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Tuesday
May012018

mother's day table + gift ideas

Mother's Day is right around the corner and this year, I'm ahead of the game for the first time in forever with gifts for my own momma and some of my closest friends already wrapped and ready to be given!  I'll be spending the day this year with my mom and my aunt, which is enough of a gift for me in itself, but if I could imagine the perfect present for them, I'd love to host a brunch with a beautiful table setting, lots of yummy food and a bloody Mary or mimosa (or two)!  There's such a bevy of beautiful accessories for the table out right now (I'm especially loving the entire new entertaining collection by Aerin at Williams Sonoma!) and the best part is that almost every one of the items I picked would make for a great gift idea, as well!  Here are some of my current favorites:

These blue and white floral napkins would be an amazing pop of color, paired with bamboo flatware and rattan chargers!

I need another white pitcher like I need a hole in the head, but this basketweave beauty is speaking right to my texture loving heart!

This blue and white swirl taper vase is so simple but so stunning.  Would be a show stopping centerpiece with white hydrangea.

Myrtle topiary are my obsession but they are next to impossible to find anywhere in North or South Carolina (Believe me, I've tried).  Here are a few sizes to choose from, if you want to try having one shipped; I think there's nothing more chic than a staggering of a few different sizes in the middle of the table!

I love my $4 water hyacinth chargers from Ikea, but I've got to say, I think the texture and design of these rattan chargers from Serena and Lily are definitely worth the splurge!

Mixing up drinkware is one of my favorite tricks when setting a table; these French wine glasses and woven tumblers (mine are from Home Goods) are a staple in my house and would make a great gift idea for the friend or momma who loves to entertain (or just set a beautiful table).

My oversize clam shell is one of my most favorite home decorative accessories ever; it would be a simple but beautiful centerpiece, filled with citrus.

It's no secret I love all things bamboo and this serving set just adds that little something extra special to the table (and would make for a fantastic gift!

Monday
Mar262018

5 easy + inexpensive ways to make a big decorating impact

I'm a firm believer that you don't have to spend a fortune to make a big decorating impact in your home.  Some of my favorite ways to do so not only happen to be some of the most budget-friendly but also pretty easy to incorporate.  I'm usually working on pretty tight budgets with clients so I've gotten pretty good at finding less expensive decorating options so that we can splurge on big ticket items.  Here are a few of my favorite ways to make a pretty big impact without breaking the bank, all of which I've used in my own home:

PAINT THE CEILING.  I never painted a ceiling before we lived in this house and now I'll never live in another home without one!  This is a great way to create a custom feel, to draw the eye upward and, most importantly, to warm up white walls. In our entryway, we added board and batten to the walls and then painted it all Sherwin Williams Extra White.  To warm it up a little, I painted the ceiling the same color as the walls in the rest of the living area, ICI Newcastle Gray.  It's so subtle but it makes a huge difference!

ADD AN OVERSIZE MIRROR.  I personally think that bigger is always better when it comes to mirrors; they bounce light around beautifully and make a small space feel so much bigger.  The first thing you see when you walk into our living room is our fireplace/mantle and because we have vaulted ceilings in here, I needed something hefty.  A 40 inch starburst mirror makes quite a dramatic first impression when you walk in!  The same goes for our foyer; I found another 40 inch round mirror at HomeGoods; it had a yellowed frame but I gave a zinc paint treatment and it looks so much crisper against the white walls!

ADD A HOUSEPLANT.  Plants are, hands down, the quickest and easiest way to add a little drama to your space and are always the first thing I run out for when I want to change things up at home or just add some freshness and a pop of color.  Some of my favorites are philodendron, prayer plants and basic palms, all of which I can get for less than $20 at Lowe's, Home Depot or even Walmart.  I like to keep them in water hyacinth baskets (surprise, surprise) for a little added texture!

DON'T FORGET THE WINDOW TREATMENTS.  I don't think any room is complete without window treatments.  For me, it's like leaving the house for a night out without any makeup or jewelry; it's just that finishing touch that adds incomparable softness and texture.  There are so many inexpensive options out there that will do the trick but my absolute favorite is a two pack of Merete grommet curtain panels from Ikea.  They come in packs of two panels that are 118 inches long for something ridiculous like $40; you can't buy fabric by the yard for that price!  For a more custom look, cut the grommets off and add some rings!

ADD A POP OF BLACK.  I think every space can benefit from a pop of black to anchor everything together - a gallery wall in simple black frames, a small piece of accent furniture or even a black and white piece of artwork are a few ways to incorporate a dose of bold black to add a little drama.

What are some of your favorite ways to add a little drama on a budget?

