home sweet (finally) home // we are moving!

If you can’t tell from the title of today’s blog post… I have some big, big news to share!

If you can’t tell from the title of today’s blog post… I have some big, big news to share!

Andrew and I are absolutely giddy, emotional, and deeply grateful to share that after four years away, this summer we will be moving back to our hometown of Dallas, Texas. For good!

Over the past three and a half years, our little family has lived in three different states, all while navigating a global pandemic and adding members (Hi Flynn! Hi Padgitt!) along the way. The past few years have been an adventure, to say the least, holding both hills and valleys… plenty of fun and joy, and also the unique challenges that accompany the residency and fellowship journey. It feels surreal to nearly be at the finish line knowing that we will be heading “home” for good and without another move on the horizon. Thank you, Lord!

Andrew will complete his cornea fellowship in Ophthalmology this summer and has accepted a position in Dallas that will begin shortly thereafter. It was always our collective dream to one day move back to Dallas near both sides of our family and many friends, and we feel incredibly grateful that the Lord is leading us back to this special place!

And now for the second part of this update…

illustration by Evelyn Henson

A new (to us) home!

After Andrew’s job was solidified, it didn’t take long before we were casually browsing the Dallas real estate market, having no real plans to start seriously looking until the new year. On a fateful trip back home, however, that changed very quickly! We drove past a “for sale” sign that stopped us in our tracks and, long story short, ended up putting in an offer on a little 1950s ranch-style home just blocks away from both of our families. In a story that has no other explanation than being orchestrated by the Lord, our offer was accepted!

From the moment I stepped into this house, I knew it could be something very special. It was clear that it needed a bit of love, but all of the “big stuff” was there. The layout! The natural light! The yard! And best of all… all on a block that serendipitously houses a few friends and young families. I feel so lucky to have found an incredible contractor who is currently walking us through the renovation process and I’m already seeing it come together. (More on that, soon!)

I promise to share all of the fun details of our first home renovation project, and already can’t wait to take y’all along for this crazy ride. I am so thankful for those of you who have cheered me on throughout so many big life moments (graduating college, finding my first apartment, meeting Andrew, and so on and so forth), and couldn’t be more thrilled to step into this next chapter.

Luckily, we still have a few months to soak in the beauty of North Carolina. We have fallen in love with this state and as excited as I am to get back to Texas, I’m thankful for a bit more time here! So don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere yet.

But pretty soon, watch out. I’ll be signing off with “Love from the Lonestar State” again! :)

xx,

Kate

Padgitt’s Baby Boy Nursery Reveal

Today, I’m thrilled to finally share Padgitt’s nursery with you! In this post, I’m sharing all of the details of his nursery and the special touches that make this room unique. I hope that his room inspires a nursery you might be working on!

Hello, hello friends! It’s been a bit quiet around Lonestar Southern as I adjust to all the new and change happening in our world right now. Between, you know, having a baby, moving to a new state, my sister’s wedding, and now heading into the holiday season, things have been a bit crazy. But in the best way, of course! The good news is that we’re becoming more and more settled every day, and we’re falling in love with our new home here in North Carolina!

It feels really wonderful to dip my toes back into the world of Lonestar Southern after stepping back to prioritize our new little family, and I’m excited to start bringing you fresh blog and email fun (yes, happy mail is coming your way soon!) now that I think I’ve settled into a sustainable pace. Sending love for all the encouragement and love you have sent my way in this crazy season we find ourselves in!

Awhile back, I shared my inspiration for Padgitt’s nursery. Today I’m excited to share how it all came to life! Talk about a full-circle moment. This post has been in the works for months, and I couldn’t be happier to share it with you today.

Padgitt’s

Baby Boy Nursery Reveal

baby boy nursery reveal with crib and glider

Even though Padgitt was only at our home in Florida for a few months before we moved, it was important to me to create a special space for those early moments with him. I’m so glad we did because his room ended up being the happiest space in our home.

I had a vision for a warm, inviting space accented with a bit of blue and green, and I’m so thrilled it turned out just as I’d imagined. Luckily, the walls were already a warm off-white. Instead of painting them or wallpapering, I decided to just embrace the shade, save some money and check off one more thing on the to-do list leaving them as-is! (So, I apologize for not having a paint color for you.)

baby boy nursery reveal with crib

crib // crib bedding (custom, but made with this fabric) // glider // ottoman // rug // side table // padgitt bros watercolor // curtains (color is cornflower) // acrylic frame // floor lamp (similar linked)

The most special thing in this nursery, apart from the little baby who lived in it, was the watercolor “Padgitt” artwork above his crib. My dear friend Emmy of Weatherly Paper made this for us. She is so talented, and I’m incredibly thankful to have made such a sweet, forever friend in Gainesville!

My dream was always to have a little boy and name him Padgitt, which is my maiden name. This special piece of art shows a glimpse of the family history behind the name. Way back when, Padgitt Bros Company was a maker and purveyor of leather goods and saddles. This watercolor artwork is a rendition of the original storefront that was located in downtown Dallas!

Padgitt will be able to keep this piece of art for a long time, and I’m excited for it to grow with him! I love our family history, and my hope is that Padgitt grows to love it, too.

baby boy nursery reveal with dresser, mirror, and lamps

Can you believe these lampshades were something that I DIY’d out of a shower curtain? I have to admit, I’m surprised they turned out as cute as they did! Using the material from this shower curtain and following this tutorial, along with a few hours hunched over on the floor of our living room, made it all happen. I also love the lamps themselves. They are certainly a timeless style that can live through future room updates.

baby boy nursery reveal lamps with DIY lamp shades

Side note, this little friend, Sophie, has been a great teether toy for Padgitt as he’s experienced the growing pains of developing teeth! If you have a teething baby or know someone with a baby on the way, Padgitt would highly recommend this toy.

baby boy nursery reveal with crib and custom art

Finding material to add a few custom pieces to this nursery definitely added a special touch! My mother actually introduced me to Danika Herrick, the artist behind this fabric, who has an incredible collection on Spoonflower. I love how the soft green ties in the dresser while the blue hues compliment the lampshade and curtain details.

baby boy nursery reveal with dresser, lamp, baskets, and curtains

dresser (paint color sherwin williams Recycled Glass) // mirror // baskets // lamps: DIY’d the shades using the material from this shower curtain and this tutorial // changing table // curtains // crib // chair

After having such a serene space, imagine my reaction when I saw that Padgitt’s room in North Carolina was painted bright blue by the previous tenants. To my surprise, it actually kind of works with everything we already have! I’m so glad that we were able to use all of this decor in his new space (with the exception of his sweet painting, which sadly we can’t nail into the wall of our rental home), and am so thankful for all of the memories being made here!

Love from North Carolina,

Kate

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my ikea pax wardrobe closet

My IKEA pax wardrobe is without a doubt one of my favorite things in my home. I’m excited to share all of the details with you today!

ikea pax wardrobe closet ideas
ikea pax wardrobe closet ideas
ikea pax wardrobe closet ideas
ikea pax wardrobe closet ideas
ikea pax wardrobe closet ideas

My IKEA pax wardrobe is without a doubt one of my favorite things in my home. After fruitlessly exploring different clothing storage options and ideas, I finally decided to “pull the trigger” on this affordable, build-your-own system and convert a spare bedroom into a “cloffice.” (Closet-office.) Let me tell you… I only regret that I didn’t do it sooner!

Before I finalized my own IKEA pax wardrobe design, I spent a tremendous amount of time scouring the web, Pinterest and Instagram for layout ideas and inspiration. After all, I wanted something beautiful but also perfectly functional for my space and needs.

The total cost of this IKEA pax wardrobe system was $1,120. While it was definitely an investment, it was an incredibly cost-effective purchase compared to other closet systems! I managed to save even more money by building the closet myself. (I love projects like this!) It did take me a couple of days, but if you’re looking for something easier, many cities offer the option to hire someone to install it for you via TaskRabbit.

I can honestly say I’m so delighted with what I came up with, and after living with this closet system for two years, am happy to recommend it fully.

If you’re considering installing an IKEA pax wardrobe in your own space, I hope these details are helpful!

