Love, Furnishings and Needlepoint, An Update.

Having just made it through this Valentine’s Day Weekend, I thought I would find a love quote to share and this one from Voltaire spoke to me (as it notes furniture and needlepoint especially).

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These words are perfect not only for love, but also for design and your space. And for me, having grown up in the Pacific Northwest and loving all things nature, being a knitter and appreciating all variety of needle-craft, and of course, who doesn’t love a good dose of imagination?! These perfect words are on a background of Frosted Rose by Benjamin Moore, which I also thought was so appropriate for the weather we are having and the season of love and roses we are in. 

Things have been insanely busy and so good, so here is a brief update: 

Last you heard we were working through the Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. We are still working our way through the last two phases, but it has been a big transformation already. The living room feels amazing, the closets and especially the cabinets under our bathroom and kitchen sinks… I can’t even explain how these changes have made such a huge difference. I will do a full round-up when we finish the project. We were originally aiming for a month (which would be next Tuesday), however with our schedules, I don’t want to add pressure and do it hastily and get it wrong. I want to do it once and be done and I think we will realistically be done by the end of February… we shall see.

I’m working on a handful of truly amazing design projects right now, and I will share more on that (hopefully) Wednesday so you can be on the look out for that breakdown. 

For Valentine’s Day Weekend, we went out for a nice dinner on Saturday at Liberty Prime in downtown Jersey City, where P proclaimed that he enjoyed the best steak of his life, and I certainly wouldn’t complain about what I had either… Despite the frigid temps and treturous winds, we made the best of it and had a great night. Sunday we both got some work done, around the house and professionally, and today was back to the norm.

Currently we are watching the Grammy’s, which so far.. pretty great!! I love seeing all of the performances and this year hasn’t disappointed so far… we will see as the night continues, but for now, I think that is all for me.

Have a great night! Hope you have given yourself the time to sit down and appreciate the loved ones in your life and spend some time together making memories this weekend!

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October Instagram Recap

I had seen this idea on another blog and thought I would bring it over to DBK since I tend to share a lot on Instagram that doesn’t ever make it to this space and I know a lot of my readers don’t cross over to my social media and vice-versa. So, here’s a look at our October through the eyes of the insta’ account!

I tried not to include too many things that were seen here so that you don’t have as much overlap, but no promises that you’ve not seen any of it before. If you don’t follow DBK on social media and you would like to, there are links at the end of this post.

What did your month look like on Instagram? leave a comment with your username and I will hope over and take a look. I loved putting together this round up, it gives a good look at my day to day life and makes me realize just how much I love not only doing what I do, but also capturing and sharing it! Well, my job, my pup, my hubby, living in Jersey City.. you get the idea from the images! I put a little description on all of the pics to decipher what’s going on so if you care to read through you can click on any of the images to scroll through the gallery with captions.

So, how was your October? I’d say, from the looks of it, mine was pretty great!

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Anniversary Love | i carry your heart

If you follow the blog, then you saw this post, and if you follow DBK on Instagram or Facebook, then you know as well. Yesterday was our first anniversary! In keeping with a typical Monday post for the blog, I wanted to share a quote, this one, not so motivational or inspirational, but sentimental.

I Carry Your Heart by ee cummings Wedding Reading

These words are from an E. E. Cummings poem that P’s sister read as part of our ceremony, and I love every single line of the poem, though this is just an excerpt. (The graphic background color is Benjamin Moore’s Summer Plum–our wedding colors were plum and sunflower yellow!)

We had planned on going camping this weekend and taking Brantley with us to go hiking and soak up the foliage and scenic views, but Joaquin was supposedly coming and we decided that we better not take the chance of having a muddy camping experience. Instead, we stayed home!

I think it was a great decision, we got a few things done around the house that have been on the list for far too long, had brunch with some good friends, and went out for an amazing dinner last night in downtown Jersey City at VU with amazing service that celebrated our anniversary and really made it a special night, soaking up stunning skyline views of Manhattan. Then today, I made a delicious breakfast and then we found a great park with a hiking loop and still got to take Brantley for a good long hike–I think he will sleep for days.

All in all, it was so much fun reminiscing about our wedding day and all of the amazing memories that we have made in the year since. I can’t wait to see what this next year holds for us!

And, for those of you who are wondering what we ended up exchanging for the traditional first anniversary gifts? P got me the Kate Spade, Little Gold Book notebook, and I got him a personalized leather bound writers journal with a little note inscribed for motivation every time he opens it.

How was everyone’s weekend? Did you all stay dry from whatever storm was passing and get to enjoy this crisp fall air? I think later this week I’m going to make a fall bucket list, there’s a tag for this that has been floating around Instagram, and I think I’ve gotta join in on the fun! What things should I be sure to add to the list for this season?