Happy November!

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Offbeat + Inspired

Hey, guys!  Happy November to you!

I can’t believe how fast this season is going by.  In an effort to be more present, I took a tiny step away from social media for a bit.  Sometimes I feel like the more time I spend on Instagram and blogging, the more inspired I feel; and other times, the more time I spend on the Internet, the more I get that ‘compare and despair’ feeling.  When I feel even an inkling of that anymore, I put the phone and the computer away and focus on being fully present — and there is power in that!

‘Tis the season of pretty, cozy things and warm spaces, and I had the best time staying up super late last night taking down our Halloween decor and putting up our Fall stuff.  I’m looking forward to sharing that soon.  🙂  Highland Yard Vintage has another show coming up in the next couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to see all of those beautiful, inspiring vignettes.  And of course my mom-in-law’s decor… that’s always a fun post!

We are just about to the one-year mark in our home and I still find myself loving it more and more every day.  I feel so blessed to be in the home that waited for us, and though the past year has had its fair share of struggles and heartache, it has been so wonderful to have a warm and cozy place to come home to every night.  To be together, with our little pup, eat dinner together, cozy up on the sofa together, cry together, and laugh together…  I will never be able to thank God enough for this past year in the cutest little 1,000 square foot house I’ve ever laid eyes on.  😉

I hope you all are having the best week as we ease our way into the Holiday season.  I’ll see you back here soon!

Northern Arizona Fall

This past weekend, Grey and I spent a good amount of time up North.  One of the best parts about living in Arizona is that cooler temperatures, forests, and quaint towns are just a short drive out of the city.  We spent time in Flagstaff and Prescott and I was surprised to realize that I don’t ever remember being anywhere and seeing the leaves changing color before.  I’ve seen quintessential Fall in photos, but I don’t think I have ever seen it in person.  It was really amazing.

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

We stayed at The Inn at 410, our favorite place pretty much ever.  If you ever have a reason to go to Flagstaff, there is no better place to stay.  It’s an adorable B&B in the perfect location — walking distance to downtown, right next door to Brix (amazing restaurant) and Carriage House Antiques.

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

We spent time in Prescott, too.  The temperatures were slightly warmer there but perfect for walking around.  We explored lots of antique shops, spice shops, and popped into Superstition Meadery where we had some great tastes and brought home a couple of bottles.

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

Northern Arizona Fall {Details Blog}

It’s kind of funny…  I felt like this was my first time experiencing a real Fall.  Yellow leaves dancing in the wind, Fall flowers and pumpkins everywhere in the shops, Fall menus with local ingredients in the restaurants…  Pretty much bliss, people.  🙂

Fall As a Feeling 2017

Good morning to you!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I have a confession to make… I put up our Halloween decor over the weekend, and I am SO excited to share with you.  I’ll be waiting a few weeks just so that those who are later to get excited about Halloween can still join us.  But how ’bout all of my early-Halloween-lovin’ peeps — where you at?!  😉

Last year around this time, I shared a post about Fall as a feeling.  For me, Fall is all about how it makes me feel, especially since the part of Arizona that I live in doesn’t get a huge weather or scenery change.  It makes me happy to appreciate and embrace this season by noticing lots of cozy texture, or a cool breeze in the air (that I could just be imagining!), or the Halloween section at Target.  I celebrate each little detail, and that is why I love Fall.

Little did I know last September that we would be in our very first house just a few short weeks later.  The process happened so fast — we hadn’t even started looking yet but about six weeks after I wrote my Fall As a Feeling post, we were all moved in.  It’s amazing how things happen.  I have enjoyed each season in our new home, and I have loved it tenderly, and you bet your booty I am absolutely savoring a real Fall season in our new space.

Here are some pictures of what Fall feels like to me.  What does Fall feel like to you?

