Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone is having a great day. Today, I’ve got a new Noteworthy post post lined up for you! I’m chatting details about an upcoming blog break, sharing fun links, random things I’ve been saving & enjoying, and I’ve got a good little catch up session for you. I’ve also been reminiscing the charming, odd shaped laundry room at our old house. It’s hard to believe we renovated that space five years ago! Time flies. Anyway… click through for the good stuff, a trip down laundry lane, and all things summer!
First, the blog break… after nearly a decade, I’m finally updating my site! This is amazing news for all of us, as it’s going to function better. Most of the work is happening behind the scenes- think site speed, SEO, better search capability, etc. While this is being sorted & updated, Room for Tuesday will still be functional and usable- I just won’t have regularly scheduled blog posts throughout the week. I’ll be back to my regular schedule and blog routine in August (assuming all goes as planned), so I’m considering it a bit of a summer blog break. Please continue to pin, read, send friends any relevant posts you think they might enjoy, and share as you normally would! That would mean so much to me.
If you’d like to keep up with me and enjoy a fun summer series, please hop on my email list! I’ll be sending emails every Tuesday (beginning on July 4th) with updates, links, recipes, recent finds, and seasonal inspiration. It’s something I’m actually really excited for… connecting & sharing in a new way. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time! Of course you can also follow along and keep up with me here, too… Instagram, LTK, the Tuesday Made shop, Pinterest, Facebook, my Amazon storefront, etc.
While I’m calling this a “break”, in actuality- I’ll be spending my time helping my web developer with the new site. I’ve also got something BIG in the works… something I’ve been working on since the holiday season, that I’ll be finalizing & finishing in July. Come August, I’ll be ready to share it with you!
Emmett has been working on the entryway, and we’re excited to share that (hopefully completed) renovation in the months to come. We’ve also already started planning and preparing for our next big home project- I’ll divulge that design plan with you in August. Any guesses what area we are tackling next? I also have a little bedroom refresh planned for our primary because spoiler alert- it’s not the room getting renovated next and it could use a little cheerful styling in the meantime.
As far as personal life goes, I finally got a diagnosis for my health condition (almost two years in), and I began my treatment plan last week. I’m definitely open to sharing more about my health journey once I’m in a better spot, but for now- I’m in survival mode (mentally and physically). I’m currently focused on getting well, staying positive, getting through my treatment, and hopefully launching into remission in the months ahead. I am super thankful to have an action plan and feel validated to finally have answers. For now, I’ll say this- you know your body best. If something feels off, don’t stop investigating and asking questions until you understand what’s going on. Easier said than done, I know.
In July, I’m looking forward to knocking out some exciting projects, healing, gardening, camping, a fun trip (I’m headed to California with some girlfriends), and we’re also hosting our teenage nephew for a bit. He just arrived and we couldn’t be more excited! Emmett’s sister joked that she was sending him to “Camp Gibson”, so naturally we planned lots of fun outdoor activities for the three of us. I’m very much looking forward to soaking up summer and the season ahead. Alright, enough gabbing- onto the fun links.
I wouldn’t mind taking residence in some of these over the top pool houses! Just when I thought the pool FOMO couldn’t get worse, ha.
What I’ve been into lately…
Watching… Platonic, Emmett & I are laughing our way through this series. So funny!
Listening to… This Armchair Expert episode was fascinating: the future of healthcare, medicine, and AI. It sounds boring, but I promise it gets really good. It’s a lot to wrap your brain around, but is equal parts encouraging & daunting. Lots of WHOA moments.
Eating… all the healthy things from our new favorite Grilling cookbook! It’s perfect for summer and grilling means no mess to cleanup in the kitchen.
One of my favorite publishers, Lonny, got a BIG makeover and a new (old) editor in chief… congrats Michelle! I can’t wait to see what direction they head. The new site is already giving good (old school editorial) design vibes- which I obviously love. Their new tagline is, “Timeless design for a new era”, and that totally resonates with me. This feature is serving all the summer striped inspiration.
For my fellow summer wanderlusts & travel connoisseurs, according to Elle Decor, these are the most gorgeous new hotels in the world right now.
I’ve previously shared how to hang art in front of curtains, but this tutorial from Cathy on how to hang art from rail moulding might also come in handy! I’m very into the aesthetic and the dimension it adds.
Consider this an ode to Kate and one of my favorite blogs, Wit & Delight, that I will miss dearly. She paved the way for many- myself included. I’m wishing her all the best in her next chapter! I’m not going to lie… it kind of breaks my heart to see all the OG blogs shutting down shop one by one. And here I am, investing in reworking my website for the next chapter to carry on. Am I insane? Maybe don’t answer that, ha. I’ve got no plans to stop anytime soon.
A new home tour by the talented, Heidi Caillier… a fun one for summer!
I’ve been meticulously scouring and sharing over on my curated Amazon page. With Prime Day around the corner, make sure you’re following along or bookmark it! Since I won’t have a blog post to push live, I’ll make sure to keep things organized and share my best finds & home deals over there.
My recent purchases? It has been a season of rediscovering my fashion sense and trying to compile a capsule wardrobe that fits and makes me feel good…
- A new favorite lip balm // This stuff feels like chapstick and lasts for hours- I’ll buy this again once it runs out! It might be my best beauty find of the year.
- Comfy and cute summer slides // These were a fun find… I’m sometimes hesitant to purchaseshoes online, but these fit really well- no blisters, are comfortable, and they work well with any outfit.
- My new affordable woven bag // If you read this blog post, you’re already familiar with my new woven purse. It just arrived and it’s wonderful- especially for the price.
- The linen dress I’m living in this season // This one is true to size and super soft! I’ve been wearing this multiple times each week and layer it with a sweater… easy in air conditioned environments this season, and even better on its own in the sun, outside.
- My favorite summer sweater // I’ve been liking the open weave summer sweater trend… I’ll take cozy any time of year.
My local friends at Foundation Goods posted a quote last week that I loved, saved, and wanted to share (it pertains to quirky homes)… “I have learned to adjust myself to my home’s personality just as I might accept the quirks of a special appealingly complicated friend.” -Keith Summerour … Maybe we embrace those weird areas and oddly designed spaces at home this summer, what do you say?
I’ll leave you with another shameless plug and link to bookmark in my July absence… I’d love if you join me on LTK! I post twice per day and it has been really fun for me. I typically hate being on the other side of the camera, but this has become a daily ritual to share the products I love, things I enjoy wearing, and new seasonal finds I think you may also appreciate. I hope it’s helpful.
Ok- one more from Lonny… a beginner’s guide to countryfication: rediscovering the joys of simple living. I’m totally here for this!
I’ll see you back here with new posts and a shiny new (better functioning) site in August, sound like a plan? I’ll also chat with you on Tuesdays naturally, via email… signup here! Make sure you’re on my list. I’m also going to be better (she says) about posting to IG during my blog break, so we can keep in touch. DM me anytime. I’ll miss you here, but all good & exciting things to come! I’m already feeling renewed in more ways than one.