Nothing says love like a room makeover, am I right?! Happy Valentine’s Day friends! I’m excited to announce that for the next three weeks I’ll be joining a few of my favorite design bloggers in a room refresh adventure! We’ll…
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Here’s the post I’ve been meaning to write for a month and a half. Last year I started my now annual “Best Purchases” post from the previous year. I figure having certain items long enough warrants enough time to give them a fair review. Some of the items on this year’s list were purchased in 2018 although we didn’t start using them till this year but I’m still including them because I love them so much.
One || Our Patio Set
These pieces were individual purchases (two separate loveseats and a chair set which included the coffee table) so you could purchase as many or as few as the pieces as you’d like. After months of use they were very comfortable and I didn’t notice any adverse wear on the cushions (except from kids bringing food over to them). The cushions stayed the perfect firmness and we had only one or two spots where the wicker popped up… I was nervous there was going to be a lot more with four kids!
I’d HIGHLY recommend this set. I’d also highly recommend these covers for them, they are a little big which makes putting them on a breeze (no struggling to put ones that fit them like a glove on).
You can read the full post about the patio set here.
Two and Three || Apron Front Sink and Bridge Faucet
While we bought these months ago we’ve only been using them for a few weeks but so far I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. They both feel really sturdy and well-made. The sink has SO MUCH ROOM IN IT and I love that it came with a grate to protect the bottom of the sink. The prices on these two items are really affordable in comparison to similar items.
Four|| DW Home Gardenia Candle
If my home had a signature scent this would be it. I find all my DW Home Gardenia candles at Marshalls but in case you can’t here is the link to the Amazon one. It’s about $8 more than you’ll spend on it at Marshalls.
Five || Therapedic Weighted Blanket
Therapedic sent me some products in October or November that they wanted help getting the word out about. I just needed to do an Instagram post and a stories about them but I can’t stop talking about them (you’ll see another one of the items made the list in the clothing section). This weighted blanket is so different from anything we’ve ever had but we love it. I think I sleep better and deeper, it keeps me SO warm and generally is one of my favorite blankets EVER. The first few nights are so weird and I hate when it’s laying on my throat but otherwise it’s INCREDIBLE. My guess is that it’ll be a colder weather item for our bed because it really keeps you warm. The downside to it is that it’s pricey but I’d say it’s highly worth it (we have the large size which weighs 20 pounds but I’d get the extra large if you are putting it on a queen bed like we are).
Six|| J. Crew Chambray Dress
I wore this dress on repeat all summer. This unfortunately isn’t the best photo but it was so comfortable and was great to transition from spring to summer and summer to fall. It’s 50% off now too. (There are a lot of dresses from J. Crew Factory that are 50% off now that I’m in love with…)
This dress is almost identical, it just has scalloped sleeves instead of a tie on them.
Seven || Make + Model Joggers
I asked my sister for these pants for my birthday. When she got them about four months ago they had different colors but I’m in love with them. I wear them constantly. They are ridiculously soft and comfy. There are two downsides: the ride pretty low (careful sitting down!) and they pill very easily (I think mine show the pills easily because they are a very light blue so I’d highly recommend the dark blue or black joggers).
Eight || Jo Malone Orange Blossom Perfume
You’ve read my ravings about this perfume before. My mom and dad gave this to me for my birthday this year because I finally ran out of my original bottle and I’ve been in love with it for about eight years since I started using it. The smallest sized bottle lasts me for years.
Nine || Therapedic Memory Foam Slippers
I have worn these slippers EVERY SINGLE DAY since I got them, including this very second. They are under $20, so comfy and really keep my feet warm! (Though Therapedic sent me these free of charge I do not have to promote them… I’m only doing it because they are easily one of my favorite new things from this year.)
Ten || Siblings without Rivalry and Crazy Rich Asians
The fact is not lost on me that I’m recommending two completely different books in the same sentence. Crazy Rich Asians is hysterical and fluffy and about so much stuff that doesn’t matter. There are a few trashy parts but for the most part it’s pretty clean. If you want a good book to escape in this is it… I loved it so much I just started Rich People Problems (also hysterical but haven’t read China Rich Girlfriend yet).
Siblings without Rivalry is amazing. It is making me rethink everything about how I interact with the kids, how I want them to interact together and what I saw in front of them and about them that might be hurting them.
Eleven || Our Double Stroller(s)
This is the stroller that I take everywhere with us (it’s not our jogging stroller which I really adore though (sidenote: we have the single and double BOB jogging stroller and I cannot recommend them highly enough, they’ve last us YEARS, the expensive price is 100% worth it)). This is the stroller that gets us through Target and the grocery store. You’d be surprised at how many groceries you can fit underneath this thing… We chose it because it had great reviews and was pretty affordable!
