I believe incorporating statement pieces in our homes is practically essential. They offer us a chance to express ourselves and our unique tastes. Even if you’re someone who’s home style is to commit to one particular trend or vibe, you can always add in a statement piece that shows off personality. My personal home style is an eclectic mix of 2-3 vibes, so to be honest, I’d make every piece in my home a statement piece…that’s just my particular style. In fact, as I write this I’m looking around my place and noticing every piece of furniture and most decor items pack quite the punch. Pretty cool!
Home + Entertaining
Although I tend to spend a little more on my wall art when it comes to paintings and canvas prints, I still like to budget myself. I do this especially since I like to change things up every so often with my decor and I think a great way of doing that is by interchanging wall art. However, if a piece really resonates with me I do end up switching it up throughout my place instead of just taking it down all together. And for those pieces I do take down, I don’t get rid of them-at least not most of them. Since I tend to purchase pieces that are less trendy and more for the reason that it truly echoes my style, I am usually able to decorate again with it, brining on a brand new perspective and aesthetic.
Below are online shops that I’ve used to find art throughout the years that won’t break the bank, while each piece remains unique and not cookie-cutter.
Here’s Where to Buy Beautiful and Affordable Art for Your Home
ONE KINGS LANE
LULU & GEORGIA
Any specific online places you love to shop for wall art?
The hubby and I have spent 10 Valentine’s Days together, celebrating the day in countless ways. Thinking back on them, I remember each was so special, even if we did nothing out of the ordinary. Nathan and I started dating in high school, with little to no money to actually spend on each other. We actually used birthday and allowance money to buy any gifts for each other, but most times we liked silly and inexpensive gifts anyways.
Fast-foward 10 years and we still love to hang back and chill on Valentine’s Day. There are so many fun, romantic and even inexpensive ways to celebrate the day in the comfort of your home. If you’re like Nathan and I, check them out below!
Fun Options for a Valentine’s Day Date Night In
- Spend the night on the living room floor. Set up the air mattress or lay out a comforter. Have a fireplace? Roast some marshmallows and make s’mores. Or have a home-cooked or take-out picnic on the floor. (Nathan and I used to do this all of the time in our early years of dating).
- Want the fancy restaurant mood, without the crowd or price-tag? Bring out the candles, flowers and romantic music. Maybe multiple-courses, via take-out from your favorite restaurant or at-home fondue. Try to recreate that romantic atmosphere at your own dining table.
- Make dinner together. Choose the menu and get the ingredients ahead of time, so you can have fun cooking and eating together that evening.
- Have a rom-com movie marathon. Maybe include one that leans more on the comedy side, for your beau 😉 Laughing together is romantic too!
- Turn your living room into a ballroom. Move the furniture out of the way and turn on your favorite music. Even if it’s not lovey-dovey music, whatever music is your music. It’s the dancing and goofing off that will be fun and romantic. (Nathan and I do this all the time. So fun!)
- Celebrate your wedding day memories. Look through your wedding albums or watch your wedding video. Is there anything more romantic than reliving the most romantic day of your lives?
- Choose your drink of choice whether it’s wine, hot cocoa or tea and sit on your balcony or porch together. There’s nothing like breathing in fresh air, under a night sky and taking in the peacefulness with your love.
- Go back and read your journals, letters and notes from when you were dating or the early years of your relationship. (Nathan and I love doing this too! Since we dated for so long, we’re always finding old love notes and cards we wrote to each other. Sometimes with silly sketches in them. I cry every.single.time.)
- Have a champagne and pizza or junk food of your choice night. A little high-low mixing for your palette is fun and delicious!
- Read a bit of Song of Solomon together. A beautifully romantic book of the Bible.
- Write your lifelong bucket list together, include places you’re dreaming of visiting and goals you want to achieve together.
- Create a blueprint of your dream house. You don’t have to be an architect, an amateur sketch will do 😉
- Write a gratitude list together. Make a list of everything you are thankful for as a couple.
- Have dinner on your roof, should you #1 have a roof and #2 a roof that’s not too steep.
- Have the ultimate Netflix and Chill night. Netflix Originals are gold right now. Below are the new releases from February 1- February 14, perfect timing for Valentine’s Day.
Are you as big of a fan of coffee table books as I am? I just love something that looks pretty and adds character to a room. Not to mention, great coffee table books are wonderfully interesting and inspiring. It’s all about choosing a topic you love. I think the concept of a coffee table book is pretty cool too, as it’s a small little decor token that also tells your guests a little about yourself.
Currently on my coffee table are two books: Domino’s Your Guide to a Stylish Home and National Geographic’s Greatest Landscapes. This combination could not describe Nathan and I any better. Both of us have a constant case of wanderlust and we love the beauty and satisfaction in styling our home. So there’s a little piece of both of us on our coffee table 🙂
Below you’ll find my current favorite that are just as good-lookin’ on the outside as they are inside, categorized based on topics of interest.
