White On White Inspo

We were forcasted for an epic blizzard Monday night into Tuesday and although we got far less snow than they anticipated, I would much rather be over prepared and bundled up at home, than the alternative.

The park around the corner fully blanketed in snow.

Around our place, we still did get somewhere between 8-10″ in total and it was beautiful. We had a lovely day at home, got the place cleaned up, rearranged some furniture and worked on a few projects that I can’t wait to share with you later.

The pristine white snow that welcomed us Tuesday for our morning dog walk was so beautiful that I started thinking about white interiors. The white-on-white trend is far from new and far from over. I’ve put together a handful of {mostly} white spaces to give you some inspiration. This is particularly useful for renters who aren’t allowed to paint, homeowners that are afraid of color, or if you just love the white look.

A classic all-white kitchen gives a fresh and clean feeling.

This all-white living room gives a cozy feeling with layered textures and details to add interest.

This minimalist nook feels a little sparse, but the addition of the firewood, flowers and faux furs help to cozy it up.

This white vignette is so chic with brass details, peonies and  accessories, I love how it pops off the black wall.

I love a good organizational space and this all white shelving feels super neat and orderly. The pops of pink and the gallery wall are a perfect dose of color.

Do you have any spaces that are predominately decorated with all white? Are you a fan of the look, or do you prefer a bit more color?

Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Motivation Monday {Love, Flowers & Sunshine}

Here in the New York Metro area we are gearing up for Snowmageddon 2015. There are currently light flurries blowing around outside like someone is shaking up the snow globe. But over the next few hours and overnight, it is expected to come down hard. We should be waking up to around 18 inches give or take… offices will be closed and a state of emergency has already been declared.

So in honor of this frigid nor’easter night we are leading into, I thought I would share a favorite quote that is a little bit more sunshine-y.

To be able to sprout love like flowers, to grow a garden in your mind is such a beautiful image. The thought of it just brings a smile to my face.

To me, there is a beautiful image of positive energy here. To be positive, kind, open, and to think that by offering a smile you can spread a bit of sunshine on someone else’s day? I just love that, and I hope that no matter how cold and snowy these next few days are for everyone, you feel the warmth and love of those around you.

Spaces We Love {Cozy For Winter}

This is the time of year when we bundle up with as many layers as we can find and fit into before we head out the door, and when we make our way back in we want to hunker down and get cozy! Here are some great little cozy nooks we found that we would love to snuggle into.

I love lighting candles, and at this time of year, I find myself doing it as soon as I come home from work.

This nook is full of cozy contrast, and I love the small bold pops of orange.

Hanging a hammock inside?! With that comfy pile of wonderful on top, I don’t know who wouldn’t want to snuggle up here.

I love all of this cozy inspiration… makes me want to gather up some pillows and blankets and create a little nook of my own this winter! Do you have a cozy place you like to spend time after coming in from the cold?

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4.

2014 Personal Highlights

This is the time of year when you look back on things that you’ve done, hurdles you’ve conquered, celebrations you’ve reveled in, and all the little things in between. This is a time for some positive light to be shed, but I know that it can often turn negative, and you can beat yourself up for the things that didn’t get done, hurdles you are constantly tripping over, etc., some years are going to be better than others. So as we get ready to start the next book in the series of our lives, I wanted to take a minute to run through my personal highlights of 2014, with a focus on the good and any negatives we will call challenges that helped us learn and grow!

In January, I shared the long struggle that was our home buying search. It was such a difficult process that challenged us at every turn and keeping positive was downright impossible at times. I wrote a bit about that here, and tried to give some insight into the process for other first time home buyers.

In February, we finally did find our first home! We signed on the dotted line, scheduled the movers and tore out the carpeting all within the first 24 hours.

Our small little slice of the world is the perfect place for us, and we have loved (and hated) it for almost a year now, and I can confidently say the struggle was worth it. Losing out on the other two places was meant to be, even though it was hard at the time, it was the best thing for us.

In March, as we settled in, I dreamt up a color scheme for our cozy abode and we painted the nights away. I will say that painting is something that I really do not enjoy. I thought there would be some feeling of reward in painting our first home by ourselves. But after finishing up the living room, we decided to wait on the other spaces, and eventually we will likely have a professional come in and at least touch up the moldings.

