A Must Read

Morning friends!

Earlier this week, the inspiring Madeleine Albright spoke at the United Nations as she received the Inspiration Award from the Dag Hammerskjold Fund for Journalists.

One of the quotes that caught my eye is below.


Think about this. Think really hard about this.

Madeleine’s words remind me how important it is to empower women to seek truth and rally for choice, because it makes this world a better place. Her full speech can be read here.


Blacked Out

When we bought this house, there were many things that had to go immediately. The wallpaper, the trim, the flooring, the light fixtures…the list goes on and on. I did, however,  insist on keeping the doors and wood windows. I love them. They have character, and they just needed a little love.

Here’s what our front door looked like when we bought the place…

front door_before

And now the after…

front door_after

Isn’t it amazing what a little glossy black paint can fix? You’ll see we also lost a wall, the curtains, and hideous tile. See ya later, 1960.

When I get my act together and take non iPhone photos, I’ll do a full post on what this entry way makeover entailed:).

Have a happy week, friends!


Details…More Details

I owe you all a house update, but we’ve really just been working on a few small details. You know, the details that take forever to finish, and no one really notices or cares? Yup, those ones.

Our open shelves in the kitchen were in need of brackets for support, so those went up the other day. Here they are without the brackets…

open shelving in kitchen

And now, with brackets! Not glamourous or life-changing, but important.


I’ve also been in the midst of painting our front door black. But first I had to do a little priming…

black front-door

And then painting (yes, believe it or not, that’s the SUN in this photo!)…


Once the front door has been touched up (glossy black paint can be very tricky), I’ll snap a front door “after” photo for you.

I’m also painting our hallway, and more trim…I swear, the painting in this house never ends.


Schoolhouse School

Those of you who’ve been following this blog for awhile know I’m sucker for a good party. I love it all – the hosting, cooking, cocktailing, decor and everything else in between. I even have proof here, here, and here.

That’s why I’m over the moon excited to share with you a workshop I’ve been working on at Schoolhouse Electric. It’s called Schoolhouse School, and if I could attend this event, I’d do so in a heart beat (and I’m not just saying this because it’s my project!). At this one day workshop, experts from our creative community, along with widely acclaimed artist Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, will teach students the fine art of calligraphy, styling/hosting, and flower arranging. Other entertaining tips and tricks will be covered throughout the day as well – think gift wrapping, serving the perfect cup of coffee, and creating a few noteworthy cocktails too!


What’s specifically on the agenda?

- Calligraphy by special guest artist Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls (2 hour class)
- Flower arranging by Anna Mara Floral Design (1 hour class)
- Styling, party favors, and table-setting by Commonwealth (1 hour class)

For more information, and to sign up for the event, visit the workshop page here.

Hope to see a few of you there:)!