Spring Refresh

Valentine’s Day has passed, so I am officially counting down until sunny spring days. It is such a refreshing time of year… fresh flowers, cheery colors, warm days, the sweet Easter holiday… I just love it. Instead of Easter Basket ideas, I’m rounding up some fun finds and tried and true favorites for the season, for everyone. No surprise, it includes lots of rattan, blue and white…

1. Nap dresses have stolen the show lately and they aren’t stopping anytime soon. This new pattern is so sweet for spring and it’s the perfect house dress for warmer days.
2. I am eyeing this darling woven bag that would be perfectly paired with a sundress, chardonnay and a beach sunset.
3. Petite Plume never fails with the absolute sweetest children’s pajamas for girls and boys. I love this darling nightgown for a little girl.
4. Lake Pajamas are also a favorite for my kids, and this set from Amazon is a real close copy for a lot less.
5. I love these rattan chairs for your backyard and patio. Easy to move around! Would be so darling paired with this outdoor umbrella.
6. Not your typical plastic sand bucket! I love the idea of gifting this for easter and filling it with a few more toys or a cute swimsuit.
7. Give me all the white eyelet… I just love this dress for the spring and summer.
8. Adore this woven tote bag. A perfect daytime bag if you’re doing something special.
9. The sweetest pink striped swimsuit. I’m ordering for little Livvy! Doesn’t get much cuter than this.
10. Cardigans are having a moment and this is a tried and true favorite for a great price.
11. A beautiful navy one piece with a striped tie… I’m certainly trying this one on!
12. A straw hat is essential for the season. I love this one for mama, and this one for your little girl.

FOR THE LITTLE ONES:

SPRING STYLE:

FOR THE HOME:


Dormer Window Seat

We moved into a classic Cape Cod style home about a year and a half ago and the dormers that are part of the master bedroom were bare. I’ve been wanting to build a window seat in them since the second we submitted an offer! My dad loves a project like this, so I easily convinced him to build us the seats when he visited one weekend this past fall. My husband and I did some of the finishing work, ordered some cushions and pillows, and voila! our cozy seats were complete. One of the seats is in the hallway to the master and the other is right in the center of the bedroom– they both make the room feel complete and add so much charm. They also provide quite a bit if extra drawer space which is a huge plus.

The window seat fabric is Schumacher Wellfleet Ticking that I ordered myself and sent to this shop on Etsy to make the seats. Sarah did an absolutely amazing job– I highly recommend using her! I’m still playing around with pillows, but have a few linked below that I love, as well as some already saved in my Etsy shop. I also hope to add sconces on the sides when we do some other electrical work in the house at some point in the future. Lastly, I absolutely love these brass drawer pulls that I used.

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A C C E S S O R I E S


Ginger Spice Cookies

This is my mom’s old recipe for ginger cookies and it’s really a good one! The best part is that it’s all made in one pan on the stovetop- super easy and super quick. We added candied ginger this time and loved the addition, so I added it to the ingredient list below. I’ve been eating them with a cup of this turmeric amber sun tea and it’s the perfect afternoon treat. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 sticks salted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
chopped candied ginger pieces

Directions:
In a medium pot on low heat, melt the butter. Turn off the heat and mix in the sugar, molasses, and egg. Sift together the dry ingredients and add to the saucepan. Refrigerate until the dough is firm. Mix into balls and roll in granulated sugar. Bake for about 12 minutes at 350.

Happy holiday baking!


Nine Festive Finds

It’s officially time to decorate for the Christmas season! Rounding up a few fun finds to make your home festive this month.

  1. A pretty ice bucket with brass details.
  2. A new take on the traditional wreath- I love this dried pinecone wreath for a more neutral look.
  3. Cozy paid cashmere throw that doesn’t scream Christmas.
  4. Green tartan throw pillow (give me all the tartan and plaid this time of year!)
  5. Decorate with vintage style brass bells.
  6. Bring out beautiful copper pots to sit on your stove even when not in use.
  7. Fun mugs for cozy drinks by the fire.
  8. The best smelling candle for the season!
  9. I just checked out with this woven tree basket. This one is also darling!

