Winter Mood Board
This winter, I’m all about simplicity. I have this urge to strip everything down to the studs and focus on the heart and soul of my life. Perhaps it’s because motherhood demands I get clear about my priorities, or maybe it’s because I’m getting older and have less patience for nonsense, but whatever it is, one thing’s for sure: I don’t have time for complicated.
Holiday Gift Guide
I’m so excited to share my annual holiday gift guide with you! It’s always so much fun pulling together my favorite things. If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of style and function—I love objets that enhance daily life, but that also contribute to the overall decor of my home.
Fall Mood Board
Last week I went to dinner with poop on my shirt. In my defense, I didn’t realize it until I got home. Not that it would’ve mattered. I was just so happy to be out of the house. Chloé slept in her stroller while Billy and I enjoyed a casual meal outside on a beautiful September night. It was perfect, poop and all.
Setting the table has always been one of my favorite rituals. A thoughtful tablescape sets the scene for the experience I hope to create around my table. From the texture of the linens, to the weight and design of the plates, to the glassware, each piece contributes to the overall story.
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, then you probably know I love design and decor. So you can probably imagine how excited I was to decorate a nursery. Even in the darkest moments of my fertility journey, it was something I looked forward to—it lifted my spirits. I never had a specific vision for the nursery, but of course it was going to reflect my personal style. I approached the nursery with the same design philosophy that inspires my home: simple and clean, with a focus on versatility.
Spring Mood Board
Creating a mood board is a a practice in svadhyaya, or self-study. Pulling inspiration and assembling it all together in one place gives me a chance to study my choices in color, texture, light, and composition. For me, it’s about more than just collecting images I love; it codifies my feelings and my perspective on life. It tells a story—my story.
When Patanjali suggests in sutra 1.40 that we can settle the mind by focusing on whatever we want so long as it’s elevating, I understand that to mean it’s cool to plan parties while I meditate. For me, entertaining is a joy when I’ve taken the time to think through the experience in advance—when I’ve considered the vibe I’m trying to create, anticipated both my needs and the needs of my guests, and prepared as much as I possibly can before the big day. Visualizing the big picture allows me to identify all of the little details that go into making the experience what it is.
In my heart, I’m the kind of person who buys birthday cards well in advance and sends them out early to everyone on my list. In reality, I race to the store to buy a card and hope it gets there on time. I’m pretty sure this makes me a normal human being. While I do, on occasion, manage to get it right, I’ve always wanted to do better.