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Architectural Digest

Fall As a Feeling 2017 {Details Blog}

Architectural Digest

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Home Bunch

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Evolving Table

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Jennifer Bunsa Design Studio

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French Country Cottage

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Sarah Hogan Photography

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Southern Living

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Luxe

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Country Living

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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The Kitchn

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BHG

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SHEERLUXE

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Collage Vintage

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House Beautiful

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Architectural Digest

Birthdays

Good morning to you.  🙂  This past weekend I spent some time with my in-laws at their house celebrating my 28th birthday, which is this Tuesday.  I’ve gotta tell you guys… 28 feels good.

Cupcakes

We moved in with my in-laws when I was just 25, and this will be my first birthday in our new house.  To say that feels incredibly special to me and that I just feel like the blessings have been poured over me would be the understatement of my life.  My in-laws gave us a place to rest and work hard, a safe place to connect with one another, and the gift of creating a deeper relationship with us that I treasure and keep so close to my heart now.  If moving into their home had the sole purpose of giving us an unbreakable bond and a strong relationship, I would do it all over again.

Flowers 1

I am surrounded by so much love, it’s unbelievable sometimes.  How is this my life?  I think that all the time.  And I still feel pain and heartbreak and loss, but the year 27 has been the year that I feel so blessed every time I feel sad or immense happiness because to feel is to live.  27 was the year of living for me.

Kuma 1

It’s really the little things in life that make me happy these days…  puttering around my house, making my bed, Sunday morning coffee in my Harry Potter mug, snuggling with my husband in the middle of the day, fresh flowers of any kind, my sweet pupper’s frothy lips, my nephew saying, “Garia, I love you!” (although that is a very big thing — the best kind of big thing)…

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Kuma 2

I’m happy.  And it feels good.  I have worked hard to feel this happy — I have walked through the muck and the dark places.  I have explored my insides and learned, listened, leaned in.  It’s a wonderful thing to feel.

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PS: Sending out a birthday wish to my momma!  I love you!

Seashells and Special Things

I’ve written before about our coffee table’s array of special things, so it was really fun to add some Summer details to the display.  🙂

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Coffee Table Vignette

This silver bowl is one of my favorite things in our house.  It is so versatile.  I found it in an antique shop while we were living with my in-laws and I was always dreaming about using it to decorate in our future house.  It is a reminder to me of how blessed we are.

I added some shells to the rocks in the top and then added some sand to the bottom with some more shells.  Decorating for Summer truly is so simple — it requires little effort!  I love that.  🙂  Simplicity before the abundance of Fall and Winter (although I am already looking forward to another Christmas in our home!  —One thing at a time!)

Spring Sunday Brunch

First let me just say that we are so blessed with two amazing families.  To have family at our house is the most incredible gift, and not one that we take for granted.  It feels so special to be making memories in our first house.  The emotional aspect of that is not lost on us — we worked so hard for this, and our families had such a huge part that they played by supporting us to create opportunities for this to happen for us.  Being homeowners is so huge for us…to the point that little annoyances like a slightly overgrown lawn or a bunch of dirty dishes after an elaborate meal for just the two of us raises reactions like, I’m so glad I have a lawn to MOW! – My husband, and We’re so blessed to be having dinner in our HOUSE!  Can you believe we have a HOUSE?! — the dishes aren’t even noticed.  We truly feel just completely overwhelmed at this point with our blessings.  Our cups are overflowing, and we’re taking opportunities all day long to give the glory to God and thank Him for all of this.

To have our families at our house, to putter and nest, to fill our house with flowers and plants, to cozy up on the sofa together and watch movies, to occasionally have a pizza night in our pajamas… It’s a wonderful time.  🙂

So we invited our family for a Spring brunch, and we wanted to make it fun and festive.  I made this egg casserole (so good), my mom-in-law made some lemon danish-type treats and a cinnamon roll French toast bake, and my sis-in-law brought this awesome fruit salad with blackberries, grapes, mandarin oranges, etc. — delicious.  All yummy stuff.  🙂

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Trail Mix Snack

Tabletop snacks included mini Cadbury eggs which are ridiculously addicting, and Trader Joe’s trail mix because it is seriously my favorite.

