Wednesday, October 8, 2014

B A B Y   M A G I C   H O U R

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we finally had some gorgeous photos taken of the baby while we were away in california in july. the photographer, renee hindman, shot us all at sunset in an empty field in carlsbad (part of san diego) and they came out so lovely. i was completely nervous being that it was right at madelyns bedtime but she had a blast.








renee had lots of fantastic vintage props and baby furniture. this was actually a doll bed.

last shot of the day in an antique high chair

a few of the shots ready to be sent out to the family

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Friday, September 12, 2014

I N   T H E   H O O D

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

B I K E   L O V E

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came across this fantastic bike store/cafe just south of prospect park. really cute setup and displays inside, tasty iced tea, and the repair 'shcak' in the back yard looked pretty sweet...as repair shacks go.








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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

I N   T H E   H O O D

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chickens are out-numbered by both swans and tv trays


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Friday, September 5, 2014

I N S P I R E D

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always on the hunt for some window box inspiration...these are pretty sweet for end-of-summer...mine are a total disaster!






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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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here's my fantastic nephew vincent...came to hang but helped me with some terrible garden chores! how great is he?


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

C E L E B R A T E !

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it's August 17th.... Black Cat Appreciation Day!





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Monday, August 4, 2014

P H I L I P

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we got word yesterday that our wonderful friend philip had passed away at the age of 52. he was the savior who helped us with our entire lower level/basement renovation...he's a huge part of the story of how our house became a home. we spent a lot of time together during that project (he slept on site during construction!), we learned so much about construction and about life in general in those months with phil. one of the most interesting people we'd ever met....truly. 
peace to you philip.




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Thursday, July 24, 2014

S H E L F   R E F I N I S H

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when the open shelves in the kitchen first went up (what...3 years ago?!!) there was no finish on them...or maybe there was a light matt finish on them...i can't even remember. anyway...it got old fast having to thoroughly dry every glass and dish that came out of the dishwasher before putting them up on the shelves (do dishwashers not dry dishes anymore?) so as not to damage the wood with water. after talking about it for over 2 years the shelves got sanded and coated so they'd be indestructable. yay!





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Monday, June 23, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I N   B L O O M   : J U N E

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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the cats are loving the baby's playmat!


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

I T ' S   O U T !

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last year we were approached by Better Homes & Gardens to have our yard renovation featured in their quarterly publication Refresh Magazine...well it's finally out on newsstands today!
our yard was shot last May...i think i was 3 months pregnant then. look at us now...parents of a 6 month old little girl! 
It's a much bigger article than i had thought! 3 spreads worth! i'm just a little bummed out they didn't mention designsmitten anywhere...i was looking forward to lots of new web traffic...oh well. tell your friends! over all it was such a fun experience...it really got us motivated to make a bunch of updates and really tidy things up in preparation for the shoot (though things have been updated a bit more since!). we got to meet some really fantastic people who were here styling, prepping, shooting...a job well done by all.








here's a few behind the scenes shots from the shoot way back in may 2013




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Monday, May 12, 2014

1 0   Y E A R S :   K I T C H E N

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i wont go too much into how much this kitchen sucked and how awesome it is now, since this is probably the most posted/blogged about room in our house....you can read lots of info about it's transformation over the years right here and over here on design sponge. Believe me when i say that this before picture is actually quite nice compared to what it used to look like when we first moved in...when it was a hell hole.



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