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Checking in…

Checking in…

Hiya, friends! It’s been a while since I have blogged (I miss it!) so I wanted to touch base with you and just give ya a little heads up about why that is and whats been going on over here.

Design Work vs. Blogging

I feel so lucky to be taking on more design clients, but with that comes less time for blogging and I haven’t found the balance yet. I want to be able to do both, the blog has been my priority from the start so I need to figure it out. There’s a lot of day-to-day behind the scenes design stuff going on that I typically don’t share until the client project is finished, but I’d like to figure out a way to blog more about the process and bring you along for the ride.

(This shot is from the most recently wrapped client project, my friend Rana’s photography studio.)

Stylistic Shift

Aside from client design work, I’ve been experiencing a little bit of a creative rut lately in terms of blogging. Or maybe it’s that I’m expending so much work and creativity into the client work that my creative gas tank is running a little empty when it comes time to brainstorm blog topics.… Read more

Friday Finds & Weekly Recap

Friday Finds & Weekly Recap

Friends & Family Sales

Happy Friday friends! There are some great friends and family sales going on.

Serena and Lily is offering 20% off everything now through 3/19.

Lulu & Georgia is offering 25% off everything 3/19-3/26 using the code SPLURGE.

Staircase Project Update

The staircase reno is still consuming my brain. We have the tile situation figured out and now I’m contemplating the railings. We were going to attempt to DIY the project but because we need SO much railing (about 80′ total) with many turns and angles, I think it’s best to hire the project out. The railing is a meticulous project with lots of precise measurements and safety is important so I think we’ll let the professionals handle this one. I have an idea of the overall look I’d like to achieve but we’re still contemplating verticle vs horizontal railing, and if we do verticle, whether or not to take each baluster to the floor or do a horizontal bar on the bottom. 

I’m leaning toward verticle balusters with a bottom horizontal rail so that it’s easier to clean the stairs and so that we don’t have to destroy the new flooring by attaching each baluster but I do love the simplicity of each baluster carrying all the way to the floor.… Read more

Friday Finds & Weekly Recap

Friday Finds & Weekly Recap

Happy Friday, Friends! It’s a long weekend, so you know what that means…SALES!

Here’s some info on a few President’s Day sales from some of my fave stores and brands.

  • Target is doing up to 30% off home items + an extra 15% off rugs with promo code GEORGE. Valid 2/18-2/19. I’ve got my eye on this outdoor sofa.
  • Lulu and Georgia is offering 15% off all purchases under $500, and 20% off all orders of $500+ through Tuesday, 2/20. They have a bunch of new arrivals, like this rug that I love!
  • World Market is doing 15% off plus free shipping over $150 through FEB 19th and 50% of ALL rugs!!!

Weekly Recap

The weather is warming up and the pups are taking advantage!

As a result of the warmer weather, I’ve got outdoor entertaining on the brain. I am DYING to get the back patio cleared of all hubby’s tools and guy stuff so I can make it pretty! I’m itching to have dinner outdoors before the Florida summer heat sets in – which happens well before summer, by the way.… Read more

Things I’m Diggin’

Things I’m Diggin’

Hiya friends and Happy December! I was reluctant to throw away my pumpkins but I finally did. While I’m going very minimal with holiday decor this year since we’re traveling over Christmas, I did fall in love with some unique global holiday decor that you must see.

The Citizenry is a great company offering home goods from around the world – my favorite kind. They believe “our homes should be reflections of the journeys we take. Our personal spaces deserve designs with a soul, a story, and a purpose.” Isn’t that awesome? They partner with artisans from around the world and offer unique handmade global goodies.  The African mudcloth stockings and tree skirt is sooooo, so good. And that other geometric pattered stocking is from artisans in Peru, an amazing place I recently visited.

