Weekend Inspiration: No. 21

Weekend Inspiration: No. 21

Who’s ready for another fabulous summer weekend?! I know I am, especially since my sister will be in town to celebrate her birthday. I’m planning to spend a very large portion of the next handful of days sipping wine, eating cheese and crackers, and catching up with the birthday girl.

Speaking of, I’ve decided to take a couple of days away from the office to enjoy quality time with her and the rest of our family, so the blog will be a bit quiet come Monday and Tuesday (no newsletter next week either). Don’t worry, though. I’ll be back to regular posting on Wednesday and have a bunch of fun things to share later in the week, including a new video. In the meantime, I hope these links below help inspire you while I’m away.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 21

1. Need some new ideas for on-the-go summer snacking or lunching? We’re still enjoying these bento-inspired meals, so feel free to give them a shot as you hop from one activity to the next this season.

2. I had to throw away my beloved (read: completely worn-out) pair of black flats this week…These might be the perfect replacement.

3. This is my new favorite app for shopping secondhand finds. Make sure to check out the shipping tab for options near and far!

4. Speaking of apps, here’s a roundup of five good ones that will help improve your daily routine.

5. Thank you guys so much for all the helpful migraine prevention and treatment tips! Comment below if you have another idea because I could still use all the help I can get.

6. I’ve got a couple of flower arranging stories lined up for later this month, but, in the meantime, this article all about how to grow your own vegetable garden on a balcony caught my eye.

7. I can’t believe this fringed woven rug is available at Target, of all places!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 21

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Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

I know, I know…You’re probably sick and tired of hearing about the trip I took with my sister to D.C. earlier this year, but I just couldn’t quit without giving you more of the personal story behind our adventure.

As you may remember, I worked with a brand on the two earlier posts that introduced and explained our motivation for heading to the capital (catch up on those here first, and then here). For legal reasons per the brand I wasn’t able to talk as openly as I would have liked about the trip. I would have had to get written permission from the composer we saw, the restaurant we ate at, etc. to make mentions of them throughout the posts, and it just would have been too time-consuming. Now that the campaign has wrapped up, though, the brand said I’m free to spill all the beans—and that’s exactly what I plan to do today!

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

If you’ve been following along with this story since the beginning, you already know that we stayed at the Watergate Hotel. This was my first time staying at the hotel, and I can tell you right now that it won’t be my last. (By the way, today’s post isn’t sponsored in any way, so no one is paying me to say any of this!).

Our dad is actually the one who suggested that we stay at this particular hotel, mainly because he knew it would put us right next to the Kennedy Center, which we planned to walk to that night for the Philip Glass concert.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate HotelMy sister and I almost immediately hit a bunch of bad construction traffic once we got into the city, and ultimately got rerouted dozens of blocks from the hotel. We’re not city girls by nature, so we got a little turned around. We made the most of it, though, because GPS ended up taking us straight down the stretch of embassy offices, and it was so cool to see all of the different architecture and landscaping unique to each country.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

We eventually found our way to the Watergate and got settled into our quaint-but-cool hotel room. Again, because of legal reasons, I wasn’t able to give a full tour of our room in the first two blog posts about the trip, so today you’ll see lots more of the space, including the massive bathroom, views of the water, and a look at our scrumptious bed-side breakfast.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

My sister jumped right into the shower almost as soon as we had set our bags down, but that gave me just enough time to snap a photo and video tour of the hotel room. After that, we both lazed around in official Watergate bathrobes, decompressing from the semi-stressful drive.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

At about 5:30 or so, we went down to the hotel restaurant for a quick dinner. I’m not sure if it was leftover nerves from the drive or just a bit of anxious excitement for the concert we were going to see later that night, but neither one of us had a big appetite. A glass of wine each and some appetizers set us up nicely, though, and it was fun to people watch. Remember that it was pretty much the tail-end of winter during our stay, so the place was packed with people looking to escape the cold.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Next, my sister and I hit the sidewalks bound for the Kennedy Center. The concert hall was even closer than we expected it to be (thanks, Dad!) so we didn’t have to spend too long out in the elements that chilly night. Even still, we high-tailed it and breathed a huge sigh of relief once we were inside the glowing lobby at the Kennedy Center.

