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Breaking Bread

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Breaking Bread

The dream I had for our back deck/porch/yard has always been to gather together with our family and friends and talk about God's word and our lives, laugh, break bread together, and play games! We have been working on our backyard for over a year now. Here we painted our deck (which sadly did NOT hold up in the Colorado weather elements). Here we laid sod, which sadly ended up frying towards the end of the summer (#renoprobz). We also decided to renovate our kitchen starting in May and much to my dismay our deck became the outdoor storage unit for our appliances and our contractor's tools and supplies. We had a dishwasher and stove among other renovation debris and tools on our deck for about 8 weeks. FINALLY, when our kitchen was nearing completion we were able to finish decorating our back deck and get some use out of it before the winter rolls in. I was afraid I would miss the precious summer time but as I am always reminded, God is faithful and I still had plenty of time to enjoy the backyard.

The day after our contractor finished up with the kitchen, I texted a group of girlfriends to see if they wanted to join me for an evening on the deck complete with yummy food and wine! I got a resounding "I am in!". During this party, my sweet friend (and also current ROOMIE! - more on that later) mentioned that she wanted me to teach her all my hosting ways for when she gets married soon. I had another friend comment to me about how it is hard to know how to host. This got me thinking. I love to host and it comes somewhat naturally to me but it isn't that hard and really everyone can do it! We all grew up with our parents showing us different skills and gifts. My mom, as well as, my dad and step-mom are all amazing hosts. My entire life, I have watched as they have thrown party after party and gathering after gathering. It is easily one of my favorite memories of growing up. Somewhere along the way, I picked up my own hosting style. A few tips I have learned through experience can go a long way for throwing an affordable gathering with a specific theme or style.

I am going to share with you how you can put together a girls evening at your house for less than $50 and not stress out in the process! I want to encourage you to invite others in to share in the hosting and use all the fun stuff you already have in your home that was a wedding present or a special purchase that we just don't use enough!

First - pick the night of the week that works for you invite girls over. I know that about 8 girls fit perfectly on my back deck. For me, I work a 9/80 schedule which means I have every other Friday off so I usually pick a Friday evening that I am already off to host my gathering! This automatically makes it less stressful for me.

Next, decide on the menu for the evening. I usually make the main meal and at least one side or appetizer. I will text the girls letting them know what I need help with. Do not hesitate to tell your girls specifically what to bring or just give them suggestions. Most of my friends love direction when it comes to contributing to one of these gatherings!  Sometimes I am as specific to say that I want someone to bring a cheese and cracker platter and sometimes I say "a side that goes with chicken". This allows people to make something they like but also lets them know what would be helpful! I love my girls, everyone is usually fighting over who gets to bring what and we always end up with SO MUCH FOOD! I love it.

My go to recipe for the meat is crock pot pork. I literally make this so much. It is affordable, easy, and Whole 30 approved!

I shop at my local Sprouts and pick up a 3.5-5.0 lbs of pork loin or pork shoulder (whichever they have that's on sale). I usually spend about $5-9 on the pork! That's it!!

The morning of the party, I put the pork in the crock pot. Then I add about two spoonfuls of garlic that is already chopped in the jar. Add some fresh oregano or other herbs from the garden (pick what you love but some suggestions are: Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, & Basil). Then I add some salt and pepper to taste and put about 1/2 cup of water (or wine if you prefer. P.S. cooking with wine is not Whole 30 approved.) for the juice. That is IT! Just put on low for 8 hours and it is completely ready for your evening! Crockpot recipes make it really easy when you get home from work. You can just focus on prepping the table or the space you are going to hang out in.

For this party, I also made some basmati rice with garlic and some cilantro. I then just rummaged through my pantry and fridge and threw in a bowl of fresh cherries, some pistachios, and a bowl of green olives. All things I already had that were going to go bad if they weren't eaten soon!

When I am the hostess, I usually provide a few bottles of wine for the evening. Nothing fancy, I literally go to Trader Joe's and get 3 buck Chuck or maybe one "special wine" that is $4. I know big spender. To cutesy things up - I just poor the red wine in a decanter (a wedding gift) and put cute wine stoppers in the white and pink wines! I let the girls know they can feel free to bring their beverage of choice, so again there is no stress! I always provide some lemon and rosemary infused water in a cute pitcher (another wedding present).

