Gift Guide, Holidays, Shopping

Fun Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I think we can all agree, shopping for mom is WAY easier than shopping for…well, anyone else! Moms tend to love comforting little cozy things that usually look pretty cute and always smell amazing. Today’s gift guide is focused on little things that will make your mom feel happy or relaxed, because damn, she deserves it.

$20 and under

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Slippers $17.99 – Slippers are the best. I wear mine probably more than any other shoe I own. Some beautiful slippers can feel so luxurious! Although if you want to hold true with the “always smell amazing” thing, you might want to spring for some socks as well…

Owl Mug $18.00 – What mom doesn’t like things shaped like animals? Maybe pair this with a fancy tea and a pretty ribbon?

Wood Car Diffuser $19.99 – If your mom is one of the 0.0001% of moms who don’t diffuse oils, then just skip this one. But if not – perfect gift!

Abstract Flora Postcards $10.00 – Because moms like…mail? Right?

The Little Book of House Plants $14.99 – I highly suggest pairing this with a small potted plant.

Tea Towels $5.99 – What is it about a clean, crisp towel? It’s one of the most inexplicably luxurious things.

Funny Coloring Book $9.79 – Have you tried adult coloring books? So relaxing! This one made me laugh. Pair with colored pencils, obviously.

Scented Candle $17.99 – The undisputed most calming gift. Plus this jar is super cute…

$40 and under

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Simple Gold Earrings $32.00 – These are great every day earrings that are subtly stylish and go with everything!

Blue Napkin Set $30.00 – Cloth napkins are where its at! I love this shade of blue.

English Usage Chart $30.00 – Raise your hand if your mom has ever corrected your english usage? I thought so… Now raise your hand if anyone who is not a mother has ever corrected your english usage…no hands? huh, shocking.

Leather Wrapped Notebook $29.00 – I will the first to admit that I have a shelf full of blank notebooks that I have received and never used, and yet I always love receiving them! And this one is just so pretty…

Vellabox Candle Subscription $10.00/month – Ahhh! This blows my mind! A new candle every month! This is the perfect gift for any woman in your life…(*hint hint, nudge nudge…)

Yellow Bag $24.99 – Happy yellow tote bag! Happy, happy, happy! Pair with a pretty scarf tied on?

Cotton Blanket $35.99 – Beautiful throw blanket! Classic.

Electric Water Kettle $34.99 – This thing totally changes how I drink hot beverages. I wouldn’t think such a little thing could effect my life so much! Extra points for looking cute. Pair with a pretty mug and some nice tea or coffee, but only if your mom is REALLY awesome…

Denim Apron $24.99 – Aprons help me feel like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen. In fact I think their usefulness has less to do with protecting your clothing from flour and more to do with the mindset that you have while wearing one.

This Mother’s Day, every mom should be curled up with a pretty blanket, wearing pretty slippers, sipping from a pretty mug, with tea that was brewed from a pretty kettle, enjoying a pretty candle (or 4), and writing in a pretty journal, dabbing at the corners of her mouth with a pretty napkin, while wearing…you guessed it: pretty earrings.

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide

When creating this gift guide, I was not emotionally prepared for the sheer multitude of ADORABLE coffee mugs there are out there! Seriously! Its overwhelming.

Buying Christmas gifts has always been something I love thinking about. Barring that one time I got my big brother a stuffed animal just so he would never play with it and I could swoop in, I have always tried to get loved ones things that they need/really really want. As a designer, I couldn’t help adding a few design-centric things in there, but for the most part these are items that could be useful and/or cozy.

Today I have for you three guides tailored to three different, yet still budget friendly price points. Everything is either at or under the price point.

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(1)Cozy Sweater / (2)Infuser Water Bottle / (3)Earrings / (4)Hyperbole and a Half / (5)Scarf / (6)Candle / (7)Stone Paper Journal / (8)Apron

 

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(1)Sloth Mug / (2)Velvet Journal / (3)Throw Blanket / (4)Leather Tote / (5)Fancy Soap / (6)Hourglass / (7)Breakfast Book / (8) Candle Holder and Sticks

 

$60 Gift guide

(1)Shoes / (2)Trenchcoat / (3)Jigger and Shaker / (4)Speaker / (5)Print / (6)Decorative Beads / (7)Earrings / (8)Throw Blanket

I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas! Let me know if this guide was useful.

