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House Update: Our Plans Are Complete!

Our House Plans Are Complete

Blazer: A New Day | Tee: A New Day | Denim: MOTHER

I’m so excited to kick off my House Update series! If you’re new to following along, James and I are in the process of building our first (and forever) home. Our journey began almost two years ago when we found our land – you can read more about that here. We just finalized our plans and will be breaking ground before you know it! I’m looking forward to sharing our journey with you on the blog. Designing our own home is a bit overwhelming and completely new to us – so I may be looking to you all for some advice and inspiration!

For my first post, I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A session where I answer any questions you have about the design of our dream home.  It was such a fun and fulfilling experience for us and I’m excited to share it with you! I gathered all the questions asked through messages and social media and am answering them below.

Did you design the house yourself?

Yes! Initially we thought it would be best to find a plan online that we could tweak. We searched for months trying to find a design that fit our needs and size requirements – which is much more difficult that you would imagine. After absolutely NO luck we looked into the option of hiring an architect. We figured, this is going to be our forever home so why not make it exactly what we want! We made the decision to design everything ourselves. With a very clear vision and the help of an amazing local architect, we were able to transform our ideas into blueprints.

Do you have any experience in home design or home decor?

Yes! Fun fact about me – when I was younger I wanted to be an architect. I would sketch house plans and designs just for fun. I even convinced my parents to buy me a CAD program in highschool. So while I have no official architectural training, the thought of designing our own home is quite literally a dream come true for me. I had SO many ideas that I couldn’t wait to get down on paper!

I’m also a certified interior designer – a hobby I pursued after graduating with a degree in Finance. I cannot wait to start designing the interior of our home! One trick I learned from design school was to create mood boards for each room (I still have all my original mood boards from my class portfolio!)  We did this for the exterior of our home as well. It helps to have all your inspiration and ideas in one place so you can have a clear vision of what the space will look like and how you can incorporate your color choices and details. I’ll also be reaching out to my mom (also an interior designer) for help and advice!

What was the design process like? Was it stressful?

It was so much fun! And yes, a little stressful. When you’re designing the home you want to spend the rest of your life in, you want everything to be PERFECT. My husband and I spent months thinking of everything we could possibly want in a home and then found a way to work those things into the design and our budget. It’s inevitable that we’ll make mistakes along the way, but I like to think we have it all covered!

What style home are you building?

One of the most difficult decisions we were faced with was what style home to build. Early on in the process we found ourselves on Pinterest searching for house styles  that we both loved and would fit our needs. Farmhouse styles kept popping up everywhere and dominating our Pinterest boards. We decided on a New England Style farmhouse, which is very fitting for the land we purchased – a country road with farms and rolling hills. We plan on keeping the design traditional and incorporating as many classic New England-esque details as possible.

How do you plan on decorating the interior?

A mix between traditional and farmhouse. I love the rustic aspect of farmhouse decor and the clean, classic elements of traditional. One of my favorite home designers is Ralph Lauren so you can count on a heavy RLH influence. I envision a lot of wood elements, bright light, cozy spaces and patriotic touches. Our color scheme will be a mix of neural with a few pops of our favorite colors.

What color exterior?

White! I’ve always wanted a white house. I also think it’s fitting for a tradtional style farmhouse. If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know we’re still deciding on the color of our shutters! Thankfully this is a detail we can take our time deciding on…

Outdoor living space?

Yes yes yes!!!! One of my favorite features of our home is the outdoor space we created. Sticking with the traditional farmhouse style exterior, we have a front porch. We also have an outdoor living room off the back of the home – which is one of the areas I’m most excited about. The land we purchased is perched up on a hill, overlooking mountains to the west. The view is spectacular and the sunsets are gorgeous. I designed the entire home around the view looking out from the back of our home – including the placement of our outdoor living room.

Are you in a neighborhood?

No, we are on a main road in town – although not very busy. We looked in several neighborhoods but never found anything we liked. Our parcel of land went on the market about 6 months after we started looking and we both fell in love at first sight!

Open concept?

James and I LOVE to entertain, so we made our home conducive to doing so. The downstairs living area of our house is designed around an open concept. Our kitchen, great room and dining room are all situated in the back of our home and all open to one other. This area also flows into the outdoor living room so we can extend our entertainment outside!

What are you most excited about as far as the design process goes?

Watching our plans come to life!!!