To make the dinner special and set the ambiance for the evening, I usually pick up one of the $3.99 bouquets at Trader Joe's the week of the party. I keep a stock pile of my wedding decor for various church events and events at my home, so I will usually pull out a few lanterns and candles to set the table. Here is where it gets really fun... You know all that china, fancy cups, platters, and other STUFF you got for your wedding? Yeah, get all that stuff out! It is time to use it. I have been using Ben's grandmother's beautiful blue glasses, my grandmother's weeping willow dishes, and all the platters, pitchers, etc. that I have for these parties! It is so fun. At first all the girls were like, "wow! Where is all this from?" and I was able to tell them that it was basically all gifts and hand me downs and it was time to just use all the fancy stuff! This makes them feel very special and just makes the evening so much fun! You totally don't have to do this but for me, it is just really special to actually get to use all my serving ware. Finally, I pulled out the real napkins that my mom gifted me for Easter. Yep, that's right, real napkins. Don't be scared of the clean up, just throw them in the washer at the end of the night! These are from Target and are really cute!

If you can't tell already, I LOVE blue. Everything matches because, well, I buy everything in shades of blue and grey. Haha

This time together with friends was so sweet. I cherish these nights. I love encouraging the other women that they too can throw a dinner, that isn't overly expensive, isn't over the top but fosters an environment where others feel special and cherished! As you can see above, we had everything from pork to pizza rolls, to a cheese and fruit tray, to fresh cherries & veggies. We didn't have fancy Hors d'oeuvres. These nights are about being present in the moment. As a hostess, you can't lose sight of the point of the evening and you need to enjoy the friends you have over. Once I get the table set, I usually just sit down and focus on being present, I don't run around the whole time or let myself get stressed out. I just know that I don't have to control everything and it doesn't have to be perfect. I usually have at least one friend who brings their dog over to play with Trigger. We listen to country music or our favorite worship songs, sit under the market cafe lights, enjoy the amazing weather that Denver offers in the summer, and talk about life, marriage, our jobs, our ministries, and what we are learning about who Christ is. One of my favorite parts is towards the middle of the evening I usually prompt the girls to share what they are learning in God's word, what this season of life is teaching them, or how they are being stretched. I am always so encouraged during this time. I am beyond thankful for a community of women that are on mission in this city and are loving others with their time, their words, and their hearts. 

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We had such a wonderful time that I planned another evening just two weeks later. We changed up the menu but again it turned out to be such a precious time with these girls. As I swept the leaves on our deck last week, I was reminded of the changing season and I am so thankful I had these special evenings under the stars with my precious friends!

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Trigger and Abe were totally infatuated with all the food droppings they got! They were not happy to be temporarily locked inside.

Happy gathering -

 

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Throwing a Bridal Shower

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Throwing a Bridal Shower

One of my favorite things to do is throw a shower for someone who is anticipating entering the blessed covenant of marriage or someone who is preparing for a little one to arrive! I love to celebrate! Big or small, silly or serious, it doesn't matter - I will be there!

I have thrown many showers in the last few years with different themes, a wide range of guest list sizes, in various locations, and I have learned so so much. I spent countless hours googling etiquette and advice when I was planning these events.

In addition - My husband and I recently got married in December of 2014 and we were beyond blessed to have 7 showers thrown for us! Everything from traditional midday luncheons to a couple's shower to a winery work happy hour to a football themed co-ed shower to a bridesmaids' luncheon. It was one of the most very special parts of this season of life and I loved every minute of it. I loved it because it was all my favorite people from so many different phases and aspects of life all in the same place hanging out, laughing, and telling stories. That kind of fellowship is rare and it is valuable. 

I wanted to share some of my advice and areas not to miss! It can be overwhelming at first. You may have just been asked to be a bridesmaid or a maid of honor and you have no idea where to start. You want to throw a really special party to celebrate your friend but what does that look like?  

Date, Time of the Day, & Type of Shower: After you inform the bride that you would love to throw a shower in her honor and she accepts - one of the first things you need to set is the date for the event and time of day. It is such a fun yet busy season for the bride and many weekends will be filled with dress shopping, venue visiting, flower picking, and so much more. It is really important that you are patient and accommodating to the bride's schedule. I usually get my iPhone out and look at my calendar then together we usually go down the list of weekends in the time frame of about 6-12 weeks before the big day. Once the day is set - I will ask what type of shower they would like me to throw. I usually suggest the following ideas: a traditional luncheon shower, a couple's shower, and afternoon or evening shower. Each of these showers has a different vibe and I want to throw a celebration for the bride in a way that will bless her. This is a season of life that is dreamed about for so so long and every bride has different ideas and dreams. Sometimes my friend wants a traditional shower that they can invite their grandma and mom's friends to and sometimes my friend just wants a girls afternoon with wine & fun games. Whatever their heart's desire is - I want to help make that happen!

