We’re glad you’re here. When I started this site over a decade ago, it was driven by a passion for beauty and uncovering it in others’ lives. Bringing that vision to life through food, design, and gathering friends around a table is my true happy place. Today, I lead our incredible team of editors as we share daily content to inspire the pursuit of the life you dream about. Our community is vibrant and growing–we currently reach over 50 million monthly impressions across our site and social.
I’m also a mom of two on an endless quest to find balance, and that pursuit of living a more joyful and present life is an underpinning of everything we do. (Also in a starring role: my obsession with the perfect pizza and getting 8 hours of sleep a night.) My family lives in sunny Austin, Texas most of the year, and when the ocean calls, we head to the 1950’s beach house that we’re currently renovating in Malibu.
But let’s back up a bit, to the tiny bungalow I lived in with my husband, circa 2009.
Its basement served as the makeshift HQ for my just-launched event planning company. Though I’d majored in journalism and dreamed of being a magazine editor, I’d spent the first couple years of post-college life working in catering, where I fell head over heels for event planning. I thought I’d found my dream job. It married my love of cooking, my passion for design, all with the goal of bringing people together. I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to do this stuff.
But it wasn’t long before I craved a creative outlet all my own. So I started a blog, just for fun, where I could share my inspiration and entertaining tips. In this pre-influencer, pre-social media world, I couldn’t have dreamed that it would become the focus of my career for the next 12 years. I just knew that I found so much joy creating in this space, and over many years, building a community to share it with.
Today, it’s still sometimes hard to believe that I actually did become that editor-in-chief that I dreamed about, though instead of doing it in heels in my corner office, it’s usually sweats in my kitchen, racing to see how much I can get done between school drop-off and pickup.
“…a beautiful home, delicious food, and gathering with the people you love isn’t some unattainable goal: it’s yours for the taking.”
What fuels me? (Besides my oat milk latté.) My passion for inspiring YOU to live the life you dream about. To remind you that a beautiful home, delicious food, and gathering with the people you love isn’t some unattainable goal: it’s yours for the taking, no matter where you are or what your budget is.
I’m so glad that you’ve found our home on the Internet. You’re invited to bring your imperfect and amazing self, cozy up, and get a daily dose of inspo to create your most beautiful life–and invite some friends to join you.