Farmhouse Dining Room

Our Connecticut dining room has finally come together in the most beautiful way! Many of you may remember we scored these wingback chairs at an estate sale for $7! They were hideous before – covered in a bright green fabric, and we had them reupholstered in this cream linen material. Thomas then sanded down the legs of the chairs and stained them a light honey color. I am so happy with the end result. It really is incredible what a little stain and fabric can do to a chair. Farmhouse Dining RoomVintage RugThis vintage rug is what ultimately pulled everything together and made the space feel warm and cozy. It’s from Linda’s Barn – an incredible vintage rug store with literally hundreds of rugs in all shapes and sizes! It was so hard to narrow down a rug (I legit wanted each and every one), but Linda was so helpful and I went with this neutral one. Although each rug is one of a kind, she has several similar to this – so definitely browse the site. Dining TableMany of you may remember that Thomas built our dining table. I did a DIY post about it here. It’s such a special piece, and the thick white oak planks are so unique. I’ve linked a few similar options below like this table and this one. Dining ChairsThe 2 end chairs are wingback chairs from an estate sale that we had reupholstered, and the 4 wooden chairs are “wishbone” chairs from Wisteria, which sadly now is closed. I’ve linked several similar options below though! In terms of reupholstering, I’ve received several questions about the process. This article is really informative. We used Prince Upholstery in Connecticut. They picked up both of our chairs, brought fabric books for us to choose from, and also dropped the chairs off when they were done. Make sure to be specific if you want a cushion remade to be thicker, want it down filled or partial down filled, etc. I suggest writing down your requests and giving it to them so it’s very clear! ChandeliersThese Visual Comfort chandeliers are one of my favorite pieces in our entire home. They are so classic and well made. They really make a statement and elevate the entire room. The previous owners had a straw/rattan set of chandeliers which were really fun, but they made the home feel too rustic/casual for our personal preference. The brass chandeliers really add that elegance I wanted in the room.
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Spring Set

Ahhhh spring – I see you! The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the air is buzzing with excitement for the new season! I always get really energized during this time of year. As we transition into a new season, I’m inspired to clean out my closet and update it with beautiful, light pieces that I can wear well into summer. Nordstrom Designer Collections Nordstrom is always the first place I go when it comes to shopping. They have everything from affordable basics to elevated designer pieces. My wardrobe is in a really good place right now in terms of basics. I’ve spent years building it out so that everything fits right, feels right and lasts! I always like to treat myself to a few special designer pieces each season, and found some really dreamy pieces in Nordstrom’s Designer Collections section! A few designers that always stand out to me are Zimmermann, Max Mara, Khaite, Johanna Ortiz, Aquazzura, and Isabel Marant. Zimmermann blouse Zimmermann has been one of my favorite brands forever, and I end up keeping their pieces year after year. When I saw this white silk blouse online, I knew I had to have it! There are still a few sizes left, but hurry because it will sell out soon! For reference I always wear a size 1 in their clothing (it fits like a size small or 2 despite what the sizing chart says!) A few other Zimmermann pieces I’m loving are these shorts, this dress and this top. Max Mara silk skirt A silk midi skirt is one of my most worn items throughout the year. I love wearing it with a bodysuit, crisp white button down, chunky knit sweater, or turtleneck. I paired this gorgeous silk Max Mara skirt with my white blouse. The skirt really exudes soft minimalism which is a huge trend for this upcoming season! Spring Wishlist A few other goodies I have my eye on are this Johanna Ortiz white linen embroidered dress which will be perfect for warm spring/summer days. I also love this knit Khaite bodysuit, this elegant cashmere collared sweater, this classic Max Mara taupe coat, these white linen pants, these cool distressed jeans, and these Aquazzura heels – SWOON! Zimmermann blouse (also love this one and this one)Max Mara skirt (also love this one and this one)Stuart Weitzman heels (similar)
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10 Things That Bring Me Joy

It’s almost been 1 year since the pandemic began. It’s hard to believe isn’t it? In 1 year all of our lives have drastically changed. Each and every one of us have had to adapt to this “new normal.” This “new normal” looks different for everyone…but I think we can all agree it’s been a BIG transition. The transition has been easier for some, and harder for others. Little things like grabbing a casual drink with a friend at a bar on a whim are no longer possible. While the pandemic has certainly taken a lot of freedom and spontaneity out of our lives, it hasn’t taken all of the joy. I personally needed to remind myself of this the other day after hitting a bit of a “pandemic wall.” I wanted to share something I did to remind myself of the small, day to day things that bring me joy. 10 Things That Bring Me Joy It’s funny how the simplest, sometimes even silly, things bring us the most joy. While it’s great to splurge on something new or reach a big career milestone, it’s the small things throughout the week that really sustain our happiness. This past week I wrote down 10 totally random things that were bringing me joy. To see them on paper, really made them that much more meaningful and special. I encourage you to write down 10 things that bring you joy. And without judgement. It could be the smallest, silliest thing that no one else will understand but you. You may be surprised what your list is comprised of. It’s a good way to remind yourself what actually makes you happy – and reprioritize finding the time to do things like that throughout the week. When everyday starts feeling like Groundhogs day, pull out your list, and check in with yourself. Make sure you’re making time to do these small, little things that bring you joy. Because after all, that’s the whole point of life – to enjoy it. Hermes teacup (similar, similar)
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Classic Everyday Pieces

I often get asked about what my wardrobe essentials are.  They are things like a great pair of white skinny jeans, a pair of light wash jeans, the perfect fitting white T, a white button down, and a chambray shirt… They are pieces that can easily be mixed and matched to create an endless amount of classic outfits. Classic Everyday PiecesFree AssemblyThe Free Assembly collection at Walmart Fashion legit has all of the classic everyday pieces you want and need, plus they’re all so reasonably priced!  From that perfect fitting white T (seriously this one is the best – it’s a creamy white and the cut is SO good), to this chic cream cardigan with tortoise buttons, and this crisp white button down – the collection is full of effortless, classic pieces.  Plus I love that the brand is committed to sustainability. Here are the stand out pieces from my most recent order… The Perfect T-ShirtI ordered this T-shirt in both the creamy white and grey – and LOVE both.  It’s loose, but not overly boxy (I took my normal size) and drapes beautifully.  The best part is, it’s $12 and comes in several other neutral colors. Lightweight Spring JacketThis soft creamy white canvas jacket is stunning in person and will be my go-to lightweight jacket to throw over sundresses and tanks in the spring.  It’s true to size, and the tortoise buttons really elevate the overall look.  I can see myself wearing it around town or even to a casual dinner with sneakers or sandals. Cream CardiganI’ve been looking for the perfect creamy knit cardigan for a while, and this one really wow’d me.  It’s only $28.  My normal size was ideal for this style, and I can see myself wearing it over a simple slip dress, a silky tank, or alone with jeans. White Button DownYou can never have too many white button downs in your closet, and this one will be a staple year round.  It’s not too sheer so you don’t need to wear anything underneath, isn’t overly long so it can be worn tucked out, and has a slimmer fit so it’s really flattering on!  I have a feeling this will sell out in the white color quickly. So definitely snap up your size while you can! Shop more of my favorite classic pieces from the Free Assembly collection at Walmart Fashion below – including this great chunky knit crewneck sweater, these white denim shorts, these light wash straight leg jeans, and this simple long sleeve t which is great for throwing on before or after a workout. Outfit 1: Outfit 2: Outfit 3:
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