I know you don’t visit this blog for hard hitting news or commentary on world events, but I felt weird scheduling a post titled “Festive Finds Under $150” without first acknowledging the horrific events of the weekend as so many around the world are grieving and trying to make sense of yet another senseless act of violence.
I pulled out this old Holiday magazine from my collection as a small way of saying Vive la France. In the midst of the sadness that follows these tragedies I’m always comforted by the stories of good that inevitably emerge. It reminds me of a favorite quote:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
You guys, I’m starting to feel a kinship with Eeyore, and am 90% certain that a rain cloud is following me around. I swear it’s been raining every day we’ve been in Raleigh. We leave, beautiful weather; we come back, the rain clouds roll right on in. North Carolinians are promising me this is abnormal, but I’m ready to start googling no-rain dances.
I made a trip back to DC at the end of last week (incidentally, it rained) to check in on projects, and got my sunshine fix at John Rosselli care of Kathryn Ireland’s gorgeous textiles. Happiness on a bolt is what she’s selling and I want all of it. A shot of color and pattern is just the way to start off the week and fight those Monday moods.
Think dry thoughts for us down here!
It’s been just over a week in Raleigh and we’ve finally dispatched with all of the moving boxes, so I thought I owed you a more aesthetically appealing update! Books have been unpacked, shelves styled, and we’ve started to get art up on the walls.
Ironically, just as things are starting to feel like home I’m headed straight back to DC for a few days before we fly out for South Africa on Wednesday. Knowing that we won’t be coming home jet-lagged to a sea of boxes is a big relief and I can’t wait to actually start exploring when we return.
In other news, being without internet this past week was just the push I needed to make some headway on my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge (I’m 8 books behind – whoops!) I picked up a copy of All the Light We Cannot See on a Target run and it’s absolutely as good as everyone says it is. I stayed up way too late and blew through it in two days.
With 16 hours of flying time ahead of me, I need to pick up a few more titles for our trip – any recommendations?
Hopefully this is the least attractive picture you’ll ever see on this blog (actually, I’ve posted some pretty scary before photos of our apartments in the past) but Garrett’s creative box labeling cracked me up and is a pretty accurate description of the state of affairs over here!
We got to Raleigh around midnight on Friday, and spent the weekend getting settled in. Can we all agree that moving is kind of the worst? So many whose-its and whats its. At the same time, I’m relishing in the idea of a fresh start. I’ve been purging like Marie Kondo and loving it.
We’re planning to rent for a year and get the lay of the land before starting the hunt for something more permanent, so my excitement about decorating is admittedly tempered by the fact that this is (hopefully) a short term space, but I do plan to make some smart purchases that will transition with us.
I’ll share more of the design process in weeks to come–I may already have fabrics taped to the walls like a crazy person. 😉 In the mean time, I thought it might be fun to commiserate about moves – how many have you done? What was the farthest? Any funny stories? Would love to hear ’em!
Is Mercury in retrograde or something, because it has been one of those weeks. We’re pushing through it though, and our South Africa trip is just two weeks away (yup, we’ll be in our new home in NC for one week and then straight back to DC to fly out!) which is a big, huge, lighthouse style beacon of light at the end of the tunnel. #nocellonsafari
So let’s focus on the pretty! These pillows just came in from the workroom last night and I’m super excited to see the transformation from memos on my inspiration board (I’ve taken to washi taping everything straight to my walls) to real deal pillows.
The big boys in back are 24″ x 24″ and we have four of them going on a huge sectional which is going to be so comfy for this downstairs den. The lumbar pillow in front is part of a pair which will go atop a pair of parrot green English roll arm chairs.
Sorry, Kermit. It’s easy being green.