Summer As a Feeling

Hey there, friends.  I hope you’re having a great week so far.  We just got back into town on Sunday and I spent all day cleaning and puttering on Monday.  Puttering truly is my favorite way to spend my time — finding projects around the house, rearranging things, adding some things here, putting other things away…  It’s relaxing and inspiring and I’m so grateful that I have a house in which I can feel so at peace and, well, at home.  🙂  It’s an incredible blessing.

Summer is in full swing, which got me thinking of all of the things that feel like summer to me…  Woven textiles and bags; blue and white (of course); crisp and creamy ivories; freshly washed linens with an expensive laundry detergent (my favorite!); berries and homemade ice cream; beaches; flowers and fragrant basil plants; easy home-cooked meals eaten at the coffee table (or occasionally a nicely-set table); casual gatherings; time by the pool; morning coffee and a dreamy anticipation for cooler months ahead (Fall! Winter!).

As I’ve done in past seasons, I gathered up some inspiration pictures that made me think, Yeah, that is glorious summer.  This is what summer feels like to me…

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I’m Bored Let’s Go

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Atlantic / / Pacific

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BHG

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Traditional Home

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Sarah Bartholomew

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A Thoughtful Place

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The Bojon Gourmet

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Featherglass

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CITRINELIVING

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The Inspired Room

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House & Home

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Kristen Panitch Design / Interiors

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Country Living

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A Thoughtful Place

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Design Love Fest

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Style Me Pretty Living

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Liz Marie Blog

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Home Bunch

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Marie Flanigan Interiors

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Home Bunch

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Lee Ann Thornton Interiors

And Spring Turns to Summer

Good morning, friends.  Happy Sunday to you.  🙂

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It’s been a little bit.  I’ve been taking some much-needed time away from social media and blogging to get some priorities in order.  It was a good break, and I’m feeling refreshed and my Internal Gratefulness Basket is filled to the brim.

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We’ve slowed on the projects to do those boring homeowner responsibilities that you don’t think of when you buy a house…  Like paying for giant trees to be trimmed, new sprinkler timers, etc.  You know, the fun stuff.  😉

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But it has been nice to putter and just be in our little space.  Having a slower pace is helpful to me and I think to everyone.  Switching things up to see what is really important is, well, really important.

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We spent some time with my family in Telluride last week, and this week we are headed out again.  The time with my fam was amazing in so many ways.  I left feeling an incredible sense of renewed connection and love.  We are so blessed!

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My favorite trick for going out of town is to put clean linens on the bed right before we leave in the morning…  It’s such a treat to come home to a freshly made bed!  Just makes you want to crawl right in.  😉

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I’ve been thinking of my Gramma so much lately.  I miss her.  This picture hangs above our bed…  This was in all of her apartments that she ever lived in from the time I was really young, and she always told me that when she passed, she would be that swanky lady in the blue dress by the piano.  She was so sassy!  🙂 We recently framed it in this white IKEA frame.  Makes me happy.

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I switched up our Spring wreath for a Summer variety.  I will show you soon… very simple.  I kept the Summer decor very minimal this year.  I just didn’t feel up to it.  I was wanting more of a relaxed feeling around our house this time of year…  Not everything “vignette-ed.”  It’s been nice to have things a bit more casual — and less to dust!  Lol.

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We are feeling very blessed to call this little nest our home.  We’ve been loving on it in lots of small ways lately.  Makes me feel extremely at peace.

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Of course, this handsome man is forever my rock, protector, and best friend.  This house wouldn’t be a home without him.

I hope you have a great day!

Long-Term House Plans: Living Room

Hey, friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far.  I can’t believe it is already Thursday — this week is flying by for me.  I’ve got my eyes set on Fri-yay!  😉

When we first moved into our house back in November of 2016, our living room looked like this…

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Long-Term House Plans: Living Room {Details Blog}

Cute and cozy…  I can tell by looking at these pictures that I was busy loving on this house all the time during those first few nesting weeks.  🙂

Lately, I’ve begun to realize how this room has transformed so beautifully over the course of just about a year and a half.

