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I received several questions about the Nordstrom sale and this year I really felt like I would bite the bullet and make a post with recommendations and while I see myself always browsing the sale to see what's up and I'm not closed to doing a round up post in the future after reviewing this year's sale I just can't find the patience to put an entire post together.
 
 
I always want this blog to be a place where I am authentic and real and not just a place to spew out what's popular but rather what trends speak to me. And I hate to disappoint people , I'm very flattered that there have been people to reach out and ask about my recommendations but I don't want to recommend things just for the sake of recommending things. I prefer to shop in season and with the weather in Memphis I just won't be wearing fall items until late October. Plus, a lot of the items I saw in the sale I liked are similar to items I already own and I don't need to be buying duplicated. So I hope if you were looking for recommendations you'll understand why its just not for me this year.
 
 
What I do want to talk about though are my fall fashion predictions. While I don't buy my whole seasonal wardrobe in advance of the season I do like to get an idea of the things I might be interested in so if I see something for a great price I can grab it. If you do shop the Nordstrom sale than these are the types of pieces I'd recommend you buy - but to be honest there's lots of great sales going on right now so you can probably find many of these things at other retailers if they're not in your closet already.
1. Leopard
I don't think leopard has gone out of style since last fall but it's certainty coming in hot again for fall 2019. I already have a leopard skirt but I recently got a dress as well. I love it because it's cotton so I can wear it even when it's still warm.
2. Rust 
I'm not sure how I feel about this one - rust is in the orange color family and I'm not crazy about orange but I do own one rust colored sweater, Unless this trend absolutely explodes I'll probably stick to the one sweater I already own because it's soft and cozy and I don't mid wearing it on repeat.
3. Jackets
 I feel like this is a no brainer for fall. I could wear my denim jacket all day everyday but I am glad that I grabbed a green utility style jacket earlier this year as well.  
4. Stripe Sweaters
 We saw these in style last fall and the trend has changed by carried into each season since - in the fall it was long sleeve crew neck sweaters, then we saw the rainbow cardigans and now it's the rainbow kimono. I missed out on this trend last year and only have the pastel kimono right now so this is one item that I do plan on purchasing for fall.
5. Boots
Boots are another item that are a no brainer for fall IMO. Both booties and tall boots have been in style the past couple of years so this is an area where I really don't thing you can go wrong. I am hoping this is the year I finally find a pair of OTK boots I love.  
6. Midi Length
 I am so excited about this one! Midi has slowly been making a comeback in 2019 but fall is looking to be the season of the Midi and I am here for it.
7. Plaid Blazers
This is something I regret not buying last year - from what I can tell this year's styles look very similar to last year so this is one where I recommend trying to find one on sale first before buying this years slightly altered model.
8. Floral
Florals aren't just for spring anymore! I feel like we started to see this trend hit last fall and I'm glad it's coming back for 2019 since I love a good floral print. I already have several fall colored floral items so I'm not looking for anything for this trend but I'm also always open to a new dress.  
9. Long Cardigans
 I don't mind long cardigans but I'm not the biggest fan so I'll probably skip buying something in this trend this year. I already have a long gray cardigan and that's enough for me.
10. Hats
I love hats but hats don't seem to love me. Specifically felt wide brimmed hats in neutral colors seem to be what's in for fall 2019. Since this is purely a weekend item I didn't want to spend too much money on this trend last year but I could never find a good one for under $20 so I'm starting my search early this year.
 
 
As you look for your fall trend items it's important to think about if you want to be super "in season" or you want something that can carry into future years. For example, while leopard skirts are going to be appropriate for fall a leopard midi skirt is going to look really on trend. My skirt is knee length and I'm not bothered by that. In general I try to avoid items that have multiple trends in one piece knowing that will make the piece look dated next year.
 
 
I wish you the best in finding your fall trends and I hope that by starting to think about fall now you can score some great deals. But don't stress about it too much - it's still summer after all and you still have plenty of time for sundresses and shorts.


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I’ve  been traveling so much lately so I’ve pretty much got packing down to a science. Planning for a trip can be stressful so I’m here to make it a little easier for you and talk about the necessities, today were specifically talking about what’s in the toiletry bag. As a special treat I have teamed up with Smile Brilliant for a giveaway at the end of this post!!!
When thinking about necessities I first think about the things I don’t need - hotels always have shampoo, conditioner and a hairdryer so I never bring my own to save space.  I then think about what items I use at home that I can go without for the week vs. what I use everyday. I also try to think about  products that are good for multipurpose; facial oil is a great example as I use it for a makeup remover at night , a moisturizer in the morning and I also use a small amount on the ends of my hair. Through this I’ve been able to narrow it down to only ten items.

