Once all of the furniture has been put in place, accessories elevate a room to the next level. Art, pillows, throws, trinkets from travels abroad, lighting, books, etc. add lovely personality to the space, and I always like to include something fresh in the mix. House plants and bunches of cut blooms are a constant in my home (if you follow me on Instagram you might be familiar with my “Blooms of The Week”) – and lately I’ve been taking full advantage of the sweet Summer harvest including big bowls of fruit scattered throughout the house. Equally functional as they are beautiful, I cook with the produce more often when in plain view, and fewer items seem to get lost in the back of the vegetable drawer.
Have you checked out Aerin Lauder’s site lately? It’s pretty amazing! Her brand has grown way beyond makeup, including shoes, eyewear, jewelry, home decor and even a new fabric line! I really admire her sophisticated clean American style and attention to detail. The section titled “World of Aerin” is a blog of sorts featuring snippets from her life in home, art, beauty, family, etc.
This one being my favorite!Woven Tumbler Set of 4 $34.99 // Shagreen Candlesticks $160-$180 // Chambered Nautilus Shell $290 // Organic Wine Glasses Set of 4 $43.95 // Crystal Glasses Set of 4 $280 // Rattan Coasters Set of 4 $10.36 // Bamboo Napkin Ring $19 // Hemstitch Napkin $4.95 // Sunny Day Dinner Plate $22 // Bamboo Flatware Set $48 // Gold Crystal Bowl $800 // Woven Placemat $7.95 // Starfish $290
Very excited to check out her concept boutique in Southampton next week!
I’ve had this pool saved in my inspiration files for quite some time. I love the East Coast classic cedar shakes, scalloped awning, sun deck lined with chippendale railing, plethora of hydrangea and lovely lounge chaises customized with white trim – an easy DIY with store-bought cushions!
But for some reason I never made the connection that the outdoor space belonged to this lovely Southampton home designed by Ashley Whittaker.
French bistro chairs (similar here) paired with a slate farm table resting upon a casual striped rug is oh so beach-chic! The seashell chandelier is a bit over the top for my taste, I would have done something like this.
See more images of the home here.
I’m heading to my Gram’s this year, but if I was hosting Mother’s Day my table would look something like this. My mom loves all things blue and white and this woodblock print tablecloth is so her! I’d pair my vintage blue willow plates with hand woven rattan chargers, and bamboo flatware would sit alongside pretty linen napkins tucked into my collection of mismatched silver napkin rings (these Kate Spade napkin rings are an adorable substitute, love the bows!). Lavender French 75’s would be served in champagne flutes and elegant mint julep cups would stand-in as water goblets. Big bunches of snapdragon and ranunculus in varying shades of fuchsia would sit center in simple Ball jars to achieve the perfect balance of casual/classic – just like my mom!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas out there! xo
One of my biggest luxuries is regularly having fresh flowers in our home. For under $10 a bunch, I can almost always find one of my favorite varieties – hydrangea, ranunculus, tulips, peonies, anemone, poppies, sweet pea and flowering branches – at my local supermarket or street vendor. I usually cluster one type together in a vase and call it a day. As much as I adore the simplicity of this look, I would love to attempt the relaxed/organic mixed-variety arrangements I always see on Pinterest for a dinner party or special occasion, but have always been way too intimidated to try!
After reading this article in The New York Times, I picked up The Flower Recipe Book this weekend. Authors Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo own Studio Choo in San Francisco, and are masters of relaxed/organic flower arranging. In the book the talented entrepreneurs illustrate how to achieve their signature style with 43 flower “recipes”, brilliantly mirroring the layout of a cookbook! Complete with “ingredients”, step-by-step directions, and a cohesive list of toolbox essentials and techniques; these free-form arrangements now seem much less intimidating!
Are you a fan of fresh blooms in your home? If so, do you prefer this relaxed style or more traditional arrangements?