Spring Flowers

Orchid

Not like our living room needed any more plants but I found the hydrangeas and the mini orchid at TJ’s and fell in love.

Coffee Station

Espresso

Coffee

I set up a coffee bar on a table in our kitchen — that way everyone could get what they needed and I just stayed in charge of refilling the coffee pot.  😉

Mason Jars and Straws

Juice Station

We had cranberry and orange juice at the ready and my in-laws brought over a bottle of champagne for mimosas.  The straws were a little too long when I bought them so I just snipped the ends so that they would fit inside of the mason jars at a good height.

Table

A blog that I love, A Thoughtful Place, was where I first saw the idea of using wrapping paper as a table runner.  LOVE that idea so much and I’ve done it once before for a birthday party.  It’s inexpensive and easy clean-up.  It’s also fun to use that as a starting point for the table design.  I decided to go with gold accents and those blue flowers were a Target Dollar Spot find.  They have adhesive backs so I just stuck them where I wanted them and was able to save them for another purpose — they’re in a craft bin now.

Beads

Which brings me to the beads.  🙂 These were my Gramma’s, and I’ve used them here, too.  I’ve been missing her a lot lately and these beads remind me of her.  She loved to decorate and make spaces pretty, and she made everything special.  She was a beautiful entertainer and I can still remember her putting fresh mint in lemonade and letting me pull the leaves from the stems.  Having this little pop of red added a splash of personality to the table — and reminded me of her wild and free personality that I loved so much.

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What To Do When You Feel Uninspired by Your Space

We live in a world in which we are saturated every day with photos of beautiful homes, beautiful things, and people who are living lives that sometimes feel so much more grand than our own.  Sometimes this can make us feel uninspired by our own spaces, or things, or lives.  We compare ourselves to others and we compare our houses to what we see on Pinterest, and we feel discontent with what is around us.  We want more.

So what should you do when you are looking around your home, feeling dissatisfied, like something is missing, like you want it to be fresher or brighter, or more organized and less cluttered?  What should you do when the budget is tight and a room makeover is not realistic at that time, but you feel you like you want to do something, anything to make you feel inspired by your space again?

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Can you forego the fancy coffee this week and buy yourself some flowers instead?  Or, even better yet, can you take a walk in your backyard and cut some flowers that speak to you, that inspire you?  Bring some life inside your space!  Take a dusty vase out of your cupboard and toss the flowers in and let the flowers be beautiful.

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Can you move your furniture around, and breathe new life into your space with every moving part?  Can you layer things and putter and turn some music on that you love and enjoy shopping your house while rediscovering things that you forgot you had?  Maybe you like cleaning — what about dusting and wiping places that you normally forget about, like lucite chair backs and ottoman feet?

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What about finding some cozy elements from other rooms and bringing them into new spaces, thinking about how these items might be used by the people you get to welcome into your house?  Things like a cozy throw blanket for crisp, cool Spring mornings or a basket with pillows for loved ones to perch on.

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Sometimes the answer to our feelings of being uninspired is not to add, but to take away.  Are there places that you can declutter?  Are there things that no longer bring you joy, but that you know could bring someone else joy?  Things like an old pitcher, table linens, or picture frames.  Donate the things that no longer speak to you, and when you do this, feel your house take a breath with the release.  Sometimes we need to clear our space in order to find our direction again!

There will always be times in our lives when we feel like our spaces aren’t what we want them to be.  There are seasons where it feels like a dream to live in our homes and then there are seasons where we lose our way and we don’t really know how we want them to look — we just know we don’t want it to look like this.  But every season comes to pass, and by perpetually nesting and puttering, we can make our inspirational droughts last for a lot less time.

How do you bring back the inspiration when you are feeling uninspired by your space?  Let’s help one another!