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  • WELCOME!

    Hola peeps! Welcome to Casa de Lewis. We are twenty somethings who got married in 2010, bought a house in 2011, and had a sweet baby girl in 2012! We both started our careers as CPAs and now Reagan works in finance and I have my own photography business. I blog about my baby girl (obviously), products we love, crafts, photography, DIY projects, sweet treats, random life tidbits, and the balance of being a mom and business owner! Our house is always a work in progress but we love working on it and making it our own. Thanks for stopping by! Snoop around, why dontcha :)

My Little Buffalo / Custom Family Portrait

Congrats to Renee for winning the Stella & Dot giveaway! Look for an email in your inbox!

custom handmade modern family portrait

Just a quick post today to show off our new family portrait! Earlier this year I saw a deal on Brickyard Buffalo for these adorable family portraits by My Little Buffalo. So I snagged one! And I kind of LOVE the end result! I love it so much I can’t decide where I want to put it up in our house! Lisa has all sorts of cuteness in her etsy shop – from custom nursery prints to pet portraits, save the dates, and custom engagement and wedding portraits! Check out her shop here – My Little Buffalo!

Is your neck of the woods hot or cold?? We are having such wacky weather here. 80 degrees this weekend and then 30′s this morning!

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Hope you’re swinging into this new week! (Golly, cheesy.)

PS – I got a few great deals at Carter’s this weekend. They are having a sale that ends today! Paige is growing like a weed and she needs bigger clothes! My baby isn’t going to be wearing clothes in the baby section soon! Waaaah.

March 3, 2014 - 11:29 pm

Camille - Oh my goodness I saw these portraits and debated buying for like an hour. Now I wish I would have! Yours turned out so adorable. I can’t wait till I have my own personalized portrait!

March 4, 2014 - 9:12 am

Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno - How stinkin’ cute!!!

Here’s Looking at You, Thirty…

Dear Thirty,

I’m gonna be honest, I’m a little sad to leave my 20′s behind. I guess it’s because they were pretty epic. I graduated college, got my masters, passed the CPA, became an aunt, started a blog, got married, traveled the world, started my own photography business, and had a beautiful baby girl. Yeah, kinda epic. (You better bring it, 30′s. You’ve got big shoes to fill.)

What do I want for my birthday? Oh thank you for asking, Thirty. All I want this year is to be healthy and happy, to love as much as I can on my wonderful family and friends, help P Lily to keeping growing into a responsible and preferably potty trained 2 year old, and I’d really like for my butt to not jiggle when I run. (I mean seriously, thirty, I put 29 years of hard work in and this is what I get? Years of dancing, running, weight lifting and I take one year off when I have a baby and now things jiggle that I didn’t even know were there before.) I did buy myself a new pair of TOMS and a new backpack, which is probably what every 12yr old also got whose birthday is today, so I do have that going for me.

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I wrote the above post on my last night in my twenties. Clearly feeling quite sarcastic. The next day I turned thirty and my crazy husband put together a perfect surprise dinner with a few close friends and a chef! There is really not much better in life than good friends and good food, so needless to say, it was awesome. He also put together a book of notes from friends and family and had them share special memories from the last thirty years! How awesome is that?

thirtieth birthday party

So then I came home and felt kinda silly posting the above letter to 30. But hey, this blog is about documenting and as much as people are laughing at me poo-pooing being 30…I’m pretty sure I’ll look back on this and smile  :)

Here’s to another decade of epic adventures!

February 26, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Emily - WHAT A GREAT HUSBAND!!! I would have died for all of that. Happy Birthday girl. I love your blog and cant wait to see what your 30′s bring to the blog! :D

February 27, 2014 - 9:17 am

Camille - Happy birthday! You make 30 look GOOD! :)

February 27, 2014 - 11:29 am

Urban Wife - Happy belated birthday!! What a thoughtful husband you have. ;) Seems your 30′s are off to a great start!

