Our Trip to Michigan and Some Random Inspiration
I've been mysteriously absent from the blog for quite some time now, and I'm feeling pretty guilty about it. I know I really shouldn't feel guilty, because it was never supposed to be my number one priority in life or even in my business. BUT I STILL DO feel guilty. And I'm sorry! What's up with that? Why do we put this pressure on ourselves? I had the amazing opportunity to spend most of the month of July with friends in Kansas City and in Harbor Springs, Michigan with my husband's family. AND my parents and sister are coming to visit this weekend!! THEN I get to go see two of my very best friends in Austin, TX and then the girls go to school and then college and then they'll get married and have babies and grandbabies and on and on. Life is happening, you guys. I don't want to miss it. I have no idea what I have to complain about. God has blessed our lil family in so many ways over the past few years, and I am feeling the weight of it in all the best ways. I find myself tearing up as I watch our girls figuring out the world and learning to appreciate it in their own ways. I'm a dork and I'm in a glass case of emotion!
Anyways, I gave myself permission to neglect the blog in order to tackle other life things. With family time and designing time, I didn't have a whole lot of energy left over. And if I have to drop something, it was always gonna be the blog (because I hate writing, shhh). Sorry, blog. Writing is just a lil too vulnerable and I don't feel like I have anything meaningful to tell you because I'm always learning new things and I'm really not in a place to educate other people. For example, I just recently learned that granite produces radiation because it has uranium in it. (?????) I mean, how terrifying is that? I can distinctly remember eating things straight off of my mom's granite countertops. They're supposed to be FOOD SAFE, people.
I've decided not to write blog posts just to write them. Some of my favorite designers have teams of people to get things done, including writing a blog. I'm just not there yet, and may never be. So, I am no longer going to try to crank out a post every 2 or 3 days because it was starting to be a real burden and I got burned out and cynical about it all. Instead, I will save the blog space for more informative posts with real content like project updates and inspiration and for times that I want to get real with my audience, whoever you may be. Sound good??? Also, please please please comment on posts and ask me questions and engage with me! I want to know you and answer your questions and hear your constructive criticisms. Alllll the good stuff. Bring it on. I'm nice.
So real quick, here are a few pictures of our trip to Michigan. Harbor Springs is such a special place. My husband's family has had a place there for a long long time and it's rich with history and community. The air smells crisp and the water tastes delicious. Their liquor store also makes my favorite sandwich of all time. Weird? Probably! But who cares? We rode our bikes almost every day, which the girls loved. There's a State Park not too far from our neighborhood with a sandy beach, a pebble beach right in front of the house for throwing rocks and filling up pails with water, a deer park with some babies running around, plenty of natural springs and fern-filled forests to explore. If it were this perfect year round, I'd up and move my butt to Michigan and listen to Sufjan Stevens' Michigan album nonstop until I died. But it's not and I'm a Texas girl and I really can't handle that much snow. So I guess I'll just have to settle for amazing yearly trips in the summer. WHAT A BUMMER.
And because it feels weird to leave out design things, when that's a lot of what occupies my mind these days (along with potty training), I want to share some random images from around the internet that are inspiring me. I've shared some similar things on my Instagram, which is also being severely neglected, but I'm getting back to it. Check it out regardless!
1 // Amangiri
More proof that I should visit this amazing hotel. What a strikingly beautiful part of the world, paired with a perfectly designed building in a natural palette.
2 // Woodchuck
I am really digging that big kids room, as well as everything else that Woodchuck believes about the home. They love Japan and nature and simplicity and I really think we would get along.
Those shelves are just a dream and they are from IKEA. Get thee to IKEA ladies and gents. I'll see you there.
The most perfect kitchen. If I could keep plants alive, I would have that many. The inset cabinetry and jet black Lacanche range are the perfect foundation for an indoor Eden.
5 // Zak + Fox Studio
Every month, it feels like I'm tearing out half of the pages of my Architectural Digest. This piece about the new Zak + Fox Studio was really appealing to me, and I'd like to visit the showroom at some point, almost entirely because I like his backstory and approachability.
WELP that's it! I truly hope I don't lose your attention completely by not being a regular writer. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll hear about new blog posts and things, so stay tuned!