Projects / Monday, 15 Apr 2019

Daffodil napkin bouquet

Daffodil napkin bouquet name tagMeals are a cause of major anxiety for me, which is precisely why I haven’t done one in years (sadly, not joking). The set up goes like this–Paul makes the food and I set the table. Not a bad trade off 😉 Because of this, I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking of what to do with the table. Enter, daffodil napkin bouquet.Daffodil napkin bouquet name tag

I wanted something simple for Easter this year and these daffodil napkin bouquets are just the trick. They are a cinch to make and capture the essence of the season. If you’re looking to make a more substantial paper flower, you can use our tutorial here, or feel free to use your craft cutting machine or hand cut these out. They’re perfect for little hands too! Add on a name to serve as a name tag. Read on →

Life + Uncategorized / Sunday, 14 Apr 2019

Becoming: Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Co

This year we were inspired by Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, our Book Club book for January, and we decided to focus on learning from women who we find inspiring and can tell us about their journey of “becoming”. You can read the rest of the interviews here. Stay tuned for more each month.

This month I’m pleased to introduce you to creative director, Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Co. Eva is become of my dearest friends since moving to Utah and she’s one of the very first people I “met” when I started blogging. Wet met in person at the very first Alt Summit in 2010. As we’ve gotten to know each other we’ve learned that we not only share a lot of the same interests, but we’ve led rather parallel lives in a lot of ways (oldest of 4, played tennis in high school, studied art, run our own businesses, want to move to France, and many more). I thought I knew it all, but today she’s sharing even more insight into her world. Her career trajectory has taken quite a turn in the last few years and it’s been so interesting watching from the sidelines as she pivots from running a stationery company to a full fled-fled creative services company and all the fears and then confidence that have resulted from it. I’m thrilled to introduce you to Eva!

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Design + Life + One Room Challenge / Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019

One Room Challenge Week 2: Furniture and Accessories

Ye haw! Things are swimming along with Mary’s 6 week kitchen renovation (gah!). As you may know, any renovation is challenging to complete in 6 weeks, but kitchens are particularly tricky as there are more elements than normal: electrical, HVAC, windows, appliances, you get the drift. And because Mary has bigger plans, this also included moving walls and windows. Ain’t no thang! 

Last week we showed you our vision for this round’s One Room Challenge and this week we’re talking about what exactly is going IN the space as far as decor and furniture goes. Let’s take a look! Read on →

City guides + Design + Life + Style + travel / Monday, 8 Apr 2019

Copenhagen city guide

I’ve been wanting to share my favorite Copenhagen tips for years now and I don’t know how it’s taken 9 years to do so. Wait, yes, I do! Consider it one of those “never a tourist in your own city” moments, meaning, I experienced it all, just never wrote it all down in one concise list. Well, thanks for your patience! I’ve received numerous emails over the years asking for my recommendations and I’ve given them out, but I always thought that I needed an extra “oomph” to get it out into the world. That extra oomph was our recent trip to Denmark visiting family and revisiting some of my favorite haunts. Guess what? They still hold up! And they’re amazing.

If you’re planning a trip to Denmark, here’s what you MUST do:

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Life / Friday, 5 Apr 2019

April Book Club: Secret Garden

Secret Garden Book Club

It’s April! Whether you’ve still got snow on the ground or not, we’ve probably all caught spring fever by this point, right? Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal, themes readers have found and cherished in this month’s book, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. If you haven’t read this magical classic, you’re in for a treat!

Orphaned, sickly, and unlikable, young Mary Lennox is taken in by her unknown uncle to live at the gloomy and mysterious Misselthwaite Manor located on the Yorkshire moor. Spoiled and selfish, Mary’s life soon changes as she meets new people, finds new interests, and more importantly, a garden that’s been closed and untouched for ten years. This is a story of healing, growth, and second chances. Join us as we read The Secret Garden this month—and also compare different movie versions! You’ll have to share your favorite one. 😉 Stay tuned for discussion questions and artwork later this month!

Buy The Secret Garden here
Watch The Secret Garden (the 90’s version is beyond gorgeous and it’s by Francis Ford Coppolla.)