Monday, February 1, 2016

Giveaway from Eleni & Co.!

Hey everyone! My friends over at Eleni & Co. have designed the most beautiful line of Valentines Day wrapping paper and cards and are giving away the set below to one lucky winner. I'm in love the versatility of the succulent paper - for Valentines Day as well as year round. To enter the giveaway head on over to my instagram account (Restlessoasis). Be sure to check out their lovely shop!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Swoon Worthy Ceramics

To this day, one of my favorite wedding gifts was a blue bowl that one of my friends made for me. It's moved from the kitchen to the living room, and then to my bedroom over the years. One of the reasons I love ceramics (aside from their versatility), is how practical they are as a piece of art. Recently I spent some time scouring the web for ceramics for my client/in-laws bedroom re-design, and I stumbled across some of the most beautiful pieces. I thought I would share some of my favorites here with you.
1. BTW Ceramics . The below pitcher and tumblers are on my wish list, and pretty much anything else from Brooke's shop.
2. Bean & Bailey. I especially love all the faceted pieces.
3. The marbled bowls from One and Many make me stop in my tracks
4. How cool are these ceramic baskets from Giselle Hick's shop?
5. These indigo tumblers from Studio Joo
6. EVERYTHING from Studio Lenneke Wispelwey 

Monday, January 11, 2016


So. We sold our couch in September the week we found out we were moving (it was a 9 year old ikea couch) and though I was oddly sentimental about it, we didn't think the couch would make it through another move. Because anything with an ikea label sells like hot cakes in Indianapolis (the closest Ikea is 2.5 hrs away), it made the most sense to sell it before our move to Boston. Now that our move to Boston is fast approaching(5 weeks!), it just occurred to me that I need to figure out the couch situation for the new place. Your input is appreciated!

I like the idea of a leather couch for practical reasons (hello kids). 
Then there's the question of tan or black. I always lean towards black over brown, but in this case I'm torn. The tan leather is more classic and versatile.
Then there's this couch. I was immediately drawn to it's lines. My main issue here is that all of my living room chairs are pretty much the same color…..
This blue couch. But will I get tired of it?
Then there's the sectional

What's your vote?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A year in Review

I'm one of those people who genuinely loves looking back over the past year, and picking out highlights. Though we did a few smaller trips, this was not a huge year of travel for us. And even though I was ambitious last January, this year was not the year I got an etsy shop up and running. But what I did do this year was something I'm proud of- I did my very best in all aspects of life and when that wasn't enough, I did not fight it. It did not steal my joy. I guess you would call that a year of personal growth? I felt real contentment this year with the imperfect. I did not cook as many meals, do as many projects, run as many miles, or blog as much as I would have liked…….but this year I found myself much more "ok" with my shortcomings than I have in years passed. I found myself letting those things slide off my back while I snuggled with my girls, and spent quality time with Connor. 
This coming year, we have more travel plans than we did last year, and I'm hoping to find more time to blog…..but above those things, I want more of the contentment I took away from this past year. That said, here are some of my favorite memories from 2015, the highlight reel if you will(shortcomings not pictured). 

Our newborn, Charlie
I shared her finished nursery on the blog
I finally finished my reading nook
Watercolored Easter eggs
I shared my entryway and abstract wall mural with you all
Reese's third "let's go fly a kite" birthday
The beach
A trip to Nashville
NYC with our best buds
Exploring DC with my friend Julie
Halloween brought us Miss Clavel and Madeline 
We ended the year celebrating Charlie's first birthday

Monday, December 14, 2015

Charlie's First and an Announcement

She blogs! It's sort of funny, really. When C accepted his new job that required intense training in DC (keeping him away from us during the week), I actually thought I would have TONS of free time on my hands (no cleaning my house since we are staying with my parents, minimal cooking!). Really though, this whole single mom thing that I've been doing Monday-Friday has been kicking me in the butt. Kudos to you single moms out there who don't even get a break on the weekend, I'm even more in awe of you than I was three months ago. Yes, we've been here for three months, and have just another two to go. Then we are moving to…..(wait for it)…..Boston!! Aside from the fact that we are moving to Boston in February (hmmm….timing?), we could not be more excited. Send any and all recommendations!
In the midst of all this craziness, my baby girl Charlie turned one this weekend. Such a mix of emotions, but mostly so incredibly in love with this girl and the joy she is to our family. My parents let me use their beautiful sunroom that was just completed last week for her party. I used my great grandmother's coconut cake recipe and went with a winter wonderland theme. This was the first birthday party where both sets of grandparents were present along with uncles and aunts and cousins. It was a sweet day. I was reminded how much I have missed creating and styling.
The precious birthday girl, I was surprised she kept the crown on!

Ps. Those edible pinecones (found on pinterest here) were super easy to make and I was so happy the way they turned out! That pretty milk glass cake stand is a family heirloom borrowed from my mother-in-law.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A modern take on a Tuscan bedroom

I had to actually look at the date of my last post to see the last time I had blogged. Not good, but not without reason! Life has been a whirlwind of activity including a new job for Connor, putting our house on the market, soaking up time with friends before goodbyes, cramming in those last minute doctor appointments, packing, relocating… get it. My days have been full- and all of that in a matter of a few short weeks. But here I find myself in the DC area for the next few months, and without my house to work on. I'm not sure if it was for her benefit or that she saw that I desperately needed a project, but my mother in law has come to my rescue and asked me to re-design her bedroom. (Speaking of which- I'm open for business in the Northern VA/DC area if you need a room designed or need some help with an unfinished corner of your house.)
About that bedroom- remember in the 90s when everyone's parents was going with a Tuscan theme for their kitchen which then seeped into their whole house? I'm taking about the FAUX PAINT guys. Remember that? Well, I'm shooting for something more authentic. I'm picturing a simple room with linen, natural elements, rattan, wood, leather, plants, and a lot of white. My in-laws prefer contemporary over farmhouse, so the room will reflect that. 
Here's my inspiration board for the room, and shoot me an email if you are in the DC area and would like some design help!
1. bud vase tray
2. nightstand
3. pillows
4. tray
5. rug
6. linen throws
7. lighting
8. leather chair
9. mirror

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Green on a Tuesday

Typically, I'm drawn to shades of blue when it comes to adding color to my otherwise black and white palette. Occasionally, I'll add in a dusty pink. But lately I have been noticing myself pinning images and art filled with green. I'm going to blame it on this gorgeous wallpaper Emily Henderson is using for her baby's nursery- because ever since I first spied it, I've been thinking of ways to incorporate the color into my home.

This combination of the pink lounge chairs and the green water kills me: