I sit here staring at a white screen with all the emotions swirling in my head, but I don’t know the exact words with which to share them.
I BOUGHT A HOUSE.
Yes, I’m yelling, but it’s out of excitement and wonderment.
As you know, I’m a big fan of homes, decorating, and projects.
So to find this glorious little home to call mine, that I bought all by myself, that I can decorate all by myself, that is my own, is a dream. It’s more than a dream, it’s a fantasy – one I wasn’t even looking for.
The story of how this house found me is one for another post, which is coming, I promise, but for now I just had to gush over this place I now call home.
There will be endless projects and posts and pictures coming about this house (which I will name, but I haven’t fully decided yet), but for now, here are a few sneak peeks.
I will be in major project mode for the month of March, so I still may be a little MIA on here as I get down to business. Your best bet is to follow me on Instagram (rhapsodyinrooms) and Snapchat (megaubrey01) to see real-time updates.
Yesterday I left my friends, I vanished from society, to crawl into blanket sheets that keep me too warm even in the winter time.
I left a place that was supposed to be happy to find happiness on my own.
My world is changing, and I needed to be alone, to find my happy place, to swath myself in blankets, and feel. To feel the change, to fear the change, to embrace the change, and to recognize the change.
Sometimes you just have to sit back and watch the feelings, the emotions cross your existence. To say hello and goodbye in the same mindful, fleeting instance. To watch them fade like vapor in the sky.
The journey home last night came in an Uber. I needed to leave, but my friends had driven me, so I decided to take the $6 Uber home to allow myself the freedom to feel, alone. Yet that drive was an essential part of my journey that night.
To open the door to Christian music, to hear the man speak so eloquently and sweetly, to only have his voice eclipsed in a stutter when asking me if I liked the music. The way I said “yes” and the look of peace that softly swept upon his face. The way I felt love in that $6 drive home.
That was part of the journey.
The way I saw a father walk his son to the handicap bus, delivering him like he must every morning. To see arms reach towards this radiant face of love as he took each stair one at a time.
That was part of the journey.
The way I see kindness, caring, humor, and love in the faces of my friends, who are my family. The way we all care for each other, even though we’ve only known each other months. It’s like they’ve always been an essential part of my life.
This journey is amazing, unexpected, painful, sad, and the biggest blessing I could ever know.
I accept the pain with the joy. I love how pains acts as a tool to bring me one step closer to who I was born to be.
These words I write, they are poetry, they are truth, they are inside me yearning to be let out. To share these feelings I have in the hope that they too touch you, make you feel, embolden your yearning for understanding, betterment, and acceptance in this world.
As thing changes envelopes me, it brings everything into question . Why is that? Why do I question completely unrelated items when one change happens in my life?
But yet, I’ve come to love it. I love to reassess all I thought I knew, I wanted, I loved. Actually, I come to reassess me. To make myself become the best person I can be.
I want that for you too. I want you, that struggling, beautiful, wonderful person you are, to realize it through and through. To rise up and see your unbelievable being that is so needed in this world.
I hope to someone, I hope especially to you, that these thoughts tumbling out of my head and traveling along my arms until they reach these fingertips that won’t stop tapping these black keys, will be a part that helps you in this journey of life. These small journeys that add up into one incredible sum called life.
I wake up and I can’t move. My neck is stuck in place, and I feel like I haven’t rested at all.
We’ve all been there right? When you have a bad mattress, you know it. It’s the worst and affects your daily life, because we all value our sleep! Well, rewind eight months ago and that was me every morning. It was not good. Thankfully I was able to fix that problem pretty quickly by the few quick clicks of a button at the Casper website. A week later a box showed up at my door and one swift flick of the wrist with a razor and out sprang (literally!) a mattress. With 100 days to test it out and send it back no questions asked, it was a zero risk purchase. Thankfully, I’m still sleeping like a baby eight months later, and am so happy with the purchase.
Now, that’s the basis of my bed, my Casper mattress, but it’s not what people see. It’s the pretty pillows, covers, and headboard that make a bed. Let me tell you, making those decisions has been so much more challenging than the actual mattress buying process! Who would have thought.
Sometimes you know what you want and sometimes it takes trial and error. Well my bed process has been both of those.
