Tomorrow we head out to Hawaii for two weeks of bliss, relaxation and family time.
It was just about one year ago when we went to Hawaii with our growing peanut and she became the size of a mango in my belly.
At that point, we were so anxious and excited to meet our little one. After all the hard work to get her, I just wanted to fast forward through my pregnancy and have her safe in my arms. At that point, I still couldn’t fully believe that our dream would come true and that we would get our baby. The odds were against us and I’m still in awe that after just one round of IVF we lucked out with our miracle.
On the trip, we were still toying with various names. Josephine was at the top of both our lists but we were trying on other names for size. One night, as we walked out to watch the sunset, we decided to look up what Josephine meant and we found the definition of “God’s addition.” The definition solidified the name for us. Science was involved but so was a strong faith in a higher power that our little miracle would come. That was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever watched as we chatted away about our little Josephine.
From that day forward, whenever we were alone, we referred to her as Josie, but we kept it a secret from everyone else. Now that she is finally here, there isn’t a day that goes by (and usually several times a day) where I don’t stop to thank God for the wonderful addition to our family.
Our lives will never be the same. They are forever enhanced by the joy she brings to us each and every day. Thank you God for our sweet Josephine.
Photo by Brinkley Capriola
Josie is army crawling, you know what that means, it’s time to stop being lazy and to start baby proofing. Currently, all of our pots and pans are in open storage with this ikea island…
It works like a charm but Josie will soon be able to pull anything and everything right from the shelves. So it’s time to raise up the pots. I love to look at what other’s have done for inspiration…
Love the look of this copper pipe fastened to the wall…
I also really love this look for a wall rack…
There is something very homey about a pot rack, even for larger kitchens…
I often get asked what my style is. I like to say traditional with a twist. But, that’s hard to envision. If I could put my style into a house, it would be this Sag Harbor home that was featured on Domaine.
This gorgeous home belongs to Thread designer, Beth Blake and her husband. There is such an understated elegance about the place combined with a fun sense of humor. I would take every little bit of it – from the larger pieces (Raul covered sofa and pair of pink settees) to the little moments (needlepoint taxidermy and scalloped shower curtains). Isn’t it just fabulous?! To see more, check it out here.
I was so thrilled to be on Popsugar on Monday. It was a major moment for me.
Looking at a pic of my old bedroom, really makes me want to finish off our current apartment. I wish my dining room chairs would work out better than they do. Remember these?
They may photograph well but they sit too low and they are really bulky. I’d love to switch them out for Louis XVI square back chairs, for a look like this -
Grant K. Gibson
Dining room chairs are an investment piece but worth it. I’m hoping I could find some old Louis XVI chairs that are in desperate need of a reupholstery and being sold for a penny. Let the hunt begin.
Last Friday, I snuck away to New York City for the weekend with mom. It was torturous leaving behind Josie, even though she was in great hands with her dad. There were quite a few tears on my end (none on hers) and I was worried about leaving. But, once we got to Manhattan, I was able to let go and to enjoy the mother/daughter trip.
We stayed at the beautiful, newly renovated, Palace Hotel. That night, we went out to Kinky Boots. What a show! I highly recommend it. It was very high energy and oh so much fun.
Saturday, we were up early for New York standards, to take advantage of my one full day in NYC. For this single day in New York, we only had time to go to one store. One store in all of Manhattan – that’s a lot of pressure! I chose Comptoir Des Cotonniers – a Parisian brand that is my all time favorite. My one shop did not disappoint. In fact, mom and I almost walked away with matching dresses, until I realized I could just borrow hers.
Here’s the dress mom now owns and I will borrow…
And what I got…
After our one shopping spot, we were off to the West village for lunch with one of my besties from college, Irene Wood. Irene is also a major jewelry designer: History and Industry. You may have caught her recently on the Lonny blog. She has the best pieces and so I asked her to bring some necklaces to lunch so we could continue shopping. We both got beautiful necklaces from her Floriography Collection, which is inspired by the Victorian-era secret language of flowers.
and I got
With our new purchases, we walked the 50 blocks back to our hotel and got all dolled up for my Aunt’s 60th birthday party. Mom looked beautiful in her new purchases…
We had a special birthday dinner at Le Barnardin. The restaurant lived up to its hype. The food was out of this world delicious.
After dinner, it was time to head out dancing. We danced the night away…some of us later than others. I made it out with the late night crew and after about three hours of sleep, I was in a cab and headed to the airport to get home to the beautiful baby girl.
It was a great little getaway! And I have to send a huge thank you to my mom for the trip and to my Aunt and Uncle for the fabulous dinner. I only wish I had time for ABC Carpet and Home but I did decide to cheat on interiors with fashion and I don’t regret that at all. I’m curious….if you had time to shop one store in NYC, what would it be?
I don’t know if it’s the fall calling my name or my inner preppy, but every year, around this time, I get upset that I don’t have any gingham in my house…not a single lick of it. I want to remedy this situation ASAP.
One spot that feels gingham appropriate to me is up our front stairwell that I keep claiming I’m going to decorate. It would feel so cozy and let’s be honest, San Francisco is cold with the fog, with gingham wallpaper. I recently got this sample from spoonflower for removable wallpaper.
I think the brown is too strong but a grey or mushroom would work out perfectly.
Graham isn’t fully on board, so let’s let Pinterest do the convincing…
What do you think of the look?
We had such a blast in Walla Walla. It was just like days of old, except we were woken early by little munchkins. Memories were retold and felt at every corner of the campus and great times were had by all. Josie fell in love with Colton, to whom she is betrothed…
Graham was a trooper, hanging on to his “honorary whittie” status. He even got the dress code down…
You couldn’t wipe the smile off my face, even at 7 am (after a 2:30 am bedtime)…
While I was away, Domaine home featured my bedroom which was truly the most wonderful surprise to come home to.
Also, Monday morning, Ashley of Meet Me in Philadelphia posted pictures of her den and I’ve been swooning over them ever since. Magazine worthy.
The fabulous Ashley also has an ETSY shop that you don’t want to miss.