1. Hairbrush

2. Deodorant

3. Toothbrush

4. Toothpaste

5. Facial oil

6. Vitamins and Supplements

7. Perfume

8. Face Mask

9. Facial Roller

10. Q-Tips



I recently made the switch to Smile Brilliant cariPRO electric toothbrush and I couldn’t imagine leaving home without it. I noticed a different in my teeth and gums when I use a manual toothbrush even for a short period of time. The cariPRO is super lightweight and a charge lasts for 30 days so when it comes to travel it’s no more of a hassle than a small manual brush.
The cariPRO has five settings - clean , whiten, , massage , gum care and sensitive. I tend to leave it on the whiten setting but switch to massage after I brush to massage my gums about twice a week. My favorite feature is the built in timer - not only does the cariPRO go for two minutes so I get the recommended amount of brushing time it but it vibrates at 30 second intervals to let me know it's time to move to a different quadrant of my mouth. I'm ashamed to admit that it's clear I wasn't brushing for a full two minutes before and I'm seeing whiter teeth as a result of doing so.


Since I have been so pleased with the cariPRO I'm teaming up with Smile Brilliant to giveaway one to a lucky reader for all your at home and on the road dental needs. I hope you will love your cariPRO as much as I love mine.

You can also use my code memphismandy20 for 20% on the Smile Brilliant website




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I have a confession - I have two tables for dining inside my home and right now neither is suitable for sitting down and having a meal at. Between all the travel and every single weekend for the past few months being filling with either heading out on a trip, coming home from a trip or catching up on laundry and packing for the next trip eating at home and keeping an neat house just hasn't been a priority. So the kitchen table has turned into a grocery staging area and kitchen odds and ends and the dining table has become my package receiving area and suitcase staging.
So with the weather suitable for dining al fresco I was thrilled when the folks at Full Beauty Brands reached out about creating an outdoor oasis for our back patio.

My husband Shaun does a pretty good job of mowing the lawn on a regular basis and we have a service to spray to keep the grass green and the weeds at bay but despite our best efforts the grass will not grow right around our patio because the roof shades it from any sun exposure. Looking at a foot of dirt isn't the most appealing sight so the first step was to create a barrier between the dirt boarder and our patio area - for this we used a planter box.
It took two large bags of soil to fill the planter and we selected three annuals to plant. Selecting annuals gives us the flexibility to change the look in the future but right now we wanted some fun pops of color. I selected pink because I already had a small outdoor rug in pink I knew would be perfect for the set up and did a purple flower in the middle just to add some variety. In total to fill the planter we sent $50 on top of the planter cost.


Next came the table set up - this bistro table set as the look of wrought iron but is actually a study plastic material so it's lightweight and easy to move around when we have changing needs for entertaining. Out porch is north facing so we would turn the chairs to enjoy a sunset dinner or glass of wine.


During the summer we tend to eat a lot of salads and lighter items so a melamine salad set was perfect to complete the set up. I love melamine dishes for casual dining because they are sturdy but light and super easy to clean.



Of course, what kind of southerner would sit on their porch without a glass of sweet tea? The table is just the right size for everything we need for light summer dinners and back porch sweet tea sippin.




I'll be sharing more with our fun new setup so stay tuned for some of my favorite salad and sweet tea recipes but I hope this post inspires you to create your own little outdoor oasis.

My outfit details: Dress and Shoes are Jessica London
Shaun's outfit details: Shirt, Pants and Shoes are King Size

***This post is in partnership with Full Beauty Brands who graciously supplied our clothes and outdoor items in the post. All opinions and design are my own.***

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Getting dressed doesn’t have to be complicated, but how many times have you gone into your closet and said I have nothing to wear? Personally I like clothes and I like having a closet full of clothes but I recognize that there is such a thing of too much of a good thing and too much can make it overwhelming. 

1. Black Pants 
A pair of black pants can take you anywhere - work, school, running errands, out to dinner. Personally I’m a fan of a slim fit ankle pant because it think it’s not too formal for all my non work occasions but nice enough to wear to the office. 

2. A shift style dress 
To me this is another wear it anywhere article of clothing if you get it in a nice but casual fabric. I think there’s a little flexibility here depending on your lifestyle - if you’re a busy professional would would wear this dress to work frequently I would recommend a more formal fabric for your dress vs stay at home moms or women who work in a casual environment. 

