JOEY’S HOME

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The title of this post refers not just to a physical place, Joey’s home, but also to a heartbreaking reality – that our sweet Joey Bear is now home in heaven. This past weekend we said our final goodbyes, remembering and celebrating him together with Sam and Sara, friends and family. The pain and the loss blur so many of our thoughts these days, but the fierce and bright light his little life brought – along with so much love and healing and hope – keeps shining. The koala picture hanging in their living room above, a gift to them by our dear friend Melody, is symbolic of Joey (baby koalas are known as joeys, hence his Joey Bear nickname), and a beautiful representation of his sweet and continued presence in their home. Once again I’m fighting the temptation to keep these thoughts to myself, knowing every grief journey is…

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JOEY’S GIFTS

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How do you communicate something when words seem so inept and inappropriate? This is today’s conundrum, just added to the long list of how’s and why’s that have accumulated over the past few weeks. I want to talk about this – or feel like I NEED to talk about this – but it’s so impossible to express. 3-year-old Joey, a sweet little friend who we love so very much, is living out his last days. He’s been sick for a long time, and we’ve known these final days would come eventually, but knowing doesn’t prepare you for it. His parents, Sam and Sara, are dear friends of ours. They’re living a nightmare I can’t comprehend, and their story belongs to them. All I can do is share what belongs to me, how Joey’s journey is changing me and devastating me and healing me at every turn. When I wrote about…

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THE CURE FOR A VULNERABILITY HANGOVER

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No, the toilet pic here isn’t supposed to be a hangover reference, though I admit there are some aspects of this process that make me so nauseated I feel like hugging a toilet bowl. Bear with me. (If you must know…I chose this pic for this post because the lovely painted wallpaper in the botanical baño just celebrated her first birthday, and she’s still so excited about her debut on Design Sponge this past Monday…sorry, her words, not mine.) Thursday’s post about our infertility journey was a big one for me. SO, naturally, I’ve been thinking about it and dwelling on it and mulling it over and going crazy with the “yikes, you said that?”s and the “maybe you went a little too deep”s and, my personal favorite, “what on EARTH do they think of you now??” But being a longtime fan of Brené Brown, I recognize these thoughts for what…

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OUR INFERTILITY JOURNEY

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I’m not quite sure how to introduce a post like this. It’s tough to try to summarize our infertility struggle in a nice neat package you’ll want to read, so bear with me. I’ve imagined writing about this for years, and always thought it would be amazing and beautiful to tell the story of how we became parents, looking back at a long journey of waiting and hoping and praying, with our prayers finally answered. I’ve been excited to write that story, knowing it would all be worth it by then. But this isn’t that story – that story isn’t our story, at least not yet. We are looking back on a long journey of waiting and hoping and praying, but that journey stretches out ahead of us, too. Our prayers haven’t been answered yet.  I hate that infertility is such a meaningful word to us. I hate that we’re…

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WE’RE ON DESIGN SPONGE!

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Eeeks! Design Sponge has been a HUGE inspiration to me over the years (as I know it’s been for many of you), so of course I was beyond elated when they asked to feature a tour of our home. One of the things I’ve always loved about DS is the fact that they embrace REAL homes, featuring “normal” (hehe, until now!!) people living in cozy, inviting spaces. I’m not sure 10-years-ago-me would’ve ever thought our place would be a “Design Sponge” home…but thanks to all of you amazing friends and family who’ve helped make our home what it is today, I’m ecstatic to be able to share this tour of our home with you guys! CHECK IT OUT: Scott & Susie’s Design Sponge House Tour

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…WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

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If you know me at all, you know I talk a lot about my friends, and I like to brag about the things they’re up to and how amazing they are. And I know that might become obnoxious to you after a while (THANK YOU SUSIE WE ALL KNOW YOU LOVE YOUR FRIENDS), but here’s the deal – I firmly believe that who we are as individuals is highly influenced by the people we surround ourselves with, those we interact with day in and day out. And I don’t know about you, but I want to surround myself with people who make me better, who inspire me and make me want to be everything I’m capable of being. With that said, let me point out a few of the things in today’s version of the living room that take it from “just okay” to “way freaking awesome” – at least in my…

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JUNGALOW PAD PEEK!

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Guys, I’m so excited about this. I’ve followed design blogs for as long as they’ve existed, and always thought it would be the coolest to be featured on someone’s design blog….but to be featured on THIS particular blog is more than just a little crazy to me! Justina Blakeney and her amazing plant-filled, bohemian design empire, The Jungalow, are constant sources of inspiration to me (yes, you’ve noticed, I love plants, and it was definitely Justina’s work that first got me excited about bringing more greenery into our home several years ago). So when they said they’d like to feature our home on their blog, I pretty much died. But then I got back up, straightened up the house, grabbed one of my best girls Mel to take some photos, and the result is up on their blog as we speak! Go check it out if you haven’t yet!! It…

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BEFORE & AFTER: THE BOTANICAL BANO

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In my mind, a good before and after post has lots of nice photos, not too many words, and a very satisfying difference between the yucky before and the fabulous after. So….I’m thinking this is probably a MEDIUM-good before and after post. I don’t have any great pics of the true before, the after isn’t CRAZY different than the before, and I’m very likely to say way too much. So I’m sorry in advance. That said, let’s take a peek at what we had to start off with, yes? Yes. And by yes, I mean – here’s a super blurry shot of just a peek into the bathroom, showing the existing green wallpaper (which was honestly pretty fab in my mind, kind of a taffeta-ish fabric situation with some textural marbling which is almost impossible to see here – you’re welcome), a nice medley of whites and creams fighting each other via…

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A HOUSE WITH WALL-TO-WALL-CARPET & WOOD PANELING

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This post has a lot to do with deeper thoughts, but it also relates to my process in decor and design so hear me out. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the things that make us “US” – the processes and facts and influences that inform who we are as individuals.  When I look back on my 35 lived years, there are most of the usual external highlights – school, significant relationships, marriage, moves, jobs, etc.  But when I think about who I am at the core, what makes me tick & what I think about & what I feel, it’s the “lowlights”, the struggles or conflicts of my life, that have carved out so much of what makes me me.  And I have a feeling you can probably relate – because the more people I talk to at a soul level, and the more church services and spin classes I go to,…

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PLAID ROOM PROCESS

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When I first posted on Instagram about this AMAZING/GOD-AWFUL wallpaper that was original to one of our upstairs bedrooms, you guys reacted passionately. Some of you were all “THAT’S THE BEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN AND DON’T YOU DARE TOUCH IT!!!” and some were like “uuuurhhhhm, sorry Sus, no can do, and honestly, not sure we can be friends anymore” and others were all sweet and polite and trying to be diplomatic like “so it COULD be nice if you maybe painted over all of it except for a 1×1 square behind the bed?”.  I mean – no one really said that last one, but you get the gist. So of course I’d already had a few ideas in my head – knew I wanted to do some black accents, loved the suggestion my friend Lauren gave to get an assortment of charcoal nudes/sketches and hang them all over the place, plus…

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