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Monday
Feb112019

cedar shake chic in the hamptons

After an entire week of 75 degrees and sunny skies last week, I've got spring fever so bad!  I can't think of a better way to kick off a new (much colder) week than by sharing a beautiful Hamptons summer haven and this one has one of the most stunning exteriors, entry way and grounds I've seen in a long time!  The home of fashion executive Mario Grauso graced the pages of House and Home a few months back and I fell in love with it the moment it landed in my mailbox!  Cedar shakes, crisp white trim, a pea gravel walkway and patio area and huge ferns flanking the front door are so welcoming and gives a sneaky little peek into the chic interiors that await beyond.  With the pool just feet away from the outdoor dining area, it's also an incredible entertaining spot and bonus points for the mature landscaping that blocks views to surrounding homes (and also probably stifles a little bit of noise, too, which is always helpful when hosting a get together!)

You can tour the entire home here, but I thought today I would just share the exterior photos since I'm longing for last week's warm weather, as well as a few of my picks for how I would decorate the inside myself! Of course, I went with a blue and white color palette with a bunch of texture and a few pops of green to warm things up, as well as some stripes and bamboo for a festive spring/summer touch.  Normally, I'm all about mixing a few high end pieces in with my budget-friendly finds but this time around, most of the items are a little on the pricier side (with the exception of the basket - on sale! - and the lantern light, which is a MUCH more affordable version of a pricier classic), soooooo.....let's just say it's more of a "wish list" since I'm over here daydreaming of dream houses in the Hamptons, shall we???

Costa sofa / Ribbon trim pillow / Wicker hurricanes / Garden stool / Oversize clam shell / Bamboo dinner plate / Geometric lantern / Stripe pillow / Basket / Candle / Wicker sconce / Topiary

Here are a few more shots of the gorgeous grounds; Im obsessed with pea gravel patios lately and love the simple row of boxwoods separating the dining area from the pool (which is very similar to what we used as inspiration for our own when we built our house!):

Hope you are all off to a great start this week!

Monday
Feb042019

lydia is five!

Two days after Christmas my baby girl turned FIVE!  Seems like just yesterday I was announcing my pregnancy here on the blog and now she's a whole hand of years old, has her first wiggly tooth and keeps talking about how excited she is for kindergarten next year....this momma's heart just can't handle it all!  As is typical with late December birthdays, we ended up throwing a very belated cake decorating party over this past weekend with a few of her little friends and it really couldn't have gone any better! 

The party fans are from Shop Sweet Lulu; I bought them for Lydia's first birthday party and have hung them up every year since! The day after Christmas every year, I yank down the garland from the hutch in the kitchen and hang these for her birthday the next day but this year, I thought I'd switch it up a a little and do a balloon garland in the dining area and hang the fans on the fireplace.  Love the pop of pink!

Lydia and I made a six inch funfetti cake for each one of our special guests the night before and then made some homemade buttercream frosting that I stuffed in pastry bags with different decorating tips.  Snack cups from Hobby Lobby held chocolate chips, sprinkles and Dots to decorate them with! The polka dot paper plates are from the Martha Stewart Line at Michael's, the coral linen runner is from TJMaxx years ago and the woven glass hurricanes are from Home Goods last year!

I found a pack of plain white canvas aprons on Amazon and then added some iron-on cupcake appliques from Walmart.  The kids looked so cute wearing them and they each took them home, along with their cake, as favors!

The pink velvet cake was store bought; the glitter five cake topper was from Amazon and then I added a few puppy figurines from Lydia's stash and almost burned my finger tips off making little party hats for them!  I actually made these for her real birthday and it was so worth it to see her face light up when she saw them on top of her cake!  Here's a little close up:

Hope you're all off to a great start this Monday!

Monday
Jan282019

shower curtain trick 

I finally got around to hanging some art in the upstairs guest room bathroom over the weekend (for those asking, it's a nautical chart that my hubby used to navigate the Intracoastal years ago that I framed!)  I've always loved this bathroom but it never ceases to amaze me how even a single piece of art can instantly make a space feel so much more cozy.  Another element that helps also happens to be one of my favorite tricks for making a bathroom - even a tiny one - feel instanly more grand is to hang a second shower curtain rod as high as possible and hang a pair of window treatments!  It makes things feel so much softer and instantly gives the room a luxurious touch (even though these curtains are as inexpensive as they come!)

