Summer As a Feeling

I love Summer.  The heat can be so brutal here in Arizona, but monsoon season is upon us and then come the dwindling days of the tail end of the season.  And then, my friends, Fall comes sweeping in.  I love Summertime for its inherent calmness; I love it for the anticipation I feel for what is to come.

Each season I love to put together these posts full of photos of what a particular season feels like to me.  This Summer I am fully embracing blue and white color palettes, tons of texture, coastal nods, and anything light and breezy.  This is what Summer feels like to me…

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What does Summer feel like to you?

Welcome to Summer :-)

It’s been a joyful season of growth, opportunity, and real happiness since the start of the New Year.  Not every day has been great, of course, but there is a new peace that I have come to know that I am reveling in.  There has been a slower pace in the projects around the house and even my typical abundant-decorating for each season has come to a pause.  It’s been a wonderful thing to bring out Spring eggs and Summer seashells sparingly this year because I am truly enjoying simpler nods to each season — namely lots of plants that I have been taking really good care of and lots of good texture.

This is the perfect time for nesting rituals that make you feel mindful of the season because they allow you to really experience it!  For me, this can be as simple as tucking away our Limoges china that I pull out each Spring and shining up our Summer glassware.  🙂

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A Sentimental Spring Table Setting

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With all of the fresh fruit in abundance this time of year, I’ve felt inspired to do a little bit of early-morning baking.  This blueberry cake recipe from Ina Garten is delicious and super easy to make — and quick enough for a weekday morning.

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Textural table runners and baskets, happy plants thriving in sunshine, the occasional seashell or two… this is what Summer feels like to me this year.

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This little wreath took no time at all — I just wrapped wire around the starfish and the wreath, tucked the wire in the greenery so that you can’t see it, and called it good.  Our front door makes me so happy.  We recently added some wind chimes and our planter is filled with bright green potato vine that is spilling out in the most graceful way.  I love going outside to give it a little water at the start of my day each morning.

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So far, there have been lots of Summer snoozes for this guy, too.  I’ve been filling all of his spots with all the cozy textures I can and he seems to love them!

How do you nest for Summer?  What feels like Summer to you?  Let me know in the comments!  🙂

Welcoming Spring

Spring is off to a steady start in our home with amazing new work opportunities, lots of inspiration, a mix of fast and slow pace, and squeezing in as much time together as we can in the midst of all of the business.  We are hanging in there, people!

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I’ve pared down a lot of the decor in our house for now (pretty much since after Christmas) and I am loving having less out.  Usually this time of year I have so many decorations for Spring and I just felt like doing things a lot simpler this year.  I’ve become a plant lady!  We have lots of thriving plants throughout our house now and I don’t know what took me so long!  Flowers die… our plants are ALIVE!

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That fiddle leaf in the corner is fake, by the way.  I’m not that good…yet.  😉 I pull out the Limoges when my Spring mood strikes each year.  An amazing friend of mine gave this to me several years ago and I treasure it so much.  It was her mother’s.  ❤ I don’t take out all service for twelve, and I don’t take out every type of plate or bowl — just the basics.  We like to eat off of the dishes while sitting on the sofa at our coffee table.  I usually light some candles and we eat on our laps.  And with a slipcovered sofa we don’t even have to worry about pasta sauce.  🙂

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The copper pot for our stovetop scents has been put away until Fall, and out comes my Spring teapot.  😉  I’m ready for some fresh dish towels, too.  We’ll see what I find in the coming weeks.  It’s been fun to nest in this way for the season… Not feeling like I need to add eggs to every corner of our house or bunny banners.  I’ve just been decluttering, organizing, puttering…simplifying.

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This guy has my heart.  I love to see him find and enjoy all of the cozy spots around our little house.

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Sniffing the camera.  🙂

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Just a little update…  Wishing you a Happy Easter!

A Bedroom Design Evolution Story

Hi, friends!  How is your Wednesday going?  I’m looking forward to Valentine’s Day tomorrow with my sweetie.  Do you celebrate the day?  We just like to make it a day to remember how grateful we are for one another.  We keep it very simple.

It’s been a hot minute since I shared anything about our bedroom!  I will admit that I have taken a bunch of photos of that space but the lighting in there is so tricky and there has been a time or two that I have had to re-take all of the photos.  Made me a little bit crazy!  But I was determined and I finally have a bedroom update for you today.

