Men of Austen Week: Style Secrets from Colonel Brandon

Many of Austen’s men could be argued to be rather sheltered pretty-boys. Many are wealthy, of the upper-classes, and haven’t much to trouble themselves about besides finding a female with enough family nobility to consider aligning their name with. One of Austen’s men that definitely doesn’t fall into that category though is Colonel Brandon. Though he comes from a family with much wealth, Brandon has much experience with his own trials and tribulations. He was twice in love with women out of his class, forced to abandon one of them for a life of banishment in the East Indies, and teeters dangerously on the brink of losing the other one to a man without either morality or money. Through his rather tumultuous life and extensive travels however, Brandon gains an insight into character, a charm, and a sense of wisdom that is unmatched by any of the younger, potentially more eligible, bachelors of Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility.

In Colonel Brandon alone…did Elinor find a person who could in any degree claim the respect of abilities, excite the interest of friendship, or give pleasure as a companion. -Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility

brandon collage

  • Work here: Maps are beautiful by themselves, but when done on a scale like this, and done in unusual places like covering an entire floor, suddenly you’ve got a map worthy to grace even the Colonel’s work space.
  • Read by this: I’m going to say that Colonel Brandon wouldn’t be caught dead modge-podging one of his East Indies maps to a lampshade, but that’s all they did over at Rosie’s Vintage Lampshades to make this unique twist on using maps in a whole new way.
  • Sit here: West Elm’s ‘Victor’ chair is so sleek and modern, yet has enough of a nod to the Victorian gentleman’s chair that I think Brandon would rest quite comfortably in it.

brandon collage 2

  • Collect these: Brandon is always hunting, traveling, and riding, and I think he would take much pleasure in the new trend for globe-collecting. There’s so many awesome things you can do with globes besides just having them stand guard on a desk.
  • Leave notes here:  I want to do this so very badly: just find an old globe at a thrift store, paint it with chalkboard paint, and you’ve got the perfect, whimsical place to leave notes. If you can’t imagine painting over a globe, I’ve seen many at places like Salvation Army that are rather torn and ragged and would be otherwise unusable,–so, find one of these torn treasures and you don’t have to feel bad about covering cartography.

Even if you can’t travel like Brandon did, you can have a little global perspective in your own home with these design-ideas. Colonel Brandon’s global perspective allowed him to see through the immaturity, selfishness, and immorality of a man (Willoughby) everyone else found dashing, handsome, and irresistible, enabling him to stand apart from a society that seemed only to fall in love with appearances. His insight is what attracted the respect, admiration, and finally the love of Marianne Dashwood, the woman whom Brandon loved dearly despite her lack of wealth.

Happy Friday everyone! That’s it for my Men of Austen week, I had so much fun doing it and hopefully you found them a bit inspiring with recipes, DIY’s, gift ideas, and some commentary on the modern man.

-<3 A. 

Style Secrets from “The Yellow Wallpaper”

yellow wallpaper copy

If you know anything about nineteenth century writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s famous short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” you’re probably wondering why you would ever, EVER take tips on style from a short-story about a room that concluded in driving a woman mad. But, have you read it? Among Gilman’s subtle jabs at the patriarchal society that often misunderstood and misdiagnosed female physiological illnesses during the centuries preceding our own, there is actually a lot of design theory intermingled:

the emotional Impact of your environment

The protagonist of the story is a woman who is seemingly suffering from postpartum psychosis–assumed by the mention of a new-born, the family’s recent retirement to an obscure summer house, and her physician husband’s notions that she must remain quiet and “not think of her condition” of recurrent nervous bouts, uncontrolled crying, and frequent tiredness. While her husband apparently has locked her into a room in an attic to “recover” by sleeping off her mental distress with not much besides a hideous, yellow wallpaper-pattern to entertain her, and a large bed nailed to the floor, she longs to exchange her room for one “downstairs that opened on the piazza and had roses all over the window, and such pretty old-fashioned chintz hangings.” Though she finds herself feeling best when she walks in the garden, away from a room she garners an eerie feeling from, her husband only “laughs at her” when she suggests that the room is making her nervousness worse. The impact her dismal environment was having on her was a severe one. As the story progresses, she also progresses further into madness. Though her husband didn’t understand it, and she lacked the agency to insist upon it, “The Yellow Wallpaper’s” protagonist responded extremely negatively to the decor that surrounded her.  And, it’s true, how you feel in a room may not be just “a false and foolish fancy” as the woman’s husband attempted to convince her. It may be that your room needs a bit of airing:

I fell in love with this summer house shoot over on 79 ideas. It immediately made me think of what the woman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” wanted to escape to: a space that was open, light, and the perfect mix of vintage pieces, modern, clean white, and what she described as “old-fashioned chintz hangings.” She sought, and I think would have found in this space, a warmth, expression, and softness that she couldn’t find in a world that left women who struggled to fulfill their roles as wife and mother with little other options or assistance. 

Don’t forget the walls

As the short-story continues, the woman’s descriptions of the wallpaper grow continually more bizarre. After reading Gilman’s short, you might be a little nervous about adding wallpaper to your world. But don’t be! Though nineteenth century papers were rather heavy, overwhelming patterns, the wallpaper of the 21st century is definitely something to check out. And though we spend most of our design dollar on the furniture and items that fill our spaces, the woman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” could definitely tell you, don’t forget the walls! they have quite the impact (good and bad!) on your room as well:

image via sfgirlbybay

Anthropologie home decor - yellow wallpaper

**Did you like that last picture of Anthropologie’s “Paeonia” wallpaper? If you don’t feel like spending $148 on your walls but still want this adorable print, check out how I did it myself via this post.**

“The Yellow Wallpaper” is famous for its commentary on the ignorance of the nineteenth century, male-dominated medical community who excused real women’s issues with the idea that women were simply fragile, weak, and incapable; The cure? Force women to languish, discourage any intellectual pursuit, and avoid at all costs the horrors of a woman who would give herself an identity outside the home with her own creative success. Don’t let your rooms fall into the same madness the protagonist of “The Yellow Wallpaper” did. Mix vintage with modern to keep it fresh, don’t put up with patterns and textures that depress you, and if you’re feeling blue in your room, don’t dismiss it, accept it, and make a change!

– <3 A. 

sources: “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Gilman,  Anthology of AMerican Lit. vol. II, Prentice Hall | images via 79 ideas, sfgirlbythebay, anthropologie, adored vintage.

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DIY Yarn Animals from Target

yarn figurine

Isn’t he cute? I saw him at Target last week and the little guy had DIY written all over him. A little styrofoam carving and yarn winding and I had my own. My version is a bit more whimsical I think, but just as adorable and (yay!) also much cheaper.

diy animal figurine

DIY Yarn Giraffe: diy yarn giraffe

You will need:

  •  yarn ($2.00 for the whole skein)
  • one styrofoam egg ($2.00)
  • one 12X4 styrofoam cone ($2.00)
  • straight pins (or super glue)

diy yarn giraffe targetCarving sounds rather difficult, and I was a bit intimidated when I began, but it actually was super easy!

  1. Start with the egg, this is going to be your giraffe’s head.
  2. Shape the tip of the nose down a bit and flatten the sides so it looks like the depressions where eyes would be.
  3. Carve out a square into the bottom of the egg, this is going to fit onto the “neck” and help keep the head on the giraffe.

diy yarn giraffe

  1. Use the 12X4 cone for the neck of the giraffe.
  2. Cut the tip off the cone, leaving about 6 and a half inches for the base (your giraffe is going to end up being about 8 and a half inches tall).
  3. Start shaping the base. Don’t try and cut off too big of pieces or the styrofoam will snap. Instead, just start shaving it down: leave the base a bit wider than the top so it doesn’t tip over. Curve the front of the base in a little so it looks like a neck. Finally, carve the top of the base into another square, this is going to fit into the head.

yarn giraffe diy

  1. From the top of the cone you cut off, cut out two mushroom-shaped pieces for the horns as well as two leaf-shaped pieces for the ears. Stick straight-pins, or toothpicks into each piece.
  2.  Place the head, ears, and horns on with straight-pins, toothpicks, or even glue would work. You may have to play around a bit with the placement to make it look right.
  3. Make any adjustments to your carving and you’re ready to wrap him in yarn!

diy styrofoam animal

**this project is a bit messy so put some newspaper or something down while you carve, I had quite the styrofoam cloud going.**

yarn giraffe diy

  1. Start winding the yarn around the giraffe. You can play with how you want the yarn to lay, it would be fun to do designs with it if you wanted to get complex.
  2. I stuck straight pins in random places to keep the yarn in place. Especially at the tip of the horns and ears, as well as the rounded nose and back of the head, pins were essential to keeping everything uniform. Like I said earlier, super-glue would also work just as well to hold everything in place but don’t use hot glue, it will melt the styrofoam!
  3. Ta-da!

target giraffe figurine diy

target giraffe figurine diy

target giraffe figurine diy

He looked cute pretty much everywhere I put him and how cheerful to have a little giraffe-buddy on your desk or in your office? Nothing can be too serious for a yarn-wrapped giraffe. I wanted to try modge-podging the giraffe in music sheets instead of the yarn as a little twist on the Target original. I think it might be super cute for a music room, but I decided to just go with the yarn this time around. Who knows though, perhaps I may just give the other version a try as well since this one was so simple.

– <3 A. 

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New Years Eve DIY Photo-Booth

After weeks of saying “NO NEW YEARS EVE, DON’T COME I’M NOT READY!!” I ended up celebrating it early. My beautiful sister-in-law and brother hosted an early New Years party over the weekend and I decided my contribution would be a DIY photo-booth and it was so much fun!

vintage new years

vintage new years

diy photobooth

diy photobooth

diy photobooth

diy photoboothI hung a black blanket for our background, decked it with a homemade banner, some sparkly stars hung with twine from the ceiling, glued mustaches and lips onto dowels, added a few more props, and we were set. The photo-booth is such a fun addition to keep the festivities going all the way ’till midnight without losing anyone to the sleepys, and we got some pretty fantastic photos. Even if you’ve waited until now to decide on some party ideas, you’re not too late with this DIY because you can make it as simple or as outrageous as you want. While I was setting everything up I thought of tons of other things I could do so I’m writing them down for next year, or, maybe just the next party since this one was such a success. Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Years!

– <3 A. 

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A Homemade K.R.E.A.M. Christmas

vintage christmas

This past weekend, the four ladies who have filled my life with laughter ever since I was six years old gathered for our annual mother-daughter Christmas party. Kim, Reagan, Ellie, myself, and Mckenzie  (K.R.E.A.M.) all decided this year we were going homemade for our celebrations, and we definitely outdid ourselves with creativity. A bread exchange, handmade ornaments, hand-stitched sleep masks, chocolate-ganache and peppermint-creme phyllo cups, and a soup dinner with the ladies I love most made for a pretty fantastic day.

vintage christmas

It’s unspoken, but we all have a sort of (completely friendly) gift-wrapping competition each year. This year was a pretty close one, with the decision to give small gifts, also came the decision to be extra-crafty and everyone came up with the cutest ideas. I decided to make another advent tree for the party to hang all of my mini-gifts on. Instead of numbers though I put the ladies’ initials on each gift. It was so fun to watch them find their initials and unwrap everything, it’s sort of a unique twist on the traditional stocking stuffers:

vintage christmas

vintage christmas

vintage christmas

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I love my dear friends; they inspire me everyday and confirm that just by being a little creative, you can show someone a whole lot of love. There’s still some time for creating last-minute-homemade-love for whoever you’re celebrating with this year and if you’re feeling inspired, check out “posts like this” for a few ideas. Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

– <3 A. 

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DIY “Twelve Days of Christmas” Advent Tree

Soooooo, it’s a little late for an advent calendar. To be exact, it’s twelve days late, and instead of getting upset at myself for letting yet another year trundle by without a little more pre-planning, I decided to make a Twelve Days of Christmas Tree instead.

DIY Advent Tree

This is such a fun DIY, so, so cheap (about $5 not including the gift-wrap), and makes a big impact for about ten minutes of work! I’d say that’s the perfect do-it-yourself project for me.

