Where did July go?

July is the shortest and the longest month.  In addition to the Fourth holiday, this year we had two kid birthday parties (for our kids), two family birthday parties (for our kids), several installs, a trip to San Francisco, and tons of shoot prep for a shoot that has been rescheduled!  I'm exhausted, in the best possible way.

Whenever I take an accidental blog hiatus I don't quite know where to start when I return.  So I will start with the present: yesterday we bought a dresser for the master bedroom.  For the past ten years we have been using a pair of Ikea dressers that I spray painted in our Brooklyn basement.  (I wish I had a photo of the very country before: knotty pine with black iron hardware!)  they were great in our Brooklyn bedroom flanking the bed:

And they have been functional side by side in Boulder and now here.  But this is how much I don't love them anymore:  when I had scouting shots done of my house in the fall, I had the photographer skip that side of the room altogether and focus on pretty detail shots like this.

To give you a sense of it, the large photograph in the photo below is sitting on the dressers, pushed together on a long wall.

(Don't you just love photographs that show you the inside from the outside?)

Long story short (too late!), I have been sort of keeping an eye out for a long 9-drawer dresser for years.  So when this one popped up on the instagram feed of Retrowanderlust, one of my favorite local vintage shops (the source for the tree!), I jumped on it.

Just in time for the rescheduled photo shoot.  Maybe I will allow a wider shot of the bedroom this time.  Of course, who knows what dominoes may fall from this.....