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Wednesday
Nov072018

'tis the season!

Ready or not, the holiday season is officially upon us and I, for one, couldn't be happier!  If I had my way, I'd get our tree on 1 November, but since I've been vetoed on that one, I'm playing Christmas music and am slowly, but surely, working on dressing up my table settings for the season!  I don't know about you guys, but I like to deck the halls before I can really think too far into shopping (although, I am DETERMINED to be done my shopping by 1 December this year!)  There are so many gorgeous home decor options out right now that are also super budget-friendly that I decided to round up a few I'm loving lately.....every single one (except for the bar cart) is less than $100 and will take you not only through the holidays but will also keep your home feeling festive long after the tree has come down!  (Not to mention, they're all great gift ideas!)  I don't have much brass or gold in my house but after putting all these pretties together, I'm thinking I may need to remedy that (hello, gold ice bucket!)  Seriously, though, there isn't any color comination more chic than blue and white with pops of green, a little rattan and marble!  What holiday decorative accessories are you loving this year?

 

Gold Ice Bucket / Boxwood wreath / Marble pedestal / Blue double old fashioneds / Napkins

Cheese knives / Burl wood tray / Trim tassel pillow / Tortoise shaker / South Seas Side Cart

Tuesday
Nov062018

oversize seascapes from minted

Despite the fact that it's fall, I never have the beach too far from my mind.  And what better way to capture the essence of the sea than with an oversize photographic print of it in your home?  If you guys have been following along here a while, you know I'm obsessed with prints of the sea on as big a scale as I can get.  Minted is killing it lately with their budget-friendly pieces and I still can't get over how affordable they are framed!  It's such a great way to make a dramatic impact without breaking the bank!  Below is a roundup of some pieces I'm loving lately; I'm seriously thinking East Coast Surf would make a great gift for the hubby!  It's so hard to pick a favorite; which one is yours?

Rocky Coast / Blue Monday / Seaside Contrast

Monochrome Shore / Diverge / Praia da Ursa

Foaming Sea Water iiiWave Patterns

East Coast Surf / Staten Sea I / Malibu View No. 2

Friday
Nov022018

my 10 favorite decorative accessories + where i find them

A few weeks back I asked followers on Instagram what kind of posts they would like to see on the blog and quite a few wanted to know my favorite decorative accessories and where I find them, so here we go!  I'm nothing if not consistent when it comes to my decor; I tend to steer clear of trends and, instead, gravitate to the same kinds of decorative pieces over and over again.  For this reason, I'm actually surprised that anyone would ask me to post my picks because I feel like I'm constantly featuring the same thing, but here we go, guys!!

Pillows - Throw pillows are a great way to add color, pattern and texture to your space and it's a relatively inexpensive way to completely change the feel of a room without having to do much else!  My favorite pillow shops are all on Etsy; Spark Modern and Motif Pillows have incredible varities of beautiful, designer fabrics to choose from and the customer service can't be beat!!

Round Mirrors - I didn't even realize I had a round mirror obsession until a friend was over one day and counted five, between my living areas and Lydia's bedroom!  Round mirrors are perfect for bouncing light around a small space and adding a little softness to square rooms, mantles, etc.  I always keep an eye out for them when I'm in HomeGoods; I've found most of mine there for a fraction of the price of retailers!

Baskets - My love affair with round and rectangular water hyacinth and seagrass baskets knows no bounds.  I use them for plants and have a ton of them around the house for easy toy pickup at the end of the day.  HomeGoods, TJMAxx and World Market are my go-to places for finding big beauties!

Trays - Essential for coraling kitchen and bath essentials, creating a beautiful display on a coffee, side or dining table, even a makeshift bar setup when you have company.  Target, HomeGoods, TJMaxx and Pottery Barn (when on sale) all have beautiful options!

Fresh Greenery - You just can't beat the pop of color and LIFE that house plants bring to any space.  My favorites are palms, maiden hair ferns, umbrella plants, philodendron and, of course, my unicorn - myrtle topiary.  While I've always been an advocate of fresh over faux, I just haven't been able to keep topiary alive, so, in this case, I made my own out of some faux branches from Hobby Lobby (you can read about it here). 

Coffee table books - thank the lord for Amazon Prime!!!  There isn't a lot I splurge on, but my beloved design books definitely are!!  I occassionally will purchase "used" for a fraction of the price and, most times, you can't even tell they've been previously owned! You can tell a lot about a person, based on their books!

Oversize clam shell - this things moves around the house as much as I do lately.  It looks just as great on its own as it does filled with clementines or simple silver ornaments for the holidays, stacked on top of a few coffee table books or as a simple centerpiece on a table setting.  Mine is from Z Gallerie more than ten years ago and I love it as much now as when I first bought it!

