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Setting the Scene for Spring

I’m going to be honest with you — I’m not ready for temperatures in the 80s.

And if it has to be hot and humid in April, I’m going to need someone to get me to the coast ASAP.

But here we are.


Birds chirping away.

Rain and humidity.

Bees angrily hovering over me as I water patio plants.

Pollen rapidly recreating the Dirty Thirties.

My hydrangea begging to be watered 4 times a day.

Springtime //

All that complaining aside, I’m so excited to share my latest Target finds with you! Our patio furniture desperately needed new cushions and some pops of color, so here’s what I decided on for the front porch.

Target's Threshold Patio Cushions and Pillows //

I’m playing up the coastal colors, since our home’s exterior paint is (to me, at least) reminiscent of a Caribbean cottage! Still working on arranging plants and things, so I’ll share more photos soon. After all, I’m just dying to show you our bright yellow front door all over again.

The herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, sage, and cilantro) are all doing well — trying my best to keep them watered in this heat.

Herb markers from Target! //

I hung out with my Mom earlier in the week and she whipped up a delicious (and simple!) warm spinach salad with quinoa, broiled shiitake mushrooms, and crumbled feta. The dressing was a classic mix of olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and cracked black pepper. So good!

Warm Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Broiled Shiitake Mushrooms, and Feta //

In other news, our wedding is featured on Chatter, the Fearrington Village blog!

Click the link above to read all about how we met, our romantic engagement, the wedding day festivities, and how much Fearrington means to us both.

xo Cassie

Decorative Garden Stakes

On a recent Target haul (yeah, going to Target is THAT dangerous), I picked up these plastic herb markers and wax crayon for my herb garden. I had previously considered the chalkboard kind… but it seemed silly to me, since any water would likely remove the writing. Or just make the writing run and look all gross.

Decorative Herb Markers //

I decided to fancy them up a bit by practicing my (not good) cursive and adding a bit of knotted twine. The best part is: there is no right or wrong way to tie them. Each one turned out slightly different, and that’s what I love about them.

Decorative Herb Markers //

Decorative Herb Markers //

Decorative Herb Markers //

Decorative Herb Markers //

With the odd exception of today, the weather is getting warmer by the day. So, I’ve been outside digging around and tending to our patio pots and planters. GIRL, dirt under my nails and evvvvverythinggggg.

It’s fine, I haven’t had a manicure since January.

Hm, excuse to get one?

Maybe so. (Like my rationalization?)

For real, I’m trying my best to spruce things up in time to use the patio for entertaining before it gets WAY TOO HOT. Because if you live in NC, you know ALL TOO WELL that springtime goes a little something like this:

Day 1 of Spring – Wow, what a pleasant and beautiful day… I wish it could stay 75 degrees forever!


Have you starting grilling? Planting herbs and veggies? Decorating your patio or deck? I’d love to hear!

xo Cassie

Organize with Style

Sigh, yet another dreary winter day. More clouds, more rain, and more fog. It was most certainly a stay-indoors-at-all-costs kind of day.

I spent the afternoon sifting through a few old “junk boxes” that I’d come across during last week’s office closet overhaul. It was actually quite fun to find homes for what turned out NOT to be junk. Oil paints and brushes, beautiful stationary leftover from our wedding, fabric swatches from my college fibers course, gift bags and tags, various rolls of tape, spray paint, etc.

In an effort to “beautify” my craft stuff, I organized things using beautiful canvas-wrapped boxes with lids from Target. Threshold brand, I believe. The boxes (along with a vintage hat box) are stacked nicely next to my desk in our newly-designed office. A fun hexagonal box now houses dozens of oil paints — patiently awaiting that surge of inspiration that I’m hoping for!

Organize in style with these fabric boxes from Target!

Organize with style with these fabric boxes from Target!

Organize with style with fun cardboard boxes!

In other news, our first produce box from Papa Spud’s just arrived, so I’m headed downstairs to check out what goodies we’ve received!

xo Cassie

Feathered Friends

We got more snow!

I woke up around 11am (slept in because I worked until 2am) and when I looked outside, I saw a lovely blanket of white on the ground. It’s still coming down pretty heavily, even though the forecast only had it snowing until 2pm. The roads are wet and will likely freeze overnight.

Bah, should have made that Lowes Foods run yesterday after all!

I was inspired by my Grandmother Mary (whose blog can be found here) to finally try my hand at photographing some of the birds that hang out at our feeders. With the help of Richard’s zoom lens (and a crash course on how best to use it), I managed to snap some photos of our feathered friends with a bit of snow in the background!








Stay warm and safe, my friends!

xo Cassie

Office Originality

Hm, the word ‘originality’ beings to look really strange when you stare at it long enough. I double and even TRIPLE-checked that I did, in fact, spell it correctly. Just one of those words, I guess.

Moving on.

I am so so so thrilled to share with you some of the “office progress” that Richard and I have been working diligently on. We did a TON of cleaning/organizing this weekend — from closets to dresser drawers — and even switching the contents of the guest room and office completely.

I loved our guest room, but we VERY rarely have guests. In fact, I’m pretty sure only three people have ever stayed over… in almost 3 years. THEREFORE, it makes sense to use that bright and sunny room for something useful to US.

We hated using our office. In all seriousness, I’m ashamed to admit that it had actually become more of a “junk room”.

Ashamed because that makes it sound like Richard and I deserve our own episode of Hoarders.


But it’s all better now. The VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) truck just came and picked up 8 or so boxes of clothing, shoes, and random household items. Let’s be real, you know you don’t need something if you didn’t even know that it existed. IN YOUR OWN HOUSE.

So here are some shots of how of my little half of the office is coming along!




Gallery wall

I added the “gallery wall” today. Not sure if I’ll continue to add pieces, or just switch things out to keep it interesting without being overwhelming. I’m really happy with how light and airy the workspace feels, though. Very girly and far from “office-y”.

And here’s little Ellie, hanging out next to me and watching for birdies!


What do you think? Do you have a little sanctuary in your home?

xo Cassie

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