Monday, April 20, 2015

Red Pagoda Lantern Under $200

Starting your week with a hot tip for an amazing red pagoda lantern that I spotted on zulily over the weekend:

And it's under $200! It's also big coming in at 32" in height. TOTAL showstopper in any room if your ceilings can handle it.

If you're a parent, you're likely a zulily shopper, but if you aren't, you can join here:

It's a flash sale site that takes my money on a daily basis - mostly with kids clothes but I occasionally spot gems like this one. Do tell me if you purchase it!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Crush

Snakes on plates! This table by Ashley Whittaker featuring Quadrille fabric stunned me on Instagram yesterday. I am a big lover of navy with lavender and the additional mix of bright spring green and SNAKES made this table completely delightful. A gorgeous morsel of eye candy to start your weekend...

Ana Claire has lately been obsessed with the concept of picnics, particularly having a picnic on the rug in her room at bedtime (stalling tactic, perhaps?) If the weather is nice this weekend, we thought we'd treat ourselves to a real picnic and make all of her dreams come true. Hope you have equally exciting plans...see you next week!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Check Fabric on Sale

Few things bring as much joy to my heart as a piece of furniture upholstered in checks. Gingham, buffalo, bright, neutral - whatever the flavor, the geometric statement virtually always looks amazing. It was my personal choice for Ana Claire's nursery chair (pink buffalo check with red trim) and I have never looked back.

That's all to tell you that I saw a good check printed fabric online for a great price - budget-friendly enough to bring it into the 12-yard realm needed to upholster that old sofa. But first, some inspiration:

And now the on-sale fabric - Premier Prints Anderson in a variety of colors - all for under $10/yd - on

That Aloe color (#2) is amazing. I want it. I'm actively fighting the impulse to buy and hoard as I don't need it now but I'm SURE I'd have the perfect way to use it in the future. Right?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


That stands for "What I Love About This Space":

Home of Chelsea and Greg Shukov, Design by Leslie Hunt, Photo by David Tsay for  
Better Homes & Gardens, seen by me on Shelter

1) That is some wonderful small-space living. Note that in one room is their kitchen (see the counter on the left?), dining room (see the hanging pendant back-left?) and living room (the TV is on the right out of view).

2) White walls - they completely open up the space and keep it airy.

3) The anchor of neutrals is really working for me. If you take away the accents, you're left with all the foundational elements being shades of beige and khaki which I really like with the white walls. I especially love that rug.

4) That ceiling is amazing. High and architectural. If it were my space, I might leave the beams stained and not painted white for some contrast. That might look awesome, yes? But let's be clear I love the all-white look too.

5) The accent color palette of lavender and blues make the space, methinks. Especially with the khaki ground, those colors are really working for me.

What do you like about this space? See more of it here...

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Crush

This bedroom made my week. I spotted it on The Pink Pagoda's blog and the blueberry gingham headboard and walls are outrageously good. Once you add that layer of lavender, things teeter over to the genius side of things. I'm also a huge fan of that bedding, which I've seen for sale here. All this lovely brought to you by designer Kirsten Kelli.

Last weekend and this week have been crazy busy so I'm happy to have a free weekend coming up with not much on tap except spending time with my brood. I hope you have a fantastic weekend...see you next week! 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rainbow Reptile Art

How delightfully wonderful are these rainbow reptiles?! All are from Etsy shop twoems. These would be the cutest starting point for a little boy's room (can you see where my brain is these days?)

And these are just the tip of the iceberg. The shop, run by artist Melanie Mikecz, is FULL of colorful, whimsical art including some geometric pieces that are perfect for us grown-ups. And they are all prints, so very affordable. I love this adorable set for a little boy but there are SO many pieces that I want for our playroom. I love discovering a fantastic Etsy shop!

Check out all of Melanie's pieces here...

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Joy

Our Easter was joyous. The day was beautiful allowing a pause for spiritual reflection and quality time with family. And we had baskets, bonnets and so much candy.

My table was a bit last minute so it wasn't as layered as usual, but I did get some close-ups to show you the bright combination I settled on - Scalamandre's China Rose with Caspari's Garden Follies:

 The kids donned their first set of matching smocked outfits and let me tell you, my heart was full:

Ana Claire's Easter bonnet (from here) was just about the most precious thing I've ever laid eyes on. My phone blew up with all the pictures I took yesterday. Indulge me for a moment:

Holidays around here are ramping up in their excitement as Ana Claire gets older. She is just a joy to watch getting excited over special celebrations (and stuffing whole chocolates into her mouth like her father). And having Mac on hand to celebrate his first holiday doubled the fun. These kids...what a gift.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Crush

I'm bringing back this delightful Easter table from Olivia over at Lacquered Life. LOVE her fabric tablecloth mixed with her beautiful china. Not to mention the flower arrangement and the tiny touches of turquoise. Just beautiful.

