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fall booties

It’s bootie season!  Do you love them as much as I do?  I think they are so fun, and love that I can wear them with jeans or dresses or just whatever.  Here are some that I’m crushing on right now (although I’d never actually get those leopard ones – I couldn’t possibly manage in those heels but they are striking!).  I got the Lucky Penny ones last winter, and they are my faves.  The metallic is just so good and the low heel is easy to manage with little people in tow.  Hope you all have a fantastic weekend enjoying this wonderful season!!

Sources: (1) Lucky Penny Boots; (2) Tapestry Wedge Boots; (3) Louie Boots; (4) Linden Zipper Booties; (5) Collins Fringe Moccasins; (6) Margot Booties;  (7) Splendid Suede Booties; (8) Leopard Booties; (9) Grey Booties


the owlery


black and white baby room ideas

Here is a slightly more neutral version of last week’s board.  I’m loving the calming, sparse feel of the black and white.  And how awesome is that screech owl tintype above?  I just love it!  It’s not offered in such a large size, sadly – but how special it is a tintype!  Also, that pendant light above is so good, and not too pricey at $149.

Sources: (1) Mobile Small Pendant; (2) Canvas Chart; (3) Screech Owl; (4) Black Chalkboard Clock; (5) Set of brass owls; (6) Wire Sculpture; (7) Isocabison Print; (8) Marble Shelf; (9) Owl Print; (10) Mt. Glacier Print; (11) Kilim Pillows; (12) Airin Spindle Crib; (13) Small Pillar Lamp; (14) Vintage Lowboy Dresser; (15) Teak Tray; (16) Great White North Bedding; (17) Wingback Glider; (18) Owl Pillow; (19) Teak Stool; (20) Grey Union Rug; (21) Ottoman; (22) Moon Hug Print; (23) Rolling Storage Crate


Joni"Yes, great idea!! "

Becky"love this board. one of my favourite yet! the rolling storage crate would be a great DIY project. "


bread and butter pickles

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of getting a little cooking lesson from Jason and Jamie of Homespun.  I love supporting their mission of creating community around amazing meals, and wish we could attend every monthly dinner!  (Read more about working with them here and here!)  They are doing a series right now called “From Scratch”, where they are visiting different homes, and teaching how to prepare different courses.  We worked on a charcuterie board together, which was so fun and surprisingly simple, and would be the perfect thing for entertaining guests.

Today, I’m going to share how to make the most delicious bread and butter pickles (seriously, it’s hard not to eat a whole jar of these in one sitting!) and Jamie shared how to make cider whole grain mustard (which was amazing – and incredibly simple!) on their blog.  It’s so wonderful to know how to make these things yourself, so you don’t have all the extra additives and preservatives.

Ingredients: 1 lb. kirby cucumbers, sliced 1/4″ thick (aren’t these gorgeous?) | 1 large sweet onion | 1/4 c. diamond salt | 1/2 c. sugar | 1/2 c. white wine vinegar | 1/4 c. purified water | 1/4 tsp. turmeric | 1 tbsp. yellow mustard seeds | 1 tbsp. whole coriander or 1 tsp. ground coriander | 3 whole allspice | 2 cloves garlic | 1/4 tsp. celery seed | ice

bread and butter pickles


(1) Place thinly julienned sweet onions and cucumbers in a bowl and toss with diamond salt.  After the cucumbers have been coated with the salt, add ice to cover them for about an hour at room temperature.

how to make bread and butter pickles

(2) In a medium pot, pour in white vinegar, purified water, sugar, turmeric, whole yellow mustard seeds, coriander, allspice, garlic gloves, and celery seed.  Heat over medium heat for 10 minutes, just until it begins to bubble.

how to make bread and butter pickles

(3) Once the ice has melted from the cucumber and onions, strain excess water and rinse very well under cold water.  Place cucumber mixture in pickling solution and cook for 10 minutes just until the mixture comes from a boil.  Remove from heat and cool.

how to make bread and butter pickles

(4) Place in pickling jars with an air tight lid for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.  Makes such a sweet gift!

