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Guest Editor, Maghan Sisk
It’s Summertime!!! Nothing screams Summer like bright neons! I am obsessed with this top and it is super bright! It is the perfect length and fit and is super comfy. I paired it with, of course, my go-to white jeans. I feel like I wear this necklace everyday! The beads are multicolored so it goes with everything. Also, I am pretty much in love with this mint purse. The color is perfection and it is small which means I cannot put 1000 lbs of junk in it! It fits my makeup, phone and wallet perfectly.
I hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled holiday weekend with friends and family!
Thanks for stopping by!
Yours Truly, Maghan Sisk
Let’s take a moment and review some of my most commonly used words here on the blog… “color, pattern, print, obsessed… POP!” Yes, I admit I tend to overuse, misuse and possibly abuse the word “pop”. I would try and cut back a little but you see, THIS post is the quintessential post for the word pop. Here’s why…
I absolutely love our kitchen. I really, really, really do. But you probably know me well enough by now to know that white on gray on white makes me a little crazy. In theory I love the clean, fresh and airy look but for my home, color is where it’s at. Although our island is a beautiful shade of turquoise, it was still missing that pop. I added a little color with a yellow/gold rug and window treatment originally but something just kept telling me it wasn’t quite right. Let’s take a look at the before…
For more on our kitchen remodel, read “Dreaming of A White Kitchen”
Then one day I saw this rug. THE rug. I was perusing around this amazing home decor website, Lavender Fields, and I became obsessed with this Dash & Albert wool woven rug. The warm colors were the absolute perfect pop against the cool gray, white and blue tones already in our kitchen. This contrast of warm against cool can create such a great POP! Made from 100% wool using a hand loomed flat weave, this rug is very durable and extremely well made which is perfect for a kitchen. I chose the 2′ x 3′ size for the area in front of our sink and the size is perfect. You never realize what a difference such a small piece can make but now it is truly a statement piece in our kitchen.
Lavender Fields is an online boutique that carries an array of beautiful products from bedding to furniture, rugs and gifts. Their site is wonderfully easy to navigate with products arranged not only by type but also by style. You can search for items curated specifically for The Romantic Home, French Country, Farmhouse Style, and my personal favorite New Traditional Style. Oh and don’t worry, their customer service is amazing and shipping is right on time! Pop on over and check out all of their impeccable home goods.
After the addition of the perfect pop of color and print, I can finally say our kitchen is complete and that’s a wrap on this room!
Want to see more of my favorites from Lavender Fields?
And guess what? They also carry some of my favorite wallpapers!
Disclaimer: I honestly thought long and hard about delving into the world of sponsored blog posts. I never want my blog to be a huge advertisement but I also do want to continue sharing things I love, supporting businesses and maybe make a few bucks to buy a new camera lens or rug every now and again. Oh and most importantly, I only accept posts and products that I absolutely love and would promote anyways. After all, I do blog as a hobby, for a love of design and to share fun things with all of you!
XOXO, Brittany Hayes
Happy Tuesday! Wow, I cannot even begin to describe how wonderful this day has been. I am not going to lie. The last three weeks have been a blur. I’ve been a complete recluse and my mind has been anywhere but in the here and now. If you read last Thursday’s post you have a little insight into my recent health scares. Almost three weeks ago, I had a mammogram and two ultrasounds on a lump that came back benign. That was the most amazing day ever. Until today.
The day following my mammogram results, I got a call from my doctor. The blood work that had been taken at my initial appointment came back abnormal. I know very little about medical terminology and more specifically, blood cell counts. I answered the phone and all I heard was “your white blood cell count is a 3.3 and the doctor wants you to see a hematologist as soon as possible, we have sent in a referral already and here’s the number to call…” I am literally walking out the door for a relaxing Mother’s Day girl’s weekend and I call the number. “Thank you for calling the Cancer Institute…” The what?!? I definitely feel as though I should have gotten a little advanced warning about that! Relaxing weekend, here’s the exit door. I am not going to lie. I got a little bit, well maybe a a whole lot bit, freaked out. I had no idea what white blood cell counts meant and I am praying that I had called the wrong number. I then ask for the doctor they specified and she says “hold please…” My heart is racing and I honestly felt like I was going to throw up or pass out. Of course, it is 4:45pm on a Friday and it goes to voicemail. So I did what logically comes next, I Googled the hell out of “low white blood cell count”. Results… “leukemia…leukemia…leukemia…”
Needless to say, I spent the following two weeks doing a whole lot more of the same. I did switch search engines several times. Maybe Google got it wrong but Yahoo will say something different. Something way better. Wrong. The day finally arrived and my hematologist appointment was today. Almost two, looooong weeks later, I finally got some answers. My sweet mom who had also been researching like crazy for me and my hubby who had been listening to me freak out for the last nine days were by my side for the two and a half hour appointment today. After a wonderfully long explanation of white blood cells, their purpose, normal counts, my abnormal count, and everything in between, she gave us the next steps. First, more blood work. Next, if it comes back low again today, bone marrow biopsy. Ouch. And scary. More bloodwork was done and after a heart pounding two hour of waiting, my white count was back up to 5.5. Halle-freaking-lujah (spelling?). We still aren’t sure why it went down so low but there are a lot of factors. I will spare you all the details unless you are in a similar situation and would like more information I would be happy to share! So, I am relieved. So so so thankful and ready to stop burying my nose in my phone.