Here I hung a pair of Merete grommet curtain panels from Ikea all the way at the top where the ceiling starts to slope.  I love how they puddle right at the floor and the fact that they hide the shower curtain liner is an added bonus. Now the room feels so much more polished and finished to me (I always feel the same way about adding curtains to a window!)  Just be sure to leave a few inches gap between the curtain liner rod and the curtain panel rod so that your curtains don't bunch at the top; you won't be able to slide them open, either!

I've been using this trick for years; I did the very same thing in my first apartment so that I could close the panels and hide a rather hideous pink and green tiled shower/tub combo, lol!  I love the Merete panels because you really get a lot of bang for your buck and if you don't like the grommets, it would be a super easy and rather inexpensive fix to remove them and sew rings that are large enough to fit over your rod!

As for the rest of the items in here, the cast iron tub, subway tile are from Lowe's; the Montauk slate tile floor is from Home Depot; the basket is one of my favorite HomeGoods finds and the towels are from TJMaxx years ago that I had monogrammed when we got married! 

Happy Monday, everyone!

Friday
Jan252019

get the look: navy lacquered butler's pantry

I'm officially adding "navy lacquered butler's pantry" to the list of must-haves for our forever home, thanks to this breathtaking little jewel box off the kitchen in blogger Sue DeChiara's Connecticut home.  I've followed Sue's blog for years and have obsessed over every inch of her butler's pantry since they moved in a few years back and since I always get the itch to paint something in my home a deep, dark, inky blue this time of year, I thought it only fitting to share her little slice of navy heaven on the blog today! 

When Sue first moved in the cabinetry was brown but a few coats of navy lacquer paint and some new hardware completely breathed new life into the space and gave it a chic, modern feel.  It never ceases to amaze me how a coat or two of paint can completely transform a space or a piece of furniture and if you check out the before shot of this space here, you'll see exactly what I mean.  The coral is such a pretty contrast to the inky paint and brings such an organic texture and the barware and lowballs coraled on a tray are as beautiful as they are practical:

If I could relocate my laundry room to the garage and turn the space into a butler's pantry, I would do it in a skinny minute, but for now I'll settle for a makeshift bar setup on my kitchen counter or in the dining room, lol.  Here are a few of my picks for creating a feel similar to Sue's beautiful butler's pantry below.  Be sure to check out her blog for pictures of the space before its new transformation, too! 

Coral / Shaker / Rattan tray / Lowball cocktail glasses / Ice bucket / Ginger jars

Wednesday
Jan232019

design finds: blue + white + lots of texture

I can't think of a fresher color combination than blue and white to brighten up the gloomiest month of the  year and, thanks to the bevy of great home decor sales going on right now, so many things on my radar are super budget-friendly, too!  Now, you know I couldn't do a roundup of some blue and white pretties without also including some texture and a little brass to warm things up a bit, so here are a few picks I'm loving lately; everything here, with the exception of the chair and sconce, is less than $100 and some items are well below! 

 Chair / Garden stool / Throw blanket / Basket / Pillow / Ridge vase / Hand towels /

Marble planter / Marble lamps /Wall sconce / Kooboo tray /

How gorgeous is this chair?  I'm not sure if I love it more for its lines or for its pricepoint!

Obsessed with these ridge vases; they're equally as breathtaking with blooms or on their own on a side table of bookshelf.  So much texture and interest!

LOVE this ribbon trim pillow, but would definitely have to remove the tassels before my little hurricanes (accidentally) did!

I just gave a set of these hand towels to a friend as a housewarming present and they were a huge hit! 

This blue and white chinoiserie garden stool is gorgeous in person and, at $64, almost unbelievably priced!

I never met a rattan tray that I didn't like; this is pretty similar to the one I use to corale my oils and salt and pepper in my kitchen!

Really into marble everything right now, including this pair of blue and white lamps for $140 (FOR TWO!!!) and this planter.

My love for stripes runs deep; seriously considering two of these blue and white striped throws to wrap around chair cushions in my living room.  At $27 a pop, they're a steal!

This basket is small - 13 by 14 inches - but would work for holding crayons, as a makeshift utensil holder, or even a planter! 

I'm in love with these sconces and am considering two for above the daybed in Luca's room.  LOVE.

What's on your radar lately?