Things I Love Lately: Home Edition

We’ve been in our home for two weeks today (what!), and we’ve been working on making it our own. Thanks to some generous family members who sent us housewarming gifts, we’ve been able to make some purchases to make our house more homey. Our family photos are on the walls and on the fridge, which was a HUGE step towards the house feeling like home, but little touches here and there have made it even better 🙂


img_6301Coffee Canister | HomeGoods, Rae Dunn Collection – on Amazon here, for WAY more expensive!?
Black & White Monogram Spoon Rest | Kirkland’s – here
Clear Odile Measuring Bottles | Kirkland’s – on sale now, here

Cute kitchen touches – our kitchen  was probably the most complete room in our house because we were totally spoiled by having a big kitchen at the last house. I thought grabbing a few little things for our new house made the kitchen feel fresh and new, even though it’s mostly all things we already owned. Those measuring bottles are SO cute, and I can’t wait to use them! I only have one measuring cup (2 cup max), so I thought these would be a fun addition.

img_6768Gather Sign | Kirkland’s – here
Candle Sticks & Candles | Kirkland’s – here and here, with these candles
Globe | Kirkland’s – on clearance in Kirkland’s store, similar here
Clock | Kirkland’s – similar here
Lantern | Purchased at HomeGoods, similar here

We have so much great shelf space in our house that I was in search of some simple pieces to help fill the space. I’m still looking for a really good letter R to go in that top right area between the globe and lantern. I’m kind of picky about it though – it needs to be the right color and the right font. I’m still looking for something for the mantle, besides old mail and a bike helmet, that is!  Choosing which books to display on the bottom right was fun/hard, but I’ve got Becoming a Supple Leopard (how amusing is that title!), a book about World War II, the Planet Earth book,  a photography book,  a book about learning Lightroom, and Stephen’s bible, among a couple of others. I feel like that’s a fairly accurate representation of us.

img_0271Star | Old Christmas decoration that I keep up year round
Sign | Made by Sweet Pea Crafting Co.

This sign was actually a birthday gift from my sister, Nikki, and it’s perfect for our house! It got here just in time for our move, and I’ve actually got another plan for it, but for the time being it looks perfect with my Christmas star that I refuse to only have out at Christmas time. (OMG YOU GUYS I GET TO DECORATE OUR OWN HOME THIS CHRISTMAS)

img_9565Captain America Personalized Hooded Towel | Made by Sew Dreamy Designs
Batman & Spiderman Hooded Towels | Target – here and here

I couldn’t decide whether Jonathan would like a Star Wars or superhero room more, so I’ve decided to do both (kinda)! His bedroom will be Star Wars and his bathroom will have super heroes. The bathroom came with three hooks on this wall, so we took the awesome Captain America personalized hooded towel my Aunt Susan sent him and added Batman and Spiderman hooded towels he got from my Nana for his birthday.  Now our little superhero can choose which one he wants to be after he takes a bath and they double as super cute décor!

img_3556Cork Letters | Target – here
Bible Verse Prints | Some place on the internet I can’t remember now, similar here
God Keeps His Promises Cross | Enesco – here

We haven’t done anything yet to make Jonathan’s room Star Wars, but his Uncle Aaron is making some awesome stuff for him right now, so I’ll update on that soon. His room at the old house looked very much the same as it did when he was still cookin’ and we didn’t know if he was a boy or a girl. So, now that we have our own house, we’re going to give him a proper boy’s room. And I love that this room was already grey with blue in it (which already suits him better than the cream of his old room). A few things came with us, though, and I love his initials over his bed, the bible verses and the cross. Star Wars or not, those stay! The verses are Zephaniah 3:17 and Psalm 139:14. The cross says “God Keeps His Promises” and I can’t even type this without tearing up because we (and by we I mean so many people – family and friends) prayed for us to be blessed with Jonathan for a couple of years. He truly is an answer to prayer.

So there we have it, folks, a little glimpse into our home. I’m sure there will be many forthcoming house posts, because I love it so. It’s really perfect for our little family, but still gives us room to grow. I am so excited for the many memories yet to come in our home and the family and friends that we will share them with.

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