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6 Things That’ll Make You Happy

1.  Is it time to go back to France yet, where everything is enchanting and there’s a constant symphony of accordions playing La Vie En Rose and the “meep meep” of foreign cars and indiscernible chatter floating through the air?

2.  If you’ve just looked at this pic of Caramel Brownies with a Pretzel Crust for more than 2 seconds, than you probably just gained 7 pounds.  And I bet it was so worth it.  I know this because I accidentally made them on Saturday night and washed ’em down with Sauvignon Blanc and then forgot to eat dinner.  #whoops

3.  Um.  I don’t know who this chick is, but gyah I’m happy for her.  How can you look at this and not be overwhelmed with joy?  I saw it and may or may not have instantly burst into tears.

4.  I. CAN’T. HANDLE. IT.  The only thing that melts my heart more than chubby babies and golden retrievers is chubby babies and golden retrievers who are best friends.  This is my new Insta-friend’s nugget and her (GusGus lookalike) pup, Oliver. It’s amazing how many Insta-friends you make when you hashtag your golden retriever – we’re all cut from the same cloth (…and apparently went to college together – who knew?)

5.  So much more Lilly Pullitzer-esque than my white-on-white sensibilities would normally push me to do, but I adore this room by designer Anne Hepfer.  The perky, kelly green fabric on the headboard…  the hot pink piping and hot pink pompom throw…  the scalloped pillowcases… the little bamboo nightstand.  How could you ever walk in this preppy, tropical heaven and not be happy??  Isn’t that what good design should be all about?

6.  This has been a *real* interesting year … and now that 2014 is rounding 3rd, I realize it’s taught me as much about myself and my own character as it has about all the people around me.  At the end of the day, you can get all the advice in the world – solicited or not – but this is still the only way I know how to do business.  And that is A-ok by me.

PS:  here’s the board where I keep my happy vault.  Hop on & follow along!

Have a great week you guys!!!


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!!