Life Lately (Portland, Anthropologie, Home Projects)

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Life Lately (Portland, Anthropology, Home Projects)

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I last posted on Life Lately. There’s so much going on in life and around our home these days that it’s sometimes hard to share it all. But a Life Lately post is a fun way to catch up and also honor and remember all the little (and big!) moments that make life great.

So today I’m going to share a bit of our trip to Portland last week, you can accompany our visit to Anthropologie (it’s been a while since I’ve shopped in person there!) take a look at some of our renovation decisions and some daily happenings around the house.

Life Lately (Portland, Anthropology, Home Projects)

Courtney and I took a weekend trip to Portland to visit her sister Kylee (our oldest daughter)! We hung out at her house, did a photoshoot for upcoming projects, and just hung out. Courtney is getting married this summer (wow, it’s happening so fast now!) so it was fun planning and shopping for that too.

Life Lately (Portland, Anthropology, Home Projects)

We visited the Farmer’s Market in our old hometown and walked past almost all of our previous homes (I’ll share one in a future post, it’s fun to reminisce!). It’s bittersweet to come home. Someone once asked me why I call Portland “home”, yet we chose to live here in Washington. I believe you can feel at home in a place where you have so many memories, experiences, and family, and yet truly love where you live now. Someone else described the feeling of having your heart in one place and your soul in another. It’s not easy to feel at home in two places, but you have to learn to flourish where you are planted now, even if you were uprooted from a place you also love at another time in his life.

Life doesn’t always wrap everything you love in a perfect arc, you know? But now we have two places we can call home and we love them for different reasons. Luckily they aren’t too far apart and we have family in each location so we enjoy time in both!

Life Lately (Portland, Anthropology, Home Projects)
Cute guest room at Kylee’s, you can see posts about her house here

We stopped at Anthropologie while we were with Kylee, I had been there so long!

I’m pretty used to being an online shopper by now, but there’s nothing more fun than being IN a store and experiencing it all in person. I’ll share a few things that caught my eye during our stay, and then I’ll also tell you about a few things that happened with our renovation.

I bought the prettiest dress from Anthro – I had ordered it online a while ago as I know I will be wearing a lot of dresses this summer and with the wedding there are more events and occasions to be cute :). I’ll give you the link here but if you’re going to be hanging out with me this summer you might want to buy something else so you don’t show up with the same LOL dress. I love it because it’s young and fun but it also looks like me hahaha. Although honestly I had to ask my girls if it was too cute for my age but of course they rolled their eyes and straightened me up.

Aging is a strange thing. In my head, I’m still 16, but I know I’ve gotten older since then (and in height lol but hopefully in maturity too). Although I’m not sure how old the girls are supposed to dress myself, I don’t want to content myself with being a frumpy old woman ha! Its good. I am still the same me. In high school, I loved to wear dresses and shopping for cute clothes was my favorite hobby :). While most of the time I just wear mom jeans and sneakers, it’s been fun shopping for dresses for the summer.

Life Lately (Portland, Anthropology, Home Projects)

On the way back from Portland, we stopped at Trader Joe’s to shop with my college son, Luke. They always have such lovely flowers, but all he wanted was food, so we bought a lot :). I wish we remembered to take a picture with him, he’s so cute! We are so proud of him for enduring the craziness of college and all that has come with him during the pandemic. He returned to school in person last year, gratefully, and lives with friends off campus. We really miss him, but I’m glad he’s close enough to visit and can come home anytime too.

Life Lately (Portland, Anthropology, Home Projects)

We also stopped to look at some flooring samples in Seattle! I’m so excited about the new floors! None of these samples are exactly what we’re getting, but they’re close. We’re going with a laid-back beach vibe for floors that can handle sandy feet and dogs. It’s a big investment to change the flooring of an entire house, but with a kitchen remodel, it really makes sense to do it all at once and be done with it. If you missed my articles on remodeling, you can catch up in this article where I’ve shared some of our plans and our “before” home tour here.

While waiting to return home, we’re going to have fun this summer by adding plants and planters! We got three of these planters for our porch railings. The best deal is the set of two, so if you want multiples, be sure to double check that you’re getting them in sets. I accidentally ordered ONE the first time, but it turned out to be a happy accident. We decided to keep it and order the set of two, so we have three now. One for the side and two for the front. (The photo above is before we hung them, my husband was holding them for me to see!). Can’t wait to plant them! I don’t know if I’ve ever had planters? I always wanted them.

Life Lately (Portland, Anthropology, Home Projects)

There will be quite a few updates to our house during this process. We met with our contractor and architectural designer to make sure the backyard addition for my parents will fit the style of the house and neighborhood and meet their needs! I will be able to update you on our plans very soon. We even have plans for this side of the house here that I can’t wait to share with you.

The dogs love life here. Nap all day between outdoor adventures. What a life!

I love going out on the porch for my morning coffee! My white adirondack chairs here are on sale and come in several colors, I also have them in a rocking chair version!

Life Lately (Portland, Anthropology, Home Projects)

With the release of my latest book, A Lovely Life (on sale at the lowest price I’ve seen right now on Amazon), I’ve had so many wonderful comments from this community, people who appreciate the prospect of find joy and beauty in the daily events that surround us.

With social media as it is, we are often surrounded by people doing bigger and better things, many of which might be unattainable or unsustainable. While it’s fun to be inspired by the lives of others, it’s also refreshing to remember that the foundation of our own Lovely Life is always within our reach. No matter what is happening around us, the essence of a beautiful life is something we can create for ourselves in such a simple way. If you resonate with that perspective and a slower pace of life, and if you get the book, I’d love to hear from you! Your messages and reviews have been so kind! It is so encouraging for me to find other people who also want to experience peace and beauty in ordinary everyday moments.

Life Lately (Portland, Anthropology, Home Projects)
Life Lately (Portland, Anthropology, Home Projects)

Have a nice weekend friend!

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