3. Solid color tee 
Although typically considered a casual item I think tees provide a lot of versatility and are always in style. You can wear with any bottom for a super simple look or style them with a fun scarf, jackets and statement jewelry. 

4. A lightweight jacket 
Speaking of jackets, I love jackets! I think a denim jacket is great with a dress or black pants to look non businessy. A blazer though is the most versatile type of jacket because it can make a dress look formal and add a touch of style to a pair of jeans while still having an overall casual look. 

5. A great pair of jeans 
Jeans are the workhorse of your closet. Expect for formal events you can pretty much wear jeans anywhere. I wear mine to work and I find that most people I know can at least wear them on Fridays if not more often. 

With these five items in your closet with a good fit and in good condition you’ll always have something to wear. 



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When I got engaged in 2015 I saw the most beautiful ring box on instagram and I had to have one. The Mrs Box is a handmade, velvet vintage style ring box perfectly for not only keeping your ring safe when you're not wearing it but also let's be real - looking pretty. Since my original purchase from The Mrs Box they have expanded the collection - my original box is the classic petite which at the time was the only box offered; there is now a larger square and a beveled shape and both have options to hold one or two rings. So when I found myself getting a new ring it only seemed right that my new ring deserved a new box. (You can see my original ring and box here)

  

The Mrs Box has so many gorgeous choices to be honest I just couldn't decided so I left the options up to you, my wonderful readers! Y'all felt pretty strongly that I should get the double box to hold both my engagement ring and wedding band and love the beveled shape. I had narrowed it down to pink or turquoise and the vote was pretty split , when I submitted my order turquoise was slightly ahead but I think pink ultimately won by a hair but as you can see turquoise is a pretty good match for me. My original box had the foil lettering and as much as I love it I'm really glad y'all encouraged me to go with the engraved - I had mine engraved with my initials using one of the 30 designs The Mrs Box offers.


 
  
Although The Mrs Box may look delicate don't be fooled by it's tiny size - the box is very sturdy and I have had no issues with the lid ever falling off. I love functional things that are pretty but this feature is the reason why I think The Mrs Box is superior to other ring boxes - I take my rings off at night when I sleep and there have been too many times when I have knocked them off the night stand and spent the morning crawling around trying to find them - a turquoise box is sooo much easier to find and keeps them safe.

Of course, most people do get The Mrs Box because it's perfect for those ring shots  . . .

 
 
 
 
 

I never thought I would be the woman who got a different engagement ring but not even three years into marriage and here I am. It all started last October when one of the stones fell out of my ring - since the ring was purchased in LA and we had a trip scheduled to LA that month I just put the ring and diamond in a ziplock bag and planned on getting the original jeweler to make the repair, which they did - or so we thought. A few days after we returned a stone fell out again , I think it was the same one but due to the shape I can't be 100% positive but needless to say we were very annoyed. So  I took the ring to a local jeweler (Diamond Brokers of Memphis - DBM).
 
 
Initially DBM indicated that the prongs were not substantial enough to hold the diamond securely and pointed out that several prongs were bent or crushed - this was really annoying because it had just been with the jewelers who made it and they said nothing about this. But, DBM said that they could adjust the ring and add new prongs. A few weeks later I got a call because there was concern - once looking at the setting with the diamonds removed it was clear that the issue was more than just small prongs - the diamonds were set too close together and could not withstand the pressure of larger prongs, in fact they were already rubbing against eachother (this is not good). Unfortunately a new setting would need to be made. DBM was nothing but helpful in the process and offered several ways in which to try and keep the design as close to the original as possible but honestly I was crushed, I felt like it was no longer going to be the same ring. I was mad, disappointed and frustrated so I did what any millennial does these days - I took my complaint to social media and wrote a one star yelp review.
 
 
Honestly, I didn't have any expectation I just wanted to vent. I don't know about y'all by my engagement ring is the most expensive piece of jewelry I own and probably will own for a long time. I was disappointing to know that my husband made such a big purchase for what was apparently not a well made product, I was mad we were going to have to spend "hopefully under $1,000" for a new setting and I was hurt that my engagement ring would never be the same as it was when my husband proposed. I stuck to the facts in my review but expressed my disappointment that the ring only made it three years before having problems. A few weeks later the owners reached out - they were willing to do the new setting themselves (hell no) , pay for the new setting, or accept a return. Honestly it was a really hard decision and I felt like no option was going to make me 100% happy but ultimately we decided to return the ring for a full refund and start fresh.

