If you showed up here yesterday wondering where I was, I’m sorry… the answer is still in bed with bronchitis. This morning, Emmett and I were supposed catch a flight to Hilton Head for a tour of the 2020 HGTV Dream Home. We have been looking forward to this week for quite some time, but illness squashed our plans. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our trip because we are still bedridden (this is our current view- pictured above), so I’m currently writing this post from bed on my laptop. I wanted to check in, say hello, and try to find a bit of normality, despite feeling terrible. Click through for my latest Noteworthy post… I’m sharing details about our Frame TV (per your request), things I’m looking forward to once we’re well, when you can expect the formal living room reveal, and more!
First of all, I want to take a moment for a little reality check. To say I’m bummed about being sick and missing exciting opportunities is an understatement. I kind of went rogue not only because I feel terrible physically, but it has been a challenging week mentally. Despite that, I am proud of myself… I’m proud that I listened to my body, cancelled an important work trip I’d been planning for months (that was TOUGH), I took the time off I needed, and I didn’t pressure myself to write a post for Monday when I felt too weak to get out of bed. That might sound crazy, but all of those aforementioned things are unlike me. Normally, I’d try to push through and end up worse, physically and mentally. This year, I vowed to practice better health and balance, so maybe this was my body giving me some tough love and challenging me from the very beginning of the year (although unfortunate timing, I must say).
All of that to say, it sounds like many of you are also feeling under the weather or are just beginning to feel back to 100- or maybe you missed out on fun Christmas or NYE festivities… I just wanted to say, I’m sorry. I know it’s disappointing to look forward to parties, holiday events, and have big plans and ambitions for starting the new year on the right foot, only to realize your body has other things in store. I feel you! I’m trying to remind myself that there will be more opportunities, there are good things around the corner, more fun to be had, and this is only temporary. Positive thoughts! Although I’m not great at sitting idle- rather than feeling behind, I’m trying to remember we’re all running our own race at our own pace. I’m not sure if any of you needed to hear that, but hey… might as well start the post with truth. It’s going to be a good year, my friends!
Aside from all of that, I shared a little Instagram story update yesterday, after many of you messaged asking if I had dropped off the face of the earth. After letting you know I was alive, I asked for TV & movie recommendations since we’re stuck in bed resting. More than the recommendations, I received a BUNCH of questions about our new Frame TV. Nothing gets past you guys! I promised I’d share details, so here you go. We landed on the 49″ TV because I thought the 65″ was just too big for our master bedroom. I didn’t like any of the standard Samsung frame options, so I ended up buying the bezel (that’s what they call the frame for the TV), from a third party website. I wanted something that looked more traditional and better fit our aesthetic. I bought this antique gold frame and it took about two minutes to instal (super easy)! I also think it makes the TV look more like “art” and feels more convincing than the thin, modern frames Samsung offers.
Next matter of business…. the formal living room! My plan was to finishing styling and photograph it over the weekend, but you guys obviously know how that turned out (insert bronchitis). I’m think I’m still on track to share the big reveal this Thursday, if my body cooperates- so mark your calendars. It’s basically finished, I just need to style the shelves, and pull out my camera.
We’ve now turned our attention to the basement bathroom. As you know, demo is done. Emmett was planning to dive in over the weekend, but again… the plague hit our house. As soon as he’s feeling well, he says it’s game on.
Can we take a quick minute to talk about this trend that really isn’t a trend? The title of this article is, This “Dated” Kitchen Trend is Back (and We’re Into It), but I beg to differ. Checkerboard flooring has been around since forever (literally). It goes wayyyyyy back to the 15th century in Europe and because of that- it never really felt dated to me. Sure, it became more trendy in America in the 50’s and kind of had a weird diner vibe there for a minute, but when installed with the right material (natural stone as opposed to vinyl tile), this look is about as timeless and classic as it gets. If it’s good enough for the great artists during the Renaissance, it’s definitely good enough for me! What do you think?
In terms of my recent purchases, I haven’t really bought much. I spent more than I should have during the holidays, so I’m back in mega saving mode. I will share what I got Emmett for Christmas though…
- ski goggles
- a GoPro camera with this waterproof case (because we’re getting scuba certified- YAY!)
- a foot massager (his favorite gift, haha!)
- a battery powered leaf blower (no idea why he wanted ANOTHER one… he claims it is for “garage use only”)
I kind of went all out this year on his gifts. He worked so hard for us last year, I just wanted to go big and surprise him. It was really fun watching him open his gifts! Anyway… Merry Christmas Emmett. Ha!
One last article to link… you guys know I have a soft spot for set design. This was a fun read!
Lastly, I want to wrap up with a question for YOU. Want do you want to see from us in the coming year? Now is as good as time as any (since I’m literally stuck in bed) to brainstorm what kind of projects to share this year. Let me know in the comment section, please! I hope you all have a wonderful week and will check back here for the living room reveal later this week. Tomorrow I have a big patterned tile post lined up, sharing my options for our basement bath.