This week I had the privilege of going on a private media tour of the new West Elm at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.  Half of me thinks “This is AMAZING!” and the other half of me knows “This might be dangerous”.

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West Elm stores are known for their beautiful furniture and home accents…full of little vignettes that showcase many of their products styled together. I was totally impressed that our new KC location (along with many other locations throughout the country) is making a big push to showcase both locally made products as well as handmade goods from artisan groups all over the world (Guatemalan Weavers, Port-au-Price Paper Makers, Santo Tomas Potters, etc.).  In the KC store you’ll find a section devoted to some of our own including Ampersand Design Studio, RuffHouse Art and Hammerpress to name a few.

I snapped quite a few photos to share with you to tide you over until you have a chance to make it into the store yourself!

WEKC6 Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.39.26 PM I’ve always loved their faux taxidermy pieces and fell in love with them even more after learning they were handmade in Haiti. WEKC4 Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.40.20 PM WEKC11 WEKC14 I’ll definitely be adding some of these awesome Mongolian Lamb throw pillows to my bedroom wish-list! Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.40.03 PM WEKC9 WEKC7 Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 1.40.54 PM WEKC13 You have to know I was thrilled to see a new great spot for our KC Brides to set up their fabulous registry!  I wish I could have scouted pretty WE items to put in our first home! Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.39.41 PM WEKC10

As BRS and I continue to day dream of our next home (hopefully more info on that coming to you soon!) I can’t help but envision some of these beautiful West Elm furnishings as our surroundings!

Have you been to visit their store? Or do you frequent the West Elm in your local city?  Share in the comments below!

-MRS

 

BRS and I have purchased zero pieces of furniture since moving into our first cozy home.  Filling our humble dwellings are hand-me-downs from our parents and grandparents.  There are even some pieces we’ve carried along since our childhood—like my office chair! A simple white desk chair with a denim seat pad (I got too excited to start the project that I forgot to get a true “before” photo!) was turned into some golden seating that makes a statement in my office.DIY_CHAIR_MAKEOVERTo start this project I had to sand off all of the white paint and finish from the chair.  By “I” I mean BRS, of course. I spent a great deal of time sanding it by hand only to have my sweet husband come home and show me the electric sander.  All of the sudden my past two hours of sanding were a total waste when he showed me I could complete the entire thing in 10 minutes.

IMG_0237 SAND_WOODEN_CHAIR Once the chair was totally sanded it was PRIME TIME.  Literally…it was time to cover the surface of the chair in a good primer.  I wanted to take a shortcut and didn’t think that I needed primer at first, but then when I started to spray the metallic gold onto the chair, it soaked into the wood and had zero metallic shine as you can see below. BRS saved the day (per usual) and covered the chair in primer…and THEN paint!

IMG_0484 IMG_0486 IMG_0485 After the chair was completely painted, I covered the chair pad in a fun fabric.  I love that as soon as I tire of this fabric, I can switch things up to something fresh without spending a fortune.

To update my entire office set up I also decided to take a little spray paint to the knobs on my desk drawers.

IMG_0119 IMG_0136 Do you have any quick easy home-decor updates you think I should try?  Share in the comments below!

-M.R.S.

I’m at a really neat/crazy/awesome/weird/exciting point in life.  Some of my friends are working to finish their education…others are rocking it in their dream careers.  Some settling into their beautiful new homes and preparing for little ones, while others are out at the bars until 2 a.m. … then onto a feast of late night pizza with new friends.

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And I’m just somewhere in between.  Often times I catch myself thinking “I should be doing THAT by now” or “I wish I was doing THAT” (most often while scrolling through the beloved IG feed). And don’t we all have those moments of quick and blind comparisons with our peers? Our friends scattered across the country (or world) are doing things that look amazing and we feel like we’re missing out. We’re all guilty.  Don’t deny it.

Right hand raised—I confess I’ve been living on auto-pilot lately and totally unaware of the cool stuff that’s right here, happening in MY life. I try and try to savor the season that I am in and y’all, it takes work to feel truly present!  It requires making time to reflect on the goodness surrounding  me in my relationships, my work, my marriage and my faith or else I just gloss over it all and feel bummed out. I’ve found that when I make a conscious effort to focus on those good things that I’ve got going I feel much greater peace with where I am at in this journey and confident in the pace at which I am checking things off of that lengthy list of life goals.

How do you deal with comparison with peers? Are you able to be present in your life and see the cool things taking place right in front of you?  Let’s raise a glass to celebrate where we’re at right now, shall we?

-M.R.S.

 

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