Since 2012, my blog has been through so many life changes with me. From new jobs to new apartments, through wedding plans and now a baby. I may not have always been consistent with posting, but I knew my little outlet was always there, just waiting for me.
With a newborn at home, you’d imagine blogging to be the last thing on my mind, but staying up until the wee hours of the night has given me plenty of time to reflect and think about where I want to take things next. It started out with updating my portfolio (looong overdue), then I thought about my brand as a whole and ideas have been snowballing ever since.
I wanted to make everything absolutely perfect before rebranding, but then a friend gave me this wonderful advice, “start before you’re ready,” because perfection is just not realistic. I’ve accepted this project as a work in progress, so please bear with me as we transition from The Lacquerie to Every September.
Now about the name. The Lacquerie was unique and I put a lot of thought into it 3+ years ago, but it just doesn’t seem to fit anymore. I’ve simply outgrown it (and will definitely not miss having to spell it out for everyone). Overall, I’ve been craving more simplicity in life, so I decided to go with something that felt more real. Real words, real meaning. Every September came to me when I made an honest list of the things I love most and found a common thread. Landing in California, traveling through Europe, getting engaged in Paris, marrying the love of my life, and meeting my baby girl for the first time all took place during the month of September. And other than moving to San Diego in 2004, these major life events happened in the last 3 consecutive years, hence the name Every September.
That being said, I plan to start fresh here in the next few weeks with a slight shift in perspective.
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath
Falling into one of my many rabbit-hole adventures on Pinterest, I came across the most amazing collection of patterns pinned by Krista Nye Schwartz. I dug a little deeper and found that she is the mastermind behind interior design firm, Cloth & Kind with co-owner Tami Ramsay.
I quickly fell in love with their overall aesthetic and started following Cloth & Kind’s Journal, but decided to share this particular space today because of the amazing textures used throughout. I’d move into this English cottage in a heartbeat! Visit the “Textile Files” or browse Cloth & Kind’s portfolio for more stunning interior inspiration.
“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” – Unknown
Moving into a bigger place, I couldn’t wait to refresh my artwork collection. I’ve held onto the same pieces for years, but it was time to add something new. Here are three of my final choices. I ordered a white framed 28″ x 19″ print of Alana (above) from Society 6 for our main bathroom.
The second I laid eyes on Naked Dog 6, 2009 from Art.com, I knew I had to have it. Even Obi who is pretty oblivious to everything did a double-take when I hung this piece in our entry hallway – the resemblance is too funny. I went with a black framed 12″ x 18″ print.
A longtime fan of Britt Bass Turner, it felt great to get my 12″ x 12″ print of “Nest” in the mail the other day. This immediately went into a white square frame in our 1/2 bathroom, adding a fun pop of color.
I’m obviously drawn to abstract art and usually can’t deny a cute animal print, but I’m hoping to expand my taste in subject matter someday… I guess I just haven’t found the right pieces yet.
Let’s take a moment to thank the lovely and talented Diane von Furstenberg for creating a timeless piece that is flattering on just about every body type: the iconic wrap dress. I’ve always liked this look, but when I realized that it fit perfectly over my growing pregnant belly, I immediately became a lifelong fan.
As a brilliant business woman, DVF went ahead and designed this dress in thousands of different patterns – you could probably have a closet devoted to this one particular cut (which doesn’t sound so bad).
With 85 stores worldwide, Forbes listed Diane von Furstenberg the 68th most powerful woman in the world and Time Magazine named her an icon on the Time 100 in 2015. Pretty impressive lady!
By now you’ve seen our bedroom and and our baby’s bedroom, so I guess it’s time to give you a quick walk-through the rest of our humble abode.
The kitchen and living room are basically one open space that meet at the heart of the apartment, where the two bedrooms branch off in opposite directions. Our kitchen consists of a large island that overlooks the view below.
Whatever the setting, detail shots are usually my go-to. But with this post I tried to go outside of my comfort zone with a few wide angle shots of our space. I soon realized how difficult interior photos can be… Lighting is everything and in this case, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
Off the kitchen and living area is our balcony, which I call our ‘dining room’. This little setup could be my favorite part of our place.
I love the view of Balboa Park and the fact that we can dine al fresco at any point in the day. Morning coffee, drinks + apps, and late night dinners just taste better out here. (The table, bench, and chairs are from Ikea and the outdoor rug is from World Market.)
We’ve only lived here for a couple months now, so things are still falling into place but if I decide to make any furniture changes or artwork decisions, I’ll be sure to keep you updated ;)
01 Sad Sad City | Ghostland Observatory
02 We Can’t Ever Die : Chappo Remix | White Arrows
03 Sarah | Rüfüs du Sol
04 Reconstruct | Photay, Seafloor
05 Get Up | Washed Out
06 Let it Happen | Tame Impala
07 One Big Holiday | My Morning Jacket
08 Wide Eyes | Local Natives
09 Lover’s Carvings | Bibio
10 Shadow | Wild Nothing
balcony | pattern | textile | cactus | girl | swim | ocean | door | building
It’s one thing to have an amazing wardrobe, but you can’t neglect the power of accessories. They’re the smaller staple items that work as glue, tying your whole look together while giving you endless opportunities to communicate your personal style. They’re the memorable details, whether good or bad so take care in choosing the right complements. Let your accessories accentuate and support whatever else you got going on today.
Marc Jacobs Watch | BCBG Scarf | Michael Kors Wallet | D&G Sunglasses