Fearlessly Made: New Blog

We’ve featured my friend Brianne a couple times on our blog because she has adorable style that’s right up the Redefine alley. And she and her friend Kayla recently started their own blog! So now we get to hear from her regularly and see all the fun projects she does around her house.

Check out Fearlessly Made when you get a chance. You’ll definitely find inspiration in their photos! Here are some of the pics from her house tour – she provides a source list of her fab decor. LOVE the color combos!!

Navy Island and Amazing Light Fixtures

I was perusing Young House Love’s blog this week, and I came across some fun pics of a showhouse they’re helping with. I don’t know much about it, but the kitchen reminded me of what my neighbor, Paige, wants to do in hers. So I stopped to take a deeper look.

I adore the gray cabinets with the navy island. Paige said she was thinking about doing either gray or navy cabinets when she updates her kitchen. Well, I say this picture makes me think she should do both!! Absolutely stunning. And those gold light fixtures are to die for!!!

As I was scrolling through the rest of the post, these other photos were screaming my name as well.

I want a hexagon chandelier. This one is apparently from Restoration Hardware.

Or maybe mint subway tiles in my shower.

Or maybe both!

Yeah, definitely both.

 

 

Delicious Bedding

I have a new bed! As part of our bedroom update, I wanted to DIY a new headboard since I had done our last one. This is our old bed.

Old Bed - www.middleredefined.com

Old Bed – http://www.middleredefined.com/caption

However, the more I tried to figure out exactly what fabric I wanted to do, the more I just realized that maybe it was time in my eight-year marriage to finally buy a bed – we’ve only had hand-me-downs and DIY’ed ones. So one day, a sale on Joss and Main inspired me to buy a charcoal grey, tufted headboard. Here’s a sneak peak – I’ll dig up the link to the bed online and share it with you once I find it.

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You’ll get to see the rest once I have my bedding all done. Now that I had a pretty headboard to show off, of course that meant new shams and throw pillows! I found the perfect coral bordered shams from Biscuit bedding. Bailey, the shop owner, has a blog that I visit often. While I probably would never do floor to ceiling floral wallpaper like she does in her designs, I find her writing witty and fun. And her outlook on design just makes me smile – such a happy person. She aptly named her shop Biscuit because she wants her bedding to feel delicious. Even though the shams were a bit more expensive than I normally would have gone, I knew they were exactly what I was looking for, so I bit the bullet. I’m going to have them monogramed in the same coral color to finish them off. Her packaging is even adorable.

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For accent throws, I found some remnant fabric on sale as Calico Corners for $15 a yard. It’s a pale mint Greek key pattern, and I think it will make the perfect compliment to the Biscuit bedding. I just have it laying over some lumbar pillows right now so you can have a vision of what it will look like. I’m hoping to get everything over to a family member this weekend who will make the throw pillows and do the monogramming. So excited!

Country Living House of the Year

Emily Henderson is a designer, TV Host, and super fun blogger. I check out her blog as often as I can because she just makes me smile. Her style is typically much more modern than mine. However, she’s such a happy soul that I totally want to be her friend. And I would definitely let her redecorate my house for me if she wanted to.

Anyways, she was picked to do the Country Living magazine’s House of the Year. It’s a remodel, and I feel like it’s exactly the way I would decorate a beach house if I had one.

Living room before:

Living Room - Before

Living Room – Before

Living Room After:

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Bedroom before:

Bedroom Before

Bedroom Before

Bedroom after:

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Bedroom After

Bedroom After

And kitchen before:

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Kitchen after:

 

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Anyone notice the metal red bar stools? Um, I did. Such a happy space! Can’t wait to see the full spread when the issue comes out in September!

 

Blogger Home Tour: Alaina Kaczmarski from The Everygirl

How precious is Mr. Jonah??? I can’t wait to meet him! And his nursery is just fabulous. So glad Jill shared that with everyone yesterday. Kudos to that momma for still blogging while on maternity leave! We’re grateful to you lady because we love your stuff.

