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adding a few not so DIY stuff to the home

Behind the couch table.

Have you ever heard of that? Thanks to Pinterest, I have. And I wanted one so that I can get a “display” table and some much needed extra space/storage for books. It looks so pretty and it is a great alternative to those without a lot of floor space to have a coffee table in the middle of the sofa set. 

the ones I have been eyeing at Pinterest

Since then I have pestered Kei to draw a “plan” for the said table. Sure this will not be a DIY-since we dont have the woodworking skills and tools, but I wanted to get a close to accurate shop drawing with measurements so that it would be easier for the one making the table. Less margin for error.

Also wanted the table to have electrical outlets on both ends so we can charge phones, place a lamp…etc.

Kei’s initial drawing of our behind the couch table -We went on to modify the drawer part. 

Once we have the drawing it is off to the furniture shop. It took about three weeks before it arrived, right before Christmas. It was huge.

Freshly delivered -we still have to find faceplate for the outlet. Our little tree fits right on the side!

Then the holidays came and we got busy and forgot about “decorating” the table, until now. We sorted out our books, bought some basic bookends and placed them on the table. We also moved our ceramic bunnies from the dining table to this ‘behind the couch’ table. They now guard our books. Freeing up much needed space in the dining table.

a pair at last-our ceramic bunnies

Next would be looking for lamps to be the accent piece. Just last weekend, we found it.

Minimalist arc table lamps with edison bulbs. 

Looking good on and off! So after a long while, the living room is looking a bit more homey/cozy.

our sofa as of the moment

We can still fit some decorative items in! -a few picture frames on the table would be good & maybe something huge for the wall would be nice in the future. 

Any suggestions for wall decor? That is all about our small home improvement for now. Till the next. 


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Holing up

We had some minor home fix its and additions that had us holed up at home for the whole weekend. Good news is our bedroom ceiling is all patched up. –We had to damage the ceiling for our air conditioning unit to fit (there wasn’t enough space). While it does not look pretty, due to the fact that we did not restore the “original state” since we had to make sure that we can get the unit out in case we need to. That was day one. For that I am quite thankful.

By the evening, we hurriedly went back to Landmark-Makati in hopes of getting those (darned) white Christmas balls that we were supposed to get last week. Again, there were none. Arrggggh. So, we thought maybe it wasn’t really meant to be. We just have to get the white using other Christmas decor.

In the end we managed to complete our Christmas décor hunt. In our chosen colors- red, aqua and white.

red white and blue?

red white and aqua blue decor- say hello to our feathered Christmas birds!

Hopefully by Nov 30 our tree will be up.

Day two, we are back to sawing, painting, sanding, cleaning up sawdust, and plaster. We smoothed out plaster, wiped out wood glue, installed a hook for the Christmas chandelier, permanently placed the clock by using screws this time and not with command strips. #adulting

By night, we got this neat ladder/trellis type shelf up. –This is going to be decorative/storage space and emergency sampayan (indoor clothesline) in case of rainy days! We also had hooks attached to it so we can hang a swag for Christmas.

our multitasking ladder shelf

I am loving our newly made multitasking ladder shelf!

Not bad right. I am quite pleased with how it turned out! Also just in time for our upcoming “Friendsgiving”! -We called our close friends for a little get together before everyone gets too busy with the holidays. 

Then we went out to Akira to celebrate. Having a Izakaya night on a Sunday. We deserved it for the hard workday/s. hahahaha!

feast for the tummy and eyes too!

feast for the tummy and eyes too!

I am very much excited to decorate and get the tree up for the festivities!

 

 

 

 


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collected and comfy

One of my favorite pastimes is to look at other people’s houses (on blogs) at the internet, I look at them for fun and inspiration. I like looking at how others decorate their place and their lifestyle.

But my personal favorites are those quirky homes/apartments that have a lot of character that doesn’t look like it just brought a whole showcase from the store or grabbed everything from pinterest. Because who the hell does that?! Common people do not live like that.

