August 31, 2010

design inspiration: feminine blue room

This makes me rethink my stance on all white entirely...

I wish wish wish to someday have an old house with glass knobs just like these.

(Image from Lonny Mag)

PS - Wade got me this for our anniversary. I am sneaking away every chance I get to ogle all the pretty pictures and file away the handy design tips. I recommend it to anyone who likes to decorate and who misses Domino Mag!

August 30, 2010

i want it now: card set

Loving this set of animal cards by Austin Press of San Francisco.
I think they'd look really great framed and hanging in a nursery.

(Animal Kingdom Cards available at Reverie Daydream Boutique)

August 27, 2010

happy friday + momtastic

Hooray for Friday!

Guess what, Friends? I'm over at Momtastic today sharing a bit of the behind-the-scenes that went into planning Henry & Amelia's nursery. Momtastic is a really cool site with all sorts of stuff to keep you busy. If you have the time, take a peek!

This photo above is Henry's side of the room. It's a good thing I took this picture before he got teeth because now it's flecked with little bite marks all around the edge, and I'm not photo savvy enough to know how to cover that up.

Anyhoo... big plans for the weekend? Tonight our very good friends are coming over for dinner and drinks and lots and lots of catch up. And tomorrow Grandma's coming by to watch the kiddos so we can get all dolled up for dinner. It's a little date night so we can celebrate our four years.

Be well and see you next week!
xo, Kristin

August 26, 2010

10 things: getting to know mackin ink

Yippee! It's another edition of 10 Things, and today we are super lucky to have Karey from Mackin Ink with us. Karey's sparkly personality shines through in her writing as she shares stories about her life as a mom to "girlies three." Her blog was one of the first that I started reading and quickly became a favorite. With writing that is full of heart and honesty, you never know if you'll be brought to tears or laugh out loud. Over the years I feel like I've become quite cozy over at Mackin Ink. And though I've never met her, I am certain Karey is just as genuine and funny and loving in person as she is in her words.

So, without further ado...

The last thing I do before bed: I seriously walk through my house and make sure all the rooms look completely clean, flicking off every single beaded lamp. {I'm a little obsessed with romantic lighting that looks like jewelry.} I love waking up to a fresh home. It makes me feel like I've a head start on winning the next day.

Favorite thing about my house: That we'll probably sell it in a year or so? I kid. It's just that, since we moved back into it after our seven-year overseas adventure, it feels like exactly that: a backwards move. And i'm a forward kind of a girl, you know? Our view is pretty stellar, though.

My signature dish: Guests gush over my fat and chunky capreses and, more embarrassingly, a marshmallow and cream cheese blend served with tart green apples. What can I tell you? I'm genius with two ingredients or less.

Caprese Salad

The best place to be in the fall: In my limited experience, Fall feels best when sweating on a beach in Oman or Jordan, daydreaming of living in a colder climate that actually experiences seasonal changes beyond hot and hotter. Since we've moved back to the Washington D.C. area, I've realized those daydreams of mine were dumb. And while I'm looking forward to day one of "Ooh! Look at that pretty orange-ish red tree!" I'm so dreading the cold and colder that's surely headed my way. I've already bought these boots.

Book I can read again and again: The Secret History by Donna Tartt and anything by Salinger or David Sedaris or Maira Kalman. My attention span lends itself to short stories, I guess.

When I need to unwind: Nothing beats a good sweaty run, followed by a chilled Strongbow in a solid tumbler like these bad boys.

Celebrity crush: Kate Lanphear. From her hair to her don't-mess-with-me style to her editing prowess, she's just brilliant in my book.

Words I live by: More love is always better.

Don't knock a diet consisting entirely of espresso and Sour Patch Kids until you try it.

If I had one do-over:
This might be too heavy, but there was one moment when I could've told my dad exactly how much I'd miss him if he died, plus all the plans I had for my life that he'd never get to see. He was right next to me. We were watching a show on telly about Muhammed Ali. I remember biting my cheeks, tears rolling down my face, and all I wanted to do is beg him to stay. As it was, I just scooted closer to him and held his hand. I'd be braver today. I would.

