August 30, 2017
happily curated chaos | Miami day trip |

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
making a house a home | happily curated chaos | |

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,
May 27, 2014

Kitchen Addition

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RMDishRack ” We finally got to showing you our kitchen, and as soon as that post went live, our dishwasher stared getting fussy. Really fussy. It’s working, but who knows how well and for how long.  We hopped over to Target to get our hands on a Rubbermaid dish rack because we were not prepared for the hand-washing dishes party to start just quite yet. Also, we just won a really amazing mug that needs
March 14, 2014

House Hunted

I am dying to dump my DIY plans and design dreams of our new home into the internet right now, but I know I have some explainin’ to do and catching up of things need to be had. Back when Joey and I met in Manhattan about nine years ago, I had already actually moved back to my home town (Boca Raton, FL) with my fiancé and best friend to live a beachy and more relaxing kind of life. The plan was to do interior design for high end homes after working under my dad a while. After a small