31 December, 2011

Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year! Do you make resolutions? There are so many things I would like to work on in the next year, it sort of overwhelms me to think about it all.... So, to keep it simple, I'll just say this.. I would like to create more. "Less inspiration, More Creation" - not sure where I saw that, but it's sort of the perfect mantra for me going forward into this new year. Happy 2012!!

28 December, 2011

A few pics from the holiday weekend...

24 December, 2011

Merry Christmas! Hope you are all somewhere warm, in the company of loved ones, and enjoying this break from the hustle and bustle of it all to appreciate what is truly important in life.
Hoping to carry some of this peace with me into the New Year.. xoxo

20 December, 2011

Some days I really miss living in Oregon...

The Oregon Coast from Kinfolk on Vimeo.

14 December, 2011

Since we are uncertain when exactly we will be making the move to our new house (it could literally be any day), we have had to forgo decorating for the holidays- much to my sadness and guilt (is this just fodder for therapy later in life for Veda??? ; ) I am already thinking of the ways I'm going to make up for it next year! These lovely pics of a home decorated in Denmark are going straight into my inspiration folder...

12 December, 2011

10 months

Dear Veda,

Today you are 10 months old! You've started doing all sorts of fun things this month, revealing more and more of your personality. You've got a silly sense of humor and an infectious laugh. During a month of lots of stress (the impending MOVE!!), you've been our relief! Always there to remind us of what is really important, ever in the moment, helping us to enjoy now...

*You now wave hello and goodbye to people and things (your bird mobile after a nap), as well yourself in the mirror (which you think is hilarious).

*You clap your hands, sway and rock back and forth when there is music on. Or if you're standing you dance and sometimes even stomp your foot. Since there's pretty much always music playing in our house, you're becoming quite a little dancing machine!

*You said your first word! Sort of..  It's "muah", like when we're blowing kisses. You haven't gotten the hand gesture down yet, but you're pretty generous with the "muahs".

*You have also started sticking your tongue out at us. Of course we do it back and then we all start laughing. Probably not the best thing to teach you, but it's so darn cute we can't help it!

*You laugh all the time. Recently we were at a restaurant and the table next to us was occupied by teenage girls. You we're completely turned around in your chair, waving at them and vying for their attention. At one point they started laughing at something and you laughed right along with them. It was hilarious. You've also laughed along with other people on the street. You're always trying to interact with others, my social baby...

*You are cruising right along these days and I think it's a matter of time before you are walking on your own. You love your little push cart that we got you, but you also use the wall or our fingers for support to get where you need to go. You can stand completely unassisted for nearly 10 seconds.

*Your hair has gotten longer and curlier, making you look more like a toddler and less like a baby.

*You brush your own teeth and in fact get quite excited when you see your toothbrush come out (you have 6 teeth and maybe 1 more on the way?)

 *You babble all the time. Having little conversations with your stuffed animals, your books, anyone who will listen. I wish I knew what you were saying!

*You have actually started to make the sign for "milk" though, so that is a step forward in communication. We're still working on "more", "all done", etc.

*You measured pretty small at your 9 month appointment, so we're adding all sorts of delicious things to your food- butter, creme freiche, coconut oil. You are a bit picky about what you like and veggies seem to be your least favorite... But there's time for that. You have actually gotten really good at feeding yourself with a spoon. You still love berries, chicken, fish and avocado. Now you're also really into yogurt, bananas and cheese. Some days you wolf it down and others you're hardly interested- which I think is pretty normal. You are clearly happy and healthy, so we're not worried.

*You're continuing to sleep through the night (THANK YOU!) and take 2 really decent naps during the day. Sometimes you still wake up a little early, but for the most part this is a really easy and nice time in regards to sleep (again, thank you!).

* Though you're becoming more independent- spending more time on your own playing; gaining mobility, etc., you're more cuddly than ever. Sometimes, especially right after a nap, you just want to sit in my lap and hug. You've been falling asleep in our arms a lot lately as well. Sometimes, we'll switch off who gets to hold you because I'm pretty sure there's nothing better in the world than the feel of a baby's sweet breath in the crook of your neck. During these moments, I pause and try and memorize the way you feel- the weight of you in my arms, the rise and fall of your chest against mine. It's one of my favorite experiences in life. ever. You are pure joy.

We love you Veda June!
 playing and "reading" on your own
so proud..

all bundled up and ready to go out (there's something hilarious to me about this picture- it almost looks like a school photo or something...)

06 December, 2011

gorgeous textiles...

go check out miss moss for more..

05 December, 2011

Life Lately...

Life is busy at moment. Posting is light..

 From top:
*appreciating the tiny things
*enjoying brisk walks
*trying not to stress about the fact that there are 82 holes in the walls and ceilings of our new home (we're updating some of the electrical work which was original to the house)
*decisions, decisions (for when those holes are covered up!)
*a nice break from it all with a visit to the Brooklyn Children's Museum
*always time for a quick trip to the park

01 December, 2011

I used to be a pretty avid journal keeper back in the day. Now though, the idea seems daunting... which is why I love this idea of keeping a perpetual journal. You can keep it in a pretty box or recipe tin. How fun would it be to look back through the years and see how you filled your days?

24 November, 2011

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful for so much this year.. My loving husband, my supportive family and friends, and this little one, who has brought us all so much light and joy! My one wish for the next year is to carry this feeling of gratitude within me each and every day. Wishing you all the same!

Veda looking out the window of her new bedroom

23 November, 2011

My dad and step mom came last week for 1 day visit. It was such a nice treat!

22 November, 2011

I love this nursery. I tend to gravitate toward more color, but there is something so calming and pure about this space..

via smallable

15 November, 2011


On Friday (11/11/11) at 11:11am (seriously!), we signed the papers and are now the proud owners of our very own house!! It's so crazy. In so many ways! I cannot believe we will soon be leaving our beloved Brooklyn and our many friends who have been like family for the last 7 years. But... we are not going too far. And, we are going to have S  P  A  C  E ! and a yard! It still feels a bit surreal that this is all happening. We were trying to keep from getting too excited because these things can always fall through. But the papers have been signed. This is our new house. This is where we build our home together. This is where Veda will learn to walk and run and talk and play and grow and dream and be a kid!

The house is a 1919 Dutch colonial. It sits on a pretty tree lined street, one block away from a big park (designed by Olmsted), and just a short walk to a downtown area with shops, restaurants and the train which goes into the city. It has plenty of room for us to breathe and grow. Andrew and I are both going to have our own studios! There is also a gorgeous sun room that we are going to turn into a play room for Veda. We will have a guest room for family and friends when they visit. There is a yard and a garden to tend to- which I'm very excited to learn about. The house needs some updating and will be sure to keep us busy for the foreseeable future, but we're looking forward to it- there's nothing like putting your energy into creating a space to call home... xo