{co}Hostessing: When I offer to host a shower for a bride, I usually discuss who I planned on asking to help co-host and ask the bride for her approval. In addition, I ask if there is anyone else that should be included. I have hosted before and my best friend's mother wanted to co-host, as well as, a few of her long time friends. I am so thankful that I asked in advance about this so that I could include these other women who wanted to shower her during this season. Be mindful of the other relationships that are important to the bride and be flexible with having many or even few hostesses.

Setting the Budget: Once I have the list of other hostesses - I will have a discussion with them about the budget and what everyone would like to spend. This is one of those not so fun but so critical pieces of the puzzle. You don't want to set an expectation for someone to spend more than they are able or willing. In an attempt to avoid a dispute during this process - it is a good idea to set a budgetary amount and have the group agree. This will also be important as you decide the menu, beverages, decorations, venue, invitations, and other aspects of the shower.

Menu: Once you have decided on the type of shower you will throw - you can begin to discuss with the bride about the menu. I usually ask if there is anything specific they would like at their shower. {We all have had a Pinterest board that we have been secretly pinning pins onto for years.} I want to make sure that if there is something really specific they would like to have that I know about that! In addition - I ask about any dietary restrictions just to make sure I am considerate of this. I usually don't tell the bride the whole menu and I don't always get approval for everything that we are going to do - because after all you want there to be some fun surprises! Here are some menu ideas for various types of showers:

  • Traditional Shower - Brunch: egg + sausage frittata, yogurt parfait bar, coffee cake, spinach & mushroom quiche cups, breakfast casserole
  • Traditional Shower - Lunch: finger tea sandwiches (pimento cheese, cucumber, cream cheese), chips + fun dip (artichoke, corn dip, etc.), pinwheels, cheese + fruit platter, fresh veggie platter, pasta salad
  • Couple's Shower: pulled bbq sandwiches, cheese + meat tray, chips + queso, potato salad, sliders

Beverages: I usually serve a sherbet punch at all bridal showers. Sometimes this gets missed but it I try to always make it because it is always a hit! I will share this recipe soon. I always ask the bride about alcohol vs. no alcohol. This is very important to be respectful of the bride's wishes. Family is so important and alcohol should not be a source of contention. If you do decide to serve alcohol - I always go with something light. 

  • Traditional Shower - Brunch or Lunch: mimosa bar, sangria, white wine
  • Couple's Shower: white wine and/or sangria and beer {for the boys}
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Dessert: There are so many options with desserts. Again - I usually start with the bride and try to see if they specifically prefer a cake or cupcakes or if we have creative freedom. I think the most important part of the dessert decision is making sure it goes with the theme, time of day, and is displayed in a cute way. Below are some of the various desserts I have made, been served at my showers, or served at a shower that I helped co-host. My suggestion is to hope on over to Pinterest and pick something fun to make!

 
 

Decorations: Decorations - where to start with this one. There are so many different options you can go with.

  • Banner: I make my banners with canvas or fun paper but I recently noticed that Hobby Lobby has banner kits that are already pre-cut and really cute! I am going to be using those going forward. I sketch out my bubble letters on my stock of fun and cute neutral paper. I just keep a bunch of this in my craft box. This is a really cute thing to hang up that is really inexpensive. I usually write 'From Ms to Mrs' for 'The Future Mrs. {Last Name}'.
  • Pictures of the Couple: Email the bride and ask for a few of her favorite engagement pictures or pictures of the two of them to be printed and displayed at the shower. If you buy frames - you can also gift these pictures to the bride & groom. I usually go to TJ Maxx and pick one of the cute white, grey, blue-ish grey, etc. frames that are about $5.99 to $9.99. Love me some TJ Maxx.
  • Guest Book {creative}: It is always a good idea to have something fun for the guests to sign or write a little note to the bride and groom. Get creative (aka use Pinterest)! I have done so many different things. We threw one set of friends a game night engagement party (kind of like a shower) and we got a Jenga and had people write all over it so that when they play games in the future they can see all the sweet notes from family & friends! We also used this at their shower and they had it out at their wedding.
  • Fresh flowers: Fresh flowers are a must for me at all showers. I think they are an inexpensive way to spruce up the party! I usually go to the $3.99 section at Trader Joes or grab a bundle from Costco. They both have a great selection.
  • Party Straws, napkins, & plates: I keep a stock of fun straws (I know I sound like a hoarder - I promise I am not!) so I usually display some in the color that matches the party. 
  • Carafes, pitchers, etc: I received all of these for my wedding, so I just pull what we need out for the shower. This is an easy way to cutesy up your shower and be more elegant in your presentation!
  • Serving Ware: Again - I use whatever I already have in my kitchen. If it is cute, then just go for it.
  • Cake plates, cupcake holders, etc.: This is a really easy way to make the presentation of your dessert even more appealing. I have a few of these and just pull out what we need. These are things you can collect over time. It is not a necessity.

I usually lean towards something simple and leveraging what I already have. No reason to spend a ton of money. Luckily most of my friends like rustic decorations and thankfully that is all I have! Again - start with Pinterest. Pick a few (2-3) things that you want to have as decorations. Stick with those. Don't go too overboard. Sometimes I even assign one of these out to a co-host to make. Remember - its all in the details. Anything sweet and customized for the bride and groom is going to be very special. Just think about the bride and what she loves.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Guest List: This is always a touchy etiquette subject! Most books (with all their authority - by the way who gave them this authority?!) state that you should only invite those who are invited to the wedding. I have a few different views on this subject. My biggest piece of advice is talk to the bride! When in doubt - talk to the bride. Make sure you are keeping the bride's wishes and desires in mind during the entire planning stage.

  • Traditional Shower: This is when I usually talk to the bride and confirm that it will in fact be traditional and the only individuals that will be invited will be those who are invited to the wedding itself.
  • Work Shower: Most likely you are not inviting everyone you work with to your wedding but your co-workers may still want to throw you a shower. This is one of those times it is completely acceptable to invite everyone you work with to this work function. It is understood that it is just a time to celebrate your co-worker and there is not an expectation you are invited to the wedding.
  • Destination Wedding: I usually discuss with the bride and also advise that it is okay to invite special people in their life that they are not inviting to the actual event. In this situation - I encourage that we state a gift is not mandatory or expected but you would just like them to come and celebrate with you. Most people love to celebrate special times with people even if they are not invited to the big event!
  • Nontraditional Showers: Nowadays you can really set whatever etiquette you want for a nontraditional shower. For example - my parents live in Georgia and there was no way I could invite all of their friends to the big day in Texas. So they threw my husband and I a co-ed shower that was more along the lines of a party and invited all their friends to come over and hang out. No expectation - just bring themselves and celebrate with us. This was really fun and so many people came. Not everyone brought gifts and that was more than okay with us! We just wanted to spend time with them.

Invitations: Depending on the type of shower, the characteristics of the group attending, and your bride's prefrences - you will have to decide on the type of invitation to send. Evite vs. conventional paper invitation. My best friend, is like me, and we love cutesy and fancy things to pretend like we are much more formal than we really are! We like paper invitations. However - most of my friends do not. Our generation is essentially paperless and prefers everything online. For these friends - I make an evite using evite.com. My only opinion is do not use Facebook as a way to invite people to a party. It feels less special and less important. Take the extra time to get guest's emails or addresses and do it right. Remember if you are going to send invitations via the mail that you need to send the invites at least 4-6 weeks in advance. 

Tip: I design all my invitations myself using PowerPoint. I have purchased several packages of cutesy clip art from Etsy through the years and have downloaded tons of free fonts via here or here. Save yourself some money right here! Pick some cool Pinterest ideas and mimic them yourself. It is not that hard, I promise. I purchase all of my paper and envelopes through Paper Source. They are amazing! I will do a full post soon on my tips and tricks for designing your own party and wedding invitations. This is a serious money saver and just requires some extra time. I don't know about you but I have more time than money.

Favors: To do favors or not to do favors. This has been an area of discussion in the last few years. I currently air on the side of no favors. Unless there is just a really great idea that coordinates with the theme, the brides preferences, etc. then I say just skip favors and use the money for something else! 