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This is the bedroom design we have been enjoying for the past many months.  I have to say…it feels like a dream.  I feel like I constantly have to pinch myself because this is mine.  It’s nothing fancy at all, but it is the prettiest bedroom I have ever had.  Grey and I have lived together for nine years total, and our bedroom was never decorated while we lived in apartments before this.  We lived with his parents for a couple of years while we saved up for this house, so of course our spaces were pretty.  But this is the first bedroom that we have ever had that is all ours that is a true retreat.  You know how it is…  When you’re super young and just starting out, newly married, you don’t have anything!  Rooms get neglected.  And too often that room is your bedroom!  But let’s take a look back at where we started…

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This was how our bedroom looked when we moved in, and it stayed like this for about six months.  Our mattress was just on the ground.  We did not care!  We had a home of our own and I truly wanted to make this space just the way that we wanted so I was willing to wait for the things that I thought were perfect.  A really wise friend of mine advised me to do that, and I’m so glad that I did.  See Grey’s phone charging cord on his side of the bed?  Yes, no nightstands, lol!  We would bring coasters in here and put our water on the floor.  It didn’t matter.  🙂

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In May of 2017, we finally bought a bed.  I blogged about that here.  We bought some pillows, a white duvet cover, a pair of lamps, and some lucite nesting tables.  We hung drapes.  Now we were getting somewhere!  But the lucite nesting tables quickly became a catch-all for clutter (and dust!  oh, the dust!).  The table lamps didn’t feel right to me — they were nowhere near tall enough.  This is when I realized we are rarely happy with things that we buy on impulse because we feel an urge to “finish” something.  It’s always better when things find us.  I bought a quilt that matched the pillows nicely — it became a pretty room.  But I started feeling the urge to make it more of a neutral space — more textural, less of a commitment to a certain color.  So I sold some of the pillows on OfferUp, relocated some of the others, sent my husband off to work with the lucite nesting tables, and we lived with less again.

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These pillows got me excited.  The shaggy grey pillow with silver lurex strands; the hair on hide metallic pillow… they made me smile.  They’re whimsical!  I found the quilt many weeks later on a random trip to HomeGoods.  We bought a pair of vintage nightstands that had been painted and refurbished on OfferUp for $100 — a lucky find.  They are cream-colored and just so lovely.  We switched out the hardware to make them more ‘us.’

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The lamps are huge!  They’re actually buffet lamps and didn’t work out for a client because we found something better for them.  They match perfectly with the fabric on the bed.  🙂  See what I mean about waiting?!  It truly is an evolution.  Hanging above our bed is a print that was in every single apartment and home that my Gramma lived in that I can remember.  It’s a 1920’s-style jazz club scene and there is a swanky lady by a piano — she always told me that when she died, she would be that lady in the picture, and that she wanted me to have it.  I treasure it so much!

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I get so much joy seeing how much this little guy loves this room so much, too.  It makes me feel like we did good.  This is where he hangs out most of the day.  He loves to bury his face in the covers; I love to wrap him up in the furry “blankie.”

We don’t have anything on the walls except for the print above our bed.  Hopefully someday some art will find me!  I’m not someone who likes to go and seek out art for our home.  Our spaces are all pretty eclectic and I like it that way.  Let go and let things find you!  If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the process of furnishing and decorating our home, it’s that I am always happier and completely content with how a space looks when I wait for the perfect thing.  100% of the time.  Let your home be an evolution and you will always enjoy the process of creating it.

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Simple Winter Gathering

Good morning, friends!  I am so excited to have started a new Instagram account just for the blog.  This is going to be fun!  I’m putting my personal Instagram to rest (more on that here) in order to focus on creating more original content and pursuing my actual dreams and goals — not just watching everyone else achieve theirs!  There’s enough success to go around for everyone, and I am venturing out to find mine.  Thanks for being along for the ride.  🙂  Oh, and my new Instagram can be found here.

We had my parents over for a little winter dinner get-together last weekend and it was so much fun.  It was a super cold night so I just put on a pot of chili and whipped up some Jiffy cornbread last-minute.  My mom made a really beautiful charcuterie board so my part was easy — just had the dinner simmering on the stove and it was ready when we were!

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I always like to set a pretty table.  We all have different gifts that we give to our guests.  Some of us love to cook elaborate meals.  Some of us love to clean up a storm!  Some of us love to set a table and make pretty.  That’s me.  🙂  I get anxiety sometimes about the food prep and the cleaning prep.  But the table prep?  For me that’s the best part.

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This table setting was so simple.  I posted about the centerpiece a little bit last week.  When all else fails, apothecary jars (inexpensive ones from HomeGoods are my favorite), fake “snow” (Hobby Lobby), and Target Dollar Spot trees always look really pretty.  I was inspired by some eucalyptus leaves at Trader Joe’s when I was prepping for the dinner and I knew just how I wanted to use them!  I always like to peruse flowers when I’m preparing for a party or get-together to get my creative juices flowing.  I guess you could say it’s my “starting point.”  One bunch of these was $2.99.

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The red charges are from the Dollar Store, and the “napkins” are actually dish towels from IKEA.  I was walking from our hall closet where we keep our linens to our kitchen and I was just lightly twisting the towels, which is what inspired the casual twist on the table.  Happy accidents!  I used my Spode as the base plate and then a large white soup bowl on top so everyone could grab their bowl and load up with chili and toppings, and then rest their cornbread on the plate.  Which brings me to the buffet…

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I recently bought an inexpensive rectangular card table from Target that has been such an awesome investment even in this short period of time.  I used it a ton during my Christmas baking season, and I’ve just found another use for it — a buffet station!

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I draped a couple yards of fabric that I had on hand over the table and then used a kraft paper “runner” that comes in a roll from the Target Dollar Spot — I think they still have it!  I saw some recently.  I also used my mom’s trick to set out all of my bowls and serving dishes that I want to use and put little paper labels in each.  My sweet Gramma used to do this, too.

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I love the simple greenery running the length of the table.  I put candles in a bunch of mismatched glassware that I have.  It was fun — when we were ready to eat, we turned the lights down a little low and had the glow of the candlelight next to the table, too.  The stove was directly adjacent to this table so the flow was very easy and simple.

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I miss my Gramma something awful when I do things like this.  But it’s during those times of nesting and arranging that I feel her most.  I feel her cheering me on, I feel her getting excited with an idea, and I really just feel her smile shining upon me.

We have a very tiny house, a very cozy house — hosting in our small space can be a challenge sometimes but I am starting out the year with an intention of doing it more so that I can get more comfortable.  The together time is priceless and I love making memories in our space and filling it with love.  I want to use my house for hospitality.  I want you to do that, too!

For dessert, it was a store-bought Costco cheesecake with homemade blueberry sauce, which was so darn good.  Grey and I have a saying in our house that “no one is too good for a store-bought pie” so I will never ever feel bad about serving something that was pre-made.  Allow yourself to make those memories in your space with as little stress put upon yourself as possible!

Winter As a Feeling

Good morning!  Each season I love to put together a collection of photos that I have found that hold the essence of what that particular season feels like to me.  But I don’t think I have ever done a Winter As a Feeling post!  Most likely because in years’ past, after Christmas I have been ready to put our tree and all of the decorations away by January 1st and swing right into Spring.  I’m finding myself in a much more mindful state this year and I’ll be letting things go little by little.  So much of the reason why I would rip our decorations down in such a hurry is because I was just jonesing to decorate for the next season.  My mind is working so differently now — slower, more intentional.  I’ll be enjoying Winter.  This year there will be a Winter for me.  It feels good.

Our Christmas decorations will probably come down in the next week or so.  But that cozy feeling won’t leave.  It won’t be a mad rush to take everything down at once.  It will be a process.  A gentle letting-go and packing away.  Until next year…

These photos feel like Winter to me.  I can feel all of the cozy textures when I look at these pictures — the blankets and pillows, the metals, the warm fires.  I can also feel the cold floors!  😉  I love a good, cold floor with the heater on in the Wintertime.  I love faux fur blankets, and pom poms, and a splash of greenery, and yes — cold January floors.  This is what Winter feels like to me…

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What feels like Winter to you?

Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House

Happy New Year!  It’s officially 2019.  I think this is going to be an amazing year.  For some thoughts on how I’m approaching the new year, head here

Last night it was just me and Kuma at home — Grey was working.  It was a relaxed night puttering around my house and reading.  I read ‘A Christmas Carol’ and I think that was the perfect story for a night like that.  Have you read it?

I wanted to post some of our Christmas decorations that I took photos of at night.  It’s magical at night — I am going to miss this!  The greenery is crispy and it took me a million matches to light all of the candles because I am afraid of matches and fire in general, but this is my favorite Christmas house ever in the history of Christmas houses.  I feel cozy here.  I feel special here.  I feel at home here.

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Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

True story: the pillows are covered in Kuma fur.  😉  The snowball candle is a nod to Greyson’s Grandmom.  The beads were my Gramma’s.  I loved to play with them when I was little.

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I improvised Kuma’s stocking holder — treats in a jar, with twinkle lights, of course.  Also a true story — I never filled his stocking because I forgot where I put his presents…  I just found them last night.  Sometimes it goes like that!

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Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

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Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

Our tree makes me so happy.  It’s a hodge-podge.  Ornaments that are old, some new, some from my Gramma’s old tree, some that I made, and some paper chains I made when I was feeling sad.  Because making paper chains makes me feel happy.

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Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

I have had these frames for three years and have been meaning to do just this with them.  I’m not sure why it took me so long, but I love them so much.  Our boy is everything.  ❤

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Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

I hung some pictures up this year.  Some featured events include — our wedding, the day we signed our mortgage, past Christmases, Grey and Kuma snuggling in our bed…  Just the best days.  🙂

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Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

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Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

I’ll share this stovetop scent recipe soon.  It smells so good!

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Happy New Year! + Our Christmas House {Details Blog}

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season.  I learned a lot.  I felt a lot.  I figured some things out.  I still have things to figure out.  I felt happy.  I felt sad.  I was content.  I was anxious.  I loved.  I got angry.  I felt grateful.  I feel grateful.

Heading into 2019 with perspective.  Goals.  Appreciation.  Love in my heart.

2019, I welcome You.