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  • A Newlywed Interview

we were in Bermuda, the amazing ladies at Southern Weddings did such a sweet post and interview on us and our home!! We absolutely love Southern Weddings… not just because of the gorgeous inspiration they provide but because of what they stand for. They care about marriages and not just the wedding day and that’s evident in what they post on their blog. I just wanted to share a few house updates that we haven’t shown yet (little updates but they’re still fun!) and highlight some of my favorite interview questions from their post!

Before you take a look at our post today, make sure that you pay the Southern Weddings gals a visit too!! You can see our feature HERE!  I think one of the main reasons I was so excited that they asked us to do this was because they still think we’re newlyweds!! I used to think that “two years” was the newlywed time frame but I say we make it “five years”! :) So some of these house shots you have seen before! But we’ve added a few little tweaks here and there. For example, my sweet dad (he helps us so much!) came and installed a chandelier over our kitchen table! YAY!! It’s from West Elm and we first fell in love with it because our friends Troy and Amy have one over their kitchen table!! Now we think of our sweet Cali friends whenever we look at it!

So enjoy a few house pictures and our favorite quotes from the SW interview! Happy “almost” weekend everyone!!!

 

Tell us about the process of moving in together. Do you have any tips for blending your two styles? Michael and I grew up together, went on family vacations together, and have known each other since we were toddlers, so there were very few things that shocked us after moving in together. I am learning not to have unrealistic expectations about how tidy our house should be. Messes stress me out… Michael doesn’t seem to mind them :) However, over the last three years, Michael has learned that I’m in a much better mood when the house is somewhat put together, so he makes that a priority, and I love him for it!

 

 

Where do you splurge and where do you save when decorating? What are some of your favorite sources for home things? We splurge on big ticket items that need to last forever. For example, when we moved into the new house, we knew that we wanted to invest in a couch that we could use for 10+ years. However, we bought more affordable end tables and a coffee table, because those can easily be replaced. Our accent pieces and guest bedroom sets are mostly from IKEA–we love the Liatorp Collection! We don’t splurge on lamps or small decor pieces, simply because there are awesome options at HomeGoods and Target. Why spend $250 on one lamp when you can decorate a whole room with that money?  (Ps. We have new prints and canvases in the living room! It’s hard to see because of the glare but they’re there! We love them!) 

What has been the most surprising thing about marriage? I think we’re constantly going through different changes in our marriage. The most recent change in our life is that we are now a full-time husband and wife photography team! I’ve been so surprised with what we are capable of accomplishing as a team. We’re so much better together than we are apart! (New polka dot pillows! My fav part of this room!)

What different decisions, if any, would you make for your registry if you knew then what you knew now?Why did I get fine china?! Our everyday dishes are white ceramic sets from Crate and Barrel and they are beautiful. We registered for a full set of fine china and only received about 1/3 of what we registered for. The sad part is that Crate and Barrel discontinued that pattern before we saved up to complete the collection, so now we’re stuck with a few pieces of fine china that we never use! I wish we had saved that money and invested in some more awesome serving dishes instead, since we like to entertain.

What most makes your house feel like home? People. I love to decorate, but even the prettiest decor can’t make a house feel like a home. Our house feels most like a home when both of our families are here visiting with us!

 

8 Comments Personal
  1. Lisa @ Southern Weddings reply

    So grateful to have your beautiful home and sweet advice on Southern Weddings! Thank you for sharing with us! :)

  2. cOLLEEN dELANEY reply

    Love Love LOOOVED the entire article!! :) my FAVORITE part was the part about a messy house because I am the EXACT same way! Lance has totally learned if I am even a bit stressed a messy house will make it 10000 times worse ;)

  3. laura beth stricker reply

    This is great! I’m so excited to be on the path to spending the rest of my life with Al, and any tips are appreciated about how to get started and make things last!

  4. Laura Radniecki reply

    So fun that you were featured on SW!!! I’ve been married 6 1/2 years and I still feel like I Newlywed most of the time!! :)

  5. courtney jones reply

    Can you please come decorate my home? holy cow, these rooms are gorgeous. :)

  6. Stephanie Messick reply

    Goodness Katelyn! Every. Single. Room. Is. Amazing!

  7. Kristina W. reply

    Great interview! And it’s always a pleasure to see your beautiful home decorating!

  8. Ken reply

    The twin size bed bedroom is great. Was wondering where the beds are from

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