It has been a couple months since I’ve shared a Noteworthy post, so I thought it was time for updates, inspiring links, and a fun casual chat with friends. That sounds like a nice little bright spot in this heavy week. If you’d like to catch up, feel free to click through and talk about all the things with me. We’re excited to have family in town and put our guest spaces to good use!
We have house guests arriving today- my mom and stepdad! We’re excited to see the two of them… it has been over 3 years since we’ve seen them in person and we’re looking forward to cooking at home and catching up. They’ll be the first guests to stay in our recently finished guest room… which is why this post is filled with images of the two finished guest spaces in our house. They helped us unexpectedly move into this house (that was the last time they visited), and it will be fun to show them all of the improvements we’ve made thus far- especially the kitchen. My step father (who used to run a construction company) was super hands on with our first home renovation in Ohio and taught Emmett much of his knowledge of plumbing & electrical. They offered to help with any projects we have while they’re here visiting, so who knows what we’ll get into.
My parents are driving and camping across the country to come see us, which sounds like such a fun adventure. Emmett & I took a three week cross country camping trip together during our college years, and it has been neat to hear about our family’s adventures along the same route… although we tent camped and they have a camper (it’s more like glamping for them). Anyway, my grandmother was going to tag along on this trip (the one who makes our Tuesday Made pillows) and she asked if there was anything she could sew while she was here (insert box pleated table skirt)! However, sadly she ended up having to stay home because of some important appointments. Here’s to hoping she can join next time. Has this also been a year or reuniting with your long lost family members? We have really missed everyone, and we live pretty far from our family so even during normal times, it’s tough. It has been wonderful to make plans with most of our family members and make up for lost time.
Ready to talk design? In addition to my World of Interiors magazine subscription, I just subscribed to another new-to-me printed design publication: Milieu. I haven’t received my first issue yet, but it sounds like another promising source of creativity and interior inspiration! I’ll keep you posted. I’ve been very into printed inspiration these days.
I loved scrolling through Emma Milne Watson’s house tour, based in Sussex. It’s so charming and inspiring- indoors and out.
Did wallpaper ever really go out of style? I don’t think so! This article shares some tips on how to execute a classic wallpaper look and what to avoid. Do you agree? I’m loving chinoiserie prints, florals (always!), simple geometric patterns (like stripes), and anything organic looking (think grasscloth and patterns found in nature). I’ve got a big wallpaper roundup coming to the blog next week. I’ve been saving a lot that has felt fresh!
And just like that, this article has me daydreaming of a magical trip to Rhode Island.
Speaking of travel… Emmett and I were supposed to visit Alaska for our wedding anniversary in a few weeks to go on a quick fishing trip, but it was cancelled again. Here’s to hoping that dream comes to fruition next year! If you’re interested in a very cheesy anniversary post, I shared some old photos and things you might not know about us last year on our anniversary. Since Alaska is off, we decided we’ll enjoy a quick secluded weekend (which sounds safer anyway) celebrating on the California coast. We’re headed to the cutest bed & breakfast that looks like it’s straight from the European countryside. I’ll definitely share a post and take photos if it’s as beautiful as I think it will be!
Our house guests requested burgers on the grill this weekend, so I’ve been scrolling through some interesting recipes in an effort to savor the last bit of summertime and appease our parents. I might convince them to pitch in and make some of my favorite foods from back home (Kentucky) while they’re here… deviled eggs, cornbread, fried green tomatoes, zucchini bread, greens, etc (we have lots of zucchini, tomato, and produce right now- thanks to our garden). What foods are you trying to make or eat before the summer season comes to a close? Has anyone tried my pavlova?! I’m telling you- it’s delish.
Speaking of gardens… I am just smitten with Cathy’s garden this year. It’s so beautiful and spacious. I’ve also enjoyed following my friend Chloe’s garden evolution, and I’m constantly following along with Brandy’s IG garden account. If you like plants and gardening, definitely give these three talented ladies a follow.
This article popped up in my feed and put a smile on my face. A family dog was reunited with its people after being lost for two years. So sweet! I don’t know what we did to deserve dogs, but they’re simply the best. Give your pups a cuddle for me.
You have to check out this bold and colorful seaside home tour! It was another one that felt really creative to me.
Recent purchases? Lately, most of my purchases have been for my home office… so consider a few of these sneak peeks of what is to come:
- vintage french stool // Remember how I was talking about wanting a little wooden stool or ottoman? I snagged a vintage French one from this shop. It won’t let me share that exact listing anymore since it was one-of-a-kind and I bought it, but it has three legs and is really charming. I can’t wait to show you once it arrives!
- built-in knobs and pulls // I finally bought hardware for my office built-in, since that will be the next part of the renovation, as we’re wrapping up drywall. I’ll try to work on an update post for next week!
- phone case // I dropped my phone over the weekend and shattered the case and the screen. Oof (I’m clumsy). I immediately ordered this affordable case that will hopefully do a better job at protecting my phone. I got the stone color.
- sandals // I actually got these before our family vacation and have been living in them since, so I wanted to share! These are the most comfortable sandals I’ve ever worn and they don’t look as casual as my Birkenstocks. I have wider feet and these fit so well- I can even run in these things (which I had to do at the airport, ha). I also like that they have a tiny bit of height. They’re nice for the everyday!
- pocket door hardware // I bought this gorgeous hardware for my office pocket doors. Don’t you just love that shape?! It’s on backorder so it has yet to arrive, but I’ll be sure to share once it’s here.
Speaking of the office renovation, did you see my IG stories yesterday? I’m feeling very excited about my floor tile choice after seeing the talented Jessica Helgerson’s post featuring limestone cabochon!
This week I’m thankful for much needed rain. We had a few rainy days here in the Salt Lake area, which has helped to improve our air quality (from wildfires) and give us a boost in the middle of this drought. It’s funny how weather can really affect your mood. The thunderstorms left me feeling refreshed and recharged. What are you happy about or thankful for this week? Despite lots of tragic and negative news lately, I’ve been trying to be conscious about picking out a few positive things from each day.
I wanted to give you a heads up… I may be slower to respond than usual while my mom is here visiting, but know that I’m always reading your comments as they come in, and will eventually write you back! As an entrepreneur herself, my mom is also insisting we hangout at the Tuesday Made office so she can help pack orders- don’t be surprised if you get a Tuesday Made note in your package signed from Tamara. Hah! I think I’m going to have to take advantage of the free help my family keeps offering. I’m halfway joking. I do love that they get excited about things like that and are willing to help with work and projects, but I also want them to have a fun and relaxing vacation. Here’s to a wonderful weekend ahead, friends! I hope it’s filled with some things, people, or pets that make you smile.