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Long-Term House Plans: Living Room {Details Blog}

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wake up every morning and pinch myself that I live here.  It’s kind of crazy… we hoped and prayed for a house for so long, and now this one is ours.  And it’s adorable!  I figured eventually we’d have a house, but I didn’t realize it would be quite this cute.  😉

I’ll let you in on a little secret, though… This room is starting to evolve in all the ways it’s been meant to, and I am so excited about it.  You might be surprised to find out that our zebra rug has been relocated to our kitchen, and that we have a new rug in our living room now that is inspiring a new color palette.  It’s not that I didn’t love the zebra rug — I did and do!  What I was having trouble with was my design direction as far as colors go.  I wanted a consistent pop of color, and the zebra rug made me all confused because it is black and white.

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Our house is very small.  It’s just over 1,000 square feet.  Which made my brain think…wouldn’t it be nice to have a consistent color palette all throughout the house so that each room flows nicely together?  We learned this in design school — it’s a good way to keep everything cohesive, especially for a small house.

My taste is super eclectic — I like a whole mix of styles and I love putting modern with traditional.  But as far as colors go, I knew I needed a rug to do the hard work for me by showcasing colors that inspired me so that I could pull from them (full post on how to do this coming soon — I have a good tip for you!).

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I’ll start with a disclaimer…this isn’t the rug we chose.  But you can see what I want my pop of color to be — dark blue!  I’m a water girl, and blue is the color that makes me feel most calm and soothed.  Oh, and Greyson likes it, too.  😉

A lot of these pieces we already have.  The lamps are sourced from one of my trade accounts and they’re on the pricier side, so I’m open to finding something that I love that is less expensive.  This board is mostly about the ideas.  I just want to prioritize simplifying, elevating, and pulling this room together a little more.

When we moved in, I was so excited about filling it up and having a space to decorate that was all ours, I brought some things into our house that I’m not in love with and didn’t really give time to let my design ideas brew and direct me.  Mostly all of the furniture is staying — except I do very much want that gold console table with the marble — that is from a trade resource and I see that in our future.  It’s mostly just about adding accessories that work well with the colors in our rug, which we found at HomeGoods on a random trip there.

SO!  If you’ve made it all the way to the bottom of this post — thank you!  Coming soon I’ll be sharing a really simple way to take colors that are in a rug, artwork, etc. that you are using as a springing-off point for your design and carry them around with you while you’re shopping.  Stay tuned!

I hope you have a great rest of your week!

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Long-Term House Plans: Living Room {Details Blog}

Catching Up

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Good morning, friends.  🙂 I hope you had a very blessed Easter.  Ours was pretty low-key — just time spent with family and a Greek feast that is still making my mouth water.  I’m thinking I need to make another batch of my favorite orzo salad just because.

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Easter weekend was a busy one for us.  We had a beautiful wedding that we went to on Saturday, plus all of the food prep and regular weekend stuff that goes on.  This past weekend was a little less crazy but we still packed in a bunch.  We found some new things at IKEA, which I will share soon.  Trying to pack as much organization as possible into our little home.  🙂

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Yesterday was two years since my sweet Gramma went to Heaven and I am missing her a lot.  Feeling happy to connect with her in all the ways she shows up in my daily life, though.  I see her everywhere.  I look for her everywhere.  She just always shows up!  Like she always did when she was here with us on Earth.  So thankful for that.

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Even though we weren’t home for most of the day on Easter, this was our little table that I decorated for us.  Grey and I dyed those eggs the night before Easter — just in time!  😉 It was fun to come home to a festive little tabletop — it’s the little things.

I’ll be posting next week about some new things around our house, as well as our front porch refresh, and some long-term plans for our living room.

Have a great day!

A Sentimental Spring Table Setting

Hey there, friends.  I hope you’re gearing up for a fun weekend.  You can find me busy baking and cooking today in preparation for some goodies I’m bringing to our Easter celebration at my in-laws’ house on Sunday.  It’s one of my favorite days of the year with them and I can’t wait!

