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Entertaining With :: Poplin & Queen

Hard to believe, I know, but Labor Day is officially upon us. It’s bittersweet: a weekend full of revelry and family time is always a good thing, but kissing summer goodbye sure does sting. So to help soften the blow, we’ve turned to interior designers Lindsey and Shannon of Poplin & Queen. The duo is joining… read more


Entertaining With :: Rebecca Finell

If you (or any of your friends) have children, you’ve most likely been in a room with one of Rebecca Finell’s designs. The iconic green grass drying rack she created is on the windowsill of practically every new mom we know. Rebecca’s already built and sold her first product company, Boon, and after taking a… read more


At the Table :: A Whimsical Dessert Party

August’s table design was inspired by being home and the friends that make it feel like it’s where you belong. Upon my arrival to Austin at the end of last year, the wonderful Lauren Smith Ford insisted I meet her friend, Kim West — the designer behind Well Dressed Space and the owner of this killer dining room. Lauren… read more


Pretty Simple :: French Braid Bun

French braids bring back so many childhood memories… I had hair down my back growing up and I pretty much lived in some kind of braid. I love how sophisticated and “grown up” this updated version of the french braid looks. Once you master this classic braid, you can really have fun by trying it… read more


How to Cook With Your Kids

When I was pregnant, I read the book Bringing Up Bébé about the benefits of the French parenting style. In one scene, the author recounts an experience where she watched one of her friends bake a cake with her 3-year-old daughter — a relaxing weekend tradition that is de rigueur in many French households. Ever since, I’ve carried around a… read more


Essentials for A Modern Bath

The bathroom is the spot where I start and end the day — blow drying my hair in the morning as I consider the day ahead, putting on makeup before I head out the door, and then in the evening, winding down as I sink (finally!) into the tub. Luckily, since the bathroom is such a small spot… read more


An End-of-Summer Family Feast

There’s an unexpected calmness that creeps in this time of year, don’t you think? With the novelty of summer worn off and most of our travels a thing of the past, we’re now channeling our focus back to routine and ritual, and those big summer blowouts are being swapped out for intimate dinners that allow us to catch up with… read more


Monochromatic Monday :: Indigo Shibori

Don’t make the mistake of calling it tie-dye — today’s board is inspired by the much more glamorous and way more hip version of everyone’s favorite summer camp activity. Made by twisting, folding and binding fabric, then dying it with natural dye (in this case, gorgeous indigo), the result is a rich pattern that looks… read more


Weekend Notes

Today I’m spending the day with four of my best girl friends – having lunch, laying by a pool, and most of all, just catching up on life. In our early twenties, the five of us (plus a couple more) were thick as thieves, but since half of our group has moved away from Austin, it’s a… read more


10 Best :: Summer Tomato Recipes

To-may-to, To-mah-to! If you haven’t guessed from the dozens of recipes popping up in your Pinterest feed, it’s officially tomato season. I love buying local produce when I can, and the farm fresh tomatoes spilling over grocery and farmer’s market shelves (in a mouthwatering array of colors) makes it pretty easy this time of year. When you… read more


Live Kindly :: Buying Your First Road Bike

When I moved to Austin almost 4 years ago, one thing was very clear: this city has a strong cycling community. Cycling wasn’t prevalent in the small Nebraska town that I grew up in, but after my Dad raced his first biathlon in the 90′s and a family member rode RAGBRAI (a seven-day bike ride across Iowa) several… read more