Two of my favorite things in one post: Interior Design and Ikea.
With our moving day fast approaching (holy cow, we can’t wait), we decided to make the trip down to our Ikea. We just couldn’t wait any longer. We love Ikea like it is our job. While we were able to have some restraint with our purchasing, there were some items we just couldn’t pass up.
With our new house, we are wanting to incorporate our old furniture but with a more updated classy look.
Here is what our living room looked like in DC, to see our whole apartment, check out this post here.
With our new living room, I’m thinking that more black and white accent pieces with vibrant pops of color will make our space just awesome. I’m loving the elegant look of the black and white with gold, pink, and green accents. Love, Love!
It’s all about the master bedroom.
Did you hear we bought a house? Check out that post here.
Oh man. With a new house comes so much, and I’m not talking about more space (we are currently living in a 300 square foot room in Andy’s parents basement, see those pics here!). We have so many ideas for this new house. We plan on being in this house for all of eternity and then some. We want this house to really reflect who we are and have a little fun with it. I want to be fearless with our decorating in this house, with more personality!
As you can see below, our master bedroom has gone through some changes. She started out plain jane with our college furniture to hopefully a lady with her style, kinda like Lady Gaga, just with less raw meat.
Let’s go back in time!
So where does that leave us now? We don’t want to get rid of the furniture we have, it’s still quite new and most of the decor pieces we have, we still love, like the mirrors, the lamps and our headboard. I wanted a clean, new look with a modern twist. Enter in the inspiration!
Between the lovely almost midnight blue paint color, cream and mustard yellow, with the unique prints and natural elements, my heart just can’t be still. Oh, sweet mercy.
So here is the master plan:
1. Loving this bed skirt. The perfect match of modern and elegance. // 2. Soft and textured Linen Duvet Cover. A great canvas for fun pillows. // 3. I can’t get enough of this White Faux Bison Skull, totally humane and totally chic. // 4. I can’t… Nope, no words. And also no longer available. So sad. // 5. This pillow is what dreams are made of. // 6. Twig Table Top, love, love. // 7. This print is just so beautiful to me, beautiful and so needed. // 8. I love the old world look of this work lamp. //9. Sweet knobs for our already owned 10. Hemnes Ikea Dresser, a staple of every home!
All for a total of under $500.00! That is what I call a master plan!
What are you inspiration are you loving?
What a month!
It has been a great month. This month has been one of those months that we have just been blown away by. Almost literally, the winter wind this month has just about had me packing up again…but… you guys, guess what?
This blog is back in business!
I have enjoy the break, much more than I thought I would. It was so needed and it gave me a chance to enjoy some other things around me as well as giving me a new focus on what I want Flourish and Hope to become. Not only was February a great mini break for me, but it turned out to be a huge game changer in our lives.
Andy and I bought our dream house!
Who saw that coming? We certainly did not. In fact, we are still pinching ourselves. God came through, like really came through, over the top, placed grace on these underserving humans came through. I want to make a note that just because we have found our house for the next 30 years does not mean that God loves us. He loved us before we found this house, before we were able to make this purchase and he loves us regardless of the physical things in our lives. He does not use physical things to show his love. No, it was the process, the people, the experiences that we had during this whole situation where we felt God working and orchestrating. We found the house almost by accident, we were able to be one of the first people to actually see the house, we met with a lender who squeezed us in at the last minute, and our offer was accepted after someone else’s had fallen through. You guys, this happened in a matter of 3 DAYS!
We are so grateful, thankful, overwhelmed and excited. We know that when God gives, it is for a purpose. We don’t take this lightly. We have huge dreams for this house! I’m not just talking about the plans for painting and new furniture, because we have those too (check out my Pinterest Boards ), but I am talking about using this house to give back.
We want our house to be a haven, a safe place. We want our bedrooms to be there for those who need them, our sofa for those who want to hang out, our table for those who need food! We can’t wait to have you over!
Want a sneak peek?
We have so many fun projects in store you guys. F&H is going to be full of so much DIY, Painting and hopefully no tears!
It’s been so long since I have been able to dream and design so I can add fun things to the shop.
But with the date of us being back in our house coming closer, I keep dreaming of the type of art work I want to hang in our house, which spurred on my latest designs.
