Not sure when it happened, but it's finally summer! We may have aged out of the breaks that came with homework, but also have endless possibilities for weekend trips, staycations and bucket list-worthy getaways.

Brittany Fabello, of Sea of Atlas, is seamlessly merging the worlds of travel and design, and chronicling it with enough pretty details to immediately take you from cubicle to wherever you mind wanders. I'll keep it short for your summer Friday schedule: even if her stories are just a break from the screen, you should go.

P.S. If you stuck around, her shop will bring the lovely to your door.

Q1: Best gift you received? Who gave it to you?

There are two gifts that tie for that title since both meant a lot to me but for different reasons. The first was a painting by my grandfather given to me by my step-grandmother Anne. She gave it to me as a wedding gift last summer after my grandfather had passed away earlier that year. I always connected with him as an artist, so it’s very special to me to now have one of his paintings hanging in my home.

The second was a trip to Italy given by my boyfriend (now husband). Not only was it incredibly thoughtful and planned out, but it was going to be my first European adventure. Though I had done a little traveling around the US, Canada, and Central America, our Italy trip was what truly got the travel bug in me. It changed my life in that way and it meant a lot that he wanted to share that experience with me.

Q2: Best gift you gave? Who did you give it to?

I consider gift-giving my jam, but a recent gift jumps out here: a guitar to my husband. We had just moved overseas to London and were settling into our new flat. Music was something very special to him and it is very much a part of who he is. We had opted to not take any of his guitars over because we were afraid they would get damaged in the move. After a couple weeks of settling in, our place was missing something and it took me a little bit to realize it was noise—specifically him playing. So I surprised him one weekend by taking him for a walk to a local music shop to pick out a guitar. Once we got back home, he took out his new guitar and began playing immediately. My eyes were full of happy tears. Our flat was officially a home.

Q3: Most meaningful project thus far?

I don’t have one specific project but more so a group of projects. Wedding invitations are always so special to me. I don’t take it lightly when someone trusts me to create a visual for their big day—really the first piece of the picture the guests see. I love getting to work with the bride and groom to create these pieces that come straight from their hearts and are full of love.

Q4: Self talk motto(s) for staying motivated?

In all honesty, I constantly repeat “no excuses” in my head. Excuses are the number one thing that stop people (myself included) from chasing their dreams. If I listened to all the excuses I had to not reach out to someone for a project, to not write a blog post, to not create artwork, then I wouldn’t be anywhere. You have to keep going after what you want or else you aren’t going to get it. It doesn’t just come to you; you have to make it happen.

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