February 17, 2011


I'm an adjectives girl. And when it comes to design (which I actually know very little about) I like to test my vocabulary and describe the "look" in 1-3 adjectives. When my sister's fiance, Josh came out for the holidays, I think he found this interest of mine a bit strange. Could it be because, as we surveyed wedding vendors, I was constantly trying to define the style I thought he and Robin wanted as "rustic modern" or "tuscan vintage chic?" Yep, I think he thought I was crazy.

But really, it's so easy to feel like a budding designer with all of the informative design blogs out there. Recently, I came across Inspired Design Daily and Linsi Brownson's online home store, Redefine Home. In particular, I find the "shop by style" category to be quite pleasing. Just look at those great adjectives: "casual coastal" "new traditional" and "steampunk lite." Here are some of my favorites (and my best attempt at adjectives) ;)

{vintage urban graphic? too many adjectives?}

Oh, and have you come across the blog, A Creative Mint? I'm not sure what I love so much about it.

Actually I do. Leslie posts beautiful photos of projects she's working on, designs, artwork...and lots of adjectives.

There's something calming about scrolling through her pretty color palettes and found objects around her home. Talk about finding beauty in everyday things.

Finally, if I lived in New York, I would visit Moomah every day.

From what I understand, Moomah is a cafe, a playspace, a crafting center, and a third place. It was started by Tracey Stewart (wife of Jon Stewart) who writes:
Moomah was created to give parents, children and caregivers an inviting space to nurture creative stimulation, not over-stimulation. The color palette was inspired by nature and the seasons. You won’t find wacky clowns with oversized eyes and primary colors and you won’t be forced to listen to “kids music”. Moomah is a space where both parents and kids can bond over a great song, a fun project or new treat. A place where you can just be together.

I love this idea. In fact, if I were to start a business, this is what I think I would do.

But alas, I'm not a business woman (nor a designer). I'm a teacher who needs to get to bed, so here I go. Wishing you a happy, inspiring, exhilarating, productive, peaceful, blessed day! ;)

February 14, 2011

Love Songs

It's been a great Valentine's Day. No big reason, except that it was just a great day. I received some cute store bought valentines, one chocolate monkey, and a card that read: To: Mrs. Turdle.

My husband made me dinner, and we drank wine while I forced him to listen to my favorite John Legend songs (inspired by the live performance I saw this weekend in DC). There are a lot of things swimming in my head these days, but I'm just thankful for a day to stop and think about all of the ways we love and are loved.

Because I'm kind of sappy, I've also been finishing my glass of wine while listening to my favorite love songs. I thought I'd share some of them with you. :)

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Happy Valentine's Day!

February 10, 2011

10 on 10: February

See tons of beautiful photos, taken by others on the 10th, here.