March 11, 2019

The Countdown to Everything Changing Begins Now!

I have been planning this for years! When we moved from Nashville, we were headed to Portugal. That was two years ago. My dad was sick, and in need of a kidney and care, so we changed our plans. He had a ton of friends, but no consistent and reliable support to care for him and I knew if we didn’t show up for him, no-one would. I tried to keep the shop in Nashville while caring for him and Atlas along side Joey – but after a year we had to close the shop. It just wasn’t sustainable or […]
January 30, 2019
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My Dad

When we were in the thick of it, I didn’t want to share too much because my outlook was really hopefully. For friends who stopped by the Nashville shop back in September, we were pretty open with why we were closing and what was making us do it so quickly. My dad was the reason we decided to move down to Florida and not head straight to Portugal or back to New York. After a year and a half of tending to his needs, they grew so much that there was no way we could live in Florida, and also […]
August 30, 2017
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we plan < universe laughs

We made a big ‘ol promise of “coming back” and we totally dropped the ball. A few times now. But, life. Life, life, life. Let me explain. We had this really simple plan when we moved to Florida. We had a school picked out for Atlas, and a building one week away from closing when we hit the road south of the south with a pit stop at Legoland to celebrate. Immediately it all began to fall apart. Atlas was denied his IEP, which is basically a putting a scarlet letter on his academic life. Our son, diagnosed with autism, […]
August 22, 2016

Some Obvious Changes

This is no longer a home blog. I know. I get it. The truth is that we haven’t been nearly as in love with this house as our last house, and we have plans to move. Back to New York. Eventually. We have a detour that wasn’t planned until just about a week ago and we are getting our ducks in a row. The detour is pretty exciting and unexpected, but we don’t want to share anything until we have some solid plans in place. However, when we land back in NYC, it will be into an apartment or a […]
August 26, 2015

How is summer almost over?

It’s late August and we are just getting to explore Dinosaur World (Cave City, KY 1.5 hours away from Nashville). How can this be? This was an early summer plan, and here we are with Halloween decorations gracing the drugs stores already panics to check at least a few more items off our Summer 2015 to-do list. Owning a shop and a design firm and being a mom while running a blog has proven to be more challenging than one would already think. I love all things equally and work never really feels like work, but that does not make it any […]
April 8, 2015
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The Craziest Year Yet : A Review

Hi friends, this is a long one. About 1,500 words long of no crafts, DIY projects, or how-to’s. Just a good ‘ol update on our first year in Nashville, and what’s to come. To be honest, I kind of expected to still be in New York at this very moment. We didn’t think we would sell our first home in four day. The average days on market for our area was about 120 days and it was winter. I figured it would be about now that we would be moving into our Nashville digs. We have been in Nashville a […]
January 14, 2015

Shifts > Resolutions

Have you broken your new-year-new-you resolution yet? We are two weeks in, and this seems to be the breaking point for most people to skip a day at the gym or eat a cookie (or two) when they so sincerely promised themselves it would be different this year. I use to do that. I would make a laundry list of promises to myself about what I would do, who I would be, now that this new year is upon me. I would always, and I mean always, break every single little promise. While mid-manicure today I found myself listing off […]
January 7, 2015

Cottages and Cabins

This was our first Nashville Christmas, and it was a very packed two week holiday for us! Joey surprised me with a magical weekend in a cottage in the woods to celebrate the first moment we met 10 years ago. That happens to be the day before Christmas Eve, which means it’s difficult to manage a focused celebration, but this time Joey killed it with secret planning and lots of mushy sweetness. Joey’s parent’s and brother came to town en route to New York, and then we left for an extended Christmas upon their departure to a cabin in the […]
October 20, 2014

The Calm Before The Storm.

This is a DIY blog, and for five years to the date almost (YAY!), we haven’t gotten too deep and personal about much and have kept it DIY and home design related. That doesn’t mean we have had it easy breezy 24/7, it just means for two folks who pour their home improvement hearts out, we keep everything else pretty close to the vest. Moving to Nashville was a HUGE life decision that took a lot of weird exercise to get to. Almost three years ago we were packing up and ready to move to Los Angeles for all the […]
September 3, 2014

It 'Rox

So, this happened. It’s not anything new around here, and it’s not worth crying over – but it is worth a deep cleaning over. If you know me personally, you have an idea that I carry around a travel size of disinfectant spray. I have a variety of hand sanitizer that would put Baskin Robin’s selection to shame, and if there is a widespread virus that suddenly pops up, you better believe I have shoe covers and medical grade face masks for you to wear if you stop over to say “Hi”. I wasn’t so bad before we had Atlas, […]