a few of my favoritest things right now…

1. Did anyone catch this month’s Southern Living? I’m still wiping the drool off my face. My mom bought me a super cool wallet this christmas. I remember thinking, “what a fun line!” So when I saw this home, I was all swooning and stuff, and when they mentioned the business this couple runs, I didn’t put two and two together until I saw her logo on a bag in the back of the magazine. I love it when stuff like that happens: seeing designers’ living spaces when I was already a fan of their work. {What a treat!}

Click on over to read all about how they gave their new home an old look.

2. I’m swooning over this mudroom/entryway. It just may be the bestest mudroom in the whole entire world. The windows and door combo with the blue are absolute perfection…yes, please.

3. Off the subject of interiors, but on with something super awesome to make for your kids:

why yes, I would love some super hero/personalized little people. Simply buy the wooden pieces and paint. We may be doing this one soon. VERY soon. In fact, I’m ordering some five minutes ago.

4. I love seeing how people are using our freebie downloads. Honestly, nothing makes me happier in the world of downloading. Check out how Shannon from Bless our Nest used these in her home. So inventive!

5. Did you see the cover of Veranda’s June Mag?

They really need to stop spying on me with the pin striping on the dining room chairs. My fabulous super talented reupholsterer artist friend Tiffany sent it my way. So they should know…we’re on to you, Veranda. We’re on to you. {insert sarcasm here} But I’m loving the feel of that fabric on the tableĀ with the pinstriping. So I can now officially consider myself inspired. Two can play at that game, Veranda. ;}

6. Finally, just wanted to share one of my favorite stories with you.

Quoted directly from this site:

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.

During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule. 4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk. 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again. 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children.. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.. 45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.

The man collected a total of $32. 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities. The questions raised: *In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? *Do we stop to appreciate it? *Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context? One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.

How many other things are we missing?


And… amen.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday, and that you take a moment to stop, and appreciate the beauty around you today.

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Responses to a few of my favoritest things right now…

  1. Nancy says:

    wow… i love the story at the end. it does make you stop and wonder… i HOPE i would stop my frenetic, “hamster in the wheel-lke” cycle to hear the beauty and appreciate it. i am embarrassed to say at this point right now,i probably would not have. embarrassing and very convicting. something to think about. thank you for sharing that and for making me stop for a minute. enjoy the weekend. :)

  2. jenny beth says:

    what a neat story. i just love that. i will be emailing you soon with pics of what I did with the freebies!!

  3. Shannon says:

    I’ll have to steal my mom’s Southern Living so I can see more pics of that house. It looks amazing! Thanks for the mention on your blog and for your GREAT free printables!!

  4. YES! I LOVED the article in Southern Living and I drooled over every picture. Especially the mudroom. The story about the musician really made me think. I hadn’t heard about that yet, so thanks for sharing it.

  5. Jennifer says:

    isn’t that house incredible? i’m still drooling over my issue! it makes me sooooo happy. and that mudroom. gah.
    have a great weekend!!

  6. Thanks for this amazing story! I’ll be taking more moments! And yes, I spent many drooling moments with my Southern Living magazine!

  7. Tote says:

    Beautiful home, and also a great story! It does make you stop and think doesn’t it.


  8. Katie says:

    You just saved the day with the painted little people!!! My son’s birthday is July 5th and he is OBSESSED with super heros so we will Captain America themed this year….the little people are the PERFECT party favors that I have been searching for!!!! Thank you!!!!!! :)

    • yay! I think we will be making some ourselves in the upcoming weeks. I kind of want our entire family for a bookshelf somewhere! Mommy will probably be making her own apart from the kiddies versions of scribble faces. {I’m selfish like that.} ;}

  9. Audra Marie says:

    I love the inspiration, have got to make those little people with my kids, and enjoyed the story. :) Thanks for a great post. :)

  10. Sharon Denney says:

    The Joshua Bell story is classic. I live in New York City, and I’ve always thought that had the experiment happened here, more people would have noticed. I know, that sounds a bit arrogant, but we do have so many accomplished subway and street musicians that many are appreciated. One of my favorite things about this city is experiencing the sublime and the mundane (or downright nastiness) while waiting on a subway — a piercing soprano voice singing Broadway or Bach, with a glimpse of a rat on the track as the rattle of the subway enters the station. Hearing Joshua Bell would be a treat in that setting!

  11. Cassi says:

    The Joshua Bell story is amazing and yet soo sad. Such a telling story about our society.

  12. Shaunna says:

    I was drooling. All over myself. I MISS you!!! Let’s catch up soon!

  13. mandy at eight is enough says:

    i must admit i love this story and it makes me feel a bit guilty as i , only last week…was a mum who hurried off her son and not stay and listen to some music being played…why??? because i knew i didn’t have any cash in my wallet i could have given…sad but true…next time a venture out to the city i will have to make sure i have some money….great inspiration as well…xxx