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Tuesday
Aug282018

diy myrtle topiary

I love, love, LOVE myrtle topiary; I think they may, quite possibly, be the chicest house plant, as much for the texture as the shape and pop of green, but despite my best efforts (or the $$$ I've spent buying them in the first place), I've never been able to keep one alive for more than a month.  While I've never really been one for fake plants or flowers, I just couldn't justify spending more money on another live topiary, only to have it up and die on me shortly after, so I have been on the hunt for a pretty good fake myrtle topiary for a while now (no judging).  I always came up empty-handed, so I figured...how hard could it be to make one myself?  The answer, as it turns out, is much easier than I thought! 

The hardest part was finding legit-looking greenery.  I ended up using these from Hobby Lobby; I like how the pieces kind of fall down and hide the top of the stick and the wire I used to adhere it.  All I did was use wire cutters to cut individual pieces and then wrapped the pieces with green floral wire tightly around a stick from my yard.  Stick it into a piece of floral styrofoam in a pot, cover the base with moss and you're set! 

I got a lot of questions about the pot I used for this when I posted a snap on my Instagram stories and it's another quick project that couldn't be easier!  I spray painted an inexpensive terra cotta pot with gray spray paint in a satin finish.  Once it was dry, I whitewashed a little watered down white paint and then wiped it back with a clean cloth.  Once that step was dry, I dry brushed a little white paint.  You can see a step-by-step tutorial for this with furniture here; it's the exact same process I used this time, too. 

I still love fresh greenery, house plants and flowers (we all know I can't live without hydrangeas all over the house!) but I think a faux project like this one works here because it isn't over the top (and no one gets close enough to be able to tell that it's not real).  If anyone stumbles across a very convincing fake, pretty please share!  In the meantime, this will do!

Thursday
Aug232018

hamptons handpoured + a giveaway!

I can't remember the last time I went an entire day at home without lighting a candle.  I keep one on my mantle where it's out of my littles' reach and when I'm done running errands for the day, lighting it is the first thing I do before anything else.  I'm always on the hunt for affordable, soy-based candles that smell amazing so, I was thrilled to discover Hamptons Handpoured, an East Hampton-based candle company created by a Hamptons' native to merge her love of interior design and wellness. 

Each and every candle is hand poured and uses American grown, natural soy and plant-based fragrance oils. I love that each scent that is used tells the story of life on the East End!  The candles burn so well and smell absolutely AMAZING and, an added bonus-the packaging blends in so well with the rest of my decor.

I've been burning Bridgehampton nonstop in the kitchen lately; the mix of lime, arugula and honeysuckle is so fresh but still light, which I love because it's not competing with whatever I'm cooking.  Southampton has taken up permanent residence in my bathroom; I burn it after the kids have gone to bed and I get a chance to take a hot shower after a long day.  With cotton, gardenia and white tea undertones, it smells just like freshly laundered linen!  East End is probably my most favorite because it smells exactly like the sea!  

I'm so excited to have teamed up with Hamptons Handpoured on Instagram to give away one of their candles of your choice!  So, hop on over to Instagram (@bungalowblue) and tag a friend for a chance to win! 

Monday
Jul162018

blue + white + natural for summer

I can't think of a more quintessential color combination that so perfectly represents summer than blue and white, so I thought I'd start the week off with a little roundup of some beautiful blue and white decorative accessories that are on my radar right now!  And, of course, you know I had to add a little natural texture to the list, as well.  This pair of splatter lamps is so gorgeous in person, they come in a bunch of different color ways and the price is so good; loving these woven placemats to dress up an alfresco dinner and I'm obsessed with this woven side table!  This woven carafe is on sale and is monogrammable, which pretty much makes it the perfect hostess gift or birthday present for that special friend who loves to entertain.  This horn and woven serving set is TO DIE FOR (also on sale!)  These ridge vases add so much texture and interest, they would look just as striking by themselves on a bookshelf as they would holding flowers or fresh greenery as a centerpiece:

placemats / splatter lamps / bamboo mirror

pillow / carafe / serving set / vases

bar cart / ice bucket / napkins / woven side table

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

Tuesday
May012018

mother's day table + gift ideas

Mother's Day is right around the corner and this year, I'm ahead of the game for the first time in forever with gifts for my own momma and some of my closest friends already wrapped and ready to be given!  I'll be spending the day this year with my mom and my aunt, which is enough of a gift for me in itself, but if I could imagine the perfect present for them, I'd love to host a brunch with a beautiful table setting, lots of yummy food and a bloody Mary or mimosa (or two)!  There's such a bevy of beautiful accessories for the table out right now (I'm especially loving the entire new entertaining collection by Aerin at Williams Sonoma!) and the best part is that almost every one of the items I picked would make for a great gift idea, as well!  Here are some of my current favorites:

These blue and white floral napkins would be an amazing pop of color, paired with bamboo flatware and rattan chargers!

