There’s nothing like flying thousands of miles away from home just to take in a little sunshine. I just returned from a much needed vacation to San Francisco, CA. I spent a few days touring the city and spent this past Saturday touring Sonoma.
We started the day with rain and ended it with sunshine. Mother Nature was kind enough to throw us a bone on our last full day in California. It was chilly, but the sun finally came out to play. Of course, Iowa was experiencing 80 degree weather in our absence. That’s how it usually works, right?! But in lieu of warm temperatures, I couldn’t appreciate the lush greenery more than when we drove into Sonoma. It was a reminder that spring is indeed here and summer is just around the corner!
So what do you wear when it’s raining and you are bopping around from winery to winery? White jeans, of course! I hesitated slightly when I picked out this outfit, but Old Navy’s stay-white jeans came through for the win. I can’t recommend Old Navy’s jeans enough – especially when they work in my favor to help prevent stains! The added detail of the raw edge hem adds a fresh twist on a pair of cropped denim!
Forcing a little spring wardrobe into my trip, I branched out of my usual color palette and picked up this sunshine yellow peplum tank top. The top great for layering, which is key for traveling to San Francisco, I added even more color with this floral printed neck scarf. I can just hear Miranda from The Devil Wears Prada saying, “Florals for spring, groundbreaking!” She was really on to something. : )
Is it just me or does ‘Spring Forward’ always arrive too soon? That extra hour of sleep will surely be missed, along with our warm spring weather we had just last week. Mother Nature greeted us with bone chilling temps and a little bit of snow over the weekend, but that won’t stop me from wishing and hoping for spring to arrive. Spring means lighter layers (like this adorable sweatshirt I found at Old Navy) and brighter colors!
This light weight t-shirt and striped cardigan from Old Navy are already making the rounds in my weekly wardrobe. I hope to swap out my beloved jeans and for these linen shorts and sneakers I picked up over the weekend, sooner rather than later! Cheers to everyone on spring break this week – I’m already counting down the days to St. Patrick’s Day at the end of this week and heading to the movies to see Beauty and The Beast with a bunch of my girlfriends!
PS. Old Navy is having a cyber sale that ends today – 3/13! 40% off just about everything – no discount code needed! Time to shop!
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I started writing this blog post last November. To say this post has been a long time coming is an understatement. I’m ready to share our progress photos of our dining room! Last summer we toyed with the idea of making our own dining room table from scratch using plans found on Pinterest. Pipe dreams, I tell ya. Between two busy and exhausting jobs, traveling, and enjoying weekends with no tasks to complete, we forwent building a table . Instead, we decided to purchase a new table for a little more than it would have cost us to make one.
I had seen Structube show up on my Facebook feed and on Instagram but didn’t give it much though other than gaining inspiration for the space. With a little more research I realized how affordable their dining room table and chair options were. I instantly fell in love with their Hamburg table as it is almost an identical table to what we were going to build.
With the table decided, it was time to pick up out some new chairs. We couldn’t reuse our old bar height chairs that came with our previous dining room table. After polling friends and family on Facebook, I decided to order 4 plastic molded Eames-style chairs with 2 black windsor chairs to sit at the head of the table.
I ordered the table and chairs back on October 6, the table was available but the chairs were backordered until November 7. Even though I work in furniture and understand the shipping process, it didn’t even cross my mind that they wouldn’t ship separately (DUH!). As of November 28, I was still without the table and chairs and no phone call to set up a delivery time – every time I called/emailed the company, they said they couldn’t provide me with tracking – which I have a hard time believing, I work with vendors day in and day out. Someone always knows a tracking or truck number.
I keep reminding myself that they do ship from Canada and I won’t hear about a delivery date until they reach the transportation company in my local area. Overall, the wait was actually bearable due to traveling for the holidays and we often eat in our living room, basement or at the kitchen counter – we’ve managed. But after 3 months without a table and chairs, I was fed up.
When I started writing this post, it was back in mid November, the table, sans chairs, finally arrived the week after Christmas. According to Structube they were back ordered and/or they lost our order but never let me know that the chairs would never come our way. The table had been in a receiving facility in Des Moines since November 11. Insert angry emoji face here.
The quality of the table is fairly impressive for the price (under $400), It does have a crack on one of the legs, but I was so burnt out just trying to receive the table that I didn’t fuss about wanting to get it repaired or replaced, it’s nothing a little wood filler can’t fix.
Despite the quality of the table, I don’t feel like I can recommend Structube due to the shipping issues. We ended up purchasing four black windsor chairs from Wayfair and ordered a second plastic molded chair to match an existing one to complete the dining room set.
The space was nearing completion, it just needed a few finishing details. I styled the IKEA fauxdenza and added a Loloi x Joanna Gaines Rug. A huge upgrade to the space, in my eyes, was swapping out all of our existing light bulbs for daylight bulbs. LIFE CHANGING. My house doesn’t feel dark and dingy at night anymore and looks great against our new white cabinets and trim!
Here is a before of the space when we first moved in (SW Tavern Taupe):
Before – I settled on BM Revere Pewter for the Dining Room/Kitchen/Entry Way:
Before – I painted the trim SW Vanilla Cream trim BM White Dove (slowly ridding our 2 year old house of the builder-grade UGLY trim color):