The Language of Kindness | Weekend Recap

November is such a great month for so many reasons — my favorite of which is easily all of the gratitude. November and the feelings of Thanksgiving really do provide us all with a month to reflect and give thanks, and that is something I hope no amount of early holiday advertising can erase.

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A little recap on our weekend and life in general:

P & I have been making a big push for our health this year in general, and with all of the food-focused holidays ahead, we thought we would make a push to get ahead of the belly bulge with some cleansing and general modification of our eating habits. This weekend (Friday) we started a cleanse. We opted for a juice cleanse in the form of smoothies so that we could feel like we were getting more substance in our system and not just drinking juice every day.

Basically it is four days of smoothies, one for each meal and then we can have tea, coconut water and water in between to stay hydrated. The portion sizes of the smoothies are actually really large, so we haven’t felt hungry. The first day was okay the second day was miserable — I was a complete mess and I wanted to cheat so badly, but I didn’t. I figured this is something we wanted to do together and if P was in and doing okay I was going to keep plugging along… I went to bed early and woke up yesterday feeling so much better. Sunday was almost too easy with the smoothies, our energy was back up, things were good.

Today is the last day of smoothies and after this we are going to be transitioning back to whole foods, heavy on the produce with vegetarian proteins easing towards lean proteins (like chicken and fish) and I want to do some more research on processed foods and what choices would be better than others as well for this next phase. Does anyone know anything about tofu and where it falls here?

Smoothie CleanseFrom a work perspective, P worked the whole weekend, and I worked my regular Friday plus a consult in the evening, Saturday plus some materials shopping in the afternoon, and Sunday we took B for a walk, watched Inside Out, I ran errands, did a floor plan and put together the base lines for a scheme on a new project.

Then when P’s shift (and the Giants’ game) ended, we went for a long walk around the park to enjoy this beautiful night! (And to kick some butt on our weekend Fitbit challenges-my family all has them and they are a bit obsessed — in a good way — about doing the weekly and weekend competitions.)

So, all said and done, a few things I’m thankful for? I am so appreciative for my hubby, someone who is there on this journey to help support me during every aspect of our life from fitness to careers and so much more. I am grateful for my mom who raised us to have such a strong knowledge of being healthy and fit, not skinny. I am thankful for following my heart into the crazy world of design as I know I am so fortunate to have a career that I am passionate about. And I’m thankful for Brantley who provides us unconditional love, always.

How was your weekend? Does this time of year make you thankful for anything? Today’s quote graphic is a great quote from Mark Twain on the language of kindness and I think it is so true… kindness is everything. (Graphic background is on Benjamin Moore’s Caliente AF-290..such a beautiful shade of red for the fall season!)

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Kindness Confetti

Have you ever heard the expression “throw kindness around like confetti?” I’ve heard it before, but the other day I came across it again and something about it struck me. That is what I love about doing these Monday posts is that no matter what is going on in life, good, bad or indifferent, there is always someone out there who said something awesome that will make you smile.

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This is one of those expressions. I decided not to create a graphic of my own this week, but to share a favorite print from Etsy featuring this expression. Pictured above is a beautiful print from Sara Vroomin Designs I love the black with gold lettering! An alternate print in metallic pink can be found here from VeraLaLune’s shop. I did some searching and I couldn’t find who is responsible for this fun and powerful expression, but I really do just love it and thought it would be a perfect way to kick off a month of being thankful.

How is it possibly November already?!?! Did you guys dress up and/or do anything fun for Halloween? P worked so we stayed in and being that we live in a condo we had no trick-or-treaters, but watched movies and had a cozy night.

Sunday we went up to CT to visit with a friend who had a birthday over the weekend that just had to be celebrated. I feel like we are getting to that age where we don’t really ‘celebrate’ the way we used to anymore, but just grab a bite with good friends and enjoy the company of loved ones, which let’s be honest is a pretty great way to ring in another year. P if you are reading this, my next b-day is a big one and it needs to be C E L E B R A T E D!! 

Well, that is all for me this Monday evening. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! Leave a comment below to let me know what you’ve been up to lately, I love hearing from you guys! I’m hoping to blog more this week… we’ll see how that goes!

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Clothes vs Costumes

I can’t believe Halloween is upon us already! But that is the way with time. It just keeps going whether we like it or not.

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I found this fun quote and thought it would be perfect for Halloween week! When you get ready in the mornings are you putting on a costume or are you putting on clothes? Do you wish you were dressing differently for a job or purpose that you currently aren’t in?

Sometimes it’s fun to change the hat that you are wearing (or in this context the whole ensemble) and dress up for the job that you want, or just dress up for the fun you want to be having.

Are you dressing up for Halloween? I can’t wait to hear what costumes everyone will be wearing!!

Graphic on a background of Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball.

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A Word Of Advice From Judy Blume

The word exhausted doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel right now. But I’ve always been of the mindset that being busy is good.

But being so busy you feel crazy doesn’t often feel good, but it is so much better than having absolutely no work to be done and crying because you are bored and without work. So, I am in no way complaining, I’m just feeling a little tired is all.

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All that said, I found this word of advice from Judy Blume and I thought it was absolutely perfect for how I’ve been feeling these last few days. “Stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.” Well Judy, My ears are perked, I’m paying attention, and I’m just about ready to yell for help!!

In all reality though, things are going so well. I might be getting less sleep these days, but it is all for good reasons. I have a handful of amazing projects in the works right now and I’m excited to see them all come together. Fortunately for me, I really do feel passionately about what I do. Another thing that I’m thankful for? People to yell to for help when the load gets to heavy. A good support system is so key! Now if I could just get to yoga…

I know I owe you all an announcement on who won the Appleton Wrap Dress contest, but I haven’t had a minute to determine a winner yet, so just know that the contest is closed and I will announce a winner later on tonight or in tomorrow’s post, and I appreciate you baring with me on this one!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? Or were you fortunate enough as I am to be bogged down with getting work done? Tell me what you’re up to!

