House to Home: Updating the Old Place. 

Since it’s been so cold and snowing (which is crazy for Atlanta- as I’m sure you’ve heard) I have been stuck in my house much more than usual. This has lead to me becoming one of those crazy people who watches HGTV and is constantly on furniture websites and DIY blogs. My husband and I have never really had a nice house like this before, nor have we been able to furnish by picking out our own pieces. We’ve been moving the same hand-me-downs into weird little rentals for years. So when we moved into my old childhood home, I knew I wanted to really make it look different from how it did when I was a kid, and I wanted to really make it our place. Here are a few of the somewhat finished areas of the downstairs that we just finished. (If you’ve ever re-done your house, you know it’s kind of never fully finished!) I’m bummed I did not take “before” pictures, as it looked completely different! 

My husband and I really wanted a homey, grown-up feel but with lots of whimsy and fun (we’re kind of hippies at heart, if you can’t tell.) We had inherited so much stuff that was black, white, and red- which was great for a few years, but we really wanted to add a lot of color into our super-beige and neutral house. 

Where I got some pieces:

Living Room: Rug, coffee table and map art are all from The couches are super comfy, and from Rooms-To-Go scracth & dent. The new built-in bookshelves and the funky accent chair are from Ikea. Pillows, blanket, curtains, and red table all on sale at Target. The rest is from Homegoods, thrifted, and random finds. 

Eat-in kitchen: My husband made our farmhouse table, and I stained and painted it. A Pinterest success! The chairs are Ikea, and the baker’s rack is Target. 

Foyer: The art was a wedding gift, and the sticks are my wedding centerpieces repurposed! The mirror is from Pier One, and the red cabinet is Target as well. 

If you have any questions or comments feel free to message me or comment below! I will be doing more DIY projects and renovations in the coming months. If you want to keep up, I post a lot of my projects on Instagram! You can also stay up to date on Facebook and see what ideas I’ve got coming up in my Pinterest boards. :)


Favorite Instagram Looks of 2013

Instagram is totally my favorite. I have so many fun looks and exciting moments that I don’t always get to post on the blog. IG is such a great way to stay in touch and share things in real time. I don’t always get to set up the tripod and camera every time I have something to share with you guys, but my phone sure is handy for that! I had a hard time choosing a top 10!

I’m all about the power of the selfie! I’m a firm believer in putting yourself out there in the form of media if you do not see yourself represented in traditional forms. It makes it much easier to see your own beauty, and the beauty in others as well! If you’re not following me on IG, I’m at @stylesofar. Here’s to more selfies in 2014 and lots of fun fashion!