Have you been to the blog The Everygirl? If not, it’s definitely worth a read. Jill told me about it last year when we were talking about blogs that inspire us, and I visit it often now. It’s a lifestyle blog that speaks to pretty much every kind of woman, especially career-oriented women who love fashion, beautiful interiors, and hearing other strong women’s stories. Alaina Kaczmarski is a writer for The Everygirl, and she also has her own fabulous blog, called Live Creating Yourself. How she keeps up with all of this, I do not know. But I’m glad she does.

I adore her home tour and thought you all would too!

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Her family room is right up my alley with all the greys, whites, and worn wood.

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Living Room

 

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

So pretty.

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Side Table

White built in bookshelves with the perfect amount of accessories.

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Built In Bookshelves

And, oh my goodness black walls in her bedroom with grey and pink everywhere. I really want to be her friend. LOVE this bedroom!!!

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Amazing Bedroom

 

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Adorable Alaina. Absolutely adorable. Alaina has recently moved and is redecorating her new digs. We’ll have to check back to see her latest home tour once she’s done. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Bloggers that Redefine: A Piece of Toast

Interview with Molly and Sally from A Piece of Toast - www.middleredefined.com

Interview with Molly and Sally from A Piece of Toast – http://www.middleredefined.com/caption

I couldn’t have been more thriled when Molly and Sally from apieceoftoastblog.com agreed to have lunch with me in Dallas while I was visiting their hometown this past weekend. When Jill and I first started talking about starting Middle Redefined, she told me about these ladies and how much she loved their blog. I was instantly hooked as well. Unfortunately, Jill wasn’t able to join us because she’s about to pop out another little munchkin, so flying on a plane isn’t happening.

Since these ladies have inspired us, we wanted to share some fun tidbits from our discussion. During our lunch, Molly and Sally talked about how success didn’t come easy for them. It took about a year and half before they really started getting noticed by big brands. Their turning point was when they were asked to go to fashion week! They said they just looked at each other and said, “What are we doing here? We don’t belong here!” But they did. And ever since then, their blog has continued to gain popularity and both big and small brands work with them on a regular basis.

Focus on the Content, Not the Traffic

Molly and Sally attribute their success to the fact that their main focus has always been on creating great content. They have never proactively sought out partnerships with brands, but rather, everything has happened organically. Even during our conversation, they didn’t talk about their visitor numbers because they feel that writers and small business owners should put their efforts toward engagement with their target audience – not just the sheer number of people checking out their site. So insightful from such young entrepreneurs.

Even though Molly and Sally are approached on a daily basis by brands that want to sponsor them or advertise on their site, they are very particular about their partnerships. Molly said, “You have to be able to say no to brands that don’t align with you. It’s important that the companies and people you work with are a reflection of who you are.” Both Jill and I work in marketing for a living and couldn’t agree more with what Molly’s saying. This sort of mantra goes beyond just blogging and is just as important for anyone building a brand.

Show Support for Others

The other big takeaway from our discussion was the notion of actually showing support for other bloggers, small business owners, and women entrepreneurs. This is truly one of the reasons that Jill and I relate so well to Molly and Sally. Anyone who reads their blog can see from the way they write, the topics they discuss, and the way they promote others that they understand the importance of connection and collaboration vs. sheer competitiveness. They said, “You have to take a step back and realize that these are real people writing their blogs. Staying positive and supporting others in our industry has not only been good for our business, but some of our best friends today are other bloggers.” People in all facets of business could take a lesson from these two.

I enjoyed my time with Molly and Sally so much! The only thing that would have made it better is if Jill could have joined us. Another time hopefully. We are so incredibly grateful to them for taking the time to share their thoughts with us and hope they inspire you as much as they have us!

 

Not only are they fabulous inside and out, they have great style! Here are a couple photos from their apartment.

Um, didn’t I tell you that mounted deer heads are awesome?

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Love the “Lust” pillow and sunglass display

Sunglass Love - A Piece of Toast

Sunglass Love – A Piece of Toast

How adorable is the bedding from Biscuit?

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Interiors – A Piece of Toast

The pig just takes the whole jewelry display over the top. So cute!

Jewelry Display - A Piece of Toast

Jewelry Display – A Piece of Toast