Young House Love Show House

Over the weekend, my husband and I made a day trip to Richmond, VA to see the Young House Love Homearama Show House.

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Of course there were several other houses to see in the Homearama show, but we were mostly just there to see the Young House Love Show House. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint!!! You could tell from the beginning that the YHL house was different than all the others. The navy blue exterior made it stand out from the rest. (I apologize for the crummy pictures in advance. It was so hard to get good pictures with SO many other people in the house)

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I had seen pictures of the house on the YHL blog in the past few months, but nothing compared to seeing it in person. Everything was so much more impressive! The kitchen was so beautiful and grand. I especially loved the leather marble countertops, navy kitchen island and the gold Shades of Light chandeliers.

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Since seeing this chandelier on the YHL love, I have been enamored by it. It was more breath taking in person. They had this light made custom in gold for the show house, but I hope Shades of Light starts to carry it in gold!

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The breakfast nook next off the kitchen was adorable. It looked so cozy and great for a large family. The table was HUGE!

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The little boy’s room add a great little hiding place that I am sure any boy would love. I can see a lot of Lego play time happening up there.

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I loved the pattern details in the flooring from the Jack and Jill bathroom into the little boys room.

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My favorite room of the whole house was the master bedroom. It was so light, airy, colorful and just looked all around relaxing. I just wanted to get right in the bed and take a nap.

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Even the laundry room was fun!!!

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I wanted to take so many pictures but the longer we were in the house, the more crowded it got, until is was shoulder to shoulder and just a struggle to get into a room to look at it. Luckily you can check out lots of pictures and even more details and rooms at the Young House Love blog.

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The best part is that they gave a sheet of paper out listing all the paint colors used in the house along with a detailed list of where items from each item room where from. I greatly appreciated this because I LOVED the soft grey in the master bedroom.

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If you live in the area (or in my case, three hours away) I highly suggest touring the house. The amount of details in person is outstanding. If they ever stop blogging, they could definitely open and interior design business!

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Five On Friday

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Dana: Kitchen Rosettes

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Last weekend I moved the rosettes I had hanging in my dining room into my kitchen.  I felt they matched my clock.  I love them in the kitchen!  We have to be a little careful about opening cabinets but so far so good.  Now my dining room wall is blank and a little sad but I plan on jazzing it up using this as a template: http://www.athomeinlove.com/diy-state-pride-artwork/

Not pastels and with some fun graphic font prints.

Caitlin: Pastel Gingham

I’ve realized that I have become obsessed with pastel gingham. My collection has now reached four pastel gingham button ups.

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My favorites are these from GAP.

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Dana: Factory Classic Button-Down Shirt in Printed Chambray

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I had a light chambray shirt with tiny little polka dots that I LOVED.  Sadly, I ruined it in the wash.  I haven’t been able to part with it and it lives in the corner of my closet.  I ordered this one from J. Crew factory as a replacement.  Nothing will ever replace my original polka dot shirt, but this one sure does make me feel happy!

 

Caitlin: The Honest Company

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Have you heard of Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company? I knew of it, but thought it was just items for babies. Boy was I wrong. They have so many items from laundry detergent to body lotion. After reading Emily Ley’s post about their products, I decided to order the free trail (you do have to pay $5.95 for shipping). I have only tried the healing balm and the face and body lotion but I LOVE them both. They work well AND they are safe and eco-friendly. I can’t wait to try everything else!

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Dana: Parks and Rec

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This is one of my all time favorite shows.  My boyfriend and I recently rewatched EVERY episode and it made me fall in love with every character all over again.  Each person adds such an amazing facet to the show and, most importantly, it makes me laugh so hard!

Caitlin: Current Favorite Candle

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This is currently my FAVORITE candle. It smells so good and the packaging is on point! Win win 🙂

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Dana: White Low Top Converse Chuck Taylors

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This is my spring and summer shoe.  I know you may be thinking that it is an odd choice but I can’t give them up.  The pair I have now has lasted 9 years.  They need replacing but I keep putting it off.  All I can think about is how white they’ll be when they are new.

Caitlin: Corn Hole Boards

My husband works for Bai Beverages (If you haven’t tried them yet, you should. They are amazing!) and asked me to paint corn hole boards for and event they had coming up. I finished them last week, but while I was working on them, Sophie decided to reenact the whack-a-mole game. Don’t worry. We didn’t bop her on the head.

