The bar cabinet

A typical Friday night in our house usually involves pizza, popcorn and a movie. We are homebodies through and through and rarely grow tired of this plan. The only thing that makes our Friday nights even better is when family and friends stop over to join us. We entertained a lot last year and it was SO MUCH FUN. This year I hope to finish a few projects around the house to make it easier to entertain. The first project I’m tackling is a bar cabinet. Our current “bar” situation is pathetic at best and resembles a hodgepodge you’d expect to see at a high school party. We need to step up our cocktail game around here.

I love a good bar cart. They look great for photos, but I’ve got little kids and teenagers to think about. I want to be able to close the doors and lock it when not in use.

Via Centered by design

Via Centered by design

See? So pretty, but I don’t want to be the unintentional host of one of those high school parties. This next photo has closed storage and the bar essentials can be displayed on the top during entertaining.

Via The Glitter Guide

Via The Glitter Guide

This next example is so pretty and would work if I could find one that locks. Let’s all agree that this piece is a stunner.

Via Refinery 29

Via Refinery 29

I found a cabinet that I think would work well, but it’s currently out of stock. I’ll keep looking for now. Cheers!

Budget friendly lighting

Does anyone else scroll through real estate sites just for fun? I love looking at houses that need a little love and imagining what changes I would make to them. I love the houses that seem to be standing still in a homeowner’s favorite decade, completely untouched and preserved. Then there are the houses that were clearly tortured by a renovation gone wrong. For example, a master bathroom with two toilets adjacent to each other. Um, what? Don’t get me wrong, I love Brady and he loves me, but clearly not to the same level that this couple loves each other.

It drives me crazy when someone has tastefully styled their house and done a nice renovation, but neglected to update the lighting. It is a fairly simple and inexpensive change that can make such a big impact. There are so many great choices available at every price point. Here are a few examples to inspire you and some of my top choices. Oh, and if you happen to be a person with two toilets in your master bathroom, please contact me. I’m dying to know more.

Via House Beautiful

Via House Beautiful

Via Architectural Digest

Via Architectural Digest

Via Nam Dang-Mitchell Design

Via Nam Dang-Mitchell Design

Via Park and Oak

Via Park and Oak

Take Five

How is it possible that Easter candy is already in the stores? Are we skipping over Valentine’s day this year? I don’t want to stand between people and their Cadbury eggs, but we still have our Christmas tree sitting by the back door. Anyways, we are hoping to enjoy some winter activities today. We got about 9 inches of snow last night and the sleds, ice skates, and snow shoes are calling to us. So today I am sharing a quick post about five things I am loving for the home and I think you’re going to love them too. Happy snow day!

Sunday Dinners

One goal I have for 2019 is to eat more dinners together as a family. Let me be more specific. I would like to eat more dinners together with everyone actually sitting at the table. Sunday nights seem like a great start. I find that the kids seem a lot less needy and are better behaved when Brady and I are actually sitting and less available to cater to their every need. The last few Sunday dinners have been full of delicious food and deep conversations. I am loving our Sunday dinners so much and wanted to share some of our January dinner recipes with you. I hope you enjoy them!

Take Five: A Relaxing Weekend

Happy Friday! I am so excited to start the weekend. We are finally back to normal around here and I am hopeful we will have a low-key weekend with no ER or urgent care visits. I’m hoping to partake in some Netflix binge watching and a quiet bubble bath. Here are five items that will have you relaxing too. These are all available on Amazon Prime in case you feel the need to have them before the Thanksgiving family gatherings. ;)

Have a great weekend!