I could spend the whole day: Trolling 'round the internet. It's genius, don't you think? Instant inspiration, no matter what you need.

I feel my prettiest when: I've just stepped out of the shower, especially if I'm headed to bed straight-away. Shiny, flushed, clean, smelling like a blend of Tom Ford and Bliss Body Butter and CHI Silk Infusion. Also, I feel prettiest when I wear all black. Colors make me Not myself. I'm trying my darndest to incorporate more charcoal and indigo, but it's slow-going, for sure.

It's worth the splurge: Antica Farmacista scents for your home. Forget Febreze. Please.

Karey - thank you so very much for sharing with us. You are an amazing woman, a gifted writer and so obviously meant to be a mother. I feel quite blessed to have "met" you and hope you continue to delight with your dailies. And one more thing... Your dad? He knows.

(Image: Caprese Salad by Alicia Forest on flickr)

August 25, 2010

a special day for me

happy anniversary, Love.
Together four years. And a whole lifetime ahead.

(Print by Erin Jane Shop on Etsy)

August 24, 2010

design inspiration: library workspace

This certainly beats a laptop on the dining table (aka, my workspace)...

(from the album Work Spaces at Lonny)

i want it now: coffee table book

Hi Dolls! I meant all day yesterday to get a little something written, but the hours slipped by with nary a word. Hope you had a lovely Monday, at any rate.

When I was out and about last week, a book tucked up high on a shelf at Anthropologie caught my eye. I scribbled down the title to remember it later and have been thinking about it ever since.

I'd love very much to spend a lazy afternoon curled up on the sofa with this...

August 20, 2010

happy friday!

Hi Darlings!

(Not Bothering by Letter Happy)

So what's on the docket for your weekend? I'm heading out this afternoon for some bachelorette party fun (yay kari!) that starts with a Cubs game and goes from there. Tomorrow is going to include a trip to the farmer's market (it's been ages since we've been!) and maybe grabbing a bite for lunch. Sunday is more of the same. We've had several busy weekends in a row, and so I'm really looking forward to having nothing to do. Just a lot of family time. Sounds perfect!

Enjoy yours just the same and see you next week!
xo, Kristin

August 19, 2010

guest post at curls & coffee

Just a quick one to let you know that I'm doing a guest post over at Curls & Coffee today.

Take a peek if you've the time!

design inspiration: pure + simple

Here's a room photographed by Ditte Isager that is oh so swoon-worthy.

Soaring ceilings + beautiful architecture.
Whitewashed floors + bright white walls.
Fanciful mirrors + cool furnishings.
All together breathtaking.

(Pure from the portfolio of Ditte Isager)

Speaking of swoon-worthy, anybody else watch this? I'm not sure who has a bigger crush on Neal... me or wade!

August 18, 2010

giveaway at city of dionne

I just had to share with you a giveaway that Dionne is having through the end of this week. Dresses! Dresses galore! From an adorable shop, The Shabby Apple. Go on and check it out. Who knows? You might be the lucky winner!

But I'm keeping fingers crossed that it's me. ;)

(My favorite? The Champs Elysees.)

Sorry I didn't tell you about this yesterday. I was too busy enjoying every second of my visit with Aimee and her gorgeous little bean, Anya.

August 16, 2010

i want it now: monogrammed napkins

Hi Dears! Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was quite wonderful... except that Wade was away on a golf outing, and so we didn't get to spend much time together, except for a few hours last night. But I suppose, absence does make the heart grow fonder.

I found these gorgeous napkins yesterday and had to share. Like a moth to a flame, I am helpless when it comes to monograms...

(Modern Monogram cocktail napkins available at Sferra.)

August 13, 2010

happy friday!

Hi Lovelies!

Any big weekend plans for you? Tonight I'm off to see "Eat Pray Love" with my good friend, Gen (yippee!) and tomorrow night, my dearie, Megan, is coming by for dinner and a movie and to start talking ideas for Henry & Amelia's first birthday party. (Their first birthday already? Oh my.) I do hope your weekend is full of fun and happiness.

Catch you on the flip-side!
xo, Kristin

(Image: fine art print Andrea Hornbuckle on Etsy.)

