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oh man, there are so many cute things at H&M home right now. a small round up below but really you should dig around for yourself because there are some very cool things (like that printed tablecloth above). i love that they’re doing 100% linen bathrobes for $50.

cotton velvet cover $18 –  the soft peach color with the contrasted piping feels very elegant. it comes in two sizes and three different color ways.

stoneware vase $30 – a statement piece all on its own with or without anything in it. and the reviews of people who have purchased are shining!

plant pot $18 – this also comes in two sizes. if you’ve ever tried to shop for fun and interesting planters you know that they are generally hard to find and/or very expensive. this one is a win/win.

green glass vase $25 – i did a deep dive on vases recently. i wanted something simple, glass but beautiful and this is one of my favorites that i found.

small metal tray $15 – make sure to read the dimensions because this tray is small but i love the idea of using it on your bedside table for earrings, and little trinkets or in the kitchen for salt and spices.

ceramic toothbrush mug $18 – looking to add this to my bathroom counter top asap. chic and practical!

ceramic vase $18 – would be fun to display a few in varying sizes on the side of a fire place or in the middle of a big coffee table.

fluted glass $6 – water, wine or whiskey on the rocks would all be beautiful served out of these glasses.

wooden bowls $18 – a set of wooden bowls to lay out with cocktail snacks like olives, crackers, nuts, etc.

affordable home finds | designlovefest



january can feel like a very transitional month. fresh off the holidays, not ready to jump right into the new year. there is pressure to set goals, hit the gym, eat less sugar, drink more water, discuss your future at length, etc. which frankly can seem a bit overwhelming to me. i like to view january as a hibernation month, a time to rest and reset after the holidays with little expectation on output and achievements. cooking at home, going to bed early, reading good books, taking walks to soak in the winter sunlight and anything that feels rejuvenating. i don’t like restrictions or cleanses to start off the year but i do like cooking balanced meals. it helps to think of it less as eliminating things and more as adding things in, more leafy greens, more veggies. here are a few ideas to cook up if you’re looking…

the broccoli cheddar soup from smitten kitchen.

this kale and squash bake that is just as good reheated.

refried beans to eat with fried eggs, tortillas or with a good ole’ rice bowl (recipe is half way down the post).

chicken noodle soup, always. you can sub rice instead of noodles or leave the noodles out all together and just make it chicken and vegetables.

this veggie curry, sub in sweet potatoes, add an extra can of coconut milk and double the spices. finish with a big squeeze of lime.

lentil soup. i made this twice in december. inexpensive and comes together easily. i use curry paste instead of powder.

tortilla soup. i wait all year for soup season, i love the simplicity and versatility of a soup.

roasted carrot and avocado salad. skip the cheese and just do the carrots with avocado. the warm spices on this make it perfect for colder months and i have been finding the best avocados at trader joe’s recently.

i hope you’re january is off to a peaceful start. – joanie





been coming up with a personal project that combines a bunch of my current interests. i hope to make it happen soon. i’m trying to stay motivated and not talk myself out of it, because I feel really excited about it!

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chloé backstage paris fashion week 2016. inspiring me this evening…



we’re headed to see my mom in louisville tomorrow and then my sister and her husband in cincinnati over the holiday break. i’ve been feeling under the weather, but hoping to just lay around in flannel for the next week.

it has been such a wild year with our wedding (ps full feature over here), our road trip van honeymoonfalling down the rabbit hole of healing & spirituality, and scaling back work to only things that really align (my favorite this year was probably art directing this). I have absolutely no clue what the next year holds but i’m sure hoping a baby fits in there somewhere! i’ve done a lot of work on myself and I feel proud and excited to see what this new decade will bring. wishing you all the best and thank you so much for your support this year! SO MUCH LOVE. bri

(photo: sara tasker)

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