Sunday, November 18, 2018


Thanksgiving is about food, family, friends and pretty tables. We’re not hosting this year but I thought I’d share my past years thanksgiving tables and give you some tips on how to create a simple tablescape of your own. You don’t have to have a green thumb or crafty. Setting a table can be easy and fun. So while you’re making your shopping list for turkey day don’t forget to add some flowers to the list. All of my flowers I buy at Wegman's grocery store.

Here are some of my past years tables and what I used to create them. 

Blush Table 

This was probably one of my favorites because it wasn’t your typical fall colors and it turned out so pretty. I incorporated fall flowers into my centerpieces with the mini green and white cabbages, mixed with white hydrangeas and blush roses and berries. I used hearth and hands black vases which make flower arranging so easy. Just make sure you cut down your flowers so that they aren’t too tall in the vases. I also used my leftover sugar pumpkins and votive candles to fill the rest of the space. 

Bright & Blue

I fell in love with the color of these blue napkins when I spotted them at target and thought they would be pretty paired with pops of color. I used clear low cylinder vases which you can find at Michaels or if you live near a Wegmans they have them there as well. For the flowers I bought an assortment of bright colors, mixing in tulips, daisies, 

Buffalo Check 

Then there was the year that Nate Berkus gave me a shout out in Instagram with my buffalo check table. He’s been one of my design inspirations since I watched him on the Oprah show so this was really exciting for me even if it was just over a little place card holder, I’ll take it. For this table I found a buffalo check table runner in the dollar section at target, used 3 square wooden floral boxes which can also be found at Wegman's or a local craft store and filled with green floral foam. Cut your florals short and just stick them in the foam until you fill up all the empty spaces. To fill up the rest of the runner I used pomegranates (some cut, some whole) and oranges and tree bark candle pillars. I also used Nate Berkus’ cute snail place card holders which aren’t available but you can find cute place card holders at Target, Crate & Barrel and Pier 1. 


And for the best part of Thanksgiving...all the delicious food. Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes I like to make every year and are definite crowd pleasers. 

Paula Deen Pineapple Casserole (sounds weird but SOOOO good)

Cajun Injector Turkey Frying Spice Kit Creole Butter with Injector and Cajun Shake

My husbands favorite marinade for the deep fried turkey (Deep frying tip from the hubs: if you're marinade has a sugar in it you want to make sure it's not on the outside or it will turn black) 

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 12, 2018


I seriously don't know how we're into the first week of November already. I'm not sure if its that I've been in a newborn fog the last couple months or what but this has crept up on me so quickly. I'm starting to pull some holiday inspiration for this years decor. November and December are two of my favorite months of the year. Everything from the decorating, entertaining, fashion, spending time with family and friends and creating more memories with my kids. An even more exciting year this year because we have a new little bundle to cuddle. 

Today I wanted to share my holiday inspiration for this year and things I'm looking to add to my collection and things that I'm loving. I like to plan out my spaces because it helps me not go super crazy when I'm out shopping because I tend to walk into a store and act like a kid in a candy store when I see holiday decorations. My head starts going crazy with all the things I could do and then I don't have the time to do those said things so a plan is what helps to keep me in check. My hope is that this post helps give you some holiday inspiration as well! These are all items that can carry you from Thanksgiving through Christmas. 

Stack Beads //  Faux Juniper Vase Filler // Plaid Door Mat // Bay Leaf Garland (I use this on my mantle and it's amazing and lasted in my dry house) // Gold Vase (perfect for a white pointsettia) // Matte Christmas Ornaments // Wicker Tree Collar (Under $30 right now until Friday) // Gold Wreath // Antler Art // Fur Throw // Plaid Pillow // Tassel Garland (Comes in cream too) // Wooden Ornaments (these are so pretty in person and would look great in a bread bowl) // Faux potted paperwhites

We are also in need of a new faux tree. Are you a real or faux tree household? I've always loved real trees but we learned quickly that our new (old) house is very very dry and within a week the branches were basically hanging on the ground and our tree was such a fire hazard I almost went and bought another one so we could make it until Christmas. The next year we decided to go faux. In a way I love a faux tree because you can keep it up longer, you don't have a bazillion needles to clean up and it's easier to decorate. I'm debating whether or not I want to get a flocked tree or not. I shared on my Instagram stories the options I'm considering. Help a girl out and go vote over there! 


