dusting off

Well it’s been quite a while since I posted here, but I’ve been really missing this place lately.  Writing a blog is a lot more work and patience than I ever imagined, and no matter how many people warned me of that, I didn’t quite believe it could be that much work.

It’s really interesting to look back at posts that are TWO years old, and see how much I’ve changed.  My taste, my interests, my voice even.  So much has changed in the last two years of my life, and looking back, I really wish I would have been documenting as I went. So, here goes nothing!  Be back real soon (for real this time)!

xo, stephanie

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another year

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Yup, that’s right.  Another year.  Sometimes it feels as though life moves so fast, you spend half your time trying to catch up with it than you do just enjoying it.

That was deep.  But seriously, my last Birthday feels so close, I really cannot believe it’s been a whole year.

All in all, 26 was weird.  It was up, then down, then way back up again, and I’d like to believe I wouldn’t change a single day of it.  But then again, if someone stood in front of you, offering to take you back in time and change a few things, wouldn’t you? Something to think about…

More importantly, I’m focused on the year ahead. I’ve also decided that resolutions should be made on birthdays, rather than New Years. So, don’t ask me in January what my New Year’s resolution is, because I’ll already be half-way through it.

Here’s to another year.

xo, stephanie

*photo of me.  JUST KIDDING.  Photo source unknown.

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[instragrammed] my weekend adventures

What a weekend!  From the moment I left work on Friday, I feel like the fun hasn’t stopped.  My best friends and I took a much needed girls trip up to Portsmouth, NH.  It’s one of my favorite, classic Coastal New England towns.  We had an absolute blast.  Non-stop laughter, unbelievable food (I think Portsmouth is one of the best towns for restaurants that I’ve visited, it never fails), beautiful sights, and some of my favorite shops (see some loot below!).

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Then I kicked off my Sunday morning with a peaceful bike ride, where I discovered a farm a never knew existed only 10 minutes from my home.  We have a lot of back-country roads that could take a lifetime to explore.

The rest of the day was spent [in heaven] with my life-long friend at her family’s farm.  I love going out there; it always ignites nostalgia for my horseback riding days, and every time I go, I swear to myself that I’m going to make more time for it.  Four of us went on a trail ride like I’ve never been on before.  The trails are plentiful, and intertwine to cover over 3,000 acres of land, and somehow, they always know where they’re going.  It was simply perfect.

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That handsome face (bottom left) was my ride for the afternoon.  Not to pick favorites, but he’s always been my favorite.

Now, I will sleep. :)

xo, stephanie

*all photos by me, follow me!

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throw on your best shades

It’s funny how short weeks always feel longer than your average five day week.  Maybe that’s because I’ve been waiting all week for tonight!

I’m hitting the road with my best gals for a much needed girls trip.  Now we just need some crazy shades like these…

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xo, stephanie

*photo courtesy of Glitter Guide

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make it yourself

I love this idea for sprucing up plain old vases and vessels.  I’ve seen a fair amount of DIY projects along the same idea, but this one is simple enough that I’ll actually do it, and cool enough that it doesn’t look too “DIY”.  I think lately the home-made-look trend has been dying down a bit, and I’m seeing a lot of projects that are do-it-yourself, but in a way that doesn’t scream “I made this at home on a Sunday”.   Even though, you did.  Anyways, let me know what you think!

I found this idea for gold-dipped vases on a favorite site that I frequent – Brit + Co.  Also, I love the brassy-gold spray paint they used.  I have a hard time finding gold paints I really like, and I’m going to try this one next.

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Voila!

xo, stephanie

*all photos courtesy of Brit + Co

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sparkle brighter

I think I will live by this.
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Wishing everyone a great long weekend!

xo, stephanie

*photo source unknown but you better believe I pinned it

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my favorite room

Declaring my all-time favorite room design is kind of like trying to pick one favorite dessert – it’s just not possible.  If you know me, you know that’s true.  But, I think I can actually say it – this room is the most amazing, well-balanced, free-spirited but well-thought-out rooms I have seen in a long long time.  And it’s my favorite.

