New Year, New House, New You

Guys! It's been ages since I've been on here. Im so sorry! As most of you know by now, we moved! Since last September, my husband was commuting 90 minutes each way to his new job and we felt like we were never seeing him. It was hard on the kids and me. We decided that it was time to move and we started house hunting back in November last year. We ended up buying a new build in January and it wasn't finished until March so it felt like a looooong process. I can't tell you enough how glad I am that that part of my life is over! It was a stressful year and busy and lonely to be quite honest. The whole moving process went fine but there were so many weeks that went by that I never saw my husband until it was time to go to bed and we really missed each other. Now we are closer to where he works and we have him home for dinner most nights and its honestly the BEST! 

I was also really excited to have a chance to decorate a new home and have a new side of my style come out. I was happy to be finally moving in and I had all these hopes that I would blog about it all right away but then reality set in and furniture never arrived and light fixtures got delayed and yadda yadda yadda. So I'm finally hopping on here now and just giving you a little look at the first room we started on: the master. Its not finished but I feel content with it so far! We started here because we had most of the pieces we wanted for this space already and I wanted a peaceful room to go rest in after long days of working on the new house! 

House of Five Master Bedroom

We used all the main pieces from our last home again in here but wanted to give it a fresh look. Instead of a more feminine and farmhouse chic look, I wanted to go more eclectic and bring in some color! I'd still love to paint the walls or do some molding but we have lots of time for that!

House of Five Master Bedroom

The room is centered with our Joss & Main Teagan bed (affiliate). We get LOTS of questions on this bed and I still absolutely recommend it! We have a CAL King and they are so hard to find pretty beds for that we were so pleased when we found this gem at Joss & Main.

House of Five Master Bedroom

The other key pieces are what I want to share with you today! We get lots of questions on these too so I thought I'd go into more detail with you today. We got the nightstands and our arched mirror from Birch Lane. These nightstands dress up the space just perfectly and are perfect for our small space because we need the extra storage. 

Birch Lane nightstands

These are the Quinlan nightstands in white. You can see they have some grain to them which gives them a beautiful texture. The double drawer is a great feature too because our house lacks a lot of storage so we use these deep drawers to hide the clutter. 

Birch Lane Nightstands

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me talk about what I like to keep on my nightstands. I love to make sure that the first things we see in the morning is something that makes us happy. I love keeping little moments on there or something special from someone we love. You can make it look more organized and special by using a tray to hold all your items.

If you love these nightstands, just look at all the matching set on Birch Lane - its simply beautiful!

Birch Lane Nightstands

Opposite of the bed is where we keep our full length arched mirror (the Dawson mirror from Birch Lane). This is a gorgeous accent piece that makes a big statement. We love using mirrors in our decorating because of the extra light it bounces into the rest of the room. 

Birch Lane arched mirror

I've been tempted to get a second one and put them on either side of the bed but for now I have the one and it's one of my favorite pieces in our entire home. I love what mirrors can do to a space and I always recommend using them when you have little to no natural light to help improve brightness in the room. 

Birch Lane has TONS of gorgeous mirrors. My favorite collection so far so don't skip shopping there if your are the hunt for a stunning mirror! 

Birch Lane Mirror

Can you see that I am trying to venture out of my all white and gray rut that I was in? I mean, there is NOTHING wrong with gray and white. Actually, its still my favorite, but I was feeling like I was ready for a little color so I guess its just baby steps for me!

I'm working on a guest bedroom right now and the colors are black and white and cornflower blue and I am loving it so far! Can't wait to show you more soon! 

Next plans for this room: new light fixture and wall treatment! 

If your are curious about the sources of a few accessories, I've listed them below:

Navy velvet pillows: World Market

Blue and pink lumbar pillow: TJ Maxx

Striped throw: H&M (unavailable, but see other similar throws below)

Rug: RugsUSA

Metal basket: Hobby Lobby

Curtain Rod: Target

Lamps: Lamps Plus

Juju hat (above bed): JuJuBoutik

Bedding: Boll & Branch

 

Shop the look here (affiliate):

I want to say thank you to Birch Lane for providing me with the pieces that I chose to really make this room beautiful and complete. 

 

Easy Ways to Decorate for Valentine's Day

Hello and welcome to todays blog hop all about easy ways to add a little Valentine's Day whimsy to your home! If you are here from Remington Avenue, Welcome! I'm happy to have you!

