diningroom_bleubirdWow, it’s been a long time since I have been able to update this space. Life has been busy, needless to say. To all of you have have commented here, on Instagram, and via email, thank you for the kind words and encouragement. I appreciate you so much. Since starting Mother and my store Two Son, my time has been slim and left me with little extra to focus on this blog, which was once my full-time gig. That said, I do love the ability to keep Bleubird as an outlet and a way to share.

So, here’s a little update on things around here. We are still in the house renovating process. We are currently working on our kitchen remodel, which we hope to have completely finished by the end of January. We get all of our new appliances this Friday and I am very excited to start cooking and hosting a little more, now that I’ll be inspired to do so. We purchased a new table (seen above) a few months ago and finally chose seating for it. I love the neutral tones in this space and can’t wait until the entire kitchen and dining room are complete, so I can share.

The kids are all doing well and loving this holiday season. We hosted Thanksgiving again this year at our house, this time for 17! It was crazy, but so much fun. We picked out our tree last weekend and started decorating for Christmas. Aubrey hung lights on the exterior of the house and we finally caved (after 16 years of having kids) and got two very small and tacky lawn ornaments—a little blow up, light up Santa and a snowman. The kids are thrilled!

Plum is just 9 days away from turning 14! It’s so crazy how times flies. The day after her birthday, the big kids are off to Florida to spend Christmas with their Dad. We plan on laying low for the holidays, spending time at home, and enjoying this slower-paced time of year. My Dad might be joining us for a few days, which would be really nice. Fingers crossed!

Two Son is about to turn ONE! We are in the middle of planning a birthday/holiday celebration for the store. Food, drinks, music, and friends. Lots of stuff happening this time of year with parties, birthdays, holidays, and trying to wrap up some end-of-year shoots, so we can enjoy a few, well-deserved days off.

This year was one of the most difficult I’ve experienced in a long time, and for many others, too, it seems. A lot of amazing things came out of it, but I am ready for what 2017 has to offer.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I will be back here soon, promise!


  • meg

    Welcome Back James!
    I usually read the 10 things post Friday morning at work ;)
    So my routine has been thrown off a litle, but I’m glad you’ll be ending 2016 on what seems to be a high note! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • lauren

    yay!!! Welcome back!

  • Calli Alford

    Yay James!! <3

  • Megan at Lush to Blush

    Welcome back! Your home looks absolutely beautiful; I can’t wait to see the rest of the rooms!


    Megan at Lush to Blush

  • Ramona

    missed you!!!

  • Brittany

    That’s great that everything is going so well! Welcome back =)

  • Ashley Horowitz

    Opening up your website to see an update made my morning. It was so nice to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to update this special space. xx

  • Fariha

    I love following your blog and it was so nice to see a new post. Love the two brands you’ve started and I’m looking forward to keeping up with them. And the dining space looks beautiful. The chairs look comfortable, simple, and make the space seem very welcoming :)

    Fariha | Blog

  • Rose D'Angelo Designs

    This has been a devastating year for our family but my prayers are for a blessed 2017 for everyone! Glad to see you blogged again! Oh, and Happy One Year Anniversary on Two Son!!!

  • Chelsea Finn

    So happy to see an update on the blog! Cant wait to see what 2017 is going to be like!

    xx Chelsea

  • sarah

    Welcome back, I have missed you your blog. Happy 2017.

  • Kristin

    I love the stained glass suncatcher pictured above! Where is it from?

  • Elizabeth

    So good to hear from you! You’ve been missed <3

  • Michelle

    Hi James, I’ve got three boys, parents with mental health issues and a couple businesses so I can imagine what a year in the life must look like. Good on you for pushing through and continuing to follow your passions. You’re always an inspiration whether you come here every week or once and a while!

  • shadymama

    i’m happy for your success! that is awesome and many congrats! i’m wondering if you feel any responsibility to use your massive platform to help fight the good fight and support all of the social justice movements that have sprung up in response to the election and the distressing state of the world? you have such a huge voice – will you consider using it? people gotta mobilize!

  • dora

    welcome back James!

    it’s lovely to hear from you some more, and that new table is 10/10. plus the window decoration! love!

    please never feel like you’re pressured to write here, though. we will wait patiently while you live your life to the fullest.


  • Maïa

    So glad you’re back !!

  • Paula

    I miss the old days (like 2009) when you posted non stop but I’m so glad to see you are all happy and well! hope you have the best christmas and new years eve and also hope to see pictures of it all :) <3

  • Sarah

    Merry Christmas, James! Your new table and chairs look amazing. Would you consider doing a series of book posts? I know you’re a keen reader and I’d love to hear about any recommendations you have. Gros bisous x

  • fefe

    Seeing this post just reminds me how long I’ve been reading your blog! I’ve been following your journey for years and years, now! Congrats on all that you do :)


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