“Being tender a…

“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a women, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy-washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.” – Zooey Deschanel



i have been feeling a little sad lately. not sure why, probably the combination of the cold weather, being so busy with work, school, kids, house, etc. 

today i just needed some inspiration and found this: 

“but the struggles make you stronger, the changes make you wiser, and happiness has its own way of taking its sweet time. life isn’t always beautiful, but it is a beautiful ride”.

front room

the front room has been such a challenge for me. i could not decide what i wanted to do! i found an old door, painted this gorgeous turquoise color and leaned it up against the wall. then i found this amazing wreath (it’s made from pages of a book!) and placed it on the door. it is gorgeous. one of the favorite parts of my house! ImageImage


the kitchen is still a work in progress. at first i was going with red, but i am so sick of dark colors that i changed my mind and went with yellow. i found this adorable painting and am basing the kitchen decorating off of it. i found a cute tin that is shaped like a pear, found some fake bright yellow pears and a vintage pitcher. instant center piece! then i found this awesome side table that fits perfectly underneath the picture. i am just waiting for the curtains to come and then i can post the final result. ImageImageImage



I found the table at an antique store near my home. The lid lifts like a piano bench. The chair I found on the side of the street, literally! I brought it home and painted the seat part turquoise to match the table, then painted over that with white. Then I pulled out the sand paper and distressed it. This was my first double layer paint job and I think it turned out pretty great!

favorite beach

i don’t know what happened to me, but one day i decided that i wanted to hang a bunch of beach pictures from Huntington at the end of the hall. i needed a table to go with them though, so i looked on pinterest and found a beautiful table. luckily, i married the greatest man in the world, showed him a picture of it, and he said “i can build that”. So, after going to Home Depot and buying the wood, Aaron came home and built me the table. He is amazing! I picked out a gorgeous turquoise color and painted the table! Hung pictures above it and made a wall collage.

Now I get to see my favorite beach every time i walk down the hallway. Image