Spring Forward With Your Design

With all of these crazy New England storms, I can’t help but dream of the warmer days ahead (hopefully sooner rather than later!).  Longer days and beautiful Spring blooms are on their way, and I can’t wait to bring these beautiful colors and patterns into my home with the season.

Floral patterns bursting with color are the easiest way to “throw” Spring right into your living room.

Wisteria

 

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Playing with different textures can add a whole new dimension to your Spring-inspired rugs and cushions!

Langdon Ltd.

 

Not all Spring patterns need to be big and bold.  Sometimes a dainty look paired with crisp whites is just right.

Kate Spade

 

Serena & Lily

 

My favorite part about this season is that it feels like the perfect time to be extra playful with my decor.  I love this bath mat for a fun and feminine touch!

LC Lauren Conrad Available at Kohl’s

 

Garden parties, holidays, backyard barbecues… Warmer weather calls for an update to your entertaining essentials!

Kate Spade available at Williams Sonoma

 

Crate & Barrel

 

The Little Market

 

The Little Market

 

You’re going to need a beautiful vase for your blooms, and I love how different, yet simple, this one is.

Pottery Barn

 

 

Adding in a bit of rattan decor will carry that warm weather style right into Summer, and Kouboo has so many great options to choose from.

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Who else is ready for some Springtime style?!

Our Favorite Spring Tablescapes for 2017

My 2 least favorite months of the year are February and March.  I’m tired of the cold, sick of my winter tablescapes, and generally feeling gloomy.  Starting to “dewinterize” the house perks me up, and one of the easiest to do is the table.  

I love the soft pastels, vivd greens, flora, and fauna that come along with warmer weather and lots of sunshine.  So, with one foot still in winter and one on its way into spring, you’ll find all of these things in my favorite Springtime tabletops!

Whether you’re gathering ideas for your own table decor or just enjoy seeing all of these lively designs, we hope you enjoy our gorgeous collection of Spring tables capes as much as we do! 

 

Oscar de la Renta

 

 

Style Me Pretty

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

 

Magnolia Market

 

 

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Isabelle de Borchgrave

 

 

Lauren Conrad

 

 

Midwest Living

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Photo by Alison Bernier for 100-Layer Cakelet

 

 

Photo by Alison Bernier for 100-Layer Cakelet

 

 

Love of Family and Home

 

 

What is your favorite Spring inspired tabletop?  Would you try any of these this season?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Holiday Gift Guide for the Green Thumb

Even though it’s been the warmest December on record, there’s not much growing in my garden…  Although the crocuses are a little confused and starting to pop through the ground.  Whether you live in New England or sunny California, we’ve gathered some great finds for the gardener on your gift list.

 

These planters are just cuteness overload.  I love them individually, but they really make a statement as a group.  Put a small plant in it and bring a little sunshine to your lucky recipient.

Wild Wanderer Planter- Anthropologie

Wild Wanderer Planter- Anthropologie

 

 

Ceramic Animal Planters- West Elm

Ceramic Animal Planters- West Elm

 

Our mild December has just been a gift after last year’s cold, snowy winter, but we know that those cold winds will be here soon enough.  Wouldn’t the birds in your yard love these little houses to keep them warm?  And who knows, maybe you’ll even have a family residing in there come Spring!

Air Balloon Birdhouse- Anthropologie

Air Balloon Birdhouse- Anthropologie

 

Do you have an herb gardener on your list?  Tie some fresh herbs around these and your gift will be that much more “green”!

Herb Garden Spoon Markers- CabinWoods on Etsy

Herb Garden Spoon Markers- CabinWoods on Etsy

 

Now here’s a blast from the past-  I grew up in the days of macrame everything!  Bring a little nostalgia to your gardener.  Perfect for those who have a patio.

Macrame Plant Hanger- Serenity Macrame on Etsy

Macrame Plant Hanger- Serenity Macrame on Etsy

 

I never seem to have enough vases, and I love ones in all sizes and shapes.  These whimsical designs by Kate Spade are a great twist on your ordinary clear vases.

Kate Spade Vase

Kate Spade Vase

 

I saw these mini vases on Etsy this summer and loved them so much we used them as favors for my daughter, Jillian’s bridal shower!

Small Vintage Bottles- Luna Bazaar

Small Vintage Bottles- Luna Bazaar

 

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Apartment dwellers?  Perfect!  These can hang anywhere and bring some green with them.

Hanging Bag Planters- West Elm

Hanging Bag Planters- West Elm

 

 

Handcrafted Botanical Wall Art- Artisan Moss

Handcrafted Botanical Wall Art- Artisan Moss

 

 

What is your favorite garden addition?  Would you gift any of these to the gardener on your list?

