Kelly Christakos Stivers
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Tuesday
May242016

it's a boy!

For the last three years, since we found out we were pregnant with Lydia, around our house it's been nothing but tutus, hair bows and all things gold and glittery, but it's time to switch gears now because we are having a BOY!!  I grew up with two brothers and so did my husband so we are overjoyed at the thought of Lydia having a little brother of her own!  I'm so excited to get my head in nursery mode again, too!  I'm 25 weeks, officially in my third trimester, so I need to get it in gear. We've known for quite a while now that we were having a boy but now it's time to get serious about planning his nursery and stockpiling clothes and blankets - I don't have a single swaddle, onesie, burp cloth, bib or blanket for the little guy that isn't pink or covered in hearts, haha!

This pregnancy has gone so fast - thankfully, the nausea and vomitting is long gone.  Now, the only pain in the neck is the fact that I have to wear a full length compression legging on my one leg; working out has helped tremendously but I can't go an entire day without it, so I'm mentally preparing myself to make it through a Carolina summer without having a heatstroke! 

As for the nursery, I don't have a plan as of yet like I did when I was pregnant with Lydia, but I know there are certain things I want to incorporate that have lots of meaning (like my hubby's passion for surfing and his Marine Corps background).  I'll be posting inspiration and plans and progress along the way, so get ready for some nursery overload! 

I hope you're all having a wonderful week!

Tuesday
May172016

william mclure

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you're all off to a great start this week!  I can't seem to get my head out of weekend mode, so I thought I'd make the delayed transition a little easier with some gorgeous eye candy from one of my favorite Instagram accounts - designer and artist William Rankin McLure IV. I've been obsessed with all of Williams's decorating (and redecorating) adventures in his Birmingham apartment, as well as all of the jaw dropping abstract artwork he seems to whip up overnight.  From painting his floors, his rug and even committing to red walls before reverting back to white again, every nook and cranny in his tiny apartment is effortlessly layered and incredibly chic.  It's just a matter of time before we see his work gracing the pages of Elle Decor and Architectural Digest!  In the meantime, feast your eyes on these snippets of his home, courtesy of his new website!

Here are my picks for getting a similar look:

Eloise rattan arm chair / Ginger jars / Giant clam shell / The Big Book of the Hamptons / Art /

Greek Key Trim pillow / Coral / Rug / Benjamin Moore Witching Hour / Large sea sponge

Friday
May132016

friday five

This has been a mighty long week; the hubby worked reverse schedule until the wee hours of the morning every day, so baby girl and I had to find things to do outside of the house in the mornings so he could get some sleep and for some reason, this was the week my little angel decided to have one emotional meltdown after another.  Is it a full moon soon or what?  I am in dire need of some sleep and a strong cocktail, but since I've still got about 16 weeks to go until I can sip the latter, I'll settle for some time spent by the pool this weekend, instead! Here are my Friday Five for this week; I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

My grocery store-bought sunflowers are still going strong a week and a half later, adding a bit of sun to a couple rainy, gloomy days this week:

There's nothing better than heading into the weekend with a clean house, even if it will only last less than an hour before I see furballs and toys everywhere.....

If you guys follow me on Instagram (@bungalowblue) you might have seen that my dear hubba hubba started making me a set of Versailles planters for Mother's Day.  They still need round ball finials at the top corners, but he did an AMAZING job on them!  We made a bit of a rookie mistake, however, by going over the measurements in the driveway and not the front porch, so when he put the first one by the front door, I choked a little at just how big they were!  They've grown on me since and now I'm on a quest for the biggest ferns I can find.  A full post on how he made them is coming soon!

I ordered a copy of Hamptons Entertaining and DEVOURED each and every page of gorgeous table settings, outdoor party setups and mouth watering menu plan and recipe!  Not only is this a beautiful book, but it's also chock full of great ideas for entertaining at home - both indoors and out - this spring and summer!

I caught Lydia sneaking lilies out of a vase in the living room the other day and running off to her room with them, so I decided to start to pick up a little bunch for her whenever I got some for myself.  They make her so happy, how could I not?

Wednesday
May112016

diy: "vintage" sign

A few weeks back, I posted a shot of a vintage-inspired sign I made for my aunt and I got so many emails about it, I thought a post was in order!  This was so much quicker and easier than I expected, which truly is ideal for someone with a toddler who wants to do everything Momma is doing, so if you're considering making one, I highly recommend (mostly because you can get it done in less than two nap times!)

Here is what you'll need:

-Plywood (I bought a piece of white pine from Lowe's that was 1.5 inches thick and 10 inches wide and had them cut it to five feet).

-Black latex paint

-Tracing paper and a sharp pencil

-White latex paint

-100 grit sand paper

First things first, I beat the crap out of the wood with anything I could quickly find - a hammer, a chisel (for the edges and corners), a flathead screwdriver and a wire with extra large bolts that I keep handy for distressing wood. 

Next, I slapped on some black paint.  I mixed a little water in with it so it wouldn't be too thick and also so it would be easier to sand down and look "distressed" at the end.  I applied two coats, letting each coat dry in between.

I used Word for my letters; nothing fancy, just Times New Roman in 100 size font.  I held tracing paper up to my computer screen, lightly tracing the letters and then, using a sharp pencil, laid the paper on top of my sign and traced again, leaving a pencil mark on the wood.  I used the stiffest, skinniest paint brush I could find (which happened to be one of the cheapos in a paint set of Lydia's!) for the outline of the letters and then filled it in with a thicker brush. I did three light coats of white paint, again letting each coat dry in between and then finally sanding the whole thing - letters and all - rubbing off the paint on the edges and scraping some off the letters, until I was satisfied. 

Here is a closeup of how it looked once I was done:

Easy peasy! Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday
May102016

summer vibes

Just when I finally decide to take the plunge and repaint my black exterior doors and shutters NAVY BLUE, I end up falling in love with black and white all over again for summer.  You just can't beat the combination for summer, especially when paired with lots of seagrass, bamboo and fresh greenery.  Here are a few pretties that are heavy on my radar lately:

Picnic basket / Bamboo flatware set / Gordian weave ebony pillow / Avalon daybed / Rope Bottle Opener / Book / Topiary / Anchor door knocker / Seagrass tray / Striped cocktail tray

How chic is this black and white striped picnic basket from Mark and Graham?!  I'd be the envy of every mother at the park with this beauty!

This 20-piece bamboo-style flatware service from Horchow is perfect for outdoor entertaining and you can't beat the price for four place settings!!

This embroidered knot pillow by etsy favorite Arianna Belle is just the right nautical touch without going overboard.  LOVE.

The Avalon daybed from Serena and Lily is the stuff that summer daydreams are made of.  Literally.

A fabulous brass rope bottle opener from my favorite online shop, High Street Market, adds elegance to any bar, picnic or barbeque!

Hamptons Entertaining is seriously the most inspirational tome for spring and summer get togethers.  It's seriously my new favorite!

I can never get enough myrtle topiary (even though they don't last very long at my house).

A brass anchor door knocker makes for quite a fabulous first impression to your home.

You can never have too many seagrass serving trays for coraling drinks, appetizers or even condiments. 

This black and white canopy striped cocktail tray with gold detailing takes your summer barbeque to a  WHOLE. NEW. LEVEL.

What are you loving for summer?