Saturday, December 31, 2011

giveaway // typewriter boneyard

This week I worked my last day at the cafe. "Why?" you might ask. Philip and I decided that my time would be better spent working from home. His lamps have been selling like crazy. He's having a hard time keeping up (especially with his full time job). We have a lot of big ideas for this upcoming year. Since we are basically out of time and energy for anything, we decided that it was time for change and slowing down. We are moving in the next few months, getting rid of a lot of our "things" (let me tell you, we have a lot), and trying to simplify the way that we do life. It's really exciting because it almost feels like starting from scratch, but without all of the scary unknowns.


So I thought, "In honor of my new work situation and the new year, why not do a giveaway?" I also thought it should be a big one because this is a really exciting transition for us, Therefor, we're giving away one of our Hardback Book Lamps. Oh yes, it's true.

You can have up to 2 entries in this giveaway. One way to enter is to leave a comment telling me what you are excited about most for this new year. The second way you can enter is by following Philip on twitter and leave a comment letting me know that you did so.

We're so excited about what this new year will bring and are so grateful for the amazing support that we've had so far. Good luck to everyone in this giveaway and have a fun and safe new year's celebration!!!


PLEASE NOTE: The bulb included in this giveaway is not the one pictured, but the standard squirrel cage bulb like the one pictured here. Still awesome, just different. Also, this giveaway is closed to international entries. However, to our lovely international friends and supporters, we will have more giveaways very very soon for you. I promise!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

christmas wish list.

Christmas Wish List

Here's a few things that I would love to get for Christmas this year. (But let's face it, I'm not getting a watch that costs $200.) This is one of those outfits that I would wear everyday.



I'm doing a giveaway over at See The Skyline's Blog. Enter to win the bundle which includes this barrete, a velvet bow barrete, and a foral broach. ♥

all in the details // christmas (part 1)

Here's our entryway as of last night. It was the final touches on our Christmas decor. I will share the rest of the house as soon as I get a moment to take decent pictures.

Francine practically lives in this window. She loves that white blanket and being up high, away from Patrick. Also, when I pick up the blankt to de-fur it, she follows me until I put it back. She's obsessed.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

all in the details // christmas sneak peek

All of our Christmas decor is almost up. There are a lot of crates, twinkly lights, lavender, and fake snow. I'm excited to share it with you all, but I need to finish setting it up first. If you follow me on Instagram (thedaintywoods), you can see more pictures.

Random side note: Rue Magazine's Holiday issue came out today. There's a tour of Bri Emery's loft and an adorable video of their photo shoot. Grab a cup of coffee, curl up with a blanket, and get inspired.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

loft inspiration // work space

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Philip and I are looking at lofts for when our lease is up. We're really excited and are probably jumping the gun a little because our lease isn't up until March. That's ok, because we have fun looking.

We decided to look for a place that will really inspire us to work. That means great natural lighting, open layout, easy to clean floors (no carpet!!), bright walls, and a little brick wouldn't hurt either. (This place would be perfect, but probably won't be available in March).

We are planning on putting our full time and energy into Typewriter Boneyard starting at the beginning of next year. That means we need a proper work set up that includes a shipping area, computer desk space, and a work space that can get dirty. We've been sketching and planning all of this out and these three photos have been a big source of inspiration. Our favorite is the 1st one. We really like the idea of one huge desk that can be worked at from different sides.

What's important for you to be productive? Do you work better in pretty messes or in a neatly organized space?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

new song // take me down to rest

Jake (my brother) and I have been singing more frequently lately. Since a few weeks ago, Philip and Natalie (my sister-in-law) have joined us. We have been writing songs, hanging out and even recording a little to get ready for a show we're having this Friday. It has been lots of fun and the four of us make a great little team. (We have yet to come up with a name for our little family band, so we're still just 'Jake and Chels'.)

We finished a new Christmas song the other night. So far, this one is my favorite:

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hope everyone had a fun thanksgiving! We had a great day relaxing and eating with our families-so many things to be thankful for!

Are you doing any Black Friday shopping this year? We might face the crowds tonight. We'll see what happens when midnight rolls around :)Philip is having a Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sale in his Etsy shop (20% off of everything!) He's also offering a special 30% discount to my twitter followers! For that code, follow me here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

interior inspiration

I took this photo after breakfast at the King's Highway at the Ace Hotel. This was our 2nd meal here and both were amazing!

Philip and I are planning on moving when our lease is up in March. We have been looking at lofts and talking about how we want ours to be arranged/ decorated. I would love a seat like this in our future home.

Friday, November 18, 2011

vintage spotlight guest post

Photos taken by Nathan Colwell.

Hair styled by Cailen Gibbons.

I am very honored to be a guest post for The Gown Swap's Vintage Spotlight! You can find my feature and check out more pictures of this awesome dress (that's for sale) here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

pretty details.

We took some engagement photos for Kyle and Cailen last weekend. This is just a little teaser :)

hard at work.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that Laura and I have been working on a lot of pretty things for our Christmas boutique next month. She has a lot of gorgeous stones that she's been making into jewelry. (The blue necklace in the middle is one that she made for me.) I have been making a lot of baby girl headbands for the holiday season. I'm very excited for the show and am hoping that I get everything done before then.

