Life Lately on Instagram

Life Lately on Instagram

Hi friends! It’s been a long week, well, wait. I’m writing this on Saturday but by the time you read it, it will be Sunday. :) So LAST week was a long one for me. Today is the start of a NEW week!

This photo of Jack was literally seconds before he hurled on the floor. Thank goodness he missed my rug :). Our dogs keep us on our toes, I’ll tell you.

So, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a Life Lately post, but I like doing these because it’s a great way for me to feel like I can catch up on what’s going on, plus answer any questions I’ve received or share some of the Instagram type photos that we (my girls and I) have posted on the interwebs.

YOU GUYS are my main kindreds, so I prefer to keep you in the loop most of all. The online world has gotten so big over the past few years, I sometimes just miss the good ol’ days of a small home blogging community. Now everyone is scattered across social media, you know what I mean? I love how the online community has grown, but I still miss how it was.

Anyway, REMINISCING! I’m just always so grateful you guys come here to the blog. I know everyone has so much going on and there are so many places to go for inspiration. It just means a lot to me that you’re HERE! So, thank you.

Life Lately on InstagramMug Rack / Coffee Maker

This is Kylee’s little coffee cart in her house. Her sister Courtney just moved out of that townhouse and is now in her own place (and she took her coffee maker with her, ha! Time for a new one, Kylee!). If you missed Kylee’s living room blog post on Friday, you can catch up here. If you missed Courtney’s post about her tiny room, you can find it here.

Life Lately on Instagram

Meanwhile, a little birdie told me that Courtney is going to give you a tour of her new place and give you the scoop on some of her plans for it this next week.

Life Lately on Instagram

Oh, to be a young gal in your very first apartment and buying your very own PINK POTS. Sweet days, yes? I can’t wait for you guys to see her place.

Life Lately on Instagram

Speaking of sweet. This girl. Lily. She’s a gem. She’s taught me so many lessons. You can see a couple of them here on my Insta post.

Life Lately on InstagramSisal runner / Dutch door FAQ

Jack is his own special kind of wonder. He spends most of his day on high alert, watching for funny business. He’s a real character, that guy.

Life Lately on Instagram

Cute little stack of books on Kylee’s coffee table :) Do you have my latest book, Simple Decorating yet? It’s a nice compact size and a great little gift if I do say so myself!

Life Lately on Instagram

Our boy Luke turned seventeen! My baby boy is growing up. He was just seven when I started blogging! Now he’s bigger than his big sisters.

If you weren’t around the blog back then, I have a funny post about Luke wearing underwear on his head and a dead giraffe our hallway. You can go look real quick if you want a little chuckle (excuse the tiny dark photos circa 2007 when you get there!).

Life Lately on Instagram

We had fun on the fourth, we had a barbecue in our backyard and went to fireworks nearby. It’s so nice to live close enough to still be able to hang out together often!

Life Lately on Instagram

My girls and I are now in love with this new natural makeup line. I’ve looked for good clean makeup forever. None of the other natural or mineral makeup was good (like my face would break out in a rash if I used it due to preservatives or other additives).

If you need some beautiful makeup that won’t put chemicals on your skin, it’s good, y’all. Message my girls Kylee and Courtney and they can help you get the best deal or give their suggestions (pureandlovelyliving@gmail.com).

Life Lately on Instagram

In case you wondered, trying to get a photo of even one of our dogs looking at the camera can be a challenge. Imagine trying to get all four looking at the camera at once! It may be one of the only times we’ve ever succeeded. You can follow our pups on Instagram or Facebook. 

Life Lately on InstagramPatterned Rug / Mat

Leo is still the smallest of the bunch, but we’re wondering if he’ll have another growth spurt before he’s fully grown. He’s so cute!

Life Lately on InstagramCome as you are mat / Door color: Hale Navy by BM

Life Lately on Instagram

The Dutch door seems to be the dogs favorite place to congregate lately, ha! I think I know why. Dutch doors and doodles just go together, don’t you think?

Life Lately on Instagram

Lily is the most popular among the pups, everyone wants to be her friend. But I think she’s an introvert because she usually tries to find a quiet corner of the yard where she can be alone. :) We call this her secret garden.

Life Lately on InstagramMy kitchen hardware and other sources

Speaking of a garden and our backyard, we actually planted a vegetable container garden this year! I intended to get some photos of our garden barrels to show you (I’ll try to still take a few). We’ve already been eaten some of our lettuce!

We’ve been preparing food and cooking at home so much more ever since our kitchen was completed. I think this cookbook is one of my favorites of all time!

Life Lately on Instagram

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary awhile back. Some people go to fancy restaurants or on tropical vacations. We often spend the day going on walks or drive around neighborhoods looking at dream houses. My husband gets me.

