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Monday
Oct062014

family photo session + sleeping through the night

Back in the end of August, on probably the hottest, most humid day of the entire summer, my good friend and client (who also happens to moonlight as an AMAZING family photographer) snapped some photos of the hubby, baby girl and me and they turned out so much better than I ever could have imagined!!  Lydia and I wore matching white dresses with embroidered edges and the hubby shaved.  It was a pretty big deal.  I have taken upwards of a thousand photos of Lydia since she was born and I can count on one hand how many I am in with her; her daddy was deployed for almost half her life and yet, he appears in a staggering number (does this sound familiar to any of you mommas??)  So, while this was meant to be a family photo session, Shannon was kind enough to sneak in quite a few candid shots of me and my beautiful baby girl to prove she really does have a momma! From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Shannon!  I am eternally grateful for these beautiful shots and will treasure all 60 (!) of them forever. 

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These photos expertly hide the fact that I was TIRED.  I mean, bone tired.  I was so spoiled so early on because Lydia started sleeping through the night at 7 weeks old.  And I'm talking ten, eleven hours straight, then she'd wake up, eat and go back to sleep for another two!  With the hubby deployed at exactly the same time and no family nearby, I was so grateful for this little gift.  But all that changed when she hit four months and started teething.  At exactly six months, she started waking every 1-2 hours and continued that until she was 8 1/2 months old.

I don't care how young you are, sleep deprivation like THAT is its own form of torture!  I'm such a sucker and wouldn't (and still won't leave her) to cry it out, but something had to give.  I had tried everything but, seeing as I had nursed her to sleep all of her life, I knew I had to start there.  A friend loaned me The Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg as a guide- have any of you ever read it?  It was amazing; in a matter of days, she went from waking every 1-2 hours to only waking once (albeit, it would take me an hour to get her back to sleep)  The first week she napped twice a day and I wanted to rejoice!  The second week and since, she's still only getting up once wanting to have a dance party in the middle of the night, but it's like pulling teeth trying to get her to nap during the day. Have any of you had this problem?  I'd love to know how you handled it or what might have worked for you! 

Wednesday
Oct012014

gray malin 50% off at one kings lane!

I'm a huge fan of photographer Gray Malin's large scale beach prints, as much for the size and drama as the color and movement, so I'm always on the lookout for flash sales featuring his work.  I was thrilled to see a few of his pieces on One King's Lane on MAJOR sale right now (even if I don't exactly have a place to put one right now, I still love to look!)  If you're in the market for some oversize art, head on over and check them out, but hurry...as in true fashion, there aren't many of his pieces left!  Here are a few of the beauties on sale right now:

Wednesday
Oct012014

antique-filled in amagansett

Fall is finally starting to (slowly) creep its way to the south and I couldn't be happier!  I've been glued to my Pinterest page lately but, instead of fall decorations, I've been drooling over tailored spaces in neutral color palettes with lots of texture, beautiful antiques, and luxurious textiles.  I've always been drawn to more masculine spaces and believe that you can create a "fall" feel in your home without resorting to kitschy decorations but rather a few key pieces that are classic and warm like throw blankets, pillows, birch logs, candles, dhurries and of course, fresh cut magnolia branches!  This antiques filled Amagansett home, designed by architect and interior designer Jennifer Vaughn Miller, is a fabulous example of such a tailored, masculine aesthetic.  Creamy white walls are a beautiful backdrop for an impressive collection of antiques, warm wood pieces, leather and linen furnishings and pops of brass, black and charcoal.  Fresh flowers in vintage silver trophies are a beautiful way to add a feminine touch and a little bit of soft color.  It's sophisticated and elegant, light and bright yet comfy and cozy.  I can just imagine kicking back on that gorgeous tufted leather sofa with a glass of wine and a roaring fire, can't you? 

Here are my picks for creating a similar look and feel in your home:

Aiden accent chair / Gorden tufted sofa / Woven seagrass basket / Deauville Table Lamp

Vintage trophy / boston functional library wall light / Snow leopard faux fur throw

Kelly Wearstler Feline Pillow / Diptyque candle / Tortoise ice bucket

Happy Hump Day!

Thursday
Sep252014

minted art

I've used Minted for our Christmas cards for years; the photo quality and weight of the paper just can't be beat and the price is so affordable.  I'm still getting compliments on Lydia's beautiful birth announcements so I know I'll be ordering birthday invites for years to come, as well!  Besides beautiful cards and stationery, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Minted is also a great source for artwork, with a pretty impressive collection of limited edition art prints from independent artists.  Each piece comes in a variety of sizes and matting and framing options and prices are so affordable, I had to do a double take! Most can even be printed up to 4 feet, for some serious drama for your walls!  Here are some pieces that caught my eye:

They've got quite an adorable selection of children's art, too!  Love these personalized options for babies - they would make a great baby or birthday gift:

I'm especially enamored with this Moby Dick quote; the oversize version would look adorable in a nursery:

Have you bought any artwork from Minted?  I'd love to know what you think!

Wednesday
Sep242014

fab fall finds for $75 or less

Yesterday marked the start of fall and, much to my surprise, the temperature never made it above 65, so I'm finally very excited for the change in seasons!  I emptied all of my summer pots and got them ready for some mums, cabbage, kale and ornamental grasses and am chomping at the bit to pull out my faux fur throws, riding boots and puffer vests!  My way of decorating for fall is to just add a bunch of cozy and natural elements, candles and, of course, lots of texture and fresh greenery.  Here are a few of my favorite items that will get your home ready for fall without breaking the bank; every one is $75 or less! West Elm, High Street Market, Mark and Graham, C Wonder and Nordstrom are chock full of beautiful, affordable decorative items; here are a few things I'm loving lately:

Animal print makes the most impact in small doses and this chenille leopard print pillow is the perfect accessory for the bed, sofa or chair!

Add a preserved boxwood wreath to your front door for a pop of fresh color that will last from fall throughout the holiday season!

Pop some kindling, firewood or birch logs in this modern weave handled basket for an instant fall feel!

A monogrammed wood cheese board is a personal, rustic touch.

This agate platter with gold leaf edge is art all on its own!

I have this raffia table runner and I love it!  It's one of my favorite ways to add a little texture and interest to my white dinnerware and serving dishes.

These stemless gold rimmed water and wine glasses are elegant but practical enough for every day use (and make great gifts, too!)

I love the gold tone on these woodblock print napkins; such a beautiful compliment to a fall table setting!

Horn coasters are a beautiful, easy way to add a natural element.

Love this silvered chisel votive (it's just as lovely as a bud vase!)

Jo Malone's wood sage and sea salt candle is worth the hype; it smells absolutely divine!

What are you loving for fall?  I'd love to know!