COLLABORATIONS / REVIEWS, HOME

March 13, 2017

Maine Home | Entry

This place is starting to feel like home.
I continue to find out how hard it can be to put a personal stamp on a rental property.
When I walk through the front door I want our home to feel comfortable, inviting, and cozy; which is challenging to do when you can’t paint the walls and have school tile flooring. Eddie and I love crisp details, wood tones, and bright/moody color pallets that envelope you. There were three must-haves for this space: a mirror, a rug, and sturdy coat hangers.

Would you like to learn one thing I’ve learned since moving up north during the winter?
Outside is messy, which I love. What I don’t love is when you bring that mess inside – especially when it’s snow/mud slush that gets all caked into your entry way rug and is a pain in the butt to get out. Enter Lorena Canals washable rugs, yes washable rugs.
They use non-toxic dies and 100% cotton fabric to hand craft each and every rug so you know you’re getting a quality product.
The lowdown: it really works.
I’ve already washed our rug once since we received it and thrown it in the dryer another 2 times (I dislike seeing dirt clumps haha) and it comes out pristine every time. You throw it in the washer to get it nice and clean, then the dryer, and it comes out ready to lay flat and if there are any stragglers you just cut the loose strands (don’t pull!). This is also one of Tobi’s favorite spot to lay – I didn’t place him here.

After finding the rug we pulled together all of these other wonderful pieces to make an entry way that will be able to move with us as we go from home to home in the next few years!
The details of this entry way make me so happy – the wood tone of this mirror paired with the gold frame basically sings to me.
Y’all I LOVE the fact that our entry way is full of hand-crafted items.
The rug, the mirror, and the huge banner remind me how amazing people are.
People CREATE these things – dream them up, put them together, and send them to others to help make their house a home.
Fun fact: the banner was hung at our wedding as well.
The lyric is from one of the songs Eddie’s home church wrote that really helped him during his pursuit of me.
This serves as a great reminder every time we enter our home that our God is a faithful, magnificent, and big God who is always present and steadfast, and never ever fails. 

So there you have it.
A small little glimpse into our Maine home. Now come have a mug of hot tea with me!

Room Details:
+ Hutch – Ikea
+ Large Banner c/o – Scripted Beginnings 
+ Coat hooks – Lowes
+ Rug c/o – Lorena Canals
+ Gold frame – Target
+ Mirror c/o – Hurd & Honey
+ Silk floral garland c/o – Afloral

  1. Kate

    March 13th, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    SWOON.That’s pretty much all I can say. Rented spaces are hard, but IMO this is a NICE space and it seems very much your own, and so inviting. I want to sit at that table with a cup of tea and a journal right now. Thanks for sharing!

  2. amurray

    March 14th, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Aw shucks, thanks Kate!
    Renting spaces are really really hard!
    I’m so glad the space is as inviting as I want it to be!

  3. Victoria

    March 13th, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I love this and I am ON MY WAY to stop by for that cup of tea!!!! <3

    I never knew just how much CRAP gets drug in when things are wet and gross outside. Where we live now is sooooo rainy and I swear I spend half my life mopping up the floor, shaking out rugs, etc…I'm glad you've found such a PRETTY and durable rug to help you not lose it! 🙂 LOL!!!!

    And that banner…Should have a place in every home you two share!

  4. amurray

    March 14th, 2017 at 12:11 am

    YESSSSS
    I love that you’ll be near and I hope that we are able to spend time together!
    Yes I am hoping that this keeps me sane – there really is SO MUCH that comes in from all of the snow/rain etc – it’s crazy and having a washable rug makes it 10x easier.
    The banner – isn’t it amazing?!
    I can’t wait to see all the places we get to hang it.

  5. Victoria

    March 13th, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    PS I’m not sure why this is, but when I try to read your blog on my iPad and on my ANCIENT macbook pro, I can’t…On one, the pictures don’t show up and on the other one the words don’t show up even when I click read more.

    I’m not sure if other people will have that problem or if it’s just me, but I thought you should know JUST IN CASE there is something you can do about it. On my desktop computer I have ZERO problems.

  6. amurray

    March 14th, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Thank you for letting me know! <3
    The mobile version still needs some tweaking!

  7. Orlando Smith

    March 14th, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Honest to God the house looks really good! I mean man since the last time Emily and I where there it looks so good.

  8. amurray

    March 14th, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Thanks broseph! <3
    We have definitely made it more of a home since y'all came to visit!
    AKA COME BACK 🙂 🙂

  9. Allison

    March 15th, 2017 at 12:00 am

    This is too adorable! And I cannot get over how incredible this blog re-design looks. You are a rockstar, Amy! Wish we could have coffee together!

  10. amurray

    March 16th, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Thank you Allison! <3
    I am SLOWLY continuing to work through this blog re-design...it's a lot of work! haha.
    And i'm loving putting finishing touches on these spaces before we move to our next place.
    I totally wish we could grab some coffee together - that would be a blast.

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