Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Pretty Place to Read Magazines & Drink Rose

* Anthony P. Browne in Architectural Digest.  Photo by John Wadsworth

Excuse me for being a bad blogger lady.  I'm navigating unfamiliar waters here. 

Not only am I outnumbered by boys, a situation this girly girl is not often in, but I'm also trying to figure out how much wrestling is too much for an 8 month old and how many times I can ask my son not to jump over his brother's head before I threaten to take away everything that is precious to him. 

Give me girl drama any day. 

I can handle a three hour phone call about why your friend might not be talking to you and what you should do about it.  I'm just not so sure what to do about breaking up a headlock situation or how to respond to things like "I need to go fight the dog." 

Don't get me wrong, my boys are super sweet and actually fairly well-behaved in public, but you take your eye off of them for one second in their natural habitat and well, it's suddenly cage fighting practice.  I knew this day would come, but I'm surprised it's so early.  It's all very fascinating, brothers, boys, the joy of wrestling.  So if my blogging is few and far between lately, know that I'm just fine, I miss you and I will be back as soon as I can!

 * This post is brought to you by Golf Magazine (yes an entire magazine devoted to golf), which I let the baby tear to pieces while I typed.  Sorry Kip!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Have a Lovely Weekend!

*  Photo by Kelly Christine (a supercool, sweet and extremely talented photographer based in Dallas)

Hello friends! If you are looking for some beautiful spring party inspiration, you have to visit the posts my sister-in-law finally put up from her wedding to none other than my sweet little brother!

Go now and then come back --> Wedding Posts One, Two and Three

I know she was eager to give credit to all of the fabulous people who helped make the day so beautiful and special.  She's sweet like that :) So my first three links (and the photo credit above) are to their awesome vendors whom I've been following all over the Internets thanks to my sister-in-law. 


I could look at Emily Clarke Events blog all day long

I am so inspired by Bows and Arrows Flowers (their Instagram always gives me a dose of happy)

I'm also obsessed with Casa De Perrin's Instagram for tabletop inspiration

I signed up for my first birthday party with The Birthday Party Project and I'm beyond excited! What's better and more fulfilling than bringing joy, love and light to children?!

I also want a pink bathroom now

Texas Beauty - this kind of thing fascinates me to no end

A great post on painting brick houses

A genius gadget for small kitchens

Front door color inspiration for people who are fun

This house is fun

A great quote about books (and justification for us book hoarders)
* My Father-in-law's most recent joke: 
It's not justification, it's a work trip, too. 
(I think I'm the only one who appreciates his jokes)

Cute baby gift for a little girl and a little boy

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Moody Spring Flowers

Y'all, my bestie from college is coming to visit today and I couldn't be more excited! She's coming with her fiancĂ© all the way from Charleston, and I'm afraid Kansas City will not be welcoming them with beautiful spring weather.  So yesterday I headed to Trader Joe's and loaded up on flowers, chocolates and adult beverages in hopes of giving them a nice welcome. 

This is literally my first time arranging flowers in any way. The closest I've come in the past is removing the baby's breath from a bouquet of roses. I'm not even an amateur. I'm an infant. But the flowers at Trader Joe's were so pretty that I got a little ambitious. I really want to take a class on floral arranging because I know there are so many tricks beyond just putting them in a vase. The end result was a bit moody and haphazard, but I'm enjoying them nonetheless. 

So here are the fruits of my labor.  Be gentle. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Boy Wallpaper: Brunschwig & Fils Battle of Valmy

Morning y'all! While I'm nowhere near doing anymore decorating in the boys' rooms, I have fallen in love with this awesome Brunschwig & Fils Battle of Valmy Wallpaper

Bailey McCarthy used it in the little boy's room of her latest Project Holly.  The entire home is featured on Style Me Pretty Living.

The owner was inspired to used the wallpaper after seeing this room in D Magazine

I love all of the colors, the pretty typeface and the whimsical coat of arms feel in each of the illustrations.  Plus, as I'm learning, boys love things like weapons and horses and battles.  (I swear, Edward can turn anything into a sword).  This is the kind of wallpaper a little boy could sit in his bed and study when the lights go out, making up stories and names for each of the soldiers.  I just love the idea of using decor to create a bit of nostalgia for your children when they're young.  Something that will always be part of the backdrop of their memories. 

Do y'all ever think about things like that in your decorating?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

If I blogged more,

mayybe I could afford Bunny Melon's Upper East Side Townhouse for my very own.  Maybe?

You can visit the listing here

(Pardon my absence y'all.  Kids are a wee bit high maintenence. xo)

Thursday, March 27, 2014


My computer and I are going through a temporary "conscious uncoupling."  

We're on Spring Break. Kind of. Gone are the days where I stood awkwardly in the boom boom room at Club La Vela while girls took the "thong song" a little too seriously (Spring Break 2000 was a special time).  Now I'm just where I ought to be: curled up on The Suze's couch and watching Bravo, while people bring me queso, and then happily play dinosaurs with Edward and hold my baby (who never stops moving. Ever. Never. Ever.). And even though I really miss Kip, I'm glad he gets to go hit golf balls after work with nary a side-eye from me. 

It's good to take a little break, enjoy your family, and Snapchat the family members who can't be there to make them jealous. 

Since I won't be back to the blog until Monday (Tuesday, let's be honest), I will leave you with this tale of caution. That special (awful) Spring Break 2000 in Panama City, FL, I found my friend talking to a reporter by the hotel pool. I got there just in time to hear her spelling her last name for him. 

A week later, we learned what she said to that reporter when her father, a kind, good, professional man, asked her to go get the front page of the Life section of USA Today.  He'd had a few copies placed on his desk by his colleagues and coworkers. (Spoiler: he wasn't laughing) 

There it was. 

"Soaked in an overabundance of Captian Morgan's, H--- M---*,19, University of M----, proclaims, 'You only live your life once. So you have to live your life and you have to do your life. So everybody do your Spring Break!'" 

* names and schools have been vaguely obscured to protect my friend who's actually an intelligent and functioning member of society now. 

Moral of the story: always be sure they quote you while drinking a fine red or respectable champagne - for posterity's sake. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Have a Lovely Spring Weekend Y'all!

Thank you friends for all of the coffee table suggestions!  Y'all had some great ideas.  When I get it painted, I'll be sure to style it up all nice an unrealistic for a family with toddlers and share some pictures ;) Enjoy your weekend!

This fantastically floral garden room is from this lovely Louisiana home

I'm down with placid blue 

I can't wait to try these Korean beef bowls

(And do I need to read The Goldfinch?)

This fabric is real nice

This is hilarious and so my sense of humor

Of course, I'm going to try ALL of these drugstore buys

I'm not one to be negative, but this house's interior is spectacularly ugly

Brass lovers, visit my girl's Hunter's Alley shop on the reg