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The Best Sources for Affordable Pillows

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring | Summer Edition 

I tend to spend a lot of time searching for beautiful textiles. My favorite form of textiles? Pillows of course! We keep the decor in our house neutral so that we can make changes to our decor as our style changes or if the budget allows, seasonal changes.  Pillows, aside from paint, are in my opinion the quickest way to change up the look of a room.  For a family like ours, saving money is important without sacrificing style.  I have scoured the internet to find some of the best sources for affordable pillows to share with you today.  Much like wardrobe capsules, I have broken down these beautiful pillow finds into themed capsules that fit different decor personalities.  Many of these pillows I own myself but through this process I have found a few more I might have to add to the collection!

SPRING | SUMMER CAPSULE - 1
Blushing Paradise


SPRING | SUMMER CAPSULE - 2
The Jungalow



SPRING | SUMMER CAPSULE - 3
Bohemian Vibes




Happy Pillow Shopping Friends!

Master Bedroom Progress - One Room Challenge

Monday, May 8, 2017

If you have been following along with us you know that I had planned to do a One Room Challenge with our master bedroom a while back.  I bought a new throw and moved a few things around but I didn't do anything major and was left feeling bored with our room very soon again after.

BEFORE:




The before of our bedroom just felt unfinished.  There was no wow factor.  The bed naturally being the focal point of the room felt boring and got lost in the sea of beige around it.  Although I loved the lamps I bought for the nightstands, I felt that they were too small for the size of the table and the wall they were on.  The pictures above our bed faded into the wall because of the color.. it just didn't work.

I knew if I wanted to create a space that we would love for a long time I would have to actually put some effort in and make some drastic changes.  But as I began to look around and really take inventory of what we had, I realized I didn't need to buy anything new - I could shop the items we already had in our home. The solution to creating our new beautiful master bedroom was paint.  I had worked so hard to avoid it because it was a huge undertaking as both the walls and the ceiling would have to be painted.. BUT, in the end the result far outweighed the doom of the job.

AFTER:




We painted the walls Valspar Madison White and the ceiling Valspar Swiss Coffee.  It was the perfect contrast and dramatically brightened the space.  I brought back in some lamps I had in storage and per Shane's request used the original quilt we got when we were first married.


I only wish now I would have painted sooner!  We still have a few things we plan to do to this space including adding crown molding.  I also plan to get a few more simple pieces for the walls and a natural rug to put under the bed to warm up the space and add texture.  I am in love with the simplicity of this space though!  We are so close to having our master retreat.  Stay tuned for the final reveal!

Athens Style Engagement

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I traveled to Athens a couple of weekends back to take the sweetest engagement photos for one of the sweetest couples I have the pleasure to work with.  I can't wait to travel back to the Bulldog city this July to shoot their wedding.  Their photos turned out so good!  Here are a few of my favorites...






Happy Tuesday Friends!

Be Deeply Rooted

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I remember a time in my life about five years ago when all I wanted to do was pack up with Shane and the dogs and move out west.  I had fallen head over heels in love with Wyoming and life here in Georgia wasn't going just as I had planned at that time.  I hated my job and felt stuck in trying to determine what was to come next.  Running away seemed like the only reasonable solution to the problem. Little did I know, staying ended up yielding me getting a job back in the school system and moving into a season of life that was fruitful and full of love.

Droughts make it difficult to plant the seeds needed to grow roots and without roots it's difficult to sustain a recurring bloom.  Even the most beautiful of plants will wither without roots to feed them and keep them alive.

My life, then, was in a drought.  Together, over the past couple of years, Shane and I walked through a season that reminded me of that time.  I never thought that a drought in life could last that long but it can.  Infertility, dissatisfaction at work, the constant search for more.. we let it run our lives.

About six months ago we began to made a choice to stop wallowing and start living.  We chose to accept what was given to us, to live in the present and make the most of the here and now - not of the what if.  We are sewing the seeds for our future.  When we decided to let go of our expectations, of what we thought we deserved, we were able to walk freely into the possibilities of what our life could be, not what it wasn't.

