Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Woman Crush Wednesday Music Playlist

Happy #WomanCrushWednesday! Lately my Spotify playlists have been filled with hard-hitting music from a lot of really great female indie, pop, and electronic artists, so I thought I'd share with you some of the music I'm listening to you right now. It felt fitting to curate a music playlist centered around the bad-ass women who rock the music industry each and every day. Download/stream and enjoy! 

Woman Crush Wednesday Music Playlist | Kayla Lynn
Photo: We Are The Northwest: A Fashion Editorial 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes

Move over, California. Your boho chic bungalows and coastal cool homes may flood Pinterest on the daily, but Seattle is quietly making a name for itself with it's own highly inspired interior design work. A few months ago I posted part one of the Seattle home roundup and today I am finally bringing to you part two, highlighting some fabulous local digs with really great design.


Home #1: A 100+ Year Old Renovated Tacoma Home

Designer: Lindy Dodge


The first home on this list is by far my FAVORITE. Tacoma is an industrial port city about 40 minutes south of Seattle and I for one am in love with it. In addition to possessing a booming arts and creative scene, Tacoma is close enough to Seattle to commute but far enough away that the cost of living isn't as astronomically high as in the city proper. I am looking to buy a home in Tacoma in the next five years or so, so it's no wonder that I am getting a serious dose of inspiration from this Tacoma home renovation!

The couple's renovation perfectly complimented the old bones of the house while bringing in some necessary updates. I could go on and on about the thrifted collection of beautiful vintage furniture spread throughout the house, including an 1800s French-manufactured table (for $50!), a thrifted basket turned into a dining room chandelier, and a beautifully hand-crafted chest of drawers fashioned into a "spice dresser" (please teach me your thrifting ways, Lindy). In addition to a curated collection of eclectic treasures, the home also shows off a whole host of smart and beautiful DIY projects. The banquet nook seating, dining table, and copper rod open shelving are all examples of DIY at it's finest (seriously, you guys can help me renovate a house anytime). The home is beautiful and cozy but also functional, which is a design principal that I need constant reminding of. You can buy the prettiest chair in the world for your living or sitting room, but if it's not comfortable and you're never going to sit in it then what's the point?

This space is a real winner in my eyes, I can't get enough of it. For more photos and details about the renovation hop on over to Design Sponge or Thimble and Cloth.

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Home #2: An Airy Tudor on the South Side

Designer: Lisa Staton


In my previous roundup of awe-inspiring Seattle homes I featured multiple home designs by local interior designer Brian Paquette (and you can bet I have another one to show you if you continue scrolling down), but he isn't the only design maven on the scene. Lately the work of designer Lisa Staton has been making a splash in a big way, and I for one am a HUGE fan! Her work perfectly encompasses the Pacific Northwest aesthetic, very modern farmhouse meets Oregon coastal. I love all the contrasting black and white details throughout the house, including everything from sconces, window treatments, and shelving hardware to various pieces of furniture set against the stark white walls and even one darkly-painted door with the prettiest vintage crystalline doorknob.

The dining room provides an interesting mixture of themes but somehow it works. The wicker chandelier above the dining room table makes the space feel light and airy and gives the room a distinct California touch, while the dark old table below it is much heavier and sets a more traditionalist tone. Then throw in some minimal artwork in cool blue tones and those Danish-style mid-century chairs (think Hans Wegner) that don't match the table at all and you have a very interesting space indeed. In theory none of these elements should work together, but somehow it's not that bad. Despite the mix of styles throughout the house it all unites under a very muted and neutral color palette which makes each space feel calm and soothing. Well played, Lisa.

See more photos from this project and others on Lisa Staton's website.

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Home #3: A Global 20th Century English Cottage

Designer: Lisa Staton


It just so happens that I have a second home to show you from designer Lisa Staton. Unveiled on the style and interior design website My Domaine back in May, this 1900s English-style cottage is GOALS.  A few different cultural influences, American, Indian, and British, were drawn upon for this space to highlight the clients' global roots. There is a slick black and white theme throughout the home (not unlike the previous home tour), with a few distinct pops of color from textiles, furniture, and house plants. The vintage antiques and details throughout the house add a distinct global characteristic that makes everything feel collected, and this affect is most noticeable in the entryway. All-in-all it is a very beautiful and well-designed home whose photos I could stare at for EVER.

Check out the full tour via My Domaine.

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Home #4: A Warm and Neutral Condo

Designer: Brian Paquette


You've got to give this man some credit for picking a color palette and really sticking to it! Everything in this beautiful condo fits in the brown or beige category and is complemented by gold and grey accents. I for one have a serious desire to sink into that couch and stay there all day long. Everything feels very natural and organic, making use of soft woods and textiles throughout. I think the side table in the living room made out of a burnt-looking piece of wood is one of my favorite touches. The place just feels so cozy and serene, and I love that this condo also gets a lot of natural light (and I imagine a pretty nice breeze coming off the water!). Everything is very cohesive and put-together; a definite winner!