I'm on the hunt for a new tree this year and these are the tree's I'm considering. I'm very picky about the lights and I like the warmer white lights over the brighter led lights. I prefer to have them prelit but you can buy them without lights and string your own on.




I plan on incorporating green velvet and windowpane pillows this year. I also love the look leather with dark green so I will be keeping those pillows and adding the green and windowpane ones.  I want to keep a modern yet traditional look this holiday season. I normally have my workroom create my pillow covers for me but my other favorite place to shop for these is Etsy where you can find beautiful and affordable pillows.




This may be my favorite part of decorating. Adding greenery can make such a difference in your home. Over the years I've found some great faux greenery for garland which I was psyched about because some of the faux stuff can look so cheap. For real live greenery I have really liked Williams and Sonoma Home. They're having their Friends & Family Sale right now with code FRIENDS so it's the perfect time to grab these. I also like to shop my local garden centers to support small businesses for my swags and outdoor planters. If you have a faux tree, you will notice that over the years it starts to look scrawny. My trick for fixing this is to add faux picks in the tree which you can find at your local craft store. This is also a great way to beef up your garland as well. I will also mix faux and live too. 

Monika Hibbs




Yes, I match my gift wrap to my holiday decor. Again, doing this helps me not overspend on this stuff. I'll be doing a lot of white and black wrapping with velvet and natural ribbons. My favorite places to shop for gift wrap are Homegoods and Target. Homegoods has the best gift tags and ribbon.


I love me a good table scape. Over the years I switch up my table for the holidays. Last year may have been one of my favorites. Magnolia leaves are usually my go to because they can go from Thanksgiving to Christmas easily. Pair with white flowers and add some berries and greens for a more festive look.


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Ahhh...we made it! For the past six weeks we’ve been working like crazy on our modern boys nursery and it's time for the reveal! This was my first One Room Challenge and although I think I was crazy taking this on with a new baby, it motivated me to complete this room. When you're your own client you don't always have a deadline to meet like your regular clients so this gave me that push to get it done. 
If you want to go back and catch up on any of our previous week’s progress – here are the links.
I will share all of my sources at the bottom of this post
In case you forgot what this room looked like before here's a little reminder



Just a little bit brighter. 

Let me take you on a little tour of this room starting with this crib that I love from Dwell Studio. I love the base of the crib and it's modern style and simple lines. 

For the art above the crib I chose Leslee Mitchell's prints. I had fallen in love with these a couple years ago and they were the jumping off point for this room. The only hard part was picking which ones to use and I love how they look against this Serena & Lily feather wallpaper. The wallpaper is one of Mason's favorites, he loves staring at it. 

I had originally wanted to shiplap the whole room and put wallpaper on the ceiling but I'm so glad I decided to only do it 3/4 of the way up the wall. The shiplap is painted in Benjamin Moore's chantilly lace. 

I went with a striped crib sheet because I'm drawn to all things stripes and added a soft gray throw, windowpane pillow and the cutest little sloth by Jelly Cat. (Don't worry I will remove these once he's sleeping in here)

In a nursery you spend a lot of time in the rocker and we wanted something comfortable but that was also a recliner. When I hear the word recliner I cringe a little bit but what I loved about this Pottery Barn Kids rocker/glider is that it doesn't look like a recliner. I love that it swivels too and has a high back. I paired a modern reading lamp for bedtime stories and my favorite may be Mason's little Bla-Bla dog. I like buying from companies that give back and a percentage of the sale of these eco-friendly dolls is given to a charity that helps to protect our planet.
 Toutou the Dog

This bamboo shelf was my grandmothers and has traveled through many states and finally landed in Mason's nursery. It was the perfect size for this wall to store his books and toys. I spotted this Cool Dude banner at Crate& Kids when Mason and I were shopping for accessories for his room and thought this was the perfect spot for it. The iron whales tale hook on the back of the door helps to hold my Lands End tote that was given as a gift from one of my best friends. I love the # she chose. I keep extra diapers, change of clothes and anything needed to quickly grab and go.

This room gets the best light ever and I wanted to keep it bright and colorful and bring in some natural woven textures like this Momeni rug by Erin Gates. I had debated between 2 of her rugs and decided on this one and I like the warmth if brings to the room.

For storage you can't beat the IKEA Hemnes dresser. These drawers are so deep and the dresser is a taller height which works great for diaper changes. I switched out the hardware with these Anthropologie brass knobs. A tray adorns the top of the dresser to hold diaper changing essentials and how cute is the little cloud mobile?

