These past couple months have sure been a doozy and I feel like I’m finally finding my mojo again- obviously I’m smiling again! Here’s a known fact: I hate having my photo taken and feel uncomfortable on this side of the camera, but I’m trying to get better at embracing things like this- flaws, weird moods, doozy months, and all. I thought a “Noteworthy” post was in order, in case any of you have been lacking inspiration or just need a laugh on this fine Friday. There is a lot of info, inspo, and fun links in this one… click through for the post and all the updates.
If you’re behind on the blog or Instagram, I’ll quickly catch you up (I’ll make this dose of the negative super short). We’ve sort of been struggling the past couple months. We unexpectedly had to put our big dog, Finn, down and have been pretty heartbroken. You can read more about that in this post. Aside from that, our truck was recently stolen. Yes… you read that right. Someone swiped it, stripped it, and vandalized it- so that was something random and crazy we had to deal with. The funny part of that story is Emmett had to drive the truck back once it was located with “F*** the Police” spray painted on the side of it. I suppose that’s worthy of a laugh? Haha! Despite all of the “stuff” we’ve been sorting through (and bad luck), I’m happy to say- we’ve picked up the pieces and are FINALLY feeling a sense of normal again. All good things ahead!
On that positive note, I have a TON of content I’m excited to style, shoot, and share in the not-so-distant future. Fall is my favorite season and I’m going all out with decorations! Expect spooky shelf styling and all sorts of fun things. We’re also wrapping up our hallway, so look for that reveal very soon. We’ve started on the office and I have a slew of posts ready to go for that big project. It’s our final big room reno in the Utah house to share and it might be the best of all. Saving the best for last is always a good idea, right?
If you’re on the hunt for window treatments, my pal Anita and I answered all of the curtain questions in this Domino article! I see so many bad window treatments- this story is certainly worth reading to saving yourself money, time, and easy mistakes.
Sidenote, I never thought I’d say this, but… Judge Judy’s (of all people) beachside home is kind of my dream oceanfront fixer upper. I’m over here plotting what I’d do to that place!
Since Judy’s very expensive house lends itself to the next topic, let’s move on… if you’re planning to sell your home, our real estate agent (and good friend) agrees with these points! It’s a great read for anyone who is planning to buy or sell a home.
Want to play the last 5 purchases game again? I always think it’s fun and it forces me to evaluate what I’m spending my money on (which is never a bad thing). 1: this affordable bag for fall // 2: this candy dish for halloween // 3: my perfume finally ran out, so I bought a replacement // 4: this coffee carafe // 5: and lastly this new notebook (I”m one of those people who writes everything down)
Other cool things coming up? I’m going to San Francisco and Napa in October. I’ll be staying at the Proper Hotel designed by the uber talented Kelly Wearstler, which is basically a dream come true! Stay tuned for that big adventure. I’ll share more as soon as I can.
Lastly, I wanted to touch on one thing… although I’m making light and choosing to laugh at our misfortunes lately, I will say, sometimes it’s not without struggle. I’m back in therapy, practicing EMDR, and wanted you to know- if any of you are struggling or feeling down, it’s a positive thing to focus on mental health and ask for help. It’s the best thing you can do and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. I know the Instagram community is starting to shed light on this topic (Jen Gotch and Bri Emery, to be more specific), but it’s a common conversation that shouldn’t be embarrassing to talk about. I hope you know that and I just wanted to say- it’s ok. It’s better than ok. It’s a step in the right, happy direction. I’m a happy, outgoing person by nature, and even I benefit from it! Just wanted to put that out there in the universe in case any of you are feeling off.
Let’s end on a HAPPY note. I have some news. Emmett and I are picking up a new family member next week (of the four-legged variety). Johnny Cash needs a companion. He has really been down in the dumps and although we could never ever replace our Finn Bear, it’s time to start a new chapter. Only good things ahead and staying true to what feels right for our fam. Obviously I’ll share plenty of images and videos soon! Happy Friday, friends. Have the best weekend! xox
PS. Can you believe we’ve been renovating this home for TWO YEARS?!! Where does time go?