Thursday, April 30, 2020

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

Mother's Day is just around the corner and since stores are currently closed, it's time to start thinking about ordering those gifts online so they can arrive in time! I've rounded up some items I personally would like to receive and gifts that I think any mom would love from comfy cute sneakers for all those outdoor walks, to a beautiful bouquet of flowers and some great at home spa items so she can retreat to the bathroom for a little peace and quiet...a classic bracelet or a cute headband to help her make it until her next hair appointment. Also how cool is this self cleaning water bottle, one less thing she has to wash right now. Another favorite to receive is a beautiful gift basket and Marigold & Grey has a great selection perfectly wrapped for Mom. You can find all the items below! 


Thursday, April 2, 2020

THINGS TO DO AT HOME AND FOR YOURSELF WHILE IN QUARANTINE

It's crazy how things can change in a weeks time. The majority of us have been social distancing, isolating, and staying quarantined within our homes for over a week now. We're either going crazy or taking advantage of this time to get things done (I'm clearly not in the second category but I hope you are) . That being said, with no definite end in sight and who knows how many more weeks we'll be stuck at home, I've come up with a few suggestions of ways to pass the time, for the benefit of your home and for yourself!

Spring Clean EVERYTHING

It goes without saying that now is a good time to clean just about everything in your home. Any surface, all the nooks and crannies, bathrooms, windows, sheets, clothes, moldings, coffee maker, anything. What better time to get a jump start on your spring cleaning? This is my favorite site to order cleaning products from and now is the perfect time to create your own cleaning solutions. 


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Organize & Declutter

Make a list of all the places you'd like to declutter. Find a homes for all of your stuff! This is the key to staying organized. Find items in your home that you can repurpose for storage and organizing bins. Wrap old shoe boxes with pretty paper, Use glass canisters to store bathroom items such as cotton balls. Find random baskets not being used in your home to store that precious toilet paper. Get creative! 


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Start planting a garden 

This is high on my list when it gets warm out. I bought seedling kits to do as a project with the kids. I have been wanting to do this for years but have always been discouraged by the rabbits so if you have any tips to keep the rabbits out, let me know. Now is the perfect time to grow some of our own food. 


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Exercise

I miss the gym and Pilates more then I thought I would. It's important for our mental state to keep our body moving. There are so many offerings online right now for free and livestream classes, so take advantage. Some of my favorite at home workout apps are the Sweat app (I've done the BBG programs but have recently been doing Kelsey Wells programs), Obe and Alexia Clark. Alexia shares a lot of ways to use items from home to workout on her Instagram page. 

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Read 

I have a slew of books I've started and haven't finished, anyone familiar with that? It's the perfect time to take a break from the news and our phones and sit down with a good book and actually finish it. If you're looking for some good coffee table books to read, I've rounded up a couple of my favorites right here


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Clean out your basement or garage

We all know that dreaded space we've put off organizing. Well, now you have the time to tackle it. Create piles of things that you can donate when it's safe to and consolidate and organize the other remaining items on shelves. I don't know about you but being in my house so much has me wanting to really pare things down. 

Elsie's Storage Room Makeover - A Beautiful Mess



Try new recipes...cocktails included

We're always rushing to get everyone fed and we truly don't get to slow down and enjoy cooking a meal. Test out some new recipes to add to your favorites. Create your favorite Starbucks drinks at home. Play around with different cocktail combinations because we could all use one right about now. 

“When partygoers make it into a kitchen, they tend to never leave,” says interior designer Courtney Giles Decker. To route guests elsewhere in her own home, she turned a hallway into a bar, drawing people into a space fully stocked for cocktail hour.


Self Care 

It's a really important time to not forget about yourself right now. Take some time for a bath, some yoga or just sitting in peace and quiet. I mean driving around aimlessly in your car counts too. Just crank up those tunes and zone out. Whatever it is that recharges your batteries, it is really important to get that time. 

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Monday, February 10, 2020

TWO MODERN BATHROOM REVEALS - WITH BRASS - MATTE BLACK AND MARBLE

I'm so excited to finally share our Project Meadow Lane that we've been working on the last year. When this client reached out to me again to help with their renovation, I was so excited to jump on board again. Not only because I enjoyed working with them before but we were transforming two of their bathrooms in their midcentury style home for their three kids and I love nothing more then designing a bathroom or two. 

This project began as an addition to their home to create another bedroom, a small office and to update 2 bathrooms. The first floor bathroom was going to be used by their teen daughter and guests so we wanted to create something feminine yet timeless and classic that could be used for guests as well. 


Our starting point was a fun printed tile in shades of blue and gray that give the space some depth. We chose a scalloped shower tile with a dark gray grout to pull in the shower floor which was a matte black penny tile. During our tile search the client fell in love with this beautiful subway tile which we added on the lower half of the bathroom walls. A custom art piece from Minted completes the space. 


 

We had the vanity custom painted to coordinate with the tile we had selected. We added brass fixtures to compliment the navy mixed with neutral tile selections. We wanted to get the most storage out of this space as we could so we chose a vanity with lots of storage and drawers which are key in a smaller bathroom, a large built in medicine cabinet (the contractor may have been cursing me when trying to install that beast) and recessed shower shelves to hold bath necessities. 



