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December 9, 2013


clean it

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 . . .

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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.

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leave it

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?

thanksgiving mess 5_la la lovely

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!

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monday mess_la la lovely

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.

monday mess 2 via la la lovely

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.

monday mess 3_la la lovely

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:


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October 28, 2013

monday mess2 _la la lovely

monday mess 3_la la lovely


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

October 21, 2013

simple lovely via la la lovely

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you know joslyn from simple lovely, yes?  if you don’t than i feel pretty honored to introduce you.  simple lovely was one of the first blogs i started reading, years ago, and one that i still follow today.  the thing i love most about joslyn’s blog, besides her impeccable (and, i mean impeccable) style is her thoughtful writing.  joslyn has the smarts to match her style and a knack for finding the most lovely and interesting things you ever did see.  i’m always learning new things and finding myself challenged to simplify my life when i’m visting her online space.  and, the thing is, i can attest she is truly just as lovely in person.

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The idea of an artfully scattered workspace is incredibly appealing and romantic to me, but, sadly, my OCD tendencies always prevail. (Ok, ok, I am a full-blown neat-nick.) But I recently transitioned from being a full-time magazine editor ( to working as a principal at a multi-disciplinary design studio (, so on any given day my desk might be piled with books, proofs, fabric and wallpaper samples, and sundry other bits and bobs. The trick to keeping my sanity is letting things pile up a bit over the course of a workday and then spending five minutes before I head home to do a clean sweep. That way when I get to work the next day I start fresh (or at least have the allusion of a fresh start).

simple lovely 3 via la la lovely

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While I’m organized to a fault, my hubby is, well, not so much. In an attempt to keep the peace, we declared his closet a “free zone,” meaning he can keep it as messy as possible and I can’t complain.

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simple lovely 4 via la la lovely

One of the biggest challenges of completely switching careers in my late 30s is allowing myself to embrace the fact that there’s a lot I just don’t know yet. Humility has become my new best friend.

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see what i mean, about thought provoking… and well, wise.  i’m finding there is a lot a i just don’t know yet too…..anyone else?  i think it is such a good place to be, though.  

and, i’m curious how many of you differ with your spouses when it comes to keeping things tidy?  i love the idea of declaring a certain space a “free zone.”  i may need to try this with my kids.  seriously.