A few months ago Ryan and I watched a movie with our nephews and this was the preview. I can’t remember what it is we were seeing but I just kept thinking of this short film. I came home right away and looked everywhere online to find it to share on my blog, but no such luck. But then the ever inspiring Joanna posted it on her blog this week and it made my day. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day next week, take a few minutes to watch this six minute love story.


Dining Room Sideboard

This Conant Ball sideboard is probably one of my favorite pieces in our house. We bought this sideboard on Craigslist almost two years ago for only $100 because it was stained, in rough condition and smelled like pee. Thankfully Ryan and I have “vision” and were able to see/smell past it’s existing condition. (I love a man that can get just as excited by a piece of vintage furniture as he does for a football game!) Once we took it home, we used several cans of Lysol on her and let her sit outside in the sun for a few days. Ryan is a genius when it comes to refinishing furniture. Seriously. I never thought he would be able to get this piece to feel so smooth. When he put the last coat of poly on it, I think I sat and pet it for a few minutes.  Now we use it to store wine glasses, wine, china from his Grandmother, candles and mail. Storing mail in here is probably weird, but I hate piles of paper and it’s right near our front door. (You can see the “before” photos here of the room. This sideboard is on the right wall opposite that ugly old recliner. ick.)

Above it I hung a collage of photos that are special to us: wedding photos, the London eye from our first vacation together, the water at Niagra Falls, and a still life Ryan’s mom gave me. Although getting all these pictures to look “carefully undone” took hours but it was worth it in the end. I’m kind of spastic when it comes to hanging pictures so there are about 4 “practice” holes behind each of those photos, I’m sure. I thought this post by Joanna was interesting about having family photos in public spaces in your home. I feel like having personal photos in your public spaces is even more important so you can show your family and friends what is important to you. I can’t tell you how many times people comment on these pictures. My Mom especially loves the Rorschach print by Andy Warhol.

After we got this piece inside Ryan looked online to see what similar pieces were going for and they were going for thousands (!) of dollars… some even for $6k. Not a bad deal considering we got this for $100! Another reason it’s one of my favorite pieces in the house. :)

Conant Ball Buffet Before

Conant Ball Sideboard

Conant Ball Buffet

Photo Collage

Water Pitcher on White Tray


Oh, and of course I always have a bowl of lemons and water on it waiting for guests. Obviously. :)

Artistic Tile Wood Grain

Wood Tiles?

Typically I’m not a fan of materials pretending to be something that they’re not, but this tile may have change my mind. I was shopping for a kitchen back splash and some bathroom tiles this week and spotted this porcelain tile in the showroom. It is the most beautiful greyish brown color and actually looks like wood. Weird. I’m just waiting to use this in a basement or bathroom renovation!

Artistic Tile Wood Grain

Stella & Dot - waverly three way bag

Crossbody Purse

My body has been fighting a nasty head cold for weeks(!) and the only cure is retail therapy. I’ve been eyeing this crossbody bag for a while now,  and decided to bite the bullet and buy it. (I actually hosted a Stella and Dot party last year and had some 50% off credits leftover. If you like their jewels, I highly recommend hosting a party!) I’m all for pieces having multiple functions, whether it be a side table or purse. I’m pretty excited to use this baby on our trip to California this Spring. April, are you here yet?!

Stella & Dot - waverly three way bag


Stella Dot Three way Crossbody Bag


I think every designer has dreams of designing a specific space over the course of their career. I would personally love to design a restored barn, a coffee shop/cafe, and Ryan’s family’s funeral home. (That last one is strange, I know. But, they have clowns and slot machines in their home and it’s creepy. I want to get my hands on that space!)

If I were to design a cafe I’d want it to look like this. Modern, cozy and full of natural industrial elements. I love the mixture of the warm wood tones and dramatic white banquet. The gray wood flooring. The library sconces. The subway tiles! I could sit here drinking coffee and chatting with my girlfriends for hours.

modern cafe with white banquet

white banquet and wood tables at aqua cafe

modern bar at aqua cafe