Friday, January 15, 2021

Friday favorites

 We went and looked at this chair yesterday with Chris so he could sit in it. It's super comfortable and does not look like a recliner at all. A win win for a husband and wife.

I made these pancakes for dinner the other night and they were amazing! {yes, for dinner!} They tasted like banana bread in a pancake form!

This lamp is a great Serena And Lily knock off.

How have I never seen this great print before?

I like using these linen tea towels in our guest bath, hung by it's cute loop. They come in the most sumptuous colors. This is the hook I hang them from.

Speaking of linen, I just ordered 2 of these for our bed.

I love this chic footed tray.

Love the color and texture on this stool.

Cozy up this winter with this double sheepskin in a very affordable price point.

Have a great weekend friends!
xoxo, Melaine 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

an RH inspired home tour

 One of the homes we have remodeled, and are still working on belongs to a friend of mine with exceptional taste.

With her permission I want to share with you some photos of her dining room and great room, with some shopping sources if you'd like to get the look!

What is it about linen? These sofas feel like giant beds.


xoxo, Melaine 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

the evolution of our fireplace

 When we bought this house 22 years ago, the fireplace looked like this:

As you can see, it was a wood burning fireplace which we used that way for a couple years. 

After that, the chopping of the wood, the hauling the wood in, got very old, so we updated the insert to gas, framed out a new fireplace, and covered it in faux river rock.

As you can see, this was during our "lodge" look, haha. So funny. Not my style now at all, but at the time, believe it or not, this was really cool.

Over the years our style evolved, but we kept the same log mantle. I did lighten it a little, which you can read about here. {way back in 2014}

Everything from then on stayed the same until last year. The insert size always bothered me. However, we are using the existing wood burning fireplace opening size, so without a ton of work, it had to stay that way.

Last year I came across this photo:

I had an aha moment. Our gas insert at this point was also on the fritz so I decided to tackle a mini makeover in hopes to give the insert a bigger presence, while still keeping the same size.

I searched high and low for a gas insert that was to fit our specific dimensions and landed on one from Woodland Direct. This one exactly. We decided to go ventless because at this time we were re-roofing our house and wanted to get rid of the chimney.

We love out insert. It turns off and on with a remote and is very minimal in style, which is what I was going for.

The problem was, it still didn't have that wow factor.

So I called a friend that does welding, showed him my inspiration photo above, and in one afternoon he had made me a new surround out of steel channel, also knows as channel iron.

My husband painted it black and we attached it to the rock surrounding the insert. 

The final piece of the puzzle was a new hearth, as ours was tile and chipping off.

I selected a piece of black leathered granite and had it custom made, a bit bigger than the tile layout.

The end result is EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Here it was this past December:

Cost wise was more than I had anticipated, but we got a steal of a deal on fabrication of the surround.

Here's the breakdown:

Fireplace insert: $1,917.00

Steel: $100.00

Granite slab: $1,200.00

Labor for surround: $300.00

Total for fireplace makeover: $3,517.00

Another thing that helped this look was upgrading our TV to a frameless one where we can display photos.  It happens to be on major sale right now too!

Here's a little side by side before and after for you:

For those of you that already have a Samsung Frame TV, this is a great source for art to put on them!

xoxo, Melaine 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Amazon fashion favorites

 I have turned to Amazon in the past for clothing and shoes, but with my schedule getting busier and busier it has turned out to be one of my favorite ways to shop. 

Not to mention, you don't have to set foot in a store during the pandemic!

Here are some of my Amazon fashion favorites.


This cream sweater actually comes in a variety of colors, and it could be worn dressed down with jeans or leggings, or dressed up with a skirt.

Want to feel like you are being hugged by a teddy bear? This jacket is a must have. I have one and get so many compliments on it.

This turtleneck sweater is a cashmere blend. Need I say more?

With a slight stretch, this sweater is super comfortable and warm.

With it's flattering shape, I can see why this is an Amazon best seller.

I just bought this one recently and it washes and wears beautifully. Very good sweater for the price.

I bought this one for my sister for Christmas and she loves it. I think I need one too!


These Sorel boots are a must have for winter. 

If you are looking for a more affordable pair, these might be it.

I love these wool boots too.

If I could only own one pair of tennis shoes, these would be it.

If you'd like the same look for less, check out these.

These booties come in many different colors, but I am loving the white snake print!

I love a good pair of slip on loafers.

I hope this snake print never goes out of style.

These flats are super comfortable.


I live in my faux leather jackets. This is a great one.

Talk about warm, this long puffer jacket will not disappoint.

This long down jacket is a steal.

This hooded fleece coat is super cute.

I bought this jacket in olive for Savannah for Christmas and she lives in it.

I bought this shacket for myself and love it. I got a medium and I'd say it runs big. Wish I would've bought a small. Super warm though and very cute. I got mine in khaki.

Check out the fun collar on this Free People coat.

Gotta love a good camo print!

I hope you found some fun things! 

Don't forget to follow along on my LikeToKnowIt page where you can find all my product sources for the home as well as fashion, all in one place.

xoxo, Melaine 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Friday favorites

 Happy Friday and Happy New Year!

How has 2021 been treating you all so far? 

Ours has been good. All the Christmas decor has been taken down and packed away until next year.

It always feels so good with that blank slate. 

Let's jump right into this weeks Friday favorites!

I just purchased these sunglasses. I like to have a couple pairs, one in my purse, one in my car. Even though it's winter, I still find myself needing them while driving. 

This sweater is a great one for anyone looking to stay warm and still look fashionable. I love the flattering waistband.

I have been researching new sofas. As much as I love ours, I do not love how the two cushions look and feel when sitting on it. I think I concluded that one cushion would be ideal, and I love, love, love, this one. What do you think?

I just discovered this website and oh man, everything is so inexpensive! I love this bowl,

this art {perfect for our lakehouse!} and this cashmere throw.

Have you heard of these indoor/outdoor mats? They seem to be all the rage right now and I am getting one for the exterior of our new doors. I needed a specific size and they happen to make them!

Love these 2 piece wood planters, so great for a variety of styles!

I hope you have a great weekend!

xoxo, Melaine

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