Woven and glass hurricanes - I love versatile decor and my woven covered glass hurricanes from HomeGoods last year are my favorite vessels to use for fresh blooms, but they also look just as amazing with simple white pillar candles on the table. 

Simple, silver picture frames - thin, modern silver picture frames are my favorite.  I always find a few whenever I stop into HomeGoods (again, I know!)  I don't have a lot of surface space in my living areas so I like to group a bunch together on a console or side table; when you keep the frames simple, I think it makes such a dramatic impact!

Resin coral - maybe it's because I love the beach so much, maybe it's because my hubby is a career Marine....maybe it's just because coral adds texture and interest to bookshelves, a stack of books, a mantle, you name it, but I just can't resist a little piece of the fake stuff whenever I pass one!  I have a few pieces I've found on sale at Pottery Barn a few years back but most comes from HomeGoods!  A tip:  the stores near the water always have the best selection!

What are some of your favorite decorative accessories and where do you typically find them?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday
Oct262018

before + after: luca's grass cloth bookshelf

FINALLY sharing a little before and after of Luca's room today and it happens to be one of my favorite DIY/furniture transformations yet!! Luca's room has become somewhat of a dump-all for toys in rotation, the hubby's work bags and just about anything and everything else that I don't want to lay eyes on in the living areas of the house (since he has yet to sleep anywhere else but where Momma is).  BUT....his room is now also warmed up with this gorgeous, grass cloth-backed bookshelf that we transformed from a dark, uninteresting piece from our last house, too!

The bookshelf was a clearance purchase from World Market years ago when we bought our first house, but it had been sitting in a corner of the garage in our current home collecting dust and random crap since we moved in eight years ago.  It happens to be the perfect size for behind the door in Luca's room, and Lord knows extra surface space and shelving is never a bad idea when you have littles, so we decided to clean it up and give it a little facelift.  Here is what it looked like before:

We used our air compressor and sprayed two light coats of Sherwin Williams Extra White to match the walls and then I used some of the leftover grass cloth from our dining room to back it.  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.  It adds just the right amount of texture, warmth and so much interest to this corner and is such a pretty background for his beautiful books and die cast VW bus collection (we are OBSESSED).  It also is such a pretty compliment to all the aqua (I made sure to inclue a little sliver of the aqua linen window treatments in the top photo!)

I'm a huge fan of decorating with things that hold special meaning and that goes for in kid's rooms, too, so his shelves are filled with nods to Daddy's career as a Marine (a VW bus was his ride when stationed in Hawaii, which is why we have so many of them), our love of the sea and Luca's obsession with fire trucks.  All of my Little Golden Books from when I was little and an almost-complete set of vintage Hardy Boys books have pride of place here, too (Lydia has my mom's complete set of original Nancy Drew's!)  I even framed a picture Lydia made for him when we came home from the hospital!

I still need some bed linens and to frame some artwork before this room is complete (I plan to have it all done in time for family to visit this Christmas!), so I'll be sure to post progress shots along the way.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday
Oct232018

blogger home tour: most lovely things

One of the best things about blogging and social media is the people you get to "meet".  Annie Diamond from Most Lovely Things is one of my favorites to follow; I've been reading and taking inspiration from her beautiful blog and Instagram feed for years now; I love her style and her gorgeous home!  After following each other for almost a decade, we finally got to meet earlier this spring when I was driving to Newport, Rhode Island, and stopped in to the Serena and Lily in Westport.  Annie was gracious enough to meet me there -she is just as charming and sweet in person as she is on her blog; it felt like I was meeting up with an old friend, rather than someone I was meeting for the first time!  I absolutely love Annie's style and her beautiful 1900 Connecticut home is as charming as she is!  What I love most about it is how Annie modernized it with a black and white color palette and lots of warm wood accents.  It's gorgeous and, of course, beautifully styled, but it's also got a feeling of being lived-in and so comfy. She recently sold this house, so while we wait to see what magic she works in the next one (it has CEDAR SHAKES!!!), I thought I'd share this one today!

You only get one chance to make a great first impression to your home and Annie nails in it spades with her front porch.  Galvanized planters, perfectly sized lantern lighting and a black rattan hanging chair are about as charming as it gets when greeting guests.  And she even changes up greetings on her front door with a Sharpie for the seasons and holidays!

I love how Annie changes up her porch for the seasons - a glossy black door, pumpkins and topiary for fall are my favorite!

Love the glossy black doors and that bannister in the entry!

The jewel box of a kitchen is my favorite room in the whole house.  Love the black moldings, open shelving, banquette seating and, of course, the natural Riviera chairs!

The whole house is so light, bright and airy:

A detached garage out back was painted black, a portico was built over the door and a potting table was added to the side for even more charm: