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Monday
Jul042016

american flag wreath

Happy 4th of July!  I hope you're all celebrating right now with a cocktail in one hand and a burger in the other!  Baby girl and I whipped up a little Independence Day wreath last week and even though no one is going to be doing any last minute diy's right about now, I still thought it appropriate to share because it's so easy!  

Before I had Lydia, I never decorated my house for a holiday except for Christmas, but now I'm having a blast making each one special for my little miss and it just so happens that the 4th of July is one of my favorites!  I've had this image of an American flag wreath pinned for a while and thought it would look beautiful, hung by a navy striped grosgrain ribbon, on my plate hutch for Independence Day.  This is the easiest DIY I've ever done and it probably only would have taken me twenty minutes to do it but my sidekick wanted to help so I let her stick them wherever she wanted and then I went back after she went down for a nap and re-did it!  The best part is that I can use this for plenty of holidays throughout the year - Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, when Daddy gets home from deployment or even just a last-minute barbeque in the backyard!  

What you'll need:

Styrofoam wreath (I used a 10 inch round)

About a million toothpick flags (I ordered this set of 500 from Amazon and used every one!)

Navy and white striped grosgrain ribbon

To make:

I just started on the outer edge of my wreath form and stuck one toothpick in after another.  I wanted it to look a little more uniform so after I'd finish a round of toothpicks around the edge, I'd follow with another one right in front of it.  I just kept going, working my way toward the center of the wreath from.  And that's it! 

Happy Independence Day!

Wednesday
Jun292016

a stunning east hampton family home 

I finally got a chance to sift through the three-foot high stack of design magazines that have been acting as a makeshift side table next to my sofa the other day and I have to say, the June issue of Architectural Digest is KILLING me softly, it's so good!  As soon as I landed upon the East Hampton home of Pilar Guzman and Chris Mitchell, my heart skipped a beat!  While I don't typically fall head over heels for super contemporary design, this one is a stunning combination of traditional bones mixed with modern furnishings and the most GORGEOUS lighting I ever did see!  Crisp white walls and trim are such a gorgeous backdrop for cerused oak and leather, antique brass details and soft jute rugs.  I'm so obsessed, I can't stop rifling back through the issue for another peek!  I've posted some contemporary homes on the blog before but this one definitely is the cream of the crop!

Cedar shingles, crisp white trim and a free-floating pool in the middle of the yard?  Be still my ever loving heart! 

White walls and molding are anything but boring when paired with a gorgeous beamed ceiling and vintage Borge Mogensen and Kaare Klint chairs.  And that little sneaky peek of a brass, branching Sputnik chandelier by Lindsey Adelman?  Oh, yes....

Another view of the breathtaking living room:

French doors and wall-to-wall windows framed by linen curtain panels bring the outside in:

The kitchen is a fresh take on all-white; the built-in, floor-to-ceiling cabinets, 12 foot work table and Thomas O'Brien sconces are beautifully complimented by the rustic overhead beams.  I've got serious heart eyes all over this entire room:

Simple but stunning details in the dining room:

An antique trestle table, stained glass windows original to the house and a David Weeks Studio chandelier in the stairway are another great example of how to mix traditional and modern:

The linen wingback bed in the master bedroom is BANANAS and those sheepskin rugs make me want to curl up on right there on the floor!

While I love every single square inch of this entire house, it's the master bathroom that makes my heart flutter - floor-to-ceiling Cararra marble subway tiles, a bananas free standing tub and French doors leading to a private porch has me wanting to sell everything I own to re-create this in my house and then never EVER leave it! 

While even just one of the chandeliers or vintage chairs in this house is worth more than a year's worth of mortgage payments for me, I put together some picks that I think help create a similar feel for those of us with champagne taste on beer budgets!  Not pictured below, but completely necessary would be about twenty gallons of white paint to coat walls, trim and molding!

Goddess chandelier / Before the Storm print / Andros Rope Chair / Handspun Jute Rug /

Lander Brass Sconce / Pacific Tripod Floor Lamp / Sheepskin rug / Parsons dining table

Happy Hump Day!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jun282016

a red, white and blue table for the 4th

July 4th is right around the corner (can you believe it?!) but I've had red, white and blue on the brain for a while now.  While I typically don't ever gravitate toward red in my decor or design, I love it in a muted shade to accompany classic blue and white for summer and, especially, the fourth of July!  I found a gorgeous red cotton throw at TJMaxx the other day and it got me thinking how amazing it would look as a makeshift tablecloth, paired with navy and white striped napkins, my bamboo flatware, water hyacinth chargers and my favorite French wine glasses - something so easy and inexpensive can take your everyday entertaining essentials to the next level and provide a cool pop of color and lots of interest!  Here are a few things I'm loving lately for a subdued red, white and blue table setting:

Natural basket weave placemat / Roulette blue band dinner plate / Cambridge Silversmiths Bamboo-style

flatware / Monogrammed outdoor pillow / Beverage dispenser / Hayden beverage tub /

Giant clam bowl / Buffalo check tablecloth / Myrtle topiary / Casserole dish + holder / Acrylic glasses

Happy Tuesday!

 

 

 

Monday
Jun272016

how to make your hydrangeas last for weeks

Like every other decor-obsessed blogger, I've got a major softspot for fresh cut hydrangeas.  Those big, billowy blooms get me every time I walk into the grocery store but I've had such a hard time getting them to last longer than two or three days lately that I stopped buying them altogether the last couple of months.  I reached out on Instagram a while ago to see if there were any surefire tricks I was missing and when one reader shared her tried and true secret and how it extends her hydrangea bouquets by sometimes THREE WEEKS (!?) I just had to try it!  It worked SO well that I had to share it with you guys, too!  It's so simple you just won't believe it!

These blue and white hydrangeas from my baby shower were looking a little sad, so I decided to give it a try over the weekend and see if I couldn't bring them back to life again:

All you need is a large bucket; fill it with cold water and a bunch of ice:

Next, submerge your blooms, heads first, completely under water, keep them in a cool place (I left mine in the sink in my laundry room) and forget about them.  That's it!  I usually do this at the end of the day and let them sit in the ice water overnight:

Look how much they've plumped up by the next morning!

I hope you're all off to a great start this week!

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Jun232016

a surprise baby shower luncheon for bear cub

Last weekend, one of my closest and dearest friends threw a surprise baby shower luncheon to celebrate bear cub's upcoming arrival and, as usual, she knocked everyone's socks off with the decor!  The venue was on the patio of one of our favorite restaurants but she turned the table setting into the dreamiest blue, white and green display where not one single detail was overlooked!  From the handmade garland of greenery and blue and white hydrangeas, to the woven chargers, galvanized steel napkin holders, palm leaf place mats and antique blue bottles, it was absolutely breathtaking!  Another friend just recently started her own cookie decorating business and she made monogrammed surf board cookies as favors!  It was the perfect day - I'm so lucky to have such fabulous friends and, even more, my momma flew in from the west coast especially for it!  As soon as I got there I snapped a few shots of the setup just to share with you all, I hope you love it as much as I did!

Me and my beautiful bestie!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!