Photography by Ryan Ray.

Have I told you about my mother’s love of ferns? I mean, the lady really loves them. Without fail, she has at least one giant fern spreading its leaves in a shady spot. She knows everything there is to know about growing and maintaining them. The result is that every time I see a fern I think of her. So, consider this post an ode to my mother’s love of ferns and how that plant looks when used in parties and centerpieces.

Photography by Sarah Winward for Ruffled.


Photography by Honeysuckle Life and Carlie Statsky Photography.

Photography by Erin Grace Photography via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Photography for Martha Stewart Living.


Photography by Bows and Arrows and Ken Kochey.


Photography by Martha Stewart Show and Making it Lovely.

Photography by Jonas Peterson.

Photography by Sarah Winward for Ruffled.


Images via Anthropologie.

I love Anthropologie’s home goods and knick knacks, but their clothing runs too much on the earth mother side for me to justify spending the money. What can I say, I’m a J.Crew and Gap girl, through and through. But these little lovelies from their latest catalog has me itching to go try on the Parted Paisley Tank or Oleander Openwork Shift.

Are you more clean cut or hippy grandma when it comes to fashion?


Roast Beef Heaven


Photography by Herriot Grace.

This roast beef baguette sandwich with fingerling potato chips looks like the perfect Saturday man meal. It’s a little too heavy for me, but I know the hubby would devour it and proclaim it the best meal he’s ever had. If we weren’t already married, he’d probably propose on the spot. That’s how much he loves a good sandwich. As my grandmother said, the way to a man is through his stomach.


Kinfolk Dinner

Photography by Parker Fitzgerald.

Attending the monthly Kinfolk dinner would be a day of happiness and joy for me. Until I can make it, I’ll be comforted by the next best thing: beautiful images from Parker Fitzgerald of their May event. Gorgeousness in simple dinner form.


Photography: Parker Fitzgerald
Styling: Kinfolk Magazine
Venue: Terrain
Stationery: Anja Mulder


Weekly Roundup

I’m loving the photography of Stillblog.

Maui Shop Girl created a recipe for an unhappy life. Amen, sister.

This salvage heavy home featured by Dwell in October of 2008 continues to be one of my favorites.

I’m thinking of completing my art project inspired by this navy and white manicure from the Beauty Department.

If you want to read about my volunteer work and leadership responsibilities, check me out on A Heart for the Nations.

Mark Bittman wrote a great op/ed piece about limiting soda for children.

An NPR article about the Paleo diet sparked an ongoing debate.

Happy Weekend!