Entries in topiary (6)


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 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!


mother's day gift guide 2015

Now that I have my own munchkin, Mother's Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate!  And not just because of the gifts (although, of course, they don't hurt!)  If you're looking for something special for yourself, your momma or any of the lovely ladies in your life with littles of their own, I put together a little guide of fabulous finds I'm loving lately.  This year, I'm all about monograms, beautiful greenery, elegant stationery and one of my all-time favorite vessels for flowers.  Everything is at amazing price points, too (with the exception of the topiary but I think they're worth it!)

This preserved myrtle wreath really is as gorgeous and full as it looks and you won't believe the price!

Flowers are always a great idea, but myrtle topiary are chic, classic alternatives!  I always justify the price because they last so much longer, too!  (And they look AMAZING in groups of two of three in staggered heights, FYI)

Love this black canvas monogrammed tote from Number Four Eleven.  Chic enough for jaunts to the grocery store and lunch with girlfriends!

This monogrammed anchored at sea stationery is a favorite.  Gorgeous.

Monogrammed fishtail cocktail napkins are a beautiful, whimsical way to say I love you to the special momma in your life!

Pop a bottle of Savon de Marseille in fig scent in a basket with a set of tea towels and this Beach scented candle from Nest (which smells absolutely amazing, by the way!) for a lovely, last minute gift idea!

I've been obsessed with this white ceramic bamboo vase from High Street Market forever.  It comes in two different sizes,  looks just as beautiful on its own and is absolutely STUNNING.

A chic black and white striped cocktail tray like this one from Jill Rosenwald is such a chic gift idea for anyone who loves to entertain. 

These monogrammed gold initial earrings by Maya Brenner are as lovely as they are simple and are a great way for mom to always keep the initials of her babies close by.

What are you loving for Mother's Day this year?  I'd love to know!


elements of an amazing entry

I've got beautiful entries and foyers on the brain lately; it seems like that's all that keeps popping up on Pinterest as of late and I'm absolutely obsessed with every last detail that have passed through my feed!  Entries are one of my favorite rooms to style not only because it's the first room people see when they enter your home but also because it sets the tone of what's to come in the rest of your house.  Here are a few gorgeous entries that I'm loving lately:

S. Russell Groves


Jake Eastham Photography

Charlotte Barnes


Chango and Co.

Kelly McGuill

Here are a few picks for creating an amazing first impression in your entry.  These are also the same elements I turn to for my clients' foyers as well as my own!

1.  Start with an amazing table to anchor the space.  I love the lines of this Norris console table from Mecox and the whitewashed burlap covering is an unexpected touch that adds so much texture and interest!

2.  A statement mirror or oversize art is a must.  I'm partial to mirrors in an entryway (the bigger the better) but oversize artwork, photography or a series of prints hung in a grid pattern add just the same amount of drama and impact! 

3.  Add beautiful lighting.  A pair of gorgeous lamps, sconces or candle sconces are a must for creating ambience, symmetry and a sculptural element.

4.  Fresh greens are always a good idea!  Topiary, potted orchids, ferns, a vase of fresh blooms or magnolia leaves are one of my favorite ways for bringing a fresh element and a pop of color. 

5.  Don't forget decorative objects!  A stack of books, coral, bowls, trays, framed photographs, candles, seashells found on your last vacation are a great way to personalize your space.

6.  Add an area rug.  Unify your space (especially if you have an open floor plan), add a pop of color and texture, too.  Rugs can be as pretty as they are practical.  I'm loving this handspun jute rug and this navy Surya Smithsonian beauty:

How do you like to style your entry?


get the look: chic in ojai

When the latest Veranda landed in my mailbox, I couldn't make it the short walk to the house before ripping through the plastic and thumbing through to the cover article.  Have you seen it?  It's the stunning home office of decorator and blogger Brooke Giannetti set inside her gorgeous new Ojai home.  From the exposed reclaimed wood beams and vintage hanging lantern to the antique desk and those AMAZING soft gray doors, the room is almost too pretty to get any actual work done, don't you think? Perfect spot to blog (or daydream while trying to blog!).  The rest of the house is just as chic and elegant (including an amazing chicken coop!) but this little slice of home office heaven is my favorite.  Scroll down to see my picks for creating a similar look at home.  Congrats, Brooke; this is a well deserved cover!!

Almost everything in Brooke's office is vintage or antique, but you can still create a similar look and feel without breaking the bank for one-of-a-kind finds or scouring ebay and antique stores until you go cross-eyed!  Here are my picks:

Lantern lighting like this one (it's on sale, too!):

I love the idea of using a larger table for a desk, with tons of extra workspace.  This dining table is a great reproduction of a French antique:

I love the antique-inspired design of these arm chairs and the pricepoint is fabulous, too!

The most perfect soft gray, Benjamin Moore Cliffside Gray, on doors (and maybe even trim!):

There's no mirror in Brooke's office, but I love the idea of adding a little something gilded.  This French gilt mirror is just perfection:

A soft and thick handspun jute rug underfoot to anchor the space:

Fresh greenery is a must; a grouping of myrtle and rosemary topiary at one corner of the desk is an elegant compliment:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Stay warm!



loving lately 

I hope you are all off to a great week!  Sunday, for me, was spent in my pj's, playing with Baby Girl and making my way through a stack of shelter mags and retail catalogues - quite low key compared to Sunday Fun Days of the past, but I wouldn't have it any other way!  Below are a few goodies I'm loving lately - what's on your wishlist for Spring?

This chambray border bedding had me at hello; it's the perfect combination of cool and crisp, simple yet stunning:

...and these embroidered link sheet sets have such a subtle, sophisticated nautical feel:

Nothing says spring like fresh greenery - my favorite way to add a pop of green is with myrtle topiary.  These are a great size and add such a fresh, crisp touch to any room:

My love for stripes runs deep, so when I saw these curtain panels in a bevy of beautiful colors, my pulse started racing!  Would look equally as beautiful on windows, but a pair would also look great hung from the ceiling to the floor in place of a shower curtain!

I love oversize photographic prints of the beach or the sea and this one is not only beautiful but incredibly priced!

These cut glass tumblers with gold leaf detailing are so stunning and would make the perfect finishing touch to a spring dinner table!

My favorite sea salt soap comes in a candle and burning it in my house transports me to the sea every time I light it:

 What are you loving lately?