(Quote shared on Benjamin Moore’s Caramel Latte, this color is perfect for fall!)

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Motivation for Adventure on Columbus Day

Whether or not Columbus was the first to discover America (what era did you go to school in?) we still celebrate his explorations on Columbus Day. I like to think that Columbus had an adventurous spirit, and I hope that is what people think about me when I’m gone.

Daring Adventure Quote by Helen Keller for Columbus Day

I hope I have time and the ability (mentally, physically, financially) to do all of the worldly exploring that I dream of, but in the meantime, in honor of Columbus Day, I thought I would share this Helen Keller quote on adventure (background color is Farrow & Ball Pitch Blue). She’s right ya know… you either take the chance and make the adventures happen, or you are really doing nothing.

What kinds of adventures are you doing lately? Do you find that yours are more of the Christopher Columbus world explorer variety? Or more of the staying local but getting out of your comfort zone and doing things a little differently variety?

What You Do Makes a Difference

I often make the joke to friends and family that I’m not doing anything to save the world, but I am making it a prettier world to live in.

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Now there is nothing wrong with living in a pretty world, but this thought process and repetition can constantly discredit what you are doing. The fact is, interior designers do so much more than make homes pretty. We work hard to create an organized, clean and functional spaces for our clients — spaces in which they feel relaxed and can get cozy when they come home from their long days at work. This reduces the stress level as a homeowner, because the baseline of your home is done.

A well-designed space, public or private, makes you feel good to be in it — even if when you come home, there are dishes to do and laundry to be washed, it won’t drive you mad.

There are so many other examples of jobs that feel frivolous, you might even beat yourself up for not doing something better, but chances are, you are still making a difference. So take a minute to let that sink in and build yourself back up again, because what you do is important!

What do you do, and how do you find yourself making a difference? Have you found that having a well-structured and decorated home makes you feel good at the end of the day?

PS, the background color is Sherwin Williams “Spiced Cider,” and I LOVE the color! It is the perfect blend of warmth and color while still feeling really neutral — and it is totally making me want to grab a chai latte!!

Aint No Stoppin’

This quote is the simplest truth. Nobody is holding you back except for you.

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Yesterday at church we listened to a sermon about how sometimes you are making excuses to stay comfortably where you are, even when you know what you could be or should be doing to help move yourself forward.

Sometimes it isn’t clear what we are supposed to be doing in this life, what our purpose is or where we are going, but we can all take a look at what we are doing now and make a decision to move ourselves forward. I love that. We have the power and control to take the reigns in our life and make it happen.

Take that next step forward, what are you waiting for?

PS, the background color on today’s quote is Sherwin-Williams “Harvest” because as much as I’m in denial on the season change, the mornings are getting brisk, and fall will officially be here before the week is over, so I figured I would jump on board and pick a color that eases us in in a soft and subtle golden-orange hue.

Fashion Week Motivation

New York Fashion Week is in full swing, and if you are anything like me, you are stalking the fashion designers and fashion bloggers on all platforms of social media, filling yourself up to the brim with inspiration.


This quote by Italian designer and one part of the duo, Dolce & Gabbana, is a favorite for inspiration, not just for fashion designers, but for all designers and really any person with dreams in life. Basically if you put your whole heart into something and throw all your passion at it, there is no reason you shouldn’t go far in life.

By the way, the background color of this graphic is Benjamin Moore’s Fashion Pink, I felt it was most appropriate!

I hope that whether you are following along with fashion week or not, this has you feeling inspired to follow your passions and put all your love into what you do.

MM | Make Them Happy

Vacation has come to a screeching end, and the grind slapped me in the face almost as soon as we de-planed. The cool thing is I am finally really in love with what I am doing. Even when it is challenging and frustrating — with long hours, stressful deadlines and you name it — the underlying emotion is still elation that I have my dream job.


In addition to having my dream job, I am a huge people-pleaser. There is nothing I love more than keeping everyone around me as happy as possible. It was recently pointed out to me that this is also one of my biggest faults, but it is also one of the things that makes me successful in what I do.

I found this quote, and it couldn’t be more perfect for me coming back from vacation and getting my hustle on. Design really is about making people happy by creating a better aesthetic, creating more functionality of their space and giving them an emotional connection to their home. That is why I love what I do so much! I have often joked that I’m not saving the world but making it a prettier world to live in. There is some saving going on in there, but it is more closely linked to each client and their world. There is nothing better than coming home to a space that really makes you feel at ease.

What makes you feel happy within your home? My favorite part about coming home from vacation? Sleeping in my own bed… so peaceful! Now to survive this hectic week of catch-up, big project install deadlines and menu planning.

Happy Monday!

Monday Wishes

I am blogging today from my family’s home north of Seattle, and actually by the time this posts, we will be on our way to Montana to visit with my Grammy.

IMG_2967With that said, I thought this quote was the perfect reflection on vacationing and all the other things we dream about. We often spend time dreaming about the things we want to do with our lives; dreaming of far away places that we might seem too far out of reach; dreaming of projects that would make our house our dream home; dreaming about the perfect job.

Gloria Steinam is pointing out to us that really the dream is the first part of the plan. If we don’t start with the dream, we can’t create our reality. We need to dream about things that we want, things that seem so far out of reach that we long for them and then we need to make it our mission to find a way to achieve them.

What are you currently dreaming of?