your beignets there. It only took us about 20 minutes to get our beignets in the late afternoon but not having a table to eat them at was no bueno. We had powdered sugar all over and of course we were wearing all black…when in New Orleans!
I hope that helps you if you plan to travel to New Orleans in the future. You can’t beat the food and there is no way you will go hungry. I highly suggest taking any tours of the French Quarter. The guides there are so knowledgable and you can see they truly love their city. There is so much history that fills New Orleans and I am so glad they have preserved as much as they could. Thanks for the memories New Orleans!
If I were to ask you who to describe who you are in just a few sentences or even a few words, could you? Do you have a clear idea of who you are?
Also, if you were to answer, would it be prefaced by I wish I was like this or I hope people see me this way.
I have to admit I have spent a good majority of my life not knowing how to answer those questions. I could maybe give you one word…shy. I was pretty wrapped up in that identity. I think many of you could relate. Maybe not shy but you could fill in the blank with your own adjectives. Many times it isn’t something positive but maybe if you have a clear idea it could be something you or the world sees as positive like, successful or a leader.
If you struggle with your identity I have another question for ya! Do you base it on your own feelings of yourself or what others would think of you? If yes then may I suggest you STOP IT! Feelings are not always trustworthy. The identity others give you can also be clouded by their own feelings of you, based on certain experiences they have had with you or what they have heard of you from others, but they don’t know the real you.
So, that brings me to my last question and the only one that really matters: Who are you in Christ? Are you looking to Jesus as your role model or someone else? Are you trying to keep up with The Joneses or with Jesus? Ok…that was more than one question but they all are basically the same question. Who are you striving to be like?
As I am finishing up this post International Women’s Day is almost over. Which is what got me on this whole identity train. I don’t understand many of the claims that women who run these marches and protests are fighting against/for. But then I have to remember they may not find their identity in Christ. When we try to search for our identity in people or things that are not full of trust and righteousness we become uncertain of who we are. It’s like grabbing at something with no substance or weight. It may hold us for awhile but then we are left trying to grab at anything on the way down until we hit the bottom. It can only hold you for so long, but God has a firm grip. He can carry the weight and he will not waiver. So, if we continue to try to grasp at all ideas of who we are through things, feelings or people that are not trustworthy, we can still feel empty and worthless.
I read something today on www.fiercemarriage.com about our identity in Christ that was so perfect for this post. Ryan Frederick was talking about comparison and our identity. He spoke about looking to Jesus for the answer…obviously…but also mentioned this little bit that I just love:
“…we must rely on his perfect righteousness for our ultimate worth, value and security. ”
I believe that is the core problem with many women today Christian or not. They feel worthless. They do not feel valued and they do not have security or they look for it in things or from others that can not give it to them.
I look to my husband for these things and he tries his hardest to provide these things for me, but ultimately he fails(sorry babe). I have to look to God to fill in where my husband can not. So, again when we look to Christ and find our identity in him we do not need the validation from others. We don’t need to keep up with others or feel bad that Jennifer is way better at meal prepping and making healthy meals…while your child has eaten 3 out of 5 days at the school cafeteria. Or maybe Emily has already done three different crafts with her 5 children this week….meanwhile you realize your only child is almost 8 and doesn’t really know how to tie his shoes(totally not talking about myself…just a good story line).
Comparison steals that joy right from you. You have been created by a loving father who has such great plans for you. Your identity is found in Him. Not who your mom wants you to be, or your bff or even your husband. If you feel less than or that you are not valued as a woman today on International Women’s Day or any day of the year…look to Jesus. Remember who you are is wrapped up in whose you are.