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Summer Travel: A Peek Inside my Suitcase

Summer Travel: A Peek Inside my Suitcase

I am so excited to be heading down to the Florida Keys for a week-long vacation with family and friends. We rented a house on the water and the ocean is calling my name! I thought it would be fun to share a peek inside my suitcase and some of the things I packed for summer vacay!

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Summer Travel: A Peek Inside My Suitcase

It’s going to be super hot so we’ll be spending a lot of time in the water and on the boat. The Keys are notorious for having a laid-back vibe so I packed casual pieces in addition to a few bathing suits and some other fun, summer accessories. Are y’all a fan of Amazon Fashion? I actually scored quite a few pieces from Amazon, including a few bathing suits and was actually impressed!

1. Albion Bathing Suit / 2. Away Luggage / 3. Flip Flops / 4.… Read more

We’re Having a Baby!

We’re Having a Baby!

It’s pretty crazy to be typing those words and we’re still taking it all in, but it is happening! We’re having a baby! Our most exciting project yet! My hubby Mike and I are expecting a little GIRL in August and we feel so blessed and excited!

This has been in the works for a year or so, things just took a bit longer than we anticipated. We trust that it all worked out how it did for a reason and looking back, it’s actually great timing since we just finished the big kitchen reno and are in between house projects.

I am so thankful to be feeling pretty great lately. Week 7 was brutal with all-day nausea and vomiting but I’m thrilled to be passed that stage. Lately, I’m just tired and hungry…hungry all the time! I’ve had a couple food cravings and aversions but nothing super weird.

Now that we know what we’re having my creative juices have been flowing in terms of nursery design!! I’m so excited to design our own little nursery and of course I’ll share it all as I solidify the plan.… Read more

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

A Surprise Rustic Backyard Party for my Hubby!

A Surprise Rustic Backyard Party for my Hubby!

If you follow me on Instagram then you may know that a couple of weeks ago I hosted a surprise rustic backyard party for my hubby’s 35th birthday. I started planning a few months ago and keeping the secret was BRUTAL and exhausting! The One Room Challenge back patio makeover was partly a disguise so I could have a reason to hurry him along to help me finish the patio in time for the party!! The joke’s on him! 🙂 About 10 family members flew in from up north as well as friends from South Carolina and Kentucky totaling about 50 guests. We successfully kept it a secret and when he pulled in the driveway home from work, he was completely shocked! I love planning a good surprise, and this one is my best yet!

Here are some fun shots from the day taken by my amazing photographer friend Ashlee!

Waiting impatiently for his arrival! The money shot! Look at that face! Too surprised to close the car door 😉 That’s his mamma he’s hugging there. Be still my heart. … 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

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

Friday Finds

Friday Finds

It’s Fri-YAY!

Happy Friday, friends! I’m currently in New England for a wedding in RI and a getaway to Martha’s Vineyard. I’m so excited to explore the quaint island and visit its lighthouses, cute shops and restaurants, and of course, the gingerbread cottages


Here a few tidbits I’d like to share with you for this weeks edition of Friday Finds. Enjoy!

Handmade Ceramics

I discovered Cathy Terepocki Ceramics and I am so happy I did! She makes kitchenware, vases and other unusual pieces like this beaded air plant hanger!

handmade ceramic Via

Boho Entertaining

As most of you know, I love me a good tablescape. It’s something that has stuck with me from my days of styling weddings and events. I still peruse wedding blogs to keep up with what’s trending and draw inspiration for my own entertaining editorials. This boho bridal shower featured on my favorite wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes is worth checking out! I love the use of textures and florals and the decadence of the food. The styling is on point and this one has me swooning.… Read more