Philip and I are going to Palm Springs this weekend, we have Thanksgiving next week, lots of practicing to do with Jake and Natalie for our Christmas performance, presents to pack and send to Germany, lamps to build, and tons of ideas that need to come to life before Christmas is over. It's going to be a fun couple of months! :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hark the Herald

Jake and I recorded a new song last week. One of the best parts: our spouses joined us this time (and it's a Christmas song)! The four of us got together to write harmonies, arrange lyrics, and record this little something. It was so much fun and I can't wait to do it again this week! We have a little performance in December and have lots of practicing to do. This one is free, so enjoy!

for christmas.

I found this print by Sandra Diekmann a while back and fell in love instantly. When I saw it on an iPhone case, I about died.

Monday, November 7, 2011

hello there.

Here's a quick photo that Nathan took of me over the weekend. It's for a special something that I'll share soon. I just had to post one. His photos always look amazing!

How was your Monday? Mine went by really fast. I have a crazy week ahead of me (again). However, I am really excited about Thursday. I'll be at West Elm for Design*Sponge's book tour! I can't wait!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

happy halloween!

My brother-in-law posted these pictures on facebook of my niece. Isn't she the cutest little tiger?!

I was the only person NOT dressed up at work today. Haha. Apparently, I'm the Halloween grinch. I hope everyone has a fun and safe halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

here to stay, is the new bird.

This was one of the first things I've made since re-opening the shop. I even photographed and listed it in the same day (That means I'm really excited)! I have a few more wreaths (I think about 5) that are already made. I hope to have time for taking pictures and adding more listings this weekend... For now, it's time to catch up on sleep.

Monday, October 24, 2011

getting inspired.

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My sister-in-law and I are having a house show in December. I've been looking through photos and getting myself inspired as I plan out how my table will be set up and what I'll be creating. The first images are from my Pinterest board. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that the 2nd set of pictures is the wall above my desk.

I've been so focused on helping Philip this past month that I haven't been able to create much myself. I miss it and am flooded with ideas right now. I can't wait to get working!

Friday, October 21, 2011

it's here!

The fab sale started this morning on Philip's lamps! Most of the book lamps sold out immediately. [I think there's one style left if you're interested ;) ] If you aren't signed up for Fab, you can do it here. It's free, but you have to be a member to see their sales.

Also, Philip got his website up and running this week (yay!). I'm really proud of how hard he's been working to get all of this done. Let me tell you, he deserve's a break!

Now on a random note, here are some things I'm loving from around the web:

Krista threw the most glamorous party for her "littlest sister's" big 13! Seriously, UH-mazing!!! A big happy birthday, to Kameryn (who look absolutely fabulous in her Anthro ensemble)! ...what's even better? Krista is sharing the DIYs from the party :)

Rachel from Smile and Wave has a new-ish series on her blog called Home Sweet Home where she shares pictures of some very beautiful homes. I loved this picture from her latest post.

I kind of have a crush on Moorea-Seal (I mean, did you see her cute nails this week?!). I always enjoy reading her blog (she's always really honest which I appreciate) and her Etsy shop always has wonderful something's in it. I'm currenty loving both of these pieces.

Hope you enjoyed your Friday so far. I'm getting back to making more lamps (because that's our life now) :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

pinterest picks // pretty closet inspiration

One of the things on our house project list is a more organized and pretty closet. As of now, it is crammed with too many clothes (there are more Goodwill trips in our future). We don't have enough space for a decent sized laundry hamper, shoes, or purses. Also, our poorly designed closet doesn't open all the way, so there's a middle section where dresses and coats get forgotten (so sad, I know). I've rounded up a few ideas for an organized closet (all from this pinboard):

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Our first plan is to build a garment rack for my dresses and coats. They take up lots of space in our little closet and I would definitely wear them more if I saw them. Also, who doesn't like seeing their dresses all displayed together?

If you are using an exposed rack of sorts as a closet, sometimes it can look a little bare or random on a big wall or in a big room. You can always hang clippings, framed pictures, numbers or words around or above it to section it off as it's own space.

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Huge mirrors propped against the wall: they always look awesome, right? The mirror makes your space feel larger (never bad for a closet) and (duh) you need a mirror when you're trying on clothes.

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A fun way to store your shoes is by not storing them (wha?). Shoes are pretty and make us feel pretty (well, mine do). It's for that reason that they should be displayed. Shelves, ladders, mounted crates, neatly on the floor, or on fancy armoires- get creative.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Here's some prints that I want desperately for our home from three different artists.

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These first three are from Lizzy Stewart. I really like the colors she uses and all of the pretty details in each piece.

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These prints are by Jon Contino. I could see all of these hanging above Philip's work space (one day, when we get around to making him one).

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These three prints are by Emily Martin aka The Black Apple. I have a few prints from her shop and just adore them. There's something about her work that is haunting, but innocent all at the same time.