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May 9, 2020

Meet Me at Joe's?


Just the other day, Tim and I joked about how nice it would be to walk to Joe's Inn for breakfast — and it was in that moment I realized just how quickly our "normal" can change.

February 18, 2020

On Giving Grace in 2020


Midway into a bottle of wine on New Year's Eve, Tim and I began thinking back on all the cornerstones we could remember over the last decade — I'd moved back down to Virginia, Brandon had graduated high school (wait, did Stephanie too? Yes, wow and now she's married!), we'd brought Basil home, traveled to Hungary, moved into our current home and so on and so forth well into the night. We'd agreed to go dry for January again this year, so nearing the end of that bottle and indulging just beyond our norm, we got sentimental. We've been together a decade, but longer really. So much has happened over the course of our years together, yet some things stay the same, continuing to strengthen and grow. Love and relationships are funny like that. 

December 2, 2019

17Apart Holiday Gift Guide: 17 Gifts (Naughty or Nice!)

Each year we always ask our big kids to make and send a gift wish list before Thanksgiving so we can take advantage of the big sale weekend. It's one way we know we can get them something they really want and a few surprises while keeping on budget. This year, we've compiled a list of our favorite ideas to share. From those you know best to those that stump you every year, to unexpected hostess gifts and budget-friendly stocking stuffers — here's what we're loving (and buying!) this year.

And! Today many of these ideas are on super sale so you can stock up while staying on or below budget too.


November 19, 2019

9 Modern Fireplace Screens + The One We're Cozying Up to at the River House


For me, a real fire crackling into the night during the cold season is one of the coziest ways to spend an evening in. We knew we wanted to be able to enjoy burning fires as the weather turned at the river house and recently had the chimney updated to code so we could do exactly that. I even painted the hearth and firebox black to give the fireplace a modern update.

October 18, 2019

How To: We painted our fireplace at the river black!


The first time we stepped inside our river house — it was the initial viewing — I immediately knew I wanted to paint the fireplace hearth black, even before we decided to put an offer on the home.

September 16, 2019

Recipe: Homemade Mignonette Sauce for Oysters on the Half Shell


Over the weekend we welcomed in the first autumn-like Friday by picking up a box of our favorite oysters and lighting up the outdoor brick fireplace at the river house for a small roast. Tim prepared an array of toppings that we spread out on the picnic table and we indulged in oysters on the half shell, roasted oysters, Oysters Rockefeller and my personal favorite — fresh oysters with a homemade mignonette sauce. The sauce is quick to make with just 6 ingredients and fool-proof for serving with chilled oysters — recipe below!

September 7, 2019

Our Baby Library, a Modern Rug to Ease My Joints + The Newborn Arrival Gift Idea I'm Adopting


Today's post is in partnership with Rugs USA.

My stepdaughter, a special education teacher specializing in reading & writing, recently told us that reading to a baby is one of the best gifts you can give a child. She'd made the remark after hearing we'd read to Etta every night while I was pregnant. We'd done it because we'd heard that babies can hear your voice in utero and may even recognize a familiar book once born. We liked the idea of her knowing our voices and having a book we could read early on that may feel familiar. Turns out, there are a whole host of other benefits to reading in infancy as well!
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