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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!

Thursday
Aug042016

a love affair with a hutch

Of all the corners, nooks and vignettes in my house, I'm pretty sure the built-in hutch in my breakfast room is the most photographed, by far!  (If you've been following along on Instagram, you know this to be especially true!)  This little corner of our home gets beautiful morning light, looks out over our deck, pool and backyard and is where we eat all our meals, where little miss paints and colors and it's also where I've been blogging as of late.  And yet, it rarely, if ever, makes an appearance here on the blog.

When Annie over at Most Lovely Things tagged me over the weekend to share a picture of my favorite, cozy weekend spot, I didn't hesitate to post this little corner.  What makes it so special for me is the ginormous hutch we had installed about a year after we moved in!  It took about that long for me to realize that nothing I put in this space would ever look proportionate with the vaulted ceilings unless I had something custom made to fit and I'm so glad I bit the bullet and had it made.  Sometimes, custom is the only way to go and, in this case, it ended up costing much less than some of the bookshelf options from big box retailers!

I ended up commissioning a local cabinet maker with whom I had worked on a number of new construction homes for past clients and he did such an amazing job of making it look like it had been here for years!  (I know the chandelier is hanging too high; I'm in the process of replacing it!)

For those of you who were asking about details the other day, here they are! 

- The hutch itself is almost just under 9 feet tall and 5.5. feet wide. 

- A row of Shaker-style cabinets are along the bottom (there are 4 doors) to match my kitchen cabinets, since this space is directly adjacent. 

- Beadboard runs vertically along the back of the plate wall to match the wainscoting in my bathrooms, dining room and under the kitchen countertop/bar side. 

- Paint is Sherwin Williams Extra White, to match all the trim and cabinetry in the rest of the house.

I honestly couldn't love this little spot any more and the drama and interest the oversize hutch provides when you walk into my house (you can see it from my living room, too) just can't be beat.  Sometimes, it's so hard to pull the trigger and have something custom made but when you are having trouble finding a piece that fits your space and your budget (especially for those vaulted ceilings like mine or awkward large walls), but I promise it's so worth it! 

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!

Monday
Aug012016

5 tips for styling glass front cabinets

If you guys follow me on Instagram, you have probably noticed my glass front shingle-style kitchen cabinets in the background on quite a regular basis.  I know glass front cabinetry isn't for everyone, but the truth is, I LOVE mine.  They make my kitchen feel so open and airy and they've helped me keep clutter and items I don't use to a minimum.  It also makes me very happy at the end of the day, when the hurricane is alseep and the kitchen is actually clean, to see all the items I've collected over the years for entertaining and hosting on display, all organized and pretty.  With that being said, there's NO way I'd be able to do an entire kitchen of glass front cabinets.  The other wall of cabinets is for baking essentials, mixing bowls, cookbooks, Lydia's colorful sippy cups and melamine dinner plates - basically, everything else that I use regularly that isn't exactly "pretty" enough for display behind glass doors.  (That sounds snotty, but it's the truth!) 

I used to be very OCD when it came to organization before I had Lydia but I simply don't have the time anymore to keep everything organized to within an inch of its life and frankly, I don't want to take that precious time away from my baby girl, so having these cabinets, with everything on display, all organized and pretty, is just a little something that makes me very happy when the rest of my house is covered in books, toys and dog fur! For anyone who has ever considered glass front cabinets, whether it's a single cabinet or an entire kitchen full of them, but has wondered how in the heck you would style them, here are a few tips that have worked for me:

clear the decks

When it comes to kitchen storage, I really believe that less is more.  I wanted to start with a clean slate when we moved into this house, so I went through every single item in my cabinets and got rid of things I hadn't used in forever but was keeping around anyway.  Random martini glasses, funny coffee mugs (we don't even drink coffee!!), an extensive collection of mismatched shot glasses.  If I didn't use it regularly, it was tossed or donated.  It was hard to let some things go for sentimental reasons, but once I was done, it just felt SO GOOD to get back down to the basics that I haven't regretted it a single day since!

