Weekend Reading

June 13th, 2014

I have been living out of a suitcase all week road tripping with the kids and our stops have been transient yet oh so fun! We landed first in Las Vegas for three days to meet with contractors and visit with my parents, today we’re headed down to San Diego since our oldest is graduating from UCSD tomorrow (that four years went by so fast!) Her furniture will be loaded up and she will follow behind us later, then we’re headed home to Northern California on Monday, such a crazy week, we’re covering a lot of miles!

One thing is for sure. Like Nester I’ve counted the number of summers left with my littles and I’m determined not to miss this one. I know it will be full yes FULL of the things we do, the camps, the activities, the barbeques, the travels, and add on top of that this new house project, and yet I’m sublimely relaxed at the notion that we will take it all in stride and one day at a time.

Meanwhile I’m storing up ideas for the future and can’t get enough of bold patterns like this Bungalow wallpaper by Thibaut, featured in an entry at Better Homes & Gardens, I love it!

thibaut bungalow wallpaper


More weekend links for you ….

Thanks so much Domino for including this site among the Best DIY Blogs, I’m honored!

I could move right in to this apartment.

Have you seen the fab new wallpaper patterns by Rifle Paper Co. at Hygge & West?

A clever pillow fluffing trick.

Interesting props styled for IKEA catalogs.

I’m loving Kyle Schuneman’s new sofa designs -hello Pacific in Royal Blue!

Honey never looked so good.

Things to avoid to be happy.

An insightful post on quitting DIY.

The power of handwriting.

Coolest school bus ever.

Bravo Ty, so fit at fifty!


I’ll be back home on Monday, have a great Father’s Day everyone!



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Hammock Time

June 11th, 2014

Something about the approaching Father’s Day holiday made me think of hammocks. They are the symbol of ultimate relaxation, it’s no wonder destination resorts incorporate them in their outdoor spaces. We have no mature tall trees conveniently planted twelve feet apart to anchor one in our yard nor an arbor, but of course there are stands you can buy or alternative options for suspension.

swinging hammock alexandra angle

alexandra angle

Many years ago, we rented a house for the summer to live in temporarily while we were expanding/remodeling our home and my daughter was three at the time. Every day when I put her baby brother down for his nap, we’d go and lay down on that hammock, reading her favorite books, sometimes drifting off to sleep ourselves for an afternoon snooze. They’re designed for that, once you’re in, you’re in – you’re required to stay awhile and give in to the temptation to drift off to sleep. To this day my favorite picture of us together was a selfie taken with a tiny point and shoot camera in that hammock.

summer hammock

source unknown

I have the fondest memories of the hammock from that summer and got to thinking I’d love to recreate new ones by buying one for our own yard. Here are few favorites I spied around the web in case you’re on the hunt for one to suspend indoors or out!

summer stripe hammock

summer stripe

orange striped hammock

maria hammock on Etsy

        farmhouse ballard hammock


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