As I laid back and opened up Next Issue last night, the only thing left to utter was a sigh of relief.
Jaime (my fellow Pretty Prudent co-founder) and I just wrapped up a book manuscript that’s been years in the making, and it’s simply luxurious to do the things I haven’t had time to do in oh so long.
I’ve fallen in love with Next Issue, because as a busy business owner and mother, I have to squeeze my relaxation time in where I can get it. Now I can catch up on all of my favorite magazines right on my phone whether I’m in line at the airport, at my kids’ swim lessons, or in the doctor’s office waiting room.
With Pretty Prudent, my goal is to provide inspiration and instruction, granting everyone a taste of the simple and beautiful in the home, in recipes they make, or in experiences with friends and family. My Next Issue picks cover trips that got me dreaming about life on the open road, stories on blended indoor / outdoor spaces, and of course some prudent tips on everything from camping to giving the best gifts.
I hope you enjoy these reads!
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Dreaming of the Open Road
The High Life
A hot and humid July has me dreaming of the most magnificent mountains of the west. The gorgeous photography throughout this Sunset article will inspire plenty of plotting and pining for The Cascades and beyond.
Point of View: Martha's Vineyard
If you have ever dreamed of playing WASP for a Summer getaway, Devin Friedman’s article will not only give you all the info you need to make this happen on Martha’s Vineyard, it will have your sides splitting with laughter.
Great Southern Road Trip
Filled with great insider stops, honest reviews, and winning photography, this fourth installment of Southern Living’s The Great Southern Roadtrip, takes readers through the backroads of Mississippi.
Queen of the Hill
Since I’m currently enjoying some family time where I grew up in Rhode Island, I was thrilled to see Condé Nast Travler editor Pilar Guzman’s story on the complete restoration of Watch Hill’s historical Ocean House.
Indoor / Outdoor Living
It was interesting to get an inside look at Laura and George W Bush’s Crawford Texas Ranch. The architecture of the home is surprisingly modest, allowing the beautiful wildflower-filled surroundings to be the focal point.
South of the Border
Brittney Borjeson’s Sayulita Mexico home has me dreaming of purging everything I own and creating my own modern Mexico oasis, filled with blended indoor/outdoor space.
A New Spin On Tradition
Apartment Therapy Founder Maxwell Ryan throws one heck of a Summer barn party at his Long Island family home and we are all invited…to look at the awesome pictures
Modern Is Organic
I don’t usually think of Seattle when it comes to outdoor living, but this rustic modern home, which intertwines beautifully with the coastal Washington landscape, will leave you breathless and inspired.
Disorganized Couple Seeks Professional Help
If you or your significant other is a packrat, and you fear that it might be putting strain on your relationship, definitely read about one couple’s experience with a professional home organizer. It’s better than therapy, or maybe that’s exactly what it is.
I’m totally on board with the concept of glamour + camping = glamping. Domino comes through with adorable style for those of us who like to rough it with panache.
Made In America
The perfect spot to find thoughtful gifts for the people you love. I’m also a sucker for anything that is listed by state. I can’t help but look to see the Rhode Island and Texas picks, and inevitably, Tennessee’s pick is always the coolest.
Create: Fun Things to Make & Do Together
I have three words for you… Freeze. Pop. Saber. Catch some adorable, crafty, and quick DIYs to do with the kids this summer.