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Lake House Women’s Powder Room

A little backstory on this fun space, when we looked at the very first lake house eight months ago (a super cute fixer upper bungalow that ended up getting torn down), Brandon told me we were likely a year or two away from making this a reality. There were very few houses for sale on the lake we wanted, most of them were out of our price range or not at all what we were looking for, so he kept reminding me not to get my hopes up. So naturally after seeing the very first one, I went home and ordered 36 striped beach towels for future lake days. They were on sale, I couldn’t resist.

We didn’t find this house for a few more months, but having all of those towels as our first thing to move in was a sweet reminder to dream big and not give up on your plans! They were the inspiration for a fun, vintage inspired feminine bathroom.

In the basement in the bar area, the previous owners had set up a separate women’s and mens changing rooms, both rooms were painted red when we moved in and we knew we would need a dark color to cover it well. Since we were hoping to use lots of blue tones in the house, but the floors in here were black and white, we chose a dark navy with charcoal undertones hoping it would make it all feel very cohesive. We went with Benjamin Moore Deep Space & love how it turned out! We also did this color in the men’s room & above the fireplace in the basement, both were originally painted red as well, I will show you those as we work on them!

Powder Room Sign // Wall Hooks // Ladies Art Print // The World is Your Oyster Print // Striped Beach Towels

The antique cabinet was a facebook marketplace find, I ended up chatting a bit with the sweet lady that we bought it from (the cabinet was her mothers) and she told me to be sure to send a photo once we had found a spot for it. The other night, as I wrapped up this room, I thought of her and sent her a quick picture. She responded right away that she loved it’s new home, and that the text was so timely because it happened to be exactly six months since the day her mom passed away, it was definitely a sign that her mom was smiling down on her!! SWEETEST.


Easter Sunday + Homemade Donut Tradition

This Easter was a bit different from years past, one where we never dressed up or had a fancy brunch or dinner with family, one without our neighborhood Easter egg hunt or church service. But surely one we will never forget.

I thought I would start with our driveway donut tradition, I shared about it on Instagram and had lots of questions about the fryer we use & how we make the donuts. It is so easy and fun, and if you guys feel even slightly pulled to start this tradition in your neighborhoods, you should absolutely do it. Typically we have everyone walk over in their pajamas which is the most fun, but since we couldn’t gather this year, we decided to make them (with all safety precautions in place) and deliver!! It was truly the best way to spend the day, we love our friends & neighbors so much and can’t wait for a redo one this is all over.

A little backstory, we bought this turkey fryer the year I was pregnant with Harper. My parents were driving down to spend the week with us when we were living in our townhouse in Atlanta and they hit a deer halfway through their road trip and totaled their car. They ended up having to rent a car and drive home, we were so devastated because we had not seen them in months and were so excited to spend the holiday weekend with them. So, late that night we made the impulse decision to fry a small turkey just for ourselves and bought the fryer! We now use it every Thanksgiving & Easter for our donut tradition and it has been well loved!!

We have tried a handful of donut recipes over the years and this has proven to be the easiest & most delicious (also efficient when you are making dozens upon dozens of donuts at a time). We use Grands Homestyle Biscuits, I buy the tubes of 8 biscuits, and then cut each donut into fourths with kitchen scissors. This is where the girls jump in to help, they sit at the table with me and after I cut them, they roll them, and we put all the donut holes into giant bowls to take outside to the fryer.

We use peanut oil in the fryer and donut holes cook for only 3-5 minutes depending on how hot the oil is (you’ll be able to tell by the color). Once they’re cooked, we drop them into another large mixing bowl and add the glaze & sugar. For the glaze, I do a simple mix of milk, powdered sugar & vanilla (next year adding almond extract at the suggestion of one of my IG followers!), I never measure (which I always regret once I am actually typing out a recipe), but I make it very runny, nothing like frosting. Drizzle a little bit over the donuts, and then coat in regular white sugar (not powdered sugar) and shake them around. Honestly, you cannot mess this up, just wing it and they’ll be delicious!!!

We serve them in brown paper bags while they’re still hot and of course, coffee or mimosas on the side!

A few more pictures of the girls from our Easter, where has the time gone? I’m convinced this is the last year that Harper will believe in the Easter Bunny. She’s already giving me total side eye because I asked them to lay in my bed with me while “dad checked things out downstairs.” It stormed all night so we had to wait until early morning to hide eggs, and naturally after waking up for 32 days in a row at nearly 9 am, they decided to wake up at 6:59 on Easter morning. And we still somehow managed to find two slimy slugs in our plastic eggs even though they only sat outside in the wet grass for half an hour. All in all, it was a perfect Easter for our family. We lounged all morning, enjoyed church from our couch in our pajamas, ate our body weight in donuts and then had Easter dinner delivered to our front porch by my parents who we miss way too much right now.

girls pajamas // bunny ear headbands // girls dresses

I hope you guys all had magical Easter weekends with your families. And if you decide to jump on board the driveway donut tradition, I hope you love it and I can’t wait to hear all about it!!


Easter Basket Favorites

I’ll be the first to admit I am the least prepared for Easter this year. All of the days have been blending together, March felt like it was 900 days long and now all of a sudden Easter is next weekend! So, here we are whipping up last minute baskets and goodies for the kiddos! I’ve rounded up a handful of my favorite things, really feeling a yellow theme this year (need all the sunshine we can get!!) and of course sticking to a few classics like the glittery bunny ears!

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven

If your kids don’t already have an Instax camera, they are THE most fun thing. I love finding their little photo treasures scattered all over the house. So sweet to see things the way they see them!! I also grabbed the girls a few swimsuits & pairs of sunnies for vacation, but since we never made it, I am just sticking them in their Easter baskets!! Silver linings, baby. I also have a bunch of plastic eggs saved from last year that I will fill with things like nailpolish, hair clips, silly putty, love notes & of course, CANDYYY!!!

How are you guys holding up?! Tell us what your easter plans are!!