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So let me just tell you…  I have an amazing friend who I met in design school several years ago who has made such a huge impact on me.  She’s made me feel more confident in my skin, she’s helped me find direction when I was struggling, she’s one of my mentors and one of my biggest cheerleaders.  Basically, she is incredible and means so much to me.

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A couple of years ago she gave me the most incredible gift… a set of Limoges china that was her mother’s.  Now, when Grey and I were married, we didn’t register for china.  I wanted to, but I couldn’t decide upon anything that I wanted.  Plus when we got married I was twenty-one and thought that it was pretty likely that whatever I picked out in my early twenties I wouldn’t really be in love with later on in my life.  And I was probably right — over time, my tastes have developed, my style has been honed in, and I know that it will continue to do so as I get older.

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I couldn’t believe it when she gave this to me.  The pattern is simple — roses.  They remind me of a watercolor painting.

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Two years in a row now, during the Spring and Summer months, we pull these dishes out and they are a sweet reminder of friendship, gratitude, love, and happy happy times.

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The rosemary is from my sis-in-law’s backyard.  After I tucked these sprigs in, my hands smelled so good.  🙂  You could also smell the deliciousness radiating from the table itself.  It was kind of magical.

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The ticking stripe “runner” is actually just a piece of fabric that I have folded right now.  Maybe someday I’ll sew it, maybe not.  🙂  I knew I wanted a bigger black and white print for the napkins, and these buffalo check ones are such nice quality and were exactly what I needed to pair perfectly with the floral plates.

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A Sentimental Spring Table Setting {Details Blog}

I took these photos at nine o’clock in the morning and the sun was shining in so peacefully.  It’s moments like these that I breathe in that sweetness of joy and savor every moment of it.

Happy Easter to you — I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Vintage Trophy Find

For the past long while, I have been on the hunt at every vintage store or market event for the perfect vintage trophy.  No easy feat!  Either they were too pricey, or the patina wasn’t great, or there was a strange inscription.  But a couple of weekends ago at Highland Yard Vintage, I found one tucked away that had to come home with me.

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Vintage Trophy Find {Details Blog}

I love this little arrangement.  🙂  This table houses so many of my vintage treasures.  And my new trophy is really a trophy of the perfect find!

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Wouldn’t a little tree look so cute in here for Christmas?  Already scheming for holidays ahead…because thats what I do.  😉

What treasures have found you lately?

Elevating a Simple Gift

Hey, friends!  Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a great weekend.  🙂

I stayed up late on Friday night and had so much fun putting up our Spring decorations.  I’ve had the bin pulled down since the beginning of the month but it’s taken me some time to feel like I was in the mood.  Because you’ve gotta be in the mood for that kind of thing to make it fun, right?!  Anyway, I’m super excited to share that with you soon — I took photos on Saturday.  I went pretty simple this year and didn’t purchase very much — I was really just going for small touches here and there to make it feel festive.

I wanted to share a little way that I elevate a simple gift that I give out to friends and family all the time.  I always have bananas that are going bad — we can never eat them fast enough, lol!  Some weeks I freeze them for smoothie bowls, and other weeks I make a couple loaves of banana bread.  If I’m seeing anyone — friend or family — around that time, I give the bread as a little gift for no particular reason.  It’s easy to make a double batch of the bread and people always appreciate it.

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Of course I’m a sucker for pretty gift wrapping and packaging the loaves in a cute way is just a nice way to elevate the experience a bit.  I always have a bunch of fun wrapping paper on-hand (thank you, HomeGoods!) and I have a ribbon problem and buy anything I think is adorable, lol.  I just wrap up the loaves in plastic wrap and then cut a piece of wrapping paper large enough to wrap around the loaf.  Sometimes I use regular ol’ tape, and sometimes I use some kind of sticker.  I love these gold seals from PaperSource and use them for everything!  Then I just tie the ribbon around in any configuration that floats my boat.

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This is perfect for hostess gifts and just-because gifts.  A very small and simple way of loving on someone and showing you care.  🙂  Something homemade is always special to me.  It means a lot to me that someone would prepare something in their kitchen for me — gives me the warm and fuzzies.

I hope you have a great rest of your Monday!