KITCHEN PROGRESS

This was our last week before Will starts his new job on Monday so we knew we had to make lots of progress unpacking and settling in to the rest of the house. We’re still a long way from the finish line in the living area and the home office but the most functional rooms (kitchen, bedroom, bathrooms) are finally organized and in working order. Getting all the clutter off our kitchen counters and sliding our new bar stools underneath the island for the first time was so gratifying. I am so excited to have a real kitchen (and pantry!) to stock with groceries and pots and pans (it’s the little things, especially after life in New York!).

serena and lily riviera bar stools navy

I’ve been envisioning Serena & Lily’s Riviera counter stools in the space ever since we closed on the house and they definitely did not disappoint. Shipping was crazy fast (especially since I ordered them during a 20% off sale) and they’re just as beautiful as I hoped they would be! You might also recognize the mirrored bar cart (tray here, stand here) from the One Room Challenge, which somehow made it in one piece from New York. It’s in between the kitchen and living area for right now but we’ll see where it winds up once our sectional arrives in a few weeks.

I’m having so much fun ticking away at our to do list and even deciding which purchases are most pressing. We’ve been labeling everything either “have to have” (e.g. kitchen stools so we have a place to eat) or “nice to have” (like the perfect dining table and chairs or upgrading the guest bedroom mattress from a full to a queen — we’ve been sleeping there until our bed arrives next week!). Since this is our first time living together, it’s funny to see which items we have duplicates of (bathroom scales, too many mismatched end tables) and which items somehow neither of us owns (most kitchen necessities). Thankfully Will’s mom has been helping us set up shop so the two of us can become master chefs one of these days (yeah, we’ve got a looong way to go). Here are a few kitchen tools that are practically pretty enough to keep on display:

20 BRIGHT FINDS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME FOR SPRING

With a new season upon us and a brand new house to decorate, it’s safe to say I’ve got interior design on the brain in a major way. We’re waiting for a few big items to arrive (our canopy bed arrives next week!) before getting into the fun stuff like accessorizing and hanging art but I just have to share a few of the bright happy things I’ve found in my online perusing. You may have spotted the record player in my Instagram yesterday!

spring decorating — 20 bright finds to spruce up your space for spring

one  //  two  //  three  //  four

five  //  six  //  seven  //  eight

nine  //  ten  //  eleven  //  twelve

thirteen  //  fourteen  //  fifteen  //  sixteen

seventeen  //  eighteen  //  nineteen  //  twenty

I’m eyeing these bookshelves to house my ever-expanding collection of coffee table books and this delightful palm tree holder to corral some of my jewelry. And if you ask me, I’m not sure how I don’t already own these striped dinner plates because honestly, have you ever seen anything more quintessentially Design Darling in your life?!

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OUTFIT: LILLY CUTOUT STRIPED SHIFT

Have you been enjoying all the pictures from our trip to Positano? I have to be honest, it was so nice being able to wear spring clothes and not freezing to death while photographing them. Will was such a good sport pausing for pictures and snapped these on the terrace of our hotel one night before dinner. I think if I could get lemon trees to grow like this in Dallas, I could die happy. Aren’t they gorgeous?!

lilly pulitzer striped cutout shift dress

kate spade necklace lilly striped cutout dress

lilly cutout shift

lilly cutout dress

michael kors gold bow sandals

design darling positano lilly shift

Lilly Pulitzer Whiting cutout shift dress  //  Kate Spade Jayna cat eye sunglasses (25% off)

Kate Spade necklace c/o  //  Michael Michael Kors bow sandals (under $80!)

I can’t get enough of that little cutout back! I love the fabric of this Lilly cutout striped shift so much I may or may not have definitely bought the skirt version as well. Oooops! ;)

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12 CHIC WALLETS

I’ve used the same wallet for probably three or four years now, a tan leather wallet that matches my first Tory Burch handbag purchase. It’s held up reasonably well over the years but I recently broke the zipper and decided it’s time for a replacement. I’m really more of a shoe girl than the type to covet the newest leather goods but I figure a new wallet is an easy upgrade that I’ll use for years to come (which, sadly, is more than I can say for any pair of shoes that I wore on the streets of New York). Here are 12 chic wallets that have caught my eye:

12 chic wallets for women

one  //  two  //  three  //  four  //  five  //  six

seven (matches my dream bag)  //  eight  //  nine  //  ten  //  eleven  //  twelve

I love the bright colors on this one and I tend to say yes to anything scalloped but I can’t believe this one is under $100! Decisions, decisions… Which one would you choose?

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OUTFIT: AFFORDABLE NAVY DRESS

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a fun and productive weekend. Today I’m sharing another outfit from our trip to Positano and I have to say, I think these might be my favorite outfit pictures to date. You just can’t beat that view! But the best part? This crazy affordable navy dress is only $46!!! No joke. I love love love the silhouette: a high neck, fitted waist, and twirl-worthy skirt that was practically made for the dance floor.

mackenzie horan design darling

turquoise tassel earrings

design darling positano nude wedge espadrilles

design darling amalfi coast

Navy dress  //  turquoise tassel earrings  //  nude wedge espadrilles

The dress is available in two other colors and is so perfect for spring parties and weddings that I’m thinking about adding all three to my closet (let’s face it — the total cost would still be less than most other dresses I love!). In fact, everything I’m wearing above comes in at under $100 and it’s still one of my favorite outfits from our travels. Don’t you love when that happens?!