4.25.2019

A Spring Breakfast Room With Mohawk Home


I have to get a little creative when adding some spring touches in our home since it is already full of color.  For me spring means color, but since I have so much color all over the house I have to do a little more to garnish the feeling of the new season.  For our breakfast room which is filled with color I had to work extra hard but the results were so very worth it.


You may recall when we redid our kitchen and breakfast room I added my favorite wallpaper, Clarence House The Vase, in a sunny yellow.  It greets me every single morning like the bright sunshine and is the perfect backdrop for our farmhouse table and mixed grouping of chairs.  Most of the time we have two large orange chairs a the heads of the table, but for spring I swapped them out with these leaf chairs which are normally in the dining room.  The seats on both chairs are identical so swapping them back and forth is a breeze.  We have never had a rug under our table and this year I took the plunge and partnered with Mohawk Home to select a stunning rug to ground the space.




You might think adding a blue rug would make the space darker, but I completely disagree.  I love how much color the rug adds with all the blues and hints of white, turquoise and beige.  I think the combination of the leaf chairs and the new rug makes it feel like a brand new space.  How fabulous is that ... I swapped out two chairs, gave them both a hot pink pillow and added a new rug and the space feels completely different.




I shared some tips with you in this blog post to create spring in your home and I have incorporated five of my eight tips into this space.  I changed the furniture layout, added spring flowers, added rattan elements, added a bowl of citrus (on side chest), and added in some new pillows.  I really love how easy it is to change a space and give it a completely different feel.



While I was setting the table and changing out the chairs Millie spotted the new rug and immediately made herself at home.  I tried my darnedest to get her to move for the photos and she flat refused.  She turned down a treat (well took it from me and then returned to her spot), extra water (her favorite) and even said no to a walk.  She decided the rug was her spot and she wasn't budging.  I kind of love that she loves it as much as she does.  It is very plush and so well made and I am thrilled it is Millie approved.


I partnered with Mohawk Home to add this amazing rug to my home as part of a spring refresh.  I chose the Shenandoah rug from Prismatic collection.  It took me some time to choose a pattern as I loved quite a few of them.  I was so impressed with the amazing selection and after considering the colors of our home and the best fit I settled on this rug.  I would love for it to stay right where it is, but my middle son spotted it when he came home and pointed out it would also be a perfect fit for his room.  I don't see that happening, at least for now ... but you just never know.  The rug's colors are perfect for so many spaces in our home and I am thrilled that it is so versatile and could be added to his room, the foyer and even the guest room.  The colors are just so amazing and so easy to work with in so many rooms of our home.  I chose the blue, but the Shenandoah also comes in a beautiful green and a pretty amethyst.


Since I chose the rug for the breakfast room I am so thankful that it is stain resistant.  We no longer have small kids, but things do end up under the table and spills do happen.  I will be able to spot clean the rug and the stain resistant feature is ideal.  When the kids were little we had a strict no rug under the table rule as it seemed silly.  There was always something that needed to be cleaned up or scrubbed after meals. That is obviously no longer the case, and if the rare piece of something falls I don't think it even hits the ground before that sneaky beagle catches it.  She is honestly better than any cordless vacuum.


I am thrilled with the space and love the new feel it has.  I worked from the kitchen table yesterday just to be able to enjoy the feel of the rug under my feet.  The backyard is completely in bloom and the birds are everywhere enjoying the spring temperatures and the sunshine.  It was just glorious.


Make sure you check out the other bloggers and their rug choices for their homes.  I have no idea what anyone else chose so I am super excited to read their posts.  I love that a number of us can be given the same task and yet it always looks so very different when its done. If you are looking for me today I will be drinking extra coffee and lounging at the breakfast table enjoying the new to us space and the stunning new rug.  I am sure Millie will be at my feet enjoying it as well.


I am thrilled to share that Mohawk Home is giving away a rug so that you, too, can refresh a space in your home. To enter head to their website here. The Mohawk Home Spring Home Area Rug Giveaway runs from April 25 to May 9, 2019 and includes one 8x10 area rug for three different winners.  The winner will be notified 10 days after the giveaway ends.  Make sure you enter, this is such a great chance to win something amazing for your home.  I absolutely love our Mohawk Home rug!!

Happy Thursday!


I partnered with Mohawk Home on this sponsored post.  As usual all the opinions and thoughts are my own. And to add in, Millie completely agrees!

