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I’ve Been…

July 18, 2014

ivebeengridPouring over Meg Braff wallpaper.  Especially this trellis pattern.  I’ve not sure what our future dream home will be like palette-wise, but it is definitely speaking to me.

Obsessing over The Grand Budapest Hotel birthday party.  Ever since we saw this scene in theaters, I have remembered the paper garlands and balloons with fondness.  Isn’t it what birthday dreams are made of?

Getting my weekly dose of flowers.  I had the day off yesterday from the flower shop and decided to look to Floret Flower Farm for inspiration.  They are just about the coolest, and their arrangements take my breath away.  Dallas is going to a workshop there later this year, and I am so excited for her!!

Debating new “old” houses.  Connor Homes is one of my very favorite companies out today for the home industry.  They recreate historic plans to suit modern families’ needs.  Though the cost per square foot to build is out of our price range, their projects sure are fun to drool over look at (The Hannah Grady is pictured above).  What are your thoughts on the matter?  Is building a new old house cheating?

Playing around with paint.  The new Ralph Lauren Paint website went live recently and I’ve found myself going to it to browse their selection.  Not only are their lifestyle collections fun, but their color finder can be narrowed by color family, tone and rooms they would look great in so you can find just the right one.

Loving Emily’s new built-in.  I love built-ins in general.  Although this bookcase design isn’t something I’d want in my own home, I love how it works for the space and her needs.  And I love love love it in white.

Scheduling time for Bogart and Bacall.  Dark Passage is one of my favorite black and white movies.  My mom sent it to me in a recent package, so I’m planning on carving out some time this weekend to watch it (image via).

Craving fall clothing.  Fall doesn’t feel far off when we have overcast days in the low sixties here in AK.  I’m glad Madewell posted this new lookbook for transitioning from one season to the next.  I hope other brands do the same in the coming weeks!

Marveling at this Instagram.  I don’t know how Kiel and Sarah do half the editing they do, but this photo reminds me of Julie Blackmon.  I’m sort of jealous about it.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

House Dreams

July 16, 2014


house2If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me tweet a downer post about houses last week.  The truth is, I’ve had my sights set on a house in CG for over a month now (longer if you count the weeks I pined over it when I was home).  It isn’t exactly on the market yet, but my mom toured it and found out it would be listed soon.  So since June 5th I’ve sort of had my heart set on it.  But then, last Wednesday, we found out the price and it is waaay impossible.  And it is probably best that it is so ridiculously out of our price range…there is no point in dreaming about when it’s so out of reach.  But I’m still sad.

So starts the search again.  Everything happens for a reason, right?  I can only hope a more perfect house is waiting for Ethan and me.  Until then I’m looking to Southern Living for inspiration.  I guess I have a thing for shutters, huh?

Which of these dream homes would you choose?

| gothic farmhouse | creole cottage | cape cod | historic home |

Shore Thing

July 15, 2014


We are mid-way through July and I’ve craving the coastline.  Not the way I’ve experienced it here in Alaska, but one with sand to dig my toes into and waves that crash onto the shore…

Classic swim trunks for your guy…affordable and unfussy.  To add to the ambience of a seaside cottage, a perfectly on-point candle would do just fine for cozy nights.  Although this sale has ended, Hudson’s Bay pillows are looking so right– modern, vintage and preppy all at once.  This easel has made it onto my Christmas wish-list already…doesn’t the look of it just make you want to paint?  This sea turtle shell is made of resin; it would fit in swimmingly with driftwood art in my make-believe summer home.  A braided rope belt you could easily share with the boys…it fits the laid-back lifestyle the beach evokes to me.  These may be my new favorite shoe find by Sperry Topsider; I may have to take the plunge and purchase them before Labor Day.  Summer salads are a must…what better way to toss them with some standout utensils?


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