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Weekend Inspiration: No. 42

Weekend Inspiration: No. 42

We’re in the home stretch toward the holidays, and I’m feeling it. But not necessarily in the best way. I’m actually feeling a tiny bit panicky this morning as I race to the finish line of the year with a miles-long to-do list staring me in the face. This realization is making me really disappointed in myself because it’s the best time of the year, after all, and I’m missing it—all the joy, the excitement, that anticipation!

Stress is no joke, and I’m definitely not laughing right now, so I’m going to do my best this weekend to cut myself some slack. I think I might even take a hard look at my to-do list and cross some things off that might have been especially ambitious and unnecessary.

I wanted to bring this topic up today just in case you’re feeling the holiday rush in a not-so-great way, too. Give yourself permission to lay low and try not to overdo. In the meantime, I’m listing a bunch of stress-relieving links below to help us all settle down and let stress go these next two days off.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 42

1. I’m whipping up a batch of this holiday de-stressing orange clove scrub as soon as I shut my computer down tonight.

2. I don’t think this works for everyone, but a small glass of good wine always soothes my racing mind. I’m thinking about trying this recipe for mulled wine over the weekend to see if it does the trick.

3. If you’re still decorating for the holidays and it’s bringing you lots of anxiety, head back to this past DGD post. It has lots of tips for simplifying the process.

4. I love these printable to-do lists. They’re simple, well designed, and I think they’ll help me pare down my “Things To Do” to a more manageable list.

5. Have you tried CBD oil yet? This post is packed with helpful info about how specific herbs relieve stress. I’m also really curious about her recipe for a Relaxation Tincture (there’s a how-to video!).

6. This list of 5 Cozy Wellness Tips To Get You Through The Holiday Season on Glitter Guide really spoke to me. I’m going to try every single one of their suggestions this winter.

7. Instead of a seventh link, I want to give us both a tiny challenge for the day: let’s go on a walk! I really hate walking for exercise, but I think some fresh air and movement will do me good this weekend, and maybe it would for you, too. So, let’s both plan to get outside today or tomorrow or even the next day to try to kick some of our collective stress away.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 42

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12 Face Masks To Inspire Self-Care

12 Face Masks To Inspire Self-Care

Only two-ish weeks until Christmas, which means we’re also that many weeks away from some much-deserved time off! At least I hope that’s the case for all of you.

As an entrepreneur I don’t get perks like paid time off or health benefits, so this time of year is the one time I really allow myself to indulge. I take two full weeks off between Christmas and New Years, and that time has come to mean a lot of things for me. I use it to catch up on home projects, plan a few extra special things for the blog (I’m considering a site redesign this year!), and I also try my best to prioritize self-care in the form of uninterrupted down time.

This fall-to-winter transition has felt especially dry, a fact proven by the state of my skin. So, I’m currently on the hunt for a new face mask or two to add to my collection as I gear up for time off. At-home facials are one of my very favorite ways to relax, and these 12 are at the top of my wishlist right now.

12 Face Masks To Inspire Self-Care

1. YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment

2. Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask

3. Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask

4. Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy

5. Lifting and Firming Mask

6. Hello, Calm Relaxing & Hydrating Face Mask with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil

7. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

8. Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask

9. Overtime Mask

10. Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask

11. Rose Face Mask

12. Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer

Have you ever done an at-home face mask, or do you prefer going to see a professional? I’ve gotten a pro facial once in my life, and it really was pretty magical. I remember it being a little overwhelming in the moment (all that steam, the plethora of scents), but I might just have to treat myself to one in the new year. Until then, though, I’m going to invest in one of these options above to tide me over during the holidays. Let me know if you’ve got a favorite that I didn’t list in today’s post. Oh, and don’t forget that any one of these masks makes a great Christmas gift, too…Just saying!

12 Face Masks To Inspire Self-Care

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 41

Weekend Inspiration: No. 41

Now that I’m finally feeling better after getting taken down for the count by a nasty cold, I’m craving tons of Christmasy activities. I think I’m going to try to convince John to go on a holiday excursion with me out of town tomorrow or the next day so we can finish up last-minute gift shopping, eat indulgent food, and maybe splurge on a thing or two for ourselves. What are you getting up to this weekend? Keep scrolling for a list of links to inspire you in case you need ideas.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 41

1. I’ve been really thoughtful lately about how I want to change things up in the new year, and one thing I’d love to focus on is shopping more sustainably. Here’s a great roundup of fair trade brands to consider if you’re interested in doing the same.

2. Speaking of, I just got these ethically made leather mules from Nisolo in the mail, and love them. Gorgeous design, and you can tell that they’re really well made.

