April 18, 2014

I can not get enough of Hackwith Design House. Everything this girl puts out I WANT. The loose yet perfect fit each piece seems to wear and the neutral pallets - yes please. The trouble is, she only makes a limited quantity of each piece so you have to act fast each time she releases a new collection. These are a few of my favorite pieces and I'm hoping next time around I'm able to snag something before everything sells out!  

Lisa Hackwith is a designer out of Minneapolis and nothing gets me more excited than seeing good things come out of midwestern cities. (fist bumps for sure)


April 16, 2014

                                                    "a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

we eat a lot of snacks around here. I predict some good conversations will come during these simple meal times.


What is it that truly makes the place you live home? I think most of us would probably say the people you share it with and while I do think that's true, for me the tangible is almost just as important. I think it's safe to say that I spend more time thinking about my home than most, which is not necessarily a good thing. It's way more important to me how our home is furnished and styled than it should be but after thinking on it for a while, I think it's all part of my need for creativity and comfort. I move little things around constantly which used to annoy even me but I've realized it is just a way for me to be creative. I'm not a crafter or baker or an artist but I think I'm pretty good at making our home 'nice.' I pride myself on it and delight so much in the fact that when people come through our door, they feel comfortable. (or at least I hope so!)

My style has changed and evolved so, so much over the last few years and I finally feel like I'm coming into my own. My home reflects that. I like midcentury and vintage - modern mixed with old, simple yet carefully curated. I like the artwork, decor and furnishings in our home to tell a story - a coffee table from a flea market in Kentucky or a rug from an open air market in Turkmenistan. Maybe that's why we were initially so drawn to our house by the bridge built in 1885. There's a story there and I like that our family is now part of it.

So while I (often) complain about our lack of a big back yard and the fact that we share a common wall with our neighbors (who are truly wonderful,) this house is so good. We are fortunate enough to have a large front porch and back deck and plenty of sidewalk for chalking. We live across the street (ACROSS THE STREET!) from Eden Park and the view we have out of our window's is beautiful. Ruthie also has one of the largest play rooms in all of baby land. Hey, why don't you just slap me the next time I complain of having little yard, okay? Why is it that you always want what you don't have?
I'm off to spend the next hour swinging on my porch swing, thanking my lucky stars for what we've got.


April 14, 2014

"a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

on the table, having a snack. the life.


April 9, 2014

This morning, Ruthie and I had the pleasure of getting coffee with a friend to talk about an upcoming project, get to know one another a bit more and of course explore the rocks and dirt outdoors (one of us anyways.) It was the type of conversation that you want to linger on for the rest of the day. Where questions are asked and thoughts are shared and inspiration ensues. And then at the end of it you think, gosh, that was good. 

And sometimes you are lucky enough to meet someone who sparks a little fire in your soul. Even though it has been a building theme in my life for the past year or so, it was evident today that simplifying burns strong in my heart. My home, my work, my writing, my closet, the people in my life. The idea of quality over quantity reigns true for ever single aspect of my life and making that connection today was such a breath of fresh air. Less stuff but carefully curated 'things' in our home. Less, but more creative work. Writing with passion and intention. A handful of clothing pieces made of quality that fit and feel right. And good people in my life. No time or desire to be surround by anyone who doesn't cultivate positivity and happiness. 

So this is, in a sense, my mission statement. My heart is less cluttered and I am less consumed when the material things reflect the same. 

Today was good.


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