If any of you have moved recently (or ever really) you can relate to the chaotic mix of emotions that are going on in this house right now. From paperwork & signatures to organizing & packing like a crazy person, there hasn’t been much free time to be had but that hasn’t stopped me from daydreaming about plans for the new house both inside and outside.

One thing I’m not only embracing, but also so excited about is the idea of change. A change of house, a change of location, a change of style and, really, a whole new life. Our rowhouse in the city has been really good to us over the last 3 1/2 years but this new house has so much to offer us in the change department. For starters, talk about the green! plans for the new house Continue reading


Things have been slow on the blog front lately and, let me just tell you, that is not a reflection of what has been going on in our lives these days. Life has been a crazy, hectic, excited ball of change late because… WE’RE MOVING!

After spending the last 3 1/2 years putting our blood, sweat and tears into our rowhouse in the city, we have decided to take on a whole new house of our own and start from square one all over again. Over the next few weeks we will be busy packing, moving and getting plans together for this sweet little red brick house in the woods that we will soon be calling home.

we're moving!While I’m feeling all of the usual emotions of moving (stress, excitement, nostalgia, stress…did I mention stress?) I’m so ready to get a whole new set of plans together for our new home and bring you all along for the ride whether you like it or not. Just kidding…I’m not one to hold hostages. But…buckle up! It’s all about to go down…

In the meantime…check out our house tour for a reminder of our current home.


mid-century dresser makeover A few years ago when Joe and I were furnishing our first house together, we picked up a pair of mid-century dressers at one of our favorite thrift stores for under $200. Total steal.  And while the shape of the dressers was great, they were unfortunately covered in some sort of strange 1970′s green veneer. Why, furniture gods? Why?? mid-century dresser makeoverIn order to make them even slightly acceptable, I quickly (and sloppily) threw a few coats of brown paint on them to fit in with the rest of the furniture in our bedroom and replaced the very old and dated hardware. I don’t have any “before” pictures but, trust me, it wasn’t pretty.It seemed like a good decision at the time but over the last few years, the dressers have started looking pretty sad and frumpy to me. I hadn’t done the best job painting them (I needed that green veneer out of sight FAST…so take my time I did not) and the brown color just wasn’t doing anything for me. It certainly wasn’t doing anything for the great lines of this mid-century dresser so I decided to bite the bullet and give this baby a mid-century dresser makeover.

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caught my eyeWe just got back from a week at the beach with our whole big family and I’m finally getting back into the swing of things here at home. (Am I the only one who feels like she needs a vacation after a vacation!? It’s amazing, the things that can pile up after just one week away from home.)

caught my eye

caught my eyeSince I’ve gotten a bit behind on sharing things around the house, I’ve figured I’d show you just how hard we’ve been “working” over the last week. Ha!

caught my eyeWho knew sand-made scoop chairs could be so comfortable? Beach_2014_5

And, obviously a hot tub + a trip to Busch Gardens = one seriously good vacation. Beach_2014_8

Beach_2014_9But the best part, by far, was spending time with the ones we love and don’t get to see nearly as much as we’d like. Beach_2014_3



Beach_2014_7And since I’m still operating on beach time (because that’s a thing, right?) I thought I’d share with you a few other things that caught my eye over the last week….

- My beach read this year.

- My brain is still at the ocean so I’m dreaming about this contemporary beach house.

- Goodbye granite! These plans for beautiful black concrete countertops!

- Could you live in a house made of mushrooms?!

- The best day with my favorite boy

Happy Hump Day, folks!