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The Best Sources for Neutral Accent Chairs

Home Blog Posts, Interiors, Living Room, Office, Our HomeAnneke McConnellComment

First off, thanks for reading through my last blog post on New Beginnings.  It can be a little scary to put yourself out there in such a personal way, but I'm striving to be more transparent on the blog.  As soon as I'm done here, I'm off to get my workout in!

With that said, something I've been wanting to do for a loooooonnnnnnggggg time is kind of a weekly Life Talk series like yesterday that is basically video with snippets of, well, "Life Talk"!  

Honestly, I feel like I've put this off for quite sometime because I don't ever want to come across as a "know it all" or "oh so wise".  I just want to help people who may be going through some things I've experienced or people I've worked with one-on-one in the "Life Coaching" space, and share my thoughts and ideas.  I'm not perfect!  

The first one is set to go live within the next few weeks and full blown once the kids start school in the Fall. I can't wait!!!

Ok, so moving onto to today's topic - CHAIRS!  I love me a good tufted or slipcovered comfy chair! And a neutral one at that. We live in them here at our beach house.

After years of researching and decorating, I've learned a thing or two about where to find the best to get that coastal modern farmhouse kind of style I love so much and live by. ;-)

They move around often in our home (the advantage of accent chairs), but here you can see my favorite chair ever front and center when I did a whitewash makeover on our fireplace stone. We've had these comfy tufted chairs for about 4+ years and they are literally timeless - I can still snuggle with a kiddo to read a book together. :-)

Many of you that follow along on Instagram, have asked frequently about the chairs over time, so I hope this roundup of sources helps speed up your search for that perfect neutral chair.  I personally lean toward either tufted or slipcovered (and more toward slipcovers since moving to the beach house).  There are a few "splurges" listed below, but most of the chairs are under $400. 

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When trying to decide what chair to go with for your home, the #1 most important factor is the measurements! Always make sure to measure your space and consider doorway openings.  Most chairs arrive with the legs detached so that helps, but still be aware of that.

Other than that, it is a personal preference for exact color, fabric, and details like tufting, skirting, the color of the legs, nailhead trim, etc.  

I'd love to know if you find these kind of blog posts helpful and if you end up going with one of these for your home!

***Edited to add.  JUST spotted this stunner for only $263! If this is a style you love, you can find it HERE.


Have a beautiful day friends!



P.S. Don't forget to check out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale if you haven't yet. There are so many great deals to be had!  I wrote a several posts about it, but below are just a few.  Click to see more if you'd like!





Life Talk: New Beginnings

Fashion Blog Posts, Life Talk, Fall FashionAnneke McConnellComment

So I mentioned on Instagram this past week that I had a more personal blog post I wanted to share with you guys. While I mainly stick with interior design and style, I like to get more personal and down to earth with people every now and then. (FYI, new video series IS coming!)

Now recently it was my amazing sister's birthday! Yay!  But this year I felt compelled to go beyond the traditional "Here's a gift and I love you so much!" kind of gift.

The idea of "New Beginnings" is typically reserved for New Year's Resolutions, but the timing of this idea of New Beginnings seemed right to kind of sit down and have a talk with her - a talk together about partnering together and being accountable for New Beginnings in each other's lives on a continuous basis.

When I came across this Lotus Leaf necklace, I knew instantly that this would be the perfect gift not only for her birthday, but as sisters moving forward together with a more raw honesty with each other than we have in the past - true sister's necklace, with very clear meaning behind them.

You know when a good friend is upset about something? It's so easy to be like, "No way. You're amazing! You should have gotten that! I can't believe they said that!"

But an even better friend can get "for real, real" with you and help get you to overcome hurdles, reach your goals, and make positive change in your life.

That's what this means to me and her.

New beginnings.

I love how the box that the necklace comes in says, " reminded of the incredible beauty that can come from change."

But change is so HARD, am I right?!!!  And really, I'm not talking about change in the short term, but the long term.

To see things through with consistency. THAT'S where the good stuff happens!

We've always be honest about our feelings, but this feels like the next step in being part of pushing each other to new heights.  To ask the tough questions and to remind each other why we started and support each other along the way.

I love it. I love her!

It's only been a couple weeks and I'm already SO happy about it! We're texting each other each day checking up and keeping each other accountable.  

If you are looking for New Beginnings in your own life, I'd encourage you to simply ask. Reach out to a friend and ASK. don't know what they'll say, but my prayer is that they would be an encouragement to you!

