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Christmas Wish List

Friday, December 18, 2015

Everything under $250 wish list 

A little Christmas wish list that I put together because I think it can be hard to give gifts, especially to people that seem to have everything! I also think that when you are shopping for gifts, especially last minute you tend to spend way too much. I love all of these items above and they are all under $250 which is even better. I used to give gifts thinking I didn't want to buy them something that they already had but then I realized that I personally want things that are similar to what I already have because its what I like!! Not to mention, I personally can never have too many grey sweaters! Ha! 
Each one of these items is a personal favorite of mine to give and to get. I actually would be pretty happy if one or all of these things were waiting for me under the tree come Christmas morning....{major hinting there}
 Oh and did I mention this is all from shopping on line. Who needs to fight those crowds or the cold? Not me! 


New Years 2016 Party Inspiration

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Can you believe that 2016 is just around the corner?!! I am so excited to ring in the new year and of course that means party planning is on my mind! 
I love the idea of lots of guests all tucked in snug around our family room, sipping cocktails while listening to old jazz music and the roar of a fire in the background. With new years party's on my mind I had to sit down and visualize it all coming together. Of course that had to mean creating a design board of my perfect gathering space. 

Lot's of white and gold with just a bit of gray is how I envision my perfect party palette. I'm just so happy with my new Jonathan Louis furniture and I wanted to see what our family room would look like with more of a mid-century modern touch. I'm pretty much in love!
I need a few more rooms in my home because this design has me seeing with heart eyes! This Jonathan Louis Maddock sofa paired with the Mike Accent chairs.....so good!
I think that to have a great party you not only need good food and great drinks but you need good seating and enough of it! I have been to so many parties where the seating was minimal and you just end up squished in a corner with one or two people. I want my guests to fill a room and that means providing a place to sit and also a place to put their drinks. The space has to be inviting so I keep the furnishings close together which creates an atmosphere for conversation. I hate when the furnishings are so spread out in a room that you can't even hear what the other person sitting across the room is saying!
I added in the Randell Estate Cocktail Ottoman because its sleek and beautiful and it also reminds me of an amazing leather gray dress I once saw and still can't get out of my mind...the dress is long gone but this ottoman is forever!
I love the idea of a bench or in this case the Wright daybed across from a sofa. Perfect for a smaller space where you want to provide a lot of seating but you also don't want the room feel closed in or cramped. The backless design provides an obstructed sightline and the softness of the bed encourages sitting and chatting for long periods of time. Exactly what I want at my party! You don't want to throw a News Years party where everyone leaves before midnight.....that would be terrible!
So what are your New Years plans this year? Are you more of the black and gold kind? No problem...all these Jonathan Louis furnishings come in a array of fabric and color choices HERE so you can choose your own perfect palette.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!



my love

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
16 years ago today we had our first date....steak and shake after a night out. Very romantic.
But he stole my heart and has kept it safe every day since....Happy Anniversary my love!

A New Mattress

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
We had been talking about getting a new mattress for about a year now. I would say it was around the time we both crossed over in to the forties and all of a sudden waking up feeling achy didnt have anything to do with how much dancing we did the night before. Not to mention my dear sweet husband has the back of a ninety year old man and not to be insensitive but seriously, I couldn't listen to the moaning and groaning one more day! 
So we started looking and like many of you know, a mattress is going to be a huge investment so you better get it right! 
Thats when I came upon the Leesa and I was intrigued. I first heard about them HERE and because I have been reading Jenny's blog for years I appreciated her honest review of the mattress. 
I also read all of the reviews on the Leesa site and I liked what people were saying. The kind folks at Leesa were so great to work with and a few days later we had a box sitting on our doorstep. 
How cool is this..
I was surprised to see how small the box was for a king size mattress and actually wondered if we had received the wrong size at first!

The mattress is compressed but all we had to do was take off the wrapping and the mattress started to take shape. Anyone thats ever had to haul a king mattress up a flight of stairs will appreciate this!
 
Let me just say this.....that night I got in to bed and people I am not even lying, it was like sitting on a cloud. It was so soft yet firm and I couldn't believe how well we both slept that first night! We have been sleeping on the mattress now for about 2 weeks and I will honestly say that I can only recall one time that I have had to ask my hubby to roll over from his snoring. If any of you have a husband or wife for that matter that snores, you will know this happens all night long, every single night! But not anymore thanks to our new mattress! My answered prayer! 
I would highly recommend a Leesa mattress so much so that while my sister was here over the holiday, I kept saying, "Seriously, go lay on my bed, seriously, you will love it!" I think I drove her a little bananas with it!
Use the code HERE and receive $75 off your Leesa mattress purchase!! 

JL Furniture Update

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
So I wanted to update you all on my JL Furniture from the first post I had written HERE.  I have nothing else to say other than I love it! Well, maybe a little more to say.....
I really do love it you guys! I think the one thing that surprised me the most is how comfortable it is. I used to really love my sectional that was in here but now that we have had our new sofa and chair for awhile now I don't miss that old sectional one bit!
I love how you sink down in to the sofa because its so deep and the chair is exactly the same. I really struggled with whether or not I wanted a matching chair but I really fell in love with the Clarice chair so I got over my hang up and I'm super happy with my decision. Its big enough for me to snuggle up with my kiddos and yet doesn't feel bulky.
The sofa and chair are very well constructed. I tend to be a little picky about how things are made and I want my investments to last the test of time...okay, who am I kidding...I want them to survive my kids! I will say every stitch is tight and the piping is perfect and so comfortable!! Have I mentioned that part yet?!?
 The Jonathan Louis Clarice sofa can also be ordered with a chaise on the end which I also love. It was a hard choice but I'm very happy with the sofa we decided on although I think that if our living room layout was a bit different I may have gone with this one instead.


I really can't say enough about this fantastic company and their high level of quality! Its such a rare thing to find both in a company these days and I would say that Jonathan Louis Furniture has definitely raised the bar for my expectations in the future.