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Tuesday
Apr252017

on my radar: goodies for summer

We just got back from a week at the beach and now, aside from lamenting over the decade we lived right next to the water, I'm so beyond ready for summer!  I definitely don't believe you need to live by the water in order to reflect one's love of the sea in your home - especially if you pick elegant furnishings and accessories that are anything but kitschy, so I've rounded up a bunch of goodies I'm loving lately that definitely fit that bill!  From a natural bistro counter stool that gives me heart palpitations and the extra large version of the Atlantis clam shell I already have (this one is a MONSTER!) to gold leafed chain book ends that I'm completely OBSESSED with and a white lacquer and raffia coffee table that is bananas, any of these picks would bring a bit of a beach vibe to any style decor:

Riviera Counter Stool in Natural / Gold leaf chain link book ends / Extra large Atlantis clam shell /

Marble wine holder / Rattan ice bucket / Gold bamboo mirror / Bone tray / Brass knot bottle opener /

Link pitcher / Shell cheese knives / Cabot square coffee table

What are you loving lately for warmer months??

Friday
Aug122016

natural wonders

It's 95 degrees outside with humidity hovering right around 90% and yet, every retailer I see is jamming their shop full of Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas decor - what. the. heck.  Every year, it seems to start earlier and earlier (and yet I don't recall anyone selling summer goodies in February when we could really use the cheering up!) We've still got a ways to go down here in the south until we get a reprieve from the heat and some of my favorite things - wicker, rattan, bamboo, seagrass and brass - are what I'm feeling as we hold on to the last few weeks/months of summer.  From a giant clam bowl and my favorite bamboo flatware (both of which are on sale!!)  to the most amazing smelling candle and a jute rug that has had me all heart eyes, everything on my list is not only beautiful but adds great texture and interest! 

Giant clam bowl / Beach candle by Nest / Bamboo picture frames / Jute circles rug /

Brass anchor door knocker / South Seas Side Cart / Star fruit vases / Seagrass basket

Bamboo flatware / Bamboo vase / Straw tote / Avalon daybed / Sea sponge fingers / Rattan chair

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday
Aug022016

inspired in sag harbor

I've never been to the Hamptons, but I know I would be just darling at living there.  Shingle-style cottages, a great mix of modern and rustic interiors with just a little bit of blue and white thrown in for good measure?  Yes, please!  This 19th century cottage in Sag Harbor is home to Bloom antique shop owner Mona Nerenberg and is, for me, quintessential Hamptons style.  A black and white color palette is warmed by tons of texture (the handspun jute rug in the living room is to die for!), beautiful antiques and a pared-down approach to decorating where less is much, much more.  I'm obsessed with every inch of this four bedroom beauty:


Here are a few of my picks for getting a similar look:

Mirror / Basket / Pillow / Rug / Vase / Chair / Seaside print / Sofa / Pendant light / Abstract painting

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday
Jul192016

4 easy steps to amazing window boxes

I'm dying for a trip to Charleston.....buuuuuut with the heat and humidity being as bad as it is, my very pregnant self is just going to have to wait for much cooler temps for a visit to the Holy City.  If you guys have been reading here for a while, you know I fell head over heels in love with Charleston the first time we ever set foot on its cobble stone streets years ago.  And even though we've been back more times than I can count, I still bring along my camera every time we go to snap pictures of my favorite houses, gardens and, of course, the window boxes. Oh, those beautiful window boxes...there isn't a house in sight that doesn't boast them, and every one is always spilling over with petunias, sweet potato vine, asparagus fern, ivy, lantana, verbena you name it.  I love walking by some of my favorite homes and seeing how they've changed up the blooms and plants for the season and I always go home with a ton of new ideas for flower and color combinations!  In fact, the very first thing I did before I even unpacked my bags the first time I ever visited Charleston was head out to Home Depot to buy two window boxes for the front of our last house! 

I posted my go-to tips for amazing pots earlier this spring (you can read about it here) and even though you've all seen my pictures of many gorgeous window boxes from past trips to Charleston, I thought I would share some of them again to accompany a few more tips that helped keep my window boxes in top form, too! 

Pick a complimentary color scheme.

I like to look for plants and flowers that compliment the color of my house, surrounding gardens and landscaping for the best impact. My house is gray with white trim, with a black front door and shutters and lots of pink blooms all over the rest of my landscaping, so I always look for blooms in different shades of pink as well as foliage in bright and lime green for the most drama and a cohesive look.

Mix it up. 

 I always follow the rule of three whenever I plant a pot or flower box: one taller, bushy plant or bloom for height (think liriope, geraniums or ferns), one trailing (lantana, ivy, sweet potato vine) and one medium-sized one to fill in the spaces between the two (like petunias, purple queen, impatiens).  Mixing in flowers and foliage add texture and interest, too!

Good drainage is key. 

My favorite window boxes are the wrought iron ones with a natural coco lining because they're available at every hardware store, they're much more budget-friendly (and prettier!) that some of the fake, composite versions and, the best part, is that you don't have to worry about drilling holes for drainage! (If there is no place for water to escape, the roots will rot and your plants will die).

Use a quality, organic potting mix + fertilizer. 

Good soil makes all the difference between big, beautiful blooms and sad, stringy plants.  Whenever I plant pots or window boxes, I like to mix in Jolly Gardener Soil Conditioner with Fertilome Azalea, Rhododenron and Camellia food and a handful of pelletized lime for extra oomph.  This trio has never failed me yet!

 

 

 

 

Monday
Jul182016

3 etsy artists i'm loving lately

Sorry for the silence on the blog last week - the hubby had the last two weeks off so we took the opportunity to high tail it to the beach and soak up some much-needed family time! It was hard sending him back off to work again this morning, but I'm super excited to be back to blogging and I have a TON of stuff to share with you guys!  We made some serious headway in the nursery, had a new table and benches made for our deck and knocked out a bunch of small DIY's with major bang for your crafty buck!  Right now, though, I wanted to share three extremely talented artists whose pieces are bright and beautiful reminders of our time spent by the sea these last two weeks!

I've never been one to gravitate toward overly feminine fabrics, art or design in general, but I am seriously crushing on these three Etsy artists recently who happen to nail that girly girl aesthetic  in gorgeous, watery pastels and lovely, moody blues.  The best part is that all of their prints are available in many different sizes and they are super affordable!  So, if you've been wanting to get started on a collection of your own, are just one who appreciates a beautiful piece, or are looking for a gift for your favorite girlfriend, here are three artists to check out now!

Hayley Mitchell Art

I'm obsessed with the colors in her Sunner print and her Moth series is equally amazing! 

Sunner

Moth Series

Kristine Brookshire

Gorgeous watercolor nudes and beach scenes in the prettiest pastel shades!  Any one of these would be a beautiful addition to a bathroom:

Female Figure

Lady Coral

Female Figure in Acrylic

Clare Elsaesser

Clare needs no introduction here; I've posted her work on the blog many times and I still love her female silhoettes in the sea as much now as when I first laid eyes on them!  Any one of these would look absolutely amazing on a large scale for some serious drama in a bedroom or bathroom!

Married to the Sea

At Sunset

Summer Girl

Who are some Etsy artists you're loving lately?  I'm always on the lookout for new favorites!

Happy Hump Day!