living room refresh

Happy Sunday, everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ It feels nice to be back writing new content on a Sunday night again and I am excited to share this with all of you. I had such a great weekend full of outside time, great friends, great music, and all of the great summer spirit: I hope you all had a weekend filled with things that make you smile!

Now that I am coming up on the two year mark in my townhouse (Oh my GOSH) and the three year mark of owning a lot of my living room furniture and dรฉcor I have been getting the urge to change things up a little bit. The beloved white couch is a non-negotiable and will be with me for as long as possible but everything else surrounding it I thought could use a little refreshing.

I am going to share photos from a few angles with all of the new updates and then any items that are still available in stores and are from stores who have an online presence I will link if you’re interested in scoring any of this yourself!


Couch – my beloved white leather couch was my first “grown up” purchase when I graduated from college and it’s from Furniture Row. Last I checked it’s no longer sold but I was able to find some similar ones on Amazon last time I searched when someone was asking me for a link!

Black and white Amsterdam print – this was an IKEA purchase many years ago (probably close to 10 years ago) and was in my room at my mom and dad’s house in high school. I took it with me to my first apartment out of college and I love the elegant simplicity that it brings to the living room

Rug and yellow accent pillow – both the rug and fun, funky velvet vintage looking pillow are new purchases from Target. Both are from their newest home collection – Opalhouse – which is boho-inspired and has tons of great pieces. The rug was really the starting block for all of the changes in this room as I fell in love with the idea of how mustard yellow accents would look in this room with my stormy blue accent wall.

Bronze lampThis lamp was a recent purchase at Target. I love the adjustable and old school feel to the base and the bronze finish is the look I was going for. I like that its metallic but warm and not shiny

Wall dรฉcor behind the lamp – the white and wooden patterned picture and the gold metal “sparkle” word art are both fairly recent purchases at Hobby Lobby so they should still be around at your local store!

Curtains – my beautiful cream and metallic patterned curtains were purchased from JcPenney a couple of years ago.

Silver basket – I use the silver basket on the floor for blanket storage. It was an older pale yellow basket I bought at one of the local resale boutiques and I spray painted it silver to match with my more metallic interest


The chair corner was another fun place to add some small new details!

White leather chair – this chair was purchased before I moved in to my freshman year dorm at NDSU. I have a hard time recalling but I believe it was from Ashley Furniture…

Pillows and blanket – the pink faux fur throw is an older purchase from Gordmans. The shaggy style yellow pillow was purchased from TJMaxx just this weekend and the other beautiful neutral and metallic pillow is brand new from Gordmans!

Octagonal wooden table – this amazing side table was a Facebook market score from a family friend who was selling items in a house they are flipping. I LOVED the unique shape and the detailing on the doors. It brings good warmness into the room and matched the tone of the base of the white chair’s legs. It also has a good amount of storage behind the door which is extra helpful!

Table decor – My metallic basket is from the Hearth and Hand collection from Magnolia at Target. I use it for magazine storage! The wax warmer is from Gordmans and the sweet little white vase with light pink flowers is from TJMaxx. The beautiful white faux marble and wood coasters were another recent score from Hobby Lobby!

Bronze lamp – the minute I laid my eyes on this lamp at Target in the store I knew I needed to have it. It was one of the initial inspiration sparks to change up this space. I LOVE the vintage feel and the sleek shape of the glass shade.

Wall decor – the wooden star is something that remained on this wall (just in a new spot!) and it was purchased at Target a couple of years ago. I love that it lights up and also has a 4-hour timer setting. The two other pieces I bought this weekend at Gordmans. I fell in love with the large gold hanging. The geometric and intricate look is unique and its very lightweight to hang. I knew it would be stunning on the stormy blue colored wall. The small white and gold pictures was also found at Gordmans and the quote spoke to me “Fashion Changes. Style Endures.” It’s a good reminder that trends are always changing but having an aura of style is something that sticks with you!



I made some very minor changes to my TV stand and other wall of the living room, too!

TV Stand – this stand is actually an old headboard from a bed that I picked up at a garage sale three years ago after graduating for $5. I painted it myself and thought it would be the perfect piece for a TV stand!

Surrounding decor – the Home Sweet Home print is from one of my favorite North Dakota Etsy sellers. I always love visiting her booth at shows like Art on the Red and the Unglued craft show. Here is a link to her Etsy store – she has a TON of great stuff in fun vintage patterns. The large vase was purchased at Hobby Lobby a few years ago and I filled with some clear vase filler and then wrapped in twine myself. All of the faux floral stems are from Hobby Lobby!

As always, thank you SO much for taking the time to read my content. I loved putting a new twist on this existing room and hope you enjoyed seeing it! Looking forward to sharing more posts with you soon as I have some exciting DIY projects lined up! Have a wonderful week ๐Ÿ™‚


xoxo Jen










summer style list

Summer is officially here! I hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend to kick off the summer season. I have been excited to start breaking out all of the summer clothes; wearing lots of skirts and dresses to work and it feels so great not to have to pair them with leggings and tights like we do for most of the rest of the year!

I wanted to share some of my favorite summer trends and items with each of you that are either on my list or are things I have purchased in advance of summer. You all know that I love to keep my style affordable so everything I’m sharing today is under $30 and all the photos and examples have links you can follow to go directly to the item online ๐Ÿ™‚

Slide sandals

Any and all sandals with the wide slide strap are HUGE for this season and so comfortable. I have 4 pairs that I got for the summer: 2 are from Gordmans and are a little on the funkier side. The other 2 pairs are from Target and I got them the other week when sandals were 20% off on Cartwheel. The Target pairs are solid colored and more classic – they will be perfect to wear at work as they are both comfortable but stylish and dressy enough for the office.


The shiny metallic rose gold pair and the floral patterned pair are both from Gordmans and they don’t have an online store so I can’t share links with you! But the light pink pair are from Target and you can find them here. There are multiple colors to choose from and they are only $12.99!! Another bonus is they are velvet-like in texture so they add a fun feel to any look. And here is the link to the black pair. These are extremely comfortable as the bottom is more of a cushioned feeling and they are only $12.99 too so I think you need both pairs!! A great black pair of sandals is a summer necessity for everyone!

Midi skirts with front buttons

This is another one of my favorite trends going on right now. I love longer length skirts as they are perfect for summer heat and can be worn casually as well as dressed up for work/office wear. I have scored a couple on the clearance rack at Target but here are two others that I have my eye on at the moment. One from Old Navy that is a great black and white gingham pattern.ย  I’ve been a little lenient to hop back on the denim skirt trend but this one from Target might change my mind! I love that gingham print and stripes are huge this summer so finding a piece that combines these two trends is perfect ๐Ÿ™‚


Funky shaped sunglasses – especially hearts!!

I have been spotting heart shaped sunglasses all over Instagram from some of my favorite influencers so I went in search of a pair of my own! I ordered these cute white ones from Urban Outfitters during the memorial day weekend sale and they were under $10 then but they’re still under $20 right now!! This pink pair is from the online shop of one of my favorite bloggers, Kelly Mindell (@studiodiy). They were just released today and are only $11.99! These will be fun shades to rock this summer when you’re enjoying the lake, hitting up a patio with friends, or just cruising around with the music up and the windows down!



Let me know if you try out any of these fun summer trends. I would love to hear from you! As always thanks so much for stopping by and reading! Be back again soon, have a wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ™‚


xoxo Jen