Of course, it’s the work of the one and only Emily Henderson, designed for Bri Emery of Design Love Fest.  I’ve followed Emily since her first day on the first season of Design Star (AND I totally called it that she would win!), and the rest is history – our friendship is going strong, she’s just not totally aware of it yet.
Anyways.  The reason I love this room so much is because it’s one of those few spaces that  gracefully walks the fine line of impeccable styling that is still approachable and seems effortless.

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You totally want to go plop down on that sofa, don’t you?  The thing I hate most about a living room is one in which I feel I can’t sit – isn’t that the whole point?  What I love most about Emily is that time and time again, she manages to put together a room from corner to corner, without missing one small detail, with that whole “oh this old thing? I just threw it together” attitude.  But, if you actually read her blog, she’s very honest about the fact that it’s quite the contrary, and it’s never just “thrown together”.

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This room kind of captures you; forcing you to stop a moment and study it.  Every time I look at these photos I notice something new.  There’s a great mixture of materials and textures –  shiny golds, matte brass, soft linens, bold patterns and a really great moroccan shag rug.  There is plenty of color without one color dominating the room, and an interesting mix decorative accents; everything from ceramic vases and gold chairs in domes (love that!), to weathered leather poufs and a piñata tucked away (yup – it’s in there somewhere).  Oh yeah, and about 10,000 plants, which, again, if you know me, you know that the more flowers and foliage, the better.

So, I’m dying to know, what’s your favorite element of this room?  If I’m calling out piñatas, anything is fair game.

xo, stephanie

*all photos courtesy of Design Love Fest

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funky elephant

Another quick post – I promise better posts are on their way! But for now, I had to share a new favorite new art source found on Etsy, Parima Creative Studio as well as my newest purchase.

What do you think?! I love their use of colors, the ethnic vibe, and the interesting mix of abstracts, animals and prints and patterns.

 

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I’m noticing I’ve been really into all things animal-related in art these days.  What this means, I’m not really sure – but pretty soon my room is going to start looking like a zoo.

Happy Sunday!

xo, stephanie

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a party without cake?

Happy Saturday!

Any fun plans?  My weekend will be spent enjoying the beautiful weather that has decided to finally come around, celebrating a friend’s accomplishments, and maybe a little cake too.  😉

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xo, stephanie

 

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watercolor happiness

I’ve always loved watercolor art since I was a kid.   Partly because I have always been one for instant gratification, and let’s face it, a cup of water, a brush, and a palette of dried paints had you moments away from your next great masterpiece.  I loved it!  Not nearly as messy as other art projects.  I never really liked the “messy” crafts.

What I love most about watercolor though, is its effortless beauty.  Also, we’re seeing it everywhere – in art, fashion, design and more.  I also appreciate the range it can take on.  It can be dark and moody, pale and ethereal, bright and punchy.

Here are some pieces of art that I have been pinning recently.  I’m in the market for some happy, lighthearted and colorful prints.  What do you think?  Could you imagine any of these on your walls?  Most of these are fun pieces for a kitchen, and pretty little accents for a bedroom or small space.  I like the idea of a few small prints hanging together, or two larger side by side.  Maybe one leaning up on a nightstand.

 

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Cherry Blossom Tree print found here.

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Tomatoes in Mint Bowl and Orange – by Joy of Color artist on Etsy.  I really love this artists use of color and everyday items in a kitchen.

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Happy little Giraffe, I really love this one.

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I would love this little 7″ x 5″ Peacock leaning on my nightstand.  For $7, I can’t find a good reason not to purchase this.

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Lucile’s Kitchen puts out some really fun, bright and kitchen-appropriate art that really sets itself apart.  She has a way of beautifully and artfully arranging ingredients that makes you just stop and stare, don’t you think?  There’s so much detail, I notice something new every time I look at them.  These will definitely be hanging in my kitchen sometime in the near future!

Enjoy your Sunday!

xo, stephanie

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