I don’t have many photos to share from inside the concert because I wasn’t sure what their policy was on photography, but you can hop back here to Part 2 to see a couple of quick shots. You’ll also learn a lot more about the concert and how it felt to be part of the audience at such an amazing event. We saw Philip Glass, and he was just incredible—one of our favorite composers, for sure!

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

A couple of hours later, the concert was behind us along with another frigid walk back through the cold to our hotel room. I’m not sure if it was memories of the music or just the super comfy bed in our room, but my sister and I both slept like babies that night.

The next morning we got a note from hotel staff that said we should expect traffic that day because of a marathon going on nearby in the city, so we decided to take our time and treat ourselves to breakfast in bed, something I had never done. Turns out it’s just as decadent as you’d think to be served a gourmet breakfast right in your hotel room, and we stayed in our bathrobes most of the morning, chowing down on poached eggs and waffles, and filling up on espresso coffee.

Our Stay At The Watergate Hotel

Anyway, that’s about all I have left to say about our trip to D.C. to see Philip Glass. It was such a dream come true to finally hear him play in person, and I really did think that the Watergate was such a fabulous hotel. I can’t wait to visit again and to see more shows at the Kennedy Center. Have you been before?

Click ‘Play’ below on the extended cut of the video I put together of our trip, which shows a lot more of the hotel room and (of course) that delicious breakfast. Cheers!

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The Story Behind Dream Green DIY’s Name

The Story Behind Dream Green DIY's Name

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about what the name of this blog means, which made me realize that it has definitely been a hot minute since I explained. I just spent the morning searching all sorts of keywords on the blog to find the last time I actually did tell the story, but came up with nothing, so this might just be the very first time I’ve mentioned it since launching the site seven years ago. Whoops! At any rate, the story is a little bit embarrassing, so that’s probably why I’ve (unintentionally) been a bit “hush, hush” about the whole thing.

It all started back in high school, of all places. I was friends with a really tight-knit group of kids, and for fun we used to drive out to a new-build subdivision in our town that was filled with lots of townhome complexes and single family homes on small lots. The houses all looked pretty similar to one another, but each still had its own special qualities, like unique pastel paint colors, front porch columns, and some boasted second floor terraces. There was clearly a type of homeowner’s association that regulated things like house numbers and color palette, but each home felt just a touch different then its neighbor.

Anyway, the neighborhood was filled with a labyrinth of sidewalks and cul-de-sacs perfect for a pack of teenagers to wander through for hours, which we did just about every evening and weekend. There were little gazebos scattered throughout, too, and we would lounge on the benches for hours talking about music, movies, and whatever little dramas were ruling our lives at the moment.

I think without really meaning to, I always made a point to walk past one home in particular. It was painted a soft olive green color, and had four chunky craftsman style columns on the long front porch that spanned the entire width of the house. It was also one of the only homes with a lot big enough to have a detached garage, and sometimes, while walking by at dusk, the homeowners left the lights on inside the garage so we could see the giant pool table that stood front and center in the space surrounded by cool vintage metal signs on the walls.

To me as a sixteen-year-old girl—who was already obsessed with home décor, by the way—the house was just magical. It was everything I ever dreamed of for a home, at least at that time, and I remember announcing to my friends in the biggest, most confident voice that I would henceforth call the house my “Dream Green” and that I would live there one day.

Fast forward 16 more years, and that “Dream Green” house is more of a fond memory then my current dream house, especially since we’re already living that dream right here in our 1960s ranch. Still, I’ll always remember that pretty olive green house in my hometown, and appreciate how it represents my love for beautiful architecture and the ideal home and life.

When I sat down at my computer to choose a name for my blog that day back in 2011, it felt so natural for me to type up the phrase Dream Green DIY, and, of course, it stuck seven years later. Is it the best brand name in the world? Heck no. Does it mean something really special to me, and stand for my passion for home design and crafting? You bet it does, so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

The Story Behind Dream Green DIY's Name

A small interjection worth noting is that John was actually part of that little group of my best friends in high school! There were seven of us in the group, and he was the one I was probably least close with, which is so funny to think back on now. We all went our separate ways, as best high school friends tend to do, and John and I happened to reconnect in the area after college about eight years later. Funny how life works out sometimes, isn’t it?