I pray that you will have a fun and joyous time planning a bridal shower for a special friend. If you have been through this season before - be slow to speak and quick to listen. Remember this is her season. You have had yours and it was amazing. Don't pressure her to have a shower just like yours. Don't force your plans or ideas for this event. If you are in a season of singleness or unmarried - remind yourself that you will one day have a season just like this! Yours will be special. Remind your heart to be joyful for your friend even when your heart hurts because you desire marriage. Be patient - the Lord know's your heart's desires. 

Showerin' you with love -

Chelsea
 

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First Snowfall At the Cabin

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First Snowfall At the Cabin

This past weekend, we retreated up to the cabin to spend some quality time with the Henderson side of our family. Ben's brother & sister-in-law are going on a 10 month mission trip in early 2016 and we really craved some quality time together. We were thrilled to be able to experience the first snowfall of the season up in Fairplay. I love the snow, it sings to my soul! I was a little bummed/disappointed that we missed the leaves changing for the 3rd fall in a row but God knows the desires of our hearts and surprised us with a sweet window of snow! It was almost like a dream. Several inches fell on Tuesday and Wednesday and by Saturday it was all melted.

Our weekend was spent:

  • Watching the dogs wrestle and chase each other (for hours and hours)
  • Playing games (many, many games such as RummiKub, Yahtzee, Bananagrams, & Scattergories)
  • Hiking the Continental Divide at Hoosier Pass
  • Getting massages & eating crepes in Breckenridge
  • Four wheeling
  • Reading
  • Sitting around the campfire
  • Relaxing 

I never want to leave the cabin or the mountains. My heart yearns to stay there and enjoy the fresh, crisp mountain air. Until next time I will just reminisce on these joyful adventures.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Let it snow -

Chelsea
 

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DIY Series: Refinishing the Floors

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DIY Series: Refinishing the Floors

Hola mis amigos -

So I must admit we did not actually refinish our own floors -- but we did hire an awesome guy to come in and do it for us! This was actually our first project before we even moved in but I have just been behind in posting about it. Our house has the original Douglas Fir floors from 1910 in it, however, they were BEAT UP when we bought the house! An investor owned the entire duplex for 12 years and at some point briefly lived in our unit but for the most part he rented out both sides. Per talking with my neighbors, I think some characters lived here right before we bought the place so there are just some things that need some TLC to come back to life! The floors being one of them. Over time, multiple vents were added and the old ones were just left. If you opened the vent it literally just dropped the crawl space, which is large dirt and other random junk left behind. At some point in the last 100 years, someone made our unit "open concept" (THANK YOU!) by removing the casings separating the entryway, living room, & dining room. Between the adding of new vents and removing of casings, there was some wood added to the space that was just done really poorly. It was an eye sores. On top of all that, wood has just been damaged over time and 95% of all of our quarter rounds have been ripped off AND there are obvious pet stains in the living room that cause discoloration. We really wanted to repair these floors the best that we could before we moved in since it was the perfect timing! As you can see below, we had no furniture in our home yet and plenty of time left over on our lease so we bit the bullet and embarked on our first home renovation.

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I did some research on Angie's List on who to call. The first 5-7 people I called either never returned my phone call or were not able to fit me in before September. Apparently everyone in Denver does renovations in  the summer because of the weather. Oh joy! I finally found Eagle Hardwood Floor Co (Don't even try to search for a website - there isn't one! haha) I called on Friday before Memorial Day and since we were out of town that weekend the owner Delford came on Monday to measure and provide us an estimate. He was truly a country man with an expertise and love for hardwood floors. He has been installing, repairing, & refinishing hardwood floors for over 40 years. After he gave us a very reasonable estimate that including repair + refinishing of $1200, we booked him to start the next week!

I went out of town for work so Ben was going to be in charge until I returned home on Thursday afternoon. I have had to learn to relinquish control over to my husband to manage contractors and projects while I traveled throughout June of this year. It was a very good exercise for me! So please excuse any of the before pictures with Ben's shoes in them or funny angles, just thankful that he spent the time to take so many detailed before photos for me

Del was originally set to start on Thursday and finish in the afternoon on Friday, however, on Monday he called to let me know that he was going to be finishing a project early and would like to come over on Wednesday at noon to get started on the patch work. Since we do not live in the house yet - we were excited that it was getting started early! He called me that evening to let me know that they had to re-enforce the threshold going down to our stairs and that there would be an additional $75 charge to our estimate. My husband went over to check it out on Wednesday afternoon and he had already done all the patch work and sanded the bedroom. Then on Thursday he finished up sanding and put on the first coat of the water based poly. Again my husband + I went to check it out on Thursday - and it looked amazing!! On Friday - Del gave me a call and told me he was going to be finishing up in the next 45 minutes and wanted to see if I could come over to look at the floors and provide the final payment. My job is flexible, so this was easy for me to do. Our final payment was our exact estimate plus the additional $75 fee to re-enforce the stair area that Del called us about. NO SURPRISES HERE! Loved that. So far we are absolutely LOVING our floors and we think Del did a fantastic job and have since recommended him to two of our friends.

