Happening Lately: NYE 2016

Happy New Year, friends!! How are you? How was your holiday? I’m back in the saddle again today after taking the last two weeks off and I’m feeling rested and ready to tackle 2016!

Before signing off, I threw a little offsite party for the women that work for me. I love these ladies to the moon and back. They have buckets of talent and they work tirelessly. I think we’re all really hitting our stride with client work and I’m so happy to share with you what we’ve been working on the past few months.

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(left to right – Megan, Carolyn, moi, Kayla, Kate)

We went to one of our favorite restaurants, The Henry, to kick off the holiday. The food is yummy and so are the interiors!

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The bathroom has the prettiest tile and it was so fun to see the Kohler trough sink we’re using in one of our projects! It’s amazing!
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I tried not to do any work during the break, but I had a Domino deadline to squeeze in before Christmas. I needed a biggish tree for the shoot and my girls helped me find a great kumquat tree at a local nursery. I planted it in a basket for the shoot and it was like a dream come true. :)

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I also grabbed a flat of green and red succulents to give as neighbor gifts in hand-painted clay pots. I thought a break from sweet treats would be welcome for both my neighbors and me!
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It’s so crazy to me that my sweet Evelyn is six years old now. This girlie has been nothing but pure joy since she showed up unannounced at home! We celebrated her birthday early this year (the 24th is always so jam-packed, poor thing!). We went to a trampoline park for her little party. Have you ever been to one? It is so much fun to do flips and obstacle courses, but Michael and I could barely walk the next day! So worth it. :)

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We had a really great Christmas. It was pretty chill – we mostly just sat around with family and played games and ate, and bruised our tailbones trying to get the hang of that dang hoverboard. Somehow my girls all figured it out in about 0.3 seconds but it took me all day. :) We also tried to spend as much time outside as possible this year. We did a few little hikes, including to this area that was featured on Snippet and Ink. Aren’t our mountains beautiful here?

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After Christmas, the girls headed up to my mom and dad’s house and Michael and I stayed home with Margot. We did some big organizing projects and made plans for a mini kitchen makeover that I want to do this year. It’s been more than two years since doing our semi-temporary fixes (like painting the floors and doing the concrete overlay on the countertops), and I’d like to invest in something a little nicer this year. We won’t be breaking any banks though. I found a practically new Viking fridge on Craigslist for an amazing deal (it was in a gym kitchen!) and the marble I’m looking at costs a fraction of the price of granite. Can’t wait to share all the details! 
We’re thinking of doing a slate floor in the kitchen, laying it right on top of the existing tile to make it flush with our wood floors. While I was out shopping for some good slate options and I found these new pretties at Floor & Decor. I loved these 4″ white marble hex tiles!
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((Also, those Nikes above are my favorite errands-shoes right now. So, so comfortable!))

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This elongated white marble herringbone tile is also SO GOOD. I’d love to use this on my kitchen backsplash, but I think I’m going to do a herringbone pattern for the floor tile. So maybe I could use the white in the studio bathroom then?
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It’s hard to tell in my photos, but the scale is closer to the tile in this gorgeous bathroom.
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Michael and I headed up to my parents’ house in Snowflake for New Years. It’s so nice to have a place to easily get away to! We played in the snow with the girls and watched movies and did a little salvage yard shopping. There’s a place called Lamell’s in a nearby town, Linden, that takes a little bit of digging, but has some hidden treasures for sure!
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The owner drives to farmhouses in the midwest and salvages beautiful old windows and doors to bring back and sell at his yard. I had a blast digging through these piles! I found a pair of 100 yr-old doors that I want to use for my pantry makeover for only $40! It was such a fun way to end the weekend.
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I have big plans for 2016 and I’m SO excited to get going! Thanks for sticking around for another year! xo
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18 thoughts on “Happening Lately: NYE 2016

  1. Welcome back! Happy New Year! It looks like you had a great break! I love the marble herringbone tile – I would love it in a bathroom on the floor. So pretty.

  2. Happy New Year. I hadn't realized how many years I've been reading your blog but I know it was before you gave birth to your Evie.

  3. Love your tile ideas!! And I am jealous of your salvage yard — looks like a treasure trove! Can't wait to see what you end up doing with all these ideas… :)

  4. So jealous that all the good doors and windows are going down to your area…they should stay here in the midwest and make you all come and get them! LOL!

  5. We stop by lamell's often and always find something new that we "need". It's so fun to visit with him and see what he has found. We got a stack of rainbow colored mini school chairs for my moms cabin. The kids love them and so do we ($5 a pop!).

    I love that herringbone tile. Can't wait to see what you do.

  6. Happy New Year Jenny! I can't believe it's been two years since you did those kitchen updates. It seems like yesterday. We just moved to an 1879 victorian outside of NYC and I'm super excited to be doing a bunch of updates and DIYS. You featured my painted kitchen floor a while back on your blog (maybe 3 years ago?) and I am going to do something similar this time around but painting tile like you did in Brooklyn and in your AZ house as well and painting the cabinets, doing a new backsplash etc. I can't wait to show you how it turns out and follow along with your kitchen updates. Good luck with everything in the new year and I am excited to watch what you have planned.

  7. Hi there! I love both the marble hex AND the white herringbone as backsplash options for our kitchen! Unfortunately they are not on the Floor & Decor website and I've called and emailed Floor & Decor and they are unable to provide me with any info or SKUs, etc. :( :( Can you provide any more info for us?
    Thanks a million and I LOVE Your blog!

  8. I’m wondering if any of your old posts didn’t make it over here to the new site? I’ve been searching for a post about your mom’s most recent kitchen reno and I remember it on the blogspot but I haven’t had success finding it here. Can you direct me? Thank you so much! You’re such a design inspiration to me.

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