View via Brian Paquette

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Home #5: Traditional Meets Modern Seattle Home

Designer: Cassandra Lavalle


Coco+Kelley is definitely one of my favorite blogs out there. Her aesthetic is so similar to my own and I love seeing every new room update or One Room Challenge reveal. I particularly love the dining nook with the traditional circular table mixed with lovely textiles. Just a serene and comfortable looking area to sit and have coffee or eat breakfast. I also love her ability to source and hang art; as much as I love buying art I struggle to find the perfect home for them in my own place.

And let's just take a moment to appreciate all of the really great lighting solutions at play here. Literally every single room is outfitted with amazing lighting; sconces, chandeliers, pendants; you can scroll through photos of each room and you will find some sort of awesome light fixture that just makes you think about how badly you need that same one in your own home. Like right now. I have gleaned so much interior design inspiration from watching this house morph into it's current form on the blog, and I can't wait to see more in the future.

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Tour 5 Perfectly-Designed Seattle Homes | Kayla Lynn

Which home tour was your favorite? Let me know in the comments, and as always thank you for stopping by!
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mid-Summer Reading List

Well folks, summer is just about halfway over which means that cozy knits and pumpkin spice lattes (we are already preparing for #PSL at Starbucks!) are just around the corner. There's still plenty of time though to stretch out on the beach or sit on the porch and dive into a good book. Below are nine reading picks worthy of your eyes, ranging from suspenseful to heartbreaking to downright beautiful. Check them out below:

9 Books to Read This Summer

Into The Water by Paula Hopkins 


A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
 Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return. With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present. 

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown


It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends.

But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan?

Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, but also about themselves, learning, in the process, about all the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Janelle Brown’s insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page.



Waking Lions by Eyelet Gundar-Goshen


Neurosurgeon Eitan Green has the perfect life--married to a beautiful police officer and father of two young boys. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road after an exhausting hospital shift, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene.

When the victim's widow knocks at Eitan's door the next day, holding his wallet and divulging that she knows what happened, Eitan discovers that her price for silence is not money. It is something else entirely, something that will shatter Eitan's safe existence and take him into a world of secrets and lies he could never have anticipated. 

WAKING LIONS is a gripping, suspenseful, and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame and desire from a remarkable young author on the rise.


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.




Swimmer Among The Stars by Kanishk Tharoor



In one of the singularly imaginative stories from Kanishk Tharoor’s Swimmer Among the Stars, despondent diplomats entertain themselves by playing table tennis in zero gravity—for after rising seas destroy Manhattan, the United Nations moves to an orbiting space hotel. In other tales, a team of anthropologists treks to a remote village to record a language’s last surviving speaker intoning her native tongue; an elephant and his driver cross the ocean to meet the whims of a Moroccan princess; and Genghis Khan’s marauding army steadily approaches an unnamed city’s walls.
With exuberant originality and startling vision, Tharoor cuts against the grain of literary convention, drawing equally from ancient history and current events. His world-spanning stories speak to contemporary challenges of environmental collapse and cultural appropriation, but also to the workings of legend and their timeless human truths. Whether refashioning the romances of Alexander the Great or confronting the plight of today’s refugees, Tharoor writes with distinctive insight and remarkable assurance. Swimmer Among the Stars announces the arrival of a vital, enchanting talent.


The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico 


While her parents are away, a teenager finds herself home alone, with the household staff mysteriously gone, no phone connection, and news of an insurgency on the radio—and then she hears a knock at the door. Her teacher, who has been kidnapped by guerrillas, recites Shakespeare in the jungle to a class of sticks, leaves, and stones while his captors watch his every move. Another classmate, who has fled Colombia for the clubs of New York, is unable to forget the life she left behind without the help of the little bags of powder she carries with her. Taking place over two decades, The Lucky Ones presents us with a world in which perpetrators are indistinguishable from saviors, the truth is elusive, and loved ones can disappear without a trace.


Idaho by Emily Ruskovich


Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband’s memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade’s first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. In a story written in exquisite prose and told from multiple perspectives—including Ann, Wade, and Jenny, now in prison—we gradually learn of the mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny's lives, of the love and compassion that brought Ann and Wade together, and of the memories that reverberate through the lives of every character in Idaho.


Marlena by Julie Buntin



Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat is quickly drawn into Marlena’s orbit and as she catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss, first pill—Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try again to move on, even as the memory of Marlena calls her back.
Told in a haunting dialogue between past and present, Marlena is an unforgettable story of the friendships that shape us beyond reason and the ways it might be possible to pull oneself back from the brink.


No One Is Coming To Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts



JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has. Ava is now married, and wants a baby more than anything. The decline of the town’s once-thriving furniture industry has made Ava’s husband Henry grow distant and frustrated. Ava’s mother Sylvia has put her own life on hold as she caters to and meddles with those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia’s undeserving but charming husband, just won’t stop hanging around. 
JJ’s newfound wealth forces everyone to consider what more they want and deserve from life than what they already have—and how they might go about getting it. Can they shape their lives to align with their wishes rather than their realities? Or are they resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.


What books are you reading this summer? Let me know in the comments below! 
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