 
So now we get to the fun part - picking out a new ring! After buying our house and realizing how expensive furniture and home improvements are I'm not going to lie - it was super tempting to buy a moissanite ring as a replacement (which is significantly less than a diamond) and put the rest towards one or two projects on our honey do list. You can call me a sucker for the most successful marketing campaign ever created but I just really wanted my ring to be a diamond. I always loved the floral design of my original ring but I had a confession to make to my husband - there had been a miscommunication when the original ring was purchased and I had really wanted a ring with a 1 carat center stone and smaller surrounding stones rather than the cluster of same sized diamonds. I loved that ring for what it represented and I love Shaun for making it a priority when we all know I've never spent that kind of money on something unnecessary for him so I never brought it up but since we were looking at rings again it made sense to get what I thought we were getting the first time.
 
 
DBM had a ring of a very similar style with a blue Sapphire center and eight surrounding diamonds and although we looked at several gorgeous designs and settings we both found ourselves drawn to that floral shape and asked if the same design could be done with diamonds - modifications were needed as a diamond of that size was out of our budget but after a little bit of tweaking we had a perfect new ring custom made.
 
 
I'm in love with my new ring and love having a new box to keep it safe and secure. While I originally got The Mrs Box when I was a bride to be I have really enjoyed having one as a Mrs - it's really much more than a nice photo prop and I cannot recommend them enough to anyone who has any kind of special ring.
 
I'm also super grateful to Diamond Brokers of Memphis for making a tough situation (even if it is a first world problem) easy. I really wanted thinner band because I find it much more comfortable to wear and DBM was able to balance out giving me the comfort of wear with substance to support the setting. When it came to budget DBM was also super easy to work with - we wound up spending a little more than the original ring by choice but there was never once pressure to spend more and we were able to get a custom setting of a design they already offered to fit our budget rather than stretch our budget.
 
 
 
***This post is in partnership with The Mrs Box who graciously provided me a new box for my new ring. The Mrs Box is a product that I have previously spent my own money on. Both my new engagement ring and wedding band featured in this post were purchased by my husband at fair market value*** 
 

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Ok, so the official first day of summer isn't until later this month but with temps already in the 90s It's already summer as far as I'm concerned. Sometimes I struggle with summer attire because I still spend my Monday - Friday at the office so shorts and tanks just aren't on my radar but I'm trying to do a better job of going sleeveless and wearing more summery colors. Since traditionally white is worn from Easter to Labor day (yes, I still follow this rule) I try to get as much wearing white in as possible during the hot summer months. I know a lot of plus size women shy away from white but I say go for it!





This year I got a new white dress from Jessica London that is perfect for looking cute on the weekend but also appropriate for the office. To keep my white dress from looking boring I like to pair with some statement pieces - here I am carrying a bright and sunny bag and wearing a fun statement necklace. Ordinarily I wouldn't wear a statement necklace in the summer as I hate things hanging off my neck when I am hot but this one is super light. This dress does comes with a white tie around belt but I thought the skinny gold was a nice way to break up the white and make the dress a little dressy without adding additional layers.

I'm wearing white heeled sandals here for a dressy weekend look - this look would be perfect for a summer social gathering (as long as it isn't wedding related because unless you're the bride you shouldn't wear white) or date night. For the office I swapped the heeled sandals for gold ballet flats but really you could do any color shoe.

I hope this look inspires you to wear white this summer!



***This post is in partnership with Jessica London , I was asked to style and outfit and provided pieces for their summer essentials campaign. All opinions and styling are my own***



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Even though I live here and even though I’m a huge fan of this city I’m somehow always surprised at all the talent in Memphis when I am exposed to an “overdose of talent” at local events and attending Art by Design was no exception. 

I’m going to be perfectly honest here - I’ve been wanting to share my own living room design on here for a while and buying a ticket gave me the final push I needed to get my post finalized. I spent the morning shampooing my carpet and putting away all the odds and ends lying around, took my photos to go with the content I had already written and planned on sharing my post that afternoon and talk about how the event inspired me to share me home design. And then I went . . . and I came home and cried on my living room couch no longer proud of my own home and seeing it as plain, generic, low budget and nothing special. Not my best moment y’all. Why am I telling you this you wonder, well I want to give you some context before I show the pretty things so here’s the pep talk I had to give myself. 

