Lighting Tour

One of the most cost saving areas you can manipulate when building a house is lighting. A light fixture can range easily from $50- $2,000+. There is a huge difference between those numbers, and when you have multiple to buy you can easily see how the savings can add up. My goal in our lighting budget was high impact on a low budget. We also made the switch in our new home to all LED lights. I have learned so much through the building process including: the many differences in light bulbs, the effect light has on mood, on energy, and health, on design, and finally the impact lighting can leave on you.


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I had general ideas of the kinds of lights I was thinking, but price helped dictate a lot of the decisions. Some of my favorite lighting suppliers are Wayfair, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Overstock, World Market, and Amazon for lights.


When you see our house from the outside we have a pendant lantern along with a series of lantern style sconces.


In the foyer, as you enter our home we have a light fixture that is formal, but understated. I love the contrast between the crystals and wood ceiling.


You enter the living room to see my favorite fixture in our home. It was the largest and most expensive, but also still checked my high impact, lowish budget lighting goal. Other lights of this size can easily be thousands of dollars. This light seems to be an excellent quality.


The original light fixtures in our kitchen were beautiful, but they turned out to be high maintenance.I updated the shades, you can find the post here about that, but these are the original pendants.


Our breakfast nook light fixture comes in second of my favorites. I love the geometric pattern.


Our bathrooms will one day have a little transformation with lighting. You’re not technically allowed to hang chandeliers over tubs according to our building code, and we aren’t rebels just yet. 😉 For now I do have this small chandelier in our downstairs master, but none in the other bathrooms.


We do have some fun, and simple vanity fixtures in the bathrooms. I love a serious farmhouse look, but I tried to balance that with traditional vibes we won’t grow tired of.

Outside on our porches and in our bedrooms we have fans because, hello, Georgia. I love light fixtures in both of these spaces, but I like a cool breeze more.

We use all LED light bulbs in our home, even the Edison styled bulbs are LED. What I didn’t know before, was the importance of the type if LED lights you use in your home.

We all are all still new to the LED bulb takeover of modern electricity. It was only in 2014 that the official phasing out of incandescent was put into practice. LED lights have proven there benefit by being very efficient in homes everywhere. We stand testament to this; our bills are consistently cheaper than in our smaller, previous home.

Just like it takes a minute to get used to seeing the whiter & crisper light produced by an LED bulb, it also takes adjustment time to buy LED bulbs because they are more expensive compared to incandescent bulbs on the upfront cost. However, on the back end they last much longer, and are a ton cheaper to operate over their life. Like the required adjustments of thinking about LED bulbs vs. incandescent bulbs, we now need to open up more dialog about the differences between LED bulbs themselves. Every LED bulb on the market is not created equally. Most LED bulbs on the market emit a blue wavelength that can be negative towards our health at the wrong time.


Each morning the sun naturally has these blue wavelengths that signal your body to wake from your slumber. In the late afternoon, as the sun starts begin its decent, the beams lose the blue wavelengths. Your body’s response is growing tired with the change of light. Our bodies depend on light in a very synergistic way.

What if the light bulb you flip on when the sun is going down is blasting you with the same blue wavelengths that are signaling you to be awake each morning? Could LED lights be making us sleep worse? It’s something I just never even considered before learning about the Soraa Home Healthy LED Bulb with Zero Blue light.

Soraa Healthy light bulbs are the only LED bulbs on the market that contains 0 blue wavelengths. I personally don’t have an issue with sleep, I am a mother to young children, after all. Sleep is a commodity over here. I do, however, know quite a few people who struggle with the ability to fall, or stay asleep. Could improper light exposure be an underlying problem? It definitely makes me wonder how this exposure to blue wavelengths could affect our sleep patterns over time. Regular LED light bulbs are actually considered melatonin inhibitors. That doesn’t sound conducive to a healthy night’s rest.


In addition to being better for health, Soraa Home’s LED lights consistently rate highest for full color spectrum. Some LED lights have color gaps, or colors that are not accurately shown in the light produced by the inferior bulb. Soraa Home’s Radiant light bulb has no color gaps AND they are fully dimmable (WITHOUT the buzz, hallelujah), and are headache proof because they don’t flicker. If you have ever been a witness to a flickering LED light, it is stroke inducing. Overall, I am impressed with the quality and excellence Soraa Home has brought into the home lighting category. They have been lighting spaces, like high end retailers and museums for years and have now moved into lighting our homes. Their dedication to producing the best lighting is unparalleled.

You can view the whole line of Soraa Home Lighting on their website, click here.

There is a load of information about light effects on their website too if you are interested in reading more about their Soraa Healthy bulb, click here.

Shop Soraa Home Healthy light here, and they offer free shipping on orders over $50.
Shop the Soraa Home Radiant Light bulb here.

The rest of the sources in this post are shown below. Thanks for taking my lighting tour and have a wonderful day!


Paint Colors

Believe it or not we only have like 6 paint colors in our house. (Not including my girls rooms that’s their space.) 

I have a post on all of our exterior selections you can find here

The layout of our home is so open, I felt the colors needed to mesh all together. And to be honest, it was overwhelming trying to pick a ton of colors anyway. 

I found this palette with Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams. It was the perfect warm gray tone I wanted. I love a warmer, brown gray as opposed to a cool, purple toned gray. 

I knew I wanted my bookcases in our living room to be this dark color. Everything sort of built around those. I needed a light, neutral gray to balance these cabinets and it so happened this color stick had all the colors. 

We used SW (Sherwin Williams) Amazing Gray 7044 on our entire bottom floor. The walls in our kitchen, great room, mudroom, foyer and stairway are all Amazing gray. 

For cabinets I initially wanted gray. The Worldly gray color is much more gray to my eyes on the color stick. For some reason, I’m not totally sure why, but this color; Worldly Gray, reads so creamy greige in our house. I have grown to kinda love it. Our kitchen cabinets, and baby gates are this color. Our island is stained using a spray stain by NGR in brown. 

Our trim color in our whole house is SW Alabaster 7008. Our dining room built in is also Alabaster. 

Our bedroom is SW Intellectual Gray 7045. It’s a beautiful and tranquil color. It looks great with our SW Sea Salt 6204 bath. This is the only color I took that wasn’t on the color stick. Sea salt is a great color that looks very different in different spaces. It’s actually more a green toned color but reads more blue in our house. 

Our basement we continued this same color scheme. We used shiplap wood instead of drywall. It’s painted SW Worldly Gray 7043.

Our cabinets are SW Intellectual Gray 7045. The bar is stained shiplap wood in Minwax Provencial. 

I hope this is helpful for all those who have asked for our paint colors. 

DIY Wood Wallpaper Planks

From day one, I wanted to add wood to the back of the built-in, in the dining room. It wasn’t a priority by any means, and I went through some different game plans in my mind.

The room began like this. Not bad, but always missing something.

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to the sponsors Boutique Rugs and Weaber Lumber. 

Building cabinets in my past life, I originally planned to use a legit material in this cabinet: pine v-groove board laid vertically. (This is what our kitchen ceiling is made of).  However, I decided because you couldn’t really touch the area and it didn’t need to actually be durable, I would just use wallpaper.

I got some suggestions to add color into the room and while I still haven’t painted the awesome nickel gap shiplap on the walls, sponsored by Weaber lumber, I only have the heart to go the alabaster route. I like the lighter color in here. Sorry for all those that voted darker on my Insta poll.

When I also had the opportunity to partner with Boutique Rugs, I was so excited! They offer a ton of really beautiful rugs in all different sizes. I knew this was the way to get the color I craved. I found this gorgeous rug, The Elaziz (7’6”x 10’3”). It can be found on their website, or by clicking here, and is so pretty! The colors are bright and vibrant without being overbearing. Boutique Rugs has great prices and I’m very happy with the quality of this rug.

