I’ve heard multiple people talk about the sport (or art) of surfing and how going with the wave – riding it where it takes you – is key to being a successful surfer. We cannot try to fight it, because it’s so much bigger and holds so much more power than anything we posses. Now, I don’t surf, but in other aspects of life, at what point do we stop fighting certain constants and just ‘ride the wave’?
When office organization becomes customizable enough to blend in with the rest of your decor, then I’m in. These galvanized air vent caps can be easily painted to any color you’d like, hung on simple tacks, and with a couple mighty mini magnets, turn themselves into your new center of organization.
I’ve hung up anything from wash tape to a wall paper swatch I love, to a couple cards for restaurants I’d like to remember. I honestly think this is one of the easiest projects that makes one of the prettiest impacts. If you’re not comfortable hitting up your local hardware store for some duct caps, just use the lids of those christmas cookie tins that you have nothing else to do with.
Is there a little nook in your home that could become an instant office?
Dad might be the master of grilling, but treat him this father’s day with a little outdoor dining experience that he won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy.
The idea of a picnic sounds so wonderful, and with a few key items, a weekend afternoon is all you’ll need to spoil dad and enjoy some relaxed time together.
This picnic has a bit of an italian flair, bodes well in warmer weather, and packs up nice and neat in case you have a bit of a walk to your picnic destination.
Garlic stuffed olives and proscuitto wrapped melon are wonderful aside some sandwiches served on crusty Italian bread. Lemonade for the kiddos and a bit of prosecco for the adults both mesh perfectly with this feast. Include a throw, a few appetizer forks for communal nibbling, and a structured basket that can be used as a table to complete the occasion.
You don’t have to hike too far to enjoy a picnic. Set up this moveable feast in your backyard and eat under the sun, but not far from any other item you may need. Enjoy the relaxing time spent together with your dad, grandfather, or husband. I’m sure he’ll relish the time away from a hot grill!
ONEserve in style with this quadrille tray in a cool (goes with everything) grey. $115 from Calypso St. Barth. TWOcoffee tables are usually either cool or practical, but this one from World Market is both – and it’s on sale at $429. THREEI’ve never experienced a better smelling citronella candle. It’s good enough to burn indoors – that’s how great of a scent the people from Illume have poured into their outdoor starlight tins. $22.50. FOUR & FIVE non-ugly outdoor pillows are hard to come by, but the selection at Terrain is so cool that the outdoor factor is mostly a bonus. At $128 they’re expensive, but better than the ones at half the price that you’ll have to throw away at the end of the season. SIXI love this lamp! That’s really all there is too it. $122 on sale from JCPenney.
It’s been a long week for me and I couldn’t be happier that it’s Friday. How about you? Isn’t it just funny how some weeks seem to fly and others seem never ending? It’s been a beautiful week here in the midwest and I’m hoping to parlay that into the weekend. I have some pretty blog projects to work on, some seriously laundry to get done (so I don’t have to go out and buy new undies!) and a couple of tasks to get done around the house. I’m hoping to sneak some fun in there too!
So, it’s clear by my pinterest that I love white kitchens (there’s a little grey and black thrown in there too) but one thing I just cannot decide between is the open shelving or closed cupboard look. Open shelving is, in fact, beautiful, and appears less formal, but boy do you have to be clean. Closed cupboards mean that what’s behind them is ‘out of sight out of mind’ (or at least out of visitors’ eyesight)!
I had so much fun with this DIY over the weekend and I have been biting at the bit to share it today. It was one of those, ‘will this look as cool as I’m envisioning or will it fall flat’ moments and I was SO happy with out it executed. I didn’t want the shapes to look too cookie-cutter 4th of July, but to take on a more American heritage vibe.
I literally had a blast styling and playing with these guys and now have them adorning my dining room. They’re just lovely with a natural indigo ikat look. I couldn’t be happier (is it crazy that napkins make me this happy? You should ask me about coasters…). Anyway, you have a whole month to do this one, so you’ll definitely have time to get your own before the holiday.
Styled with neutral white plates, greenery and silver touches, I love the feel the whole table creates. Can’t you just imagine sitting around outside in dusky candlelight?
I’m really getting carried away here. The full tutorial is very easy, just a few key steps will ensure vintage Americana success. Continue Reading…
Guys, today I am ecstatic to tell you something! Are you ready for it? I’ve written an article for Better Homes & Gardens and it’s going up on their website today! The concept is how to layer trendy design pieces into your (existing) more traditional home decor. I know it’s a topic that a lot of people struggle with, so facing the subject head on by showing folks what colors and items to layer together in order to execute these stylish trends in our homes.
Head on over to the Better Homes and Garden Style Spotters page today to see the post (I think it will go up around 9am), let me know if you like the concept and if so, what ‘trendier’ design pieces would you want me to tackle in the future? Is there any one home decor item or piece of furniture that you want to work into your home? Tell me!
p.s. in other news, we have a WINNER of the $50 home depot gift card and P&G outdoor cleaning products! I’ll shoot you an email so watch your inboxes!
p.p.s. The beautiful room above as absolutely nothing to do with my BHG post, but isn’t it SO pretty. I love everything about this look.
I feel comfortable saying that summer is in full swing. I know that technically it doesn’t start until the end of June, but being that memorial day has passed, the temps are rising, and schools are out, I’m counting summer as started.
Of course, summer makes me think of weddings and outdoor parties more than any other time in the year. I’m a sucker for anything served in mini size or individual portions, so a custom drink accompanied by a straw to sip it with makes me so happy. It is the perfect little portion to serve when you can’t be available to serve each guest on your own.
Any drink looks darling inside a personal jar complete with stripey straw. The best part is that you can make whatever specialty drink you’d like in a large batch and don’t have to worry about mixing drinks on the spot. I’ve bottled up a blueberry basil green tea which is perfect for a hot summer day. What would you mix up?
This would be an awesome wedding favor idea and would also be so cool for whatever summer party you’re holding at your house. If you want to get real thrifty, save the glass bottles you use though out the next couple of months and repurpose them into this fun, single serve party idea.
I’m serious about the dresser and nightstand. Someone must get them if I can’t! Anyway, This week was a short, sunny, and good one for me. I have literally nothing on my agenda this weekend and couldn’t be happier about it. I was telling someone yesterday that I have no plans to leave town until late August and that made me oddly happy. I’m usually restless after just a couple weeks at home and ready to get up in the air again.
So, I’ll do all sorts of random things around the house and enjoy some time with my husband and friends.
Don’t forget! We have a $50 Home Depot giftcard and some fab Mr. Clean products in this month’s giveaway! Enter here!
Hi, I'm Erin!
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