creature comforts

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i’ve always been drawn to creative folks, so it’s no surprise that my instagram and pinterest feeds are full of awesomely talented folks like ez pudewa, founder and editor-in-chief of creature comforts. her charming “stanley makes friends” print topped my christmas wish list, is the founding piece of my ongoing attempt at a gallery wall & inspired the colors for one of my embroidery pieces…just to show you how much i adore her work. and then, to make it even better, ez is this awesome, friendly, thoughtful person to boot! she gives me hope for the whole social media thing and is a great role model i’m continually inspired by.

cheers to ez and creature comforts!

( the sweet thank you notecard “maxwell’s midnight snack”  given by ez inspired the color palette for my owl piece. and is framed, sitting on a shelf in monroe’s room.)

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(here’s stanley taking his pride of place on my gallery wall…which i’m slowly building!)

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(one of ez’s gorgeous photographs)

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(you’ll find all kinds of fun and beautiful diy projects on her site, like these envelopes)

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(and the girl can bake!)

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colorful vintage

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sometimes i feel like vintage gets a bad wrap. think stained lacy doilies, mustard yellows and all things drab. quite the contrary! there are lots of great finds with beautiful colors to brighten up your home.  my current faves in my home are a collection of turquoise mason jars, the red spindle shelf in mun’s room, a green corduroy chair in the den (formerly my poppi’s!) and of course, my embroidered pillow cases. no drab in sight! here are some of my favorite colorful vintage finds on etsy right now (can you spot posy’s?!):

lockers

map

turquoise shelf

creuset

redclock

dishware

pushpins

 jadeite

chairs

bank

roar

recipe box

scandinavian

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it seems that everytime i see something i like in a design book or pin, it’s scandinavian. with all the chaos of two kids in a small house, i’m really digging their simplicity philosophy and as a fabric lover/addict, i can’t get enough of their patterns.  it seems like the gist of this design style is natural elements, clean lines with function and longevity as top priority, those last two elements seem especially good with the whole small children thing! and while, to me, it can lean a little excessively in the neutral color scope, i can appreciate the idea of having some bigger expanses of white or neutral so that the colors i do add really “pop!”

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 scandikitchen

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christmas in july

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posy elves have been hard at work (already!) prepping for the holiday season. for someone who was a “tad” unorganized in her early years, i’m pretty darn proud of myself about this. i’ve just got a few more pieces left to cut and off to my talented helpers they go! to remind me of how awesome the end result is, i’ve been looking over pictures from posy’s holiday past.

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light

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a year ago, on a beach trip with my family, my folks were talking about how better things will be once the kids start school. this was when i was only getting two 30 minute naps and a night of at least 2 interruptions from monroe. they actually high-fived each other, i’m assuming in remembrance of how good their life got when suzanne and i were in school…all. day. long. so, now that i’m on the edge of monroe being in school three mornings of the week and olive starting kindergarten, i’m doing my own high-fives. i may actually get an inventory together. and have a faster return on custom projects. and go the bathroom in peace, that sort of stuff. as much as i mostly love my time with these crazy kids, i really like having the space to miss them too.

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my color scheme

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I’ve always thought of myself as an equal opportunity color lover, but in looking around my home and the objects I tend to gravitate toward, I’ve recently discovered that I really adore just three colors…at least for my home…blue, green and yellow. Of course, there are so many beautiful shades within those three worlds that it hardly seems as limited as just three colors. Turquoise, butter, celadon, navy, mustard, kelly, etc. Right now, my nails are minty green, the bowl for my peaches is a blue ombre and the tray for my daughter’s Lego project is a yellow chevron. It’s not to say that I don’t enjoy all the other colors and have them scattered about my home, but when I look around, those friends have definitely taken over.

(These are the first handful of images in my “Happy Home” pinterest board…as if I could hide that this is my color scheme!)

yellow armoireyellow art

yellow lamp

blue walls

yellow-chair

blue cabinets

green entryway

green pendant

blue kitchen