Oh, and the other serendipitous thing is that the two of us bought our first home in the neighborhood I just described in this post! We didn’t buy “Dream Green,” but we walked past it all the time when living down the street from the house. I still smile whenever I’m in town and happen to drive or walk by that big green house with the detached garage. I like to think that the same people still own it, and that the pool table is still being played around come nightfall.

So, that’s the story behind the blog’s name, Dream Green DIY. It’s all about the ideal home, the dream of a space to call my own, and (of course!) a passion for all things DIY. Was the story anything at all like you expected? Feel free to leave your own interpretations in the comments below! I’m always curious to hear what people think the name means before I share the truth behind the odd little tale.

The Story Behind Dream Green DIY's Name

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12 Plug-In Pendant Lights I Love

12 Plug-In Pendant Lights I Love

How on earth am I just finding out about plug-in lights?! I mean, sure, I knew they existed before, but I don’t think I had really considered them until very recently. I had always been pretty resistant to the idea of doing electrical on my own in the past, but I’ve gotten enough lighting projects under my belt this past year to feel confident handling tools and wires in order to get just the right lighting look in certain rooms of our home.

Turns out, though, that you don’t even need electrical know-how to install a plug-in pendant light. All you really have to have is a drill to install a sturdy hook in either the wall or ceiling near an outlet, and you can pretty much enjoy any type of plug-in light that strikes your fancy. Here’s a quick list of the 12 fixtures I currently have on my wish list.

12 Plug-In Pendants Lights I Love

Alrai Wire Swag 1-Light LED Geometric Pendant

Black Globe Swag Light

Industrial Edison Vintage Swag Pendant Lamp

Cornelia Industrial Warehouse 1-Light Bowl Pendant

Turned Plug-in Pendant Ceiling Light

Edison 1-Light Chrome and Red Pendant

Alshain Transitional Beaded Swag 1-light Mini Pendant

Kiven Plug-In Industrial Factory Pendant

Conduit Avenue Swag 1-Light Mini Pendant

Undercliff 1-Light Plug-In Pendant

Edison 1-Light Matte Bronze and Black Pendant

Hanging Swag Lamp With Textured Oatmeal Shade

Just the other day I discovered a fluorescent light fixture that I didn’t even know existed in our kitchen (it was hidden way up in the ceiling behind the cabinetry over our sink), so I’m pondering a new plug-in light to bypass it. I think it’ll just be easier to snake the cord down along the cabinetry to a nearby outlet than trying to deal with ditching the fluorescent altogether, but that’s up for debate. What would you do? And which pendant from the list above is your favorite? Do tell in the comments below.

12 Plug-In Pendant Lights I Love

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How To Turn A Vintage Stool Into A Plant Stand

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I couldn’t be more excited to share the scoop behind that secondhand milking stool you see pictured above—especially because it doesn’t look much like a milking stool anymore, does it?! That’s because I was able to completely transform it into a plant stand with nothing but a bit of spontaneous inspiration and a few unlikely DIY materials.

Scroll on for the whole story (which might as well be a 1,300-word love story written specifically for all my fellow vintage lovers out there), plus an introduction to my new favorite “Thrift Store” scores resource: OfferUp.

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Let’s start with that introduction, shall we? If you’re just now hearing about OfferUp, it’s an app that allows you to scroll through secondhand offerings from people nearby, and (now with their shipping option) all over the nation, too. Our house is in a pretty small town here in Virginia, so I always have a lot of trouble finding high quality vintage pieces to purchase from local sellers. Because of that, I wanted to test out OfferUp’s shipping option to take advantage of cool secondhand items both near and far.

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That screenshot above shows exactly what I saw on my phone when I purchased my first item through the app: my new-to-me vintage milking stool. The item immediately updated with a thrilling “SOLD” banner after I submitted my offer and it was accepted, then I was able to keep track of the shipment a couple days later via a button that showed up right in the messages section of the app.

You’ll also notice in that screenshot that you can learn a little more about each item and also each seller. Kurt, by the way, was an awesome seller! His ratings were all perfect, and he shipped the stool super fast. Being able to see how many items and stars each seller has to his or her name through the app gave me, as a buyer, lots of peace of mind.