 

build this ikea pax wardrobe

 

view my closet in the IKEA pax planner:

  1. click HERE
  2. select the “OPEN DESIGN” button in the top right corner
  3. insert this code: JDNJZW

links to my exact closet:

 

Pax Wardrobe Frame (2) // 39 3/8″ x 22 7/8″ x 92 7/8 “

Pax Wardrobe Frame (2) // 19 5/8″ x 22 7/8″ x 92 7/8 “

Komplement Drawer with Framed Front (3) // 39 3/8″ x 22 7/8 “

Komplement Pull-out Tray (3) // 39 3/8″ x 22 7/8 “

Komplement Pull-out Tray (8) // 19 5/8″ x 22 7/8 “

Komplement Shelf (4) // 39 3/8″ x 22 7/8 “

Komplement Clothes Rail (2)

Komplement Shelf (4) // 19 5/8″ x 22 7/8 “

Komplement Drawer Liner (3) // 35″ x 20 7/8 “

Komplement Shoe Insert (16) // 19 5/8″ x 13 3/4 “

 

extra features

 

lighting:

One fun and easy hack to incorporate into your IKEA pax wardrobe is the use of these puck lights from Amazon! They are battery-operated, so the pro is that set-up is a breeze. No wires or electrical things to try to figure out! (And they can be operated via a remove!) The con is that replacing batteries for each light is time-consuming and, to be quite honest, a bit of a nuisance. But I loved cost-effective pizazz it added! Shop them here.

drawer pulls:

Another way to customize your IKEA pax wardrobe is by adding drawer pulls. I settled on these small acrylic pulls for the jewelry trays and these larger acrylic pulls for the larger drawers.

To design your own IKEA pax wardrobe system, click here!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

ideas for your bouji christmas list

Today, I came across the most fabulous, over-the-top pair of pearl-embellished slippers. What can I say – I was immediately inspired to scour the web for other equally fun, budget-breaking Christmas list ideas.

As I’ve slowed down this season in preparation for Baby Bowman, I’ve been much more of a consumer than a creator when it comes to Christmas gift guides. I’ve enjoyed the change, but have to confess that I’ve definitely noticed certain items repeated over and over. Not a bad thing, by any means, but I found myself wanting to see a bit more… I don’t know… seasonal sparkle?

Today, I came across the most fabulous, over-the-top pair of pearl-embellished slippers. What can I say – I was immediately inspired to scour the web for other equally fun, budget-breaking Christmas list ideas.

Now please read this disclaimer: this is not what I would consider a realistic list by any means. You won’t find ideas for incredibly practical pieces in this ten-item roundup.

Rather, I hope this collection of pretty, fabulous things is fun to consume and browse. I mean… a $1,000+ feather dress? Perhaps not practical, but fun to daydream about!

I hope you enjoy!

 

  1. pink silk scarf // I love a big scarf. Wear it around your shoulders, as a fun little top or accessorize your favorite bag! However you choose to use it, this color palette is what my dreams are made of and sure to put a smile on your face.
  2. chartreuse hair bow // The prettiest hair bow I’ve seen yet. The only question is, which color?
  3. pink top // This high neckline, paired with bow detailing and a fabulous pink fabric, is nothing short of oh-la-la inducing. Why not pair it with these bow heels for extra fun?!
  4. blue bow teddy coat // Can’t you just picture Eloise, all-grown-up, waltzing through the Plaza in this coat? I just discovered the designer, MME.Mink, and am obsessed!
  5. pearl slippers // The shoes that started it all. If you have $425 to spend on fun slippers, better make them these!
  6. multi colored martini glasses // Liven up your wedding registry or wet bar with this gorgeous, rainbow set! (And then invite me over come February when I can enjoy a cocktail with you!)
  7. white feather mini dress // Calling bouji brides everywhere. Two words: getaway dress. Need I say more?!
  8. gold scalloped frame // I wouldn’t feel great about spending $100 on a beautiful picture frame for myself, but should someone gift it (with a photo of Flynn inside for good measure) I’d be beside myself! So gorgeous.
  9. chanel “merry rose” lip gloss // The only under $50 item you’ll find on this list, this lip gloss is my holy grail. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I swear by this shade and will include it on every gift list I create forever and ever. Amen.
  10. crystal gucci booties // I splurged on these booties a few weeks ago… and I have to tell you. ZERO regrets. These booties are incredibly comfortable, so fun and make my endless rotation of maternity leggings + oversized sweaters pop a bit more! I ended up sizing up one full size, but I think that’s due to my expanding feet. #pregnancyproblems

Now I have to ask, what is one bouji item on your Christmas list? (Whether that list is real or imaginary is of no importance!)

