Our beautiful Luca turns three years old Sunday. I don't know what is about this birthday, but its got me all sorts of emotional. Time moves so quickly and no matter how present you try to remain, you can never beat it...
Most of my personal entries on this blog are about my boys. While this certainly isn't a "mommy blog" (and never will be), it is a space where I can share some of the things that are inspiring me. During these past three years, nothing has inspired me as much as this boy. It wasn't until I had Luca that I started to write about things that made me happy, rather than what wasn't. Celebrating even the smallest things have brought a positivity in my life that didn't exist before. He has taught me that the most ordinary moments can be the most beautiful. He has inspired me to work harder at realizing my dreams, to be an example to look to in case he ever feels stuck. But most importantly, he has inspired me to love stronger.
I have cherished these past three years with Luca more than any time in my life. Our little intellect, his head always buried in some sort of book :) Such a sweet, affectionate and curious soul. I'm so proud to be his mom. Happy birthday my sweet boy. We love you so much.
I absolutely love our current apartment, but I do miss having a fireplace, mostly because of the cozy feel it gives a room. I also like that, quite often, it serves as the focal point of the room, instead of say.. a flat screen TV.
These nonworking fireplaces have been utilized in the most creative ways. I especially love the one filled with books! More inspiring ideas here!
My brother recently purchased his first home and I've been living out my dream of interior design by helping him realize his decor vision ;) This particular loft has lent quite a bit of inspiration for me, with it's high ceilings, hardwood floors and exposed brick (perfection). As we are dealing with a brand new build, our goal is to balance the modern fixtures and amenities with some great wood and steel pieces, creating an industrial, masculine feel. I've really enjoyed helping him and I can't wait to for him to enjoy the end result.
"Some periods of growth are so confusing that we don't even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break outside of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening [...] Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next steps should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed." -Alice Walker, Living By the Word xo N
Quite often, the bathroom is the most overlooked room when it comes to decorating a home. Especially in cases of apartment living (hello!), where limited space leaves you with limited options. A few months back, we ordered and framed a few of these fun prints, which have added some great personality to our main bathroom without compromising space. In the meantime, I've bookmarked these photos with vintage inspired pieces for my future Victorian home. Never stop dreaming right? ;)
"Please, don't worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you're ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day.. make a wish, and think of me. Make your life spectacular."