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The Weekender

Neutral living room, light wood tones and leather, Benjamin Moore Intense White walls | via Yellow Brick Home

sectional | coffee table | chair | pouf | lamp | velvet pillows | vintage rug (similar)

For the last two years, we’ve been on the hunt for a different television console. We enjoyed the one we had just fine, but after modifying it, painting it and then finally saying goodbye to our navy sofa, the room started to feel so one-note. White, cream, ivory, soft gray and putty – it was like fifty shades of white. We considered giving it a whole new color, but what we were really craving was something wood toned. Something in the same family as our coffee table. We still wanted the room to feel light, bright and layered, and although it would have been fun to choose a punchy color, we feared we’d grow tired of it quickly. (Colors we considered: pink, plum, forest green or matte black. We were all over the place!)

And then Scott remembered this credenza from At Home. We stumbled across it during this whirlwind porch makeover, and we actually ended up purchasing the smaller version for our studio refresh! Of course, many months had since passed, and because At Home has all their inventory on the floor, we weren’t holding our breath – but! You guys! They still had one! One. We have plans to swap out the legs for something lower, but we are so happy we nixed the idea of a bold splash of color for something that felt better suited to our style today. For the first time in a long time, we feel truly happy with this room. It invites us in. It makes us smile. It felt like putting the last piece of our living room puzzle together.

What Else?

 With the new credenza, I caved on a new television. Recently, I shared Scott wall mounting it on Instagram Stories, and I was immediately flooded with questions on our TV + mount combo. We bought this 4K smart Samsung during an insane sale (less than currently listed!) and paired it with this mount. The mount is so, so thin, and the television only floats 3/4″ away from the wall. Our former TV was on a swing arm mount, which pushed it 6-7″ away from the wall, and because we rarely (if ever?) utilized the swing arm function, we gave it up for the sleekest option we could find. Scott is in love with the new 4K television and raves about the quality of, well, everything. I’m, um, nodding politely and pretending to notice the big difference.

 In a complete change of topic, have you ever been through a friend breakup? They can be so painful, but often times, it can be for the best – even if the ripples can still be felt years later. This resonated with me so hard, and I only regret that it took me 30 years of my life to learn this.

 Are you watching Tidying Up? (Aren’t we all?!) Marie Kondo is every bit as adorable as I envisioned her to be, but I’m only sad that the show seems to gloss over many of the principles in her book. Get the book (if it’s not already on your bedside table!) for a deep dive into the KonMari method, but if that’s so not your thing, the Netflix series still sparks joy, too. Here’s the trailer:

 After talking with you through Stories, so many of you have asked about my eyeliner! I actually create a cat eye with two products. I start with this one to draw my line – I like it thicker – and then I fill it in with this. The latter takes a while to get the hang of, but it’s heavy duty and doesn’t budge all day even with tears or rain (and I’ve put it through both!). It takes makeup remover to get it all off. I use this one.

Makes me smile, laugh, cry. It’s always a tie between this baby and the Dodo for a midday pick-me-up.

 Scott’s family introduced us to this addicting game over the holidays, and we were instantly hooked. It’s like Tetris, board game style.

I’ve shared this so many times, because it’s too good not to: My favorite parka is on final sale right now, and it’s worth every cent! It’s incredibly warm without being puffy; I often times only wear a t-shirt underneath it. In Chicago! For reference, the petite was too short on me, and I’m 5’4″. The XS in regular fits me like a glove. (I have olive, but the red is adorable, too!)

This weekend, we’ll be celebrating Lucy. She’s turning 1 tomorrow, and yes, I’ve already cried about it! We ordered balloons and a cake and a big lunch for our closest friends and family, and we splurged on the cutest pair of teeny, tiny Docs for her. I had a pang of guilt during checkout (she’ll only wear these for, like, a month!, I thought), but I brushed that aside, because this sweet goose only turns one year old once. #noregrets

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  • Chelsea1.11.19 - 8:57 AM

    Your note about “nodding politely and pretending to notice the big difference” is too relatable. We switched to 4K and my husband is all about it and I sometimes even forget it’s different. Whoops.ReplyCancel

  • That credenza is PERFECT for your space!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany1.11.19 - 10:04 AM

    There was no way CC was letting you get that living room photo without her! Happy Friday, and happy early birthday to Lucy!ReplyCancel

  • Jen1.11.19 - 2:14 PM

    Happy Birthday, Lucy!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney1.11.19 - 8:21 PM

    Always so fun to read your blog. Please write a book and go on this our!!!!!!!! May you treasure Blokus forever!!! Lucy will be terrible at it one day, and smile nonetheless. Then you will turn around, and before you know it she’ll beat both of you. It’s a great game for Treehouse!!! Multi-generational, no electronics, sooooo fun! I also recommend Sequence.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine1.12.19 - 8:36 PM

    Thanks so much for the parka inspiration- I needed a new winter coat so I went over there today and picked one up in the bright cheery red for a cool $96!! What a deep discount!
    Our little one celebrated her first birthday last week so I can relate to the tears. Just enjoy every day with your Lucy.ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.14.19 - 8:21 AM

      Under $100??! Oh my goodness, that is a screaming deal. So happy for you! And happy belated to your little!ReplyCancel

  • fae1.17.19 - 3:44 PM

    oof, i feel you on the friend breakup front. i’m in the process of pulling away from a cruel friend who, after many years, finally did something so inconsiderate and terrible that shocked me into realizing who they really were. it hurts right now, but i know it’ll be so much better when i’m out of the thick of it. good luck!ReplyCancel

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