Earlier in the spring we did a little room-swap, our playroom off the kitchen and our formal dining room did a switcharoo! The  space flip gave me some more space for a desk since my husband and I have both been working home full time, and a better play area for Jane. And our old playroom nook got a grown-up upgrade with all of our dining room furniture. I’ve been trying to tie the space together with some fresh curtains and artwork, and finally got the last pieces installed this week. A pair of oversized hydrangea prints gifted from Urban Garden Prints and a DIY painted oar (see the how-to on my IG stories!) were the finishing touch!
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We have been reaping the benefits of our newly built vegetable garden for the last few weeks, spending weekends digging in the dirt, planting seeds, and even enjoying a happy hour or two in the space. I am over the moon about how it turned out, and was even more excited when the response from my instagram community was the same. Holy moly I got lot of questions about how we designed and built it, so I thought I’d answer all of the questions in one place with a big garden FAQ post. Get all your garden questions answered below:  read more

I am so excited to share this fun product collaboration with my friends at Feather + Finn! We joined up to create a limited-edition collection of candles with signature scents and designs to celebrate the season. Inspired by the scents and colors of spring, this trio of candles was designed to burn individually or together as a fragrant bouquet of floral notes. The three scents include: Pink Peony – with notes of magnolia, peony flowers and powder, French Lilac – with notes of lilacs, green leaves and sweet honeysuckle, and Sweet Grass – with notes of lavender, bergamot and oakmoss. I’ll be honest, it’s hard to pick a favorite! read more

I am so excited to share have one of the most simple and satisfying DIY projects I’ve ever done – a little flooring revamp in our pantry-mudroom closet. My friends at Chasing Paper — makers of the coolest removable wallpaper, decals, and art prints — just launched a new line of peel and stick removable tiles. I’ve had a blast working with the brand before on some other fun projects (like this accent wall in our old playroom) and they shared some of these new tiles to try out before they launched!  read more

I think we can all agree that we have a long winter ahead of us when it comes to being at home a bit more often. My friends at Flyhomes asked me to share some of my best tips for creating cozy spaces at home this winter to make it a bit more enjoyable! read more

Chilly New England weather has given us a few sneak peeks of the season ahead, and this year more than ever I find myself prepping my house (and mental state!) for the long winter ahead. I’ve started to set aside some craft supplies for indoor toddler entertainment, my to-be-read book stack is looking healthy for cozy nights by the fire, and I’ve been stocking my pantry and linen closet a bit more purposefully with essentials. And those essentials are looking a little bit more stylish this year thanks to the Scotties Triple Soft tissues designed by Genevieve Gorder! read more

We have had a lot of drastic makeovers in our house since we bought it and oh man, I love a good ‘before and after’ post to show how far we’ve come. A few years ago we did a major overhaul on our master bedroom (like major-major: there used to be a kitchenette in our bedroom!) which was a makeover for the ages. Off of our beautiful new bedroom was a secret little sunroom that needed some love — outdated carpet over even more outdated linoleum floors, dark brown wood paneling, and an eyesore of a 1970s ceiling fan. I’ve been saying I’ll tackle it for years, but we just never had the time so the door remained shut and the space went unused and frozen in the ’70s — out of sight, out of mind! Then in March when it looked like the stay at home order was about to start, I realized I might finally have all those free weekends I needed to finally give this room the makeover it deserved.  read more

Let’s have a little Earth Day chat about a topic I’ve become pretty passionate about over the last few years: reducing food waste! There are a lot of reasons to be conscious about reducing food waste, for me the lightbulb went off when I read that the EPA estimates about 22% of trash in landfills is food waste — more than any other single material in our everyday trash. And when food decomposes in landfills the nutrients in the food never return to the soil — the wasted food rots and produces methane gas. Being someone who writes about food for a living, I had a major realization that I was wasting a LOT of food. My fridge was a graveyard of uneaten leftovers and excess ingredients from photoshoots, and I knew I had to take a look at ways to majorly reduce the food waste I was creating at home.  read more

Last year around this time, I embarked on my first ever foray into gardening. I started with pretty low expectations since I’ve never been able to keep a house plant alive, but I wanted so badly to give it a try and see if I could make it work. We built raised beds, we filled them up with a variety of seedlings, and we started to watch it grow. By the end of the summer I had a bustling veggie garden with some big successes (more tomatoes, lettuce, and jalapeños than we knew what to do with), and some failures (basil that bolted, cucumbers that were stunted, and squash that never produced). More than anything, I grew a totally new, bustling love for the garden and an eagerness to do it all over again bigger and better this year.My favorite resource for figuring out what do to next in our garden is Mary Buri of @MarsKitchenGarden. I was first introduced to Mary’s wealth of vegetable gardening knowledge through my cousin and I instantly became hooked on the treasure trove of tips and tricks she shares on her page. Mary recently launched a garden coaching and design service, on top of being a mom to 4 kids, and somehow also managed to say yes when I asked to her to do this interview! I’m constantly learning from the information she shares in her instagram stories, and am so inspired by watching her business and garden grow — I hope this interview helps spark the same excitement in future veggie gardeners: read more

We have reached a stage in home ownership where a lot of the big problem areas have been tackled. For example our home office used to be a hair salon and our bedroom had a kitchenette in it — we’re talking for real problem areas. There are still lots of tiny projects left to do, and the annoying thing about tiny projects is they’re SO easy to ignore. My friends at Chasing Paper asked if I wanted to try out some of their removable wallpaper from the Darcy Miller collection and I jumped at the chance to finish one of those tiny projects I’ve been putting off for ages in Jane’s playroom. read more