When my husband and I moved to Jacksonville, North Carolina from Orange County, CA I was pleasantly surprised with how affordable real estate was (think $$$$$$ to $$). When we lived in CA we were paying almost triple for a 600sqft apartment! WE HAD NO SPACE.... I mean we literally could never get away from each other.... which wasn't always a bad thing, but it wasn't ideal.

Side note: If you are a newlywed and are living in 600sqft area I promise it will make you a better couple!! You learn so much about the other person. I think everyone should have to share a tiny space with the one that they love. If you can make it through that, you can make it through anything!

Anyways,

Dustin (my hubby) was reluctant to buy a home at first, him being Active duty military could mean us moving at the drop of a dime, but my addiction to reruns of Fixer Upper convinced me that I had to have WHITE CABINETS and a farmhouse styled home... ASAP! (THANKS CHIP + JO). So I got him on board to buying a house in Jacksonville and here we are almost 2 years later.

We have already done so much to this house in the past 2 years! When we moved in the walls were all different shades of YELLOW and GREEN and there was linoleum and carpet in every room. Step 1 was to eradicate the yellow and green walls. Step 2 was to get rid of carpet and linoleum once and for all. Step 3...find cat resistant furniture. Step 4.... MAKE IT PERSONAL.

So yes, decorating has always been one of my favorite hobbies. My mom is an interior designer so it runs in my blood. I would say my current style is a chic mixture of farmhouse + rustic + industrial... I LOVE MY neutrals! The splashes of blue and complimentary warm wood tones give my space the right amount of POP. And more importantly, I added SO MANY personal elements to turn this house into a home. I am so excited for you to see!

WELCOME IN:

 

 Bookcase & Drapes: Target  TIP: If you are like me and you don't have time to search for super cool vintage books just flip over the books you have laying around to create the same effect! My college textbooks finally have a purpose!

Bookcase & Drapes: Target

TIP: If you are like me and you don't have time to search for super cool vintage books just flip over the books you have laying around to create the same effect! My college textbooks finally have a purpose!

Beerdengrowlers

I AM OBSESSED WITH BEER GROWLERS! To the point that I won't let me husband refill them because they are my "DECOR". You can find the BEER DEN growlers at your local Lowes food store for under 5 dollars! The Growler on the top is from a Brewery in Shelburne, Vermont called FIDDLEHEAD! It's a little piece of our vacation to Vermont this year and I love that.

craftywinecorks

HMMMM....there seems to be a theme here....

I swear we are not alcoholics! We just LOVE craft beer and good wine! The best part of the "Cork Box" is that each and every cork was a bottle of wine that we shared together! So many great bottles & good conversation shared over the past 3 years with my husband.

 My couch is an IKEA EKTORP and I delightedly found this on Craigslist!  It originally had brownish/green slipcovers that I hated....so I ordered these white slipcovers to make it BRAND NEW! The best part about the EKTORP is the slipcovers... They can be washed & replaced, which is essential if you have CATS that like to use it as a scratching post!

My couch is an IKEA EKTORP and I delightedly found this on Craigslist!  It originally had brownish/green slipcovers that I hated....so I ordered these white slipcovers to make it BRAND NEW! The best part about the EKTORP is the slipcovers... They can be washed & replaced, which is essential if you have CATS that like to use it as a scratching post!

 Love you More Pillow: Marshalls

Love you More Pillow: Marshalls

 Photo: Kristina Elizabeth Photography  Table: Ponzio Design

Photo: Kristina Elizabeth Photography

Table: Ponzio Design

My mom found this table and redesigned it for my husband! He kept finding super cool shells on his trips to the beach & I wanted to display them! If you look closely you will see a few shark teeth in there!

Candles are a MUST in this house....it just creates such a cozy environment! I am so happy to have found "SWEATER WEATHER" at Target! Dustin and I are OBSESSED with Biren & Co candles as well! We stumbled upon our first Biren & Co "Tobacco Vanilla" Candle at a boutique in Vermont and now we are HOOKED!

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 My amazing husband installed our laminate wood flooring! We were thinking about putting a more grey toned flooring in here but I am SO GLAD that we went with a warm medium tone. Grey would have washed everything out. These laminates are durable and easy to clean!  Floors: Pergo Max "Crossroads Oak" @ Lowe's Improvement

My amazing husband installed our laminate wood flooring! We were thinking about putting a more grey toned flooring in here but I am SO GLAD that we went with a warm medium tone. Grey would have washed everything out. These laminates are durable and easy to clean!

Floors: Pergo Max "Crossroads Oak" @ Lowe's Improvement

 I made this ottoman with my mom out of an old PUB table! We took the legs off a side table and cut them down to make it the perfect height! The top is foam and covered in a "blackout curtain" that we found!! This is my favorite color of blue in the whole room!

I made this ottoman with my mom out of an old PUB table! We took the legs off a side table and cut them down to make it the perfect height! The top is foam and covered in a "blackout curtain" that we found!! This is my favorite color of blue in the whole room!

 AHHHH THE CLOCK! I don't know where this room would be without this piece! My hubby's favorite. I grabbed this from Hobby Lobby!

AHHHH THE CLOCK! I don't know where this room would be without this piece! My hubby's favorite.
I grabbed this from Hobby Lobby!

 My mom made this vintage console for me for my birthday! I am obsessed with the handles! Media Console: Ponzio Design

My mom made this vintage console for me for my birthday! I am obsessed with the handles! Media Console: Ponzio Design

 Bath & Body works candles are another obsession of mine!

Bath & Body works candles are another obsession of mine!

 The one thing I have always wanted was a WORKING FIREPLACE. We put this baby to good use in the winter time!  Lantern: Micheals Craft Store

The one thing I have always wanted was a WORKING FIREPLACE. We put this baby to good use in the winter time!

Lantern: Micheals Craft Store

 Photo: Amanda Lynn Photography

Photo: Amanda Lynn Photography

AND LASTLY:

My favorite part of my living room? MY PHOTOS! If you couldn't tell? They are everywhere! PRINT YOUR IMAGES. There is no better way to personalize your space then with your favorite memories. So much has changed from the time that these were taken last year! So many great things! I am just glad we have them to look back on.

I hope you love my space as much as I do! Now to start decorating for fall....

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