Somehow it's November and time for the next #fearlesshome post! I vaguely remember telling you all at the end of the summer that I would get back to a more regular blogging schedule this fall, yet here I am continuing to slack off. The good news is that my first trimester exhaustion has passed (I napped more during those months than I have in my previous thirty-odd years combined). It's just that as soon as I had some energy back, it all went to various trips (Spain! I'll share that with you soon) and other activities. Excuses, excuses. I do have some nursery plans that I'll share with you soon, so stay tuned. But first! Let's get down to business with this month's batch of my favorite fearless homes.
Earlier this month I mentioned we'll be starting on a new room this fall and, hey! It's a nursery. New indeed.
If you're a regular reader here (you're the best!), then you may have noticed that I've cut way back on blogging in recent months. Now you know why. I spent my first trimester feeling fine but utterly exhausted, and looking at computer and phone screens has been especially draining. I needed to cut back on something, and since my work and day-to-day life activities aren't exactly optional, I cut back on blogging. I'm finally starting to feel more like myself these days, and with some newfound energy I'm excited to get back into blogging and this crazy new endeavor.
So now that that's out of the way, who's ready to check out some nursery inspiration?
Well hello! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. I spent mine in Charleston and it was just right. I could have mayyybe used one more beach day, but all in all I think I'm emotionally ready for September. I'm certainly feeling ready to come back after my August blog hiatus, and I'll have a room refresh coming up this fall that I can't wait to share.
But first! It's time for the September edition of #fearlesshome. As a reminder, #fearlesshome is an Instagram tag for showcases your bold looks and risk-taking projects. Follow along with hosts Brittany of Britt Kingery, Cassie of Cassie Bustamante, Jenna of Rain on a Tin Roof, Kimberly of Swoon Worthy, and of course, me (hi!) to check out some killer off-the-beaten path designs and for a chance to be featured in our monthly blog roundup. Catching up on what you all have shared is such a thrill, and I love that you're all as excited as I am to see bold, fresh, and fearless takes on home decor. So let's get to it!
Minimalism is having a moment these days and I'm all for it. I appreciate the minimalist lifestyle. I think we should all strive to create less waste, to buy less junk. I love thrifting not only for the potentially great finds, but because a quality piece deserves a second chance at life and big box stores should slow their roll. And when I do buy new things, I want them to be made to last. Plus when you have next to no storage space, extra stuff just isn't really an option (I know fellow city dwellers and old home owners feel my pain). The only issue?
Maximalism brings me joy.
So much joy. I like color and pattern and shelves full of books and the spillover books stacked up by the wall. I like floor-to-ceiling gallery walls with a mix of paintings and sculptural pieces. Give me abundance, a little untidiness, and a sense of fun.
So how to reconcile the two? It's surprisingly easy to appease both my maximalist aesthetic with my minimalist values. Granted, it takes time and no small amount of willpower. But we can totally do this.
Well, hot damn. We asked you to share your fearless home shots with us on Instagram, and you delivered. I'll admit that when I first launched this series with Primitive and Proper, Britt Kingery, Rain on a Tin Roof, and Swoon Worthy, I was a bit worried that no one would show up to the party. Happily, you all proved me wrong. I have loved checking out your crazy paint projects, bold wallpaper, and friggin' indoor swings. I had a pretty hard time narrowing down my favorites this month, but I'm thrilled to share them with you.
Ready to dive in?
I don't know what it is about cantaloupe. Most of the year I have no interest in it, but come summer I cannot get enough. It may have even replaced watermelon as my favorite summer fruit. Since it's the weekend (phew), I figured it's as good a time as any to turn this snack into a cocktail.
Heavens to Betsy, it is hot. I'm already a bit of an ice cream fiend, and this week is only serving to further my addiction. I love a trip to Bev's (our local ice cream shop) or TCBY (white chocolate macadamia FTW), but homemade is a delicious and surprisingly easy way to go. I love being in control of the ingredients and flavor combinations I use. Don't worry if you don't have an ice cream maker - not all of these recipes require one. That said, I use my ice cream maker all the time, and if you keep the bowl in the freezer you can be ready to throw together homemade ice cream at a moments notice.
Hello there! I took an impromptu vacation from the blog last week, and now I'm dipping my toe back into writing. I've got no excuse for the absence except that it's summer, and my computer screen isn't exactly tempting me at the moment. However! I've got some new (to me) pieces that I just had to share. I hope you're not sick of rattan or burl wood yet!
Welcome! I'm Arielle, and this is Scotch & Nonsense. Whether you've come for the home projects, the recipes, or the cocktails, I'm thrilled you're here and I hope you'll stay a bit.