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3.21.2014

Foto Friday: 3.21.14

As some of you may have noticed, I have been less consistent with my postings the past few weeks. Fatigue combined with extreme swelling in my hands that keeps me up during the night has made it rather difficult to do anything more than my daily work (and believe me, that's a struggle in itself). Luckily, today is my last day before my maternity leave, and my hands are rejoicing. 

Now that I'm nine months pregnant, I'm feel like a ticking bomb. Am I nervous? Yes. Do I feel prepared for everything that's about to happen any day now? No. Regardless of the fear of the unknown, I feel a calmness too, knowing that whatever happens, everything will be right in the world once I get to see my little lady's face. Until then, at least there are cupcakes to distract me.
"Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch."
-E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

3.12.2014

Design Crush: Emily Henderson

I'm not sure if it's because she is an amazing designer who is also a new mother that I'm currently  obsessed with Emily Henderson or what, but regardless, I've been stalking her the past few weeks (not literally- I can hardly get off the couch at this point thanks to my ginormous belly) and have come to really appreciate her approach to design- fresh, modern, and chic with an eclectic vibe.

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." -Gore Vidal

2.28.2014

Foto Friday: 2.28.14

Today marks the last day of February, our shortest month, but for many, one that seems to drag on forever (those with the winter blues know what I'm talking about). And although March is ready and waiting to take it's place (much to the delight of these said people), I am reminded of at least a few friends whose birthdays exist somewhere in between 11:59 and midnight, the black hole where the 29th of February gets lost every three out of four years. To any and all Leap Year babies, although your day may not be recognized, I hope you find a moment to celebrate!
“Time is an illusion.” -Albert Einstein

2.27.2014

My Favorite Things: February

I always forget that February is two or three days shorter than all other months and when March rolls around, I'm always shocked. This year, the passing of months comes as even more as a shock because it means I only have a few, very short weeks before our family of two gains an additional person. Time, you merciless madman- give us a break! (No, the baby's room is not ready. Neither is the kitchen.)

Regardless of how busy I am with work, renovations, creating life, etc., I always have time to appreciate the little things that inspire me in my daily life. Take this pretty, pink and red credenza, these adorable owl-painted rocks (definitely a future DIY task), a happy green plant in front of a window, and an insanely delicious looking carrot cake cookie sandwich, for example- how I long to include all of them in my life, especially the cookie (hey, I'm pregnant). It's these simple things that make my day a little more interesting and encourage me to pursue an inspired existence.
Modern Credenza / Owl Rocks / Big House Plant / Carrot Cookie
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” -Kurt Vonnegut

2.25.2014

Storage Solution

I know that it's ill-advised to share your New Year's resolution for fear that it won't come true, but since I'm not entirely traditional in the first place, I'll forgo this custom and share mine: to become more organized! I realize this goal isn't the most shocking of New Year's resolutions, but if you know me at all, you understand that this is nonetheless a huge undertaking. And since we live in a 740 sq foot home, it is imperative that Dustin and I learn this skill to prevent ourselves from going absolutely insane with clutter.

Unfortunately, we don't have the storage space to house the annoying things to make a house messy, like paperwork, electronic gadgets, and linens. What we do have is unused vertical space. This past weekend, I began brainstorming about how to could implement more storage space without compromising design and floor space. While my mind's churning with various ideas, I do like this wall mounted credenza Ikea hack from the blog Almost Makes Perfect. I imagine placing it high on a wall with two long wall cabinets flanking it to serve as a house for our sofa. Perfect!
“For every evil under the sun, There is a remedy, or there is none. If there be one, try and find it; If there be none, never mind it.” -Mother Goose Rhymes

2.21.2014

Foto Friday: 2.21.13

I thought I'd share two for today! While the east coast is buried in snow, spring is, well, springing, but not quite sprung, in Santa Cruz. Only a few more weeks until I can get my hands in the dirt and start to transform my unruly backyard into a plant oasis. Until then, I'll just enjoy these colorful tulips my sister sent and the tiny gardens I stumble upon during my walks with the dogs.
“That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.” -L.M. Montgomery

2.18.2014

Baby Room Update

Last night Dustin and I calculated that we have about 45 days before our little lady makes her appearance in the world (that is, if she arrives on time- my inclination is that she will come sooner than later, despite that fact that most firstborns make a late entrance). That being said, we realize that we'd better shift our efforts into high gear to make sure this unfinished baby's room is ready for her arrival.

Despite some semi large tasks that still need to happen, I'm happy with the progress we've made in a few short weeks. From repainting the walls and crib shades of gray blue to stripping my childhood dresser of its yellow paint to picking some colorful fabrics and art to brighten the space, I'm excited to see the room come together. So what's this coming weekend's goal? To finish applying and painting the wainscot ceiling and crown molding. Fingers crossed that it goes well!
“All things are created twice; first mentally; then physically.  The key to creativity is to begin with the end in mind, with a vision and a blue print of the desired result.” -Stephen Covey

2.13.2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Whether you're sharing a romantic dinner with your loved one, out on the town with your girlfriends, or nursing a a bottle of wine while watching The Notebook, I hope your Valentine's Day is filled with love.

 
"All you need is love." -The Beatles