DIY Twelve Days of Christmas Tree

twelve days of christmas

  1.  Find a strong branch: probably the most important part of this DIY, don’t just shove flimsy sticks into a jar, for a big impact you’ll need a fairly substantial limb with lots of thin branches. This guy came from a grapefruit tree in my backyard but pretty much any sort of tree would work. I think if you could find a birch tree,  those branches would be absolutely beautiful and very season-appropriate with it’s white bark. And of course, nature is free!
  2.  Fill a vase full of miniature Christmas balls. I used plastic balls for this project, they’re much cheaper (about $2.00 for a case of 25) and also won’t break very easily. The vase was a $3.00 find, I’ve actually seen some smaller versions at the Dollar Store, but Wal-mart and Big Lots have them too.
  3.  Wrap your gifts, add numbered labels from 1 to 12, and hang the little presents on the tree with a hook, just like decorating a Christmas tree. And that’s it!

Wrapping the gifts is probably the most fun. Pick small, light things so you don’t weigh down your tree too much: candies, small toys, lip-gloss, nail-polish, or even gift-cards would be perfect. I couldn’t find gift-wrap I liked that matched so instead, I just picked out some scrapbook papers that looked cute together:

vintage wrapping paper

These papers were actually way cheaper than gift-wrap, and they’re the perfect size for small gifts. Then, I hand-printed numbers on some card-stock, punched a hole in them, and tied them on with assorted, left-over ribbons and twine from last Christmas:

diy advent tree diy advent tree DIY wrapping paperEvery year, four of my favorite ladies and I get together for our annual Christmas party. This year, we’re cutting back a bit and only giving each other small things. No matter if you all agree on it or not though, little boxes are always a little disappointing. Hanging all the gifts on this tree though is a perfect way to make little gifts look absolutely fabulous. I’m planning on giving each of them three little gifts, but this would be fun to do just for one person and have them open one gift for the last twelve days leading up to Christmas.

advent tree twelve days of christmas tree diy christmas craft

twelve days of christmas advent tree diy

Isn’t it adorable? Even though I got inspired to do this tree because I was lazy and didn’t pre-plan for a real advent tree, when I finished it I decided this might be a new tradition. Besides, it’s soooo much easier to find twelve gifts than it is to find twenty-four! Hope you’re inspired-

– <3 A. 

Being A Dudley

Post-Thanksgiving marks a crucial time for most people. It’s the changing of the seasons from a sleepy fall into a full-blown, countdown to Christmas. I can feel it in the air. People are either quivering with excitement to release their energy on decking their halls, or are dangling on the precipice between stress and a breakdown over arriving at this time of year again and beginning to realize what needs to be done to”prepare” for the holidays. Or, throw in yet another factor. Perhaps you can’t even imagine spending a moment on Christmas preparations because life has, once again, accelerated at a ridiculous speed come the last month of the year.

I tend to stand on the side of those quivering with excitement to begin this season. So, this past weekend, even though Thanksgiving came early this year, I couldn’t help myself and decided to spend Friday in my sweats with nothing on my to-do list except officially initiating the house with the first of some Christmas cheer:

christmas mantle

christmas mantle

Christmas mantleAs I was hanging garland, straightening bows, and distributing some sparkle on Friday, I thought about the two approaches most people have to this time of year: Utter dread and disinterest, or unabashed obsession and excitement.

If you’ve never seen it, the 1947 Christmas classic, The Bishop’s Wife pretty much sums up these dichotomies. The film is about a Bishop (David Niven) who is so distracted by his ambitions for raising money to build a new cathedral, he has made his wife (Loretta Young) completely miserable by his selfishness and drive for the latest, greatest things. He never spends time with her or his daughter anymore, believes her small attempts to bring joy into their house childish and wasteful, and begins to treat everyone in his home as slaves.

the bishops wife

Into this disgruntled family, an angel (Cary Grant) enters disguised as a man applying for a secretary job to assist the overworked Bishop. His real intentions become clear though when the angel, or “Dudley,” shows the Bishop’s wife how to be happy again, how to be kind and show love, how to appreciate small things, and how to bring joy back into a home. While the Bishop obsesses about how to impress people so that they will give him money, Dudley seeks out lonely people to cheer with some of the joy of the Christmas season. And, while the Bishop is focused on building a spectacular cathedral, Dudley focuses on rebuilding a home that is crumbling under the burden of supporting the Bishop’s ambitions.

the bishops wife

the bishops wifeAt the conclusion of the film, it’s clear that Dudley’s simple ways have made a far bigger contribution to the Bishop’s parish and family than the Bishop’s overblown attempts at perfection. So, this year, be a Dudley. Even if you don’t have the powers of an angel, you do have the power to make some magic just by keeping it simple.  the bishops wife

Don’t let your ambitions for a perfect Christmas run away with you, or, don’t let the fear of not creating the perfect Christmas paralyze you from enjoying a very, very special time.


Christmas pearl trees

– <3 A. 

DIY Natural Thanksgiving Garland

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you’re still feeling desperate for something to bake today, don’t forget to check out yesterday’s post for some fast, two ingredient mini-pies! I still have lots of baking to do myself so I’m keeping it simple today:

Yesterday, I was staring out the window at this…

Gingko Trees


…and thinking how sad that the last burst of beauty all the deciduous trees show us just ends up being raked away. The color was what really transfixed me, but if you’ve ever seen a Gingko tree you will know that each leaf looks rather like a butterfly and I suddenly had the idea to string them together to make a garland.

The table I wanted to set the dessert (read: pies) on for today was looking a little un-festive; so I thought the strung leaves would be the perfect backdrop for some natural Thanksgiving decor as a little celebration of fall before the season is swept away to make room for Christmas.

DIY Natural Thanksgiving Garland

Thank goodness I had the afternoon alone for this project because I marched outside to the tree and found a little hole between the azaleas to sit in with my needle and thread. I’m sure I looked absolutely ridiculous.

DIY Thanksgiving garland

1.) I used an embroidery needle for this project and a little twine. The embroidery needle is thick enough to handle the twine and easily slide through the leaves, yet dull enough not to slide into my finger with every leaf.

2. Just string the leaves onto the twine until you have the lengths you want.

3. Initially I thought I wanted all the leaves to face the same way but I made some mistakes and got them all backwards and then decided it looked better a little topsy-turvy anyway.

4. I decided to hang my garlands like stripes. Its a little modern view on the traditional swag and I think it looks pretty snazzy.

natural holiday garland

gingko garland

homemade holiday garland

homemade garland

Hope everyone has a wonderful day giving thanks and perhaps getting a little crafty with some DIY garlands!

– <3 A. 

Style Secrets from Virginia Woolf

Whatever you know of Virginia Woolf’s life and works, you probably don’t associate her with styling. Surprise, surprise: the woman knew the effects on the mind and body of a well-styled room long before Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart, or HGTV filled our lives.

In my third year of college I spent twelve rather grueling weeks studying, obsessing, and making sense out of Virginia Woolf’s writing. It was quite the journey. Out of her stream of consciousness, abstract imagery, and at times rather depressing prose, two things stuck in my mind:

1.) Maintain a room of one’s own:

In her famous lecture turned essay, Virginia Woolf wrote in A Room of One’s Own that one of the most essential things to the success of an artist, and, more specifically, a female artist, was to have a space all to oneself. At the time, Woolf wrote this to point out one of the crucial reasons she believed that women had been unable to write effectively. The nineteenth century woman who “never (had) an half hour…that they can call their own,” did not possess the means to acquire a room, or time, to herself unless “her parents were exceptionally rich or very noble.” At the mercy of her husband or some male support, the average woman, if she desired to write, had to “write in the common sitting room” where of course, “dogs will bark; people will interrupt; money must be made; health will break down.” Woolf felt that, unlike the man who might wander off to an office and shut himself away to work for hours, the women of nineteenth century homes had no such place to work, create, or imagine in.

Women no longer have such restrictions. We make our own money, own our own homes, and follow our own ambitions. Yet, with no limits to our “duties” or desires, women seem to need a room of their own for entirely different, but no less important, reasons. The modern woman is fulfilling roles the nineteenth century woman never dreamed of. By fulfilling these roles though, there is little time to escape into a place where the mind can focus on self, what is important, and what needs to be culled out of a life packed to the brim of to-do’s.

So, take Woolf’s advice: steal a workplace for yourself.

Convert a closet:

office option

Tidy a desk just for you:

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Or create an inspiration board:

inspiration boards

Maintain a room, a corner, a space all your own where, regardless of whether you are an artist or not, you can put life on pause lest your mind become “heaped…with bitterness and resentment” from the everyday.

2.) Whatever you do, do it like a woman.