 

 

Full disclosure: I don't typically decorate for all the holidays. I want to! But as scatterbrained as I am, I have all the intention in the world to decorate and then BAM, the holiday is here and gone. This month, I had the opportunity to partner with So Vintage Chic for a fun shoot at my home featuring her pillows for spring and she brought the cutest Valentine's day pillows. I love decorating with throw pillows because you can easily swap them out as the season and styles change and you can store them easily to use again year after year. You just need a few good pillow inserts and you can collect all the pillow covers your heart could handle. I wanted to show you today a few ways you can spruce up your couch with new pillows for Valentine's Day. It's sure to get you in the mood for some cuddle time and netflix on the couch with your sweetheart!

PLUS! I have a code for you to use to get a discount on pillows! Yesssss! I love discounts! Don't miss it at the bottom :)

Valentines Day Pillows - So Vintage Chic
Valentines Pillows

Changing out your pillow covers is literally the EASIEST thing you can do to update your living room or bedroom. I have collected lots of pillow covers over the years and swap them out any time there is a new holiday or season upon us. These Valentines Day pillows are from So Vintage Chic and such a great purchase if you just want a simple way to update your home that can be reused every year!

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So Vintage Chic Valentines Day Pillows
So Vintage Chic Valentines Day Pillow Covers
So Vintage Chic Valentines Day Pillow Covers
So Vintage Chic Valentines Day Pillow Covers
So Vintage Chic Pillow Covers

CUTE RIGHT?! Ok did you notice that blanket? HOLY MOLY guys, the world's best blanket!! And I fee like I am a pretty good judge on the matter since I have a blanket hoarding issue. Its bad! I go through so many blankets. I am someone who has to have a blanket to curl into at the end of the day when it's Netflix and chill time. And I have scoured every store for a good blanket and this one has beat them all. It's just long enough to cover you without being swallowed by it. It's warm enough for winter nights but never gets too hot and its the perfect size to share! This is the Beddy's Polka Dottie blanket and it's HEAVENLY. I have to use caps just to describe the comfort to you over the screen because a picture doesn't cut it. They have other striped and polka dot styles. You can see them below! Click on any image to take you to the store (affiliate). 

TODAY ONLY (Feb 2 2017): ITS BOGO 50% OFF - discount taken at checkout automatically 

A few comfy pillows, a soft cozy blanket, some roses, chocolates, and rom-com and we have the perfect recipe for a date at home with your man on Valentines Day. And aren't those really the best anyway?

Valentines Day

You didn't think I forgot did you!?

💕Discount Offer: (woohoo) Use code HOUSEOF5FIVE at So Vintage Chic for 20% right now and it works on more than just Valentines pillows so be sure to shop it all! 

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One more shop to share! If you caught these sweet banners I used for this post and my previous post, you can find these and even more adorable banners and fun decor over at Pearl & Jane!! 

I used the same shop for my Christmas decor and my daughter's room. Hey, when you find a good shop, you gotta stick with it! :)

Well that's all she wrote on my post today! I'd love it if you stopped by the next blog on our list today. Your next stop is Deborah - B Vintage Style. Thanks for coming by!

Be sure to check out all the ladies on this blog hop because there are lots of fun and easy ideas!

Kim and Lacey - Styled With Lace

Mysha - Remington Avenue

Ashley - House of Five

Deborah - B Vintage Style

Bec - LuvBec

Simple and Easy Valentines Day Party Decor

Hi and welcome!! Thanks for stopping by today to see how we do Valentines Day parties in our house with our little ones! If you are here from Kristen's blog Ella Claire, I am so happy to have you! If you don't know, I am joining 10 ladies on a wonderful tour of Valentines Day party ideas - you can find the list of talented bloggers in its entirety down below! So hey, lets get started!

Valentines Day Easy Party

Let's get real today! Have you heard the term "Pinterest-moms"? Urban dictionary defines the term as "a mom that literally DIYs and crafts [expletive] everything". I would love to be a Pinterest mom. I even run a blog that occasionally pops up on Pinterest (to my own disbelief). In reality however, I am just not that mom. I don't make everything myself. I don't sew (I can't even repair a whole correctly). I let my kids eat store bought cake, and furthermore, I got a store bought cake for this post (SHAME) ;) Can you sense my sarcasm?

