Do you want to know what one of my biggest summertime struggles is? Great, I'll tell you. Balancing the inside temperature with the outside temperature - good grief what is up with the freezing interiors in the summertime? Am I the only one that struggles to find a balance the whole house can agree upon? My side of the bed at night ends up looking like a giant heap of blankets and then I wake up too warm once the sun has come up and the room has heated up (hello, large husband and giant dog) from all the body heat overnight. Tell me I'm not the only one with this problem. Alright, I’ll end my rant with some good news!
I never really thought much about having a home office until I started my blog. I began using my laptop all the time and I got tired of seeing it on the kitchen desk counter. We have a built-desk in the kitchen which just ends up being a catch all for mail, bills, etc. You know how that goes, right?
It's no secret that I love staying home. I also like saving money, so win-win for me when my husband agrees to a night in! Whether you just want to save a few bucks or you have kids and can't find a sitter, I hope you'll feel inspired to make the most out of your nights spend at home.
When you think of summertime, what comes to mind? For me, summer is a time to kick back and relax, visit with family and friends and take part in some good, old-fashioned R&R! We are about to head off to one of our favorite beach bars for dinner and drinks, but first, let me give you a little tour! Oh, and I hope you have a refreshing beverage for the tour...some crisp Riesling is doing the trick for me. ;)
I've gathered quite a few kinds of decorative and functional baskets over the years in a variation of shapes, sizes and colors. Rather than get rid of these dark brown baskets that didn't quite match the lighter grays and driftwood hues I wanted in my home, I just added some starfish to give them a more "beachy" feel.
I never miss the chance to celebrate, in my humble opinion, living in the greatest and freest country that ever existed! Thank you to the men and women who have served in our armed forces and who have made the ultimate sacrifice to fight for and preserve our God-given rights! What a beautiful thing to celebrate, right? Many of us gather with our friends and family to enjoy the summertime weather that is now upon us and ice cold brews and American flags are surely a part of any Memorial Day festivity. So, I used them both to decorate my bar cart with a fun patriotic theme!
Living in the Sunshine State with a "sunshine state of mind", I know how important (and sometimes difficult) it is to enjoy the outdoors without looking like a fried, drenched rat after an hour of intense sun and humidity. Today, I'm sharing my favorite products that help me deal with Florida summers! P.S. I used most of these when I lived in Michigan, too. Another state with humid summers! ;)
If there's one thing I've learned the hard way, it's that all dogs don't go with all decor! I hate to put a damper on things, but wishful thinking just won't make your fluffy white rug last if you've got claws tearing into it daily. Trust me, I've been there. But do not be dismayed! I'm here to share the solution to this problem from my own trial and error over the years.
Today I'm sharing with you a super easy cocktail recipe! You know those fun and fruity drinks you get when you're on vacation? You can create your own tropical libation in just a couple of minutes with this simple concoction!
It's the most wonderful time for dining and relaxing outdoors here in Florida, so I was super excited to find out that Christmas Tree Shops andThat! has a new selection of outdoor products in the Coastal Living® collection! Have you ever been to a Christmas Tree Shops andThat! store? Let me tell you, it's like eye candy for home decor lovers, and especially coastal home decor lovers! If you haven't, you can just treat this post like your own personal shopping tour, given by yours truly from my patio. ;) Where ever there are links in the text, you can click through to shop the items I'm mentioning.
If you're like me, you can get on board with almost any reason to celebrate (and for this instance, Mexico's victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla over 150 years ago, aka Cinco de Mayo) - especially if it involves tassels, tequila and terrific weather! ;) Take a look at these fun outfits and accessories that would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration!
Our living room walls remained empty for over two years after we moved into our home. Indecisive much? Maybe. But also the "living room", which is actually just a secondary sitting space for us, was not a top priority. Eventually, I decided a large gallery wall would be the best option to fill the extra tall space and become an interesting focal point.
It's Springtime in Florida, which is my favorite time of year for enjoying our patio! So, when I was asked by Patio Lane to try out their Cushion Builder, I knew exactly what I wanted to "build"! From start to finish, the process of designing your own pillows or cushions is really fun and easy! Patio Lane is even offering all of my readers $50 off a purchase of $500 or more when using the coupon code SUMMER until May 30th! There's so much flexibility in what you can create that I took a little time to ponder over the exact shape and fabric I wanted for my new patio pillows. But, you can also create your own bench cushions or boat cushions! There are so many possibilities.
Welcome! I'm always so excited to invite Spring, and YOU, into my home, so come on in! If you're hopping over from one of the other 7 bloggers on this Loveliest Looks of Spring hop, I'm sure you've been loving all of the pretty Spring details as much as I have! I'm happy to be a part of this talented group of bloggers and I hope you enjoy this hop!
Chances are you know the power of throw pillows. You understand their versatility and how swapping them out for different patterns and colors is an easy way to decorate for the seasons. If all of that is true, then chances are, also, that you've been challenged to find new spaces to store your beloved throw pillows when they're not in use.