February 28, 2014 - 3:44 am

Tara - Happy Birthday to you from Australia!!! I remember my 30th clearly…I’d emmigrated to Brisbane 12 days earlier, and my gorgeous hubby proposed to me at dinner on my 30th. He actually had to run back into the house to get the ring, as he’d forgotton it! (I thought he’d run back to get his wallet, and joked I was going to have to pay for my own birthday meal)

Now I’m 38 (39 next month…shhhh!!) & have 2 boys, 3 & 9 months.
Time flies!!
cheers Tara x

Stella & Dot Giveaway!

Ooooh, ladies! I have a fun one for you today! My friend Maralyn, a Stella & Dot stylist, is letting me give away this beautiful necklace!

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Isn’t she a beauty? I love that you can wear it multiple ways! Check it out here – Sanibel Reversible Pendant.

And while we’re here, let’s talk about some other Stella & Dot things I am loving. Did you know they have bags now?!

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Navy Ikat Bag | Jolie Necklace | Mosaic Tile Pouf | Lily Chandelier Earrings

Giveaway is open to all US residents. Enter below to win!

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You have until Friday to enter!

February 24, 2014 - 8:12 am

Gabrielle - That necklace is such a great piece and I love that it’s reversible.

February 24, 2014 - 8:15 am

Rachel - What a beautiful necklace!

February 24, 2014 - 8:35 am

Megan - Turquoise! My favorite accent color!! :)

February 24, 2014 - 8:50 am

Emily - I love both of the necklaces you have shown!

February 24, 2014 - 9:10 am

Catherine - Beautiful necklace. I have a Stella and Dot tote that I love!

February 24, 2014 - 9:22 am

Kristin C. - LOVE the bags! Like the trinity pendant necklace too =)

February 24, 2014 - 9:23 am

Julianne - I didn’t know they have bags! That’s a great one with good color!

February 24, 2014 - 9:24 am

Emily - I have the Nancy studs and I wear them to death. Love this necklace and versatile it looks!

February 24, 2014 - 9:29 am

Shelby - I’m LOVING stella & dot bags!!

February 24, 2014 - 9:30 am

Kylie - Love all of the teal and emerald options.

February 24, 2014 - 9:39 am

Sarah - I LOVE the Maldives necklace. They have a lot of great statement pieces!

February 24, 2014 - 9:53 am

Lauren - Love the Makena pendant!

February 24, 2014 - 10:08 am

Cristin - I love that the necklace is reversible! It’s gorgeous!!

February 24, 2014 - 10:11 am

Marcie - Love Stella & Dot!

February 24, 2014 - 10:12 am

Taryn - LOVE that necklace!

February 24, 2014 - 10:25 am

Lucy Smith - Thanks for the great giveaway :)

February 24, 2014 - 10:54 am

Alvina Castro - I actually love the navy bag. But the pendant is gorgeous!

February 24, 2014 - 10:54 am

Alison - love this necklace!!

February 24, 2014 - 11:02 am

Maralyn Beck - Thanks Sada! I’m so happy to do this! Definitely post your favorite items here! I’m hoping to learn what’s popular and what everyone loves! If you want to see more, please check out my site at stelladot.com/maralynb!

February 24, 2014 - 11:16 am

Kristen - I love everything on Stella & Dot. My favorite purchase has been my infinity charm necklace, as well as the Pitter Patter charm I bought for my sister-in-law after she had her first baby. So great and versatile!

February 24, 2014 - 11:21 am

Jessey - I’m obsessed with this color right now! I love that the necklace is reversible and the gold is so hot for spring! Awesome choice.

February 24, 2014 - 11:33 am

Sarah - I absolutely love this necklace!!!

February 24, 2014 - 11:35 am

Monica - That necklace is beautiful and my favorite color.

February 24, 2014 - 11:44 am

Maevis - This is so cute! i really love the renegade bracelet in gold :)

February 24, 2014 - 11:54 am

Teresa - It is a gorgous piece luv luv luv the stone color!!!!

February 24, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Stephanie - That one is definitely my favorite. I haven’t been able to get into chunky necklaces, so that one is just right!

February 24, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Julia @ It's Always Ruetten - I love the arrow bracelet. It’s so light and gorgeous.

February 24, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Emily G - It’s beautiful!

