Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER

Whether they have pets of their own, or simply love animals in general, we’ve got something for every one on your list!  It can be hard to find creative gifts that won’t break the bank, so we’ve decided to do it for you.

In our family, we’ve got a German Shepherd named Rocco, a Pit mix named Millie, and two fluffy kitties, Jamie & Moe.  We think all of these holiday gifts would go great in their homes, and we hope you like them too!!

Rocco

Rocco

Millie

Millie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie

Jamie

Moe

Moe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who couldn’t use some fresh, new, kitchen towels?  And festive ones, at that!

West Elm

West Elm

 

These oven mitts are so cute that they deserve a place hung up on display, not just stuck in a drawer by the oven!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

If the cat lover on your list has the wall space, this clock is just adorable.  Perfect for a bedroom!!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

We all have someone on our list who is a bird lover- and with this Kate Spade print, how could you go wrong?  We’ve even used this Kate Spade print as a wallcovering!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

 

Admittedly, these woodland creatures are my favorites items on the list.  I saw these little cuties in the store and knew they had to come home with me.  How can you resist those faces!?

World Market

World Market

World Market

World Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festive, and perfect for the holiday table.  Your friends and family will go crazy over this partridge in a pear tree salt & pepper set!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Any farm lovers on your list?  Target has the cutest little pig mat for their kitchen!

Target

Target

 

 

For all of those animal-loving yogies, this mat and S’well bottle are the perfect combo.  I have a S’well bottle for myself that keeps my water ice cold all throughout the hottest yoga classes, and my coffee hot all day at work!

S'well

S’well

KESS InHouse

KESS InHouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the dog fanatics out there, you simply can’t resist this bedding.  And maybe with a little bedside Bulldog lamp?  Now THIS is a bed Rocco would love!

The Company Store

The Company Store

 

 

Target

Target

 

 

 

What’s your favorite animal on our list this year?

8 Steps To The Perfectly Stocked Guest Room

I know it’s only March, but now is the time to start thinking about summer.  And when you have a house on Cape Cod, that means overnight guests.  I’m starting to spruce up my guest room and thought you may be interested in getting yours ready as well.  Think about the last time you visited friends or family – what would you have loved to have seen in the room?  Here are some of my “must haves”.  I hope they work for you, too!

1.  I know this seems like a given, but cozy sheets and an extra blanket are a treat. The guest room is not the place for the old worn out sheets that should have been tossed.  You have guests in your home so make them feel special!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

2.  I love to sit up in bed and read before I go to sleep, so extra pillows are a necessity.

Sferra

Sferra

 

3.  A basket with small size toiletries is a nice touch – and don’t forget a toothbrush! It’s the #1 most “forgotten” item in our house!!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

4.  Don’t forget to leave out a fresh set of soft towels.  It saves you from rummaging through the linen closet at the last minute.

Matouk

Matouk

 

5.  A bedside table with a light, and perhaps a book of short stories or a magazine is a nice addition.  Do you live in an area that people visit to see the sites?  In Chatham, the beach is the place to be, so a few pamphlets listing the local beaches is always nice.  Maybe you live in the city?  Leave a walking map of the local attractions!

West Elm

West Elm

 

6.   I can’t go to bed without a glass of water at my bedside, so a carafe with a glass would make me feel right at home!

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

7.  Everyone loves fresh flowers, but not everyone loves a strong fragrant bloom next to their bed.  Think pretty but not so fragrant!  Leave the roses and lilacs in the living room!  Opt for the tulips or daisies, or something that’s beautiful with a subtle scent.

Modcloth

Modcloth

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Make sure to leave a space in the closet for a few hang-up clothes and a suitcase rack!

Winsome Dora Straight Leg Luggage Rack, Wayfair

Winsome Dora Straight Leg Luggage Rack, Wayfair

 

Okay, the guest room is ready to go – now let’s get the weather to warm up and the snow to melt, or no one will be visiting me in Massachusetts!

Bedroom Basics: What You Need, and Why

This cold New England winter has meant a lot more time at home, and that gives us ALL time to walk around and see what needs some sprucing up.  I’ve gotten lots of calls for help with bedrooms lately.  There are so many beautiful options available in everything from furniture to linens, so I thought it was a good time to share some of my favorites with you.  The most important part of the bedroom and where you spend 8 hours a day (okay, so maybe not always 8 hours!) is laying in bed.  This should be the most important purchase you make.  First and most important, go shopping and buy a good quality, comfortable mattress! After that the rest is easy!!

Bed-  Go For the Cozy!

I have to say, I love an upholstered headboard.  It’s comfy to sit up against, feels warm, and can be reupholstered and changed to fit your changing tastes and decor!  What about a footboard?  Personal preference!  If you’re tall you may not want one.  Also, if you want the feeling of more room around the bed, perhaps not.  A canopy over the headboard is another great option if you want something a little different, but not the traditional 4 poster style.