Living Room & Dining: Before {Please excuse Trigger from this photo}

Living Room & Dining: Before {Please excuse Trigger from this photo}

Living Room & Dining: After

Living Room & Dining: After

Stair Threshold: Before

Stair Threshold: Before

Stair Threshold: In progress

Stair Threshold: In progress

Stair Threshold: After

Stair Threshold: After

Damage From Casing Removal: Before

Damage From Casing Removal: Before

Damage From Casing Removal: After

Damage From Casing Removal: After

Entryway: Before

Entryway: Before

Entryway: After

Entryway: After

Damage from Vent Installation: Before

Damage from Vent Installation: Before

Damage from Vent Installation: After

Damage from Vent Installation: After

Hallway: Before

Hallway: Before

Hallway: After

Hallway: After

Master Bedroom: After

Master Bedroom: After

Master Bedroom: After

Master Bedroom: After

Refinishing original hardwood floors is one of those projects we are so glad we outsourced! We did not want to ruin them and we were totally out of our element with the how to do the patch work. My advice: Know when you can try to do something yourself & when it is time to hire the professionals! 

Happy sanding -

Chelsea
 

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Home Decor: Cozy Living Room Essentials

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Home Decor: Cozy Living Room Essentials

I love all things cozy! I have spent the last few weeks changing out decor to create a comfortable living room for us! Below are few of those cozy essentials!

{Plush Throws}

Ladder + Throws

I absolutely love throws and cuddling up on the couch. I am naturally cold natured so I really love throws. White throws just brighten up the room and invite you into cozy.  I gravitate towards throws with texture that look pretty, as well as, keep you warm. Pottery Barn is my go to for the best throws around. Below are links to 3 that we got for our wedding and are easily my favorite throws of all time. {Pictured to the right}

White Faux Sheepskin, Faux Fur Throw, Chennile Basketweave Throw

{Decorative Wood Ladder}

I was on the hunt for a creative way to store all my throws. Baskets tend to take up valuable square footage and clutter up the room. I ended up finding my decorative wood ladder at my favorite antique mall in Denver for $25! It is in great shape and has an American Indian flare to it, which I love. This provides a vertical design element in our living room & displays our cute throws.

{Wood & Metal Coffee Table}

My vision of a cozy living room includes a metal + wood coffee table! I must I totally stole this one from Brit! She has wonderful style and I am constantly asking her where she got everything inside of her home! I usually am met with "World Market" or "Restoration Hardware Outlet"! Wish I had her vision. Anyways - this one is from World Market. Link is below, although I think it is out of stock now. 

Aiden Coffee Table

{Galvanized Tray}

Tray + Chicken Feeder + Book

To go with the mix of wood & metal in our living room I added this galvanized tray from William Sonoma. I love coffee table decor and am constantly reminding myself not to clutter it up!

Galvanized Round Tray

{Farmhouse Element}

I love Fixer Upper, as I am sure you all do! Joanna Gaines has a natural touch for all things farmhouse, rustic, & industrial that illuminate cozy. My farmhouse element in this room is this chicken feeder I also picked up at my favorite antique mall in Denver! I love it - I have no idea what I am really going to do with it but for right now I love it right where it is!

{Coffee Table Book}

Maybe I am too southern but I think coffee table books are essential to a homey living room. I have three coffee table books that I rotate in and out. Two were bought for me by my husband and include pictures of puppies. I love puppies. period. Shake & Underwater Dogs. They make you giggle and saw awww! The third book is one from my best friend, Kaci. She got me this book after I oohed and awwed all over it when we were shopping in the Stockyards in Fort Worth. It is called Goodnight Cowtown and its one of my favorites. It is a sweet reminder of my time in Cowtown! Coffee table books provide your guest something to look at while you are still throwing the last minute clutter in the closet or pulling something off the stove!

What are your cozy essentials?

Livin' & Lovin' -

Chelsea
 

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