4.24.2019

Cancer ... A Year Later


Taken the weekend I told the kids

It has been exactly one year since we went to the doctor to talk about a "small spot" found on a cat scan and heard the word cancer.  I don't think I will forget the first time our doctor said he would be referring us to an oncologist or the feeling I felt at that moment in time.  I honestly had such a good feeling about the time in between when they spotted this "small spot" and the doctor appointment and the news and truth hit me like a brick wall.  We were just four months in with our son's medical crisis and I needed the doctor to tell me this spot was fine so we could focus once again as a team on the plan we had. I was in shock, stunned, sickened and every single thing he said after the word oncologist was a blur. As I look back over that doctor appointment I realize how in shock I really was.  It was not expected at all and when I tried to process the words he was saying it was a lot like Charlie Brown's teacher.  I knew he was speaking but yet I could not make out one single word he spoke.  The hours that evening and the weeks to come also went by as a blur and I tried to make sense of all the doctors were speaking to us.  There wasn't a "small spot" but instead a large and inoperable tumor that would need to drastically reduce in size before surgery.  Lots of chemo and then major surgery and then we would see where we were.  They all kept saying the same thing and I clung to the positive of every thing they shared.  I was desperate for something good and as the shock wore off the reality began to sink in, but all in all I was clinging to the good.

4.23.2019

Orange They Cute?


It's that time ... time to think about comfy dresses, darling shirts and white jeans with espadrilles and sandals on repeat.  It is most definitely my favorite time of the year, I think it reminds me of my Florida roots.  I love a good sunny day, one that isn't too hot and just breezy enough to be considered perfect weather. It's those days I plan cute outfits with darling shoes which I found in my Easter basket this year, aren't they so cute?


4.22.2019

Oh Happy Easter!


I honestly think Easter is my favorite holiday.  It is the perfect reason for a holiday,  as we are celebrating the risen Savior.  It also comes at one of the prettiest times of the year when the outside has gorgeous new growth after months of death.  So many colors, blooms, flowers and life.  I can't seem to get enough of spring this year as it gets prettier each and every day.  Yesterday it was cold and rainy and today it was much warmer and once again sunny and glorious.  As I was setting the table this morning the sun poured through the windows filling the kitchen. It was one of the prettiest mornings we have had this year.


4.20.2019

Banana Bread Pudding


I honestly don't think I have ever been more proud of myself in the kitchen.  I baked something and it was incredible ... and turned out perfect the very first time.  If you know me in real life you understand this is a major feat for me.  While I was preparing it my oldest walked in the house and asked me if I was planning to bake something and the commented ... "who are you"?  It isn't his fault, I am not accomplished in any way at all in the baking department.  I have burned many things, had cakes fall and once even baked a cake for a family member for their birthday only to be asked not to do it again.  It was awful and bless her for even trying it. 🤣

4.19.2019

Pink + Palm


As we all know I am completely obsessed with all things pink + green and have been almost my whole life.  I think it is the girly part of me paired with the prep + a little bit of growing up in the 80s and 90s when preppy was at the highest point.  Add in some navy and gingham and grosgrain and I might just dance all day.  When I spotted Barrington Gifts newest patterns I knew immediately that I needed some palm print in my life.  I travel a lot and I always have a Barrington bag (or two) with me.  I absolutely love my plaid tote, but I was sure this palm print would make all my spring and summer traveling even more fun.

4.18.2019

Callie's Hot Little Biscuits


I have told you many times I am not one who feels confident in the kitchen.  I have plenty of things I make and know they are great, but all in all I am not a kitchen master.  My husband, however, is fantastic at every single thing he does in the kitchen and outside on the grill.  When we first started dating I told him I would make him dinner thinking I would make lasagna, the one meal I knew I could make and do it well.  He, instead, insisted he would cook for me and honestly, the rest is history.  He is an amazing cook and finds it so relaxing to cook for all of us.  The man makes homemade bread, the best pizza dough, can grill chicken and fish like a pro, and even makes the most incredible cupcakes.  We have been married almost 24 years and he still does most of the cooking in the house.

4.17.2019

Towels For Mom


When I was asked what I wanted for Mother's Day I quickly responded with three things ... my porch cleaned for summer, my car detailed (it has pollen in every crevice), and new monogram towels.  As you can see I am a person who prefers things done for her versus gifts on Mother's Day, but who can resist a set of Weezie Towels
 

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