Around Our Monterey Home

Tuesday, February 24, 2015




My latest thrift store find. An antique jewelry box for two dollars!


The shelf in our teeny guestroom with some of my favorite books and vases gifted by Ash, Lorraine & Mary Grace!


 My girly office, from this post...


John Shea's nursery from Okinawa, from this post. His room in our house now has a different rug and is about a third the size, so we lovingly call it the lamb cave ;)


The last time I posted a photo of this side table, he could barely reach the drawers, now look at him!! Thankfully, he has zero interest in what's on the tabletop (like those bottles of alcohol) unless Daddy leaves out a tool, then he's all over it!


I love our home! I think in the age of social media, and even just in general, it's easy to forget how blessed we are and how incredibly much we're given moment to moment. Hearing Mika (my Bosnian Grandmother, hi sena!!) tell us stories over Christmas about how she grew up and how our parents grew up so differently than we did was a great reminder that we are so very spoiled. I am so thankful for all the Lord has done for us and given us! We may not be homeowners yet, and probably won't be for a good while during our gypsy lifestyle we love, but He always provides a beautiful home for us and the freedom and originality to make it our own, a place we truly love being in, which is what I think interior decorating is all about, right? It is so much fun turning a house into a home with each of our moves, even though I clearly know next to nothing about interior design. It's something I'd love to learn more about and hopefully will get to while in Europe. I do know what I'm drawn to, though! : soft colors, comfort, simple, fresh, classic, finding things from our travels, antique and thrift stores, garage sales and my guilty pleasures, Pottery Barn and Anthropologie. Welcome to our home in Monterey!

(I don't think I ever did a post like this while we were in Okinawa, but a lot of our apartment can be seen here.)

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful sweet lady!! Everything looks absolutely gorgeous!! :) I love seeing these pictures! It looks so incredibly welcoming!!
    :) Rebecca

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    1. Thank you my friend! Wish you could come by!

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  2. You have a beautiful home Amanda! Absolutely love your photo wall!!! :) Very homely and inviting... just what I like! XXXX

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  3. you are crazy if you say you know nothing of interior design! You have fabulous tastes my dear!! Wish I could plop myself down on your sofa -- let Trey crawl around with JS -- and we drink some wine!!
    -- lanneybear

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    1. YES. Ahhhh can't we please make that happen????

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  4. Beautiful! It would be fun to see photos of your kitchen since you post so many recipes and food ideas!

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    1. It's tiny and not that pretty but I'd be happy to post some anyways sometime soon. Thanks, Barbara!

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  5. Your home is so beautiful! And you capture it so well. I love how bright and airy everything is, especially the framed photos above the side table. I have been meaning to print some of my favorite personal photos and get them in some frames for a while now.

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    1. Thank you, Miranda! Yeah - having photos framed is one of my favorrrrite things anywhere we live - I keep meaning to get more done myself!

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  6. It is all so beautiful and fresh! I love your little details: your simple kitchen table setting, and the "a" mug used as a vase. You have a great eye!

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  7. Ok, please pretty please with sugar on top, please come decorate my house. I pay in Ayden cuddles and cookes! :D Such a beautiful space for your sweet family!

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    1. Haha I would love some Ayden cuddles and I cannot get enough cookies right now!

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  8. A white couch? Wow you are so brave!!! I've decided we're waiting until our kids are grown before we venture into white couch land!

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    1. Hahaha or just plain dumb. It's slipcovered so we wash it often and miraculously it stays white! Though you can't see it in this photo but it badly needs to be washed right now :)

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  9. Your taste is impeccable! This is what I dream of my house looking like some day :)

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    1. You're kind to me, Alex! Thanks!

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  10. Love love love your beautiful home!

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    1. thank you my sweet friend! love love love the beautiful vases you gifted me!!!!!

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  11. So beautiful Amanda! We just moved into a new home in September and I am still working on getting everything just right. Thanks for the inspiration!

    p.s. so jealous of your beautiful spring flowers already....we are still buried in snow in New England!

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    1. Gaaaaah I am sorry!!! I am not trying to rub it in with our Spring weather, I promise! :) Next winter, it'll be us in the freezing cold!

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  12. SO happy you like the vase! I have fond memories of finding it in Padova :) beautiful photos and home, as always! xoxo

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