Lake Geneva, baby!

I have a pretty close-knit family. We love each other a lot and like each other the majority of the time. We spend time together most weeks and text or call during the week. Considering my mother is one of 16, I think this is pretty awesome. Last weekend, six of us (my grandmother, three aunts, my cousin, and myself) decided to take a drive up to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. We piled into my Aunt Charm’s truck, turned on Luther Vandross Pandora station and hit the road. We decided to take side streets in order to do a little exploring.

At about 10 o’clock Saturday morning, while I was waiting to be picked up it dawned on me that I could use this trip as an opportunity to buy a selfie stick! So on our way out of town, we stopped at Walgreens and bought one. Here’s the first selfie-stick pic of the weekend. Notice we all put on the same lipstick- although it really doesn’t look like it- in a show of solidarity. Also, the lipstick is MAC’s Rebel so it fits us.

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We took a few “Welcome to” signs too:

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The first place we really landed was a little spot in Richmond, IL that had four Antique shops; we only made it to three of them. The first place we walked into, purely because of proximity, was Fox and Finch Antiques. Ginene was the owner and she lived upstairs and kept the cutest little shop on the first floor. She didn’t just sell antiques, she modified them. Check out this child-sized arm chair and ottoman. She tried to clean the original fabric but, because of its age, it started to crumble. When she went to remove the fabric, she found five layers of fabric underneath. It was like a time capsule. I really wish I’d taken a pic but it was damask, then velvet, then leather, etc. You could see the owners changed the fabric with the decades. It was really cool. She chose a super cute fabric and here’s Kendra-the-Cute modeling it:

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Here’s a few more from her shop:

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Like I said, we hit a few more stores and here are the pics:

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This table. Apparently the owner of this shop gets a bunch of things that the men that work down at the salvage yard make and this beauty was amazing. Just beautiful. Wish I had $1200 and space in the truck. I tried to convince someone to stay behind but my aunts are selfish.

I couldn’t get really good pics of the inside of our hotel room but it wasn’t anything nice anyway, just a clean place to lay our heads. We opted for a suite so we had a living room and kitchenette. This was really great for middle of the night talking, drinking, and laughter. The best part of suite was the view:

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Later that night after Grandma was is bed: #turnup

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We shopped, we ate, we drank, and we made merry. We had a blast.

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When we got back to Evanston, we had our final dinner at Boltwood. I didn’t take pictures of all the food but check out the one’s I did. Everything was delicious!

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 Check out my grandmother playing on her cell phone instead of talking to us like a teenager:

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Final pic from our trip:

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The next trip is already in the works and we can’t wait! Until next time-

Love the CRAP out of everything!

-Brit

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Texas afters- Part 2…

Guess who’s back in the atmosphere?!

As promised, I have returned with part 2 of the Texas reveals! I’m going to jump right in.

Below is the master bedroom. We added crown and an accent wall. I’m still looking for a bench for the foot of bed, a rug, and a chaise for the window in the next pic.

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Next pic. Love that mirror but I’m going to move it I think.

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Master bath. I’m going to eventually replace those bar lights because they drive me bananas. Those mirrors are from Joss and Main. And the stool. Guys, so much in this house is from Joss and Main. You know how much I love them.

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I’m trying to get better at my close ups. Her side:
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His side:

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This home office still needs a few things but I just ADORE it. Folks, this is how Pottery Barn and Ikea became forever friends.

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So many goodies from Ghana! I framed some kente cloth over the bookcase. I loved how it turned out so much that now I’m planning on doing the same-ish thing in my dining room.

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The office still needs window treatments. They’re not done because I want a pseudo-tribal print and I haven’t found it yet but that might be because I haven’t really been looking….

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This is not a porfolio pic because with all those windows, I can’t get a good picture without all the glare. More sculptures from Africa. That hunk o’ wood is from… you guess it! HOME GOODS!

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The media room is far from done. We did a vintage comic theme and had a little fun with the drapery.  It’s coming along nicely.

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I hate cords. Why can’t everything in the world be wireless? they will be handled before final pictures.

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That giant hole will be a dry bar. I’m thinking something masculine with raw wood and stainless steel. There also may or may not be a beer pump thingy when I’m finished.

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The drapes are two-toned and I love them. This blue valance with grey piping is also over the window. I’m all about consistency.

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This is in the dining room. It was formerly a hole with cabinetry. Now it has backsplash, wine cooler, and wine rack. Soon it’ll also have hooks to hang the wine glasses and, ya know, a dining room.

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‘Tis all for now. I hope you enjoyed the show. Until next time-

Love the CRAP outta everything!

-Brit

Let it kill you

Happy Monday boos!!!

I had a fantastic weekend and I can’t wait to tell ya’ll all about it later this week. Today’s thoughts:

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This quote ya’ll. You just don’t understand. I love it so much that I want to tattoo it on my forehead. Just saying. Design is so so gratifying but I feel like it I die a little bit before I live a lotta bit on EVERY project. The rest of the quote is as follows:

“My dear, find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. Falsely yours”

I mean…. RIGHT?! Kills me.

