Monday, September 1, 2014

House Tour: Screened Porch

In honor of Labor Day, let me introduce you to the most sunshine-y, relaxing, low-key part of our home: the screened porch!

Having a screened porch is a total bonus. Not necessary but absolutely loved and appreciated. Virginia summers are so much more delightful than Alabama summers and we've been living out here ever since we moved in, and I imagine we won't have to close it up until maybe early November or later. We eat meals, drink tea, and even watch Netflix out here!

What's amazing about this porch in particular it feels like you're in a jungle. We have neighbors on either side but looking straight out the porch you can see only trees and birds (we've had cardinals, bluejays, woodpeckers, and once a hummingbird!). Every so often a family of deer will putter through which is always adorable. There is a pretty deep ravine behind our house that must have made the area un-buildable and we're so grateful for that. To be in our own home but out in (bug-free) nature at the same time is quite a treat.

Like much of our house we've outfitted our porch almost entirely with things we already had. It's a random mish-mash of things, just as a porch should be! I think it feels pretty earthy and rustic which is what I was hoping for. The white painted ceiling keeps everything light and cheery.

This fall, when the temperature dips, I'm imagining us bundling up in sweaters and sipping hot soup by candlelight out here. When I lived in New York I always loved it when restaurants kept their sidewalk tables out even when the weather got crisp. There's something so invigorating about eating outdoors on a cool fall day!

Do you have an outdoor space in your home that you can't get enough of?

p.s. In case you missed the tour of my piano studio.

Friday, August 29, 2014


"Style is caring about how you live and how it looks, and putting thought and effort into doing it all with élan. It's that isn't expensive, but it does take thought and time."

artfully arranged clawfoot tub

I received a free copy of Better Homes and Gardens magazine in the mail this week and I was flipping through it in bed last night when I came across that quote. I like that description of what style is and what it means. Style is caring--so very true. When we view our living spaces as creative and artistic canvases and put love into making them beautiful, that's when style is born.

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! Make it a stylish one. ;)

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

House Tour: My Piano Studio

I've shared quite a few glimpses into our home on this blog but I'd love to do a little tour, room by room, starting with my piano studio. I hope you enjoy!

baby grand/upright in home piano studio

piano studio

Monday, August 25, 2014

What I've Learned

Over a year ago I wrote a "What I've Learned" post and it was fun to think about all the little (and big) things life had been teaching me. Here's round two! Tell me in the comments--what have you been learning, friends?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Living Room Gallery

At long last, I wanted to share some photos of the gallery wall in our living room. It took a lot of plotting and arranging and re-arranging to get it just right but we really wanted to make sure we loved the design before committing to it. And love it we do! I'm also happy to say that everything on this wall was something we already had, including all of the frames.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We're On The Map

I guess I'm still not quite used to living in a place that's "on the map," so to speak. I still think of Charlottesville as a hidden gem, a near-perfect combination of small town and bustling city, a place most people wouldn't necessarily think to live in but almost anybody would want to live in, if they only knew how awesome it is. Does that make sense?

So when I saw this Design Sponge post on things to do in Charlottesville I was surprised/excited in the way you'd be surprised/excited to see your name show up in the local paper. Other people--hip Brooklynites no less--know about/care about/have interest in Charlottesville?! I know that this viewpoint doesn't make sense because it's a college town, it's quite a good-sized little city, it's only 2.5 hours from D.C., it's become a huge destination wedding locale, the Blue Ridge Mountains are a big draw, and Dave Matthews is from here. People know about Charlottesville, Kate!

I suppose you could say I'm the opposite of jaded when it comes to our new town. I'm pretty proud of it, and it makes me proud that Design Sponge thinks CVille is worthy of its pages.

Anyway, I'm slowly coming up with my own list of "must do" things in the area and my brother's visit last week was a great chance to explore. One of the highlights was a trip to Castle Hill Cider. The drive alone, through fields and cow pastures and mountains and old estates, was worth it, and it was fascinating to learn about the cider-making process and we enjoyed our walk around the beautiful grounds. (These shots were captured by my brother, obviously!)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Old Project, New Home

In the few years (!) that I've been blogging I've published my fair share of DIY posts. These posts have been some of my favorites to write up. One of my girlfriends recently asked how I find the energy for the projects I do (she was looking at this as she said it) and I surprised myself by answering that on the contrary, creating things gives me energy. I wasn't expecting that response to come out of my mouth but it's actually spot on. Making things lends me creative energy.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to show you where some of my past projects ended up in our new home. Shall we take a little tour? 

My hanging bird mirror has found a lovely little home on this tiny rectangle of wall in our hallway. There was no question this is where it belonged and we didn't try it anywhere else!

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