On a happier note, I am super excited to be back full throttle into my little blogging world. It is my little happy place. I love to share fun ideas and I love that so many of you are adding a little color into your world. I recently added a little more color into my breakfast room and I couldn’t be more in love with the results. This room has stumped me a little. It is more a space between my kitchen and living room than an actual room so it is a little more difficult to truly design. There aren’t any walls to paint, no room for artwork or console tables. The design is in the furnishings and lighting. Once I stumbled upon this beautiful navy ikat chevron print I knew it was the missing link to my breakfast room! I had my upholsterer re-cover the backs of our end chairs and wow what a difference four yards of fabric can make!
Breakfast Room Rug: Joss & Main, Breakfast Room End Chairs: Wayfair (links to similar), Globe Chandeliers: Wayfair (Olde Silver Finish), Drapery: West Elm, White Hydrangea Vase: HomeGoods, Ikat Valance Fabric: Candy Kirby Designs, Chairs: Restoration Hardware
Fabric- Chevron Navy/Chalk Print
XOXO, Brittany Hayes
Guest Editor, Maghan Sisk
It’s finally Friday again, friends!
Today I am sharing my new favorite shorts! They are the prettiest floral pattern and are high-waisted. I was nervous about ordering these but I absolutely love them! They are really flattering and they run true to size. The material is thick and soft. You can wear it with a blouse tucked in or loose. I prefer it tucked in because it makes the shorts look longer and since they are high-wasited they do run a little short (2 1/2 inch inseam). Speaking of this top, it comes in multiple colors and is reversible which comes in handy since it is white on both sides! I paired it with some black wedges and my favorite jewelry.
Yours Truly, Maghan Sisk
Oh me, oh my. What a roller coaster life can be. Just when things calm down and I start to get on a roll with blogging, house projects and future flipping plans, things take a slight halt. Times two. As I shared on my Instagram page last week, I had a health scare. Without getting a little too deep with you, I found a lump. Yes, in my boob, and about a week after visiting my doctor, I had a diagnostic mammogram. Oh and by the way, it was super easy so if you have been putting that off, get one! So easy and painless! Anyways, after thinking/worrying/freaking out about that for several weeks, it came back benign and all was wonderful in the world. Then last Friday, three days after my wonderful boob news, I got a call from my doctor regarding my blood work they did that same day. I’ve determined that you really do take good health for granted when you aren’t worried about it. And then once you are, it is really life consuming. I have another appointment next week about my results with a specialist. That’s all I will say for now. I am praying that I will be blogging more wonderful news next week. Really really praying. So, please forgive me for being a slacker lately. I am hoping to get lots of photography done this weekend with more fun stuff to share next week!
Until then, I want to share our big plans for our first AW Properties flip! We are calling this one Project Sconti Ridge. And if you follow me on Instagram, you can probably guess what I will say next. Yes, this will be #projectscontiridge. If you’d like to really, really follow along, I have set up an IG page for our flipping company, @awproperties.
1. Wall Color (main living areas, kitchen, foyer and bedrooms) Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
2. Bathroom Wall Color- Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams
3. Wood Stair Railings- Tweed Coat by Benjamin Moore
4. Kitchen Pendants- Metallic Honeycomb Glass Pendant
6. Kitchen Island- Shaker White Cabinets by APF, Inc.
7. Wall Cabinets- Shaker Grey Cabinets by APF, Inc.
8. Countertops- Haida Quartz Countertops
9. Bathroom Lighting- Minka Lavery Gold Bath Light
10. First Guest Bedroom (no overhead light)- Perch Table Lamp Rose Gold
11. Master Bedroom (adding an overhead light)- Gold Orb Chandelier
12. Second Guest Bedroom (no overhead light)- Modern Clip Lamp Gold
13. New Flooring- Palacio Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring
Oh and I will definitely be adding some of my colorful and pattern filled touches!
In case you missed the before’s…
XOXO, Brittany Hayes