Decorating Dreams: Our Living Room

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to most of you that I LOVE to shop… I enjoy online shopping, in store shopping, thrift store shopping and shopping at boutiques (if I can afford it!). Pretty much ANY sort of shopping – I’m there! 🙂 I really enjoy putting together new outfits, accessorizing and just having FUN with my clothes. The last few months, ever since Matt and I starting our wedding registry, I’ve found that when I walk into TJ Maxx, Target or Kohls… I immediately head for the “home” department. I ignore (well, mostly ignore!) all the clothes, purses and shoes and start looking at all the cute home items. Why? Because I am SO ready to decorate The Schmoyer home!! I can’t WAIT to get my hands on our first home… wherever that may be!! See, Matt and I don’t live together right now; right now we don’t even know WHERE our first home is going to be!! Registering was HARD for us because we don’t know what kind of space we’ll be working with. We know what we WANT to have, but it all depends on what’s available in our budget and in the area we want to  live in.  Because I’m SUCH a planner, that was really tough for me! I want to know NOW! I want to start envisioning where to put furniture, where to hang pictures and what our little abode will look like. Unfortunately, we probably won’t know until right before the wedding; July will be a CRAZY month for us because we’ll be moving as well as getting married & going on a honeymoon… oh boy! But just because I don’t know EXACTLY what the space will look like, I know how I want to decorate 🙂 Matt’s only request was no pink in common areas (meaning if there’s space for an office I’m allowed to thrown in some pink in “my” space – yippee!). I knew I wanted our Living Room to be BRIGHT and FUN and VIBRANT because that’s the type of home I envision us having; it fits our personalities so well! I found a pillow on pinterest that became my inspiration – red, royal blue, yellow and teal with pops of navy, white & creme. I was BEYOND excited when I walked into Target two weeks ago and saw an explosion of this color scheme in their home decor section!! I immediately added a few fun finds to our registry. 🙂 Our Kitchen will actually fit this theme too but for now, I just wanted to show y’all my ideas for our Living Room space … 

 

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What do you think?! Have you used this color scheme before? Any advice? Any fun finds you’ve seen that would match perfectly?! 

always, kat

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Wedding Planning 101: Ways to Stay Organized

ImageI am an avid planner. I LOVE planning! Y’all I literally have lists for my lists; my mind is constantly going in “to-do” mode! I’m always thinking ahead and frequently annoy Matt with my “what are going to do next weekend” question.  I really ENJOY re-organizing and making my life a little more logical, practical and clutter-free. So, because of my avid passion for planning, you would think long-distance wedding planning would be a breeze right?! ha! Long-distance wedding planning quickly became the LAST thing I wanted to tackle … and I’m only 2 hours away from our venues & vendors; I can’t imagine being STATES away! Over the last 6 months, I would try to cram so much “wedding” into one weekend that by Sunday night I felt like I needed a weekend from my weekend. Have you ever felt that way? Now, of course it’s FUN but it’s EXHAUSTING too! This past weekend I woke up at 6am, drove to Fredericksburg, met my Mama, DOC and Caterer at the Reception Venue from 10am to 12pm, picked up my veil (EKK!) and then met with the florist from 1:30 to 3pm. THEN I drove to DC to spend the remainder of my weekend celebrating my MOH’s 24th birthday. To say I was tired by Sunday night was definitely an understatement! Did I get a lot accomplished? You bet! But as much as I LOVE planning the wedding, I have to know when I’m stretching myself too thin. If I cram too much into one 24 hour day or even 48 hour weekend, I become tired & grumpy and don’t ENJOY the experience as much. Planning is FUN y’all! And planning your BIG DAY should be the MOST fun thing to plan! We, as brides, need to cherish this time and really enjoy every single detail. Now, I’m far from perfect… I’m slowly learning that little piece of wisdom! My Martha Stewart Planner gets me through those crazy weekends & keeps up with all my sticky-notes, diagrams and timelines. But staying organized and avoiding the stress of the day isn’t always easy. And if you’re like me, sometimes the LITTLES things feel like the biggest! Here’s a few tips that really help me stay organized, focused & less stressed:  

A wedding binder. I suggest physically making one, not just keeping everything electronically. You can keep contracts, notes, print outs of your favorite pinterest images, a spare pen, etc. Barnes & Noble has some really cute ones that come with timelines and suggested questions for vendors, etc; I tried using one and it was GREAT however I’m really OCD about my organization so I ended up making my own using the Martha Stewart Collection at Staples.

Monthly goals. Sometimes I think looking at everything you need to accomplish in the next 6 months can be REALLY stressful. It has really helped me to break everything down by month. If you remember from my blog post here, I wrote out my monthly goals. I keep a copy in my Wedding Binder and it’s so fun to cross those pesky things off!

A stress reliever. It doesn’t matter what it is! When I’m really getting stressed about 072013 things you know what I like to do? Watch wedding videos online. I really enjoy watching other people’s videos… creepy right?! For me, it puts it into perspective. I visually see WHY I’m doing this. I see their love, their marriage come to life… I remember that it’s not about ME or HIM; it’s about our covenant before God. It’s a beautiful, sacred covenant and I’m so blessed to be making it with Matt. I’m not saying it’s easy for me to give up the details, to think about the idea that it could POUR down rain and totally ruin a lot of what we’ve been working on… that really sucks!! But regardless, he’ll be my husband & I’ll be his wife and I’m SO ready for that! Here are a few videographers I love watching: Josh Gooden, Jeremy Mitchell, Lovell Productions and Inkspot Crow.

So if any of you bride-to-be’s are struggling with the stress of long-distance wedding planning, or your anxious about the stress of your growing wedding to-do list – RELAX! It’s YOUR day – no matter what happens between now and then, you and your groom will be MARRIED (ahh!). You get to be with HIM every day for the rest of your life. Think about that and try not smile 🙂

Do any of you have any great tips for long-distance wedding planning or just wedding planning in general?! Let me know… I LOVE learning new ways to plan!

always, kat

 

New Blog… Same Content :)

Y’all I am SO very excited about this new blog!! Okay, I should clarify what I mean by “new”… the blog CONTENT is not new … but the blog ITSELF is new. See, I’ve been having SO much fun blogging all sorts of fun details about 072013 that I really wanted to start a blog that combined my love for 072013 AND my obsession/passion for ALL things wedding & girly. Matt and I still have a wedding website, but now the blog is it’s own entity. I’m excited 🙂

I’ll be continuing to document Matt and I’s journey through engagement & wedding planning but I also have some other fun things I can’t wait to start sharing too! Be on the lookout for tons of fun posts, multiple times a week. Please keep commenting, asking questions and SUPPORTING me… y’all rock!

Enjoy looking around and getting acquainted with this new blog! I hope you like it 🙂

always, kat

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