Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Beauty of Boys

i'm outnumbered, but i'm totally okay with it.  life lately in the boys club...

sledding, home improvement + time changes 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Scent Therapy

this time of year i find myself burning candles like crazy to fight off that end of winter stale feeling.  here's a few favorites around the abode that smell just as wonderful as they look and they're all available at target right now!  go grab em before they're gone, you won't be disappointed...

great room // black orchid & amber soy candle by illume

kitchen // brazilian palm by chesapeake bay

office // sweet blush & agave soy candle by illume

Monday, February 23, 2015


the extreme temperatures have kept us inside a lot, but they've also given us a lot of quality time here with our boys.  this room evolved after we decided to put cole and dean in a room together to make our night time routine easier in hopes that they would comfort each other, and they do more than we could have imagined.  what we didn't realize was how valuable this playroom would become especially once lego madness entered our home.  i also have a perfect view from my office so they can "work" while i work, with an occasional pop in to show me their creation or ask me to separate pieces.  the added beauty is that when we don't feel like cleaning up the mess we just shut the door, and our always bare feet have been spared too...

sources: teepee by house in habit / rainbow tassel garland by everly lane design 
neon yellow lamp base target / henley rug pottery barn / lego storage containers target 
bear, leather stool, lava lamp + viking helmet vintage

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Pillow Power

i've been working hard to stock the new shop and my home is now full of them, but i'm not complaining...

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Dog Sled

even though it's arctic out we've been trying to enjoy the winter weather as much as possible.  twenty minutes was about all we could handle and this moment was not only bitterly cold, but very bittersweet. it brought up memories of our dog arthur who was loving all the snow just last year.  he even pulled their sled a few times which solidified his coolness in their eyes.  last spring we had to put him down and it really affected cole.  he has dwelled on his death more than we would like and still gets choked up every few weeks talking about him.  dean has handled it better, but still starts many conversations with new people by saying "our dog died!" the awkwardness is funny, but it's sad at the same time.  recently it's obvious that ike has been feeling the loss more and more and the boys have been begging for a friend for him.  my husband and i have always found that pairs work well for us and spring may be the season...

image via instagram // and you can read more in our love and loss post