happy long weekend

summer moldboard | palettes and passports blogTomorrow evening I am closing up shop early and we’re hitting the road, heading north to Michigan for Labor Day weekend. Nothing special is on the agenda – just your standard exploring, eating, porch sitting and sun soaking. I refuse to accept that August is almost over. I feel like time is flying by so fast!

After a summer stuck indoors knee deep in house projects I know I’m ready for a little fun in the sun and these images are definitely putting me in the mood for long lingering days at the beach! Enjoy the holiday weekend!

+ all images can be found on my pinterest board good vibes

 

home inspiration | interior design

We’ve been in our new house for about a month now. We’ve been working like crazy but there are still boxes everywhere and it needs a lot more love. I had a few ideas about the feeling I wanted to achieve for the space before we moved in – a calming color palette, white walls, just a really laid back vibe that looks really comfortable – and lately I’ve been looking for interior inspiration nonstop. These photos are roughly what I have in mind for the entry, formal living and dining room. Since the rooms are open to each other I want to utilize the same neutral palette in both spaces – full of whites, woods, natural materials adding pops of color with art and accessories.interior color palette | palettes and passports blogI have an obsession with white right now so I’m trying to be aware of that and not go too overboard. My method for choosing the paint was pretty simple. I picked out a few different swatches and narrowed it down to three different samples. After testing them out on the walls, we decided on Super White in a matte finish by Sherwin Williams. I may be bringing in some other colors down the road and maybe wallpaper, but for now I’m loving the look of a clean, blank slate. We’ve already invested in a few new pieces of furniture like a dining room table but I don’t intend to completely fill the rooms right away. I think a home feels best when accumulated over time with items that remind me of the places I’ve been and the people I love. Plus we enjoy using our hands so we’d like to build or DIY a few pieces of furniture for our space too. Moving into a new home takes a lot of time, work, patience and money!interior color palette | palettes and passports blog

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weekly wander 02 | insta-travel

One of the greatest things about Instagram is not only the ability to share your own perspective with the world, but the ability to discover new things too. Before our European adventure, I did a little searching and stumbled across some really inspiring Instagram accounts, and now when I scroll through my feed it majorly fuels my wanderlust! I can’t stop day dreaming about Paris, mosaic tiles, lavender fields and day trips to the beach. Here are a few favorites -

weekly wander insta-travel | palettes and passports blogtop paloma parrot | second carin olsson | third olivia thébaut | bottom lauren davison

eye candy 05 | fruity and floral

This week I am dreaming in pink and yellow with a touch of teal. I love the mix of fruity prints with graphic elements and floral artworks like Emily Ferretti’s Planted Falls or Alicia Galer’s Potted Garden. Here are the images that inspired me this week –

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reims and epernay | france

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Before any more time passes, and a new trip takes center stage, I wanted to share these last few photos from our European adventure. We spent the day exploring Reims and Epernay admiring beautiful chateaus and taking tours of underground cellars and most importantly drinking lots of to-die-for champagne.

photo credit kate zitzer

paris 02 | france

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photo credit kate zitzer

we bought a house part 3 | bedrooms and bathrooms

Continuing on with the tour of our new house, here are the bedrooms. There are two small bedrooms plus a decent size master bedroom. Our condo had high ceilings, large rooms and lots of closet space so we are going to have to be creative with our furniture in these bedrooms and resourceful with our storage options. That blue bedroom will eventually be my studio.we bought a house part 3 | palettes and passports blog we bought a house part 3 | palettes and passports blogwe bought a house part 3 | palettes and passports blogwe bought a house part 3 | palettes and passports blogThe master bedroom has a master bath which was a huge sell for the house – mainly because we didn’t think we’d get one. Everything in the bathroom is pretty dated and has to go. If all goes as planned, we will do the master bathroom in the fall or early next spring.we bought a house part 3 | palettes and passports blogThere’s another full bath upstairs near the bedrooms and a half bath in the family room. I feel the same way about these bathrooms as I do the kitchen. They are clean, functional and we are okay with living with them but I have no issues about taking everything out and replacing it down the line.we bought a house part 3 | palettes and passports blog we bought a house part 3 | palettes and passports blogSo that’s it! I am really looking forward to getting to work and putting a fresh coat of paint on those walls. It just makes everything look better – like a clean slate just waiting for furniture and pretty accessories. It’s the perfect first house for us! Thanks for letting me share it with you.

we bought a house part 1 and part 2