Then, if you would like to use them for entertaining, here are some tips!

Make some crostinis by slicing a baguette and brushing the tops with olive oil.  Broil them until they are perfectly browned.

Serve with cured meats (this is from Pine Street Market) and some cider whole grain mustard on a pretty tray (love this gorgeous piece from Honeycomb Studio!) and pair with crostinis, cheese, some locally made jam, and maybe some fruit for a gorgeous and super yummy spread that is relatively simple to prepare.

Easy is always a plus when there are little people around, right?  I want to entertain more, but it can be so overwhelming.  Great to have a simple go to!

how to make bread and butter pickles

What do you think?  You seriously have to try these – they are so delicious!  Be sure to check out Homespun and follow along on their blog as they share more recipes and tips!  I can’t wait to learn more.

You can bet this was eaten up right after the photo was taken.  And can you believe Jamie made those lovely dip dyed napkins?  Thanks so much to Erin Wood for taking all the gorgeous photos!  (tablecloth from here). 



lesley graham"LOVE this post! So fun!! "

Joni"Of course - love your work, Courtney!! "

Joni"Aww, thanks so much, Jennifer! That really means a lot to hear - I'm trying to come up with …"

Jennifer"Hi Joni! I really love this post. I have followed your blog since the beginning and while I …"

Courtney, Honeycomb Studio"Thanks for the shoutout, Joni! My ceramics get to have all the fun and meet all the cool people :) "

Kimberly"Fun! The spread looks delicious. Would you mind sharing the source of your adorable shirt Joni? "


halloween decor ideas

I’m working on finishing up details for a harvest/halloween style challenge with the Home Depot.  I’m really happy with a couple of the updates we made to our living room – it was a fun excuse to take on a project!  It was a little hard for me to pin down the look I wanted to go for at first, because I’m not super into halloween (love dressing up the babies, but the creepiness is not my thing) and warm oranges and autumnal hues aren’t my favorite, either.  I love them in nature, but I tend to skew cooler when it comes to interiors.  I found the above images to strike a good balance on what I’m going for – love all of the above!

Sources: Black and White Dining Room; Wire Boo Sign; Boo Banner; Fall Place Setting


Joni"Thanks so much, Becky!! I really appreciate it!:) "

Becky"can't wait to see what you come up with. i always look to you for inspiration for the holidays and …"


“It takes courage to grow up to become who you really are.”  Sarah kindly sent me this tee from her adorable line (which I instantly fell in love with), Wolfe Brothers & Co., so I asked Vivi to style it up.  Brigie also styled herself up, which is what she does every day (she cracks me up).  Chip asked Vivi last week what she wants to be when she grows up (not sure why we have never asked this before!) and she said “myself.”  So I found this shirt to be perfectly fitting!  Definitely check out all the cuteness going on – these would be really thoughtful baby shower gifts for baby boys!  The tshirts are so vintage perfect, and I love the Scout blankets, which are also really affordable and super sweet.  And, of course, the adventure pennant is just so good!

wolfe brothers & co

These girls.  They keep me on my toes, but they keep me laughing, too!

(pictured with the Pattern Society Rug, Rikshaw fabric for curtains, and that awesome acrylic book cart.)


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Joni"Aww, haha - they are her tap shoes. They are from payless! "

Billie"not decor related..but where did you get her shoes!! "

Joni"Hi Rachel! No the Wolfe Brothers item is the cute little tee. The rug is by pattern society …"

Fall Decorating Ideas Coming in Halloween Style Challenge – Home Improvement Blog – The Apron by The Home Depot"[…] Lay Baby Lay is where Joni Lay shows off all of the super creative ideas she has for her home. Joni clearly loves …"

Rachel"Is the rug on the floor a Wolfe Brothers piece? "