Inspiration from a Friend

Home inspiration can be found between 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Usually I find it during those hours (wink, wink). Online finds are one thing but the people you know who WOW you by their own touch are another. Every time I'm at my parents' house I stand still for moments taking in my mom's new display or seasonal arrangement. 

Recently, I got a little giddy when my friend Ashling showed me an addition to her beautifully renovated kitchen. Two IKEA shelves. This girl has a thing for styling a shelf! The shelves fit perfectly in her space. Most other things are from Cost Plus World Market, Homegoods, Crate and Barrel, and the teacup is from her grandmother.

My advice if you're trying to style a shelf is to find a picture of one that you like and copy what you see. Don't limit yourself in terms of color or a specific object.  Look for what you have. Focus on size and position.

Just wait until you see the rest of her house...it shall be good!


Perfect Bedding

My favorite bedding is fluffy and light. There's almost nothing better to me than a comfortable bed. 

The trick in making a luxurious bed includes a down comforter overstuffed inside a duvet cover. Queen bed? Opt for the King insert. King bed? Pick the California King duvet. No more fuss about losing the corners.

Fluffy and airy, a night well slept.


Spring Break 2k12

Spring Break 2012 was lovely in Destin, Florida. If you go to the Destin area, you've got to check out our favorites. Bookmark it.

We're kinda foodies so we spent a lot of time out and we all agreed it was worth it!

If you want to feel like you're in paradise and get away from the Alvan's Island tourist shops, you have to explore Sand Destin. It's ridiculously magical. You're life will change for the good if you put down some cash at Bijou Bistrox. You know it's a good meal when you have your eyes closed half the time and all you can talk about is each mouth watering bite. That was us for 2 hours.

Seaside is quite the hipster town. It took us quite a while to figure it out. Still no words... Supposedly, it's were The Truman Show was filmed. 

The Red Barn is a must stop. Popular and unbelievably fun with DJ Muse. We may have created our own dance floor.

Dewey Destins (the dive one) is a favorite lunch spot. But last years visit was better.

 Another Broken Egg Cafe. After driving through the night we needed something delicious. Our night consisted of driving 12 hours, listening to the Hunger Games, and sleeping in the Target parking lot.

 Mermaids...a dream come true!

Oyster time at Sand Destin.

Oysters for the first time. Gutsy.

 Pompano Joe's. Over-priced, not great food, fun ocean front restaurant.

 Sand Destin

Garden at Seaside beach town.

 They fished. They caught. Pompano.

 He's skilled.

This girl. She's great.

Vacations are important to us. Important enough to pay for them with cash.


Plan B

It's down to the wire. Well, it was.

We've been looking at houses for months but waiting for the end of our apartment lease to get serious. It's now serious time. Three weeks serious. And now you know we're crazy. 

This is taking some time.

Our current lease ends June 30 but our 60 day leave notice was due today. Our realtor told us it takes an average of 45 days until move-in. This means we would have to make an offer in less than 3 weeks if we didn't want to be homeless. Plus, not too many houses are on our wish radar at the moment.

Enter Plan B.
Our Plan B has been put into action. We've extended our apartment lease for another month. We'll have to be out  by the end of July. For. the. love! Plan B has given us an extra month to find a house and not feel pressured to settle on just something.

I think I can...I think I can...I think I can...