Hey, Sugar

Sugar!It was everywhere. In the cabinet, on the counter, and once some was on the cat… We had a problem and we finally admitted it.

Hello, our names are Tyler, and we needed a sugar canister something fierce.

If you follow my Twitter (@professorsnell) then you’ll see way more coffee-related tweets than any one person should have, but let’s be real, every writer needs an intense amount of caffeinated heaven. Or, actually, any creative person. How else are we supposed to stay up all night banging our heads on the wall trying to create buckets of randomness?

But, I digress.

The Tyler household was done with bags of sugar (especially after the ants invaded our ONLY bag) and we decided we needed something that looked cool that could sit next to the coffee maker.

I would boast about the Modcloth purchase we made BUT this time our local HomeGoods saved us with a neat little canister with a chalkboard label (hello, clearance!). We already have a chalkboard wall in the kitchen so we thought it would be the perfect fit!

However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go look at what Modcloth has to offer! I’ve listed my favorite sugar canisters below with Modcloth’s Pinterest description of each!


Pantone - ModclothShade for Each Other Sugar Bowl - $24.99
Shade for Each Other Sugar Bowl. As a designer, you know that some colors defy description. #green #modcloth

Cat Cannister - Modcloth
Someone Like Mew Sugar Bowl – $9.99
Someone Like Mew Sugar Bowl. Make your hot beverage extra-sweet by scooping a spoonful of sugar from this cat-shaped sugar bowl! #white #modcloth

Morning Essentials Set - Modcloth
Morning Essentials Container Set – $19.99
Morning Essentials Container Set. Though you drink different morning beverages, you and your roomie each have sweet storage with this vintage-inspired container trio! #white #wedding #modcloth

Sugar Bowl - Modcloth
Forage for Sweets Sugar Bowl – $39.99
Forage for Sweets Sugar Bowl. You wont have to search hard for this ceramic sugar bowl! #green #modcloth

Enamel Sugar Cannister - Modcloth
Enameled By You Sugar Bowl - $14.99
Enameled By You Sugar Bowl. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this dentist-approved porcelain sugar bowl! #white #modcloth

Which one is your favorite?


Inspiration: Statement Wall

DIY Tribal Triangle Wallpaper

There are four magic words that every home renter wants to hear a landlord say: “Do Whatever You Want.”

Well, I heard those words the other day, and my head’s been spinning with possibilities since. I mean, I won’t do WHATEVER I want to the house. If I owned this joint, there would be a gazillion little things I’d like to invest in doing, but since I won’t be here forever, I’ll stick to the less time and money consuming projects.

What I’ve been scheming up lately is a statement wall in our hallway. Yes, as my husband says, we don’t really spend anytime in our hallway, which is kinda true I guess. BUT, it’s the connector to every room in the house, so in a way, we kinda do. (Plus, if he wants me to not force another move on us for at least another year, he’s gonna need to encourage this statement wall). I may or may not have a serious addiction to looking at local real estate like it’s my Facebook news feed. (Definitely do).

I want our hallway statement wall (I think) to be hand-stamped triangles, like the wall from Vintage Revivals above. I love it AND triangles so much. I mean, who doesn’t love triangles, right?

Triangle Statement Wall

A statement wall is a big commitment, so I’m letting the idea of triangles marinate for a little while before I get too ambitious. I also love this triangle wall from The Band Wife. Maybe some kind of combo that merges these ideas would be nice.

While I’m PRETTY set on triangles, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been looking at other ideas for inspiration, and just in case you want to make a statement wall or just admire some gorgeous ones, I thought I’d share some of my favorites.

Watercolor Statement Wall

 THIS watercolor statement wall is gorgeous for so many reasons. It’s definitely not what I’m going for in my hallway, but it almost makes me want to put this in my bedroom right now.

Anchor Statement Wall

Of course, we Annes love everything A Beautiful Mess does (who doesn’t, though really?). So naturally, I’m in love with two of their statement walls. First, these little anchors are so perfect for this entryway.

