Pretty gray things.

shades of gray // sweetsonian

shades of gray // sweetsonian

 

I’m having trouble believing that September is already halfway over, and that the weather has cooled down so nicely. It was a mild summer (and I actually hung around DC and actually loved it). But fall is by far my favorite season, and Em and I reinstated our tea-before-bed ritual in the apartment, so I’m pretty much ecstatic that boot weather is back and that I can use the weather as an excuse to hermit myself with a few episodes of The Good Wife, Red Zinger, and the knitting project du jour.

I’ve recently been shifting my obsession with all-white-everything in decor to all gray. It’s kind of perfect for the shift in temperature, and moving forward, it will probably be my decor theme.

1. This marble swivel-top box would look lovely in a white kitchen. It’s also the perfect box to hold earrings and rings.

2. Snuggle up with a book and a cup of coffee in this Kate Spade dotted mug. Swoon.

3. I recently switched my white cotton duvet cover for H&M’s linen duvet set in light gray — and I’m obsessed. I didn’t think it was possible to love my down comforter any more… and it is.

4. Can I live in this sweatshirt? (I realize that this post is my way of acknowledging my need to spend all day in bed.)

5. A friend in New York has been hounding me for apartment decor advice, so naturally, I steered her towards some of my favorite things on the internet (many things I simply want for myself). This rug is high on that list. Check out the rest here.

6. Not sure where this photo is from, but I’ve been following this account and this account on Instagram, and they have the coolest knitting projects. I love that people are making knitting cool.

 

Maps + Links I love

vintage maps at home // sweetsonian

vintage maps at home // sweetsonian

clockwise, from top left: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Well, thank god this week finally ended. Am I right? I woke up on Monday legitimately thinking I had an easy week ahead of me, and by 11 am at the office, I was ready to burst into tears. Days like those are the worst.

But luckily after coming home, relaxing (and wallowing, I will admit) a bit, I was back in shape to tackle my work head-on. I’m prepping myself for a couple of trips — one, to visit my dear friend for a few days near Glacier National Park, and two, to visit the family in California. Cue a playlist filled with lots of Rilo Kiley.

In the meantime, here are a few things I’m pining for over the internet.

Maps, maps maps (links above). I’ve always been slightly obsessed with maps in decor, and someday, I’m going to score a beautiful vintage school map to hang in my living room or kitchen. To be fair, I was into this trend before it was hipster. I fantasized taking the ones from my elementary school when I was in the fifth grade… no joke.

How to save your summer produce for fall — put together by my friends/clients at Cava.

I’m obsessed with Pinterest, but every now and then, people post the absolute worst stuff on there. CapHillStyle and I collect all of our Pinterest pet peeves in one place. Knock yourselves out.

You probably know by now that I’m obsessed with beautiful things. This brand lettering — be still my heart. The packaging for this perfume makes me want to buy it immediately. This branded birthday invitation set is perfectly feminine and modern, and this add for Rifle Paper Co. makes me want to go make one of my own.

Speaking of Anna Rifle Bond, I’m pretty obsessed with these note cards (I’m a big fan of sending note cards in the mail), and this print about life giving you lemons. California girls out there? She makes prints on Yosemite, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. A little piece of home, wherever I end up living.

I’ve slowly been switching all of my accents and furniture from black to white, so this white lacquered desk set caught my eye.

Also, I’ve been pretty obsessed with Ebates for the past year, and have converted a good portion of my friends into believers. Basically, if you do a lot of online shopping, you should check Ebates first, and use their links to online retailers like Nordstrom and Sephora — they’ll deposit an extra percentage of your bill into a Paypal account every three months. As someone who does almost all of her shopping online, I can tell you that it’s really nice to get some money back every few months! Sign up here.

And these days, our mild, mild summer seems to be gradually dwindling into fall, so I’ve felt myself itching to break out the boots and scarves! This black and white swing dress would be a perfect fall transition, and this scarf (albeit vastly overpriced) is definitely the delicate, botanical design that could tone down summer and brighten up the winter ahead.

Home Office

home office // sweetsonian

home office // sweetsonian

When it comes to big purchases, I get my habits from my dad. It’s so painful to spend an exorbitant amount of money on something, but if you’re going to buy something important, save up and get exactly what you want.

For years, I’ve been talking about someday setting up my own design office. I finally did it — I sucked it up and bought a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display… because, honestly, nothin — nothing — compares to that screen. UPS lost the first box (honestly, who leaves a giant box outside of an apartment building on 16th Street? WHO?!) but the 2nd came in and I was able to receive it myself. I cleaned up my corner and had one of my photos from Greece printed for the frame above my desk. At some point, I’d like to get some shelves for the right side of that wall — I need someplace to put all of my design books and photography gear!

Anyway, I’m super excited about Sarah Gerrity Design Studio, LLC finally having a home of its own. Just wanted to share that with you!

Side note: the keyboard is solar powered. I’m obsessed.

home office // sweetsonian

ribba frame, ikea // thunderbolt display, apple // solar powered keyboard, amazon // trackpad, apple