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I’m sitting at the bar in our kitchen, typing this post, with the baby monitor on my right and a cold cup of coffee on my left.

Colin is taking his morning nap.

A few of the windows are open, and I can hear birds chirping and gathering old seeds that have fallen from the dregs of our empty feeder out back. I can also hear Merlin (one of our cats) snoring. He’s asleep on the bar stool next to mine. A sense of calm filled the air as soon as Colin fell asleep. It’s a moment of peace and renewal between the bouts of laughter, crumbs, wriggles, dirty diapers, stories, and overall chaos that is my life as a stay-at-home-mom. I love every bit of it, I really do.

But I also love these quiet moments.

These moments of tranquility are like little gifts when my sleep was sporadic or yesterday was particularly trying.

Today’s Scribble Picnic theme is “Cabin”. I actually sketched this cozy A-frame cabin in bed last night – and doing so brought me a little bit of tranquility when I was having trouble falling asleep last night. I drew a place that I would want to be. I’d love to be reading a book in this little cabin, preferably by a warm fireplace, with soft blankets, and coffee that’s actually hot! Oh, and there absolutely must be snow on the ground outside!

But my little house in Chapel Hill, in my messy kitchen, with my cold cuppa will do just fine for me today.

xo Cassie

PS – I hope you’ll join in on next week’s Scribble Picnic challenge – the theme is “Umbrella”.

A Tranquil Space

Thanks to wedding registry gifts from our friends and family, I’ve been slowly transforming our bedroom into a more calm and tranquil space for relaxing, daydreaming, reading, and sleeping.

The bed is now decked out in Target’s Fieldcrest Luxury 500 thread count sheets in a subtle “geometric” pattern. We’ve got these sheets in “True White” as well as “Shadow Teal”. The duvet cover is a cotton/linen blend by Target’s Threshold brand.

By the way, we’re so excited to have a real duvet and duvet cover!


Last year’s Etsy headboard purchase works with any bedding, but here we’ve gone for a super-crisp white/ivory/grey color palette.



In my opinion, the headboard ties it all together.

Bed and Headboard

Our flag pillows (a 2013 World Market find) have migrated from the living room to the bedroom. I am craaaaazzzzy about the quirky effect that they have on our bed — so fitting!

We’ve also added a gorgeous end-of-bed bench (with storage!) and a cozy textured organic cotton throw blanket.


Detail Blanket

The artwork over our bed is an original painting by a former Meredith College classmate, Cheryl Harrison, who sadly and unexpectedly passed away last January. In 2010, when she and I were both students, I spotted it during a college art sale and told her that I was absolutely captivated by it — and I bought it from her. One of my favorite works of art is Picasso’s Guernica , and I love Cheryl’s kaleidoscopic and upbeat interpretation.


Do you have a serene bedroom? What makes your bedroom cozy? I’d love to hear more tips and tricks!

xo Cassie

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