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Turkish de Light

Last month, my husband and I took a couple of weeks and traveled through parts of Europe that we’d been itching to see since before college graduation. After quite a bit of planning, we created an itinerary that hopped along the southern coast, starting in Istanbul and winding up in Barcelona. Our time in Istanbul was gorgeous, vibrant, entirely different from our cultural norm, and wildly inspirational. As a souvenir, we had a Turkish mosaic pendant shipped back to the US and this weekend we completed our first mini-project inspired by our trip by installing our new light in a room that desperately needed a fixture update.

Istanbul Light Store

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Banana Breakfast Obsession

I saw the recipe on Pinterest over the weekend and I’ve made it twice since then, a clear indicator that I should share. The original recipe is for “fried” bananas as a sweet treat,  but I add some protein and fat to make a perfect Fall breakfast.

bananas, walnuts and greek yogurt breakfast

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The “Guesthouse” Update

I’m happy to report that our chicken coop has made it one step closer to becoming our 12 x 12 guesthouse/office/studio (I know, it’s a lot to fit in 144 square feet). With the interior demo completed, which you can see here and the foundation repaired by my husband and father earlier this year, the next step was to make the building slightly less of an eyesore for our poor neighbors. It was just some lattice and paint, but I learned a couple of neat things along the way, so I thought I’d share. Plus, I have a strong affinity for before and afters.

Chicken Coop

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Spring Forward, Fall Back.

Welcome back! I trust that everyone has had an epic summer full of long weekends at the beach, uproarious laughter with dear friends, and lazy afternoons spent sprawled out on a blanket somewhere awesome. The past several months have been deeply eventful for me, some of the time was filled with events like the ones described above and some of the time was not. Either way – life has been beautiful and busy. Though not in the way it normally is, where my days are stuffed to the brim with awesome projects or thrift stores finds that I can’t wait to share with all of you.

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Privacy Window: The Kitchen

The privacy window I made during the bathroom mini-renovation last year (you can see that project here) has held up remarkably well. I worried a bit about peeling issues due to humidity levels inherent to bathrooms. But its stickiness hasn’t changed a bit since the day it was painstakingly applied. And, because we know that privacy and tons of natural light are not mutually exclusive, I decided to use this method again. This time I chose a simpler geometric pattern for a kitchen window that faces my driveway.

Close Up Privacy Window

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A Simple Dry Erase Countdown

Recently, I surprised my husband for this birthday with a trip to Europe this September. I cannot express how happy I am that we each have extra savings accounts – I’ve been putting $10 a week aside for three years and I am so excited to use it for this adventure. Maybe you’re doing the math in your head right now and maybe you’re not, but I’ll make it easy on you and just say that this extra savings account covers our tickets, but not everything else. That’s where this little countdown project comes in. Having a visual representation of our upcoming trip will certainly help my lazy side that thinks as she saunters into kitchen, Cook? Nah, let’s order take-out or I’ll pick up coffee on the way instead decide to brew a pot and take a longer look in the pantry.

Dry Erase Countdown

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Vintage Finds

Happy New Year + a fortnight! Though it’s a bit early to tell, I’m going to go out on a limb and say 2014 is going to be the berries (I’ve been watching a lot of old movies). So far this year, I’ve stuck to my resolution perfectly… it’s just flossing every night no matter how tired I am, so hold the applause. And, even more exciting than flossing, I became a real estate agent. It’s an endeavor I began this past October, which I like to think partially explains the lack of postings here. In any case, I’m excited to share three items I discovered this past week at an estate auction and one of my favorite consignment shops, Phantastic Phinds (PS: You can see an older guest post of mine on their blog.)

My new favorite mug and perhaps the best $.50 I have ever spent.

{hand-thrown tin can style mug}

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