Do you ever just stop and realize how time is flying by so quickly? So quickly! I had a lot of those moments this week. I think Greta reminds me often of how I used to just wait and wait for things to happen. Six seems to be the age of always wanting and waiting for something to happen for her. Is it Friday yet? Is it summer yet? I’ll blink and it will be am I graduating yet? There are so many milestones as we grow up and now that I am up I can’t believe how quickly it all zooms by. Maybe this has been on my mind because we recently hired my niece, a college student here, to come for two hours a day, from 3-5pm and be with the girls, so I could have some dedicated time to work. My girls are so happy and it has worked well that I can tie any loose ends up before Chris gets home at 5 and we can enjoy dinner together and family time, but it still breaks my heart a little every day. They are growing in those 2 hours and I’m missing it. (And then I tell myself to get a grip, it’s two hours.)
Other fun things this week!
This Etsy shop is filled to the brim with the most beautiful, budget-friendly textiles from Turkey. It’s kind of blowing my mind. (I guess it stops being budget-friendly when you add 6 things to your cart.)
Have you heard about this new family bike? I’m keeping an eye out for the Kickstarter. Into it!
After seeing the above kitchen (from here), I got in my mind that the Pittsburgh kitchen we’re renovating in three weeks absolutely needed a statement fixture. So I went down a rabbit hole trying to find one in our budget, and fell in love with this one from West Elm that could be the baby sister to the chandelier pictured. Sadly, their ceiling height couldn’t accommodate it. I still can’t get it out of my mind though. Could it work in our bedroom? Should I swap out the stairwell light? Someone use it and show me all the photos.
My latest design crush is Lauren Leiss meets Studio McGee. So freaking amazing.
We’re breaking ground on our deck today! And by “we” I mean we hired someone. I know! We tried for the past month to squeeze it into our schedules; mapped out the whole backyard, made a list of materials, purchased materials, watched and read everything we could on building a deck and then realized we have too much going on to tackle this ourselves. And that’s okay. It feels strangely good to turn over the reigns to someone that can dedicate their time to the project and knows what they’re doing. I’ll go into more details on the plans next week.
My friends tease me because my whole closet is filled with neutrals. I basically wear a gray shirt and jeans every day. So it’s really no surprise to anyone that I’m pining for this swimsuit in “earth.” (I love a good one piece!)
The One Room Challenge finished up this week and I definitely have a few favorites, like Nicole’s ultra-cool DIYed bugs and Mandy’s entire space feels like a breath of fresh air. I think next time we might jump in and participate!
Pegasus doll! My heart!
It’s been 10 years (what!?) since Jim kissed Pam on Casino night and my heart still skips a beat.
Lastly, we cannot thank you enough for your enthusiasm and support this week with the launch of our podcast. Because of all of you, our podcast is the #2 Design podcast and we’re in the top 100 of all podcasts. If you listened to it–thank you! We’d love for you to leave a review right here. We’re headed into the studio today to record more episodes for you and it’s kind of the highlight of our week now.
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Almost daily I get asked what I would call my home style. I don’t like to box myself in, but I definitely lean Modern Traditional with an emphasis on comfort when it comes to our home. This especially came up when I shared our Powder Bath Reveal on the blog. I think it changes slightly […]
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