Decorating Dreams: Our Master Bedroom

I love decorating y’all! I love the idea of “creating” a space – from the furniture, to the layout, to the colors used … it just makes my heart so happy! I’ve had SO much fun thinking up ideas for me and my groom’s new home… a home I’ve never even seen. See, as of right now, we have NO CLUE where we’re going to live. We HOPE it’s a 2 bedroom here in Harrisonburg with a fenced-in backyard for Knox… but we’re not sure what God’s got in store for us just yet! Registering for our home goodies was a little tricky because we’re still in that limbo phase – How much kitchen storage will we have? Will we have room for that adorable living room ottoman? Should we get another bookshelf for the “guest” room we HOPE we have?

Although we still have quite a few questions about our home-to-be, one thing I knew I COULD dream up was the theme for each space. I knew I could go ahead and talk to Matt about the living room color scheme, the kitchen plates, the throw pillows (which he thinks, by the way, are completely useless – and I’m that girl who has 5 on her bed right now!), etc. If you saw my post a few weeks ago about our Living Room Inspiration, you may remember that Matt’s one rule was “no pink in public spaces”. Y’all I’m VERY much marrying a MAN – he’s never been a pink fan & never will be… and I’m 100% okay with that! We talked about doing Red, Yellow & Teal in our Kitchen & Living Room. I love that it’s fun & bright. I envision crisp white walls, light furniture & pops of red, yellow & teal in the wall décor, vases & throw pillows. One of my FAVORITE things on our registry is this red cabinet!

Because our Kitchen & Living Room are going to be so bright, I wanted our bedroom to have a softer, spa-like atmosphere. I love soft, cool, neutral tones & thought what better place to use those than the bedroom? I want it to feel relaxing and soft – I plan to use simple, clutter free décor. Think country rustic meets modern spa – maybe a mountain spa? Ha!

We knew we needed our comforter set to be really light, durable & machine washable because of Knox. That sweet boy is a shedder so his white hairs would easily show up on a dark comforter; and I want to be able to wash it whenever I wanted, no dry cleaning for this girl! I also knew it couldn’t be too girly (no ruffles or fluffy flowers for Matt). Fortunately, we found this one & I love it; Not too girly, not too bachelor pad, machine washable & the perfect color!

We also don’t have a bedroom suite; it’s a mix & match of what we already own. My bed doesn’t have a headboard (just a simple frame) so I think I’m going to do a collage of pictures/frames/artwork – maybe something like this. Thoughts?? Matt’s furniture is a darker wood & mine is distressed white. I plan to scatter the pieces around the room so they blend well TOGETHER – so they complement instead of distract. I’ve had my eye on these adorable pillows so they may show up on our new comforter set (a birthday present I just received!).

Here’s the Inspiration Board I created with our bedroom in mind. What do you think?


always, kat


072013: 4 Month Update!!

adorable straws!

adorable straws!

Time is going by so fast … everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, said engagement flies by – but I didn’t really believe them until now. It’s March 20th – exactly 4 months until 072013 and my heart is beating so fast!! I feel as if I’m going to blink & the wedding will be OVER! AHH!

Here’s a recap of last month’s goals:

Finish all vases & box them up (still have 5-10 more but I can FINALLY see the light at the end of the tunnel!)

Order Guestbook (found one, haven’t ordered it)

Order Unity Candle (found one, haven’t ordered it)

Loose 6lbs (only lost 3 – frustrating!!)

Collect & Chalkboard Paint the signs (5 total – have them all, changing my idea & not using chalkboard paint anymore)

Make Cake Topper

Order Straws & Make Sign

Continue working on belt & veil


A few things not on the list but got done:

Start Designing Paper Products: invites, rsvp cards, programs

Ordered ‘maids gifts part 2

Ordered flower girl gift

Mom started collected pictures for Legacy Table (she’s the best!)

Found adorable and oh-so-comfortable sparkly flip-flips for the reception

Starting looking at jewelry to go with my dress: haven’t falling in love with anything yet

Ordered silk petals for church


in love with this casual picture of the ‘maids

This month’s goals:

Finish last 5-10 vases

(Actually) Order Guest Book

(Actually) Order Unity Candle

Find Easel

Finish scrapbooks (and everything on Love Story Table)

Find 2 dress forms

Finish Invitations, Direction Cards, RSVP cards (and order them!)

Loose 5 lbs.

Weekend Recap: Our Birthday Celebration!