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Dana: On My Bookshelf

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Remember D.E.A.R. in school?  Well, do it now!  Drop everything and read My Beloved World!  This book is beautifully written and I love getting to know one of our Supreme Court Justices in a way we often don’t get to.  I knew very little of Sotomayor’s life before this book and after finishing it last night I now want to be her best friend…or maybe one of her godchildren.

Caitlin: Young House Love Show House

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My husband and I are driving down to Richmond, VA tomorrow to visit the Young House Love Homerama Show House. I am SOOOOO excited. I have been making my husband read their book all week so he knows how amazing it is that we get to see a house they designed in person. And I may or may not be carrying my copy of Young House Love in my purse JUST IN CASE the are there so they can sign it. You never know 🙂

 

Pinterest Inspired

I was looking through my Pinterest style board this weekend, trying to find some outfit inspiration and came across my all time favorite outfit I have pinned.

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I was staring at it and realized that I had just recently bought half the items I would need for the outfit and had the other half in my closet! Here is what I used to pull this look together:

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I ordered the navy blazer after seeing The Northeast Girl’s post here. Gap was having a 40% off sale, so I snagged it for $52.80!

The pink pants are from Lands’ End. They are currently having a 30% off regular priced items sale so the pants came out to be $41.30. I have about 4 pairs of this style in regular denim and they are my absolute favorite jeans I own, so I can’t wait to try them in a fun, bright color!

This striped shirt is from J. Crew. Luckily I already have a navy striped shirt from American Eagle that I bought several years ago. I also already have a pair of gold Sam Edelman Gigi sandals, which are my go-to summer sandal.

I can’t wait to pull all these pieces together later this week. A perfect outfit for my casual office!

What is your favorite Pinterest outfit pin?

 

First Year Easter Basket

This is my nephew’s first Easter and I will take any excuse to buy him presents. I couldn’t wait to build him an Easter basket! He is only 9 months old, so I couldn’t go with the traditional candy and treats. My first purchase was a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins I have been dying to get him.

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Once I had those, I built the basket around them. I didn’t want to get a cheap little basket that my sister would just have to store or throw away, so I bought a storage basket from Target and painted some fun, bright stripes on it. When Easter is all over, my sister can use the basket in his nursery for storage!

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Since I couldn’t fill the plastic eggs with jelly beans, I bought a pack of cute socks and put a pair in each egg.

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To finish it off, I bought the Runaway Bunny board book and some bath toys.

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I am mailing it off today and I can’t wait for the little man to get it!

What are you putting in Easter baskets this year?

Household Items I Can’t Live Without

Happy Monday everyone! After spending Saturday straighten up and cleaning our apartment, I’ve decided to share six household items that I can’t live without. Not that exciting, I know, but I always love reading others reviews of items so I thought maybe you would like to hear a few of mine!

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1. Woolite Oxy Power Shot

Unfortunately, Sophie has little accidents every so often, so I like to have some kind of pet stain remover on hand. I used to be a die hard Natures Miracle user until I discovered this. It is by far the best pet stain remover I have ever used, even on really old stains that I had already tried to remove with Natures Miracle.

2. 409 All Purpose Cleaner

My friend Ashley introduced me to 409 and now I don’t know I have ever cleaned without it. Her kitchen always looked so shiny and clean and when I asked her what she used, she said “409. ON EVERYTHING.” It is great for appliances, sinks, counters, bathrooms and everything in between. I have learned though not to use a lot in the bathroom with the door closed. The fumes can get to you after a while!

3. J.Crew Cashmere Wash

I have mentioned this product on the blog before, but I just can’t say enough good things about it. In the winter, I live in my cashmere sweaters but hate dragging them to the dry cleaners all the time. This wash saves the day and smells sooooo good. I wish I could wash all my clothes in it.

4. Boss Block Board Cream

My husband gifted me a beautiful wooden cutting board for Christmas and I really want to make sure it lasts. I tired this and one other cutting board cream from Williams Sonoma, and this is hands down the winner. It goes on like a lotion and brings the wood back to life instantly. I highly recommend it!

5. A Good Candle

Man, do I love a good candle. My husband calls me a candle hoarder, but I don’t buy it. What girl doesn’t have a basket full of half burned candles in every scent possible?! This Pomelo Lime candle from Target is currently my favorite. I am always a sucker for pretty packaging 🙂

6. Oxi Clean

With a white couch and white bedding, a good laundry detergent in crucial. I have learned through trial and error to use Oxi Clean powder as a supplement to our regular laundry detergent. I used to use bleach but realized that it was yellowing my whites overtime. This Oxi Clean is really great and can be used on other items besides laundry, such as your carpets and in your shower!

Do you have any household items that you couldn’t live without?

Painting Baskets

I was sitting on my couch last night watching The Mindy Project and I couldn’t stop staring at the baskets I have under my benches.

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They stick out like a sore thumb to me. They are way to dark for all the bright colors I have in my living room. My immediate thought…find new storage containers! But then I remembered…I am trying to be better about spending money on unnecessary items. Plus these baskets aren’t even 2 years old. Then, these baskets from Target that I have been coveting came to mind:

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My baskets aren’t as light as the inspiration basket, or the same shape, but I thought adding white to the top would still be a vast improvement. So I broke out my Martha Stewart craft paint in ‘Wedding Cake’ and began painting!

For the first coat, I used a bigger brush to cover more area.

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For the second coat and for the bottom of my stripe, I used a smaller angled brush to get in between all the woven wicker.

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And then I was done!

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I only had time to finish one basket last night, but will finish the other tonight. After I am done, I am going to spray a light coat of acrylic sealer over the painted part to make sure the paint doesn’t chip off over time.

I’m wondering though, if I should make the stripe bigger? What do you think?

Also…this had given me a great idea for my nephew’s Easter basket! Stay tuned 🙂

Baby’s First Easter

This year will be my nephew Felix’s first Easter. I immediately let my sister know that his Aunt Caitlin would be sending an Easter basket, whether she liked it or not! 🙂

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Felix’s BIG Easter gift this year is a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins. I really tried to pick out the color on my own, but was so indecisive. I decided it would be best just to let my sister pick the color she liked the most. She chose the Prince George- Limited Edition which are a nice navy color. She really loved the Aruba color, but unfortunately, they were all sold out.

I am all about stocking my Felix’s bookshelf so I needed to find a bunny themed book. The Runaway Bunny is one of my all time favorites.

Felix is now taking big boy baths (meaning, no longer in the sink) so I thought he would enjoy some fun new bath toys.

He just started day care and they asked my sister to start bringing plastic bottles so that he could start learning how to hold his own bottle more. My sister doesn’t want to use plastic bottles because of the BPA, so she really wants to stick with the glass bottles. I did some research and found this ergonomic glass baby bottle. I am going to add one to his basket so they can try it out.

Finally, I have to add some plastic Easter Eggs! Since I can’t fill them with candy, I thought, why not fill them with little baby socks! I love these from Boden.

I haven’t decided what kind of Easter basket I am going to put everything in yet. I am looking for a more untraditional basket, so it is something my sister could use in his nursery for storage. So far I like these options:

 

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What are you putting in Easter Baskets this year?

 

Five on Friday

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Dana: Chive vases

I found these vases at the Philadelphia Flower Show and stopped myself from spending my life savings on them.  Each one is different and unique.  They aren’t vases you see every day.  My absolute favorite is Pooley 2.  If you look at my post from yesterday, you’ll see a few others that I plan on purchasing for the top of my card catalog turned liquor library.  I also plan on purchasing another one that will remain top secret because it’s a gift for a bridal shower.

Caitlin: Sophie’s new collar and leash

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For Sophie’s upcoming 5th birthday, I decided to treat her to a fancy new leash and collar. I found Handmade Green on Etsy and fell in love with all of their products. I picked the hot pink gingham collar with the removable bow and a matching leash. I also upgraded to the silver hardware. The seller was SO accommodating to changes I asked for, which were adding a D ring to handle of the leash for our apartment keys and an extra foot because we like extra long leashes. She did both of these requests and the turn around time was so quick! I am extremely happy with how they came out. I think the Liberty of London collar would look cute on Dana’s puppy, Olive 🙂

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Dana: Waterlogue app

I came across this app on a website that shares the best apps of every week.  It’s $2.99 and I haven’t bought it…yet.  I think I might have to get it to transform some of the pictures I take in Iceland.  It has such neat filters and I love watercolor.

Caitlin: Chalkboard Canvas

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My sister-in-law, Tiffany, sent me this picture last week and asked if I could recreate it for my niece, Rachel. Rachel saw it and loved the saying and thought that her Aunt Caitlin could definitely make it 🙂 I have never done chalkboard on canvas, but I am so excited to try. I love trying new crafts and even more, I love making crafts for loved ones!

