PICTURE DUMP

I took the last few months off from working on anything on here because I wanted to really think about the content I want to be publishing going forward. It was also the busiest part of wedding season/the holidays. I’ve had some time to sit down and set some goals and brainstorm ideas and I’m excited to jump back into posting again. The blog is going to take a little bit of a different (and hopefully better) direction this year. Hopefully it’s something you all like!

 

And now a little catch up on us, and we’ll move on to newer things:

Our BFFs Monica, Heidi, and Harry came down and visited us for a couple days.

UPDATE0001Jane has really taken to being a home depot helper, she was especially fond of helping choose mums for the porch this fall.  Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetOne of our two weekends in Martha’s Vineyard. The Harbor View hotel in Edgartown is top notch, for anyone planning a trip.  Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetLots of dinners outside on the patio.  UPDATE0004Our college friend Linsday from London Photo came and did our family pictures. UPDATE0006 UPDATE0007 UPDATE0008 UPDATE0009 Christopher played soccer but decided it wasn’t for him. “I want to go home, I’m tired of running.” Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI braved a climb to the top of our 15 foot ladder and put up a swing for the kids. Jane has only fallen out once thanks to an overzealous push from Christopher.  UPDATE0011 Still feeling like ballers living by the ocean. UPDATE0012 UPDATE0013 Jane is coloring on everything. If you plan on coming by give me a few minutes warning so I can get the magic eraser out. UPDATE0014 My mom and dad sent me my grandma’s piano for my birthday. I love having it here. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThe kids love it too. The piano may feel differently… UPDATE0016Jane and her friend Natalie went to the zoo in Providence. It’s definitely the best zoo in the area. If you’re in Boston head down there for a zoo, skip Franklin Park and DEFINITELY skip the Stone Zoo.  Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWe are working on our bedroom right now. We got a new bed, and lights and built some floating night stands. That plant has already been killed by Jane the plant dumper :( Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Another trip to Martha’s Vineyard. These are from Lucy Vincent Beach in Chillmark. It has some awesome cliffs and large rocks. UPDATE0020 UPDATE0021 UPDATE0022 Momma and Poppa Hansen came! We filled them with fish and chips. UPDATE0023 UPDATE0024 UPDATE0025Chad’s brothen Kellen came for a visit for one day too, UPDATE0026 UPDATE0027 Apple picking with Grandma Jil. UPDATE0028 UPDATE0029 UPDATE0030Fall festival with Grandma and Grandpa B. Processed with VSCOcam with s4 preset Processed with VSCOcam with k3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with k3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with k2 preset Halloween.Processed with VSCOcam with x1 presetBedazzling UPDATE0036 UPDATE0037A surprise birthday stay at the Verb hotel and a bruins game for Chad’s birthday. UPDATE0038 UPDATE0039 Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset UPDATE0041 UPDATE0042 Jane turned 2!UPDATE0043 UPDATE0044We introduce the Snoop dog into our family. After re-homing Buckley 6 months ago we really missed our doggie friend.  UPDATE0045 Processed with VSCOcam with f1 preset Thanksgiving snow!UPDATE0047 Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset UPDATE0049 Processed with VSCOcam with c2 preset A family trip to NYC (museum of natural history, central park, FAO schwartz)UPDATE0051 Santa!UPDATE0052 Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetChad and I had a wedding published in the GORGEOUS new publication, Geraldine. It’s available online and at select Anthropoligie stores. Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetOur first Christmas in our house. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetOn to the new year! UPDATE0057

APPLE PIE TOPPING

appletopping-03

 

I posted this dessert topping recipe over on You Are My Fave a little while ago (like a year ago), but thought I’d share it again here as we’re getting into apple picking time and I’m sure a lot of you are wondering what to do with those huge bags of apples you picked.

This is a really easy, and really delicious addition to any dessert. It would taste really great on a cheesecake or ice cream, or maybe just rolled into a warm tortilla mmmm.

Apple Dessert Topping:
- 4 Apples, cubed
- 10 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 4 Tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. Melt butter in medium sized saucepan
2. In a small bow mix together all dry ingredients.
3. Stir the cubed apples into the dry mixture.
4. Add apple mixture to the butter once it’s melted and stir, add vanilla.
5. Let simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes.

Delicious.

appletopping-09appletopping-04

ROOM DETAIL: SHIPLAP

shiplap0002Today I want to share an interior design detail that I am totally in love with. A brother to beadboard: shiplap. It feels so cozy and modern, but a little bit rustic as well.

shiplap0001 shiplap0005 shiplap0006These next two images (and the last) are from the home of the owners of Schoolhouse Electric. You need to look at this house tour on the New York Times website, it’s one of my all time favorite homes. If you haven’t already, you should also take a look around Schoolhouse Electric. Their products are a really great mix of modern, farmhouse, and industrial and they’re (mostly) fairly affordable. shiplap0008 shiplap0009 shiplap0003 shiplap0007

Don’t you just want to put up some shiplap walls in your house? I do.

 

Beck

LIGHTS

We have a bed, we have closets!! (I’ll post some pictures tomorrow once they’re more put together) The next step is filling in the room with some lighting. We have a golden flying saucer light on the ceiling (very 80′s and nothing next to our beds. We have one table lamp in the room that we turn on at night when we go up to bed but that’s it. I’ve been scouring the internet for some dreamy, yet affordable options and here’s what I’ve narrowed it down to. What do you like best?

 

lighting

1. Color Cord

2. Ikea

3. World Market

4. Shades of Light

5. Shades of Light (young house love collection)

6. Shades of Light

A PLACE TO REST

Our bedroom is a disaster. Seriously, a cluster cuss. Our office is in there and we have only one tiny closet to share between the two of us so all of our clothes are on clothing racks or in a dresser that’s too big for our bedroom. Our kids come in all the time mess with everything and make it feel even more messy. It’s time to change things. I have plans. I need a place that’s peaceful and organized and more serene. Chad needs the kids to stop touching his stuff and so do I. When we moved in (not that long ago, I know) we decided we wouldn’t really put any effort into our bedroom. But I can’t deal with the chaos any more. Time for a solution.

Here’s my inspiration:

Neutral tones with a rustic, but modern feel.

dff5858a2bd77b17bfe221a95f263ee6We need some pictures up on our walls. There’s nothing for poor Chad to look at in there except my ugly mug. a0d67ba3020a2d25bd8bb4e3ea9c52dfClosets!! Built in PAX wardrobes from IKEA, which is what we’re going to go with. f2160f530ba3659192da00b5c977f774b60cdcaa3fdb4d5df12e353aeb882576A bedside table! We’ve had nothing since we moved. Everything just gets tossed on the floor next to the bed…and then subsequently stolen or stepped on by children. 43a3727b60958a70f6e9ca7f5d5153f5

Here’s the progress so far: Closet building materials have been purchased, the giant dresser has been sold (which means all of our clothes are now on the floor, and I bought a new bed, something I’ve been dreaming about for 5 years. I’m excited for everything to come together in the next couple of weeks!

I’m on the hunt for some nice rustic picture frames, anyone have a good source?

Beck