Fauxdenza | Breanna Rose

I wanted to start a new column on my blog that focused on the positive things in life. Because all to often, we fixate on the negative and forget to simply enjoy what’s in front of us. As I was mulling over this last week, Michael suggested that I start journaling more – which I decided to take a step further as well. Every once in awhile, I’m going to share a few thoughts about what I’m currently grateful for. The advantages of this are two fold : I will be able to practice my photography, while taking time out of my day to think about what’s important! A simple exercise.

01. Last Sunday, I had one of those evenings where my mind was racing and furiously thinking about what’s next and how I can continue to improve my passion for creativity. I was anxious and the whole thought process was exhausting, but whenever I wander down that path – Michael is the one who can consistently bring me back to reality. So the following day, he came home from work with a bouquet of flowers ( pictured above ) that he picked out himself at a local flower shop. Moments like that are what it’s all about.

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02. Michael ( look who scores twice!! ) has also been super helpful around the house lately. In an effort to save a little money as we decorate our house, he has been gracious enough to build a few key furniture pieces. First up was the fauxdenza, which gave our living and dining rooms the connecting space we needed. He is very meticulous at what he does, which I’m ALWAYS appreciative of.

So there you have it, a few things that I am thankful for this week. PLUS, this post serves as a tiny sneak peak of our upstairs living space, although I know this isn’t much insight at all. More soon! We’re still pulling together a lot of knick knacks to finish off the space.

  1. Yelle says:

    the fauxdenza is lovely! i love that you didn’t have to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on one. we were lucky enough to find ours at a garage sale for $1.50 – no lie. the couple just wanted to get rid of a great piece of furniture! although, i will definitely keep in mind creating a fauxdenza in the future when i want more than one!

    • breanna says:

      OH MAN! Yeah $1.50 is a steal. I’ve been keeping my eye on Craigslist for awhile, too, just in case something amazing pops up. :)

  2. Alecia says:

    love that credenza. Can’t wait to see the rest Breanna! Also love this column idea. I have had a rough year and I watched a Ted talk on positivity and how it can change your life. The name of the man who gave the talk is completely slipping my mind but he suggested writing down three positive things each day. I have been doing it for about 2 months now and it has made such a difference in my heart and how my mind automatically thinks. Instead of going towards the negative, I am training my mind to assume the positive. Game changer. Have a great weekend!

  3. KAIT says:

    I think this is a really wonderful idea! I also just wrote about a TED talk by Shawn Anchor that discussed more on this topic. I highly recommend giving it a listen, it’s pretty quick and very clever! http://www.keepingchange.com/2013/11/happy-secrets-to-success/

  4. Kory says:

    This is such a good idea, Bre! It’s all too easy to forget about the great things we have going on when presented with challenges. I look forward to reading more! :)

    • breanna says:

      Thank you Kory! I’m going to try hard to write more positive notes down and see how it effects my everyday. :) Hopefully this will encourage me to do it more often.

  5. Angel Y. says:

    Such a wonderful list! I can’t get enough of your fauxdenza. I really adore the flowers Michael chose. Such a great choice!

    • breanna says:

      Thank you. :) I’m obsessed with it so far, just need to figure out how to style it once we mount a TV about it, ha. Kind of takes away from the special-ness, but we gotta watch our shows.

  6. Woh, super impressed by your boyfriend’s skills ! Wish mine could do something like that too ! (But shh, I never said that ;) )

  7. Having a man that builds furniture is awesome, eh?! Love the fauxdenza!

  8. giulia says:

    this is a beautiful post! you are really lucky to have a michael like that:)

  9. Jessica Wray says:

    Gotta love a guy who is meticulous in his work and can pick out a killer bouquet! I love the photograph of the mountain.

  10. This is such a great idea! I totally get fixated on my personal need to be creative and sometimes I work myself up into a frenzy if I haven’t done anything meaningful in a while. I also have a tendency to focus on the negative and It’s been hard to change bad habits. I look forward to reading this new series!

  11. Lena says:

    No need to look further, I think – that fauxdenza is BEAUTIful. Lucky you. And the bouquet looks really nice on it ( the mountain print, too, of course – I have the same one in my bedroom, and it’s still leaning against the wall. We can’t all have a husband who can make furniture, right?)

  12. Ooh you’re lucky to have such a handy partner! Love the fauxdenza and the flowers arranged on top. I also love the idea of a post on positive things – I always love when bloggers do this, it reminds me of a blog version of a gratitude journal and seeing what other people are grateful for always reminds me of the things I’m grateful for myself in my life! I’ve just discovered your blog and I’m thinking this is definitely another one to add to my blogroll list!! x

  13. Dani says:

    This is awesome! I’m all about staying positive — and staying grateful is one the best ways to do that. Hope things are going well with your little Morkie pup! :)

  14. Ciara says:

    I have just discovered your blog and I am really enjoying it. Gratitude and Happiness is something that I am endlessly fascinated by, specifically through the lens of Positive Psychology. There are some really interesting talks on gratitude, journalling etc. out there. Tal Ben Shahar is the positive psychology lecturer from Harvard and he puts a lot of his lectures on youtube. I can’t wait to keep reading your posts:)

  15. Whitney says:

    So lovely! Love that mountain print too- where’s it from?

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