The List Week 27

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Happy holiday weekend, everyone!  I hope you’re planning on getting into something good this week – ideally something involving cookouts, fireworks, and sunshine. We’re in Nashville visiting family like we do each year for the 4th of July and we’ve got such a fun weekend ahead of us.

I’ve been in Tennessee since Wednesday, so I’ve been doing a bit more relaxing than most weeks, thus the selections this week that lean toward shopping more than internet links.  I hope you enjoy them, nonetheless!

The List Week 27

CAFE CULTURE:  There is just something about the cafe scene in Europe that I still can’t get out of my mind… the midday relaxing, the morning cappuccinos, the evening cocktails, I love the whole culture surrounding it.  In the past, the cafe chairs that I’ve liked have all been quite expensive, so I was really excited to find these rattan beauties for just $99 each.  While you’re sitting on your cafe chairs, however, you’ll need cafe music, and this playlist has been on every night at my house.

BRUSHED SPOTS:  These brushed, spotted cushions have been in my Etsy favorites for some time now, and I thought it was about time to share them with you guys.  They’re gorgeous, no?

BEST ALL-AROUND:  I love how versatile, neutral, and pretty this Claire V tote/backpack is.  I think it would make a great bag to go from office to weekend to beach.

THANKS FOR THE INVITE:  Did you guys see that Serena & Lily has designed a collection of invitations for The Paperless Post?  They’re so pretty and perfect for summer soirees! I like this Gin/Tonic style.

ABSTRACT BEAUTY:  Because I don’t have enough little bowls in my life… I’m pretty sold over this grouping of four abstract dishes with gold foil.  They’re perfect for collecting anything from jewelry to spices.


Some fun around here this week:

Our Moroccan Dinner Party

Summer Hostess Ideas

Summer Reading List


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The List Week 26

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Is it Friday, already?  AND the 26th week of the year?  That means we’re exactly halfway through!

When I was trying to think back on what I did this week, my mind basically came up blank… it just went a little to quick for comfort over here.  I worked on an interior design project across town (photos to share soon) and we have a big summer outdoor party planned tonight. BUT it’s raining cats and dogs, so I’m not quite sure what to do about it. The next three weekends are booked with out-of-town trips and weddings, so there really isn’t a good alternate time to have the party for the entire next month. It’s been one of the rainiest summers here in Ohio and I’m a little irritated about it.  We haven’t had the Friday happy hours or walks in the park that we usually do. I suppose I haven’t had to water the garden, though!  I took one of those silly Facebook quizzes this morning that told me I should live in California… maybe I should consider this piece of advice.

I have a few fun tid-bits to share this week!

The List Week 26

No. 1 DEATH TO THE STOCK PHOTO – My friend, Allie started this company, DTTSP, and if you don’t know about it, you are missing out.  Stock photos are notoriously terrible and she and her partner David fix all this by offering cool, lifestyle type images for business, blogging, or personal use.  I know so many people who use it and I always find myself going to it for projects on and off this blog.  Oh, and I still need a pair of clogs in my life. death to the stock photo – free for monthly bundle, $10/mo for premium membership.

No. 2 GIRLS FIRST TAGINE – for the party that is tentatively scheduled for tonight, I am doing a Moroccan theme!  I bought this tagine to cook the lamb stew in and also to look beautiful on the table.  I had always wanted a tagine and I am so excited to explore the recipes I can make with it!  Do you own one?  Do you have any must-try recipes?

No. 3 CUP O’ SURPRISE – I usually hate info graphics, but this one all about coffee was super interesting and taught me a lot that I didn’t know!  Also, while at Ikea earlier this week getting things for the aforementioned interior design project, and realized that these 365+ mugs are really the perfect size, shape, and handle configuration.  When growing up, my mom had this ‘thing’ about finding the perfect coffee mug… comfortable handle, holds enough coffee, but not too much that it gets cold.  So now, I’m always on the lookout for the ‘perfect’ mug.

No. 4 BEAUTY UNDERFOOT – Nothing too much more than I just really like this rug.  I might take some color inspiration from it for upcoming decor projects around my house.

No. 5 LAUGH ‘TIL YOU CRY – Did you ever have a hamster growing up?  I had one named oliver and I really didn’t like him at all.  He was pretty mean! Anywho, if you had one (or not) you will still find this GIF of a girl ‘playing’ with her hamster hilarious. I am still laughing about it.


Don’t forget!! On MONDAY we’re giving a progress report on our summer #earnestchallenges!  Are you ready?  You have a few days this weekend to dive in… it’s only the first of four updates, so you’re cool if you’re just starting!


Have a great weekend, guys!



The List Wk 25

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Wow what a week!  Are you happy it’s Friday?  I’m a little torn to be honest!  We have such a jam-packed weekend ahead, that I was kind of loving the solitude and productivity of this past week!  I worked each day from my home office and pretty much didn’t leave the house other than to workout.  I got SO much done for an upcoming project which I’m excited to announce soon!

This week, I was a little stuck on a few things I saw floating around the web.  Here is The List Week 25!

HANDBLOWN: Drink dispensers are usually a little preppy, but I love how this hand-blown glass dispenser from Turnco Wood Goods for sale at Food 52 is a really simple and stylish piece for parties. A little pricey, but hand-blown and hand-turned wood made in the US?  Sounds like quality to me.

SUMMER STYLE: This summer has been shaping up to be a very boho-modern summer for me.  I’ve been wearing pretty much all black and white and super simple outfits.  The icing on the minimal cake, however, has been this tiered ‘havana’ necklace from Stella & Dot, which I wear almost daily.