In her criticism of a female novelist during the nineteenth century, Woolf noted that the novelist’s writing voice was muddled by her belief that she ought either to admit that “she was ‘only a woman,’” or protest “that she was ‘as good as a man.’” Contrasted to these women, she notes that only Jane Austen and Emily Bronte were successful in their craft because “they wrote as women write, not as men write.” They neither excused themselves for their writing because they were “merely” women, nor tried to adopt a false voice in order to be compared to a man. They were, in essence, essentially themselves. In speaking of women writers, Woolf expresses that “it would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men, or lived like men, or looked like men, for if two sexes are quite inadequate, considering the vastness and variety of the world, how should we manage with one only? Ought not education to bring out and fortify the differences rather than the similarities?”

Wouldn’t she be horrified at the current androgyny? Woolf stated that Jane Austen was one of the few successful female novelist during her time for, unlike other women, she did not try to learn from the “men’s sentences” that were her only examples. Instead, “Austen looked at it (the man’s sentence) and laughed at it and devised a perfectly natural, shapely sentence proper for her own use and never departed from it.”

Whatever you desire to do, take it from Virginia: do it as a woman would do it, not as a man would. Devise your own approach and never depart from it. Excuses and protests will achieve little, but give a woman a space to think and the confidence to think as herself, and there will be, as Virginia found, “no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

source: A Room of one’s own, harcourt, inc, 1989

                                                              – <3 A. 

Loft Love

Happy Friday! This week has been a whirlwind with Halloween and birthday festivities. Baking, present wrapping, carving, and decorating has occupied the majority of my free hours so this weekend I am definitely looking forward to relaxing and watching my go-to-movie for this month: “Sweet November.”

If you had the unfortunate experience of watching the 2001 remake with Keanu Reeves, please don’t give up yet because the original 1968 film is so, so, so much better.

It’s a pretty obscure film and combines romance, drama, comedy, and a little bit of nonsense with the perfect proportions. Sara, (Sandy Dennis) is a single woman who owns and maintains rental properties. In her free time though, she assists bachelors in overcoming some sort of emotional flaw. Each month, Sara takes a different man under her wing—each man, with a different problem. In November, she meets Charlie (Anthony Newley). Charlie, who once had poetic aspirations, has lost his ability to see beauty and enjoy life because of his busy-ness and constant worry about being on time. His life, as Sara describes it, has become all “hurry, hurry, ding, ding.”

I think Charlie’s issue is one that modern audiences can identify with most. Caught up with his career, obsessed with getting ahead, or, at least keeping up, he forgets to look up from his watch and everyday tasks to see the little things that Sara finds such joy in. What I so adore about Sara and this film is that the way she makes Charlie fall back into love with life is merely doing the simplest things: They sit outside and paint and write, feed pigeons in the park, and drink tea by Sara’s fireplace; in small, thoughtful ways, Sara shows Charlie how to care for other people and not always himself and his wristwatch.

Like I said, the movie has a little dose of absurdity that makes it so endearing. Sara’s loft is a prime example of this, mixing together the most nonsensical of items to create the most charming space. I don’t normally like lofts. I don’t really care to see all the exposed framework and things of houses, but Sara’s looks so warm and lived-in.

An open fireplace, an Edwardian-looking chair, twinkle-lights on a tree and exposed, industrial-looking shelves next to an ornate cabinet. Its so ridiculous but makes me want to spend an evening with her. 

Her bedroom, I think, is my favorite. tucked under an entire wall and half-ceiling of window-panes, the cozy upstairs room looks like it would be divine to sleep-in on a rainy morning. It does actually rain during the film as Sara lies in bed and I’m always so very jealous.

The space is so unique and personal. From her loft, it’s obvious that Sara cares nothing for normal “styling.” Instead, as in her life, Sara only surrounds herself with the things she loves most. Her love for life is almost childish. She is often silly, irrational, and has the strangest notions and obsessions. Despite all of this though, she is also completely independent, able to nurture her excitement for living into everyone she meets, and finds humor in the everyday. For Charlie, just spending a month with Sara gave him a very sweet November.

Hopefully this weekend you can do a few silly things. Maybe add a vintage lamp in with your modern drapes, jump off a park bench, or compose poems on your porch….Sara did, and she had so much fun.

– <3 A.