  1. African mudcloth stocking / 2. African mudcloth tree skirt / 3. Estrellas geometric stocking

And speaking of boho Christmas decor, check out my Christmas tree last year. I used lots of these cute little woven macrame ornaments, which I still love.

boho tree ornaments

Happy December you guys!… Read more

Personal Thoughts on the Loss of my Father-In-Law

Personal Thoughts on the Loss of my Father-In-Law

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves memories no one can steal.”

I am sorry for being MIA the last few weeks but sometimes life happens. My family recently suffered an unfortunate event. My father-in-law, a great man, passed away after a battle with ALS. While he was sick, we thought we had more time with him then we ended up having. It’s very sad but we’re all trying to find joy in the memories we have with him. He always read my blog and so I wanted to just say a few words about him here.

Frederick Michael Daly was his full name, but I always called him “Mr. Fred” because when I first met him when my now hubby and I were in high school, “Mr. Daly” felt too formal but “Fred” too informal so that’s where I landed. He was the most patriotic person I ever met. He spent time in the Army during Vietnam and always flew an American flag in his yard. He was very thorough in everything he did. He was also very frugal.… Read more

Things I’m Diggin’

Things I’m Diggin’

Happy Friday! I’ve been hoarding a few things I’m diggin’ lately and today I’m sharing all the goodness. I’m pretty excited about everything here! Let’s jump in.

Target x Magnolia Collaboration

Target recently announced a new collaboration with Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper, Hearth and Hand with Magnolia. There will be about 300 pieces, most under $30 and will include pieces in tabletop and home decor. I can’t wait to check out the collection but we’ll have to wait until early November. Here’s a sneak peek from Target

TV Art!?!

You guys! This is a TV to be excited about! Samsung has a new TV, The Frame, that displays as art when the TV mode is off. There are hundreds of works of art to choose from or you can choose to display personal photos instead. The TV comes in 55″ or 65″ and fits flush to the wall. The frame colors are customizable too. Gone are the days of a big black hole on the wall. It’s so genius. I’m especially loving this idea for our bedroom – where I hate seeing a TV but have grown to love having one in that room.… Read more

Bali Inspired Photoshoot

Bali Inspired Photoshoot

 Our Anniversary Session

A few months ago hubby and I celebrated our third anniversary. In honor of the day, we had Anniversary photos done. We chose a Bali-inspired theme for our anniversary shoot to honor the place we got engaged. Experiencing Bali was amazing in itself, but to have gotten engaged on a mountain while visiting the Island of the Gods, well that’s just a dream. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than a Bali inspired photoshoot.

Having styled many photoshoots, I wanted to style our engagement shoot myself, and boy was that tough! It was my first time being the stylist and the subject and it wasn’t without hiccups but it was a great experience and I definitely learned a lot, to say the least. Huge shout out to my friend and our photographer Ashlee who not only captured the occasion flawlessly but also picked up some of my slack when I was late for hair and makeup. 🙂

Huge thanks to Artfully Wed for featuring our Anniversary shoot!

Here are a few of my faves from the shoot.… Read more

Current Mood (Board): Desert Mountain Vibes

Current Mood (Board): Desert Mountain Vibes

Inspired by Utah’s Desert Mountain Vibes

If you follow me on Instagram then you know I’m in Utah right now. Hubby had to take a short trip to Salt Lake City so naturally, I insisted I join him and we make a trip out of it. We met up in Vegas and hit the road to Utah to explore Bryce and Zion National Parks and we will end with a couple of days in Sin City. I had never been to Utah and after spending a lot of time planning our trip, I am so so excited about it. You just don’t see anything close to desert mountain landscape in the sunshine state. The scenery and terrain are enough to make my terracotta-loving heart beat a little faster. I’m feeling so inspired by Utah, I decided to put together a desert mountain mood board that reflects my current state of mind. My personal design style favors earthy tones and boho elements so I feel right at home amongst this desert mountain oasis.

desert mountain mood board

It’s going to be tough not to buy all the terracotta pendant lights when I get home!… Read more