Popping In

Hello! Oh my ... so this is what it feels like to be blogging again. Or just checking in anyway. The sudden break I took from blogging has been quite nice, but I sure have missed it. I've been busy, y'all. But so have the rest of my blogger friends who've been doing an amazing job at keeping up with their blogs. I don't have an excuse, and I don't know when I'll be back to full speed. But, to be honest, I'm not too worried about it. I will be back 100% when it's time.

Just to give you an idea of what I've been up to -- I've been a busy little bee working at my new job with my favorite brand, and I've been doing some freelance design blogging and social media for another small business here in town. The house is also keeping us busy. I've made little progress with things like artwork and small details here and there. At this very moment we're having our heater and air conditioner replaced, like whoa. It's a huge expense, but this house is 70 years old and it's about time someone did something really nice and grand for it. Next, our fireplace is going to get a cute facelift with a fresh coat of paint.

To keep me focused on designing and styling our dream home, I'm still pinning and finding new inspiration daily. And today I discovered the new home goods line by Steven Alan. Yes, it is wonderful, and I may have found another incredible and splurge-worthy site for all kinds of things I don't yet know that I need.

I'm in love with the rich stripes and the soothing nature of the jagged textiles. From napkins to throws and ceramics of all sorts, Steven Alan has found a nice balance between something you'd find in a cabin nestled in a snowy mountain somewhere and a bungalow in East Austin. Love!

Where, Oh Where

I've been scrounging for more time to blog lately. I'm coming to terms with the fact that I just don't have the time at this moment in my life to write a blog post everyday. But I will keep trying.

Thanks for reading and checking in, even though it's been a little quiet around here lately.

Hugs! Oh, and here's a photo of me with my giant new glasses, and one of a quick update I made to my office. I needed to brighten up the room with something, so old-school magazine posters it is!

It's Coming Along

Hooray! I finally found time to take a few photos of our home today. I'm also finally at a place where I feel pretty good about some of our decorating decisions. We still have a ways to go, and we're probably years away from making some of the major updates we have in mind. But in the meantime, I'm feeling good about where we are and what we'd like to do in the next year or so.

And as you may have guessed, I'm lacking a fancy camera and photography skills. So my best pictures are taken via iPhone and filtered via Instagram. I focused on some of the latest details we've added throughout our home. Hope you enjoy!

First, the living room ...

I've gone a bit crazy for graphic prints and coasters. And pillows! I can't get enough of them, and all I want to do is pile  up our bed and couch with all kinds of different pillows. The line must be drawn, or I could just start collecting pillow covers.

I've also become obsessed with chairs. A family of two only needs so many, but our living room desperately needs some extra seating. I found these little vintage French cafe chairs at Mockingbird Domestics, and I think they make for nice seating around the house. Now into the dining room ...

While my office needs the most work right now, it's still one of my favorite spots in the house. It has beautiful windows and a great deal of space. But I think the room is still trying to figure itself out.

And our bedroom is starting to feel real nice and cozy with new curtains and nightstands!

And those are the deets. Have a lovely Monday!

Little Things

Remember these sweet little things I mentioned in Friday's post?

Well, I brought three of them home from the FELIZ sale on Sunday, and I think they're really starting to like it here! I would have bought more if I could because I think the concrete combined with metallic colorblocking is just the surprising look I'm going for.

The maker Joanna was so nice and patient with me. I had all sorts of questions about the succulents and how to care for them, but she helped me pick out the perfect ones that required minimal watering. Just lots of good vibes and these plants should live a long and happy life.

She even let me take home her new favorite piece, which was a sea urchin shaped succulent in a round planter. I love the gold detailing on the top.

Oh, Laszlo is based in Austin! You can purchase her planters on Etsy or at Olive Vintage.


Perhaps I've taken a mental break from blogging. It sure seems like it, but I've popped in today to help spread the word about an amazing event happening this weekend.

FELIZ is a beautiful handmade gathering curated by two of Austin's finest collaborators - Abby Powell and Natalie Davis. These ladies have put together an exquisite line-up of makers for this event. It all starts with a "Meet the Maker" party at West Elm tonight, followed by a day of artisan workshops on Saturday, and ending with the FELIZ Holiday Sale on Sunday where handmade enthusiasts can shop the wonderful goods from some of the best makers around the country.

FELIZ is a celebration of handmade, and I'm so excited to finally meet some of the designers and makers who I've been coveting the works of online for quite some time now.

Like Shanna Murray ...

And Oh, Laszlo ...

Hope to see you there!