A Crisp Morning Coffee Date

I show up for our coffee dates about every 2 months it seems. I’m a little late with this one. Oops!

Linking up with Kristen for What’s New With You? today.

If we were sitting down for coffee I’d have to lament about the end of my favorite month. October kicks off the best quarter of the year (in my opinion) and it’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to the month. But I’m excited that the holidays are around the corner!

If we were having coffee I’d admit that I’m still recovering from our quick 5 day trip to Daufuskie Island, SC. My best friend & I drove through the night (Wednesday) to surprise our other best friend, who was on vacation with her girlfriend. We had been planning it for months and the surprise was perfect. Our time on the island was so relaxing. Here’s a link to the super quick video of the surprise: https://splice.gopro.com/v?id=yPjm4K

While sipping on our pumpkin lattes or maple coffees I’d probably gush about some of my birthday gifts. K got me tickets to see the Columbus orchestra play at a screening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 🙂 My mother-in-law spoils me with a week of birthday gifts and some of my absolute favorites this year included this pillow, this skirt, and this wine stopper!

I’d also share about the new underwear I just got! (A little weird, I know, but what better way to end 2018 than cleaning out your delicates drawer and adding some comfy, quality undergarments?) Tommy Johns Underwear reached out to me a few weeks ago and set me up with some ah. may. zing. underwear. So soft and comfortable, dang near invisible, and it stays in place. I got a pair of their Cool Cotten Cheeky, Second Skin Brief, and Air Cheeky. I’m not kidding when I say I love these styles and all three materials!

When draining our adorably fall coffee mugs I’d ask if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve done it every year, but never to completion. I’d really like to push myself to do it this year… I haven’t decided which novel idea to conquer, though.

Before we pull on our coats and dig for our keys I’d ask about your holiday plans. Are you doing anything fun for Thanksgiving? We have a business trip this month, then we’re spending a little bit of time in Williamsburg on a family vacation. I love historic little villages & I’m super excited. November is kind of crazy for us and I’m hoping for a slower December. How about you?

Sigh. I guess our coffee date would have to come to a close now… I’d head back to work & hopefully you’d head off and do something fun (like an apple orchard or pumpkin patch- fall isn’t over yet!).

Share with me what you’ve been doing this fall & tell me about your early winter plans!

Decorating Our House

I keep promising pictures of the house, then I show you the same areas with holiday decorations (like this Halloween post and this Christmas one). I’m sorry. I promise my intentions are pure. This post has more pics for ya 😉

Just before the new year I started chatting with the good folks at Photo Wall. They’re a Swedish company that specializes in canvas art and wall murals. I had been dying for a big canvas print of K & me at our wedding and it appeared as though my +4 year long procrastination paid off this time.

This post was sponsored by Photo Wall but all opinions, pictures, & decorating expertise is my own!

So without further ado, here are some new pics of the house! On January 2nd K and I went to town (literally) and returned with curtains, shelving, artwork, vases, and more!

View from the front door.

New coat rack. That table is not staying. Those books are staying. No upstairs pics today.

Enzo will appear in almost every picture. Camera hog.

We moved some stuff around. Added some decor. Hung some art and shelves.

The “library” space looked cluttered and random so we divided the shelves up and framed the TV with them.

We hung my favorite van Gogh and turned the former library area into a sitting/reading corner.

The next few photos show a house that’s 100% lived in. Just remember that…

The sitting area leads into the dining room which is connected to the kitchen.

Tiny laundry room off the kitchen. But a clothes chute!

When we moved in we knew we’d need a fence for the canines. Now our backyard damn near resembles a dog park. Lol. We plan to do a lot to it in the spring/summer.

The treeline behind the back fence follows a creek.

Now back inside where it’s warm… (Oops, I lied! You do get a pic of the upstairs…)

When I placed my order for a canvas from Photo Wall I did not expect to see it show up a mere 3 days later. But it did.

I also didn’t expect to see it show up like this:

*scissors & dog not included, lol

Stick with me, though. I fully intended to have K whip this thing together for me, but then we decided I should give it a try since I’d be the one blogging about it.

Guys. It took me 15 minutes to put the canvas together. Easy peasey (and the satisfaction I felt in the end was even better!). I made Kyle tighten the screws down & hang the picture as soon as I was done!

*hanging hardware included- I just forgot to photograph it
Our bedroom wall, directly across from the bed!

I was so pleased with the outcome! And honestly- probably the best part- Photo Wall gives back to the environment through Vi Agroforestry. I love celebrating companies that give back 😊

They wanted to give back to you guys, too. Use the code AudieLouCampaign2018 to get 20% off your order with them for the next 30 DAYS! Go treat yourself with some pretty artwork or get a jump start on a personal Valentine’s Day gift 💕

Thanks for being so patient on the home tour front, friends! Hopefully this satisfied your house-pics hunger for now!

P.S. After this post was done we got our new coffee table and the curtains for the living room (a.k.a. last night). K spent 2 hours putting the table together and insisted that I share a picture of it. Ha.