Casual Friday: Musical lights, bathroom plans, Kitchen Inspo!, Burn out, What I wore + WEEKEND SALES!

January 15, 2021

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We played a little game of musical lights this week around the house. The music room light (which was an extra from our home office) is now in the bathroom (see above! love it!). The lantern that was above the tub was so beautiful, but because it was see through, there were so many lines intersecting with the windows, so it now lives happily in the laundry room which I think will be a great starting point when we tackle that room. And the laundry room chandelier (that was here when we moved in!) is going to hang in Polly’s room! It’s whimsical and I think it will go beautifully in there just as soon as we get the ceiling wallpapered.

I also ordered some warm wood shades for our bathroom window that should be here be the end of the month and I’m working on curtains again, too. Something striped and bordered is what’s in my mind–just gotta find the right ones! I’m enjoying taking my time on these finishing touches to be honest. Most of our reveals have some sort of deadline attached to them and although I dying to reveal the full bathroom, I want to be patient and finish it in a way that I’ll be proud of for a long time to come.

Other fun things this week! 

As you’ve heard, we’re starting our kitchen renovation in a few months, but it’s in full force planning and designing behind the scenes right now. Follow along with my modern cottage kitchen board on Pinterest to see where my head is.

Maybe all your bed needs is one giant lumbar pillow. (I traded all of our extra throw pillows for just one of these and I’m so happy in the simplicity)

Did you SEE Marie Kondo’s new collection with the Container Store?! Loving this ceramic bulk canisters and these bamboo bins! And normally I avoid pantry labels at all cost, but these I’m down with.

Sometimes the best medicine isn’t medicine at all.

The softest sweatshirt ever.

4 Hard Questions To Ask Yourself If You’re Feeling Burned Out

Brene Brown Quotes for each enneagram type (Okay, and a Kardashian one, lol)

A few things I wore this week:


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This was a special announcement photo for a panel discussion I’ll be a part of January 26th! RSVP here to watch!  Sources for this look here.


Weekend Sales!

Abercrombie: Up to 60% off! (living in these)

Anthropologie: Extra 40% off sale items at checkout (loving this fluted towel rod!)

Elemis: 25% off site wide! (this primer is gooood)

Madewell: Secret Stock Sale up to 70% off! (Finally got this jacket I’ve had my eye on forever! Linked some of my other favorite picks here!)

Old Navy: Up to 75% off! (*adds to cart*)

Pottery Barn: The Big Refresh Bedding & Bath Event 20% off! (the coziest bed blanket)

Target: Up to 25% furniture & home decor (love this vintage-inspired floor lamp!)

Urban Outfitters: Take an extra 40% off sale styles! (this pitcher has my heart)

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  1. Stephanie Rawlins says:

    Love the “musical lights”! What light fixture will you put in the music room?

  2. Sara says:

    What rug is shown in your closet Julia?

  3. Love the new light in the bathroom, can’t wait to see how the curtains shake out!!

  4. Amy says:

    Hi- Was the laundry room chandelier the item that you mentioned the previous owners wanted back? Or was that a different fixture? Looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.

  5. Jena says:

    omg How exciting to see the kitchen/home I designed (with a team) as the first image on your Cottage Kitchen Pinterest Board! So fun!

    Here are some more photos of that project, if you are interested:
    The project as a whole is more East Texas than cottage feel, but super fun to see that photo on your board!
    Killy Scheer is the Interior Designer and she is a joy to work with.

  6. Jodi says:

    Ok, I’m confused……you did have curtains up in the bathroom, did you not? But now, I see no sign of them or the curtain rod or anything????
    Beautiful light!

  7. So apparently we have the same taste in kitchens. Half of your pins are ones I pinned two years ago when we were planning a reno in our old house. We’ve since moved and I’m now planning our NEXT kitchen reno (which will hopefully start in 5 months or so), and excited to see we’re on the same page!!

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