"New" Sofa and the Craigslist Search

How my husband managed to fit a full sized sectional leather sofa into our Honda Pilot in 1 trip--I'll never understand! (Though he did have a wonderful friend help load/unload, thanks Matt!)

How my husband managed to fit a full sized sectional leather sofa into our Honda Pilot in 1 trip--I'll never understand! (Though he did have a wonderful friend help load/unload, thanks Matt!)

I had a moment earlier this week watching Fixer Upper. I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself. We live in a nice neighborhood with a very small home decor budget, and I was tired of sitting on our 9 year old apartment sized, half-dog eaten, IKEA sofa. So I ran a quick sectional search on Craigslist.

Now, its worth mentioning that I've scrolled through pages of Craiglist in the past with no results. The intersection of good quality, good design, and good price is tricky to find! It is also a challenge to find furniture pieces that my designer husband and I both like.

So when I emailed him this leather sectional and he gave the thumbs up (and it was just 1 town over from us, non-smoking, ect ect), we threw the kids in the car and headed over to see it!

Before: our well-loved 2.5 Seat IKEA Sofa

Before: our well-loved 2.5 Seat IKEA Sofa

Now, the sectional is about 6 years old and has a few scratches. Which was beyond okay with us (have you met our kids and dog?). Most importantly it gives us the seating we were looking for with a touch of style. Purchasing it used we saved about 90% off retail.

While I have not even begun to decorate the new space, I'm so pleased with how the couch fills the room! When family comes to visit I'll no longer have to sit on the floor! 

Now the trickiest part is teaching our pup Daisy not to scratch the leather. Any training tips?

Husband's New Home Office

masculine home office design with ikea friheten sleeper sofa

In May, after 10 years of working in corporate America, my husband Lee began consulting with Idea Couture, a global strategic innovation and experience design firm. Which meant he needed a home office! Making it work (since I also work from home in the downstairs office), we turned our playroom into his office. Admittedly I was a little sad to move out the toys. But our kids love having him home more, and they haven't complained a bit about having more toys in their rooms!

I made over the playroom a year ago last spring: painting the walls Palladian Blue and built a faux wood wall along the window. For the new office we kept the walls the same, and gave the space a dose of masculinity with a new dark grey sleeper sofa (Ikea Frieheten). The vintage mid century Broyhill deskLane coffee table/bench, and slatted chair were thrift store finds at our local Restore.

masculine home office makeover
making a home office work with a family

Thankfully the space is over our garage and pretty soundproof, so our kids don't have to tiptoe around after school if he is on a conference call. We both stay pretty busy, but try to grab a breakfast or lunch together once a week when the kids are in school.

Do you or your spouse work from home? Have any tips? It is working out well so far!

masculine home office makeover

12 Refreshing Lemonade Recipes

12 refreshing homemade lemonade recipes, perfect on a hot summer day!

July in the South is hot, dear friends! And nothing is quite as refreshing on a hot summer day as a cold glass of lemonade. The recipes listed below are all written by local Charlotte food bloggers. I am in awe of the creativity they produce! From lavender lemonade to pineapple mint to strawberry basil, there is surely something for everyone. (I threw in a few citrus recipes too, I know you won't mind!) 

Be sure to throw in a few ice cubes, and enjoy the lemonade! 

1. Spiked Lavender Lemonade by Feast + West

Spiked Lavender Lemonade by Feast + West

Spiked Lavender Lemonade by Feast + West

2. Sparkling Basil Lemonade by Love & Flour

3. Pineapple Mint Meyer Lemonade by Seven Layer Charlotte

4. Blueberry Mint Lemonade by This Wild Season

Blueberry Mint Lemonade by This Wild Season

Blueberry Mint Lemonade by This Wild Season

5. Sparkling Rosemary Grapefruit Soda by Love & Flour

6. Strawberry Lemonade Shandies by Feast + West

7. Sparkling Basil Lemonade by Tag&Tibby

Sparkling Basil Lemonade by Tag&Tibby

Sparkling Basil Lemonade by Tag&Tibby

8. A Bourbon Lemonade Cocktail by Cafe' Terra Blog

9. Shinin' Strawberry Lemonade by Off the Beaten Path 

10. Easy Homemade Lemonade by Sugar Dish Me 

Easy Homemade Lemonade by Sugar Dish Me

Easy Homemade Lemonade by Sugar Dish Me

11. Strawberry Basil Lemonade by My Forking Life

12. Meyer Lemon Mimosas by Sugar Dish Me

A Mid-Summer Hello

Can you believe it is already mid-July? I tend to be a bit more nostalgic in the summer. Perhaps it is the slowing down, or the little visits to see family, or vacations. I find it to be such a good time to reflect on life.

Working from home the day to day isn't super exciting...unless you count drinking coffee-wearing yoga pants-and multitasking fun! I find looking back at the past few months helps ground me in what I'm doing in life, and how we are doing as a family too. So: a few highlights of our summer so far.

Painting the master bedroom. This has been on my to-do list for almost a year! It is finally happening, and I couldn't be happier with how it is turning out. I'll share after pictures on the blog once it is complete. For now, follow along on Snapchat and Instagram!

Blogger Photography Class. I've been getting more involved with the Charlotte Food Bloggers group. From the informative blogging brunch to last month's photography class with Asharae Kroll, I love learn things locally without going to a conference every month. Talking shop with other food bloggers is pretty awesome too!

Family Visits. We've visited both sets of grandparents this summer, along with my grandparents (GGMA and Papa Jack.) Family brings me joy and I'm so happy we are able to connect. When we lived in Minnesota we did not see family often, it is such a gift! I loved picking blueberries with my Grandaddy and my daughter. We used his blueberries a few months ago to make a blueberry syrup that that is oh-so-good. 

Family Vacation. We took a small family vacation 3 hours south to Charleston, SC. It is absolutely beautiful there and entrenched with history. We enjoyed the ocean, the aquarium, and the USS Yorktown museum. Already daydreaming about our next visit (it might just become a yearly tradition!) Though I have to give a disclaimer that humidity is real (hashtag frizzy hair) and your best plan visiting Charleston in the summer is to stay near or in water!

Have you had any fun trips this summer, or hope to tackle a new hobby? I'd love to hear about it!