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

Playroom: Before and After

Fox Den interiors

 

 I had another style post ready to go, but decided that a 'before and after' might be more fun! 

Y'all, prepare to have your mind blown.

Our home was an over two year renovation project that is still being improved. I really believe that the best, most personal interiors evolve over time;  they're constantly changing and getting better. The result is a more collected and personal interior that really feels like home

We have used Rachel Halvorson from conception to present day. I don't have time today (packing for BAHAMAS! Whoop, Whoop!) to share with you all the ways in which Rachel is one of the BEST, if not THE best interior designer I've ever come across, but I'll share some things that come to mind immediately.

Rachel is creative beyond just putting together things that look good. WAY beyond is an understatement. She's hilariously witty, beautiful, kind, artistic, and I am lucky to now call her my friend. We hired her back in 2010 from only seeing her blog and I can honestly say that she exceeded every hope and expectation by leaps and bounds. She is an interior designer that can translate a clients specific tastes and ideas, even if they differ from her personal style. That is so incredibly rare. It's easy to repeat the same pretty look in 10 different houses. Creating a personal, uniquely stylish house for each client, now that takes true interior design genius. She took the time and interest in our home and it shows. She can see potential in the grimmest circumstances. Rachel makes things happen. She figures it out. If you can imagine it, she'll make it translate into real life.  I still remember that night when I sent her a power point (yes, you read that correctly, ha) asking if she'd be interested in our project. I'm thankful she said yes every.single.day.  I could not love our house more. 

O.k. I said more than a few words. She's that good. I'll share more in the future when house tour posts continue.  

These pictures will show the evolution of our playroom. The end result is a happy, colorful, FUN, playroom that is uniquely ours.  The most impressive part to me is how she managed to re use our old stuff in an new, fresh way. Did I already say genius?! 

(Old computer had original house pics. Long story short is there are some pics of computer screens happening in the befores.) 

I'm going to try to show before, middle, and after shots from similar vantage points. 

 Before: 

Playroom design when we purchased the house.

Playroom design when we purchased the house.

Middle:

Stuff from my old apartment and from our first house as a married couple. 

Stuff from my old apartment and from our first house as a married couple. 

After:

Our playroom currently. 

Our playroom currently. 

It doesn't even seem plausible to be the same room! 

Here's another look! 

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Roman shades moved to another room. Chairs, rug and coffee table given to family. Lamps used in another room. Sofa stays.

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New rug, custom end tables, drapes and pillows. EVERYTHING else repurposed from our first home!

For fun - Below is a picture of the chairs and coffee table in our first house as a married couple. 

Before:

This view from the stair landing shows the same green sofa seen in above pictures. Playroom is front right room. We widened the doorway and removed the door to make it seem less like walking into a bedroom. There is a jack and jill room through the playroom and down the hall. Hudson's room can be seen down the hallway in the first 'after' picture. 

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Where the green sofa sits is now a built-in. Here are some progress shots. 

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Widening the doorway. Here, with the furniture gone, you can see a clear shot to Hudson's nursery, which was the previous owner's second story laundry.

Below is the view if you were standing in the room looking where the green sofa use to sit. This is the beginnings of our built-in.

Notice the wider doorway on left.

Now the opposite view. This is from standing in front of the built-in looking out the front of the house. 

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This view is from standing in the jack and jill hallway looking back through the playroom and to the stair landing. 

One of my favorite things in this room is my Hermes scarf framed as art. 

As you can see, I am always switching art and accessories around.  That's half the fun! I love that things in my home look great in multiple places. It makes it so that I'm never "done."

We LOVE this space. It's just a happy room. Agreed?!

These two fluffs love it. Hope you do too!

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Info:

Lamps and bull head are from Stray dog designs and were gifts from Mr. Fox // end tables custom designed by rachel halvorson // rug, pillows, and drapery available through rachel halvorson // abstract art by Mallory Page //  Botanical art by Lulie Wallace // sofa and chairs from Mr. Fox's bachelor pad

 

Hope you enjoyed the tour! Happy Tuesday! 

Xo, e