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Monday
Apr012019

update your every day dinnerware for spring with fete home!

Spring has officially sprung and I couldn't be more excited!  Of all the wonderful things I love about the season, entertaining is one of my favorites.  Setting a beautiful table for friends and family to enjoy a meal and some yummy cocktails while the kiddos play is my grown up idea of a wild and crazy Saturday night.  I love adding little spring touches to my every day dinnerware and entertaining pieces (in case you missed, I posted my favorites here, here and here), so, of course, I was thrilled to discover Fete Home, a new online boutique specializing in tableware and home accessories!  Bamboo dinner plates, basket weave tumblers (I'm OBSESSED) and a striped marble cheese plate are just of few of the chic, modern pieces that are gorgeous compliments to every day dinnerware and serving pieces that bring a feel of warmer months to the table.  And best yet, they're generously offering 15% off their site with code BLUE15!  Here are some of their pieces that are on my radar:

Bamboo salad plates - Such a beautiful classic!  These come in dinner plate size, as well, but how pretty would the salad plates look on top of a plain white dinner plate to mix it up a little? 

Two-toned bone napkin rings - such a pretty way to add a little formality to the table for special gatherings.

Striped cheese board set - Stripes are a quintessential summer detail and this cheese board set is just divine.

Bud vase - Love the simplicity (and the hue) of this simple vase!

Bone candle holders - the perfect, finishing piece!

Brass bottle chiller - such a striking piece and a great way to add a little warmth to the table! (This would also look stunning stored in glassfront cabinets!)

Bamboo salt and pepper set - How chic is this set?  The perfect hostess gift, too!

Bamboo servers - Clearly, I have a thing for all things bamboo...this set is gorgeous and would look amazing paired with an oversize white salad bowl!

Octagonal placemats - A beautiful way to add texture and interest to the table and the navy stripe is the perfect detail!

Tortoise flatware - These would be a gorgeous compliment to simple white dinnerware and would look just as pretty displayed handles up in a pitcher or vase when on the counters!

Oversize glass tureen - the most versatile centerpiece!!  Display blooms, a single candle or pieces of fruit.

Striped condiment bowl - Black and white stripes have never looked more chic!

Basket weave tumblers - My love of texture knows no bounds so, naturally, I LOVE thise set of tumblers!  They would be equally as pretty lined down the center of the table with simple white votives!

Be sure to head over to Fete Home to see more of their beautiful tableware and don't forget to use code BLUE15 for 15% off your entire order!  Happy Monday!

Wednesday
Mar132019

get the look: ina's glass hurricanes

It's no secret that I love all things Ina Garten and that also happens to include the glass hurricanes that are regularly featured sitting on the counter top in her East Hampton kitchen on her show.  They're so simple, but super chic, just like everything else in her beautiful home; a grouping of them would make a beautiful alternative to flowers for a table centerpiece! I read somewhere once that she found them at Bloom in Sag Harbor but was never been able to find a link for them and since I've already got enough vases, candle holders and hurricanes to start my own rental company, I never pursued it again. 

And then a couple weeks ago while catching up on a few episodes of Cook Like a Pro after the littles had gone to bed, there they were again, sitting pretty on her counter and I was smitten all over again.  A simple online search led me to these beauties.  I'm all about mixing high end finds with budget-friendly pieces, and I absolutely loved these, but at almost $100 for the smallest one, I knew I could rig something similar for much less.

I popped into TJMaxx for some gift wrap the next day and ended up finding two simple cylindrical glass hurricanes that I knew would work just as well!  The larger one is ten inches high and eight inches across in diameter and the smaller one three inches high and three inches in diameter (and were also a whopping $7 and $3, respectively!) I popped a simple, unscented candle inside and LOVED how it turned out!

 

It's not exactly like Ina's, I know, but I love how it turned out and, even better, I love that I paid a tenth of the price of the real deal!  Happy Hump Day, everyone!

Tuesday
Feb262019

amazon favorites for the home

I don't know what it is, but I always love reading other blogger's posts on their Amazon favorites so I thought it would be fun to put together a little wish list of sorts with some pretties I've been eyeing lately on there myself!  I always, always make it a point to shop small as much as possible, not only to support fellow businesses, but also because of the wide variety of original and unique pieces that mass produced retail pieces just can't quite come close to replicating.  But, of course, there is always the case for finding something online that you just can't track down in stores and for me, sourcing home goods that are literally a click away for e-design clients is sometimes a must.  In those cases, more often than not, I'm able to find some fun pieces on Amazon and with a Prime account and two day shipping, you just can't beat it!  Here are a few items I'm loving on Amazon lately (a total aside, that rattan bucket was at TJMaxx a few years back for $15 and I'm STILL kicking myself for not having bought ten of them then, haha!):

Rattan ice bucket / Brass sconce / Gold bamboo flatware / Hand soap / Kouboo rattan stool / Resin coral / Marble pastry board / Marble utensil crock / Tortoise drinking glasses / Chippendale counter stool

What are some things you're loving on Amazon lately?

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!