Plate Wall

I really think the dining room is becoming one of my favorite rooms. I hated the dining area in our old apartment. The laundry closet was right off of it and the kitchen was immediately on the other side. There wasn’t enough room and there really wasn’t any flow. Such is the life in an apartment I guess. Now that we have more room in our current dining area I feel a lot more confident i decorating it.

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I have enough room for a china cabinet that I received from my Grandmother and there is enough room on the other side of the table for a buffet! Such a big improvement from apartment living where you can barely squeeze four chairs around a table. I am planning on purchasing a buffet or dresser off craigslist and refinishing it on the blank wall. Which brings me to this project: The Plate Wall.

Of course, this was inspired by something I saw on pinterest. You can see a couple of them here and here. My thought was to take the plate wall and add a buffet to use as extra entertaining space. I still haven’t found a buffet to my liking, but hopefully it will come around soon.

The first step in the plate wall was to collect plates for the wall. This was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I found plates from my house, flea markets, thrift stores, and Anthropologie. It took me about 3 months to find 8 plates that I really liked. The next step was finding a way to secure the plates to the wall. There are really two different options when it comes to plate hanging.

There is the wire hanger: this has four grippers that fit on the plate. You can then use the metal frame in the middle to hang on the wall.


This one is an invisible plate hanger: you stick the yellow part to the plate and the metal ring at the top is what you hang it onto the wall with.


They were both about the same price, so that didn’t sway me either way. I really liked the idea of the invisible plate hanger. The metal plate hanger grippers can still be seen from all angles, so for me it wouldn’t be aesthetically pleasing. I bought 8 of the 4″ invisible plate hangers. They are for use with plates up to 12″ in diameter. None of my plates were that big or heavy, but I liked the extra peace of mind with the 4″.

It was really easy to apply them. You wet your fingers and then rub them on the back of the adhesive disk. Once the glue is a bit tacky you apply it to the back of your plate. Let it sit overnight to fully adhere and you are good to go!

To hang the plates on the wall the first thing I did was find the center. My wall happened to be 8×8, so the middle was easy to find. From there I figured out how far up, down, left and right I wanted the plates to be spaced on the wall. I winged it when it actually came to hanging the plates on the wall.

After we had them all hung, we slammed the doors and jumped up and down to make sure they were all secure on the wall.

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I really feel that when I get the buffet in there the room will feel almost complete! I am in love with this buffet from my pinterest page. The blue is a bit off from what I have going on, but I feel like it is a good start.

Here is where we started:

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And here is the current state:

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To Do List for the Dining Room:

1. Paint

2. Plate Wall

3. Stain Table- I really want this table. So I’m thinking after I stain the one we have now it can go in the basement as a game table.

4. A new light fixture- I’m in love with drum shades, so naturally I was attracted to this shade.

5. Add a buffet in a fun color under the plate wall.

6. Rug for under the dining table.

We are making progress people!



Hangin Out

Back in October I posted this picture on my instagram:



I found this treasure at a local flea market. We have about 5,000 flea markets in the Ozarks, so I will tell you that I found it at the STD (I know, its a horrible name) on Trafficway. There are 2 STD’s in Springfield, and I prefer the one off Trafficway. It is smaller and more friendly.

Anyway, I new that I wanted to paint this guy, but I found it in October and it quickly turned cold. Every day I had the time to paint it the weather was too cold. I finally got around to it on an unusually warm day in January. I picked out a navy blue color, to play off of the curtains in the living room.

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It is a small update, but I love the small amount of character it brings.


Jonesing for a Redo

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about our entryway. I mean, every time I walk past the door I groan. It’s a dark pit of despair. The lighting is horrible, and I know it could be much better. I actually daydream about it sometimes…these pictures definitely don’t do it justice, but even when its daylight there’s not much natural light that gets to this area.



The first thing I would like to do to improve it is to change out the light fixture–its old, gold, and another word that rhymes with old/gold, really kind of gross. I would love to replace it with something like this::



From West Elm. Find it here

I love the simplicity of it and that it doesn’t have anything to really block the light in anyway. No drum, or weird metal cage around it. It’s on sale right now for $79 and I am begging Dave to let me pull the trigger on it. We will see…I will probably end up bribing him with some gooey butter cookies. He can’t say no when those come out of the oven.

The next thing I really want to do, and this is a serious game changer–is a new entry door. One with a big window, to let in some natural light. This door right here::


From Coastal Living. Find it here

I love the window in this door. And the numbers at the bottom. Oh baby, this door is calling my name. The hardware, the color, just everything. One day I tell you. One day. My lovely bestie, Lauren, has been dropping hints to Dave every time she comes over. “Hmmm…this entryway would be much happier with an entry door with a window…” Sneaky. If we don’t get a new door soon, I will probably end up painting the door a bright color. It is a sickness-I have the urge to paint everything in sight, mostly in turquoise or red.

I am also on the hunt for a rug. There was one on clearance at Target a few weeks back, I had it in my cart but I had second thoughts and put it back. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so two days later I went back. Of course, someone else snatched it up. I’m still cursing myself for not grabbing it the first time. Oh well. In the meantime I’ve been keeping my eye out for a good rug deal. Mostly, I’ve been scouring Joss & Main, waiting for the perfect one. If you’ve never visited Joss & Main’s website you need to. Now. Here just click on this link. You have to sign up to view the deals, but it is free and there is so much stuff!

If Hubs lets me get that pendant light, I will probably jump up and down screaming. Ok, maybe not screaming, but I will definitely be excited. Check back and see if I get it!


Basement Update

I hung up some more art in the basement. Created by none other than my fabulous Momma. She is so crafty, she is constantly texting me pictures of her latest crafting adventure and sending me pins on pinterest of things that remind her of me. When she found out that I gave into Dave and his St. Louis Cardinals theme for the basement, she dove right in and started crafting.


I had thrown a few things up on the wall when we first moved in, a St. Louis print that I got from Etsy, and some old frames that I put fabric in. Easy peasy and it totally made the room feel more homey.


We currently have and old sectional down there that we bought off Craigslist. It’s not the most comfortable or stylish, but it gets the job done until we save up enough money to get the fancy leather one that Dave wants.




On the wall next to the couch, by the window I knew I wanted to hang some art there. I don’t want to hang anything by the TV- 1. I don’t want to distract from the TV and 2. It gives us a little room to rearrange when we get the new sectional. My Mom came up with the perfect thing to hang there:



How cute are these? She didn’t even know that I had already put up chevron in the fabric- I guess its just one of those “Great minds think alike” scenarios. I just got a couple small screws, measured how far out from the window I wanted to hang them and BAM they are up on the wall!




Dave is really starting to like how it is coming together.

A big difference going from this:

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To this:



Here is how we are doing with the basement checklist:

1. Paint walls- We went with the same color as the Living Room/Kitchen/Dining Room. Wheat Bread by Behr. For the time being anyway. I really just wanted the pink gone!

2. Remove French Doors and Install Sliding Doors.

3. Buy a couch- most likely from craigslist. This will be the only place in the house with a TV. Just the way we like it. We eventually want to upgrade to a leather sectional.

4. Dave wants a ping pong table (anyone that wants to challenge him just name the time and place. He is amazing.) But I’m leaning more towards putting in a bar area with a small game table. More functional for Taco Game Nights.

5. New Curtains.

6. DEBUG!!! No one has lived in the house for 3 years, so it needs some major cleaning. There are spiders everywhere! Good thing I’m not afraid of spiders.

7. Update Basement bathroom- the fan in there doesn’t work and the wood paneling walls need some TLC.


I’m working on our Halloween costumes this week and I am SUPER stoked! I can’t wait to share it with you!



Jewelry Storage

I love jewelry. Love it. The problem with that is that I have a metal sensitivity. It sucks. I break out in

this nasty blistery rash if metal is in contact with my skin. Metal sucks…it really really sucks (I picture

that scene from The Waterboy- Water sucks it really really sucks and then there is some arguing about

h2o vs Gatorade…) Some metals are worse than others- nickel for example will create a reaction

within minutes. Others the reaction takes a little bit longer, but it is never fun! I think because I am not

supposed to wear jewelry it makes me want to wear it more. Although, it usually results in a week or

so of nursing my poor ears or fingers back to a non-blistery state. I am also supposed to stay away from

certain foods (high acid foods, dark leafy greens, grains, and nuts). Food doesn’t spark an automatic

reaction, but I can usually tell when I’ve been eating too much of the “bad stuff”- I don’t sleep well, and

I usually start getting a rash on my forearms and hands. The hard part is that I love all of the foods that I

need to stay away from- such is life…sigh.

The main reason for this post is jewelry! I have a little jewelry armoire that sits on my dresser, but I

have a bunch of necklaces that are too long for the armoire and tend to junk it up. It is perfect for my

shorter necklaces, rings, and earrings. It even has this nifty little “caddy” that sits next to it for my dangly

earrings to hang on so I can easily pick them out.



In our old apartment I made this handy “hanger” for my long necklaces. It took me a bit to get it up

in the house, but I finally checked it off my list. It had been sitting on my dresser since we moved in! I

made it from a wooden plaque I got from a thrift store. It was just plain wood, so I drilled two holes in

it and screwed in two knobs I picked up at my local Hobby Lobby (50% off yo!). Then I whipped out my

paint brush and some silver paint and painted the whole thing-including knobs. It took two good coats

to cover. I put a picture hanger on the back so I could hang it. Pretty simple process.



I really like that it is hung behind the jewelry armoire. I can easily access it and all of the necklaces are

visible for easy choosing. I had a couple birds (you can view that post here) that I almost hung on the

wall across from the dresser that I decided to hang above the jewelry hanger. I think it turned out nicely.

Yay for cute organization!




While I was re-organizing my jewelry I came across some crystal costume jewelry my Grandma gave me. I had forgotten about it. It is so beautiful. As I get older I appreciate these gifts more and more. She has these wonderful stories about everything. I was reminded of a pearl necklace she gave me when I graduated from high school. It belonged Grandma’s sister’s, my Aunt Clara. It was originally part of a very long strand of pearls that my Grandma had divided into three necklaces- one for me, my twin sister, and our older sister. Every time I wear it I think of my Grandma and Aunt Clara. It brings back precious memories.




I love collecting items that have a history, especially when they come from my own family. My Mom has researched our ancestry  for years, and I know she has the same love for history and family heirlooms as I do. I am thankful that she taught me the value in keeping things in our family.

I am working on a blog post featuring a family photo-shoot I did last weekend. That should be up sometime next week. I hope you all are having a fabulous week!




The front door was looking a bit drab, so I decided to take some decor I had up in the apartment and put it above the door.



I usually don’t like decorating with words. “Live, Laugh Love” makes me want to jump off a bridge. I can’t describe exactly why I don’t like phrases or words hanging out in my house, but it just doesn’t sit right. I do make a few exceptions though. Like the mail organizer next to the door. I’m all about anything that encourages organization.

lovelucklorelai6Excuse Gizmo, he just really wanted attention when I was taking pictures. I made these letters when we lived in our apartment. I found them at a local thrift store. They had these old paper clippings decoupaged on them. I removed that and painted them. Then cut out the letters with scrapbook paper and glued them on. They already had little rings attached to them, which makes them easy for hanging.



The lighting by the door is awful. The hanging light there provides hardly any light, and it doesn’t get a lot of natural light from the front windows. Eventually, I would like to get a new front door with a window. Something like this or this. But for now, I think the letters have found a nice “home” above the door.

On another note, some of my fav shows are on tonight! Vampire Diaries (love me some Damon), Greys Anatomy, and Scandal–OBSESSED, how will Olivia fix this situation? I really want her and Scott Foley to get together, and I’m pretty sure Quinn is turning into a serial killer.



See ya later!   –L



I am a bargain shopper. I love shopping the clearance racks. Finding a good deal gives me a high, and Black Friday is like the marathon you train all year for. It is awesome. Dave’s sister, Sarah, is the same way. The Schuman girls at an outlet mall or TJ Maxx? You better watch out. We will run you down.

When Sarah was here a couple weekends ago for the Fair Grove Heritage Reunion we went shopping. I picked up a few “treasures” from TJ Maxx.


I picked up this pound sign or hashtag if you will, at TJ for $3. I am going to use it in the office once I get it put together. BTW- if you haven’t watched the hashtag video from Jimmy Fallon, go do it. Right now. Follow this link here to watch it. And while you are at it, watch this video of Joseph Gordon Levitt lip syncing. I love me some JGL.


I also found these little mugs at TJ. Each for $3 as well. I realized the other day that we only owned either really small ikea coffee cups, or the christmas mug that I keep out year round (it really is a perfect size). So I went on the hunt for a couple cute mugs for when we have guests over. I love the shape of the ‘S’ mug, it is a great size, and it is super cute. The simplicity of the ‘coffee’ mug is pretty great in my opinion.