We’re taking a family trip! Tomorrow we are driving to D.C. to pick up my sister, then spending the weekend in Ocean City, MD. We rented a condo on the beach and are going to soak up some sun and surf for a couple of days. On Monday my sister and I are going to see Beyonce (I know. amazing.) while Pete hangs with miss Lucy. I’M SO EXCITED. Not really excited for 12+ hours in the car with a toddler, but we’re going to make it work. I hope you all have a fantastic week!


Hogeye Festival – AKA BBQ Heaven

On Saturday we went to the Hogeye Festival in Elgin, Texas (near Austin.) Elgin is a picturesque small town where my Great Grandparents lived and where my Grandmom grew up. My dad has fond memories of spending his summers there. It was so fun to visit during the Hogeye festival which is basically a street fair with a hefty dose of unbelievably delicious competitive BBQing.

That’s the face Lucy made while she gnawed on a piece of slow cooked pork. That’s my girl. The food was ah-mazing.

There were tons of cool cars on display, both antique and crazy souped up new ones. Can you see the longhorns mounted on the orange car?

The Ferris wheel was charming.

Eventually the kiddos got a little overwhelmed; that’s my half-brother Calvin sitting on my Dad’s shoulders. We wrapped it up pretty early, but I would have gladly stayed and continued to stuff my face.

We had a blast!



We’re back! We had a great time on our trip to Houston and I have lots of pictures to share. Lucy did a fantastic job on both flights. If anything she was a little over excited about flying on the plane; “AIRPLANE! I SEE IT! AIRPLANE!” was a pretty constant refrain.  On Saturday morning we stopped at my grandparents old house and I was struck by how ahead of their time they were. True modernists! Their house was custom built by an architect friend in the early fifties and their furniture and decor bear all the hallmarks of midcentury modernism. Sorry for the iphone pics; I left my Cannon in the car.

I love the lacquered parsons style console table and that gorgeous lamp. The light fixture over the dining room table is simple and beautiful.

The house, where my aunt now lives, has the most amazing original furniture. The Eames rocker where my grandmother rocked my aunt throughout her childhood, a white drafting table desk and those show stopping Danish barrel chairs with their original naugahyde upholstery; all classic midcentury pieces that are so in vogue again. The teak bench that Lucy is sitting on is where all the grandkids would congregate in the living room.

This artwork in the bedroom gave me a chuckle. All you have to do is go on Pinterest to see how trendy silhouettes and owl artwork are.

It’s funny how when you’re young you aren’t really conscious of your surroundings. I think that all kinds of things affect our aesthetic choices as adults, but the nostalgia you feel for a particular environment of your youth can have an extra strong influence. Now that I’m an adult I really admire the choices my grandmom made for her home and I wish she was still here for me to tell that too.

Happy Monday!


Happy Almost Weekend!

There is the most gentle rain falling outside, and Lucy is napping. I was cruising Pinterest and stumbled on this old but good (great!) house tour from Apartment Therapy ReNest.

Can you believe it’s in Brooklyn? It looks like a Scandinavian country house. I’m especially in love with the white floors and stunning fireplace in the bedroom.I love those reclaimed wood shelves in the kitchen too (Y’all know I love some reclaimed wood.) You can look at more photos of this home here.

We’re headed to Houston tomorrow to visit with family and I’m really excited. I haven’t been to Texas in ages and I’m looking forward to some good BBQ; not to mention finally introducing Lucy to her extended family.

Have a fantastic weekend!



Happy Friday

This gorgeous place belongs to Nate Berkus and, of course, it’s amazing. You can read more about it here. I especially love his dark kitchen cabinets and that crazy wallpaper in the powder room. I am super excited about his upcoming line for Target.

I hope you’re doing something fun this weekend. Lucy and I are holding down the fort alone; Pk has a ten hour layover in Paris on his way abroad for the week (LUCKY!). What would you do for an afternoon in Paris? I suggested a museum and some cafe time and I can’t wait to hear about it when he gets home. It’s always a little tough when he’s gone over the weekend, I miss him acutely when he isn’t here to cook us bacon (one of Lucy’s first words!) and his amazing cheesy eggs.

Happy weekend!


We made it!

I’m not gonna lie. Traveling with a 20 month old is NOT easy. But we survived, and after spending yesterday waiting for our lost (!!!) luggage to be delivered, we are sufficiently rested and recovered. We had a great time visiting with family in DC. We stayed in a fun hotel in the ritzy Dupont Circle neighborhood and loved wandering around admiring all the gorgeous row houses.


Some of them had the most lush gardens in tiny compact yards.

DC feels like such a manageable size to me compared to Chicago. The Metro system was great for getting around and it was SO NICE not to have to haul a car seat around with us. Lucy LOVED being on the train and watching them rush through the station. Many of the Metro stations were designed by the Chicago architect Harry Weese and they are really amazing. They are some of the deepest train lines in the country and, random fact, have the longest escalators in the northern hemisphere. The escalators have really dramatic lighting at night too.

On Saturday morning we visited the zoo which was unbelievably crowded, but Lucy still had a great time.

She really liked the elephants.

Another favorite was the fountain at the Dupont Circle. It was the perfect place for her to run around while Pete and I snacked on some delicious food from the nearby farmers market on Sunday.


I definitely learned that toddlers need tons of space and time to explore new environments and that being constrained in the stroller was not Lucy’s favorite. We ate in our hotel or outside, when possible, so that Lucy was free to explore. I didn’t really feel like chasing after her in restaurants if I didn’t need to.


The only real hiccup in our trip was that our homebound flight was delayed because of weather. We were able to make it on another flight ( even though our bags didn’t) and luckily Lucy was asleep for the first hour. Thankfully I had the Ipad out when she woke up! Honestly, that thing was a lifesaver.



We had a great time! I wish we could have stayed one more day so Lucy could have acclimated a little more, but overall I think it was a success. I also had a babycarrier with me so I could wear her in the airport which made getting through security much easier. I’m not really eager to take her on a super long flight anytime soon, but I think it was a great experience for us. She’s been talking about planes and trains first thing every morning. Super Cute.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

xx – H

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