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we out!

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So we’re moving….

People say it’s stressful and they hate the process but having done it four times in nine years, to be honest, I love every bit of it. There’s something about turning the page to a new chapter of life that makes that week of back pain from not lifting with your knees all worth it. I’ve never had a problem with the process but my one frustration is that it doesn’t seem to happen fast enough. As I type this, we’ve got a little over two weeks before we’re in our new spot and time could not be moving any slower. I’m at this weird stage where everything’s organized but the apartment is still messy. As if my brain knows we’re leaving so it’s in no rush to put those clean dishes back in the cabinet any time soon – only to take them out again, you say? thank you but no thanks. I’m so excited to be in a new space because I know it’s going to be a great refresher for us, my business (more on that below) and my mind, I just don’t know how I’m going to cope with the wait.

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fake bathroom, real smell

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When Curio Brands reached out to me to try their amazing Thymes scents, I thought, well mama, I’ve made it! A brand wants to send little ole me something to try, style and share. It’s all happening so fast! Lol. I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to see just what would show up in the mail. I knew they’d be sending me something that SHOULD smell amazing, but let’s be honest, you never know! I didn’t want to think it smelt like expired Nutella on wheat bread while still feeling obligated to tell others to try it. Goods news, that didn’t happen!

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makers: light show

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Photo: Ekaterina Galera     /     Photo: Lighting By Sara

I’m a sucker for lights, specifically white bulbs strung up on a patio, but that’s what the adult me likes. The young(er) me was obsessed with nightlights! I didn’t need them to go to sleep but I loved how that little glow made me feel like it was okay to still be up when I knew I was suppose to be sleeping. While I haven’t owned one in quite some time, the designs haven’t changed that much. Most are still a bulb screwed into an adapter which is then plugged into the wall with a snap-on decorative cover. However, these two makers have taken the old “go-to-sleep” compromise to the next level, funneling light into these cool, creative, kid-friendly pieces – all while putting my little shell nightlight to shame.

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pieces: the eatery blues

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Electric blue is my jam all of sudden! Teal is usually my favorite color but these days I can’t stop obsessing over anything with this royal blue hybrid shade. In a perfect world, my kitchen would be white with black cabinets and all of my dishes would be black, blue and white. I’m usually not so precise about things like this but these plates have won me over. Another thing I’m in love with is brushstroke and paint splatter designs. Mix that with a good geometric pattern and I’m in dishware heaven.

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mix + match: wood elements

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wall quilt   /   wood table   /   chair   /   tree

I absolutely love wood. If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, then you know it’s my favorite material to work with. It’s so versatile and can function in basically any style room. It’s hard to shop for furniture and decor these days without finding it incorporated into everything (no complaints from me). Using the four items above and adding in a few new colors and base pieces, see how I laid out two very similar living rooms with very different vibes.

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pieces: stuff-less vases

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Whether you pronounce them vah-ses or vass-ses (or stutter when you say it because you’re not sure which one is correct, like me) these mini sculptures are a must. Clustered together or playing “single ladies” they’re turning our styling world upside down. Gone are the days when they were merely containers for plants, now they’re independent pieces that can stand on their on as statement makers in our spaces.

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