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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.

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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

 

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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)

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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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What I Love About My Home

Our Porch

I love my porch in the autumn. We put up the buntings and painted the porch floor linen white, and cleared away the random assortment of toys, and I’ve been really enjoying spending time here now. Bix rides his scooter back and forth across the old, deeply ridged porch and it makes a satisfying railroad track sound as he coasts by, and I soak up the last rays of a warm early autumn. I love the trees on our street, especially now with the leaves changing against a deep blue sky. I love that all of the neighbors know Bixby.

I love our old wooden floorboards, and the way everything feels so snug at night — no one is ever far out of reach in this little place! I love the chalkboard wall we painted in Bixby’s room, and the big pompoms that look like snowballs strung across it. I love the way the heaters hiss in the winter. I love peeking out onto a snowy world and feeling utterly warm and safe in our little house. I love the hush of the first big snow.

I love our backyard, and the fact that we, with our own two four six hands have remade it from standard issue patch of lawn to chicken coop and yard, and then to ever-expanding veggie garden. I love sitting outside in the summer. I love leaving the windows open and listening to birdsong in the morning and crickets at night; even though we are officially in the “city”, there are far more creature sounds and busyness surrounding us than I ever had growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I love the moments spent curled up on our soft, velvety sofa, reading stories. I love the rows of glass canning jars filled with our homegrown pickles and dilly beans. I love the pencil marks on the kitchen doorjamb with handwritten dates recording how Bixby has grown. I love being able to walk to the farmer’s market down the street on a Saturday morning, or to the park to sit by the fountain, or on the grass with a picnic.

When we moved in here five years ago, it didn’t feel like home. It felt like it still belonged to someone else. Now, it feels like ours. Like we’ve made our mark on this little house, and it has made its own mark on us.

This post was my response to this creative assignment. Did you try it? If so, please feel free to share your own experience with it!

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