Every year, my mom and I look forward to attending the Grand Rapids Parade of Homes, where local builders show off some of their latest projects. This year, I found myself drooling over one of the homes designed by the talented KLH Custom Homes. If you don't follow them on Instagram, you must. I'm always inspired by their progressive, intricate designs. Unforutnely, I only had my phone for photos, so I apologize for some blurriness!
I know, I'm ready to move in too. I was mesmerized by the muted oak floors, the modern artwork, and the unexpected tile selections...And y'all know I'm a sucker for matte black finishes. Hats off to KLH.
I also want to showcase two other rooms that I found inspirational. These are both from a home built by Heartland Builders LLC. First is this personal, memorable half bath. Yes, those are family photos. How fun! My mom is planning a new build and may be borrowing this concept for a wallpapered entry way. Next is a sophisticated black and white kitchen. You can't go wrong with the Carrara countertops that are all the rage, but this black stone with white veining is a nice change of pace.
The parade did NOT help my itch to build again....I'm about ready to put a for sale sign in our yard!
Ever fall in love with a new purchase more and more every time you use it? And then, said purchase changes your life forever? Maybe it's a kitchen gadget that has simplified your routine, a podcast you can't stop thinking about, or just something that smells really, really good. You can't help but share your new found love with your friends and family. Friday faves consist of random, recently purchased items that deserve to be shared with the world, many of which I have purchased based off recommendations from fellow bloggers. Welcome to volume one. Who says money can't buy happiness?
1. Scratch Off US Map (Amazon, $27)
I found this map on Amazon right before our wedding. After visiting a new state together, we enjoy scratching it off the map. The ritual has further encouraged our desire to travel and has added an extra bit of challenge to get to all fifty states ASAP. (Now excuse me while I go figure out a reason to go to Nebraska).
2. Shinola Watch (Shinola, $750)
You may know that Ty and I are diagnosably infatuated with watches. We recently caught wind of Shinola and immediately feel into deep love. Shinola is a luxury brand made in Detroit. Because us millennials love the localvore movement (yay for stereotypes!), we knew we had to have one (that fine line between materialism and minimalism...a post on that coming soon!). One Saturday, we drove to Detroit's Shinola outlet just to look (yeah right). I found this $750 pink beauty on sale for $200 (Michigan readers, you should probably hop in your car and head to Detroit...they had several left last time I was there).
3. This egg dish
If you follow Ty or I on Instagram stories, you know that we go to the same breakfast joint, Anna's House, every weekend. If you fancy sweet potatoes, you would die over their sweet potato brussel sprout hash. I order it every dang time, and have begun making a similar dish at home. This breakfast consists of sautéed sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and red onions. Next, it's topped with a fried egg and acacado, and drizzled with balsamic reduction. Has breakfast ever sounded sexier?
4. The Color Fuscia
I've decided that I would like Fuscia to be my summer color this year (because, you know, it's normal to pick a color to identify with for a season). I'm looking to change up my wardrobe, and adding unique color is a great wha to start. Lately, I've been gravitating to this loud purple/pink shade of fun. I'm loving these Fuscia nails, definitely my most complimented manicure to date.
5. Figs (Costco, $9)
Lately, all the trendy food joints have been putting things in my salad. What areAre these wrinkly, ugly fruits?
6. Seersucker Shorts (Vineyard Vines, $70)
If you know Ty at all, you know that he is the definition of all things southern prep. You'll often find him decked out in pastel patterns head to toe. When Ty and I met, I was going through an all black, thrifted, semi-hipster phase. It took years, but eventually Ty managed to teach me how to appreciate a fun, less-depressing way of wardrobe. My anti-mainstream, logo hating self began to dabble in Ralph Lauren, and eventually threw out my thrifted men's medium cable knit sweater for a bright pink shep shirt. WHO AM I? Truly loving both genres of dress, I am still figuring out this style identity crisis. ANYWAY, I've grown to adore all things seersucker. This classic Southern pattern is a must have for your summer wardrobe.
7. TED talk - Change Your Mindset, Change the Game
Every morning (or, almost every morning), I like to start my day off with a long run or hour at the gym. I always listen to TED talks, podcasts, or sermons during my workouts. I find less monotony in my workouts when I have something to provoke my thoughts and keep my mind distracted. I typically search for messages focused on creativity, productive, or positivity to start the day. I found this TED talk wildly interesting this week. Well worth 18 minutes of your time.
Thanks for stopping by! Got a new favorite item, podcast, or book? Share with me please. Enrich my life. Much love,