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So, now let’s talk more about that stool. The piece arrived within a week, and I was finally able to inspect it closely. The photos Kurt had posted in the app listing were a great depiction of the piece, but I could spot a few extra details once I could handle and hold it in person—good ones, like the quaint size (cute kitty above for scale!), and not-so-good ones like a spotty screw repair job. Of course, I knew it was going to be a restoration job from the moment I laid eyes on the stool, so it was nothing a little bit of elbow grease couldn’t fix.

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After unwrapping it and giving the stool a thorough inspection, I stepped back to consider those DIY possibilities. Should I try stripping the flaking paint away and give it a fresh paint color, or maybe stain it once I got it down to raw wood? Should I ditch the original seat and build a new one from fresh wood? I started thinking about the scale of the round seat and if I already had some wood that might work, and that’s when inspiration struck.

I remembered seeing a marble cutting board in our stash that might be the perfect size, and a quick test proved the theory. The round marble board was spot-on the exact size of the old wooden seat, making me feel like it was fate. The marble probably wouldn’t be strong enough to work as a seat, but I had actually been planning on using the vintage stool as a plant stand all along. Marble could definitely support the little potted plant that I had in mind!

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After coming up with my plan, I quickly unscrewed and discarded the old wood seat, then gave the rusty frame a fresh coat of satin black spray paint. As for the marble, a couple of quick scrapes with a metal tool removed the old price tag and three rubber feet to leave me with a flat surface.

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Next, I covered the top side of the plain metal stand with lines of E6000 glue, and centered the marble board on top. Twenty-four hours later, the stool was finished and looking much more modern than its original rusted, beaten-up look.

With the stool-turned-plant-stand complete, I turned my attention to where I could put it in the house. I’m not sure that I mentioned it here on the blog yet, but we swapped the china hutch in the dining room with a long, low console that used to be in the living room. The scale of the extra long cabinet fit the dining room better, and actually offers a lot more storage than the china hutch did.

One corner, though, had been left blank after the swap because it was too small for the extra chair that used to sit beneath the clay wall bells I made (see the old set-up here). It might not have been a good fit for the chair, but that little corner was perfect for my newly refreshed plant stand.

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As you know, I’m rarely able to leave “well enough” alone, and with a brand new console tabletop available to fill, I popped right back on the OfferUp app to buy more vintage goodies to style alongside the plant stand. My collection of secondhand lamps, serving dishes, pottery, and a clock, too, were all on their way to our door within a couple of days, and you can keep scrolling to finally see the full reveal.

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I ordered a pair of mid-century wood and marble lamps to flank either side of the console, and I thought they also sort of play homage to the wood-turned-marble plant stand project. As for the striped Japanese vase you see above, I thought it was such a unique, cool piece when I spotted it while scrolling in the app. I now keep it out in the dining room all the time, and fill it weekly with fresh cut branches from the yard for an extra dose of greenery.

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The clock was a last-minute addition for a bit of graphic flair. It doesn’t work (which made it super affordable through the app—less than $10!), but you can still change the date every day using buttons on top that operate the flip numbers.

Another last-minute score was that rug you see below. I adore the super saturated color palette and have moved it from the dining room to the kitchen to the bedroom, and back again. It suits pretty much every room in our house and I wish I could have bought multiples, I love it so much!

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Overall, my experience on the OfferUp app (specifically the shippable section) was great, and I love the items I was able to purchase. The best thing you can do when on the hunt for items through OfferUp is to be quick and open with seller communication. Don’t be afraid to ask them to specify right from the start just how far they’re willing to ship an item.

Because the app is used by mostly independent sellers, you might find yourself in an instance where the person isn’t quite sure about shipping a larger item all the way across the country. Be patient and understanding, and make sure you respond to seller questions or feedback quickly, too. Respect everyone’s time and resources, and you’ll undoubtedly end up with a collection of vintage treasures that you can be proud of—like we did!