Therefore it has been my mission to style my home with practicality, and without breaking the bank. I source items that are practical and useful and also adhere to the “style” I wanted to create. I still believe that style isn’t expensive, but it does take thought and time. *ie, in looking for items for home I really stick to my guns and look for blues, greens or anything that will complement the items I have at home if there is none then I don’t buy. I have an assortment of plastic items (I have my balde and tabo in green and blue of course!), metal shelf, bargain stuff (daiso items) and even some local/native and hand me down items.

So this time I am sharing my real life home style – including items that I use and can be found in my home.

ecclectic modern tropical

welcome to our eclectic modern tropical home 

Collected and comfy was my guiding principle in creating our home style. We worked around with the existing green bathroom on our home and build up around it. I used a calming analogous color scheme of blues and greens to create a cool and calm feel on our home. I got very much excited with creating the color palette as you can see above. I even added plants to make the home more inviting.

Every day has enough challenges, so it’s worth it to splurge on some of the items we use most, like a good smelling hand soap, or a cup of coffee…etc. Its about the little things that make everyday living less of a bore.

We usually have friends over so the most used area in our place is the dining and living. I made sure to get decent throw pillows, table ware, extra seating (in our color) some fun matching place mats and a picture frame that we personalized with a quote and our wifi passord! That simple frame got a lot of compliments. Because sometimes its the effort that counts. 

Not bad right? To think most of our stuff are brought on sale!

 

While our home style continues to evolve and change what I love most about my home is:

It is my comfy place, the place where I can be myself.

The one I share it with.  ❤

 


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some ee-kay-uh stuff

I said on a earlier post that there is no Ikea to be found, and that I sort of wish that they were available in the Philippines. I take that back.

There is a store that sells Ikea products in the Philippines. That we accidentally found out through our good friend Bart.

Earlier this week Bart phoned us and told us that she is going furniture hunting and asked us if we wanted to come with her. She is off to hunt for a couch that she has been eyeing for a while now. Bart is quite savvy when it comes to home furnishings and we are always happy to go with her on home furnishing hunts. We always learn something new.  So we readily agreed to go.

This couch is the reason for our trip.

leighton couch

the couch we are hunting for: fred leighton couch

Pretty right? But wait till you get to know how the couch works.

transforming couch. cool.

transforming couch. smart. -photo from Furniture source’s FB page

The two/three seater couch transforms into a five seater. Then a bed. Amazeballs.

So off we go and found it easily on Furniture Source.

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we went to the furniture source 

But we waited for more than 45 mins to be entertained and another 20 or more mins to check color availability and order. Service was slow and could be improved. Bart got the couch in the lightest grey color.

the exact couch we were looking for. -photo from furniture source's fb page

the exact couch we were looking for. -photo from furniture source’s fb page

We waited for a long time. Since it is a furniture store with a lot of people it sure is cramped in there.

But it was ok-ish because we got it on sale.

So while waiting Kei and I looked around and saw this shoe cabinet. We thought it is perfect for our home-because it is compact and can fit in the space behind the door. (To hide our shoes and maximize our floor space.)

Aesthetically pleasing shoe cabinet! -Ikea Bissa

Aesthetically pleasing shoe cabinet! -Ikea Bissa

We got the 3 layer one in brown. Thankfully on sale too.

Even with the cramped space and slow service, we have to admit that their furniture (all Ikea) are perfect for the modern home. – having a large space is a luxury now, so we all need smaller furniture that also “multitask” and save up precious space.

Kei and I also looked at their bookshelves but in the end opted not to buy ready made but get one custom built. *space constraints and preference issues*

So now we all wait for the delivery.

We will sure be back! I had my eye on some lighting fixtures and cabinets they have.

Hopefully we get faster service by then. 

*Also, we all kept on saying “eye-kee-ah” but apparently we are all wrong. It is pronounced as “ee-kay-uh.” Just found that out after we brought the items and googled it at home. 

 


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laundry day tricks

It’s a laundry day for me today. It is actually one of the house chores that I enjoy doing.  Tossing our dirty clothes into a machine and have clothes come out clean. Easy. I even go watch a movie (on my pc) or cook while doing laundry!

