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Listen. Eat. Wear. See. Read. Repeat.

LISTEN: “Why Do We Fight” by case/lang/veirs

Just, yes.

EAT: Burger King’s new Mac ‘n Cheetos

Mac 'n Cheetos | Covet Living

What? Yesterday was National Junk Food Day… PS, funny story: Last week my husband and I made a healthy, delicious dinner and were patting ourselves on the back, when quietly my husband said, and I mean barely audible, “Today I stopped by Burger King and got the new Mac ‘n Cheetos.” I was stunned. Who is this man I married? But then he said they were really, really good, and the trashy version of me who resides deep in my bones yelled at me to try them. And I will. Soon.

WEAR: Target “dv Gabi Gladiator Sandals”/ $39:

Gabi Gladiator Sandals | Covet Living

Dying over these shoes this summer. I wear them every single day. And they look and feel 3x expensive.

SEE: OJ: Made in America

O.J. Made In America | Covet Living

Think you know the whole story? This 5-part series is a completely gripping look at his life and of the murder… in a way you’ve never seen, I promise.

READ: “One True Loves” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Covet Living

Who wants a beach read? Or if you’re landlocked, a reservoir or man-made lake read (what up Hoosier friends?!). This might be it. It’s the story of a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between her husband she’s long thought dead and the fiancé who’s finally brought her back to life.

Happy Friday, lovelies. I’m off to Temecula today for a friend’s birthday weekend, and Steph… well, she’s in Colorado… visiting a *cough* veryspecialfriend…

xoxo!

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Saturday Morning Musings, June Edition

Perfect Dining Room | Covet Living

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Goooooooood MMMORNING!!!!!  Ahhh Happy Summer!  Hope your weekend’s off to a great start.  I’m currently doing what I do best on a Saturday morning, which is drinking my 10th cup of coffee to the sound of Gus destroying a bone at my feet, whilst I scroll back through my last few months’ worth of pins and marinate in the glory of all the inspo on my phone I’ve been stockpiling.  I just noticed everything I’m obsessing over right now is in washed-out shades of blues and whites… guess it’s à cause de summa.  Anyway – wanna play??

This Ann Sacks tile knocks my socks off.  It’s got such a calming, iridescent, under-the-sea, understated thing going on.  Also reminds me of the tile from that Steven Gambrel kitchen that served as inspo for my Bright Copper Kettles project.

Ann Sacks Medina Tile | Covet Living

I cannot even handle this baby fluff ball.  I mean, I *KINDA* wanna get married and have kids someday when I grow up, but I also KIIINDA wanna buy a farm and raise golden retrievers.  JUST KIDDING JAYNE JUST KIDDING.

Baby Golden | Covet Living

Saw this number on a friend of mine in a pic on Facebook and immediately demanded to know where it came from.  Perfect dress for summertime wedding-guesting, date night-ing, picnic-ing, etc.

Bella Maxi Dress | Covet Living

This Bevolo Lantern makes me weak at the knees.

Bevolo Governor Lantern | Covet Living

And so do these Billy Haines vintage chairs that I’d give my left nut to get my hands on…

Billy Haines Vintage Chairs, Chairish | Covet Living …and recover Walter G’s Kanoko Pacific Blue Linen (via Nicky Rising), which is about the most perfect fabric I’ve ever seen.

Kanoko Pacific Blue Linen, Walter G | Covet Living

Hows about making this for suppa tonight?  Caramelized Goat Cheese, Kale & Fig pizza.  Operation 6-pack can start tomorrow.

Carmelized Onion Goat Cheese Pizza | Covet Living

Dew drop glass hex tiles… I would do up an entire shower wall in these.  Can you imagine???

