Home Decor

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!

WEKC6Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.39.26 PMI’ve always loved their faux taxidermy pieces and fell in love with them even more after learning they were handmade in Haiti.WEKC4Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.40.20 PMWEKC11WEKC14I’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 PMWEKC9WEKC7Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 1.40.54 PMWEKC13You 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 PMWEKC10

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

 

My family has always said the items that filled our stockings were some of the most fun items to dig into on Christmas morning.  My mom usually fills my stocking with some fun accessories and beauty products that I’m always so anxious to test out right away!  In this week’s MRS Gift Guide, we’re talking stocking stuffers that would be perfect for mom, sister, sister-in-law or dear friend!  Let’s dig in!MRSgiftguide_stockingstuffers

1) Sephora Brush Set // I’ve become a little bit of a skincare/makeup junky lately as I’ve been so curious to test out new products and find the perfect “face recipe” now that my skin has taken on it’s winter white.  Just as important as the products you apply are the tools you use to apply the products! From eyes, to cheeks, to lips…this brush set will have you covered!

2) Kate Spade Monogram Card Set // Personalized gifts always score points!

3) Dior Airflash Foundation // I’ve heard several friends rave about this foundation and I’m anxious to try it myself!

4) Bed Head TIGI Hairspray // I SWEAR by this hairspray…the only aerosol can I’ve allowed in my bathroom for the past 5 years.  Great scent, great flexible hold.  I like to stock up on these items during the annual hairspray sale at Beauty Brands and gift them to my favorite ladies come Christmas!

5) Kate Spade Bow Push Pins // Stocking stuffers are great for those items that some find unnecessary but still totally adore!  While KS push pins aren’t a NEED, they are a perfect small item to up the cute factor in a holiday stocking.

6) OPI Nail Polish // One red, one green!

7) Skinny Metallic Faux-Leather Belt // With 50% OFF sales over Black Friday, you’d be crazy not to pick up this item for your girls!

8) Petite Prong Studs // Pretty pink studs will be a welcomed treat!

9) She Is Pencils // I fell in LOVE with these sassy writing utensils when I first saw them grace my Instagram feed!  Who says your pencils have to be boring?

10) Voluspa Candle // Need I say anything about this?  I think I’ve made it clear over and over again that I have strong affections for Voluspa candles.

Have any other great suggestions to fill the stockings of the ladies in your life?  Comment below, I’d love to know! Happy Shopping!

-M.R.S.

Some of you might remember a blog post I wrote while back on the entryway and how it needed a big facelift. I’ve almost completed this little area by adding a painting and a chalkboard (I’ll show you that soon!). Today I want to share with you another project that added some color and life to this bland space….a bench built by BRS!
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If I haven’t mentioned already, my husband is all sorts of crazy with his creative talent and craftsmanship.  I shared with him the other day that sometimes when he explains an idea to me I think to myself “That is going to be a big flop.” or “This is going to turn out ugly.” …because I’m a really nice and encouraging wife like that. 😉  And without fail, EVERY SINGLE TIME he is able to blow me away with his finished product and they turn out better than I could have planned myself.

To start on this project, I shared some inspiration images with BRS like this and this.  He took some drawings out to the shop and worked his magic!  I went to our local craft store and picked out some fabric and foam to top the bench.
IMG_4378IMG_4379The thing I love about how it was built?  I have the ability to completely change the look of it by switching out the fabric.  This gives the piece a lot of longevity as we think about moving homes or moving the bench to different rooms.  I decided to start of with a bright, bold print as this space was all neutrals and needed a little pep in it’s color palette.

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We added these baskets for shoes, gloves, hats etc. If I could have shown you the before picture of this space, you would have seen an absolute mess of shoes and junk!  Now we’ve got organization!benchIMG_4593

I’m so thankful to have BRS’ creative talents right under my roof. He has done several awesome projects around our home and in the homes of our friends and family.  Have something in mind and live in our area?  You can check out more of his work here or shoot me a message through my contact form and I can put you in touch! (Shameless plug from a proud wife.  Can’t help it!)

-M.R.S.