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spotted: inspiration boards 11.17.2011


We could look at other people’s inspiration boards all day long! Both of us keep big pin boards up right by our desks that have been collecting all sorts of inspiration over time….but it’s also just the perfect way to get your mind around decorating a new room or any project, including planning your future travels–love that one! Do you guys do this? We’d love to see some of your boards and hear about what’s on your mind!

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on my mind: fall fun 10.12.2011


We’ve decided to mix things up a bit here on the ol’ blog with some new types of posts. One thing we thought would be fun is to each create a little round-up of things we’re each searching for, liking and just daydreaming about once in a while. For my first “on my mind,” it was easy to decide on a theme: fall. It’s my favorite season by far and I love everything that comes with it. Soon, holiday season will be upon us and I would love to bring a covered dish to a fall party in this little beauty (spoon’s included…love it). Next up: time to step up my game and ditch the flip-flops of summer for something a little more sophisticated (that’s where these come in, and they’re on sale: bonus). Nothing says fall like tea on a chilly morning. So, I’m just obsessed with this sequined scarf. It could transform even the most casual outfit (i.e. my usual mom uniform). The color of this (very affordable) dress gets me every time. If I’m being honest, most of my shopping these days is centered around my little guy and I’m thinking I need to get a brown onesie and get to work making this for him for football season. Speaking of the baby, wouldn’t notes to the sitter look cuter on this notepad? (It would also be good for jotting gift ideas for the quickly-approaching holidays). Love the idea of a colored pair of jeans and these seem like something I’d wear all the time. I’m ready to get on the crock pot bandwagon and love the idea of that little appliance making dinner prep easy. Last but not least, I’ve decided that a backpack would be a great way to carry all of the things from my purse and my diaper bag stuff because it’s roomy and the straps won’t constantly fall off my shoulders when I’m carrying my little man and getting him in and out of the car. Not to mention, I just love this one. So, those are my faves for fall. What are you guys loving this season?

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  1. Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    >That orange pot, woah me likey! Great round up. You two obviously have impecable taste.

    October 12, 2011 11:09 am
  2. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    >great round-up, carrie! love these items – and would kill to see little E in that onesie!! ox

    October 12, 2011 1:39 pm
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >thanks ladies :)

    October 14, 2011 9:27 pm

spotted: kelly wearstler’s new blog 02.11.2011


One of our all time favorite blogs, Table Tonic, gave us the heads up on this and we just had to share the love (and excitement)! Can’t wait to follow along on interior and home goods designer, Kelly Wearstler‘s dream projects at! Thanks for the heads up, Louise!

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  1. Anna of IHOD

    >I was just visiting all the other design blog nominees on the lovelies and so glad I did. You have such a fun blog!
    :) Happy weekend!

    February 12, 2011 3:36 am
  2. Louise (Table Tonic)

    >Don't you just WOOOORSHIP My Vibe My Life?
    I'm loving it silly!!!!
    Thanks for the shoutout! :))

    February 21, 2011 9:10 am