Picky with Pictures

This morning, I went to a client's house to HANG ART. Up a stairwell. Gallery-wall style.

Want some liberating news? I much prefer a gallery wall to any other kind of picture-hanging situation. It's so forgiving. It's especially forgiving when you're following the slant of a ceiling up the stairs. Crooked? Nope, you've just got different feet on different steps!

The first step is to collect all of your art. Art can also be plaques, sconces, all the things that hang.

Then, you start playing.

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And then, when you like the placement of everything.. you go for it!

Going uppp...

Going uppp...

Going dowwwn...

Going dowwwn...

Ta-da! Have fun, friends!

New house, New sofa

If you saw my previous post, you know I'M MOVING! Yes, again. Yes, it'll be great.

I stole a sofa, but don't like it, so I'm going to give it back. I put my friend on a sofa-hunt, with these guidelines: beige or cream, one or two seat cushions, and used-but-clean-enough-to-go-in-your-house. She's a WHIZ at this kind of thing.

In five minutes, she came back with something... she said "It's not beige or cream, but it IS fabulous"... and she was right. It was lime green. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was actually perfect. 

And I'm not the only one crushing on a green sofa. Lookee here...

A little punchy... but I think green might be the new neutral. What does it NOT go with?! I'll find out and let you know ;-)

New house

In the last post I told you all about visioning and stuff. Making something from nothing, because fall is exciting. You don't need to re-read it... unless you want an AMAZING salad recipe. It's totally worth clicking back for the salad. I'll give you a minute.

This week I signed myself up for a house. Not to buy, because I'm not ready for that again. But I still am responsible for the yard, so it's a lot like owning. Practically the same thing. I'm going to have to hit up my plant-friends for help, specifically Nick Askew and Good Dirt

Want to take a tour? It's still got the old tenant's stuff in it, because I stole these pictures from Craigslist. This is 3% creepy BUT it's also okay because a) they are moving out, b) they posted their own pictures to the public internets, c) y'all know I'm weird.

OKAY! The front door opens to the living room:

Those floors! The fire place!

Those floors! The fire place!

Yes, there is an enclosed side porch through that door. YOU BET I'M EXCITED!

Yes, there is an enclosed side porch through that door. YOU BET I'M EXCITED!

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To the right of the living room is the dining room.

Pretend my Serena & Lily Capiz Scalloped Chandelier is where that fan is... 

Pretend my Serena & Lily Capiz Scalloped Chandelier is where that fan is... 

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The dining room is open to the kitchen.

Those are black concrete counters and I don't hate 'em!

Those are black concrete counters and I don't hate 'em!

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The kitchen and living room connect to a center hall WITH TWO CLOSETS. I think this hall might be my favorite part. Well. No. But one of my many favorite parts.

Looking back towards the living room. You know Violet is going to freak out over that floor vent! She'll learn.

Looking back towards the living room. You know Violet is going to freak out over that floor vent! She'll learn.

So if you're standing in the hall, with your back facing the living room, looking left to right, there are three bedrooms and a bathroom. The first bedroom is the smallest.

This will be several things: YOGA ROOM, shoe and jewelry room, POSSIBLY an office. Not committing to that last one yet. But definitely yoga.

This will be several things: YOGA ROOM, shoe and jewelry room, POSSIBLY an office. Not committing to that last one yet. But definitely yoga.

The next bedroom will be your room! The guest room...

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Then my bedroom... 

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WHAT I COULD NOT TELL from stalking on the internet, but was delighted to see in real life... was this outdoor space...

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I'm imagining something like this...

Table, chairs, string lights.

Table, chairs, string lights.

And hello! Fire pit! I'm on the hunt for some free/nearly free ADIRONDAK CHAIRS (plastic will do) if you know of any!

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October 1st is move-in day and I'm beside myself with excitement. Like, BESIDE MYSELF. This fall is going to be the best ever!!!

Fings I love about Fall

It's almost here! The cooler mornings are whispering what's to come...

Fall. It's when I trade Jimmy Buffett for Ed Sheeran, rainbows for boots, blonde highlights for auburn lowlights, sweet cream creamer for pumpkin spice creamer, herbal citrus candles for woodsy/smokey/spicy blends, a cardigan for a fleece... and the list goes on and on.

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I. Love. Fall. 

And oh yes, let's not forget the transition to root vegetables. Tonight I made this DANK salad and I'm eating it every. single. day. All y'all red-meat-haters can hush.

it is everything, i swear.

it is everything, i swear.

But what I REALLY want to talk about is how fall brings a freshness... right? The summer is for being lazy, relaxing, enjoying life, sweating out toxins, etc. And then fall rolls in and the mornings are cooler, there's a pep in your step (because you aren't dying in the humidity), and suddenly anything seems possible.

Because it is.

Take, for instance, my living sitch. If you've followed for a while, you may know that in February my life changed, by April my house was on the market - and sold super fast, and I found myself in an apartment. I thought the change of scenery would be good for me. It has been interesting, don't know about good. OK I hate it. But that is okay because sometimes we hate the season we are in... right? So I decided nothing is a life sentence, I thought about what would make a happier home for Violet and me, and I made a vision board. Outdoor space, charm, hardwood floors, walkable to bars + restaurants, close to downtown, at least two bedrooms but still tiny... I cut out pictures that represented these things and I stuck the art to the fridge. Like grade school. "Emily, A+" 

But I didn't leave it there. I still did work. I still searched zillow and craigslist, still scheduled tours for homes that might fit the bill... and then, about a week into it, up popped this little house. Not only does it have everything I wanted, but it's around the corner from the dog park, it has a THIRD bedroom which will make the most perfect yoga room, the washer and dryer convey, there is a porch AND a deck AND a fire pit, and in addition to all of the restaurants and bars close by, a pizza place just opened on Sunday. As if everything else wasn't enough, I can have non-franchise-pizza. 

Not buying what I'm selling? Okay. The last week of August, I looked at sales for the month. I saw what the shop and done, and I was pleased (thanks to ALL of you!). But I said to myself out loud, "okay, that's all well and good, but let's do $x,xxx in sales by the end of the week." Two days later, I had doubled the amount I set out to do. 

What's the point? The POINT is... it's FALL! It's the PERFECT time to take stock of what's happening in your world and decide what should stay, what could be better, and what should go. Yes, you can do it! Yes, you are doing it! What is the thing you need? A job? A new place to live? Extra money? Name it, write it down, stick it where you will see it every day, and go bananas! Make it happen!

Disclaimer: I haven't tried this with a man... I cannot say for certain that the results will be the same if I cut out 50 pictures of tall/dark/handsome dudes and stick them to my fridge. But with OTHER things, it for sure works! If you've tried it with your love life and have had remarkable results, by all means... chime in in the comments!

Set your sights high, friends! And HAPPY FALL!!!!