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Week Vibes

Happy Sunday! The Summer is flying by. In fact, Aaron and I just booked a quick Summer getaway a few hours ago!! Yesssssss!!

June was good to us. After my sister left town last Sunday, I had the Monday blues. So I threw myself into work and reading books as hard as I could to get my mind off missing my sisters. I was determined to end June with a big bang business wise & it paid off. Classic Cottage ended June strong.

Other Highlights

• Aaron made good progress on our powder room downstairs.

• I finished one of the best books I’ve read in the past year. It’s called Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. The story captivated me and I 100% recommend it. & Click here to order your copy.

World Market is having an awesome 4th of July Sale.

• We tried an awesome new hash brown breakfast casserole. Click here to check it out.

• Been loving this comfy crop top around the house.

• Aaron wrote a new song.

•We’re addicted to the Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.

• Click here to see what else I’ve been reading.

Another Chippy Cabinet – Vintage Find

Last month I found another white chippy primitive style cabinet & I haven’t shared it with you guys yet! You know my love for old cabinets.. we’ve talked about this obsession before.

I found the old cabinet at a nearby antique mall… again.. same as the last chippy white cabinet I recently bought. Could it be I hit a goldmine??😱Tip – always always shop your local antique malls!  Even though I’m a “picker” I still shop/buy/support local vendors.

So, here’s the deets on the cabinet..

It was a steal! I believe it was under $55. Tip – Yep, you don’t have to be full-time “picker” to find awesome deals. However, you do have to Snag it QUICK while the deal is good!! 

I mentioned it’s white. However, it has hints of brown (what seems to be a really dark wood stain at one time) popping through. Over the years the paint has crackled but it’s not really actively chipping off – Yay, for no messy! The cabinet has two doors – Yay, for storage! One of my favorite parts is probably the back because it has vertical panels of dark aged wood.

Time to stage it! We have a white old metal dresser behind our couch and I thought the two would look good together so I sat the cabinet on to the dresser. The front of the cabinet faces the kitchen and the back faces the living room so I get to enjoy that awesome aged panels of dark wood. In fact, I’m looking for the perfect art to hang on the back!

So there’s another chippy cabinet find! Hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading!!

My Recent Reads

Heyyy! One of my many passions is reading. I love books. I also enjoy discussing books. I also ALSO love seeing what other people are reading. (That way I don’t walk into Books-A-Million or browse Amazon aimlessly when needing a new read)

So, I want to share what I’m currently reading.

OUTLANDER 

Last night I finished The Fiery Cross. It’s the 5th book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Each book in this series has been amazing and I can’t wait to to begin A Breath of Snow and Ashes.

The Magnolia Journal

The Magnolia Journal is nearly always a current read for me because I read it cover to cover each season. So many great tips for enjoying family, food and life.

Sometimes I Lie

Just finished this thriller called Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney a few days ago. It was really good with some interesting plot twists!!

Something in the Water

Within the next day or two, I’ll finish Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. I’m ver intrigued by this couple. So far it’s been really great and I can’t wait to see how it ends… I’ve been guessing..

Okay, so those are my current reads. I so hope all the readers enjoyed this post. Comment below if you’ve read any of these! I would love to know what you think!

Week Vibes

Happy Sunday evening!

The hugest highlight of my week was seeing my older sister Kayla and her family. Kayla lives 12 hours away so this is a rare occasion. She also brought her 8 month old daughter, Emmy Kay. It’s been an incredible week.

Other Highlights

• Aaron played at the Mason Jar in Auburn last Saturday night!

• We found two more kittens. Yep, our little kitten has brothers. We’re in the process of finding homes for the other two babies.

• Emmy Kay (my niece) came to Alabama for the first time. She had her very first taste of Auburn’s specialty, lemonade from Toomer’s Drugs.

September Ocean is a watercolor artwork shop. Aubrey (the store owner) sent over a portrait of Aaron and I. It’s absolutely beautiful! Such a pleasure working with Aubrey on this project!

• I discovered the power of a new skincare product I’ve heard people rave about for years now. I tried Philosophy for the first time! The Good Morning Sunshine shower gel was amazing.

• We had a girl’s night! Kelbee (lil sister) and Kayla spent the night and Kelbee made us try anti-aging facial masks. 😂

Having my sister and her family in Alabama was amazing. It brightened my June and my heart is full. Thank you for reading our weekly Week Vibes!

Summer Must Haves!

Summer time is nearly here!! I’ve found some Summer “Must Haves” &  I want to share with you.

L I N K S

Insulated Tote Bag – Click HERE

Dear Summer Sun Hat – Click HERE

White Enamel Wood Serving Bowl – Click HERE

Grain Sack Dish Towel – Click HERE

Black Pool Slides – Click HERE

Aerie One Piece – Click HERE

Free People Tank – Click HERE

Wicker Chair – Click HERE

Something in the Water – Click HERE

Straw Magazine Bag – Click HERE

Iridescent Hoop Earrings – Click HERE

Garden Sign – Click HERE

Outdoor Pillow – Click HERE

Hammock – Click HERE

Outdoor Table – Click HERE

Picnic Blanket – Click HERE

White Metal Dining Set – Click HERE

Sunglasses – Click HERE

Mantel Refresh

My decor very much reflects my personality. It can’t sit still for long. Ha, I’m always changing it out!

