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happy friday.  happy good friday, lovelies.

no, i’m not in australia, but i love this down under photo (there are so many more) because its written in the sky that the cross equals love.  simply put, that is what this weekend (good friday + easter) and the cross means to me.  LOVE.  a too good to be true kind of love that i can’t even come close to wrapping my mind around.  i’m spending the weekend, and my whole life, giving thanks for it, though.

speaking of easter and holidays,

do you have any easter traditions?

i love traditions but, honestly, haven’t started too many with my (not so) little family.  the other day i heard that traditions create safety, identity and trust.   and, i thought i’ve got to get creating.  creating comes in all forms, its not just on paper with paints, it can also happen on the hearts of the people we love.

so here is to crazy LOVE and trust filled traditions!  cheers!

A FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 / forget painting easter eggs.  just write on them.

02 / new episode on the fatherhood project … i can’t wait for more in this series.

03 /  i’m meeting up with coffee and ice cream more frequently these days.  thinking a double date may be in order.

04 /  i’m really loving this bedroom makeover.

05 /  a no complaining challenge.  could you do it?  in working on my greatFULLness, i’d like to try.

06 /   oil pulling is everywhere (at least online).  what say you?  i’ve tried it, but not to this extent.

07 /  and, some words on going through change for a slow long time.

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04.16.2014 / a slow long time.

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hi lovelies.  how are you?  i’ve been struggling for words.  not to find them but to sort and share them.  too many to sift through it feels like.  but, sharing some is better then giving none.  lots of life has been happening and i’ve been trying to live in it more these recent days,  than i have in the past few years (which has meant a few lest posts then i’m accustomed to).

so it’s april.  the middle to be exact.  i somehow managed to escape polar vortex without a cold or a cough.  as i look out my window i see bushes dusted in white sprinkled snow and branches budding with the faintest of spring green.  inside, i’m in my pj’s keeping company with a box of lotion laced kleenex and two tugging toddlers.  it feels a bit confusing and looks just the same.  and so does life, sometimes.  things changing while you still, very much, feel the same.  change changing up things that were supposed to be the things that never changed.  it should be no surprise that life is full of changes, but sometimes we are shocked out of our sox surprised by the things that do change (the always stay the sames somehow turning into the never the sames again).  and, frankly, shaking the surprise requires change within us.  i’m finding that as fast as things can change, change in us can take a slow long time.  

i’m in a slow long time.

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04.10.2014 / bathroom details

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a beautiful bathroom  has to be one of favorite things  (see what i mean).  i’m guessing it’s one of your favorites, too.  i like to look at bathrooms like a little escape.  bathrooms are basically your very own personal spa and a place to retreat to in your home.  retreat, rest and rejuvenate.  hopefully your retreat inclues taking a long relaxing bath.  because, after all, that always feels like a luxury (especially if you are a mom to young children).

while luxury comes to mind, when i think of decorating or updating a bathroom, i don’t think that means that your design style has to be over the top.  in fact, my favorite look combines a mix of modern and rustic with maybe just a hint of vintage or glamour.  nothing too fussy but always memorable.

a total bathroom makeover may not always an option, but making small changes works for most.  one way i love to make small updates for big impact is with bathroom accessories, (as seen in the above image).  often it is the little details that make a big impact.  details like pretty hooks, baskets, soap dispensers, candles, and shelves can make all the difference. keep an eye out for finishes and accessories that really contrast the other design elements in the room.

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however, if you find yourself at a place where you can make more substantial updates, then likely a tub or vanity may be on your agenda.  personally, i’m always stuck on the idea of a vintage tub.  however, when it comes to sinks i’m pretty smitten and sold on the look of modern bathroom vanities.  pairing a  modern vanity with a vintage claw foot tub  is my favorite combination at the moment.  and, if you don’t dream of claw foot tubs, like i do, then maybe mixing in a vintage mirror or chandelier may suit your taste.

no matter what your personal bathroom style is or how much (or little) you are able to update, the possibilities and style combinations are endless.

if you could make a big change to your bathroom what would you do? line

want to see more bathroom style inspiration?  you can find it here.

images :  elisabeth heier/  ark padthe style files / / april and may / skona hem / sunday desire

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04.03.2014 / house crush amanda brooks

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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.

