Full Summer

Hard to believe it's already August! Summer is already half over, and while I'm sad there's only a few more weeks until School starts back up again for Wren, I am so happy with how our Summer has gone this year. We have had more hot and sunny days than I can remember in the past few Summers, and most importantly we have filled these hot and sunny days with lots of adventures, friends and memories.

While it is hot and sometimes leads to restless sleeps, we don't have air conditioning. And we often leave all the windows open to let that hot sun shine in. I know, I know, we only have ourselves to blame if our house is hot. But like life, Summer is short and I want to soak it all in. 

The true dog days of Summer.

I'll be admiring the light these glorious sunny days throw around the house for the next week or two, then life is taking me on a new and exciting adventure. So the goal is to enjoy these peaceful, tranquil moments as much as possible. 

xoxo, Holly

Hanging on

I gave the family room a little light refresh a couple weeks ago, not really by choice.

There's not much difference between how it looked before (as seen below in this pic from back in the Winter). But when Wren was closing the curtains to watch TV one particularly sunny morning one of the curtain rods came crashing down!! It literally ripped the anchors and brackets out of the wall LOL. So I decided that was the perfect time to switch up the curtain rods to these Sannolikt rods from Ikea that I fell in love with in New Orleans when we used them in our first episode of Big Easy Reno! Of course, I had to fill and patch the holes from the old rods and then paint the patch jobs. But it turned into a painting of the whole living room/kitchen since the patches were too obvious. We kept it the same since I still love this grey, but it just looks fresh and clean, especially in the kitchen where we've had the occasional splatter that stained the wall near the stove. It was a lot of work considering it wasn't all that dramatic, but really, it makes me so happy to see everything look fresh and bright again!

How cute/cool are these? You secure them to each other using elastics! Oh yeah, and they're only $12.99 (for some reason they were only $5.99 at my local IKEA).

It's not a super dramatic reveal, but it makes me oh so happy, specially how perfectly these rods tie in with my Normann Copenhagen block cart. Design isn't always a quick process, I actually enjoy the slow evolution of our home.

Happy Tuesday, Friend.