While it doesn’t exactly feel like Fall yet i’m starting to crave sweaters and walks through the neighborhood. Here is a quick roundup of some items on my wish-list as the seasons start to shift:
Hello, friends! This month I went to the lake with college friends, attended a wedding, spent a weekend at our family lake house, and went to a Royals game with Dale — the perfect end of summer fun! I'm just beginning to crave Fall, having wrapped up a bunch of projects at work this month it almost feels like back to school. One thing I will miss about Summer is all the flowers — I loved this floral centerpiece inspiration pictured below. Here are a few of my other favorites this month:
- I just purchased these knobs for an old dresser in our guest room!
- Got lots of ideas from this home tour.
- I love the idea of a rosé party!
- This dress isn't screaming Fall, but I'm obsessed with all the color.
- Thinking of making a similar DIY for our living room.
- I am constantly learning from Podcasts, take a look at this article from A Cup of Jo
- We tried these stuffed peppers this month, I'm really getting back in the mood for cooking.
- If I were in NYC I would LOVE to visit The Color Factory!
- And the prefect way to wrap up the month, an Autumn bucket list
Hello, friends! I'm finally sharing another roundup of inspiration for the house. One of my favorite rooms is a tiny sunroom off our bedroom and Dale has given me free-rein to decorate! The whole room is based upon the Globetrotter Wallpaper from Clarke & Clarke — my mom used this wallpaper in a hallway at her house and happens to have extra that will hopefully fit the space. Other than that I have ordered the bookshelf (it just shipped) and all the other details are just ideas for the time being. I will be sure to share photos once the room has come together! Also feel free to pass along any tips for keeping a real Fiddle Leaf Fig alive, otherwise I might have to resort to the faux one below. Enjoy!
1. Jaya Floral Embroidered Velvet Throw Pillow from Urban Outfitters
2. Ikea Tejn Faux Sheepskin from Amazon
3. Nichols Standard Bookcase from Wayfair
4. Globetrotter Natural Wallpaper from Clarke & Clarke
5. Decorative Globe from Anthropologie
6. Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant from West Elm
7. Moroccan Leather Pouf - Small from West Elm
Hello, friends! This month has been especially busy at work, I filmed a segment for KCTV5's Better KC sharing how to wrap baby gifts using the adorable Hallmark Baby product designed by my friend Amber Goodvin, I filmed a segment for the Hallmark Channel that will air this Christmas, and I traveled to LA for a work trip. It was a whirlwind but really exciting too! Dale and I are also settling in to his new work schedule, and I've loved getting through all of our photos from our Europe trip. Here are my favorite finds around the web:
- While we have a lot of yard projects to go, a raised garden could be fun someday!
- Beautiful paper poppies from The House That Lars Built
- Adorable baby shower ideas that might come in handy for when I host a shower for my friend in a few months!
- I'm always obsessed with beautiful floral arrangements, especially for parties!
- I wish I could have taken this workshop in LA
- I can't with for this Vitamin C Serum to arrive, I just ordered it!
- Dale and I love dumplings, these are on my list to try.
- Furthering my obsession with Château de Gudanes...
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Hello, friends! I'm excited to share a few of my favorite pages from the 2019 Year of Good Thoughts Calendar I created for Hallmark. Each page features a quote from the Hallmark writing collection, and I loved bringing them to life with my lettering. It's available at Hallmark Gold Crown stores now!
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Ciao! This is my final recap from our 2018 Europe trip. I've hope you've enjoyed a glimpse into our three week trip — I can't wait to see where we end up next! Venice was my only repeat stop because I visited the city for a few days while studying abroad in college. We arrived on Wednesday June 6th (our three year wedding anniversary!) after a long train ride from Lake Como to Milan and Milan to Venice. To celebrate our anniversary we had dinner at a restaurant with a beautiful little terrace right on one of the canals followed by mini prosecco bottles from a nearby grocery store. Before we ate I bought my favorite souvineer of the trip, a white and gold teacup. It was the perfect way to celebrate three years of marriage and our arrival in Venice!
Our first full day in Venice started with our trip to the islands of Burano and Murano. I already recapped our time in Burano, but in Murano we enjoyed watching all of the beautiful Murano glass items being made and I bought a new pen. After our time on the islands we made a stop for gelato before visiting the San Marco church. I had been in when I previously visited so we just wandered through the square and took a few photos. Because we had bought full day tickets for the vaporetto we then decided to ride the water taxi all the way around its route to end up at the Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore for a view of the city. When we reached the top of the tower we were able to watch a cruise ship take off before heading back to the main part of Venice. For dinner that night we had takeaway pizza and decided to relax back at our Airbnb.
On our last real day of the trip we slept in a little bit and then had breakfast at a cafe near our Airbnb. Our wifi had gone out where we were staying so the cafe was a convenient place to check into our flight, but I wouldn't recommend sitting down for breakfast in Venice because it was much pricer than our take away croissants and coffee had been the rest of the trip. The highlight of our final day was visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of my favorite museums in the world. Afterwards we had an amazing lunch at the Teamo Wine Bar, their pasta was amazing. The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering around taking pictures, visiting the Jewish Ghetto and one of the last bridges in Venice without parapets. I once again ordered pasta at our last dinner and of course one last lemon gelato as we walked around that evening. In total this trip (according to my iPhone) we walked 126.5 miles and 603 flights of stairs and it was all worth it. It's only ciao for now, Italy!
Hello, friends! I can't believe I'm already beginning to recap our last stop of our European adventure, Venice! This post really mostly covers our trip to Burano, but I will do one final post with everything else we explored in Venice. I visited Burano when I studied abroad in college but it was a rainy day and couldn't wait to go back! It was a little tricky figuring out how to get water taxi tickets to the islands but once we were on board everything went really smoothly. I would recommend visiting Burano before Murano just because it is smaller and can get crowded later in the day. After taking a few photos were had an early lunch and continued exploring!
The colorful buildings are really the best part of Burano. The island is also known for their lace so we wandered through a few shops as well. Before getting back on the water taxi to head to Murano we sat at a bar and had a spritz. If you have more than a day in Venice I would recommended heading out to the islands! The souvineers are also much cheaper there, everything in Venice seems to have been marked up. Enjoy!