High/Low: Acrylic Mirror Dupe

The acrylic mirror that made the perfect statement piece for our daughter’s room has a nearly identical twin! I can hardly believe my eyes. The only real difference is the size and of course the MAJOR difference in price! On the left is the Polk Mirror from McGee & Co selling for $1965, and on the right is the Safavieh Donzel Round Mirror for $336! The Safavieh diameter is 26″, while the McGee & Co mirror is 36″. I definitely prefer the scale of ours, as a I love a good big mirror, but that price tag is really hard to ignore. What mirror would you choose? I think I’d still go with the Polk mirror. We needed a large… Read More

Chocolate Coffee Cake with Whipped Mascarpone Frosting + My Holiday Kitchen

This recipe originally appeared in this month’s (December 2018) issue of Midwest Nest with in-progress pictures taken by the talented Micah Zimmerman. Copies are available throughout the Fargo/Moorhead area or you can read the issue online here. *All images in this post are my own. I teamed up with Eco Chic Home and Love Always Floral to bring holiday cheer to my kitchen. I don’t know about you, but when the holiday’s roll around I survive on two things to get me through decking the halls, wrapping gifts and hosting my family, and that’s coffee and sugar. But I’m a mom and that means I’m all about efficiency. Enter my holiday cake, where I’ve combined my two great loves (other than… Read More

Get the Look: Our Christmas Tree

This is the first year of my adult life, I actually get to decorate my way for Christmas. Due to life events and seemingly constant construction it didn’t make sense to “design” a holiday look. That’s not to say we didn’t decorate, but we mostly made do with hand me downs from my in-laws… most of which originated in the 80s… Now there were some winners, like the hand me down vintage skis, snow shows AND sled, but I assure you that the items we inherited were not all winners. Particularly, the tree. I’m sure it was once a perfectly nice tree… three decades ago. Imagine my excitement when we splurged and upgraded to this tree from Balsam Hill. I… Read More

Project Big Girl Room – The Before Pictures

After much deliberation, we have decided to move E from the nursery to a bigger bedroom down the hall. Recently I shared stunning inspirations pictures of light an airy little girl’s bedrooms. Today I’m going to show you the not so pretty, pretty Pinterest images of the room we are working with. Here is the room we are working with, without any frills and the wrong carpet. (Our home was on a parade of homes before we closed, and our builder temporarily put this carpet in since our similar, but lighter selection, was not in stock.) We originally designated this room the guest bedroom because it’s the biggest of the extra rooms. We upgraded our bed to a King when we moved in,… Read More