Window or aisle?

Bon voyage

Bon voyage!

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new love in my life that’s been selfishly taking up a lot of my time over the last year. And although this new love was the result of a forced, prearranged marriage thanks to my day job, it’s still found its way into my heart: TRAVEL.

As the demands of my day job grew and grew, so did the need for travel – to filming locations, premieres and film festivals.

Pre-flight cocktails!

Pre-flight cocktails!

Now before you get all starry-eyed, let me dash any illusions of grandeur you may have about the “glamorous Hollywood life.”  Yes, I’ve admittedly gotten to go to some cool places.  But I’ve also done a 48 hour round trip flight to Tokyo in coach, camped in the Australian outback in 110 degree weather under fear of dingos, snakes and wildfires and elbowed & fought through Times Square to make it on time to a meeting more times than I’d like to count.

Where to?

Where to next?

So why am I telling you this?  It’s a really long-winded way of announcing that I’m adding a travel section to the blog!

I haven’t had a ton of time lately to focus on the home front, so instead of letting my little corner of the Internet fade into obscurity, I thought there was a better way to keep it active and share this awesome new adventure with everyone.

Will all the mood boards disappear and make way for perfect carry-on packing tips? Hell no.  My love for shiplap, HGTV and flea marketing is still quite strong.  But the balance of the blog may ebb and flow so just bare with me as I figure it all out.

Packing ALL the black shoes

Packing ALL the black shoes

What kind of travel will I be covering?  Anywhere the job (or Jefe) may take me.  I’ve got plenty of stories from not one, but two recent trips to Australia.  I wined and dined for a week through Napa Valley.  I’ve also been self-appointed as the household Packing Magician; lucky for you, I plan to share my secrets.  Also – miles, miles, miles; I’ve learned the serious importance of frequent flier loyalty programs.

I’ve also got plenty to look forward to in the coming months – a ton of trips back to the East Coast for the wedding of the year (yes, mine!), a possible trip to Ireland (standby for more details to come…) and a 7-day honeymoon in heaven: PARIS!

So stay tuned for more fun and adventure!  #sledgeonthego

Up in the air

Up in the air

Fixer Upper Fascination

In case you’ve been living under an HGTV sized rock, you may not know about their latest design superstars: Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame.  After watching way too many episodes of House Hunters, Property Brothers and Love It Or List It, I find their fun, quirky humor and cozy design style so refreshing.  For those that don’t know, Chip and Joanna are a husband-wife team that helps Waco, TX area families find, purchase and renovate homes.

Chip & Joanna

Chip & Joanna

Joanna got her start with a small home furnishing shop Magnolia Market (which now has an online presence) and they slowly graduated to more intense design and home renovations.  Their recent skyrocketing success has allowed them to purchase and renovate a whole complex known as The Silos that houses an updated, larger shop for Joanna as well as a place for vendors to sell goods on the weekend and they’re soon opening a bakery on premise!  You can read all about The Silos here.

Original Magnolia Market

Original Market

The exterior of a new location of Magnolia Market at the Silos, owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

New & Improved Magnolia Market!

Now in season 3, Fixer Upper showcases Chip and Joanna’s down-to-earth personalities and fun approach to home renovation.  What I find so refreshing is how genuine and honest they come across vs. some of those other HGTV personalities that feel SO scripted.  Fixer Upper is way more docu-series than how-to show.  You see them interact as a couple, a bit of their home life with their 4 adorable kids, their huge farm the family calls home as well as all the fun design stuff.

And Joanna’s style is taking the internet by storm.  Part shabby chic mixed with part rustic industrial, she finds a way to incorporate vintage style in traditional spaces with modern luxuries.  Her expertise is truly finding something old and making it new again in an interesting way.  Think old piping turned funky bookshelf or tobacco factory beams crafted into a beautiful dining table.  Jo’s also fantastic at finding old but interesting architectural pieces and incorporating them in new ways.


pipe & board shelving

Pantry Doors

I’m OBSESSED with these doors! She turned them into pantry & laundry room entries

On top of their show and the renovations that come with it, The Silos and their family farm, they also have a realty company.  And because she doesn’t have enough to do, Jo has a great blog too (which is where I originally found her before I knew about the show).  All of this in addition to the new B & B they just opened which was featured as season 3’s Christmas episode.  They really have crafted a little Waco empire over the last few years!

