It’s a SUNNY Monday!

Good Morning All and Happy Monday! The Sun is shining…for the third day in a row- YES! Can you tell I have been missing it?:) Oh, and icing on the cake? My gardenia has continued blooming! It.smells.divine.

SO! Now that the weather is cooperating and we tackled the yard clean-up yesterday, I have been thinking about whether I have time for a garden project this season.  Landscaping is something that I have yet to  embrace, and beyond lawn maintenance and a few beautiful trees I was gifted for Mother’s Day, I have never had a plan per se.  I have always loved the look of “layered landscaping” (is that a real thing?) so I figured I would start with Pinterest to see what I could find that represents the look I am trying to achieve.  I always fall for plants that grow best in the South, so picking things for Zone 4-5 has been challenging in the past.  Thankfully there is a hardy variety of my beloved boxwood, which I just put into planters today, so I definitely want to implement them into whatever layered look I choose.

I am planning on including some plants that stay green year round with others that are more showy in Spring/Summer. This combo of evergreens, hydrangeas and pachysandra provides a gorgeous backyard backdrop:

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and I love this layering of hydrangeas, boxwood and impatiens:

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and this pic has been one of my longtime favs because the hedge provides a beautiful backing for the mature trees:

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and here are some gorgeous symmetrical rows:

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and a literal take on “layers”….that stone is fab-u-lous!:

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And because it is Monday:

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Have a great day!

Best,

Kelly

 

 

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Happy Monday!

Happy Monday All! Even though it is below 40 degrees this morning, the sun.is.shining! I am going to jump right in on this busy Monday and show you some great holiday ideas and decor in case, like me, you are late to the Easter/Passover planning party.  Hope this helps in getting you inspired!

First, a fun idea from Martha…a tutorial to make bunny ear napkins- perfect for the kids table at Easter:

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Next, I love this strawberry turned carrot dessert for a lovely Easter brunch:

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And I have been meaning to try this chocolate chip Mandal Bread recipe that would be a delicious addition to Passover:

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I am leaning toward a soft palette for my Passover/Easter weekend tablescape:

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A teensy more formal then I had in mind, but I LOVE these candle holders:

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And the simplicity of this tulip arrangement idea definitely caught my eye:

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And because it is Monday:

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Have a great day! You’ve got this!

Best,

Kelly

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Happy Spring! Five Fun Finds for Spring Decor

Hello! So I have had one of those starts to the year that can be summed up like whack-a-mole. Everything needed time and attention at once and despite my best laid plans, I was not able to keep my blogging resolution. So now that I have sufficiently beaten myself up about it, I am hitting RESET and starting anew. That is after all what Spring is about!

So let’s talk design, color and all things SPRING starting with some things I am loving that I wanted to share with you…and P.S. I have been totally fixated on navy and white lately so….

First Up- YES! I am the crazy lady who set her alarm at 3am to jump on Pottery Barn’s site to pick-up some of their new Lilly collab…overall there were some great prints, but I was hoping for a little more tableware. Nevertheless, I am hearing that a second line may debut in April so if you are planning parties by the pool this Summer, let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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Next- I typically check Target for outdoor furniture, as I have had great luck in the past purchasing a patio set that has withstood all the fun Spring and Summer can dish out. This Season they have stepped up their game with these fab French Bistro chairs. They are stackable and come in navy/white and gray/white.  They also have a version that can be folded and another that is bar height, all at great price points for a popular, on-trend style. FYI, some choices are sold out online and are available in-store only. Additionally, there is a 35% off sale on patio, with an additional 15% this weekend with code SPRING. And BTW, I am not affiliated with Target for this info., just sharing some great finds!:)

And the next item is part of what I would call “the classics.” Gorg…you cannot have enough of….they go with anything, anywhere…. blue and white ginger jars and vases. And this time of year with tulips, cherry blossoms and daffodils, they are the perfect vessel to make a statement.

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And then there is this painting that I have been stalking for some time. There is a “Friends and Family” event going on now, so perhaps the time has come to finally purchase it….

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Lastly, although these tiles are not necessarily “spring” they are a strong trend right now and are available in a million prints and colors. I am loving the combo with navy and white cabinets like the ones below from Grenada Tile….

 

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Hope the sun is out wherever you are:)

Happy Spring!

xo

Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Styling Your Mantel for Spring

Morning All! Although we started the day with below zero windchill temps here, the sun is shining!! I am getting inspired to bring a touch of Spring into our home and usually use the living room mantel as a jumping off point. Here are some Spring styled mantels I am loving for inspiration:

Glass Vessels

Because I have several of these glass vessels I was thinking about adding colorful eggs this year like this one from BHG:

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To replicate this look you can find the eggs here on sale, and the glassware here:

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Floral Branches

I also want to bring in some floral branches, and love the idea of incorporating items from my collection of pitchers like this pic from Chic on a Shoestring:

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Or in a fluted urn via Terrain:

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To replicate the look, some amazing faux branches can be found here: Cherry Blossom branches, Plum Blossom branches, and Dogwood flower branches.

Mirrors

I love the look of branches layered with a mirror in order to project the feel of Spring further into the room (from Pottery Barn, below):

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Love the shape of this mirror:

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And cannot resist this round mirror:

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Blue and White

I am really partial to blue and white and want to incorporate some of my ginger jars and vases into my Spring mantelscape like this gorgeous look from Enchanted Home (spent hours perusing this site…so beautiful!):

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LOVE the scale of the vases and branches from Enchanted Home:

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And the reflction of topiaries from Stone Gable via Pinterest:

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And because it is #ironstonewednesday here is a little Spring-spiration from my home to yours:

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Best,

Kelly

 

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