What a Gem

While flipping through photos of my trip to D.C. (here), I found this beauty taken at the National Museum of Natural History.

My obsession with all things turquoise led me to take this picture. I love the color variation and the veining. I want to wear it around my neck, prop it on a bookshelf and use it as a serving tray all at once.

Since my moment of inspiration, I've been determined to find a way for this to translate into a home. Then I discovered this photo...done.

(chapman interiors via ara design studio)

Meet Virginia

While it's best known as a spot for lovers, Virginia wears many hats. Rich in history, full of charm and exceptional at wine making, it's an unbeatable getaway for a girl's trip.

Each year, my best friend Kate and I, along with our moms, choose a location to host our girl’s trip (as if we are the Olympics and cities are vying for our attention). This year, being only a shy two hours from Kate’s condo in D.C. we happily agreed on Orange, Virginia. Sifting through a number of Bed and Breakfasts in and around the area, we decided on the Inn at Westwood Farm. When you decide to make a trip, and you absolutely should, you MUST stay at the Inn. Aside from having the most hospitable, interesting and gracious hosts, the Inn sets a standard of excellence with their fine linens, hand-milled organic soaps and fresh-cut flowers. It’s lovely.

If you aren't yet smitten, feast your eyes on some of the wonderful details around the Inn. The Eggs Westwood (pictured below) does not disappoint.

The Wait is Over

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of adventure. In between college football, countless meetings with delivery trucks/installation people and a weekend in D.C., we actually found time to pack our belongings and move into our new home. That’s right, We Moved!!

Although the lack of sleep is prevalent in my eyes, I’m all smiles. After three wonderful days of occupancy, we can honestly say that it was worth the wait!!

Our month in photos...

The moment we arrived back to Texas, we hit the ground running and began moving the same day. Neither an eye infection nor dead car battery could stop us, we could see the end in sight.

Coming up, a house tour.