A Grown Up Halloween Party

While I liked Halloween as a kid, it lost its appeal quickly as I got older (college Halloween parties? Not really my style!). I’m sure it’ll be exciting again once Dave and I have kids someday, but until then, I feel like I’m in a funny, “in between” stage when it comes to Halloween. My ideal solution? A festive, but still elegant, dinner party, complete with homemade chili and cornbread (my family’s Halloween tradition), pumpkin decor done in an unexpected way, and, yes, a little bit of candy :)

Grown up Halloween partyTop: Denise Crew via Camille Styles, The Merrythought, Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty; middle: Joel Maus via Style Me Pretty Living, Rustic White via Waiting on Martha, How Sweet It Is; bottom: How Sweet It Is, Design Love Fest

Hope y’all enjoy your Halloween weekend, whatever you’ll be doing! And, just for fun, what’s your all-time best costume? When I was little, my mom dressed me as a pink Crayola crayon!

Fall Decor in a Neutral Home

It’s funny how I don’t think much about specific spring or summer decor, but as soon as fall rolls around, I find myself itching to decorate my entire apartment! Maybe it’s because colder days mean more time inside? Regardless, with mine and Dave’s apartment pretty much put together (you can find our inspiration here and here), I’m turning my attention to seasonal pieces and details that can be part of our home for years to come. We’re all about whites, neutrals, and shades of blue around here, so I love the idea of adding just a few purposeful touches of copper, burnt orange, and apple red to make our space feel festive, but not overdone or forced. Here’s some of the inspiration I rounded up:

fall decor inspirationClockwise from top left: The Lily Pad Cottage, Lark & Linen, Target, The Everygirl, Lindsay Letters, Starbucks Fall Essentials, source unknown, The Glitter Guide, Design Sponge

I have my eye on these mugs, this throw blanket, and this spoon rest (a cheaper alternative to a teapot for a pop of copper on the stove) in particular. Though honestly, I hate buying things full-price, so there’s a good chance I’ll wait till the end of the season and just stock up for next year!

How do you approach seasonal decorating in your home? Do you have any favorite things that you pull out just for fall?

Summer Rooftop Movie Inspiration

Dave and I love our cozy little apartment, but there are two things that we really wish were different about it: 1. The fact that there is only one closet in the whole apartment, and 2. Our living area is not well-suited for entertaining. If you’re a longtime reader, you may already know how much I love planning and throwing parties, so as Dave and I got settled in and summer rolled around, we found ourselves itching to have people over. The solution? Invite them up on the roof! We recently discovered the rooftop patio at our apartment complex, so tomorrow, we’ll be lugging our TV, speakers, popcorn, and our new drink dispenser up there for a viewing of The Sandlot! Here’s some of the inspiration I pulled for a summer rooftop movie party.

Summer rooftop movieClockwise from top left: Belathée via coco+kelley, Remodelando la Casa, Southern Curls and Pearls, Oh Happy Day, She-N-He via Camille Styles, Love Katie + Sarah via Ruffled, unknown

I have all my fingers crossed that this works out and solves our entertaining space problem! And if you have any tips for entertaining in less-than-ideal spaces, I’m all ears :)

LJO to LJK: New York Bridal Shower Inspiration Board

After my Texas bridal shower, I spent four more days in Houston and Austin for work, and then flew out of Austin first thing in the morning on Thursday. When I got home, I switched out my suitcase, headed back to the airport that night, and flew to Syracuse with Dave! While I entered the past weekend a little tired, I am so happy that we made the trip and got to enjoy some really wonderful quality time with Dave’s family before the wedding. I couldn’t ask for more amazing future in-laws, and Dave’s mom, sister, sisters-in-law, and even nieces made me feel so, so loved planning my bridal shower #2! I can’t wait to share some pictures, and in the meantime, here’s the inspiration board I made, inspired by the teal-painted venue (The Sherwood Inn) and the colors of early spring flowers.

NY bridal shower inspiration board
Clockwise from top left: KT Merry via Style Me Pretty, Kelly Kollar via Grey Likes Weddings, Ameris via 100 Layer Cake, Ed Osborn via Style Me Pretty, The Sherwood Innm three studio via Style Me Pretty, Rebecca Hansen via Snippet & Ink

Happy New Year’s Eve!

I have butterflies just thinking about what’s to come this year! 2015 is the year I get to marry the love of my life. It’s the year we’ll welcome people we love from all over the world to our favorite place in North Carolina. It’s the year we start calling the same place home, and  the year we’ll spend two weeks adventuring in Europe, in some of the very same spots where we spent our first days of friendship when I was 19. It’s the year I’ll celebrate two years at my dream job. It’s the year I’ll turn 25.

Sparkly New Year's EveClockwise from top left: Unknown, A Field Journal, Kate Spade New York, Alison Conklin via Dallas ShawBelathée via Coco + Kelley, Cottonseed Oil,  Buff Strickland via Camille Styles, Flower Girl Los AngelesWhite Loft Studio via Style Me Pretty

For all of the things I can see coming in 2015 though, I’m also looking forward to all of the things that I don’t know about yet. When I rang in the New Year in 2013, I had no idea that I would reconnect with my future husband 13 days later, and it taught me something–God loves to surprise and delight us. There are seasons when he takes away, yes, but he also gives abundantly. That’s why, amongst all the goals and plans I have for this special year ahead, what I want most is for my eyes and my heart to be open to all He has in store. I can’t wait to share the journey!

Happy New Year! xoxo