Saying Goodbye To The City

We’d been talking about it for a while; whether or not we still loved living in the city like we did once upon a time; whether or not living with the traffic, the noise, in the flight path for Sea-Tac flight, and the other inconveniences of a growing city were worth it. We talked about leaving behind some of the conveniences of the city too. How much would we miss all of the dining options, easy access to the airport, Pike Place Market? And we also talked, at length, about whether or not we were ready for a change like this.…

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Summer entertaining starts now

Image via: Pinterest   Long days, warm evenings, and time to catchup with friends over leisurely meals on the patio. These are some of my favorite things about summer. There’s something magical about long evenings spent catching up with friends over glasses of chilled white wine and casual dinners; under a dusky sky with the fairy lights just starting to twinkle. It feels romantic and carefree, the way summer should feel. With summer entertaining getting underway here in Seattle I thought I’d share a few tips for setting up your outdoor space as well as my  current favorites for dining…

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Instagram Inspiration: Jo Rodgers

Last summer, while researching images for my luxury train travel post, I came across the Instagram account of Jo Rodgers. Jo is a travel and lifestyle writer for Vogue who, according to her bio, is wild about tea, Georgian houses, and books. Her Instagram account is a lovely  peek into her daily life and on any given day she’ll share with you her latest travel adventure, her lovely writing desk in her Georgian home in London, her favorite cheese shop, her favorite bookshop, or her plans for a dinner party. Her feed is a visual feast of cozy interiors, breathtaking landscapes, wanderlust…

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Interior Design: The Farm Kitchen

Often a house just needs someone to recognize its potential. As was the case for the farmhouse of a former chicken farm in desperate need of rescuing. When the clients found the farmhouse it had been updated and added on to over the years, resulting in a warren of hallways connecting spaces, and creating odd dead-ends. Seeing the possibilities laying beyond its current state they took a chance on it. After working with an architect to unravel the hallways and dead-ends the homeowners turned to me for help to realize their perfect kitchen. Their desire was to be respectful of the…

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Inspiration: Christmas Tree Ideas

While Christmas is nearly here I have yet to put up my tree. Living in a small house even the skinniest of trees takes up precious floor space and so our tradition has become to put the tree up just a week before Christmas. Until then we decorate the mantle, put a wreath on the door, hang holiday cards from friends and loved ones on the mirror frame, snuggle in front of the fire, and scour the internet for photos of beautifully decorated trees. So, if you’re like me and waiting to put up your tree or you’re still looking…

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