I mentioned a few weeks back that I was hoping to return from our trip to Dallas on Memorial Day weekend with a new piece of furniture. As you may have guessed from my lack of posting on said piece of furniture, the deal didn't go down.
While doing my usual browsing on Craigslist, I came upon a beautiful leather ottoman that I thought would be perfect as our new coffee table. You all know I've been searching and analyzing over finding a new coffee table for some time now. Well when I saw this one, I thought I had found my answer! And with a price tag of just $100 (the cheapest I'd found prior was $300), it was a gift from above!
I thought the color and nailhead trim were just what the coffee table doctor ordered. Unfortunately, the deals you can find on Craigslist are often counteracted by the difficulty of communicating with the seller. The problem in this case was the seller's slow response to all of my inquiries. He said I would be able to come view it while we were in town that weekend, but then never got back to me on what day or where. Before I knew it, the weekend was gone and my dreams of the ottoman were too.
I assumed the seller must have sold it to someone else and thus didn't respond back to me, but it sat on Craigslist for at least another week before the listing was gone. Oh well. I guess it wasn't meant to be, and the search continues!
The dream of the tufted ottoman is still alive though. If Keri Russell has one, so should I. :)
And I have to say, this velvet one is pretty amazing too.
Last month I helped throw my best friend (we met in 9th grade speech class :)) Lauren's baby shower for her soon-to-arrive baby boy, Gunner. The shower had a "Southern gentleman" theme complete with bow ties, silhouettes and gingham print. Personal touches and family items were used throughout, including baby Gunner's dad's bow ties :)
Gunner's daddy's "going home" outfit greeted guests at the sign in table, along with a framed "Southern gentleman in the making" print.
A variety of centerpieces graced the tables with groupings of baby mementos, flowers and photos.
An antique baby basket helped house the gifts.
The drink menu consisted of milk, apple juice (one of Lauren's cravings), fruit-infused water and coffee.
The menu was made of a variety of brunch goodies including fruit, doughnuts, muffins, shrimp and grits, breakfast casserole and a waffle bar.
And of course no shower is complete without a little something sweet. These b…
On Friday, June 28th, Jon and I headed out to see the gender of Baby Reutter. Jon wanted to find out as soon as possible, and I wanted to wait to be surprised with everyone at the reveal party the next day. So we decided that he would find out and be the one set up the "big reveal." Baby Reutter didn't want to cooperate on the first attempt but after some cold water, walking around and sweet patience from the ultrasound tech, we got the "money shot." I'm not going to lie, it was a bit torturous at first to not be in the know with Jon, but after the first few hours, I was good to go and so excited about the surprise for the next day. Here we are about to head out to the reveal appointment.
Now for the reveal party on Saturday...As mentioned before, I wanted a unique theme for the party. Since Jon is a pilot, I thought planes would be a cute idea for a boy. For the girl, I thought of pearls; they're sweet, feminine and also happen to be my birthsto…
Over two months later, I'm finally getting around to posting on my nephew Cohen's first birthday! Because he was born just six days before Christmas, it was important to my sister, Meredith, to have a party to make him feel special, separate of the normal seasonal celebrations. And I'm always up for a planning a good party!
Since Cohen was little baby, he has loved giraffes. First introduced with the paper mache bust hanging over the changing pad in his nursery(here), my sister says he's been a fan ever since. Using that as the inspiration, the party planning began. Meredith found an invitation she liked at Tiny Prints and thus the color palette of green, yellow and brown was established.
Cohen wore a monogrammed yellow chevron coverall on the big day, and the cheerful pattern was also used throughout the party. To create a prominent backdrop on the fireplace mantel, we covered a remant piece of beadboard with chevron fabric. It made a big statement with little…