Eloquence Sophia Two-Tone Gold Headboard, The Bella Cottage

Eloquence Sophia Two-Tone Gold Headboard, The Bella Cottage

 

Templeton Bed, Jonathan Adler

Templeton Bed, Jonathan Adler

 

Sofia Headboard, Pottery Barn

Sofia Headboard, Pottery Barn

 

Lorraine Tufted Upholstered Tall Bed & Headboard, Pottery Barn

Lorraine Tufted Upholstered Tall Bed & Headboard, Pottery Barn

I love a bench at the foot of the bed.  It’s great to sit while dressing, or it’s a great spot to put your coverlet when the bed is turned down!

Sophie's Dressing Bench, Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

Sophie’s Dressing Bench, Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

 

French Country Louis XVI Sage Tufted Oak Olive Long Bench, Kathy Kuo Home

French Country Louis XVI Sage Tufted Oak Olive Long Bench, Kathy Kuo Home

 

Bedding

Your bedding should be an investment in yourself.  Go for super soft and luxurious.  You’ll sleep better and it will be worth the money you spent.  I’ve found beautiful Egyptian cotton sheets on sale and at discount stores for almost the same price as the “standard” stuff!  Keep an eye on white sales and stock up!

 

Pratesi Griffe Hotel Collection, Bloomingdale's

Pratesi Griffe Hotel Collection, Bloomingdale’s

 

 

Nightstands- Mismatched… And With Storage!

The days of the matchy-matchy nightstands is (thankfully!) gone.  I love a large nightstand, and my husband prefers a smaller one.  I love to have a drawer to stash things, he prefers more of a table top – the styles, sizes and shapes are endless.  This is where you can add a little fun and personality to your bedroom!

Chez Harrods, Christopher Guy

Chez Harrods, Christopher Guy

Vintage Single Nightstand in Creamy White Finish. The Bella Cottage

Vintage Single Nightstand in Creamy White Finish. The Bella Cottage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delphine Side Table, Jonathan Adler

Delphine Side Table, Jonathan Adler

 

 

Dressers & Chests

Closets have gotten larger and dressers seem to be getting a little smaller.  I love a double dresser with a beautiful mirror above.  A simple painted finish can go with most everything!

Eloquence Bronte Weathered White Dresser, The Bella Cottage

Eloquence Bronte Weathered White Dresser, The Bella Cottage

 

 Louis XV Five Drawer Chest, Wisteria

Louis XV Five Drawer Chest, Wisteria

 

Georg French Country Style Ivory Wash Wood Narrow Dresser Chest, Kathy Kuo Home

Georg French Country Style Ivory Wash Wood Narrow Dresser Chest, Kathy Kuo Home

 

Seating

It’s always to nice to have a little slipper chair or, if you have the room, a luxurious chaise.  Add a small table and a lamp and it becomes a reading nook or a spot to sip your morning coffee!

Augusta, Christopher Guy

Augusta, Christopher Guy

 

Sleek Slipper Chair, Wisteria

Sleek Slipper Chair, Wisteria

 

Bedrooms have come a long way, and they are the perfect place to create your personal haven.  It’s the one space you are designing just for YOU, not for guests, so make it personal, and sleep well!!

April Showers Bring…

…May flowers!  A timeless saying that couldn’t be MORE TRUE for the BEST spring design!  Using floral patterns in your space can be tricky, but we’ve found just what you need to welcome May into your home!

 

 

 

Kate Spade Gardner Collection adds just the right touch of glitz to brighten up that spring table!

 

Gardner Street Collection, Kate Spade

Gardner Street Collection, Kate Spade

 

 

 

Need a little light?  These Capiz shell lamps not only add light while turned on but are a great accent even when they’re not glowing!

 

Capiz Accent Lamp, Pottery Barn

Capiz Accent Lamp, Pottery Barn

 

Capiz Oversized Flushmount, Pottery Barn

Capiz Oversized Flushmount, Pottery Barn

 

 

 

This bedroom feels like you are  like falling asleep in a garden.  How relaxing to wake up in a room decorated with these two unique pieces!

 

Handcarved Lotus Bed, Anthropologie

Handcarved Lotus Bed, Anthropologie

Pearl Inlay Dresser, Anthropologie

Pearl Inlay Dresser, Anthropologie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This rug is perfect for a more subtle floral addition to your home, but still gorgeous in any room of the house!

 

Round Jute Rug, Serena & Lily

Round Jute Rug, Serena & Lily

 

 

 

When I first saw this pouf, I just wanted to plop down and see if it was as “smushy” as it looks.  I can’t wait to go to AmericasMart in July and head for the Global Views showroom to try it out!

 

Komaki Round Pouf, Global Views

Komaki Round Pouf, Global Views

 

 

 

I look forward to Lily Pulitzer’s new prints every year.  They just scream “summer fun”, and are sure to brighten any bedroom decor!  To add floral accents to your existing bedding, mix and match some throw pillows like these ones from Cyan Design and Pier 1 Imports-  they would be perfect on your bed or even on the couch!

Sister Florals Duvet Cover Collection, Lilly Pulitzer

Sister Florals Duvet Cover Collection, Lilly Pulitzer

 

Noonday Floral Pillow, Pier 1 Imports

Noonday Floral Pillow, Pier 1 Imports

Zinnia Pillow, Cyan Design

Zinnia Pillow, Cyan Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are YOU doing to showcase May flowers in your home?  Let us know!