Hello sweet friends! Happy Monday – if Monday’s can be such a thing! Ha!

 I’m sure I join a lot of you living in the mountain regions of VA when I say that I am so TIRED of this snow! Where was it months ago?! I’m officially ready for SPRINGTIME! I want to wear sun dresses, capris and FLIP FLOPS! I will say, though, that I’m glad it didn’t start until Sunday because Saturday we had an amazing day planning with some pretty awesome people. 🙂

As you know, Matt’s birthday was last week; well, my birthday is THIS week! We’re March Babies! We decided to celebrate with a few friends (and my really cool parents) by going wine tasting on Afton Mountain. Y’all it was SO MUCH FUN! We visited 6 wineries, a cider brewery & a beer brewery for dinner. We laughed so much, ate great food, tasted some amazing wine & added a few bottles to our own collection. I hope your weekend was just as fun as mine was 🙂 


the group at our first stop of the day


Mom said this could be an advertisement for cute boots 🙂


me & my hubby-to-be!


the “family” (in a few short months!)

always, kat





072013: Centerpieces

I truly can’t believe it’s almost the middle of March! This VA weather keeps throwing me off too – one day I think it’s about time to pack up my winter coat, and then next day I’m pulling out my warmest scarf! I guess I won’t complain too much… as long as 072013 isn’t rainy I don’t care about the rest of the year!!

Matt and I’s reception is outside. We have a tent (potentially 2 tents if it rains) but there are some ADORABLE details that I so desperately want to be able to happen – but they’ll only work if it’s clear skies. Now, I won’t be giving away every fun detail about our reception but I figured I’d show y’all some inspiration I have for our centerpieces…

You keep hearing about my collection of vases – over 150 y’all! I knew from the start I wanted our centerpieces to be eclectic jars – mason jars, wine bottles, bud vases, milk glass, jelly jars, vintage vases… the list goes on and on! Between our parents, my friends and my love for antique stores, goodwill and TJ Maxx, we’ve collected a TON of vases & I’m so excited about them! Some have been spray-painted, some have been hot glued and some are just perfect the way they are… and after 7 months, I am SO close to being done!

2 weekends ago I brought them all up from the basement & spread them around the kitchen so I could arrange, rearrange, add more ribbon, etc. Matt walked in and couldn’t believe just how MANY we have! I will admit it IS a little nuts… it kind of looked like I needed to be on an episode of Hoarders! ha!

Anyway, I love how they truly give our reception a “garden-like” feel – almost as if you’re sitting at your kitchen table with an array of beautiful backyard-flowers decorating the room. Our florist is using white, peach, orange, deep pink & light pink flowers with assorted greenery. Think “freshly picked and gorgeous” 🙂

As much as I love the LOOK this creates, I’ll admit, I was INCREDIBLY nervous about the logistics. My mind constantly kicks into administration mode & I was afraid the logistics were going to be really complicated –  “How do I figure out how many to use per table? How many SHOULD I use? Will the florist have the before or do I take them to the reception?” Amanda has been so great to work with and really UNDERSTANDS what I want – that’s so refreshing! I’ve literally told her: 2 mason jar width, 2 wine bottle width per table of 8, and so on and so forth. I’m excited to see the final product because it will really be a random assortment on every table that FLOWS together, instead of being matchy-matchy… basically, even I don’t know what the final product will truly be on every table! The only table I’m being really specific with is the head table – but that’s because it’s sort of become my baby 🙂 Make sense?

Here’s a few photo’s I love (these aren’t necessarily the types of flowers we are going to use, just the overall effect of various jars I love)…




What do you think?! Did you do something similar for your centerpieces? If not, what ARE you doing? I’d love to hear 🙂

always, kat

all photos taken from pinterest 

Happy Birthday to my Groom!

Today is my sweet Groom’s 23rd birthday! I’m in the process of making his favorite: funfetti cupcakes! Tonight we’re going to order Domino’s and spend some quality time together (he’s pretty easy to please!).

This is the 6th time we’ve celebrating his birthday together & I can’t wait for many, many more. This post is pretty short & sweet because my oven timer is about to go off and heaven forbid I let those cupcake burn!!

Babe I’m so honored to call you my fiance! Happy Birthday!!


the summer before I left for school – he was 17.


the morning after he proposed – he was 22.

happy wednesday friends!

always, kat

Weekend Recap in Pictures

Okay so I’ve been HORRIBLE with the blog this past week… I’m so sorry!! The last week has been a whirlwind… let me give you a little recap via pictures!


