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Wednesday
Jan232019

design finds: blue + white + lots of texture

I can't think of a fresher color combination than blue and white to brighten up the gloomiest month of the  year and, thanks to the bevy of great home decor sales going on right now, so many things on my radar are super budget-friendly, too!  Now, you know I couldn't do a roundup of some blue and white pretties without also including some texture and a little brass to warm things up a bit, so here are a few picks I'm loving lately; everything here, with the exception of the chair and sconce, is less than $100 and some items are well below! 

 Chair / Garden stool / Throw blanket / Basket / Pillow / Ridge vase / Hand towels /

Marble planter / Marble lamps /Wall sconce / Kooboo tray /

How gorgeous is this chair?  I'm not sure if I love it more for its lines or for its pricepoint!

Obsessed with these ridge vases; they're equally as breathtaking with blooms or on their own on a side table of bookshelf.  So much texture and interest!

LOVE this ribbon trim pillow, but would definitely have to remove the tassels before my little hurricanes (accidentally) did!

I just gave a set of these hand towels to a friend as a housewarming present and they were a huge hit! 

This blue and white chinoiserie garden stool is gorgeous in person and, at $64, almost unbelievably priced!

I never met a rattan tray that I didn't like; this is pretty similar to the one I use to corale my oils and salt and pepper in my kitchen!

Really into marble everything right now, including this pair of blue and white lamps for $140 (FOR TWO!!!) and this planter.

My love for stripes runs deep; seriously considering two of these blue and white striped throws to wrap around chair cushions in my living room.  At $27 a pop, they're a steal!

This basket is small - 13 by 14 inches - but would work for holding crayons, as a makeshift utensil holder, or even a planter! 

I'm in love with these sconces and am considering two for above the daybed in Luca's room.  LOVE.

What's on your radar lately?

Tuesday
Jan082019

new pillows (finally!) + a new favorite etsy shop

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are off to a great start in 2019!  While all of blogland and Instagram is all about organizing every nook and cranny of your home this month, I thought I'd change tack a little and make my first post of the new year about one of my favorite decorative accessories, instead....new pillows!! 

I've been on the hunt for lumbar pillows for the chairs in our living room for some time now, but never really loved anything enough to pull the trigger.  Then right before Christmas - like, literally, ten days before, when the hubby was trying to get me to give him a couple things from my wish list, I landed on Motif Pillows' page on Etsy and fell in love with John Robshaw Lanka in Lapis.  I quickly emailed them to see what the turnaround time would be if I ordered two lumbar pillows, TOTALLY not expecting them in time for Christmas, and was told that if I ordered them that day (Saturday) they could get them out the following Wednesday (Christmas was the following Tuesday). The hubby ordered them, and, I kid you not, the pillow covers were in my mailbox three days later!!!!

I am not sponsored by Motif Pillows in any way, I'm just so impressed with the customer service, the quick response and, of course, the quality of the pillows, that I had to share!  I'm so in love with the print; I think it's the perfect compliment to the linen chairs and the pop of black on the side table. 

I'm still looking for a blue and white striped or a pale blue throw to tuck into the cushion on the chair (any suggestions are most welcome!!), but I'm so happy with how well this turned out!  Changing up your throw pillows can be a small investment, but it can completely transform and breathe new life into a space - perfect for the New Year! Okay, off to enjoy this gorgeous 66 degree weather with the littles and then tackle one closet/dumping spot in my house at a time!

Friday
Nov022018

my 10 favorite decorative accessories + where i find them

A few weeks back I asked followers on Instagram what kind of posts they would like to see on the blog and quite a few wanted to know my favorite decorative accessories and where I find them, so here we go!  I'm nothing if not consistent when it comes to my decor; I tend to steer clear of trends and, instead, gravitate to the same kinds of decorative pieces over and over again.  For this reason, I'm actually surprised that anyone would ask me to post my picks because I feel like I'm constantly featuring the same thing, but here we go, guys!!

Pillows - Throw pillows are a great way to add color, pattern and texture to your space and it's a relatively inexpensive way to completely change the feel of a room without having to do much else!  My favorite pillow shops are all on Etsy; Spark Modern and Motif Pillows have incredible varities of beautiful, designer fabrics to choose from and the customer service can't be beat!!

Round Mirrors - I didn't even realize I had a round mirror obsession until a friend was over one day and counted five, between my living areas and Lydia's bedroom!  Round mirrors are perfect for bouncing light around a small space and adding a little softness to square rooms, mantles, etc.  I always keep an eye out for them when I'm in HomeGoods; I've found most of mine there for a fraction of the price of retailers!

Baskets - My love affair with round and rectangular water hyacinth and seagrass baskets knows no bounds.  I use them for plants and have a ton of them around the house for easy toy pickup at the end of the day.  HomeGoods, TJMAxx and World Market are my go-to places for finding big beauties!

Trays - Essential for coraling kitchen and bath essentials, creating a beautiful display on a coffee, side or dining table, even a makeshift bar setup when you have company.  Target, HomeGoods, TJMaxx and Pottery Barn (when on sale) all have beautiful options!

Fresh Greenery - You just can't beat the pop of color and LIFE that house plants bring to any space.  My favorites are palms, maiden hair ferns, umbrella plants, philodendron and, of course, my unicorn - myrtle topiary.  While I've always been an advocate of fresh over faux, I just haven't been able to keep topiary alive, so, in this case, I made my own out of some faux branches from Hobby Lobby (you can read about it here). 

