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Hump Day Dose of Happiness

Today, in honor of the mentally disorganized week I’m having – with 1 trillion different thoughts bouncing around in my head and on my to-do list – I thought I’d take a quick breather to post a stream-of-consciousness list of all the things that are distracting me and making me REALLY, really happy:

Christopher Spitzmiller Stout Double Gourd Lamps.  In the prettiest color and the prettiest shape, ever.  Discovered following design guru Vanessa de Vargas of Turquoise LA.  If you’re not following her, you should be.

Have you ever noticed that when people get asked the, “what would you do if you won the lottery?” question, most of them talk about dreams of quitting work & buying Range Rovers & building mansions & such.  Yours truly, on the other hand, dreams of having a farm full of golden retrievers.  Like this little nugget (!&*$&#!!)  I love watching Gus graze in the backyard like a baby cow and put his little face up towards the sun.  It always makes me marvel at what wonderful little creatures people they are, and how the simplest things – sunny days, rolling in mud, warm beds, pats on the head – make them so blissfully happy.  And how they cram as much unbridled joy and love and excitement as they can into the short years they’re here.  OMG, I think my heart might explode.

If I could wear this outfit every day, I would be the happiest girl in the world.  PS, I just bought a similar version of those jeans at H&M for $39.  And they’re amazing.

These beautiful, woven chairs are to die for.

Hellooooooo, gorgeous garland!  Uh, those are DIY dip-dyed coffee filters (!!!&*%$!)  How fun for a summer party??

Sarah Richardson for Kravet’s serene Yorkville fabric in Celadon.  Those would make VERY pretty bedroom curtains.

This might be my most favorite picture I’ve ever seen.  I can’t even handle it.  It makes me SO happy… makes me want to go to the lakes…  and makes me want to hug Gus around the neck for the 27th time today.  I would love this blown up HUGE on a wall.

Happy Hump Day to all of you!!



We were coming home from a long walk this past weekend when we stumbled upon THIS fortuitous scene in my neighbors’ yard.  I was a little sad to see that big, beautiful, perfect-for-climbing tree taken down, but I got over it real quick when I started having visions of sugarplums & grumdrops & new DIY’d furniture in our house.  Also, we have some comedians on the block:

Hey, I giggled.  Anyhow – LOOK at that GRAIN!  I seriously see the beast from Beauty and the Beast in there.  I wanted to steal this big guy and make a coffee table, but it would’ve taken Goliath + the Hulk + a crane + the Beast himself to get that sucker home.

So, Matty and I chose a log about 1 ft. wide and decided to make a side table out of it.  Then, we recruited a wiry and oh-so-nice little old man named Jim with a chainsaw to cut it to our desired height, in exchange for a few beers pops.  THEN, in our infinite wisdom, we decided since we were only 4 doors down, we’d just roll it home and that would be our workout for the day.  That was probably 3 minutes of sheer entertainment for the neighbors…  then we smartened up & borrowed a dolly.  Here’s where this bad boy landed:

It’s parked in our backyard patio wonderland temporarily until we can dry it out for a few months, strip the bark, sand it till it feels like a baby’s bottom and then stain/seal it.  It should *probably* be in the garage or inside to dry out so it doesn’t rot, but it looks so pretty right now holding my cocktails I can’t bear to move it.  When I do, I want to do ‘er up like one of these… The first ones in a whitewashed stain are STUNNING.  Emma from A Beautiful Mess put them on casters, which I think is genius because these bad boys are HEAVY. Ours probably weighs about 300-400 pounds.

I could also use a little bathroom caddy, but getting that sucker up the stairs is probably a no-go.

If you like the look but don’t live next door to Paul Bunyan and just wanna hit the easy button, you can snap one this one up at West Elm for $199.

Did you guys snap up any good finds last weekend?  Maybe soil your liver a bit and dumpster dive like we did?


photo credits:  bathroom caddy stump