Steve and Jamie: Published

Congrats to our friends Jamie and Steve Moore! Their wedding was just published in the newest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. You might remember me talking about their wedding here. Well, the “real” photos can finally be shared! Be sure to take a peek at this gorgeous fete, it is absolutely breathtaking, Michele M. Waite captured their day perfectly and of course, Steve and Jamie did an amazing job creating their dream day. Better yet, Steve and Jamie are a perfect match, you can tell that married life suits them perfectly. Congratulations guys!



strike a pose

I have this friend, Bec, who designs and sews amazing couture wedding dresses. She just launched her first line, Rebecca Cairelli, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Her designs are fresh, flirty and romantic with a little bit of sass that the modern bride is looking for. Her craftsmanship is amazing and the fabrics are to die for. Did I mention she’s been working on all of this while being a mama to 2 little girls, one that’s Isla’s age?

Bec was shooting photos for her website just before Christmas and she asked me if I would help model some of the dresses along with our friend Imani and a “real” model, Ari. It was such an honor to help her out. I had so much fun playing dress up, wearing fake eyelashes and a double-decker top knot. It made me want to get married all over again- and I think I’d choose to wear the Anisa.

You can check out her website for more photos of our shoot. (Thanks to Sergio Mottola for being such an awesome photographer!)

If you’re getting married, I highly recommend checking out her line, Rebecca Cairelli. She only has a few dresses so far, but she will take on a custom design if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for.

And, of course, congratulations Bec, I’m so proud of you!

kitchen remodel comments

Thanks for all the feedback and ideas on the first edition of our Mini Kitchen Remodel post. Just to answer a few of your ideas and thoughts…

We wouldn’t take out all of the upper cabinets and replace them with open shelving, just the ones starting at the sink and ending at the refrigerator. These cabinets hold our glassware, plates and bowls, so we don’t have to worry about finding a new place for our ugly kitchen stuff like spices, baking items, etc. I’m most concerned about keeping the shelves clean and not dusty. Here’s a little visual for you guys (sorry, it looks a little blurry to me).

We would take out the dinky little shelves near the window and above the sink and the next two cabinets over. We would probably extend the open shelving to over the refrigerator.

For the countertops we’re going to go with a laminate, purely for cost saving purposes. I happen to love the most expensive and unpractical countertop materials like marble, so we’re going to save some money here and maybe upgrade for our next home.

The tile will be for the flooring. We’re planning on installing the countertops and tile ourselves- thank goodness I have a handy husband. I think we’re making some progress on our upgrades. I’m so excited, it’s going to look SO different in here!

Thanks for all of the feedback on our plans, I love to collaborate on design ideas. Stay tuned for an inspiration board soon!

mini kitchen remodel: part 1

We’ve been talking about doing something to update our kitchen since we moved into our house 2 1/2 years ago. At first we had grand plans of redoing the floor plan, new cabinets, counters, floors- the works. We’ve decided we’d rather save the money and spend it on our next home, but we do need to do some updating in our 1961 built kitchen.

The plan for our mini remodel is: new counters, tile (most likely) flooring, new stove top (ours is straight up from 1961), paint the current cabinets, paint the aqua wall that never turned out to be what I was hoping for. We’re also toying with the idea of tearing out a few of our upper cabinets and replacing them with open shelving. If anyone has any thoughts on the open shelving, I’d love to hear them.

I’m planning on putting together and inspiration board once we have our specific plan finished, but for now I’ll share a few photos that are serving as inspiration.

Nursery Inspiration…Take 2

I think this board is a little closer to what we’ll end up with. The Orla Kiely Multi-Stem wallpaper was the real springboard for the room. I absolutely love all the colors in it.

baby girl room 2

We just put together our crib today, we ended up choosing this cheaper more affordable crib than what is shown in the picture. It’s so fun to have an actual baby thing all set up in her room.

Side note: I also bought a car seat yesterday at a consignment store in town. It was brand new and $100 less than the price that it is in store, so I figured I couldn’t pass it up.

I can’t wait to get the wallpaper in the mail so we can really get working on everything. I think it’s going to turn out really cute!


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