1. These rooms are designed by professional designers 
2. These rooms are also not lived in so of course they’re beautiful and perfect
3. These are show rooms meant to give an idea of the designers work - if you were promoting your
work you’re not going to show your average work you’ll show your best work and these designers no doubt have done the same 
4. These rooms were designed for an ideal, fictional client and don’t represent the budget or space constraints of a real person 

It took me a week to settle down and remember that this exhibit was just supposed to be something beautiful to look at, give some ideas for decor inspiration, and allow the designer to show off their creativity. And they really are beautiful spaces. My home will probably never look like any of these rooms but I did see elements of things I have in my own home or could have in my own home. And in case you missed it I did share that living room post after all. 
  

HS Carpentry and Spruce

John Mark Sharpe Enterprises 

Allyson James Designs 

Caroline V. Smith Interiors

Ray Booth Interior Design
 
M.Steffens Interiors 

Rhea Crenshaw Interior Design 

RKA Construction



Greg Baudoin Interior Design

Elizabeth Malmo Interior Design 

Stock & Belle

Tara Felice Interiors 

Murphy Maude Interiors

B.Gaines Interior Design

White Door Events 

Arts Memphis with pieces by Worlds Away 

Betsy Mosby Interior Design 

Lisa Mallory Interior Designs 
 
Light Fixtures by Ferguson
 
I think some of the rooms are beautiful but completely unpractical or don't have a homey feel and there were some rooms that I liked very much or found elements of inspiration. The beige door living room space especially inspired me because I've always felt like our coffee table was too small because you can't really reach it from the couches so I love the idea of flipping it around and getting a second table so that was an ah moment for me. 
 
If I had to pick one favorite it would be the blue dining room - our dining room is actually a very similar if not the same wall color - but our dining room also only has one wall so the layout and design of the room literally would not be possible - but it's a nice space to look at and it did inspire me to maybe stop using my table as my purse swapping out zone and nicely set the table. If the inspiration sticks around long enough that will probably be the next room I share in a post so stay tuned.
 
I hope seeing these beautiful designs gave you some ideas for your own home.

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Anyone who knows me knows I love gingham for it's classic preppy style and versatility. I have several gingham tops and gingham dresses but am just now getting comfortable with wearing printed bottoms. In addition to being comfortable and perfect for summer I am loving these gingham pants from Jessica London because I can wear them with a variety of colors. The possibilities are endless but in this post we're taking a look at three different colors to pair with gingham.

The most obvious color is white and since gingham is always white and one other color it will go with gingham in any color. A lot of people get intimidated by white because it seems hard to clean - while it's true that white will highlight a stain I find white easier to treat stains that colored garments because it can be bleached. Plus, white gives summer fresh vibe. I went with an off the shoulder top for my white because it also screams summer to me. Since this top has statement sleeves with the side bows and a dramatic neck I decided to skip a necklace and go with statement earrings instead.








Eyelet Top : Jessica London           Earrings : Tilton Street          Wedges : Jessica London

Another easy option is to pair with the same color of the gingham - this isn't quite a monochromatic look but is really safe and easy to put together. I wear a lot of blue so I already had this cotton peplum tee in my closet. For accessories I am bringing in a little gingham with the purse; blue earrings would work here but I thought white was a nice touch.










Blue Top : Similar       Gingham Purse: Target      Tassel Earrings : Kendra Scott

For a final look I decided to pair my gingham with a contrasting color - with the gingham print blue and white I thought this would be an easy way to make a red, white and blue outfit. I kept the accessories the same and just swapped out for a different color tee - easy peasy. This is another tee I already had in my closet, I find it's a good idea to keep solid tees in various colors on hand to make easy, comfortable outfits.









These looks here are really simple - if you really want to have fun with gingham you can play around with colors and even do a little print mixing. I'll continue to style these pants various ways this summer but wanted to start off with some simple looks that would be super easy to put together and involve pieces you probably already have in your closet. I hope this post has inspired you to have some fun with gingham this summer.

***This post is in partnership with Jessica London , all opinions and styling are my own. I find Jessica London to offer great quality and value and it is a brand that I also shop with my own money***



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The annual Target collaboration is something I look forward to all year. From the time when the announcement is made until the look book is released I get antsy with anticipation and then once the look book comes out I scour over it and plan what I will get from the collection.

