About ten years ago, before Jeff and I were even engaged, we bought a house together in Jacksonville. We still own that house actually, but have been renting it out since we moved away five years ago. At the time, I was 22 and it felt incredibly exciting to be buying a house at that age, but also completely nerve-wracking at the same time. Because neither one of us had gone through it before or had any idea what the process of buying a home was like – getting approved for a home loan, locking in interest rates, a down payment, yada, yada.
Luckily, my mom had previously been a real estate agent (she lived in Michigan at the time though) and also knew the drill from buying houses for herself in the past – which was really helpful. But if we hadn’t had my mom to lean on with questions, I’m not sure what we would have done.
There’s this little restaurant in Atlanta (Folk Art) that has a really good strawberry salad that I always order. Especially during the summer months because it’s light but filling. I’m kind of picky about salads…unless they involve fried chicken. Then, I’m all in.
ANYWAY, when I was putting together meal ideas for a dinner party shoot (which I’ll be sharing next week), I realized that salad I always order would be super easy to recreate at home. I swapped out a few ingredients from the original, which typically has bacon, tomatoes, etc (I nixed all of those) and added in a few more of my faves (feta and candied pecans) and now I have a go-to summer salad that is beyond easy to make and is really, really delicious. Click through for the recipe.
Summer is in full swing and I’m all about that outdoor life at the moment – even with the insanely hot temperatures in Atlanta this week.
And to kickstart outdoor summer entertaining, I put together 5 easy DIY entertaining ideas in partnership with Duraflame. There’s flower power s’mores, my trick for turning literally anything into an ice chest, a colorful cocktail recipe, and more. Click through for all 5 summer entertaining ideas.
A while back, I started painting again (just for fun), as a way of getting out of my head and unwinding from my schedule. It’s been really nice to have something to zone out to lately, before I head home – almost like a transition stage between work life and home life, if that makes sense.
When I’m at work, I usually have a lot going on and the mood feels very go-go-go. So, it’s often hard for me to move from that work mentality, straight home into ‘relaxation mode’. Sometimes it feels like too big of a jump. You know?
Which is why painting in between the two has been a good way to make that transition feel more steady. At the end of the day, I’ll set myself up with a handful of supplies and a little bit of paint (or ink) and then I just zone out with a brush in my hand for 5, 15, sometimes 30 minutes. It’s nothing crazy, just a little bit of time at the end of each work day to get my mind out of it’s (often) frazzled state and into a better place.
Tomorrow, Jeff and I are heading to Harbour Island with our buds Ash and Jared (Sugar & Cloth) for a week-long vacation.
Before I head out though, I have some weekend DIYs to try. And I am full-blown obsessed with project #3 and 6! Click through for all 6 project ideas. And in case you’re curious… I’ll still be posting while I’m away. Follow along on IG for the pool floats and day drinking.
Aside from the kitchen stuff I’ve been playing around with lately, I’ve also been working on a more permanent solution for the studio seating area. I’ve been working on it off and on for a while now, but never quite landed on a solution that felt like it would stick.
I think I finally have it together now though (yay) and wanted to share the before and after, in partnership with a site that I am v obsessed with right now – Everything But The House (EBTH).