Give Me All the Rattan and Woven Everything

Y'all, I can taste the summer right around the corner!  Even though it is rainy and cold today in Charleston, SC, I know that summer temps will be here by the weekend.  With that being said, I am looking forward to updating some home decor and my closet accessories and I am obsessing over everything rattan and woven!  Did you all see that adorable vintage rattan rocking horse in Zeb's nursery? 

It makes since that I would love it.  I like to consider myself as a neutral (and by neutral I mean black with the occasional ivory, blush, or navy) dresser and our home decor is pretty neutral as well, so the natural elements in rattan furniture and woven closet accessories is a perfect fit.  Here are some of my picks for my home/closet refresh!

Home Decor

 

Mirrors

Mirrors are a super easy and fairly inexpensive way to get into this trend.  These are my current favorites!  L to R: Serena and Lily, $298-$398/ Houzz, $145/ Target, $49.99

 

Headboards

I have been looking for a headboard for the bed in our guestroom for years!  I have always loved rattan ones, but always felt they were a little too busy.  These options have very simple lines that will transition well after the trend passes.  L to R: Houzz, $425 (queen)/Pier 1 Imports, $279.95/ Target, $199

Decor

Rattan is great, but rattan in color is even better!  If you can't commit to the trend, colored pieces may help make it feel like your not in your grandma's house.  And if you still can't commit, but want to dabble, then opt for a small piece or too like a lamp or place mats! L to R: Target, $69.99/ Grandinroad, on sale $139/ Target, $59.99/ Target, $34.99/ IKEA, $4.99 for 3

For the Closet

Here are some easy pieces to add to your closet to stay on trend.  I am loving Zara's selection of natural woven bags this season.  I bought one a few weeks ago that I love, but I couldn't find it on the site anymore to link it.  How cute is that palm leaf bag? And I think I have to have the woven flats to go with the belt that I already own!  L to R: Anthropologie, $118/ Zara, $45.90/ Zara, $29.90/ Zara, $69.90/ Anthropolgie, $118

 

Do you like this trend?  Will you be adding pieces to you home or closet? Which are your favorites? Comment below!

xoxo, Alicia

New Year, New Projects: Bathroom Renovation Part 1

Well, hello there friends! I know it's been a while.  We tend to take time off to spend with our loved ones during the holidays, but we are back and we have some great things planned for this year!  

For starters, the new year brings new projects for my household and we decided to go ahead and renovate the kid/guest bathroom.  My husband is doing all of the renovations himself, so it's a little slow going, but we are saving thousands and it's going to look so much better.

The bathroom was very basic.  Standard bathtub with a three piece surround, standard toilet that always clogs (thanks to our 6 year old), a vanity with very little storage, boring white tile, and a basic mirror and light. Before:

I consulted Pinterest for some inspiration:

Our plan is to replace the bead board with shiplap, take out the tub surround and put in white subway tile, replace the flooring with a white and gray textured large tile, new toilet and tub, new dark blue-gray vanity (with better storage), and a new light and mirror.  Sounds easy right?

Here are some of the products that we have purchased:

  Allen + Roth , $79.98

Allen + Roth, $79.98

I cannot wait to show you the final result!  Stay tuned...

 

xoxo, Alicia

Big, Big News!

As you've probably noticed, we have been quiet on the blog for the last few months. We've each been up to some pretty cool stuff, and this year has proven to be exciting for each of us in different ways. 

This year has been particularly momentous for me, and I have some really exciting news to share! I'm pregnant! Like really, truly, can't believe it PREGNANT!

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For those of you who read my post about infertility, I detailed our struggle to conceive. For years, we straddled the line of getting help from a doctor, and continuing to act as if nothing was wrong. When you aren't getting pregnant, it can become a real fear to find out what is really going on. After deciding to see a reproductive endocrinologist, we learned that our best bet for success would be IVF. 

We started the process in February and I went into the whole thing thinking that we would be all set to do the transfer within the next four weeks. This was not so. If I could give advice to anyone doing IVF for the first time, I would say BE PATIENT. For me, it seemed like every possible road block got in the way of achieving that perfect embryo, and after numerous doctor visits that left me in tears, we finally got the go ahead to move forward. As I look back, I'm thankful that my team of doctors and nurses made sure that everything was perfect for that little embryo to grow inside of me.

It's funny to have gone through all of that and sit here on the other side because at the time, it felt like my life was falling apart. Between the pills, shots, missed work days, huge medical bills, and a host of disappointments, the turmoil seemed to never end. My sweet husband dealt with my ever changing emotions, and held my hand through the whole process. 

I remember that during some of the darkest times, there were those close to me who continued to tell me over and over that I would get pregnant. At the time, I didn't believe them. I felt defeated, but they were right. God's timing was not my timing. He knew exactly when and how it would happen, and had a beautiful plan for our family. 

I am now entering the 20th week of pregnancy, and we are so excited to be having a little boy! Alicia was sweet enough to come up the mountain and take some photos for our gender reveal. 

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