Weekend Links


Rugs–hard to shop for but SO wonderful when you find the right one, this jute rug will work in any room and with any style Emily gives an update on using it in her home for FIVE years with FIVE children.


Kristin from the Hunted Interior is beyond creative, look at this bathroom shower track with ball chain she used in a recent bathroom renovation.


Creative uses for copper tape–I love ideas like this, not because I go and copy them–although that’s fine, but usually, they cause me to think of using something I already have in a fun and unique way–thanks for this great post Kate!

nest fest

Here’s a roundup of all the vendors who will be here at Nest Fest in TWO WEEKS–grab your early bird tickets here ($10 online, $15 at the door until we sell out).

If you can’t make it to the Nest Fest in North Carolina, maybe you are close to Amanda in Minnesota and can swing by her Vintage prop sale– her style is drop dread lovely.



The email I’ll never forget: wildest dreams and more over at Emily’s place.

jess & angieWorking moms, you’ll love this free video series from Jessica Turner--starting out with the hilarious Angie Smith




A Fixer-Upper :: Newlywed Style

hope's houseafter


When I saw before and after photos of this home on Hope TerKeurst Houser’s instagram , I knew I wanted to share them with you. Hope is newly married and is in the process of creating a sweet home simply, yet so beautifully. I was BLOWN away at the exterior changes she and her husband made to their home–YES you can paint brick and it turns out just lovely!

I couldn’t believe that the inside was just as inspiring, I think you’ll just love this home tour.

Hope even shared a few before photos, the power of just neutralizing things and keeping it simple is undeniable.  This is SO doable!


family room


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hope family room





houser kitchen

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houser home

houser home

houser home

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I asked Hope if she had any thoughts or advice to share with any of you who might be like her and Michael–just starting out and creating your first home and making so many decisions all at once, here’s what she said…


“I’m convinced there is a 6th love language: house projects.

When Michael and I are both in town on a weekend we almost always work on something for our home. I love creating this house into our first home together.

When getting married, there are so many changes and it can all seem quite overwhelming. If you factor in moving into a fixer upper house it really may seem impossible at first.

I had to keep reminding myself that my house wouldn’t be done right away.

A year into this whole fixer upper project and I still have things I want to fix. But do one project at a time.

Michael and I listed out things we wanted/needed to do on our house. We put the most important items at the top of the list. We have continued to do our action items and cross it off once we finish. It’s the greatest feeling and we don’t get in the rut of starting lots of things and never actually finishing anything.

A big challenge I faced during the decorating process was having rather expensive taste on a newlywed budget. Yikes.

But I am here to tell you I conquered that challenge with great finds from all kinds of places. Don’t let yourself check out of the unexpected places.

I got some of the coolest pieces of furniture from the most bizarre places. Like my beautiful armoire in the master bedroom was from a junk yard… So cool, right? What was thousands of dollars was only $100 from this little junk yard. Painting it is on my action list but that will come.. eventually.

I want to encourage you to find your style and run with it. I was able to bring in lots of different styles by making it what I love and what feels like the most homey for me.

I’m cheering you on! If I can do this as at the age of 22 and a freshly newlywed, you can too!” –Hope


Want to keep up with Hope or find out more?

Hope’s website


Photographer: Lindsey Plevyak





My Prettier Oil Diffuser


Listen, I’m not gonna pretend that I know a bunch of stuff about essential oils. And I’m certainly not going to try to sell oils to you. There are smart people that can do better at both of those things. Take them or leave them, I don’t care, this is simply my diffusing story…   […]

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Weekend Links: Creativity Issue

balloon arch

I’ve shared balloon arches and garlands before, but I’m considering creating one soon and found this beauty above from Green Wedding Shoes. And, here’s a great video tutorial from the person I consider to be the one who started the whole arch craze, House That Lars Built.Looking for a simple project for a fall celebration? […]

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Fall Home Tour :: Cozy Minimalist Style


Welcome to our home! It’s ready for fall which means 3 pumpkins + extra weeds + a great excuse to leave a bunch of throws around! I try to join this tour every year hosted by Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co., and if you are coming from Design POST interiors, welcome! How about […]

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Favorite Places to Shop in & Around Charlotte, NC

nest fest

  From time to time people visiting the Charlotte area tweet, facebook or email me and ask for my favorite–off the radar places to shop for furniture and home decor stuff. I usually try to rattle off a few of my favorites, but now, I finally gathered all the best shopping spots around the Queen […]

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