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Thursday
Jun152017

an insta garden to love

If I hadn't ended up in interiors, I think I would have loved landscape design.  For me, there is nothing more satisfying or therapeutic than planting, pulling weeds, trimming bushes, deadheading flowers or picking plants and blooms for my pots.  After having lived in this house for seven years now, our landscaping (all of which we planted ourselves) has really taken off and gotten to a place where everything has filled in so nicely, it makes me so happy to pull into my driveway!

I'm crushing so hard lately on landscaping pics that pop up on my Instagram feed because the hubby "accidentally" got his weed kill mixed up earlier this spring and ended up killing all the bermuda grass on three sides of the pool, grr.  One of my favorites to follow for landscaping eye candy is Kelli Delaney of KDHamptons.  Kelli was one of the very first people I followed on Instagram and all these years later, I'm still so enamored by the perfectly manicured grounds on her Hamptons property, including her pergola-covered patio, the hydrangeas wrapping around her front porch, creeping roses and slate-surrounded pool.  It's seriously a little slice of heaven:

Thursday
Oct062016

my favorite entertaining books

We're back from our whirlwind road trip to Newport for the wedding of the centurey and I've been so excited to get back to blogging!  Amidst the bags to be unpacked and the mountain of laundry to be tackled, I've also got to plan a menu and table setting for a small get together this weekend for some good friends, but, of course, the latter is all I can think about right now!

I think the only thing I love more than playing hostess is searching for great entertaining ideas and inspiration!  Pinterest and, of course, Instagram, are neverending sources of gorgeous images and tutorials but my favorite way to brainstorm new entertaining ideas, whether it be for a small and intimate dinner or an over-the-top birthday bash, is through books.  For me, nothing can compare to flipping through page after page of beautiful images, dog earing my favorites and then pouring over how I could put my own spin on something particularly inspiring and timeless.  There are so many beautiful entertaining books out there, but there is particular handful I turn to time and time again.  Here are a few of my favorites:

1.  Barefoot Contessa Parties - I love everything about Ina Garten - her recipes, her show, her barn, her gardens...the woman is the epitome of rustic, earthy and chic table settings and meal plans that are so easy to execute and that never fail to impress!

2.  A Boat, A Whale and A Walrus - While this is more of a cookbook that is split up into seasons, it's also chock full of personal stories, menus and favorite recipes of author, chef and restauranteur Renee Erickson.  The images are beautifully simple and the settings are always casual, which I love.  This is one of my favorite books to gift, as well as reference!

3.  Camille Styles Entertaining - Organized by seasons with inspiring ideas and tips for everything from flower arrangements, favors, parties, desserts and signature cocktail recipes, this has become one of my go-to's when I'm really trying to get creative or when I really want to impress guests (I especially loved her mini bottles of tequila, paired with a key lime in a tiny burlap bag as favors for a Mexican fiesta!)

4.  Hamptons Entertaining - I'm obsessed with all things Hamptons, so it was only natural that I would love this tome, as well.  Author Annie Falk features 18 parties with recipes, tips for table settings, alcohol pairings and menu ideas but you also get little peeks of the gorgeous Hamptons estates and gardens as well!

5.  Great Parties: Recipes, menus and ideas for perfect gatherings: the best of Martha Stewart Living - My aunt gave me a copy of this for my birthday years ago and practically every page is dog eared!  Not only are the images gorgeous, but there are step-by-step instructions for hosting the perfect party, from small and intimate to grand and elegant. 

6.  Pret-a-Party: Great Ieas for Good Times and Creative Entertaining - If you're looking for some fun, fresh and modern entertaining ideas, this is definitely for you.  While a pig roast on a rooftop garden may not be practical for many of us, author and fashion designer Lela Rose's tips on decorating, table settings and menu plans are spot on and, with a couple trips to Hobby Lobby or Michael's, easy to replicate!

What are some of your favorite entertaining books?  I'm always looking to add to my collection!