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Colors Today – Sage Green

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone had a lovely Labor Day weekend. Life has definitely gotten crazy for me over the past month or so and I have felt out of touch with the design world as of late. But now I am diving back in and I am seeing A LOT of sage green!

In spite of the huge surge of warm, earthy colors exploding all over the internet, (see: Vermillion, Mustard and Millennial, Terracotta, and Wine) this color has remained highly popular. It used to be called mint and was usually paired with peachy salmon colors, sea shells, and some hydrangeas, but these days it has grown dusty and much more grown up…

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Unlike a lot of color crazes these days, sage green is being seen mostly on walls and other large surfaces! It is breaking up the barrage of white walled pictures on the internet (nothing against white walls of course!) But to see this color being used so boldly is refreshing. This is due in part to sage green being such a soft and delicate color. It wont overpower the other colors, or darken the room. It is also style ambiguous! It is not only paired with scandi design, but also with french provincial, and traditional styles.

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Sage green loves to be paired with warm wood tones (opposite to it on the color wheel) as seen above. It also does very well being paired with a dark forrest green:

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Which fits with the trend of mixing colors in the same hue but with different tones as a way of creating contrast.

Here are some of my favorite ways that I see sage green being used in design these days:

In Interiors:

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In Fashion:

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In Vingette:

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Sofa / Chair / Rug / Coffee Table / Art / Art / Planter / Sconce / Candle / Pillow / Books

Want to incorporate sage green in to your home? As always I suggest starting small, to make sure you like it before you commit to a whole wall, sofa, or other piece of large furniture. Check out some of this stuff:

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1 Bathroom 3 Ways

Happy Friday! Today is another installment of 1 room 3 ways, this time – a bathroom! A bathroom is a great place to do this because even though there are a lot of permanent fixtures, there are endless fun little accessories you can style with. Which means that picking just 3 combos was very very hard!

First we look at the bare bones of this bathroom:

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The Vanity: This simple midcentury modern vanity is from Rejuvenation, which has some really fabulous vanities that go with most styles! With everything included, they are customizable and a great backdrop.

The Mirror: This mirror is from Pottery Barn and is an interesting shape with the fun chain detail, but is still simple enough to go with anything.

The Pendant: This pendant is a gem from Lulu And Georgia! It is the perfect blend of unique and simple. You’re not likely to find this ziggurat style anywhere else.

I also chose a white penny tile for the floor and shower. Penny tile is probably the most versatile (ha! get it!?) tile there is.

The styling variables:

  • Sconces
  • Art
  • Rug
  • Chair
  • Basket
  • Towels

The goal is to take these variables and change them around to demonstrate how different a room can look just by changing out the cosmetics.

Global Version:

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Sconces / Art / RugChairBasket / Towels / Vase

For the global version of this bathroom a vintage kilm rug was the jumping off point. Global style is characterized by ethnic patterns, wood, and warm tones. It is a very layered style that is great for mixing in to other styles.

Wallpaper Version:

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Sconces / ArtRug / Chair / BasketVaseWallpaper

We take a hard left turn with this wallpaper, turning the bathroom whimsical, colorful, and almost childlike. There is something very colonial about this iteration but I can’t pin down a specific style. It hints at a lot of different things.

Modern Scandinavian:

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Sconce / ArtRug / ChairLadder / Towels

The Modern Scandinavian bathroom is really minimalist and simple with clean lines and warm tones. This style is similar to global in that it can be mixed with any other style effortlessly. Unlike global style it is characterized by color blocking (no pattern), simple lines, and minimalist, open spaces.

1 Bathroom 3 Ways

Styling is magic! It can completely transform a room into different versions of itself. In this series I demonstrate how to restyle the same room 3 different ways and completely transform it!

