10 in 10 guest post {Rachel of Smile & Wave}

One of my daily online stops is Smile & Wave. Rachel’s blog is full of all types of lovely things. My favorite posts of Rachel’s are peeks into her home. Her home is even better than her blog – if that is possible. She has such a fun eye for design. It is very vintage, but with a modern and streamlined touch. Sometimes I want to remove everything in my home and ask Rachel to come redo it all for me. I am extremely jealous of all her great mid-century finds and her ability to sew anything. I also enjoy reading the things Rachel writes about her friends. It is evident that she is a loyal friend that deeply loves those that are close to her.  And for a totally random fact…Rachel was at my wedding. I didn’t know that until last year.

My name is Rachel Denbow and I share my version of young motherhood in a world of vintage on Smile And Wave.  My husband and I have a preschooler and an eleven month old and live in a crooked old house on a slanted street in the middle of the country.  I spend my days teaching online classes, singing the wrong lyrics to radio songs with my son, shaking my head at the messes, and keeping our little forager from swallowing bits of fabric and yarn that land on the studio floor.  I make a mean french pressed pot of coffee and have a sewing machine tattoo on my right shoulder.  I love to capture the strong moments between my kids.  They are probably going to be better friends than I could’ve imagined.  I have a weakness for vintage floral sheets, typewriters, globes, and kitchenware, and share Ashley’s addiction to lonely chairs.  I am continually thankful for this online medium and the ways it’s expanded my creative horizons and for the second chance it afforded me to get to know the creative genius of Ashley Campbell despite two years of sharing the same college campus in Oklahoma!  Ashley, you’re one of my favorites and I appreciate the chance to share a little bit of the random pretties from my home on your blog.

Here are ten colorful peeks into life at our house this week!

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  • Helena - A Diary of Lovely - beautiful, I love all her ideas and got me really inspired! Thanks for sharing! I have just added a new daily read to my list!

  • Shannon{photos by shannon} - I love typewriters too but so far haven’t gotten any. I know a thrift store that always has a few…once we get all moved in and unpscked I’m sure I’ll get one!

  • Sarah M - Love Rachel’s blog, it’s also been one of my favorite for the past 2 years or so! So much fun inspiration there, here’s some the free advertising: Her online classes are worth.every.penny!!!

    Sarah M

  • Ivana - I’m a regular follower of yours over on Smile and Wave, but even so I really enjoyed this post! I’d love to know more about the ‘Yes, Momma’ Chart 🙂

  • j cole - I have that flowered sheet!! My college roommate and I had matching sets my freshman year of college (1975, thank you!) and it is on one of my twin beds today! LOVE this stuff! She will be on one of my regulars from now on. THANKS!

  • susie whyte - hooray! i’ve been waiting for rachel’s post. i knew it was coming. 🙂 i also love her home photos. so fun!

  • Lisa P. - Super cute! I love the last picture!

  • allison - I love Rachel’s blog, too! All these bright colors are so cheerful, and they really make me want to redecorate.

  • rachel denbow - Ashley,
    Thanks so much for the chance to fill in for you while you’re away! I enjoyed each of the guest posts and have some new blogs to be inspired by on a regular basis.

    And our ‘Yes, Momma’ chart is no longer in service because it seems the little man has it down pat! My mom is a genius. Or a teacher. Maybe it’s one in the same sometimes.

  • chantelle - loved the peek- I am drooling over the bench-I just looove benches!

  • Kristin - I to visit Rachel’s blog whenever she updates. I can’t believe the good finds. I live in Chicagoland where vintage is few and far between and expensive.

  • Dacia - Loving all the pictures! I’m definitely going to check out Smile and Wave now.

  • KaraM - I always love the clipboards! Everytime I see them I think “hmmm, I should do that.”

  • tiffany. - i LOVE rachel 🙂 …and i LOVE her house too!

  • joy frameworks - I love the colors and I love a home that shows their personality!

  • Lindsay - My TWO MOST FAVOURITE BLOGHERS on one page!

  • Tanya - Aaaah! How cool to see two of my daily reads together in one spot! Both your and Ashley Ann’s blogs are two of my very faves. I think I love every single picture of those 10, Rachel! The florals and prints make me happy, and I have that fabric your pillow is made out of. I just haven’t gotten around to making the pillow yet.

  • Elizabeth Anne - I love your typewriters! Where do you find them?

  • FuNkY MoMmY - What a great post! I am hoping to visit her shop one day. My brother and sister in law just moved to Missouri.

  • Heather - i love rachel’s blog, too and enjoyed these extra peaks into her home. smile and wave is a daily read for me because of rachel’s real approach to life, home, and family. i love that!

  • Kelly - Please do tell the story of her being at your wedding but you not knowing it! Kelly

  • Efrat K - Your home is so pretty and inspiring, Rachel!

  • Sarah (Hodgin) Cox - Ashley…I have no idea how I happened across your blog, but for a couple of years now I’ve checked in on your incredible photography weekly! I had to post today b/c reading Rachel’s post I’m simply in shock that I’ve just realized…I must have been at OBU when you were there…who knew!!! I knew Rachel back in the day, lost contact, came across her blog, lost the web address, and…yay…today…reconnected in a whole new way! thanks for having Rachel post…you a both sooo inspiring!

  • Dawn - Love the wall of inspiration. The clipboards are a great idea.

  • Joye - I am so in love with Rachel’s house and her great eye for design, too! Love these pics!!!!!!

  • jan - Loving the both of you creative ladies! And love those colourful yardsticks!

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