Usually, I do laundry 3 times a week. I don’t want the (used) clothes to pile up on the (laundry) basket. But keeping all garments, sheets and towels at home clean isn’t always easy. So, I am sharing some of my “tricks” to make laundry day easier for you.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

  1. Do laundry often. If you’ve been saving up your laundry all week to do in one go. It could get pretty boring, waiting for everything to be cleaned up and then having to hang everything to dry/loading everything in batches into the dryer…

My trick:  Dividing the laundry into smaller chunks throughout the week (for example, towels washed today, pillow cases and sheets the next day, but for every laundry day you have to clear out whatever clothes is in the laundry basket.

  1. One load for each person.Its sometimes confusing to sort laundry, or get everything right according to what each family member likes-this holds true for large families.

My trick:  Give each person their own laundry basket and only running one person’s clothes at a time. This gets everyone to choose their own detergent and fabric softener combination and eliminates the confusion of who owns what come laundry day.  Again the trick I mentioned earlier is good for large families.

  1. Use baskets.Clothes on the couch, table, floor, etc. are not only unsightly, it is also unhygienic. Just toss clothes into the appropriate bin for a clean and organized look.

My trick:  Take as many as you need. Be it sorted by white or color, or per person has their own… it is up to you.

  1. Turn clothes right side out before folding. This makes a big difference when fold a load of clothing, saves you time.

My trick:  This also makes getting dressed easier!

  1. Put socks/small items in mesh bags.If your socks doesn’t match or you have trouble fin ding the other pair of your sock from the laundry, go buy a few zippered mesh bags! – Each person puts his or her socks/small items into their own mesh bag, zips it up and tosses it in the laundry. When the bags come out, the socks/small items are all together and ready to be returned to their rightful owner. Plus no more missing/mismatched socks!

My trick:  Those mesh bags can also be used to wash small toys. Example: place all the lego in the mesh bag zip it and dump it in and viola, clean toys!

  1. Keep the washing machine fresh by leaving the door open after each load.Some washing machines have a tight seal, this tend to trap moisture after running a load of laundry. This can in turn give the machine a stinky smell or have mildew. Prevent this by leaving the machine door open after each load just to let out all that moisture.

My trick: You can also wipe it with a dry cloth to speed up the drying of your tub.

  1. Helpful household items are always good to have. Like transferring powder detergent/fabric softener into nice plastic jars, so you can see how much product is left. Make things look neat by placing your necessary laundry supplies inside a basket or give them a tray. This keeps your things together in one place and makes it easy to move/grab everything to use or clean. Also, buy some specialized household stuff like a huge clothes hanger with clips to hang dry the small clothes, socks..etc. A large hanger for bath towels and bed sheets, and some large clothespins for clipping towels or sheets. It will make your chore easier. And for the ladies there are also hangers that are specifically made for brasserie! Use them to avoid the bra foam from becoming deformed.

My trick: It is always better to have excess hangers than less hangers, more so in rainy season.

 


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cheap update

There are times that I pride myself in being frugal and then there are times that I just buy without much thought because the item is on SALE. There are those I get that is a really good buy and there are those that I ask myself what was I thinking?!

I usually love sale clothing. This is the latest sale item I got.

I blame my sister for dragging me inside the shop

clementine top I got from the plains and prints purple sale

I hate you Plains and Prints (but in a good way) you always seem to have one item I like in your store. Why? Yellow is not really a favorite of mine, but I got it because it looks happy and blindingly bright, its on sale.

Anything below 500php that is on sale, will always draw me in. Even better if its below 300php.

With that thought, I also love checking out H&M’s sale items for the home. Again, I don’t buy full price.

The latest I got from them was a grey glass vase that I still don’t know why I got it and where to place it. I just kept it in the cabinet. 

the vase looks a lot like what I got, it set me back 200php. I did not get the mercury glass candle holder.

the vase looks a lot like what I got, it set me back 200php. Though pretty, I did not get the mercury glass candle holder.

