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Feeling: Festive.  I’ve been to two Christmas parties over the past two days, and I wouldn’t turn down an invitation to one today.  I didn’t do the month of December last year since I had just had a baby, was in full on survival mode, and completely lost to the outside world.  So, I’m trying to make up for it double time this year.  Fa-la-la!

Listening to: White Winter Hymnal by Pentatonix.  Weirdest Christmas song lyrics ever, but it’s so dang catchy.  I’ve had Penatatonix’s first Christmas album on repeat since November 25.  Singing a cappella ranks right up there with opera singers as far as talent goes in my book.

Wishing: I could sing a cappella.

Bummed: That I’ve only read one book this year.  In years past, I’ve read over 50 books a year.  This year?  One.  Unless you count a few parenting books which I don’t.  The reason for this is my aforementioned baby.  This is such a sweet season of life and I don’t mind not reading right now since I know I’ll have time again one day.  But, not gonna lie, I miss it.

Shocked: That one of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show models is from a small town a few towns over from me!  And I only discovered this fact via Instagram.  After the show aired, I was stalking all of the models’ accounts (as one does) and stumbled upon Grace Elizabeth.  One thing led to another, and bam!  I realized she’s a local girl.  The fact that she exists doesn’t really surprise me, it’s that I hadn’t heard about her IRL.  This kind of news is small town gold.  Why hasn’t anyone told someone who told someone who told me??

Excited: about this blog.  I know no one is reading right now, but I hope that changes soon.  I have big hopes and big plans for this space.  🙂

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Rustic Farmhouse Living Room

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Every time I see this rustic farmhouse living room by Groves & Co. I get chills.  That’s a bit dramatic but this space is just absolute perfection.  I knew I wanted to start this blog off with a bang, and no space is more bang and intro worthy than this.  The beams, the stone, the rug, the capiz chandelier, I can’t pick a favorite element.  Each item on its own is divine, but together they richly harmonize in concert.  The rustic, natural feel of the space is warm, cozy, and inviting.  I can picture many good conversations (probably about how beautiful the house is) happening in those chairs.

  1.  Striped rug – Striped rugs work in almost any setting and with most styles.
  2. Painting – Don’t live in the mountains?  Don’t have lodge style beams in your home?  Bring a touch of mountain whimsy via artwork by framing up a Bierstadt print.
  3. Coffee table – Target’s Threshold line consistently nails it.  This coffee table emulates the circular coffee table above and looks mighty fine doing it.  It also has a matching end table.
  4. Floor lamp – One of these days I will own a tripod floor lamp like this.  It brings the eye up just enough and adds [another] touch of warmth.
  5. Chair – Comfy chair for ogling over this rustic farmhouse living room.  This pillow would look perfect nestled on it.
  6. Tufted leather bench – Every home needs a bench.  Perfect in an entryway for removing shoes (so no one dirties up the rug…don’t care if that’s the point of rugs.)
  7. Light – This light!  I think this light might actually make the space for me.  I doubt it gives off a ton of light, but capiz adds relaxed glamour to any space it graces.  *sigh*
  8. Side table – I’ve contemplated buying this so many times.  It’d be a great conversation piece for all my introverts out there.
  9. Coasters – We should establish right now that I’m all about unique coasters.  Don’t have a huge stone fireplace?  No worries!  Buy some stones to set your drinks on.  Same, same.

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