November 30, 2020

I was really excited to pick out lighting for our new house but I quickly realized it was going to take a little research. Our builder allowance for lighting was $1800 and this was one area I did not want to go over budget since lighting is something we can easily switch out/upgrade down the line if we decide to but I honestly am happy with everything I selected even if it's my second, third, or ninth choice.😅 

I surprisingly came in under budget (thanks to the discount our builder gets at Lowes) at $1,166.25 but even without the discount I still came in around $1,800 which I'm pretty proud about. All of the selections below are from Lowes and Amazon.

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01. Black Barn Light | We needed four of these (three by the garage and one for the back patio) and they were super affordable. They're really sleek and I love that even though "farmhouse" lights are having a moment, this style of lighting has been used since the 1920s.

02. 6" Flush Mount | This light will go in our master closet and the large closet in our basement. I would have preferred the schoolhouse semi-flush mounts but they were double the price and honestly, I could care less about the lights in my closet, so at only $9 these were a winner.

03. Traditional (non-boob) Flush Mount | This is only a small step up from a boob light but I'm calling it a win. This will be going in our laundry room and that was one space I just couldn't imagine what type of light I wanted to go in there. This was extremely affordable so when/if I ever decide what I really want to go in our laundry room, I won't feel bad about switching this one out.

04. Schoolhouse Semi-Flush Mount | I chose these for our hallway. I would have preferred a more stocky fixture, like this one from Amazon*, but I just couldn't beat the price. I'm anxious to see them installed and think they'll work great.

05. 4-Blade Farmhouse Ceiling Fan | It wasn't hard to find ceiling fans I loved but it was hard to find some that would also fit within our budget. While this ceiling fan wasn't my number one choice, it came in just under $200 and I think it will look really nice in our living room. There are two options for the fan blades and the second option (not pictured above) is a lighter wood tone. I want to see both sides in person before I make up my mind.

06. 6-Light Wood Farmhouse Shell Light | This will go in our entry way. I wanted a statement light that welcomed guests without being too overwhelming. I think this will be the perfect combo for the space and add the warmth it needs.

07. 3-Blade Matte Black Ceiling Fan | These will go in all four bedrooms. We are fan people and I will never apologize for that. I'm really tired of people online acting like things like fans and tvs are terrible things that should be removed or hidden away. Rant over.😅 I was hoping to choose a fancier fan for our master bedroom but in order to stay within our budget I kept it simple. I really love the 3-blade look and think the black will add a modern touch. (*Also, now that I'm thinking about this. Since I came in under budget I could have upgraded to a nicer fan in our bedroom. Oh well, too late now, and Jeremy was pleased that I saved him some money.😆) 

08. Bronze Incandescent Semi-Flush Mount Light | Jeremy was surprised by this selection and said it didn't seem like anything I would ever pick out. Ha! So I'm a little nervous but this is what I chose for our office. I wasn't really sure what I wanted in there but think this will look nice. I'm only worried that it won't put off enough light.

09. Double Schoolhouse Vanity Two-Light* | I'm obsessed with these! I decided to go with these in all three of our bathrooms. Mostly because I was going through decision fatigue but they are so beautiful and if you haven't noticed yet, I really love schoolhouse lights. I chose the two-light option but there are one-light (my favorite) and a three-light options available as well. I'm thinking I could have gone with the one-light option in the master bathroom over each of our medicine cabinets and I'm hoping the two-lights aren't too overwhelming. I'm sure it will be fine but I'm such a visual person and keep second guessing myself.

10. Antique Gold Farmhouse Pendant Lights* | I knew I wanted large industrial type pendant lights for over our kitchen island and I was so happy when I found these for under $100. I wish they had a down rod vs the chain but I think they will still be beautiful and give me the look I'm going for. They are a little less bright than the listing photo shows but I was still really happy with them when they arrived.

And there you have it! All the lights I chose for #ourhouseonoakridge! I hope if you're building (or looking to switch out some light fixtures) and don't seem to have an "influencer" budget that this will be helpful! It felt like a puzzle but a really fun puzzle that I'm glad I got to put together and I can't wait to see them all up in the new house!


November 5, 2020

Things are starting to feel very real over at our house on Oakridge (I finally decided on a name/hashtag). Once the drywall went up it totally transformed the place. The first time I saw it I teared up. I'm just so thankful for this beautiful house and the memories we will make there. I am so anxious to move in! In the meantime, I'm having fun coming up with plans for the rooms. First up, the boys shared room. It's one of the first spaces I want to have completed. We will have moved three times by the time the boys are in this room. I want to get it set up and feeling like home as soon as possible.


October 30, 2020

I am so excited to share this today. Ever since closing the virtual doors to Winnie Jean back in December of 2018 I have dreamed of reopening. What better time than 2020?😜 While I am not in a place where I can or want to come back full-time I am so pumped to be able to launch this small pop up. I have worked hard the last month trying to provide a small collection that contains best sellers from the past as well as some new designs I hope y'all will love. This year has been anything but normal and we've been spending even more time at home. I wanted to create a collection that is festive and embraces the coziness of the season. 

The collection will launch at midnight on November 1st and will be available for this month only. While I wish it could be longer I already have realized since working on this small project that it's just not time for me to be back fully. I love this work and when I'm working on a collection it consumes all my thoughts. I found myself frustrated during the day when I had to tend to my normal tasks - dishes, making meals, etc. because all I wanted to do was work on this project.


October 26, 2020


I really shouldn't have numbered this list since they aren't really in order and it probably would have been better titled "10 Favorite Fall Movies" because honestly, this list was harder to make than I thought it would be. I didn't have as many favorites this season as I thought I did. But, anyway, here we are! Here's a list of movies that take place during the fall season that I love to watch every year.