Give me all the palm trees! To anyone not living in "palm tree land", they're sort of a novelty and highly sought after. Since I live in Florida now, they're in my yard, but I wanted them in my house for that tropical feeling year round. The only problem was that once I bought my first indoor potted palm tree, I had zero clue what to do with it. I'm certainly no gardener and I had only managed to keep my one and only potted ficus tree alive by sheer luck and its natural ability to survive extreme conditions, such as being knocked over in a hurricane, me forgetting to water it, etc. :D So I've learned through trial and error how to keep my Majesty Palms alive and I'll share with you what has worked (and not worked) for me.
Since I've received lots of inquiries regarding my dining chairs, I'm writing this to tell you everything you need to know about IKEA's HENRIKSDAL slipcovered dining chairs. In my opinion, the best thing about IKEA is that they have produced some very affordable products that are incredibly similar to other popular brands on the market but without the much higher price tags.
Since we just passed the third anniversary of our engagement, and it IS the month of love, I thought I'd share one of the most special and romantic memories I have. So, told through my eyes and through our photos, here's the story of our "Pink Palace" proposal.
I'll come right out and say it...I'm not much of a "pink" kind of girl when it comes to home decor. BUT, I'll make an exception for Valentine's Day! Whether you're on trend with blush and pink accents in your home or prefer neutrals and blues like me, I hope these pretty pink accents will get you inspired to create a fun and easy Valentine's Day bar cart or drink station! Besides, don't all the best beach sunsets come in hues of pink? ;)
Recently, I have had the honor of guest-blogging for Kim of Sand & Sisal! If you’re popping over from her blog, you may have seen this post. If so, thank you so much for visiting! You can click here to peruse the rest of my blog posts. Also, I hope you’ll subscribe to my newsletter to receive updates on new posts in the future!
For those of you unfamiliar with Kim, she is one of the first coastal decor bloggers I found via Pinterest years ago. She’s inspired me with many a beachy craft, so I thought it would be perfect to share one of my own! I hope you’ll find some inspiration here, too!
Today I'm sharing with you the one, rather simple, thing I did last year that completely changed how I decorate! It all started with a New Year's resolution...
Last year I took down all of my Christmas decor on New Year's Day, which is pretty typical for me. I had been thinking more and more about how my home needed some life. Finally, I vowed to start using real greenery in my home decor!
Confession: I've never actually decorated for NYE before. There are only 6 days between Christmas and New Year's Eve, which is not much time to prepare if you're planning to host a party or even if you just want to get a little festive before you head out to watch the ball drop! So, this year when I decided to style up my bar cart, I went looking for some cute NYE decor and was shocked to find that none of the stores I checked had any!
With such a busy start to the holiday season, I thought it made more sense to break up my Christmas Home Tour into two parts! Previously, I showed you my Foyer, Dining Room and Living Room when I joined a group of talented bloggers for our Cheerful Christmas Home Tour! If you haven't seen in yet, you can check it out here! Today, I'll be showing you around a few more rooms, so come on in for Part Two!
One thing I absolutely love about the holiday season is changing up the entire ambiance of my home. If you've followed along on Instagram this year, you know I love my tropical, beachy vibes with fresh palms everywhere I can put them. And why not? After all, I live in Florida! But for Christmas, I'm all about abandoning the blue accents you'll find in the summer months and replacing them with all things bling! Silver and gold are my go-to accents and I love things that sparkle with the glow of the Christmas lights and candles!
This is the first time I've ever channeled my inner "Martha Stewart" for Christmas, but in keeping with my 2017 New Year's resolution, I decided to add fresh greenery for Christmas too! Instead of palms or magnolias, I stepped out to the front yard and gave our twirly pine trees a little trim! I didn't hack off any large branches - I just snipped off the ends in about 5-8 inch lengths and stuffed them all in a bag to bring inside.
Christmas has quickly become my favorite holiday to decorate for. which is why I'm super excited to be hosting this Cheerful Christmas Home Tour along side of some very talented bloggers, who will also be sharing their homes with you! There's something about sparkling lights casting a warm glow on everything that makes the house feel cozy and more inviting than ever! I can't wait to show you around!
I accidentally decided I would turn my throw pillows into "presents" when I laid some ribbon down on my sofa and realized I did an impeccable job of picking out my latest lumbar pillow from HomeGoods. I just knew that clearance find had "holidays" written all over it!
One of my absolute favorite parts of Christmas decorating is putting up the Christmas tree, or trees - plural - now that I've bought more than one! Up until two years ago, I didn't own a single tree that I was proud of. My artificial tree was as basic as it gets and I didn't put a lot of effort into my seasonal decor until my husband and I purchased our first home together.
When I first became aware of Starfish Project, I was intrigued by their beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry. But once I read their story and realized the purpose behind Starfish Project, I was moved by the amazing impact one company has had, and continues to have, on women and girls who have never truly experienced freedom of choice, or sometimes, even love.
Aren't we all glad to live in a world where there are Octobers? ;) This quote finally resonates with me, as the days are still warm and the beach is still calling my name. I want to reflect that light and warmth of October in Northeast Florida throughout my home, including my newly DIY'd bar cart! You can see how I completely transformed the look of it here.