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Wednesday
Aug312016

dowel rods as curtain rods

Everyone has their weaknesses when it comes to decorating; custom window treatments happen to be one of mine.  The only down side, unfortunately, is that they aren't cheap (and even some of the pretty store-bought options from Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn can end up costing just as much).   I love to mix high-end with budget finds for a lived-in, loved look and that means, if your budget allows for some custom window panels in a fabulous fabric, GO FOR IT, because you can save money on the hardware and still make a big impact!

(A ten foot dowel rod, painted black and hung with a support brakcket over triple windows in my breakfast nook)

One of my favorite tricks is to use 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" unfinished wooden dowel rods from Lowe's and Home Depot.  When painted and paired with finials, you'd never know the difference!  You can buy them in 8 or 10 foot pieces and have them cut to the length you need for less than $15.  This is especially helpful for double or triple windows when traditional hardware, though gorgeous, can end up costing just as much as the window treatments themselves!

(An eight foot rod, cut in half for my dining room)

I've used them all throughout my own home and recently went through the whole process of priming, painting and putting them up in baby boy's nursery, so I thought I'd share how easy it is to do here on the blog.   I couldn't be happier with how they turned out and even better, they're substantial enough to accommodate lined panels (they're heavy!)

(Another eight foot rod cut in half, then painted and primed in Lydia's nursery)

I bought an eight foot rod and had it cut into two four foot pieces at Lowe's.  I also purchased two pairs of brackets (one pair for each window) and finials for the ends:

I always use this latext multi purpose primer because it sticks to everything and I didn't have to sand the finials or brackets, saving me an extra step!  I applied two coats to everything, even the rod, otherwise, it'll just soak up the paint:

Once the paint is dried and I'm ready to mount the brackets, I use a drill bit to drill holes in the ends and screw the finials in:

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

Friday
Aug262016

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!

Monday
Aug222016

sarah bartholomew in southern living

When I first read that the home of Nashville-based interior decorator Sarah Bartholomew would be featured in the September issue of Southern Living, I started making extra trips to the mailbox to see when it would finally land in mine.  I've been a huge fan of Bartholomew's classic, all-American style, not to mention her love of blue and white as well as how effortlessly she mixes traditional and antique pieces with modern art and treasures so, it's no surprise I've been pouring over the issue since I got my paws on it over the weekend!  Equally impressive is the fact that she is momma to FOUR littles! Her beautiful home is testament to the fact that you don't have to sacrifice personal style when you have children!  From her blue and white color palette with pops of green, lots of texture, beautiful antiques, artwork and fabric, Monday morning eye candy doesn't get much better than this:


Here are my picks for getting a similar look:

Bamboo mirror / Beachcomber basket / Ginger jar / Woven Malawi chair / Leopard lumbar pillow

Topiary / Resin coral / Throw pillow / Soare charger / Embroidered napkin

Gourd lamp / Blake raffia coffee table / Bamboo flatware / Striped vase

Hope you're all off to a great start this weekend!

Friday
Aug192016

fab (blue + white) finds $50 or less

Our guest suite reno/addition is in full swing upstairs, which means that the rest of my house is completely upended to accommodate all the construction going on.  Since I'm heavy into nesting mode right now and can't really do anything about it, I've resorted to what any other 38 week pregnant woman would do when her pregnancy-induced insomnia strikes - SHOP!  Budget-friendly finds are always at the top of my list but especially now when I still have to finish the upstairs and then complete a nursery afterward, so each and every one of my finds in today's roundup is not only fabulous, but each is less than $50!  I also, rather subconsciously, rounded up every blue and white and natural textured decorative item I could find, so you're welcome! 

This gorgeous blue and white striped Turkish towel is an end-of-summer staple and would make for a great transition into fall as a picnic blanket!

This porcelain sea urchin is the perfect addition to a coffee table, bookshelf or a stack of books.

I have this rope tassel brass bottle opener and love it!  It adds just the right nautical touch to a summer barbeque and looks equally fabulous perched on a bar cart!

A set of three blue and white porcelain bud vases are such an easy way to add color and interest to a table setting - these are lovely.

Capri Blue Volcano is one of my all-time favorite candle scents and the pop of blue from the jar is just as beautiful!

I'm obsessed with this textured glass pitcher with gold rim detailing and matching glasses - and the price will make you do a double take!

I got my hubby the larger size of this handmade ghost ship kite for his birthday and it's so pretty in person, it's more like a work of art!

This batik-inspired boho throw pillow is gorgeous - and so soft!  The price is so good, too!

A straw tote is the quintessential summer staple - they are perfect for running errands or toting towels and magazines to the pool or beach - but, I have to say, they look just as amazing hanging on a door during summer months, too!

I love tortoise shell as much as I love bamboo and rafia and this little beauty of a catchall is so chic and would make for a lovely hostess gift!

How chic are these navy tassel rafia placemats??  Perfect for end-of-summer get togethers!

The only thing I may love more than a beautiful brass door knocker is a monogrammed one!  These initial knockers are not only gorgeous, but would make a wonderful house warming gift!

Who doesn't love blue and white ginger jars?  This petite version is only $18!

How ADORABLE is this blue and white creamer set

My love for all things pineapple is a close second to my love for all things blue and white....these matches would be a lovely compliment to a candle as a gift and would look just as beautiful sitting on a coffee table or sink!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Monday
Aug152016

one of the prettiest instagram accounts

If a good instagram feed is one where you want to "like" every photo, then Maura Endres (@m.o.endres) has a truly amazing one, because not only do I LOVE each and every photo she posts, but I feel a little like a stalker because I'm constantly going back to sneak more peeks of her stunning home, her beautiful gardens and her perfectly styled vignettes!  Not only does she have a discerning eye for interior design and styling, but she also happens to be one of the sweetest people on Instagram.  I wish she would start a blog so we could get a closer look at her lovely home, but in the meantime, I'm loving every picture she posts on Instagram.  So much goodness in such tiny squares!  It was so hard to narrow it down and pick favorites to post here on the blog, but these are pretty darn perfect eye candy - the best way to kick off a new week!

Who are some of your favorites to follow on Instagram?

Happy Monday, everyone!