C&T Take on Charleston

After a tearful goodbye at the airport curbside drop off, my parents’ Southern adventure is officially over. We had so much fun and were so busy exploring and eating our way through Charleston! Here’s some of my favorite pictures from their time here.

Getting to know Charleston via foot and mule travel:

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Yappy Hour at the dog park:

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Kayaking with the dolphins on Shem Creek:

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And visiting Magnolia Plantation:

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These were just the few activities that I actually took pictures of! If you are traveling to the area and need some recommendations on what to do/where to eat, let me know!

30th Anniversary in Asheville

We spent the most beautiful fall day in Asheville, NC celebrating my parents’ 30th anniversary with them! They have been in Charleston with us for about a week now so today we made the 4 hour drive to see the famous Biltmore Estate which was on my dad’s bucket list. It did not disappoint!

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Our day was spent touring the house and gardens, wine tasting (well some of us did this anyway!), eating delicious North Carolina BBQ and listening to live music in downtown Asheville.

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Happy anniversary to the best parents a girl could ask for!

Fall Pinterest Fav’s

I’ve spend the last 10 minutes trying to think of a creative acronym for this post. DEABS. BEADS. Wah wah…nothing good, so I’ll just tell you in actual words what this post is about. I wanted to share one fall appetizer, entree, sweets, breakfast, and decor ideas that I found on Pinterest that I’m dying to try. Maybe some pinspiration for your weekend! Even though it’s currently 82 degrees here and we are probably going to the beach tomorrow, the cooler weather still makes it feel like fall here which totally gives me permission to enjoy fall in all it’s glory.

1. Sloppy Joe Cornbread Cups

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How perfect would these be for watching football?

2. Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin with Cheddar Grits

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I am a sucker for grits lately and the apple cider with the pork makes this recipe exceptionally fall-y!

3. Apple Cider Gingersnap Cookies

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Sorry I’m not sorry that this recipe also has apple cider in it 🙂

4. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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Um I think I need to make these this weekend.

5. Fall Porch Idea

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What could be easier and cozier-looking than this? Especially if you happen to have a bunch of lanterns leftover from your wedding like I do…

Whatever you do or make this weekend, I hope you have a wonderful time!

Before and After: Dining Room Reveal

Here’s what our dining room looked like when we purchased our house:

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This was the view of the dining room that you had while you were standing in the outdated kitchen. See all of those time-warp appliances? They are gone. In fact, our kitchen looks nothing like that anymore, but that’s a post for a different day! In terms of the dining room though, there actually wasn’t a ton we changed (besides taking down that wallpaper and installing new wood floor throughout the entire house). We loved the big window overlooking the pond in the backyard so we wanted to keep that as a focal point in the room. Here’s what our dining room looks like now:

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Ryan built a window seat that doubles as storage that we covered with a fun, bright floral print.

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I love the window seat but I LOVE the dining room table Ryan built for us!

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He used cedar wood (I think) for the table top which he planed, stained and sealed. The base of the table was made using pieces you can buy from a hardware store and the chairs were thrift store finds that we once again spray painted all white.

Our dining room is now a cozy nook of our house that invites you to sit down right when you walk in the front door with lots of room for our growing family and friends!