Do you have a friend like this already or looking for something like this in your life???  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

I will keep you updated on our sister journey together!





P.S. I can't not say anything today that The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is indeed open to the Public now! #cuetheconfetti! Today is THE day you guys!! I not one to rush you or say things like "obsessed", I'm just stressing that this is a really great sale on pre-season items at post-season prices. >>>>> #winwin <<<<< I'm headed back to shop outerwear (I've got my eye on THIS), workout gear, and I just saw my fave handbag was restocked at the time of posting this!!!  I definitely advise going at it with a plan (do you need loungewear, gifts, new denim or boots? How about home or bath items like comforters (these linen ones are gorgeous), rugs, towels, or frames. One section I'm restraining on is SWEATERS (oh...and jewelry - dang it!) since I live in them here in Seattle all fall, winter, and spring......and let's be honest, the occasional summer evening. ;-)  Ok....enough of that - be sure to check the top left of the navigation of the blog for all #NSALE posts if you'd like a little more direction. :-)


Thank you as always for your continued support as I seek to encourage women to be the beauty God made them to be, and nothing less!


****The $150 Nordstrom Gift Card Winner is Bianca Copcutt - please email me at




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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale FAVE Items Under $40 - Public Access begins!

Fashion Blog Posts, Fave Picks, Fashion, Gift IdeasAnneke McConnellComment

Hey friends!  Have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet?  The sale opens to the public here in a few hours on July 22nd and lasts through August 7th.  

For today I wanted to share another video (thanks for the love on the BOOTS REVIEW) with you on my favorite items under $40.

Trust me, the savings are big with the more expenses pieces, but these are great staples that you can mix and match, layer, and buy multiple colors in. #guilty

In the beginning of this video, I felt it was important to express why I do what I do here in terms of the style side of things.

Maybe it's because I'm a ***bit older with 3 kiddos, but I just want you know that the bottom line is, I want YOU to feel beautiful and this is just one way I can be a small part of that. :-)

***Remember, you can go to the navigation on the blog, and there's an ENTIRE tab just for the sale to keep all posts easy to find - not everything makes it in a blog post!)

Happy Shopping ladies and thanks as always for your love and support!

Where to find the items shown in the video.

V-neck sweater (4 colors)

Cardigan (7 colors and selling FAST)

LEGGINGS (I can't believe these are reversible! Score!)
Or crop leggings

Faux Leather Drawstring Tote (4 colors - I love the red too!)

LORAC eye palette (not in sale)

Twist Front Woven Top (4 colors)

Longer Tunic Blouse: (7 colors) more colors HERE and linen version

Shorter Blouse (7 colors) 

V-neck Tee (6 colors)

Cowl Neck Shift Dress (10 COLORS!!!!)

Jacket to pair with items  OR alternate

Necklace (not in sale)

Criss-Cross Ring OR alternate


Nail Polish Color (Creme de la Creme)
Nail Polish Gel Step 1
Nail Polish Gel Step 3

Articles of Society Denim
Blue Jeans
White (on sale)
White distressed (on sale)
Black distressed




Thanks for watching! 














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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Fall Boots Comparison

Fashion, Fashion Blog Posts, Fave Picks, Gift IdeasAnneke McConnellComment

Thanks for watching this comparison video of fall boots for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016!  There are TONS of great options available, but they usually sell out quick at these sale prices!

Where to find these boots listed in the order shown in the video:

B.P. Chunky Heel Bootie - $79.90 during sale, $119.95 after

Pull On Ankle Boot - $99.90 during sale, $159.95 after

Cutout Ankle Bootie - $79.90 during sale, $128.95 after

Side Buckle Ankle Bootie - $99.90 during sale, $149.95 after

Sperry Saltwater Quilted Duck Boot - $79.90 during sale, $119.95 after

Over the Knee Suede Heel Boot (alternative) - $159.90 during sale, $239.95 after

Tory Burch Fall Knee High Leather Boot  - $299 during sale, $495 after sale

Same TB boot in wide calf (black only) / alternative

Hunter rain boots mentioned - $129.90 during sale, $195 after


Again, there are SO many great selections! Consider sizing up a half size for thicker socks, but otherwise, I feel these are all true to size.

I'd love to know if you prefer the videos! I'm working on a few more as I feel they are more personal and down to earth, like I'm chatting with a best friend. ;-)

Happy shopping beautiful!





"Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment." -Romans 12:3