A decorative tray was added to hold hand soap and lotion. 





Moving upstairs to the second kids bathroom and continuing with the navy color scheme which continues throughout their home. This bathroom is long and narrow and created quite a challenge with kitchen plumbing below that couldn't be moved. We removed a looooong vanity that stretched from one wall to the other and we got creative and created a built in look with the vanity. What wasn't in the original plan was the little ledges that would be flanking the vanity but these made for the perfect spot to store towels. 


The client had fallen in love with these School House light fixtures that I had originally sourced for the downstairs bathroom (I have to admit they were a favorite of mine too) but when they had discontinued the style we chose we didn't have another option so we moved them upstairs and I think they fit just perfectly flanking the double vanity mirrors and how fun is that Serena & Lily wallpaper


Continuing with the homes more modern style we added matte black fixtures, warm wood tones and pops of color in the wall coverings and artwork. The gray slate floor is a great option for this long and narrow bathroom. It's also great for wet feet not slipping when they get out of the shower. The shower walls are a simple white herringbone tile with a dark gray grout. This deep tub is perfect for baths for the kids and adding a half glass shower wall keeps the bathroom from feeling closed in. We added cool towel hooks and toilet paper holders from Rejuvenation to coordinate with the matte black fixtures. 



We completed the space with an art piece from Minted. When the client told me that her kids like to surf, I knew the right piece that would be perfect for their bathroom. 



These wicker baskets were the perfect addition to hold extra towels.


I hope you love these bathroom as much as we do! 


Saturday, December 14, 2019

STOCKING STUFFERS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Christmas is less then 2 weeks away, can you believe it? We're in the thick of the hustle and bustle and the last thing I always shop for is the stocking stuffers and if you're anything like me this year, you're still shopping for everyone in general. I love filling my kids stockings with joke gifts, their favorite treats and always a new toothbrush which I'm sure they look forward to every year. 

I've rounded up ideas for her, him and the big and little kids for their stockings which you can shop in the post below or on the liketoknowit app where I list all my gift guides as well. 



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Monday, December 2, 2019

GIFT GUIDE FOR HER

Don't worry, I didn't forget the Gift Guide for Her, it's just that I kept finding great gifts to add to it, that I wasn't ready to hit publish just yet. With Cyber Monday sales starting tomorrow you'll be able to grab a couple of these items on a great discount so that means it's ok to pick up one for yourself too, right? 


Green Coat- I'm obsessed with everything this color right now and this coat is just as gorgeous in person

Leopard gloves-these fancy gloves pair perfectly with the green coat or any coat really

Sunglasses - I love the shape of these and they look expensive but are under $100

Cute boots - I may have bought these and plan on giving them to my husband to give me as a gift. Does anyone else do this? They lightweight and I love the wedge on them. They're 50% off right now too!

Pom hat - perfect winter accessory

Fairisle sweater- coziest sweater for sitting by the fire 

YSL Handbag- Splurge gift but oh so good! 

Nailpolish gift set - You can't go wrong with this nude gel gift set 

The coziest robe - barefoot dreams makes the coziest items and this robe would be a gift she would curl up in all winter long

Scrunchie - I love these scrunchies and I can't believe I'm even uttering that word again. Makes a great stocking stuffer! 

Yoga mat - this mat works in coordination with amazon's alexa for at home workouts

Nespresso maker- I like the small size of this one with the built in frother and it's on sale right now. Our old machine broke and I've been drinking coffee but I miss my little latte's

Initial Necklace - create a custom necklace with her initial, the kids initials or the dogs initial. Something that she'll surely love forever! 

Pajamas - these pajamas look so cozy and soft, I love the tie waist bow detail too

Cosmetic bag - I'm in need of a new cosmetic bag and I love that you can personalize this one with her initials on it, comes in multiple colors too

Down to Earth book - a pretty coffee table book with great design tips. This one is also a favorite

Black & gold leather bracelet - this is a great classic statement bracelet 25% off with Cyber Monday 

Her Favorite perfume - This Chanel Mademoiselle is a favorite as well as this YSL parfume

Rothys - Washable woven flats made from recycled materials that are also comfortable! 

Backpack cooler - Not only is this a stylish looking back pack but it's also a cooler. The female version of a yeti backpack cooler 

Simple Stud earrings - you can't go wrong with a simple stud and the perfect stocking stuffer

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Friday, November 29, 2019

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE LITTLES



I'll be shopping for the big kids and a little kid this year so I rounded up some cute gifts ideas for the little kids too. The little kids are actually more fun to shop for in my opinion because their gifts are so cute. Although Mason is obsessed with our roomba so if you're shopping for a roomba this year for yourself, maybe you can gift it to your toddler instead. 



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GIFT GUIDE FOR THE GUYS

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now it's time to focus on Christmas and I don't know about anyone else but Black Friday gives me anxiety. I'm always thinking I'm going to miss a really great deal on one of the kids gifts and will end up having to pay full price for it. Luckily most sites have great sales from now until Christmas, it's more about things selling out. Today I'm sharing the gift guides for the guys because let's be honest, they're probably the hardest to shop for. I actually found a lot of fun gifts that are husband approved. 


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