May 24, 2017

Pittsburgh Magazine 'Haute House' & Mini House Tour

#HOUSEOFKORDS


Throughout our renovation and since we've moved in, I have shared bits and pieces of our home through instagram stories.  I have gotten so many sweet messages from followers asking about a house tour.  I told myself I'd do a full blown, in depth, house tour of #houseofkords when I was finished with decorating.  Buttttt when Pittsburgh Magazine comes knocking at your door, you cover your home fresh flowers and pretend it looks perfect!

Eric and I are so excited that we are in Pittsburgh Magazine's June HOME issue!  I was so honored when one of the journalists, Jessica mentioned the feature to us and even more honored when they asked me if I'd be interested in photographing the house myself.  It was such a compliment and I had so much fun spending the day arranging my house.

I definitely don't feel like our house is done, and honestly don't know when the heck I will feel that it is 'finished.'  If anything, I've learned that a home is a constant work in progress, but E and I are 'home' people.  We love our house and love working on our house so we are definitely enjoying making it a priority.

Some backstory on our home search: 
Where we live, is a very 'redone' area.  All of the homes and storefronts are old, and have been recently renovated, or are in need of some work.  Everyone around Pittsburgh refers to it as "up and coming."  If you have been following No. 14, you know that my parents renovated the building that houses our store.  So, when we were looking for our home, we knew that we would be renovating.  I was so excited because I knew we could make the house completely us and that we could make sure that it has all of the things that we really wanted.  

 Request #1:  More living space/dining space
  Our rental was so teeny that we didn't have any room for a sectional, or a dining room table. E and I love to have our friends and family over, and our last house just wasn't conducive to entertaining.  

The whitewashed beams and the shiplap are my favorite parts about our living space. They definitely warm up the space that could otherwise feel a bit cool with the industrial elements that are built into our home.




This piece is one of a kind, and from a local vintage shop a few blocks from our house call Toll Gate Revival.  Seth, the owner, has an incredible knack for finding vintage pieces and restoring them. This piece used to store old courthouse documents...and now houses our red wine. You know...priorities ;)

One of the most asked about pieces in our home is this wooden bead chandelier.  It is definitely the focal point of our first floor and the first thing you see when you walk into our house.  I absolutely adore these pointed chairs, I love the modern architecture they bring to the room and how incredibly affordable they are (the link is for a set of two!) I found dining room table and chairs to be one of the hardest things to shop for!





Request #2: Natural Light 
Our kitchen is something that I was very nervous about throughout our renovation.  Our rental had an island and a lot of prep space, and I was really concerned I'd regret 'downgrading' space to a galley kitchen. The space was also very very dark.  If you look back at this previous post you'll see my mom standing on the dirt floor of our kitchen.  Our contractors ended up putting a 4x4 foot window in our kitchen above our sink and it makes ALL the difference.  (our project manager made fun of me for how many windows I wanted, he stopped asking me if I wanted more windows because he knew the answer was always MORE NATURAL LIGHT PLEASE!) Fast forward to living in our home- it is a dream, and ironically, we have more than double the storage from our previous kitchen.  The path is very very wide and I think the best part is that our kitchen does not 'end,' rather, it leads into a hallway with our pantry.  Which then leads into my office, which gives the illusion that kitchen goes on and on. 

One of the things that sold me on this house is the exposed brick in the kitchen.  Exposed brick is very true to the industrial elements of Lawrenceville and I was really happy that we could add this touch as our backsplash.  I was also hell bent on having open shelving in our kitchen.  I felt it would make our galley kitchen feel a bit more open. I was so excited to display all of our kitchen accessories and dishes and honestly, the joke is on me! I feel like I am always rearranging these shelves!  They're never quite perfect, but I'm okay with that.






Request #3: A bar
 We had a wet bar in our old house & felt that we would really need another bar space for entertaining.  We of course, wanted a beverage center to keep our drinks cold.  I have always wanted a retro fridge, especially a smeg.  If you look at my Pinterest, you'll see that most of my dream kitchens involve a smeg fridge.  The problem is that they just aren't practical spatially.  We wanted a full service refrigerator in our kitchen because we love to cook at home and need the space.

I found looking for a beverage center so hard. Everyone we spoke to told us how disappointed they were with their beverage center if they chose a less expensive models and we were constantly told that it is worth investing in a more expensive one.  Well, the expensive ones range from $1700-$3000 and we just were not comfortable with putting that type of money into something that made wine cold. We considered the mini smeg, but the size and price just didn't make sense to us.  After doing some research, I found the mecca!  Our adorable little DAEWOO retro mini fridge.  This fridge is another one of my most asked about items in the house and you guys, it was so much more affordable.  I am so thrilled with it and feel like it really just brings our house full circle (Eric even loves it?! SCOREEEE)



Request #4: Outdoor space 
We live in a very condensed area, which obviously has its perks and its downfalls.  We adore that we can walk right out our door and be at a dozen different bars and restaurants within seconds.  But, you sometimes lose sight of nature and what it feels like to be on a patio. We really wanted to have a space where Roo could bop around and we could take an evening outdoors if we are entertaining.  We have a little bistro table where E and I have dinners on warm evenings and we recently added a lounge space with fire pit that we are really enjoying. This space is perfect for us because it is very private, despite having neighbors behind us, and beside us.  







There are still some elements of our home that are definitely not complete.  Eric's office, our bedroom, and my office still need a bit of TLC. If you've been following on Instagram stories, you know my office has gotten a big update (ahem...wallpaper!) and I am thrilled with the way it turned out.  I'll definitely be posting more updates as our home continues to evolve.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions you' like to have answered in future blog posts, I love to connect directly with what you guys are searching for!

To see the Pittsburgh Magazine Article, click here!

Paint colors:
 Walls: Behr- ULTRA WHITE
Interior Doors: Behr: SILVER SHEEN 
Exterior Doors: Behr: SUMMER HOUSE








May 10, 2017

Straw bags to lust over


This new Nannacay Straw tote is something I was eyeing up for a long time. Of course the straw bag is a major trend for this spring and summer, but I was a bit weary because straw is...straw.  I wanted to be able to carry something that held up! I finally bit the bullet when the weather got nice enough to carry it everyday and I have no regrets! I was having a hard time picking between the black poms vs. the rainbow poms, but ended up with the black because I have so many other colorful bags.  

I've carried for about a week now and love how open it is, you can just pop anything into it, and know exactly where it is.  Sunglasses, check! Wallet, check!  (if you follow me on Instagram, you saw that last weekend, I even had a little popcorn snack in my bag, and my family was making fun of me. whatever! We were going to brunch and I didn't want to be starving if we had to wait for a table....You're never too prepared!)  

Here are my favorite straw bags right now: 





February 3, 2017

A weekend getaway: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort



Last weekend I hit the road with some of my blogger girlfriends and headed to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, just a short drive from Pittsburgh.  If you're a bachelor fanatic like myself, this resort may sound familiar because it is where Jojo took some of the guys on her season of the Bachelorette.

Along with Ashley of Afternoon Espresso, Zoe from Zoe With Love & Kim from Yes, Wear That! we enjoyed some serious R&R.  We stayed in the beautiful Falling Rock hotel, which is based off of Frank Loyd Wright's design of his Pennsylvania home, Falling Water.  It was so gorgeous! We were greeted with a glass of champagne in front of a giant fireplace when we arrived in the lobby, and fresh macarons and a sweet note when we arrived to our hotel rooms.



We enjoyed an 80 minute massage in the Woodlands spa, followed by girl talk and coffee in the spa's relaxation room.  The relaxation room is decorated like your winter lodge dream home.  A giant wood burning fireplace anchors the room with cushy chaise lounges and fluffy brown faux fur blankets for spa guests. We soaked up every minute we had in the relaxation room and may have even been a few minutes late to dinner because we didn't want to leave!





We enjoyed an amazing dinner and breakfast at Aqueous restaurant, the restaurant that is inside of the Falling Rock Resort.  Both meals were incredible- I am still dreaming about the chocolate covered strawberry smoothie that I ordered for breakfast.

Another part of Nemacolin, the Chateau, is inspired by French arcitecture.  We spent an afternoon in the Chateau and felt like royalty in the tea room. If you visit, you must carve out some time for this! Afternoon tea is by reservation only, and totally worth every second.  The tea room is lavish and filled with details.  We walked around in it for almost an hour just ooh-ahh ing at the luxury!




Nemacolin is the perfect girls trip, or a perfect weekend getaway for you and your better half.  When we left the resort, I was already texting eric mentioning that we needed to book a weekend with just the two of us.  It is so romantic and the service is impeccable.  I cannot wait to go back!

If you have any questions regarding the resort, don't hesitate to reach out to me and I will answer to the best of my ability.  You can also visit their website here!


*Some photos taken from Nemacolin Website 







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December 7, 2016

Snapchat Outfits 12/7 THE VELVET OBSESSION

Yesterday's outfit: VELVET VELVET VELVET 

Yesterday on No. 14's snapchat I was wearing these awesome velvet booties that I think were made for the most girly girly girls everywhere like ME AND YOU! They are so comfortable.  Yesterday was my first day wearing them and I was on my feet all day with no problems at all.  

