Getting New Floors & Our Home Remodel

Getting New Floors & Our Home Remodel -

Hi friends! If you have been following me on Instagram, then you already know that we have new floors. We have renovated, remodeled and done some general sprucing up at home for the past couple months. The bulk of work has taken place in the past 6 weeks, and while we still have a ways to go, today I am sharing an update on the home remodel. I’ll share the work we had done, what we did ourselves, how long it took, what went well and what went wrong. If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, I hope hearing our experience will give you some insight and confidence.

Getting New Floors

At the beginning of this year, we decided it was time to rip up our old carpet and 70s-style kitchen tile and replace it with something more modern that would add value to our home. We researched some different options, visited a few different places and ultimately decided to put down luxury vinyl plank flooring throughout 90% of our condo. The new floor now runs from the entry way into our dining room, living room, kitchen, hallway, guest bedroom, master bedroom and master bathroom. We chose luxury vinyl plank flooring from Floor & Decor for a couple reasons:

  1. It’s 100% waterproof. We wanted to update the tile in our kitchen and master bathroom, so with this flooring we could seamlessly run it throughout our home.
  2. It has texture and grains to it so it looks like wood.
  3. The price was right. Our condo is not our forever home so paying top-dollar did not make sense.

The process of getting the new flooring laid out felt long, but in hindsight it was pretty quick. We boxed all the small things up the weekend before the work began. From start to finish, putting down the new flooring took four days. It probably would have been less time, but we encountered a big leak from the wet-bar that was removed. It was a mess to say the least!

How We Cut Costs

While we started saving for the new flooring last year, we identified some extra ways to save money when we started researching and planning the process of laying down new floors. To cut costs, we opted to do some work ourselves. We removed all the tile in the kitchen and bathroom ourselves. Honestly, it was not something I would have been able to do without Will, even though I did pitch in. We did all this work on the weekends, starting about a month out. The dust from removing the tile was a little crazy, but thankfully we focused on the master bathroom first and just shut the door!

Additional Updates

Getting the new floors was definitely the biggest part of our remodel project, but we made a few additional updates to our home. I painted the entryway, dining room and living room. I opted for a brighter white than the creamy version we had in the hallway. It was Benjamin Moore’s Simple White. For the dining room and living room, I chose Benjamin Moore’s Summer Shower, which is a light, peaceful blue.

  • Removed the wet-bar in our dining room which was blocking light into the kitchen.
  • We widened the entry to the kitchen by cutting into the wall.
  • Got a new rug for our living room
  • Got a lighter slipcover for our IKEA couch
  • Got new storage for our kitchen and a new rug

Before and “After” Home Remodel

Since we didn’t take a lot of photos before the remodel, my Instagram Story photos and photos with Maddie and Maple are the best I have to show you our old tile and carpet and a look at our old living room.

The “after” photos above are really just where we are currently. I want to update the artwork in our living room. We still have things to finish this summer too, including finishing the new shelves/storage in our master bathroom, finishing our laundry area, selling some old pieces on Craigslist, painting the kitchen in Simple White and getting a rug for my office.

Moving forward, I’ll share updates on each room and any new home decor as it gets completed. If you’ve recently remodeled your home or gotten new floors, I would love to hear about it. And, if you are looking into a similar home project, I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments.

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Affordable Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is less than a week away and if you need help trying to figure out what to get, look no further! I am sharing some affordable gift ideas that are a little more unique than your typical flowers, card or framed photo, and will leave your mom feeling as special and loved as she is.

While many mom’s are fine with just a card, I hope these gift ideas can help you give that little extra something to the mom or moms in your life, that leaves them feeling special. I have found that often people give gifts that they would want for themself, not necessarily what the receiver would want. So taking a minute to think about a gift that suits the personality of the person you are shopping for is my best tip for gift giving. Hopefully, you also realize that you don’t have to break the bank to give a meaningful gift. It may be cliche, but the thought you put into it truly is what matters most.

Now, here are my gift ideas, all $65 or less!

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#1 Keds Rifle Paper Co. Slip-On Sneaker, $65

#2 Kendra Scott Pendant Necklace, $60

#3 Juliska Floretta Apron, $39

#4 S’well ‘Sparkling Champagne’ Stainless Steel Water Bottle

#5 Gold Cactus Stemless Wine Glasses Set of 4, $24

#6 Llama Planter Pot, $34

#7 Gingham Summer Slide Sandals, $50 but currently on sale for $20!