3. I’m headed out to the post office this morning to ship off another batch of Christmas ornament orders from the DGD Pottery shop! Grab your favorites here before I’m forced to cut off shipments in about a week’s time ahead of the holiday.

4. Oh, and I just discovered this ceramics Etsy shop—I want everything!

5. In case you missed the news about my latest interview and updated home tour feature, click back here to find out more.

6. Did you hear about Everlane’s cashmere tour? It kicks off in Washington, DC, this weekend. More event info this way if you’ll be in the area, and for those of you like me who live too far away, here’s a gorgeous option to grab from afar.

7. I’ve been listening to Christmas music on this smart speaker in our house non-stop this week. What’s your favorite holiday tune? Mine is “Merry Christmas Darling” by the Carpenters.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 41

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An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

I know, I know…How many times can one blogger share their full home tour in one year?! Chances are good that the thought is running through your head if you’ve been following along for any length of time this year since I’ve already opened the digital doors to our space with a feature here, but this time things are a little different.

Of course, each time I do an interview about our home I do my best to share exclusive insight and tidbits that I’ve never opened up about before, but the extra special thing about this particular new home tour is that it was shot entirely by yours truly!

I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Who published our latest home tour? None other than Hunker! As you may know, I contribute regular DIY tutorials to the website, and my editor was sweet enough to recently invite me to team up with them for a full home tour feature. I couldn’t say yes fast enough, and even though I was also quick to offer up recommendations for photographers in our area (there are so many great ones!) to shoot the tour, Hunker asked specifically if I would photograph the space myself.

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

I was honestly a little hesitant to agree because I still don’t feel like my photography is on par with that of all the incredibly talented professional interior photographers that I follow, but Hunker’s confidence in me eventually won me over. I was so flattered by their encouragement, and now that the tour is live, I’m maybe even a little proud to say I shot it myself!

My passion for interior photography isn’t something I ever anticipated developing when I started blogging almost eight years ago, but now it’s one of my very favorite pieces of the multi-layered puzzle. This opportunity with Hunker was a great way to stretch my photography muscles even further than usual.

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

BIG thanks to the team at Hunker for their support, and I hope you enjoy the tour and interview. Click here to see the slideshow and read the oh-so-sweet words written by my interviewer Laura Lambert. And in case you’re curious to hear more about the updates you might be able to spot since our last home tour went live, don’t you worry—I’ve got lots of home update stories to share later this month and in the new year (think: new antique art, refreshed room layouts, a few electrical updates, and more). Stay tuned!

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

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Retro-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

Retro-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

In years past, I’ve been really strict about the ornaments we put on our Christmas trees. I had this idea in my head that the tree needed to be color coordinated from top to trunk, and while I really do like that look, this year I’m feeling a little more casual and free. As you may have seen yesterday in the reveal of our 2018 holiday decorations, our two Christmas trees are currently playing host to a whole range of ornaments—from white cut-out snowflakes and stuffed owls, to handmade clay ornaments that have my own unique stamp on them (literally!).

One of my favorite ornament themes this Christmas is retro. I love anything that looks like it came straight out of the 1950s or ’60s, especially mini bottlebrush trees or reflector style ornaments. One thing I’m glad for in these modernized versions? That they’re shatterproof! I love having authentic mid-century ornaments (like those passed down from family), but I always have to be so careful with these types of glass baubles. I love that I can be a little more relaxed around many of the 12 reproduction retro ornaments that I rounded up below.

Retro-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

1. Rudolf’s Misfit Friend Ornament

2. Retro Beaded Snowflake

3. Miniature Retro Ornaments

4. Silver Retro Reflector Christmas Finials

5. Retro Bottlebrush Tree

6. Northlight Green and White Retro Style Bus with Christmas Tree

7. Round ‘Holly Jolly’ Christmas Ornament

8. Vintage Television Ornament

9. Retro Reflector Christmas Ornament (this one already sold out, but click that link to shop the list of similar options—this one, in particular, caught my eye!)

10. Retro Cloche With Car

11. Songbird 5-Piece Christmas Ornament Set

12. 2018 Tree Ornament

What types of ornaments are you leaning toward this year? Or do you stick to one set bunch year after year? I don’t know why I tend to pick a new favorite every single year. It’s not a terribly economical way of doing things since I almost always buy new ornaments each time a new holiday season rolls around. But I’m not going to be too hard on myself for the habit. Christmas seems like the perfect time to be a little overindulgent, so I’m giving myself a free pass to spoil myself in this tiny little way. Use the comments section below to tell me what’s on your Christmas tree this year!

