Black and White with a dose of Green

It is so strange to look back at pictures from the beginning of construction and see how quickly we actually built this home.

thehouseoftrue

thehouseoftrue

thehouseoftrue

thehouseoftrue

thehouseoftrue

thehouseoftrue

thehouseoftrue

thehouseoftrue

The exterior portion of the house has gone through some major work. It has been a work in progress for months, and we are far from finished in terms of the back yard, but the over all look is basically complete. I want to add more boxwoods in the front next spring and build a stonewall in front of the property alongside the street. All of these things can slowly evolve. This is what the home looked like late spring. We added a privacy fence, finished the trim and planted seed.

thehouseoftrue

thehouseoftrue

This is what it looks like now. I love how the garage doors pop with everything else being stark white. The doors originally came white. It was impossible to find already black exterior garage doors. I searched forever. We decided to have them professionally painted black. Best decision ever. I added three black barn lights above them too stand out against the white siding.

thehosueoftrue

thehosueoftrue

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 3.21.06 PM

It has been nice to not have the endless tracking of dirt in the house. Clean and simple.

Onto the next project!

Holiday Heels

When I have an occasion to go to that requires me to dress up, I have to say I am not quick to throw on a dress and do it up that way. I do not imagine my holiday calendar being packed with parties, but there are a few get-togethers that are tentatively on the calendar. I am sure that most will be decked out, and awesome for them. But knowing me, I will be getting decked out a different way.

Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 10.11.18 AM

These JBrand Velvet trousers are exactly what I picture wearing. I swear everything always comes back in style eventually. I had a pair of black velvets 15 years ago when I worked in the city that I loved. They are loooonnnng gone, but the style is back again. These can be found at http://www.jbrandjeans.com

Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 10.14.40 AM

With this fitted black blazer from Zara as the topper. Simple and can be worn dressed up or down later with jeans and trainers. Try http://www.zara.com for similar looks or this exact style.

Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 10.20.44 AM

This simple top would work perfect with what I am thinking of wearing. This is found on http://www.shopbop.com.

And it is always about the shoes. They will always be my downfall.

Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 10.24.24 AM

Sigh. Oh how I love these. Not happening, but I love them. These are also on http://www.shopbop.com. Add a long gold delicate gold necklace and a visit to my hair guy for a perfectly imperfect blow dry and I am good.

This is what I am picturing. The idea can be replicated in countless ways, with varied price points. What I like is that truly these are all basics for a night out and some version is probably already in your closet.

Library Lessons

thehouseoftrue

thehouseoftrue

The local library has such wonderful events and classes for local children. I have been taking my kids there for years, starting with the amazing summer reading program. Throughout the year though, the library offers Saturday events for children and weekly classes. Every week, Miss F and I go to one class on Wednesday. This early literacy program includes, singing,fine motor skill development, reading books and making crafts. Every week centers around a theme and she loves it.

If our week days are not as jam packed, we stop by to play with the puzzles or say hi to the librarian who Miss F adores. A few weeks ago, she read pirate stories and made a pirate hat.

thehouseoftrue

We also read books on colors and how sunflowers grow. She made her own sunflower and showed everyone in town after we left the library.

thehouseoftrue

She learned that when you pick colors together you create new colors. This was awesome because my home remained clean for this activity!

thehouseoftrue

And on another day, her Poppy joined us for a walk to the library to play with the puzzles and then a stop at the park afterwards.

I cherish all these moments with her. They are very special to me.