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5 favorite (and easy!) summer-inspired diy's

My idea of the perfect DIY is one that is easy, inexpensive, relatively quick to execute and doesn't look like something you actually made yourself.  (Had to add that last part because it's so true!!)  If you're in the mood for some easy, summer-inspired DIY's to try, I've got a few for you that will have your friends and guests wanting to know your secrets!  I've blogged about these before, but I thought it would be fun to update the list and add a couple new favorites:

This rope-wrapped vase is one of my favorite diy's, as much for the fact that it's INCREDIBLY easy as it is because it looks so beautiful with simple summer blooms! I made a bunch of these for the centerpieces at my cousin's wedding in Newport, Rhode Island, a couple years ago and they looked absolutely AMAZING  filled to the brim with blue and white hydrangea! 

Turn 12 feet of rope from Lowe's or Home Depot into a nautical addition to a bookshelf or coffee table in minutes, or, impress your friends with mini versions of these monkey's fist knots to take home as favors from your next barbeque or get together!  I made a few of these to give away as prizes for the games at my baby shower a few years ago and I'm still getting compliments and comments on them!

Two quick, light coats of liquid gold leaf turn these oyster shells into chic salt and pepper shakers that will have everyone raving at your next dinner party!  I found the mini spoons on clearance at Sur la Table and sprayed the shells with a coat of food safe poly before filling them with salt and pepper.

Give your gallery wall a little refresh and add some texture and softness to your favorite photos or artwork by gluing linen fabric to plain white mats.  These were the perfect addition to a few favorite pieces of art on the gallery wall in Lydia's nursery; I spray painted the frames high gloss white and love the contrast!

My hubby made the oversize Versailles planters that flank my front door for Mother's Day a couple years back and they are still one of my favorite gifts ever.  While this isn't exactly something you could just whip up in less than a half hour like the rest of my picks here today, it's one of my favorite diy's for the fact that these are HUGE and bring so much drama and interest to my front porch (and they look amazing with bright green ferns), but the cost to make these is a fraction of what it would cost to buy something of similar size. 

What are some of your favorite DIY's to do in summer? 


a stunning, nautical-inspired wedding in new england


After one of the longest, coldest winters in history, we are finally basking in the heat and humidity again, so to celebrate, I thought I'd share one of the most stunning nautical-inspired weddings I've ever seen in person, since warm weather makes me want to break out ALLLLLLL the nautical everything!  You guys might remember that three weeks after having Luca, the hubby and I packed up the littles and drove north - way north - to Newport, Rhode Island, for my cousin's wedding.  Lydia was the flower girl, Daddy walked her down the aisle and I squeezed my post-partum body into a gown as matron of honor (thank the Lord it was navy blue and forgiving!)  My aunt and uncle have a beautiful home in Newport, which served as a gorgeous spot for pictures before heading to the always enchanting Castle Hill Inn for the wedding ceremony and reception, where the sea provided the most amazing backdrop.  My cousin wanted a nautical-inspired reception that reflected her and her now-husband's love of the sea as well as the town they now call home and they got it in spades with a navy and white color palette, gold accents and pale pink, white and peach flowers.  I kid my aunt all the time that she should go into even design because she didn't miss a single detail when planning this wedding; it was seriously magazine-worthy.  From my cousin's incredible, vintage-inspired gown and the crystal chandeliers and twinkle lights that lit the tent for the reception to the hand-engraved dessert forks and antique cake topper, it was truly one of the most magical evenings that we are all still talking about, a year and a half later!  I couldn't be more proud - of my beautiful cousin for finding such an amazing guy and for my aunt for an unforgettable, truly magical night!

The flower girl and the bride-to-be:

The detailing on her dress was breathtaking:

The flowers were absolutely INCREDIBLE!  These pictures just don't do them justice; cabbage roses, hydrangea, dahlia, anemones as far as the eye could see:

A peek at the bridesmaid's bouquets (and the cutest little flower girl I ever did see!):

The beautiful couple and another shot of the gorgeous lace and beading on the back of her gown:

Crystal chandeliers, twinkle lights and candlelight in the tent:

Baby's breath garland and simple navy and white striped grosgrain ribbon on the bride and groom's chairs:

Hand engraved dessert forks for the bride and groom:


newport this fall

(From our first trip to the Waves in Newport, RI, 2006)

Our first trip as a family of four is right around the corner, as my cousin is getting married in Newport, Rhode Island, at the end of September and we are all in it!  Rhode Island is one of my favorite states to visit, especially in the Fall months, and also because my bestie lives nearby in Providence, but I have to admit, I'm slightly anxious about  a twelve plus hour drive with a toddler and a newborn.  Here's to hoping the boob will keep one content and an entire wing of FAO Schwartz will occupy the other! Have any of you made a long car trip with a toddler and a newborn?  Any advice, tips or suggestions?

Newport is, for me, the quintessential coastal New England town; my aunt and uncle live right by the water and I would give my right arm to live in the guest quarters!  For me, I'd be happy with a teeny, tiny little cottage with even the slightest peek of the sea.  Here are my picks for how I would decorate it - lots of natural texture and, of course, blue and white everything with pops of black and fabulous lighting:

Pillow / Clam shell bowl / Jamie Young rope chandelier / Dining table / Striped throw blanket

Framed racing boat / Blue willow dinner plate / Anchor door knocker / Hicks pendant light

Vendome double sconce / Bamboo credenza

Have a wonderful weekend!


captain overton house

Steven Gambrel's latest masterpiece is - surprise, surprise! - nothing short of absolutely spectacular.  I've been anxiously awaiting a full reveal of the competely renovated sea captain's cottage in Sag Harbor since I first caught a sneak peek on the design genius' Instagram feed (if you haven't seen it, I seriously urge you to take a look-see here).  I'm beyond THRILLED to have discovered over the weekend that not only is a full reveal of the property now online, but the dream house is now available for a cool $10 million, if you're in the market for a quaint Hamptons cottage (!?)

Every detail is breathtaking, from Gambrel's signature pale blue and gray, tone-on-tone color palette and subtle nautical details to the fabulous mix of art, modern furnishings, antique finds and stunning lighting (the oversize bell jar pendant in the dining room is divine!).  I love, love, LOVE how all the trim throughout is a few shades darker than the walls and the kitchen is enough to make this fan of all-white kitchens run out for a can of paint and go from white to gray!  There's so much to love in every inch of this home....

Here are a few of my picks for getting a similar look and feel (for those of us without 24k gold piggy banks!):

Topiary / Bell jar pendant / Clam shell / Sailboat painting / Basket / Round brass mirror /

Happy Hump Day!


where to buy nautical charts + budget-friendly tips for framing them

I've gotten a lot of emails lately, asking where I found the oversize nautical charts hanging over the sofa in our living room and, even though I've sourced where I bought mine in previous posts, there were a couple of tips I thought might come in handy for those of you who are interested in purchasing and framing some for yourself. 

I love, love, LOVE our nautical charts -  for one thing, they are HUGE and were a great way for me to make a dramatic impact on our vaulted walls without breaking the bank.  Second, they represent where I met my husband (Lisbon) and where we took our first vacation (Eastern Caribbean).  Anyone who knows me knows that it's important to me to fill our home with things that hold strong personal meaning and it just doesn't get more personal than that!

My charts came from Maryland Nautical.  I purchased them online and received them days later.  For less than $30, I have to say, I would be seriously hard pressed to find a bigger bang for my decorating buck! Each and every chart has a number in the bottom right and left hand corners.  If you know your number, you can just enter it into the search box:

If you don't know the number of the chart you're looking for or you just want to browse to pick one you like, click PRODUCTS, then NAUTICAL CHARTS.  I like the NGA options:

They have it broken down by region, making it super easy to find what you're looking for:

When it comes to framing these bad boys, the sheer size pretty much assures it will be an incredibly pricey endeavor, especially since most of them are much larger than the biggest standard size frames in Hobby Lobby and AC Moore.  When I was quoted $600 to frame each of mine, I knew I had to come up with another option, so I had them mounted on foam core mat board (I left this to professionals to do it right) and then made frames myself out of stock molding from Lowe's.  You can read all about how to do it, step by step, here.

I hope those of you who were interested in buying some for yourself found this helpful!