jord wood watch + a giveaway

Have you seen these amazing wood watches all over social media?!


I’ve admired them from afar for quite a bit. But a few weeks ago, JORD asked me to review one of their watches!

Talk about a happy mail day when this beauty arrived in my mailbox!


I think it’s even prettier in person.

I selected the Fieldcrest watch in zebrawood and maple.  I love the color variation of the wood.

I feel like this isn’t just any ol’ watch either.   It’s interesting. It’s WOOD!

* The wood comes from West Africa {how cool is that!?}

*The natural zebrawood and maple are hand treated with tung oils

*It comes with a scratch resistent mineral glass (I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a scratched watch face before and it flat out stinks!)


My personal favorite things about this watch are:

*It feels like a decorative bracelet, yet it’s so functional! It’s another beautiful piece of jewelry.

*It’s a conversation piece!  I’ve had lots of comments and questions about this cute thing.

*And it’s SO LIGHTWEIGHT!  Honestly. Whenever someone comments on my watch, I take if off and show them how light it is.  I’m barely aware that it’s on my wrist.

So now to the exciting part! JORD is doing a giveaway!!  The contest winner gets a $75 e-gift code to the JORD shop.  And all other entrants (Did you  read that?! ALL OTHER ENTRANTS!) will receive a $20 e-code just for entering the drawing.  It’s a win-win either way! You either get a $20 discount – or a $75 discount!

To enter click the image below:


 or go to this link:

The contest will close on September 18th at 11:59 pm.  Both the $75 and $20 codes will expire on January 31, 2017.

. . . this post was sponsored by JORD wood watches . . .

First Day of School 2013

I keep trying to think of a fun way to start this post.  I’ve written and re-written my opening sentence.  But I’ve got nothing!

All I can come up with is…

“Today was the first day of school!”

I guess that says it all.

While today was the first full day of school,  yesterday we got to go see their classrooms and meet the teachers.


The kids got to drop off their school supplies and find their desks too.



But they got to leave with me when they were done!

And then there was this morning….the first official day of school.

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And in good ol’ northwest fashion, it started to rain as we waited for the bus.

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But the kids had a great first day. And I spent my day running errands kid free!

Here’s to a new school year!

{to see the first day of pictures from past few years, click here}

Happy 4th of July!

After cutting some flowers from my yard tonight, I decided to play with a camera lens that Dan and the kids gave me for my birthday.






I love this time of year when things start to bloom in my garden!! So capturing the flowers with the camera was fun.

I hope to be back soon with some design blog posts.  So stay tuned!!!

Wishing you a very fun {and safe!} 4th of July!!


Design Bloggers Conference Recap

I think I’m finally caught up from returning from the Design Bloggers Conference.

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Bags are unpacked and laundry is {almost} done. Now I get to sort through my pictures and reminisce over a great few days away.

I had the chance to attend the conference with two friends, Lori {Lori May Interiors} and Amanda {Amanda Carol Home}.  You should check out their blogs….they are both very talented designers!

Here are a few highlights of the trip….


Internet connection and a Starbucks in the hotel made for a great start to the conference!


I had the opportunity to meet Ross from Million Dollar Decorators! {Though I confess, for as much reality tv that I watch, this show was not on my list. It is now!!}


They served wine and sake one afternoon, during the conference!


Talented Interior Designer, Barbara Barry


Grammy Winner, Patti Austin

Some amazing speakers were brought in for the event!  Talented designers Barbara Barry {above} and Charlotte Moss both spoke to the crowd.  As did Grammy winner, Patti Austin {above}.  What a treat to hear what they all had to say!


And this may have been my favorite part of the entire conference….the people!

The above picture is from a dinner out one evening with Amanda {Amanda Carol At Home}, Cheryl {Dwell by Cheryl}, Shelly {Lura Studio} and Lori {Lori May Interiors}.  It’s always so fun to meet new friends and re-connect with old friends at events like this!

The trip was very worthwhile.  And I’m so thankful for the opportunity to go. But as always, it’s good to be home.


Design Bloggers Conference 2013

I just got back from four days in California at the Design Bloggers Conference.


I have lots of unpacking to do…clothes to wash, design magazines to look through, photo’s to load on my computer {which, by the way, is giving me some issues}.

I hope to have a few more pictures and a quick recap for you over the next day or two!

So stay tuned….


Client Project: Pipers Playground

A few months ago, I was asked to help do a bit of decorating at an indoor playground that is opening up later this month called Piper’s Playground.

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The owners wanted to create an inviting area, complete with a coffee bar and couches for the adults, as well as a safe play area for toddlers.  A place where parents can comfortably sit and chat while keeping an eye on their kiddos.

At the beginning of the process, I put together these design boards as a jumping off point…

Pipers Playground 1

The couch, table and chairs above are for the adults…..

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And of course, the play kitchen and construction zone are for the little ones…

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This last design board is for a classroom… One wall will have 18 inch wooden letters and numbers painted in bright colors.  And the opposite wall will have this simple canvas map.

Things have really come along at Piper’s Playground.  And before we know it, they’ll be open for business!

Stay tuned for more Piper’s Playground posts soon!


Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wishing you a very, very Happy Thanksgiving!!


Home From Haven…

I think I am finally settled from my trip to Atlanta.  I got home Saturday afternoon and then spent the day on Sunday at the beach with my family. So now that my suitcase is unpacked and the laundry is done, I can sit down to share a few pictures from my trip!!

I was so excited to be part of the Haven conference.   But as it inched closer and closer, I realized how few people I knew attending.   So I started asking myself “Why in the world did you sign up for this?!”  Thankfully I didn’t listen to any of my doubts because it turned out to be such a great few days!

Some of blog-lands most famous and talented people were there speaking…

Erika Ward, Darlene at Fieldstone Hill and Sherry Hart each shared a wealth of information on interior design.  These ladies are each so talented…I took pages of notes!

And of course, this couple needs no introduction.  Kevin and Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage led a class on photography and photo styling.

 Kevin and Josh from Shoot Fly Shoot gave a mini session of their online classes.  I am just about finished taking this online class and let me tell you, it’s worth every penny of the $69 fee.  If you only know how to take pictures on auto and are overwhelmed with the possibility of using manual mode, TAKE THIS CLASS!!  Seriously, after a few of the short video’s, you’ll be shooting pictures in manual. And the pictures will actually look good!!

And there were plenty of others there too…..Centsational Girl, Mr. Goodwill Hunting, Home Stories A to Z, Just a Girl….and more!

But my favorite part may have been being with these two lovely ladies below…

look how color coordinated we are! sherry hart could decorate a room around us. lori's dress would be the lead fabric...

 Lori May from Lori May Interiors and Amanda from Amanda Carol and Home were my sidekicks during the conference.  We ate together, attended conference sessions together and talked each others ears off.  I could have spent the entire two days just taking notes from both of them.  Lori and Amanda are talented decorators and were so kind to share helpful hints and information with me that would have taken me weeks or months to figure out.  Not only were they helpful, but they are kind and wonderful people!  Without them, the conference wouldn’t have been the same!

And of course, there was the swag bag…

Surprisingly, I was able to fit it all in my suitcase too!!

It was a fantastic few days full of so much information.  I sat down in the airport to start re-typing all my notes (and conveniently left my mac charging cord at my gate.  Just FYI, those are NOT cheap to replace!!) and after 45 minutes, I wasn’t even close to being done typing them all out!

Thank you to all of the Haven coordinators for putting together a truly fantastic conference.  And a big thank you to Lori and Amanda for being the icing on the cake!!


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