Gift Picks for Her

A few gift ideas for your mom, best friend, sister, mother-in-law, or even yourself! I certainly have a few of these on my list this year…

  1. My favorite cheese board! I use this board every time I make a large cheese platter and it’s even cute on my counter or bar top when not in use.
  2. Can never go wrong with a Jenni Kayne everyday sweater.
  3. A beautiful linen throw.
  4. If you follow me, you know my love of rattan. This Rattan book has been on my wishlist… just might be gifting it to myself this year.
  5. I love the vintage style of this blue and white jar.
  6. I’ve been on the hunt for a new tote for a while and finally found this one that I added to my list.
  7. A Staub dutch oven– the perfect gift for a new homeowner or your friend that loves to cook.
  8. A darling pitcher that helps make drinking water fun!
  9. I love the simplicity of this jacket. A perfect casual throw on for chilly days.

Gifts for The Guys

I always have a hard time shopping for men. Anyone else?! Rounding up a few ideas that will hopefully work for some of the men you are gifting this year…

  1. A masculine leather weekender and toiletry kit
  2. A comfortable pair of joggers for working from home
  3. Yeti Cooler for your outdoor adventures
  4. I love a fun belt- this hand stitched one and this needlepoint one make a fun gift
  5. Some sleek whiskey glasses
  6. A sous vide for the cook in your life, perfect for elevating all these dinners at home
  7. You can never go wrong with a classic cashmere sweater
  8. Everyone needs a new pair of comfortable shoes and APLs are a favorite around here. All of these are on sale today!
  9. A classic Barbour jacket that he will have for years to come.

Gifts Ideas for the Little Ones

Let the gift guides begin! I have lots of fun gift ideas for kiddos, so I thought I’d share a few here. First up and most important for the season…

  1. Christmas pjs! This is my favorite gift to give. Who doesn’t love Christmas pjs? It puts you in the spirit all month long and what is cuter than your kiddos matching in cozy jammies? I love Petite Plume for their classic style. Lake Pajamas is also a favorite for the whole family, and Roller Rabbit has a darling pattern this year.
  2. Time to stock up on swimwear for next season! Minnow is currently 20% off and is one of my go-to brands.
  3. Toy kitchens are one of the best gifts for toddlers. This one is neutral and will look cute in any play room!
  4. I love a personalized tea set for any little lady in your life. Also, this company on Etsy makes such fun personalized gifts!
  5. The cutest first bike! I love these Banwood bikes for little boys and girls. Such a fun gift– you can even add a few little things in the basket.
  6. This darling rattan strolley is so cute to hold dolls. Plus it looks darling in a nursery!
  7. This darling rattan rocker is another sweet gift for a baby girl.
  8. This scooter is a great go-to gift for all young kids!
  9. I love this fun lounger for a play room.

Happy shopping and happy holidays to you and yours. xo

Lemon Maple Bourbon

Bourbon with lemon juice is one of my favorite cocktails. It’s not at all sweet and very easy to make which is right up my alley! If I ever want it a little sweeter, maple syrup is the perfect addition. During this autumn and holiday season, it’s fun to add candied orange or lemon with herbs and spices. Since I prefer simple cocktails, I lightly use these additions in the form of stirrers and garnish.

You can play around with these proportions depending on your tastes preferences.

3 oz. bourbon
1.5 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. maple syrup (I prefer a little less)
ice
garnish: orange or lemon slice, rosemary, cinnamon stick

Cheers!

Big Boy Room

I have been working on this big boy room for H for quite some time now. It all started when I found these antique twin beds– I knew right away that I had to have them! I decided to paint them red, which is a little bold for me but I LOVE how they turned out. (Thank you mom for the push!) The room is slowly coming together which is fine by me since I want the room to feel and be collected. I kept his dresser and a few accessories from his nursery, like this beautiful painted bear from a friend, the anchor hook, and all of his favorite stuffed animals. I love that we were able to transition these pieces into his new room (that was my intent when I started his nursery!)

If you know me, you know I love a monogram. I think this monogrammed sham makes the whole room! I need to order one more for the other twin bed. I also have my eye on some brass sconces like these to add above each bed.

The gingham sheets are from Serena & Lily and the plaid quilt is L.L.Bean. I love having tons of baskets and bins around for extra blankets, toys, books, stuffed animals… list goes on.

I love this room so far! It feels really homey to me and I can’t wait to watch our little guy enjoy it. You can shop the links below to get the look!

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