As it turns out, it’s the small stuff that makes you want to pull your hair out. Like making a decision on a kitchen faucet, cabinet pulls, ceiling fans, chandeliers, what brand of appliances you want, all the things you didn’t think about until you had to think about them and now they’re all you think about. It’s been these small decisions that have been filling my brain and has me lurking Pinterest at 4am panicking about brass making comeback when I just filled our home with black and oil rubbed bronze.

I don’t really have a lesson in this other than try not to get too overwhelmed with the small stuff when renovating or redecorating. You already did the hard part. Try to just pick things you like and not worry about what is “on trend.”

Says the girl who would settle for nothing less than a sputnik chandelier. I mean, how pretty are these light fixtures?? Too bad all the ones I click through on Pinterest are a zillion dollars.

Source: Hunker
Source: Glitter Guide

Nic actually picked this faucet out originally and I wasn’t totally sold so we ended up buying a plain ole one. The next day I had serious regrets and frantically called him from work telling him he was right and we needed the industrial style faucet immediately and to return the other one. I’m so dramatic.

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Source: Odd Girl Out


We ended up using matte black pulls for all of our cabinets and I am so pleased with how they turned out. I promise I’ll get decent pictures of everything one day but today is not that day. For now, you get a stock photo from Lowe’s. You’re welcome.








I can’t believe we are actually shopping for furniture! When I moved in with Nic he still had all of his furniture from his bachelor days (aka all brown everything). I tried to put my spin on it and lighten it up, but you can only do so much. Now that we are preparing to move we are starting over with all new furniture and my brain is on overload with options. Where do you guys like to shop for furniture? Give me all your secrets!

Cozy is the name of the game here. I want everything to feel homey. Lots of grey and white with touches of rustic and modern. I know that sounds like it’s all over the place but it makes sense in my head. Most things only make sense in my head; trying to explain to Nic what I want everything to look like has been interesting, to say the least.


Source: One Kings Lane
Source: Curated Interior
Source: Studio McGee
Source: Hej Doll

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I’ve had a secret Pinterest board for our first fixer upper about two years now. And the second we bought this house, Nic and I both had a very clear idea of what we wanted it to look like. I’m not sure if I’ve slowly brainwashed him into thinking subway tile with dark grout is magic or if he is just trusting my wannabe designer “vision, ” but I’m good with either scenario as long as it gets me my subway tile. We’ve pretty much been on the same page about wall/floor/color options so far. I’ve only lost a few battles over appliances (apparently, my dream of having a microwave drawer is not going to become a reality this time around… I have big dreams about small kitchen appliances, y’all). But, we both love grays and bright, light, open spaces, and he’s pretty good about reeling me in when I start rambling about Carrera marble all the way to the ceiling.

Here’s a little design inspiration for our renovation: 

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Source: Instagram @sarahrichardsondesign
Source: Domino

All. White. Everything.

I can’t wait to see how/if it all comes together! Let me know what you think and what your favorite design elements are right now!!