Monday
Aug222016

sarah bartholomew in southern living

When I first read that the home of Nashville-based interior decorator Sarah Bartholomew would be featured in the September issue of Southern Living, I started making extra trips to the mailbox to see when it would finally land in mine.  I've been a huge fan of Bartholomew's classic, all-American style, not to mention her love of blue and white as well as how effortlessly she mixes traditional and antique pieces with modern art and treasures so, it's no surprise I've been pouring over the issue since I got my paws on it over the weekend!  Equally impressive is the fact that she is momma to FOUR littles! Her beautiful home is testament to the fact that you don't have to sacrifice personal style when you have children!  From her blue and white color palette with pops of green, lots of texture, beautiful antiques, artwork and fabric, Monday morning eye candy doesn't get much better than this:


Here are my picks for getting a similar look:

Bamboo mirror / Beachcomber basket / Ginger jar / Woven Malawi chair / Leopard lumbar pillow

Topiary / Resin coral / Throw pillow / Soare charger / Embroidered napkin

Gourd lamp / Blake raffia coffee table / Bamboo flatware / Striped vase

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

Monday
Aug152016

one of the prettiest instagram accounts

If a good instagram feed is one where you want to "like" every photo, then Maura Endres (@m.o.endres) has a truly amazing one, because not only do I LOVE each and every photo she posts, but I feel a little like a stalker because I'm constantly going back to sneak more peeks of her stunning home, her beautiful gardens and her perfectly styled vignettes!  Not only does she have a discerning eye for interior design and styling, but she also happens to be one of the sweetest people on Instagram.  I wish she would start a blog so we could get a closer look at her lovely home, but in the meantime, I'm loving every picture she posts on Instagram.  So much goodness in such tiny squares!  It was so hard to narrow it down and pick favorites to post here on the blog, but these are pretty darn perfect eye candy - the best way to kick off a new week!

Who are some of your favorites to follow on Instagram?

Happy Monday, everyone!

Thursday
Jun232016

inspiration for bear cub's nursery

Well, hello 29 weeks!  This pregnancy is flying by with lightening speed and I'm trying my best not to panic as there is still an entire guest room set in what is to be Bear Cub's nursery (we are in the process of finishing a guest suite upstairs and it's taking FOREVER).  We are installing crown molding this week and getting the ceiling painted just so that I don't completely freak out at the amount of stuff we have yet to do before the little guy gets here, while I still vacillate on exactly what we're going to do in there.  There is no shortage of modern and more contemporary nurseries filling my Instagram and Pinterest feeds but I really want something a little more traditional, along the same lines as what I did for Lydia's, with some subtle nautical touches and a soothing color palette.  I'm all over the place when it comes to inspiration, but here are a few spaces that make my pulse leap:

I love the idea of vinyl grass cloth (with a painted, pale blue ceiling) and every single detail in this little boy's room sings to me...from the grass cloth walls and bright white trim to the fabulous striped curtain panels and rug and the ship chandelier! 

Another great example by the great Steven Gambrel, this time with blue painted trim.  Again, love the striped rug and the underlying nautical vibe:

On the complete other end of the spectrum, I do love the all-white nursery with lots of texture and again, a striped rug, to bring interest and keep it from looking too sterile.  This kid's space in Victoria Hagan's Nantucket hideaway is so light and airy it takes my breath away:

I love the pale gray and soft blues, not to mention all the adorable nautical details, in this nursery Caitlin did for her littles over at Picket Fence Projects:

Another gorgeous little man's room by Steven Gambrel that is so stunning in its simplicity.  I love the aqua chairs and bed and the washed out colors of the nautical charts paired with bold navy stripes on the windows:

I adore this sea captain-inspired gallery wall:

I'm finding a ton of inspiration in grown up spaces, too - like the tone-on-tone gray/blue paint in Scott Currie's Hampton's living room.  The only thing tripping me up is that I'm so obsessed with Lydia's painted ceiling that I'm pretty sure I want it in little man's room, too.  But how amazing - and unique - is this?

The nursery graphic designer Ashley Putman did for her youngest son has always been a favorite and, in fact, the reason I've pined for pale blue curtain panels for the last few years, haha!  It's so light and airy and the glossy black closet doors anchor the space perfectly:

The space Monika Hibbs created for her little boy, Liam, is another favorite, as much for the light, bright airiess as all the texture and the navy and aqua accents.  The Serena and Lily wallpaper is so fun and fresh, too:

And last, but not least...even though this office by Steven Gambrel is not a kid's space, I love the bold Kelly green trim paired with the textured bamboo Roman blinds, gauzy linen curtain panels and fun striped chairs:

 Which is your favorite???