Living Room Remodel: Boho Eclectic

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When we moved into our new home I wanted to bring some added warmth and texture into our living spaces, especially the living room. Our previous home had a smallish living room that also served as the TV room (more on this later, as we haven’t even unpacked our TV and it has made me so very happy!).

One of the things I disliked about the previous space is that it seemed to serve as more of a walkway to the kitchen and dining room than it did as a living space. The furniture was nice, in fact we have only really added a few pieces in this new home. But it lacked a certain cozy comfortability I hoped to bring to this new abode.

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The first thing we updated in our living room was the flooring. The house originally had carpet in all of the rooms except the kitchen. We replaced the living room carpet with laminate flooring. We decided to go away from the dark, dark wood we had in our previous house and instead go with a more natural walnut colored floor. I couldn’t be more happy with our choice. The floor is the perfect warm neutral tone I was looking for, it shows much less dirt and wear (hello two dogs), and I feel as though we’ll be happy with our choice for years to come!

I’ve already explained that one of the updates in our house was the new rug  top right in the picture above. It was a happy mistake because I originally purchased for the dining room but it was WAY too big for that room. In all honesty, we got the rug, realized it wouldn’t fit, rolled it out in the living room, and it hasn’t moved since! In fact, it was really the first piece that we put into our new home post new paint and flooring.

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NEUTRAL BASICS

I’ve put together some mood boards of the process we went through to pick the rest of the decor. I started with some of the neutral basics I already had and added a few I wanted. One big addition for us was also a coffee table. Because of the size of our last living room, we had never pulled the trigger on a coffee table. We love our pick (we actually bought two coffee tables, but one acts as more of a side table), it is affordable, functional, and just the right size for the space. Unfortunately this couch is sold out online, but I’ve shopped some worthy alternatives at similar price points.

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Mirror, Side Table, Tray, Shelf, Couch (1, 2, 3), Coffee Table, Coffee Table, Lamp, Throw

BRIGHTS and TEXTURE

After the basic neutrals, I decided that I wanted to add some touches of pink throughout the living room. I picked up the pillows and throw on sale at Anthropologie. My husband has given me plenty of grief about the price, but the rest of the pillows are a combination of old favorites from Ikea, and some refreshed cream basics from target.

We also picked up two of the Eve Buttoned Chairs from West Elm. I was adamant that we switch out my two woven fabric chairs for this microfiber because of the way that dog hair gets trapped in the woven fabric of our yellow chairs. I actually kept both yellow chairs because there is plenty of space for extra seating in this living room.

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Rug, Pillow, Throw, Runner, Pillow, Chair 

LITTLE EXTRAS

Last, I wanted to have some decor in this room that was simply for looks! Now that my children are older, I don’t have to worry about whether or not someone will throw the small gold starburst sculpture, or if they will pluck a succulent out of the terrarium, or try to climb the ladder that is only meant for blankets.

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Fall Cozy: Splurge or Save

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SPLURGE: Sweater, Jeans, Booties, Earrings

Fall– undoubtedly my favorite time of year– favorite as far as weather, favorite as far as food, and of course, favorite as far as fashion is concerned. One of my friends said it best when she wished for fall to span six months a year, and the other three seasons could fight over the other half!

One reason I love fall style so much is that it that it allows such cozy dressing. There is nothing more comfy or relaxing than slipping into a cashmere sweater to cuddle up next to the fire with a good book after work. (Yes, this sometimes still happens!)

I’ve put together two outfits, nearly identical in look, but one that is full of closet splurges and one that is easy on the wallet. I don’t actually own any of the items on the splurge list. I’m a first believer that as far as fashion is concerned, you don’t need to break the bank. I’ve put together another set of this same look to save you some dough.

The other thing you don’t have to sacrifice when you walk on the cozy side is style. In love with that slouchy sweatshirt you’ve had since college? Great! Add a pair of bold, gold, geometric earrings to spice it up. Still holding on to that perfect pair of distressed Levi’s you picked up at the thrift store three years ago? Awesome! Simply invest in a pair of killer booties– extra credit if you find some with rivets or embellishment.

Below is the same look as above but for less! What are some of your favorite fall fashion finds? I’d love to know what you think, and as always, I’m wishing you a wonderful day!

XX, Megan

SAVE: Sweater, Jeans, Booties, Earrings

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Work it! Power Red

Scarlet, papaya, crimson, fiery sunset– all things RED! Have any of you ever been bold enough to layer yourself in this punchy color? One of the most iconic blogger-gals Blair (below), of Atlantic-Pacific, has rocked many head-to-toe red looks over the years.

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While I don’t hide my passion for red, sometimes a simple coat or accessory is enough to bring that bright pop to your daily dress. Perhaps drenching yourself in vermilion hues isn’t your style speed. So while red is definitely on my style radar this fall for both work and weekend, I probably won’t be rocking any head-to-toe ensembles of this vibrant shade.

Instead, I plan to add some red on the accessory level. Here are a few of my favorite red outfit additions. Coat, earrings, pants, bag (on sale!), shoes.

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Just one more look from Blair because I simply can’t resist!

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Wearing This Weekend: Labor Day Edition

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Shirt, Jeans, Sandals

It has been an interesting sartorial journey for me as I’ve return to the workplace. Before I was working full time, I often fell into the overdressed category. One of the reasons I clung to my style was that it was a way for me to set the tone for my day. I simply did not want to fall into a permanently casual vibe.

No judgement here. I understand that a lot of primary parents want and need to be comfortable as they wrangle small humans, schlep snacks and sunscreen, go from playground to carpool. In short, I get it. Active wear is important.

Now that I’m working my respect for weekend and lounge wear has increased 100 fold. I can’t wait to get home from work and throw on my Birkenstock sandals. Alleluia. I’ve pulled together a batch of looks from Madewell this fine Friday. Consider this some inspiration for your Labor Day Weekend wearing.

If you find yourself in the little town of Midway, Utah this weekend, be sure to stop by the pie and ice cream booth. I’ll be happy to serve you up some sweetness on a plate as Swiss Days are in full swing! Happy Friday, friends!!

XX, Megan

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Shirt, Jeans, Mules

Shirt: The ruffles on this top are irresistible! This top also transitions easily from weekend to work week with a simple pant switch. Jeans: I have a fair number of black jeans in my closet, but I’d add this raw hem pair to the pack as a subtle, fun change. Mules: I am jonsing on these low-heeled shoes. These are also an easy weekend to work week addition to any closet.

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Shirt, Overalls, Shoes

Shirt: Chambray is still one of my weekend go-tos. It’s comfortable, stain resistant, and pairs well with most bottoms. This top will be perfect for serving pie and ice cream at Swiss Days or spending the morning at your kiddos favorite playground. Overalls: If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know that I can’t resist a good pair of overalls, see HERE and HERE. Shoes: If I could justify another pair of sneakers these would be the ones. I love the cognac suede. These kicks are as comfortable as they are cute. If you haven’t jumped on the sneaker band wagon these might be just the pair to take you there.

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Watch, Earrings, Sunglasses, Bandana

What’s a good outfit without complimentary accessories? Here are a few of my current favorites. Watch: I’ve been looking for a super simple every day watch. I’ll be wearing this for the work week and weekend. Earrings: Sometimes adding edgy extras brings just the right point-of-interest to an outfit. These earrings are an easy addition to any ensemble. Sunglasses: This pair of sunnies is still in my weekly rotation. Sometimes the classics– reach Ray-Ban Clubmaster– with a twist– meaning the crazy tortoise patters– are just the right amount of pop.

Cheat Sheet: Packing My Carry On to NYC

When prepping to pack for New York City I wanted to be sure I ended up with carry on luggage only. No need to tote your entire wardrobe across the country. Plus, I knew that part of our trip would definitely include some shopping; so if I went light, I’d be able to have room for some fun NYC finds.

 

Here’s what I ended up packing for five nights and six days in the Big Apple!!

Let’s start with the contents of my personal item. I opted for this medium sized Louis Vuitton tote— the sweetest “first year of teaching” gift from my husband. I really only need my wallet, sunglasses, makeup, and most importantly reading material! For my trip to NYC I’m taking along a digital copy of Holl and Lane Magazine.

Holl and Lane is a magazine dedicated to sharing stories that enrich our understanding of one another. This month’s issue focuses on mental health and destigmatizing aspects of mental illness that have often caused a gulf or separation between those suffering from mental illnesses and those who have a hard time understanding the reality of these diseases and disorders. It has been a refreshing read so far. Check them out HERE!

In terms of what to wear, I packed four easy outfits and one perfect party dress. I plan on wearing this plaid frock to Hamilton, and honestly cannot wait for the chance to take in a Broadway show. It’s been a few years (like almost eight years since I saw Wicked on Broadway). Below are my outfit picks for this trip (all linked below).

Instagram overload may be in order this time around, and I’ll be linking these travel outfit ideas on Pinterest, as well! Happy Wednesday, humans.

XX, Megan

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