a dresser for baby Jackson

Hey guys, remember me?! I’m back from my self-imposed baby break for a quick check-in. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here on the blog yet but I have some great news: Jeff and I are expecting our first child, a baby boy, in early May! We have been trying for a baby for what feels like a very long time so when I took that positive pregnancy test back in September it was a surreal moment. The last 7 months have been full of such wonder and joy, cresendos felt so strongly in contrast to some crippling morning sickness in the first trimester (ugh, I still gag thinking about it.)  Continue reading “a dresser for baby Jackson”

monday funday

who loves a good three day weekend? this girl right here! I feel so much more productive when I have that bonus day to get things accomplished. I finally find I had some time & energy to tackle a piece of furniture that has been on my to-do list for quite some time. It was a gift from my mom and I’ve been aching to get my hands on it for almost a year now.

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grab & dash

so, as many of you know I started a new job a few months back. not only has it been an incredibly positive change in my life, it has had some unexpected benefits…like the fact that my new driving route takes me through a rural area with a lot of older farm houses + some new construction. Do you know what that means? It means old furniture lands on the curb quite often! I’ve been trying to practice some discretion with my picking and am attempting to only stick to pieces that don’t need *all* that much work. …In all fairness, I just lied. Yep. Bold face lie. I actually suck at discretion and if I see something I want, chances are its going to end up in Jeff’s trunk and eventually in my workshop. Continue reading “grab & dash”


if you know me well then you know I’m not very good with electronics… especially ones of the cleaning variety. I’m so terrible actually that Jeff doesn’t give me the chance to operate the washing machine or dish washer. I mean… I’ll take it because this gets me out of doing the dishes or laundry… So when I saw an ad for a new paint product on Instagram called Saltwash I figured – maaaaybe this is a type of washing I can get behind. Total slam dunk!

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It’s so awesome what a weekend of R&R can do for the soul. This weekend Jeff & I took some time out to drive to my favorite place on earth – Long Beach Island, NJ – to stay with our friends Rob & Ellen. Something about the island just restores my serenity and makes me feel super connected to all that is good. It was a great little break from the everyday grind! Continue reading “bootstrappin’”

rainy day blues

darn it, this rain is a real pain in the butt. I woke up extra early this morning to get sunrise lighting for my pictures since I needed to leave a little early for my commute into the city and guess what, the lighting sucked! booo! it better clear up before this weekend! My mom and I are planning to hit the local nursery/garden store circuit to come up with some ideas for my front yard… Continue reading “rainy day blues”

tall, dark & handsome

I have a love/hate relationship with Adele. Mostly that I hate that I love her. Her voice is undeniably beautiful but I have a hard time belting out her depressing lyrics. Come on Adele, you’ve got a beautiful baby boy and a boyfriend who loves you! Let’s get some love power ballads for us married ladies to sing along to! Not sure that this has anything to do with today’s makeover, but since I’m currently tapping along to “hellllloooo from the other side…” it just feels right. Continue reading “tall, dark & handsome”