So for your eyeballs’ enjoyment, here are just a few of my favorite Fixer Upper moments from season 3:


Knock a wall down, add an interesting iron railing

Bay window

Highlight the traditional beauty of original bay windows by making them a serious focal point

Loft turned library

Extra hallway space = loft turned library Map as art

An old map makes the perfect vintage artwork

Shiplap on shiplap

Jo LOVES her some shiplap.  #shiplap

european inspired entryway

A change of pace for the Gaines: a European-inspired entryway

colonial inspired dining room

Loving this colonial-like dining room.  Reminds me of historic homes in PA!

mantle turned art

Wouldn’t be a Gaines job without some added architectural detail!

Anyone else as obsessed with them as I am?  I find Chip quirky but hysterical and it’s definitely one of the few design shows I’ve got Jefe hooked on too!

International World Traveler… sort of

Everyone has a budget.  Some of us just have a slightly smaller or larger one.  Over the last few years, I’ve become pretty good at stretching our Ikea budget to match our Pottery Barn taste.

So what’s the secret?  Mixing, matching and looking for a sale!  You can buy 95% budget-friendly items, but you can’t get them all from the same place or everyone will know you just raided the entire Hemnes section of Ikea.  And when you throw in a few vintage finds, you can nail that coveted, eclectic style that’s all the rage.

Don’t get me wrong, we still buy a lot of Ikea; but it’s the pieces we mix in that make all the difference.  One of my super-secret budget friendly mix in spots: Cost Plus World Market.  (Note this post is NOT sponsored, I’m just obsessed with them!)

World Market Logo

I first learned about them when I stumbled upon the store at the Grove a few years ago while hunting for props for a short film; it had the perfect eclectic mix of home goods my place (and my short film) had been missing.  Since then, Jefe and I have become quite the World Market connoisseurs.

Why do I love it?  You can get an all-leather storage ottoman for $200 that has worn beautifully.  You can get every serving piece you could possibly need to host your first Thanksgiving and still have money left over for that festival fall runner.  And it all holds up beautifully; the furniture is definitely a step up in the stability department.

In the spirit of sharing is caring, I’ve taken the liberty of picking a few of my favorites for you.  It’s a great mix of items we already own with others I’ve got my eye on.

The Natalie Bed – I have to admit that this may have been a recent purchase as I’m so obsessed with it.  Our Ikea bed was not going to make its 4th move and this beauty caught my eye.  And lucky for you, it’s currently $240 off!

Natalie Bed


Charcoal Oscar Chair – I have the prefect corner ready and waiting for this stylish arm chair.

Charcoal Armchair

Black Windowpane Andrea Mirror – Is your home a little dark?  Lacking windows?  Why not fill up an empty wall with this windowpane mirror!  Fake window and more light all in one.

Windowpane Mirror

Wood Parat Bowl – One of a kind and a beautiful accessory for a console table, a bookcase, or an entryway where you can stash your keys.

Wood Parat Bowls

Espresso Bi-Cast Leather Storage Ottomon – This updated version is the perfect multi-functional piece for any home.  Stylish nailhead trim, supple leather, and plenty of storage.  If it’s anything like the one we bought a few years ago, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Leather Ottomon


Milk Bottle Vase with Wood Rack – Crushing hard on Joanne Gaines or is that just me?  I’m obsessed with Fixer Upper.  Sometimes her style verges a little on shabby chic, but her more rustic decor makes my heart pitter patter as does this milk bottle vase!

Milk Bottle Vases

Campaign Desk – So stylish and versatile.  The color of wood is the perfect complement to the greenish-grey of our new home office walls.  As we haven’t finished unpacking yet, please excuse the old picture.

Campaign Desk

Office - Desk Detail

Blue Villa Stripe Table Runner – This needs to be spread across my dining table immediately.  It’s a perfectly classic linen for anyone’s space that can be mixed and matched with other linens.

Blue Stripe Runner

Antique Black Verona Bookshelf – You know how the world was heartbroken when the Expedit was discontinued?  Well ours bit the dust during the move.  Guess it’s time for a stylish upgrade to THIS beauty.  I definitely think it’s an improvement however I’m not so sure about my significant other’s decorating choices on those top 2 shelves (although his styling game on the bottom few make me so proud!)

