Home Sweet Home!

Hi lovelies :) I hope you all enjoyed your Mother's Day weekend!
I'm going to get right to business today...last week's Smell the Roses task was to redecorate something in your home. If you have NO clue what I'm talking about, no worries, you can read up on Smell the Roses right here.

I've been living in my apartment for about 6 months now, and I still have a lot of room for improvement when it comes to interior decorating. I didn't want to spend a ton of money on knick knacks when I was moving in. I just bought what I needed...a couch, a TV, side tables, kitchen appliances. This is my first apartment that I've had to completely furnish, so I had a lot of catching up to do. But now that all of the needs are taken care of, I can have a little bit of fun and start to make my apartment more homey. 

I'm so grateful to have a roof over my head, cable/internet, hot, running water & of course A/C. This week's task was meant to make us appreciate the place that we call home, because not everyone is blessed enough to have a lovely place to come home to every day.

I chose to redecorate a built in shelving unit, which is the first thing that people lay eyes on when they set foot in my apartment. The shelving acts as a divider for the living room & dining room. I remember when my grandma & I walked in my place for the first time and we saw these shelves, we both squealed with excitement, because nothing like that was in any of the model apartments that we had viewed. That being said, I didn't plan on having to fill 9 additional shelf areas, which is why they have been so bare...until now :)

I went to Target and stocked up on a few cheap little knick knacks, found some cute (free!) printables to use, and I got to work! This is what is looks like now:

It makes my apartment feel a lot homier, and the best part is that each shelf represents an important part of my life. Okay, maybe with the exception of the giant metal ampersand. When I was buying that at Target, the man at the register gave me the weirdest look and asked me why I was buying it. I told him that I was drawn to it and didn't really have a legit answer for him. He laughed and said, "Well I guess your life is complete now that you own a giant ampersand!" I couldn't agree more ;)

The top left shelf is where I keep all of my old planners & journals. Oh, and my little collection of wine corks! The shelf below that is the giant ampersand that I couldn't live without & a delicious smelling candle.

The middle top shelf has a framed quote that reads, "Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. -Julia Child" (You can find the printable here). For me, that passion is health & fitness, which is why the "Nutrition for Dummies" book is also on that shelf. One of the mason jars is filled with rocks to represent my love for the outdoors & the other one has my favorite quotes folded up inside of it.

The lower middle shelf has my favorite flower, sunflowers, in a large mason jar filled with coffee beans...smells SO good! The quote that is framed on this shelf says,"Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." (You can find the printable here). And the last thing is a picture of Adam & I on one of our bike rides :)

The top right shelf has another mason jar (is my love for mason jars apparent yet?!) filled with coffee beans & a picture from when Adam took me on a surprise beach trip :) The lower shelf has an Eiffle Tower figurine, because Adam & I met in French class back in high school (awwwww, I know).

And here is the finished product all together! Now when people walk in my apartment, they actually have things to look at rather than being greeted by a bunch of empty looking shelves. Yay!

Did you redecorate something in your home? I'd love to read about it :) Grab a (new!) button & link up!

This week's task:
Write a letter to your younger self.

You may be thinking, "Ummm what?" But if I could go back to when I was 16, knowing all that I know now, there is a lot that I would have to say to myself! I wouldn't change a single thing, because it all brought me to where I am today. This task is meant to make you appreciate where you've been, where you're going & where you are. You feel me?

I hope you all have the best Monday that you can possibly have!

P.S. I usually center all of my posts, but I'm trying out this whole left justify thing to see how I like it. Apparently it's supposed to be more appealing to the eye. What do you think?


  1. I love the way you decorated that shelf :) and while on that topic, the shelf is so fun!! I want something fun like that in my house :) also, LOVE the chair, adorable!
    Great pictures and I love the "left justify" on ur blog! :)
    Happy Monday!

  2. And I meant to say I love the new link up button :) adorbs!! And I also have a love for mason jars :)

  3. Absolutely love this Jess! You are so amazingly talented & I love the idea of keeping all your old journals to look back on.

    Thank you for always helping me to remember the little things! Love you doll!!

  4. I want that chair. The end. Oh yeah, I loooove the shelves!!!

  5. This project turned out so, so cute! I love rearranging and redecorating every couple months or so!

  6. Looks great! I am so bad at organizing shelves so that they look good. My mom did the shelves in my house...She is the decorating queen!



