Hi everyone, I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend! I’ve been missing sharing here on the blog. If you’re interested in a quick update, some inspiration, and links I’ve saved… feel free to click through. I’m hoping to finally be back to my regular blogging schedule after dealing with some health issues. It feels so good to be back this morning, and I’m excited to catch up with everyone… I’ve missed you all!
First of all, I wanted to say thank you for your messages and for checking in- you all are truly the best. I appreciate it! As you may have noticed, I’ve been out of the office and away from my computer and the blog these past two to three weeks. I’ve been dealing with some health issues that my doctors have been trying to resolve. After too many hospital and doctor visits, I had to step away to focus on my health, resting, and devoting what little energy I had to the Tuesday Made shop. While I’m still working on feeling better and my doctors are continuing to search for answers, I’m trying to ease back into my normal routine. I’m definitely feeling better than I previously was, so I’m taking that as a win and an opportunity to get back to work! Anyway, thank you for sticking around, for reaching out, and for continuing to support my small business. It means more than you know!
Since I’ve been doing a lot of resting & recovering lately, I had the opportunity to read a LOT of books. It was a welcomed distraction for me these past few weeks. I wanted to share some of the amazing books I read, in case you’re looking for spring, summer, or vacation reading… although I can’t exactly take credit for finding these (see the entire reading list here)– my sister is the one who passes her recommendations along to me… and I have to say- she has great taste.
- The Love Hypothesis
- Daisy Jones and the Six
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
- The Giver of Stars
- People We Meet on Vacation
Emmett and I also watched some pretty interesting movies and TV during my downtime, if that’s more your speed. I enjoyed the following: Coda, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Dropout, Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off … and we watched The Lost City in theaters for a fun light-hearted date night. Sometimes comedies are the best medicine!
I owe you a BIG update on our entryway renovation. Emmett has been plugging away at it. In fact, we’re ready to start tiling! I know, I need to bring you up to speed on that space- and I definitely will. I’ve taken photos and videos of every step along the way. Let’s just say- during demo we uncovered some interesting 90’s wallpaper, Emmett finished the last bit of our herringbone hardwoods, we decided to extend the “entryway” renovation to the upstairs hallway, I bought a new chandelier for the space, and our house is basically back to being a messy construction zone. I’ll write a proper post for you packed with all the details and messy pictures soon!
Speaking of lighting, if you’re in need of any new fixtures- we’re having a big lighting sale in the Tuesday Made shop! Take 20% off all lighting with code LIGHTING20. We only have two big lighting sales each year, so now is the time if you’ve had your eye on a specific fixture. That’s exactly why I ended up buying said chandelier for our entry. Ha!
What elements do you think creates classic, traditional design? The click bait got the best of me this time, and I jumped into this article… Your Complete Guide to Traditional Design According to Interior Designers. I think all of these items are great, but more importantly- it’s how they’re paired together.
My new favorite inspiring Instagram account as of lately? I could watch Betül cook and bake all day everyday. Go give her a follow– I promise you won’t be disappointed! I’m totally mesmerized and her account has reignited my love for everyday cooking and baking.
Did you hear that Mark D. Sikes came out with a collection for Anthropologie? I must be behind the times! I just took a peek at it yesterday, and I have to say- it’s not what I expected from him. It’s more modern than I had envisioned, given his typical traditional aesthetic. What do you think?
In regards to recent purchases, Emmett & I are supposed to be taking a little Hawaiian vacation soon that we’ve had planned for awhile. It has been 10 years since we last visited Hawaii (for our honeymoon), and we’re eager to go back. Unfortunately, I’m not sure my health will permit diving, which was our intention of the trip, but I’m still looking forward to getting away. Therefore, most of my recent buys have been beach, travel, or summer related…
- Espadrille Sandals // These affordable sandals are very cute, classic, and surprisingly comfortable! I love a good pair of slides.
- Monogrammed Water Bottle // I upgraded my travel water bottle because mine was dented, grimey, and old after 6 years of use. I ordered the exact same one- just in a different color (from black to white). It’s the perfect size for traveling… not too big, not too heavy, easy to toss into a bag, purse, or the side of a day pack. It’s on sale right now, too!
- Summer Dress // A white summer dress feels timeless to me. I tried this one on at Nordstrom Rack and fell in love. I know I’ll be wearing this all summer long. It’s breezy, cool, and comfortable.
- An American in Provence // I know many of you probably follow the romantic Provençal life of Jamie Beck. I wanted to support her new book, so I bought a pre-order copy… I know it’s going to be beautiful!
- Sunglasses // I only have one pair of good sunglasses and they are Chloe brand. I love them! I decided to get another similar pair- this time with a slightly different shape and in black (my go-to pair is tortoise).
How do we feel about the color brown, in regards to interiors? This article made me think twice about it… I think it’s a nice warm neutral that could have staying power. That intro image is gorgeous!
With spring in full swing, I thought these tips were worth sharing: 25 Gardening Tips Every Gardener Should Know.
While we’re on the topic of spring and plants… the drought here in Utah is not looking good. We didn’t get nearly enough snow this winter. Water restrictions are already in place for watering, so I’m not exactly sure how big we’ll make our garden this year. For us, it will be more about conserving water. With that in mind, Emmett convinced me to buy faux plants for our front porch. I typically plant hydrangeas with cascading bacopa and ivy, but that combination requires a lot of water- especially given the hot and dry Utah climate. I bought a LOT of faux plants for our porch and sent them all back because I just wasn’t impressed. However, I ended up keeping one that looks and feels real. It was a major splurge, but I invested in two of these to flank our front door. I’ll take some porch photos for you soon, so you can get a feel for what they look like up close. I’m also thinking my window boxes may need to be faux this year (such a bummer), but I’d rather use our precious water on the veggies we can eat from our garden. Emmett is already trying to embrace the fact our lawn will not be lush and green this year. I’d love any tips you have!
We actually got six inches of snow last week (better late than never?), so I’m actually glad I hadn’t found the energy or motivation to put together our patio yet. I always forget that spring in Utah can be deceiving. I’ll probably hold off on power washing, planting, and pulling out our summer furniture until after Mother’s Day. I have a sneaking suspicion it may just snow or flurry one more time before the weather officially changes- and I definitely can’t complain about precipitation. If you’re curious to see our outdoor areas, check out my 2021 outdoor living tour here!
Now that the weather is warming, pizza Fridays are becoming our norm again. We just tried this pesto potato burrata pizza with arugula and it did not disappoint! If you’re looking for a good flatbread or wood fired pizza recipe, this is definitely one to try and save.
Alright, I think that’s all for now. I’m excited to be back and I have lots of fun posts to share in the coming weeks! Cheers to a great week ahead. Thank you again for sticking around, for the thoughts, prayers, good vibes, and for checking in. I’m so thankful and appreciative for my Room for Tuesday family! I’ll see you back here on Wednesday.