– Brit

Texas afters- Part 1…

Happy Friday Boos!

I am here, as promised, with afters. These aren’t all true afters because there is still much to do. In some areas, it’s little things like accessories and styling. Other spaces are plain not ready and won’t be seen here, ya dig?  Without further ado:

Okay wait, I have a little more ‘ado’. I have something like 26 pictures so I’m breaking them into two posts otherwise this would quickly become my own version of The Iliad.

Below is the entryway. We kept the walls neutral throughout the space and did strategic accent walls. When you enter the front door, you are greeted by this big ol’ staircase and can see a bit of the living room straight ahead.Love that accent wall! The art that you see with the bright mattes are actually originals from a market in Ghana, Africa. They have soooo many goodies from Ghana.

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This is the same staircase but from upstairs and the opposite direction. I can’t even begin to explain to you how large those niches are. In order to get the art to the house, because they wouldn’t fit in either of our trucks, we rented a Home Depot flatbed truck.It was an adventure.

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And here is the living room. It is so wonderfully bright. Mainly because the windows on both outside walls have these HUGE windows.

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We had the drapes made custom- obvi- and they turned out really nice. It’s a metallic linen so it has the slightest sheen. The sofa was purchased from Room and Board and the blue really stabs my in the heart. I mean that in the best way possible. This mirror is also giant but on a wall so large it fits just right.

LR2The sofa looks a tad washed out in the pic, I should alter that. Whatevs… I found these cute green cheetah pillows at Home Goods. Ya’ll know how much I love Home Goods. I put baskets with throws in every living room I do. It’s not only functional but pretty. It’s also a pretty easy way to infuse some pattern, texture, or color. 
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AERIAL SHOT! I was really excited to be able to do this from the second floor. No ladder needed.

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That piece of art plus the green stools tie the kitchen and living room together and I love it.

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The lighting in this picture turned out weird because the lighting in the kitchen and the living room is completely different. I wish I knew how to use those light diffuser things. One day, mi amigos, one day.
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Kitch! We added the backsplash post construction and I know I’ve talked about it here at some point. Turned out lovely. Tiny bit of green that I likes a lot.

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I had that window cushion made and also a matching valance that you can’t see in my pics. I’ll probably have to try and capture it next time.

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I’m back to the coffee table because I like it.

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And another one. check out them chairs, yo.

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Ain’t it grand? Hope you enjoyed, dearies, and I’ll see you next Wednesday or so to show the rest.

Love the CRAP outta everything!

-Brit

Texas befores…

So… this is awkward… technically it’s still Wednesday tho right?

I realized that I hadn’t shown you all a ton of before pictures on the space in Texas. I, at some point, even had pictures from during construction but somehow I lost them and by lost I mean deleted. Here is a very very before pic:

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Look! No house!

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Look! House! That’s pretty much all the construction pictures that I have. Sorry. I really AM working on myself….

I got some before’s here and I promise promise promise there will be afters on Friday. DAY. So these pictures obviously happened once construction was completed and while you’ll still get a pretty satisfying before-and-after effect, it won’t be NEARLY as dramatic.

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This the stairway that you see directly upon entering.

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This is one of two home office spaces.

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Master bedroom. It’s so much bigger than it looks here…

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Weirdly yellow picture of the master bath…

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Living room. This is one of my favorite spaces. Look at all that light!!!!

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Now several of the kitchen. We added back-splash, eating area, appliances, etc…

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(My blue Rebecca Minkoff purse give me chills, guys. CHILLS.)

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This there are more space. SO many more spaces but I haven’t gotten to them all thee are just the pictures I’ll be showing you on FriDAY. Until then?

Love the CRAP outta everything!

-Brit

Back in the action….

Miss me boos?

Last week was insane. My life is currently insane. In optimistic and maybe soon-to-be awesome ways. Anyhoo, Monday inspiration:

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Anybody notice this pic is new and not yet in my portfolio?! Yeah, I didn’t think anyone would. Well it is. Wednesday I’ll show you the rest.

Love the CRAP outta everything!

-Brit

Sensing a theme….

Today’s quote:



I don’t have a rhyme or reason for how I pick Monday quotes. I flip through a bunch until one jumps out. For the last few weeks a lot of my quotes have dealt with fear and risk and fear. Every new opportunity means fear of the new and risking the loss of the comfortable. Successful people don’t depend on comfort. Neither will I. 

Love the crap outta everything!

-Brit

Shut up and take my money!

What up jolly people?

Ever been to L’Occitane en Provence? They sell body stuff like shower gels, soaps, creams, etc. from France. They have the cutest little timeline on their site and the dork in me ate it up. They’re all about responsible buying and philanthropy and lavender from Haute Provence.

