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Preppy Cane Pillow DIY

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I’m pretty open about the point that I am not huge on color, but I did add some navy into my decor this year and I’m loving the results. As I transition my home into the warmer months, I was looking for a way to add a summery feel while still sticking with my navy and neutral scheme.

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Cane patterns just scream summer to me but, of course, finding something in my desired shade of navy wasn’t super easy.  Like so many things, I just decided to go ahead and make something instead.

This navy cane patterned pillow was so downright easy, you’d be silly not to try it.  It rolled in at under $10 too, which makes it all the more satisfying. A few strips of ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces #2080EL and I was on my way. The materials needed are simple enough: Continue Reading…

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Happy Memorial Day!

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It’s a lovely *Memorial Day* Monday here in Ohio.  It’s sunny, clear, and already about seventy-five degrees out.  If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve seen that Matt and I have spend the majority of the weekend working on our patio and our garden.

The patio has finally reached completion and I couldn’t be happier.  You might remember last year when we laid the flagstone for it and got the project started, but just this year finished it up with an outdoor kitchen and lots of landscaping.  I absolutely love going out there and basking in both the sun and our hard work!

We also planted a garden this weekend with the help of Matt’s parents and grandmother. Eloise (Matt’s grandmother) watched from afar and let me know when my rows weren’t straight… She grew up a farmers wife and definitely knows a thing or two about planting a garden! We planted five different varieties of tomatoes (among other things) and I can’t wait unit we have enough to make our first batch of salsa!

I hope your weekend is filled with friends, family, and lots of sunshine!

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Friday Faves 5.23

Friday Faves 5.23

ONE ‘lets do cocktails’ print is a perfect little friday reminder and one of my favorite pieces from Evelyn Henson, $20. TWO hand embroidery on black leather, this Lizzie Fortunato clutch is a beauty, $350.  THREE I bought two of these natural woven poufs today for our patio!  They make the perfect little seats or place to prop your feet. $49 each from Target. If you text patio5 to 827438 you can get a $10 for patio/outdoor purchases over $50! yay! FOUR a loved this pom pom trim summer pom pom blanket that Ashley from Sugar and Cloth made!  It is weirdly similar to project I have to show you on monday, but who cares!  There are plenty of pom poms to go around!  FIVE this decorative glass tray is perfect for holding little baubles and offering up a daily reminder.  It would be a wonderful graduation gift for a young lady! $68 from Nordstrom. SIX tortoise tumblers have just a touch of glitter and are on sale! $6 from Pier1 Imports.

 

Woohoo!  It’s the weekend, guys!  It was a bit of a rough week for me, but the end is in sight and I’m going to take a cue from the print above and have a few cocktails.  We have a happy hour scheduled tonight with friends, a little bit of a splurge dinner tomorrow with other friends, and of course a memorial day party or two to attend.

In between the partying we are going to do a little more work on our patio this weekend to gear up for the big luau that we’ll be having next weekend!  I couldn’t be more excited.

What is on your weekend agenda?

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Calm & Collected

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Get ready to fall off your chair.  This home in the greater London area is absolutely gorgeous.  It’s got a lovely balance of light filled rooms and moody neutral nooks.  The black detailing in the kitchen alone is enough to swoon over.

Rustic elements really work well with the modern clean lines of the home to make it feel fresh and natural.

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Have you ever heard of this company – light locations – that scouts homes for the media or photographic industry? I can only imagine if I was a London blogger working with the company’s amazing homes (like this one) for shooting projects or posts.  I have worked on a few campaigns for which we’ve needed to use a location and in our area its all about a friend of a friend or finding someone who will let us borrow their home… so this is a dream of an idea.  See more photos of this gorgeous home below!  Continue Reading…

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Summer Party Planning: A Hawaiian Luau

 

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Goodness, I love planning parties. I love planning parties almost as much as I love Hawaii. If you’ve talked to me for any length of time, it’s quite likely that I’ve tried to convince you to go to Hawaii.  I’ve just been twice, but boy, do I love it. I even snoop around at the real estate here and there! The traces of plumeria that waft through the air create such a sweet and inviting smell.  The people are so nice, it’s easy to get around and the sights are out of this world.  I don’t have a Hawaiian vacation in my future, nor have a lot of my friends been, so I wanted to bring the best of Hawaii to Ohio (they kind of sound the same!!) for a big summer party. aloha luau party planning Not only do I have big plans, but I have the perfect party playlist for the event that you can download! Continue Reading…

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Color Blocked Tassel Napkins

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Happy Tuesday, guys!  I hope your morning is off to a great start!  Today (and everyday, really) I was looking for some fun new linen cocktail napkins since my old ones are a little weathered.  I thought with summer just around the corner, some bright party-ready style would be perfect, but struggled to find some with just the right bit of awesome without restrictive patterns.  I found some plain blue ones in my cupboard and thought it was the perfect opportunity to add some festive pizzazz to them instead of buying something new.

I bought the aqua blue napkins a while back but they always struck me as kind of boring, which is why they’d been shoved in the back of my bar, unused.  I brainstormed about ways to make them funky and cool for summer entertaining.