#8 Capri Blue Scented Jar Candle, $30

#9 Recover Rose iPhone Case, $20

#10 L’Occitane x Rifle Paper Co. Hand Cream Trio, $29

#11 Target Tassel Crochet Drop Earrings, $13

#12 Anthropologie Monogram Tumbler, $14

#13 Bite Beauty Creme Lip Gloss, $22

#14 Straw Ring Tote Bag, $40

#15 Marble Cookbook Stand, $29

#16 Anthropologie Sierra Dishtowel, $24

#17 Zooey Set of 3 Kitchen Knives, $24

#18 Coconut Chocolate Truffles, $30

#19 Dolce Vita Wedge Sandal, $45

#20 Dripping Gold Luxury Exfoliating Mitt, $10

There are a lot of different moms out there, so I tried to come up with some ideas that would suite a wide range of personalities. Several items will pair well together, like the dish towel and knives or the hand cream and lip gloss. In addition, these gift ideas may be helpful for other upcoming occasions, like a your girlfriend’s birthday or for a hostess gift.

No matter how big or small your gift is this Mother’s Day, I think the most important thing is communicating how and why you cherish your mother and all the mothers in your life. After all, where would we be with out them!?

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou

I’d love to hear what you have planned for Mother’s Day and what gifts you are giving. If you are a mom, what are you most looking forward to? Let me know what your favorite gift to give is in the comments.


Sarah Camille

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Affordable Housewarming Gift Ideas

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There is a big difference in a house and a home. Personally, I love finding little unique pieces of decor that add a personal, homey touch to our abode. But, it can be tricky to find an affordable housewarming gift that suits someone else’s home. There are many gift ideas that you can consider without breaking the bank. I love finding gifts that are unique to the host and putting a little thought into a gift can go a long way when you are trying to make a good impression. It is important to not pick the first thing you see that you secretly want for yourself! Remember to consider the personal style, favorite colors and home decor of the gift recipient. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite, go-to affordable housewarming gift ideas.

“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends and family belong and laughter never ends.” — Unknown

Canvas Prints

If you have a friend who loves personalized decor, canvas prints will make a great housewarming gift. It can be personalized to suit the preferences of the recipient. One of the most popular ideas is to use a family photo. A heartwarming quote printed on canvas is also a good idea. Choose a good frame to complement the print and the style of the person you’re giving it to.

Don’t know where to get the best canvas prints? Click here and explore some of the best options that are available.

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Cheese Board

This will make another affordable housewarming gift, especially for someone who loves hosting intimate dinners and parties at home. Look for materials that are not only durable but also good in terms of aesthetics. Marble, wood, and brass are some of the best materials that are available. The cheese board will be a functional and decorative piece.


This is one of the most popular gifts to bring in a housewarming party. It is functional and affordable. The scent and the color of the candle are two of the most important things that you have to consider. The design is also important. Make sure that it will look good wherever it will be placed at home.

Wine or Wine Rack

Like candles, a bottle of wine is a common housewarming gift. You probably know your friend well and it won’t be hard to choose a wine that he or she will love. It also helps to choose a wine that suits the personality of the recipient. If you’d like to take a new twist on this gift idea, your wine-loving friends may appreciate a wine rack, like the ones below!

Flower Vase

A nice vase will make an excellent accent piece in almost any part of the house. When giving a vase, it will also be good to pair it up with nice flowers. You can pick fresh flowers from the garden if you have one. I was recently given the brass vase pictured below and am loving how it looks in our living room.

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Here are a few more affordable flower vases you can give!

Tool Kit

This will be a great gift for those who love DIY tasks. Both guys and girls who love doing things on their own will love it. Choose a simple set with the basic tools needed in most tasks, such as a screwdriver and pliers.

Accent Pillows

This is another cheap idea that is great to bring in a housewarming. Give up to three pillows with different colors and patterns, which are sure to make an excellent decor in the living room. You can even have the cover personalized.

Potted Houseplant

No, you do not need to give the large ones. A miniature plant in a cute pot will make a good gift, especially for people who love gardening. It also makes for nice decor, by adding a touch of nature indoors. There are some cute herb plant kits, like the ones below, that are not just affordable but also practical.

“Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.” — Nate Berkus

Shopping for an affordable housewarming gift should not be a complicated task, but I know from experience it can be challenging! Hopefully these suggestions will make someone (and their home!) happy with your little present!

Now, I would love to hear if you have received a housewarming gift that made a great impression on you and your home. Do you have a favorite, go-to item you like to give for housewarming parties or for hostess gifts? Let’s chat in the comments section!

Cheers to a wonderful week!

Sarah Camille


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