sometimes you just stumble upon something that leads to another something and gets you thinking about a lot of things.  this house happened and thoughts began to abound abound.  i saved the above photo from pinterest, as i do.  there is a whole lot of whole “ness” going on in the photo.  likley an english country side house.  a home covered in ivy and memories with all kinds of windows open ushering in the wind and sky painted the same hue of blue.  a window you can pass food right through to your inside looking outside table.  i started imagining the conversations that could happen there and the laughter that likey ensues.  there was so much goodness grasping my attention that i didn’t even notice the dog.  the kind that surely guards your home and your heart and makes any house a home.  the photograph did the talking, no words spoken or written to read.  i clicked on, hoping for more and i found it (thank you selby).   i found a house crush, like i normally do.  it wasn’t a “i like that room”, “i like that arrangement,” and an “i like those blooms blooming here and there and everywhere.”  it was an, “i’ve stumbled upon a soul home.”  and while, i love all white, and clean and crisp . . . what i love even more is a home that has not only soul but a soul.


i clicked on to find out more, (my sister calls me a google whore – i know i know) and come to find, amanda brooks the owner of this soul home was the former fashion director at barneys who has a blog.  she is the kind that left all of that for all of this, all because of a little inspiration from another blogger, ree drummond (you know, the pioneer woman).

want to see more?

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March 13, 2014


don’t you love a good staircase?  i do.  i think partly because i don’t have one.  i grew up in a ranch style home, and as far back as i can remember, i knew that i wanted a two story house when i grew up.  funny enough, i still live in that ranch i grew up in.  so for now, i just like to dream of cool staircases for my one day some day house.

spiral staircase la la lovely

ever since i was little i wanted a spiral staircase.  don’t all little girls?  i feel like there was some show in the 80’s / 90’s where some girl had one?  maybe?  i can’t remember for sure, but i was for sure dreaming of one.


i have a disco ball in my living room, now.  so why shouldn’t my next house have disco stairs in my next?


these modern, yet delicate looks stairs are  a m a z i n g !


and lastly, i have loved his staircase for a very long time.  i came across this image in the book, the family at home when i frist started blogging and i still can’t shake this design.

which style is your favorite?  do you have stairs in your home with an interesting design?  do you prefer two story or one story homes?  do tell!

p.s. how about colorful exterior stairs?  and, how cool would it be to have a  secret drawer in your stairs?

images / my scandinavian home / dust jacket / things on the internet that are pretty / moorbay / the family at home

March 6, 2014


this wallpaper!  i’ve been swooning over cupcakes + cashmere’s new powder room (below) for the past week.  mostly the wallpaper.  like, can’t get it out of my mind, it’s so gorgeous, i really want it, kind of swooning.


the pattern is called dark floral and is by designer ellie cashman, who lives in the netherlands and is, clearly, inspired by all of the beautiful flowers there (must get to the netherlands – – on my to do list).


this black and white beauty is called moonlight meadow black and it is pretty perfect.


and, it’s no wonder . . . because, i’ve been loving this large scale floral pattern on mokkasin (one of my all time favorite homes!), for some time now, too.  this one is by mr. perswall.

what do you think?
would you use a large floral pattern in your home?  what room would you put it in?

images / ellie cashman designcupcakes + cashmere / mokkasin

February 27, 2014




01 / a super simple daybed (this one is actually in a garden)

02 / a chair wildly surrounded by scattered greens and stacks of books

03 / a hanging daybed in a sea of white

it’s been awhile since i’ve done a happy spots post.  while i like to have entire rooms that make me happy i find it much easier to start by making spots, nooks, corners, and areas just as i like them.  focusing on smaller spaces is much more doable for me and i find that i then sometimes come up with bigger ideas based upon one little spot.

i’d be super happy to hang out in any of these spots on a regular basis.

what spot would make you most happy this week?

images: design sponge / tokokaelo /lauren conrad

February 20, 2014



i’ve loved christine dovey’s, of bijou and boheme, home the first time i laid eyes on it, several years ago.  it’s always been good and gorgeous, but it just keeps getting better.  christine’s style is feminine, modern, glamorous and yet refreshingly unfussy.  i’m totally swooning over her latest feature on SMP Living and her newly designed website.




one of my favorite things about christine’s decorating is that she never misses a detail.

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