Your weekly dose of new ideas, helpful hints, favorite items, and tidbits of wisdom…from a trio of lifestyle bloggers who love to share!
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Lory | Designthusiasm
1. Many of you know that Ann, Yvonne and I are empty nesters and that we’ve created a monthly series about downsizing our homes. Each month we focus on a specific room and in this month’s post you can read about the evolution of our dining rooms.
2. CURRENT DECOR CRUSHES:
3. If you love flowers and gardening decor, be sure to check out these garden-inspired home decor ideas – perfect for gift giving or to use in your own home.
4. FASHION PICKS: Let’s talk summer dresses! I’m loving this flippy floral tiered dress, this crisp blue and white striped beauty, this gorgeous pink flutter sleeve dress (for an amazing price!), and this adorable polka dot number (comes in solids, too). This cotton midi is great for beach or city and this relaxed fit dress hides a multitude of sins.
5. WHAT’S INSPIRING ME AROUND THE WEB: All about elegance… this gorgeous entryway is the picture of elegance, this living room is casual and neutral but still oh-so-elegant, this relaxing bedroom embodies updated elegance.
6. MOST POPULAR LINKS: Here’s what you guys can’t seem to get enough of. This indoor/outdoor rug is still going strong. I have it on my patio and I love it! This lovely white sideboard is selling like hotcakes so I’m afraid it won’t be available soon, but it’s currently still in stock. This gorgeous indoor/outdoor blue and white porcelain planter is clearly one of your faves. And probably the number one link for several weeks now is this pair of herringbone ceramic lamps.
7. THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG I shared these cheerful patios ideas for relaxing at home, these modern French-inspired living room ideas, this pretty spring tablescape that mixes old and new, and this help-yourself breakfast bar for overnight guests.
9. QUOTE TO THINK ABOUT: “When your dreams are bigger than the places you find yourself in, sometimes you need to seek out your own reminders that there is more. And there is always more waiting for you on the other side of fear.” – Elaine Welteroth
10. UP NEXT: I have another patio update coming! I love to change out the less expensive decor items for a new look each year. There’s also one bigger change on the patio this year. Stay tuned…
Ann | On Sutton Place
1.) FUN FAVORITES FROM WALMART: I adore this cute lady’s bicycle…the wheels and basket are perfect! This colorful pillow would look great on a porch or patio, as would this fun wicker bistro set. This 9-foot patio umbrella comes in 18 different colors and has great reviews. This soft cooler bag comes in 4 feminine patterns, and would be great for a summer road trip. Last, this acacia wood serving tray (pictured above) is one of my favorite decor accessories. I plan to keep it on my kitchen island so I can easily transport items out to our patio.
2.) So did anyone watch season 2 of Sanditon on PBS? What did you think of the very odd ending? I have to admit that I was annoyed! I watched each episode hoping that somehow Charlotte and Colbourne would end up together…but at the very last moment another guy enters the picture. Who the heck is Ralph, and how did Charlotte fall in love and get engaged in just two months? I will most likely watch season 3, but I was so disappointed in the “not happy” ending. I don’t think Jane Austen would approve!
3.) FAVORITE QUOTE: “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” ~Zen Shin
4.) INSPIRING SPACES: this house on Cape Cod just makes me sigh, and if you love European farmhouse style, this post has the prettiest inspiration. These window boxes are simple, yet so colorful, and for more tips on planting amazing window boxes, click HERE. (You could definitely use the window box ideas in regular planters.)
5.) Last week’s most-clicked link was to the Serena & Lily chairs I ordered for my office. The second most-clicked link was to a less expensive option that is now sold out. I found this gorgeous set of chairs on Overstock, and they are a great price. They are on backorder, just like the ones from S&L, but would definitely be worth the wait!
6.) One of the easiest ways to make a complete dinner is on a sheet pan. This pork tenderloin recipe is one of our favorites, and this Meyer lemon chicken idea is equally as good. If you want to roast just veggies, check out this sheet pan vegetable medley.
7.) BACKYARD PLANS: Our backyard and patio area is undergoing a small transformation. We’re installing a white picket fence, and we’re adding stone beds along the house. (I still have mulch in the front, but want to avoid it in the back.) I’m almost ready to plant my container herb garden, and place my umbrella in the table. I can’t wait until the space is ready to use. It’s very small, but I’m determined that it will be functional as well. Stay tuned!
8.) If you missed it, we shared part 2 of our Evolution Series this past Sunday. Last month was part 1 and we shared our living rooms. This month it was all about our dining rooms, so stop by and see the transformations!
9.) That’s it for this week. I hope you all are well and enjoying these first days of May!
Yvonne | StoneGable
1. Happy May! Last week’s most popular posts were: How To Make An Easy No-Knead Bread, How To Choose The Perfect Color Palette For Your Home, and The Evolution Of A Living Room. You can find these popular posts and more by clicking on All Post Index.
2. More reader’s favorite from last week: this stunning wood pot planter, 1,000+ people clicked on this so pretty pillow, these baskets were very popular too, and the console in my foyer made a big comeback! But the big favorite were these beautiful and reasonable outdoor rocking chairs.
3. We just started a new series on Masterpiece Theater called Ridley Road. It takes place in the early ’60s in London and deals with the surge of socialism and antisemitism of that time. This series is based on historical facts. We are just one week in and it looks very good! Other series on Masterpiece Theater: War And Peace, Tolstoy’s gorgeous sweeping love story that takes place in Russia during the invasion of Napoleon and the French, The Jewel In The Crown a series that deals with class and caste, and the end of the Imperial age in India, the perfectly endearing All Creatures Great And Small (LOVE), and Jeeves And Wooster a kitschy comedy about a rich young gentleman Wooster in the 1920s and his wise valet Jeeves!
4. Finds Under $50ish- So much is on sale this week! Here are my picks: this eucalyptus and lavender wreath, this large round market basket, this small maidenhair faux fern, watercolor abstracts framed pictures (set of two), this pretty lamp, this pair of semi-sheer striped organic cotton curtains (perfect for summer), and a handsome brushed nickel curtain rod.
7. Fun and interesting facts: What is May’s birthstone and what does it represent? How did Mother’s Day come about?
8. My grandbabies love box Mac And Cheese. To make it a one-pot meal add all the ingredients plus 1 1/2 cups of water. Cook until the macaroni is tender and the water is soaked up!
10. Looking to the summer season ahead here are some of my must-haves: a lightweight throw, my sunhat, an iconic pair of polarized sunglasses, a great monogrammed beach tote, this glorious sunscreen that has it all, and this personal handheld mini fan.
Answers to #7: May’s birthstone is the emerald and it represents love and success. Mother’s day began with Ann Jarvis, being a peacemaker, promoting friendship between mothers of both sides of the Civil War in 1868. The day set aside was called Mother’s Friendship Day.