currently crushin’


Hello, and happy summer to you!! The sunshine as of late has been outrageously abundant – so thankful we’re out of the “June Gloom” (at least for now)! Summer, means summer parties, which means the house MUST be dealt with – and in my dreamland of phone notes and inspiration, here are a few things I’m eyeballing:

Potted Yucca – Lord knows I have way too many plants already, but the “indoor tree” trend is something I’ve been wanting to attempt. IKEA sells these for $19.99 (yes, they’re real) and a little dip-dyed pot is the perfect way to add character. Stick this in the corner of your living room or bedroom to bring a little bit of the outdoors in.

Gaddis Basket – The wide weave on this is great for storing away larger items like remotes or dog toys when you need to toss them out of the way in a hurry!

Lappljung Ruta Rug – Our dining room is large, but feels bare without some warmth to the tile, metal and wood combo of our flooring and furniture set. The bold pattern of this rug is a super fun way to add visual interest in a snap, and with a great price ($99) it’s an affordable option to most rug-seekers.

Any other great IKEA finds I need to know about?





{the new} home sweet home


Hi everyone! With the move behind us, I’m finally sitting down to catch up on the last 7 weeks in one post…. so here goes nothing!


Let me start by saying it was bittersweet leaving our little hillside condo. It was the first real place we lived in longer than 6 months together, and after almost 4 years {and one puppy later}, it became a real home. I’m a firm believer that no matter where you live, whether you rent or own, you can make any space YOURS, and that’s exactly what it was. After all was said and done, we ended up moving only a few miles south and went from this (above) to this (below). I guess change isn’t so bad after all ; )


Apart from the first studio we ever lived in, we’ve landed all our rentals on Craigslist. Truth be told, there’s actually quite a few honest landlords out there, and within 3 days we discovered, visited, applied, went through background checks, and got accepted to the new digs {truly a miracle}! For about a year, we had been wondering how it was all going to work out, and were even considering moving out of the county to a more affordable area; but we learned to follow God’s plan and go wherever he takes us. Those blind curves were hard to see around, and after writing a buttload of scary checks all at once {what are we doing, what are we doing, what are we doing} the Lord proved to be faithful and our decision was sounder than ever – we were able to find a rad place within our budget and exactly where we wanted to continue living!


At first glance, the place was pretty standard {and messy, i.e the photo above}. It was presently occupied by a single dude {who, by my totally non-judgemental assumption of all his belongings, was super into Tecate, X-Box, and keeping furniture that he doesn’t actually intend to use} so it took super-human strength to see through the clutter and into the amazing potential the one-story duplex offered.


First, the plants. I MEAN THESE PLANTS! The Lord certainly knew I would live here someday because he planted a million succulents of every species imaginable, and paired with the weathered blue fence, this place really was irresistible. Truth be told, if single dude refused to move out and left all his junk behind, I’d be ok camping in the yard because it’s that dreamy.


The palm trees around here are too good to be true – and the view from our patio is like waking up in Hawaii every day. The birds even sound different and there’s a constant breeze. Ah. Pinch me!


Before we knew where we were going to live, we had a Pinterest board going to gather color and design inspiration, so it was pretty simple to pull our thoughts together once we were ready for action. I’d been dying  to experiment with navy blue in at least one of the rooms, so we settled on Behr’s English Channel for the master bath and a light grey for the rest of the house {Behr’s Gentle Rain}, with the exception of the guest bathroom, which remained white.



While you can’t really tell in the first photo, the grey actually appears as light lavender in certain lighting, which was quite the surprise but something we couldn’t really change considering we’d already painted the whole house {whoops}. However, once all the furniture was added, this became much less noticeable and I like the contrast it provides while adding a bit of warmth over basic white. Our dining table {original post here} was brought down to standard height using metal piping, and we scored 8 metal chairs {6 shown here} from Target for a killer deal.


The master bathroom was bland and sterile before…


But became much more cozy after! This photo was taken a few days before we moved in, so it’s changed quite a bit in recent weeks. I was nervous that this shade of blue was going to be too dark, but it was PERFECT and a great compliment to the cabinets. I splurged on a luxuriously fluffy rug since {those toes need to stay warm!}, put a few towel hooks up and am working on finally getting that grey-and-white striped shower curtain I’ve been eyeballing from West Elm to complete the nautical feel.


A friend introduced us to Piggy Boxes, who rent out stackable plastic moving bins instead of having to buy/find/dumpster dive for cardboard ones {then be responsible for breaking them down and disposing them 5 months later}. The boxes get dropped off at your current house, you move them yourself, then they pick them up at the new place. Pretty sweet, and totally worth it, especially since you don’t have to worry about rips or using any tape!


