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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!

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!