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May16 Capiz Shell Chandelier Roundup 2013
Yesterday I showed you an amazing space with perfect pink touches and a glam capiz shell chandelier to top it off. The chandelier provided such a focal point, I just had to share some options for how to get the look–in every price range!
Splurge: Dreamy and delicious statement from Lighting Universe.
Spend: Gorgeous piece at a reasonable price, from the One and Only, Target.
Save: Super affordable but still great option from Amazon.
May15 Just right pink. 2013
I’ve decided that pink just isn’t used enough. I saw this totally chic and fabulous room with just the right amount of pink, and I decided we need to champion a total pink comeback. It doesn’t have to be juvenile or overtly feminine. It can be balanced, like this:
The just-enough floral and soft textiles make the room feminine, but the modern lines on the sofa and tables bring it back to the happy middle. The happy and totally chic middle.
Here’s a few items to get the look:
1. Throw pillows, floral and otherwise: I think the key here is to get a variety of pillows in the same color palette. These options featured are both affordable and from West Elm.
2. These geometric and metallic nesting tables are gorg, right? Anything gold with super clean lines would work well here.
3. Ah, the moroccan pouf. If you’re unsure about bringing color in, this is a great way to test the waters. This pink one from Serena and Lilly is a little on the pricey side, but the color is so on point I had to share. If you’re super DIY-friendly, you could also try this tutorial for making your own.
4. The paper mache animal heads from West Elm. This one is a wildebeest, to be precise. Kind of a polarizing figure these days because it seems like they are everywhere. Hear me when I say this–they are everywhere because they are adorable. I recently took the plunge and added some animal love to my living room and I really dig the eye-catching dimension it brings to the wall. Again for you DIY-crazed folks, here’s a way to make your own for super cheap.
5. I feel like this faux sheepskin rug from Ikea is one of the best accessories of the century. It’s $10. Not joking you. Every fabulous room needs a little fur, and this is a totally realistic way to accomplish that. So chic, so Scandinavian.
6. Adding a fun art print is a great touch. I super love this watercolor print from Caitlin McGauley.
Obviously, one of the statement pieces in this room is the capiz shell chandelier. Check back later for a round up of some options for getting the look on any budget.
Top photo from Lisebery.
I always envy my neighbors with beautiful blossoms in their yard, but I can never seem to locate my missing green-thumb in time for Spring.
This year I’m determined to find some things I can grow that don’t require much attention or skill. Here what I’ve come up with: Three gorgeous blooms that will make the people across the street think I totally have gardening skills!
1. May Night Salvia
These deep purple blooms are said to be extremely easy to grow and tend to get large to give your garden some height and texture. Here are a few growing tips!
The best part about succulents (besides the fact that even if you try, you probably couldn’t kill them!) is that there’s a vast array of different types. You could literally fill your garden with succulents that all look completely different–and totally chic! Here are a few growing tips. They can be found at any local nursery or right here online.
3. Jules Verne Peonies
Peonies are said to be some of the easiest to grow. Who knew?! Here are a few tips for growing and a place to buy the gorgeous bright pink Jules Verne variety online. Can you imagine having your own little supply of succulents to keep fresh blooms on your table all summer? Magical.
May01 Summer cocktail 2013
Summer is upon us (or already here for those of us lucky enough to live in warm places!), which means that porch-sitting, backyard-barbecuing, and cocktail-drinking are top priority.
The lovelies over at Valley & Co sent us this yummy recipe for a Blood Orange + Mint Sunset. Enjoy!
What you’ll need:
blood oranges || 1 oz. blood orange liqueur || .5 oz. gin || seltzer water || a handful of mint leaves || ice || fine grained sugar
Dampen the rim of a low ball glass and dip in sugar. Muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom the low ball. Add ice, blood orange liqueur and gin. Stir and top with seltzer water. Serve with orange wedges and mint leaves as garnish. Cheers!
Editor’s note: if you want a mocktail version, substitute the liqueur with blood orange juice and omit the gin.
Images and recipe courtesy of Valley & Co Lifestyle
Mar21 Insta Wall 2013
I have a few awkwardly small wall spaces in my house that I never quite know what to do with. I feel the urge to cover every wall while still having clean space. It’s kind of an ongoing dilema.
I recently saw this idea for covering a small wall and I really love it. Let’s not worry for now about the fact that a lot of my Instagram photos (of what I ate for lunch) aren’t going to be great art pieces. Instead, let’s focus on the fact that some corner of the internet houses photos of some really amazing memories. Wouldn’t it be so fun to have a way to display them like this?
You could do this with polaroids or old postcards you gather up at estate sales and vintage shops. Really, it’s a pretty versatile idea.
I did some research on getting my Insta photos printed, and it’s a lot easier and cheaper than I imagined it might be. Printstagram look like my favorite option. Leave other suggestions in the comments if you have experience ordering from different places!
I’m off to go take cooler Instagram pictures. Wish me luck.
Photo from Poppytalk.