Wednesday, January 13, 2016


well. it came and it went. it was a wild and crazy and fun month of chaos. there was a tropical vacation and there was an excessive amount of holiday decorations (nothing was safe, not even axl rose). there was a birthday bash and there was an epic nye dance party. i'd say we succeeded in breaking in the new place! so much fun, but so little sleep! i miss it already. we hope you had a lovely holiday!

here's to a new year! (and willing the energy to pack all the cheery stuff away!)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

last-minute thanksgiving roundup!

in the past we've put together some dreamy thanksgiving menus ( 2012 - 2013 - 2014 ). unfortunately this year, we haven't had quite so much time. the holidays snuck up on us, but here are a few recipes that might make it onto our tables this year! as well as a quick diy and a playlist!
free printable via little baby garvin.

as far as thanksgiving dinner goes, i always try to bring a veggie dish or two (whether they are traditional or not) because my family has a real, err, paula-esque cooking style. and by that i mean they go heavy on the butter, heavy on the's all about balance! or, ya know, more room for dessert!? bring it on. give me all of them.

tuscan kale salad with white cheddar
roasted carrots with farro + chickepeas
parmesan herb roasted potatoes
roasted turkey with root vegetables + gravy
cranberry sage pie
ambrosia apple galette with salted caramel
bourbon pumpkin pie

oooh pretty! a quick, but cute diy for your tablesetting!

here is our updated thanksgiving playlist via spotify - soulful music to listen to while cooking, sitting around the table with your loved ones, or cuddling on the couch with your family after stuffing your face. all good things. enjoy!

happy thanksgiving ya turkey!

ps. this post is a real hodge-podge, but i've also got this little tip in my back pocket for tomorrow. i love my family and all, but holidays can be stressful. so if things start heading south, i'm counting on adele.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

extra! a chalkboard gallery wall.

when putting together the dining room posts, i realized that we never shared one of our favorite projects at the old house. at the hub of the house, we painted a wall that connected our stairway to both the entry/living room and dining room with chalkboard paint...and then we covered it with all kinds of things. art and prints and records and more. 
it was ever-changing and made the holiday decorating extra fun! we actually had this project done well before christmas, if you can believe that. we loved the contrast that this wall created amongst all the white trim, white built-ins, and light walls. most of the prints/artwork were made by us or gifted to us (we're very lucky to have some really artistic friends and family), but a few of the pieces were picked up at local craft markets. the huge ohio girl artwork is by kayla risch, a badass cincinnati designer, and the "there are always flowers..." screen print was made by marcy davy, whose work is so dreamy and adventurous. check them out, and maybe even get your chalk on! go live a little. it's not out of style, we promise.