A Tale of 2 Weddings: Classic Cape Cod and Vintage Romance

Summer 2015 was the summer of weddings at the Hayward house.  Justin and Lydia were married in June, and Jillian and Christian in September.  In one summer, my family doubled!  How lucky I am to have 2 new “children”!

As different as Justin and Jillian are, so were their weddings.  Justin and Lydia met when they were 15 years old in Chatham.  Lydia’s family also has a summer home there, so they have so many memories of summers together on the beaches of Cape Cod.  Their wedding was a perfect June day and their celebration was quintessential Cape Cod.  From the bridesmaids’ vibrant blue Lilly Pulitzer dresses, to the hydrangea bouquets, to the barnboard and nautical rope accents, their wedding was Classic Cape Cod!

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Allison Evans Photography

Jillian and Christian met in college at rival schools (Jill at BU, Christian at BC) and wanted something a little closer to Boston.  Jillian loves the vintage, shabby chic look, and Christian is an old soul that would have been right at home decades ago.  Their wedding reflected their love of all things vintage with their venue at Alden Castle, along with its dark wood panels and crystal chandeliers, blush colored garden roses and hand painted signage, reclaimed wood boards and groomsmen in black tuxedos and bow ties, their wedding was Vintage Romance.

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Colleen McCarthy for Hayward Photography

 

Here’s a taste of both weddings,  from Classic Cape Cod…

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography, Dress: Amsale from Vows Bridal Outlet

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography, Location: Eastward Ho! Country Club

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography, Flowers: New England Gardens

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography, Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography,  Flowers: New England Gardens

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography, Flowers: New England Gardens

 

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Cake: Delicious Desserts, Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

To Vintage Romance…

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Dress: Allure from Vows Bridal Outlet

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography

 

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Dresses: J. Crew

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson, Cake: I Dream of Jeanne

 

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography

 

I absolutely LOVED both!  And here’s my growing family!

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Photography by: Allison Evans of Hayward Photography

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography

 

Lydia and Jillian each had a very special “something old”.  Lydia wore her great, great grandmothers vintage lace fingertip veil, also worn by her mom and her aunt.  Simply beautiful and timeless!

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

The lace around Jillian’s bouquet was actually the lace cuffs from my wedding gown.  Jillian also cut down my wedding gown to cocktail length and wore it for her Rehearsal Dinner!  How honored I was that she chose to make these touches her “something old”.

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

 

A Very Special Thanks to Jillian & Lydia’s Vendors:

Lydia’s Photography: Allison Evans Photography, Cambridge, MA

Lydia’s Gown: Amsale from Vow’s Bridal Outlet, Watertown, MA

Lydia’s Bridesmaid Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer

Lydia’s Flowers: New England Gardens, S. Harwich, MA

Lydia’s Venue: Eastward Ho! Country Club, Chatham, MA

Jillian’s Photography: Colleen McCarthy for Hayward Photography, Milton, MA

Jillian’s Gown: Allure from Vow’s Bridal Outlet, Watertown, MA

Jillian’s Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew

Jillian’s Flowers: Lucinda Larson Flowers, Milton, MA

Jillian’s Venue: Alden Castle, Brookline, MA

Jillian’s Table Numbers: Amaretto on Etsy.com

Jillian’s “Mr. & Mrs.” Signs: Willow Road Designs on Etsy.com

 

 

Romantic Bridal Bouquets

Here I am once again taking over for Susan in our wedding series to share with you some of my favorite floral inspirations!  No matter what type of wedding you have, flowers are sure to be a vital part of your decor, tablescapes, and of course, outfits!

Your bouquet should set the tone for the style and theme of your wedding.  My style is romantic, soft, and vintage, and so will be my bridal bouquet.  I’m not a fan of the “perfectly round” bouquets, but rather something with a little bit more texture and greens.  I wish I could choose ALL of these bouquets for my own wedding!

 

Photo by Erin Hearts Court, via Alex Flower Editor at Project Wedding

Photo by Erin Hearts Court, via Alex Flower Editor at Project Wedding

 

Riverland Studios via Style Me Pretty

Riverland Studios via Style Me Pretty

 

Colin Cowie Weddings

Colin Cowie Weddings

 

JMFlora Design| Stephanie Williams Photography, via The Bride's Cafe

JMFlora Design| Stephanie Williams Photography, via The Bride’s Cafe

 

Isari Flower Studio| Jen Wojcik Photography, via Wedding Chicks

Isari Flower Studio| Jen Wojcik Photography, via Wedding Chicks

 

Warmphoto via Fab You Bliss

Warmphoto via Fab You Bliss

 

Troy Grover Photographers via Glamour & Grace

Troy Grover Photographers via Glamour & Grace

 

Lovely Little Details | Stacy Hedman Photography, via Style Me Pretty

Lovely Little Details | Stacy Hedman Photography, via Style Me Pretty

 

Riverland Studios via Something Turquoise

Riverland Studios via Something Turquoise

 

What’s your dream bouquet?  Do you have a favorite flower that’s sure to stand out?