I'm hosting Easter this year and have yet to spend two seconds thinking on menu or table. I'll be making a mad dash at all of it on Saturday. But I have been hoarding goodies for the kiddos' Easter baskets and I can't wait to put the finishing touches on them! Hope you have a wonderful weekend...see you next week!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Warm Ruggy Nursery

I fear this is one of those images that already made the internet rounds and y'all are rolling your eyes, like get with it, Daniela. Old news. But I'm willing to take that risk, I like it so much.

Designed by Amber Interiors, it oozes California cool. And like this room, I can't take my eyes off the rug.

Photo by Tessa Neustadt via Domaine Home

I LOVE the style, although admittedly, it's not my own. But elements of it I would snag for myself like the rug juxtaposed with white walls and the warm wood furnishings. I also love the basket as a hamper (we use a similar one for Ana Claire).

Were you wondering where my post was about Mac's nursery design board? Because there wasn't one. Because the little nugget doesn't have a nursery. Right now, he's rooming with me and C with the eventual hope that he can move in with Ana Claire (after we de-girly the room just a little bit).

Our house is such that if we give Mac his own nursery, Carter and I will need to move into one of the rooms downstairs and we don't like that idea. We much prefer to cozy up the kids in one room upstairs with us in the other. Not sure Ana Claire will be down with the sharing idea...cross that bridge when we come to it.

So poor Mac is a nomad. But I do like to dream about what his eventual room will look like - be it a nursery or a big boy room. And this pic is going in the inspiration folder.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Catalog Pick: Pagoda Patio Furniture

Technically, the collection is called Glen Isle Seating in White but Pagoda Patio Furniture sounds better to me. Whatever the name, this outdoor collection from Frontgate is what Chinoiserie patio dreams are made of.

Look at those backs!

Love the bright combos shown in the styling photos. Like most things catalog, I'm not sure I would get every single piece but the chairs and loveseat/sofa are bangin'. Mix up the tables and accents to bring it down a notch and your patio will be crazy chic. It also happens to be crazy expensive, but those are minor details.

View the collection here...

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Crush

File this under "If I Was a Millionaire"...these would be my dining chairs. Complete with custom Leontine monogram. That Jane Scott is a stylish woman. How awesome would a set of these be for your Easter table? Or, I guess I could settle for just one as a desk chair. I absolutely love how the splendid monogram pops on the purple.

Pretty low-key weekend around here. Hope you're up to something fun. Enjoy it and see you next week!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Felt Applique Pillows on Etsy

I have long since had this handmade bunny pillow from Etsy shop Cheeky Monkey Home on my favorites list. The sweet pink tone, adorable pom fringe and frolicking bunnies caught my eye and the upcoming Easter holiday reminded me that I should share it with you.

It also comes in blue and a pair would be just about the cutest accent on twin beds in a shared boy/girl bedroom.

If you love these pillows like I do, you'll fall in love with this Etsy seller whose whimsical felt pillow creations are completely delightful. All you need is one to inject a space with fun:

 ^^I think Mac needs this one for his non-existent nursery^^

That last one is actually a custom silhouette of your little one! That's amazingly cute.

If you had no idea these pillows were out there, you're welcome.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Crush

Design by Melissa Haynes

Ok, I'm cheating a little bit because this room is from yesterday's post and I held on to it for today because it's SO GOOD. I thought it needed it's own post. THAT RUG. The chair trim. The grasscloth. It's like a mullet room - business on the top, party on the bottom. I'm just so in love...if that rug wasn't there, we can all agree this room would be lovely and vanilla. But that rug just makes it - I'm all for a fantastic juxtaposition.

Go forth and juxtapose. Have a great weekend and see you next week!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Neutrals from Melissa Haynes

Now this is how I love neutrals. Varied shades, textures, layers...with small, well-tailored shots of color. This gorgeousness is from Arkansas-based designer Melissa Haynes.

I would classify this home as incredibly classic but there is nothing stuffy or boring about it. Just the right amount of pattern and modern elements are used to give it a crazy chic vibe that is quite fetching.

What do you think? Do you like your neutrals even more tailored? Or are neutrals always a no-no for you?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Online Trim Source

I find that sourcing home dec trim online is a bit tougher than finding fabric. Often the selection is way too much and includes craft trim that one wouldn't use on curtains or pillows. So I was happy to see the lovely selection offered online by Richmond(woot!)-based

Trim is your best friend when it comes to adding the final touch to a piece that sets it off...pillows, curtains, upholstery (think skirted pieces) all looks better when you add a sharp-looking accent trim. Some of my favorites from U-Fab:

If you like Greek key or lattice trims, this is a great place to look. I love that swirly number up there - would look fantastic trimming ecru curtains.

Check out the full selection of trim here...

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