The Glam Farmhouse

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bed In A Box? An Honest Christeli Mattress Review!

A mattress in a box? It's an interesting concept, isn't it? I admit it, when this huge box arrived on my doorstep I was a little leery that a mattress that came from a box would be comfortable. But I went into this with an open mind. 

This mattress is from Christeli, a North Carolina based company.
I was determined to get this mattress up to our master bedroom by myself. It was heavy, but I manged, after knocking all my pictures off the wall, but that's another story for another time. I get really impatient with things like this and I was really curious about how this was going to work out. 
PS. My bedroom. It's a pretty empty slate right now as I'm determining which direction I want to go in, in this space. So disregard the lack of decor and blank empty spaces in here;) 

Once I opened up my box, I was left with this.
As soon as I cut the packaging, the mattress started to expand.
Okay, so at this point I'm feeling a little bit better about my mattress in a box. But still feeling a little confused by all of it. LOL I let this sit for about 5 minutes as the directions stated and it started to fluff up when I moved it to the bed.
 
annnnd of course Savanna couldn't wait to see if this one met up to her "jumping standards"
Overall, I was pretty pleased with the ease of getting this set up. It was super easy and the bed fluffed up nicely! The cool thing about Christeli is that they offer a 50 night sleep guarantee so if you aren't happy with your mattress they'll take it back! 
We're only a week in with this one and I'm getting used to it. It's really comfortable and conforms to your body. If you're looking for a guest bedroom or kids mattress this is totally where I would go!

What do you guys think? Would you buy a mattress in a box? I'd love to hear your thoughts below!!! 
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XO 

Disclaimer: I received a mattress in exchange for my open and honest review of the product. As always- all opinions are mine, and are not swayed in any way. I continue to be 100% honest with my followers!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Easy Farmhouse Style Command Center

Hey ya'll!! I'm so excited! I know that while this wasn't a huge "project" it's definitely been something I've been wanting to do forever! So I'm super excited to knock it off my to do list- FINALLY! It's such a relief when we can cross things off right? I've been procrastinating for a good two years with this little area. It's just something that was never super important and it totally took a back seat to other projects on my list. But it's D-O-N-E (at least for now!) and I'm super happy with the result!
It sits off the side of our kitchen and is a drop zone for mail, handbags, jackets etc.  I wanted it to be simple, functional and pretty. I've actually never shared this view of my house before because it's so awkward and the lighting sucks.

To the left is the Pantry. The stairs used to be where the island bar is now.

 I started with a coat of my absolute favorite GRIEGE paint, that can be found here, and then hung up these two pieces from Pottery Barn. I love that these are super well made and that I can slide the pieces in and out if we desire something different in the next few years.

Ya'll know I LOVE my tobacco baskets, you can find your own here and I used my favorite 'Our Nest' Sign from Hello LouLou.
She doesn't even know I'm blogging about her today so I should probably let her know! I get asked about the sign pretty often so I'm excited to share with you today where it's from! 

It's pretty neutral and makes me happy so, that's all that matters right? I knew I wanted something functional for this space and a drop zone for mail so this works perfectly and at least now it's visually more appealing. 


What do you guys think of this little weekend project? Do you have a "Command Center" or similar space? Do you find the space to be useful in your home? 

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XO

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Where It All Began..

If you would have told me 10 years ago, we would own our own home, have a successful business and be flipping houses for a living, I probably would have laughed in your face. 

Not meaning to be rude of course, but simply because as a teen parent there were several things that seemed out of reach for us. 

If you've been following along for a good while then you're probably already aware that I was a Teen Mom, and nope. I'm not talking 18-19 years old (even that is too young..) nope, I became a Mom for the first time when I was just 15 years old. Goodness it gives me chills just typing that now. 

I've come along way from that lost and confused 15 year old girl I was. 
Of course you're wondering how this happened at such a young age for me, for us. It's a classic girl meets boy story. Nick had moved up from the city to our little small country town. It wasn't love at first sight, not for either of us. Honestly, at 14 years old I was still very uninterested in boys. I was focused on school and other things I had going on in my life. Somewhere along the line, Nick as I become friends, and from there you can pretty much figure out what happened. 
We started dating and then.. our son happened. 

