Spring finds!

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includes affiliate links where i will receive a small commission on purchases (no extra charge to you, of course!)

ok fine. It’s March 20th, but it’s freezing in New England.

If you have the spring bug, I have some fun TRANSITIONAL pieces for you. I put that in caps because - realistically it is March. It is 40 degrees and we all know in MA we will not be wearing real spring clothes for two more months.

Most of these are H&M, target, old navy - I’m a budget friendly kind of shopper!

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one wild + precious life

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Philip + Katie Bowling / one delightful creative

I have always loved this quote, but in life the season I’m in, it resonates with me more than it has before. Maybe it’s a quarter-life crisis, but instead of being satisfied with wondering what could have been - we are choosing to pursue our hearts.

Do you ever wonder what might have happened if you took a different road?

And then maybe you start to fixate on - why did I not do this years ago?

In college, I wanted to study graphic design, but the application process was confusing & I didn’t take any art classes in high school (another thing I regret - why did I pick band instead??).

When we were first married (2008), I decided I wanted to open some sort of creative shop & opened a jewelry business, which still exists. I wanted to do something with homes, but fear always kept me back from trying.

I have always loved houses - especially old houses. I know they can be impractical, but I love the stories behind them, the worn wood floors lasting over years and years.

One of the ways we are shifting is changing our business to fit our hearts. In our shop - I create designs that remind you to live for and enjoy what’s most important in life.

But we are also taking a leap of faith & adding a design business to our company, One Delightful. Our hope is to run a business that helps you create spaces in your home that help you to enjoy what matters most in life. More time for playing, hugging, and appreciating the beauty of it all. Less time spent overwhelmed, cleaning up the clutter, and wishing things could be different. My design style is unpretentious, eclectic, functional, yet beautiful. I love using old pieces from my home that have a history, but incorporating the new, too. I’m the creative brain of our projects & my husband, Philip, is often the voice of reason and the self-taught handyman, helping to bring the dreams to reality.

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buffalo check wallpaper + vintage rug / one delightful home / onedelightfulcreative.com

We have loved renovating our three homes with our little people in tow. Our kids have taught us already that babies don’t stay small forever & that now is the best time to create a life and home that creates space for what matters most. They have also taught me that visual clutter really wears on me - & that creating a beautiful space is good for my well-being. We’ve started to see how amazing beautifully designed, simple spaces can be in helping to remind us to live the kind of life we want. We would love to help do the same for you!

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  • Help bring the dreams you’ve pinned on Pinterest into reality through online or in-person home design that will make your spaces more functional, simple, and beautiful.

  • Create custom, hand-lettered designs for your home + business that will remind you about the things in life that matter most.

  • Shop our current selections of hand-crafted prints at One Delightful Shop!

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cozy living room / onedelightfulcreative.com
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one delightful style tribe

Do you love instagram? Do you love one delightful shop? 

We have an exciting opportunity for you to get some free products in your hands just for sharing about our little shop! We launched our clothing & accessories shop of made in the USA items a little less than a month ago and have some exciting new things coming for this fall. 

As we prepare for fall, we are starting the search for a few of our Instagram-loving friends to be selected for the one delightful style tribe.

perks of being in our one delightful style tribe

+ Free item of your choice from our shop for every month you are selected & early access to new items

+ 10% off any other purchases for yourself

+ affiliate link for you to share with your peeps earning you cash money back in your pocket

how to enter the one delightful style tribe search:

+ Must follow @onedelightfulshop on IG & have a public account

+ Tag 1-3 of your photos with #odstribe so i can find you

+ choose photos that give me a sense of your personal style & vibe of your account

+ Leave a comment on ig to let me know a little about you or tag a friend that might be interested

+ Search ends July 22nd when i will select the ods tribe

 

fine print EXPECTATIONS if chosen as part of our style tribe

  • Permission to share any photos you take of yourself and ODS products on any of our social media accounts or website (you will receive photo credit)

  • Thoughtful sharing of our products that fits your brand & ours (the more photos you share of ODS products, the more likely I will share your photo and link to your account, but no guarantee that I will share your photos) 

  • Minimum of two photos on your instagram photos & stories within the month of receiving product from me with my handle @onedelightfulshop tagged in the photo and the comments

  • More details will be spelled out as the search closes

Excited to hear from you! Please don't disqualify yourself just because you have small following. I would love to work with people that are sincerely interested in partnering together :) 

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P.S. If you are not chosen as a stylist - please know we love you & are just choosing a few. We will have an affiliate program available soon open to anyone interested & will be re-evaluating our stylists every season.

how to create an everyday uniform

...Let me give you a window into an average day for me as a mom of 2 little kiddos. My kids wake me up before 6 almost everyday. I wear my pajamas around the house while getting the kids ready for school and I'm so out of it I'm lucky if my shirt is not on backwards. I maybe change into a slightly more adult-ish looking outfit to take my son to school, (aka turn my shirt around the right way). My shirt kind of smells because i really want to use natural deodorant (but it isn't working quiet right ... yikes). I come home with my three year old daughter and think, oh good, she is playing quietly, maybe i'll get ready for the day while she plays.

As soon as this plan is set in my mind, she starts to follow me around making a request for her third breakfast. I start to think about what kind of outfit I want to wear today, but my brain starts to skip around like a scratched CD.  I can't focus without my thoughts being interrupted with a request from my daughter and think in my head, "LEAVE ME ALONE". I love her, but as an scatter-brained introvert, this wears me out. 

I brush my hair, put on some mascara... and I feel guilty that I told my little girl to leave me alone in my mind. I throw on some workout shorts telling myself that I might work out today. 

Also worth mentioning, my daughter has worn three different outfits at this point (before 9am) & the one she finally lands on includes Christmas leggings and a watermelon dress.

Can you see why I need some simplicity in my life (and my closet...)? I'm working on sharing an idea for a solution to this problem tomorrow, but want to hear from you:  Is this at all what your life is like?  Have you figured out anything that's helped?

As I am on a mission to simplify my life & closet, i definitely find that sometimes life becomes more complex as a result of decision fatigue. 

here's an idea: create a uniform that helps simplify your morning routine.  here's what I mean:

How to create an everyday uniform

no, this does not involve joining the navy or getting a job at taco bell.  an everyday uniform is a consistent, pre-planned outfit you always have ready for a day of the week or occasion that makes you look and feel amazing.

First, define what type of day you need a uniform for.

Maybe it's Monday for you because Monday is one of the hardest day to get going with life/work/kids. Maybe it's getting ready for church that always is a sticking point. What will you be doing on this day and what kind of outfit would best help you to look and feel great?  Mondays are my sticking point.  I'm going to create a Monday Uniform outfit. 

second, Decide What clothes ideally would make you happiest for this type of day? 

Comfortable clothes? Professional?  Sassy?  Fun?  Is there a color or pattern you love that makes you happy? To create your uniform, start with your favorite clothes that fit the bill. Make it something you feel awesome in, but that also will be appropriate for you to handle the tasks for the day.

third, set out your clothes.

Put your 'uniform' pieces in a place where you can easily pull them together and put them on.

My Monday uniform:  the Allie top + Summer Cardigan from my shop (+  leopard printed earrings !), paired with Target jean shorts and birks

My Monday uniform:  the Allie top + Summer Cardigan from my shop (+ leopard printed earrings!), paired with Target jean shorts and birks

fourth, redefine seasonally. 

This could almost be a mini-capsule for you. I don't know if I like the idea of a capsule closet, but I think I this sort of applies the same idea on a smaller scale. 

I would love to see what your uniform would be + what it would be for if you give it a try! Tag me with your uniform on ig or share your uniform in my facebook community

If you are looking for some pieces like the ones above to help simplify your closet, these pieces will be available Monday in my shop