use what you display

The first time my  middle brother came to visit us in this house he jokingly asked how often we use anything in our cabinets.  Well, the truth is, I actually use it ALL!  Our dinner plates, serving bowls, glassware and cereal bowls get used on a daily basis, pitchers are beautiful makeshift vases for grocery store blooms and cake stands double as serveware for appetizers whenever we have friends over for cocktails and a dip in the pool.  Nothing goes in those cabinets that doesn't get used frequently, which helps me stick to only buying something if I truly love it because I know that I'll use it!

stick to white (or neutral) dishware

This is strictly personal opinion, but I have found that having an entire wall of glass front cabinets looks so much cleaner and less cluttered when mostly everything on display is the same color.  A lot of my dishes and serveware are mismatched but because everything is white you'd never know the difference.  And pops of silver are such a pretty compliment to all that white!

mix it up

I like to add interest and keep my shelves from looking too uniform, so I try to mix and pair items like drinking glasses on the same shelf as dessert plates; a set of cake stands with silver footed bowls or a group of white pitchers with a stack of serving platters. 

display your treasures

I am a super sentimental person and have attachments to family treasures that have been passed down - my collection of silver Revere bowls started with a few that my aunt gave me when I was in college, and a set of four crystal dessert bowls that my grandparents brought back from a trip to Italy have pride of place next to the cereal bowls we use every day.  It brings me so much pleasure to get a glimpse of these pretties every time I walk past my cabinets and it's even more special that such important pieces are displayed for everyone to see!

Do any of you have glass front cabinets?  How do you like to style them, if so?

Hope you're all off to a fabulous start this week!

Monday
Jul252016

transitioning from a crib to a big girl bed

When I was pregnant with Lydia, long before I even knew I was actually having a little girl, all I could think about was a nursery centered around a gold Jenny Lind-style crib.  The day we had our ultrasound which, indeed, confirmed our little bundle was a baby girl, I ordered this crib and immediately had it painted Champagne Toast by Ralph Lauren Regent Metallics.  It was - and still is - my favorite part of Lydia's nursery. 

Well, here we are two and a half years later (I still can't wrap my head around how fast the time went) and she's not only starting to run out of room in her crib, but we are also getting closer to needing it for baby bear's nursery. The thing is, even though she is 2.5 she isn't exactly ready for a big girl bed. My child has always been super curious about everything and wants to be around us 24/7 so, even though we go through our whole routine every night before bed, it still takes her at least 30 minutes most nights (and sometimes more) to settle herself once we leave the room (and that entails playing with her lovies in her crib, talking to herself and looking straight at the monitor and yelling for momma to come get her). 

I know the only way she could sleep in her big girl bed would be if I were to lay in there with her until she falls asleep, otherwise, she would be all over the room, pulling books and toys out and having herself a grand old time, but I feel like doing that would defeat all my efforts over the years to get her sleeping through the night and not having to run in there every time she kicks the covers off or semi wakes up for a minute before drifting back off to sleep.  I know she is about to undergo some serious adjustments once the baby gets here and I feel like sticking to routine as much as possible would help her tremendously, but I also know I need to start transitioning her slowly, as well. 

Luckily, she LOVES her big girl bed that Daddy made for her room before she was born!  (You can find the plans we used to make it here; it's aptly named the "Lydia" bed)  We read books there and lay together after reading stories and saying our prayers at night, talking about all the fun things we did that day, but she very rarely ever asks to stay and sleep in it....

With baby boy making his debut in the next six weeks or so, it just doesn't make sense to buy another crib, so I figure I will start out by getting her to take naps in her daybed.  Any suggestions of how to make that transition easily?  And, more importantly, how to get her to stay in it? Or, am I crazy and I should just leave her sleep in her crib for as long as she wants?

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