Cha cha cha changes

Hi friends! There is a lot of change happening around life right now. If you hang out on our instagram, you probably have a good idea about two things going on that are consuming us right now. Thing one is: We are moving back to NYC. Yep. We have a very very big and exciting plan that is going to be very hard to execute, but we are SO excited to try and see if we can do it. Right now we have the Rich Hippies House (our AirBNB) up on the market and after we sell it we will share more details about the when, what and why.

Thing two: We are in a bit of a discovery process with Atlas. He has Sensory Processing Disorder and we are on a journey to find what it’s cause is along with some additional issues he’s facing. This is number one, and we have gotten pretty aggressive about figuring out what’s accompanying his SPD and setting out a path to follow to get him back on track so it’s been lots of Doctor visits and testing at hospitals until we can get some data that helps us.

Moving is extremely exciting, and with that comes some planning. The planning includes lots and lots of gatherings and good bye’s  before we have to stage our cottage to sell.

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Being our cottage is so tiny, it doesn’t hold a lot of people. We had to make a decision to clear out a room for our first gathering. We decided to pull our dining room together to gather because it’s between the kitchen and the living room and a great space to pour a drink and have a chat.

We liked the new set up so much we kept it that way for a few weeks before replacing the dining set back.


Here is the before dining room we pulled out. It’s been a room we thought a lot about, like how we want to throw that chandy into the Cumberland and replace it with something more chic and cute. It’s a tiny room and clearly didn’t fit our old dining set, so we don’t really spend a lot of time in there.

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I loved the storage of the chest and the very large and beautiful bar cart together. It was great to have durable surfaces for serve-yourself drinks and snacks and storage for cups and napkins hidden away in the drawers.


This pics are how we styled the room after our gathering. It became a catch-all for keys and mail and my glasses I always lose.


We kept the record player in the same placed because Atlas is actually very good at playing music on it. He’s very careful and mindfully guess what song begins where.


The chest now hold blankets for the couch along with some notebooks and pens, because we can never find pen and paper when we need it.






This other great piece we got (from Sauder) we set up as a guest station for people who crashed with us. We loaded it with towels and toiletries and I eventually began to use it as a safe place for my purse (Atlas is always snatching my phone) and hats.





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A big ol’ thank you to Sauder for inviting us to help style their look book again. It’s such an amazing collection of unique ideas from bloggers, designers, and stylists.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

Trash Talking

We just arrived home from our NYC trip, and fall fell all over our yard. Crunchy gross leaves covered both our walkways and that lead from the sidewalk to the front porch and the driveway to the front porch.

About this time last year when fall covered our pathways, Joey ventured outside with no shoes on. Next thing I knew, we were in the hospital. Joey cut his foot on an unknown object, only to find out he was poisoned. By a turtle shell fragment. We have no idea how it got there and the hospital ensured us this was a first for them. His foot had crazy red veins creeping up well over his ankle and a very obviously infected gash resided on his foot.  It took months to heal properly. Let’s not do that again. Enter, clean up plan.



East Nashville has some major theft issues, so much so that two of our trash bins (provided by the city) have been stolen. Being down two bins sent me on my way to Home Depot to check out the selection. I rolled away with a Rubbermaid Roughneck Trash Can for way less than I expected.



Joey was kind enough to get to business  on sweeping up the walkways while I devices a plan to store the 32 gallon trash bags I also bought with the can. I despise running out of bags while doing yard work and tracking leaves in and out of the house and anything I can do to make it easier, I will.

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Pretty sweet, right? Very easy too. I used a brass rod and a 3/8″ bit to execute this very simple trash can DIY.

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It fits and works great! We like the can too. The stand out perks are:

  • It’s hard to tip, which is nice because I have a history of tipping filled trash cans.
  • It’s easy to wheel around.
  • It’s affordable, and you can buy a two pack for just a few bucks more more.
  •  The bag stayed put the whole time and didn’t slip in the can.

How are you keeping your yard managed this fall? Have the leaves begun to do their thing by you yet?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Newell Rubbermaid®. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s Fall Ya’ll!

This post is sponsored by Target.

Growing up in Florida, “ya’ll” was a thing, and it’s a thing I lost when I moved in NYC in 1999. For nearly 15 years, I barely said it  -until we moved to Nashville, and it’s oddly comforting to hear it so often.

