The Short List 6

Happy Monday! I'm back from Dallas, so back at the blog and work this week. I didn't intend to completely stop blogging last week, but time certainly got away from me while at the workshop I was teaching! If you didn't catch it, I shared our fall decor at our home last week

I love doing these Short List posts, it's a fun break from regular design and fashion posts around here. And I LOVE more than anything, hearing from you guys in the comments! 

What We're Watching: THIS IS US! Both of us love this one. If your husband doesn't watch this with you, you should force them ;) And when McCann watches football, I watch Gilmore Girls, which (astonishingly) I've never seen before and completely adore!

What I'm Loving: 

1. My mom, dad and brother are coming to visit during my birthday week in 2 weeks. I can't wait to have them all here at the same time! We're going to see Wicked, the guys will go to a Michigan football game and then my mom and I will do some shopping. We're definitely going to take them to our favorite restaurant, Donkey.

2. The Mason Jar Boutique & alllll the fall clothes!! They add new things to the shop And most of the pieces don't break the bank! You can use the code BLOOMING for $10 off $30 order. I just got this simple gray dress with elbow patches and it's great. It comes in 3 colors. It's super cozy, thick enough to wear without tights but will look cute with them in the winter as well.

3. These waterproof booties. I got them during the Nordstrom Sale a few months ago, but only wore them for the first time yesterday and I'm obsessed. I'd buy them again, even if they weren't on sale...they're that good! They are by far the most comfortable pair of booties I own and if you live in a wet / snowy climate like me, then these are LIFE in the fall and winter (and spring, really!) I ordered my regular size and they fit great.

What We're Eating: I was gone in Dallas last week, so I ate out every meal (not complaining!), so we got Blue Apron for my husband while I was gone, so he wouldn't have to do any grocery shopping. If you want to try it out, you can leave your email in a comment and I'll send you a free week of meals!

What's on My Desk: This week I'm slammed, in the best way, with catching up on client design work. Today I am going to 4 different locations with a client to finish up choosing all the materials for his new build home. This client is actually a local builder and I'm helping him design HIS new lake house. I'm also going to be working on a dining room project, family room design and finishing up the details for another new build. We're going to be designing the bathrooms this week, which I'm excited about!

This is the basic plan for a current family room project. I always start with the major pieces, then choose pillows, curtains, lamps, and other decor once the big pieces are decided on. I'll be sure to keep you posted on how this one turns out as it finishes up!

Looking Forward to: We added a Holiday workshop to our Bloom Workshop schedule! If you're local to Michigan, we'd love to have you on November 21st in downtown Grand Rapids for our 5 hour workshop. You'll take a floral arranging workshop where you'll get to create your Thanksgiving centerpiece, you'll take a calligraphy class and have the chance to make your holiday gift tags in beautiful lettering, you'll get to watch a holiday tablescape demo + get some inspiring tips to create your own at home, then you'll get to shop some local boutiques for holiday goods, gifts, and decor. We're SO excited about this workshop!!

If you are local and interested in coming, you can use my special discount code (because I'd love to meet you!!) MICHAELA15 for 15% off at checkout. You can get the full details here.

What We're Reading: We just ordered Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler (one of our favorite pastors) and can't wait to dive in together when it arrives. 

What Lincoln is up to: Lincoln is doing so well these days! He's about 22lbs of complete fluff and a lot of his puppy behaviors are going away (PTL). He doesn't play bite anymore, rarely chews anything he's not supposed to and is a really good listener! Last week we taught him "go to your crate" and so now when we say it, he runs to his crate and gets a treat. Super helpful in trying to get out of the house quickly! He loves his little crate :) He's almost done teething, I think, because he's not chewing things as much and isn't whining when he's chewing a bone anymore. I'm so glad this is winding down, because it's just so sad. And I'm glad to have my hands back after a few weeks of them having constant scratches! The only issue we're having right now is that we think he's allergic to his dog food, so we're in the middle of switching the food to something else. His tummy has been upset the last week, so we're hoping it's the food and it'll go away!

Lincoln is going to stay with our breeder for a night in a few weeks, when we have a church retreat. He LOVES going back here because he gets to see his sister, Finley, and his dog mama. I love when he visits, because he comes home super tired! ;)

Alright, share a few of your answers below!


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Fall Decor Around My Home

Hope you had a great weekend! I'm in Dallas today, prepping for our workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was a bit of a rough weekend with getting into Dallas- First, Lincoln had some tummy issues two nights in a row, so we weren't getting a lot of sleep (prepping us for children one day...ha!) Then, I was supposed to be staying with my brother and his wife, but my brother got the stomach flu, so I had to find another place to stay. Thankfully they have some friends who were nice enough to let me stay with them!!
Anyways, that's behind us and today I'm showing you a few corners of our apartment that I decorating for fall. I kept things super simple and neutral, of course, because I'm just not one for lots of orange.

I picked up these cotton branches at Hobby Lobby for 50%, making my total $11. Score!!

Some mini pumpkins from Trader Joe's completed our little ledge as you walk up the stairs.

I put a mercury glass pumpkin and some pumpkin coasters my grandma got us on our buffet.

