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May 26, 2017

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This was a really huge week for us. The big announcement is we’ve been working on designing our own sofa line with Interior Define for almost a year and this week, after so many months of drawings and engineer specs and 3D renderings, we flew to Chicago to see the ACTUAL sofa for the first time and we shot all the photo and video promos, too! It was truly emotional and rewarding and exciting to officially meet our sofa for the first time! Chris and I both feel so incredibly proud of how it turned out and already ordered one for our living room in their fabric color Rain–a really pretty slate blue we chose for the launch promos, too (you can catch the tiniest sneak peek of her below). We’d love to go more in-depth with the design process in the coming weeks leading up to our launch at the end of June–because we learned so much and there was so much that went into it. But for now, we have to keep the look, and the name (it’s very dear to our hearts) under wraps. What I can say is that, just like all Interior Define sofas (we have their Ainsley U-Shape in our family room!), it will be fully customizable and offered in 70 different colors and fabrics, multiple lengths to fit your spaces and there will be a sofa, sectionals, a sleeper, a chair and an ottoman. Is it the end of June yet?!

Other fun things this week!

Pantone Color Swatch cards in natural landscapes and cities

This lipstick I wore in Chicago, that I got over 100 DMs about, is actually less than $5! (It’s the 008 color!)

A Real Numbers Breakdown of an Actual Mortgage Payment.  Unfortunately, that “estimated mortgage” price that’s attached to most real estate listings is generally a lot lower than you can expect your actual mortgage to be–something that we’re reminded of all over again as we’re cabin shopping!

• We ordered this outdoor concrete coffee table for our deck a few weeks ago and it arrived yesterday afternoon (there’s a sneak peek on my insta story!) and I’m in love with it! We got it on sale, and it looks like it’s on sale again with promo code SUMMER.

• Have you played What Do You Meme? It’s like Apples to Apples, except you’re creating Memes…which is kind of the best part about the internet, in general, right now. It’s so hilarious and fun! We ordered ours here.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |

• A few of my deeply-discounted favorites from the big Nordstrom sale going on. The only time to buy Le Creuset is when it’s on sale, right? Also, I love oxfords and 3 comes in black or the light neutral pictured. Perforated makes them both perfect for spring/summer. And 7 would be perfect for layering under a welcome mat on your front porch…as I like to do. ;)


Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! School is officially out here, so we’re having a summer kickoff party out back with a few friends tomorrow and spending Memorial Day with family.

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  1. Jamie says:

    Did this launch yet? I am looking for a sleeper sofa.

  2. Kara says:

    That’s such exciting news about the Interior Define relationship, congrats! I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys have worked on!

  3. KD says:

    And don’t forget to mention that you should NEVER buy what the bank APPROVES you for; instead, limit your housing cost to what you can truly afford. This is usually 25% of your income.

  4. Amanda says:

    Excited to see the design! I will probably be looking for a new sectional in the next month or so, so perfect timing!

  5. Kate says:

    Congrats! is a great tool for house hunting because it actually pulls in the taxes and PMI for you, so you have a *closer* idea to what it will actually cost.

    We live in NJ, where property taxes could easily be 50% of your monthly payment– which is SUPER deceiving on those other websites. :)

  6. We couldn’t be more excited for you and your Interior Define line! Round of applause, you guys. So sad that we were two ships passing in the night… xo.

  7. Shannon says:

    How exciting! You guys turned me on to Interior Define with your u-shape couch and I’ve spent way more time than I care to admit on their site dreaming and scheming. I can’t wait to y’alls design. Also, those oxfords are ca-ute.

  8. Winnie G says:

    Congrats! This is super exciting for you guys. I can tell from the sneak peek that I am going to want that sofa in my new house.

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