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Thursday
Sep122019

budget-friendly updates for the bath

Mark D. Sikes

Of all the rooms I work on for my e-clients, the bath is the one I surprisingly get a lot of questions about.  Many think they have to do a complete haul to update their bath if it's too small or they don't like the current tile and in many cases, renters want some options that aren't permanent, as well.  While paint, some new accessories and artwork can go a long way in freshening up a bathroom, there are quite a few other options that I turn to time and time again that can help transform a blah bath into a beautiful retreat! 

A brand new light fixture is a must and it's a relatively easy update!  I'm obsessed with glass cylinder sconces lately, especially hung above a chrome framed pivoting mirror.  Another trick I absolutely LOVE is hanging a pair of curtain panels from a second shower curtain rod and placed all the way to the ceiling (the panels hit the floor) to add drama and height (see my original post on this here).  A new faucet is another easy swap and there are so many affordable options; the one below looks way more expensive than it is and is so beautiful in person! (I have it in our guest bath upstairs and LOVE it!)

I try to add texture any chance I get and an oversize basket is a great way to add some warmth while adding storage for toilet paper or extra towels.  A marble tray to corral perfumes, makeup and daily beauty items makes a space feel pulled together and a small space less chaotic.

Here are a few of my picks for updating a bathroom without blowing your budget:

Mirror / Rattan and acrylic bath accessories / Glass canisters / Faucet / Basket / Marble tray / Glass sconce / Candle / Hand soap / Resin coral

Wednesday
Aug282019

the spirit of the summer...all year long

Summer may officially be over now that school is in session but we've got a ways to go around these parts until it starts to feel anything like fall.  Summer is my favorite time of the year and I love to bring the feel of the beach inside my home all year round, regardless of the change in seasons.  So, to protest the pumpkin spice lattes that are slowly creeping their way into my instagram feed, not to mention the Christmas decor going up in some of the stores already, I've rounded up a few goodies I'm loving lately - small pieces that would go a long way in bringing that airy, breezy beach feel to your decor without going overboard.  Here are my picks:

Swim Surf print / Lacquered side table / Patmos stripe pillow / Basket / Bamboo flatware / Gilden lantern light / Cayman Mirror / Burl wood picture frames / Cove drinkware set / Vendome double sconce / lumbar pillow

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday
Aug132019

so good: green + rattan

Blue and white will always be my favorite color combination but I've got to say, I'm crushing hard on green lately!  Mixed in with a little rattan, bamboo and linen, it's another perfect combination for summer!  I always love the fresh pop of color that a new house plant brings; it just makes a room feel alive and bright and I think the same feeling can be achieved in small doses with a few simple changes like a new pillow cover, white dinner plates with a thin green scalloped edge, or even a rattan vase overflowing with viburnum.  I recently added some sea glass green bottles to my wicker demijohn collection on my mantle and the effect is so subtle but so, so pretty!  Below are a few green-hued pretties that, when mixed with rattan, wicker and bamboo, pack quite the impact!  The best part is that this combo transitions so beautifully into Fall!

Basketweave flatware set / Olympia pillow cover / Topiary / Zanzibar pillow cover / Scalloped rattan picture frames / Scalloped dinner plate / Wicker hurricane / Lacquer tray / Salt and pepper shaker set / Rattan bar cart / Scalloped rattan tray

Monday
Apr012019

update your every day dinnerware for spring with fete home!

Spring has officially sprung and I couldn't be more excited!  Of all the wonderful things I love about the season, entertaining is one of my favorites.  Setting a beautiful table for friends and family to enjoy a meal and some yummy cocktails while the kiddos play is my grown up idea of a wild and crazy Saturday night.  I love adding little spring touches to my every day dinnerware and entertaining pieces (in case you missed, I posted my favorites here, here and here), so, of course, I was thrilled to discover Fete Home, a new online boutique specializing in tableware and home accessories!  Bamboo dinner plates, basket weave tumblers (I'm OBSESSED) and a striped marble cheese plate are just of few of the chic, modern pieces that are gorgeous compliments to every day dinnerware and serving pieces that bring a feel of warmer months to the table.  And best yet, they're generously offering 15% off their site with code BLUE15!  Here are some of their pieces that are on my radar:

Bamboo salad plates - Such a beautiful classic!  These come in dinner plate size, as well, but how pretty would the salad plates look on top of a plain white dinner plate to mix it up a little? 

Two-toned bone napkin rings - such a pretty way to add a little formality to the table for special gatherings.

Striped cheese board set - Stripes are a quintessential summer detail and this cheese board set is just divine.

Bud vase - Love the simplicity (and the hue) of this simple vase!

Bone candle holders - the perfect, finishing piece!

Brass bottle chiller - such a striking piece and a great way to add a little warmth to the table! (This would also look stunning stored in glassfront cabinets!)

Bamboo salt and pepper set - How chic is this set?  The perfect hostess gift, too!

Bamboo servers - Clearly, I have a thing for all things bamboo...this set is gorgeous and would look amazing paired with an oversize white salad bowl!

Octagonal placemats - A beautiful way to add texture and interest to the table and the navy stripe is the perfect detail!

Tortoise flatware - These would be a gorgeous compliment to simple white dinnerware and would look just as pretty displayed handles up in a pitcher or vase when on the counters!

Oversize glass tureen - the most versatile centerpiece!!  Display blooms, a single candle or pieces of fruit.

Striped condiment bowl - Black and white stripes have never looked more chic!

Basket weave tumblers - My love of texture knows no bounds so, naturally, I LOVE thise set of tumblers!  They would be equally as pretty lined down the center of the table with simple white votives!

Be sure to head over to Fete Home to see more of their beautiful tableware and don't forget to use code BLUE15 for 15% off your entire order!  Happy Monday!

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!