July 27, 2016

Don't Call It A Comeback

oh LL i'll always love you. though fairly sure he wasn't talking about rattan furniture like i am. i'm seeing such great rattan options lately that don't scream 1970! my advice is to pair rattan with clean, sleek pieces and light, airy palettes to ensure things don't get too groovy. it works great in a coastal setting too.

my current favorite example has to be the hanging chair fad. they're not right for everyone but i love the cool casual vibe they give off.

via mydomaine

etsy has some great vintage options (and some really bad stuff too!). these would be great with a coat of white paint and a fun cushion at a girl's desk.

a couple of side tables from urban outfitters (top // bottom)

a chair and ottoman a la franco albini from anthropologie.

both serena & lily and anthropologie carry this day bed.

via serena & lily

and a more affordable option from urban outfitters.

the bed version is awesome too (available at anthrpologie).

amber interiors KILLED it with this room. i mean really.

so what do you think? are you down with the rattan?

July 25, 2016

Office Inspiration

today i'm officially into my late 30s. it freaks me out, not gonna lie. i feel about 25 in my mind though so i'll just keep pretending i'm not old! this year for my birthday i got a...DESK CHAIR!!! so exciting. ;) but seriously i had been eyeing it for a while and a friend of mine has it and once i saw it i couldn't get it out of my mind. maybe most importantly mr. r liked it and when that happens we better jump on it fast. thanks mom and dad for the cash money so i could spend it on the desk chair of my dreams.

and while i'm at it, i thought i'd add it to a little design board i've been working on. this design will probably change 500 more times before any of this really comes to fruition (and who knows when that will be) but see how the chair fits right in?! baby steps!

July 18, 2016

Maps As Art

just first wanted to say a big thank you for the response to my post on friday. thank you to everyone who reached out with a comment or text and if it helped even one person who is currently struggling with fertility, i'd be happy.

this summer is flying by! busy week last week and busy week ahead. my parents are here for a long weekend and thanks to them i had the most luxurious day on friday - i slept in until 9 AND took a long shower. ha my definition of luxury has definitely changed over the years! ;) i discovered the work of dawn wolfe through a one kings lane art sale and immediately fell for her meticulous map art. how cute would these look in a powder room or laundry or kids room?




not a map but how adorable is that script?

as my mom said, it makes you want to have another home, preferably at the beach, to put these in - if only it was that easy!!

July 15, 2016

How I Got Here

another day and another attack and more sadness. my heart goes to the people of Nice. it's unimaginable. i've had the below post written for a while now and had it set to go for today but wanted to acknowledge what happened last night first.
ok, mr. r will think i'm nuts but i'm about to get personal - more personal than i ever thought i would - and tell the story of how and why this blog came to be. until now there's probably still only a handful of people who know the real story but it feels good, cathartic really, to be able to tell it nearly six years since my very first post. so here goes. (warning - this is a long one!!)

back in 2010 we were in the midst of an awful struggle with fertility. we started trying to have a baby in the summer of 2008 but miscarriage after miscarriage meant still no baby two years later. i was in a dark place and frankly very depressed. i was also deeply private about my struggle as many people are. outside of my immediate family, there were about 5 friends who knew. infertility is extremely isolating. it's debilitating. and it isn't something i would wish on anyone. my therapist compared it to cancer and while it's on a completely different level than cancer, some of the effects are similar.

for those who have gone through a similar struggle, this may sound familiar. i started the bad habit of rounding up all of the terrible things i had done in my life - mean things i had said or even just thought, the times i had cheated or lied, and on and on - to try to justify why this was happening to me, an overall healthy, young woman. i shut out everything and everyone remotely related to pregnancy or babies. the sight of a stroller would send me reeling and i stayed completely away from facebook. during the day i would manage to eek by, burying my head in my work at my office job. i strangely had some of my best job performance during that time because i was so desperate, and thankful, for the distraction. but when there was nothing to distract me, the bad thoughts would consume me. night time was particularly tough and i was scared to be alone with those thoughts.

so i started a blog. i had recently begun reading other blogs and it was cool - blogs were a newer thing and the pressure was off. i didn't have to tell anyone about it if i didn't want to and it felt almost anonymous. plus i was writing about frivolous stuff like shoes and sofas so really who cared! when i explained it to friends and family i was able to write it off as a new passion but that wasn't really the truth. the funny part though is that it became the truth.

we had more struggles but i continued to use the blog as an escape. and in doing so i learned so much! like what i even wanted to write about on a daily basis. my first post was about a pair of high heels because after all i had named my blog "view from my heels" (back in 2010 when naming your blog was the "in" thing to do!). a whole new world of interior design opened up to me and the more i poked around, the more interested i became. i started trying out little projects at home and posting about the progress. friends started asking me for advice on things here and there. it was far from taking off but i felt like there was a purpose. and then in the summer of 2011 there was that wonderful day when i posted that we were expecting twins. and no, twins don't run in my family if you catch my drift. ;)

i eventually went on bedrest and kept posting to keep sane! and then the nursery became a great opportunity to start a project completely from scratch and was the first time that i had professional photos taken of a space. after the boys were born i almost stopped blogging all together but one day a friend said that she missed my posts (which was fairly shocking to me!) and it gave me a renewed interest. over the years i've posted more and i've posted less but it's always a place to come to collect my thoughts or even still just escape!

so in a very weird, twisted way i'm grateful for that time when i needed to escape because without it i'm not sure i would have fully realized my passion; a passion that has now turned into a fun little business for me that i truly love. so there's my story! and if you've made it this far - thank you! xo

July 12, 2016

Cailtin Wilson's New Home

i'm sure you don't need me to tell you about the talent that is caitlin wilson. her fabrics and pillows can be spotted in many an instagram post. and more recently her fabulous rug designs and wallpaper too. recently she wrote a series of pieces for domino (see here and here) about the new home she designed for her own family in portland, oregon. and in the article, as well as on her instagram account, we get to see some snippets of the house which is just so good!

built ins in a children's room. love all the details.

the master bath.

how cute is this kids bath? and that built in step stool?!

the staircase railing and those floors!!

another great railing above the portico.

and the mudroom. ohhh the mudroom.

and this is a music room that i would gladly sit in all day, music or not!

i'll be keeping my eye out for even more peeks!
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