There will be jellies.

Starting to decorate for Christmas.  We picked out our tree.  I finally put halloween in the attic and Christmas cards are starting to arrive.  But, this is my first time decking the halls with a toddler. It might take me the whole month to get it all done.  We had a melt down over these tiny bottle bush trees.  Life is hard when you are told you can't whack the dog with the holiday decor. 

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Potted Christmas trees replace the ferns. 

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I ate my weight in casseroles, soufflés, and turkey over Thanksgiving.  Made three dishes this year in efforts to learn my mom's traditional dishes. They were pretty good, if I do say so myself! I'm working on perfecting my mushroom soufflé to share the recipe with y'all.  The flavor was mouth.watering.delicous. but it came out a little soupy.  I secretly didn't want my efforts to be too unforgettable because I don't want any body (Im talking to you mom) getting crazy ideas about me taking over  as head Thanksgiving chef.   Stay tuned.  

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After a full day of fun, food, and cousins, we headed to the beach.  Happy and Pepper tagged along. 

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Couldn't get enough of Huddy in his peeking bambi sweater and sweater leggings.  

*update: 30% off all orders over $200 + free shipping at Oeuf right now* 

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This is my favorite bottled marinade/dipping sauce for pork tenderloin.  You should try it.   The steam bag quinoa and spinach isn't half bad either. 

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Our beach house interiors have been slow to come together, but soon enough we will be surrounded by beauties like these.  Can't wait.  

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This would look so great paired with brown boots and denim. 

Prairie Check Coat = $89

I'm starting to gravitate towards any clothing that looks like a giant blanket.   Saw this in a store and it's divine. Can take you from daytime chic to couch. 

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My memory is terrible.  I take a zillion pictures so that I always remember where I've been and what I've done.  Many times, my pictures remind me of exactly how I was feeling in the moment.  I love revisiting my travel adventures the most.  I'm happiest when I'm out seeing the world.  I started to keep a travel journal, but that got tedious.  

So, what was I doing in November of 2011?? Glad you asked! Let's take a peek inside my travel diary, picture book style.  

I was driving the PCH 1 with Mr. Fox and feeling like this...

Edge of the country excitement right there!

We stayed here (Post Ranch Inn)

So we could watch the sunset from here

But one could also sleep here

and still be able to eat breakfast here

then go for a mid day swim here

or an afternoon hike here

make sure to look out for this guy

Then you could drive a little further and enjoy a delicious meal at Nepenthe. 

until you are comatose like this

No time to sleep though because exciting adventures are just up the road!

There will be seals

There will be jellies

You'll see copper bars

Beauty every where you look

When your husband could care less about golf, you only have to eat lunch here 

then you get to move on to more exciting things like RODENTS and BIRDS.  oh joy.

say hello to my little friends

If you love me, you'll feed it in your lap.

He loves me. 

Awesomely terrified. Gimme dat peanut. 

I can't for the life of me remember why in the hells bells I picked that giant sperm thing up and started whipping it around. what is that?!!!

Hope your Thanksgiving was divine.

Go whip some thing strange, around yo head. (said in Ghost Busters Theme song style)

Xo, e

Sunday Quick Picks

It's time for Sunday's Quick Pick Round-up of things I'm liking on the worldwide web

Petites Frites teether Blanket - $32

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This dress comes in a zillion colors and is a STEAL.  If you think it's nice, buy it twice. 

Brigitte Bailey Dress - $69

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Name ring - $30

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The prettiest votives you ever did see and a company you feel good about buying from. In 1014 they reached 2MILLION DOLLARS in charitable giving. 

Glassybaby.com - Check it out!

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Lucky Brand Keno Wedges - $159

{15% off with code: SUNDAY}

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Hope your weekend is fabulous! 

Xo, e

Can't stop. Won't Stop

More Mr. Hudson flashbacks:

6 months

6 months

8 months

8 months

Holland Wiliams Photography - 9 months old

Holland Wiliams Photography - 9 months old

Huddy with all the "party animals" I painted for his birthday party.

Holland Williams Photography - One Year

Holland Williams Photography - One Year

One Year Old - Trip to Cape Cod

One Year Old - Trip to Cape Cod

An Organized Life

Part One: Built-ins + Closets

I believe that being organized is essential to a happy life.  

California Closet says, "You'll achieve more. When you're disorganized, there are always barriers that hold you back from reaching your goals. But organized people find ways to eliminate tasks that aren't necessary and to streamline those that are taking too much time. This leaves plenty of time to work on achieving all of those goals on your list."  

I could not agree more! 