Come see the fun new prints I have up in the shop and see a sneak peek below!
Oh I am so sorry if you clicked to read this because you think I might be pregnant. I am not. HOWEVER, we are serious when we say we will be trying very soon. My goodness, it’s just about that time. We always said we wanted to wait at least 3-5 years after we were married before we embarked on the biggest adventure of our lives, children.
Most all of our friends have been blessed with families of their own and we seem to have been passed three times over by a few. In the last few weeks I have been home (Andy didn’t join me until about last week if you are new here, you can read all about that here), I have had the joy of spending time with our Colorado friends and their sweet offspring.
My biological clock has moved from a gentle whisper to what I imagine Big Ben sounds like.
We have a little bit more of a way to go before we are really truly ready to have children, i.e., moving out of our Andy’s parent’s basement and into a new house.
But because I have babies on the brain, and I love for a chance for any new design scheme, I have been planning on the little nursery we will hopefully be decorating in the future.
And to inspire you as well, here are some of the fun nurseries I have been crushing on!
And now the plan for our maybe baby.
1. Geo Pendant | 2. Retro Radio | 3. Triangle Flat Sheet | 4. Triangle Blanket | 5. Branch Hook | 6. Rocking Chair | 7. Geometric Shelf | 8. Direction Pillow | 9. Tribal Fabric Basket | 10. Metal Letter | 11. Trash Bin | 12. Antler Jewelry Stand | 13. Triangle Mobile | 14. Arrow Girl Print | 15. “Be Still” Print | 16. Prism Decor | 17. Polka Dot Rug | 18. Gold Polka Dot Curtains | 19. Chevron Dresser
Andy and I look forward to this season every year. When the school supplies fade away and the fun holiday decor starts emerging. Before we are bombarded with Christmas music and the never ending aisles of ornaments, before the onslaught of Thanksgiving scarecrows and signs, we have Halloween in all it’s merriment.
There is something so fun about decorating for Halloween. I think for us, we love to mix the erie with the pretty. We aren’t ones for the campy decor, but do love a good “Haunted Mansion” look.
It can be a little daunting when you want to keep your interior decor looking nice without making it feel overwhelming. Some Halloween decor can be “too-much” and leave you feeling like Oriental Trading invaded your space.
If you are looking for some good pieces to add to your home to help you decorate, I have picked a few of my favorite pieces that are perfect for this Halloween season. Subtle enough that your house isn’t screaming “IT’S HALLOWEEN” , but enough to let people know you mean business.
1. Tree Branch Candelabra / 2. Matte Black Iron Candelabra / 3. Gold Mercury Glass Pumpkin Lantern / 4. Black Lace Candles / 5. Gold Skull Pillow / 6. Black Lace Pumpkins / 7. Matte Black Service Ware / 8. Skull Dessert Plates / 9. Pressed Flower Skull / 10. Skull Vise
Now, in case you were wondering what Halloween has looked like at the Casseday’s in years past, I have a treat for you (no Halloween pun intended). We didn’t decorate last year because all our decorations were in storage and this year we won’t be back into our house. Welcome to Halloween circa 2011 all the way from our sweet little house in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Since Andy and I are moving home in a few weeks, you can read more about that here, I have some serious house dreams in my head. Seriously. I have been dreaming about DIY-ing, building, painting and so on. If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen an influx in home design.Mostly featuring bright, white kitchens. I’m sorry, I’m not sorry. I will not apologize for the love I have in my heart for white cabinets. And if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right!
I have whipped up a kitchen design plan so that when we get back into our house, I won’t make the same mistakes I made last time, like a turquoise accent wall. It was so bright and bad that someone actually thought it was primer instead of the actually paint. We live and learn… and then paint over it.
So here is the plan of action!
I love the rustic chic look with vintage inspired chairs, lighting and storage with modern marble tile and dark flooring. I am even more excited to tackle our current countertops and use a concrete overlay. Ah! I am so excited. I can’t stop pinning and I can’t tell you how my heart feels when I see a new Lowes commercial.
To see what we are looking at, here is what our kitchen looks like… cookie cutter at it’s finest.
Stay tuned for the afters!!
*To see the original pictures for the plan, head to my For the Home Board.
Love and Hope, Em