Hi friends! It’s been awhile. In fact, this has been the longest time between posts since we started this little blog in 2011. This started out as a place where we shared DIYs and party decor, but now we pretty much just share whatever it is we are spending our time on whether it be home decor, calligraphy, or photography. This means a whole lot less DIY and a whole lot more random. We’ve never really made money off of this – it was just something we liked to do. So when we’ve been less inspired to post, we just haven’t. We’re sorry. We promise we still love you. Can you tell that I’ve been feeling guilty?
As of late, Megan has been calligraphying into all hours of the night and I have been super busy with work, as well as learning how to be a website developer (code and all), and then also second shooting weddings. I’ve been terribly happy but also terribly busy. So busy that I’ve barely even thought about house decorating at all recently. Tonight I just realized how much I need to update most of my pillows, which I’m pretty sure I said I was going to do like a year ago. I have a couple of attractive pillows Meg gave me but most of the rest are left over from college when I was still in love with damask. I no longer love damask. The thing is, they cost money, and unless it’s film, film processing, or something for our trip to Ireland in the fall, I have been refusing to spend money. Then I found Fabric Bubb which has gorgeous, fresh, non-stuffy patterns at pretty reasonable prices. I’ve decided to buy a couple of yards for my mom to make pillows of, which will be way cheaper than buying a bunch of $30-$50 pillows. (Thanks mom!) Here are some of my favorites. So good right?
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We made it back from New Orleans in one piece, although I have felt like a zombie for most of the week and let’s face it probably tomorrow as well. We ate all of their food, took haunted voodoo and non-haunted gator tours, ate more of their food, and walked approximately 5,000 miles. Such a vibrant, wonderfully smelly, magical, musical, enchanting place. I loved it. I was even able to pull Chris and Meg away for a quick hour to shoot a mini-engagement session. I only shot film the whole time so the full recap won’t be for a couple of weeks until I get the scans back.
The first day we were there, Meg and I walked around the French Quarter and promptly purchased art from a charming little art gallery from a Russian woman who was painting peonies. After many years of traveling, I have determined that if you are even thinking about purchasing the art, you should purchase the art. Because there will never be another time to come back and you will wonder about the art for the rest of your life. We both bought sweet little flower paintings that were already framed. Now that I am back home, I have been trying to figure out the perfect place to put mine. I don’t want it to get swallowed up in a gallery wall (and have actually started to get sick of this one – I think I need to update and edit it), so I am trying to find a place in our bedroom where it will look like it was meant to be. Here are some of my favorite examples of randomly placed art that make the rooms awesome.
This image is from the Curbly House by Emily Henderson. Emily can do no wrong in my eyes and this little vignette is so perfectly edited. I love how the mini-painting looks like it has always been there.
This is also by Emily. I remember when I first saw the painting under the window I was like wait can you do that? You can and you should, apparently.
When in doubt, lean a painting on a nightstand so you can look effortless and cool. Except it takes you (or me) an hour to figure out the exactly angle and location at which to lean said painting so you can look like you just threw it down on the way to Whole Foods (or somewhere that effortlessly cool people go). I’m still working on this technique. Also those curtains and that fixture are everything.
Every time I see this image I think it’s stupid that I don’t have black and white striped wallpaper everywhere. I want to stripe the whole house. Also, another example of an expertly leaned painting.
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I’ve lived in my house going on 5 and a half years now. And for the last 6 months or so, I have been getting a serious itch to redecorate. I think I did a pretty good job (other than the sea of brown in my family room that constantly plagues me) picking out big stuff for my house. I still like my sofa and main chair mostly along with my wood pieces. But I am feeling a little bored, I guess. I won’t actually be redecorating, by the way. While we may buy a few new things along the way, we probably plan to move in the next couple years or so and it makes more sense to wait until we get in a new house to buy things that fit that. Furniture dimensions are so tricky and individual to each space. Furthermore we have a few more pressing financial commitments on our plates right now like weddings. Despite that, a girl can dream. And after looking at this, it is apparent that I dream in Anthropologie. Which I suppose comes as no surprise to anyone.
I have been eyeing this pendant for approximately a year now.
A nice new sofa with beauty lines.
Pillows to sauce it up 1 2
I can’t decided if I would like something more like this rug or this rug. I like the traditional feel of the second but the first looks fluffier. I will never again get a really dark rug. Despite what you may have been led to believe, it shows EVERYTHING and by everything, I mean little orange cat hairs.
I like the idea of some super modern touches like this lamp in a more traditional space.
I bought myself this star as a birthday present the other day because I decided our house needed it. I also bought that gold pot that Colleen shared in yesterday’s post. It’s a winner.
Loving this wood campaign feeling dresser
This is a perfect mantle mirror, I believe.
That’ll do nicely.
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