It's Friday! This week felt long. Was it the same for you? I've got all this stuff swirling around in my mind lately and have yet to take the time to sit and be to make sense of it all yet. I (re)listened to this podcast yesterday. It reminded me that to figure things out you can't just keep doing, but rather you have to stop, get quiet, and listen. The thing is. I'm not exactly known for my listening skills. I'm good at talking, at doing, at moving. My goal right now is to try to listen.

This weekend I'm road tripping with my momma to southern Oregon to visit family. Time on the road is my favorite. I just love riding in cars for miles and miles. It gives me time to think, to write, maybe even to listen. I'm looking forward to spending some time with my mom's family. My grandparents just returned from a months long trip around the US (they've finally checked off all 50 states -- how cool is that?!) and are back home in Oregon. It's so special to be in the same state as them and see them more often.

If you're not spending most of your weekend on I-5, here are some finds from around the web...

+ Gallery wall feeling flat? Here are 12 gallery wall alternatives. (image above)

+ A magical backyard. (Can't find the source!)

+ I want to order this book.

+ Very impressed with this all seasons capsule wardrobe.

+ Speaking of capsule wardrobes, my favorite blogger is leaving blog land for a little while. (I'll still refer back to her site all the time.)

+ I need to make this pasta. (Conveniently I have Boursin in my fridge right now.)

Bon weekend!



The Thonet chair is a design staple, a total classic. The beauty of this piece of furniture is its versatility. A well-made bentwood chair will last a lifetime, and brings a classic beauty to any space. Its amazing to me that this same chair can be painted, refinished, and reupholstered, or totally left alone, and find a way to fit into any space, no matter the style. Whether your room's style is modern or country, eclectic or minimal, if you need a simple place to sit, or that one extra piece to finish off the space, a Thonet chair might be just the ticket.

via Stil Inspiration 

via The Everygirl

via Design*Sponge

via Decor8

via Popsugar

via The D Pages



I'm a big fan of Etsy, even if I haven't purchased much from the site myself. I'll admit, I am not yet a customer of any of the following shops, but, oh, how I adore their work and check in on them often. As we work to decorate our home, I'm sure one or two of these will make its way toward me. My favorite part about art prints, especially from Etsy shops, is how affordable they are. Many are less than $40 making it an easy way to fill in a gallery wall or add interest to your home on a budget. Here are five of my favorite shops for beautiful art prints...

AMMIKI // Melbourne, AustraliaModern, colorful and abstract. These are first painted in watercolor, then remixed digitally. Her designs are so unique, and will feel one of a kind.
Featured: Abstract Painting, Shapes, Mint and Pink 

Printable Wisdom // Houston, TXAt once feminine and empowering, Ashley's mix of painted floral motifs and curly scripture is so lovely. There are hundreds of options including scripture, quotes and holidays, there is sure to be something you love. The best part is the affordability: they are $5.00 each, as you download and print it yourself.
Featured: It Is Well With My Soul Print

The Paris Print Shop // New York, NYWho doesn't want a bit of the streets of Paris immortalized on their walls? The shop is famous for their fine art photography prints of Paris, but they have also recently added some cool graphic, art deco-style prints to the shop as well. These are sure to add that je ne sais quoi to your walls.
Featured: Sunset Windows Print 

Old English Co. // London, England, UKQuirky and uplifting, this shop has always been a favorite of mine to "visit". Over a hundred prints are available, in multiple sizes and most in multiple colorways. There are lots of food-related prints, perfect if you're looking for a kitchen or dining room addition (or if you just love food.)
Featured: Bon Appetit Print 

Congo Studio // Barcelona, SpainThe options are limited (I believe the shop used to be larger, but maybe not), but nonetheless, lovely. Fun quotes in gold foil on black and white photos, make a dramatic statement alone or as part of a gallery wall.
Featured: Truth Wins Sea Mist Print 



Monday got off to a slow start, but finding this bright, modern home perked me right up. Today its going to reach 80 degrees in Portland, an absolute surprise in April, so this home really fits the summery vibe that the temperature and sunshine is bringing me. It is so very California, with modern lines and a touch of glam. I could spend my whole life spread out on that big, blue sofa. The pièce de résistance is that kitchen. The deep green cabinets against black marble, topped off with brass accents is just killing me. I imagine some really delicious, oily pasta being made in that kitchen. (Am I the only one?)

Be sure to click over to House Beautiful to see a few more images, and the before shots! These photos look more beautiful when you see where the homeowners started.

Source: House Beautiful by Mary Wiebe
Designed by: Caitlin Murray & Caitlin McCarthy
Photography: Mary Costahttp://marycostaphotography.com/



This weekend is another one with family -- this time, B's family. His brother & sister-in-law's baby shower is this weekend, which sound be such a great time! I'll certainly be ready for a little R&R on Sunday afternoon though. A lot of things have been adding up and leaving me feel very exhausted. I need to recharge.

Spring is such a season of change, and in April I really feel it. I feel reinvigorated as flowers bloom and the sun shows itself more often. Warming temperatures warm my spirits, and I feel more excitement than before. I also feel more restlessness -- a need to get out and explore, to see new things and do new things. Three years ago I was roaming the streets of Paris. Two years ago, I was in the final stretch to college graduation. And, this time last year I'd put in my two weeks at my job in California and started packing up to move to Oregon. Just thinking of these things makes me itch for something new, an adventure. This week, I've been practicing prayer. It's hard, but I'm facing a bit of uncertainty and a lot of anxiety stems from that, things I can't work through on my own. If you have any tips for this (prayer, anxiety, devotions...) I'd love to hear. My focus right now is to prayerfully move through this season of my life, and keep exploring new things. Stay curious. Eyes open.

Does anyone else experience this springtime bug? I hope you explore or relax this weekend...whatever your heart needs. As always, a few fun things from around the web...

+ A great group of pretty & easy wedding DIYs!

+ Definitely going to try my hand at these yummy fries.

+ An amazing style post (with Target pieces!)

+ I really want this cool print. (image above)

+ Here are some really great blogging & content creation resources.

+ Loving Emily Henderson's '1 Bed, 4 Ways' series, and I think this one is my favorite. (But I also loved Cool Cabin Casual...)

+ Trina McNeilly writes such moving words, and this post really affected me.

+ Just discovered this, (yes, I'm late to the party) and I'm so happy -- I always love watching House Hunters International at my parents house, and now I can do it at home!

Bon weekend!



I've been really drawn to a bold blue and deep pink color combination lately. It feels summery, modern and fresh. The perfect balance of feminine and masculine. Used with organic and geometric shapes, these colors create the perfect bohemian look. I'm thinking this miiiight be the color direction I want to go with our living room...probably not, but it's fun to imagine, right? Maybe I should introduce B to pink on a smaller scale first. In the meantime, some lovely pink + blue inspiration for you...

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