This weekend Daniel and I are packing up Marble and heading down South to Conroe - my original stomping grounds! I'm excited to see my family and really, super excited Daniel gets to go with me. He's going on his second week off of work for vacation, so this is a treat. Adios and see you next week!
Things you may want, but definitely don't need:
Moroccan Pouf & Kantha Quilt- A stylish, comfy take on propping your feet up and snuggling with your babe. This pouf could sit your honey (or your hiney) while you snag a back rub or catch up on your day.
Lacy Things & Vintage Tees - Vintage not necessary (tee above here) but makes the softest tees in the land. Throw on a teeny lacy surprise to give you that #sexy vibe. Other, cheaper bralette favorites here & here (yas, $18!).
Perume & Candles - Roll or spritz on some of your favorite perfume and pull out a warm scented candle to bring on the cozy mood. Three pieces I love that I can snag in a jiffy are here, here & here.
Ice cream & Sips - While a cheeseboard and bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc would be delicious and luxurious, we are counting calories in the Cates household. My new favorite find is this delicious ice-cream (70 calories a serving, um, duh) and coconut La Croix. I'll share our secret low-cal cocktail soon!
What Pleasant Dreams that Haunt You
I know I have posted this video before - last year I believe?
But I just had to share again. It's my most favorite thing.
It's so magical to watch.
Images from my snapchat: alyssabroun
Yesterday my work had a meeting at an amazing plant nursery, Ruibal's, for our upcoming creatives conference . They have several Dallas locations - one is even walking distance from our apartment in Lakewood!
It's such a dream in there. A green dream! My good friend manages the location near the farmers market, and it's the only one I've visited (so far). It is sprawling with succulents, ferns, fiddle leaves and flowers. The shop is so well curated and only gets better every time I walk in. It's no wonder why the "jungalow style" is such a hit right now. Now, we all know succulents and cacti have been a hit for quite a while now. But I can't help notice over the past year or two, everything plant-life, boho and jungle has become the "it" thing in decor and style (at least through much of instagram and popular shopping spots). Justina Blakeney actually created the much used insta tag, #jungalowstyle. I was gifted her The New Bohemians for Christmas and think the book is just gorgeous - and adds style to my coffee table! This plant movement is such an inspirational and natural way to bring beauty into your home. Not to mention, cheap! The jungalow style is even spilling over into wallpapers, gifts, printed cushions - even clothing and accessories! H&M, Old Navy, Target, Forever and Zara jumped on the fresh band wagon. So summery, lush and lovely.
While I don't foresee myself actually implementing the banana leaf prints/art into my home, I definitely do want to add some life to my humble hacienda by using plants. My friend at Ruibal's says it's the most cost effective way to decorate your space and bring it to life. So true! If only my thumb was green. I kill every plant that steps into my home...sorry lil' guys.
Correction: I do have one succulent and one airplant that seem to be doing okay, however they don't need much attention - so we cool.
Painters Dropcloth: To keep things on a budget, I spent several days googling "how to reupholster a couch super CHEAP" and "am I making a mistake trying to reupholster my couch by myself without experience" and "wine delivery for when you are overwhelmed". To my surprise, I found this amazing blog post about recovering your couch using only a $30 painters dropcloth and liquid RIT dye. HOORAY!!! Now, her directions are fantastic for dying, however, I live in an apartment complex and my husband is wary of us throwing 8 bottles of RIT dye in our washing machine (owned by the complex). So, being the creative wife that I am, I decided to turn to Pinterest and keep researching some inspiration. That's when I found a fabulous article on bleaching canvas (particularly painters dropcloth) to give it that soft, light feel and look.
Mud Cloth Inspiration: It's hard to ignore that mud cloth is heavy trendy right now, however I've always loved the visual stories and aspects of African art. When Daniel and I are cruising around any of my favorite antique malls, he always points out anything that has a tribal feel and says, "you love that, don't you?" and I'm like "YASSSS QUEEN". This is an amazing read on some of the meanings of the patterns and colors commonly found on mud cloth, where they originated and how it's done.
Creating a Design: The sofa in the center of this collage is a $4800 designer settee that I think is absolutely beautiful but way over my budget (obvi). With my "do it myself attitude", this gave me the idea to find a way to achieve such a beautiful sofa cheaply and in my own way to so it feels truly me and fits in my home. Bleaching the canvas to a blank slate and using RIT dye to create a design is a great start. I think a simple mud cloth inspired design would work really well for this but I can also see myself doing more of a "splatter paint", "cowhide" pattern, like the gorgeous settee above. The best part about this is that I can pretty much create, paint, dye, bleach any design I want! And since I am not really a patient person, this design will probably be perfectly sloppy.
Color & Texture: When I originally decided to reupholster our craigslist, vintage couch, I was dead set on finding a rich velvet fabric in green, blue or grey. I was inspired by so many options and the thought of having a luxurious velvet sofa with patterned pillows, a vintage throw and my fluff ball, Marble, sitting so cutely - was a dream! *Give me a moment, I need to sighhhhhh* To solve this little "bummer moment", I am going to create that luxurious feel with different colors and textures brought in through pillows.
Pillows & Cushions: The game plan is to leave the back cushions of the couch alone (and out of sight) and use loads of throw pillows in different shapes and sizes, as the back of the sofa. We already have a ton at my apartment from my random Target and Ikea purchases and collecting vintage or hand-me-downs over the years. I've also found a few quick, cheap DIYs for cushions and pillows like this one from Apartment Therapy. I'm excited about finding or making pillow covers that can be switched in and out as my mood or style changes. Such a cheap, fun way to create a unique space and bring character to our home.
It might be coming up on two months since this vintage couch re-do has been in my life and in my dining room, however, I am pretty stoked to see the final product. If I ever do.
We pretty much always use self timer on our iPhones for pics of us. #marriedlife.
This summer is FLYING by. We've had busy schedules, freak Texas storms, and scorching heat. But this past weekend for the Fourth, we decided to stay in Dallas and enjoy a 3 day weekend together. We've been traveling a lot and have been really busy with work so a few days at home with just us (and Marble) sounded amazing. I had big plans, aka: returning a rug to Ikea and working on my couch project...neither happened. Yikes. Instead, we saw a movie, drank delicious sauvignon blanc, went to church and made homemade nachos, watched tons of The Office (it's my first time through the series and I am obsessed), grabbed a yummy breakfast at Garden Cafe (but then there was a very questionable bug on our table ~i.e. looked like a roach~ so we left), day drank some tequila and capped the Fourth off walking over to the Lakewood Whole Foods patio party and catching fireworks outside of our apartment. Now if only we could have three day weekends every week... :)
I'm Alyssa, thanks for stopping by! A few things: I enjoy laughing, making youtube videos and thrift shopping. Currently listening to "Last Night" by The Strokes. I like my coffee black and my preferred method of maxin' & relaxin' is with my husband and pup.