really into this trend
ten australian design blogs to follow
dreamy winter exteriors
studio mcgee’s new arrivals
becki owen’s fresh inspiration– so good!
so I’m going to join the masses and try out this whole gift guide thing. i’m so unique! but hey, my stepdad (hi swan!), told me that he just bought a christmas present for me, based on my blog. so, i mean, if that’s all the good that comes out of these types of posts, that just kinda means i get to not-so secretly tell everyone what to get me 😉
some of my favorite shops just happen to be located in charleston- thank god they have the option of online shopping although i sure do miss popping in! also, i tried to round up some stores in charlottesville but as i haven’t lived there in over ten years, i’m a little out of the loop- would love recommendations!
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mini pineapple bowl// copper mug (i’m a huge fan of moscow mules and swear these mugs make them even better!)// gold leaf glasses// terrafirma tart tray (these are hard to find on sale, so take advantage today!)// silver slate coasters
camille styles entertaining// the kinfolk table// the new york times 36 hours// habitat// mounted elephant-cyber monday 25% off- use code best monday// peach and gold dot dish// bedding– use code cybermonday2015) sconce// radio// natural hide rug// circular hanging rattan swing// sea cloud towel// moresque chair// sunshine art– check out the website for cyber monday sales codes!// design darling cocktail napkins– love these! cyber monday 20% off- use code thankful
happy saturday from charleston! i sure have missed this place. we’ve been doing all of my favorite things and the weather has been perfect. we’re headed home tomorrow just in time for peak weekend (!!!) and fun halloween activities.
here are a few good links from this week.
»i have a confession- i am one of those people who are OBSESSED with christmas. and yes, i may or may not like to start the celebrating right after halloween. in my defense, i like to think that thanksgiving and christmas are part of the “holiday season”- the food, family, coziness and excitement just roll into one big super holiday for me! so haters, SHH 😉 anyways, i was really excited to see one kings lane has a great event up, just in time for
november 1st the holidays! also, can’t wait to get my hands on this!
»(one more christmas item) just bought this and cannot wait to use it. i have so many ideas!!
do y’all ever feel overwhelmed with how much goodness and inspiration there is on the internet? i definitely do. i use bloglovin, pinterest and tons of lists to remind myself of articles to read, places to go, things to do, diys, inspiration, etc. here are a few older links i just discovered on my bloglovin.
love love love this idea and everything on the website (so many great artists and i literally want one of each)
happy friday! it’s supposed to be below freezing here this weekend. not really sure i’m ready for that. especially since we haven’t gotten our fireplace in complete working order. i’m supposed to be going to high point market this weekend but not sure how to make it work since we’re headed to charleston on monday (!!!) hope everyone has a great weekend!
happy first weekend of fall! after being in charleston for six years, i’m excited for the crisp weather and amazing foliage! not going to lie though, it’s a little bittersweet. i sure do miss charleston.
it looks like the weather will be pretty cool here this weekend but rainy- yuck! sounds like a good weekend to curl up, watch netflix and drink this. but we are going to try to go to a couple fun fall events (this and this).
(ps-let’s NOT talk about how many leaves are going to be on our lawn in the next few weeks. side eye to you, huge maple trees.)
here are some of my favorite links from this week!
»love this quick guide to a great classic.
»great pillow roundup.
»this hotel is on point. can’t wait to visit.
i’m always (trying to!) brainstorming new, creative material to share on my blog. i’m attempting to become more organized with my thoughts, ideas and posts and perhaps having set topics for certain days will help- fingers crossed! In the next few weeks, i’ll slowly start to incorporate new series.
“on my radar” series will highlight little finds, images and/or design related articles and tidbits i’ve found throughout the week. hope you like it!
1. a sneak peek of Threshold’s fall collection.
2. copper accents for the kitchen.
3. lusting after this. (sidenote- you cannot beat the selection, price and quality over at minted.com)
two elements that inspire me to cook/ bake are easy access and being pretty. when we moved into this house, we had to get creative due to lack of a pantry so we decided to use this cool 1850’s heart pine cabinet that we used to use as book storage in our old house. it now houses baby stuff, cookbooks, pantry items and baking supplies. but with all of the different flours, sugars and other baking ingredients, they were looking super cluttered = no cooking/baking for me. i found a bunch of glass canisters on amazon, some labels (similar here. these are cute- so are these!) and got organizing. this simple fix has made such a huge difference.
while i was on my organizing/ prettifying the pantry spree, i decided to take it a step further and made my own pancake mix to put in a leftover canister. i don’t know about y’all but it seems so much better (and cheaper!) than buying a box of mix.
weekend pancakes recipe:
6 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of baking powder
1 tablespoon of salt
-keep mix in a sealed container. this recipe will make three batches of 18-4 inch pancakes (pheww that was a mouthful!)
-when ready to use:
pour 2 1/4 cup of mix into large mixing bowl. make a well in the dry ingredients and add 2 beaten eggs, 2 cups milk and 1/4 cup canola oil and mix. (there will be a few lumps in the batter.) lightly oil griddle and heat over medium heat. pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. cook until bubbles form on surface, about three minutes. flip and cook an additional one- two minutes.
how great would this be for a housewarming, hostess gift or included in an engagement gift basket?
when you have a baby, everything changes- i know, i know, SO cliche buuut its true. you start to be more aware of what you put in/on your body, what you’re breathing, pesticides, new rugs giving off fumes- you get the picture. (side note- i promise i’m not that crazy mom who obsesses about all that and i haven’t gone completely green/non toxic but i do try to do little things here and there to help the balance. ie- a smarter diaper choice- so much love for the honest company, air purifying plants, natural fiber rugs.)
since we live in a 90 year old house with all hardwood floors, we had a lot of ground to cover (pun intended) and by that i mean we had to go on a rug shopping spree.
we found some great rugs but after a couple days, i realized we were in desperate need of some rug pads. in the past i used those cheap rubber ones that smelled weird and left a really cute imprint- sorry, buyers! so i was on the lookout for some that were softer and less chemical-y, when i came across rugpadusa.com. they are low VOC, custom and super comfy. i ended up picking this rug pad (1/2 inch) for our bedroom and living room. let’s just say i’d sleep on them if need be!
do yourself a favor- head on over to their site and grab a couple! [ps- use AUG10 for 10% off!]
while rugpadusa.com gifted me these awesome rug pads, all opinions are my own!
just a quick hello and a few of my favorite picks from serena & lily’s private sale. there are some amazing things (think rugs, wallpaper, baby items, lighting, etc, etc!) for up to 60% off!! also, take an additional 20% off with code ‘bonus20’. there’s a couple days left, so hurry!
y’all- i am SO sorry for the silence over here. moving 500 miles away with a one year old has been…a lot. BUT, i’m working hard to get back into the groove with everything and things are falling into place. there’s a lot more to do and a couple fun things being delivered this week but i’m really liking the vibe of this house so far
here’s a few sneak peeks of whats been happening here.