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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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04.02.2014 / wear / gratitude

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i’m still wearing sweaters and wishing that it was warmer.  my red polished, summer-time ready, toes are hiding out in depths of blue and aqua fuzzy socks that look look like the sea and remind me that i’m far from it.  i’m housebound in the middle of the country.  although, truth be told, i’m concerned about warming my soul more than my winter white arms.  souls can get cold, you know.  they don’t always send a shiver or create prickly bumps to let you know they are getting cold, chilly, or, almost even, frozen.  it happens, usually, when you are not paying attention.  or when something is taking all of your attention.  so much so that one day, while your at your kitchen sink, just washing crusty and dinner caked dishes, you all of sudden realize you suddenly don’t feel much at all.  numb is the temperature of soul cold.  i’m no expert.  i’m only a student myself, and this past year has been a schooling in subjects i didn’t know i’d be subjected to.  learning lessons i didn’t even know needed learning.  and, un-learning things i wasn’t even aware that i had learned, a long the way.  this week it’s clear that i’ve stumbled into the class where the cirriculum calling is gratitude.

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03.25.2014 / currently still

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it seems to me like a good number of you are at endings.   which really only means you are at a beginning.  maybe many beginnings.  sometimes before you get to those endings (that come with beginnings), you are stuck at the beginning of the end (i hope i’m making sense here).  a precipice.  waiting.  waiting.  waiting.  pacing. pacing. pacing.  feeling very real pangs of grief and sadness that somehow collide with disant raspy whispers of hope and wholeness.  a faint call to what could be.  maybe what you think should be.  but, certainly an invitation to tomorrow.

this beginning of the end.  it can be a terrible place to be.  because beginning of the ends are really just another name for a place called waiting.  in the waiting place you may sit and wait.  or you may sit and stew.  sometimes you sit and come up with 100 and 99.5 things to do.  things you are sure need doing and your the one to get them done.  and just as you feel 1000% inspired, you wake up the next day with brain freeze that you only wish came from mint chocolate chip ice cream.  you feel physically overwhelmed at the thought of doing SOMEthing, because all you think you can manage is NOthing.  and, when you are ready for SOMEthing you can’t separate it from EVERYthing.  you can’t come up with words, designs, or dinner.  one day you’ll write the 100 and 99.5 list of things to do and the next day the grocery list completely daunts you.

i wish i had a solution.  i’m kind of there too.  but, solutions aren’t always answers or fool proof.  the one thing i know is that this a place.  and the thing about places is that they are for coming and going.  so while you might have stopped for now, you certainly won’t stay.  on the days when you feel like you could run, then run.  run till you can’t catch your breath.  on those freezing, frozen can’t move an eyelids kind of days, let yourself do, just, that.  don’t try to run, you’ll just go in circles.  don’t try to race because these are days you just can’t catch your pace.  just sit and be still and don’t do what doesn’t need to be done.   there are days where you should do NOthing, so tomorrow you have strength for SOMEthing.  and day by day you’ll probably find that you’ll pick up momentum  and you’ll be ready to think about EVERYthing and you’ll start tackling it ONEthing at a time.  you’ll get groove.  you’ll find your pace and you’ll be on to a very different place.

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i’m taking a little unintentional blogging break that somehow seemed to start last week.  my kids are on spring break and i think my mind is too.  rather than struggle for words and inspiration i’m just going to take some time to be still.  and, i’ll still be hanging out on instagram and pinterest, twitter and facebook too.  and, i’ll be back in this space soon too!

xo . t

03.14.2014 / fave friday

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happy friday.

i’m on my way to the city and i couldn’t be more excited.  i’ve had a bit of a melonchoic kind of week and change of scenery always helps.  i’m meeting up with the blogABLE gals that traveled to ethiopia this summer (the trip i didn’t end up going on decorated my heart in a beautiful way).  i cannot wait to meet these lovelies, FINALLY!  i know they are beautiful souls and i’m looking forward to a fun time and rich conversation.

ps- i’m loving this little hallway.  have always loved this wallpaper and that poster is right on!  i posted the kitchen from this home, earlier this week.  it’s all so good!

A FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 /  are you washing your face the right way?  surprise.  i wasn’t.  the face wash shown, is my fave + you can get it on sale here.

02 /   do you mind if your littles see you on the computer?  guilt be gone (after you read this).

03 /   what do you eat for lunch?  i’m always in a turkey sandwich stump.  how about these to un-stump?

04 /  a lovely  little something for st. patricks day.

05 / i’d like someone to make this for me this weekend.

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image via hege in france

03.13.2014 / stuck on staircases

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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