That said, P & I did still paint the kitchen ourselves, and in April, I taped off and painted the accent stripes over a few days when he was working late shifts. The bold accent was a surprise to some, and it still gets a lot of comments when we have company over, but we still really love it. It adds such a playful element to the space and makes me smile every time I glance into the space. Take a look here for more on our bold kitchen reveal.

In May we brought the most adorable puppy home (check #BrantleyBub on Instagram for a cuteness overdose). He instantly stole our hearts despite the potty training challenges of living in a condo and having to repeatedly sprint down several flights of stairs (sometimes for nothing), and I’m sure all the neighbors think we are insane for the excessive whooping and cheering we’d perform upon him actually going to the bathroom outside. Outside of the house, I began working on a living and dining room for a client whose bathroom is still an all-time favorite in my portfolio. Much like the rest of us, her projects are ongoing as the challenges of the budget and owning a home often add restrictions and make getting things done feel impossible. Both spaces are very close to completion and I promise to share them once they’ve wrapped up.

The summer months came and went without much notice, between wedding planning and working we spent a lot of time checking out our new neighborhood and dreaming of beach days and scenic retreats. Somewhere in there we managed to organize some frames and arrange a gallery wall as a focal point in the living room, which is another highlight of our home in my opinion. We actually received a few more framed pieces over the holidays that will soon be added to the wall as well, so more on that when the time comes.

Come August I got to bask in the fun of bridal showers and girls nights with some of my nearest and dearest. In September we even made it home to Seattle for a few days of bachelorette fun and a couples shower. If I had to use one word to sum up our labor day weekend of fun it would be epic. That trip was seriously so much fun. We also began work to add a closet to our bedroom that has added so much storage that I can’t express how much our life has improved with it. I haven’t shared pictures of it yet because it isn’t truly finished, but I think we will be there soon.

October was a continuation of epic fun, starting off with our wedding! It was a day that down-poured. The weather was not such a treat, but it made for a truly beautiful backdrop to our day, I’ve always loved so much about the rain, being from Seattle, and our pastor reminded us that our first date was also very rainy. Needless to say, the ceremony was so beautiful and we had so much fun at our reception and after-party that I woke up the next day and asked my new husband if we could do it all again! And if bad weather is the worst of things to come in our marriage, I will certainly take the rain! A few weeks back I shared a glimpse into the making of our big day, and hopefully in the new year I will have time to sort through more pictures of the wedding and honeymoon to share as well.

We ended the month of October on our honeymoon and started November off in Italy. For being a month about gratitude and thanks, my heart is certainly so full with love (even still) from our amazing wedding and honeymoon it might just burst. This trip (and this year) has filled me with so much inspiration and relaxation that I am fully geared up for another year of working with my clients to create amazing spaces for them.

December  has been about cutting myself some slack. I have had an extremely full year. Full of a lot of incredible and very positive things. But with all that good comes a lot of chaos. So I have been working on giving myself credit for all that I have done this year, and trying to give myself more attainable goals for things. We did have our holiday party, which I debriefed on a bit yesterday, where instead of making everything from scratch, I worked on good presentation, planning a tasty spread and a house full of festivity, cheer and ambiance.

This year as a whole has been such a wonderful year. For starters, I am now a Mrs. I am a home owner, a doggy mom, a business owner and so much more. These are all huge things! There have been times I have cried over the chaos, but there has been so much growth this year. Personal growth, yes, but also business growth-I have so many exciting projects to share with you in the new year. I haven’t ever really done a year in review like this before, but I have loved doing it! It has taken me all the way back through the blog and I’ve seen how this outlet has grown for me as well. I am so thankful for everyone who comes through and keeps me going here. I love to see the progress I’ve made with my writing, graphics and even my work that I share. I am so excited to continue this growth through blogging into 2015! If you made it all the way through this lengthy post, I can’t wait to make it through so many more in the new year!

Wishing you all a healthy happy 2015–I can’t wait to share another year with you all!