Ok guys, I didn't really mean to take a full month off blogging, but things have been busy over here and my brain needed a break.
Or maybe I was just channeling my inner European and taking August off. That sounds better. Let's go with that.
First up, the big news...we bought a house! Woo! I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't fully realize what a huge deal this would be. It seemed like you signed the papers, get the keys and you're done. But, like any real adult could have told me, it involves much more. There are neighbors to meet, contractors to hire, things that go wrong (and then more contractors to meet) and luckily lots and lots of visitors. The house is adorable, but of course we will be putting our own spin on some things. I'm definitely excited to share projects with you as we go. Oh and it's on a lake. I guess I buried the lead there. So the design balance will be between letting it be a "lake house" without letting it become too kitschy. I'll be channeling my inner Thom Filicia here. My dream is to get his phone number so I can text him when I'm having a panicky design moment and he'll help me make all the right decisions. That's not weird right? I swear it's a lot easier to design for other people. The cobblers kids never have shoes.
My parents came to visit two weeks ago which was just pure bliss. I don't get to see them as often as I'd like, so every trip is really special. This time (besides doing loads and loads of new house work) they brought Not Your Father's Root Beer with them. If you haven't heard of it, it's an alcoholic root beer that is exactly as delicious as it sounds. It's pretty sweet so I can't drink an entire bottle, but it's definitely bringing back root beer floats as the best dessert of the summer.
We spent the last week in Yellowstone and Jackson Hole which was awesome. We got to see a lot of wildlife (bison, muledeer, elk, wolves, bears, etc) and the scenery was spectacular. The highlight of the trip was white water rafting, where we saw a bear right by the water! Stay in the boat folks.
I've been listening to a lot of podcasts lately (thanks to the increased driving to the house) and I am obsessed with Death, Sex and Money. Not the concepts thank-you-very-much, but the podcast. Anna Sale is an incredible interviewer and she has a way of getting people to open up about sensitive topics in a really genuine and unobtrusive manner. The last few episodes (revisiting New Orleans on the 10th Anniversary of Katrina) are particularly touching.
My friend Ryan has become my go-to book recommending machine. He recently turned me onto Dominick Dunne with A Season in Purgatory and I'm currently devouring Luckiest Girl Alive. Basically, you can blame him for the lack of blogging.
Oh, and between all of these adventures, I've been working. A ton! It's awesome and nothing makes me happier than leaving a meeting with a client. I'm particularly proud of this nursery ceiling that I installed a few weeks ago. The decals are from Urban Walls.
So that's the last month in a nutshell. Hope yours has been equally delightful.