Look at these beauties!! I already thought of a cute place for them at the reception!


Found comfortable dancin’ shoes for the reception when I wasn’t even looking … the fact that they sparkle AND have a bow are an added bonus!


The centerpieces are coming together nicely; I will admit that I’m getting tired of looking at 150+ vases …. almost done y’all!

AND Winter Storm Saturn dumped 18 inches in my backyard so I had a beautiful snow day to get some 072013 crafting done! It was a beautiful last snow day … but I’m now officially ready for spring to arrive!


I hope y’all had a beautiful week/weekend too 🙂

always, kat

Weekend Recap: My Wedding Jewelry Dilemma

Hello blog readers! This weekend was a bit CRAZY however a lot got accomplished in a short period of time. I went to Fredericksburg with my matron of honor, one of sweet bridesmaids and her daughter (our flower girl). I wasn’t planning to get as much accomplished for the wedding as I did so that was a huge plus! I found some AMAZING deals on frames at Hobby Lobby and spent about 2 hours searching Charming Charlie high & low for cute wedding jewelry… there lies the reason for this post! I’m having a dilemma on what jewelry I should wear … 

Here’s what I KNOW I want – pretty dangle earrings, a sparkly bracelet & no necklace. I’m not a “stud earring” girl. I know it sounds weird, but I think they make my face look fat! So I know I want pretty, somewhat sparkly, dangle earrings. I also think a necklace will be TOO much yet a sparkly bracelet would blend everything together. But it’s not like I can carry my dress around in stores with me looking for the perfect pair! I’ve found a few on Etsy but their either (a) over budget or (b) I don’t like them ENOUGH. So I need your help!! I know I can’t show you what my dress looks like (some things need to be a surprise!), but I thought y’all could still over me some advice. Which one do you like best? Which one do you think suites ME and OUR WEDDING best? 


I love the teardrop shape… and it’s big but not TOO big; I don’t want it to look obnoxiously fake. 


These may be TOO simple… but I love how far down they dangle


I wouldn’t wear these for the ceremony – I would wear something more traditional & then put these fun ones on for the reception. Thoughts? 


Or I could wear cute, simple, pale pink drop earrings all night; they’re a cute mixture of traditional & modern – with the simple drop yet the pale pink color. And theres a tad bit of sparkle on them too.  Would they work for BOTH the ceremony & reception? 

Let me know what you think!

always, kat

072013: ceremony decor

Originally Matt and I envisioned our ceremony on a mountain hillside – with a beautiful trellis covered in flowers & a gorgeous mountain landscape. Sounds pretty amazing right?! Well, unfortunately we didn’t find a reception location that worked with that vision so we went with Plan B – a church. Now, don’t get me wrong – we are really happy with our location. Plan B is working out pretty perfect! Matt said if our ceremony wasn’t in the mountains, it needed to be in a church. One of the prettiest churches in our hometown happens to be the church I grew up in AND the church my parents were married in almost 30 years ago. Talk about tradition!

Here’s a few key things about our ceremony: candlelight, candlelight & more candlelight!

Let’s face it y’all – candles are gorgeous, soft, romantic and oh-so-cheap … YES! Since guests aren’t at the ceremony very long, I knew I didn’t want to use a lot of our florist budget at the ceremony. (It’s not that I don’t want it to be gorgeous – I just want MORE gorgeousness at the reception since there are so many FUN details there!) Candles fit our theme really well & look gorgeous in the traditional church setting. We had also talked about having my dad built a trellis to place on the stage at the church… then we factored in our 14 person bridal party, pastor, unity candle & US …. we quickly realized we’d be really cramped up there! I’m still looking at some other ideas and haven’t quite figured out what it will look like; it really depends on the budget & my DIY timeline! I know we’re not there very long, and Katelyn prefers Family Portrait time outside since she’s a natural light photographer, but this IS the spot where we are ACTUALLY saying “I Do” so I’d like it to be pretty! Pinterest is EXPLODING with pretty options for a traditional, romantic & simple ceremony. Here’s a few photos I keep coming back to …


petals down the aisle – gorgeous! (but is anyone else annoyed with the “exit” sign?! ha!) 


hydrangea & simple ribbon … maybe every 3rd pew – or just on the pews reserved for family? 


I REALLY hope a wreath likes this makes an appearance on 072013… I can just envision this beauty on the Sanctuary doors! 

What do you think? Any ideas for what I could do? What did YOU do to decorate your ceremony?

always, kat