Thanks for following along with my first One Room Challenge. I hope you enjoyed seeing this room come together and we can't wait for our little guy to use it. 

To check out the other reveals you can head on over to the One Room Challenge blog. I can't wait to see how everyone's rooms turned out. 


Jelly Cat Ant Eater
Side Table-old
Lamp-Homegoods (similar here)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


It’s week 5 of the One Room Challenge Fall 2018 edition and I’m starting to feel good about how this room is coming together. 

Check out the progress from past weeks 

A few things happened this week including getting the furniture put together, framing the art prints and the rug arrived. This was the 2nd rug to arrive as the first was too white and my dog, Miss Finley likes to mark her spot when new rugs come in...ugh. I was torn between these 2 Momeni by Erin Gates rugs but in the end ended up going with my original plan although I still keep thinking about the other one.

I loved this rug but was worried it would compete with the wallpaper

I’m going to be heading to Homegoods and Crate & Barrel kids to find some last minute decor pieces. Follow along in my stories on Instagram to see what I find and then check back next week for the BIG REVEAL! eeeek

Thanks again to Liz at Calling it Home for organizing the One Room Challenge

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


We’re getting closer to the end of the One Room Challenge. I was nervous about getting the room painted and wallpapered and now that is done I can breathe a sigh of relief. As soon as I took that breathe I got a notice that the window treatments I selected are on backorder. Every designers nightmare. Well, that and items arriving damaged which is usually about 60% of the time. Interior design sounds like such a fun job but there is so much done on the back end putting out fires. It’s the not so fun part of the job. 

We’re ready to start putting the room together. I’m going to be on the hunt for accessories, bedding and a mobile for the room. I’m also debating whether or not I want to change out the hardware on the Hemnes dresser. I like the look gold the hardware that comes with it but for a piece that is very familiar I like to change it up a bit and add a different design element.

Here's a look at what happened this week

The light fixture was installed and I love it. I sort of have an obsession with light fixtures and there are so many fun ones that I wanted to use but in the end I think this was the right choice. 

Excuse the mess but this wallpaper just made my day when it was installed. I've been waiting forever to use it and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Mason likes it too because he just stares at it, which may not be a good thing when we're trying to get him to go to sleep. 

Things to do this week:
-hang art
-hang crib mobile
-put remaining furniture together
-hang bookshelves
-style room
-photograph for the BIG REVEAL next week! 

It doesn't sound like much but this is the most stressed I've been. I'll be on my own with the kids trying to wrap this up with Halloween next week too I'll be running on fumes for sure. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


We're at the halftime show of the One Room Challenge and things are moving along quickly. It's amazing how fast time flies when you have a newborn. Although I've been stressing about getting this room done in time, I'm finding it hardest to have the time to sit down and blog about it. Be sure to check out Week 1 and Week 2 to catch up on what's been going on with the Boys Modern Nursery Update. 

This week we removed the wallpaper and prepped the walls and everything was painted. We went with Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace. It's not only one of my favorite white paint colors but it matched the white of the Serena & Lily wallpaper perfectly. This room is probably one of the brightest rooms in our house and with everything having a fresh coat of paint it's quickly becoming my favorite room. 

We will be in this house forever but I wonder when this shiplap ever comes down if the next owners will wonder what Zelda is?

It's bittersweet for this guy. This used to be his room and he didn't want to share with his big brother but we gave them a really cool room to make up for it. 

I just love a fresh coat of paint in an old house to make everything look new again. We used BM Chantilly Lace in this room. 

Up next is installing the light fixture

Big brother testing out the rocker. Do you think he'll take over some of the feedings? bahahaha....he says he doesn't have time. 

Bye Bye light fixture!!!

Testing out some current pieces we have. This shelf was my grandmothers and it may have found it's home. Perfect fit for this wall. 

Things we can check off our list for week 2: 
-paint room
-electrician scheduled
-wallpaper installer scheduled
-furniture ordered 

Wallpaper is being installed this week and the furniture is starting to arrive. I'm so happy with the crib we selected too. I can't wait for you to see it. 

Things to do this week:
-find a rug
-find a reading lamp
-book shelves
-start looking for decorative accessories
-order changing pad
-lamp for changing table
-order crib mobile
-order frames for prints
-figure out crib bedding
-get blanket monogrammed

If you've been following along with the One Room Challenge you can see everyone's transformations coming along. Here are the Guest Participants for the One Room Challenge 


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