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Harper’s Bedroom

Harper turned EIGHT last week, which seems crazy to me since she was definitely just a baby yesterday. She has grown into such a smart, funny and kind kiddo. We are so proud of her and just love watching her grow up, she cares so much for her sisters and her family. We loved celebrating her this weekend & of course plan to keep the celebrations going all month long.

For the last few weeks, she has been talking lots about wanting to rearrange her room and make it feel more “grown up” so we decided to surpriser her for her birthday with a little room makeover!! After she left for school on Valentine’s Day, we got right to work, chugging coffee, rearranging her room, adding a new chair for her desk plus a bunch of new accessories and wall decor. It was so much fun!!

She came home from school and was SO surprised!!! Her favorite things were the pin board & her new CD player! One of our favorite traditions to do together is to stay up late and watch awards shows, I usually put all the girls to bed like any normal night, and then sneak back upstairs to get her after her sisters fall asleep. We eat popcorn and drink sparkling water and watch all of the red carpet goodness. The art on her pin boards are all of celebrities in their red carpet gowns, plus Harper really wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up, so these are so special to her for many reasons!!

We got her the new Taylor Swift album to go with her CD player, but then she used all of her birthday gift cards to buy a few more over the weekend. It is actually so sweet to take a step back in technology and not use a streaming service, she is really excited to grow her very own music collection.

I feel like eight is such a sweet age, a glimpse into what they are going to be like as a teenager but also some bits and pieces of their little toddler self still sticking around. It’s also just the right age for a big girl room and we are so happy she loved it! And if you need me any time soon, I’ll just be over here crying about the fact that she is now halfway to sixteen.

Sources: Bed (similar here & here) // Wooden Stools // Desk // Desk Chair // Magic Flag // Braid Print // Heart Print // Bulletin Board // Tassel Garland // Dress Artwork // Rhino Head // Bedding // Pink Letterboard // Round Tray // Lamps // CD Player // Curtains // Curtain Rods // Light Fixture // Wall Color: BM Wickham Gray, Trim Color: BM Chantilly Lace

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Our Lake House

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve probably seen our exciting news that we announced at the beginning of the year, we bought a lake house!!!

I’ll back up a little bit. Growing up both Brandon & I spent most of our weekends and summers at our grandparent’s farms. His was in Iowa, mine was in Missouri. Our favorite childhood memories took place at these little “home away from homes” and we both felt like it was something that really shaped us into who we are today. I can vividly remember being in middle school, having all sorts of middle school girl drama, and would come home from school to my parents who would say “pack a bag, we are going to the farm for the weekend!” And just like that, my troubles were forgotten. It was a place we could spend with family, granted this was before your troubles could follow you with technology, but it was such a good way to unplug and have fun without a worry in the world.

After we started having kids, we dreamt of having a place like this for our kids. In the last five years, we have lost two of our grandmas, and both of our grandparents farms. And earlier this year when my grandma was diagnosed with Cancer, we really felt pulled to find our “place” that will remind us of our grandparents and be a place that our kids can have as their “farm” growing up.

We spent a lot of time this past summer with some of our best friends in KC here at Lake Lotawana, and knew right away this was it for us. We were going to buy a lake house, spend lots of weekends and summers there, and also open it up to our own friends & family to be a getaway for them whenever they need it.

We house hunted for about six months, lost the cutest fixer-upper gem of a house over the summer, made an offer on another that ended up going off the market, and eventually found the lake house of our dreams.

We started moving in just before Christmas, and had the most fun celebrating NYE there with Brandon’s family. So far it is a mix of thrifted pieces & Ikea furniture and we are loving how it is coming together. We have never furnished a house from start to finish and know it is going to be a huge project, but we could not be more excited for it!

In the spirit of making this house feel lived in, truly like it could have been our grandparent’s lake house, I wanted to share a little bit of the design inspiration that we have in mind. This is very different than my normal decorating style so I see it as a challenge and can’t wait to bring it all to life!

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What would you call this style?! Trying to figure out a name for it. Cozy coastal craftsman?

If you have any Instagram accounts or online sources with similar style, please send my way, I want to dive in to all the dreamy lake home spaces for inspiration!!

More to come, soon! Thanks for reading!! XO

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Deck the Halls

Happy Friday! I have been collecting little bits and pieces of holiday decor and cannot wait to start putting it all up! We are hosting Friendsgiving this year, and having our formal Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house, so really nothing is holding me back. This weekend’s freezing cold temps might just be the push I need!!

Rounding up all of my favorite holiday decor favorites for you as you prepare to deck the halls, and the best part is? Almost all of it is currently on SALE!!

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One // Frosted glass ornaments are always my favorite, I buy a few new ones every year and this year went straight for the vanilla wafer, the cotton candy & the gingerbread house! Also obsessed with these tinsel balls!!

Two // My favorite holiday mugs of the season, currently on SALE!! Also still in love with these Santa mugs from last season.

Three // I am a sucker for Christmas stockings, I love the chunky knit poms on these!!!

Four // Whimsical santa plates that aren’t glass?? Yes please! These melamine plates had to come home with me, fun for the girls to use but also look so cute set out on display. They are dishwasher safe too!!

Five // These nostalgic mini ornaments are my favorite year after year, I love them in a vase or an old bread board. They are small but make a big statement!

Six // Tree collars are such a great alternative to a tree skirt, I love that they hide the base of the tree and look so chic! This one has a great price point and looks even better in person!! If you prefer the more traditional route, this pom tree skirt wins at life, and this is another one of my all time favorites.

Seven // One can never have too many festive holiday pillows, yes?! Had to grab this fun lettered one by Rifle Paper. Now to decide which bed or couch it will go on?!

A few more faves worth noting:

LOVE this fun letters to santa mailbox! Would be so cute in any room of the house, especially in an entryway or playroom!!

These matte latte bowls are SO fun and the easiest way to swap out colorful holiday decor throughout the seasons!!

These Santa measuring cups are also the cutest, they’re both practical and darling to set out on open shelves!!

Ok, so tell us, are you decorating already or waiting until after Thanksgiving?! Happy weekend, friends!! XO

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