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Wednesday
Apr232014

inspired: blue and white

I went to throw a load of laundry in this morning and as I did so, I noticed how my wardrobe has completely changed for Spring - almost everything I'd worn over the last week was either blue or white or blue and white!  Chambray shirts and white jeans, blue and white sriped tops, shoes and even pajama's!  It's such a fresh color combination in celebration of the warmer, beautiful weather we've been having so I thought it was the perfect excuse to do yet another post of inspiring images in this favorite color combination!  Hope you're off to a great start this week! 

Veranda

Traditional Home

Windsor Smith

Carolyn Roehm

At Home Arkansas

Thad Hayes via Architectural Digest

Ashley Whittaker Design (Instagram)

Carolyn Roehm

Tiffany Eastman

Domino

Mary McDonald

Tuesday
Apr222014

6 design books you need to add to your collection

If you're looking for some coffee table-sized books filled with page after page of gorgeous interiors, you need to add these six to your collection quick, fast and in a hurry.  Over the years, I've amassed quite a collection myself, but these are the six I find myself going back to time and time again and the added bonus is that they look equally as beautiful on a coffee table as they do on your bookshelf.  It's impossible to pick a favorite among them - whether you buy one or all six, I promise you won't be disappointed!  What are some of your favorite design books?  I'm always looking to add to my collection...

Steven Gambrel Time and Place / Victoria Hagan Interior Portraits / The Great American House

Domino: The Book of Decorating / Thomas O'Brien American Modern / Black and White and a Bit In Between

Tuesday
Apr152014

beautifully organized: the pantry

One of the perks of having a slight case of OCD and overall anal retentiveness when it comes to organization is that, for the most part, I have a pretty well organized home.  It drives my husband crazy, but I am a firm believer in that there is a place for everything and everything has a place, and yet, the one spot that could still use a little help in my home is my pantry.  It's not a big space, yet it's so hard to find what I need when I need it.  In my mind I see the perfect mix of baskets and glass bell jars, with all my extra cake stands and serving dishes in perfect little rows, not a single solitary label in sight.  The reality couldn't be farther from that picture, but I'm working on it!  Here are some beautiful pantires that are inspiring me lately:

Sarah Kaye

Tim Clarke

Jeffrey Alan Marks

Veranda Interiors

Meg Ryan via Elle Decor

Emerson Fry via Design Sponge

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Cottage Living

And here are some equally beautiful storage options for creating a well-placed, lovely pantry:

glass jars w/ lids / seagrass basket / cake stands / canning jars/

wire baskets / nesting bowls

How do you organize your pantry? I'd love to know!

Monday
Apr142014

kiele gregoire

When it comes to art, I tend to gravitate toward pieces that are subtle (and sometimes, not so subtle) reminders of the sea.  The hubby spent his first four years in the Marine Corps in Hawaii and our first house was five minutes from the beach here in the North Carolina, so I like to think that artwork with an ocean feel are a great reflection of our history.  So, naturally, when I stumbled upon artist Kiele Gregoire's contemporary sea-inspired oil and watercolor paintings, I instantly fell in love.  Her use of bold color is what draws me most to these beautiful paintings, but I also love that it's not a not so obvious nod to the sea.  I was kind of bummed to only be able to find small original paintings available here (they would look amazing on a larger scale and add such a great pop of color to an otherwise neutral space!) but Kiele also has an Etsy shop where she sells much larger prints of originals.  Win - win!  Here are a few of my favorites:

What are some of your favorite sea-inspired pieces of art?

Friday
Apr112014

spring inspiration: kdhamptons

Spring is in the air finally, and along with it a TON of pollen (seriously, all the pine trees in our backyard look like they are glowing!) but I'll take it! I can't wait to get started on all my flower pots and beds for spring and summer and have been devouring inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram.  One of my favorites, and actually, one of the very first people I started following on Instagram is @KDHamptons.  Kelli Delaney Kot, founder and editor in chief of KDHamptons, the luxury lifestyle diary of the Hamptons, has got an instagram feed chock full of some of the most gorgeous images of Long Island.  From fabulous homes and cottages, landscaping and gardens to Hamptons beaches and even photos of Kelli's own home, her posts are a wealth of inspiration and just downright awe-inspiring loveliness!   (The perennial gardens and hydrangea hedges that surround her Water Mill home, are a personal favorite!).  The girl has never met a shingle-style house she didn't like (or photograph) and that puts her at the top of my list of Instagram favorites!  Here are some of my favorites:

To see more, check out the rest of her instagram @KDHamptons.

Have a great weekend!