My next step in building my perfect bed, after the mattress, was picking a headboard. I have built headboards before but I had a very specific image in my head. Also, I was okay paying for exactly what I wanted and not compromising. I wanted a tufted, velvet, wing back headboard.
I scoured website after website looking for the perfect headboard. There was one I kept coming back to, but I kept dismissing it. Could I really commit to a navy headboard? Spoiler alert: the answer was yes. After months of looking at headboards online, I knew I had to go with my gut: the navy headboard. I found it on Target’s website. I also knew from the months of stalking it, that it would come on sale. So I waited it out and grabbed it on sale.
I got it in the apartment and it was perfect. PERFECT! I knew it was right, and I was so happy I spent a little more and followed my heart.
Now it was time for a new duvet cover. The current duvet was at least seven years old, the style didn’t fit anymore, and it was getting stained.
I asked for a new one for my birthday, after months of stalking. And it was wrong, all wrong. I put it on and then immediately took it off and returned it. I put the old one back on and lived with it for five months.
It wasn’t until I was in a West Elm store with my mom that I found the perfect white patterned duvet cover. It was perfect! It had a subtle pattern, a clean look, and I knew I could make it fun with pillows. My mom got it for me for Christmas, but we opened it at Thanksgiving when she was visiting me in Roanoke.
However, once it went on, I wasn’t thrilled. I knew I liked the duvet but the bed wasn’t there yet. It was time to pillow shop. Mom and I hopped online and actually found some amazing ones at….Wal-Mart for about $30 total (faux suede pillow and Greek key foil pillows). Then I scored the matching Euro pillow covers on Cyber Monday on a crazy sale West Elm rarely has.
Finally, I did some bed composition research and took inspiration from Emily Henderson’s formula. When I stepped back, I had found it. It was PERFECT!
Now every day I look at my bed and grin, actually grin! My bed looks beautiful, elegant, fun, and true to me! It has style and personality. People even call it a “Gucci bed”. I’ll take it! I couldn’t be happier! It took some trial and error and almost a year, but finally, my bed is everything I want it to be!
It’s fashion show time! Even though I don’t do Stitch Fix as much as I used to, I still love the odd month when I treat myself to a box full of clothes for me! Gah, I love fashion and clothes. I love the way you can endlessly piece items together to get different looks and feels.
This time around I requested a box full of sweaters for winter. I was feeling like I needed to inject a little more style into my winter wardrobe. I did a great job this summer upping my fashion game so I needed my winter wardrobe to step up too.
Before I jump to the reveal, here is a quick reminder about what Stitch Fix is all about. stitch fix is a personal stylist company that hand picks 5 items based on your style and size. You get assigned your own stylist, and she gets to know your style based on your pinterest fashion board, style profile, and feedback you leave on your previous fixes. In turn she hand picks out pieces she think will make you look – and feel – great and sends them to you along with styling advice and a personal note. Love that part so much!
41Hawthorn Halifax Colorblock Pullover
I pulled this sweater out and immediately knew that it was something I would love. It is green and blue and those are my colors. Plus it was super soft. I put it on and fell in love. Sold, sold, sold!!
Market & Spruce Evrett Mixed Stitch Pullover
When I pulled this one out of the box I was really excited. Give me anything teal, and I will probably fall in love with it. However, I didn’t love the texture of this one. I know myself and to wear anything in the winter it has to be super soft or it’s just going to sit in my closet. I also didn’t love the holes in this. I’m a cold natured person who definitely doesn’t need a breezy sweater. I was disappointed this one didn’t work out.
Daniel Rainn Darcie Lace Detail Peplum Knit Top
When I first saw this one, I knew this wasn’t going to be a winner. First, the purple color is not my favorite. Second, I love a good peplum top but this one wasn’t it for me. It’s just not my style. It’s a little too boho for my taste.
Briton Ivy Sylvester Split Neck Blouse
I love bright colors so when I saw this one I got pretty excited. I wasn’t sure if this shade of purple would work with my skin tone but was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on. I love the shade! I also wasn’t sure if it was going to be too flowy for my taste since I generally like more fitted items. However, this shirt was so bright, fun, and soft that I couldn’t pass it up.
Loveapella Gearan Mock Neck Knit Top
Welcome to the 70’s! Hahaha! That’s how I felt with this top. It was just wrong, all wrong for me. I know that the styles are going a little more retro, and I love a mock turtle neck with the best of them, but everything was wrong with this top for me. I felt like I had gone back in time. Plus, it fit very tight and the stripes were not doing me any favors.
So there is it, another Stitch Fix for you! I don’t do them as much now but they sure are a fun treat every now and then. Plus, I went on a shopping trip the other day and man, was I dragging my feet throughout the mall. I just do not have shopping stamina anymore!
Also, if you’re interested in trying it out, click through to schedule your first Fix (this is an affiliate link).
Guys, I am so excited to share this post with you today. It is something that is a little out of the ordinary for this blog, but it is something very close to me that touches my heart. Today, I am talking about children’s books. Specifically, a children’s book written by a friend; yet this is a friend I have never met in person. Okay, that’s a lot. Let me back up a little.
First, children’s books are like golden tickets of joy in my family. I grew up being read to constantly and then reading on my own incessantly. Almost every memory in my childhood includes a book. I feel so lucky being brought up this way, and I hope to one day bring my own children up this way. What is even more special is that my mom saved her thoughtfully curated children’s book collection for my future family. I’ve actually been toting around boxes and boxes of children’s books throughout the years….and my mom still has more in storage for me up where she lives!
So you know how important children’s books are to me, if I’ve moved these books three times. You’re welcome future children. 🙂
Okay, now here comes a fun twist years later. As you know, I’ve worked with Minted throughout the years, making curtains to hanging artwork (lots of it!). Through it all Cheryl Koning was my contact there. She initially reached out to me to partner with Minted and just through email and my blog we became friends. That’s how cool this blogging world is; you become friends with people you’ve never met, whether they are sponsors or other bloggers.
Cheryl left Minted a while back to be able to help her Gram more (don’t you already love her?!). We promised to keep in touch and we did. I received an email from her recently talking about my blog, greyhounds, and most excitedly a children’s book she and her husband had written and published!
The book is called The Story of Santa’s Birds, and she asked if it would be something I would be interested in sharing on my blog. I said a big ole “HECK YES” and three days later the book showed up at my doorstep. I had such a fun time reading the book!! I can’t wait to read it to my children one day in the future. It will always have a special place in my heart.
I thought I would let Cheryl explain a little more about the book and the special place the story came from…
“Our book is based on a story that Kyle’s mother would reference at key moments to tip his behavior and that of his siblings (and later his nephews and niece) closer to nice than naughty. At any given time she could point out the window and say, “Oh, I think Santa’s Birds are watching you!” and cries would cease, fighting would stop, and good, sweet children would reappear.
In 2012 we moved from Chicago to San Luis Obispo, where we spent Christmas away from our families for the first time. While on a dog walk with our dear Leonberger, London, Kyle started a rhyming verse and recorded it on his phone. After finishing the walk we reviewed that first draft and went from there.
We actually let that first draft sit for nearly a year before returning to it and working through the rest of the words while sitting on our front steps, again with London. A little while later we moved to San Francisco and Kyle started sketching out a visual storyboard (it was absolutely dreadful). We found a veteran illustrator, Fanny Liem and she turned our rough sketches into magical works of art (including a cute likeness of London). After a LOT of formatting and some edits by our friends, we launched an e-book, then a hardcover and paperback about a year later. From start to finish the process took four years and hundreds of dog treats for London.
We dedicated the story to our parents, Bruno, Louise, Andrew, and Rosemary (whose tales of birds inspired our own) who provided us with great books and great places to read them.”
Gah, does that story just not tug at your heartstrings?! I love it! Plus, the book and its illustrations really are SO charming. I love, love, love it. I’m so proud of you Cheryl and am so excited to share your book with my readers!
If you want this book for yourself this Christmas, make sure you grab a copy on Amazon (affiliate link).
As a last minute gift to one of you this Christmas, Cheryl is doing a giveaway of an autographed copy of her book! Just leave a comment below telling me your favorite book from your childhood. The giveaway will close at midnight on December 18th.
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