While in their store I always check out their throw pillow covers. But I still haven’t bought any. I also had my eye on their mercury glass candle holders. But I know I can find something that looks alike for cheaper that their sale price. I’m a cheapskate. I know.

Table wares are also one of my favorite stuff. I recently paid a visit to Crate and Barrel and snapped up these sale items.  To pair with what I currently have.

I already had two botanica plates one in green and one in blue that we use daily. (we also got it on 50% off sale) Its about 109php each I think.

the more the many-er!

the more the many-er!

Since it is still on sale, I got two more botanica plates this time in red. To add to my red Corelle set that we are keeping for the holidays. Our Corelle set is a set of four and we have a 6 seater dining so we had to make two mismatched sets to go with it. Turns out the botanica plates are much darker than my Corelle, but its ok. It can work.

When we started decorating our home one of the first décor we had was a white ceramic ears up rabbit that we also got on sale from Crate and Barrel.

a pair at last

a pair at last

This time, we saw its ears down rabbit partner! On sale! So we got it too!

After all everything is better with a discount, am I right?!

 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post. 


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home improvement project: greening up the view

Since I last posted about plants, I thought I’d show you parts of our home that has plants.

Now that Kei and I have our own home, I often look at the window and see grey walls and roofs that are kind of drab/sad. This is how our patio looks like when we moved in. I thought we could do a home improvement project.

our patio before the plants took over

our patio before the plants took over

I wanted to liven up the place a bit and make it look more “home-y”. So, I decided to create my mini patio garden with potted plants and hanging planters. To get some color as well as to act as a privacy screen and some sort of shade. Better to have a bit than none right?

They kind of liven up the view don’t you think?

say hello to our patio plants!

say hello to our patio plants! The airplant looks so chill in its hanging basket!- we also added a plastic bench so we can sit outside and keep an eye on our neighbor’s pooping pigeons (they seem to understand now that they cannot poop inside our patio)

Our laundry area also got the same greening treatment. This is how it looks like before.

our laundry area before -just the machine and a soap basket

our laundry area before -just the machine and a soap basket

And how it looks like now. We placed small native wooden blinds and a row of marigolds.

not bad right?!

not bad right?!

While it is not exactly a makeover of sorts, it did feel more “happy” to look at. We plan on acquiring more house plants to keep.

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one of my plant babies

I was so happy to see this in my potted garden today.  I thought this plant is dying. Keep reading to know the full story. 

I see three tiny sprouts!

I see three tiny sprouts!

The plant seen above is what they commonly call airplant or tillandsia/s. What I have is the tillandsia stricta variety, a fairly common airplant.

I first saw it in our office, where there seems to be a gardening bug going on. It looks pretty so, I thought why not give it a try.

So, I brought myself one. Not from the office but through a garden center. 

When I first got it, it looks like this.

spiky beauty

spiky beauty

I opted to get a “mature” plant so the chances of me killing the plant will be significantly less. I cared for it by giving it two “baths” per day and hanging it where air circulation is good. And sometimes give it a mist of water when the weather is hot.

This is my airplant getting a bath. -The spacing of these photos are rather lengthy. This was a few weeks after the first photo. You can see the pink bulb has grown taller!

just taking a good soak

just taking a good soak – those zigzag lines you see are its roots!

Its usual silvery leaves turns into a vibrant green when it gets submerged in water. I leave it for a good 10-15 mins every bath.

It became a daily routine.

Then it bloomed!

first bloom

first bloom

I was very much excited to see what it looked like when its in full bloom! After a few days, it looked like this.

more blooms

more blooms

Still not in full bloom….

the lower layer of the bulb has bloomed

the lower layer of the bulb has bloomed

Looking more beautiful than before with its bright pink and purple coloring. But the top part of the bulb have not opened yet!

By the time the top part bloomed, the lower layer of blooms have already withered.

a close up

a close up

The top part of it still has no blooms, but it shows that it is about to open. After a few days the top opened up to reveal buds. By this time the lower part of the bulb is already dried up, same goes for its blooms.

about to bloom

the top part is about to bloom!

The lower part turned yellowish green. Even so, it still looks beautiful.