Dew Drop Hex Tile | Covet Living

Look past the light fixture/table to the cabinetry on the end of that dining room… Perfection.  I’ve had to design a lot of built-ins lately – especially for dining rooms – and it’s always a balance trying to get ample storage without looking like you just slapped a 12 ft wall with as much cabinetry as you could… that gets to feelin’ REAL HEAVY REAL FAST.  What I love that they did here was: a) left breathing room in the middle.  There’s obviously a window here, but even if there wasn’t, they added shiplap, which adds some visual interest and keeps the center portion from looking all cheese-stands-alone.  b) They did mirrored glass inserts with a wire mesh detail in the upper doors, which keeps it feeling open – like an extension of the window in the center.

Dining Cabinetry | Covet Living

This dress may look like Lilith Fair 2016 and you may hear Sarah Mac jamming when you look at it, but I’m telling you, it’s stunning on, and what’s more – it’s PJ status comfy.

Free People Other Days Maxi | Covet Living

Sigh… reminds me of how the light looks when the sun starts to go down on warm summer nights.  Heaven.

Fresh Farmhouse Shadow | Covet Living

I’m dying for one of these giant clam shells to corral – wuhhhl – I’ll let you know when I figure it out.  But I totally need it.

Giant Clam Bowl | Covet Living Please God can my hair dry like this?  Not that I don’t love having the albino version of Buckwheat’s hair / human pipe cleaners attached to my head when I get outta the ocean.

Hair Envy 2 | Covet Living

One of the most perfect blue-greens I’ve ever seen.

Hazel, Sherwin Williams | Covet Living

This chandelier in a room painted in that color above?  Yes please.

Vintage Gilt Chandy, Etsy | Covet Living

Saw these at Anthro the other day.  Great for summer entertaining al fresco.

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A to the Men, one thousand times over.  I cannot, cannot, CANNOT wrap my head around how quickly time passes.  I legit think the 90’s were like 10 minutes ago, and then I realize I was in high school 17 years ago.  It’s going too fast, and there’s just no time to not say what you feel and to not do all the things you’ve wanted to do. The nicest thing one of my friends ever said to me was that I was her only friend who she knew who would never have to live with any regrets… (which basically means I’m nuts enough to take any and every leap of faith).  I miss a lot for sure and it doesn’t always work out, but I do try my best to live by that mantra.  Also just means you never have to wonder.  So how bout them apples.

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Tabarka’s new collection is so unreal.  This might be my favorite yet.

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I really, REALLY want to use this for drapery panels in Karrie’s entry.  It’s understated without being boring and so, so soothing.  Pretty sure if Meryl could’ve made an extra pair of luscious draperies for the set of It’s Complicated, she would’ve used this.

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Behold: the perfect little summer dress.  Courtesy of Free People.  I’m not small (5’9″ / not a stick) but that’s a size small, so it runs large.

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Bless you, nice lady who posted this Limoncello cocktail recipe that I’ll be making later today.

Limonchella Cocktail | Covet Living

LINDSAY COWLES could knock me down with a feather with the 4116 Caribbean bad boy on grasscloth that just hit the streets.  Also, girlfriend just had a babe – congrats, mama!!!!!

Lindsay Cowles, Grasscloth | Covet Living

These heels.  I cannot.

Heels | Covet Living

I accidentally tried this “Queen of the Sun” maxi on at Free People (do I live there?) the other day, then accidentally laid it on the counter and accidentally let them swipe my credit card.  It may not translate but this is one of those stunning dresses in person that you see like, once every 5 years and then still kick yourself 10 years later if you didn’t buy it. It’s ethereal and flowy and I’m totally wearing it to a wedding next weekend… right after I have a tailor tweak the boob situation.  PS, I’m usually a 6, and this sucker is a 2, so it runs large as well.

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Attention peeps on a budget with kiddos: Joanna Gaines’ new rug collection for Loloi does NOT disappoint, and this is my favorite one.  Bonus: it’s made of polypropylene which means your nuggets will have a tougher time screwing it up.

Joanna Gaines for Loloi EJ-05 Dark Blue | Covet Living

The old (fashioned) person – and the semi-southerner – in me wants a set of monogrammed linen cocktail napkins REAL bad.