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 20

Weekend Inspiration: No. 20

Raise your hand if this week feels totally thrown off by Wednesday’s Fourth of July holiday? Picture me raising my hand high in the air…I’m totally game for enjoying two Fridays in one week (Tuesday being the first), but I’m not such a fan of having what felt like two Mondays. It was tough ramping things back up a second time yesterday morning after enjoying a mid-week day off, but I’m excited to say that I managed to get quite a bit crossed off my list, including a fun photoshoot with my friends at the Farmhaus that I can’t wait to share. In the meantime, here are a few links to inspire you ahead of the actual weekend!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 20

1. Find out how to make your own yarn wall hanging with brass rings (like the one pictured in today’s post) by clicking back to my tutorial from earlier this year.

2. I made this simple strawberry pie for family over the short holiday break, and it was a hit. The perfect summertime treat.

3. Now that I’m an official pottery studio member and can go whenever I want, I’ve been desperate for inspiration. This UK potter is my favorite right now.

4. Here’s another new home tour to drool over!

5. Did you see my 2018 summer reading list? I’m still asking for book recommendations to add (especially since I’m already halfway through my original stack), so please leave your suggestions in the comments here.

6. A great piece on everything you need to know about buying eggs from the Farmers Market.

7. My sister-in-law showed me how to do pour over coffee while she was at our house for the Fourth, and now it’s all I want to drink! Have you tried it? Makes me want to splurge on this sleek kettle.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 20

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Dainty Jewelry To Love This Season

Dainty Jewelry To Love This Season

I used to be all about the biggest, heaviest statement necklaces and earrings a girl could buy, but lately I’ve shifted my focus to dainty jewelry instead. Smaller pieces (think: short gold chains, tiny hoop earrings, plain bracelets) are so much easier to store, for one, but they’re also easier to wear day in and day out. They never get in the way, and add the perfect hint of shimmer to my go-to jeans-and-a-T-shirt outfit. Here are some of my current favorite pieces of dainty jewelry below.

Dainty Jewelry To Love This Season:

1. Double-disc earrings

2. Tiny name necklace

3. Baby pearl hoop earring

4. Diamond solo ring

5. Sun necklace

6. Gold-plated octagon ring set

7. Evil eye chain bracelet

8. “MAMA” locket

9. Mountain range ring

10. Hue necklace

11. Initial bracelet

12. Joplin hoop earrings

Knowing me I’ll swing back to bigger statement pieces in a year or two, because (if you haven’t already noticed) I rarely stick to one style for long. If you’re looking for something a little more “in between” yourself, then check out these small white heart-shaped earrings from Sarah’s shop. They’re the perfect happy medium between dainty and chunky. Now tell me: who are some of your favorite jewelry designers? Leave your resources in the comments below!

Dainty Jewelry To Love This Season

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How To Style A Bedroom Dresser Tabletop

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I know a lot of people complain about how difficult it is to style open shelving, but I always have the hardest time styling bedroom dressers myself. I obviously want to make sure the pieces I plop down on this type of surface are as functional as can be, but, of course, I’m also a stickler for making sure it looks nice, too.

So, I worked with Oriental Trading to put together a step-by-step formula that makes styling dressers a cinch. The best news? I made sure that the whole process takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. Watch the video to see it all happen in real time, and then pop over to the Fun365 website for my styling advice and shopping list.

While I have you, a quick housekeeping note: I’m taking off tomorrow in order to spend time with family for Fourth of July, but will be back to a normal posting schedule come Thursday. Have a great holiday, everybody!

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My Summer 2018 Reading List

My Summer 2018 Reading List

Now that it’s summer, like the rest of the world, I’m thinking about (1) all the adventures I should be taking during these hot mid-year months, and (2) what books I need to be reading. I don’t actually have a ton of “down time,” but I am doing my best to trade screen time in for a book before bed. I’ve always been a voracious reader (I used to check out six books at a time and then read them one chapter at a time in sequence!), so getting lost in a good book makes me feel a little bit like a kid again.

In case you’ve been on the hunt for book recommendations this summer, you’re in luck because I’m sharing a full list of the books I plan to read throughout this next season. I’ve included a bunch of novels, some classics, one nonfiction/history book, and a couple of reference books, too. There’s gotta be something on this list that sparks your interest, so keep scrolling and find one that speaks to you.

My Summer 2018 Reading List

My Summer 2018 Reading List

My Summer 2018 Reading List:

1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman: I’ve seen this book all over social media since it came out last year, so I decided to give it a shot. It was really good—had all sorts of unexpected twists and turns—but I just had to point out how laughably inaccurate the book jacket is. It says that the book is “Smart, warm, uplifting,” but I thought it was downright dark at times. Still, this book is at the top of my book list and I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something deeper and, yes, darker than your average summer read.

