Hurricane Harvey Update + What I’ve Been Up To

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I can’t believe it has been two weeks since Hurricane Harvey hit.  We live just outside of Houston in an area that was hit hard by the flooding, but really what area wasn’t.  My mind is still trying to comprehend the amount of devastation this storm brought on.  We were so incredibly fortunate to not have sustained any flooding on our street.  Just a few streets over and that was not the case.  It’s such a strange feeling to know that you escaped completely unscathed while so many are STILL dealing with high water in their homes.  Survivor’s Remorse?  I don’t know what to call it.  I spent a good week moping around with a broken heart.  Thank you so much to all of you who checked in on us!!  There is quite an amazing community of women I’ve meet though this blog and Instagram.  Just because we haven’t meet in person, it doesn’t mean you all aren’t special to me.  Thank you!!

The sun finally came out and I cannot tell you what that did for everyone’s spirits!  We’re finally getting back into a bit of a groove as much as we can.  These cool fall temperatures make it so nice for the kids to get out and play.  There are still huge parts of the city that are underwater and roadways that cannot be accessed, and businesses that are closed.  My husband went back to work last week and by the time this post is live Izzy will finally be off to school.  We’ve reached a point where the kids are over summer 😀  They both want to be back in school with their buddies.  Being so close (Izzy had her first day clothes laying out before the storm hit) and then having to wait threw them for a loop.  Sam should be back this week as well.  What a long time coming school has been!  We all benefit from that steady routine.

Around the House

All of the photos in this post are from my Instagram.  That’s where you’ll see all the sneak peeks of projects before they make it to the blog and other things that don’t.  If you’re not following there already, I’d love to have you!  There are a couple of projects that have taken a back seat to what has been going on lately, as I’m sure you can understand.  I’ll started plugging away at those again once the kids are back in school.  I am COMPLETELY in the mood for fall to be here and have been trying to bring in some fall touches here and there.   I realized the other day though that my go-to fall decoration, pumpkins, are nowhere to be seen yet.  What’s a girl to do?!  I’m adding little bits of fall anyway I can.

Succulents that used to be in the vase on the coffee table have been replaced with dried fall leaves.  The little copper cup from Turkey was a gift from my mom and adds in some warmth.  Not that it’s really fall related, but I did sew up a couple of pillows to use in the playroom window seat.  They’re the two largest pillows on opposite ends of the couch.


Tropical leaves in the dining room were replaced with these beautiful branches.  The vintage apple paperweight is a favorite of mine and fits in perfectly this time of year.  Would you believe these branches are fake?  Found them at Hobby Lobby.  Currently 40% off, but only $7.99 a stem originally!  DESIGN TIP:  Add water to the vase.  You’ll even fool yourself into believing they’re real!


Just wanted to let you guys know we’re doing ok!  Please keep those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and sadly those who will be affected by Hurricane Irma in your thoughts and prayers.  If you are wanting to help out, I urge you to do some research before hand and donate to reputable organizations like the American Red Cross.   You can donate online by credit card or PayPal, and can even donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief through your wireless account by texting REDCROSS to 90999.  Visit the American Red Cross for more information.



  1. cassie bustamante Avatar

    i am SO glad to hear that! we were in the same place as you for katrina- we were lucky but just 1/4 mile away not so much. it’s so hard to see the devastation and loss, but also so beautiful to see the people come together to do great things.
    your home looks beautiful as always!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      It’s so true. There can be so much beauty found in total devastation. Human kindness at it’s best.

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