Happy New Year, friends! I hope the holiday season left you feeling fulfilled and rejuvenated for another year ahead. As an attempt to make homestead posts more steady, and not so heavily-worded, I'll be changing up my writing style every once in a while. I am a to-do-list-maker at heart, but that method also works for less formal blogging. Content isn't as drawn out as a renovation 'how-to' post can be, and more diverse content is always good. Here's to seeing how that goes!
- We ventured to Wisconsin for Danny's family Christmas and a Packer game. We stopped for a night at The Brewhouse Inn & Suites in Milwaukee. SUPER cool place guys. Home of the old Pabst Brewery, they've transformed it into a luxury hotel and authentic restaurant. Incredible architectural details and copper tops had me at hello. Ps. Their classic Wisconsin cheese curds are second to none.
- I don't personally know these gals at All Together Now, but a piece of my heart will always be in Columbus, and they're doing some pretty beautiful things.
- For my designer friends, here are eight free fonts inspired by the California coast.
- You won't expect this coming from me, 'a designer,' but I decided that decorating a house to get it looking cohesive can be really stinking HARD sometimes. Ever feel totally stuck with the stuff you have, and wish you could just donate it all and start with a clean slate? I get it. But that's expensive. I'm used to working on commercial spaces, and our last house was a piece of art without hanging a single piece of art on the wall. With so many big blank walls, this homestead is definitely more of a challenge for me. I'm learning that it's an evolving process that takes time and energy to select the perfect piece. I also decided that Pinterest is ruining everyone with lofty ideals that work for magazines, but not real homes.
- We recently painted lots of walls, which is always a really refreshing feeling. The living room and kitchen has a fresh coat of light Wool Skein by Sherwin Williams. We went bold in the dining room with Black Fox. I am over the moon for this color.
- Santa delivered a very special dining room table. It is delightful and hearty, and so very meaningful to us. And something like 200 pounds. We're on the search for eight dining chairs and possibly two upholstered chairs for the ends. For now it's a random mix of 'his, hers and ours' chairs, which works in a charming sort of way for the time being. More to come on the dining room goodies in a future post.
- I'm happy to say there's no more blue on our house, at least on the exterior. We painted 9 exterior doors, 4 light fixtures and a set of house numbers, all classic black. We also replaced the blue aluminum shutters with black raised panel shutters and it has made such a difference. We removed the hokey curtains from our front door windows and added this window film to diffuse light and keep the peepers away.
- We gave away two white rickety closet doors. One was on the pantry in our kitchen and the other was by the laundry room. They didn't match and there was no door trim. We haven't addressed those areas, but we'll get there. We're tossing around the idea of creating a mini bar in the pantry. Sounds like fun to me! Speaking of trim, we added it to the two main doorways in the dining room and living room. Those naked door jambs needed a swift kick in the pants anyways. Photos to come.. when this house is complete. HAHA there is no such thing.
- We've been eating a lot of this soup lately. Super easy and delicious during these cold temps. Thanks for the recipe, Mom.
- The Buckeyes are playing tomorrow night for the National Championship and we are more excited for a Monday than we have ever been! Get hyped! I've been inspired by botanical prints lately, so I designed a new cover image for the Olivine in honor of the game. I'll leave you with some love from Buckeye great, Cie Grant.
- PACKERS WIN! PACKERS WIN!
Alright, that post wasn't exactly short.. good try Jess, good try! Thanks for following and have a great week. Gooooo Buckeyes!