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Tuesday
Dec092014

christmas gift guide: fab finds for less than $50

Gift giving is one of my absolute favorite things, but with the list of people to buy for seemingly increasing every year, it can be tricky trying to find great gift ideas on a budget.  While I personally think it's way more challenging finding a gift on a small budget, I'm a firm believer that you don't have to spend a fortune in order to give a fabulous and thoughtful gift.  If you missed Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales, there are still a ton of great options for gifts for everyone on your list.  Today, I'm highlighting some of my favorite gift ideas for less than $50 and each one is as fabulous as the next!  Here are my picks for less than $50:

This tortoise ice bucket is the perfect accessory for the holiday bar.

A bay leaf wreath smells as fabulous as it looks and can be used for cooking throughout the rest of the winter!

Who wouldn't love an oversize clam shell to fill with ornaments or clementines?

A black and white buffalo check cookie jar with gold detailing?  Yes, please!

A Boat, a Whale and a Walrus is my latest obsession.  Filled with stories of chef Renee Erickson's restaurants, seasonal menus and cooking, baking and entertaining tips, this is a FABULOUS read that should be on everyone's wishlist this year! (And the cover is absolutely adorable, too!)

A gold monogram wine stopper is a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift.

These honeycomb vases are stunning in person and so ridiculously well priced!  They look equally amazing filled with your favorite blooms as they do glowing with candles.

Colorful linen satin stitch coasters make a holiday party even more fun!

These gold and plated glass ornaments are a simple, stunning addition to your holiday decor.

You can never go wrong with a rosemary topiary!

This gold anchor looks fabulous on a stack of books, a coffee table or a bookshelf. 

Blue and white ginger jars are always a big, fat YES!

These colorblock mugs come in a bunch of color options and are a beautiful gift idea for the coffee lover in your life!

What are some of your favorite gift ideas for less than $50??

Monday
Dec082014

get the look: sleek mountain house

Let's take a break from the Christmas posts and tour what is probably the most amazing mountain house I've ever seen, shall we?  I've always had a bit of an obsession with a getaway in the mountains in the dead of winter.  There's something so comfy and cozy about holing up in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, with snow covered mountains as far as the eye can see and drinking hot chocolate in front of a fire, don't you think?  This family's weekend getaway in the cascade mountains two hours west of Seattle, took my breath away!  Sitting on twenty acres with some of the most KILLER views I've ever seen, the house is all about the outdoors - made of steel, barn wood and glass, glass and more glass, the house is centered around an outdoor courtyard and not only has sliding window walls to let fresh air in, but a bar area with movable upper walls for alfresco cocktails! Let's not forget the heated pool and hot tub....this is the perfect getaway house for relaxing or partying in your pj's.  You'd never have to leave!

Aren't these views to die for?  I had to flip through the article a couple of times before I even noticed the furnishings!

The barn wood adds a warm, rustic touch to the otherwise super contemporary decor:

With views like these, I wouldn't mind waking with the sun every morning....I don't know who I'm kidding I'm up hours before the sun every morning as it is now:

The mid-century modern decor totally works in this space, but for me, I would go a little more traditional with a charcoal and cream color palette, linen-covered furniture, sheepskin throws and ample cowhide and animal print to warm it all up. Here are my picks for getting a similar look:

Sofa / Cowhide pillow / Floor lamp / Antique brass log holder / Sheepskin throw

Jute rug / Vintage coffee table / Candle

Friday
Dec052014

super easy fix for leftover christmas tree clippings!

When the first frost hits and I have to relocate the ginormous Boston ferns that flank my front door to shelter in the garage, the front porch looks always looks so incredibly empty, so I'm always on the hunt for ways to add some greenery that will last throughout the winter.  The local nursery we get our tree from always has a mile high pile of leftover branches and are always more than willing to let me take as many home with me as I can carry.  For the last few years, I've been "planting" them in urns on either side of my front door to add some greenery for Christmas and the best part is that, with a little water every other week, they have lasted me all the way thoughout the month of February! This is a great fix for the extra trimmings from your tree, too! 

I fill my urns a little more than halfway with pinecones so the pots aren't so heavy and then fill in the rest with potting soil.  Stick the branches in the dirt and water them well.  That's it!  A super simple, inexpensive way to add some holiday cheer to your front porch!

Thursday
Dec042014

loving lately for lydia: zara baby

One of the million and one fun parts of having a baby girl is that momma gets to play dress up all day long!  Having the first grandchild on my side, and a girl at that, has resulted in Lydia having a wardrobe and shoe collection that rivals my own.  If you follow me on Instagram (@bungalowblue) you know baby girl (or, shall I say, Momma) likes her denim jackets, boots, knit hats and anything navy blue or striped!  Target, H & M and Baby Gap have some really cute and affordable outfits that make up the bulk of her closet, but I'm also in LOVE with Zara's selection for baby girls!  While their clothes tend to be a little more on the pricier side, the quality can't be beat, making it a great gift idea or source for a special occasion outfit!  Tee shirts, leggings, hats and shoes are reasonably priced and are such amazing quality and have held up pretty well with play, crawling, food and constant washing.  If you're looking for an outfit for Christmas or another special occasion, Zara is the place to look.  While clothes are the LAST thing Lydia needs for Christmas, here are a few items I'm loving for her lately; some she already has while others seem to permanently be in my shopping cart until she stops growing out of her clothes so quickly!

Weave jacket with fur hood / Sheepskin waistcoat / Hooded short coat with button

Pink shirt with frill collar / Tee shirt with basic bow / Striped tee with applique

Corduroy trousers / Shirt with side buttons / Polka dot skinny jeans / Applique dress

Gold Mary Janes / Lined leather boots with buckle detail / Leather sneaker with velcro

Happy Shopping!

 

Tuesday
Dec022014

instagram inspiration: gadabout

One of my favorite house tours was a few years ago when Glitter Guide did a feature on then Charleston-based graphic designer Hanna Seabrook's beautiful home.  Aside from having the perfect, lived-in, layered look, what I loved most about her home was how she blended heirloom pieces with more modern finds for a young, fresh feel that oozes southern charm!  The girl is also an ace at styling vignettes and makes it look so effortless and so, so chic.  She's recently relocated to Kentucky and I've loved seeing her posts pop up in my Instagram feed as she decorates her new home.  Her Thanksgiving table setting this year would give Martha Stewart a run for her money, with her vintage silver pieces mixed in with her gorgeous Juliska country estate china (be still my heart!!!)  The table was featured again on Glitter Guide last week, so head over here to check it out.  In the meantime, if you're looking for some fresh inspiration on Instagram, I highly recommend following Hanna (@gadabout).  Here are a few of my favorite posts:

A snippet of her Thanksgiving table setting:

I'm thoroughly obsessed with her Juliska country estate dinnerware and especially love how she paired it with more casual rattan chargers, heirloom silver pieces and monogrammed linens:

I love painting walls and trim the same color and the soft blue in the dining room perfectly compliments her beautiful furniture:

Beautifully styled tablescapes aplenty:

Love this bar setup:

Cozy reading spot in the master bedroom:

A simple, yet stunning hallway vingnette:

Artwork, a side table used as a makeshift desk and a pile of pillows are luxurious touches in a guest bedroom:

One more shot of that amazing china and how stunning it looks with silver mint julep cups:

To see more of Hanna's former and present home, check out her Instagram (@gadabout); you won't be disappointed!!