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Dana: Hudson Valley Seed Library art packs

Do you love seeds and art?  Go guy these packs!  I saw them at the Philadelphia Flower Show and wanted them all.  I don’t have a garden area right now and I figure I shouldn’t buy seeds I don’t need but it is tempting.  I would love to frame a bunch of them and hang them on a wall.  It would bring the spring and summer inside without the heat.

Caitlin: Surprise Party

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This weekend is my Dad’s 65th birthday. He won’t allow us to buy him gifts or dinner so we have to get creative. This year, my sister and nephew are coming down from Brooklyn to surprise him! He thinks that my husband and I are just cooking him dinner for his birthday, but when he arrives, my sister and I will be cooking his favorite dish and he will get to play with his grandson all evening. I think he is going to be over the moon happy!

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Dana: Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company coffee

My boyfriend went on a tour of Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company and brought home some coffee.  Man is it good!  He also got a mug and I love mugs so it was just perfect all around.

Caitlin: Tulips

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I have had tulips on my desk all week and I love it! I makes my workplace so cheerful 🙂 I started to notice however…that they were growing. Not blooming, but growing! I looked it up and apparently, tulips can still grow a little after they have been cut. Mine have grown two full inches since I put them in the vase. Who knew?!?

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Dana: On My Bookshelf

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I have added a couple things to my bookshelf in the past week about dogs (dog cookbook and dog sports) and I just started listening to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  I have only gotten through the first disc but I was instantly into this book.  It’s the story of a 14 year old boy who lives on a reservation and wants to attend the high school in the rich town near by.  Within moments of the book starting I was happy and laughing and then sad and on the verge of tears the next.  Alexie reads the book and his lovely accent reminds me of the Northeastern New Mexico accent of my grandparents.  I can’t wait to get back in my car to keep listening.

Caitlin: Gap Gingham Dress

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I am loving this dress! I am trying not to spend money on clothes but I may have to break my spending freeze for this. It is the perfect Spring dress!

My Little Puparoo

I had something else planned for today’s post, but changed my mind, and decided to write about my little puppy. I say puppy, but really she turning 5 years old next week. I can’t believe it. *Warning, this post is going to be picture heavy. I can’t help it.*

Sophie was a gift from my Momma for graduation. A few days after I graduated and was back home, Dana and I drove from Maryland down to Tennessee to pick her up. The breeder had warned me that she would be much smaller than she appeared in pictures, but I didn’t believe her. Oh my goodness was she tiny. 1The picture above doesn’t even show how tiny she really was. That is all just fluff. I took her to the vet when I got home for her first check-up and they had to break out the bunny scale because she wasn’t registering on the dog scale. She was 7 ounces!!!

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So tiny in fact, that she fell asleep in Dana’s shirt on the car ride home.

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We lived with Todd’s parents in NY for the first few months and she fell in love with their golden retriever, Charlie. To this day, he is her best friend. You say his name and she goes crazy.

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When Todd and I got married, Todd’s only demand was that we pick a venue that would allow dogs so that Sophie could be in our wedding.

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This dog is EVERYTHING to me. She has gotten me through hard times, happy times and has never left my side. They say a dog is man’s best friend but that is a understatement. I can’t imagine my life without this sassy, hilarious, determined little puppy. I’ll leave you with a few more hundred photos of this precious puppy. But really, it was so hard to narrow it down to this many. She is just so darn cute.

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Hello Spring!

Ahhhh Spring. One of my favorite times of the year. Although Spring is officially here, the weather apparently hasn’t gotten the memo yet. Since it is not feeling like Spring outside, I decided to make it feel like Spring inside at my work.

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I realized that I probably spend the most hours of my life at this little desk, so I try to make it as pretty and joyful as possible.

I think the best way to add a little cheer to any place is flowers. I picked up three little bunches of tulips and put them into two drinking glasses that I got at Target during the Holiday season.

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I also added some Easter candy to my desk for my co-workers. I used a left over apothecary jar from my wedding, added a scrap of ribbon I had, and a little cardstock note.

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I added gold glitter washi tape to the cardstock to give it a little extra flair. I also used a candy dish that Dana gave me for Christmas and filled it with some leftover Hershey Kisses I had from Valentine’s Day.flower5

I find that having candy at my desk causes my co-workers to stop by my desk more often and I get to know everyone better 🙂

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Do you add any seasonal decorations to your desk?