Monday, September 1, 2014

A New Chapter | A New Look

I was going to wait until I had all my ducks in a row before rolling out any blog changes and offerings.  That would be the proper way to do it, but instead I'm taking you along for the journey...

Little by little, I plan to make a few changes to this space.  Starting with the new header and look of the blog.  I was over due for a change, but had zero knowledge of how to do it myself.  I looked into some other pre-made options like I've used in the past, as well as paying someone to custom design the blog.  I worked in marketing/brand management for 12 years and brand identity work was my favorite, so the thought of getting to do it for my "brand" would be just incredible however, the cost to do it well is high and I need things like new slipcovers and bathroom tile, so that sort of thing will have to wait.  In the meantime, I learned just enough these past few days to make some changes on my own.  I'm happy with how it turned out.  The header/logo above is version 22.  I got a bit addicted to the process and went logo crazy.  My poor boys, I kept showing them different versions and they weren't even sure what I had changed.  Want to see some of the earlier options?

Interesting, isn't it?  How small adjustments to fonts, the addition of a line, color change, addition of a border, all make such a big difference.  I still really like the first logo with the ampersand, hmmm, who knows, maybe I'll still tweak it.  Like I said, I'm taking you along for the ride  For those interested, I used to create the header.

The other BIG change is that I'll be offering design consults now.  You can click on the tab above for more information.  My hope is to do one style/design post each week.  I'd gotten away from that a bit when pinterest came along and I'd like to bring it back.  I have thought long and hard about starting a small business.  This will be my test run.  I will give it a year or so and then re-evaluate.  I absolutely love the process of creating a home.  I also thoroughly enjoy helping friends, neighbors, and the occasional blog reader too.  I daydream about fabric combinations and light fixtures and cozy room designs.  It is for all these reasons and more that I've decided to start offering consults. My only hesitancy is time.  I now have more to give with both boys in school, but any decorating work will still be very part time.  I will only take on projects where I feel I can truly be of help and clients that share a love of a similar design aesthetic.  You can read more about my style and what inspires me here.  I will not be offering full service design.  I can provide guidance and custom design plans for a space but the shopping and implementation will still be up to you.   Please email me at if you would like more information.  Thanks!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School-isms

The night before Kindergarten...
Me: " Charlie how are you feeling about starting Kindergarten tomorrow?"
Charlie: "I'm a little worried." (a word he has NEVER used)
Me: "Worried?"
Charlie" Well, nervous." (another word he never uses)
Me: " What are you nervous about?"
Charlie: "Going on stage." (his eyes welling up with tears)
Me: "Why are you going on stage?"
Charlie: "For the talent show.  I really want to do it but I'm just not ready for it yet, not tomorrow."

Apparently, he thought there was a first day (or daily) Talent Show.  Bless his little heart.  Though it made for a good laugh (to myself, I took his concerns very seriously).  Which I needed, because my Mama heart broke a little this morning sending him off to all day kindergarten.   He, of course, loved it, and joy of all joys, he discovered they sell Cheetos in the cafeteria, both Baked and Regular varieties apparently, all is right in his world.  Terrific! ;)

Honestly, I'm so grateful he will be spending his days in a bright and cheerful classroom, with good friends, and the sweetest teacher one could ever hope to have for their first year in elementary school.   I'm sad to say good bye to the stage of life where I went about my days with a little shadow alongside me.  It was far too quiet in the house today and the clock ticked slower than it ever has before.  It made me so happy to see smiling faces from both my boys at pick up and to listen to their non stop chatter on our walk home.  Andrew's start to 6th grade was also a success! Yay!  Here's to good beginnings, even those that tug at the heart strings a bit!!

^^This will be the only year they attend the same school.  So grateful that Andrew is there to watch over his little brother! ^^

^^ Happy to have a good friend by his side on the first day!^^

^^ Couldn't wait to be the first one in!^^

^^ I had to take this shot after school.  Payton is in Jr. High this year.  They'll be back together again next year.  I can't get over how grown up they look here. ^^

^^After school.  C was itching to get that collared shirt off his body.  He changed the second he walked in the door.  Into his "sporty" clothes. ^^

^^Nana came for first day pick up. Still can't get over how old Andrew looks!!^^

^^Looking for his Mama! :) ^^

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Inspiration | Pretty Hampton's Home

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon exploring a fabulous new playground in the sweltering heat and humidity we are experiencing this week in an attempt to squeeze in a few more summertime activities before the boys head off to school tomorrow.   While Andrew was conquering climbing a rope tower and C was off playing Power Rangers with a group of new friends, I took a peek at my phone and just about squealed at the sight of this wonderful, cozy, and fresh Hampton's vacation home.  I think it actually cooled me down for a hot second!   I couldn't wait to pull it up later on my computer and get a better look.

It has been AGES since I've seen a home in a magazine where I'm compelled to pin pretty much every single shot so when I stumbled on this Sag Harbor home I got very excited.   I'm saving the images for that day when we are able to buy and decorate our vacation home in New England.  ;)

The home was featured in the latest issue of Lonny.  You can read all about it here. Enjoy.

^^ the wood table, counters and beams look so good against all the creamy white ^^

^^ I love the way crisp white walls and trim look in photos, but I think the only way I could make that work for us is in a coastal home.  Blue and white always works. ^^

^^Nautical painting, antique table, basket + topiary = perfect styling!^^

Check out the entire article here, all 21 images are gorgeous!  My minions are stirring so it's time to shut the laptop for the day for me.  Back soon.  Lots more consistent blogging (plans at least) in the near future! :)