The Year of the Pause
At the start of this year, we promised ourselves that our word for 2021 would be pause. I hesitate to even bring 2020 into this conversation, but I’d be remiss not to acknowledge that our 2021 Word of the Year was a result of the unsettling year before it. This year, we paused before saying ‘yes.’ We paused before saying ‘no,’ for that matter. We paused before signing onto a new project, before RSVPing to a birthday party, before deciding on a weekend of work or play.
We took a big, deep breath this year and slowed down. Way down. We focused on small projects, some with big impact and purpose, some to make us smile. We painted a lot of things taupe! We also painted a tired shed black and turned her into the prettiest thing at Tree House. We nixed our home office. We fine tuned our skills as Airbnb hosts, a role we approach with weight and pride. WE SOLD THE CONDO.
On a personal note, I cried when Lucy turned 3 (and now she’s almost 4!), and I cried again when we celebrated one year of Catfish! Every night at the dinner table, we go around the group and say what our favorite part of the day is. It can be anything from a good cup of coffee to the release of an anticipated Netflix series. If I were to ask myself the same for the year, my favorite part would be dressing as a family of four Mariah Careys. I look back on that memory with a happy heart, and it never fails to make me smile.
Thank you for being a part of our journey. We see you, we hear you. We even had the capacity to chat with you one-on-one in virtual design sessions! During this year of the pause, we appreciate that you’re here. Wishing you a cozy + warm holiday season, full of everything you need and nothing you don’t. We’ll be back on the blog in January!
A Look Back | 2021
Below, we’re sharing the projects and stories across several categories that topped our list in 2021. Click on any thumbnail to take you right to the post! xx