In honor of a valid reason to eat chips, salsa, and all the tacos you can hold, I join you in celebrating Cinco De Mayo this weekend! I’ve gathered a few things—starting with these Hacienda Melamine Plates from Anthropologie—inspired by this festive holiday.
These stairs are only the tiniest sneak peek into a lovely Spanish Colonial home featured on Houzz. The work is that of Tim Barber, LTD Architecture.
This Avocado Mint Candle (also from Anthro) is the freshest candle yet. I love the scent and the packaging.
Trader Joe’s is hands-down my favorite stop for fresh flowers. Using cans is a festive and fun way to spice up your arrangements. Here’s an entire post dedicated to a fiesta decor.
I’m looking for the perfect drink dispenser. Here are two faves:
First, a glass dispenser available at CB2. I am also a fan of the Savannah embossed drink dispenser from World Market. If you’re looking for something acrylic, Target has good, affordable options.
And, finally, Larissa gave me this healthy and yummy recipe for fish tacos last week. She wrote about it on the LifeWay Women blog today. I made this for dinner twice last week…. It’s that good.
Enjoy your weekend!
Sometimes when I’m feeling particularly get-me-out-of here all I want to do is run away.
But since it’s not always the most practical thing to run away—responsibilities, people I love, pets I love, and then the whole I-don’t-want-to-lose-my job-thing—instead, I say nice things to myself.
But let’s be honest. Somethings aren’t OK and you might want to take that sweet little banner and say, Do not be positive with me right now. This is a bad deal. It’s not OK.
In that instance, I’d say go with this:
Because eventually everything will be okay.
Get something fun for your walls here:
Let’s Run Away and Every Thing Will Be Okay and are by I Screen You Screen on Etsy. I’ve got a couple of prints from I Screen You Screen and I love them. This If You Work Really Hard print is on my office bookshelf.
It’s OK banner by Secret Holiday & Co. Let’s Run Away to a Beautiful Place is on Etsy via Print Press by Flea Market Trixie.
Pretty things abound. Here are some things I’ve seen this week that I think you’ll enjoy.
I am the pickiest when it comes to coffee mugs. I prefer tall slender mugs to big bowlish mugs—the coffee gets cold quickly, too much surface space. And I like the way a skinny mug feels in my hands. This one meets my criteria.
Photo from Anthropologie
This mind-over-matter plant container makes me smile.
If I had to live in a barn I’d choose this Michigan barn.
Speaking of barns… West Elm has the sweetest Love Thy Farmer tote bag. And, I do love my farmers.
I’m into kale. I want to Jodi’s recipe for crisp kale and brussels sprout tacos with avocado and white bean creama. Everything is good when it’s in a tortilla, right?
Photo from What’s Cooking Good Looking?
If you’ve got a bare wall in your closet and a few clipboards here’s a fun idea for your chunkier necklaces.
No matter how smiley the dustpan, I will likely never feel happy about sweeping.
Finally, my favorite wallpaper in removable tiles. For those of us who like to change with the weather.
Photo from Hygge & West
The annual 12th South Home Tour is this Saturday. Eleven fabulous homes are on the tour and it promises to be a day of neighborliness and inspiration.
While you’re in the neighborhood stop by Edley’s Bar-B-Que or Burger Up for lunch, grab some coffee at Portland Brew or Frothy Monkey, or drop in at Imogene + Willie, even if it’s just to say hi—they’ll be glad to see you.
Get your tickets for the tour here and come see us in 12th South!
The last time we talked there was a foundation. How ’bout I walk you around the project and catch you up on what’s happened?
While we are pretending, let’s time travel back a week. Let’s say I parked my car in the back alley behind the house and you just hopped out to find the crew hard at work.
And just like magic, we’re standing on the first floor in the hallway looking out multiple doors/windows. This will all become clear with time.
Hey, Brad, fancy meeting you here. We’re just looking around.
Let’s go upstairs and see what the guys are working on. Stairs with a landing are my favorite kind.
Hello, second floor.
We’ll get out of the way so you guys can turn that pile of 2x4s into studs and walls.
That’s the quickest tour I’ve got in me—proof that we really are building something.
Thanks for reading,
I’m in the mood to rearrange the furniture, paint the bedrooms, change the bedding—I blame spring. This happens every March.
Here’s the next thing I want to do:
Update a dresser with leather pulls—so easy and affordable that I am looking forward to the next flea market to snatch an old dresser and get right to work. I first saw the picture below in House and Home. This is my favorites of the ideas I found. It’s dark and moody—how we like our dressers, not our people.
House and Home
Just when I choose a favorite I realize that tabs are all the rage. Strips vs. tabs. The debate begins.
A Home’s World
Both House and Home and Martha Stewart offer an easy step-by-step guide for adding leather to your dresser’s mix. (Just click the links under the pictures and you’ll find a supply list and instructions.)
And for the cabinets in your life:
French by Design
A Home’s World
Should you decide to revamp a piece of furniture and add a smidge of leather to it, well, good luck and I want to see your before and after! Message me. You can totally do this!
Thanks for reading.
Let me give you the fast-as-lightning visual update:
NES came to the lot and gave us power. Now Snap is in my head. It’s gettin’, it’s gettin’, it’s gettin’ kind of hectic.
Just add concrete for footers.
Next: Block. Lots of block.
Here’s a peek at what we aim toward. This is really close to final—one of the later versions. I cannot tell you how many times we edited ourselves. There’s room for change and I’m sure we will change some things—perhaps the number of windows, we might lose a balcony or change a balcony. There’s room for flex.
It’s so funny to me how huge this thing looks in the drawings but the lot is really not that as large as these drawings might imply. Prepare yourselves for lessons in scale.
There you have it. You approve?
Thanks for reading.