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Built In Bookshelves + Inspiration

Happy Friday, friends! It certainly feels like it has been a long week getting back into our regular routine after the holidays, the girls are back to school today after Winter break which is bittersweet. We are expecting to get snow here this weekend, and we could not be more excited!!! It seems like we get one snowfall each year, and it is something we hope for & look forward to so much!! The girls have their hats & mittens ready by the back door, patiently waiting for Saturday morning. This is exactly how I hope to spend our weekend, putting everything on hold to see the snow fall & finding just one more excuse to make hot chocolate.

One of our projects for the weekend is to finish up our built ins! Since we have moved in, they’ve basically been a junk-drawer on display, so I am so excited to finally have some storage below and some shelves to decorate! I wanted to share the progress pictures to show what we have done to them & how they are looking today. They felt a little out of place since they didn’t go all the way to the ceiling, and the trim felt unfinished. The existing structure was in good shape but the shelves were not, so we took most of those out, and had our carpenter come in and add some simple, clean trim work, add new shelves & build some custom cabinets for the bottom.

Brandon & I then filled all of the existing holes from the old shelves (hard to see them here because they were small, but there were approximately 200 holes!), sanded & primed. We still need to caulk some of the gaps, then we are ready to paint & add hardware! I also want to add a library ladder, I bought one at a thrift store before we even moved in but realized once these were built that my ladder is about a foot too short, so we will be on the lookout for another one! All of these updates have made such a difference & I can’t wait to share finished photos with you soon!

PS. How cute is this metallic woven basket?

Β I wanted to share a few of my favorite inspiration pictures for built in bookshelves, and although I am about a thousand books short of ever achieving these looks, they’ve definitely given me some ideas!

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Cheers to finishing our first project of 2017 and BRING ON THE SNOW!!! XO

Christmas Bar Cart + Holiday Moscow Mules

The Christmas Bar Cart. Probably the main reason I have a bar cart, to be honest. I love having a fun spot to display festive drinkware & something we can roll into a different room if we have friends over! I loooove decorating it for each holiday! We are skipping our annual Christmas party this year because our schedule has gotten so busy, but are planning a small New Year’s Eve open house during the day so we can keep all of the festivities going on just a little bit longer!

Chalkboard Print // Copper Mugs // Mr & Mrs Cocktail Glasses // Hobnail Shaker // Bar Cart

Also, such a fun recipe to easily make festive is the oh-so-delicious moscow mule! We made these last night & they are seriously so good! 2 oz vodka + 1/2 oz lime juice + 4 oz ginger beer + a splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with cranberries + sprig of rosemary. I love anything served in a copper mug really. πŸ˜‰

Cheers to the weekend, friends! And if you haven’t played our Christmas Vacation drinking game, get your Griswold on & add it to your weekend plans!! XO

PS. My favorite confetti pom sweater is finally available in grey online & is on SALE 30% off today!!



Christmas in the Girls Room

Harper & Eloise’s room is mostly finished & is all decorated for Christmas! Fa la la la la!!

Christmas in Girls Shared Room

The twin beds & sloped ceilings are my favorite things in this room, the girls think it is hilarious that we hit our heads on it all the time when we tuck them in. I would love to add shiplap to that part of the ceiling once we finish some other rooms in the house! One project at a time! πŸ˜‰ The girls have been begging for a Christmas tree in their room since we had a mini one in there last year, we couldn’t resist this rose gold one we found at Target, it reminded us of one Brandon’s grandma used to have in her house! I swear the ornaments get rearranged daily, Claire loves to take them off one by one and put them in the dresser drawers. Harper is so cute and asked for a radio in here so she could have music on when they play in here. Added to her Christmas list immediately. Bless her little heart!!!!

Decorating kids rooms is seriously so much fun, we can’t wait to get started on Claire’s room next!

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Sources: Jenny Lind Twin Beds // Grey Ruffle Duvets c/o Land of Nod // Swiss Dot Sheets c/o Land of Nod // Floral Rug sold out (similar here & here) //Β  Rose Gold Tinsel Tree // Wooden Stools // Sweet Heavenly Molasses Print // Bookshelves (similar here if you don’t have an Ikea nearby) // Alphabet Print // Stuffed Rhino Wall Mount // Wooly Ball Garland// Piggy Rocker // Fluffy Little Squishy (the girls current favorite book!)