Life is overwhelming in all the normal, and mostly expected ways and I don’t expect it to slow down. If you follow me on Instagram then you already know we’re expecting a third addition to the family, (a boy!!!!) in late April. And for now, I’m allowing myself and my family a little room to breathe. It’s glorious.
I also want desperately to come back. And I will come back. It could be next week, next month, or next year. I’ll know it when the time feels right for us.
Also, I love you guys and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along with us in this crazy adventure of ours. I can not wait to share what’s next
There’s been a whole lot of talk lately about which pieces in our home I’m no longer loving, but I’ve yet to say much about the new direction we’re hoping to head in. For starters, I have no intentions of nailing down our style into one particular category. I’m still exploring just what it is that I’m drawn to, so to assign myself anything super specific, even just as a guideline, seems counterproductive. Plus, I’m pretty sure that I’m all across the board anyway.
A few of you have been asking what exactly triggered this shift in styles, or realization rather. It may just all be part of my style evolving, but I think a few other things played a part. Taking a slight step back from blogging, as well as putting mood board designs on hold, has been a tremendous help in rediscovering my style.
As a blogger, it’s really easy to get swept up in all the inspiration oozing from the interwebs. Not only do I look to other bloggers for inspiration, but I’ve developed relationships with many and have grown to genuinely care about what they’re working on. In other words, it’s hard to step away. And sometimes, discovering “you” means cutting yourself off from all else.
Mood boards came with any entirely new level of baggage. I found myself surrounded with the styles of my clients on a day to day basis. And of course, since I’m creating these designs, it’s natural for me to love them as well. And so the struggle began to separate what I loved for others and what I actually love for me. That’s a hard one to explain, but I’d think anyone in the creative field could probably relate to some degree.
Now that we have a little background info, the rest of this post is pretty much just going to be a smorgasbord of all the rooms that inspire me. Of course, there are probably thousands of spaces that I find inspiring in one way or another, but these designs, these designs are it for me.
We’ll start with my NUMBER ONE design crush, a very recent makeover. Bri Emery’s living space, designed by Emily Henderson.
It’s really no surprise. I’ve been in awe of Emily’s work for quite some time, but there was still always something a bit out of my comfort zone in each of her designs. But this room. Ohhh this room. No space has influenced me like this. In no room have I ever loved every single piece, every single accessory, everything down to the tiniest of details as I do this one. I could honestly live in this room. Which says A LOT from a gal as particular as I am.
WHAT’S TO LOVE:
Bright and airy, daring color choices, mid century modern furniture, quirky vintage accessories, texture galore, live greenery, and.. well, everything else.
Emily shared this design around the time that I was searching for my own style sense, so you could definitely say that finding something I loved so much probablyhelped in pushing me to reevaluate my own choices.
Once I began to realize just how much my style was changing, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and sort of “study” a few of my Pinterest boards. Turns out, I really haven’t changed a whole lot, I was just evaluating myself in the wrong way. Basically, I knew what I loved, but I didn’t know specifically why. Hopefully that makes sense.
You’ll notice plenty of similarities in these next spaces, which is ironic, since many of them date back at least two years. If only I could have seen this Live and learn.
I feel like I should apologize for the lack of posts this week, but really, I’m not sorry. Let me explain.
Like I’m sure most others do, we’ve been struggling for quite some time to find that perfect balance between work and family life. I love this blog like it’s my baby, but I also love my real babies. And quite a bit more. I know when I look back on this time in 20 years I won’t be kicking myself for not getting enough blog posts out each week, or not getting that particular project completed fast enough. So, for the sake of our precious time together as a family, I’m taking a little step back.
I’ve been working things out in my head for a few months now and I’ve come up with a new structure for the blog. A structure that should allow us a little breathing room. Of course, this probably is not what’s best for Cape 27, but what’s Cape 27 without a happy family behind it? Here’s what you can expect.
• Quality, not quantity. Basically, less, but better, posts. Instead of shooting for 4-5 posts per week, I’m thinking 2, maybe 3 on a good week. Series like “That’s Pinteresting” and sharing mood boards may go out the window, which frees up more time for me to do awesome projects and put together some great content for you guys. And, naturally, more snuggling time with my girls.
• A casual posting schedule. Some may have noticed, others not, but in the past, posts went live at preset times on specific days of the week. It was a major stress factor. I started this blog as a creative outlet, and I’d love to get back to those roots. I will no longer pressure myself to write when I’m just not feeling it, or when our family life isn’t allowing it. I’m over it. Posts may still come at 9am on Monday, but the next may be Thursday at 1am. Who knows. I’m letting life take the wheel on this one.
• A third change, that isn’t blog related, but more about our design services. The mood boards. I mentioned going on a break until July/August, tweaking a few things, and then opening up shop again in the fall. Well, I’ll go ahead and put this out there. They may not come back. We’ll have to see if our lives allow room, but for now, they’re on hold, indefinitely.
When it comes down to it, this is really just me choosing my family over all other things. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in working when it’s something you love so much. I hope you guys will be understanding and stick around while I try to work a few of these issues out. Heck, many of you may not even notice a difference Love, love.
“This area will be a media area, bar and kids area. So it will be a mix of adult and kids areas. We are big OSU buckeye fans and have a lot of buckeyes artwork that will be incorporated in the area somehow. HOWEVER, I really don’t want it to feel like a stereotypical OSU basement. I am thinking a ‘greige’ color for the paint color on the walls and would love a specific color and brand for this. This area will suffice my husband’s need for a man cave, be a place for the kids to play and keep all of their toys and it will be an area for us to spend time as a family.
I would like the area to feel bright and inviting especially since there won’t be a lot of natural sunlight. Patterns I like: stripe, honeycomb, ikat. I love west elm and ikea and I really like your style and have a few of the same items you have. Colors I like: navy, gray, tan, green (sage, lime), yellow. I enjoy DIY projects but not those that involve building things. :) I can sew and can handle amateur DIY projects.
We have a dark brown leather sectional couch. I am open to either using this couch in the basement or getting a new one for the basement. I know interior decorators don’t love leather couches but it works well for us when the kids make a mess on them… We also need recommendations for bar stools and pendant lights for over bar counter.”
And here’s what I came up with!
Note: As some of you may have noticed, I did not include links to the products within the mood board. Unfortunately, I’ve made the choice, based on several reasons, to no longer provide them here on the blog. As much as I’d love to, providing links a second time is extremely time consuming. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean you won’t have access to sources! I create Pinterest boards specific to each and every mood board that I create. You can simply hop on over and scroll to find any product you may be interested in! Here’s the direct link to Megan’s Basement!
Update: We’re taking a quick leave from mood boards and will NOT be accepting new clients for the time being. I’m currently booked through August, so we plan to reopen shop (or at least give an update) around that time. Thanks for your patience!
Spring time is finally rolling in and the girls and I are way overdue for some serious outdoor bonding time. So, we’re officially unplugging from the internet this coming week. Having a little stay-cation, if you will.
We’ll be back next week with some really fun posts for you guys! Until then, enjoy this sunshine!