Mom, Here's a short little video I put together of our family weekend together. Everyone had so much fun, and I wanted to make sure we had something to remember it by. We love you so, so much! Happy birthday.
It's hard to believe that it's been a whole year since we signed papers and got the keys to this house. I sometimes think it's been the slowest year of my life because SO much has happened. Other times it feels like it has just flown by! Both for sure.
A few months into living in this space Emma and I found out that our next book would be an interior book (the topic had changed multiple times, I guess we have TOO many ideas sometimes!) We spent about eight months on that book from start to finish and it was entirely photographed in our two homes. We did 100% new photos for that book, so basically we spent most of the past year renovating, styling and DIYing our homes- many of the projects and rooms won't appear on ABM until after the book is released next summer, and most of them will not appear on ABM ever because we really wanted the book to feel exclusive and special. This may be an over share into the back end of what it's like writing a book, but I say all of this to explain how incredibly exciting it is now that the book is completed to be able to share ANYTHING from our homes at ANY TIME. It's awesome! I'm working on moving all of the book projects to storage till next summer (no spoilers!) and restyling a lot of the rooms in my home. I LOVE switching things up- it's literally one of my favorite hobbies ever.
I'm in the mood for change!! There is definitely an element of sadness to painting over some of our statement walls, especially the one in our bedroom but I love change and am ready to embrace a season of just-for-fun decorating! If there is one thing I've learned from writing books it's how much AMAZING work we can get done in a short amount of time if we do the proper amount of planning up front.
My personal goals for the coming few months are as follows.... 1. Restyle and re-imagine some of our rooms and share photos. 2. Have a big family and friends party! I'm so embarrassed that some of our friends still haven't been invited over- the shame! 3. Give Jeremy the gift of a home that is "just a home" instead of a constant photo shoot. He's been so incredibly patient and supportive of our projects and I want to thank him with a more relaxing space to come home to. ♥
Cheers to new personal goals! It's an exciting time.
38/365 We moved our pretty yellow sofa to storage this week. It will be moving to our future studio soon. We've just started shopping for a new studio space. I can't wait! Working from my home has been incredibly convenient but we're all ready to have a dedicated work space again, especially my poor husband!
We decided to upload Jeremy's and my wedding video (by our dear friend Brandon Goodwin) to our YouTube channel since Emma's will soon be going up. We thought it would be fun for them to live there together. :) Each time Jeremy and I watch back this video we are overwhelmed with happiness. It's only been two years but our nieces and nephews already look like baby muppet versions of themselves. So sweet and little. Anyway... I thought it would be fun to share this today. I can't wait for you to see Emma's video soon. It's absolutely incredible.
This year we added our first garden to our backyard. It's made of two large rows of cedar boxes, with a path in between. My parents helped me choose the vegetables and herbs and plant them. Jeremy has started to enjoy yard work this summer, so that's been pretty cool. I guess owning this home has motivated us to get into things that we weren't that interested in before. I mean, I always wanted a garden but this year I finally got the motivation to actually make it happen! (hooray!!) I'm proud of what we've been able to do with our yard so far. It's a lot of work, but it's getting just a little bit prettier and more personalized every season.
So far, we've only been using herbs from the garden. The vegetables are still very tiny, but there they are! I'm excited to cook with them once they are full grown. Gosh, we still have so much to learn. Our yard is a little to shaded for a garden, so next season we may have to get some trees cut down or at least majorly trimmed back.
This has been a fantastic experience! I'm so thankful for my parents and my grandma for all the advice they've given us. Hopefully in years to come we will dive deeper into this hobby!
Currently this is how I feel all day, every day. It's crazy and I love it. Lately I've had good days, hard days and most definitely overwhelming days. More than anything, I feel like I'm constantly reminded of the power of hard work, the value of a solid support system and the magic of a random afternoon off mixed in there somewhere.
As a special way of managing stress and keeping inspired I've started a new giant journal of ideas for the upcoming autumn and winter seasons. It feels good to plan ahead. I'm somehow very comforted by this small, simple habit.
This has been a wonderful summer... maybe the best one ever. :)