The High Five Friday features my five favorites from the week.
1. Keri Russell
We've been catching up on episodes of The Americans the past few nights. Set in the 1980s and featuring Keri Russell as a suburban mom with a secret identity as a KGB agent, it gives me a Walter Mitty-esque thrill. After all she and I are about the same age and even have the same name, so it's rather fun to think that I could beat up someone twice my size!
|via Elle Decor|
I happened to stumble across a story about her brownstone from the June 2011 issue of Elle Decor this week. One of the things I like best about the space is how much of it has been recycled or reclaimed. The closet rod, for example, is made of plumbing pipes. Yet it looks so chic and glamorous thanks to the neutral palette and thoughtful use of different textures.
|via Elle Decor|
Which is a great segue to an idea that has been tumbling around in my brain for awhile: decorating on a budget in an intentional, unapologetic way that looks both beautiful and luxe. There are definitely people doing this already but I think I have a unique perspective. I hope to write a lot more about it in the coming weeks and unabashedly share things I have done around our house.
3. The Power of Small
The other thing that's preoccupying my mind lately has been my desire to get better at the details, the little niceties of life. It is definitely something that I struggle with as a big picture thinker and someone who flutters off to the next thing before finishing To that end, I'm reading the book The Power of Small right now. I hope to be able to write more about how it influences me in the near future.
4. Happiness Project Halfway
I started a #100dayshappy project in April that ends the day after my wedding, which is now only 50 days away. So far I am happier. I think it's working! The intent of the project is to photograph something everyday that makes you happy or is a symbol of your happiness. It's a good way to reflect on all that is right with the world.
|via Miss Selfridge|
I am on the hunt for a good shift dress for summer. A shift is just the right amount of girly and functional. In the right dress, I feel like I can conquer the world. I love this one, which sadly is not available. The lace and pompoms are so fun.
Have a fantastic weekend!!!