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Bright + Elevated

Carl and I weren’t exactly excited about the front door in the new house (how long do I keep referring to our home as the new house?). The color was blah (soft black), the stained glass feature seemed out of sync with the rest of the house, and when I looked at it, I grimaced. […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2021 + Our Newly Painted Front Door

luxury advent calendar

To the new owners, Welcome to your new home! For 10 years, this home has been at the center of intense laughter, raucous joy, and unconditional love. We have gathered here with family and friends to eat meals together, create new memories, and tell stories we hope to never forget. This home has kept us […]

An open letter to the new owners of our home


I am really leaning into my self-care right now. I’m working less, I’m watching tv less, I’m cooking less, I’m eating less foods that make me sad (yeah you, boring-ass salad) and more foods that bring me comfort and make me happy. Since being back in Southern California, I’ve loved being on this sunny sofa […]

Let’s get cozy

It has been a stressful few months as we packed up our house and moved back to California. I need to unwind, sit on the sofa, be lazy all day, and shop for things during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I want in the new house. We purged a bunch of stuff when we were packing […]

Early Access: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 – Home Edition

Nordstrom Early Access home preview

It feels like we’ve been in the moving process for forever. There are boxes everywhere (the pathway to and from the kitchen is sort of blocked and we have to play a little Tetris to get through), the smell of new paint fills my lungs (and triggers my asthma), and there have been way too […]

We’re looking for our forever home

home exterior

I don’t know why it took a move to finally upgrade our exterior lights. For the longest time, we had these ugly white lights that made me so sad every time I saw them. What did I do? Just walked by them and try to ignore them until I saw them again. I’ve kept a […]

The right outdoor light will make your house sing

outdoor lights

For the past year, I kept seeing these gorgeous images on Instagram where I’d see one half of an image, swipe left and see the other half. Like here, here, and here. Christopher Architecture & Interiors is pure catnip for me and if I could ever be so lucky to work with that team… Was […]

You can do a seamless Instagram panorama image right now


You probably heard, we’re moving. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ll miss this home. I’ve been going around taking pictures of different areas of our home, getting choked up with every picture as memories flood my brain. Like this view of our music room. It’s the first thing I see as I’m […]

Discovering things I haven’t seen in 10 years and donating (almost) everything

Wall of guitars

We’re moving! And I’m an emotional mess. The thought of moving to a place I love fills me with such happiness, I can barely contain the giddiness. The thought of moving away from a beautiful home that has loved my family + me for 10 years brings tears that I’ve been trying to blink away for […]

Where will this next journey take us?

Pampas Grass

The kids don’t have school today and I totally took advantage of sleeping in. I also cracked open my laptop and started some online shopping because that’s what you do on Friday mornings, right? Three of my favorite places to shop have some great things on sale. Also, the jumpsuits from Madewell make me squeal […]

All the things to buy this Easter weekend

sales to shop this Easter from Anthropologie, Madewell, and Urban Outfitters

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