Floral Giveaway

August 18, 2014

Remember the Garden Guide column we did in the spring with talented illustrator Michelle Schneider? Today we have a really fun giveaway from Michelle! You can win your favorite floral print or a notecard card set - your choice!




Hyacinth, Illustration by Michelle Schneider

Or choose a lovely 6 card notecard set. Send an old fashioned, snail mail letter to a friend!

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Giveaway ends August 25. Enter here:

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Michelle was kind enough to offer a coupon code for her shop this week too! Just enter code “CURTISCASA” for 10% off your purchase. Coupon code expires August 25, 2014.


More Progress

August 13, 2014

We’re finally making more progress around the new house! Can I even call it new anymore? We’ve been here since March. Anyway, even just a little progress in the new house is totally rejuvenating. It’s coming along nicely!

The Curtis Casa, Kitchen Progress

This one wasn’t a new addition, but I just realized I hadn’t shown you guys a kitchen update. We have these cute little shelves in both corners in the kitchen. They’re too tall and hard to reach to put daily items like plates and cups, but they’re perfect for cookbooks and special pieces. (Here’s the kitchen when we moved in.)

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This corner of the hallway is coming along nicely. Mom brought me this beautiful chest and we found the mirror and that awesome white enamel bowl & brass base at an antique store over the weekend.

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And this guest bedroom & bathroom might be my favorite combination in the whole house. The light is unbelievably pretty in both of these rooms. (Here’s the guest bedroom & bathroom when we moved in.)

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I’m on the hunt for a super cool planter to put my poor fiddle leaf fig in. Any suggestions?

The Curtis Casa, Guest Bedroom

I’m still working on the details for this bedroom, rug, artwork, lengthening the bed skirt, different nightstands, etc., but I really like it so far.

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5 Years

August 11, 2014

Allen and I celebrated our fifth anniversary a couple of weeks ago. We could not believe it’s been FIVE years. Five years seems like a really long time, a whole hand, more than “a few,” half of 10. The more anniversaries we celebrate, the more I see relationships differently. All those romantic moments my teenage-self envisioned are still there, they’re just not exactly how I envisioned them. Carrying groceries in the house, mopping the floor, talking about budgets, cooking dinner. What I’m learning after five years, is that the bigger, better romance is that this guy right here is a great partner. He’s still that handsome, quiet guy I first met in the corner apartment of building G, but now he’s the guy who brings me coffee in the morning, the guy who asks if I’m happy, and the guy who plans for our future. Thank you for being an awesome husband and a good man, Allen. I love you!



Photos by KNW Photography from our San Francisco trip

Our Mexico Vacation

August 4, 2014

What a faaaabulous vacation! We had the best time in Mexcio last week. We were so ready to get in the sun, lounge by the ocean and sleep as much as we wanted. (We are so spoiled!) Allen and I were feeling drained from the last few months of settling into the new house and being really busy at work so we really needed some time to slow down and recharge.

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We opted for an all-inclusive in Riviera Maya, between Cancun and Tulum. Our number 1 criteria for this vacation was that it had to be easy. We just wanted to get away! Allen and I had never done an all-inclusive together (I did them with my family growing up) and we wanted to try it. Plus, I honestly just didn’t have the time or energy to put toward hunting down great restaurants! A few friends suggested El Dorado Royale, so that’s what we chose.


It was gorgeous!


Since our hotel was only about an hour away from Tulum, we decided to adventure down to the ruins. You guys, it is SO pretty! It was really touristy, but it’s worth it to see the views. It was so hot that day, Allen and I were delirious. I’ve literally never been so hot in my life!

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The whole trip, we basically spent as much time we could on the beach. I’m a beach kind of gal, ya know? I’m one of those people who believes you can lay by a pool anywhere, but you can only hear the waves and feel the sand at the beach!


I just love this guy right here! He makes me laugh all day long.

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I read #GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso, in just a couple of days. It’s quick witted and funny, a great beach read.


It was such a great vacation. We are so thankful for some time away to recharge and be together. Thanks, Mexico! We’ll be back!


July 28, 2014

We are heading out on a fun getaway this week, friends! I’m so excited to have some rest and relaxation time with my love. We have been working hard over the past few weeks. I am so ready to feel a little sun and sand! I’ll be sharing our trip on Instagram, for sure. Later gaters!


Photo by Gray Malin