Posts Categorized: Life

DIY + halloween + Home + Life / Monday, 22 Oct 2018

Modernized Day of the Dead Ofrenda

Day of the Dead OfrendaHave you ever heard of Day of the Dead Ofrendas? If you’ve seen the movie Coco, you probably get the gist. Ofrenda means ‘offering’ in Spanish and is a display set up to remember and honor your ancestors. The ofrenda consists of several components including photos of past loved ones, candles, fruits and sweets, flowers, papel picado, and more. It serves as a chance to welcome those ancestors who have passed back into your home and heart. Not to mention it creates the most beautiful display overflowing with flowers and foliage! We’re creating a modern-day take on the Ofrenda with foraged greenery, one that you can easily recreate and keep up all month long! This is my ideal kind of holiday decor, not to mention the sentimentality of it is so special!

Day of the Dead OfrendaRecently, Paul and I completed our 23andMe DNA tests, something I’ve been wanting to do for ages, and we are now anxiously awaiting our reports. With the Halloween season upon us, what better way to celebrate and learn more about my family history than with my very own ofrenda! This display is the perfect way to decorate for the season, but also a wonderful chance to learn more about yourself and your heritage. Win win!

See how easy the 23andMe service process is, discover more about your ancestry and get inspired to create your own Ofrenda

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Design + Life / Friday, 19 Oct 2018

Furniture combos for my new living room

Earlier this week I revealed my new living room (pop on over if you missed it!), and I am still so thrilled with how it turned out. I find myself smiling from ear to ear when I walk into my house. It’s that good and life-altering. However, deciding on a design plan wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. From selecting colors, to picking a wallpaper, to choosing furniture, there were so many options to be weighed! If you remember my old living room, I had a beautiful emerald green sectional from Article that we loved. It was so well loved, especially now that Jasper has made his mark, that we needed something where I’d feel more comfortable letting him climb all over. Since we loved our green sofa so much, we decided to turn to Article again for round two! I whipped out my photoshop magic to show you the combinations I was toiling over.

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collaborations + Life / Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018

Lars for Promptly Journals

I’ve been an avid journal writer since I was young and I’ve amassed a collection of over 50 journals since then! When I was pregnant, my designer, Becca, gifted me a Promptly Journal Childhood History Journal and I was so touched. I had been searching for a baby journal that was both beautiful, helpful, and not too complicated. It was perfect! I immediately started writing in it and have been active ever since. Now that I’ve had Jasper and my memory has become a thing of the past (mom brain is ever so real), I find myself clinging onto every single detail of Jasper’s life because I just don’t remember anymore! If you don’t write it down, it’s as if it never existed.

As a genuine fan of the product, I am thrilled to partner with Promptly Journals on our very own collection. Their journals document your child’s history from birth until 18-years-old. The first year is the most detailed, as there are all those fun statistics and milestones that you want to capture. The following years are a bit more streamlined and highlight the most important moments. We added in our own beautiful marbling on the packaging and interior end pages and, if I do say so myself, I think it’s pretty beautiful 😉

I’m obviously a huge fan of color so I wanted to create a fresh palette while keeping an heirloom quality about the journals. You can choose between four linen color options: Blush, Chambray, Wheat, and Eggshell. The inside cover is lined with a beautiful muted rainbow marble to give it a special touch.

The prompts help guide you along, asking meaningful questions that you’ll truly treasure for years down the road. Sometimes it’s difficult to know exactly what to document. Some can end up under-sharing, others struggle with oversharing! Promptly provides the perfect balance, allowing you to easily capture and describe specific memories. If you’re not a natural journaler, these are a great solution.

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Home + House + Life / Monday, 15 Oct 2018

My New Living Room Reveal

Living Room RevealThe time has finally come to give you a glimpse inside my new living room! This has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be more pleased with the end result. I find myself walking into the room to make sure it’s real. And it is! And I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

Living Room RevealI was able to put so much more of myself into this room and I think it makes a world of difference in the overall feeling. With the help of a lovely wallpaper, a few new pieces of furniture, and our new Wood Shutters in Off White from Blinds.com, it looks like a different house! Take a look at all the changes we’ve made!

Take a look at all the components! 
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Book Club + Life / Wednesday, 3 Oct 2018

October Book Club: Dracula

October Book Club 2018 Dracula

October Book Club: Dracula

Happy October, readers! Fall is in full swing, and these are the cozy months to curl up with a good book, right? October is usually the month to choose a good, creepy classic (Frankenstein in 2016, and Rebecca last year!), so this year we’ve got another lined up: Dracula by Bram Stoker. Dracula, like Frankenstein, is a well-known character in Hollywood, but the original story might not be what you expect. Told from multiple points of view through letters, telegrams, and diary entries, the reader pieces together the story of Count Dracula, a mysterious man from eastern Europe who makes his way to London. As you can imagine, he wreaks his own nocturnal havoc quietly, amongst a people unaware of what is happening!

Follow along with us as we read a classic that explores ideas of masculinity and femininity, life and death (or the “undead”), and modernity or contemporary knowledge versus tradition and old superstitions. Stay tuned for some artwork and questions later this month! Enjoy!

Photography by Jane Merritt