It’s been a busy week, as always. My husband was saying the other day that “busy” seems to have become the new badge of honour. Don’t I know it!
Everyone is always talking about how “busy” they are. So “busy”. We are all busy busy busy. Maybe it’s the time of life we are in? Maybe it’s this technological culture where we all are connected constantly to work and family and life through our phones and stimulation is everywhere so our minds truly do always feel busy? But being busy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, is it? Do you ever crave a week (or even a day!!) where there is nothing busy about it? Time to slow down, find balance, enjoy the moments… It’s a hard balance for me, because as much as I say that I’m sure I’d quickly find something to pack my day with. How about you? Are you feeling overwhelmed with busy-ness, or managing to find that elusive life balance?
Speaking of busy, we finished up a BIG project this past week. It was a quick cleanup, makeover, and staging of a rental home that we purchased just over three years ago, in order to get it ready for the market. Part of “simplifying” and being less busy is letting go of some extra responsibilities we’ve taken on, such as being landlords, so we feel this is a move in the right direction. I can’t wait to share the tour of this sweet little house with you all next week along with some tips for staging a house to sell! It really has become an adorable little cottage style home and I hope someone falls in love with it soon.
And on the beautiful cottage front, I know that you are going to absolutely love this lake house kitchen reveal via The DIY Mommy…
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Right?! That minty grey island? The lovely mirror over the sink… you have to pop over to see the rest of the details – it’s worth it.
I also really like the light fixtures they chose, and I was searching for some similar ones for a client’s kitchen this week. How crisp and beautiful are these glass single wall sconces for a kitchen?
As well as the coordinating island pendants? Simple, understated, light, and airy.
This week I was also stopped in my tracks by this gorgeous breakfast nook with new navy chairs via The Lilypad Cottage... I mean, I’m pretty much ready to just move right on in to Kelly’s home.
Rachel shared how to get the raw wood look from dark, dated pieces via Maison de Pax. How pretty is her rustic and warm nightstand makeover?
If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen my comment about our youngest son’s room, and how the bed he has may just be a little too big.
I’ve been considering a metal bed more like the one in Rachel’s room, or even just a metal headboard in order to leave the bottom of the bed more open. Like the super affordable Matheney platform bed…
But I’m also considering this Ikea Hemnes Day Bed, for the extra storage, extra sleeping space, AND the fact it would center nicely on his long wall. It looks pretty basic and boring here, but I can picture how cute it would be with his new bedding finds!
My in-laws have been working on redoing both of their bathrooms, and they installed shiplap in both rooms. They are totally transformed, and look gorgeous, as does this beautiful modern farmhouse bathroom via Sita Montgomery Interiors…
They’re on the hunt for a mirror now, and I think this double vanity would also be beautiful with a round mirror above each sink, kind of like this one…
And, that tile!
Truthfully, it makes me want to redo our bathroom! But that’s not on the list for at least a few months:) Do you know these tiles are inspired by 20’s vintage artisan cement tiles? I spotted them in charcoal at Home Depot!
Speaking of modern farmhouse chandelier, isn’t the wood and warmth of this one this one super pretty?
The gold finish on it is gorgeous. It reminded me of another beautiful gold fixture I spotted this week; over in this stunning hallway at Polished Habitat. Um, plus, that wallpaper?!? #allthehearteyes
I’ve been spending some time searching for pretty area rugs the last couple of weeks, as my Mom is redoing her living room and is in search of the perfect rug find. Her room is all white and cream so far, so she is thinking of splashing in some colour on the floor. I think it’s a good idea because her dog enjoys regurgitating his dinner, making a white rug a bad idea. Personally like bright and cheery fresh rug for spring…
But that might be a little brighter then she wants, at least in terms of the pops of fuchsia. I also found this lovely Loretta Cream Area Rug…
Or this slightly softer, lighter version called Holmes Distressed…
Which one do you like best?
If you are looking for some lunch or dinner inspiration, I was wiping drool off my chin after spotting this Mexican Bowl Recipe via A Pretty Life…It’s everything dinner dreams are made of (minus the beef for me and double for my boys…).
And just because this picture makes me happy… and feels more like relaxing and less like busy, here’s some Nantucket dreams for ya, via Instagram
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Have a great weekend, friends!