Sunday, September 14, 2014

Outlet Mall Madness!

This weekend Evan, Miles, and I went to an outlet mall about 40-minutes away from our house for the first time. Sometimes I struggle to find things I like at outlets because things are picked over or the selection is hit or miss, but not this time! We got a TON of adorable clothes for Miles at Baby Gap and Osh Kosh B'Gosh! I got 6 shirts and 2 pairs of pants from baby gap for $30 - what a steal! I spent a little more at Osh Kosh B'Gosh, about $60, but I couldn't resist the $30 striped overalls. They remind me so much of my late Grandpa Lynn (my dad's dad). He was a Wisconsin farmer and just about every time I saw him he was wearing overalls just like this. So, hands down, totally worth the money! I also got the red buffalo check shirt there.. so cute for Christmas! And the marled pants = perfection for a little boy. Honestly makes me wonder why I ever shop anywhere BUT outlet malls for Miles, he grows so fast!

Miles, what do YOU think of all your new clothes? Hmmmmm, not sure he is as excited as I am.

Annnnnnd I even got myself a cute checkered shirt from the Banana Republic outlet for about $40. It is SUPER soft! Overall a very successful shopping trip on a beautiful fall day!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NEW SERIES - Friend's Houses! Meet BJ :)

SO, I know I just posted for an entire week about million dollar, professionally decorated, immaculate houses - but let's be real. That is NOT reality for most of us, and certainly not for me! 

Truth be told, I am usually much more excited by REAL people's houses and the projects that they do to turn their house into their dream home! I love seeing how other people my age live. Just because we don't have a million dollars and 5,000 square feet doesn't mean our habitats can't be awesome. Have you seen the before and after pictures of my house? I think I'm living proof that with a little creativity, a LOT of elbow grease, time, and a vision, that a boring and outdated house can be turned into a happy, humble abode!

That being said, I'm starting a new series where I share with you some pictures of my amazing, awesome, creative friend's houses so you can be inspired with what real people on real budgets do in real homes, similar to what Evan and I have done in ours.

If we haven't met but you have done some pretty cool work to your house, e-mail me at and I will be happy to be your friend and share your home too! ;)

Without further delay, first up is my beautiful friend BJ from college! How cute is her family? Her sweet baby boy Ean turns ONE this week! BJ and her husband have lived in their house since June 2012, and this summer went on a painting spree of their first floor, and I absolutely LOVE the results!

First, take a look at the difference in the kitchen! I love it! (Scroll below for a before picture) The color is Valspar's "Wet Pavement." I love the gray against the white counters and dark cabinets. Looks so modern and fresh! 

Just like us, BJ and her husband decided to reuse the cabinets that were in place in their house when they moved in. They gave theirs a facelift using Rust-Oleum's Transformation Cabinet Wood Refinishing System.  The difference is amazing! Seriously makes the cabinets look new again! 

Also just like me, BJ's next plans are for new countertops and a new backsplash! (And like me AGAIN, feels very thankful to have white laminate in the meantime!) One of my other favorite things in her kitchen is the new chalkboard, made with a little chalkboard paint and trim. Looks awesome!

Next room on the tour is the family room. I LOVE the accent wall, fireplace, and bookshelves in their family room! As a mom with a kid with tons of toys, I'm jealous of that storage!

They also painted their entry hall and dining room. (Where do you guys find this energy with a little guy running around? Please share your secret!) Overall I just love the colors. They are 100% right up my alley!
Last but not least, love her mums :) 

BJ thank you so much for being the first friend to share your house on my site! And Ean, I hope you have a wonderful first birthday! :) 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TFH is now on Pinterest! (AND a disclaimer!)

The Fat Hydrangea is now on Pinterest!

Find out what is inspiring me now by following me HERE.

Disclaimer: You may only like this if you love decorating in gray, white, and navy as much as I do! If you love cararra marble, subway tile, boxwoods, hydrangeas, and understated decor - then you've come to the right place! If you are looking for bright pops of color, you will be severly disappointed ;)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Summer Evenings...

As excited as I am for fall, it makes me sad for these summer evenings to come to an end! Miles loves being outside in the evenings. We go for walks, lay out a picnic blanket and read books, chat with neighbors, play fetch with the dog, and enjoy the fresh air!

Unfortunately we are experiencing some major sleep regression with him out of the blue! He doesn't want to be in his crib if we put him in there awake but slightly sleepy (which is what we typically did and was working great until a couple of weeks ago!), if we put him in there asleep he is good until he realizes where he is and then he starts screaming, if we soothe or rock him back to sleep, he wakes up the second we put him in his crib again and starts screaming again, he doesn't want to be in his bassinet beside our bed - he wants to be HELD!

That being said, night times have been a battle field at our house recently! We have been going through a cycle from 8:30 - midnight every night where we put him to bed, he wakes up and screams, we soothe him, over and over again until he finally gives up and falls asleep (or I give up and just hold him).  He is also nursing every 3-hours again through the night. Growth spurt? Teething? Not sure what it is or what to do, but this mama is TIRED!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kitchen Built-Ins are COMPLETE!

It took a year, but the kitchen built-ins are COMPLETE!

I have to say, they turned out way better than I ever could have envisioned! Instead of just being a random part of the kitchen, they have become one of the key focal features of our home.  Overall I love the mix of open and closed storage in this room. It makes it EXTREMELY functional and yet visually interesting at the same time. I think my favorite part is the incorporation of the baskets!

A random fact for you is that our original plan did not include the pantry on the left, we were just going to frame around the fridge.  It was a last minute idea by Evan to add the pantry there, and I am SO GLAD he thought of it! It houses all of our cereal, spices, snacks, and baby supplies. I don't know where we would put that stuff otherwise! (Good job Evan!)

And yes, my husband did build all of this himself!

It is hard to believe that this is what that same area looked like when we moved in: 

It is a very good reminder for me to think of how far we've come, instead of just thinking about all that is left to do!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Parade of Homes Week 2014 - House #4

This house took me by surprise! It's not 100% my style but I overall really, really liked it. It had so much natural light and a calm, peaceful atmosphere. I loved the kitchen countertops and the kitchen sink!

This home was built by Coppertree Homes. It was listed for $1,047,500 and has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.

No matter how long I stood back with my camera, these people didn't seem to want to budge to get out of my way for a clean picture! :)

I LOVE this mirror!

We popped into a couple of other houses, but they were so ordinary I didn't end up snapping any pictures. Unfortunately, due to how I was feeling we didn't make it through the whole tour! Is it weird that I'm already looking forward to next year's Parade? Guess by not making it through ALL of the houses I didn't quite get my fix!

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