March 11, 2014

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this dining space in a small kitchen (loving  the whole house, really).

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growing seeds in ice cream cones.  spring + summer = love.

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this girl in these overalls.  you guys, i have a very vivid memory of wearing overalls with a striped shirt under them (thank you gap, circa 1997).  i was in belgium for a very long layover, where i had my first chocolate croissant and for some strange reason had my hair washed and blow dried (before dry bar was probably even an idea).  i’m not sure why i chose to do that except maybe i had been in africa for 10 days or maybe i thought it would be super cool to get my hair done in europe?  i suppose i’ll never know the why, but the memory is all kinds of crystal clear. i just wish i would have looked as cool as this girl.

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banana bread brie and chocolate grilled cheese.  ummm this is so wrong it has to be right.

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what are you loving this week?

 

March 7, 2014

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well, how do you do this week, lovelies?

we had a week of doing things like going to king burger in a snow storm (as in burger king, in which we found 2 hairs in one kids size french fries – eww ), driving an hour to cabella’s to see taxidermy animals, and watching way too much tv (kids screaming, “i want that, i want that” every time a commercial comes on – i suppose we will have to tv detox once its warm enough to leave our cave).  the ground is still white and the winds are still howling.  winter is still doing its thing here in the mid-west.

but, flowers lifted my spirits again.  on one of our drives we stopped into trader joes (which is no where near our house) and i had to grab a bouquet.  the photos are making me just as happy as the flowers themselves, actually.   rocco had fun shredding a few, but as i’m learning . . . there is beauty in the broken.

are you all surviving winter?  go ahead, rant and rave and tell me how you are surviving.  i’d love to know.

if you need to, take a drive, take a bath, pick up your favorite magazine, buy some flowers and light a tropical candle.  just don’t listen to your toddler when they say they want to go to king burger.  you might find out, like we did, that they only wanted to go for the chocolate milk?!!!!!

happy weekend!

ps- a few ways to beat the winter blues.

A FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 /  18 things highly creative people do differently.  do you consider yourself creative after reading this?

02 /  you now know how i feel about toast…naturally i was excited to see these toast recipes this week.

03 /  have you tried chia seed pudding?  after seeing it in giada’s book, its been on my mind.  i’m going for it this weekend.

04 /  do you use yoga apps?  here are some suggested ones if you are wanting to try like me.

LOVELY  Pictures : INSTAGRAM / Inspiration : PINTEREST / Chatter : TWITTER / Conversation : FACEBOOK

March 6, 2014

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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.

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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).

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

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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

March 4, 2014

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victoria’s updated kitchen.  so many good details happening in such a small space.

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moody nude and gray rings of saturn by jennifer ament.  i heart this art.

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the idea of making my own vanilla espresso almond butter because my love for this stuff is getting costly.

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another way to work with yarn.  a diy wall hanging.

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erin’s savory snack that involves perking up your popcorn

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what are you loving this week?

ps – don’t forget to enter the sonnet james giveaway.  today is the last day!

March 3, 2014

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hi lovelies…..just a little thought for your monday!

i’m not a fan of endings (unless it is a 973 page book that i’ve labored over or a day that has been hurried and harried and covered in peanut butter and jelly).  i usually tend to see endings in a most melancholy way.  but, what if endings are really just beginnings in disguise?  i understand the thought might not work on every this or that, but… if you think about it, it might mend your thoughts just a bit and perhaps even put a little hope in your heart for the possibility of a new beginning.  if you are at an end and find that your eyes are a little blurry and your heart is finding hope foreign or forgotten, don’t be alarmed because endings, especially really big ones, can feel that way (perhaps with big endings, come big beginnings).  sometimes you just need someone to come along side of you and stand there with you.  and, over time, you will begin to feel a little less foggy and the idea of a beginning won’t frustrate or frighten you.  it will be strange, but you may find it might just excite you.

if you are at an end, then i hope these words will stand beside you and stick with you and drop a little hope in your heart.