Clementine Wall

And, the clementines on the kitchen make my little southern heart pitter patter, indeed!

Mountain Statement Wall

Lastly, I LOVE these mountains for a kid’s room. Such a fun idea!

What about you? Do you have a statement wall in your house or ever thought about doing one? I’ll keep you posted on how mine turns out!

-Holli Anne


House to Home: Small Expense, Massive Improvement

Note: Pardon the poor quality/lighting of the pictures! It was late and we only had our phones!

I love home improvement. My same-named fiancé does too. So living together and attempting to transform his house into our home has created a long to-do list that just seems to keep growing. From unique throw pillows to DIY kitchen back splash (soon to be blogged about, I promise!) we’re learning a lot about how our minds and tastes work together!

So far we, thankfully, have been on the same page about almost everything.

With a slew of big and little projects in the works, as well as planning a wedding (plus finishing off my Harlequin Intrigue named MANHUNT for its April release), our time has been wrapped up. So, we decided to tackle only one room right now.


The first, relatively inexpensive step to give a room a completely new look and feel?

Before Paint


Originally this room was a beige-y color. Thanks to the builders attempting to save money (watered down paint spreads out way more, though it scratches off way easier) this color thinned out across the walls and the ceiling. The bathroom basically cried out for a facelift.

So we painted it white.

After Paint

And we love it.

White (usually) makes a room feel bigger and the bathroom was no exception. Until we replace the standard light fixture, we needed the room to also feel bright without restricting our color palette options for future decorations. White (by Valspar, purchased from Lowes) checked all of those marks and we couldn’t he happier with the outcome.

Once we finish a few custom art pieces for the room, I’ll share a completed After picture!

What’s some of your favorite ways to personalize or improve a living space?


Happy Labor Day!


We hope your day is full of rest, fun or maybe even a little pleasurable work this Labor Day!

We’re kicking back, saying farewell to summer and wishing fall weather would come our way soon!

-The Annes & #gabethebabe


Must Haves: Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Bookcase

It started last year and hasn’t lost any steam yet. My addiction–my love–for Urban Outfitters and their Apartment section has grown as strong as a coffee without sugar and cream. (See: My Urban Outfitters Bridesmaid Announcements!) Like most obsessions, it has invaded my mind to the point where I visit the site at least once a day to see what’s new.

And more importantly, what’s on sale.

Today’s sale section definitely doesn’t disappoint, so I’ve decided to make a mini round-up of the home decor I find unbelievably adorable and unique!

Urban Outfitters Round-Up

Assembly Home Leaning Bookcase (pictured at the top) || I have always been a fan of the ladder shelving trend. It’s unique and fun and UO’s shevles are done in a multi blue color scheme that would make any space instantly look better. Though, that opinion is based on the fact that my favorite color is blue. The only thing keeping me from adding it to my cart is the fact that I know my two cats would try to climb it while also knocking everything off. THANKS, CATS!

Plum & Bow Strawberry Planter || Planters. A wonderful way to add some life x 2 to a space! This strawberry planter is adorable in its color and shape. It’s almost begging me to put it in my office!

4040 Locust Tinted Terrarium || I’m really leaning towards having a lot of terrariums decorating my future wedding/reception so I was drawn to this one. Tall and tinted, it almost looks mystical with some greenery inside.

Banana Table Lamp || Or, rather, the original reason I decided to make this post. I’m not a fan of eating bananas but this gilded banana lamp is too pretty and funky to be ignored. Can you say master bedroom?

Tetris Alarm Clock || I don’t need to explain why I want this. Tetris + Alarm Clock = Add to Cart.

Lucy Chair (pictured below) || I’m always on the hunt for the perfect reading chair for my office. The Lucy chair is one of my favorites to dream about. The fact that it’s now nicely reduced in price, might finally sway me to take the financial plunge and enjoy that sweet cushiony goodness.

Urban Outfitters Lucy Chair

Do yourself a fun favor and check out Urban Outfitters and its sale page!

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