Verona Bookshelf


So there you have it, my full-fledged, undying love for World Market.  Anyone else a fan?  If that’s not  your jam, what’s your secret go-to for budget-friendly eclectic pieces?

There’s No Place Like Home

Let’s start off with a little update of good news – the refrigerator fit…. BARELY.  But it’s in and NEVER MOVING AGAIN.  I literally spent last weekend stocking and restocking the thing; I cooked up a storm!  It was glorious.


And you know why I wanted to cook up a storm?  Because this place just feels like home.  From the first night we spent here, it just feels right; this is the place where we’re meant to be at this moment in time. Every day I wake up and I don’t want to leave my bed (more than usual!); at the end of the day I find myself rushing home.  I just want to BE here.  It’s definitely somewhere we can be for awhile.

This is a new sensation.  I’ve never lived somewhere in my adult life that just feels like home, especially since I’ve moved to LA.  It’s a great feeling.  And the french doors don’t hurt.

And as the home is not quite blog-worthy yet, here’s just a little sneak preview to tide you over!




No Ice Ice Baby

Today marks day #25 without a refrigerator. You read that right, we’ve actually been without a fridge since we moved. The space in our kitchen (and the doorway in to our kitchen) is so uniquely sized that there was only 1 fridge carried by Best Buy or Home Depot that could work and that was pleasing enough to the eye that we wouldn’t hate staring at it 3 years from now.


That teeny, tiny cooler has been our “fridge” for the last month.

So let me rewind – for those of you unfamiliar with the LA rental landscape, it’s a fairly common practice for most landlords to not provide certain appliances to future tenants. Jefe and I have been lucky thus far that our last 3 places all came fully equipped with stove/oven, dishwasher, fridge and washer/dryer (which is like the white whale of apartment hunting).

But our new place was just so right for us that we decided to bite the bullet and rent a place without a fridge. We never in a million years anticipated we’d have to go a month without one.

When we first signed the lease, we immediately headed to Best Buy (Jefe’s version of heaven) to find something. We decided that we didn’t just want something that was the right price and size, we wanted something we could keep for years to come (and potentially move with us in to any future home). We found one that we loved, and it happened to be on sale.

Two days later we’re letting the delivery men in the apartment. They pulled out their tape measures and proceeded to walk right back out the door. We very carefully measured our rather small fridge opening but we never in a million years thought the doorway to our kitchen would be even SMALLER. Well, lesson learned.


Who has a doorway that’s smaller than 30″?!

So back we and the fridge went to Best Buy. We managed to find one that hypothetically will fit with a clearance of over 2 inches (minus the doors). Today is D-Day as Jefe anxiously waits at home for delivery while I’m working the 9-5.

Really looking forward to that grocery run after work tonight where I can finally pick up ice cream, cream for my coffee and tons of cheese. Unless, of course, it doesn’t fit again in which case I’m going to down that pint of ice cream before it melts to drown my fridge-less sorrows….

Life Happens While You’re Busy Making Other Plans

New year, new blog, new fiance, new home.  You read that right, Jefe & Sledge are finally getting hitched! Needless to say it was a rather exciting holiday season as Jefe popped the question right before Thanksgiving.

After the confetti and bubbles in the champagne settled and the parents all had wedding bells on the brain, Jefe and I started to discuss what was next for us.  The big plan if you will.

That led us to Craigslist, an apartment showing and a quick lease signing later, we had the keys to a new place.

So what convinced us to decide to sign a lease while visiting family and planning a wedding all over Christmas break?  Central air.  Refinished hardwoods. Sconces.  A fireplace (nonworking, but it’s beautiful).  FRENCH DOORS.

I’m sure you all want to read a little less and ogle a little more so without further ado, here’s our new place!



Front entrance! White roses line the walkway.


Our amazing living room!  It’s bright, airy, super spacious yet cozy.


Great archway in to the dining room.


A chandelier we don’t hate!  And ALL the lights in the apartment are on dimmers!



The kitchen is large with plenty of counter space.  The colors have proven a bit challenging as I don’t know how to accessorize two-toned blue floors and buttery yellow walls, but I’m up for it!


The second bedroom we’ll be using as our home office.  (I can see the Red Sox paraphernalia filling the walls now….)