Don’t miss the other posts in this series!

1 Bedroom 3 Ways, 1 Living Room 3 Ways, 1 Nursery 3 Ways

Inspiration, Shopping

Best Art Sources

Happy Friday! Today’s post is about the best art sources out there! If you know anything about me, you know art is one of my favorite things to source for interiors. Right above chairs and right below lighting (in more ways then one! Ha!)

Art is so important for any room, as important as seating and lighting! Without it the room can often feel flat and boring, with almost no personality. Today I want to show you some of the common places I source from for art that aren’t generic or too cutesy.

My #1 rule when I look for art is quirk. I love to see art contrast the room that it is in. If Its a small room, do big art, if its a colorful room, do some monochrome art. If its a really serious dramatic room put up a photograph of a black and white dog making a silly face. Art loves contradiction.

The second thing I look for is customizability. I want to get that piece in any size conceivable and if they have a framing option, even better.

Most of these sources check both boxes:

Chairish:

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(1)Bergundy Beret; (2)Blue Garrulus Caronatus; (3)Abstract Expressionist; (4)Harriet Stanton Intaglio; (5)Sometimes; (6)Painting Study Tomatoes; (7)Unspoken; (8)Vintage Marc Chagall Lithograph

Chairish is one of my favorite places to go for art because most of the pieces are one-of-a-kind and have a strong character. The Chairish print shop has recently opened which I am so excited about! Now you can customize your print to many different shapes. This is a great place to go for quirky art.

Minted:

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(1) Patience; (2) Late Harvest; (3) Angkor Hallway; (4) Abstract Botanical; (5) Golden Illumination; (6) Southern Cotton; (7) City Squares 2(8) Real Reflections(9) I Remember; (10) Folded Lines;

Minted is probably the art site that you’ve heard about. There are thousands of contributors and everything is customizable. I haven’t found one piece of art on here that I dislike. I have found that a small piece of framed art makes an awesome gift.

Artfully Walls:

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(1) Yellow Bowl; (2) Black Glitter Etching; (3) Soren(4) Street Art-4(5) Lovers In Florence; (6) Time Stands Still; (7) Wintertime VIII; (8) Vintage Portrait; (9) Perfumes in Tokyo; (10) Wrestling; (11) Blue Paeonia #6;

Artfully walls is the higher-end version of Minted. Their frames are all very customizable, and their selection is fantastic. You can search by style, category, color, price, you name it!

Little Paper Planes Shop:

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(1)Black and White Flower Study; (2)Somebody’s idea of a good time; (3)Salt Rock 1; (4)Landmarks; (5)Stack V; (6)A Law That Is Implied Without Being Said;

The coolest photographs can be found here. Little Paper Planes Shop walks the line between serious and quirky and they really take their art seriously. In addition to art they have super cute jewelry!

Serena and Lily:

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(1)Mid Century Fashion; (2)Summer Poem; (3)At The Mouth of the Russian River; (4)Source of Light; (5)”Sun” by Rob Delamater; (6)”Joy” by Vesela Baker; (7)Father Holding His Child(8)Rainbows V(9)Yellow Ochre Cloth;

Serena and Lily is not a site dedicated solely to art, they have so many other amazing products that I highly recommend, but unlike a lot of other full service home goods companies, they do art super well! They carry a lot of vintage inspired pieces, with a healthy amount of modern.

Society6:

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(1)Books Art; (2) Minimal line drawing of woman’s folded arms; (3)Corpsica 6; (4)Cat with ball; (5)The Office Poster; (6)Marfa; (7)Corgi Poster;

Society6 is the best. They are particularly known for their quirky graphics and as you can imagine, they have me hooked. If you are a bold and eclectic person, this is the place for art. A lot of their prints are also in pillow form!

Obviously these sources are geared toward the more affordable end of the spectrum. I have an array of favorite fine artists with large original works of art (*AhemDavidMichaelSlonim) and they will have their own post some day.

What are some of your favorite places to buy art? I am always looking for new sources!