If you saw my wedding dress, you know I am a big statement bow kinda gal.  I love adding the touch of feminine and an extra accessory to your outfit like a bow in your hair.  Yesterday, I was wearing a blush velvet bow in my hair that got a lot of questions and unfortunately it is now sold out at Nordstrom :(.  If you go to the accessories department, you could get lucky and find one! But it is no longer on their website. The same day I purchased the blush velvet bow, I also purchased this floppy satin bow in ivory and blush (I know, I have a problem). I also bought this grey velvet bow online on black Friday along with this black velvet bow that has wire around the outside to give it more structure.  I just found these blush and burgundy velvet bows when I was looking for a replacement to post when I realized that Nordstrom sold out of the exact bow I was wearing yesterday. I may have to cave and get the blush because...it looks like it is the exact same blush as my booties

Today's outfit: Sweater Dress & Coral Lip 

I got tons of questions about my coral lip in today's post- It is this YSL lip in color 36.  This past weekend I cleaned out all of my makeup (no clutter allowed in the new house) and 'rediscovered' some of my favorite old lipsticks. I was so excited about this one because it was one of my favorites to wear when I was working at Nordstrom in college.  

I also get asked about these brown booties every time I wear them.  These are probably my most worn shoes right now.  I feel like they go with absolutely everything. The heel isn't too high that my feet hurt at the end of the day and I love the pointed toe.  One of my wardrobe staples for sure.

Curious what my outfits look like? Follow No. 14 on snapchat (No_14lville) and you can see how I paired everything together.

December 6, 2016

We are moving!


For the past 6 weeks Eric and I have been in the process of purchasing a home to renovate!  I have always enjoyed the 'from the ground up' approach to customizing your home.  My parents built the home they live in while I was in high school, and I used to love running around with my mom to pick out her finishings.  Then, when we renovated a rundown bar to become No. 14, we had SO much fun making one of the ugliest storefronts in our neighborhood so dang cute! A renovation solidifies that every part of your home was picked by you and your standards, and I love that concept. 

Most homes in the city of Pittsburgh are row houses, tall and SKINNY and our new house is no exception; it is (going to be) so cute and cozy.  We do not plan on this being our forever home, but it is perfect for our lives right now and over the next few years. We adore our neighborhood and had no intention of veering very far. We are actually only moving a few blocks from where we currently live. 

 'The ground up' is no joke on this home.  Our contractors completely gutted it.  Like, dirt floors gutted it.  I attached a few ugly little pictures below of what it currently looks like.  Yep, that's my mom standing in our future kitchen believe it or not! 

  

We still have a few months to go and will be staying in our rental until late March or Early April when our new home is finished.  I just couldn't wait to spill the beans to you guys!  I'll post some updates on here to keep you guys in the loop.  I swear my life has revolved around Pinterest for the past few weeks and soaking in every detail hoping I don't miss anything to add to our house.  

What to expect in our new house? A light and airy kitchen, a cute office for me (No. 14 & JGB headquarters ;), a masculine den for E and a lot more entertaining space for our family. Oh and a little patch of grass for our pup! 


My outfit: 

This weekend, we traveled to Virginia to celebrate some of our closest friends get married. I have had this dress sitting in my closet for ages and this weekend was finally the opportunity I had to wear it. 

Dress: From last year, sold out but similar here. Also wore this teal one to a wedding in October. Loving this navy one and this cobalt dress has the same shape as mine.
Shoes: here, also love this pale blue color, replica pair here
Faux Fur Shawl: Originally from J. Crew, found a few that look identical for cheaper! Here and here
Bracelet: Hermes, similar here



November 18, 2016

Layers

There is nothing better than wrapping up in a big chunky sweater.  Given that I live in Pittsburgh, sweaters are something I get a ton of use out of.  We wear cold weather clothing from November until almost April, depending on how nice Mother Nature is to us.

This cable knit sweater is so cozy. I love how chunky and oversized it is.  I usually find myself sizing up in sweaters in order to get this type of look and in this sweater I snagged my regular size (I am wearing a small for reference).








Sweater: Available for purchase at No. 14 *, also here loving this one too
Striped Shirt: Available purchase at No. 14 *, also here love this one as well
Jeans: here
Bag: Celine. Similar here and here 
Shoes: old J. Crew, similar here also love these and these
Sunnies: here
Lipstick: here (color is Roman Holiday) 

*To purchase from No. 14, please call or text 412.260.6088* 



November 9, 2016

Fall Florals

There is no doubt that a floral is one of the most feminine things you can wear.  It is no surprise that I love a feminine detail.  The prints this fall have been amazing. The bigger florals are such an update to the tighter patterns we had been seeing season after season.







I mentioned in my last post about how much I love these over the knee boots I just bought.  Given that my job requires me to be on my feet all day, every day, it is so important to have good shoes.  These boots are the perfect everyday boot.  

I have been loving wearing them with black skinnies and sweaters as well as dresses. 

Dress: No. 14, similar here. Also love this, and this and this
Boots: here. similar here and here 
Lips: here
Bag:  here
Hat: here. Similar here and here