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!)
I’ve been on a kick getting new coffee table books lately. I love flipping through them at night whenever I have the chance to sit down and relax. I also really love them for home inspiration, so whenever I’m working on a project I always like to open them up for ideas. I currently have about 12 stacked on my living room table– not only do I love the books themselves, but I love the look of them all stacked up.
I also recently ordered these new coasters because I wanted some sturdy ones and I love them so much I went back to order a second set. I don’t have a tray on this table, but I recently purchased this beautiful one for another table. I love to use trays to group all of your things.
Having a plant or fresh flowers, and some candles to light in the evening also make such a noticeable difference.
I am a major hydrangea lover and limelight hydrangea are my absolute favorite variety. They hold up well in the sun and can withstand our very hot summers here in California (I’m zone 9). They also change into the most beautiful colors that are neutral enough to win my approval for our landscaping.
Another big plus with hydrangeas is that they dry beautifully for you to use inside for decor (the fall colors would be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table!) They are extremely easy to dry– the biggest piece of advice is to get Mother Nature do the work. These blooms will dry perfectly right on the bush in early autumn. Make sure they are no longer fresh white blooms and that they have a paper-like feel before cutting off.
I cut mine from the plant in September, removed all of their leaves, and put them in vases around my home. If you make sure to wait long enough to cut, these will continue drying beautifully right in your home.
I love the look of these blooms placed in a large vintage dough bowl. I found a few fun ones for you here!
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect table for the corner of my living room so that I could set up a little nook to do some work at. I finally stumbled upon this beautiful antique table and I knew right away it was exactly what I wanted. Don’t be afraid to add a desk in places other than an “office”. I think it’s so charming to add to a corner of your living room, behind a couch, or in your bedroom or guest room. Also, no need to use a desk! Any table will work– as long as you love it, anything goes.
I added some texture with a rattan chair from Mainly Baskets and a rattan mirror from Serena & Lily. I also have this simple brass lamp on my list and plan on swapping out the white shade for a fun pattern. When creating your space, don’t forget some fun baskets or trays for loose paper, a pretty pen holder (you can use a cup, too!), and a nice vase for fresh flowers. Also, a cute pillow can make a big difference. I’ve mentioned before Etsy is a quick and easy source for designer fabrics- you can shop some of my favorites here.
We have been grilling and eating outside every night for the past week– it officially feels like summer! For dinner last night, I roasted up a ton of vegetables and plated with burrata and a leftover spinach basil pesto I had in the fridge. It was delicious! I have a bunch of recipes saved for the next few months and thought I’d pen some of them here for you to enjoy as well. I’m also stocking up on melamine plates and other outdoor dining essentials– some fun ideas linked below for dining alfresco. Bon appetit!
I am all-in when it comes to a big, cozy white slipcovered couch. I love the non-tailored look as it feels more casual and inviting. You can also have a ton of fun with pillows (you can shop mine and other favorites here) and it washes so easily! Many people are hesitant to get a white couch with kids, but I actually think they can be easier to maintain since they handle washes so well. I wash mine about once a month, unless some dirty little hands get to it more often than that ; )
One thing to make sure of when buying yours is that the fabric you choose is actually washable! The couch we have now is from Pottery Barn– the PB comfort roll arm, box edge back cushion, down-blend fill, with denim warm white fabric. For us, it’s a great middle of the road couch. It certainly won’t last us forever, but I don’t think twice when kids are jumping, or even eating, on it. The other brand I love is Lee, which is higher end than PB and what we have in our living room.
My tips for washing: • Spot treat stains. We have had berries and wine spilled on this couch and have been 100% removed! The key here is to wash immediately, which can be annoying but it makes a difference. If it’s in the middle of a party, waiting an hour or two will be fine! Remove ASAP and spot treat. I use a basic “clean” stain remover, nothing fancy. • Always wash on cold. Most HE machines now do best with cold anyway, and I think the fabric stays nicer. • Use distilled white vinegar! This is a secret weapon when it comes to laundry. It keeps whites white, darks dark, and colors brighter, plus it softens fabric and removes odors. I add laundry detergent as usual, and then about 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar into the fabric softener section (or add into your last rinse cycle). • Dry as usual, but remove from the dryer when it’s still a little damp. I like to put the slipcovers back on at this time so they are less wrinkly and also fit on easily. I keep the cushions propped up to dry completely before tucking everything back in.
Happy Memorial Day weekend! I’m a big fan of this Americana theme year round, but it’s especially fun to get in the spirit this weekend. There are a ton of sales going on, so I thought I would round up some great buys that fit the American theme– red, white, blue, stripes and natural materials. These are also all great for the Fourth!
With 3 months to go until we meet our baby girl, I am (very excitedly) prepping and planning her nursery. We are likely going to keep her in our room for some time (and not complete her room for a bit), so I purchased this changing table from Serena & Lily that we are housing in our master bedroom. That way, I can keep her essentials nearby until she has her own room. I added these darling beachcomber baskets to keep folded clothes, diapers and other essentials on the shelves. Of course, staying true to my beloved blue and white, I bought this Serena & Lily coastal toile crib sheet that I am using as my main point of inspiration for the room. I’m planning on having it made into a changing pad cover as well as keeping it for her crib sheet. It also comes in this darling wall paper! We are big fans of jellycat stuffed animals over here, so I purchased this darling white bunny that Henry is gifting to his baby sister upon her arrival. Next up is to order a chair for her nursery– I’m likely going to get a white slipcovered chair and order a monogrammed pillow for it. You can view some of my favorite ones- which I have found to be very reasonably priced- in my Etsy Favorites Shop. These also make the sweetest gifts!
There’s no place like home… especially right now! Now more than ever, we are learning the importance of keeping our homes a comfortable and cozy place. Whether it’s just you at home, or it’s filled with young kids running around, here are a few simple things I love to do (mostly in the evening) to relax and keep cozy.
Soft light – light all your candles and your fireplace if you have one! Honestly a glimmering candle by your sink makes doing the dishes a lot easier. Plus the scent that fills the air will help with the cozy ambiance. Also, don’t forget to dim your overhead lights. Keep clean – this doesn’t mean spend all your time scrubbing, but picking up the mess from the day will help you feel a whole lot more relaxed. Pour a drink! – make it something special and put it in a nice glass. Sparkling water with fresh citrus, a glass of wine, a super strong cocktail… no one is judging here. Get comfortable – put on cozy clothes. While you’re at it, treat yourself to a new robe, pajamas or loungewear that not only look great on, but also make you feel good. Don’t forget slippers! Turn on music – having a nice playlist on really helps to set the mood. Fresh flowers – who doesn’t love having fresh plants and flowers around? It helps make a room feel warm and welcoming. Entertainment – I’m a coffee table book and magazine fan (with a side of my phone), but if you prefer the TV or a great novel, then you do you. Just make sure to cozy up with… Pillows & Throws – Add a few new throw pillows and a blanket to your couch or chair so you really look forward to cuddling up for the evening.
Hope you’re staying safe, happy and healthy at home. xx