do you have any holiday traditions?
i almost didn’t do christmas cards this year. i’m trying to cut back on the hustle and bustle and the “have tos,” i seemingly always put on myself. i love sending cards, but just the thought of outfits and photos and wrangling made me heavily tired. thus, i succumbed to my weariness and congratulated my self on letting go a bit.
but . . . then i remembered my own personal little tradition.
i’m so happy to have kelly, of design crush, share her monday mess. i’ve long been a fan of design crush. when it comes to all things design, kelly knows whats going on. i’m so glad i’ve had a chance to chat with kelly at ALT, in years past,…she is as nice as can be! keep reading…i think you’ll really enjoy her mess . . .
My kitchen table is a catchall for every single thing that comes in the front door, at least that’s how it feels! I try to clean it off at least once a week but it’s like a magnet for things that need mailed, DIY projects, etc. I’m happy to report the box at the top left has been successfully mailed and that the box on the far right is full of successfully written out holiday cards, however the rest needs cleaned off badly.
My two pups, Piper and Bebe, have a serious rawhide and tug of war addiction. Their collection of both (along with a few chew toys thrown in for good measure) sits in the corner of my living room. When I pick everything up at the end of each day the cute canvas basket does its job, but a few hours into the morning it looks like this. Girls will be girls and I’m okay with that.
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i’m smitten that kelly shared her pile of her pups bones and toys! these are the things that make a house a home, yes? do your pets have piles in your home too?
how are you holding up friends? was thanksgiving crazy? restful? busy? thankful? i’m kinda feeling the word to describe my thanksgiving is blurr. i tried to be present but with 15 extra people visiting for the week, i feel like everything was in fast forward. i wish i could have sat down and had individual time with each person.
whilst i was hoping to have cyber monday biz to share with you, i must admit i don’t (so will you share some good deals with me?). i instead have a sick puppy today. and by puppy i mean kid. specifically the one pictured above. so we are cuddled up in bed watching movies and snuggling. and, anyhow, i thought you’d like to see some mess. because, maybe it will make you feel better as you are cleaning up yours today. be back tomorrow with la la loving (+ gift guides later this week).
more mess, including lego carnage, (and what is hidden in the cabinet) after the jump :
p.s. if you want to see my house, clean, check out my home tour on design mom!
hi friends! just stopping in to say happy thanksgiving. i hope you have a great one. a fantastic one, really.
also, i’m over on design mom today being featured in the living with kids column. i absolutely love this column on design mom. i think it is so fun to see how other families live, don’t you? i’ve never really done a whole home tour and shared liked this … so if you’d like to see how we live and bit more about my home pop on over and let me know what you think!
xo . trina
i am all about little corners or happy spots, as i like to call them. and, my happy spot now happens to be in our family room thanks to my custom made day bed by adams and august.
it’s so great, i thought it deserved its own post. i wanted a piece that could be versatile and ultimately cozy. the piece nestled up to the bookshelves instantly turned our corner into a reading nook. but don’t think us to brainy. we also push the piece around (since its on casters) and cozy up on it for movie night. and, since it is actually a day bed it works great for an extra bed when guests are here (like this week)!
while i was busy dreaming up ways to stack and and pile blankets to make the piece soft, squidy and princes and the peay, jason of adams and august was busy working on all of the gorgeous details like the pretty circles on the edge of the piece.
i couldn’t be happier with my daybed. it’s fits our style and life style perfectly.
you can see more of adams & august work here + if anyone is intrested you can purchase the same model here.
tell me, do you have a happy spot in your home? i’d love to hear about it.
p.s. you can see the daybed in action on our video.
all images by white shutter photography
hi friends. it’s me. duh, of course it is. it’s monday morning and i have 11 guest arriving in a few short hours. but, that’s not what i’m writing about (its whats on my mind – so it came out). for the past couple of months i have been a very busy bee coordinating 9 holiday trunk shows across the country for The Land of Nod.
before i go any further i want to make mention that Nod is offering la la lovely readers 15% november 25-27th (code : LOVELY). This is good news because there are so many cute things to buy (for your kids, for yourself, for your tree!)
ok, you all know how much i love nod (remember when they came to my house). i mean, let me count the ways…. they have gorgeous, quality products (for the whole family), their creative direction is superb (hello catalog that is more like a magazine, which i can’t ever seem to throw away) and oh, the people – i heart them all.
the concept the holiday parties was a trunk show, showcasing Nod’s super rad holiday decor + toys, hosted by bloggers in 9 different cities. each blogger host was able to use Nod product to design their space uniquely…..
i headed out to LA to help with the trunk show there, which was hosted by kelly lanza of studio diy (do you know kelly? if you don’t, you should) at the honest company (love them too).
kelly has some serious mad diy skillz (sorry there is no other way to put it). i found myself either gushing or feeling pangs of jealousy because, truthfully, i am not even this crafty in my mind (and, i try to be very crafty – in my mind). i mean look at this dollhouse . . . each host was given a cottage dollhouse to design and display. do you see the little mac computer? kelly transformed her house into a loft space. it’s LA. of course.
there was crafting, and chatting, and shopping ,and the tiniest tacos that you ever did see. we had such a fun time. and this was only one event (hey look, its me in the blue dress in the left hand corner). you can see more photos from Nod’s party at Honest here.
i hope you’ll take advantage of the discount and get in on this holiday goodness :
Nod is offering la la lovely readers 15% november 25-27th. use the code LOVELY
here are some of the items kelly used in LA. i love it all …
All the Colors of the Rainbow Ornaments / Candy Cane Ornament / Festive Felt Garland / Candy Cane Garland / Peppermint Twist Felt Garland / This Garland is Shaping Up / Confetti Stocking / Rainbow Stocking / Kardboard Kingdom / Cottage Dollhouse /Toot Sweet Hanging Pinwheels / Gingerbread Girl / Gingerbread Boy / Candy Cane / Prefab Housing
AND, pop on over to the other hosts sites to take a look at all of the events (equal amounts of creativity and total awesomeness) and how the product was styled differently :
Lay Baby Lay / Simply Grove / Look Linger Love / No Monsters in My Bed + A Feteful Life /Ampersand Design Studio / Finding My Feet / 6th Street Design School + Small Fry Blog / Simplified Bee + Michaela Noelle Design + The Makery
more photos on instagram under #nodevents
Photos by Mary Costa Photography
here is a confession… i’ve never cooked a turkey. and, here is another,
there is this conversation going on that i’m really interested in. the subject happens to be on parenting and fatherhood, specifically. i find, myself thinking about my childhood often and how it has shaped me. my parents are dear to my heart and often on my mind. in raising me they did so many amazing things (and stil do) and yet they fell short (because we all do) at times. i think about being a parent, now, myself and how who i am will play a great part in who my kids become. scary and amazing. do you wonder about these things too?
my very good friend corbyn is a filmaker (he is the talent behind all the videos you see on this blog) and he just released THE FATHERHOOD PROJECT with soulpancake.
he’s asking the simple questions:
what did your parents do right? and what did they do wrong?
simple questions with probably not so simple answers.
the thing i love about this project is the conversation that is being started. many of us, as we mature, are coming to find out that our parents only did what they knew and many did the best they could.
please watch and would you help me spread this video and keep the conversation going? if the the episode does well than more will be made! there are so many more stories to be told and conversations to be had.
you can follow corbyn and his work at :
blog : corbyn tyson
twitter : @corbyntyson
instagram : @corbyntyson
you can see more of corbyn’s work at frank and harvey
image : corbyn tyson