When does something become an obsession & sweater season

When does something become an obsession & sweater season

Hi to you. It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I was contemplating what to say, and found myself vacillating in two directions. Instead of choosing one, I’ll share them both… Would love your thoughts too, if this topic resonates…. Okay so first, I’m officially in the second half of a century! Is it just me, or is there something about turning the-big-five-oh that plays with your head? Birthdays, especially “big” ones (btw – why do people call it that? aren’t they all “big”? you made it another effing year! with all the things going on in the world, the layers of complexity that form as kids grow, careers develop, financial situations fluctuate – isn’t every birthday “big”? not just the ones that are divisible by five?)  I digress… The thing is about birthdays – for me anyway – they are markers of time and opportunities to look at what footprint we are leaving in the sand. Often, we (me) can be hard on ourselves because we’re measuring against an ideal, or self-set expectations. While I don’t think it’s possible or necessarily a good thing to not be reflective, my newly aged wiser self 🙂 has come to the conclusion that we (me) need to tread lightly and be gentle here…We are works in progress, ever evolving. Each new day really is a birthday and an opportunity to celebrate, change course, take a chance, play it safe, start something, finish something, love more. This was the first birthday I spent without my kids and I’m also officially single, so this year had the potential to be a tough one. Instead, it turned out to be the best birthday I’ve had in a long, long time.

So, my second thought about birthdays and turning 50, has to do with age labels, barriers and stereotyping. When I was in my 20’s and 30’s I thought of 50+ as elderly. The beginning of the slow fade. Now that I have arrived there myself and feel better and am in better shape than I was in my 30’s, I realize that this is simply a mindset – and one that needs to be shattered! Women are not only not fading, but thriving in new careers, hobbies, passions and at the same time looking and feeling absolutely fantastic. So, I’ve made a paradigm shift this year and am embracing my age and the next chapter. You with me?  #FiftyIsTheNewThirty. 

xo

S

My latest purchases from here…Trying out the pattern mixing trend.

It’s sweater season – yay! The weather has changed – that wonderful transition from hot and languid to cool and crisp. While it doesn’t get really cold here in Northern California, it gets cold enough to bundle up. I like layering especially on those days where the temps can range 20+ degrees throughout the day. This season, it seems that there are tons of great sweater styles to choose from, and new ideas to pair them with – from chunky with skinny jeans to boxy with pencil skirts, to adornments like ruffles and flared sleeves – there is some fashion fun to be had in the sweater department this year. Sweaters can be an investment, so I like to buy things that I can wear for many years to come. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Chunky open front.Chunky open front sweaterchunky open front sweatercurrently obsessed with this
  2. Knee length duster:
    Knee length cardigan sweaterKnee length cardigan sweater

currently obsessed with this.

3. Loose turtleneck.

Loose turtleneck sweater

Loose turtleneck sweater

currently obsessed with this.

4. Boxy crew neck. Boxy crewneck sweater

Boxy crewneck sweater

currently obsessed with this.

Lots more sweater inspo can be found on my Pinterest page here.

 

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My House Remodel Part Two: Trim Detail, Exterior & Paint Color

My House Remodel Part Two: Trim Detail, Exterior & Paint Color

Window Trim Detail 

I get questions about this topic more than any other, with the exception of the exterior material specifications. If there is any doubt in the expression “The devil is in the details” this window trim proves it. I had so many mock-ups made until the proportions felt right. It can seem like an insignificant detail not worth spending a ton of time on – a half inch here, there, but trust me, small details that are in multiple places pack a wallop of a punch in rounding things out. When we were under construction (5 years ago) there was little information to go on with regard to window trim for a modern yet traditional home. If you are starting from scratch or adding trim to windows that don’t have any, I hope this helps!

The horizontal piece at the top is 4.5″ W x 1.25″ D.

The vertical part on each side that goes to the sill is 3.5″ W x .75″ D.

The horizontal piece extends beyond the vertical piece by .5″ on each side.

FarmHouseUrban window trim

FarmHouseUrban window trim

FarmHouseUrban window trim

FarmHouseUrban window trim

FarmHouseUrban window trim

Kitchen Cabinets & Island

The cabinets are hand painted (vs sprayed) in Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. This is one of the best neutral all-around slam dunk colors in that has a creamy beigeness to it with a touch of gray. Perfect modern farmhouse color for walls, trim, cabinetry and exterior. The island is painted in Benjamin Moore Silhouette.

FarmHouseUrban kitchen cabinets

The countertop material is honed Calcutta Gold marble. The reveal on the perimeter counter is 1.5″

FarmHouseUrban kitchen cabinets

FarmHouseUrban kitchen cabinets

FarmHouseUrban kitchen cabinets

The countertop on the island has a 3″ reveal.

FarmHouseUrban kitchen cabinets

FarmHouseUrban kitchen cabinets

Exterior

As I’ve mentioned before here, this took for-EVER to get right. At first, there was a ‘fuzzy’ look to the boards and the batten (narrow vertical pieces) had really sharp corners that I wasn’t crazy about. I believe the material used was some sort of composite, but I don’t know the exact name. Here are the dimensions: Exterior paint color is Benjamin Moore White Dove.

Battens are 2.5″ W and the space between them (boards) is 9.25″. The battens extend outward by .75″

FarmHouseUrban exterior material - board & batten

FarmHouseUrban exterior material - board & batten

If I’ve left anything out, or you have more specific questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments! for more info and details on the renovation, click here. Also, I will do detailed posts on each area of the house in the weeks to come, but wanted to create one post for the most asked about details.

xo

s

 

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