December 30, 2014

'Tis The Season! Our 2014 Holiday Recap

Oh hi there! Basil was hoping to lead the tour, kicking off our 2014 holiday recap, if you care to see...

December 29, 2014

On Stockings & Belonging

Perhaps the most heartwarming and sentimental part of this holiday season for me was the addition of this Christmas stocking hanging along the fireplace mantle:

While the name of our blog signifies our age difference, it's not a topic that we frequently dive deeply into and today I wanted to share one of the more special aspects from the holiday and the nuances of our own blended family.

December 27, 2014

Fancy That!

Original image by Tori Watson

Whew! We made it through the holidays and are starting to wind down from all the food, friends and family from the past week. While it's always a time for excess and cheer, we cherish these moments with everyone in town and are ready to begin planning for and ringing in the new year ahead. Today we're back again, sharing all the smaller things we're into (or fancying, hence the series name) that might not fit into a single post for one reason or another. Sometimes there might be a long list of randomness, other times it might be a single gem — whatever the case, here's what we're into right now.

December 26, 2014

The Perfect Holiday Brunch with Relay Foods

Image by John Robinson

If you are still celebrating the holidays and getting ready for a crowd at brunch, I recently put together a brunch menu with Relay Foods that we have been looking forward to sharing here on the blog!

December 25, 2014

Happy Christmas!

Basil is donning his Christmas finest for you this happy day: "Wait, what do you mean my sweater looks tacky?"

We wanted to pop in today to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season — we hope it's a time for celebrating with friends and family, and perhaps a time to rest and reflect. We're looking forward to sharing more pics from this year's decorating — including the full story behind our makeshift Charlie Brown Christmas tree you see peering out from the background of today's pic.

Christmas Wishes & Pictures:

December 21, 2014

Over on eHow: Storage Trunk Bench & Coffee Table

Our latest project could basically be considered a small-space wonder. If you've been following along with our progress on updating the 1976 airstream that our friends, Josiah and Jocelyn, recently purchased, you'll know it's a small space that could benefit from creative, multi-purpose storage solutions.

December 18, 2014

Small Joys

It's the small joys in life, like trying on your aunt's giant boots, that brings a busy time like the holiday season into perspective. A couple weekends back, we got the chance to see our niece and nephew at my mother's home down on the James River. Whenever we visit, the Hunter boots come along for the ride and usually camp next to the door while we're inside. The kids are at such a fun age right now — the kind where trying on a pair of "thigh high" boots, then trying to walk is all the entertainment they need...

December 13, 2014

Over on eHow: DIY Reclaimed Wood Bath Caddy

Remember that weekend trip we made to Restore in search of a reclaimed board? Well, this rustic-modern bath caddy was the end result of our hunt — and the full tutorial for how we made it can be found in our latest project post over on eHow.

December 10, 2014

Farmstream Updates: Painting & Backsplash

A few weeks ago we made it back out to Lockhart Family Farm to continue working on updating the 1976 airstream that our friends, Josiah and Jocelyn, recently purchased to house on the farm. It's set up as a camping-style AirBnB rental where guests can come stay on the farm through their travels.

December 9, 2014

Dearest Mine Initial Art Locket Necklace Giveaway

Today we're excited to be hosting a giveaway for one of these personalized initial art locket necklaces, from the Dearest Mine jewelry collection:

Aren't they just beautiful? These initial lockets are part of the larger jewelry collection by Lori Patton, self-proclaimed Locketeer, and are all lovingly made by hand in her California studio. Lori recently collaborated with chalkboard artist extraordinaire, Valerie McKeehan, of Lily & Val to introduce this collection of special, personalized chalkboard-style locket necklaces.

December 8, 2014

Weekend Basics

Hi there! We're checking in this morning from Brooklyn, where we'll be spending the majority of this week. From the looks of our various news-feeds, it seems as if everyone spent the weekend selecting and decorating Christmas trees. If we didn't have travel plans, our weekend may have looked very similar, alas it was still filled with a good mix of treasure hunting, good eats and travel.

First up, treasure hunting! Saturday morning we went on a mission to find the perfect piece of reclaimed wood to use in an upcoming project post we're working on (spoiler — you'll get to see the final result this week!). We decided to stop into our local Habitat ReStore to see what they had on hand and luckily found what we needed pretty quickly.

December 5, 2014

Over on eHow: Tomato Cage Christmas Tree Lights

It's beginning to look more and more like Christmas around here! With the help of a couple planters, string lights, floral ivy and festive ribbon, we created this simple yet welcoming pair of seasonal topiaries to help brighten up our front stoop. The full tutorial can be found newly published in our ongoing project series with eHow.

December 2, 2014

Pup In The City Natural Dog Treats Giveaway

Today we're excited to be hosting a giveaway for Pup In The City all-natural dog treats:

Pup in the City is an all-natural dog treat company specializing in American-made jerky, sweet potato chips and mongrelbread cookies that are all homemade, free from fillers, flavorings or preservatives and safe for both pet and human consumption. You gotta like that!

December 1, 2014

Local Cheer: Our 2014 RVA Holiday Gift Guide

It seems as if we blinked and now it's December! This is a favorite time of year for us, where seasonal smells and traditions seem to be around every corner — a busy time, and a chance to catch up with family and friends without the normal hustle and bustle of our daily routine.

When heading out to holiday gatherings, we always like to bring a little something along with local origins — it's always a great conversation piece and makes us feel good about spreading a little local cheer. Today we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of our choice gift picks this river city has to offer. Whether looking for a select option to bring to a holiday party or ideas to knock out your entire gift list, we've rounded up some of our favorite local goodies and offerings from Richmond spots to make it a very RVA season!

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