Entries in Spring (15)


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!


3 tips for showstopping planters + pots this spring and summer!

I may be guilty of leading most of my indoor plants to an untimely death, but when it comes to gardening and landscaping, my thumbs are emerald green! With the pollen finally gone and the temps holding steady in the 80's, it's finally time to get my flower pots ready for spring and summer!  I've always had luck with my flower pots, so I thought I'd share a few easy tips that have worked for me time and time again:

Good drainage is key.  If your pots don't have holes, make some yourself!  When I bought my whiskey barrel planters, I ended up having to drill a bunch along the bottom.  It's super easy and will ensure that your plants won't rot.

Put your pinecones to good use.  Filling your pots halfway with pinecones before you add potting soil is a trick I learned years ago and it provides a ton of benefits!  It keeps your pots lighter in case you need to move them, helps with drainage, gives you a break on the number of bags of potting soil you need to schlep home (especially helpful with bigger pots!) and helps get rid of all those pinecones all over your yard!  You can also use empty plastic water bottles or packing peanuts, although, I will warn you that the packing peanuts make a MESS. 

Fertilizer, lime and soil conditioner are a MUST. Our soil is super sandy so a conditioner is absolutely  vital in order for plants to thrive, whether they're in pots or in the ground!  It doesn't matter whether I'm planting six foot evergreen trees along my fence or pansies in pots for the winter, I always mix in some soil conditioner to give them a little more oomph.  I also throw a handful of fertilizer and pelletized lime in for super healthy and strong plants.  You can all of this at your local nursery, but these are the three I use and have always had luck with here in North Carolina - obviously, the zone you live in may dictate what to feed your plants, but this is what I've found amazing for me:

What are some of your tips for healthy looking planters and pots?


friday five

Hooray for the weekend!  The mild temps this week have officially given me Spring fever and we've been outside as much as possible, soaking it all up.  I plan to do nothing but  more of the same all weekend, too!  Right now, we are off to watch Daddy jump out of airplanes, so I thought I'd cap off my posts this week with a little Friday Five, as I get back on the blogging bandwagon again!

Warmer weather means it's time to break out all my nautical accessories - coral, rope, nautical charts - basically anything that reminds me of the sea.  See my step-by-step tutorial for how to make your own Monkey's Fist here:

My camellias usually bloom in the fall, which is exactly what they did just a few months ago...and then a few weeks ago, I got an extra special surprise when I stepped out my front door to a profusion of pink blooms again!  Does it get any better than pale pink blooms of any kind? I don't think so...

My little miss, rocking the Princess Leia buns so well.  Girl's got a head of hair that would make Kate Middleton jealous:

When my aunt came up empty handed in her search for a vintage sign for her beach house in Newport, RI, I thought, how hard could it be to make one?  Turns out, it was super easy, thanks to a little paint, tracing paper, a steady hand A LOT of sanding.  I love it so much, I was sad to send it off to her and so I'm thinking I may just have to make another...if a tutorial is something any of you might like to see on the blog, be sure to say so in the comment section below!

When my dad comes to town, we spoil him rotten; my hubby doesn't have the sweet tooth that I do so I get excited when Popouli visits because I love to bake AND I have someone to indulge with!  This is not only the BEST key lime pie, it's also the easiest!  I double the amount of lime juice and zest for extra flavor:

 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


spring/summer porch refresh

Ah, Spring in the south -  the weather is warmer, the days are longer and everything is coated in icky yellow powder.  Every year around this time I get the itch to freshen up my front porch for the warmer months - nothing crazy, just a few minor changes that I think will make an impact from the curb while simultaneously satisfying my need to constantly change things up! This is a snap of my front porch from a couple years ago - I usually have HUGE ferns flanking the front door but after a super dry summer that particular year, palms were the only thing I could keep alive.  The biggest thing now is that my shutters are in need of a fresh coat of paint so I've decided to take the opportunity to swathe them, as well as my front door, in a glossy coat of navy blue that is so dark it's almost black!

I think it'll be a lovely compliment to the gray and white on the rest of the house and will be a beautiful backdrop for some new door hardware and my oversize ferns that flank my door every year.  Here are a few other lovelies that are on my list:

Nothing says Spring to me like fresh greenery and this myrtle wreath is a beauty! 

After six years in this house, I think it's time for some door bling...I'd had my heart set on this brass fox knocker for a while, but since the pineapple is the international symbol for hospitality, I couldn't think of a better way to greet my guests that with this chic pineapple knocker, instead!

I'm OBSESSED with Versailles planters and would love to fill a pair like these with oversize emerald ferns, to flank my front door, HOWEVER, the price tag on these beauties are WAY out of my budget.  After a little searching, I was excited to discover there are a TON of DIY's and tutorials on how to build them yourself.  They all seem relatively easy, so, we are going to build our own!  I'll be sure and post a tutorial when I do!

I bought a pair of metal garden obelisks from Target a few years ago and, while they get moved around my landscaping constantly, I love how they add a little interest to my front porch in the summer months, so I'm bringing them from the back deck for a little change.

Monogrammed navy pillows with nautical-inspired jute cording are a no brainer for my white Adirondack chairs.

Farrow and Ball's Black Blue is my pick for the front door and shutters.  In high gloss, of course.

I'm still a little obsessed with my coir lover's knot door mat; it's held up so beautifully and I love the nautical feel it brings to my front step.  It took me a while to track one like this down, but Ballard Designs has the exact same one on sale right now for $16, if you're in need!

Every year I hunt the biggest, greenest ferns I can find for either side of my front door.  Nothing adds more drama or a beautiful pop of color!

How do you like to get your porch ready for Spring?


outdoor planters to boost curb appeal this spring

Now that spring is in full effect it's so funny to pass by and see the parking lots at Lowe's and local nurseries packed to the gills while shoppers scramble for flowers, fern and mulch to spruce up their yards.  And for good reason: I'm a total believer that a good first impression to your home starts outside and one of the easiest ways to boost curb appeal is with outdoor planters.  I can't think of a better way to make a dramatic impact than with a pair of gorgeous planters flanking your front door and spilling over with boxwoods, ferns, trees or plants and colorful blooms.  If you only do one thing to spruce up your porch or patio this spring, let this be it.  The best part is that you don't need a green thumb to keep them looking amazing!

Below are a few outdoor planters I'm loving lately; they all pack a decorative punch, from rustic whiskey barrels (I have a pair on my deck and I absolutely LOVE them!) and fiberglass zinc lookalikes (way lighter and easier to move around than the real deal) to glossy white square boxes and even oversize seagrass baskets (they look just as amazing on screened-in or covered porches as they do indoors).  Amazon, Wayfair, Home Depot and Lowe's all have some great (and affordable) options on larger pots, too.  Here are my faves this spring:

1.  Napoli planter  2.  Whiskey barrel  3.  Keter rattan planters  4.  Canna planters

5.  Seagrass basket  6.  Lexington planter  7.  Cardiff planter

8.  Chappelle planter  9.  Mayne planter

What are some of your favorite planters and where do you find the best deals?  I'd love to know!