So after my frantic dining chair search, I have finally come across a chair that I know would feel right at home with our round Bjursta. Check it out. It should look a tad bit familiar.

Yes, and I am not afraid to admit that this is a classic reproduction of the classic Charles and Ray Eames Dar chair. These puppies are sold as a set of 2 on Overstock for only $166.79! Of course I was a little skeptical (I mean who sells reproductions for this cheap?) but my fears were immediately eased when I read all of the amazingly positive comments. The product has been given 5 stars, and though it's not the real deal, don't you think that everyone is entitled to their own little "design within reach"? I'm totally excited about them (of course I cleared them with the future hubby and he thinks they would look great) so I'm ordering them within the next few weeks. Combine the price with the $2.95 shipping (gosh I love Overstock) and boys and girls, I believe that we have a winner!

A few days ago I was browsing through my inspiration folder and found a picture of a rectangular Bjursta with similar chairs. I mean seriously, how could you not love the look? I can't wait to see what our new chairs look like with our new circular table. Gosh, everything's soooo new. God is so good. :)
So you might remember when I initially showed you the photo of my bridesmaids' dress. It went a little something like this...

 Well needless to say, in April I found out that this dress was nowhere NEAR the hot pink color that I had been picturing in my head. It actually turned out to be plum after some of my girls ordered it. Trust me, I nearly had a heart attack. But, seeing as though it was still so early, I was able to correct the problem by choosing another dress and ordering it for myself to confirm my choice.

Not only do I love the color more (it's dead on), but the cut of the dress with the ruching on the tummy not only flatters the body but looks so sweet and sexy. When the dress came in I was, well, tickled pink. The shoes my girls will be wearing are chocolate satin heels. I'm super de duper excited about how awesome everything will look. Especially with the surprise pop of color for the jewelry!

As for the guys, they will be wearing chocolate pinstripe tuxes with hot pink vests and ties.
Here's B during the tux preview! 

Yeah, he was feeling pretty handsome! Brandon will be wearing a white paisley vest and tie underneath his tux (he didn't let me see it because he wanted it to be a surprise). I'm so excited about the bow ties. They make an event feel so much more formal and special.

As for our dads, they'll be wearing chocolate paisley vests and ties. I love it!
Time is winding down! I'll keep you posted!

So Brandon and I finally got our invitations out on Monday and I feel like a HUGE weight has been lifted off of my shoulders! Yesterday I got a text pic from a friend sending me a picture of my wedding invitation suite, and you know what, something that simple made me so happy! It was exactly the kind of picture that I've envied on other wedding sites that I frequent. To finally have my invites out and receiving compliments from others really made me feel great. It's so awesome to see my dreams coming true!

In case you haven't seen it yet, here's our save the date.

And here's the invitation suite I created complete with RSVP card and map with hotel information. The suite was sent in a kraft brown 9x4 envelope. I am sooo happy to finally share it with everyone. Thanks for the pic, Jess! I really needed that small pick me up to let me know I'm going in the right direction!
Because I work in the world of kitchens, I can't help but appreciate unique kitchen ideas when I see them. These images have been in my blog folder for a while now, so I thought to myself, "Why not share them with [you]?" Here are some cool trends that I'm currently loving.

I think open shelves are so cool and stream-lined. I really love them because they're honest and open. What better way than to force yourself to keep organized? Also, I can't help but feel a sense of rest with all of the horizontal lines. I definitely wouldn't mind living like this. In my world, Nexus blk-brn and lack floating shelves.

How about the lighting under the base cabinets? I'm diggin' it. I also love how the cabinetry is installed between two walls instead of being exposed on either side, the integrated look is forever in. And how about that custom banquette? Amazing. In my world, Abstrakt white, and Dioder lighting strips.

The red is a show stopper, and I can't help but be amazed by a whole wall of pantry cabinets (perhaps there's an integrated fridge?) The gray island takes the red fire and cools it down considerably. The thickness of the countertop is substantial and definitely makes a statement. In my world, Abstrakt red and gray could make this dream come true.

This rental is so stunning! I love how the cabinets are still very 80's but the addition of a nice rug, a beautiful print (how fitting), and an amazing chandelier this kitchen looks completely transformed and glamorous. Can we just talk about the chalkboard paint for a minute? How beautiful! In my world, Applad white and maybe some Nexus Yellow Brown decor strip.

So I don't know if these are drawers with glass inserts, or they are horizontal cabinets installed below the countertop (maybe the doors would be to heavy to hold up the doors if installed upside down, but hey, it's just a thought). In any case, I think it makes the kitchen very light and airy. In my world, Adel white or Stat white would definitely do the trick.

I just had to show you the wall stickers. If I had flat kitchen doors in my future kitchen I would definitely rock this. I know these aren't our kitchen accessories on the wall, but Grundtal, Asker, Bygel, and Kroken can turn any small space into chic storage. Also, I'm currently having a moment with apple green - so please excuse me. Who really knows how long it'll last? Stay tuned.
Brandon and I have finally found a place to begin our life post-marriage and I can not be more excited! We'll be moving into a 2 bed, 2 bath, with a sun room. Awesome, right? So with the move in date just over a month from now I figured that there's no time like the present to start choosing the staples that will collaborate to form our humble abode. What better place for me to start than at my favorite furniture store where it would be absolutely criminal if I did not take advantage of my resources. Here's what we're working with.

I am so in love with this Flyn Beata curtain panel set. I always like to start a room with some inspiration and I think that this is it. The colors are beautiful and I would love to pull some colors from this panel to splash around the apartment (of course sparingly because I'm over my college kaleidoscope of color phase). What do you say? I think it's a great place to start.

If you've been with me since the beginning, you probably remember my coveted Sater (klamby) sofa. It's so completely comfortable and great for cuddling (we've already tried it out). And plus, as my very first sofa, I really don't think I could have done better for a 100 dollars! It's a great staple and I can't wait to give it a proper home. Imagine filling it with colorful pillows and luscious textures.

And seriously, how awesome is this Regolit light fixture? I can see it behind my sofa just illuminating all of our adorable throw pillows. Our apartment is wired and capped off for overhead light fixtures (we were told that our maintenance person can wire whatever fixtures we choose), but for the living room, I think that this overhead floor lamp will really set the mood.

Just so you know, I've been a total nut going back and forth between prospective dining tables. This Bjursta table had my heart in the end. I'm a sucker when it comes to round tables, but my main concern was how we were going to accommodate more friends and family when he had people over. Good thing this baby extends!
Yep, at a moment's notice, we can seat up to six people, which is pretty awesome for an apartment. So I'm pretty happy with it, and when I showed it to Brandon we agreed that indeed it was pretty awesome. Now I just need to pick some chairs (which is also proving to be harder than I initially thought).

Because our second bedroom will be used as an office, I thought it would be cool to create an individual workspace for each of us. With Brandon's vision of "a study" and I figured we would could at least ground the room with some Expedit workstations while I decide exactly what constitutes a "unisex study". We may end up going with a small loveseat sofa bed for the occasional overnight crasher, but other than that, it's all about post-college book storage, possible design projects, blogging, and I.T. teleworking (okay, and youtube watching...)

And for our newlywed bedroom, we chose the Jett Bed from Z Gallerie! I've been keeping an eye on this bed for a while now, and at such a nice price, how could I you not love it? It's a platform bed with a slatted bed base, and the cut outs keep it nice and airy. I figured we could work up to the other awesome beds they have when we buy our dream house, but for now, I'm so excited about beginning our lives with this one. P.S. I can't WAIT to dress it up and call it our sanctuary! What do you think? Stay tuned! More to come.