February 24, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Lauren - I love this necklace but I would want it in silver… :)

February 24, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Colleen - Such a gorgeous necklace; perfect for spring!

February 24, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Jenna - Beautiful!

February 24, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Jess - Love the necklace!

February 24, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Sarah F. - I love Chandelier Earrings! They can spice up any outfit!

February 24, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Carolina Burack - I LOVE the Navy Ikat bag as well!!! Perfect for spring!

February 24, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Tanvi - That’s such a pretty pendant. And who doesn’t love a dash of turquoise, right?

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February 24, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Pam@over50feeling40 - Beautiful necklace!

February 24, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Marisa - Loving that necklace!

February 24, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Lindsey - Everything is so pretty! I love the Maya Pendant Necklace.

February 24, 2014 - 3:10 pm

christine bentley - i love love love this necklace

February 24, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Megan - I love necklaces. It is the only “showy” thing I ever put on.

February 24, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Renee - The bags are so cute!

February 24, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Kristin - I love how their jewelry is so colorful! I always tend to stick with the safe black or silver type of jewelry so maybe this would push me into the color side of jewelry :)

February 24, 2014 - 4:00 pm

aquilamendezvaldez - I love this! Stella & Dot always has AMAZING pieces.

February 24, 2014 - 4:19 pm

TrishCF - The Sanibel has long been a favorite of mine, but I also am loving the Linden, Elodie, Norah and Sutton necklaces! Stella & Dot is my favorite jewelry line.

February 24, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Michelle - Love the necklace! Perfect for spring!

February 24, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Katie - Love the necklace!

February 24, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Debbie - I love all of their earrings! Especially the large tear drop shaped ones in green.

February 24, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Amy K - I neeeeeed this necklace, it’s beautiful!

February 24, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Meredith Moorman - Wow! Love that necklace! I love all their jewelry!

February 24, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Emily H - I love their pieces! Fingers crossed I win this one! :)

February 24, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Jody - I had no idea they had bags! That Navy Ikat Bag is soo cute!!

February 24, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Misha - The Maldives necklace is my favorite.

February 24, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Katie H. - I love the Together Forever necklace – it’d go with anything! But the reversible pendant is so lovely, as well! Congrats on your feature in TOH :)

February 24, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Jill - Love… Love… Love this necklace!

February 24, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Lizzie Brooks - They have BAGS now?! How fun!! And what a great giveaway!

February 24, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Elizabeth - I love the Eden ring and bracelet!

February 24, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Julie - Love the Lily Chandelier Earrings!

February 25, 2014 - 7:47 am

Jennifer - Thanks for posting such a great giveaway! I’m loving the blue and white Ikat bag, the necklace would also make a great statement.

February 25, 2014 - 7:47 am

Ashley C - I love the Hadie Bangle!

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February 25, 2014 - 8:10 am

Whitney Moberg - I’ve been eying the Ikat bag for a while! Thanks for the giveaway!

February 25, 2014 - 8:14 am

Elizabeth - I’ve actually never browsed around their site–I love what I’m seeing!

February 25, 2014 - 9:28 am

Emily U - Cute! Maybe I would finally wear a piece of jewelry ;)

February 25, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Emily - Definitely loving the Navy Ikat Bag!

February 25, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Lauren - This necklace makes me soooo ready for Spring! Love and need!

February 25, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Megan Greening - I adore the pouf!

February 25, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Camille E - My favorite item might just be the reversible necklace you show here! It’s so simple and elegant. On the other end of the spectrum I love the “Fiona” bib necklace.

Thanks for sharing!

February 25, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Sarah J - Love the necklace! Great color and style.

February 25, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Danielle - Love the Jolie necklace!

February 25, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Beth - Definitely love the necklace!

February 25, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Christina - I really love the necklace!! I normally don’t wear much jewelry, but I would wear this piece. So very pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!

February 25, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Michelle - So cute! Thanks for the giveaway, Sada! Love the color of the necklace!

February 26, 2014 - 6:22 am

sarah r. - i’m dying for that ikat bag!!

