dream home // american in london

when saw the photo of this living room, i fell in love. clearly assuming it was located in america, i was surprised to find out that it's actually a home in london! turns out the flag was a gift, but the american rustic charm shines throughout this cozy south london apartment. scroll through the photos, then click over to the designsponge article to read more. from the wood-filled fireplace to the farm house table, to the gilded details sprinkled throughout, i can say that this is a place i'd love to spend lots of time in.


weekend reading

the rain has arrived in portland and i am very happy about it. we've had beautiful sunny autumn days as well, and the unpredictable, moody weather has been wonderful, and i'm looking forward to more of it. after our nine months in north-central california with little-to-no change in weather for months on end, i'm happy for a change. i've had a funny off-and-on relationship with rain throughout my life. we're "on" right now, and i'm happy rain is back in my life. we'll reevaluate in a few months ;)

this weekend is finally the surprise trip! i can't wait to share it with you all next week. i know B will love it, and though it will be a couple-hour drive out, it will surely be more relaxing than some of our recent trips. he has his high school golf friends coming in next week for a week of golfing, so i'll be able to hide away and catch up on all the things i've let slip away from me in recent weeks (including this here blog!) as i've said before, i'm looking forward to the quiet weekends coming up, and i'm glad we're ending our long busy-weekend season with this trip. 

if you're anything like me, you're ready for a mindless friday. here's some reading to sneak in between tasks at work, or to read through with a glass of red this evening. you deserve it.

// paris ruined me, and buzzfeed reminded me. been feeling major wanderlust lately and this is NOT helping. 

// we've likely all heard the term "basic bitch" start popping up everywhere. do you use it? i really enjoyed this article. (my two cents: stop saying it!)

// shauna niequist speaks my soul language, and this piece on using technology to connect really hit home for me, as i've faced loneliness through my moves.

// some great, french, relationship advice. great timing -- B and i celebrated 4 years together yesterday!

// really want to pick up this cookbook. always looking for easy recipes.

// finally, this quote is everything to me right now. grace is the most beautiful gift.

bon weekend!

image source: anna with love


four pins

it's been a little while since i did one of these, and i'm just in the mood to share pretty images with you today. i'm in full-on autumn/winter mode...i want to spend most of my time snuggled indoors, and the time spent outdoors i want to be wrapped in flannel standing under damp pine trees (i'm way too northwest). i think my pins are reflective of that mindset...

a favorite quote of mine on a pretty picture. this statement has been drifting through my mind quite a bit lately. (free people)

going to try cinnamon rolls (again) this fall, and this recipe looks amazing. (mbakes)

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randomly obsessed with moon images of late, always a fan of stoneware, and constantly looking for a new mug to add to my collection. so this mug is a win-win. (small spells)

very into rustic vibes in the home. i can't stop staring at this pile of timber under a beautiful industrial staircase, with the trees and flannel hung in the background. i wouldn't mind spending the colder months here. (grey and scout)


etsy faves // october

truth be told, i've never bought a single thing from etsy. i can't vouch for any of these products' quality or the service of the shops, but i love looking at all the pretty things on the site. some items i save because i think i might like to buy them one day. others i click the heart button because it's an item that inspires me to make something similar, but my own. the joy of finding something new and exciting on etsy never ceases, and that's what keeps me coming back. here's four of my current favorites...


tea time

hi, friends. let's chat, it's been a while. 

happy friday. i am usually so excited when friday comes around but it feels like just another day this week. continuing the tradition of the past two months, i've got another full weekend -- this time, driving to boise on saturday morning for the wedding of two dear friends, then driving all the way back to portland on sunday. 
fortunately, i enjoy long drives, so it's not as if i'm dreading it. i'm just tired, and will continue to be after a not-so-restful weekend. there has been one, maybe two, weekends in the past two months that haven't been scheduled with visitors here or trips to there, or some other event. i count each of these weekends as blessings for sure. we (myself and B) have been surrounded by people who love us and experiencing incredible things. we've watched loved ones exchange vows, showed people our city for the first time, and had big, from-the-gut laughs with family. we're blessed, and don't think for a second that i am complaining. i'm not. i love this life that god has given me.

still, i'm exhausted. i have a constant dialogue in my head: "is this all worth it? should i keep pushing?" and of course it is. it's hard though.

recently, i started taking a couple college courses. yep, i put myself back in school! with a full-time job and student loans and a big dream, i signed up for two classes at portland community college with the hopes of obtaining an interior design degree. say what? some days i feel crazy about it. when i show up to class, though, i thrive. i'm absolutely loving it, despite having no time for anything else. two evenings a week i go straight from work to class, and stay there until about 9 or 10pm. the rest of the week is packed in with homework, writing blog posts, and tending to the rest of my life. i squeeze some sleep in there too, somehow. busy weekends with visitors and travels leave me with very little extra time. but, i'm loving it, and i'm seeing it through. i can't wait to see where this takes me. 

on top of all that (there's more!) i've agreed to help b's sister-in-law redecorate their house and i've signed on to be a monthly contributor over at she's charming. things just keep coming at me, but i know that it is all leading to something really amazing. i'm convinced if i spend my 20s playing hard and working way harder that i'll look back and be really proud of myself, and happy for the life i've made. this is the hardest i've ever worked at anything, and the busiest i've ever been. 

i think i am in the midst of a really difficult and beautiful season. i think it will full of tears and grace and copious amounts of caffeine 

with so much humility and love,


 thanks for letting me share with you. i truly appreciate each and every person who comes to this place, who oohs and ahhs over pretty homes with me and sticks around for posts like these, sometimes. if you have any advice or words of wisdom for times like this, where you push yourself harder than you ever have before to create something beautiful, or just want to say hi, leave a comment below. i share a lot about myself, and would love to hear about you, too. how are you doing?

image source: death to the stock photo


dream home // natural australian style

homes should be a reflection not only of who we are, but where we are. this melbourne homeowner took that to heart, and let the australian bush inspire her, and infused it throughout her home. cozy natural textures, paired with high-drama elements, and beautiful rich neutrals throughout the house make you feel almost like it's always been that way. looking at these photos is like stepping right into melbourne...even if you're on the other side of the world like myself. be sure to click through all the photos here.

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