And just like that, it’s Thanksgiving week! Personally, I am so excited to eat ALL THE THINGS and spend time with my family. I always find myself feeling grateful this time of year (even in the midst of running all over town to visit different members of family, holiday gift planning, etc.) It really is an extra special time.
READING / With last week being the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, my fascination with the entire event was reignited. Glenn and I have been talking a lot about our personal theories on what happened that fateful day in Dallas; we even downloaded some documentaries to watch, on the subject. In addition, I discovered that Stephen King’s latest novel albeit fiction, revolves around the assassination so I downloaded it to my Kindle over the weekend. Three chapters in and I’m immediately hooked! I’ll let you know how I like it when I’m finished.
WATCHING / Last night my sister + cousin’s and I went and saw that latest film adaptation from the Hunger Games series: Catching Fire. It was really, really, well done. I think I even liked it better than the first one. I read all the books when they came out a few years ago so I didn’t remember a lot of what was going to happen, which actually made the movie more enjoyable to me. However, now I want to re-read the last book because I want to remember how it all ends!
LISTENING TO / I recently upgraded to the new iPhone and decided to start over with my music library. I downloaded a few albums and have been listening to everything on shuffle in the car so my playlist lately consists of a nice, healthy (and some might say bizarre) mix of Drake, Miranda Lambert, Jenny Lewis and Eminem. Sorry not sorry.
LOOKING FORWARD TO / Launching some recent design work. I’ve been hustling my derriere off lately in the freelance field. I feel like I’m learning a lot and growing into my own as a designer with these last few projects. I’m trying new things + styles and it’s been fun. Can’t wait to share here very soon.
LOVING / Glenn. I know, I know. Sappy. But I just feel so dang grateful for that guy as of late. He’s there for me when I’m having a rough day and is in my corner championing me when I’m kicking butt at something (usually together). Also, the complete opposite is also something I consider a plus–when we’re not doing something together our flow is just the same. We each have our own individual hobbies and are okay doing our own thing separate from one another from time to time. Our relationship has always been like this and its something I think is very rare.
What have you been currently up to? xx
As always, thanks to the lovely lady Danielle for the inspiration behind these posts.
* photo edited by me
Last night I got bit by the creative bug and started sketching around in my notebook. The phrase, “Can you not?” kept popping into my head because it’s something Glenn and I have been saying (playfully) to each other a lot lately. I decided to vectorize it in Illustrator and make it into a free downloadable wallpaper for anyone who’s feeling a little sassy and rough around the edges these days, like me ;)
Ps; the pretty floral background image is from a recent discovery–one of my new favorite sites called Unsplash, where you can download high-res, royalty free images. Neat, huh?
Today, I have a sweet blog pal sharing some bits + pieces of her lovely home, with all of us. Amanda truly has an eye for decor that is both modern yet lived-in. I cannot stand when “homes” are set up to look like no one is ever there at all! Her rooms have got me itching to style things up at our place!
Our dining room is an important place for us. We love to have the family gathered at the table for dinner as many nights a week as we can make it! Additionally, this is a room that I am constantly remaking. I like to keep it fairly simple and clean, because it makes me feel the most calm and the table works perfectly as a center for food when having a get-together with just an easy moving of the dining room chairs. Most dining rooms are not massive spaces, so you have to find ways to create it to work best for your family. I worked with it for a while and, with the addition of a seating area right inside the back double doors. I found some great ways to work with the space.
A fresh vase of flowers in the middle of the table is a traditional way to bring the entire room together. It’s the last detail to add and I’m always glad when I treat myself to a beautiful bunch. These are white tiger lillies, but being that Winter is just around the corner, I’d recommend picking up some paperwhite bulbs that grow amazingly in pebbles and water and last weeks! Additionally, the entire room is lined with tall wainscoting, which is one of our favorite additions. It can be installed fairly easily and without a lot of major tools.
I got this cute little cabinet many years ago and I still love it. I toy with the idea of repainting it sometimes, but have never settled on the idea. I love this, because it is not a large piece, but it holds so many important things that I would like to display or that won’t fit in kitchen cabinets. Sometimes I change its contents to spice up the area and the top is on a constant rotation. Produce, a strainer, spices that otherwise would be on the table (my husband loves red pepper flakes!), recipes, flour and sugar, and, thanks to the season, I’ve stored a large bag of apples from the orchard!
Shelving is a great versatile option that can also be changed and decorated as often as you like. I fill mine with various nicknacks and thrifted finds, artwork my husband and I have made or collected from other artists, teapots and mugs (some of my favorite things!), plants, and anything else I may find. Wall-shelving allows you to make the space whatever you want it to be and is a perfect choice if you don’t want a ton of cabinetry furniture.
Whether starting fresh in a new home or looking to redecorate, take it slow and think about what you love, what catches your eye, and what will make you and your family the most comfortable. Find items to decorate with that have meaning for you so that they will make you happy when they catch your eye. Create double purposes for things (like the cabinet: it’s perfectly lovely and adds a nice decor to the area while holding some important items that I use on a regular basis). Most importantly, your home is just that: yours. Make it a place that you love and enjoy!
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