Design and DIY Lifestyle

    Healing Grief through the Holidays

    November 16, 2020

    I never intended on decorating for Christmas this year. In fact, I planned on skipping the holidays all together – Christmas with the Kranks style. But when my friends at Scotties asked if I’d partner with them on a second blog post, this time featuring winter-themed boxes designed by Genevieve Gorder, I couldn’t say no.

    So on November 4th I (along with most of the other content creators on social media) began trimming my tree. A tree that would no longer have presents underneath it for Mom or Opal. As I hung two ornaments on its branches to honor them, the weight of their absence felt magnified by the glow of the twinkling Christmas lights. And for the first time in months, I cried – big, inconsolable, heaving sobs that I had yet to let out since Mom passed in July. I had wondered where those tears were, why they took so long to come, and what that meant about my grief. Instinctively, I reached for a tissue and I knew… Scotties was going to help me as I healed through the holidays.

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  • Design and DIY

    Form and Function: Finding the Balance

    In a perfect interior design world all televisions would resemble art. Toasters would be the jewels of the kitchen. And tissue boxes would no longer be sequestered to the bathroom. Thankfully in my short…

    February 24, 2020
  • Travel

    The Maison Living Co Airbnb

    Nestled among pine trees safely guarded by Cathedral Ledge, sleeps the Maison Living Co airbnb. With a facade of glass windows overlooking the quiet woods, it waits patiently for it’s next guests to arrive.…

    December 4, 2019
  • Design and DIY

    Preparing a Guest Bedroom for Company

    It’s October 28th – only one more month until Thanksgiving and two until Christmas. In the past, I’d show up to holiday parties with store-bought cookies that I arranged lovingly on a platter to…

    October 27, 2019
  • Lifestyle Travel

    Amawaterways Rhine River Cruise Review

    I’ve never been one for grand adventures. My bucket list doesn’t consist of faraway places and the word wanderlust doesn’t strike a particular chord with me. At the risk of sounding boring, I’d much…

    August 12, 2019
  • Design and DIY

    How to Change a Doorknob

    Do you want to know a secret? Magic doorknobs exist. The kind that transport you to another time and place. Like the wardrobe from Chronicles of Narnia minus the white witch and talking animals.…

    July 3, 2019
  • Design and DIY

    Coastal Guest Bedroom Reveal

    Another year, another rental property – only this time it’s on my own terms. No more unwanted dog encounters in the hallways and NO MORE KIDS YOGA! I have to admit, my apartment was…

    June 2, 2019