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
We officially have some furniture in the living room! It’s not quite complete yet, but I have gotten a lot of questions about our coffee table, couches and pillows, so I thought I’d answer a few of those questions here.
I have had my eye on the seagrass woven coffee table from Ralph Lauren for years– it’s incredible, but very pricey! I hunted for so long and just couldn’t find anything that compared. I was being stubborn because I knew that style, shape and size would be so perfect in our space. That is… until RH came out with one very similar. I am pleasantly surprised with the quality and LOVE how it looks in our room. A good reminder to always hold out for what you’re envisioning!
Our upholstered furniture is all Lee Industries, which I highly recommend if you’re looking for high quality furniture at a good value. They are extremely comfortable and long-lasting thanks to their hand-tied springs, spring down wrapped cushions, and hardwood frames. Plus they are all made in the USA and are highly customizable.
My designer pillow secret (not really a secret) is ETSY! You can find so many stores on Etsy that sell pillows with designer fabric that are more affordable than most other places. You can shop some of my favorites here. Remember you can always message the seller to see if you can order a specific size that isn’t shown, add piping, or change to double sided. A lot sell them single sided with a plain linen backing– nothing wrong with that, it’s totally personal opinion!
We are in the very early stages of planning a large landscape project at our new home, so I am actively searching for images that reflect the look I am going for. We’re going to first create a master design plan with an architect, and then will likely do construction in phases. We won’t have everything complete for years (and years). It’ll be a long process… but a very fun one that we are looking forward to!
Our home has a New England farmhouse feel, so I’m playing off of that. My design aesthetic definitely leans classic New England, so this property was a dream for me. The house was built in 1940 and hasn’t been changed much, so I’m hoping to maintain a lot of the old character and charm.
Below are some images I’ve found for inspiration. Hope you enjoy them, too!
You will always find at least a few myrtle topiaries in my house at any given time. They make a wonderful house plant– if you care for them properly, you will enjoy them for years to come! I’ve learned to really love caring for these finicky (I mean beautiful and classic!) little ladies and often get questions on how I keep mine alive and thriving. Here are some top tips:
• They love sunlight! You don’t want them sitting outside in direct sun all day long or they will dry out very quickly, but they definitely need great daylight. In the winter months, consider moving them around your house if they’re in an area that doesn’t get much sunlight. A sunny windowsill or side table near a window are great spots. Keep off a mantle if you’re burning fires or else they will fry.
• Water, water, water! Especially in the warmer months (or in the winter if you have your heater running constantly), they will dry out really quickly. At some points, you may need to water once a day, or every other day. Although, be careful not to water too much! You want the soil to be evenly moist, but not soaked constantly. I’d say average is 1-3 times per week. A quick test is to wrap your hands around the pot– is it really cool to the touch? If so, then it’s probably watered adequately.
• Trim! These cuties like to be maintained and do really well clipped into shapes. I keep mine in balls and trim about once a month. Snip at the branches and do not cut the leaves.
• From about March through September, use a mild liquid fertilizer about once a month.
• Your myrtle will likely come staked and tied– make sure to keep it this way to maintain its shape.
I recently took a trip to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and fell absolutely in love with both. Island-goers usually frequent one *or* the other (not both) and typically take sides. I could never choose! They are both incredible for different reasons, and both insanely charming in their own way. I gathered a ton of ideas for our new home in California and left completely inspired… and eager to go back!
Since spring is right around the corner (I’m counting down…), I purchased this teak console table that I’m using as a little potting station in my backyard. It now holds pots that I use around the house for topiaries, herbs and other small plants. It has been so fun to finally have a place to store everything, and it adds a little charm to my patio! Below you can shop some of my favorites for very basic gardening and (cache)potting for your home.
Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday! A large cheese and charcuterie platter is one of my favorite appetizers for a crowd. You can chuck it full of cheese, nuts, fruit, meats, olives… the list goes on. I wrote a blog post a while back that outlines what I like to add to mine and how I get variation. Hope it helps you create your own! The board I have shown here is a favorite reclaimed bread board from McGee & Co. – I have the XL size and it’s the perfect board for a crowd!
Spring is officially here and I could not be more excited! I love hosting this time of year– in addition to the abundance of beautiful blossoms, there are so many fun entertaining pieces to use for a fresh spring table. I also love that recipes are light, fresh and colorful. Below are some of my favorite tableware pieces for spring as well as some delicious seasonal recipes. Happy brunching!