In January I decided I needed a vacation, preferably somewhere warm. I was debating a couple options and ultimately (and easily) decided on Austin, Texas. I’ve been to Dallas a few times for my last job, but never Austin. Plus, I have a friend who just moved there (Sam) and a friend in Dallas who could drive down for the weekend (Margaret). SOLD.
I decided to book a long weekend in February, arriving in Austin on a Friday and leaving on a Monday. It’s a quick flight from O’hare and definitely a great easy weekend trip.
On Day One, I flew in to Austin and Margaret drove down from Dallas and met me at the airport. We went immediately to a food truck stand for tacos and then pigged out on some Gourdough’s Big Fat Donuts. They are as big and fat as advertised.
2016 was a pretty good year for me travel-wise, so I decided to do a wrap up post of my favorite places and photos of the year.
San Francisco, CA
3.29.16 – 3.30.16 | work trip
My first work travel of the year was Dallas but I don’t have any fun pictures from that so we’ll begin with San Francisco (one of my absolute favorite places). This shot was taken at Baker Beach at sunset.
I’ve posted bedroom updates in two phases (here and here). Now with some new curtains, curtain rod and books organized by color, I was ready for the final shoot + full reveal. I’m calling the room Mid Century Moody because of the mix of the dark walls, wood and the way the light hits in the photos.
My very talented designer friend Jennifer Tullo asked me to take pictures of a nursery she designed for her friend Cece Novotny’s son Jack. I obviously said yes (especially in an effort to start featuring homes not my own). With the combination of the great design (nice job Jen!) and the National Park travel posters, I (not surprisingly) loved the space.
My bedroom just got mid-century(er). I had been using two white dressers I’d had since childhood and hadn’t upgraded yet. I just upgraded to the mid-century bed from West Elm and was in need of a dresser that matched better. Enter @waldomidcentury.
My bedroom has been through a lot of updating in the last 2+ years: Exhibit A, Exhibit B. Also, my photos are a lot better (go me!). While I don’t hate some of the previous versions, I do like how my style has evolved and where it is now (very mid-century modern. Yes, I’m aware it looks like a West Elm store).