February 26, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Deann Rodriguez - I love the chandelier earrings!

February 26, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Lauren o - Love!

February 26, 2014 - 1:16 pm

nicole - I love the necklace!!!!

February 26, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Jodi - Love the necklace! I am loving gold and turquoise lately!

February 26, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Elisabeth - I love their Nancy stud earrings!

February 26, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Emily R - I like the Florence stackable rings

February 26, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Kim - the navy bag is gorgeous! i think it’s one of those pieces that is classic enough to go with a lot of my wardrobe, but packs enough punch to be vibrant!

February 27, 2014 - 9:26 am

Randi S - Honestly, the Sanibel necklace is probably my favorite…I could see this going with nearly everything I own :)

February 28, 2014 - 9:47 am

Naomi - I like the Jolie Necklace.

February 28, 2014 - 9:53 am

Renee - Lovely necklace! Thanks for the opportunity!

February 28, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Tawny - I’ve been looking for a necklace like that! I will have to start frequenting Stella & Dot

February 28, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Jennifer - So beautiful! Looks like a perfect date night necklace! Love it!

February 28, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Mary - This necklace would be perfect for spring/summer!

February 28, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Lindsey - I would wear the heck out of the cute necklace!

February 28, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Amanda - So cute. I love the necklace and bags are super cute too.

February 28, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Terri Mucker - Beautiful necklace!

February 28, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Tammy S - I am so in love with the stella and dot sanibel pendant necklace. I have loved it for months now, its so pretty! Thanks for the chance!

This Old House Feature

At the beginning of February I got an email notification from Twitter. Someone had tagged me in a tweet noting that they loved the blogger projects in the new TOH magazine! I didn’t even know it was out! About a week later Reagan finally remembered to pick up a copy at the store!

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popular DIY blog casa de lewisI’m not going to lie, my blog posts that outline the banquette don’t hold all of the details. It was a touch and go project while I was pregnant and still working basically 3 jobs. I’ve already received a few specific questions. The magazine touches on a few of the details and I will try to add a few more here.

Here are the dimensions of the space:

how to build a kitchen banquette

The long side of the banquette is 98 inches and the shorter side is 48 inches. The height of the bench is 20 inches and the depth is about 16 inches. Also, I used a two inch piece of foam for the bench cushion. Here are the four posts that follow our process:

Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4  

And a source list:

Table / World Market, Chairs / World Market, Warehouse Pendant / Home Depot, Teal Striped Pillows / Walmart, Green Pillows /World Market, Vase – Whole Foods, Frames – IKEA

I’ve had a few people ask about the paint color of our walls. Unfortunately I don’t know what it is. This is the color it was painted when we moved in and we haven’t had to paint match it yet. The color of the banquette is Polar Bear by Behr. Let me know if you have any other questions! I will answer in the comments and try to add anything that is important to this post as well so it is all in one spot.

This was such a fun experience for me and I am so intrigued by the whole process. Do you remember how the photographers and stylist came out for a whole day to shoot my entryway, the banquette, and another product photo? You can read a bit about it here – Magazine Shoot. Well after all of that work, only one photo made it into the magazine!! And what I think is funny is that it is VERY similar to the photo that I took originally! In terms of styling at least. I’m sure the quality of the photo is better since they used off camera flash. I guess now that I think about it, I’m not sure if the product shot made the magazine because it could be in another issue but I don’t think any of the entryway have been featured. They spent most of the morning styling and shooting the entryway (a good 2-3 hours maybe)! I took some photos of the entryway last week so I’ll share some updated pictures with you!

I LOVE // West Elm Zipper Pouches

West Elm Metallic zipper pouches review

I found a few of these at the outlet a couple of years ago and have used them for everything since. They’ve been a lifesaver for traveling and keeping things organized. I’m switching from a diaper bag to a backpack and saw that these bad boys were on sale so I decided to snag a few more! I wanted to let you know because the sale is still going on today! They are already marked down and you get free shipping an an extra 15% off!! They still have these fun metallic ones and a few other options you can find here – West Elm Zipper Pouches.

Happy President’s Day and happy shopping!