our weekend.

1. on thursday night, we said goodbye to michael scott (and although the episode wasn’t everything it could have been, i loved this scene a lot and it maybe made me cry a little.)
2. friday, we were enamored of william and kate’s wedding, along with nearly a third of the world’s population. the best of the royal wedding in pictures, and some favorites: cute moments between sisters and brothers; an adorable, very normal-looking queen; the now-famous kiss; and the beautiful dress(es), including this awesome angle on kate’s dress. (it takes a moment for photos to load.)
3. on saturday, we celebrated our hometown at communiversity. this annual street festival is a beloved tradition. (see photo above) we roamed the streets with Bo, devoured falafel and samosa chaat from the food stands, talked with friends and neighbors, and thoroughly enjoyed our lemon and coconut sorbet from bent spoon.
4. after that, we crawled into a hole and did lots of grad school work. forever.
5. we only emerged from that hole for a tv break on sunday evening, at which point a news brief flashed across the screen. having lived in manhattan through 9/11, watching this historic moment felt somewhat surreal and our prayer is that it will bring about greater peace, security, and unity for all.

now we crawl back into our hole for most of this (finals) week… there may or may not be posts. ’til friday!

{…and just one more: a very pretty royal wedding photo roundup}


sugar bowl kitchen.

yesterday, i mentioned dreams of planning a kitchen around the vintage sugar canister that we saw in an antique shop. here are some ideas that came to mind:

the blue subway tile on the backsplash would echo the blue lacquered canister so nicely. i love how the color palette is so fresh, and with the bamboo blinds and great natural light this kitchen has a laid-back, beachy vibe. i love it. i might swap out the barstools for something aluminum though.

i also love this bright and colorful kitchen, and that bold blue accent color (seen in the bowl on the countertop and on the upper left shelves) could easily be fulfilled by the lovely vintage sugar tin.

aren’t these floors amazing?? polished concrete! this could inspire anyone to scratch their creative itch.

this refreshing and peaceful kitchen could use just a little pop of blue.

and i love this vintage-y, adorable kitchen. and see the canister up on the shelf? yep, you guessed it. that could be “my” blue sugar container. although, i do love this green color scheme, too.

[click on images for photo sources. all found via my pinterest page.]

really wanna do this.

{photo credit: jenny mitchell @ frecklewonder. thanks for the idea!}

spring walk.

our walks are getting really pretty with all the blossoming flowers and trees. we are eagerly awaiting full-on springtime… and summer.

put a bird (or ladder) on it.

French Larkspur eclectic home office
source: french larkspur (via houzz)

source: interiweir

source: that kind of woman

source: a beach cottage (via design*sponge)
over time, i have amassed quite the tea towel collection on my etsy “favorites” (that’s right, it’s not a real collection yet. oh and what’s a tea towel, you say? i don’t know either… but they are pretty), and someday when i get around to it, I would love to show them all off on a ladder like the ones pictured here. or if we get a mega pantry room someday (imagine the 2nd photo as a pantry), then maybe we can snag a ladder to help reach all our crazy cool containers. we need the house first… but it’s fun to dream.

p.s. if you’re wondering what the title is all about, go watch put a bird on it. yes, right now. do it.

{thanks to Alaina of Live Creating Yourself for showcasing this inspiration.}

happy valentine’s day!

i love any reason for fresh flowers, but i’m particularly admiring this lovely, Valentine’s Day bunch from my wonderful husband. any men in need of advice should go to him.

[you also get a sneak peek of our “little” home… sometimes affectionately called our studio, but in reality known as the room we are living in – and transforming – at my parents’ house this year. more on that later.}

love is in the air (literally).

this adorable valentine’s-themed decoration – inspired by this tutorial, and featured on one of my favorite blogs by the talented Ashley Ann – marks my first time using a sewing machine! i enlisted the expertise of our dear friend Sheila, who was the woman behind our birthday bread-making lessons, to help me sew the delicate paper hearts. i think next year i will add more strands, as well as take on a few other DIY projects that i have in my queue. (i actually have a folder just for valentine’s day-related ideas. is that crazy?)

thanks Sheila for your help! these hearts were so fun to make with you.