The Link Up: How Caitlin Makes Her Hair Silky/Bouncy/Smooth, Emily’s Favorite Kid Craft Book, And Some Ways We Can Help Those Who Need It Most Right Now

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It’s hard to know what to write when there’s so much tragedy and hardship going on in the world. We don’t want to ignore but also know that a momentary pause, like a link up, is also needed. So please give your loved ones an extra hug, enjoy some fun things we are loving, click on the links to help those in need, and have a good rest of your Sunday<3

This week’s house tour might be the coziest modern cabin we’ve seen in a minute. It’s textured, warm but with just the right amount of soulful contrast. And if you are in Australia you can rent it!

From Emily: At the beginning of the pandemic I ordered 10 different activity books for the kids since we were homeschooling. Everything from science experiments, cookbooks, cooking + science, craft books, and activity books and this was by far the most popular for the whole family. All of the crafts are from recycled materials that you likely go through (cans, egg crates, yogurt cups, bubble wrap, cardboard) so we started washing and collecting them in the garage in a big tub so that when we wanted to do a craft we wouldn’t have to actually buy more supplies. The book is super well shot, the crafts are clever, easy, fun and doing them with the kids was something that I equally enjoyed doing (spoiler – I love to craft). So while school is ramping up and you might not need the extra entertainment I highly recommend this book for rainy weekends or if you want to do something to engage with your kids after school that you might actually enjoy, too.

Another “home tour” this week is the beautiful La Bionda Hotel in Begur, Spain. The design is by Quintana Partners and has an old-world flare with whimsical detailing. Every inch of this property is absolutely STUNNING, and it’s now on our bucket list of well-designed hotels to stay in. Oh, and the bright red lobby desk is holding onto our hearts tight. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

From Ajai: I like to make any space I design feel grounded, so incorporating pots and plants is a good way to do that. I love these clay vessels because of their distressing, giving them an antiqued feel.

From Mallory: I don’t know why it took me forever to order this for my apartment, but after a year of living here I FINALLY DID IT and life is good. Yes, they’re door stops. The doors to our apartment are very heavy & shut behind you, but we like to keep them open to get a cross breeze while we cook so we don’t set our smoke alarms off. We used to drag an extremely heavy chair across the entire place just to keep the door open, but now that I finally got some door stops, there will be no more chair dragging and it’s much better for everyone (especially our neighbor under us). Plus I like these because they have a cute little leather tab that adds a nice touch. Best $10 (for a 2 pack) I’ve ever spent.

Also from Mallory: I just stumbled upon these extremely cute Etsy lights and I want them all so bad.

From Jess: If you haven’t watched Bake Squad I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s fun, uplighting, and just full of an insane amount of creativity from professional bakers.

Also From Jess: Ok I know it’s not fall yet and crowding around the fire is NOT top of mind but I picked up this very good log holder from Target. It’s perfectly simple and modern AND has a removable base plate to easily clean up messes. I’m planning to use it in a slightly unconventional way so it can be used in more ways than one!

From Caitlin: Greetings from Vermont! I’m doing MOH duty in my childhood best friend’s wedding this week – over two decades of friendship!!! – but I GOTTA show y’all something one of the other bridesmaids turned me on to: this volumizing round brush blow dryer. Guys, this thing is AMAZING at getting you some blowout-style hair without the hassle of juggling a brush AND dryer separately. She let me borrow it on our very cold, very damp bachelorette trip to upstate NY and I used it again this week in a super-rainy and uber-humid climate – and y’all, I’m just BLOWN AWAY (pun UNintended but very appropriate) by the difference it makes in how smooth and shiny and bouncy my hair looks and feels without any additional hot tools. Highly recommended!!!

We all know this has been a very hard week. Emily wrote this post about the ways we can all help the Afghan people and the refugees that are here and coming. But we can’t forget about Haiti and the horrible earthquake that has devasted it. Here’s a great article from NPR that gives a bunch of ways to help and/or get involved.

That’s all for this week folks!! Thanks for tuning in 🙂

Opening Image Credit: Design by Emma O’Meara | Photoy by Nikole Ramsay | via The Design Files

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