One small problem though, after receiving this beautiful rug, I decided the color I painted the built in, inside was clashing.

I had tried to stencil it and it looked terrible.

Scouts honor, I had no intention of tackling this wood wallpaper project yesterday, but I had to share my gorgeous rug and I couldn’t kill the vibes with an ugly cabinet back.

I found this wood wallpaper by Valspar at Target. I liked the color, but didn’t like the pattern of the wood. I haven’t been able to find a herringbone wallpaper I like, so I decide to make one.

I’ll share my steps and the materials needed below.

For this project you’ll need:

          • Scissors
          • Razor (not necessary if your scissors are sharp enough)
          • Wallpaper rolls (1 roll covers 27.5 sqft.)
          • Measuring tape
          • Square

        xI started by cutting the “wood” into pieces.

        I marked the center of my space with blue tape.

        I proceeded to start in one corner of my cabinet and angled it approximately. You can be very technical and measure and calculate the angles but if you’re lazy like me you can do the “ish” method. This isn’t real wood. You will use the razor later to clean it up so be slightly sloppy, always following the rule of having extra and not less.

        Continue all the way up.

        For the center chevron where the two sides meet: the top angle of the piece must be longer than the center line to have enough to trim. You will go back and trim the center line all the way down.

        See stencil fail above. Here is my starting point sort of pushed into the corner at an approximate angle that looked good. I made sure the piece went further than the center line.

        This product was easy to cut and use so I would leave it slightly long and trim it with my scissors or razor.

        You can also cut first and then go back and hold it up before removing the back and remeaaure the other side and cut. You risk making a mistake more this way.

        Continue this the whole way. When you fill the space go back and mark the center again. Carefully cut the center line all the way down and remove extra on the outside of the center line.

        Repeat the whole process on the opposite side, trimming the center line at the end.

        You could do a tighter pattern but I wanted the full chevron looking straight on at the cabinet. To do this you would measure to the center the same way but would then divide those two spaces and do one more pattern. More cutting for sure though.

        As you do the top area that connects try to connect the pattern. Mine is not perfect but the darker piece is in a chevron pattern all the way across.

        This rug is so beautiful with the denim chairs. The colors are great!

        After I finished the chevron pattern, I added the wallpaper to the sides but going in the correct pattern. It went fast because I just cut the correct sizes and laid it out rather than using the planks method.

        I am loving how this whole space turned out. It’s a little more boho than I usually go but it still vibes well with the rest of the downstairs.

Spring Garden Center 

Aside from a rough start with the pollen and confusing temperatures, Spring is the most wonderful time of the year. The world comes alive again. Color slowly creeps back into the dead and dry landscape. 

This post is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company. Post may contain affiliate links. 

It is a renewing time of year; your home decor should bring the same cheery feeling to the inside your home. Your home should feel warm and inviting just like the spring temperatures. 

It should evoke the same feeling as stepping outside on a warm spring day to hear birds chirping and sun blazing down. Beautiful blooming flowers and the mixture of new fresh green leaves livening up the landscape. Fresh, fun colors with natural elements are an easy way to achieve this Spring garden look. 

I was so excited to have the opportunity to partner with Tractor Supply Company to share Trisha Yearwood’s exclusive, beautiful home decor collection. 

It is a great assortment of functional pieces to use in and around your home. Industrial elements mesh with classic country colors. 

This line is full of simple, but beautiful decor pieces that can be dressed up or down easily. I decided to bring my garden inside so I can enjoy some Spring foliage sans pollen. 

The pieces I chose from the line are the pedastal servers (green and teal), the adorable finials, and the milk bottle carrier. 

I used these pedestal servers as a gardening supply center drop. I have some flowers planted along our front porch so, I plan to use this spot as my garden drop. My gardening gloves, trowels, and watering cans can be left here on the way in to the house. 

These servers could also be dressed up more for a party to serve food off of. The finials are effortless style that could be added all over the home. 

I stacked a large and small pedastal server together to give more dimension. This small house I used in my Christmas decor doubles as “green house” decor in my garden center. 

