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Monday
Mar022015

knock, knock

I'm on the hunt for an antiqued brass knocker for our front door, which is proving to be no easy task, given the bevy of beautiful options there are!  With Spring right around the corner, a door knocker is a great way to freshen up your front porch or entry for warmer weather!  By now you know that I'm all about making a fabulous first impression to your home and that usually starts outside, so a door knocker is a great way to add personality and charm!   I've always loved the idea of a pineapple, as it's the traditional symbol of hospitality, but there are SO many unique and interesting options out there, from nautical to beachy to DOGS (!) and more that I had to round up a few of my favorites.  I'm obsessed with the labrador retriever (it comes in many different breeds!) and even though all of my picks are in brass, many of them are also available in different finishes:

Oyster / Labrador retriever / Pineapple / Monogram / Sea scallop / Lobster

Large brass ring / Anchor / Whale tail / Pinecone / Fox

I hope you're all off to a great start this Monday!

Friday
Feb272015

chic in cape cod

As much as I love pops of bright, bold color, for me nothing can compare to a soft, neutral space with muted colors and lots of texture.  It's not only my favorite way to decorate, but it also lends itself particularly well to the aesthetic I've tried to create in my own home.  And if you've been reading my blog for a while, chances are it's your favorite, too!  This Cape Cod stunner is right up my alley with its sandy walls, crisp white millwork and trim, lots of blue and white, natural fiber rugs, linen furniture, grass cloth wallcoverings and bamboo Roman blinds.  I love how all the more modern pieces (those fabulous iron chandeliers!) blend effortlessly with traditional elements like the coffered ceilings and beautifully detailed mouldings. 

Talk about making a good first impression - this entryway is absolute perfection from the iron chandelier and white leather Barcelona chairs to the blue silk grass cloth covered walls and those fabulous blue and white curtain panels! 

Every inch of space is put to good use in the living room and I love how the same fabric used on the curtains in the entry are carried through here in the throw pillows on the window seat:

Pops of coral are a breath of fresh air in the sitting room:

A sleek stainless steel and polished nickel vent hood, black window casings and a Lacanche range are showstopping focal points in the all-white kitchen:

The detailed woodwork on the banquette in the kitchen makes me swoon....again, the same blue and white floral fabric is a beautiful choice here, too:

Textured walls, chic pendant lighting and mirrors made from reclaimed wood pullies in the powder room:

Grass cloth walls and a simple white palette with pops of black in the master are so soothing:

 

Blue grass cloth from the entry below extends up the stairwell and is a beautiful compliment to another statement iron chandelier:

To read more about this Cape Cod stunner, check out the article here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday
Feb262015

champagne + oysters

So much for a snow day; the 5-8 inches we were expecting and which caused mass hysteria at the grocery stores yesterday turned out to be gray skies and rain, instead.  And not even a whole lot, at that!  Scrolling through my blog feed this morning, rather grumpily,  I was stopped dead in my tracks when I saw Chassity's post on Charleston-based even designer Calder Clark's fabulous oysters and champagne party and which was also featured in Flower magazine.  My spirits were instantly lifted.  I guess if we aren't going to get snow, I might as well pine for a beautiful outdoor dinner party, especially when hosted in Calder's incredible backyard!  I make it a habit NOT to re-post, but these images just made me so happy, it was too good not to share!  A blue, white and gold color palette, mix and match plates, lovely gold rimmed glassware and pale green blooms are easy elegance at its finest:

Aside from the table setting, how amazing is her back porch??

Blue, white and gold is the perfect color palette for spring:

Small bud vases, when arranged en mass groopings, are so dramatic:

That fabulous gold bar cart gives me heart palpitations!

I DIE over those gold rimmed quatro foil glasses:

And let's not forget about the guests of honor, just chillin' in a bathtub.  Genius.

Here are my picks for getting the look:

Start with Tolix-style chairs like these, in white.  They are super affordable and work both indoors and out:

Blue seersucker napkins are a nod to the Southern locale and these adorable cocktail napkins add a touch of whimsy:

Gorgeous gold flatware is a must-have:

Mix your glassware for a vintage feel.  I love these French wine glasses from Crate and Barrel and these beautiful gold leaf tumblers:

Add a fabulous gold bar cart. LOVE this one from Target, of all places:

Stick a flower arrangement in an oversize gold ice bucket like this one I'm currently coveting for a showstopping focal point:

How are you beating the winter blah's this week?

All photographs by Chassity and Julia Lynn Photography.

Wednesday
Feb252015

loving lately for lydia

It's safe to say that Lydia's nursery is, hands down, my favorite room in our house.  It gets the most light, is so bright and happy and in the evening when we're reading books and winding down, her coral ceiling glows.  We spend a lot of time in here reading and playing (and picking out outfits!?), especially since the weather's been so gray and gloomy.  So, the other day when we actually had some sun I snapped a few shots of some of the things I'm loving lately for her and her room! 

I'm obsessed with all things Peter Rabbit lately - and these adorable handpainted bookends from Anthropologie are just adorable.  My mom bought them for baby girl for Christmas and I love that they are a special gift that she will one day be able to pass on to her own babies!  I actually found the exact same pair online for a little less here:

I snagged this little ceramic dish with gold edging at TJMaxx; such a pretty way to display some of our favorite hair bows (which we NEVER leave the house without).  And little miss's feet are finally big enough to fit in the leopard smoking slippers I got her last summer:

If you follow me on Instagram (@bungalowblue) you know that Lydia (ahem....her momma) loves her denim jackets.  I bought the one below from Baby Gap last summer in three different sizes to get us through at least the next year and a half and I can't wait for Spring to pair it with all of her gorgeous little dresses:

I couldn't resist this sweet little elephant ring holder on a recent jaunt to TJMaxx:

My dad bought this adorable black and white striped teepee from Land of Nod for her for Christmas and it's our favorite place to play!  We stick a bunch of pillows inside and read books, talk to our stuffed animals and play hide and seek with Gunner.  I love that it's not too big so that we can move it around the house easily and I can't wait to bring it outside this summer by the pool! 

I made a super easy garland to add some bling by using a three inch round hole punch to cut circles out of gold glitter cardstock and then taping them to jute twine.  The perfect amount of sparkle:

Old Navy is killing it in the kid's and baby clothes department! Boyfriend jeans and white Keds are some current favorites (both of which appear to be sold out!):

And this maxi dress?  I just can't......

Lots of sweet white tops, of course.  Love the crochet top and pintuck detailing on this one:

October the Octopus was our favorite Valentine's Day present!  A stuffed animal concept book that teaches about the months of the year.  Such a great gift idea:

And last, but not least, are these gorgeous paper pinwheels from Shop Sweet Lulu!  I bought a bunch of them for her birthday and absolutely love the colors, sizes (some are HUGE!) and different designs and they are so reasonably priced, too!  I'll be using these over and over, for sure:

Tuesday
Feb242015

fab finds from furbish

Furbish Studio is one of my favorite home boutiques to pop into whenever I'm in Raleigh and I always check out whatever new goodies owner Jamie Meares has in stock online.  She's got quite a few items I'm loving lately and, as is typical with me, when I started putting them all together, I realized once again I'd picked everything that was blue and white or rattan! I guess if it ain't broke....!  I'd happily take one of each of these and I absolutely NEED that bolster pillow:

Tortoise mirror / WTF bolster pillow / Happiness ginger jar / Rattan bar cart / Coral /

Large blue and white bowl / Splatter lamps / Swirl vases / Hanging rattan chair

To see more goodies, check out Furbish Studio here.