Benefits of being organized

  Pros:

  • prevents you from buying stuff you already have (read: SAVES MONEY) 
  • keeps you from spending half your life looking for something you know you have 
  • keeping things stored properly extends their life
  • clutter free = stress free
  • opens up valuable space to store other items
  • you're ready for curveballs in your day
  • it's a healthier way to live
  • you'll feel good about your environment
  • you'll have more time for your family
  • you will be a good example for your kids

I feel like I could go on and on!  There really are no cons to staying organized. It does take effort, but I have found that, if I have the foundations in place, I am much more likely to stay motivated in putting my things where they belong.  

Just because you have a closet, it does not mean that it is efficient storage space. Old houses, like ours, are notoriously short on closet space. If you don't utilize the vertical square footage, your closet just becomes a jumbled mess of junk on the floor.  We only added square footage in one room of our house, and that was in the master bedroom.  In that additional square footage, we put in a closet and a built-in for much needed storage space. I SWEAR the benefits to my sanity have far outweighed any cost in making custom storage solutions on the front end. 

It took a little persuading for my husband to agree that our built-ins should have a little more than just large, adjustable shelving. (His closet has two large chests of drawers, and mine is mostly hanging space.) The built-in is off of my closet and is what I use in place of a chest of drawers.  I needed a space to house socks, underwear, handbags, sweaters, and other folded and stacked clothing.  I needed that space to be something that held my items within easy reach.  I'm only 5'2, and nothing drives me crazier than designs that require a ladder to reach the majority of the storage space.  I'm tired of getting hit on the head by falling debris that I am whacking at with a coat hanger, while practicing my vertical leap!  OVER.IT.  Anywho, I  also wanted a place to house my handbags/clutches where they were easily viewable and stored upright.  If your stuff is stacked in a pile and out of reach, how much will you actually use it?! You won't. 

While our design is a little more utilitarian,  Kelly Wearstler's closet design was the main inspiration behind our built-in design. 

This is how it turned out:

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My closet is door on left (giant, ugly T.V. not recommended.). Wallpapered panels with fret work designed by Rachel Halvorson are the doors flanking the middle bank of drawers.

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Here you see the inside, which has adjustable shelving for handbags at the top, shallow drawers on left, and shelving on right.

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Kelly Wearstler inspiration pics of adjustable handbag storage and shallow drawer design. I love her glass sliding dividers. We didn't go that fancy!

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My space

Thanks to great inspiration (a good contractor and designer ), I have a really useful space. 

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The interior part was built off site then installed in the casing. It could (I have no idea why) be converted to large adjustable shelving, if someone wanted to remove it. 

{The little blacks things on top of T.V. are supposed to be housed inside doors - honey-do list}

Our bedroom view when you first walk into the space. Built-in on right.  This is not a great photo, but you get the idea of the built-in being unobtrusive in the room design. 

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Having a storage space tailored to what I own to store my things has been one of the best decisions I made when renovating our house.  It didn't take that much extra thought to finish our built-in in a way that would actually fit my needs. I think the key is to look at what you have, know what you are trying to accomplish, and to buy storage solutions that meet those needs.  I didn't need a giant drawer to keep my socks.  A four inch drawer takes up way less space and holds socks perfectly!   

 

Here are some built-in designs that maximize storage potential:

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How gorgeous is this??!

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I like these door designs. 

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{images via my Pinterest}

So much more than just a wall of cabinets!

 

Taking advantage of vertical space doesn't have to be custom. In Hudson's room, we used a closet system from Home Depot and it has worked well! We measured the closet and chose something similar to this one by Martha Stewart. Baby clothes are tiny (obvi). One tall hanging rack was useless. For very little cost, we increased the closet's usefulness tenfold! 

There is still dead space in the top half of the closet, but for about $150 bucks, this solution can't be beat!

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We chose this one with a pullout basket so that Hudson could have easy access to some toys. It has worked out great. We hung an organizer on the full length rod space on the right. 

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Our master bedroom built-in design could be recreated on the cheap by using shoe organizers as handbag storage.

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Sometimes you just need to reimagine what the storage item can be used for.

I hope you found some inspiration and tips to help control the clutter! Be on the look out for future posts on staying organized at home and what has worked for us!

Hope everyone is having  great week!

Xo, e

In unrelated news, Huddy is going to be TWO in a little over a month. I'm having all sorts of mixed emotions about it. Mostly, I look back at baby pictures from his early months and marvel at how much he's changed. Everyone was right - it goes by in the blink of an eye.  While I am enjoying every leap in development and growth, I'm know I am going to miss that baby every day of my life.  

The love that changed me forever - sweet Mr.Hudson (at 4months and 6months)