You can shop the pieces I used from the exclusive Trisha Yearwood Home Collection at Tractor Supply Company below. 

And be sure to shop the rest of the line here.

Overall, I am impressed with the beautiful pieces in this collection. Scroll through their site or visit your local Tractor Supply Company store. I know I am eyeing more of the fabulous pieces they are offering. 

Dining Room Revamp

Post in partnership with Christmas Tree Shops And That, a store I absolutely love! All sponsored items are from their new line The Grainhouse™. This post contains affiliate links, full disclosure here.

I was thrilled to start off the New Year partnering with And That. (for short) They recently launched a brand new line, The Grainhouse™, a beautifully curated line of farmhouse essentials and decor at unbeatable prices. I want to start off by offering a huge thank you to this terrific company for helping this revamp happen.

I have been eager to finish our dining room. Our original table was too ornate and fancy for my matured taste, but I was going to live with it. I painted this room to match the upholstered material and was fine with using it. That is, until, we moved in and the realness of an open concept home was glaring at me.

This table did not fit in our new house, literally. It was huge. So, thanks Craigslist for the connection, and you’re welcome to the nice fellow who was dreaming of my table. (He told me so picking it up.) Bye, bye table! I proceeded to use the cash to buy a more suited farmhousey feeling table. End dining room revamp.

So there it sat, waiting for some final love. Some entertain your family and friends in my comforting space love.

Enter The Grainhouse Line at Christmas Tree Shops And That, and I easily styled this space.

The line is just full of entertaining goodness! They had the best selection of farmhouse style baskets I have seen in one store and honestly the best prices too.

I stocked up on some beautiful dining-ware and serve-ware. The lettuce serving plate is seriously so cute. They also had a smaller version of the lettuce server that I think I need to go back for to use as salad plates.

I loved how the dip bowl was used, in store, as a server for cups. They had all different sizes and materials (marble and wood, oh my!) of cutting boards and serving boards.

Also some of the cutest farmhouse pillows I ever did see. Some were sold out online, but were in the store.

Ignore the boo boo on the wall; (PT. 2 revamp will fix this, if you have been following my IG stories you’ll know what I’m talking about) I had a battle with a piece of double sided tape and the tape won 😵. Just focus on that pillow perfection.

This line offers so many cute signs too, like the rustic, galvanized farmhouse sign and the local sign. I also snagged an adorable pantry sign for the kitchen.

This affordable line is an easy way to revamp a space without spending too much or worrying about coordinating.

The fabrics and material used in this line offer so much texture and the perfect colors. This braided runner comes in multiple colors. All the colors go together and are easily mixed and matched within the line.

I bought most of my stuff in store but the line can be found online here. 


1. The Grainhouse™ Solid Chenille Herringbone Square Throw Pillow

2. The Grainhouse™ Large White Embossed Leaf Platter

3. Grainhouse™ 16” Mango Wood Paddle Serving Board

4. The Grainhouse™ Solid Braided Cotton Table Runner

5. Grainhouse™ Wood Dip Board“>

6. The Grainhouse™ Textured Stripe Square Throw Pillow

7. The Grainhouse™ 24” Metal “Farmhouse” Wall Decor

Easy Peasy Thanksgiving Tablescape 

I had all the supplies for my table scape on hand, but if you don’t it’s easily obtainable materials and probably on sale as Christmas decor moves in. 

All the pumpkins are from Target or the Dollar ​​Tree. The scale I purchased from Joss & Main but it’s carried other places too.
I made one set of the candle sticks on the built in from Home Depot table legs screwed together.  The other set came from Goodwill. I stuck some pumpkins on top to “Thanksgiving” them. 

The candle sticks I got at Hobby Lobby 50% off. They have such a fabulous selection of candles. The garland is a mixture of one from here and one from the Target dollar spot. 

The cute chalkboard cutting board and chargers are from Decor Steals.  

The table, benches, chairs, and table runner are from World Market. 