Love from the Lonestar State,

Kate

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it’s live // the nicola bathie x antonio melanie collection

It’s no secret I’ve been living in pjs and sweatpants around here, but a special collection that launched this morning has re-inspired me to get glammed up! If you’ve missed the buz surrounding the Nicola Bathie x Antonio Melanie collection at Dillards, I’m excited to be the one to introduce you to this fabulous release!

 

It’s no secret I’ve been living in pjs and sweatpants around here, but a special collection that launched this morning has re-inspired me to get glammed up! If you’ve missed the buz surrounding the Nicola Bathie x Antonio Melanie collection at Dillards, I’m excited to be the one to introduce you to this fabulous release!

nicola bathie antonio melanie collection, dillards, black feather mules
nicola bathie antonio melanie collection, dillards, black feather mules
nicola bathie antonio melanie collection, dillards, black feather mules
nicola bathie antonio melanie collection, dillards, black feather mules

shoes c/o // earrings c/o // headband // jacket (old Bubish, similar linked) // jeans

Nicola, a fellow Texas gal, is the designer behind Nicola Bathie Jewelry – a collection of romantic, glamorous pieces I’ve been eyeing for a couple of years now. When she announced her upcoming collection with exclusive Dillards brand Antonio Melanie, I knew we were all in for a treat!

She was kind enough to send over a few party-ready pieces from the lineup, and I have to say, these feather mules (complete with a perfectly placed pearl, of course) are my absolute favorite! I cannot wait to wear them all autumn and winter long, even if it’s just around the house.

You’ll also find a beautiful assortment of jewelry (like the earrings I’m wearing in this post), dresses, headbands and coats as well. I couldn’t help but pull the trigger on this fabulous coat. Definitely a splurge, but such a special piece that I’m excited to have in my closet for quite some time!

Below, you’ll find a few of my other favorites from this glam assortment. I don’t know about you, but it has me daydreaming of all things holiday parties and winter glamour!

 

nicola bathie x antonio melanie

my favorites

 

 

You can shop the entire Nicola Bathie x Antonio Melanie collection here!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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tuckernuck sale // the 5 pieces i purchased

Recently, I’ve been too intimidated by my ever-growing belly to dive into online shopping. But the Tuckernuck Friends & Family sale gave me the perfect excuse to jump back in.

This morning, I shared a bit of an update over on my Instagram Stories. (In a nutshell: feeling a bit better, but still not anywhere close to 100% or fully “myself” and learning to be content in that.) I also mentioned how recently, I haven’t been able to pull the trigger on any new clothing purchases because, quite frankly, I have no idea what will fit, let alone work. Kind of problematic when you’re technically a “fashion blogger.”

Something about sharing that openly took away the timidity I’ve felt when it comes to dressing my rapidly changing (ie growing) body and inspired me to take the plunge back into a much-missed hobby of mine: online shopping.

And what better way to rip the bandaid off, as it were, than with the Tuckernuck Friends and Family sale! It’s one of my favorites year after year, and here is the info for this season’s extravaganza:

CODE: BESTFRIEND

20% off orders $250+ // 25% off orders $500+ // 30% off orders $1000+

My goal this go-around? Pieces that would work with and without a bump. Take a look at what I picked out below. Don’t forget, you can click directly on an image to shop!

 

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friends and family sale

 

 

1. leather-trimmed poncho // 2. black puff-sleeved dress // 3. casual pink dress // 4. cozy knit sweater // 5. bow back blouse

I am eagerly looking forward to these arriving in the mail. You’ll have to hold me accountable to trying them on and sharing how they look! Deal?

You can check out the rest of the Tuckernuck sale here. Happy shopping!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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