Sunday, September 9, 2018

House Tour: Cozy Room

Welcome to our cozy room! This room is one of my absolute favorite rooms in our house, not because it's the only one that is pretty much done, but I love how comfortable this room feels. My goal for our home is for everyone to feel cozy, comfortable, and invited. We had some friends over from NYC last year, and our friend told me how cozy our house felt. It was honestly the best compliment I have ever received about our home. Our house is no way near done with being decorated, and she could feel how cozy it was already. *heart eyes emoji* *blush face emoji*
I saw a photo on Ikea's website that was my inspiration for this room. It was one of those pictures I could not get out of my head. I could feel the coziness through the screen, and I had to have the look! All of the bookshelves in this room are the Ikea Billy Bookcases. Our ceilings are 9' in our downstairs living area, so we bought the extensions for the 6 tall bookcases. We liked the variation of the high and low bookshelves. The low bookshelves gave us room to display things, and I didn't want to feel like the tall bookshelves were going to attack me. We also loved the idea of the lights over the bookshelves. They are the Ikea Lindshult. It adds a little more warmth to the room, which of course we love.

Decorating the shelves wasn't a big issue for me. I knew I wanted to wing it and let it evolve over time. Obviously we wanted to put all of our books on there because um, they are bookshelves, and surprisingly, we both have quite a bit of books for a couple that doesn't read very often. We also have a TON of board games because of my husband. Words from John: "The board games cannot go in the basement, and they cannot go upstairs. They need to be where I can see them and have easy access to them." I get it. I just wasn't sure how we were going to go about putting them on the shelves. To my surprise, I really like them on the shelves. It shows who we are and what we like to do (some of the time). Granted, the games have spilled over a little further than I thought they would, but I still like the look of it.
Another thing we wanted to display were our blu-rays. If they were tucked away somewhere, we knew we would never watch any of them, and if we don't watch any of them, then why in the hell did we pay money for them in the first place, ya heard. There are more movies that we have tucked away that are regular DVDs. We just wanted the blu-rays to be where we could see them because that is what we watch more of.

The wicker baskets, wire baskets, and rug all came from Target, and they have been the perfect edition to this area. Eventually I would like the entire bottom of the tall bookshelves to be baskets. For now, I only have two and that's what we are working with. The wire baskets were perfect to put our records in. We don't have a wide variety of records just yet, so one basket will do for now. The other wire basket houses our snuggies. They don't fit nicely on our blanket rack, so this was a great option!
One of my favorite parts of the room, that I never thought I would incorporate, is the start of a gallery wall. I wasn't a big fan of them at first, but when I pulled all of our artwork out, I knew we had to do it. Every piece of artwork in this room, besides the fleur de lis with the skull in the center, was all done by John's cousin! We absolutely love his work, and they are another perfect edition to the room!

We still have empty spots on the wall that we want to fill and a picture that needs to be framed, but we are just letting it all happen when it happens. I'm learning how expensive it is to decorate. That's probably why we've been in our house for almost two years and this is the only room that is practically done.
My helper decided to come in while I was taking pictures. She just wanted to be on the blog:) But really.. anytime I am in this room for more than about 5 minutes, she comes in here and lays down on the rug. Bless her!

What is your favorite room where you live?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bath & Body Works Loot

I feel like the word haul is overused. When I see the word, I immediately roll my eyes but also get really excited because I love a good haul. I'm trying out the word loot instead. I don't know, but I think you get it.
I told myself, and John, and my credit card that I was going to skip getting fall candles this year. I have two left over from last year, and my dad got me this one for Christmas! It just didn't seem that I needed more UNTIL my sweet parents picked up two for me when they went to get their fall stash. They got me Pumpkin Pecan Waffles, one of my all time favorites, and Heirloom Apple, a new candle I had never smelled before but slowly falling in love with it.
With adding these new little editions to my fall collection and getting a 20% off coupon over the weekend, I decided I needed to get some fall wallflowers. I have always used wallflowers, but when we moved into our new house (almost 2 years ago), I never set them up. I was recently rummaging through my candle/smell good chest of drawers and found all of my wallflowers. I felt like I hit the jackpot. We bought a few scents for the summer, but um, hello.. September 1st means we can get our fall on over here at the Hubler manor. John picked out Caramel Apple, and I chose Apple Cinnamon Cider. We decided to just get two fragrances, so we could get some of the other fragrances we liked in candle form.
In my email, I saw that the candles were on sale as well as the wallflowers. With my 20% coupon, I was ready to go. On Monday, we conquered the BBW trip only to find out that the candle sale was over. What?! I already had 5 candles in my bag ready to go to the counter. John was like, "um, we need to make sure these things are still on sale because I don't see a sign." Sure enough. They were only on sale Saturday, so we compromised and got Vampire Blood and Hot Cocoa & Cream. I was promised that we could come back to get the others once they were on sale again:)

We also picked up the Ghoul Friend foaming hand soap. I am loving BBW's new Halloween scents. From what I understand, this is the first year they have come out with actual Halloween scents, and I'm here for it! They smell amazing! I also picked up two candle holders that I love! I couldn't find them on their website but hopefully they still have them in store!

What is your favorite Bath & Body Works candle?