Home Sweet Home #CoffeeTalk

Well, I think Dorothy said it best: There’s no place like home! As much as I enjoy traveling, I’m always happy to be home after being away, but I don’t think I’ve been quite THIS happy to be home in a long time.

We got in around lunchtime yesterday after a rather harrowing drive down the Garden State Parkway and through Philly. I guess everyone else who had rented a house at the beach for the week was heading home as well because traffic was heavy most of the way, but thankfully we made it safe and sound.

Since we only lived in our new house for a week before we left for the beach, the feeling yesterday afternoon was a strange mixture of homecoming and getting reacquainted. I spent a few minutes walking around, taking it in all over again. (And getting excited all over again!)

The new family room couch arrived while we were gone, so it was fun to have that waiting for us when we got here. This is the first time I’ve ever bought a couch sight unseen, so we were very eager not only to see it in place, but especially to sit on it! It looks great in the room, and it’s comfortable enough — a little stiff, but I’m sure it will soften up with use. The back isn’t as high as I expected, so that will take some getting used to, but nobody seems to mind.

The best part is, the kitchen rug makes more sense now; and between the navy walls in the dining room, the navy and ivory kitchen rug, and now my navy couch, I feel my house is starting to come together. Of course, that only makes me more eager to add throw pillows, curtains, and accessories. I definitely need some more color/pattern/texture in here.

In other news, I found a piece for over the guest room bed! I just happened upon an Instagram ad for Smallwoods — a small company out of Texas that makes wood-framed signs. It was the sentiment that caught my eye, and the black type works in perfectly with the black accents in my guest room. I ordered it on the spot, and it arrived while we were gone.

Paul hung it for me yesterday, and I think it’s such a nice finishing touch! The wood frame is a little more rustic/farmhouse than I was going for, but I think it works okay.

And how funny is my dog… she was so happy to be “home” yesterday that she followed us everywhere we went, but she was also exhausted from being with the dog-sitter and other dogs for a week, so she would promptly plop down and fall asleep in whatever room we were in.

I also ordered a luggage rack, thanks to all of your suggestions on my guest room reveal, and I still want to get a cart for the towels. I’m still debating the wicker one at Macy’s, and there’s also this one. I need to decide today because their sale is ending. Anyone got thoughts on those? You guys are a wealth of information when it comes to home decorating!

I had also considered a big basket for throw pillows, as some of you suggested — and I still may do that. But there’s definitely not room in there for a chair, and I don’t think even for a bench at the end of the bed. I expect the luggage rack and towel cart will take up any extra space I have, and I think that will finish out the room nicely.

In other house-related news, my husband got fed up with the state of the garage yesterday and started cleaning it out and trying to organize his stuff. #hallelujah!

As he was cleaning things out, he brought in boxes for my dining room china cabinet and living room curio. I wasn’t planning to do any more unpacking yesterday, but once he brought the boxes in, I couldn’t help but get to work. Now that I have a buffet and a china cabinet, I was able to unpack my grandmother’s china that was stored in the attic of our former house for 12 years.

I know, it’s criminal that it was packed away for so long. I had it on display it in the house we had before that, but when we moved out here 12 years ago, I displayed my own china and figured I would switch them out ever so often… but I never did.

In this house, we inherited the previous owner’s china cabinet and sideboard, so I have extra space! I spent a while yesterday trying to set up the china cabinet, but I’m not loving how it looks right now…

I got a lot of good advice on my Insta Story, so I’m going to play with it more this afternoon. I think I’m going to bring some of my grandmother’s china up and combine the two sets, and maybe only do 2 sets of plates on each shelf rather than the 3. It seems a little crowded. Anyway, I’m open to ideas!

I was thinking of doing a post on my house projects and August to-do list later this week. Would that interest any of you? Or is it better if I just stick to fashion?

Well, that’s about it! We’re heading out to church here shortly so I better get a move on. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!