Back in October I mentioned in this post that PLANKS USA, a custom furniture store based here in Orange County, offered me a coffee table to experience their hands on design process. I am so excited that right before Christmas the table has been delivered and I am obsessed!
The process was incredibly easy and so hands on. Here is how simple and easy they made the entire design process.
Initially, the Head Designer came out to visit my home to help determine the right size and shape for the coffee table. He listened to my taste, what I was looking for from a functionality standpoint, my plans for decorating and the shape of the room. I loved that he immediately suggested a round table due to having children that could easily hit a corner and get hurt. Through our discussion, we both agreed that an oval table would look amazing. Not only would it fill the center of the room but who has an oval table?! It was going to be so unique!
The next step was me visiting the showroom and picking out the legs that I wanted. They had what felt like a million to pick from. After looking at samples and magazine inspiration, this is the one I picked.
I also decided on the final design of the table and went with one that would have both a top and bottom similar to this table below.
After only a week I received a call that the table was built and to come in to ensure it looked how I was expecting it to. This way, they could change anything I requested prior to staining and finishing. I love this because a lot of time, what you order is what you get and it is not always what you expect. I absolutely loved it and couldn’t wait to see the final product.
The last step was selecting the final finish. They put together some samples for me based on our discussions and I was able to see my options in person prior to creating the finish on the table. I am a huge fan of samples because something can sound great but you never really know. They had so many options it was nice to talk through the selection and what would look best. In the end, I went with a worn black waxed look on the legs and a dark black finish on the top and bottom.
I could not have been happier with the final product and the people at PLANKS USA were such a pleasure to work with. They are located in Lake Forest and I highly suggest visiting their website here if you are in the market for some new furniture. The hubby and I are already creating our list of what we would like to have them build next. I am definitely a returning customer. Thank you so much PLANKS USA for everything!
* Juggling in Heels was provided this coffee table free of charge from PLANKS USA but all opinions are 100% my own.
Before I start, I must say that I went back and forth on writing this post. I actually wrote it two days ago but then chose not to post it. Not because I didn’t want to share, but because I didn’t want people to think I was showcasing my act. Then I read one of my favorite blogs, Chasing Twins in Louboutins, and she posted on the subject, stating that sharing is not boasting but hopefully inspiring (you can read her post here). The post inspired me to share in hopes that it inspires others as well. So here it goes. This was my original post you would have seen yesterday.
I, like so many others, have been spending the last few days trying to still make sense of what occurred in Connecticut. There really are no good answers and I constantly battle between the feelings of fear, anger and confusion.
A few things to note:
1. I used frozen fries because I was not that motivated to make my own.
2. DO NOT USE ALMOND MILK IN THE CHEESE SAUCE.
Yes, I ran out of regular milk and only had almond and unless you want your chili to have an after taste of sugar cookies, do not attempt this. It was a bad idea and that is why you see shredded cheese.
|Chloe ‘Marcie Large’ Leather Shoulder Bag|
The hubby gets home today after being on the East Coast all week and between teacher conferences, minimum days, birthday parties, working and trying to get things in order for Christmas, I am toast.
I have been fantasizing about some down time this weekend all week and have even gone as far as to make it visual.
How much down time I actually get is yet to be seen (I am guessing based on the way our weekend looks, not much) but there is absolutely no way this weekend is going to end without me taking a bath, drinking champagne and overeating desserts.
On a side note, that blanket on the top right is the BEST BLANKET EVER. It is faux fur and from Restoration Hardware and I am obsessed with it. I walk around the house like a 2 year old with their lovie. If you are looking for the coziest blanket to curl up on the couch, this is it.
Baby Girl no longer allows me to dress her each day. She is ADAMANT about what she puts on and will refuse anything else. Everyone told me we were going to get here, I just did not realize it would be this soon.
I am totally letting her go with it though. Fashion is about creativity and I do love that she is so invested in her “look”. Does she sometimes look like a homeless Man Repeller? Yes. Does it kill me to take her to church in a teal tutu? Absolutely. But she owns it and isn’t that the whole point of fashion? Also, if you weren’t sure, pink boots are in. Especially if Hello Kitty is on them.
After this post on Friday, I had a couple people ask me over the weekend whatever happened and if I was able to pull off getting ready for the event. I am happy to tell you that yes, it all did come together and mostly because of my 10 minute stop at Nordstrom.
Between my hair appointment and picking up my son, I had 15 MINUTES to run into Nordstrom to see what they might have. This is how it went.
Minute 1: Walked directly to the Savvy and Via C sale rack
Minutes 2-4: Hit the DVF, Milly and Kate Spade sale items and grabbed three dresses in my size.
Minutes5-7: Tried on all three dresses and liked the DVF one.
Minutes 8-10: Purchased the DVF dress and was headed out the door.
I think it was a record.
Add to the fact that it was $230 off and I was pretty proud with myself. Was it truly “black tie”? No, but it was going to work!
A few pretty pieces added, a pair of shoes that were perhaps 20 years old and a hubby looking handsome in a tux and I was good to go. Crisis averted!
The dress is still available at Nordstrom so I thought I would share because it really is a beautiful Plum color and could be worn to numerous events. Plus, the price is pretty fabulous.