My lovely sister and her amazing friends are all incredibly talented and super artsy folk. I feel so fortunate to be connected to such an awesome group and talented ladies. And I’m currently loving this super sweet set of beauty-themed mini paintings that Tess painted for me.

beauty set _ tess and tigerlily

Check out her shop and some of the other very cool and adorable little collections she’s put together!

kitchen set _ tess and tigerlily

music set _ tess and tigerlily

animal set _ tess and tiger lily

Now that we have the lovely teal rug I’ve been coveting, the living room is finally feeling like it’s coming together, and my focus is shifting to creating the perfect cozy space for the bedroom. We upgraded our mattress to a Westin Heavenly Bed during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this summer, but haven’t yet bought a bed frame. A fabric covered headboard is at the top of my list, with heavy drapes for the windows to keep out the cold; greys mixed with dark walls and bold accessories.

Here’s a little visual inspiration:

apartment therapy
via apartment therapy

designed for life
via designed for life

west elm mid century nightstand
via west elm

amanda prior
via amanda prior


We’re renting right now but once we’re ready to buy, I know one thing I want is a big kitchen with a million useful things filling it up. Chalkboard walls covered in notes and recipes, pots and pans hung up for all to see, big windows to cook by the light of day, and all my silly little tools organized in all the cupboard space a cook could dream of.

tasty tuesday kitchen
via tasty tuesday

rural girl kitchen
via rural girl

meggie lynne mug wall
via meggie lynne

What do you dream of?

Have you been over to the new Provisions shop by food52 yet? It is a kitchen dreamland! From exotic spice sets to one-of-a-kind pieces to homemade tamale kits to the most lovely linens to genius tools and lunchbox kits, it’s the perfect go-to for that extra special something.

provisions superior servers
Superior Servers

provisions blue chair marmalade
Blue Chair Fruit Early Girl Tomato Jam + Lemon Marmalade

provisions seer sucker cloth napkins
Seersucker Cloth Napkins

provisions vintage british preserve pan
Vintage British Preserve Pan

Click here for $10 off your first purchase!

We moved this weekend! It was the hottest weekend yet and we spent all of Saturday moving and unpacking, but it was completely worth it to be able to sit on our own back patio yesterday as the sun went down, enjoying this gorgeous Seattle weather (more house photos coming soon!). I was rooting around the internet last week looking for decor inspiration when I stumbled back across the amazing work of Todd Selby again and spent a little time perusing the amazing spaces of Gray Foy and Joel Kaye. I love the color choices in their home, interesting pieces of art and unique use of space. And the lighting! I can’t wait to get an amazing light fixture…

Gray Foy and Joel Kaye NY 01
Gray Foy and Joel Kaye NY 02
Gray Foy and Joel Kaye NY 03
Gray Foy and Joel Kaye NY 04
Gray Foy and Joel Kaye NY 05
Gray Foy and Joel Kaye NY 06

images via the selby

We did it! We found a little house in my favorite neighborhood that we fell in love with! We’re moving in next month and I can hardly wait. The owner is nearly finished with the renovations and it is so lovely! We’ll be renting, so that we can save a little more money before we buy, and so we’re sure this is where we want to commit. But I can imagine us staying in this house for a few years at least!

unfinished front
One of the things I’m most thrilled about is the gigantic back yard. There are three levels (top two shown below). There will be a small patio area, a grassy area above and a huge space for gardening at the back of the yard. I plan on growing as much food as possible! We’re thinking greens and herbs and onions and garlic and… what else grows well in Western Washington? I’m hoping eventually half of what I eat (at least in the summer!) comes from our garden.


images via my iphone