A few days after.

not so vibrant anymore

not so vibrant anymore

It looked like the colors are fading. Then it dried up. Fast.

All I can see was the dried up bulb. I still carried on the daily routine. But, I cant deny that it looks really sad.

all dried out

all dried out – I did not notice the baby sprouts or “pups” when I snapped this photo

I thought it would just go all brown and die. Till I looked at it closely this morning.

The plant had a surprise for me!

baby airplant

baby airplant

There were three tiny airplant sprouts or what gardeners call “pups”! I was so happy to know that my plant has been doing well and it is not dying, instead it has brought new life.

I am excited to see the three little ones grow!


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we lost the bed (frame) and it is crazy- an updated post

After visiting the designer of our entourage -to accompany Kei’s sister and mom to fit their dresses.  We proudly decided to show them our tiny, messy place. Hahaha! They found the place “maaliwalas” bright and airy. They also saw the lack of furniture.

Sigh. And we went on to recount the heartache.

Kei’s sister will not have any of it. She declared that She will get us a bed. A few minutes later, we found ourselves at the backseat of her car heading to Mandaue Foam, Quezon Ave.  I slept the whole time. (I was stressed and tired! So much for making a good impression to Kei’s family)

Hello Mandaue Foam!

Hello Mandaue Foam!

And so, we arrived! I also have to tell you that I am very sorry for the lack of pictures. I left my camera at home and all I have was my phone that was on a bleeping low batt at the time. So, all the pictures here are from the internet.

Walking in we tried the mattresses in their testing area.

lie down on all the beds?! Sure.

lie down on all the beds?! Sure.

We picked out the orthopedic bed as it was the non negotiable for me. (I have a mild case of dextroscoliosis)  Then, we scurried upstairs their showroom to look at bed frames. Most of their furniture are solid wood. That explains the price but I must say all of them are of quality.

They have a lot to choose from! And they all picked what they liked best.

bed choices

While we like what Kei’s mom picked out, the padded headboard might be a potential asthma attack for me. The one Kei’s sister picked was also nice but only comes in double size. So again it is a no.

The one with the curved headboard is too “classic” for Kei’s taste. –according to Kei he wanted something modern.

-And I found out that the side table I liked was named: KAILEY-it goes for 4,800.00php. *if you ask me it sounds like my best friend’s nickname.

And after a bit of looking around. We found ourselves looking at the same bed.

This bed. Or to be exact this bed frame. (that gave us heartbreak number two)

I managed to urge my phone to capture one photo and before the phone shuts down.

I managed to urge my phone to capture one photo, before the phone shuts down. 

Its name is CRAZY. Nope, we kid you not.

I find it pretty. Cut textured, solid wood headboard, in a warm shade of maple. Kind of balanced out the edgy design. It also looked cozy. We all liked it. -Its only flaw, It doesn’t have the storage underneath. But It really is pretty.  We were sold. 

*After all we could just get plastic storage bins to hide under the bed.

To give a better look of it I searched for it on the internet and found it only in a different color.

Just showing you a better picture of the bed frame.

Just showing you a better picture of the bed frame.

While it is the same bed frame, I liked the maple colored one better. It shows the wood grain better and adds a cozy feel to the bed.

crazy options lol

See, told you it is CRAZY, just look at the crazy color options. lol.

So, we finally got a bed! Woot! All thanks to Kei’s sister.-NOT REALLY. WE just lost the freaking bed (frame). So much for getting our hopes up.

the UPDATE: Apparently MANDAUE FOAM sold the said bed frame we got on reserve to another customer. They have our mattress correct, but the bed frame is lost. The stocks are all sold out. Even the dark version. It would take long before they will get it back again. By that they broke our hearts. =( so heartbreak number two.-why is this so frustrating?!

*In my mind I was singing Carly Rae Jepsen’s – Call me maybe: hey, I just met you and this is CCCRRAAAYZEE… 

We went on looking at some of their other pieces that we thought would look good in our place.

So here is what we (Kei and I) like for the bedroom.

solid wood baby!

these two are in coffee, I want mine in maple. 

