Excited to be sharing a little family beach photoshoot magic with all of you today. We aren’t the family that plans Holiday photos. We aren’t even the family who regularly gets all 5 of us together in one photo. Not that I haven’t spent years pinning beautiful family photos. I just haven’t had prioritized an actual shoot.
I also prefer being behind the camera usually. Most of my Instagram posts are the world from my perspective, so you don’t see a whole lot of me.
When our dear friend, Marielena Photography reached out to take some Holiday family photographs I thought it would be a great opportunity to try something new. Knowing how wonderful she is with kids put me at ease because my littles are not the type to stand still for any amount of time. I am sure many of you know exactly what I mean.
We knew we wanted to do a simple beach shoot, grabbing some of that golden hour magic. We were able to take the pictures down at West St. A place so special and full of memories for our family. Having these images of all of us at a place we hold so close is something I truly treasure.
Nesting has always been one of my favorite hobbies. I tend to be a homebody so I love little details that make our space, our ‘home’. I recently discovered Veyali room and linen sprays through their founder, Gina. These all natural, 100% botanical sprays are created by combining natural ingredients with the purpose of enhancing your home life.
In their words
“Made with measured magic and botanical science, Veyali reimagines the ancient artistry of parfumerie. Every scent has a story and a purpose, a whisper of nature that evokes the sweetest of memories. Without leaving you lost in a chemical haze or with a residue of regret. Our perfumes are hand-blended in expertly-curated small batches for optimal freshness and quality.“
Just that description moves me. It’s romantic and whimsical, exactly what you would want in something labeled botanical collection.
Let me introduce you to Kate Zimmerman Turpin’s beautifully design Hunt House in Texas.
Images of this rustic historically inspired home have been making the rounds lately, and with good reason. This rustic, European and Spanish inspired home is absolutely stunning. From open shelving and built-ins to simple forms in the architecture, the whole space is a dream.
When design stays true to it’s natural surrounding I am always left feeling so inspired and fulfilled. In a time where home design can seem so cookie cutter, it’s amazing to see homes built from the outside in.
This entire home is full of references to historical styles and combining with the exterior landscape.
We had a quick weekend away in Pioneer Town for a family friend’s wedding this past Spring. We had booked a beautiful ranch for the evening for all our group including our family, my parents, along with my sister and her husband. I have only spent a limited amount of time in Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree, but it’s always been on our to visit list. Oddly enough while planning for the weekend I had this thought in the back of my mind of a friend whose girlfriend had purchased property out there and I had been watching their journey through social media. So it wasn’t until the night before we were planning to head up there that it hit me that we were staying at their house. It was quite the coincidence. Driving up to their beautiful ranch to see her happily working on the landscaping while their pup ran around was so heartwarming.
They have done a beautiful job putting together this vacation rental. Supplied with all the items you might need, plus games and activities, and a beautifully designed interior. We all had a blast playing Oregon Trail in the living room, horseshoe in the yard, and hiking on the property.
Walking distance to Pioneertown and a short drive to Yucca Valley, we all left with an eagerness to return. If you’re looking to visit the area, I highly recommend Old Heard Ranch. You can get in touch with Holly and see more about the listing here.
I recently stumbled upon Zara’s home sale and was impressed with some of the items they have to offer. I had checked out their tableware and linens before, but didn’t realize it went much further than that. I put together a couple of picks I’ve added to my wishlist, not that I need any need for more home decor.
I especially love those pillows and unique stoneware bowl. Definitely worth working into a clean coastal home design.