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Back in May I shared a list of all the projects we wanted to have done before moving into our new house. At the top of that list?–replace all the flooring with stain in place white oak. The main level was wall-to-wall Brazilian cherry (the reddest of reds), and upstairs was all carpeted that needed […]

The Stain we Decided on for Our White Oak Floors




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I didn’t think the very first thing I would be painting in our new home would be the guest house and I really didn’t think it would the floor! But that’s just what I did on move-in day. We had all of the Brazilian cherry flooring replaced in our main home, but we left the […]


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The majority of July we spent in sweats or swimming in hotels, but those sweats (and swimsuit!) happen to have made the list of my favorites in July so I think we’re calling it a win all around! Keep reading to see what else made this list!   1. Hera Chain Necklace $68 My bff, […]


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This week marks 1 month in North Carolina so I thought I would share a journal-type post today sharing how I’m feeling. I’m so happy we’re here and we were able to move into our house just over a week ago. I’m really starting to fall in love with the area and with the arrival of our […]

Casual Friday

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If there was someone who hosts even more than we do, and probably more effortlessly–it’s Kim and Scott Vargo of Yellow Brick Home: our dear friends with whom we wish we could share a charcuterie board and game night a lot more often! And Kim isn’t a “hostess with the mostess” because she’s doing over-the-top […]


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This post is sponsored by Boll & Branch Our bedroom has been through a lot of transitions since closing on our home at the beginning of May. Before moving in, we had our contractors remove the tray ceiling, board up the doorway on the right leading to the front room and patch and paint. (The walls […]


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