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Tuesday
Aug072018

5 favorite (and easy!) summer-inspired diy's

My idea of the perfect DIY is one that is easy, inexpensive, relatively quick to execute and doesn't look like something you actually made yourself.  (Had to add that last part because it's so true!!)  If you're in the mood for some easy, summer-inspired DIY's to try, I've got a few for you that will have your friends and guests wanting to know your secrets!  I've blogged about these before, but I thought it would be fun to update the list and add a couple new favorites:

This rope-wrapped vase is one of my favorite diy's, as much for the fact that it's INCREDIBLY easy as it is because it looks so beautiful with simple summer blooms! I made a bunch of these for the centerpieces at my cousin's wedding in Newport, Rhode Island, a couple years ago and they looked absolutely AMAZING  filled to the brim with blue and white hydrangea! 

Turn 12 feet of rope from Lowe's or Home Depot into a nautical addition to a bookshelf or coffee table in minutes, or, impress your friends with mini versions of these monkey's fist knots to take home as favors from your next barbeque or get together!  I made a few of these to give away as prizes for the games at my baby shower a few years ago and I'm still getting compliments and comments on them!

Two quick, light coats of liquid gold leaf turn these oyster shells into chic salt and pepper shakers that will have everyone raving at your next dinner party!  I found the mini spoons on clearance at Sur la Table and sprayed the shells with a coat of food safe poly before filling them with salt and pepper.

Give your gallery wall a little refresh and add some texture and softness to your favorite photos or artwork by gluing linen fabric to plain white mats.  These were the perfect addition to a few favorite pieces of art on the gallery wall in Lydia's nursery; I spray painted the frames high gloss white and love the contrast!

My hubby made the oversize Versailles planters that flank my front door for Mother's Day a couple years back and they are still one of my favorite gifts ever.  While this isn't exactly something you could just whip up in less than a half hour like the rest of my picks here today, it's one of my favorite diy's for the fact that these are HUGE and bring so much drama and interest to my front porch (and they look amazing with bright green ferns), but the cost to make these is a fraction of what it would cost to buy something of similar size. 

What are some of your favorite DIY's to do in summer? 

Friday
Jul272018

deb achak: ebb and flow

If you've been following here for any length of time, you know that I have a weakness for/mild obsession with oversize photographic prints of the sea, so it was only fitting that I would fall head over heels in love with Seattle-based photographer Deb Achak's Ebb and Flow series.  And since we are about to head back to the beach, I can't think of a better time to post! 

Taken off the coast of Maui and the Amalfi Coast of Italy, the shots are from the vantage point of the swimmer's eye, which I absolutely LOVE, and the colors are absolutely stunning!  Can you just imagine the dramatic impact one of these prints would make in a room on a very large scale?  I have been following Deb for a while on Instagram and have particularly enjoyed all the snaps she's shared on her stories of her recent trip back to Italy; her feed is full of so much inspiration, she's definitely one to follow!  In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites from her Ebb and Flow series

And just to see how amazing these prints truly are on a large scale, here are a few snaps from her Instagram.  Most are in her all-white studio, which make for the perfect backdrop for her beautiful prints:

Happy Hump Day!

Monday
Jul232018

woven drinkware - where to find

One of the questions I get asked the most whenever we have people over is where I found my woven drinkware.  Of all the things in my entertaining arsenal, these are definitely one of my favorites because they're as pretty as they are versatile!  I serve cocktails and even wine in the summer in the double old fashioneds and I use the drinking glasses for water every single day.  An added bonus is how pretty they look on the table or a makeshift bar setup and they add so much texture and interest to all the white dinner and serveware in my glassfront cabinets. 

I actually have collected two full sets of these over the years - the lighter ones are from HomeGoods and the darker double old fashioneds and taller drinking glasses are from Tuesday Morning!  I even found the matching carafes and pitchers, so it's definitely worth a quick stop in if you have one locally!  I recently just picked up another six of the drinking glasses for $4 a pop, so I know that they're still around.  But just in case you don't have a store locally or haven't been able to find them, here are a few other links to all of the ones I have:  

World Market has the best prices that I was able to find online; they have a set of four double old fashioneds for $28 and a set of four highballs for $32.  And here is the rattan pitcher I found that match my darker set.  The wine carafe comes in both light (here) and dark (here). 

These look amazing paired with water hyacinth chargers, patterned napkins and bamboo cutlery and are my favorite way to dress up your basic every day dinnerware!  

Happy shopping and Happy Monday! 

Monday
Jul162018

blue + white + natural for summer

I can't think of a more quintessential color combination that so perfectly represents summer than blue and white, so I thought I'd start the week off with a little roundup of some beautiful blue and white decorative accessories that are on my radar right now!  And, of course, you know I had to add a little natural texture to the list, as well.  This pair of splatter lamps is so gorgeous in person, they come in a bunch of different color ways and the price is so good; loving these woven placemats to dress up an alfresco dinner and I'm obsessed with this woven side table!  This woven carafe is on sale and is monogrammable, which pretty much makes it the perfect hostess gift or birthday present for that special friend who loves to entertain.  This horn and woven serving set is TO DIE FOR (also on sale!)  These ridge vases add so much texture and interest, they would look just as striking by themselves on a bookshelf as they would holding flowers or fresh greenery as a centerpiece:

placemats / splatter lamps / bamboo mirror

pillow / carafe / serving set / vases

bar cart / ice bucket / napkins / woven side table

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

Friday
Jun152018

how i tripled the size of the ferns on my front porch

Ferns on the front porch are an unspoken rule here in the south.  There's just something about having them flank my front door in the planters my husband made me that makes me so happy to pull into my driveway every day!  I've been fortunate enough to have great luck with them in the past; I even managed to keep two alive three years in a row by keeping them in my garage during the winter.  This year, I found four at the grocery store for $10 a pop; I loved the broad leaves and emerald color so much more than traditional Boston ferns, but when I put them in my planters (I put two in each because my planters are so ginormous!), they just barely hung over the top.  Fast forward about a month and a half and they have all tripled in size!

My secret is this: water them every other day and twice a month, I add a scoop of Jack's Classic 20-20-20 plant food to a gallon of water and drench them.  In no time, they are filling out my planters and adding such a gorgeous pop of color to the front porch! 

I finally got around to planting some flowers in pots, too, and while you can technically use the 20-20-20 for flowers, as well, I like to use the Blossom Booster Fertilizer - I've tried others before but nothing has worked as well as this for me!  Here is purple angelonia and lime green sweet potato vine about a week after the first application:

Happy weekend! (And happy planting!)