I was talking to a good friend yesterday about all the changes that had occurred for us just within the month of January.  One of our hopes for 2017 was to really get plugged into our church and root into our community.  We have since then found ourselves small group leaders and volunteers in other parts of our church. My friend remarked to me on our new ventures saying, "Isn't it funny how life takes off when you put yourself out there?  Put in a little effort and then it all comes together".  I hadn't thought of it like that, but there was so much truth in what she said.  When we allow ourselves to be open to change and to be used for something bigger, Jesus steps in and guides us towards our destination.

We believe it because we are living it.

The sewing season is not always easy but I figure it can't be any worse than a drought.  There is hope in planting seeds - hope that new life forms from what was once a dry land.  Each opportunity we are granted to invest and apply ourselves is a step in the right direction.  We are rooting ourselves here in our life and our community.  This is where we can love and allow Jesus to work and move in our life and the lives of others.

Changes

Friday, February 24, 2017

Something has happened to us over the past few months.  It started out quiet and timid.  Discussions about our future, plans to do a few small things here and there to our home.  You know, the I'm settled in this life and it's all smooth sailing until I retire or die kind of thing.  Predictable.  Comfortable.  On the surface, it's worked for a little while.

Then, what felt like suddenly, we realized the utter need for change.  But it wasn't sudden - change has been there all along, patiently waiting for the exact moment when both sat alone in silence to hear the calling of the Lord for something so much bigger than predictable and comfortable.  We began to analyze our life thus far.  The successes, the failures, the broken hearts from broken dreams and the excitement of possibility when those dreams opened doors we didn't realize waited.  Yet when we really took time to see where we were despite all of the growth we have experienced we still found ourselves in a place that was stagnant.  Habitual.  Comfortable.


We began to realize that Jesus doesn't work in the comfortable.  His glory is seen in the struggles, in the changes, in the willingness to step out of what you thought you knew into a greater faith of what He has called of you.

We began to realize that fear itself is what holds someone back from greatness. Security, although alluring and at times necessary, can be deceiving.  This is not to knock responsibility and our basic needs as humans.  We don't believe that life is just rainbows and unicorns when you step out of your comfort zone and you can just do whatever you want and everything will be okay and you will have food on your table and shelter from the elements.  That is not where we are.

We have looked at our life, realized what we need, what we don't and begun to really seek what our purpose is.  We posed these question to ourselves, "Is this it? When I look back in 25 years is this going to be it?  Will I have fulfilled my purpose on this earth?  Will I have honored the Lord with the use of my gifts? Does my everyday make me happy?"

Our answer was a simple yet resounding, "No".

Are we scared?  Yep.  It would be inhuman to not be scared.  Stepping out of what is comfortable is terrifying. Time spent crunching numbers and making sacrifices is not comfortable.  Time spent in quiet reflection or in a moment of loud desperation - realizing that the "secure life" you have worked to build around yourself has actually contributed to keeping you from your God given purpose on this earth is punch in the gut.  It's scary.

However, Jesus molds us in the journey.  He takes every experience we have, good and bad, and with our willingness uses it for his glory.  We can rest in knowing that no time has been lost.  Together, we have come to realize the depth of our love for one another as spouses and in that, our innate desire to model our life, both as a married people and as individuals, based solely on something bigger than the status quo but instead, create a life that honors and serves Jesus.  We want to love ourselves, love people, get awkward, volunteer, serve, live with less so we can give more, we want to love Jesus with everything not just some things.

This move has been a long time coming.  What makes it so powerful for us is how quickly we have seen changes in our lives since surrendering ourselves to Him.  Through our church, our Lifegroup, our relationships, our personal growth, the tough conversations, the opportunities and the failures, through it all, we have been given eyes to see, a desire to further seek the will and purpose for our lives, and courage to step out and follow Jesus.

And so, while there will be less of our material life here on this blog, it is our hope that there will be more substance.  A patient and simple heart to encourage anyone who reads our journey, that their life is bigger than always being comfortable. And that Jesus is always waiting to carry those who step out in the faith and redeem His children with his steadfast love and promises for a life so fulfilling that it will reach beyond our wildest dreams.

We hope this encourages you and reminds you that you are loved and Jesus has a plan for you no matter your past, present or future circumstances.  Be courageous
to step out and receive His love.

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