Books, plants, and busy

Just call me the Weekly Blogger. So far 2014 has been a blur. I finally got around to changing my name to Stephens in the eyes of the law, which kicked off a flurry of paperwork that I'm still trying to dig out from under (if all my banking stuff could get settled, that would be awesome). Definitely didn't consider how much extra work there would be as a small business owner either - even having to get new trade accounts where my name doesn't match. But also taking advantage and finding new vendors and resources to beef up my offerings even more. Luxury textiles and furnishings await.

I also have some new projects added to the workload (yay!) and still taking new clients in the Bay Area. I'd love to get some projects down here to the point of photographing, so if you're looking to overhaul your home or have just moved somewhere new, I'm all ears!

Meanwhile, things for Ryan have been getting busier at work, so we've been trying to make the most of our weekends and the (mostly) nice weather.

We went to Half Moon Bay and I tried to convince Ryan that we should move there (what's a 45 minute commute when there is this view to be had?)

Warning: having an extra glass of wine after dinner while your husband is working in the other room MAY cause you to spontaneously buy vintage napkins on Etsy. I've started a collection - luckily these were only $9 with shipping.

I finally sprang for the bedskirt I've had my eye on for, oh... 2 or 3 years. It's a lovely lilac colored diamond matelasse. It was almost 70% off at Restoration Hardware. Our bedroom design is terribly neglected and I keep changing my mind on things, but at least you can't see the storage bins anymore? Now to get a headboard...

We popped over to Los Altos this weekend for brunch and also stopped in a great used bookstore (our perfect date activity) and I snagged a biography of Marion Davies and a novel by Joyce Carol Oates (one of my favorite writers who also happens to have a hilarious twitter account, though her books are not usually humorous). Then we wandered across the street to The Botanist where I fell in love with this pretty planter and of course needed a fern to go in it. We weren't allowed to move our houseplants into California (boo) so it was nice to add some greenery in here again.

I had to laugh at the juxtaposition of my lunch against Ryan's a couple weekends ago up in San Francisco, but the truth is we've both been making way healthier choices lately and are even making it to the gym a couple times a week (our goal is three times). We are definitely not health nuts, but we've both been feeling better, and like trying new things. I'm now addicted to mangoes, and this salad prompted us to start trying ingredients like chickpeas in our weekly salad night. I willingly ate a lima bean. That's adult-hood, I guess. Salad and a few fries for good measure.

So that's been life here at the Stephens casa! Busy but also trying to enjoy things. I've also been sourcing like crazy so I have a good post coming with lots of fun decor I've been finding. Just have to pull it together! Thanks for coming by!