It was the hardest thing we would probably endure in life- sticking together even when there were so many times we didn't know who we were ourselves, how could we continue to be in a successful relationship when we were growing as people? But we made it through, all the struggles, the hardships, the diapers, the long working hours- literally, hours. And we made it. We made it here. 

And there isn't a single day that goes by that I don't think about those years of my young life, and all that they taught me. You see, Nick and I were determined. We were determined not to be a statistic. We weren't going to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves because we hit a bump in the road. We were going to be good parents and give our son something to look up too. 

We both went on to finish school and quickly after that Nick started working with a family friend and I was taking community college classes and working double shifts as a cocktail waitress. We were getting along fine. But we still knew we both wanted more. 

So when Nick was 20? Maybe 20, maybe younger.. either way, he came to me and said he would own a house in cash by the time he was 25. I laughed at the idea. We were kids living with my Mom with a kid of our own. This "goal" seemed impossible and out of reach. 

Which is probably why I cried the day it came true. 

The year Nick turned 25 we were able to buy our first home, in cash! Thanks to our business flipping houses, many many mant late late nights and yes, lots of arguments and struggles(I'll share that whole process in another post.) And I was so thankful, I cried. and Cried and Cried. Okay, maybe I was secretly crying because I didn't know how we would ever be able to make this house our forever home, but again, that post is for another day, lol.. It was gods way of saying, 

"You've made it..despite all the hardships, you've made it." 


And here we are, a full almost 10 years later and I'm still amazed at all my blessings. Still amazed with the "nest" we've created. 
The whole reason I'm writing this post today is because I want someone to read this and know, that no matter how hard the struggle is right now, no matter how badly you want to give up. DON'T. Keep working hard, keep fighting. Keep dreaming and keep chasing those goals!! NOTHING is going to fall in your lap. While I'm sure in your head there are a million reasons why you can't do something, I'm giving you 10,000 reasons why you can. It's all in your head, your mindset. 

While I sure wish I could have done things a lot differently, looking back I realize that God had a plan for me, for us, all along. I don't regret being a Teen Parent and I don't regret our son. He has been my greatest blessing and the best gift. I do regret not making better decisions and choices. There were many things I missed out on as a Teen Parent. But I don't regret my journey and what I've learned along the way. Nick and I overcame a lot of struggles and obstacles, but we're here, and we're blessed. 

Don't give up, don't let someone else write your story for you, write your own story and create your own path. 

Thanks for stopping over to listen to be ramble today, it truly means so much!!! 
xo
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Monday, September 26, 2016

How To Create An Easy And Pretty Fall Vignette!

Um, excuse me. But where did September go?! I feel like it was July Yesterday? With September coming to an end that means I have to get started on my Halloween Decor! I'll do a post on that later of course. But for now I wanted to share my easy and simple Fall coffee table centerpiece with ya'll!!!


I wanted something neutral in the living room and I also didn't want to spend a ton of money buying things for a whole new centerpiece, so I just used some pumpkins I picked I had on hand from last year and added some lambs ear I had to throw this together. 



I kept things simple by using this rustic crate, similar can be found here and my cotton stems which can be found here basically stay out all the time. 

If you wanna check out my post on how to age new metal here (which is what I did with this metal milk can I picked up at Target dollar spot last season..) 


I'm really lovin' the neutral but still cozy vibes this is giving me right now. 



I think when putting together centerpieces and decor the basics are really simple. 

1. Something to Add Interest- Pumpkins/Pinecones
2. Something Glass or Metal- Metal Milk Can/Lantern, Glass Vase Etc.
3. Something for Height- Metal Milk Can/Candle Sticks
4. Something to add Texture/Greenery- Lambs Ear/Leaves etc.
Follow those steps and you'll have the prettiest little centerpiece (shelves, mantels, tables..whatever!) ever! 
These steps pretty much work with whatever season! I hope you find them useful! 
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Have a great day my beautiful friends! XOXO

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