Linen Cocktail Napkins | Covet Living

Please, please please can I put this in some friend of mine’s nursery????  Might be the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.

Pato Otomi Pendant | Covet Living

From Maven collection, and coming soon to an inspo board for my room at Casa Covet Living.

PInk Vintage Rug, Maven | Covet Living

I’m not a red person, and Lord knows whether or not I’ll ever see the aisle (cuz I’ll be REAL busy with my farm of baby Gusses), but I do NOT hate this bouquet.  Not even a little.

Red Bouquet | Covet Living

Please, sweet Safavieh chair, get in my beach house.

Safevieh Chair | Covet Living

I found this ditty from Lee Industries on Craigslist yesterday when I was trolling for cheap settees to recover for my dining room.  It’s not cheap ($800), but considering it retails for close to $3k and is almost brand new, that’s not unreasonable.  The lines of it are stunning – and unlike a lot of upholstered benches for a dining area, the back isn’t too reclined and it’ll keep you sittin’ up nice & straight so you don’t spill your Wheaties in your lap.

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I’d like to blow this Slim up super big time and also pop in said dining room.

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Hot hot hot.

Steve Madden Sassey | Covet Living

Perfect off-the-shoulder and perfect sunnies.

Summer off the Should | Covet Living

These wall sconces would be SO COZY flanking a big upholstered bed.

Sunset Plaza Sconce, VC | Covet Living

I may wear these on my next trip to CB.  Rawr.

Tassel Shorts | Covet Living

Thonet + Cane + Bleached Wood = heaven.

Thonet Chairs, Fresh Farmhouse | Covet Living

I’ll take my piña colada at the swing-up bar, svp.

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Those side chairs are to die.

Wicker Chairs | Covet Living

What I wanna live in all summer long.

Summer Whites | Covet Living

Come to my farm little muffin!

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Mama needs that hat.  (I am mama).

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Tabarka.  Seriously slaying me one tile at a time.

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Wishlist to the max.  I love the beige tortoise action.

 

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I insta’d this the other day when I looked up and realized my room looks a lot like what my life feels like.

Stephanie Ballard | Covet Living Interiors

Not to get all weird, but when I sat back and thought about it for a stitch, I also realized I wasn’t sure how/when my life became one where started my own business and make my own schedule and pick out beautiful things for people (and then they pay me – OMG), and also separately work for the nicest/best boss ever and get to design kitchens and bathrooms and learn everything you ever wanted to know about cabinets… or that I live this washed-out technicolor existence where I ride around this little beach town on my little mint green beach cruiser, run with Gus on the beach in the morning and inhale saltwater / feel sunshine on my shoulders all day, scoot to yoga in the mornings, scoot off to remote mountain wonderlands some weekends and fly fish with someone who will remain nameless for now but is a damn gem, slam fish tacos for about 2 meals a day, spend weekends in Malibu and at Casa Covet Living, live in the most beautiful place ever and have the best friends and family, ever.  Etc.  Two and a half years ago I remember a time when I COULD not see the light at the end of the tunnel and could not fathom that I wasn’t going to drown in that sadness.  Even a year ago, the residue of (that) was still pretty constant, and I was also in another pretty unsavory situation with someone who seemed to delight in telling me all the things I wasn’t capable of doing / couldn’t possibly handle.  Life’s too short and ain’t nobody got time for that, so if anyone’s doing that to you right now, dontchoodare listen to um… and know that that’s about them, not you. Anyhow.  Just shows to go ya how much can change for the better if you let go of all the things you know aren’t good for you, kindly say goodbye to the people who neither respect nor appreciate you, focus only on what you can control, put yourself and what you do best out into the universe and glean as MUCH positivity from every single situation that you possibly can.  And that you can ALWAYS start over.  So. That’s it for my monthly preach… ‘cept I’ll leave you with this:

Go For It | Covet Living

BOOM!  (( that was the sound of me dropping the mic )) Happy Weekend!

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