The placemats I found at At Home store. 

The jars with cranberries are literally recycled jams, spaghetti sauce, and pickle jars I have been hoarding. I filled with water and fresh cranberries (from Costco $3 for a ton) and voila fancy tablescape! 

Fall Porch Tour

Fall is no doubt my favorite season of all. I love the transition of go-go summers to a more home oriented fall. It starts to get cold and you get the first snuggles of the many cold months to come. The cooler temperatures are still exciting, and refreshing from the extreme heat of the months before.

I started our fall decor with our porch. I was early, but I feel like if people can decorate for Christmas 150 days before it, in fairness, I should be able to bring fall out a little early too.


I happened upon this bench at Target. It started in our mud room, but, with it being an actual outdoor bench I lended it to the porch for a while. It’s the perfect spot to sip some sweet tea or PSL. Picture2This little blue pumpkin I painted and added small paper doilies using Modge Podge. I went back with thumb tacks to give it a studded look. 

I, like every other basic southerner, love a Magnolia wreath. The leaves are beautiful, and they dry even more beautifully. I gathered some leaves, a dollar store wreath wire form, and dug my hot glue gun out and proceeded to go to town arranging the leaves around the form. It turned out great and cost me only $1 since I already had the ribbon and the leaves were literally from outside off a tree.


The cotton garland is from Hobby Lobby and hung using command hooks as to not damage the house. The lanterns I picked up at Tuesday Morning. Picture6

This cabinet is from Target and is super glam inside and outside! Picture7Picture9Picture10Picture11Picture12

The wreaths for the front doors I found at Home Goods. I had every intention of making wreaths but when I stumbled on these for less than $20 each I knew I would probably spend more to make them. 

I love how grand a big wreath makes the doors look. 
  I don’t think I could love fall anymore. I didn’t use the traditional oranges and maroons you usually see in fall but I like how the blues and whites can represent a cooling down. Cool, jewel tones are my inspiration for fall this year. I’ll be sharing my Fall Home tour soon as well so keep an eye out. 



Dining Room

Our dining room is rather small for the scale of our house but it’s very open. The most that is done in here is eat so the size is perfect for that. This table expands but so far we haven’t needed it. We can fit 3 people on each side of the bench and 2 at the heads of the table. 

Dining Room Sources 

|1.  Rug | 2. Dining Table | 3. Bench |          |4. Chairs | 5. Chandelier |


The rug is my favorite, Target. It’s not super thick but it’s gorgeous and has held up well!  I love the pattern! 

The chairs are denim! Yes, like jeans. I love them they are bright but like jeans they have a neautral quality to them. 

These fabulous chargers are from Decor Steals. The napkins and table runner are from Tuesday Morning. The napkins are ruffled and so pretty. The throw pillows are from At Home Stores. 

Our hutch is a built in design and built by our company. It is painted with Sherwin Williams Alabaster and has seeded glass doors. 

Corner Nook Makeover 

This corner is visible as soon as you walk into our house. It was really bothering me just sitting there all naked and stuff.  

I started by adding some frames I got at Hobby Lobby, for a completely different project nonetheless, but the sizing felt just perfect for this wall. I was a little hesitant to shiplap our entire house for where we are located and resale reasons; so, I’ve started adding in some more rustic vibes using my decor. 

The paint color in this space is Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray.

I found this “wall art” from Kirklands but didn’t like it as was.

Photo Credit: Kirklands

I thought it needed a mirror to be complete so I had one cut at my local glass shop. They were nice enough to silicone it in for me so when I picked it up it was ready to be hung. 

It turned out so beautiful! 

I could have easily bought a bench for this area but I had one floating around our basement and decided to just give it a facelift. 

I painted the legs using charcoal Rustoleum chalk paint spray and Americana Blanca Créme Wax. 

I used a peice of wood that I drilled holes into to prop the legs up to spray all 360 degrees at one time. 

I sprayed two coats onto the legs. 