Our living room {the carpeted area} is now actually smaller than our previous one, so our couch {which was a sectional}, had a tough time fitting with our side and coffee tables. Looking to upgrade, we opted for the beautiful Leanne Fabric Slipcover Sofa from Macy’s, and it was an awesome compromise.

Macys-Leanne-Fabric-Slipcover-Sofa-Couch-White-Living-Room-Gallery-Wall-Black-Coffee-Table-Beach-HouseWhile the slipcover is not machine washable, all pieces are dry-cleanable {removed via zipper}, which makes owning a white couch just a little less terrifying. The same couch at Pottery Barn, the PB Comfort series, runs upwards of $2,000 – $3,000, yet we didn’t want something as inexpensive as IKEA’s Ektorp, so this Macy’s version is a perfect alternate for quality, comfort and style.


Then….. there was THE FRIDGE. I say THE FRIDGE because it was the biggest headache we’ve ever had to deal with and it shouldn’t have been. Long story short, we bought it on Craigslist without really checking out who the seller was {I take back what I said about Craigslist earlier}, and got a crazy good deal on a stunning Whirlpool refrigerator that didn’t, well, refrigerate. The “company” delivered it {late}, no-showed twice to “fix it” {without ever calling of course, because that would be way to professional}, and ignored phone call upon phone call and text upon text for requests to repair our broken appliance. On the third attempt, the tech finally showed and had to replace the entire compressor {the part that actually gives it the ability to cool and freeze, and is normally a $400-$700 repair}. If it weren’t for my family’s help that week, I’m not sure this would have ever been resolved. BUT! There is a happy ending to the story; they didn’t charge us a penny for any of parts or time and anyone who visits our home would never know. Plus, the fridge really is gorgeous!!


{Side note: I took a photo of the truck because up until the day they came to fix it, I wasn’t sure they actually existed. Like a loch ness or evil sasquatch who takes your money. You’ve been warned}.


Phew! Well I think that’s about enough for one post. We’re loving our new home and the area provides easier access to the beach, which I’m so not complaining about. Thanks for patiently standing by – let’s hit the sand soon.








nook & sea is moving! (literally)

Beach-Duplex-House-1960-Succulents-Planter-Landscaping-Fake-Grass-Turf-NeighborhoodHi friends, exciting news! After only a short time of apartment-hunting (really, just TWO days), the Lord has blessed us with some insanely cool new digs. In just a few weeks, we will be moving into a 1960’s duplex and I couldn’t be more excited to start this new chapter of life (and not to mention, get back into decorating and sharing it all with you)!

Thanks for your patience while we pack up (and haul everything down three flights of stairs….. *yikes*)!

The adventure begins!






holy canoli.


So, apparently, if you don’t pay your hosting provider (orrrrrrr renew your domain) every year, your blog can get suspended. And maybe forever. When the bank sent me a new debit card a few months back, I totally forgot to update it in the system (oops) which is why no one’s been able to access the site (and why I’ve been having mini panic attacks for the last few hours). The good news? With your help (THANK YOU FOR YOUR EMAILS!) I was able to catch it 5 days before all hell broke loose. Thank. The. Lord. Lessons in checking personal email more often, activated.

Now for some beach pictures to celebrate.


As you may know, each January we try to sneak away to the Florida Keys to ring in the New Year. This time was no different (except we got to sit in first class for no apparent reason and it was AWESOME. Just ask for “extra leg room” and see what happens. True story).




The trip was fantastic. The company and weather warm and (very) entertaining. The sights too unreal to be real. It was the first time I was in another state for my birthday, and there probably couldn’t have been a better place to turn 28. One bread crumb led to another, and we found ourselves surprised with a private retreat, ridiculously fun night, much key lime pie, and 24 hours to explore everything Key West. The night ended with pizza on the beach in moonlight that was so bright, we had shadows.

Florida-Keys-2015-Vacation-Ocean-Beach-Bay-Tropical-Islamorada-3- Sunset-Key-Key-West-CottagesAfter our trip, I caught a cold (typical), but am back in action and feeling like my normal self! 2015 is sure to be a big one – lots of change headed our way, but God has been faithful in His guidance of it all so far.

How has your New Year been? Good to be back.






f r i d a y

It’s here! We did it! The end of the week! Things have been uncharacteristically smooth-sailing at the office for this time of year, and I’m feeling refreshed being able to come up for a little air before more craziness ensues. I’ve been able to pick up some freelance copywriting work on the side and am really enjoying the challenge of doing something new and exciting! Brickyard Buffalo has some tempting deals lately… check out my top picks this week {and hurry, sales end in just a few days}!