Please hear me on this, because I get that there can be a misunderstanding about blogger-moms, I love a good DIY, a baked from scratch recipe, and a DIY party but I'm a busy mama of 3 and I don't always have the time. And I don't feel guilty about it - not even one iota of guilt.  

I see the bloggers on Pinterest and Instagram who go above and beyond every-single-time. And I envy them! But sometimes (ok, most times) I like to keep it simple. There is beauty in simplicity and there is just as much love behind it whether you DIY it all or simply let someone else take care of it. I hope you feel comfortable here (because this is a safe place) to not be pressured into making every holiday, birthday, or anniversary a Pinterest miracle. 

So allllll that to say, I got my decor from Instagram shops, I used grocery store roses, I used plastic forks, and I bought a cake for this post and I am not ashamed of it. [High five mama!]

Valentines Dessert Idea and Party Decor

I love to decorate and I love to style my home for holidays, but by all means, I love things that are EASY even more. I love easy set up. I love easy tear down. I love easy to please desserts. And I especially love seeing the joy on my kids faces when we get to celebrate these fun and momentous occasions!

To get started, I knew I wanted a wonderful treat from one of my favorite cake shops - Nothing bundt Cakes. They are pretty much all over the U.S. but I got mine at the Mill Creek WA location. 

Valentines Day Bundt Cake

That is the red velvet bundt cake with cream cheese frosting. To answer your questions: Yes, its incredible and yes, its calorie free. Ok one of those things isn't true...

Here is a tip: If you want to buy a store bought or bakery cake, you can personalize it by adding some fresh flowers to your cake top and its instantly personal to you! I grabbed some pink roses and carnations from our local market.

Valentines Day Bundt Cake

Cute right?! And yes that is a plate on a ramekin. HA! We are packing things up right now (more on that later) and I couldn't find a cake stand. So I did a little improv! 

For the decor, I wanted to dress up our sideboard with a touch of Valentines Day spirit. My kids were so excited when they saw these sweet banners from Pearl & Jane. I'm pretty sure they associate all holiday decor with candy but either way, the decor gets them all revved up for the holiday.

Valentines Day Party Decor

Pearl & Jane sent over these felt garlands. The white one is similar to the felt ball garland I have in my daughter's room but this one has hearts mixed into it too! HOW STINKIN' CUTE! She also sent over the XOXO rose gold letters, the adorable sequin lips, and pink hearts. They are so creative and unique - I wish I could make these types of things. But alas I cannot - thank God for Pearl & Jane

Valentines Day Easy Simple Party Decor

I kept it all pretty simple and clean, and just moved over a few decor pieces to complete the look like that awesome juju hat from JuJuBoutik on the wall (still one of my favorite decor pieces I have) and the little wood angel wings because Valentines Day isn't complete without a cherub reference.

Simple and Easy Valentines Day Decor
Kids Valentines Day Party Decor
Simple and Easy Valentines Day Party Decor
Simple and Easy Valentines Day Party Decor

If you are wondering if we dared to eat red velvet cake around the living room - the answer is yes. And let me tell you how! We have this awesome mat* from a shop called Gathre. They make bonded leather mats that can be used for countless things - we love to use ours for indoor and outdoor picnics and beach trips. They make cleanup a breeze and they are so durable (plus they are gorgeous).

*We have the Blanc Maxi that can fit up to 10 people. 

Gathre leather mats for easy cleanup and picnics
Valentines Day and Gathre Blanket

My hope is to inspire you with this post by giving you (and me) a little grace. It's 100% ok to make life a little more easy sometimes. You can create adorable decor for a party or gathering and you don't always have to DIY it! And if you do DIY it, I bet it will be amazing! It's really the best of both worlds to try both sometimes! 

If you want more inspiration, head to the rest of Valentine's Day Kids Party posts by the other talented bloggers on the tour today! Your next stop is Julie at EllivenStudio.com.

Find even more inspo when you visit all the blogs participating on the tour today:

 

She Leaves A Little Sparkle

Zevy Joy

A Thoughtful Place

Kindred Vintage Co.

Eleven Gables

Pink Peppermint Design

Ella Claire

Elliven Studio

Craftberry Bush

Sunny Side Up