SERIOUS SPLURGE: A graphic, modern outdoor chair in black?! Yes, please!  Except for it’s like, a billion dollars…. Maybe I’ll keep my eye open for a lower cost alternative.

CUPPA JOE: Ever since our trip to Italy, Matt and I have been drinking a lot more espresso (especially after dinner).  I don’t have proper espresso cups, and am on the hunt. They had so many options over there, but I was worried that they wouldn’t make it back in one piece, so I didn’t lock it up. Now, I’m kicking myself because I’m having a hard time finding some that aren’t boring.  These little handmade ceramic espresso tumblers might fit the bill.

B&W GOODNESS: More black and white! I love the texture and pattern of this handwoven pillow!  It was made in France in the makers studio!  She also makes wall hangings and clutches!


Around here:

Working with your hands

Positano Travel Recap

Margarita Popsicles!!!!


One more thing:

Thank you all so much for your help in voting for my little shop for the Chase grant that I’m up for! I had just a couple of days to get as many votes as possible in order to qualify for consideration AT ALL! I really appreciate all of your who voted, shared on your social media, and supported me in this!  THANK YOU!  And if you haven’t voted yet, there is still time!!  The more votes I get, the higher my shop is considered!


The List Week 24

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I think you can really tell from the vibe here what kind of mood I’m in today… It’s been in the 90’s this week, so I’m dreaming of a day by the pool, since a beach is a good 12 hours in any direction. It’s supposed to be nice all weekend, so I’m really looking forward to soaking it all in.

This was probably my first normal week back at work since we returned from our European vacation.  You’ll probably remember that we celebrated my mother-in-laws wedding the week we returned, then the very next day Matt’s grandma went into the hospital.  While she was slowing getting worse, Matt had eye surgery and I had to drive him to and from work.  All the while we were dealing with applying to nursing homes and the whole rigamarole that goes along with that (let me just tell you, I’ll be looking into long-term care insurance for myself).  Then Eloise passed and last week we and the burial and got together with family to celebrate the life of a wonderful woman.

So this week, I was finally back in 100% action.  I felt like I got SO much done. I’m working on a new project which is kind of a secret right now, but I should (hopefully) be able to tell you guys by the end of June… so that is really exciting.  When it comes to this full week, however, do you want to know what piqued my interest?

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AND POOF! I really like this poof adorned basket which looks like the best thing to throw bulky beach items into. And it’s collapsable for when it’s not in use! $88 from Eliza Gran Studio.

LEARNING TO UKE: I announced a summer challenge this week and I am SO excited with all of the amazing feedback I’ve received!  It seems people are really excited!  Today is the day we all reveal what it is we’ll be learning, and I’m here to tell you, I’ll be learning to play the Ukulele (small terrible video after the jump!).  Please – join in with me on a summer of learning!  See the full plan here and get out there TODAY on social media and tell us what you’ll be learning – use the hashtag #earnestchallenge so that everyone participating can follow along… because we all need an accoutabili-buddy.

CHIC SPLURGE:  How gorgeous is this rattan sofa from Serena and Lily? I love every square inch of it.  I don’t think it would really fit into my house, but would it fit in yours?  If so, you should get it and then invite me over!

INDIGO NATION:  I have been on an indigo kick (and in ‘kick’ I mean, I share it a lot here) but for whatever reason don’t own a ton.  That’s going to have to change asap.  I think these Baja shorts from Mollusk are just the ticket. A big thanks to Megan for introducing them to me.

JUST PEACHY:  So, Matt and I are in the midst of a Whole 30 and aren’t drinking, but you better believe that every fruity, herbal, summer concoction I see online is killing me.  I’m going to fall face first into this peach sangria from Erin Gleeson via Camille Styles as soon as it’s over.

Whew… that was a lot from me.  What’s going on with you this weekend?  Any amazing plans to share?

The List Week 23

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Happy Friday, guys!  Are you as glad about the weekend as I am?  This week has been… a lot. Do you ever feel like you’re doing so much, but nothing really gets done? That is how I feel.  I’ve been working like crazy, but am still so behind.  My laundry from the trip still isn’t done (insert emoji with shocked face here).  This weekend, I want to catch up.  Do my laundry, tidy the house, and do some of the projects I keep putting on the back burner. I’m going to stick as close to home as possible.

What is in the cards for your weekends?  I’d love to hear!

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SUMMER STRIPES – I ordered this dress from Loft after reading some of the wonderful reviews.  Is it just me, or has Loft been super on-point recently?

MUST SEE IN MI – I love the store Huzza, so I was excited to see this house tour with the shops creators this week on The Fresh Exchange.  The house is jaw droppingly wonderful.

IN LOVE – I really don’t have words for all of the stunning tile from Fireclay tile.  Of course, I’m drawn to the neutrals and love how interesting each design is.  With the two bathrooms and kitchen we’re getting ready to renovate next door, I keep thinking of this tile, but know it’s probably a not the best choice for a rental property. I’ll have to save my ideas for my one-day home.

BEACHY FEELINGS – As we sit here this morning, I’m burning a cabana scented candle from ‘wick.  It’s making me really feel the beachy vibes and feeling like I should start happy hour early today…

COVER TO COVER – I love boho decor and especially love the modern spin that Justina puts on it in her book The New Bohemians. I can’t wait to spend a little time this weekend devouring it cover to cover.


Have a great one, guys!