- YES. A new print magazine will soon be out: Anthology! I’ve already subscribed (and you should do so too), but here’s the scoop, a preview, and an interview with the creators (Meg Mateo Ilasco and Anh-Minh Le) in case you need a little convincing.
- The new e-magazine Rue debuted this week, and it’s full of design yumminess (like a peek into Victoria’s home, which I assure you is somehow even more spectacular in person).
- Wanting to wear this chic cashmere sweater. (via A Cup of Jo)
- Looks like I’m not alone in loving Gurgle pots. I have one in mustard that I sometimes use as a vase.
- This teacher’s lounge makeover is so cheery! (via morning’s light)
- Have you been following along with Lisa Congdon’s A Collection a Day project? I’d like to think that she keeps these in a baby food jar.
- I don’t like the visual clutter of inspiration boards in my own house (I tried it and it’s not for me), but I love seeing other people’s boards. They just draw me in.
- Are you curious about this year’s Mighty Summit? Maggie has posted her recap. It was good, my friends. So very good.
- I’m not a big fan of the color blue, but I still liked this budget bathroom redo.
- Hello, adorable patterned pencils! Cute packaging too. (via Black.White.Yellow.)
- I want to make these digital award ribbons. They’re so fun (and so is the dress that inspired them)! (via Creature Comforts)
- Ooh, looks like Orla Kiely is coming out with a coffee table book: Pattern. (via decor8)
- This looks like a really fun way to dress.
- Design*sponge just put out a list of their top ten paint resources (which goes perfectly with my DIY Painting Tips, Tricks, and Step-by-Step Guide).
Thank you to the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest for the three page article in this week’s Home section. You can read the full article here: “Making it Lovely in Oak Park.”
Yesterday, I celebrated my thirtieth birthday. I’m truly looking forward to this next decade, and I think my thirties will be the best years yet! So now that my birthday has come and gone, it’s time to see how I did with my 30 Before Thirty list. I had given myself six and a half months to do everything.
I finished all of these…
- 1. Visit the Modern Wing of The Art Institute of Chicago. (Done!)
- 2. Dye my hair red. (Done!)
- 5. Stop drinking soda. (Done!)
- 6. Lose 20 pounds. (Not drinking soda should help.) (Done!)
- 8. Sew a dress for Eleanor. (Done!)
- 10. Donate some of our books to the library. (Done!)
- 11. Cook Pad Thai from scratch. (Done!)
- 12. Organize the catch-all closet in my office. (Done!)
- 13. Get good at applying liquid eyeliner. (Done!)
- 14. Print the bajillion photos I have stored on my computer and put them in albums. (Done!)
- 15. Alphabetize our CDs and finish putting them into sleeves. (Done!)
- 16. Landscape the front of the house. (Done!)
- 17. Make an origami paper crane. (Done!)
- 18. Visit the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe. (Done!)
- 19. Learn how to use my camera in manual mode. (Done!)
- 20. Find my perfect shade of lipstick. (Done!)
- 21. Decide for good whether I want a tattoo or not. (Done!)
- 22. Pay off my credit card. (Done!)
- 23. Make a video montage of Eleanor’s first year. (Done!)
- 24. Have a date night with Brandon at least twice a month. (Done!)
- 25. Grow tomatoes. (Done!)
- 26. Have an adorable family photo taken. (Done!)
- 27. Sing along perfectly to “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”. (Done!)
- 28. Take Eleanor to the Shedd Aquarium. (Done!)
- 29. Reduce (or eliminate) my reliance on paper towels. (Done!)
I didn’t finish these…
- 3. Finish redesigning my Smart & Lovely portfolio. (It’s in progress.)
- 4. Launch my design service. (I need to finish the portfolio first.)
- 7. Repaint my office. (I’m going to wait and see how the white trim looks first.)
* 08.16.11: Done!)
- 9. Clean out the basement. (It’s getting scary down there, but we’ll get it done.)
* 11.02.10: Done!
- 30. Paint all of the trim in our house. (I made progress, but the dining room took forever.)
But here are a few things that I did finish in addition to the items on my list…
- Painted and redecorated our bedroom. (Check it out!)
- Traveled to San Francisco for the Mighty Summit. (So inspiring.)
- Took a trip to Backbone State Park in Iowa for the Balch family reunion. (Very nice, but a long drive.)
- And oh yeah, I began growing another human life. (That’s kind of a big one, and a big part in why I didn’t completely finish my list in time.)
Along the way, many of you made 30 Before Thirty lists of your own (and many variations thereof, including a 30 Before Seventy list by a 67 year old woman). That just makes me incredibly happy. After a weekend spent concentrating on achieving dreams and goals, it seems fitting to wrap things up today. Next, I’m going to have to get going on my life list!