off topic – step inside

i’m starting off with a disclaimer…ignore the crap photography you’re about to witness. after five years, i still haven’t found the proper setting to shoot our interior in. receiving little to no natural light, i’m stumped and have given up on that one. and with a sick baby clinging to our every move this past weekend, this mama had to do what i had to do. fifteen minutes with my iphone to the rescue (wink). so anyway, this week we’re stepping inside. as i mentioned, we bought this home five years ago. our first investment as newlyweds. and what an investment its been! although it’s quaint and compact, we’ve resurfaced every square foot making this space our home with our own blood, sweat + tears. and while i whine about the lack of sunlight, i must confess this place is down right cozy on the coldest of winter days. here are just a few of my most favorite corners…


the living room: as our only living space, this is where we spend most of our time as three. and since the arrival of logan, this space has become pretty wide open and tactile. perfect for spilled toys and wrestle matches.

kitchen 2

the kitchen: this is where it all goes down. that is, paulie feeds us and i clean up. all while a certain small human barks orders from her thrown centered right there in the middle of it all.


the dining area: backed up to the kitchen peninsula creating one large space, this is where a crowd forms. always. we’ve packed more people around this table and on the window seat than i ever imagined possible. definitely the heart of our home.


the upstairs landing: the top of our center stair makes for the perfect gallery space and this particular photo just happens to be my jam.


the office: this little dormed corner belongs only to me. it’s where i try to stay organized + creative way past my bedtime. and most currently shoo little hands away from those dangerously filled craft drawers.


logan’s nursery: layered + cluttered with color, pattern and toddler chaos, this spot is hands down my most favorite and sentimental. paulie better have a box of tissues on hand when we start rearranging come the new year.

off topic – style sense


on kim: anthropologie scoopneck + urban outfitters button down + esley jacket + zara skinnies + asics
on logan: old navy terry dress + zara jacket (similar) + target leggings + converse chuck taylors

‘style sense’…ha! there’s a reason i don’t discuss style and stick to babes. as you can tell, i’m a bare bones kind of girl. i like to think of it as ‘less is more’ (wink). on a good day i can be up and out the door in fifteen minutes. case in point, this very morning! i’m my own worst enemy if left with any time to spare, standing in front of the closet distraught over white, gray or black. so it’s a good thing a toddler keeps me on my toes, rising ready to roll. these days my decisions are quite simple and comfort takes the win. most weekends you can catch me in something as basic as what you see. with a quick wave of the wand, lots of layers, stretch skinnies and sneaks, I’m ready to take on a weekend of exploring…dirt. if only I could get away with striped leggings and leopard print kicks.

off topic – 20 things


  1. i’m honest and tell it like it is.
  2. i avoid talking on the phone at all costs. it’s a sick phobia. i’ll text you an entire novel if i have to.
  3. i’m loyal to the jetta. i’m on my third since turning sixteen.
  4. i was cross-eyed as a small kid. they took my eyes out, did some dr stuff, and put them back.
  5. i’m a meat and potatoes kind of girl. i could live off of fries alone.
  6. i long to live in the middle of a busy, crowded city. and it’s so not happening anytime soon.
  7. i design interiors for a living yet can’t commit to a single decision when it comes to my own home.
  8. i’m a steel trap and only open up to those i’m close with.
  9. i love style, yet always stick to jeans and a t-shirt.
  10. london stole my heart ten years ago. i’d move back tomorrow if the opportunity arose.
  11. i’m always working on something and have a hard time sitting down to relax.
  12. i’ll write something a thousand times until i like the looks of my handwriting.
  13. i met paulie in the eleventh grade and married him 9 years later.
  14. i’m a perfectionist and work best under pressure.
  15. my nails are always painted. by me.
  16. i obsess over documenting everything. i’m embarrassed by how many different journals i keep.
  17. christmas music makes me happy.
  18. i can’t sleep with a sheet.
  19. they call me baby grace, after my grammy.
  20. i love buying, wrapping and giving gifts. although i’d prefer you open them when i’m not looking.