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!
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!
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.
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 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!
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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