Tuesday, August 18, 2009

3rd Times a Charm!!

Sorry it's been awhile folks! But I have some glorious news! Keegan and I bought our first house! Our offer was accepted tonight and we close on it September 30. I was hoping we could close on my birthday (September 25) but the seller can't get into her new house until the 30th. We are so so excited and I can't wait to get in there and start decorating!

It was built in the 1950s and has a lot of character. It is a red brick ranch, 2 bedroom, 2 bath. We were hoping for a 3 bedroom but we couldn't go wrong for the price and the neighborhood. It has some arched doorways, which I have always wanted. It needs some updating, but nothing we can't handle. New flooring and paint mainly. We believe there are some lovely hardwoods under the cobalt blue and peach carpeting! Oh, and did I mention it has a huge backyard complete with a covered deck!?

Get ready for lots of before and after pictures in the coming months! Above is a sneak peek!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

My First Before and After!

I have to admit.....sometimes I have a little problem with organization. Especially with the things I use everyday. I can't seem to put them back where they belong. When I finally figure out what clothes I am going to wear in the morning then I take forever trying to decide what jewelry I should wear. Partially because I can't find what I am looking for and because things are always tangled together.
So I took some inspiration from Christy over at Simply Dwell and made my own jewelry organizer.
Wood Framed Cork Board
Fabric of your choice
Thumb tacks
Small hooks
Hot glue
That's it!
The best part is I had everything at home already except for the thumb tacks and hooks! Hopefully I will have this hanging in my very own dressing room once we move into our house! So what do you think? Do any of you have any good jewelry organizing tips? Let me know!

Weekend Steals and Deals!

My Mom and I went to St. Joe today to check out their antique stores. I had heard from several people that they had a good selection. I was on the hunt for a antique buffet table for under $200. I didn't find a buffet table, instead I did found this adorable little china cabinet! Best of all it was only $125!! A STEAL! It is painted black which is fine because I want to paint it a lime green or white to go in our new kitchen. I think my kate spade china with look fab in it!

My second find is this cute light aqua peonie flower tea light holder. I think I am going to put it in one of our bathrooms in the new house. I love the color. It was $21 from a store in Champaign called Checkered Moon. It isn't antique however.

My third find is this super cute mini Lola dog! It's a ceramic little schnauzer and it just happened to be grey. I had to buy it! It was too perfect, plus it was only $8. It makes me smile just like Lola.

And last but not least I found this antique yellow vase that goes perfectly with my yellow fiesta ware! It was only $7 and I love it!
My plan is to put these vintage finds with modern decor. I love how unique each of these pieces are. You know how I don't like the "norm"! I can't wait to move into our new house so I can find a home for everything and show you the finished project!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sweet Home Chicago!

This weekend Keegan and I went to Aurora for Amber's Birthday. While we were there we went into the city and had some fun! We tried to go to the new Willis (Sears) tower with the glass floor. We waited in line for about 30-40 minutes and got on an elevator which we thought was taking us to the top. It actually took us down into the basement where there was a completely new line you had to wait in. It was going to be another 2 hour wait from there. Ridiculous!! So we left. Then we went over to Navy Pier and rode the giant Ferris wheel. Next we headed to Old Town and ate at a cute little Italian restaurant. After that we went to the 11:00 Second City show. It was hilarious! We had a great time!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tour De Champaign

A couple Saturday's ago we went to the Tour de Champaign and watched a few of the races. My dad was very involved in organizing the race so it was cool to see all of his hard work come together! It was a gorgeous day and Lola absolutely loves being outside. If you can't tell.....she had a fabulous time!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cheery Table Scape

I absolutely love lemon yellow and lime green together! So I wanted to create a fun and cheery table scape with my new wedding presents. My dishes are the new rounded square fiestaware dishes in yellow. The silverware are also fiestaware in both yellow and shamrock. The two glass vases/candle holders are from target for $7 a piece.
The tablecloth is a vintage find from the Third Sunday Market in Bloomington. I got it for $10! The lemon salt and pepper shakers are also from the market for $6! My Mom and I went to the market for the first time yesterday. It was definitely an adventure! There was so much stuff we didn't even get to look through it all. It is by far the largest flea market in the area. I can't wait to go back! I love mixing vintage and modern pieces together! I hope you like it!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Reception Details

Here are some pictures from our reception! We had pewter and white linens with bright yellow flowers. We also had up-lighting around the entire room with a custom monogram on the dance floor. It really transformed the entire room!

Our cake was all yellow as well! I didn't want a typical cake either! It had very tall tiers with silver detailing. The cake was lemon flavored, part of it had lemon filling and the other part had raspberry filling. It was delicious! We also had a Candy Bar featuring some of our favorite candy. All of it was yellow of course!

Our food was served in stations. We had a Entree station with apricot chicken and terriaki marinated beef tenderloin, a Elote bar with fresh corn served in a martini glass with sour cream, guacamole, seasonings, and tortilla chips for toppings, and a Gourmet Mac N Cheese bar served in mini ramekins with crab and other toppings. We wanted a non-traditional menu and we definitely didn't want typical wedding food!

Just The Beginning!

Keegan and I tied the knot on May 30, 2009! It took a year and a half of planning, but it was well worth the wait! I wanted a very unique and modern wedding. I didn't want anything traditional or normal. The color scheme was bright yellow and pewter. I absolutely love those colors together and it was definitely unique. Keegan's favorite color is yellow so that is why I chose it. Now that the wedding is over I find myself picking the color yellow a lot more often for things. It is slowly becoming my favorite color as well!

I wore a all lace La Sposa gown with a high neck halter neckline. I loved it because it has a modern twist on the traditional lace gown. The neckline made it one of a kind! I also wore a birdcage veil to bring in an old hollywood element. My Mom made all of my jewelry and my flower headpiece. My bracelet was made out of a vintage broach. She added pearls and swarovski crystals to create the bands. It was definitely a statement piece. My flower headpiece was made with a fabric flower, pearls, swarovski crystals, ostrich feathers, and some birdcage netting. It means a lot to me that I was able to wear accessories handmade by my Mom! She is so talented! My cousin and bridesmaid Danny did my hair and makeup. She did a fabulous job and achieved the old hollywood/modern twist/classic look I was going for. She is very talented as well and I'm so lucky she was apart of our big day!

My bridesmaids wore pewter taffeta dresses with pewter pearl jewelry also made by my Mom. They each carried yellow bouquets which were a smaller version of mine. Keegan wore a black tux with an ivory vest and tie. The groomsmen wore black tuxes with pewter vests and ties. They all had yellow boutineeres.

The flowers were ALL yellow. We had calla liles, ranuculous, billy balls, and awesome peonies! I didn't want any roses (too typical). Behind the flowers were big tea leaves folded over in a loop. They added some drama to the bouquets!

The day was absolutely wonderful and everything went perfectly! It was an amazing day and we really appreciate everyone who took part in it. Keegan and I are so grateful to have had the day of our dreams!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Charleston No More!

Good Morning! Today is my last day of work in Charleston, IL and I am super excited about it! No more hour and ten minute drive to and from work anymore!! Let's just say the minute I walk out this door at 5 pm I will be jumping for joy! I don't think you truly understand how ecstatic I am about this, but I am OVERJOYED! Peace Out Charleston! Hello Champaign!

I am so looking forward to my new job. I will be the event coordinator for refinery! They host a lot of fancy weddings and it is actually where I am holding my reception. There are wall to wall maple floors, floor to ceiling windows, and a modern curvy bar! Just my style! Here's the website: www.refineyourself.com I start on Monday and I can't wait!

Keegan has a big day tomorrow. He is testing to become a police officer! Wish him luck! We were studying last night. There are lots of math questions we couldn't remember how to figure out (thank god for google)! Like long division! Who does long division anymore? I mean really....I need a calculator for everything! Let's just say math isn't my strong suit.

Well I just wanted to give an update on our lives right now. The wedding is almost here and I'm starting to feel the heat! Only 14 more days! CRAZY!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Meet Lola

Lola is our miniature schnauzer puppy! She is about 5 months old now. She is absolutely crazy and we love her! Couldn't imagine life without now! She completes our little family!


Hello! And welcome to the New Life of Kee and Kar! Well, it's official Keegan and I are getting married in 20 days! WOW! Time has gone by so fast. It feels like we have been waiting so long for this day and suddenly it is almost here! I should probably start crying now so in 20 days my body will no longer be able to produce tears! Haha.

Planning is going well, just a few minor details left: arranging the seating chart, making the placecards, and other decorations. I couldn't have done it without my Moma! We truly make the best team ever!

Stay tuned for wedding festivities, pictures, and more!