These dried roses aren't necessarily "fall" but they remind me of the fall! They are all roses that my husband has given me over the course of our relationship- one from the first time he sent me flowers on my birthday, one for our dating anniversary and one for our engagement (2/3 took place in fall).

Our bookshelf got a touch of fall with my DIY white chalk paint and gold foil pumpkins...

O also picked up this blue and white vase on our anniversary trip a few weekends ago. I just love it! The blue and white love affair continues ;)

So while a lot of these things might not be screaming fall, they do feel textured and homey. If you missed our fall front porch, you can catch it here. What's your fall decorating style? 
Hope you enjoy your week!
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Friday Finds: A Favorite Necklace & Chambray Top

Happy Friday! How was your week? Mine was busy to the max! Every day I was either doing errands to get ready for Bloom Bash Dallas (I leave for Texas tomorrow!) or going to client design meetings. Yesterday I did a walk through with clients who just bought a fixer upper and are planning to flip the house. Then in the afternoon, I went to 3 appointments to pick out cabinet styles, finishes, countertops (we went with some gorgeous quartz options), fireplaces, tubs, showers, sinks and faucets for a new build. They were all very productive and I can't wait to see the homes come together over the next few months!

Anyhow, it's Friday so I'm here with some sale picks this week!

1. Anthropologie: extra 40% off sale!

This necklace was one of the first things to catch my eye! It's 40% off of $29. Holy deal!

My other favorites that are an extra 40% off:

2. Loft: 40% off everything!
I picked up this chambray cold shoulder top last week when it was on sale and just adore it:

Always order down a size in the Loft's clothing
I also got this blouse and it's one of my favorites I own now! The wine color is so perfect for fall and a great layering piece. I'll show you it on me today in my stories. The neck line is really flattering!
3. Pottery Barn: Friends & Family sale! 20% off your entire order, including markdowns! Code: FRIENDS. A few of my favorite decorations:

4. My friends at The Inspired Room blog just launched their new book, Simple Gatherings! It's such a wonderful and helpful book. It encouraged me to forget about making get togethers and parties at our home perfect and more about just being with my people. The book is full of ideas on how to simplify your gatherings and have fun while doing it! It's a great guide for putting together special occasions at your house. I know you'll love the book!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! You can follow me on instagram for some highlights from my trip to Dallas. 


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Fall Home Series: Our Front Porch

Welcome to our fall porch! We live in an apartment, but we do have our own entrance to our unit from the outside, which is pretty fun for me to decorate for the seasons. As you might know, I am apprehensive about fall, because I know the reality of winter hits so soon after, but decorating the porch and the inside of our house has helped me embrace the new season a little bit! 

I like to keep things pretty neutral around here, but my husband likes a little color, we we compromised and did a bit of both. I found these pumpkins from Trader Joe's for $24 total. I was really excited about that, because I feel like it's pretty cheap! I also got the two mum plants (not my favorite, but I picked two that almost have a mini dahlia look to them) for 20% off, coming in at $8 each. Then I happened to be at Hobby Lobby on a day their doormats were 50% off, so I got this Gather porch mat for $9.99!! Can't beat it. Here's a peek:

If you saw my post yesterday, then you know how stoic our dog was when I took his picture on the porch. We were about to go on a walk (hence the harness) and he just froze there on the porch staring blankly at us. Ha!! Couldn't be less excited about the walk or the fall porch.

 Obsessed with the pumpkin with warts on the left!!

I love the colors in this mum...making me like the plant a bit more!

Still in love with my magnolia wreath. It looks and feels so real! 

A really easy way to spruce up your entry way and porch is by switching out your door mat! There are so many adorable ones this season. These are a lot of my favorites (most I found on etsy, which I love, because supporting small shops is something I really enjoy doing).

How cute is the doodle do welcome mat?! I also really like the Come In and Cozy Up mat for this season.

Do you do anything to your porch this season?
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October Goals

It's October! The new season is really here and soon the leaves will be changing to reflect that. I'm laughing so hard at the above photo because Lincoln could not look LESS excited about it being fall. A new month means new goals, like usual! I'm sharing them below, but first a look back at last month's...

- Celebrate our 1 year anniversary by going to a pretty lake lodge up in Northern Michigan. We can't wait! We're making a weekend of it and are going to explore Petoskey. We had so much fun!! I can't believe how much we packed into two days. We're so thankful for this trip!

- Try to make it out to the beach to have dinner with my husband's grandparent's one last time in the warmer weather. We really want to catch a beautiful sunset at the lake! Done!

- Have a group of girls over to our apartment for a ladies night before our hot tub closes this fall! I'm so bummed that this didn't happen. September was such a busy month! :( I'll do one in the winter!

- The youth group starts at our church in a few weeks, so we're excited to kick that off and build relationships with the high schoolers! It started and we're glad to be back with our students...we love serving our church in this way together.

