How, where do you start when it comes to creating a home that you love? I was struck by the simplicity in Emily’s message on this Instagram post, via the sweet beast. (It’s worth a click.) Essentially, how can you successfully design a room if you don’t center the space around what you’re drawn to? It’s far too easy to see a beautiful home online and want to emulate it in your own family room, bedroom or bath, only to find yourself stuck in a state of frustration. What works for someone else in their space – their light, their room dimensions, their family size – won’t always work for you, and that’s okay! If you’re feeling paralyzed by indecision (um, guilty), take a step back. Re-center. Gather up those inspiration photos and really look at them. I mean really, really look at them. What do you like about them? Is there a recurring pattern that ties these images together? Take notes on exactly what you love. Start small.
Most importantly, never forget to surround yourself with what you love (you and you alone, friend!). Because as Emily says, This is how you build a home full of character and a space that welcomes you and makes you feel at home. (Also, the sweet beast is one to follow! Love her Pittsburgh home so much.)
• Can’t. Stop. Staring at Heather and Aaron’s all black kitchen. They killed it.
• I can’t remember the last time I tried on a pair of jeans and they just fit. Until these.
• When we mentioned that we were on the hunt for a tone-on-tone wallpaper to play nicely with the walls in our Tree House sleeping loft, someone suggested that we take a look at Kate Golding. Ob-sessed doesn’t even begin to describe it. We’re torn between Canadian Shield, Sand Dunes, Garter Snake, Grasses Dawn, Juniper Summer and Caribou – wait, did I just name all of them?!
• Speaking of the loft, we’re so close to nailing down the design for our new railings! We sent our fabricator photos from Kelsey’s farmhouse and Chris + Julia’s home, and we tweaked the details to fit our unique space, incorporating a safety gate, grab bars and hand rails for the ladder. We can’t wait to have the final plans in hand and share them with you!
• I’ve touted my love for this cheek tint in the past, but in search of something more pink, I strayed from my usual (‘beam’) and ordered ‘puff.’ It’s the sweetest shade that still looks natural, and I’m convinced it gives me that youthful glow I was missing.
• However, I’m still ISO of a great pair of (hopefully affordable) yoga pants! I prefer a high waist with a 7/8 length, a smooth sheen to the fabric, and for the love of Pete, I would really prefer it if there wasn’t a seam straight up the middle of my you-know-what. Help a girl out? (Please and thank you!)
Happy weekend, friends!