• Jennifer Laura

Fun Friday- anniversary, The Actor's Life, and my design dilemma

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

First week of blogging full time is down and I have to say- pushing down the fear and doubt that bubbles up is just going to be an everyday occurrence for me #vulnerable. It's so interesting because starting my wedding planning business when I was 25 didn't feel so scary...so why does this feel scary at 33? I'm not sure, but if you've been following along you have my heart- thank you!! Here's what I've been reading, thinking, and up to this week.


Kris and I celebrated our anniversary on Thursday (it's been nine years!), we planned a mini-staycation in Houston, rented an airbnb in Montrose and spent a few days enjoying the city that we love so much, but rarely (ever?) vacation in. We took a cooking class at Sur La Table, this is the third one we have done and I couldn't recommend them more, they are so fun! This was a pasta making class and now I need a pasta roller in my life. We ate at Traveler's Table and Artisans, we biked all over town, and even did some antique shopping (thankfully Kris puts up with the antique shopping, we were also sure to stop in several wine markets, which is the equivalent to paradise for Kris). I insta-storied the whole thing, so if you missed it you can click on the "staycation" story hi-light on instagram to relive the trip with us.

sur la table cooking class

Do you listen to the Office Ladies podcast? I am completely obsessed with it so I decided to purchase Jenna Fischer's book, The Actor's Life and I couldn't put it down. It arrived last Friday night and after staying up veeery late, I had devoured it by Saturday afternoon. It's all about how to become an actor and the steps a person would take to make it in that business. It doesn't pertain to me and my life at all. But I still found it fascinating, and I was inspired by Jenna's (and so many others) resolve to never give up, keep going, plug away at that dream even when you get told no day in and day out.


I purchased some jackets from Old Navy a few weeks ago and this black zip up and ivory pull up are my new favorite thing to wear. We are in that time of year when it's 60 degrees in the morning, but are sweating buckets by lunchtime so a jacket I can peel off is a necessity. I love this jacket in both colors, but I'm probably going to spill salsa on the ivory one and wreck it, I know that's coming, so I'm typically more inclined to throw on the black one!


I also desperately need your opinion on something. Our bedroom is like...65% finished, we have the bed wall which looks like this (old bad quality photo, but it still looks the same)

farrow and ball de nimes bedroom design

And opposite that is my desk wall which looks like this...

farrow and ball de nimes bedroom office area grandmillenial design

But then here's what you see when you walk into our room...this giant wall of windows.

bedroom window wall large bay window

oof...they currently have plantation shutters on them, which I don't love the look of (a bit too farmhouse for me), but they are quite practical.

large bay window

I have been brainstorming what to do over here for about a year now...do I remove the shutters and add blackout curtains? But then we have those awkward angled walls and I don't love the idea of the curtain rod bending and carrying over to those- there is one on each side and they are short.

large bay window

I think that might look disjointed...or maybe it would help those awkward pieces of wall disappear and that's exactly what we need? I could remove the shutters on the big wall, do curtains there and then leave the shutters on the short walls? There is also the door to contend with. It has the shutter built in and it's staying- I don't love the way that it looks, but we have four of these doors on the back of our house and replacing one would open up a can of worms that I'm just not ready for. I do plan to add some furniture over here- I'm thinking two lounge chairs or a comfy sofa and something to put our feet up for movie watching. So whatever I do will wind up being more of a backdrop to that. Please weigh in...I need some help!


xoxo,


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ABOUT ME

Hi, I'm Jennifer Laura- you can call me Jenn. My husband and I just bought a house in our dream neighborhood and we are so excited to be here! The house, while already beautiful, NEEDS A LOT OF LOVE and STYLE. Join me, a past interior designer and wedding planner, as I work to make over each room and share the process along the way.