Sep04 Grey Likes: Caitlin McGauley 2012

New York watercolor artist Caitlin McGauley is basically my new favorite discovery of the millenium. I’m not trying to be dramatic, really, I just can’t help myself.

Her use of bright, fresh colors is just what you’d hope for in something beautiful to hang on the wall. Her illustrations are feminine and luxe.

I want every single print. All of them. I’m thinking I’ll settle for just 3 and put them in thin gold frames side by side.

Here’s a little glimpse, but you really should visit her site for the full picture (you’re welcome for the pun):

Aug27 Currently Loving 2012

We’re coveting these bold, black and white statement rugs from Ikea. Lappljung Ruta on the left is a new item. If you’re stressed because you can’t pronounce the name, you could always go with the Stockholm Rand on the right. On oldie but a goodie.

Images: The Prippy Handbook  | Room by Sofie

Aug20 Outfitted: Palm Beach Hideaway 2012

Take beach style to glamorous new heights with this Palm Beach Hideaway Inspiration Board.

Glitz required, sand optional. 

Clockwise from the top: M.A.S.H. via Pinterest; Shelter via Pinterest; Scarf from J. Crew; Coastal Living; Watch from ASOSEssie’s Tart Deco; Glam Things; Bag, Kate Spade from Nordstrom.



Aug15 Say yes to chalkboard. 2012

Earlier we shared some serious inspiration for chalkboard art and now we’re back with some of our favorite ideas for incorporating it into your home. Our best tips and tricks:

1. Start small. If you’re not fully committed to say, painting a whole wall with chalkboard paint, try starting with just a frame or a piece of furniture. Find a unique frame with a solid backing at a thrift store, remove the glass, and paint the backing with chalkboard paint. Or, take a wood table or cabinet and paint the top or doors. All the fun, no commitment. Now I sound like a man!

2. Be bold. The combination of huge chalkboard art on the walls with the bright colored accents really makes the look pop. These pieces of art can be created by taping off rectangular sections on the wall and painting the middle with chalkboard paint.

3. Score something vintage. This vintage schoolhouse chalkboard is a gorgeous addition to the entry way, or in any other room.

4. Dive in. Afraid of nothing? Just go for the gold and paint the whole wall. We especially love this look for the kitchen. The practical uses are endless.

5. Take it outside. Still not convinced chalk art needs to make a cameo in your home? Try it outside! Could be a fun addition to a backyard BBQ or front porch entrance.

6. Details, details. Think of other fun uses for chalk art, like place settings and labels. If it can be painted, it’s fair game.

7. Get seasonal. One of best things about chalkboard paint is that you can always swap the art out. That frame that usually hold yours grocery list, or the wall that normally has your favorite line from a poem? Turn it into a perfect place for holiday cheer. So much easier than putting together an artificial Christmas tree. Seriously.

Images Sources:

1. Crush Cul de Sac & 79 Ideas / 2. Unknown via Pinterest / 3. Hinge Design Studio / 4. My Paradissi  / 5. What Katie Ate / 6. That Inspirational Girl & Annaleenas Hem / 7. Unknown via Pinterest

Jul13 Don’t check your mail. 2012

Last week I opened the mailbox and found the new Pottery Barn catalog. It didn’t take me long to flip through it and find this. Now I’m obsessed with finding a black and white striped rug. Isn’t this room gorgeous?

Or how about this? Oh, books. I love you.

Like I said, don’t check your mail.

Image sources: House of Fifty | Decor Pad