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Living Room Makeover!

Well, it took the impending sale of our house (yes, it’s true!!) to motivate me to finally get this room together the way I’ve wanted it for a long time. (Isn’t that always the way it is?)

Living Room Makeover


Living Room Makeover Living Room MakeoverThe past month has been a whirlwind of painting, decluttering, staging, roofing (!), and landscaping, and I am so ready for a few summery weekends without a house project in sight. I’ll include more details later for those who are interested, but for now I am just pleased as punch to get to sit down (on my white slipcovered sofa!) and relax … until the packing begins.

xo Laura


This Moment

Joining Soule Mama today for ‘this moment’: a single photo capturing a simple, special, extraordinary moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. It’s meant to be wordless, but it’s been so long since my last post, I can’t help but add a few words…

Bixby biking at Brown

This is Bixby riding his now-too-small first bike around the Brown University campus. When I look at this photo, I can’t help but feel nostalgic…because this will likely be our last winter on the east coast. Looking back from next winter, I’m sure he will seem so little in this photo, perched atop that tiny two-wheeler; and the whole ritual of bundling up to ride through this snow-covered landscape will feel a world away. For now, as we brave the last really cold days of winter (they must be the last!!) I try to remind myself to be grateful for all we have right now. Preschool. Our little yellow house. Friends we’ve made here. And yes, even snow.

p.s.: I’ve been hanging out on Instagram a lot more lately, so if you want to keep in touch, you can find my Instagram account here.


5 Etsy Finds

We’ve just been through an epic blizzard, but I’m keeping thoughts of spring firmly in mind. To help the process along, here are 5 Etsy finds I have my eye on…

Small Adventure

1. This Succulents print from Small Adventure paper goods.

Amelie Mancini Amelie Mancini

2. & 3. The cactus pouch and screen printed linen napkins from Amelie Mancini.

hjärt slag

4. The lovely hand knit pillows from hjärt slag, based in Hamburg, Germany.

Design Forest

5. And last but certainly not least, this sweet little blue bird planter from Design Forest, based in England.

Enjoy your week, friends, whatever the weather in your neck of the woods brings!

xo Laura



Carpet Crush: Turkish Tulu Rugs

Oh, hello my pretties! Sorry, no I am not talking about you — I am referring to the deliciously fluffy Turkish rugs you will find if you scroll down a bit. Have a gander:

Turkish Tulu RugsOh yes! ABC Home currently has a nice crop of vintage Turkish Tulu rugs (some of my favorites are shown above) and I think their moment has come. Fabulously shaggy and bohemian, but with a pretty color palette ranging from vibrant pinks to sunshine yellow, or simple black and white, these rugs are calling my name! They remind me a bit of Moroccan Beni Ourains and Boucherouite rugs, but with their own distinctive patterns and colors.

Vintage Turkish Tulu Vintage Turkish TuluThese beautiful, hand-woven rugs have been made in Turkey for hundreds of years, and, like Beni Ourains, were originally used as soft and cozy bed coverings. I could see hanging a small Tulu rug on the wall, layering one over a larger rug in the living room, or laying one across the foot of the bed. What about you? Have you seen Tulu rugs before? Are you a fan?

(all images: ABC Carpet & Home)


Apartment Therapy #stylecure: Inspiration Board

AT Style CureOur main living space serves as entry, home office, living room, and dining room — and it could definitely use some help! I’ve decided to join in on this year’s Apartment Therapy Style Cure to spruce up our living room before the holidays. Above I’ve shared my style board for this project; you can see I’ve been drawn to a crisp palette of blue and white with a hit of poppy red, classic shapes, and a bit of Parisian chic.

After doing my 10 minute mindful makeover I’ve decided to change the furniture layout of the room to improve flow, swap out a few pieces of furniture, and bring in more color, symmetry, and polish. Wish me luck!

Images. clockwise from top left: Domino Magazine (first two), Baker Ballard Interiors, Domino Magazine, Lisa Petrole Photography, Baker Ballard Interiors, Nastasi Vail Design, Domino Magazine, Wisteria.

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