I need another white pitcher like I need a hole in the head, but this basketweave beauty is speaking right to my texture loving heart!

This blue and white swirl taper vase is so simple but so stunning.  Would be a show stopping centerpiece with white hydrangea.

Myrtle topiary are my obsession but they are next to impossible to find anywhere in North or South Carolina (Believe me, I've tried).  Here are a few sizes to choose from, if you want to try having one shipped; I think there's nothing more chic than a staggering of a few different sizes in the middle of the table!

I love my $4 water hyacinth chargers from Ikea, but I've got to say, I think the texture and design of these rattan chargers from Serena and Lily are definitely worth the splurge!

Mixing up drinkware is one of my favorite tricks when setting a table; these French wine glasses and woven tumblers (mine are from Home Goods) are a staple in my house and would make a great gift idea for the friend or momma who loves to entertain (or just set a beautiful table).

My oversize clam shell is one of my most favorite home decorative accessories ever; it would be a simple but beautiful centerpiece, filled with citrus.

It's no secret I love all things bamboo and this serving set just adds that little something extra special to the table (and would make for a fantastic gift!

Monday
Mar262018

5 easy + inexpensive ways to make a big decorating impact

I'm a firm believer that you don't have to spend a fortune to make a big decorating impact in your home.  Some of my favorite ways to do so not only happen to be some of the most budget-friendly but also pretty easy to incorporate.  I'm usually working on pretty tight budgets with clients so I've gotten pretty good at finding less expensive decorating options so that we can splurge on big ticket items.  Here are a few of my favorite ways to make a pretty big impact without breaking the bank, all of which I've used in my own home:

PAINT THE CEILING.  I never painted a ceiling before we lived in this house and now I'll never live in another home without one!  This is a great way to create a custom feel, to draw the eye upward and, most importantly, to warm up white walls. In our entryway, we added board and batten to the walls and then painted it all Sherwin Williams Extra White.  To warm it up a little, I painted the ceiling the same color as the walls in the rest of the living area, ICI Newcastle Gray.  It's so subtle but it makes a huge difference!

ADD AN OVERSIZE MIRROR.  I personally think that bigger is always better when it comes to mirrors; they bounce light around beautifully and make a small space feel so much bigger.  The first thing you see when you walk into our living room is our fireplace/mantle and because we have vaulted ceilings in here, I needed something hefty.  A 40 inch starburst mirror makes quite a dramatic first impression when you walk in!  The same goes for our foyer; I found another 40 inch round mirror at HomeGoods; it had a yellowed frame but I gave a zinc paint treatment and it looks so much crisper against the white walls!

ADD A HOUSEPLANT.  Plants are, hands down, the quickest and easiest way to add a little drama to your space and are always the first thing I run out for when I want to change things up at home or just add some freshness and a pop of color.  Some of my favorites are philodendron, prayer plants and basic palms, all of which I can get for less than $20 at Lowe's, Home Depot or even Walmart.  I like to keep them in water hyacinth baskets (surprise, surprise) for a little added texture!

DON'T FORGET THE WINDOW TREATMENTS.  I don't think any room is complete without window treatments.  For me, it's like leaving the house for a night out without any makeup or jewelry; it's just that finishing touch that adds incomparable softness and texture.  There are so many inexpensive options out there that will do the trick but my absolute favorite is a two pack of Merete grommet curtain panels from Ikea.  They come in packs of two panels that are 118 inches long for something ridiculous like $40; you can't buy fabric by the yard for that price!  For a more custom look, cut the grommets off and add some rings!

ADD A POP OF BLACK.  I think every space can benefit from a pop of black to anchor everything together - a gallery wall in simple black frames, a small piece of accent furniture or even a black and white piece of artwork are a few ways to incorporate a dose of bold black to add a little drama.

What are some of your favorite ways to add a little drama on a budget?