So at this point I have no idea what I’ve told you about my obsessions but… lavender. That’s pretty much it. I have a serious obsession with lavender. I love the color and the smell and the taste. I love it so much that I convinced an old friend of mine to pick lavender cupcakes for her wedding. Then, my cousin Jen the Amazerful randomly found lavender sparkling water at Home Goods and bought it for me. Big mistake and/or the best thing that’s ever happened to me in my entire life because I then went to every Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s from here to a very far away state and bought everyone I could find. I consumed them by the case and then I couldn’t find it anymore except online for a lot of money plus shipping. Sad sure but not to worry because I started making lavender simple syrup from scratch. With said simple syrup, I made lemonade, gin and tonics, soda, and other cocktails. Are you impressed? You should be. Everyone else is. Also I have lavender candles and lavender body oil and lavender pillow mist and basically it never ends.

I’m off topic. The point is L’Occitane has the best french lavender smelling goodies. I wandered into one of their locations by chance and the sales associate convinced me to buy a lavender relaxation roll on. It’s amazing. I kept it in my purse and would use it throughout the day and before bed. Basically, I used it whenever I remembered I had it. I eventually I ran out so I went to L’Occitane over the weekend to buy a new one. This, folks, is where it’s gets… real.FullSizeRender

World, meet my dresser. Already full of too much smelly stuff. I love smelly stuff.  Also, this picture is weirdly red cause it’s an iPhone pic. Also, if you look closely you can see me,in work garb, taking said iPhone pic.

This is my dresser after L’Occitane shopping:

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In all fairness, I only purchased the lavender bits. That little Lavande box is the lavender roll on. I can’t seem to find it on their website which is odd because I’ve been buying it for years. That big bottle is what the “nice” girl at the store talked me into. I really really hate when the sales associates are helpful. Like, leave me alone or be mean so I’ll get what I need and exit stage left. But no! They want to be super helpful and suggest things they think you’ll like and then you buy the whole store plus things you don’t need because you’re only “$10 away from the free gift with purchase” when you only need ONE $15 ITEM. This is the story of my life. #insertnameofboybandthatsangthatsong #notknowingtheirnamedidntstopmefromhashtagging

So the big Lavande bottle is their Lavender Eau De Cologne. It’s what that oh-so-helpful girl suggested. It’s delicious. Like I’ve been spraying on myself, my pillow, my clothes, etc. I even convinced myself that it makes me more likable- mainly because I like me more when I smell like lavender- so I sprayed it on myself when I went for an interview recently. I’ll let you know if I get it.

Now, check out all this stuff they gave me tho!

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Left to right, here we go.

Amande Shower Oil– This shower oil transforms, when in contact with water, into a delicate foam that gently cleanses the body. Enriched with almond oil, it respects the hydrolipidic film and leaves a subtle and mouth-watering scent of fresh almond, for a delightful skin!

Shea Butter Hand Cream– Enriched with 20% Shea Butter, this super-creamy balm penetrates quickly to protect, nourish and moisturize hands. Honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are blended with Shea Butter to create this extremely effective formula. The rich texture leaves hands soft and smooth with no oily traces, and can be applied as often as needed.

Roses et Reines– The Roses et Reines collection uses rose extract derived through enfleurage, a traditional process made innovative by the L’OCCITANE research team. The freshest of rose petals are steeped in oil, allowing it to become saturated with the natural fragrance of the rose, resulting in a fruitier scent.

Savon Bonne Mere– The Bonne Mere Rose Soap gently cleanses the skin without drying. Our formula contains a sustainable and eco-friendly palm oil which is RSPO certified. Pampered daily, skin is soft, supple and lightly scented.

So I just copied that info from the website. Sue me. I also got that cute little gingham with little roses mini-tote. That cute little Merci card is filled with more yummies.

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There are four samples here but I feel the need to admit that there were six. The missing two were a shampoo and conditioner that I have already used and now feel the need to buy. So. THANKS A LOT IMPECCABLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!

Meanwhile, I’m pretty sure this is the wordiest post I’ve ever written because as I type this sentence, I and surpassing 900 words.

Love the CRAP outta everything!

-Brit

PS I know I know, I’m still typing. The thing is that since I was writing and linking to the L’Occitane website I was perusing the L’Occitane website and now I have more complaints. They have an option to “auto-replenish” my Lavande Eau de Cologne every six months and they won’t charge me shipping.Apparently, they’re ALLS about doing ME favors. *rolling eyes*

Poehler the wise…

Hey all,

I spent the weekend eating and drinking and catching up with amazing friends and it has me feeling, not only buoyant, but thankful and today’s quote relates directly.

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And here is the original I made using PICSTITCH and Quipo:

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Makes me happy. My friends are awesome if only for the boost they give on the regular. They are inspiring and intimidating and I love them.

Love he crap out everything!

-Brit

They’re doin’ it right!

Happy Friday lovelies!

I’m here again talking about Joss and Main. Seriously, they should pay me because I am ALWAYS talking about or sourcing their goodies. All of the pieces on my collage are currently on their site but remember to check them out soon because the good and the bad of a flash sale site is that nothing stays for long. That said, I want all of it. I need a second house. I NEED to be rich. Both of these are just barely out of my reach. I’m kidding, I’m poor.

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I’ve been really digging feminine neutrals, pinks, rose golds, and latte colored leather lately. Sigh, I NEED a new client who’ll pay me to explore this, who’s in?!

Love the CRAP outta everything!

-Brit

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