Coffee table books - thank the lord for Amazon Prime!!!  There isn't a lot I splurge on, but my beloved design books definitely are!!  I occassionally will purchase "used" for a fraction of the price and, most times, you can't even tell they've been previously owned! You can tell a lot about a person, based on their books!

Oversize clam shell - this things moves around the house as much as I do lately.  It looks just as great on its own as it does filled with clementines or simple silver ornaments for the holidays, stacked on top of a few coffee table books or as a simple centerpiece on a table setting.  Mine is from Z Gallerie more than ten years ago and I love it as much now as when I first bought it!

Woven and glass hurricanes - I love versatile decor and my woven covered glass hurricanes from HomeGoods last year are my favorite vessels to use for fresh blooms, but they also look just as amazing with simple white pillar candles on the table. 

Simple, silver picture frames - thin, modern silver picture frames are my favorite.  I always find a few whenever I stop into HomeGoods (again, I know!)  I don't have a lot of surface space in my living areas so I like to group a bunch together on a console or side table; when you keep the frames simple, I think it makes such a dramatic impact!

Resin coral - maybe it's because I love the beach so much, maybe it's because my hubby is a career Marine....maybe it's just because coral adds texture and interest to bookshelves, a stack of books, a mantle, you name it, but I just can't resist a little piece of the fake stuff whenever I pass one!  I have a few pieces I've found on sale at Pottery Barn a few years back but most comes from HomeGoods!  A tip:  the stores near the water always have the best selection!

What are some of your favorite decorative accessories and where do you typically find them?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday
Oct262018

before + after: luca's grass cloth bookshelf

FINALLY sharing a little before and after of Luca's room today and it happens to be one of my favorite DIY/furniture transformations yet!! Luca's room has become somewhat of a dump-all for toys in rotation, the hubby's work bags and just about anything and everything else that I don't want to lay eyes on in the living areas of the house (since he has yet to sleep anywhere else but where Momma is).  BUT....his room is now also warmed up with this gorgeous, grass cloth-backed bookshelf that we transformed from a dark, uninteresting piece from our last house, too!

The bookshelf was a clearance purchase from World Market years ago when we bought our first house, but it had been sitting in a corner of the garage in our current home collecting dust and random crap since we moved in eight years ago.  It happens to be the perfect size for behind the door in Luca's room, and Lord knows extra surface space and shelving is never a bad idea when you have littles, so we decided to clean it up and give it a little facelift.  Here is what it looked like before:

We used our air compressor and sprayed two light coats of Sherwin Williams Extra White to match the walls and then I used some of the leftover grass cloth from our dining room to back it.  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.  It adds just the right amount of texture, warmth and so much interest to this corner and is such a pretty background for his beautiful books and die cast VW bus collection (we are OBSESSED).  It also is such a pretty compliment to all the aqua (I made sure to inclue a little sliver of the aqua linen window treatments in the top photo!)

I'm a huge fan of decorating with things that hold special meaning and that goes for in kid's rooms, too, so his shelves are filled with nods to Daddy's career as a Marine (a VW bus was his ride when stationed in Hawaii, which is why we have so many of them), our love of the sea and Luca's obsession with fire trucks.  All of my Little Golden Books from when I was little and an almost-complete set of vintage Hardy Boys books have pride of place here, too (Lydia has my mom's complete set of original Nancy Drew's!)  I even framed a picture Lydia made for him when we came home from the hospital!

I still need some bed linens and to frame some artwork before this room is complete (I plan to have it all done in time for family to visit this Christmas!), so I'll be sure to post progress shots along the way.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday
Oct232018

blogger home tour: most lovely things

One of the best things about blogging and social media is the people you get to "meet".  Annie Diamond from Most Lovely Things is one of my favorites to follow; I've been reading and taking inspiration from her beautiful blog and Instagram feed for years now; I love her style and her gorgeous home!  After following each other for almost a decade, we finally got to meet earlier this spring when I was driving to Newport, Rhode Island, and stopped in to the Serena and Lily in Westport.  Annie was gracious enough to meet me there -she is just as charming and sweet in person as she is on her blog; it felt like I was meeting up with an old friend, rather than someone I was meeting for the first time!  I absolutely love Annie's style and her beautiful 1900 Connecticut home is as charming as she is!  What I love most about it is how Annie modernized it with a black and white color palette and lots of warm wood accents.  It's gorgeous and, of course, beautifully styled, but it's also got a feeling of being lived-in and so comfy. She recently sold this house, so while we wait to see what magic she works in the next one (it has CEDAR SHAKES!!!), I thought I'd share this one today!

You only get one chance to make a great first impression to your home and Annie nails in it spades with her front porch.  Galvanized planters, perfectly sized lantern lighting and a black rattan hanging chair are about as charming as it gets when greeting guests.  And she even changes up greetings on her front door with a Sharpie for the seasons and holidays!

I love how Annie changes up her porch for the seasons - a glossy black door, pumpkins and topiary for fall are my favorite!

Love the glossy black doors and that bannister in the entry!

The jewel box of a kitchen is my favorite room in the whole house.  Love the black moldings, open shelving, banquette seating and, of course, the natural Riviera chairs!

The whole house is so light, bright and airy:

A detached garage out back was painted black, a portico was built over the door and a potting table was added to the side for even more charm: