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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!

Wednesday
Feb072018

a few things on my radar for spring

I'm walking around like a zombie the last few days, partly because Luca is still not sleeping well but also because the hubby and I have not been able to get the littles to bed fast enough so we can make a cocktail and binge watch as many episodes as possible of Breaking Bad.  I have no idea how we went this long without watching the show, but we are hooked!  So, besides whether Walter is going to get busted or not, I've also got some pretties on my mind lately - in the form of rattan, tortoise and, of course, blue and white goodness.  Perfect for spring(or any other time of the year, really).  Here are a few things giving me heart palpitations lately:

Bamboo serveware / South Seas Coffee Table / Lumbar pillow / Ginger jar / Print / Double old fashioneds

These bamboo serving pieces would be a beautiful addition to my new flatware.

Serena and Lily just made my dreams come true with this rattan coffee table - proof that style and kid-friendly can go hand in hand!

Still on the hunt for a topiary that I can't kill.

Would love a pair of these blue and white lumbar pillows for my living room.

You can never have too many blue and white ginger jars; love the print on this one!

Love this ship print for a powder room or child's room!

My husband gave me a set of these gold-rimmed tortoise double old fashioneds for our anniversary and I'm completely obsessed! 

What are you loving lately?

 

Monday
Jan292018

where to find my water hyacinth baskets + a lookalike that's on sale!

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend; the highlight of mine was finally getting to see the Greatest Showman and it was absolutely AMAZING!  I couldn't download the soundtrack fast enough; if you haven't seen it already, I highly, HIGHLY recommend!  

If you follow me over on Instagram, you've probably seen a pic or two (or three or four, actually) of oversize round water hyacinth baskets in practically every corner of my home.  I promise, I'm not moving one basket all over my house, I really have hoarded that many! I've gotten so many questions as to where I found them the answer is HomeGoods!  I found two a few years ago (I believe the smaller one was $29 and the larger one was $40 back then) and immediately snatched them up because they were dead ringers for much pricier versions at Pottery Barn and One Kings Lane.  I always kept an eye out for more whenever I was in the store but never found any until a few weeks before Christmas when I landed on three of the larger ones and they were on clearance for $30 a piece!  Of course, I took all three because, let's face it, they are an important necessity when you have littles; you should have seen me trying to get all three of them, plus Lydia and Luca, to the front to checkout!

If you have a HomeGoods near you, you've got to check it out!  I've seen so many since I bought mine but they were $49 (not sure why the ones I found were on clearance) but that is still such a steal for a great quality, oversize basket.  And if you don't score at HomeGoods, then I've got another dupe for you...the Cameron Water Hyacinth Baskets from World Market are just as beautiful, come in two different sizes and are currently on sale! 

Happy Monday!  (And Happy Shopping!)

Monday
Jan152018

2018 goals

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are off to a great start in 2018!  The holidays seemed to fly by so fast, despite finishing my Christmas shopping early in the hopes of enjoying a small bit of the season before the big day, but it was worth all the hustle and bustle to see Lydia and Luca's little faces on Christmas morning!  As for the New Year, I can't believe we are already well into January! I've never been one to make resolutions because I don't think I've ever stuck to them for longer than the first week of the year, but there's nothing like the start of a fresh set of twelve new months to make you set some small, attainable goals that I can stick to throughout the year - the kind that, when I look back on them at year's end, I can actually say I was able to achieve them 

Ever since becoming a mom my main goal has been to be as present as possible and that's my first and foremost priority this year, too.  I really, really need to organize every square inch of this house, too.  Here are a few goals I'll be working on this year; what are some of yours? 

Get organized, once and for all.  My motto these days is to shove everything and anything in any cabinet, basket or room and close the door - out of sight, out of mind...until I need it and then can't find it.  My former OCD/anal retentive self would be shocked and appalled.  I'm slowly, but surely, making my way through every room and closet and tossing and donating as much as possible.  It feels so good to pare down!

Blog more.  There isn't much I do these days that's all for me, so blogging is my escape at the end of the day or during nap time to do something for myself and make me feel a part of something "grown up".  I've got a ton of projects, diy's and even a few giveaways to share this year and I couldn't be more excited!

Worry less.  This is something I've been working on my whole life, but seems to have gotten worse since becoming a mother. 

Keep working on my photography skills.  I got a new lens for my DSLR recently and have been trying to capture more candid moments with my kids but I've also wanted to hone my skills a little more with interiors and projects.  My biggest challenge now is editing.  I've read so much about lightroom and how amazing and user friendly it is.  Has anyone else tried it? 

Happy Monday!

Friday
Dec222017

christmas table setting 

Red is a color I love to wear but rarely ever use in decorating.  While I tend to stick to silver, gold and white when Christmas rolls around, this year I just couldn't resist a little pop of red when planning my table for Christmas dinner.  I found this linen hemstitch table runner last year at TJMAXX and have been waiting for the perfect time to use it, and with the plate hutch and all my ironstone platters providing a crisp white backdrop, it's just the right amount of color to add a cheerful touch for the holiday! 

I'm keeping everything else super neutral and playing up the texture with water hyacinth placemats from Ikea, my French wine glasses from Crate and Barrel, woven tumblers from HomeGoods and my new, AMAZING bamboo flatware (more on that to come!).  A few clippings from my green giant arborvitae out back in a silver hotel pitcher in the center and that's it!  I always look for something to dress up my every day dining/entertaining basics and this year the red runner was it - I especially love how amazing it looks with the rattan, water hyacinth and bamboo.  When in doubt, I always add some color and some texture! I can't wait to have everyone sitting around this table on Sunday and Monday and this red is really growing on me, I must admit.  The best part, for me, is that it is completely unfussy.  How are you decorating your table this year for Christmas?

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year of health, happiness and success!