Here Are The Prettiest Coffee Table Books
FOR THE FOODIE
FOR THE OUTDOOR & TRAVEL ENTHUSIAST
FOR THE STYLE LOVER
FOR THE FUNKY FEMININE CULTURALIST
If you’re someone who loves to have guests over at your home and host your buds, this one’s for you. My husband and I personally love to have guests over our place. While I can share with you a plethora of ideas that will knock the socks off your guests, most of those take a whole lotta time and cha-ching. And that’s fun sometimes, to spoil your guests and throw an intimate yet detailed gathering at your home. But not everyone has the time and dough to do that on a regular basis. And to be honest, it’s the small things that go a long way with your guests-especially if they’re your friends.
So today I’m sharing my tips to be the any weekend, any friend type of host that is always prepared to welcome and comfort their guests in the best way possible. Which yes, includes a hug. But that’s a given.
In my opinion, being a hostess with the mostess is in the small gestures and thoughtfulness that work to make sure you’re always ready to warmly host your buddies at any given time.
Here’s How to Be the Best Hostess
– Stock your pantry. Have a small portion of your pantry and/or fridge dedicated to small bites and snacks perfect to offer your guests. This could be anything from chips and dip or herb crackers, to a few different cheeses or an assortment of fruit. Yes, some of these are perishable. However, the good thing is if they don’t make it into your friend’s bellies, there’s always yours 😉 Here are few easy and bit more impressive snack ideas:
- Stuffed bacon wrapped dates // Guava glazed brussel sprouts // Chilli lime popcorn // 3 cheese & date dip
–Drinks. Most people think you need to have every liquor and wine under the sun to be the best host, as you never know what you’re guest will be in the mood for. While that may fun, not everyone has the room in their kitchen/home to stock a full bar. Instead, stick to these few tips:
- Choose a drink of the evening. Moscow Mules, Margaritas, Sangria. These are all ideas that require only a few ingredients and are commonly loved cocktails by most. In the case one of your guests doesn’t enjoy that particular liquor, always have at least one bottle of white wine and one bottle of red wine to offer.
Here is my breakdown of what you would need to make any of the drinks above. See how simple it is to have this on hand:
image source: pinterest
Moscow Mule: Pack of Ginger Beer, Mint, Vodka, Tonic Water or Club Soda or Sprite. Extra: have on deck a set of copper mules to make the drink that more special.
Margarita: Tequila, Limes, Lime Juice, Agave Nectar or Simple Syrup or Triple Sec. Extra: Pick up a flavored simple syrup or fruit nectar to add additional flavor to the margs.
Sangria: 1 large bottle of white table wine or moscato, 2 juices or nectars of your favorite fruits, Club Soda or Sprite. Extra: actual fruit slices to mix into pitcher or garish drink with.
–A bar cart. They really aren’t just for pretty display (although they do look so pretty all decorated!). A bar cart can act as a centerpiece for guests to serve themselves whatever you have on deck and grab whatever accessories like straws, napkins etc. they may need. Here are some necessities to include on your bar cart for your guests:
Bottle stoppers. I love a fun bottle stopper, give your bottle some personality!
Cocktail napkins are just as cute as they are functional. They serves great as coasters for your guests drinks too!
Beer bottle opener. Again, there are so many fun variations!
It’s always nice to offer a glass for your guest’s beer. It’s even cooler when you have the particular glass to match a specific style of beer!
Paper straws immediately elevate the look of any cocktail. Go for metallic or neutral so that they’re perfect for any gathering. Or go for the Flamingo straws because YOLO.
Happy Wednesday! I hope the new year has been treating you well as we continue through the second week of 2017. This post is one that has been long coming, as it’s a question I get asked frequently. Working from home certainly has it’s perks and in fact helps me personally optimize my time in getting tasks completed while also allowing creativity to flow in, in a way a cubicle or busy office just would not allow for.
That being said, whenever someone does inquire about my day-to-day work flow, and because sometimes it’s someone who is interested in making the transition themselves, I always share with them a few words of advice that personally strengthen my productivity, while also allowing me to indulge in the comfort of working from home.
The Best Ways to Increase Productivity While Working From Home
1. Get out of your pajamas. I’m pretty sure this one of the first things that comes to people’s mind when they think of someone working from home. “Oh so get to work in your pajamas!”. In theory, I could. In reality, I don’t. The closest thing I’ll ever get to pajamas is an athleisure look that is comfortable, yet I still got out of bed in the morning and changed. With the exception of an extremely early morning task, I never stay in pajamas. I do think this stemmed from my habits as a kid though. It never matter if it was the weekend and I had nothing to do. I always woke up, washed up and got dressed for the day.
Here is what I usually wear on a daily basis:
Boyfriend jeans or overalls + sweater, oversized top or plain tee. I am pretty picky with shirt material, so they all have to be really soft. The ones below are some of my favorites with the best fabric.
Yup it’s casual and laid-back, after all I am working from home and that is totally one of the perks. However, staying in pajamas doesn’t help me to feel put-together for the day and I like to feel ready for whatever the day can bring.
I’m also a huge fan of soft and cozy long cardigans, here are some of my favorites: