Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To Loaf

Every year around this time I try really hard not to think about fall and enjoy the remainder of my summer….and every year I fail miserably. I just love it all- the crisp weather, the colors, the layers….everything about it appeals to me. Normally I'm all about boots and booties as the temperatures start to drop, but this year I'm finding myself more and more drawn to loafers. Here are some of my favorites in all price ranges (the Vince ones being my favorite and out of my budget….but inspiration none the less):


Monday, July 27, 2015

Perfectly Imperfect 60th Birthday Party

My parents both turned sixty last winter just weeks before I had Charlie, and my siblings and I decided we would take a rain check and celebrate at the beach when we would all be together (three of the four of us living out of town). So we exchanged numerous emails, shared ideas, and tried our best to put together a special dinner for my parents.  So that's what we did. We told my parents to get lost for a few hours and threw tablecloths over those rickety beach tables. In a way, this party was very symbolic of my point of view with this blog….to work with what you have and create something special out of something ordinary. We had ugly beach chairs to work with, battled the wind, and used blenders as water pitchers….but seeing my parents beaming faces when they came to the table and watching my mom sneak those cards (that we wrote favorite memories on) into her pocket, I was reminded how important it is to take the time to celebrate the ones you love . Happy birthday dad and mom, six months late:).

Monday, July 13, 2015

House Tour: In Black & White

There are few home tours that feel more "me" than this one. From the moment I saw it featured over on Design Sponge ,  I felt immediately right at home. The mixtures of modern and charm, midcentury and Parisian, Moroccan tile floor and marble backsplash, and all that matte black….you know that had me instantly. Coincidentally, I've also been on the lookout for some old theater seats like they have in their entryway and I'm fairly certain that is the exact chandelier I originally wanted for our dining room (before I had to settle on a DIY). All I can say is, this brownstone is a dream….and I tried to boil it down to just a few favorite shots and I couldn't, so here you have it:  

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Favorites

You guyssss, I've been in summer mode over here. Aside from the fact that all I've wanted to do is explore and enjoy the summer with my family, I've also had a major lack of inspiration. I don't think it benefits anyone for me to blog when that happens, but the good news is that I'm feeling my creativity returning, and I have a couple projects coming up that I'm excited about. Thanks for hanging around, and here are some of things catching my eye this Friday!

This beautiful staircase transformation

This pretty bathroom (and you know I love the black tub)

and these links:

This will make your feet tingle
DIY printed pillow covers
This tissue crown 
Black doors
This party shop
These ceramics
Pear crisps with gorgonzala & walnuts
Genius (maybe OCD) tool for packing underwear
This roundup of online kids shops
I bought this kaftan for the beach and absolutely love it

Monday, June 15, 2015

Artist Crush: Heather Day

I recently stumbled across Heather Day via instagram, only to realize that I had pinned a number of her pieces on pinterest. Social media has a way of doing that- looping back around and showing you what you are really drawn to. I love that each of these pieces are unique yet you can tell they are all done by the same person….I suppose that's the mark of a true artist eh?  Check out her site to see more of her work, I seriously love every piece.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DIY party Clouds

On the off chance that you are interested in the clouds from R's birthday celebration, I thought I would share this quick and easy DIY with you. It only requires string, white balloons of various sizes, double stick tape, and stuffing.

1. Group white balloons together of various sizes and tie together with string.

 2. Once they are all attached to one piece of string, start coating with strips of double stick tape followed by stuffing. I found after the initial part of adding stuffing it was helpful to hang the clouds from the ceiling to see any "bald spots"

3. That's it! So easy. Here they are again, a finished product.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Reese is turning three and we had her best friend over to celebrate. Knowing that in the future, there will be plenty of birthday parties with lots of kids, games, and goodie bags- I've embraced the idea of keeping things simple while I can. So while this weekend's festivities could hardly constitute a party (with just one friend), I did want to make Reese feel special. Since she is obsessed with Mary Poppins, I thought I would go with a kite theme and made kite decor/bought kites for the girls to fly at the park near our house. Connor and I stayed up until 1 am the night before getting things set up, and when Reese came downstairs that morning to see the kites on the wall and clouds hanging from the ceiling, she let out a breathy "Ooohh WOW". And just like that- it was so worth the extra effort.
(I had to laugh when I looked over and saw her chowing down on chips while she waited for her friend to arrive)