When I look around at my house, I can pretty easily spot the “domino design decision” in every room. I’m not talking about the magazine (I only wish my house looked more #sodomino), I mean the decision that caused alllllll the other choices in the room. You know, like the pretty new rug that started as an innocent little purchase but makes you want to buy a new sofa, that makes you want new pillows, that makes you change your art. And side tables. And lamps. And! And! And!
Well, I gave myself an early Christmas present this year and used some store credit to buy the canopy bed that I’ve had my eye on for a long time. Buying the bed was pushing that first design domino in what turned out to be a bedroom refresh, though I really did try to keep the other room changes to a minimum! :) One important change that I’m thrilled with is our new mattress. The new bed frame is bigger than our old bed so we knew we were going to have to get a new mattress. We have had a Leesa for the past year or two and we’ve really loved it. We have another one in Grace’s room and one for our guest room and they’ve all been great! Leesa recently reached out to tell me about their new luxury mattress line called Sapira. The 100% American-made mattress features a unique pocketspring system positioned between multiple layers of their amazing performance foams so that it offers incredible support but still has that cushioning bounce Leesa is known for! Sounds amazing, right? I was dying to have one for our new canopy bed. READ MORE »
Twice a year, designers and shop owners from all over trek to a quaint little town in North Carolina called High Point. It’s a huge production – literally MILES of showrooms full of furniture and lighting and rugs and accessories. It’s a designer’s heaven! Sadly, you can only attend if you are in the trade, but I have some photos to share with you from my fall market trip! I also spoke on a Domino/Chairish panel and got to run into some old friends while I was there. (Caitlin has a new shop in San Francisco and her new products are BEAUTIFUL!). It was a super fast, but super inspiring couple of days.
(last minute shoe purchase that saved my life! Only comfy shoes at market from here on out!!) READ MORE »
One of the first blogs I ever stumbled across was called Sugar City Journal, where two sisters-in-law shared sewing, craft and art projects that they were doing on opposite sides of the country. It was such a sweet and soulful and inspiring read for me. Since then, I’ve loved following one of the sisters, Lynne Millar’s career as an artist. Her work reminds me of one of my very favorite artists, Mary Cassatt. Lynne paints beautiful florals and the sweetest portraits.
Right after I had Margot, Lynne stopped by the house and took some photos of my big girls holding their brand new baby sister. A few weeks later this sweetest treasure of a painting arrived at my front door. Every time I walk past the painting in my entry hallway I get all the feels. I LOVE IT and I love remembering all those tender feelings we had at the special time for our family.
I just want my whole house to be covered in Lynne’s artwork. :) We put one of her florals in my mom’s kitchen and it’s the perfect little hit of color and texture!
Lynne shares snippets of her beautiful work and lovely home on her Instagram feed and has so kindly let us share more photos here. Her spaces are well-curated but completely real. Seeing these photos was a breath of fresh air for me and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
Lynne lives in central California with her husband and four kids. She says “I have spent most of my life chasing beauty creatively – exploring, in one way or another, how best to express and process my life experiences. When my kids were younger, I had a major design/sewing phase and spent a few years blogging with my dear sister-in-law on our extinct blog, Sugar City Journal. Now that my children are old enough to reliably not eat solvent and oil paints, I’m back to painting, which feels just right.” READ MORE »
The older I get, the more I LOVE Thanksgiving. Somehow the holiday always sort of expands and stretches the whole length of the week, and other than the food prep and maybe some lightweight decorating, there are absolutely no strings attached. Just a lot of relaxing and sleeping and moving-watching and sweater-wearing. And the eating, of course.
We take our Thanksgiving meals pretty seriously around here and I think we have a pretty perfect menu nailed down. We’re heading up to my parents’ on Thursday but we got to host Michael’s family for Thanksgiving part one last Sunday and here’s what we served:
- Brined and roasted turkey
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- Sweet Potato Pecan Crumble
- Beet, apple and pistachio salad
- Maple glazed carrots
- Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus
- Pumpkin pie
It’s a ton of food, yes, but the mix is so nice. And the leftovers alone are worth every hour spent in the kitchen for this special meal! I feel like I finally have all my favorite and best recipes gathered up and I’m excited to share them with you below. Feel free to leave comments with any questions or suggestions – I promise to be open-minded, but it’s pretty hard to imagine this meal tasting any better! :) READ MORE »