A few years ago I stumbled upon my very favorite holiday candle of all time, Frasier Fir by Thymes. To me, it is just perfection. Every year growing up we’d drive out to choose a Christmas tree and then decorate it as a family, the whole living room smelling like the holidays had arrived. To this day, the scent of a fir tree makes me happy.
As an adult and as a musician, December gets very busy, so for years now I have opted for a faux tree to streamline or holiday decorating. Scent is such a powerful thing, though, so I splurge on a new Frasier Fir candle every holiday season. The glow of lights from the tree, the scent of fir needles, and a mug of tea while cozied up on the couch is about as close to perfect as I can ask for at this time of year.
Recently I wrote about going dark in the bedroom — and of course, I meant on the walls! I took the plunge finally, and could not be more excited with the result. Benjamin Moore’s Raccoon Fur is the perfect shade of dark grey. I’m not quite sure how, but our room now feels both cozier and more spacious.
For comparison, here is what it looked like before:
Below you’ll find a peek at the elements that went into this makeover, and the most apropos song to go with it. Hope you love it as much as I do!
For a long time I have flirted with the idea of going dark in our bedroom. There is something so dramatic yet inviting about dark walls. I have long admired Theobert Pot on Instagram for his lusciously saturated interior shots, and I keep being drawn to the dark and moody wherever I turn. I finally have decided to take the plunge, and with it, I’ve ordered the pink velvet bed of my dreams to really pop against the dark walls I’m envisioning.
I’ll be sure to take you along for the transformation, but in the meantime, here are some of the images I am inspired by, along with my glorious new pink bed and a song I can’t help but sing on repeat.
The eminent Janelle Monae makes an excellent argument for pink, no?
Thanks to Erin Boyle I stumbled across a beautiful mediation on home, travel, and belonging in Candace Rose Rardon’s essay, Home is a Cup of Tea. She combines sweet sketches with simple musings about traveling, moving, settling, loving, and living — and how we define “home.” Like Rardon, I have fond memories of drinking tea. The tall, narrow cupboard in my childhood home full of tea tins, the fun of choosing a flavor for that particular afternoon, and the steamy, milky sweetness in my cup.
Even though the world may be extraordinarily challenging and difficult right now, we can pull strength and resilience from a sense of home, whatever that might be for each of us. Some days, a cup of tea and a quiet moment to recharge are exactly what is needed. Then we can jump back into the fray, renewed and ready to face the day.
Maybe it is the busy, chaotic state of the world right now, but I find I am currently craving clean clean clean soothing neutrals, with a bit of black for a sophisticated accent. Black gives an unexpected polish to these looks, and I’d love to spend a serene afternoon in any one of these spaces.
Anthropologie has debuted their fall home line in stores, and it is full of inspiring hues and textiles. They’ve got me very excited about velvet and jewel tones! Here are a few of my favorite vignettes from the Anthropologie & Co. fall home launch event, if you’d like to see. I especially like the way they’ve incorporated lux fall fabrics with more all-season items — it’s an approachable way to decorate your home, and most of us do not start from scratch every season! There were so many pieces I’d love to have in my own home, perhaps especially that gorgeous blue velvet sofa, and those oversized prints and wall hangings. Enjoy!
As fate would have it, I was able to attend the goop x CB2 launch event this past weekend, only days after professing my love for the gorgeous Cerchio chairs. CB2 did a delightful job of hosting, with pressed juices, meditation, DIY sage bundling, and a chat with the lovely Caroline of Love & Loathing Los Angeles. Here are a few snaps from the event, if you’d like to see:
While I had no need for new dining chairs, I may
or may not have bought a new coffee table — and I am so excited! I think it will be just the bit of curvy modernism my living room needs/wants/has to have. In the meantime, thank you goop and CB2 for a lovely event!
I fell in love today. Meet my new crush, the Cerchio chair from the new goop x CB2 collaboration. It’s got the perfect vintage Italian vibe — without the hassle of toting an actual vintage set back home from Italy somehow. I think these are gorgeous just as shown, or would be amazing in a matchy-clashy set mixed with some Thonet chairs and Eames shell chairs. Maybe it is just because it is Monday, but today, I am infatuated. Be still, my heart. I have literally zero need for new dining furniture, but girl can dream.
Someone dear to me is moving in about 5 weeks and it is going to be a bit of a whirlwind, so I offered to help her pull together a fresh new look on a major budget. She is keeping most of her current furniture, but I’m excited to give her a pulled-together and homey new look with accents and accessories. Most of her existing furniture is dark wood, so I’m hoping to lighten up the feel of everything by adding some lighter colors into the mix. I can’t wait to pull everything together in her new space!