2. The Curated Closet, by Anuschka Rees: Where do I even begin with this book? It’s genius, so inspiring, and has changed my entire perspective on clothing, style, and shopping. I picked it up from the library, but wish I had bought it for myself because I ended up taking six pages of notes. I think it might just change your life (or at least your wardrobe), too.

3. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien: Every summer I like to challenge myself to reread a book or collection of books that I’ve already read and loved. This season that collection is the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. If you haven’t read them yet, do yourself a favor and order them or check them out from your local library ASAP.

4. A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline: John’s mom gave me this book for my birthday, and I’m anxious to read it this summer. The whole story is inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World, which is so intriguing to me since I’m an absolute nut for art history.

5. All the President’s Men, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein: John and I randomly decided to commit to understanding the Watergate scandal, and have been devouring anything we can get our hands on that focuses on the way things went down. We already watched All the President’s Men, the movie, but now I’m slowly working my way through the book. There are so many intricate details and names to keep straight, so it’s not going to be one that I breeze through. That said, I can hardly put it down!

6. The Love and Lemons Cookbook, by Jeanine Donofrio: Okay, so not a novel, per se, but this cookbook is easily a new favorite of ours this summer. I’m going to talk a lot more about it in my summer ‘Favorites’ video, which is set to go live in a couple of weeks, but trust me when I say that it’s worth a peruse as you work on planning plant-based meals this season.

7. The One & Only, by Emily Giffin: This is the one I’m currently reading, and I’m loving it so far. Emily Giffin has a knack for telling stories that feel so real. Her books don’t feel predictable or hyped. Instead, I find myself relating not only to the characters, but also the real life decisions they make and reactions they have. No two books of hers are ever the same, in my opinion, and The One & Only is a new favorite so far!

My Summer 2018 Reading List

My Summer 2018 Reading List

I think you know what I’m going to say next, but…what are you reading this summer?! I want to add a couple more books to my list to round it out, so please share any books you’ve already read and loved, or maybe some of the titles that others have recommended to you. Like I said, reading is such a favorite pastime of mine, so I’m excited to really prioritize it this summer whenever I have down time.

My Summer 2018 Reading List

My Summer 2018 Reading List

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 19

Weekend Inspiration: No. 19

Since last we spoke John and I found that, not only do we need to redo a major portion of our chimney, but we also need a new roof. The contractor who came to do an inspection on our chimney also intimated that we probably need to replace our water heater sooner rather than later (it vents into the chimney, which is why he looked it over). There’s also a burst outdoor water pipe that we really ought to be fixing, not to mention a light fixture that’s only half installed in the closet.

Phew…I’m tired just typing that! Owning an old home requires so much more work (and money) than I ever imagined, but it’s still worth it to me. This beautiful 1960s house is part of our family, in a way, and so I’ll do whatever I can to make sure it’s still standing another 50 years from now. Anyway, I’ve got to get off this computer so I can cross a few of those things off our list, but before I go I wanted to share a handful of the cool links that caught my eye over the past week.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 19

1. This fruity salad is one of my absolute favorites this time of year, and I especially love that the colors match the Fourth of July holiday coming up next week.

2. Mandy Moore’s newly renovated mid-century home was finally unveiled last week, and it’s everything I hoped it would be and more. Now to decide which design ideas to copy in our own house!

3. Take the video tour of Mandy’s refurbed space here. I actually got more out of the video than the static article and pictures that I linked to above. Can you tell I’m obsessed?!

4. Anyway, enough Mandy…This story all about ballerina-inspired stretches was another one that caught my eye. I’m not so sure that I could pull off that Standing Quadricep Stretch without falling over, though…

5. I placed my first order with Everlane this week! I’ve wanted to try out this brand for a while because I love their commitment to sustainability and transparency. I’ll keep you posted with how it turns out.

6. I’m going to talk more about it on Monday, but, seriously, do yourself a favor and buy this book.

7. I recently started following Sage on Instagram and love following along with her process as an artist and ceramist.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 19

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