INSPIRATION

WELCOMING SUMMER

06/04/2014

summertravel

The first day of Summer Solstice is just two-and-a-half weeks away, but this warm weather and the bright greenery surrounding us each day has me itching for adventure. Trips to the lake and river, camping with friends, barbecues, all day swimming pool sessions, they are all in our near future. Tomorrow morning we head out-of-town for our first trip of the season. Five days on the road with the family. I am excited.

Here are a few more things i am looking forward to this summer…

Eating / Fresh salads, gyros, and corn on the cob.
Drinking / Home-squeezed juice and sangria.
Practicing / Patience, kindness, selflessness, and humility, always.
Mastering / The art of time maintenance.
Learning / How to keep my plants alive.
Trying / To face my fear and ride on the back of my husband’s motorcycle from time to time.
Playing / More! We played nighttime hide-and-seek a week ago, for a good three hours, with the kids and the neighbor kids. It was truly a blast!
Finishing / So many things. I’m feeling anxious just typing that.
Reading / The Goldfinch. I bought the book ages ago and haven’t given myself time to sit down and read much at all.
Remembering / To take my vitamins and to get more sleep when I can.
Wearing / Cut-off shorts, t-shirts, and sandals.
Cooking / Big hearty meals for friends and family and eating outside on the deck.
Working / A little bit less.
Traveling / A little bit more.
Wanting / To exercise. After that three-hour bout running and playing hide-and-seek, I realized just how out of shape I am.

Goals are good. What are yours for summertime?

images above: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

INSPIRING SPACES

02/24/2014

I love these clean, bright and simple spaces. We are redecorating a few rooms in our home right now. Getting rid of some of the old and bringing in a little fresh and new. Looking at other people’s homes is one of my favorite things to do as far as internet is concerned. There are so many inspiring spaces out there. Our home feels like it is always a work in progress. I am constantly decorating and then redecorating; moving this sofa here and this rug here. Making a cozy and comfy home is hard work.

One thing that I am extremely proud of is how hard we have worked towards getting rid of the clutter that once filled our home. Back when I had a vintage shop, nearly four years ago and was hitting the thrift stores and estate sales several times a week, stuff started accumulating and it began to consume us. It has been a hard, yet rewarding journey and we all feel happier, lighter and healthier because of it.

Now to just nail down this awkward living design that we have. It’s still a head scratcher.

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THIS PLACE

01/29/2013

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this place is a dream isn't it? and right in the heart of san francisco. it's the perfect combination of old classic style and clean modern lines. i love everything about it. well, almost everything. i think i would paint the orange wall white to match the others, but that's just me. i love bright white walls. and how about that exposed bath tub in the bedroom and that view?… incredible. there is some serious house envy going on right now. just a couple of days less than a month until our moving date. eek!

THIS PLACE

01/16/2013

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three words. wide planked floors. ::sigh:: don't you just love them?

this home is a gorgeous and eclectic mixture of taste, old and new. another beautiful space from freunde von freunden. we are spending our free time packing up corners of our home this week. boxing up the things that we can survive without for the next month. making progress.

do you have any favorite home inspiration/design sites or blogs that you frequent? i would love to check them out if you care to share.

THIS PLACE

01/10/2013

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good news! our application was approved and we move into our new house march first. we are completely excited, anxious and terrified all at the same time. this house reminds me a lot of our new nashville home. bright white walls, hardwood, lots of clean modern lines and windows, lots of greenery outside… it is similar, yet so completely different at the same time.

now that we have a house and have given our notice here at our current place, things just got very real. we have seven short weeks until it's time to load up our moving truck and say goodbye to this old house, our dear friends and family and start the next chapter. as much as i dread having to sort through and pack up our belongings, i am looking forward to unpacking and starting over fresh in a new space. i look forward to sharing bits and pieces of the process with you all.

yay!!! nashville here we come!

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