5/12/2014

Stepping into Spring

5/12/2014
Happy Spring! I love this season and all of the new life it brings. The birds are chirping, flowers are in bloom, there is green on the trees again, and all the little neighborhood squirrels are climbing up our siding and peeking into our windows.
I. Love. It.

Come this time of year I am always itching to clean, reorganize and rearrange our decor. I can't resist switching it up a bit. A change in pace keeps things interesting! We have recently added this gorgeous Casey Floor Lamp, by Kenroy Home, to our living room. I'm sort of obsessed with it's minimalistic beauty. It matches with just about everything and I love being able to mix a couple of different design styles together to make our own style. This lamp is perfect for that! Highly recommended for any room. 

I also made a new mini gallery wall with some of my favorite prints. Clockwise:

1. Coco Bean's famous geek chic portrait. I'm thinking of making them into greeting cards – thoughts? Would you buy them? 

2. Only Happy Thoughts by SS Print Shop, this was a birthday gift from Serena. It's perfect!

3. You Don't Need a Reason to Help People, I saw this quote and made it into my own DIY print. The photo of this print hanging in our office was quite popular on pinterest and tumblr. The quote is so spot on, such a good message.

How do you step into spring? Do you have any annual traditions or quirks? Would love to hear them!

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2/21/2014

Charming Charleston

2/21/2014
At the end of January we took a trip up to Charleston, SC for a relaxing birthday weekend. We strolled Battery Park, and admired all of the gorgeous homes and historic buildings. The architecture and southern trees of downtown stole my heart. White washed brick buildings, black shutters, green hedges and ivy, pastel flowers, brick walkways, white picket fences, and pets lounging in the front lawn - heavenly combinations. Tanner had his realtor app open on his phone our whole walk and every time we passed a home for sale we would look at the interior photos. What did we do before iPhones?

It was the perfect atmosphere and backdrop for Coco to model her new collar and lead from WOOF New York. If you haven't heard of them, you are missing out! They are the hot new brand to watch for in 2014. Their classic high quality leather is paired perfectly with brass metal finishes – another heavenly combination. Seriously, the brass is gorgeous. Coco wore her gold Park Avenue set as she walked the beautiful streets of Charleston, and she fit right in with all of the prettiness happening there. 

For more info on WOOF, check out our full review with lots of up close prettiness on Pretty Fluffy.

Charleston seemed to be very pet friendly in the downtown area. We met several new furry friends, one in particular captured Bean's attention. They got chummy right away, even though it appears that she is looking at him uneasily. She does that with all dogs - a little 12 lb Bean can't be too careful! I wish I could remember his name. I want to say it was an irish name like Hannigan or Finnigan. It was something charming either way. He was quite handsome, and photogenic.

Here are some more favorite photos from our trip, enjoy!


Above is my favorite house in all of Charleston, nestled back away from the street. Completely crushing on it. It's so welcoming and familiar. Want to hear something weird? I realized after our trip that I had in fact 'liked' this same house on pinterest a long time ago. Coincidence? Maybe. Twilight zone, do do do do do do do do.

The hubs and Bean, taking a break from our walk. Probably the prettiest stoop ever.


Bean posing in front of the pretty pink house in Battery Park. If anyone is interested it is available here for only 8.9 million. A price tag fit for Barbie herself!



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She was fascinated with the cannons! She hopped right up like she was ready for battle. Look out world!

Here are a few snapshots from my phone when I didn't feel like lugging my camera around. The first two photos were from our brunch at Poogan's Porch. Probably the best brunch of my life. The restaurant was named in honor of Poogan, the dog that frequented the porch and visited often. He chilled on the porch daily and was the best friend of neighborhood until he passed in 1979. It was an adorable restaurant. Highly recommend for brunch lovers.

Happy Weekend friends!


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2/12/2014

Dog Friendly DIY Valentines

2/12/2014
Valentine’s Day is very much a human holiday, but we love including our pets in on the festive fun. I've put together two easy and pretty darn adorable DIYs that you can whip up for your pup in no time! 

First up, is our grain free Valentine's Day Cranberry Hearts. Packed with almonds, coconut, and cranberries, these treats are sure to win over your furry valentine. Coco could hardly sit still for the photos, she wanted to gobble them all up! For the recipe and more photos, check out our full post on Pretty Fluffy



Her new bow collar from Silly Buddy was the perfect accessory. Love their product line!



We can't leave out play time. Next up we have our No Sew Heart Toy. You'll be amazed that this toy is no-sew and it only takes about 20-30 minutes to put together. You can find our step by step tutorial and more photos over on Pretty Fluffy.

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Coco watched me like a hawk while I knotted her toy. I think it made it extra special since she knew I was making it for her. She carries it with her all over the apartment and even uses it as a chin pillow. Yes, she love her naps, apparently.

I hope you enjoy our dog friendly DIYs and Happy Valentine's Day from Coco Bean and I! xoxo

2/06/2014

#Sochidogs

2/06/2014
I was shocked and saddened to read the news about the homeless animals in Sochi being rounded up and slaughtered in preparation for the Winter Olympics. It's heartbreaking, and it isn't the first time an Olympic location has tried to hide or get ride of their 'less desirable'. Calling dogs 'Biological Trash' is heartless. These creatures are our, companions, children, soul mates, and protectors. They are a blessing and certainly not trash. 

Luckily, thanks to social media, this news quickly spread and many are voicing their response. I'm glad there are many that live in Sochi who feel the same way, including this rescue organization who is racing to save as many dogs as they can.

Though they may be far away, these 19 dog also voiced their opinion, and I think it's fantastic. We are happy to participate and hope that you will too. Sochi dogs deserve more.


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