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The Short Version

We're Matt and Beau. We're a New Orleans based couple that has been together for the last 5 years. We write about fashion, food, travel, and design here on the internet, and we love beautiful homes, delicious food, and any form of gay reality TV drama—equally. Matt's the bald one, Beau's the sassy one, and Fox is the one that's six pounds and covered in hair. You can check us out on Instagram and Youtube, or browse around this site to see what we're all about.

 
 

That's us.

 
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The Long Version

We're Matt and Beau. We met in the spring of 2013 while we were both in college, and quickly found ourselves obsessing over each other in every cute and annoying way possible. We bonded over normal things like our shared love (at the time) of Jameson and ginger ale, and karaoke bars, and both of us being from New Orleans and the complicated love / hate relationship with the city that can only really be felt for a hometown. 

We started dating pretty much immediately and within two months we were on our way to live in Southeast Asia together for an entire summer. We managed to fit about six years worth of fights and makeups and *special moments* all into that one summer. There were many nights of going out to dinner with our adult students and drinking beer in alleys in Ho Chi Minh City, kind of dangerous motorbike rides through insanely congested highways, the most beautiful natural sights we've ever seen in north Vietnam and in Thailand, and equal servings of wonder at Siem Reap and getting a wake up call witnessing real poverty and child labor in Cambodia. There were also 2 a.m. fights fueled by sleeping in 90 degree heat and not understanding each other's quirks or needs yet and the fear of living in a foreign country with someone you just met. It was a lot. We came back to the states and continued on our lives together, living in a not cute college apartment and focusing on things like paying rent and finishing papers and working in restaurants until 1 or 2 a.m.

 
 

note the lack of focus

Lots of this

etc.

 
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About a year into our relationship, when Beau was a senior in college and Matt was a college grad working the latest of late nights at a restaurant in the French Quarter, the idea to start a blog came around. Beau was extremely unsure of what he was going to do with his degree in PR once he finished school - and it's blurry - but somehow Matt and a friend came up with the idea that a blog should be a thing. It went something like, "you're always making fancy cheeseboards and talking about how much you love baking anyway, why don't you just put it online."

So it happened, and Beau began working on taking photos (which was kind of a disaster) and trying to find a voice (which was kind of a disaster) and getting at times too creative in the kitchen (which was kind of a disaster) - and after a solid six months of weird blog puberty, something kind of solid started to form. At first it was just called, "Probably Baking" and was meant to answer the world's most annoying question of "what're you doing when you finish college." The truth was that post-college future was looking remarkably dismal, so yeah baking sounded fun.  

 
 

And out of nowhere, Beau got

Kind of Good

at photography

 
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The time when the blog began to take shape coincided with Beau graduating college and our post-graduate celebratory road trip from San Francisco to Vancouver. Which is when we spent all of our money and got really really drunk on accident in wine country and really really really high on accident from "healing caramels" in Vancouver and found ourselves in underground bars and lost in redwood forests and in mountaintop glass cabins that people definitely get murdered in and other underground bars with much older straight couples met over dinner who led us to a pop-up Caribbean club situation at 3 am. It was a lot, also. We realized we really liked Seattle and we didn't like Portland all that much and that the opioid crisis is real and pretty devastating and that we could easily spend any sum of money on everything from jeans to wine because we're both far too excessive. That last part would become a theme in our relationship.

Somewhere on that trip - maybe between getting really drunk in wine country and really high in Vancouver - we decided Matt should be a part of the blog, and maybe instead of focusing solely on cakes and matcha, the blog could include more of our faces and life together. It was a slow and awkward transition because we both hated being on camera and Beau couldn't smile quite *right* and Matt didn't really know how to take photos and so this new blog concept entered another weird stage of blog puberty. We decided to rename the blog to "Probably This" - because now instead of post-college baking, it was just post-college living. So, basically, it's meant to answer the question  "what are you doing?"

 
 

Stuff like...

This

 

 
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Life went on, we kept working various jobs, some good and some not. Matt successfully helped open a restaurant in a haunted mansion, Beau learned that actual adult food writing wasn't for him and would never supply the funds to pay for his then strong love of craft cocktails and other pretentious consumables. We adopted the light of our literal lives, a 6-pound angel fur baby named Fox, who still makes our hearts melt every morning when he does his in-bed stretches and every evening when he falls asleep on whichever one of our limbs is the most still.