Retro-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 40

Weekend Inspiration: No. 40

I’m sad to say that I’m still feeling pretty rotten, so, again, I’m going to have to keep today’s post on the short side. I’m so sorry about that! It really is my favorite time of the year, and I’ve got so many projects I’d love to work on and stories I can’t wait to tell you about, but I’m just so exhausted. My eyes feel like balloons, and my nose refuses to stop running, so I think it might be best for me to crawl back into bed and see if I can officially kick this cold with a weekend of rest.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a list of the links that caught my eye this past week while I’ve been attempting to lay low between projects and deadlines. From cool home tours and interviews, to the one Society6 shop that I’d honestly like to buy completely out, it’s all below for you to peruse.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 40

1. This weekend marks the start of the last month of 2018—are you ready for it? Here’s one room makeover I’d love to pull inspiration from for our own home before 2019 kicks off in one month’s time.

2. Click through to the Society6 shop I hinted to above here. I really, really want this mural for our dining room.

3. I’m in love with Victoria’s California home. The eclectic look is actually making me reconsider my devotion to minimalist interiors.

4. There’s a TON of helpful coffee brewing information in this post from The Merrythought. I’m basically planning to live off their recipe for a simple maple latte this weekend.

5. Okay, who wants to buy me this diamond necklace for Christmas? I’m absolutely in love with it.

6. Thanksgiving may be over, but I have a feeling I’ll be using this guide to the perfect golden-hued floral centerpiece all winter long. Isn’t the final arrangement so gorgeous against that black backdrop?!

7. There’s still plenty of time to grab a handmade ornament for Christmas from the DGD Pottery shop! See what’s left of the collection here.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 40

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 39

Weekend Inspiration: No. 39

Happy Friday! What are you getting up to? I’m actually headed out of town this weekend for a mini getaway with my sister, so please keep your fingers and toes crossed that I don’t hit a ton of traffic. I imagine most Thanksgiving-related travel is happening next weekend, but I’m still a little anxious about making the trek south. I almost always end up in some kind of nail-biting gridlock on the way to her house, so I’m honestly not holding out much hope.

We’ll see, though! The college football tickets, margaritas, and brunch plans I have waiting for me on the other side make the traveling bit worth the hassle. Scroll on for a quick roundup of links to inspire your own time off this Saturday and Sunday!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 39

1. Here’s one of my favorite DIY paper projects ever if you’re planning to break out your craft supplies this pre-holiday weekend.

2. Did you hear that Megan, of the Fresh Exchange, launched a shop? I’m smitten with her debut collection of handmade items. Check everything out here (I bought a plate and hand-dyed napkin!).

3. I’m about 15 pages away from finishing my favorite book (for the up-teenth time, of course). What’s your favorite book of all time? I’m in need of recommendations now.

4. This modern DIY napkin holder is so pretty. I’d love to add it to our table before Thanksgiving, but don’t think I’ll have time to make it before Thursday. Bummer! Hopefully you do.

5. I posted on Instagram the other day about how I was considering painting my office a bold dark color, and a lot of people suggested an accent wall. Now I’m falling down the rabbit hole of inspiration images wondering what I should try. Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite type of accent wall treatment that you’d recommend.

6. A freak ice storm earlier this week has me online shopping for updated outerwear. I wish I could pull off the ‘Royal Cobalt’ version of this gorgeous coat! ‘Warm Caramel’ might just have to do.

7. Juuuuuuuuuust in case you’re opening yourself up to full-on Christmas mode, this video is full of cute craft-able gift ideas.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 39

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

I can hardly believe I’m even saying this, but I’m officially kicking off my Christmas shopping this weekend. John’s sister is coming into town for our annual holiday shopping excursion, and I really can’t wait to fully immerse myself in all things Christmas. Have you started shopping yet? Whether your weekend is going to be filled with holiday prep, shopping, or just lots of lazy time at home, here’s a quick list of the things that have been inspiring me lately in case they strike your fancy, too.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

1. I randomly did an online search this week for artist Helen Frankenthaler, and came across this article from last year. I know the story is a bit outdated since it’s from June 2017, but I still loved reading it, and the photos are incredible. Wish I could have gone to the exhibit in person!

2. Did you miss the reveal of our functional mini kitchen makeover? See it this way.

3. I was so inspired by this style post all about ways to put together an outfit for Thanksgiving using pieces you probably already have in your closet.

4. Speaking of style, I would love to add this piece to my closet for winter as the weather gets cooler. I think the “Brick” red color is so gorgeous, and I’m really into the fact that everything in their ReNew collection is made from recycled plastic bottles.

5. I’m considering making this DIY fall garland in honor of Thanksgiving. And I’m also thinking about adding more DIY painted pillows to our fall collection (like the one you see pictured in today’s post).

6. This powder bathroom reveal makes me want to finally bite the bullet and put up some wallpaper in our house. Are you “Team Wallpaper” or “Team Paint”? Tell me in the comments.

7. I think I found the perfect paper plates to use for Christmas and New Years!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 38

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Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Although every room in our current home is painted white, that wasn’t the case in our last house. In fact, not a single room was painted white. Instead, we played up our love for color with a bold palette throughout. The living room was blue with a yellow-on-yellow accent wall, the bedroom was a deep gray color, and my office studio was painted in a punchy shade of mint green.

We might not be as bold with our color choices in this house, but I still appreciate the rich scheme of our old townhouse. I’m even considering the possibility (the possibility!) of painting one of our extra bedrooms something other than white this winter. I know. I’ve gone crazy, guys. At any rate, I’ve had color on my mind lately, so I thought I’d share a quick list of the non-white paints we loved in our last house for those of you looking to jazz up your own walls this season.

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

1. Halcyon Green, Sherwin Williams: We actually totally lucked out with this gorgeous soft blue paint—it was already on the walls when we moved into the house thanks to the previous homeowners. Halcyon Green was the perfect complement to my favorite shade of canary yellow back in the day, and it felt really grown up despite being a pretty intense color. I would definitely use it again in the future.

2. Victorian Pewter, Glidden: The front of our townhouse used to get the most gorgeous natural light, but the back of the house was almost always in shadow. Rather than fight it, I decided to embrace the darkness with this moody gray paint by Glidden. My favorite thing about this wall color is how much art pops when hung on top of it. It’s practically made for gallery walls.

3. Icy Mint, Valspar: One of the most frequently-asked questions I get on my blog, even to this day, is what the paint color is in my old office. I might not be brave enough to work out of such a brightly painted space nowadays, but I still look back fondly on that youthful, energizing color. If I ever get the urge to go “mint” again, I definitely know which paint color I’ll pick!

4. Rebel, Yule Log, and Ancient Spice, all by KILZ: This is actually the only non-white color combination we have in our current home, as you saw in this tutorial for painting your own faux wood paneling. We’re still just as much in love as ever with the rich wood-look paint treatment, so I had to make sure I mentioned it in my list.

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

So, there you have it—proof that we haven’t always been obsessed with white paint! Do you have a favorite colorful paint that you love in your own home? Please tell us all about it in the comments. As for the paint color I’ve got my eye tentatively on? It’s Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. This ultra saturated blue/green color has been a favorite among designers for the last couple of years, and I think I might just be ready to give into the trend. What do you think? Too much?

For those of you who want to take a trip down memory lane, feel free to hop back here to see what our old townhouse looked like before we moved back in 2015. And if you’re still “Team White Walls,” like us, you can tour our current home here.

Our Favorite Non-White Paint Colors

*Photos by Mallory Benedict and Meredith Sledge
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12 Cool-But-Comfy Office Desk Chairs

12 Cool-But-Comfy Office Desk Chairs

Back in the day, I was all about looks when it came to furniture in my office. I started with a too-small desk (like this) that looked petite and cute, but didn’t have enough realistic storage for all of my office supplies. After that, I decided to upgrade to a pair of desks that spanned the entire width of my office, but I went with cheap drawer-less pieces because I didn’t like how heavy storage-friendly desks looked. I also made do with trendy ghost chairs that really weren’t comfortable, but, boy, were they cute in a photograph! Lesson learned.

Nowadays, everything that I use in my office is functional, first and foremost. I have a giant desk that has room to spare in the drawers, and I also use a desk chair that actually supports my back when I’m working all day long at the computer—how novel, right?! Scroll on for 12 cool-but-comfy desk chairs that I would feel confident parking myself in for an 8-hour work day.

12 Cool-But-Comfy Office Desk Chairs

1. Aida High-Back Leather Desk Chair

2. Ergonomic Home Office Chair with Lumbar Support

3. Swivel Computer Desk Chair

4. Rothenberg Upholstered Home Office Chair

5. White Leather Executive Swivel Chair

6. Atalanta Desk Chair

7. Baxton Studio Bruce Modern Office Chair

8. Ergonomic Office Chair with Armrest

9. Mid-Back Desk Chair

10. LumiSource Office Chair

11. Contemporary Executive Chair

12. Dandor Swivel Executive Leather Office Chair

Of course, I can’t exactly vouch for the real-life comfort of these chairs since I haven’t physically sat in every single one, but I tried my best to curate a collection of chairs that look extra plush and most have high back support, too. A lot of them are actually described as ergonomic, which also makes me feel more confident about the comfort level. If you have an office chair brand or a specific option that you use and love every work day, please share the info in a comment below so we can all follow suit!

12 Cool-But-Comfy Office Desk Chairs

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