Friday Favorites: September 16


Friday Favorites is a series where we share small, seemingly mundane moments from the past week – little details, often overlooked, that comprise this thing we call life.

We are finally digging ourselves out of piles and piles of boxes at the house, making headway on the unpacking – which, for the record, just means that I’ve been carrying the boxes from room to room to help accommodate painting.

Let’s be honest: Unpacking when you have no furniture is impossible.

Speaking of furniture, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered this dresser in “Slate” for our master bedroom. The room is quite small, so a standard-size wouldn’t fit. I plan to switch out the knobs for something more glamorous, possibly the Artesia knobs we installed in the kitchen, and am also considering painting the bottom of the dresser à la Sarah Sherman Samuel. Her entire house and cabin are aaaaah-mazing, so if “California cool” is your cup of tea, you must visit her blog.

Also, the bar stools of my dreams FINALLY arrived, and I couldn’t be happier. Anyone that has stepped foot inside the house has commented on the modern design, so I’m planning on rounding up my budget-friendly favorites for you in a post next week, along with tips on choosing the perfect one.

Not much progress per se on the major house projects, though, but I did find several more pieces of furniture I plan to purchase – a dining room table, a sofa, night stands, and dining room chairs. I love the hunt and discovering pieces that will transform our space into a home, but I am incredibly indecisive when times comes to make the purchase. Oh, and I can’t imagine having to source all-new furniture without any knowledge of Photoshop or another design program; how else would you know how it will look in your space? Needless to say, I’ve been making tons and tons of room mockups, which I plan to share with you soon as well.

I’m hoping the One Room Challenge (ORC), which I’ll be joining starting on October 5, will help motivate me to finish decorating. For those unfamiliar with the ORC project, it’s a wildly anticipated, bi-annual design event hosted by Calling It Home in partnership with House Beautiful. The event is held every May and October, and it challenges bloggers and designers to transform an entire room in six weeks. Sounds simple, but the timeframe is quite challenging – hence, the One Room Challenge.

Starting October 5 I, along with hundreds of other designers and bloggers, will be posting the progress every Wednesday, so I hope you’ll tune in!

Clearly my brain is filled to the brim with house-related affairs; hopefully the chaos calm down a bit in the upcoming weeks!

I am excited to report, however, that we’ve finally re-instated “Date Night” around here, which is a step in the right direction as far as priorities are concerned. I can’t stress the importance of “dating” your spouse, especially several years into your marriage… What are some of your favorite date night ideas, by the way? With the past 14 months of renovating, we hadn’t gone on a proper date in so long, we forgot how it’s done, ha!

Tell me about your week! What are you doing, searching for, thinking about, and obsessing over these days? Please share in the comments section, below.

Have a great weekend!

Image via House Beautiful



  1. I hate unpacking in general, but I can’t imagine how hard it must be to unpack without furniture! Yay for date nights! That’s awesome and so important to make that a regular thing.

    • Thank you so much, Linda! I’m so incredibly excited to have discovered your website and honored to be participating in the challenge this year!!!

      Date night is definitely a struggle but SO important! Ours used to be on Fridays (makes sense, right?). Then we moved it to Tuesdays, because weekends were already chock-full of to-do lists, projects and activities, so we figured doing it on Tuesday would 1) give us something to look forward to mid-week, and 2) weekday evenings are usually less busy than weekends. Maybe give that a try? :)

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