We continued making this blog a thing and posting about our daily - often mundane - lives. Sometime in the beginning of 2016 we started getting actual work through this site and for other partner companies. At first it was trickling in, and then like a very fortunate avalanche our schedule was filled with creative tasks and photoshoots and planning and trying to organize everything. There was a point at which we looked at our checking account and realized through the blog alone we had enough money to live on (scarcely) for maybe a few months. Beau quit his job of two months managing an art gallery, Matt followed suit three months later. We had maybe $4,000 in our checking account and thought it was an OK idea to celebrate our new self-employed freedom by taking a month-long road trip across the country, from New Orleans to Los Angeles and back. It was 2016. It was a risk. It was dumb. It was very fun.

That was two years ago, and we didn't know it then but things would actually turn out OK. We continued getting work, and took on jobs for everything from food photography to, at one point, designing a full six-unit apartment complex. We learned how to use our accounting software (kind of ) and how to confidently be our own bosses and know our own value (kind of) and along the way developed relationships with many recognizable brands and the people who keep them running. It was a whirlwind, and we learned more in that first year of freelancing than we probably did in our entire time in college (heh, sorry @ college).

 
 

And then ...

Rosie happened

 
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While we were working on keeping the blog running and growing, and really creating a home we loved, some friends out of the blue gave us the idea to take an old run down camper and completely renovate it. Because why not add something massive to our to-do list. It sounded like an American fantasy, and after a bit of careful planning and a few thoughtful emails, we'd successfully pitched the project to one of our partner companies. Just one month later, Rosie arrived at our door. A sweet, 1969 camper trailer that just needed the perfect young gay dads to treat her right. We were so excited! And then we realized we'd just signed ourselves up for an insane summer project. 

 July, August, and September of 2017 saw us in a perpetual state of dirt and sweat as we tackled big questions like "what do I do with 50-year-old garbage?" and "how does grout work?" and "can we still call ourselves gay?"—our new power tool collection had us doubting it. But we got it done, and by October we were ready for our first camper trip up to North Carolina for a week, where we taught ourselves and Fox the ins and outs of hiking and building fires. Apparently the secret is you gotta have one of them fancy starter logs or else you're screwed. 

We didn't expect this, but photos of Rosie would end up all over Pinterest, and get picked up by Design Sponge, Country Living, and Dwell Magazine. Rosie was kind of a hit, and we couldn't have been happier about it. So with all that excitement, we returned to New Orleans and had to decide where the hell we wanted to live, because our lease was ending. We didn't want to stay put, and we needed to make a plan. We left behind the pink home that we loved, and the hot neighbor guy, and sold basically everything that we owned. 

 

The Road Trip West

 
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A couple months of getting our lives together, and we were ready to pack up Rosie, our pup, and what little we had left ... and head out West. We did food and street art things in Austin, had all the Southwestern fun in Arizona and New Mexico and Southern Utah, and then spent a month up and down California. Our route back took us through more mountain hangouts in Utah and Colorado, and then a speedy return home because we were ready to have a full kitchen and a nice big shower again, etc. The trip ended up being 89 days, just shy of the three months we'd planned. There are no words to accurately describe selling everything you own, moving into a camper trailer, and just... going wherever. It was fantastic and hard and amazing and tiring and we're also very happy to be back.

 
 

A NEW HOME

 

 
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Now, we're taking a bit to stay put. In August of 2018 we moved just outside of New Orleans to a small town called Covington, Louisiana. It was kind of a random move, driven by our need to get a little bit of space outside of the city we’re so used to. And it’s done exactly that. We’ve had so much time to focus on what we want, and to move further towards our goals, and we’re loving it. While we haven’t really had the chance to design it yet, come October we’ve got big plans to make this new, modern, kind of sterile place a real home with a little Probably This magic ;)

Thank you for following along on our story! And of course, you can get (almost) daily updates about our life, travel, design, and recipes by following us on Instagram @probablythis.