Ten Spring Accessories Under $100

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Good Morning All! It has been too chilly to be outdoors of late, so I am trying to clean out my closets and get ready to welcome the warmer temperatures. I seriously need a Spring/Summer wardrobe update and am starting with some fun accessories. Here are some great budget friendly options…Enjoy!

Spring accessories under $100

Source Links: Metallic Shoes | Foldover Clutch | Awning Clutch | Tortoise Pendant | Cuff | Bamboo Bracelet | BowTie Slide | Mai Tai Earrings | Square Aqua Ring |Aviator Sunglasses |

Happy Shopping!

And because it is currently snowing outside I have been gazing longingly at pics (above) of our February trip to Mexico. Come on Sunshine!

Best,

Kelly

 

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Dreamy Pools and Patios

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Good Morning All! I am becoming tres impatient with Mother Nature…where is Spring? Sigh…the silver lining is that I do not feel guilty getting indoor projects done when the sun is out, as it is still below 30 degrees! So on to some eye candy that helped to uplift my, “Is Spring ever going to arrive” animosity. Enjoy!

Love the simplicity of this look:

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The different levels of landscaping and wide stair entrance add sophistication:

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The lanterns around the pool, umbrella on the deck…oh and the house ain’t bad either;)

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And this glamorous infinity edge pool in Santorini:

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And this brick patio, white railing, hydrangeas and lounge furniture- swoon:

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And this has always been one of my favorites- the privacy, the railings, the stone patio…just perfect:

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And this is my parent’s pool where I will be spending many hours with the kiddos this Summer. I am so impressed that they did all the landscaping themselves many moons ago, moving each huge bolder, planting every tree…

 

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And because it’s Monday….

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Have a great week all!
Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge Spring 2018

Good Morning! It is the One Room Challenge Guest Participation Kick-Off Day! Woo Hoo! For those not familiar with the Challenge, participants have six weeks to transform a room, sharing a post regarding project progression each Thursday.  You can follow all the featured designers posts here.

Soooo, I have decided to tackle a redo of hubby’s office! It is the saddest room I have ever seen in that: 1) there is no storage; 2) there is no proper desk chair; 3) the current layout doesn’t work and; 4) it.looks.sad. I am pretty sure my Mom hung the wallpaper circa 1970s when my Dad took over the office from my grandfather. Yikes!  Long enough ago that grasscloth is in again! Ha!  When I was thinking about which room to tackle, I realized that hubby, who loves what he does and is dedicated to his patients, spends more time in that office than at home.  As such, this room update is overdue.

So…. drumroll please… here it is in.all.its.glory.  At least this sad of a “before” will mean the “after” will be that much sweeter! Cannot wait to get at it but OMG where to begin.

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SAD OFFICE BEFORE

The two desks are a holdover from before my Dad retired…three years ago! The art is courtesy of our two girls who visit hubby at work and leave him drawings and notes.

BEFORE- The clean out

At least there is a lot of light..cannot wait to paint those moldings!  The footprint of the space cannot be changed for many reasons so the size of the office will remain on the small side, but I am hoping with a different layout and better furniture, it will feel bigger.

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BEFORE- Wallpaper nightmare

The wallpaper is so sad that the walls look the same when parts of it are ripped down. Cannot wait to get that old glue scraped off…

Now onto the plan to move forward and make this space pretty! Here is the inspiration for one long desk we are making to put under the window:

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and I want to add an accent wall with paneling:

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Working on choosing some soothing colors and jumping in with both feet this weekend. Wish me luck!

Best,

Kelly

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Spring Projects at the Office

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Good Morning All!

On this rainy chilly day I am dreaming of the huge Spring blooms that will (soon!?) appear on the rhododendron in our front yard. This kind of weather (while hibernating inside) is perfect for planning Summer projects. I am currently working on one for hubby’s office building. The building is a gorg mid to late 1800s brick grand dame and I am in love with the exterior, particularly the large plantation windows. We have been trying to do updates each year as time and budget allow, and last year’s project was the porch with new railings. This year everything will get painted and landscaped once the handicap ramp is added on.

The major checklist for this project includes lovely lanterns for exterior lighting, and new flooring in the foyer. I have been dreaming of a black and white tiled floor for the entry which feels very brownstone-esque to me. The foyer has an antique radiator and stairs leading up to the second floor, so a symmetrical tile design is out. Here is my planning worksheet so far with sources noted below.

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SOURCES: Exterior Porch Lighting Option Lantern 1 and 2| Exterior Post Lantern|Sign Option| Indoor Light Fixture| Classic Flooring Option 1 and 2| Stair Runner Option 1 and 2

Spring is sloooooow in arriving this year, so I am trying to make as many project plans ahead so when it does arrive we are ready to jump in! ANNNNNND speaking of upcoming AWESOME projects, the One Room Challenge Spring 2018 kicked off today, with guest participants posting tomorrow! I am soooo excited to be participating in my FOURTH challenge, and tomorrow I will be unveiling the project I will be tackling.

Happy Hump Day!

xo

Kelly

 

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Happy Monday!

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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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Friday Pantry Party

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Hello All and HAPPY FRIDAAAAAAY!

What does everyone have planned this weekend?  We are working on clearing out some “stuff” and getting more organized (I had to literally put it on the calendar to force us to commit!).  So in planning for a day an afternoon of brutal paring down,  I have been eyeing amazing pantries on Pinterest to give me strength. Doesn’t everyone? Sigh. We don’t have the layout for a walk-in pantry but a girl can dream…and the inspiration pics below don’t disappoint for mission organization (not to mention they are sooooooo pretty)!

This one has been a fav on my list for awhile:

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Love this gorgeous butler’s pantry and the stoneware collection is sooo good:

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Pretty sure I am partial to this one because of the floor tiles and also pretty sure I will never be this organized…#organizationgoals:

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This idea to implement mismatched tea cups as scoops for dry goods is fantastic! I have a collection from my late Nana and right now they are tucked away in the attic as I have never been sure how to use the collection…Voila!

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Light and bright and everything in its place:

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And of course I will be making this Strawberry Gin Smash to get us through the clean out process  celebrate our clean-out accomplishments:)

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And the featured image above is from The Home Edit. Consider yourself warned…their site is a beautiful menagerie of organizational projects which will lead to total procrastination as you get sucked into the gorgeousness! So…. make the recipe shown above, pour yourself a glass, and enjoy their amazing portfolio!

Good luck with all your projects! Happy Weekend!

Best,

Kelly

 

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Happy Spring! Five Fun Finds for Spring Decor

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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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Cafe Chair in Navy/White

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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Blue and White Beauties from Wisteria

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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Holiday Planters

Hi All! I have been working on some holiday planters and put together three for home (pics coming soon) and one for hubs office (shown below). While preparing to assemble them, I had a major lightbulb moment! I had purchased mixed green wreaths for the outer doors around our house and while unloading the car, I inadvertently set them on top of the empty planter.  The diameter was perfect, and it created the best base for my planter decor! I then added the floral foam inside and popped in some mixed greenery, white and frosted branches, and pinecones.  I could not believe my luck with how fast it came together using the wreath to fill-in the outer portion!  Needless to say I will be incorporating this technique for years to come.

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Here are some great inspiration pics should you be planning to put together your own holiday planters:

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Happy Holiday Prep All!

Best,

Kelly

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Ding Dong! Holiday Hostess Gifts Under $25

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Hi All! The Holiday Season is in full swing (our Elf arrived this morning, see above) and I am trying to remind myself to breathe because it is not yet December (ok, so it’s in two days, but I am sooooo proud of myself for getting started in November). And because it is a marathon of celebrations, I have found some Hostess Gifts for all the Holiday gatherings you will be attending, each under $25.00.

Happy Shopping!

Celebrate Tray, Nordstrom, $19 (here)

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Kiehl’s Dry Relief Duo (in such cute packaging), $16 (here)

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Four Piece Candle Set, H & M, $17.99 (here)

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Rosemary Tree, Lowes, $12.98 (here)

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick, 5 Pack (Yum!), Neiman Marcus, $25 (here)

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Serving Tray, Target, $17.99 (here)

Cheese Tray

Mini Lotion and Scrub Sparkle and Shine Set, Nordstrom, $19 (here)

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Personalized Ornament, Mark & Graham, $19 (here)

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Cute Wine Bottle Stopper, H&M, $4.99 (here) and one of my fav blends under $20, Apothic Red, $11.99

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Hope you enjoy your holiday gatherings all- ‘Tis the Season!

Best,

Kelly

 

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Decking the Halls!

Hi All! Nothing like several inches of snow overnight to get you motivated and excited to deck the halls!  I am hoping to get some preliminary decorations done this week ahead of turkey day.  Traditionally we add candles to our windows and decorate the front door and porch with greenery. I want to try something different this year, and here are some helpful inspiration pics I found for the front door.

A colorful snowman made of wreaths:

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and traditional greenery:

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and cute little gifts, in Tiffany Blue of course:

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and adorable skates:

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and gorgeous symmetrical displays, swoon:

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Hope this starts to get you in the holiday mood!

Best,

Kelly

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