Tuesday
Feb132018

lydia's window treatment details

Lydia's room is, by far, the happiest in our whole house and, even though I feel a little bit guilyy that I focus so much on her room when Luca still doesn't technically have fully complete quarters of his own, I love that every time I post a shot of her sweet little space or her gorgeous new (vintage) bed that I get a ton of love from you guys!  Every time I post a picture, in fact, the most-asked questions I get are about her curtain panels (with the antique wooden mermaid coming in a close second), so I thought I'd do a blog post with all the details right here for anyone that was interested!  

Curtain Fabric.  Did I make her curtains myself? As much as I would love to take credit for them, the answer is no.  They are custom made, double-lined panels that another designer friend made and gave me as a gift when I was pregnant with Lydia. The fabric is Warsaw Linen in flax with a four inch border on the inside of each panel in coral, all from Gray Line Linen in New York.  I cannot say enough about this company.  The price and color selection is amazing and the customer service cannot be beat; I ordered my fabric at 6 in the evening on a Friday and it was on my porch Monday morning!  The linen is gorgeous and on the heavier side but I still ended up having a double liner sewn in just to give it that extra weight and oomph.  They hang so beautifully!

Curtain rods + finials.  I like to splurge on my curtains and scrimp on my hardware; the rods are actually 1.5 inch unfinished wooden dowel rods from Lowe's that I had cut there and then painted to match her crib (the paint color is Ralph Lauren Champagne Toast).  The finials are Allen and Roth, also from Lowe's, that I painted and screwed into the ends.  I wrote a post all about it here.

Lamp.  I found this gourd lamp at Hobby Lobby when I was pregnant with Lydia, but it had a dark brown wooden base, so I used a gold leaf pen and painted over it!

Wall + ceiling color.  The walls are Benjamin Moore white and the ceiling is Benjamin Moore Teacup Rose.  It's the perfect way to brighten up an all-white room and the ceiling makes the whole room glow at night when the lamp is on - so, so cozy!

Striped pillows.  The coral and pink striped pillows were also custom made; the fabric is actually a discontinued P. Kaufman stripe that I found in a local fabric shop years ago.  I haven't been able to find it online since!

Monday
Jan152018

2018 goals

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are off to a great start in 2018!  The holidays seemed to fly by so fast, despite finishing my Christmas shopping early in the hopes of enjoying a small bit of the season before the big day, but it was worth all the hustle and bustle to see Lydia and Luca's little faces on Christmas morning!  As for the New Year, I can't believe we are already well into January! I've never been one to make resolutions because I don't think I've ever stuck to them for longer than the first week of the year, but there's nothing like the start of a fresh set of twelve new months to make you set some small, attainable goals that I can stick to throughout the year - the kind that, when I look back on them at year's end, I can actually say I was able to achieve them 

Ever since becoming a mom my main goal has been to be as present as possible and that's my first and foremost priority this year, too.  I really, really need to organize every square inch of this house, too.  Here are a few goals I'll be working on this year; what are some of yours? 

Get organized, once and for all.  My motto these days is to shove everything and anything in any cabinet, basket or room and close the door - out of sight, out of mind...until I need it and then can't find it.  My former OCD/anal retentive self would be shocked and appalled.  I'm slowly, but surely, making my way through every room and closet and tossing and donating as much as possible.  It feels so good to pare down!

Blog more.  There isn't much I do these days that's all for me, so blogging is my escape at the end of the day or during nap time to do something for myself and make me feel a part of something "grown up".  I've got a ton of projects, diy's and even a few giveaways to share this year and I couldn't be more excited!

Worry less.  This is something I've been working on my whole life, but seems to have gotten worse since becoming a mother. 

Keep working on my photography skills.  I got a new lens for my DSLR recently and have been trying to capture more candid moments with my kids but I've also wanted to hone my skills a little more with interiors and projects.  My biggest challenge now is editing.  I've read so much about lightroom and how amazing and user friendly it is.  Has anyone else tried it? 

Happy Monday!

Thursday
Dec212017

my house at christmas

As I write this, there are only four more sleeps until Christmas, so I thought I'd take a break from all the wrapping and toy assembling (there is SO much to put together!) to post a few snaps from around our house this year at Christmas!  I like to keep my Christmas decorations like the rest of the decor in my house: super simple.  Fresh white pine garland on my entry table, my mantle and the hutch in the eating area, a rosemary topiary or two in the kitchen, clementines in my favorite oversize clam shell bowl and, of course, lots of white twinkle lights are my go-to staples every year and go a long way in making the house feel so cozy and smell amazing.  This year, we ended up going with a 9 foot tree, which, I will say, I absolutely love, but the bottom half is sans ornaments, thanks to a 15 month old bear who tries to scale it every chance he gets (I'm hoping he outgrows this by next year!)  My absolute favorite Christmas decoration is the pair of nutcrackers on the table in my foyer.  They were in my house growing up and when I got married, my mother gave them to me.  I don't remember a single Christmas when they weren't on our mantle as kids, so it makes it even more special for me to carry on the tradition of having them out for my children. 

Hope you are all enjoying these last few days of the most magical time of the year!