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. One of the simplest way to add summer flair to your decor is with printable floral jar labels. These pretty summer printable mason jar labels are perfect for a floral arrangement and they are completely FREE.
2. CURRENT DECOR CRUSHES:
3. Are you often stumped by how to plan your rooms? Understanding room layout is an important skill to tackle, in order to create a successful furniture plan. If you’d like to know more, check out Understanding Room Layout and Furniture Placement.
4. FASHION PICKS: It’s time for sandals! I’m loving these great flat buckled slides, these super comfy braided slides, these classic ‘Hermes’ look-alike slides, and if you’re wanting a little heel, these square toe strappy sandals come in a range of colors, and these perfect Jack Rogers sandals have a little wedge.
5. WHAT’S INSPIRING ME AROUND THE WEB: You just know this bedroom would encourage a great night’s sleep. If this isn’t the most perfect entryway I don’t know what is. I just love a long lovely sunny hallway (and that rug!).
6. MOST POPULAR LINKS: Easily the most sought after coffee table has been this one, which is still priced well, despite prices going up! This sweet country vase is in everyone’s carts. This charming cane back chair has also been super popular. And the most popular fashion link is this pretty and perky dress.
7. THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG I shared how to add summer style with outdoor accessories, these summer color patio ideas, these 8 subtle tricks to upgrade your table from boring to unique, and these tips on how to design a functional small home office.
8. LUXURY LINK OF THE WEEK: Going to a wedding? These are the tights I recommend when you want the very best. I wouldn’t say I’ve never put my finger through them, but they last a whole lot longer than the average pair and feel delightfully satiny smooth and luxe. They are very sheer with a slight sheen. I also like the 40 denier which are less sheer and a bit thicker.
9. QUOTE TO THINK ABOUT: “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey
10. UP NEXT: The evolution of our kitchen from a dark, depressing, builder grade space to light, airy and bright… without removing the cabinets! It’s gone through several stages of updates, so be on the lookout…
Ann | On Sutton Place
1.) BACK IN STOCK! For the last two years, I have used this Norfolk pine garland (pictured above and available as of 7:30 p.m. last night) in my Christmas decor. It’s really beautiful, and very easy to work with. The problem was that both years, it sold out so quickly that many of you were frustrated that you couldn’t get it. Well…it’s back in stock right now! But don’t wait, because it will be gone again before you know it. For more inspiration, see additional images from last Christmas HERE, and see the garland on our stairway at the Sutton Place house HERE. (FYI: I used two garlands on the mantel and the stairway.)
2.) CHRISTMAS TREE RIBBON: Stick with me for a minute…one more Christmas idea! If you want to use festive ribbon as garland on your Christmas tree, the best width is 4 inches. However, it’s not easy to find. There are several styles in stock right now. Take a look at this red plaid ribbon with a touch of navy, or this red and taupe plaid design. I also love this classic red plaid ribbon, and this design featuring red, white, and black. One more fun choice: this red buffalo check ribbon.
3.) FAVORITE QUOTE: “Keep your face to the sun, and you will never see the shadows.” ~Helen Keller
4.) AMAZING INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT TO FOLLOW: I just found this Instagram account that literally blew me away. It’s called Make Food Lovely by Emily Love, and she’s located in Connecticut. She features the most beautiful charcuterie ideas, and has a highlight for her classes, and also one for tutorials. If you are in the CT area, I think one of her classes would be so fun. Take a look!
5.) WHAT’S INSPIRING ME: this absolutely stunning kitchen…my favorite feature is the floating shelves, with the brass bars. This primary bathroom reveal is lovely, and the wallpaper is perfect. This recipe for Creamy Potato Stacks looks delicious, and this truly grand garden tool shed is a tiny slice of heaven.
6.) If you need a new patio umbrella, my daughter just got this rectangular one, with LED lights. They love it! Our patio umbrella is literally brand new, so I’m not splurging right now…but the LED lights would be functional and beautiful. If you want a round umbrella, HERE is one that has great reviews, and comes in 5 colors.
7.) I just sent out the June screensaver calendars, along with a pretty new June-themed printable. Included are wallpaper for iPhone and Android, and screensavers for desktop and iPad. I send them at the end of every month (and they are free) to OSP email subscribers. If you would like to join us, sign up HERE! To get the free printable yearly calendar, click HERE.
8.) One of the most beloved DIY blogs around is Chris Love Julia. A year ago, they moved to a new home. You can take a short tour HERE. It’s a quick 8 minute video, and I promise you will come away with at least a couple of ideas for your own home!
10.) See you next week!
Yvonne | StoneGable
1. I’ve been in a decorating, gardening, and cooking mood. The season is new so I’m adding lots of summer accents to my home, my garden is growing and I can make fresh farmstand-to-table food! Here are posts inspired by summer beauty: Summer Accent Decor Every Home Needs + Sources, The Ultimate Guide To Container Herb Gardening, and Scrumptious Rhubarb Galette.
2. Fashion Favorites: this quintessential, dress-up/dress-down summer blouse (in lots of colors), these perfect length relaxed chinos, this feminine denim slub blouse I am wild about, the perfect summer maxi dress, my favorite flats in lots of fun summer colors, and this gorgeous summer straw handbag.
3. House Tours Of The Week: I love Jenny Holladay’s beautiful Traditional/Grand Millennial home! The Next house is just so charming and maybe that’s because I think Cathy Kincaid is just so charming. I can just hear her love and care for her home when she talks. Here’s her beautiful Dallas Home. As many of you know I adore Bunny Williams and her wealth of Interior Design knowledge. Here she is talking about How To Design A Room That Works For Your Lifestyle.
4. Here are just some of the brilliant takeaways from these videos: group blue and white pieces together. If you need more furniture in a room go for smaller and more furniture. Designers are brave when it comes to mixing colors and patterns. Canopy beds are making a huge comeback. Use fabric with a border as a trim. Wallpaper is big! Designers aren’t afraid of color. They don’t usually follow the “tight color palette” rule. Think about adding a dressing table for yourself. Design a room to serve different purposes- functionality is when something works for YOU. Mixing styles stand the test of time.
5. Fabulous Find Under $50-ish – this welcoming doormat, this pretty basket tote, 16-piece stoneware dinnerware set, this beautiful coral sculpture, and this metal garden caddy. this teak and marble cutting board.
7. Fabulous Finds Worth the $- this beautiful wicker tray, a trio of blue and white ginger jars, this pretty cutout umbrella holder, this round end table, my dream of a porch swing, and pretty white cutout garden stool.
8. Have you heard of pickle brining? If you like a Chick-fil-A sandwich then you have tasted pickled brined food. YUM! It’s easy to make pickle brined chicken at home: In a plastic storage bag add the juice from a large jar of your favorite sour pickles. Add chicken tenders. Put in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours (the longer the better). Take the tenders out and pat to dry. Make a breading station. One dish of beaten eggs + a dash of hot sauce and one of panko bread crumbs. Dredge the tenders through the egg wash first and then cover with breadcrumbs. Set aside. Preheat Air Fryer to 400. Cook for 10 minutes turning halfway through. Oh Yum! See my Air Fryer (LOVE) HERE. And The best breading station containers are HERE.
9. Fun and Interesting Facts: What is the most popular summer treat? Who was the month of June named after?
10. On my blog I break know must-know Interior Design concepts into easy-to-understand, doable processes you can use over and over again in your home. I think of these posts, all put together, as a How To Decorate Course! These posts will help you be a better decorator! Here are a few… What Is Visual Weight And How To Use It In Your Home, Balance In Interior Design, Why Space Is Important When You Decorate? There are lots more. Find these and others Here.
Answers to #8- Watermelon is the most popular summer treat. It is not a fruit but actually a vegetable. It is a member of the cucumber family. June was named for the Greek goddess Juno, Juniper’s counterpart.