How is it already time for a new Noteworthy post? The days seem to be flying by! I feel like I blinked and summer was here. It has consistently been in the 80’s here. How is your season going so far? Is your location heating up? Things have felt busy, but fun over here in Utah! Lately, we’ve been very intentional with setting aside at least one day each weekend to relax, recharge, go on an adventure, or do something fun. Summer is the perfect time for that! It goes so quickly and we always try to cross our favorite activities off the list before it comes to a close. Beginning that philosophy at the start of the season just felt right this year! I’ve already made a few pitchers of margaritas, had a few patio dinner parties, have spent time on the water, and even went camping a couple times. It feels good to be outside. Anyway… you know the drill! Click through for updates, inspiring links, recent purchases, random thoughts, and lots of fun things…
First and foremost, I wanted to send a giant heartfelt THANK YOU for supporting our little shop last weekend during our Memorial Day sale. I’m truly overwhelmed with gratitude and can’t believe how many orders we’ll be packing this week. It’s just Emmett, myself, and our amazing team member, Jordan, carefully boxing things up, so we’ll do our best to get everything out to you this week (thanks for your patience!), if you placed a weekend order. I hope you know how much we appreciate your support. The shop has been such a fulfilling part of my business, as I’m obviously very passionate about finding beautiful decor and home finds from talented makers. It has been such a joy to connect with you in that way… sending out my best finds and knowing they’ll be well loved and styled in your home! Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks. I know I don’t say it enough, but I’m thankful to have a job I truly love- and it’s all because of you.
Did you take advantage of any weekend sales? Lots of them have been extended. Emmett & I only made one purchase last weekend. After pinching our pennies for something we’ve wanted for a long time… we finally splurged on a Sleep Number bed. We bought one during their sale over the weekend and I’ll be sure to report back once it arrives (at the end of July) and we sleep on it for a few months. We’ve been getting terrible sleep lately and I’m hoping this makes a big difference. Have you ever had one? Many friends & family members sing their praises, but we just invested in a base / moderate model since it was more affordable.
In my last Noteworthy post, I mentioned some exciting travel plans that unfortunately were pushed due to cancelled flights. I was supposed to be underwater swimming with tropical fish right, but hopefully it will happen next month instead. Not that anyone was wondering why I’m still behind my computer this week, but just in case. Ha! I also owe you another thank you for the positive scuba vibes sent last week! Emmett & I both passed our open water certification and are excited to put our newly learned diving skills to good use.
Renovation updates… the tile sample I ordered for our entryway was a total flop, so it’s back to the drawing board for that! Once I nail down that selection, I’m going to get started on our stairs while Emmett is drywalling the office. If you missed that recent update, you can check it out here– the pocket doors turned out SO good. Thanks to lead-times on furniture & building supplies, along with devoting the majority of our hours to the shop– our home renovation seems to be crawling, but I’m more than ok with that. That’s real life, and it gives me adequate time to really think through each design decision and make intentional choices. Over the years, I’ve learned the speed changes with each room during the remodel process, and the seasons of life. Right now, we’re in slow speed (and in a busy season), so I’m leaning into the process and am enjoying our home in its current state. Does anyone else feel that right now?
I just renewed my subscription to World of Interiors… another magazine I really enjoy thumbing through and gathering inspiration. Do you ever read this one? I’d highly recommend if you’re looking for beautiful reading material that doubles as design inspiration!
Recent purchases this past month were all over the place. Here are my top five…
- shorts // Shopping for shorts is about as terrible as shopping for swimsuits, in my opinion. I finally found a pair that fit, are comfortable and loose, look flattering, and actually cover my rear. These have really great reviews, and I can now attest to that.
- provence style book // My European travel itch is getting bad, so I was very excited to pre-order this beautiful French book that comes out in a couple weeks! I’ve heard great things about it from Jamie. Check out more of my favorite coffee table and design books here!
- brown sugar saver // Please tell me I’m not the last person on the planet to know about this? How did I not know about this handy tool you pop into your kitchen canister of brown sugar to keep it soft? This might be the best $5 I’ve spent all month!
- new pajamas // These are currently 50% off and they look and feel so much more luxe than this $25 set costs. I got the cotton blue striped top and paired it with the matching pajama pants. I got the shorts as well, but they were huge- so those got returned. The pants are great though! These are perfect for summer sleeping and lounging.
- fresh tevas // My favorite, easy, water-friendly flip flop for summer! I had my previous pair of Tevas for four years, and they finally bit the dust, so I got a new pair. I still love these so much- they’re the most comfortable active flip flop and they pack really well (really lightweight). I toss them in my bag for the beach, the boat, river trips, camping, whatever!
Remember when I was professing my love for wicker & woven in this post? Welllll, I just ordered some really beautiful scalloped side tables for our shop! We don’t really carry furniture because it’s tricky to ship, but I convinced Emmett (our shipping & fulfillment guru) to figure this out since it’s lightweight and so beautiful. I can’t wait to show you once they arrive to us!
Speaking of wicker, rattan, and all things woven- this beautiful Palm Beach home designed by the talented Tamsin Johnson is packed full of beautiful wicker! Click through to take the portfolio tour. It’s a good one!
I get a lot of questions about the books styled throughout our home. Do we read? Yes, we love reading! Did I pick them all out based on content or design? Both- I love beautiful books and content we’re actually interested in reading! Are they color coded or organized? Meh, not really, but somehow I know where everything is. Anyway, for those of you that asked about color coding… I stumbled upon this Etsy shop, with glowing reviews, that could take a lot of the work and time out of sourcing or thrifting books for you! You can buy color coded books in whatever quantity you need for a well-styled library, if that’s your thing. Just thought I’d share!
Amen to aesthetically pleasing and integrated vent covers in this article! I can’t wait to show you the custom ones I designed for my home office. They’re integrated into the built-in for form and function.
Deema wrote a really thoughtful blog post on a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve always been of the mindset to not be so quick to judge, show compassion, and understand that we’ll never know what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes. Many of my friends are weighing in within the comment section. Social media is a bizarre space (that I personally have a love / hate relationship with) and it can be easy to forget there is a person with feelings on the other side of a screen. More understanding, less judgement! That’s a mantra I saved and try to remember.
I loved this article on the most famous hotel in every state. Do you think yours is accurate? In my home states (Indiana and Kentucky) I would agree that French Lick Hotel is the most popular (we grew up roaming those halls and had high school prom there!), and in Kentucky- I also agree that The Brown is very well known and historic. We lived in Ohio for a bit, and I actually don’t know much about The Golden Lamb Inn. Here in Utah, I would agree that The Grand America is definitely iconic in Salt Lake City. Let me know if it was accurate for your state! Did you discover any new hotels?
Susan’s post on transferware was so enlightening and interesting- very educational! It’s a must read if you love blue & white.
Where are my fellow small garden people? This article contains fantastic advice on how to make a small garden look larger, and shares 12 ways to maximize space.
Well- that pretty much wraps this one up. I’d love to hear about any fun summer plans, adventures, or traditions you’ll be enjoying in the coming months! Feel free to also drop any blog post requests in the comment section for me as well. I hope June is off to a wonderful start for you!