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colorfully retro

| home decor

amanda johnson

amanda johnson

amanda johnson

amanda johnson

amanda johnson

as we head out to house hunt today, looking at other's spaces seems to sink in a little deeper. i think i'm somewhat addicted to envisioning spaces, what i would do with them and how our lives would intertwine with them. though my tastes change from year to year and even month to month, today i'm loving amanda johnson's space. it's colorfully retro yet simple and peaceful. visit her blog see even more of her darling style.

around the map

| lifestyle

map{us map}

if you remember the trip we started a few weeks ago, we're.still.going! 16 states in 3 weeks means that i'm seeing more of the country than i ever have before. i guess you could officially say that we are road warriors! next on the list is sunny california. ahhh. we're leaving today with our dear friends christy and kirk to go visit the place we'll all be moving to at the end of the month! we'll be there for about 5 days and while david and kirk will be working a cycling camp, christy and i have one mission: find a place to live.

so i've been in deep thought about what i hope to find. pickings seem to be a wee bit slim for this small town (and our small budget), but i'm having faith that we'll both find what we're looking for. at some point during the many hours i've been in the car, i jotted down the top ten things i would really love to have in a place. i know i won't get all of them, (or maybe even half?) but i'm hoping for as many as possible. here's my new home  wish list:

wish listoh, and i forgot! a little place for a few chickens. :) wish us luck! i'll try to keep you updated with the options we find on twitter, maybe you can help us make a decision! xox, bonnie

30 under 30

| handmade inspiration

art{surrender in progress by artsyville}

hello, lovelies! did you know march was national craft month? (how did i miss that?) in honor of crafty souls everywhere, splashlife just released there list of 30 emerging artists all under the age of 30, and i have been so inspired by each of their stories! you might even find someone you recognize on the page four (wink wink). head on over to 30 under 30 to read the stories of these amazing handmade crafsters, from jewelry makers to cake top designers!

among the trees

| photography

katya horner slight clutter photography

katya horner slight clutter photography

katya horner slight clutter photography

katya horner slight clutter photography

katya horner slight clutter photography

there's just something about being among the trees. don't you think? when is the last time you were surrounded by trees? no bustling traffic, no smog, not even your cell phone. just the rustling leaves, slight breeze and chirping birds. i think we all need to make some more time to be surrounded by the beauty of the earth. if you can't make it into to the woods today, maybe you can take a virtual stroll through the trees by enveloping yourself in katya horner's beautiful shop.

marco suarez

| photography

marco suarez

marco suarez

marco suarez

marco suarez

meet marco suarez. not only do i feel a deep connection to his work and the passions he has behind it, but living close to my hometown, many of these shots are taken of the great smoky mountains of which i miss so dearly. in his words, his work is a testament to the intelligence of creation's balance and composition. i don't believe it could be put more beautifully that that.

stamp it yourself

| DIY projects

stamps

i used this same technique before to make diy business cards, but thought this idea for save the date cards from ruffled was just fabulous. you can find these stamp kits at most any office supply store and they are great for so many uses, and i think they add a really lovely vintage feel. wouldn't they be cute to use as return address stamps? what ideas can you come up with?

road trip part 3

| bonnie forkner

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part three of our road trip was visiting our hometown in north carolina and spending some time with our families. it was warm, green and bursting with blooms! i am so thankful for the time we spent there. it's always hard to go home and sad to leave, but i'm excited for the opportunities we have ahead and can't wait to see what the future brings. we are blessed with the most amazing families, so here's a big shout out to them- thank you for all the delicious meals and all that you did for us! we love you. :) xox