Follow me on Pinterest to see what I’m pinning for our house!!!

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JMD

How To Style A Casual Dress For Fall

How to Style A Casual Dress for Fall

OUTFIT 1 – Dress: Leith | Jeacket: Levi’s | Tote: Madewell | Sneakers: Vince | Hat: Merona | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban OUTFIT 2 – Dress: Leith | Cardigan: Halogen | Bucket Bag: Old Navy | Loafers: Merona | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

If you guys haven’t bought this Leith dress yet, you need to! I honestly feel like I hit the jackpot with this purchase – it’s the absolute perfect dress for fall. There are a few reasons why you need this dress in your wardrobe: 1. It’s comfortable. It’s made of a soft, stretchy knit that hugs your curves. 2. It’s designed to flatter. This dress has ruching in all the right places and a wrapped design to create a flattering shape. 3. It comes in 5 gorgeous colors for fall. The grey is my favorite but I’m tempted to buy another! 4. It’s affordable. At less than $60 you will more than get your money’s worth throughout the season! 5. It’s versatile! This dress can be dressed up or down, layered or worn on its own.

To prove its versatility, I’m showing you how to style a casual dress for fall by creating two easy, everyday looks. I love wardrobe items that allow multiple styling options and this knit dress is the perfect candidate – why not make the most of your purchase!? For the first look, I paired my grey dress with an denim jacket, sneakers and baseball cap. The perfect outfit to spend your day running errands in! The second outfit I styled is another great everyday look paired with a duster cardigan and loafers. This look is also great for anyone working in a business casual environment. Keep scrolling to see both outfit combos!

ps. It comes in a sleeveless version too!

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There you have it! One great dress, two easy styling options. I hope this was helpful in giving you some ideas on how to style a casual dress for fall! I have so many other outfit ideas to share with this dress so stay tuned!

-SHOP THE POST-

JMD

DIY: How To Cut The Hem Off Jeans

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I’ve been getting SO many requests for this tutorial lately! You all want to know how to cut the hem off your jeans. The unfinished denim look has been trending for the past year now…and it’s one of my favorite styles. Last year I realized I could easily create the look with denim I already owned – just by taking a pair of scissors to them! It’s an easy and affordable way to give your old denim a new look. There’s not much to this tutorial – all you need is about 15 minutes and a pair of sharp scissors.

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3 Easy Ways to Style a Cardigan

Cardigan: Fat Face (c/o)| Dress: Fat Face (c/o)|Shirt: Fat Face (c/o) | Denim: Levi’s|  Boots: Frye (similar) | Loafers: Madewell (similar) | Bag: Madewell | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Cardigans are such an important closet staple in New England. With unpredictable and ever-changing weather, it’s a reliable accessory to have on hand…and if you’re like me, you’ll need one in every color! Today I’m showing you 3 easy ways to style a cardigan for fall. I’m featuring my favorite cozy cardi, the Haywood Cardigan by Fat Face. It’s incredibly soft and comfortable and comes in 4 colors – all perfect for fall. Keep scrolling to see a few different ways you can style your cardigans this season!

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Rules for Buying & Styling a Backpack

Cardigan: Forever 21 | Top: Vince Camuto | Denim: Madewell | Backpack: Osgood Marley | Shoes: Merona | Sunglasses: DIFF

Backpacks are back! I’ll admit it… I’m a little late to the backpack game. I spent the last year browsing lots of options but never actually making a purchase. I absolutely love this style bag, but always wondered how to style it without looking like a college student. I was determined to make the backpack trend work with my wardrobe so I set some guidelines for myself – things to consider when searching for the perfect backpack. I ended up finding one that I absolutely LOVE! It’s proven to be the most practical way to carry around my stuff and I’ve had so much fun styling it for fall!

Here are my rules for buying and styling a backpack, hopefully they will help you too!

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5 Tips for Wearing Denim on Denim

How to Wear Denim on Denim

Top: A New Day | Jeans: Unpublished (similar)| Shoes: Merona | Bag: Madewell | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

It took me a while to figure out how to wear denim on denim. As a jeans lover and someone obsessed with all things denim, I was determined to figure out how to sport this Americana look. As soon as I heard that head-to-toe denim was trending for fall, I jumped right on it. I searched high and low for the perfect denim pieces to style together and this is what I came up with! I chose a light wash chambray top tucked into dark wash skinny jeans.

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