For the dining it would be this cute dining set!

a place for all the nom-noms

a place for all the nom-nom action. 

The sofas here in Mandaue Foam failed to capture my attention.  

But the extras for their living room really do! Here are my picks.

a couple of ottomans, one side table and one center table to go please.

a couple of ottomans, one side table and one center table to go. All in maple please.

Sigh. We need more money, or more sponsors! Hahaha!

The store we visited: Mandaue foam Quezon City
– Quezon Ave. corner BMA Street Brgy. Dona Josefa
Store Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:00am – 8:00pm; Sun: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Contact Numbers: (02) 711 0801, (02) 711 0802, (02) 711 0803

https://www.facebook.com/MandaueFoam.Ph/

MANDAUE FOAM -I hope you did not promise what you cannot deliver. But whats done is done. We like your products, yes. But you failed us with your careless service.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post, Kei’s sister paid for the matress (from) her own pocket. Much Thanks! 

**I may have written before that we wanted a king sized bed, but due to the tight space we got a queen size. Our king sized beddings will be altered. 

-WE ARE NOW OFF TO LOOK FOR A BED FRAME FROM A DIFFERENT SUPPLIER. 


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devoid of color: painting the walls is not allowed

Kei and I finally got the keys to our starter home!

Along with it came a bunch of paper called the lease contract. Absolutely thrilled with our new place but not too thrilled about the contract. Because one of its rules is the color of the walls cannot be changed.

And we already broke that rule. We had all the green walls painted white. (as a base in preparation to painting it with color) As agreed upon with the building admin, so we thought it was okay. Aparrently the lessor was not happy. He got the whole place fengshui-ed before and the place must be green. Since we already had the place painted white, we were asked to keep it the same way.

photos from the internet

photos from the internet

After all the hours staring at paint swatches? throws them like confetti! White?!

But we have to make it work. So, I go look for inspirations.

Our living room will probably look a bit like this. Only tiny-er. 

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

*If you know the back story of the PRADA Marfa print. It actually fits what I feel right now. 

Taken from Wikipedia: PRADA Marfa is a permanently installed sculpture by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, situated 1.4 miles (2.3 km) northwest of Valentine, Texas, just off U.S. Highway 90(US 90), and about 26 miles (42 km) northwest of the city of Marfa. The sculpture is still there. 

The Prada Marfa poster is the road sign that tells you the store is 1837 miles ahead.

Keyword: NOWHERE (creating something in the middle of nowhere.)

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

 

And this black version looks stylish. I might consider getting that one, provided that Kei approves. Or maybe place a photo collage just like the one in the photo?

For the kitchen this looks neat. We also have a tiny kitchen window like this one, the only difference is the range is the one near the window. Again ours is a smaller than the photo we are looking at. 

photos from the internet

photos from the internet

But our shelves and cabinets are not that sleek. We also have dark colored kitchen counters…

So maybe a combination of these can be of use?

photos form the internet

photos form the internet

And for the dining area, the challenge we face is that we have no windows there.

photos from the internet

photos from the internet

Most of what I found on the internet uses mirrors to create the illusion of a window. This could be an option for us. 

What makes everything better is the tiny somewhat enclosed balcony/patio in our starter home. Right now it has a lot of not so friendly poop machine pigeons. So, we plan to get the space enclosed with a roof to keep the pigeons away.

The area must house a tiny vertical garden, hopefully a bench and my pet bunny.

These inspirations are lovely.

photos from the internet

photos from the internet

Just add the bunny cage and it will be ok.

As for the yucky green bathroom, I would have to leave it be. As if I can do anything about it?! Will just place lots of happy accent pieces to distract myself.

The really tiny laundry room behind the kitchen could be utilized into something compact and organized like this.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

The space we have looks a lot like the extreme left photo, as it has a window on the side. Middle and right photo is what I am aiming for in the space.

As for the bedroom, we still have to look for a bed.

After all the hassle/s we have been through to get a space and call it our own. I found this (quote) to be true.

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” ― Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss