Riverton Garden Tour 2018 Highlights

Garden Tour 2018 was one of the highlights of Spring for me. This tour, hosted by the Porch Club of Riverton, was a gorgeous tour of nine different gardens in Riverton, NJ.

I took hundreds of pictures, and editing down my selection was a challenge. The first stop on the tour, which I’m sharing here, was easily my favorite.


This gorgeous front porch caught my eye right away. I loved the soothing color palette, which featured mint green, steel grey, and pops of blue, red, and orange with a generous sprinkling of gold metallic elements. This home inspired me to start incorporating mint into my living room decor.

The walkway to the back garden featured a slate path and plenty of adorable little vignettes to keep your eyes moving on the path back to the backyard, which ended up being quite the stunner…

My mom was all about this adorable side garden!

I loved the red yarn details on this wooden piece (above). I’m thinking of mimicking this embroidery style, but on a wall tapestry.

Didn’t I tell you that the backyard was quite the stunner? This stand-alone back deck is impeccably decorated. The color scheme ties in with the front porch without being an exact replica of the same style. I wanted to cozy up on this little couch and hide out in the backyard all day. I would’ve gotten kicked out, eventually. But it would’ve been worth it, I think.

Things I Didn’t Know About Motherhood

Motherhood is an experience that is both challenging and rewarding. Despite having many friends who became mothers before me, and despite listening to them tell me about their experiences, there was absolutely nothing that could have prepared me for the reality of motherhood. There were parts that were way more difficult than I anticipated, but there are also parts that are so much better than I could ever have imagined.

On Weight Gain and Body Acceptance

Over the past few years, I’ve put on a lot of weight. It actually started with a medication that I had to take for bipolar disorder. One of the side effects was that I put on a few pounds. But it wasn’t until recently, when I got pregnant with my first child, that the weight really started to pile on. During my pregnancy, I was a bit overwhelmed at the rate at which I was gaining weight, and it was hard to prevent it from happening. I was constantly hungry, and as my pregnancy progressed, I replaced going to the gym with more leisurely walks because I was constantly winded and tired from my workouts.