It’s been a full month since my husband and I were trekking across Italy for our honeymoon. As neither of us had ever been to Europe we weren’t sure what to expect. Luckily, the rumors of “The Best Place in World” rang true. From famous landmarks to coastal towns, we quickly learned there are truly too many sights to see in Italy to include them all in a trip – even on an extended two week one like ours. So rather than a strict here-then-here travel guide, I compiled a mess of travel trips paired with famous landmarks (and a few notables on public transportation) from Venice to Sicily.

From Venice to Sicily: A North to South Travel Guide for Italy 


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I’ve shared so many snippets over the months of our old-world inspired bathroom, but there really has never been any type of collective snapshot – until now!

From the very beginning, I always knew I wanted our primary bathroom to feel serene. I used our guest bathroom as a project to play, but this bathroom was always meant to be a point of relaxation. A space layered with timeworn textures and patterns. Granted they are faux-timeworn textures in a modern bathroom. With a few well-executed plans and a bit of thrifting luck, our bathroom turned into the sanctuary we always dreamed it could be

An Old-World Inspired Bathroom REVEAL

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I feel as though the title of this post is a bit misleading. Because rolling up your sleeves and building your own house puts you squarely in a save category and not a splurge one. That being said I do feel like there were areas where we allocated our budget more to one side than the other. No matter where you are in the building process (dreaming, saving, framing) you’ll come up against your budget. It’s just the way construction works.

Where We Splurged & Where We Saved on Our Home


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What started as a creative outlet named after an obscure fruit on my counter has  turned in to a love for design and creative story telling.

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