ok, so i’m a little excited about this post. just a little. ok, maybe a lot. i’ve been working on updating my family room with the help of my dear friend and fave interior stylist, kirsten / simply grove. last month kirsten flew out and we had a blast putting everything together and collaborating with my friend corbyn, who produced this really rad video. check it :
i was super grateful and a little giddy when all of this was going down. because, here i was decorating my family room (in the house i grew up in) with my good friend (who i met through blogging) while filming with my childhood friend (who i made dorky videos with, all through high school). i mean – - really! the whole thing was just too much fun. it’s pretty amazing when you get to collaborate with such creative and talented people who happen to be your friends.
so, as i mentioned, i grew up in this house. i’ve seen each room change many times over (this particular room has seen blue shag carpet and boasted of a full on western / cowboy motif – not at the same time, thankfully). sometimes its hard to unsee what you have always seen, you know? the truth is, as much as i like to decorate, i get a little stuck when it comes to decorating my own home. i like to pick things out but i’m not the greatest at placing them. can you relate? i realized i needed help….so i rang up kirsten. and, anyways it was an excuse to get her to come visit! she is brilliant at what she does and she helped me make decisions on things i tend to over think.
scroll on through to see the gorgeous photos taken by white shutter.
my favorite element of the room is the daybed (above) that was custom made by adams and august (in fact, it’s so good it’s getting its own post – next week). it’s perfect for cozying up on with a book, and rolling over by the couch for movie night. my kids love it!
and, yes, that is an ikea couch that got an upgrade with some new legs. i know, i know, a white couch + 4 kids. that is where scotch guard comes in. and, hey, it’s an ikea couch….so, i’m not sweating it.
to say i’m happy with the end result is an understatement. this room is connected to the kitchen so we spend most of our time here and it makes me so happy to have a completed space. it’s vintage, it’s modern, it’s cozy, it’s ecclectic, it’s scandi, it’s interesting, it’s relaxing, it’s bright, it’s me! i used to avoid this room and now i just want to hang out in it all the time.
be sure to head over to simply grove to see more photos (that aren’t included in this post).
a lot of items were thrifted, a good amount i had, and lot of filling in with ikea . . . other items seen are from:
daybed by adams and august | karlsad sofa from ikea | moderne lamp by anthropologie | shag rug c/o rugs usa | pink cushion c/o of artsy modern | x art print c/o artsy modern | chair by euro style lighting | striped blanket c/o nine space | assortment of pillows c/0 nine space | coffee table from euro style lighting | gold plant pot from anthropologie | candlestick from ikea | framed art from land of nod | leather bag by madewell | knit blanket from west elm
video / frank and harvey
photos / white shutter photography
styling / simply grove + la la lovely
want to see more la la lovely + frank and harvey videos? la la’s room reveal + our land of nod collaboration.
happy monday. this is the state of my playroom. nothing unusual. saturday i spent all day taking photos of my home for a home tour. i worked tirelessly (with the help of my sister) to get every room in order. styling things, a bit, and then snapping away. i captured images. some are light and bright and crisp and clean. yet all are full of pure tangible evidence of what clean looks and feels like. and, i have no shame in telling you that it made me happy to look at these rooms this way, both in person and through a lens. but, almost immediately after leaving one room and moving onto the next the mess moved back in. i’m still in awe of how long it takes to pick up a room and then how quickly it’s taken apart. truthfully, i started to get a bit depressed…..wishing that at the least my house could stay clean and “kept” for at least 24 hours. but instead, our 112 toy animals were scattered across the floor along with a snack someone snuck from the pantry without permission.
then, a dusting of flour covered the kitchen floor and countertops. followed by chocolate chips falling onto the ground and into the mouths of chubby handed chocolate lovers. soon, the aroma of fresh baked cookies and creativity were permeating the air. and, suddenly, i sighed and took a seat and just embraced the messy and delicious living that was happening right before my eyes. it was nothing that i could captured with my camera. this snapshot had to be captured with my heart.
i’ve decided that when i get overwhelmed with the mess, which will happen five times a day or maybe twenty two, i’ll just pull up my photos and take in the, seemingly, clean space. i’ll take it like i take in a deep breath. then i’ll shut down the computer, try not to step all over the plastic animals and look for a few chocolate chips to sweeten my day.
do you get discouraged when your house goes from clean to crazy mess within 5 minutes?
p.s. the one area that i cannot not seem to get control of no matter how hard i try is:
some random monday mess (ness) for you.
i think i’d happily jump into any of these photos today. are you finding yourself dealing with a mess today? sometimes when the weekend was just so good (or so bad) it just carries over into monday, yes?
images : mokkasin / henry busby / we heart it
i’ve long been a fan of michelle le blanc of mille (formerly shop pretty mommy). not only does michelle have mad style, she is the super sweetest. it’s no secret that michelle has an eye for fashion and curating the most amazing soulful online shop but now the word is out that the girl can decorate too. i’m totally crushing on her home which was recently featured on design sponge.
be sure to check out michelle’s monday mess here.
you all know i love sharing happy spots. so today, i thought i’d share a favorite happy (and updated) spot in my home. i love cozying up with a book and a cup of tea or taking a few minutes to write here.
i’ve added this gorgeous area rug from medallion rugs. which really sets the space. to say i love this area rug is a bit of an understatement. it is beyond gorgeous, isn’t it? the pattern, the color and the texture is textile heaven. yeah, i pretty much like to sit and stare at it.
besides the area rug, one of my other favorite pieces in this little spot is the floor lamp from land of nod. the tree stumps were made by a local artist, the bench is thrifted, the chairs i found in someone’s trash (yes, really) and the map is an old map of the london train stations, which is special to me.
sometimes you just have to make your own little happy spot in your home.
for the floors.
for the sink.
for the tub.
all have me swooning. tell me, if you could only update one thing in your bathroom, what would it be?
images | est magazine | desire to inspire | charming treasures
can you believe summer is really over? i’m in denial. really. i might not accept it until i see snowflakes grace the ground. it was my hope to have my back patio all prettied up in june and do a post then, but it just never happened. i sometimes start things i can’t (or more like, don’t) finish. but, i still wanted to share. because living in the details sometimes means letting a few details go.
click through for more photos + more (possibly unfinished) details . . .
i’m crushing on the home of elise joseph of pennyweight. it wasn’t long ago that this home was featured on design sponge, so maybe you have seen it? but, perhaps you have not. either way, it’s calm, inviting and carefully curated. and it’s the thoughtful details that i’m so taken with.