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my goals for december



It’s finally Friday, and I could not be more happy! The autumn chill is starting to creep in, but I refuse to stash away my Rainbows just yet. This time of year, we should still see some warm sunny days now through January {gotta love where we live}!! This week, I was inspired by my sweet friend Veronika at By The Shore to come up with a quick list of goals for next month. Why does January get all the credit for having resolutions? Get your game face on – I say we start early! Some things on my mind and heart for the end of 2014 and beyond…

Listen + Engage

Be present in the company of others, commit to growing relationships and engage in meaningful conversations!

Make a New Playlist

Discover new artists and re-discover the ones I’ve forgotten {can anyone say… KC + JoJo?}

Create a Personal Mission Statement

Craft a vision for who I want to be, and more importantly, who I can be for God’s kingdom here on earth

Set Aside Time to be Creative

Paint, try new DIY projects around the house, start an Etsy shop… whatever! 

Change up the Scenery

Spend a whole day exploring somewhere new, work from a cozy coffee shop or take my laptop to the beach

What are some of your upcoming goals? I’d love to hear them!





Q&A with Jenna Johns Photography


If you haven’t spotted them already, you may have seen a fresh new wave of Nook & Sea blog photos come through {and thank goodness, I was way overdue}! My lovely new sister-friend, Jenna Johns, is one talented woman. And when she offered to snap a few photos during lunch one weekday afternoon, I jumped {excitedly} at the opportunity. Her work is beautiful and I was honored to be the subject of the hour ; ) So to throw a little spotlight her way, here’s a little Q&A sesh with Jenna herself. Visit her website, sign up for her blog, follow this beauty on Instagram and be sure to say hello!


Q: How did you get started in photography, and & She Wore White?

A: I started playing with the camera as a little gal, always sneaking pictures of my family on the disposable cameras. As I got older, I realized how much I loved capturing the raw moments in life and holding onto them forever. & She Wore White was created through my undying love for weddings and marriage. I love being a part of a couples’ most exciting day together, so documenting that journey is always such an honor to me.


Q: What’s in the name?

A: My favorite part of photography is the story that is told. Everything from a nervous glance from a bride to be, to the first kiss as husband and wife, or the twinkle in the eye of a soon-to-be freshman in college, it’s all so captivating. Since my photography is mainly geared towards weddings and engagements, I love to finish the story with his outfit description (He wore tan, & She Wore White). It’s just my little way of ending the story as it’s always told… with the bride wearing white.

Q: What are some of your favorite moments? Are you always behind the lens?

A: The most impactful moment I’ve ever experienced was at my first wedding. The bride had just finished putting on her gown, looking so stunning and lovely, and she looked out the window. there was so much excitement and curiosity at the future in her eyes, and at that moment I knew I wanted to see that look forever. As much as I love being behind the lends, I often dip into other interests of mine such as music, design and writing.

Q: Name your gear.

A: Canon Mark II, 85mm Samyang lens, 50mm Canon lens.


Did I mention she also did my good friend Amanda’s birth announcements for her sweet baby girl? I know… they’re both gorgeous! ; )

Q: How do you describe your style, both professionally and in your work?

A: My style in life and in my work fall into the same category. It’s always changing because I’m always learning. I love simplicity and I love having fun, so I try to bring that out in my work. I like to grab moments that are as raw and real as possible, so it usually includes asking a question to spark a thought, or doing something goofy to make someone laugh. I love those real facial expressions that make you remember a moment.


Q: You’re a true storyteller by nature. Where does your inspiration lie?

A: Oh goodness, my inspiration lies everywhere. In the ocean, in the forest, in my own stories from childhood. I spent a lot of time as a kid watching people while waiting to be picked up from school, so I would make up stories in my head about their day and sometimes write about them. I hope that imagination never dies.

Q: Your perfect day would be…

A: Waking up to a foggy sky and sitting on the beach with a coffee mug, Bible and journal. Then I’d spend the day on the beach and in the ocean with pals until the sunset, maybe throw in a photo shoot at the golden hour. Then we’d go get sushi and end the day in the backyard talking and laughing about life with the sweet sounds of Sara Bareilles on the record player. Let’s make that happen, you’re all invited.


Q: All time favorite food?

A: Oh man. I’d say my Grandma’s artichokes. She’s a legend!

Q: Can one person change the world?

A: I love this question. As a believer, I know that I am just a part of the body of Christ, and we all have significant roles and goals set before us. I believe one person can have a major impact on a great number of people, but it all comes down to loving each other like Jesus does. Mother Theresa loved on people and cared for them, so it influenced everyone to do the same. I think it’s a collective effort, but we just have to realized our own identity in Christ and live in that.


Q: Any last words?

A: Nook & Sea is one of my favorite blogs to browse and learn from, and the creator behind it has such a beautiful soul : ) I’m so grateful to be a part of it!

Read more about Jenna here.