{AFTER} Laundry Room

I won’t name names, but a few kind folks have dropped hints that they are losing patience with me and my lack of blog posts lately. So here I am! I’ve actually snapped some photos around our house lately, but I’ve been less than satisfied with them. I don’t feel like they really capture the space, or the right colors, blah, blah, blah. And what I’ve finally realized… I have unrealistic expectations. At work, I’m surrounded by stylists and professional photographers and we capture really, really lovely photos. The thing is, I’m not a stylist. Nor a photographer. And I know you guys don’t expect me to be those things. So today I’m forcing myself to share so-so laundry room photos, and embracing the mindset that “done” is better than “perfect.”

Here’s what the laundry closet looked like before…scary, I know. And yes, we actually did laundry in that chaotic space. Yikes!


And here it is, in all its finished glory today…


Along with the obvious – sheetrock, tile, and paint – we also purchased a new sink and faucet and a handy clothesline finished off the space.




As much as I wanted to do built-ins and get all fancy with this space, I was on a strict budget so we stuck with functional, clean pieces. I also really wanted a super-duper expensive laundry sink like this one, but I stayed on track budget-wise and found this one that gets the job done. And yes, those are Ikea shelves. Again, budget-friendly pieces that will work hard for us. And to give you some perspective on how our laundry area fits in with the larger space downstairs, here’s a shot from the living area.


Can’t wait to share more basement photos with you soon!

Checking In

Hi sweet friends. A few things have been keeping me from blogging lately. This little thing called LIFE has been in my way. The nerve! The past month has been filled with trips to San Francisco, New York, Palm Springs, and Cannon Beach – a mix of both work and pleasure.


We’ve also had a wedding (see photobooth picture below – the strainer matched my dress perfectly. What luck!), overnight guests, and then a holiday photoshoot distracted me at work last week. All good things…but things that leave me with no brain to blog. So bare with me while I get back into the swing of things.


In a quest to find quiet moments amongst the chaos, I’ve been relying on books and TV (trying to step away from the computer and iPhone – so hard!). Therefore, I’ve found a few things that I have to pass along and recommend to you guys….

#1: Boardwalk Empire. Have you guys seen it? Kyle and I are glued to the tube. It’s dark and violent, but full of rich and complex characters. I know we are late to the party on this one, but we’re doing our best to catch up.


#2: Secondly…this book. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a novel that I just couldn’t put down. It’s fun and relatable. I recently also read Orphan Train and Wild – both delightful and great books, but sorta heavy.


I guess I do have one quick house update! We ordered a rocker chair and it finally arrived. Here it is just thrown in a corner in our living room. It’s final resting place will be in the basement, when we finally get around to moving it down there. Hopefully that will happen before Christmas:).


Now that I’ve totally bored you with little nuggets of my personal life (and very low quality iPhone photos), I’ll plead for you guys to come back soon…because I have a BASEMENT REVEAL coming up!

Schoolhouse Electric’s Fall ’14 Line

You guys. It’s a big day for me and the rest of the Schoolhouse Electric team. After 5 months of hard work, our new line launches today.

It’s incredibly inspiring to launch a collection. The details matter. And there are SO many of them. So many that you think you are going to lose your mind. But then somehow, it all comes together in the end. The photoshoots, press checks, image reviews, packaging, website mock-ups…I won’t bore you with the logistics, but I can assure you, this is no small feat, and I’m thankful to be on a team that loves the chaos.

To see the full collection, vist our website here. Anything you have your eyes on? Do tell!

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to get some sleep. And maybe a drink or two as well:)…

{Guest Post} What’s In My Bag?

I work with some really lovely and crazy talented folks at my job at Schoolhouse Electric. It’s truly a treat to work alongside such vibrant people, and two ladies I’m honored to spend time with are Kara and Tess of Egg Press. They’re our upstairs neighbors in the Schoolhouse factory building, and the letterpress goodies they create are simply stunning. If you’ve received a note from me lately, chances are Egg Press designed it by hand and then printed it on one of its many vintage letterpresses.

Recently, Egg Press introduced the Social Preparedness Kit, so none of us would go too long without keeping in touch with the people that are near and dear to us. The kit makes sending a note easy, as the products work together and seamlessly integrate into everyday life. So far, I’m loving the card sets and the tear away notes – I’ll never be stuck without a card ever again!

what's in my bag

To find out what’s in my bag, and learn about my letter writing habits and how I’m using the SPK, check out my guest post here.