Exciting Changes!

Whew!! What a month April was. Jay and I moved down to NC, set up shop, bought a house, closed on our last one – and we haven’t killed each other in the process – it’s a miracle. In all honesty, Jay and I have been adjusting so well to our life down here. At least once a day I look at him and just kind of proclaim on the top of my lungs “Can you freaking believe it?!?!! We did it, man! We chased that dream and we made it happen! Can you believe we actually live here now?!Β He usually smiles back and just says – best. decision. ever.

Moving Cross Country In Uhaul

Now that we’re adjusting to our new routines I wanted to formally announce that I’ll have a new routine up here on the blog, as well. Now that I have so much extra time on my hands (since I’m working part-time) I’ll be posting to this sweet little blog o’ mine daily! Between all the design clients I’m assisting, adjusting to life in our new home and the hurricane of renovations that are about to hit this joint after we close on the house next week (eee!! get EXCITED!)Β – I know I’ll have more than enough to post about for all of y’all!

Another fun detail – I’m sure you regulars have noticed – but for the foreseeable future, every Tuesday there will be a giveaway up for all you lovely ladies and gents. SCORE! Who doesn’t like winning free stuff?!

It’s been a busy month over here – so how about a recap round-up?

Cross-Country Movin’

Moving From House to Apartment

We started out by, ya know, moving! πŸ˜€ This is life as we know it these days. Ugggg. I can’t wait until it’s not a battle to find my underwear for each day. Seriously.

Howdy Neighbor

Vintage Chesterfield Sofa

Let’s all swoon over Jessica’s house one more time. Le sigh. It’s a beauty!

Oops I Did It Again

Closing on House in North Carolina

Oh, yeah. There was that one time I almost bought a house and then lost $500. Oye – let’s officially archive that memory, shall we?

Number Cruncher

Where to Splurge and Where to Save

On a better note, we closed on our house in Michigan! Fixing up a house has lots of costs, but lucky for us, this round of home ownership also had a decent amount of rewards, too. Check out the post to see how we came out after all of our renovation costs.

Exploring Durham

Durham Real Estate

We’ve had tons of fun getting to know our new home! We explored lots of neighborhoods (Here, here and here!)

On the Hunt

White Kitchen Shaker Cabinets

Speaking of which, I also did a virtual house crash of one of my favorite renovated homes here in Durham!


Antique Fern Print

We had a giveaway each Tuesday this month – which will continue into the foreseeable future. (so come back every Tuesday if you want to win some loot!) PSST!! The Gnosis Art Giveaway is up through this Tuesday!

Home Sweet Home

Brick Front Porch

And of course … we rounded out the month by introducing you to our new home! Can’t wait to get started on the renovations! πŸ˜€






Howdy Neighbor: J Squared

Tell me, who doesn’t love a good house crashing post. Perhaps it’s my nosy nature, but I just can’t get enough of peeking my eyeballs into all the lovely abodes around me. This Howdy Neighbor post is near and dear to my heart for a few reasons. First – it’s my first o-fficial rendezvous with this post series, so that’s pretty spiffy to start out with. But secondly, and most importantly, this post features the home of two of my favorite human beings ever. Joel and Jessica – aka J squared. We left these prime examples of all the goodness of humanity back in Ann Arbor and my heart hurts just a little thinking about how far away these two lovely people are.

Joel and Jessica

The second you walk into Joel and Jessica’s house, you notice two things. First, this couple has got class. Β Now, although Joel is one dapper dude, most of the lovely lookers around this house are the handy work of his lovely lady. See, Jessica is a thrifting FIEND. Never in my life have I met someone with the made skillz this lady has got. The second thing you notice when you trounce into their joint is that this couple is all about the American made find.Β Whether it’s thrifted and vintage chic, or straight from the American factory line, this couple loves to support the good old U.S. of A. Rock.

American Made

If you hang a right when you swing in the front door, you land up in their ginormous kitchen. Selling feature, people. It’s gorgeous.

Island in Kitchen

Although I pretty much wanted to smuggle half of Jessica’s thrifting finds away in my purse, her beautiful little Kitchen Aid mixer really caught my eye. It didn’t fit in my purse though … so I had to leave it behind. πŸ˜‰

How to Style Kitchen

The kitchen opens right up to the Dining Room, which sits like 29 people. I’m lucky to fit me, the orange tabby and Jay at our table – so their’s feels awfully spacious. πŸ˜€ One of our favorite Ann Arbor traditions was a monthly Dinner Club we had with all our besties and their table was perfect for fitting the whole crowd, which is usually 10+

Dining Room Table

To the right of the Dining Room is my favorite room in the house, largely because of Jessica’s all time best thrifting find (IMO), which graces the center of this room.

Vintage Chesterfield Sofa

Do you see that chesterfield tufted sofa at 12 o’ clock. Guess how much she paid for it – seriously GUESS. It’s was fa-reaking FREE, people. Free!! My respect for this women went to new heights when I got the deets on that one.

Here is another view of this amazeballs room. LOVE.

Chesterfield Sofa

One of the best parts about their house are all the unexpected details you see pop through the space as you walk around. Jessica has so many thrifting treasures, each with their own, unique story. See that bull below, Joel won a bull riding contest to snag that bad boy. Nearly died.Β 

Accessorizing Bookcase

I kid, I kid. πŸ˜€ I just took a close up shot of it since I thought it was boo-tiful πŸ˜€

Now if you hang a left when you walk in the front you land up in their sweet little guest room.

Guest Room Layout

I love the attention to detail for each of the nightstands.

Styling Nightstand

I adored the look so much, I took a picture of both sides. Tres chic, right?!

How to Style Nightstand

Leaving no detail unturned, Jessica styled the hall between the Master and the Guest room with some more of her thrifting treasures.

Art Collage on Wall

No surprise, but Jessica’s propensity for having high style standards started back when she was a wee little one. Β She told me this gorgeous pencil poster bed dated back to her pre-teen days! Talk about a classy big girl bed!

Vintage Poster Bed

Once again, the attention to detail in this room was bar none. I was cray cray about the lamp and bedside table – both thrift finds and dirt cheap (jealous).

Vintage Nightstand

Right off their Master, they’ve also got a sleeping porch. Perfect for hosting extra guests come a warm Michigan summer night! Also a great spot for Jessica to stash all her extra thrifting finds πŸ™‚

Sleeping Porch

To cap off the tour of Joel and Jessica’s house (I know, sad but true, all good things must come to an end), I’ve got a few shots of their bonus/TV room. From the sweet monogram pillows with their initials on them to the amazing art work adorning the walls, I’d watch TV in this room any day. Class act.

Arranging Furniture around TV

No wall is without personality in this house. I love the little Southwestern corner they had off to the side of the TV room. In love with it all – aren’t you!

How to arrange Art