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All it took was a little bit of neon thread to pump these up into some seriously stylish party accessories. Tassels are super easy to make (although they do take a fair amount of thread) so hop on to see the full tutorial!  Continue Reading…

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Give Yourself A Break

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Let me ask you something. When is the last time you had a list of to-do’s and just completely ignored it? Can you recall a time?

Yesterday was my only weekend day at home since I spent the majority of last week working on a Pier 1 and Glam video shoot on Long Island. It was amazingly fun and if you follow on Instagram, you would have seen a few pics from the project.  As fun as it was, it was work and I was away from home and husband.

I got home late Saturday night and upon waking yesterday I did something very very unusual for me.  I didn’t do one ounce of work. Not one. Usually when I walk I listen to business podcasts, but I listened to music this time.  Usually in the evening while Matt is watching TV, I work on email and outstanding projects. But yesterday I chose to ignore all of these pending items and nagging feelings.  I literally spent two straight hours sitting on my porch, reading magazines, flipping through catalogues, and drinking a nice cold beer.

Do you want to know what happened during this time?  I had a flood of new ideas while perusing those pages. I thought of projects and concepts that were exciting and original. I feverishly tore pages from my mags, took notes, and felt my wheels turning. Now, this might seem like work, but it’s really quite the opposite.  It’s what happens when work isn’t the focus, but when living is the focus.  I liken it to a sort of ‘blissful ignorance’. I know there is a whole slew of things that must be done, but I choose to ignore it and just to spend my weekend day as it was meant to be spent.

I know we can’t do this all of the time, I like to be busy busy busy and not being buys makes me feel…guilty, like I’m not trying my hardest. But, when I can put aside the feelings of guilt and block them out of my mind, I’ve come to realize that it’s invigorating to take control of your day and make a conscious choice to relax.  I can’t say I’m a master at this, I’m far from it.  But I’m learning every day and yesterday I learned that there is great importance in stepping back and just giving yourself a break.

I want to hear from you guys on this one.  Do you ever look at your mounting to-do list (or pile of laundry) and just walk away? What do you spend your guilty ‘you’ time doing?

 

 

 

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Friday Faves 5.16

Friday Faves 5.16

ONE bergama butterfly chair from CB2 in the most awesome, sunny, and beachy pattern.  It’s a SoCal take on a classic for $249. TWO this hand made french butter dish is $48 from Paperclaystudio, but anything handmade and this beautiful is worth every penny. THREE you know when you have a piece of clothing that says ‘hand wash’?  This is the stuff you need to use.  Delicate wash from Caldrea is my go-to when sudsy-ing up fragile or hand-wash only clothes in the bathroom sink.  Not to mention it smells amazing, $10. FOUR Artsy, metallic animals are the perfect accent to these double old-fashioned glasses by Jonathan Adler for JCPenny.  $30 for a set of four. FIVE original watercolor painting from Courtney Khail is so lively and rich.  I love this pineapple painting for how bright and cheerful it is! $350. SIX This color blocked towel reminds me of a creamsicle! It’s woven chambray on one side, terry on the other, and only $24 from Leif.

 

It’s been quite the week!  I am on-location at a shoot for Pier one this week and it’s been a lot of fun!  I’ve posted a few photos on Instagram, but I had to opportunity to have professional hair and makeup done and to work with an amazing crew to complete some editorial type videos!  I can’t wait to share with you guys!

I head home tomorrow, so I’ll have plenty of time to re-coup before I hit it hard again next Monday!

Anything fun in your corner of the world this week?

 

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Treat Yourself: A Marble Must

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It’s the second in a new column – Treat Yourself – where I rationalize things I love and why I also think you should have them. These are ALL things that I personally own and have vetted.

This one might not seem like a ‘must have’ at first, but hear me out. This amazingly large marble pastry slab is my go-to piece for lots of reasons.  When it comes to entertaining, This makes an amazing cheese board that spans the length of my butcher block.  It holds all the apps, cheeses, nuts, fruits, and charcuterie I could want.  When it comes to rolling dough (usually for homemade pizza) this board keeps the dough cool and prevents it from getting sticky.

But, my biggest use of this slab is for styling.  Yes, for photos you see on this blog, for photos I do for other websites, for anything, really.  I love pulling this piece of marble out to be the beautiful, clean background for lots of photos.

Here is the funny part… I went to a large corporate photoshoot recently where they spent hundreds of dollars on a slab just about this size from a granite retailer.  My slab cost just $49 from Crate & Barrel.  It’s about 24″ x 16″ in size, so it’s substantial, and rings in at under $50.

So, whether you’re a baker, an entertainer, or even a blogger, this is a steal! It’s top on my list of things you need if you want to treat yourself this May weekend.

Have a great Thursday, guys!

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Spring Floral Series: Hand-tied Bouquet

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We just have two segments of our Spring Floral Design Series left! Then it will be summer… can you believe it? Today’s tutorial is a bit on the summery side and teaches how to make a hand-tied bouquet which is perfect for giving as a gift at parties or even for an event like an outdoor wedding.

If no events come to mind, however, don’t worry.  The hand-tied method is also really wonderful for getting a round nose-gay type look to a vase arrangement (as shown below).  Whatever your plans, this is an easy (and really fun) technique that is quick to master, so you should give it a try.

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Just like our other tutorials you’ll need at least 4 flower types, although I recommend 5.  Choose the following types of flowers: Continue Reading…

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