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November 23, 2016

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So for those of you who don’t know, I moved into my first home in September and I’ve since been spending lots of time decorating and soaking up homeownership (which, if you have three giant 100+ year old maples in your yard, includes a lot of raking, by the way).

On Instagram, so many of you have reached out asking to see photos of the inside of my cute little cape cod, and I finally got around to taking a few last weekend while I started Christmas decorating. Thanks so much to all of you who sent your congrats to me, whether it was vis Faacebook, email, Instagram, Snapchat or in person. It was all very much appreciated <3

Without further ado, here are a few snaps of my living room and kitchen. P.S. – please ignore the clutter 🙂 Enjoy!

These pillows came from a variety of places. My favorite this season is the Merry and Bright pillow pictured in the first photo. It was my first purchase from Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home store. If you haven’t yet, check it out! The Christmas tree pillow was actually an end-of-season find a few years ago at Kohls, and the gold glitter pillow is from TJ Maxx Homegoods. One of my favorite items, the blanket pictured here was hand-made. I found it an an estate auction I went to with my parents a few years ago. It’s the thickest, warmest blanket I own. Perfect for winter nights with a cup of hot cocoa 🙂 Oh and that cool cross, my aunt got that for me from a local boutique store here in Green Bay. It’s made from Lake Michigan drift wood. Love!

This decor wall is one of my favorites, as it’s made entirely of antiques! The cute little needle art was 50 cents at church rummage sale near our cabin in the northwoods. My guess is that it was crafted some time in the 60s, given the color choices 🙂 The other two long hanging items are drawers from an antique dresser, and the bottles are from an old bottling company called Gleason Bottling Company. They were a must purchase for me because our lake cabin is in Gleason, WI. So cool to have these little pieces of Wisconsin heritage on display.

These curtain panels were a TJ Maxx Homegoods find. I don’t know about you, but I just love when my curtains drag on the ground a little. Something about the undone, casual look feels good to me. The crochet fabric to the right is a family heirloom that belonged to my great grandma. The lamp was another TJ Maxx purchase. If you can’t tell, I hang out there a lot.

If you’re wondering about the cream-colored buffet pictured, believe it or not, I purchased that for $150 at an antique store in Crandon, WI, near our cabin. Yes, $150. I’ve since fixed it up a bit by installing new hardware and a few other things. Looks good as new!

P.S. the hardwood throughout this house is original, dating back to the early 1940’s. My mom and I spent an entire weekend on our hands and knees bringing it back to life and I’m in LOVE, even though it’s a bit squeaky. #oldhousecharms

And of course, where would we be without my absolute favorite candle?? This is from Anthropologie and I honestly don’t know what the scent is called. Just look for the teal jar. GUYS, if you want your home to smell like a giant Christmas tree with a hint of a burning fire, you have to get this candle. It’s amazing, and for me, it signals the start of the season.

The deer decor above was hunted down in the aisles of TJ Maxx. My first deer.

And here’s a quick look at the kitchen. This was one of the big reasons that I decided to purchase this home. It was completely redone by the previous owners just a few years ago. I was a big fan of the natural stone backsplash that went all the way to the ceiling behind the sink. New lights were installed and purchased from Home Depot. I love the Edison bulb inside the lighting fixture above my sink.

Thanks for reading! I’ll share photos of my room and office soon 🙂

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