August 11, 2010

photo inspiration: barn wedding

Seriously loving this...

Barn wedding

(Barn Wedding by HouseObsession, on Flickr)

PS - here's my new favorite song. I just keep listening to it over and over and over.

August 10, 2010

my summer reading list

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin.

I LOVED this historical fiction that tells the story of the little girl that the book "Alice in Wonderland" was based on. It's a bit of a love story, a bit of a mystery. And a little bit sad. Historical Fiction is my favorite genre, and I was really taken with this story - I think because I never knew there was a "real" Alice. It was so good that I started doing some internet "research" to read more about her. I didn't want the book to end!

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Oh, this book was SO good. The story is about Edgar, a young boy who was born mute, and who lives on a small farm with his parents and his dogs. Everything's hunky-dory until Uncle Claude returns home, and that's when Edgar's world turns upside down. There's a reason why Oprah picked this for her bookclub. I laughed, I cried, and I was constantly awed by the author's knack for words and the images he provokes. If you're a dog lover, you are especially going to like this. I can't even count how many times I put the book down to hug Lulu.

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan

This is a super-quick read. As in, you can finish it in a day. It's a great little book about how to eat, what to eat, when to eat, and how much. I really liked it and have recommended it to a lot of friends. (and now you, too!)

World Without End by Ken Follett

Love. War. The Plague. Ken Follett's done it again with this historical fiction. It's huge - 1000+ pages! - but goes by surprisingly quickly once you get into the story. I actually liked this better than "Pillars of the Earth", his first novel. Bottom line - it's an epic love story with a whole lotta obstacles thrown at the love-birds. And I really liked it.

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

This was a favorite when I was a kid, and I couldn't pass it up when I saw it at the library. A great story about friendship and appreciating nature and believing in yourself. I can't wait to read this with Amelia some day.

The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog! by Mo Willems

Mo Willems is awesome. His books are awesome. I love that kooky pigeon.

Have you read any of these?
I'd love to hear what you think.

Now I'm looking for something new. Have any to recommend?

Happy Reading!
xo, Kristin

August 9, 2010

summer fun

So, how have I been spending my lazy days of summer? Just doing a little of this...

gobbling up ridiculous amounts of watermelon * smiling at my flip-flop tan lines * chasing after two little ones who have learned to crawl - and fast! * eating gooey marshmallow s'mores * finally getting a library card and checking out some new reads * wishing I could dance even just a little bit like my favorites on “So You Think You Can Dance” * looking out for beautiful pieces of vintage milk glass *

growing my first tomato plant * cuddling with my pup * celebrating a birthday with a volcano cake * enjoying family walks with stops along the way for chai lattes and blueberry scones * loving the days that have been humidity free * treating my tootsies to pedicures * reading a few chapters before bed each night * roadtripping to northern Wisconsin for a week of family fun * (and lamenting the speeding ticket that I still have to pay) *

baking my very first carrot cake with cream cheese frosting * running at daybreak * wishing my friends luck as they pack up and move to the suburbs * using the grill more than the oven * bending into lots of down-dogs * enjoying the bounty of fresh summer fruits * drinking a fair share of chilled white wine * brunching with my best girl friends * watching in awe as my children learn and do new things each day * playing like a kid again *

And finally, thanking heaven for this wonderful life that is mine. all mine.

(All of the images in this post are from the uber-talented Jane Heller and are available for sale here. 1, 2, 3)

August 8, 2010

hello dears

Hi, Dear Readers. I'm sorry I was away so long. And for disappearing without so much as a note saying I'd be taking a bit of time off. Please do forgive me. I can only say that I've been takin'-it-easy. Living my own version of the "lazy days of summer." (As much as that's possible with twins!)

It was nice to take a break from blogging, though. I felt like things were getting a little stale around here. I needed a recharge. And I think I got it. Feeling newly inspired, I'm ready to jump back in and share some of my little joys with you.

Thanks for hanging with me.
xo, Kristin

Here's a lovely still life from the portfolio of Lisa Hubbard.
Isn't it charming?

(still life by Lisa Hubbard)

PS - if any of you happen to see a tablecloth like this, please let me know. I am smitten with it!