Something South Florida didn’t really have was a true fall, but as a kid we used to come to Tennessee and I was able to see the leaves change.  I had always dreamed of living by the mountains and throwing a faux stag up on the wall and lighting some logs on the fire while curling up in a plaid blanket watching “Gilmore Girls” front to back for the zillionth time.

These days we do movie night with Atlas, who is just over 2.5 years old now and loves a good classic flick so we all snuggle up and make a night of it. I suppose silly little dreams can come true.

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Target was kind enough to include us in their campaign for fall and all things plaid, and I was a little too giddy to comply. The new items they have available are the best I have ever seen. The plaid options are so good. I had the movie in mind, and the weather is just getting crisp enough to pull out the hot cocoa and snack bowls to snuggle up and introduce fall with our favorite plaid picks.

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Perhaps you aren’t as lazy as us, but when we relax, we r-e-l-a-x. Let me introduce the laziest of lazy man’s relaxing technique. Move over lazy Susan- this has you beat. The coffee table is too far to hold snacks and drinks, so this tiny, odd-shapen wooden table placed on the couch is perfect. You barely have to stretch your elbow to grab your mug.

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If you are going to get into couch drinking and dining, let me also suggest using a tablecloth (’cause you’re classy) instead of replacement of a blanket if you have little ones. This mama has no issue with using this cute plaid one to catch crumbs and drips, but I have a major issue with it on our throws we use to snuggle. Plus it looks all cute and plaid and a lot like a blanket.

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Joey picked out these super cute plaid mugs and I thought they were so cute and unexpected; and same with the candle. I love how there are so many products with plaid to pick from right now. It may seem scary to work plaid in, but we took a leap and broke some rules-and I am so excited about the results. Will you play by the rules or break the rules with Target Plaid?

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And we got ourselves a bathroom!

Hi friends! It’s always the case that the blog posts slow down when life gets busier! We have been working on this bathroom, amongst many other projects, but have finished this space so we get to share! We left off here:

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We wallpapered and got the toilet up and running as you know, so let’s talk about both before we go on! We chatted about how to instal this toilet, and hope we gave you confidence to DIY this because it’s way easier than you would think. Next, we were excited to test out it’s “cling free” promise and report back. We didn’t clean it once since we installed her. This is what she looks like now:

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We have all tried her out (hello potty training Atlas!) many many many times over. It looks brand spankin’ new. Like, scary new. We are very very impressed with VorMax and their engineers because this is the biggest game changer we have seen in a long time. Take your hands out of your toilets people. The revolution is here.

Also, it’s a good looking bowl.

The wallpaper is holding up great, but we have been splashing water (I am not going to name any toddler names) on it and have had a complete sink change-of-heart because we need some major protection, aka backsplash, if we plan to keep the paper up for any amount of time. The sink we picked out is sold out anyway in white, and we don’t want to paint a $2,000 sink stand, if you know what we mean. So we found this beauty:making a house a home I wall mount sink I

It’s way off the plan, but look how cute she is. And she’s less than $700! We found it on a third party site and had to laugh when we found out it was an American Standard product, just like the toilet. The reason we haven’t pulled the trigger yet is because we have board and batten around the whole bathroom and are deciding if we want to keep it or ditch it.


The sink now does not have the board and batten behind it. So, we decided to live with the current sink until we can make sure we can collect all the current material or if we have to buy all new stuff. But here is what we did buy/finalize:

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sources: magical toilet // handmade brass toilet paper holder // brass waste basket // vanity lighting // super cushy rug // wallpaper // shower curtain // tiebacks // basket

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Above is the old toilet paper holder, and below is the new brass one to match the new vanity light.


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This is such a happy and light filled bathroom, I am a bit jealous it’s our second bath. The new toilet (VorMax Estate) was the whole inspiration to prioritize this bath and we are so glad we got to it this summer. You can see that the taller toilet does wonders visually against the board and batten. We couldn’t be more impressed with something we take advantage of every day.

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The whole thing cost us about $2,500 and we predict with the new sink and edits to the wall, it’s going to be another $1,000ish depending on faucet selection. Check out the slideshow below for the full before and after and more “after” detail shots. Thanks for hanging out guys!

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One Credenza Four Ways

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hey friends! Hope Mother’s Day was great for all you mama’s and mom’s-to-be! We took to the woods and spent a long weekend at Rock Island. It’s about my favorite thing in the world to do. Life has been extra busy lately so those few days was a gift in itself.

A few months back we styled and shot some of the pictures for the Sauder look-book and can finally share on the blog what we did! We were asked to focus n the versatility of the product we chose, and that was duper easy being we picked our most favorite piece a furniture, a credenza (Soft Modern Credenza to be exact).

We have a tiny house and three credenza’s and I still look at pretty credenza’s whenever we are at the flea market. It’s a sickness. Joey reminded me how I am inches away from being an actual hoarder, but I insist if you have proper storage and a plan, it’s totally fine. Which is why we said “OK” when Sauder sent us over this piece we got to pick out. It wound up fitting in our living room a bit better than the old credenza, so it’s still in the living room housing our TV, while the old one now resides in the dining room.

We styled this piece in the four ways we would actually use it beyond a stand for a TV. If you remember we are ditching our TV for a projector once we renovate the face of our home. Until then, this credenza will do what most credenza’s do and it will house a TV.

Look #1 (above) is an idea to use a credenza in a kids room or play room. It works for obvious reasons (storage, low enough kids can reach on and in it), but also because even if your kiddo is like my kiddo and slams the doors shut, you won’t be shocked by the bang. The doors are soft-close and it’s a good feature with a two year old around.

Look #2 is how we kept the credenza for a while before I finally caved and agreed to put the TV back in the living room. It will also return to this “look” once the projector is up and running after the renovation. The “foyer credenza” is certainly the most useful for me, because I need a dump zone the moment I walk in the door. Truth be told, we keep a bin of toys behind the door in this set up and the TV set up because it’s an awesome place to hide toys because they always seem to make it in the living room no matter how hard you try to keep them out.

Our #3 look was the office option. I see this behind you while you are sitting at your desk. For me a ton of storage is necessary for all the paint samples, fabric samples, books, swatches, and bins it takes to keep an interior designer organized.

Our final #4 look is how to use a credenza in your bedroom. Basically like a dresser on top with your jewelry, family photos, perfume, a decent light (and for me a record player) and the under parts could be laundry, extra sheets, or even shoes.

We had a ton of fun spending the day playing with the Sauder credenza in new ways and hope you all found some inspiration.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

Front Porch Fresh Up

Compensation for this post provided by T.J .Maxx via Mode Media, but all opinions expressed are solely the author’s.

Hello friends! Happy Spring. We were lucky enough to run off to Florida last week and soak in the good weather and then return to Nashville to be greeted by the beautiful spring breeze and sunshine. I realized something while “home” in Boca Raton; I miss plants. A lot. Living in New York, we failed a bunch at plants and even here in Nashville. You may remember we planted a tree when we bought our new home a year ago. Well, the weeping pussy willow is beyond tears and is dead now. Somehow every inch of Boca is covered in thriving, beautiful buds and I was eager to snatch that up and bring it back to Nashville with hopes of refreshing our very winter-looking porch. I front porch I making a house a home I front porch ideas I making a house a home

Besides Atlas’ chalk art and the Christmas lights I refuse to remove because they make me too happy, our porch is looking a little, well, eh. I florida plants I making a house a home

I rounded up a list of off-the-beaten-path nurseries between Miami and Boynton Beach, and I learned a lot about the place I was brought up in that I never knew before. There is an entire underground off-road world of Boca, and it’s pretty fascinating. The first stop was in Boynton at an easy-to-find place called Tropical World Nursery. The nursery is vast and loaded with so many amazing rare plants and a few chickens too. The picture above is Atlas in love with it all. He kept saying “leaf!”. Sadly the woman working wasn’t very interested in us being there, which made us rush a bit. But not before we snagged this photo and a few hanging plants for the house. I atlas loves plants I making a house a home

I basically had to go to a secret location in Delray off two dirt roads after calling a number to be given an undisclosed address to find a really kind husband and wife team to help me stock up on stag horn ferns and teach me a thing or two about mounting plants. I loaded as much as I could fit in a box and left filled with hope of not killing these gorgeous creatures. After picking some growth from my dad’s palm trees and getting them home to Nashville alive, I began practicing mounting at home, and I am addicted now. I mounted plants I making a house a home

Before I went plant crazy on the porch, we had to give it  a good cleaning and figure out what to do with the bare space. We headed over to T.J. Maxx and got a really great hand sweep and tray for $8 a pop. One is made in Germany, and the other in Italy, and they are both rad. I figure even utilitarian things should be beautiful, especially because it makes cleaning more fun. I tjmaxx cleaning supplies I making  a house a home

We then snagged these two pillows for $16 a pop and they fit so perfectly with our jute rug and “outside” blanket. I outdoor pillows I making a house a home

This table runner was $12 and just happened to match perfectly despite being a totally different brand. The “Joey” head vintage planter made it outside. Yes, that’s a “Florida” plant. I patio runner I making a house a home

It’s silly but true. I about squealed when I came upon these clearance kitchen towels for $4 (for the pair). I bought them all. I plan to use them in the bathroom. Watch me break the rules. I tjmaxx turkish towel I making a house a home

For $50 in textiles and some fresh plants, the porch feels very ready for us now. We have already been hanging out and enjoying it every day since the spruce up. Here are some tips to get you inspired to freshen up your outdoor space:

Tips to make your outdoor space feel like an additional room!

  1. If you have a covered area, add some textiles. We love having pillows and blankets on the porch, they make it feel like an additional room of the house.
  2. Plants and planters may seem excessive when you are already outside, but it’s such a fun way to add color and life in a clean and curated way.
  3. Throw a huge rug down instead of a tiny mat to make the space feel more grounded
  4. Adding a runner to an outdoor table changes the vibe immediately from casual to intentional. Try it when you host your next gathering for a put together a BBQ or porch coffee gathering.


Guest Bathroom Progress and Plan

Hey friends! Did you get hit with this icy storm? In NYC we were use to a ton of snow, and here in Nashville it’s like an ice skating rink. Everything is covered in a coat of ice. It’s sort of magical and scary at the same time. Looking at the branches is beautiful, but makes me wonder how long it will take for them to snap on electrical cords and leave us with no power. Crossing fingers that’s just a theory.

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I have mentioned a lot that this blue was getting to me. We painted so many rooms already, but the staircase hallway, guest bathroom, kitchen, and master bedroom are driving me bananas. I know it’s not worth painting whats headed for demo and reconstruction, so I am just hanging back. This guess bathroom is one space that is staying put, so we were able to pull the trigger on a decision. Joey had surprised me with wallpapering our guest bathroom, and I couldn’t be more grateful for a husband that knows me so well. It was driving me mad, being all “country blue” for the past 11 months. We had some ideas, but never fleshed out a real plan until joey got the paper up.

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The plan in pretty simple.

Keep: Floor, tub, toilet

Replace: sink, faucet, lights, switches, toilet flush, towel bars, trash bin, toilet paper holder, shower curtain

Add: wallpaper, small table, shower shelf above towel bar

Remove: Stained glass

Edit: The feet of the tub will go black instead of silver.

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Restoration hardware is having an epic sale, so we figure now may be the time to snag that consule sink. It’s less than $800 for both the stand and the sink. If it looks familiar it’s because its from the same “Dutch” collection as our temporary Restoration Hardware dining table. What can I say? Creatures of habit we are.

The wallpaper (Hygge and West) that was a sweet surprise from Joey was intended to be hung in November, but you know how life goes.

The side table is on clearance sale at Target right now. I think it’s $50 if I am not mistaken.

The lights for above the vanity are also Restoration Hardware and are a little over $200, and are a solid back up if we can’t find a vintage treasure. We are looking for a vintage mirror and towel bars and will hopefully fine other soon once we can  get out of the house to go hunt them down.

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The light switch is finally being accompanied by a plug plate from the Legrand Adorne collection, respectfully in brass, and it looks perfect now!

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I love peeking in the bathroom and seeing we are a step closer to how we ultimately envision it. We have a lot of projects going on at once right now, which seems to make everything move a tad slower when it comes to personal goals, but this cheerful step has me on cloud nine.

We have been working on Unit B of the Rich Hippies House because Unit A is booking up so quickly we had to re-prioritize our own renovation. We also have a show house for Rich Hippies to finish along with a music studio for Joey and a few fun clients. We plan to finish this bathroom and our renovation at the same time over the next few months. If we ever get out from under this ice.


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