  7. The shelves look AWESOME! Love all your knick knacks - and what a fabulous chair :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  8. I have been eyeing that ampersand for weeks!! :)) I love it. Just waiting for it to go on sale cuz I know the hubs is gonna be like, why on earth did you buy that? Haha. And ... Weird!!! I have a draft sitting on my blogger where I'm writing a letter to myself when I was younger! *crazy*

  9. Looks great! I love the eiffel tower!! Where did you get it? We have a travel themed office!!
    Have a great monday!!

  10. my friend has that same chair and i LOVE it! love the printables you have too - so cute!

  11. That looks awesome! It's amazing how the proper accents can make such and impact! I really like that color combo too!

  12. LOVE that chair. I am the same way, I have only three months in a friends apartment before I have to find my own so I am not even buying furniture, I am going to be living on an air mattress. Ha!

  13. Your shelf looks great! Love the mason jars & the printables. :) And that yellow/gray chair, where did you find it?

    Happy Monday!!

  14. Oh how pretty !! Girl this looks awesome! My favorite is the "&" ! You did an awesome job! Bookshelves are so fun !

  15. I love the new set-up and all of the shelf additions! You know what I also noticed and loved? The left alignment! To be honest, full posts that are center-aligned drive me kind of crazy. :-/

    And like I told you on e-mail already, I will definitely be linking up next Monday for STR! Can't wait! It's been a draft of mine for months, and now I really just need to post it. :-)



    I have mason jars with corks in them on my shelves toooo. yay twinsies!

    love all the pinted signs!

    ahhhh so great!
    Love next weeks task!!

    xo love you sweet firend!

  17. I love what you did with the shelf! Those decorations are SO cute. And GREAT idea for the next smell the roses; I used to write letters to future me. I might just have to link up this time :)
    Have a great Monday!

  18. The redo looks great! I love the picture of your feet with your name on it! I also love that chair!!!! It's it amazing what a little facelift can do for a spot in your home?! Happy Monday!

  19. I lovvvveeee it! And I love those printables!!! I love the Julia child one...I need that!!! I was dying to watch Julie and Julia yesterday! Its one of my faves!!!

  20. The pops of yellow in your selving... LOVE IT GOOORL!! It totes goes with your adorbs chair! Love it!

    I love but hate moving into somewhere new when you're starting off to being on your own... you want and need everything from the kitchen to the living room to your rooms to your cute balcony/patio... but you don't know where to start and I surely don't have money to buy it all at once. I must say... Ikea has been amazing to me and my wallet :)

    Happy Monday mi amor!

  21. Love those shelves!! So pretty! And I love what you did with them!! The way you broke up each section into different categories is great!! You have an awesome design eye! Had so much fun with this task. Thank you! :) looking forward to next week also! Happy Monday! ;)

  22. I love the way you decorated the space. It looks so lovely and relaxing. Love your eiffel tower piece. I'm in the midst of moving so I'll get a chance to redecorate =) Thanks for the inspiration! Btw, your blog is so cute =)

    Suzie Q

  23. Your redecorating turned out awesome! I think I'm going to borrow the mason jar and coffee bean idea for once we're settled into our own space, wherever that may be :) Happy Monday, Jess!

  24. Great job girl! I have yet to start decorating when my boyfriend and I move in during summer! :)


  25. Cute blog, I just started following you today!

  26. I LOVE how the Nutrition for Dummies book fits into the color scheme! Did you plan that?? Lol! :)

    Modern Mommyhood

  27. LOVE your blog! Found out about it via Suzels Says!

  28. Umm, I love it!! The little things that make our home ours :)

    Hope you have a great week girl!

    <3 Jamie

  29. Just stumbled upon your blog and I love! So excited to read more :)

    xoxo - denise

  30. This looks fantastic, and I simply love all your little accents and details...perfectly put together and designed! :) Love that quote too!

  31. It looks so great now! Can't wait for next week's Smell the Roses post :)


  32. This looks like a ton of fun! I am totally in! See you next week!

  33. I just found your blog and I love the shelf! I have a thing for shelves of any kind there are just endless possibilities! Loved the coffee beans in the sunflowers.

    Rachel -


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