And our master.  The place was renovated with such an eye for design while still being neutral enough that we can inject our own style in to it.  Because of this, I don’t even hate the boob light because it matches everything else!

There’s plenty more to come (including our amazing bathroom with pedestal sink and original penny tile floor) but as our place is still COVERED in boxes, we’re not quite ready for the full, non-Craigslist ad pictures yet.

But there’s definitely more to come in the next few weeks!  Sledge is back (and engaged!)



Hello?  Is anyone there?

Hi.  You may not remember me but I’m the former blogger who disappeared into oblivion 5 months ago without a trace.  Where did I go you might ask.  What have I been doing you may inquire.  Well, to quote the great Donna Summer: she works hard for the money.

The day job got the better of me.  I love what I do, and think I’m damn good at it.  But I definitely have been earning my paycheck lately.  Countless late nights in front of a computer screen and over 30,000 miles flown proved difficult to make time for dinner, let alone playing amateur decorator and blogger.

But I’ve missed you all!  And missed making things pretty which my life could definitely use a little more of lately.  So in the coming weeks I will begin to emerge from hibernation.  Frequency and consistency, however, is not the name of this game so bear with me while I get back in the swing of things and find a little more blogging balance in my life.

Bonus – I already have some fun projects stored in my digital attic that I’ve been unintentionally hiding from you!  Backyard?  Done!  Living room rearrange?  Done!  New artwork?  Done and done!

So for now while you patiently await my next impromptu appearance (as I certainly fail to plan these things lately), here are a few personal highlights from my otherwise very professional last few months, courtesy of my dear friend and companion Instagram:

Jefe & I headed to Seattle in May:
Seattle 2015

Seattle 2015 2

Then I headed to NY for 2/3 of the month of June:

NYC 2015

NY 2015 1



Insta - NYC Bridge

Finding Neverland

But over the weekends, I’d hop the train to head home to Lancaster, PA for much needed reunions with family & friends.

Lancaster Summer 2015
Besties 2015

Insta - Casey & I

Once I got back, I did manage to find a few moments for a little beauty while at home.  It was peony season after all!


Jefe & I spent my second favorite holiday at the Hollywood Bowl:

July 4th 2015

Insta - July 4th

And later in July we headed to Anaheim for the annual Red Sox / Angels match up.  The Wells men came to represent:

Red Sox Anaheim 2015

We also experienced the first Anaheim cancellation due to rain in over 20 years!

Red Sox Anaheim 2015 2

A few weeks later I headed out to the Rhode Island Film Festival for work:



After all that travel Jefe and I tried to escape for a few days.  But an excruciating LA heat wave kept us from the beach and Disneyland so we escaped inside to the LA Natural History Museum.  Dinos!




Later in August, Jefe & my friend John and I hit up the LA Food & Wine Festival, complete with a performance by The Roots!  This picture does NOT do it justice; we were 15 feet from the stage!

The Roots!

Once September hit, I was knocked off my butt by a serious cold & cough.  But I had to suck it up as it was time to run the 5K I had been prepping for with Jefe & my brother who came to visit just for the occassion.  It was brutal, but I made it.  Slow and limping wins (well, at least completes) the race.

Dodgers 5K 1

Dodgers 5K 2

And like the good USC alums we are, we headed to the SC vs. Stanford game with our friend John.

USC Football

Two weeks ago I left for a 9 day business trip to attend a few film festivals.  I was pretty stoked to travel internationally for the first time since I was 16!

Bon Voyage!

Bon Voyage! 2I also happened to fall head over heels in L-O-V-E with London.  I’ve already plotted how Jefe and I could change careers to make the move.  L-O-V-E.

Insta - Trafalgar Square

Insta - London Bingo


London 2015

Insta - Buckingham Tea

Insta - London Eye

Insta - Big Ben

Unfortunately the love affair was short lived as I had to keep on moving.  This time for Vancouver.  Most of this leg was spent either working here:

Insta - Vancouver Bed

…or in screening rooms at the festival.  I did manage to snap this beaut on the way en route to the airport on my last day:

Insta - Vancouver

And this one while landing later that night.City of Angels

I came home carting a handful of gifts for Jefe but he happened to have a surprise for me too!Welcome Home Gifts

I hope everyone had a less eventful, but fulfilling summer!