A little window into our new apartment…

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A little window into our new apartment. // We are totally unpacked, and the last of the decorating is happening right now. It feels so good to be in a larger space with gorgeous natural light. And an accent wall in the living room… chocolate brown… can I just say I wouldn’t have selected that color but I am SO GLAD it’s painted that exact color? Because I totally am glad. It’s gorgeous and all of our thrifted things look so wonderful with it :) Now that all of the hard work is done with moving I am exhausted. Does that happen to you? You find enough energy to tackle a huge project, but as soon as it’s over you crash? It’s a good week to be crashing… my mom is here so we’re sipping our morning coffee together and talking lots and Maxwell is receiving over a hundred compliments a day :D It’s lovely having her here. (Hi, mom!) I’m so glad it’s Wednesday. I’ve made it halfway through the week, fingers crossed for a smooth sailing through Friday, then it’s the weekend. Hooray! I’m looking forward to exploring the church that’s across the street from us come Sunday morning…

Item details: flapjack print is c/o Lori Danelle, custom (pink bird) Gussy Sews painting is c/o Casey Wiegand, red double decker bus is c/o The Land of Nod.

{Life these days…}

I feel like I say this all the time, but yeow! life has felt extra busy these days. We’re constantly changing up our home, as Maxwell grows or as we see new potential for our home to be serving us in new ways. Max’s baby cradle has been swapped for a big boy crib and the second rocking chair we owned has been sold to a new expectant mommy [thank you Craigslist]. I realized I didn’t need a chair in our bedroom like I did when Max was just a newborn. Now that he’s 3 months old it was time to switch things up :)

We also rearranged our living room — we found this mustard chair from a thrift store in downtown LA and oh my gooooooodness, I’m in LOVE. I want to sit in it all day, it’s so comfortable. We moved my work desk to another wall in the living room, we pulled the white nightstand from our bedroom + added this dark brown rocker and voila — we now have a little sitting area and I’m loving it. It has been perfect with my mom visiting these last few days and will be once again when my friend Tracey comes next weekend.

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Now that my memory has been lost I’m noticing my days revolve more + more around a calendar/schedule. And no, it’s not because I can’t remember things anymore ;) Shoot I already wrote that.

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We have such gorgeous flowers around our neighborhood…

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…they are so lovely. They white flowers are Jasmine I believe?

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So fun, colorful, inspiring — the perfect sitting area for cultivating relationships or sitting down at night in utter exhaustion and letting out a deep, long sigh of contentment. Life is so beautiful. It really, really is. Even through the hard moments I have to find the beauty. Always.

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Art on the wall above our couch, over top our book page wall [click to see the DIY]. Seeing this wall come together makes me happy. There’s a mix of thrifted finds, a giraffe print from Zack this past Mother’s Day, an elephant piece my grandfather carved, a quilling piece my grandmother made [the tree below in the shadow box] and a piece of subway art I gave Zack for his birthday in February.

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Kisses to my sweet son. He’s going to love playing with his new toys from The Land of Nod, I just know it :)

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Ankles crossed, heart melted…

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New large pouches in the shop with a few more coming soon [wink!]…

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And meeting with sweet Dee + her daughter Lily last week. Goodness, it’s good to have Michigan friends here in California :)

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See? Life has been extra busy. It’s challenging and good and tiring and inspiring, all wrapped into a beautiful gift.

Enjoy your Wednesday, you know I’m going to be enjoying mine. xoxo

 

{Scenes from around our apartment…}

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Oh, just a few scenes from around our apartment. I feel like life has been hitting me at full speed, it’s busy and intense and full of yawns. We’ve been on the go for weeks now and I’m starting to slow down. We’re hoping to sneak away for our anniversary this weekend, crossing my fingers we can make it happen. And tonight Max + I are headed south for the VIP opening of a new Land of Nod store :) Back to all those yawns, they are a reminder I can’t keep up like I used to [hello, newborn!]. That’s OK, it’s a good reminder to stop + rest… yes? Yes, definitely yes.

I’ve snapped a few photos to share with you, little snippets of what our days are like — plus a list below of a few things I’m thankful for. When life is this busy it’s important to write down our blessings so we can savor them.

THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR:

- Good friends that let you just be you. When you talk on the phone you’re able to pick up where you left off :)

- A comfortable couch to rest on at the end of a long day…

- Our small apartment, filled with all the things we need + just a few things we want. There’s simply not room for too many wants, which is such a blessing to us. And honestly, sometimes I have to remind myself of this. Instead, our focus when at home is on the people that fill the rooms: our family + our neighbors [we have amazing neighbors!]

- Handmade in the home. Have you heard of The Tethered Crate?

- Sunshine. Los Angeles gives us a lot of sunshine. Every day I’m able to soak a little up when I take Bauer + Max for a walk, when we run errands, when we chat with our neighbors outside.

- A husband that loves me, and loves me intensely. Yesterday he put a notebook for me to use on the kitchen table [I like to scribble ideas down when I'm away from home] and inside he wrote, “My sweet Maggie, I cherish you.” LOVE!

- New products. Yes, even more new Gussy products. It’s been a slow transition balancing work + mamahood. So when a new idea strikes it has me feeling thankful. I love love love my job; it’s a real blessing to our family.

- Our upcoming anniversary. Five lovely, adventurous years with my Zack…

- A pitcher of iced-tea in the fridge. A new obsession!

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Tell me, what “things” have you in thanks?