I love these collabs because a. I love target b. I love getting designer style at prices I can afford and c. target tends to collab with brands that don't offer plus sizes so it's a way for me to participate in a style I enjoy. This year's collab is with Vineyard Vines and I am PUMPED for the collection to be released tomorrow so I figured y'all might enjoy seeing my top picks from the collection.




This pink pullover is the target collection version of the VV Shep shirt. These are great for layering and simple classic style pieces. Since this is a spring collection I imagine this will be very lightweight. The whale shorts is quintessential VV and just adorable. They look to be a little short for my taste so they're a maybe item for me.





These patchwork shirts are super cute but I'm loving the patchwork dress more and really hoping I'm able to grab this item. The mint tee says everyday should be this good on the back - it's cute but I have a lot of tees so I will probably pass. There are a lot of cure bags in the collection but the blue and pink stripe below is my favorite and I really hope I'm able to get it.


This rough sea ruffle dress is definitely calling my name - I love rffles and midi dresses and this print is too perfect for summer.
The V-neck cover-up is also on my list because it's a great classic style and it looks like it would be perfect for beyond the beach.  

I'm not typically a polo girl but I feel like how can I not get one because it's such a VV staple. I'm always in need of plain white tops so while it does come in blue I plan in grabbing in white.



I'm in need of a new chambray top and this one looks great for the price. I'm torn on the skirt because I do love it but I also have a blue and white midi dress so this feels like it would be a bit of a duplicate in my closet.
I don't plan on grabbing this gingham dress just because I have a navy gingham dress already and I have so much gingham at this point but I do think it's a great piece though if you don't already have navy gingham. I'm also passing on the white dress because I already have a white dress but this one is really beautiful.  

Obviously I'll be limited by what I'll be able to get my hands on and there might be some pieces that I like in person that I'm not currently considering or some on my list that I don't like in person but there are just my top recommendations for the collection.

If you want to keep up with what I'm able to get from the collection and see how I style these pieces this summer be sure to follow me on instagram.

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I'm a pretty decisive person , so when we moved into our home in 2017 I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted to decorate most of the rooms and to me the living room is the most important. The living room is the heart of the home - it's where the family relaxes after a long day at work, where guests are entertained and one of the first impression you get of someone's home and style. But in 2017 decorating the living room I wanted just wasn't in the cards - but I'm a patient person when I really want something and was willing to wait.
 
Just like when I was planning our wedding when planning our home décor I turned to pinterest to find inspiration and hone in on what I was looking for. I knew that I wanted a blue velvet tufted sofa and quickly had about 20 on my new home board - but eventually one photo stood out and became the "pinspiration" for our living room.
 


This photo originally appeared on this blog post and is published here with the original creator's permission.
 
The only thing better than one blue velvet tufted sofa is two! I've never really been a fan of the typical L shape living room set-up and I love that two full size sofas across from each other not only provides more seating but is a great set up for entertaining - which we love to do.




 
Next we needed a rug. I have to admit that I LOVE our living room rug even though I will never hear the end of it from Shaun since it was over $700 and he felt like we should have limited ourselves to the $99 selection at Tuesday Morning. It's beautiful and plush and the colors just go so well with the sofas. Sadly I can't find it anymore but this one is similar (and a better price!).
 
For the accent chairs I actually founds ones pretty spot on to the ones from the "pinspiration" but I cannot tell y'all enough how much Shaun hated them, and in marriage you have to pick your battles and the rug was more important to me so I selected some more tame cream and gold accent chairs.
As beautiful as the pinspiration coffee table is I didn't really feel like that would fit in with our home and while I liked the idea of a gold and glass table I wanted something more simple - maybe we'll upgrade one day but honestly I like our Ikea hacked table just fine.
 
As far as finishing out the room I'd honestly prefer to have our family portrait over the mantle but again - gotta pick those battles so 55 inch tv it is. The curtains took me the longest to find and acceptable set - ours were from Home Goods. The teal pillows came with the sofas and honestly I hated them online but they're not too terrible so I decided to go with it but you can see I did get to add a little bit of a white furry accent and got some additional pillows. I rently saw a picture of a blue sofa with mustard yellow pillows and I loved it so if I can find some I might ditch the teal once and for all. Eventually we'd love to have a statement piece of art on the big wall but that';s just not a top financial priority so we just got a reproduction at Kirkland's - one thing that's nice about getting inexpensive décor items is that when trends change you can switch out a few pieces and give the room a fresh look.
 
I hope you enjoyed a look at how I turned "pinspiration" into our home decoration. What room should I show next?

       



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