Next, I sealed and distressed them using a white wax. All this step takes, is brushing the wax on and then wiping back off to your taste. 

I covered the bench with the white and black Nate Berkus fabric I picked up at Joanns. 

I didn’t have a staple gun handy so I used hot glue instead. 

I ended up having to trim the legs I bought to fit the existing setup. 

Once the legs were the right size I put it all together and placed in its new corner home. 


After I found the fabric I got these two throw pillows to accent and it all came together better than I had imagined. 

White Shiplap Frames | Arched Wood Frame | Bench (DIY) | Bench Fabric (Out of stock online I bought it in store) | Bench Legs– Home Depot | Black & White pillow (Bought on clearance from Target- similar one is linked) | Cream & Blue Pillow (At Home Store) | Chalk paint | Americana Créme Wood Wax

Living Room

Our living room has become my most favorite space to be in in our house. With tranquil colors and bold patterns its modern farmhouse chic.

I found this chandelier for the living room on Overstock early on in our home design process. I think it was the starting point and set thLIVING ROOM 3e tone for the whole house. It can be seen from the kitchen, living, and dining room so I wanted it to be a statement piece but  also still flow. It is a very pretty light and is large enough to not look understated in this big room. It glows with such a pretty romantic feel, and the best part is that it didn’t cost a fortune! 

We origninally had a giant, brown leather sectional in here and it took up so much space and was so heavy feeling. It essentially made a wall blocking the whole space off. 

We moved it into the basement movie theater where it fit perfectly and its dark so it blends. 😉 I hadn’t been shopping for long and really wasn’t sure of the style I wanted when I found these tufted beauties. We got them at Woodstock Furniture Outlet but they can be found online too at Wayfair. 

 My husband and I own a cabinetry company in Atlanta, we designed and built all of our cabinets. The built-ins are painted in Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze and the walls are Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray.  The built-ins have metal mesh in the doors.

I love white furniture but I just could not sign myself up for stain treating and stress so I opted for a darker material on the sofas. Its almost a linen type material and a dark natural burlap color. So far so good on low stress sofa. Its beautiful and holds its weight against a two year old, 11 month old, rottweiler, and cat.

My girl Nala wouldn’t move so there’s her blogging debut. 

I’m into tassels right now and I love these yellow ones on this pillow for some summer bright color. 

The rug is from Overstock and is a bargain! This is a 9×12 and have been an excellent quality so far. It’s such a beautiful color. 

Having just said the statement above about my logic for not buying a white sofa, I guess I felt adventurous, or maybe it’s because they told me they were the last of their kind of the Magnolia Home collection at American Signature, whatever the motivation I bought two white chairs. I’m glad I did I love them but update to be had later on chair vs. family.

 The table with the metal planter bucket and leafy plant beauty is from Target and came unfinished I painted it white with Americana Decor white chalk paint. 

I love this coffee table so much. It’s from the Magnolia Home Collection at American Signature Furniture, it’s so beautiful and it’s a little wider than most so it’s exactly what I was looking for. Joanna got it right here for sure. Not surprised though. 

We have lots of newly planted hydrangeas plants and they can hardly support the weight of their blooms. They are so beautiful inside and out so I’ve brought quite a few in! 

I found the lantern on the table at Big Lots, the tray at Hobby Lobby that I painted with chalk paint, and the coasters at Bed Bath and Beyond. 

Both consoles tables are from Home Goods. I made the small candle sticks from table legs from Lowe’s. The tall ones are some kind of bottle I found at Goodwill painted with chalk paint. The farmhouse table lamp is from Target and is the perfect accent to our chandelier. 

The corbels are Magnolia Home and the pillows came from Target, At Home, Joann’s Fabric, and Amazon.

Sofa| Loveseat | CurtainsGeo Tile Pillow Chadelier | Rug | Coffee Table | Chairs (Magnolia Home- American Signature)| Console Tables (Home Goods) | Planter Bucket | Accent Table| Metal Accent Table (Home Goods) | Gingham Pillow Cover | Marble Coasters