Making it Lovely

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70s Chic TV Hideaway

Can we get behind putting the TV back in armoires yet? Because sometimes it’s a good solution (she says as she thinks of the troublemaking pair of kittens that want to climb the face of our television). I like the scale and sort of 70s/Jacobean/Tudor style of this one, but I’d paint it black. Let’s do a living room design! Because I wanted to...

A Birthday Wish List Disguised as a Style Post!

I’m turning 40 this month (hooray!), so this is my *snap my fingers new wardrobe* birthday wish list. I don’t need any of it, but ooooh do I want it all. I feel good about my age, and I don’t care much about birthdays, but I do miss feeling like I look nice. I stopped dyeing my hair sometime before Christmas, and I’ve liked seeing my hair change...

Spool Dining Chairs

“Where are those chairs from?” It’s a question that’s asked every time I share my dining room. I’m happy to share, but unfortunately, nobody is selling the same ones anymore. We used to have Industry West’s Marais A chairs at the table. We still have them stored in the basement — they’re stackable and we use them when hosting for Christmas...

Planning a Moth-Inspired Dining Room

Our dining room sconces are in, and the additional light is room-changing. It only took me seven years to finally add the fixtures I always felt should be there! The room is pretty, but she is plain. I’ve liked that because I could add any tablecloth, set the table and decorate for parties in any color, and it would work. But ho hum....

I Love This $28 Dress

The title says it all. But if I could have fit it, I would’ve also included: And This Easy No-Sew Alteration Makes it Even Better! I’m busty and the puff sleeves on this dress were not doing me any favors. I loved everything else about it though! Midi-length with a defined waist, summery cotton eyelet, and pockets. I’m not an experienced...

Updating the Dining Room

My sister-in-law had a rug in her family room that used to belong to my mother-in-law, and now that she’s redecorating it’s ours. I’ve always liked it, and the colors are ones that I tend to gravitate toward — rust orange, pink, olive, and blue on a warm neutral base. (This rug has a similar color palette and feel.) Ideally, for maximum...

Style: For Leaving the House, or Not

Should we do a style post? Sure, that’s fun! I haven’t been shopping much, have you? I did have a very strong desire to wander the local plant nurseries and find things to bring home that I may or may not have gotten around to actually putting in the dirt, but alas, that early spring planting window closed. I did get one new dress recently though,...

Honor Roll

Well, a post in the format of my Honor Roll posts, but perhaps not deserving of the descriptor. I have been sharing on Instagram while being quiet here, and for that, I apologize. Below are a few links that were shared in my IG Stories, but I’m also including them here. I stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. You will find no shortage...

Birthdays and Foster Cats

Eleanor and Brandon both celebrated birthdays last week. There were phone calls and Zoom meetings with friends, and the best surprise birthday serenades from the sidewalk. Earlier today, we returned the favor for another family member’s birthday. We sang and danced in front of their house to YMCA and I maybe drew a fake mustache and dressed like a construction...

One Month In

My children live in a blanket fort city that has fully taken over the library. It seems pretty magical, really. The kids have taken to e-learning well but they miss their friends. We’re all looking at a lot more screens than usual, and there was snow to play in today. We do have a couple of birthdays to celebrate soon and we’re trying to figure...

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