Tag: Travel

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Vampire Weekend

Aug
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Well, I was out of town this weekend for a wedding in Forks, WA.  This wasn’t a vampire-themed affair; the groom (Brian’s cousin) was born and raised there.  What a beautiful, home-made wedding it was!  The parents of the groom hosted a few dozen campers in their backyard for the days leading up to the wedding.  The ceremony itself took place across the street in a neighbor’s front yard.  There was a real feeling of community- family and friends put together the flowers and table settings, as well as the food.  I think my favorite part was the beautiful patchwork of linens and dishware that the bride and groom had been gathering from Goodwill for months.

I think you all will be just as inspired as I am by the beautiful simplicity of this affair:

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Don’t you just love the kids’ table?  And what about the stump seats?  They were just as comfortable as any chair.  Anyone else feel the urge to start collecting vintage table linens?

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Living room inspiration

Oct
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The lounge at Mississippi Pizza in Portland:

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Portland Japanese Garden

Oct
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One of the signs that you’re getting older is when you end up going to bed at eleven on a Saturday night.  You can combat this sign of aging by deciding to take a spontaneous road trip after you find yourself wide awake at seven on Sunday morning.  My boyfriend and I hopped in the car and headed south to Portland.

My sister happens to live in Portland, and she suggested we all take a trip up to the Portland Japanese Garden.  I wasn’t the only one snapping photos- but I hope I was able to capture some unique angle on the gardens!

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Fresh Air

Oct
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I call the walls "Tiffany Blue"

I call the walls "Tiffany Blue"

I recently got to spend the weekend at Seabrook, this amazingly adorable/perfect neighborhood on the Washington coast.  My friend and I stayed in this lovely little cottage; I felt as if I were in the pages of a Pottery Barn catalogue.  The whole development is only a few years old, so there was this fresh, clean feeling everywhere.  Add a little ocean air, and I was soon making statements like, “When I get home I’m getting rid of everything and starting over!” (which was an improvement on my previous “Honey, I won’t be coming home” phone call.)

The whole visit had me thinking about how important a clean, organized space is to the creative process.  I’ve been taking car loads of stuff to Goodwill over the past few months, and the whole routine of picking over my things to choose what stays and goes has really made me think about what objects I want in my life.  I’m currently on the path of choosing beautiful and meaningful things to look at and use, rather than holding on to things “just because”.

My space is not ready to be photographed quite yet, but I will keep looking at my beach cottage photos to keep myself inspired and motivated!

This is not a movie set- these are real houses!

This is not a movie set- these are real houses!

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