Get Set for Summer

The sun is shining, air feels warm, and we just had a couple more of my favorite Adirondack chairs delivered. It’s almost summer! I’m now in full outdoor mode getting ready for pool parties and dinners outside, so I thought I would round up a few favorites and some new fun finds for the season:

1. We have and love these striped Turkish cotton beach towels. I have them in blue, but also love this natural stripe.
2. These are my go-to Adirondack chairs. I’m normally all about real wood, but these are VERY low maintenance, look great year after year, and are smooth and so comfortable to sit in. They say 10-12 weeks for shipping, but mine took about half that time.
3. Love this pretty natural fiber outdoor pillow and…
4. Can’t go wrong with a blue striped pillow!
5. We have this teak outdoor umbrella and it’s an outdoor staple for us. It has held up great– we’re about to order two more!
6. I love these teak sling chairs for additional outdoor seating. They’re light, so easy to move around and come in such fun patterns.
7. A fun new outdoor bar. This would be cute to set up near your dining table for outdoor dinner parties.
8. Love a big basket! I’m planning on setting this one outside to fill with beach towels. (Also would be a great indoor toy basket!)
9. We received this bag toss game as a gift and love to bring it out when we host. I also think this lawn bowling set and this bocce set are so fun for summer!
10. Simple cotton napkins are essential for outdoor entertaining and this set from Amazon is so affordable. This is another great option with a price you can’t beat!
11. I love this pattern on these melamine dinner plates.
12. Adding this darling rattan ice chest to cart! This is such a cute way to keep drinks cold while in the hot sun outside.

Liv’s Room and Other Nursery Favorites

This little room is still a work in progress, but it is such a sweet space and I’m enjoying putting it together over time. Liv is using her brother’s crib (we moved him to a big boy bed, which you can see here) and I love that it’s getting passed down. I found this darling antique pine chest which I loved paired with this indigo lanai mirror. No surprise, I’m sticking to a blue and white palette, which I think can easily be made more feminine / masculine as needed. We have a window seat in this room so I’m working on finishing up pillows for it. I just found this darling one that fits perfectly in this space. Stay tuned for more details soon!

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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.

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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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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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Currently on my Coffee Table…

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.

Hope you enjoy freshening up your table! xo

Drying Limelight Hydrangea

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!

Living Room Desk Nook

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.

Summer Recipe Roundup

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!

Grilled corn and zucchini salad
Grilled watermelon and feta stacked salads
Charred peppers with lemon ricotta and cucumbers
Potato salad with mustard sauce
Grilled vegetables
Watermelon salad with cucumber and feta
Skirt steak with avocado and tomatoes
Summer stone fruit salad
Cucumber and peach salad with herbs
Spaghettini with roasted tomatoes
Loaded grilled steak salad
Southwest BBQ pork sliders
Blackened salmon burgers
Everything but the kitchen sink pasta salad
Blackberry peach crisp
Browned butter grilled peaches with ice cream
Strawberry yogurt popsicles
Strawberry thyme lillet spritzer
Cucumber mint gimlets
Grapefruit ginger bourbon sour
Kentucky lemonade


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