Recently, I freshened up the mantel in our living room. Digging in closets, shopping my own booths (Classic Cottage) and swapping pieces around, I restyled this space without running to Hobby Lobby and grabbing EVERYTHING on the shelves.

I used a large antique gold mirror as the center anchor piece. I felt the curvy gold edges brought a nice romantic touch.

Next, the hanging moss wreath.. Confession – this was already hanging from our Spring mantel refresh a few months ago. It’s actually hanging from the ceiling. It adds nice texture and can be later used on the front door.

A few weeks ago, I purchased a vintage painting of a woman for my Classic Cottage. I decided to use it on  the mantel. I love the color combo. Also, it has a lemon on it which adds the perfect subtle Summer touch.

Time for some final touches. A glass pitcher of dried hydrangeas and a candle stick holder added some interest.

This whole combo evolved to be a french romantic style which is a nice refreshing switch up for our southern farmhouse.

Hope this blog encourages you to look around your own home and swap around items you already have! Thanks for reading this post!

Bathroom Project Update

We recently began working on our powder room downstairs. All of our home improvement projects are paid out of pocket as we go and our time is limited. So, you can imagine our projects are a tad bit slow moving..

So far, we’ve been able to work on the powder room one weekend and we got a good bit done!!

N E W    S I N K

It’s not exactly a new sink.. more like a new to us one-of-a-kind custom design sink. Using an old authentic white farm sink. We’ll talk more on this later!

B E A D B O A R D   +   P A I N T 

We added beadboard to the back wall and painted the walls white. The paint color was previously creamy yellow. The white really opens the space up nicely.

P O P C O R N    C E I L I N G

Yep. This was totally a surprise. I grabbed a sharp edge (something that looks like a putty knife) and a spray bottle of water. Next, I started scraping. I don’t want to write too much about this since I haven’t completely finished the entire project.. (still needs primer and paint) I will say, it’s VERY messy. More to come soon!

& that’s all! The whole vision hasn’t been accomplished but it will be one day! We have a few more fun plans for the room so stay tuned!

Week Vibes

Enjoying another Sunday evening! We’ve had an eventful week thanks for a little kitty who showed up on our back deck and made our home her home. She’s adjusting well to Oscar, Rhett, Ellen and her new mom and dad.

Other Highlights 

• We planted some pumpkin seeds in our backyard. Trying to grow our own and save some cash this Fall. Keep your fingers crossed for us! (To see the seeds we bought click HERE) Yay, Karlee’s going to have her own little pumpkin patch!!!

• Classic Cottage is doing well thus far in June! We’re hustling like there is no tomorrow.

• We got a piano!! My sent friend Ana (Owner of The French Flamingo) had a piano that needed a home! I will share pics soon!!

• This week was insane with our business and I couldn’t have made it without my Arie Leggings. Which are buy one get one free this week!! Click HERE to see!!

 • We saw the movie Adrift in theaters. Very good movie!

• Aaron bought a Himalayan salt plate today. He grills a good bit of our dinners in the Summer so I’m so excited for him to use it.

Tonight we are relaxing around the house with yummy BBQ and fur babies! Thanks so much for reading!!

Summer Bucket List

It’s June so Summer time is pretty much here! I want to share my Summer bucket list with y’all!!

1 – Eat lots of watermelon.

2 – Watch fireworks.

2 – Go to the beach.

3 – Finish working on the powder room project.

4 – Read a “beach read”.

5 – Go out for ice cream.

6 – Make fresh homemade lemonade.

7 – Have a picnic.

8 – Go to a movie.

9 – Decorate our home for the 4th of July.

10 – Have a board game night.

My Keurig Days Are Over

Never thought I’d say it but my Keurig days are indeed over. Keurig is one of the rmain reasons I began drinking coffee. My mom bought me a Keurig for Christmas 2013. She said it was from my “hot chocolate”.. One thing led to another, then I began dating Mr. Coffee Lover and now I can’t live without it.

T H E    T A S T E

It began with Aaron. He no longer liked the taste on Keurig coffee. A year later, I started noticing a plastic-y taste. I much preferred coffee from a restaurant or coffee shop. It just tasted so much better.

T H E    M O N E Y

Between the two of us it was nothing to use 4 k-cups a day. You don’t really realize how much that adds to your grocery bill.

T H E    P L A S T I C

Hot water and plastic make me feel like I’m drinking chemicals.

T H E    B U G

Even though we spray our house regularly, the occasional bug still wanders in. One morning, I opened the top of my Keurig to insert the k-cup & there was a black bug in the top where the K-cup goes. Yep. Worse part, the bug crawled into the Keurig to where I couldn’t get it. After this, I no longer used my Keurig.

T H E   C L E A N I N G

Which brings me to my next point, how clean can we truly get it?

M Y   S O L L U T I O N

I bought a kettle and dripper to make pour over. It takes a little extra time but the coffee taste MUCH better! It’s also saving on my weekly grocery bill. I can clean/rinse out the dripper daily. I have a new routine. I heat up the kettle as I’m unloading my dishwasher in the morning then just pour the hot water over my favorite blend.

I’m going to link the kettle and dripper I bought. If you’re wanting something faster I’m also going to link some more options.

Kettle – Click HERE

Dripper – Click HERE

Another Dripper – Click HERE (This one is a little slower)

French Press – Click HERE

Chemex Coffeemaker – Click HERE