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The city is so pretty, we actually walked all over the place (not just to look at houses!) that day. Right across from these boats off to the right is where the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat is! We ended our anniversary evening watching the movie again. It’s one of my favorites!

I hope you have a great rest of your weekend, friends!

You can follow along with our Instagrams below:

The Inspired Room // Kylee // Courtney // Pure & Lovely // Jack the Goldendoodle // Doodles at Home

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If you haven’t yet had a chance, I would REALLY appreciate your help on something! I’ve submitted 3 rugs to a competition where the top 10 rugs will be produced by Dash & Albert in 2018! It’s tough competition but it only takes a second to vote. Click HERE to vote by liking the photo on Instagram. You don’t have to do anything but click the heart on my designs and you can vote for all three if you’d like (this one, this one, and this one). Together we could make this happen! THANK YOU for your time!

Townhouse Update: New Sofa + Living Room Decorating

Townhouse Update: New Sofa + Living Room Decorating

Townhouse Update: New Sofa + Living Room Decorating

Hello! Long time no see, friends. In case you don’t remember me, I’m Melissa’s oldest daughter, Kylee. I know I have said it before, but I always have excellent intentions of popping in here more often to update you on my townhouse progress, but life happens and I get behind.

Probably the best and easiest way to keep up with me and the townhouse is on Instagram. As usual, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, so if you’re new around here or forgotten about my townhouse, you can catch up on my past posts here!

Townhouse Update: New Sofa + Living Room Decorating

Today I am here to catch you up on the latest with my red leather couch saga (you can read the earlier part of that story here). The day has come (well, it came 7 months ago!) that I finally won over my husband and we GOT A NEW SOFA!!! I’ve left my “couches” behind. I have actually graduated to calling my new one a ~sofa~ (much more elegant sounding, no?). This room has definitely been a space that has been evolving over time and will probably continue to do so.

Townhouse Update: New Sofa + Living Room Decorating

We had a friend who happened to need couches, so we made a deal with him that if he would help us get them out of the townhouse, then he could have them! He took the bait and we got them out the same we got them in, by removing the sliding door and dropping the couch down over the balcony. Yeah, not fun.

It was quite terrifying (and we had less help than we did when we moved them in) but risking life and limb to move them was worth it. The red ones are now happily living at his apartment where Lance can go visit them whenever he’d like! ;)

Townhouse Update: New Sofa + Living Room Decorating

Sisal Rug / Sofa / Gold Lamp

I wish I could say that picking out a new sofa was easy. After so patiently living with the giant, red beasts for all those years, I was anxious to get something new. Believe it or not, Lance and I tend to have *very* different preferences when it comes to furniture. Shocking, I know! Hahaha. But I do believe in compromising on such things since we both have to live with them.

After many, many (too many) months of deliberating and even living without a sofa for awhile, we finally came to an agreement. We ended up with this pretty one, which I love! The compromise came into play with the color. I tend to be practical, so I probably would have chosen something a little darker. Our dogs basically rule the house and you may have heard, it rains sometimes in Seattle, meaning muddy paws are a thing.

Lance was surprisingly very, very, very set on getting a light colored sofa. But, like I said, I try to compromise :). Most of the time we throw a similar colored blanket over the cushions that can be washed. We’ve had the sofa for about 7 months now and there have actually been no real issues yet (quick–knock on wood!!).

Townhouse Update: New Sofa + Living Room Decorating

We decided just to get the one sofa, even though we previously had two. We didn’t want two matching ones anymore and couldn’t decide on whether or not we should get a second one in a whole different style or just get a chair or two. We are still deciding, but in the meantime, we have borrowed a few chairs from my mom.

I have the HARDEST time picking out art. I’m very picky and usually I want them to have some sort of personal meaning. So after years of using wrapping paper as filler art in those frames above the sofa, I finally just decided to paint my own art!  Once I find something I love or if I get tired of these I can easily change them out and didn’t waste tons of money on something just to fill them.

You can shop my space with the arrows below!

Townhouse Update: New Sofa + Living Room Decorating

I realized that I didn’t take great pics of my pups for this post! I know how much you all love the doodle pics, so I will leave you with a collage of Bella and Leo, enjoying the new sofa. Most of these are from my Instagram, where they frequently appear (especially in my stories!) so feel free to follow me there to keep up with their antics ;)

Townhouse Update: New Sofa + Living Room Decorating

Quick note: If you missed the chance to vote on our rug designs yesterday, we’d love your help to help make get our rugs into production! Only the top ten designs will get into production, so every vote counts. It’s SUPER easy to vote, you don’t even have to choose which rug to vote for. You can vote for all three of our designs via the links in this post. We had so much fun designing our rugs. Thank you so much for your help.

Until next time!

Townhouse Update: New Sofa + Living Room Decorating
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