- Write a few more educational blog posts. I have a bunch coming your way soon! If you want any certain topic covered, be sure to email me or comment below. Ahh. Fail ;) I have a bunch of other fun ones coming. They're sitting in my drafts and I just have to put some finishing touches on them ;)

- Have a wine night on Skype with my parents. I want to be more intentional about communicating with them, since they live so far away. Anyone who lives in a different time zone from family or friends knows how difficult this can be to organize schedules. We're still working on this!

- For our anniversary month, we are challenging ourselves to encourage the other person in their love language every day. Whether this be a quick love note, words of affirmation, serving the other in some way (like doing the dishes!), we want to show consistent love to each other this month! We were really intentional about this and it was really sweet.

- Go to the gym. Seriously this time ;) I got better this month. I also just did a few workouts in our apartment, which worked nicely. 

- Set aside time every morning for my new Write the Word Journal! I'm so excited about it. I got it in the mail this weekend and can't wait to dig in. There are a few different journals with different topics (like Growth, Hope, Faith, Joy, and Gratitude). I got the Joy journal because I want to focus on being more joyful in the every day things (I tend to look to the future with anticipation and forget to live in the present with joy!) Every day there is a verse in the journal and you literally write the words of the verse. Then there's space to write your thoughts about the verse or whatever is on your mind! I just love this journal!! It's been so good and simple. Just what my heart needs!

- Share a few client projects that are in the works on the blog with you. Also share fall decor at our home!

- Go to the apple orchard for donuts (oh...and apples!)

- Get out our fall and winter clothes and clean out the closet while doing that.

- Continue switching over my makeup and skincare to Beauty Counter. Every time something runs out, I'm replacing it with BC since their products are safe! I've been doing a lot of research on this and I'm so encouraged to have found this makeup as a really safe alternative to what I have been using! It's so crazy what is allowed in our beauty products these days :/

- Be intentional about spending quality time with my husband and speaking kindly to him. Sometimes I get in the habit of correcting him when he's not doing things my way, and I want to break that this month.

- Make our flights home to CA for Christmas!
- Bake something "fall" inspired. Also, get a new fall candle. BIG goal, you guys.
- Take Lincoln to the dog park a bunch before our membership runs out.
- Have fun in Dallas next week for our last big Bloom Workshop for the year! I also get to visit my brother and his wife, which I'm really looking forward to.
- FINALLY meet my friend Nicole, who I've known since I started my blog 7 years ago. She's coming to help us out at Bloom with our other friend Victoria and I can't wait to all three be together.
- Hopefully get to enjoy a visit with my parents' at the end of October / beginning of November for my birthday (11.1). Hoping to get them flights out here soon! 
- Continue to increase my productivity during the day so I don't have to work when my husband gets home. Sometimes with a puppy, this is hard ;) But he's getting so much better at playing by himself and allowing me to work a lot more!
- Try a new crockpot recipe. Any ideas for me?! Please share!
That's all for this month! What are some of your goals?
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Friday Finds: Fall Wardrobe Picks + A Favorite Lipgloss

Happy Friday!! Yesterday and today were the first two days that felt like true fall, as the last week has been in the 90's! We've got another little heat wave coming, but today I wore a sweater so I've got cozy clothes on the brain. I'm sharing a few fall essentials with you, all under $50!
plaid top / gray sweater / oatmeal cardigan / poncho / striped sweater / coral top with ruffle sleeves / floral dress / black booties / strappy sandals / plaid blouse / distressed denim (okay, these are under $65!) / purple open tie sweater / gold tassel earrings / stone necklace 

Also, I had to tell you my favorite new booties are on sale! Order a half size down. You can see them here when I wore them with a cute dress.

 This sweater is in the above collage, but I just had to show you it on me, because I LIVE in it in fall and winter! It's under $40 and is literally the warmest, most soft sweater. My mom has it in two color, and so do I ;)

The last thing I have to share with you is my new found love for Beauty Counter. I've been wanting to switch over all my makeup to natural, chemical-free makeup for a while, and I finally took the plunge, starting with the 5 minute face collection.  It really does only take me 5 minutes, which I love!! I like it so much, I'm definitely going to be replacing my current makeup with Beauty Counter products as they run out! I have my eye on their lipstick next!  I currently have the lip gloss in Peony color from the face collection and love it. It's so soft and soothing and lasts a long time. And best part? Super safe for your skin!

That's it! Hope you enjoy your weekend :)

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Client Reveal: Laundry Room

How is your week so far? Incase you missed it, yesterday I shared a little update we made in our dining area at our apartment! Today I'm giving you a tour of the laundry / mudroom in one of my clients' homes. This is one of my favorite rooms in her house! It's so functional and bright. It would make doing laundry...dare I say! This backsplash is to tie for. As soon as we saw it, I knew she had to have it. It's a stainless steel tiles, which ties in nicely to the gray washer and dryer. 

Aren't the cabinets my client had designed so beautiful? 

We also had a custom bench cover made for this nook. It's the perfect spot to sit down and take your boots off after a day outside in the snow. I love the fabric we chose for it!

Ashley Slater Photography // Paint: Wedgewood Gray 

What do you think? Would this make doing laundry a little more enjoyable? I sure think so! If you want to see the rest of this client's house:

Happy Wednesday!

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