Lastly, bonus item:
I got the a Mariposa platter just like this about two years ago and I am in LOVE with it and use it all the time. They are normally VERY expensive but I found the almost identical one to ours for $20 on Amazon, I don’t know if it’s a mistake Amazon made in pricing because they are normally $150ish but I just bought one for $20 this morning and there are only 10 left I think. It would make SUCH a good gift!
Have a great day and don’t forget to check out these posts (especially if you still have coffee in that mug to enjoy!):
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Azaleas in bloom. Photo via Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
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I love vintage Kilim pillows! They always add the perfect amount of color, culture and texture to a space. Kilim pillows seem to be everywhere lately, and I’m noticing more big box stores jumping on this trend. But I myself will always prefer…
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Two updates on house #7 in one week?! It’s full steam ahead at this point, which means it’s time to nail down a lot of decisions. I decided on a shade of pink for the exterior as soon as we were finished having the plans drawn up, but…
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Hey friends! I’m back today with an update on house #7! Remember when I was debating between going with black or white windows? Well…….I decided to go with black! And I’m in love! Ultimately I decided to go with black windows…
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One of my 2019 goals is to take a weekly break from social media. And after setting that as a personal goal, I decided to get the whole family involved. So yesterday marked our first full month of phone-free Sundays, and today I wanted to share a…
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Happy February 1st friends! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA on the blog this week. I injured my left shoulder during a workout on Monday, and I’ve basically been down for the count ever since. I’m really hoping it’s nothing too…
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Yesterday left me almost crying from happiness. It feels so surreal that we have the new counters in the kitchen now. After years of dreaming and months of intense planning and going over every detail they arrived and are even better than I imagined. You know when you are planning such a massive purchase you second guess yourself around every corner (especially on the things that can’t be returned like cut stone). We used North Shore Marble & Granite (we used them in a rental and in the last flip as well) and have had a great experience with them each time and this time our order was definitely more custom and they handled that beautifully (this is not sponsored).
We had a lot of square footage to cover so we set the budget at $75 per square foot which eliminated a good chunk of marble-like quartz that I was looking at. It was really helpful to have that budget and nix some options right away so don’t get upset if you are working on a budget. I decided on Mara Blanca Quartz from Q Quartz and ended up paying $72 / sq foot.
We also knew that we wanted the chunkier look to the counters because the kitchen was so large we didn’t want them to feel dinky in such a large space. We had the perimeter made double thick around the edges two inches in. North Shore Marble & Granite call it a “laminate edge” and some other places call it a “mitered edge”. There are two ways to do the thickened edge. One is to have a seam where the top of the counter meets the sides and the other is to have a piece glued under the full size slab of marble and harden for three days then have it cut (this is method North Shore uses). There will be a slight seam but it is unreal how non-noticeable it is. I am sitting directly next to the counter and I had to really look to see where the seam was. I walk around the kitchen and I’m thinking that I paid for a piece of art here… it’s incredible.
About a week before the counters were supposed to be installed I started to get really nervous about how thick the counters were going to be after AJ put a 2.5 inch board up on the counter. It felt ridiculously large and modern looking. I was reading Kristy Wicks’ Kitchen Q & A post and she mentioned she put an Ogee edge to her 2.5 inch counter tops and it looked simple and classy so I went to North Shore and asked about it. It wasn’t cheap to add on an Ogee edge, for the entire length of our perimeter it was $1450 (in comparison it was only $900 something to do the thickened edge around the perimeter). We knew we might need to wait on the bar stools and painting but I will tell you, it was 1000% worth it. I can wait on those things but can’t redo the edge of the counter once it’s installed.
(some are affiliate links)
Counters: North Shore Marble & Granite
Cabinets: Building Supply Outlet in Peabody, MA (all cabinets are the Eastman St. line in the Salem door style in Pure White and Gray Screen)
Range Hood: hopefully this one… waiting to hear from the plumber if this will meet code
Fridge: Home Depot (being delivered on February 5!!!)
Apron Front Sink: Overstock
Apron Front Sink Faucet: Amazon
Bar Sinks: Amazon
Bar Sink Faucets: Amazon
Kitchen Dish Towel: Marshalls from Kate Spade (also here)
Sitting Area Rug: Pottery Barn (almost half off!)
Coffee Bar Beverage Fridge: Target
Coffee Bar Tray: Wayfair (can’t find it on the site anymore)
Coffee Bar Cream and Sugar: Swank
Bar stools we hope to get: Ballard Designs
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“Fragrance” is the easiest, simplest ingredient to avoid in your personal care products! And ditching this one ingredient will greatly reduce your toxic chemical exposure because it’s likely in A LOT of your products. Maybe…
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