The Perfect Rehearsal Dinner

For this third post in our wedding series, I (Jillian) have once again taken over for my mom to share my wedding inspiration with you.  Although the rehearsal dinner for myself and Christian has been generously taken over by his parents, I’ve been hearing lots of ideas that my parents have in store for my brother’s in June!

Before you start coming up with fun ideas for décor, you’ll want to make sure you pick the right venue.  Whether you choose to have it on your backyard patio, a clambake on the beach, or at a restaurant, you’ll want to make sure that you find a space with privacy.  I say that because the last thing you’ll want is have your entire party in the middle of a restaurant where everyone else in the room with you is listening to every toast, joke, and story being told (you know there are sure to be some embarrassing ones if your family is anything like mine!).

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, you’ll need some decorating inspiration- that’s where I come in!  Here are some gorgeous rehearsal dinners and tablescapes that I think are just absolutely stunning.  Hopefully I’ll be able to provide you some inspiration for your event, or even some ideas for your next dinner party!  Enjoy!

 

Bluebird Productions

Bluebird Productions

 

Bluebird Productions

Bluebird Productions

 

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

 

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

 

Style Me Pretty, via The Sweetest Occasion

Style Me Pretty, via The Sweetest Occasion

 

Atelier Pictures via Project Wedding

Atelier Pictures via Project Wedding

 

Colin Cowie Weddings

Colin Cowie Weddings

 

Colin Cowie Weddings

Colin Cowie Weddings

 

Do you have any great ideas for hosting a rehearsal dinner?  How would you plan yours?

Yes, You CAN Have A Garden In The City!

So, you’ve sold your big house in suburbia and have opted for the hustle, bustle, and bright lights of the city.  You love your new home and are learning (happily!) to live with less living space.  But what about your outdoor space?  How can you still have a beautiful garden with seasonal flowers and fresh vegetables?  Here are some great ideas we’ve found for having an AMAZING garden in the city!  I love some of these ideas!

 

Container gardens are great, and these pots are so cute! They can even be changed as summer turns to fall.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

 

HomeMade Modern

HomeMade Modern

 

These are some great ideas for patios and narrow spaces…

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

 

Casa Tres Chic via Kouboo

Casa Tres Chic via Kouboo

 

Gardening With Kids

Gardening With Kids

Bees Knees Bungalow

Bees Knees Bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This seating brings the typical “salad bar” to a whole new level- pick your own greens right at the table!

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GROWtest.org

 

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BIGBIGTECH.COM

 

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BIGBIGTECH.COM

 

How have you created your own garden in the city?  We’d love to hear your ideas!

A Vintage Affair

February in Boston is never my favorite time of year, and this year it’s even less.  With over 3 feet of snow on the ground and another foot forecast for the weekend, I’m trying my best to find something redeemable about the time of year.  Next week is Valentine’s Day and a good excuse to get out of the winter doldrums and spruce things up.

Valentine’s Day decor always brings me back to my vintage china and tablecloths.  I find myself pulling out my grandmother’s china cups and lace doilies, and doing a lot more “layering” and “cozying up” with nostalgic items than I do any other time of the year.  This year it’s been especially fun because my daughter, Jillian, has chosen a “vintage” theme for her September wedding.  So, with everything I’m pulling out of the hope chest I’m thinking of wedding bells.   Here are some vintage inspirations that just take me back in time to a quieter place and space.  Maybe they will inspire you for Valentine’s Day, or to just slow down a little and take a trip back in time for your next winter event!  Enjoy!

The Ardent Sparrow

The Ardent Sparrow

 

Fabmood

Fabmood

 

 

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Rachel Clingen

 

Let's Party blog

Let’s Party blog

 

B. Lovely Events

B. Lovely Events

 

Magnolia Rouge

Magnolia Rouge

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Windlost

Windlost

I would love to see any of your vintage themed ideas!  I have a wedding to plan and need all the inspiration I can get!!

 

Holiday Gift Guide, Day 2: For the Gardener

Day 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide is dedicated to the gardeners in your life – those family or friends that you know you can always find outdoors with their hands in the dirt!  At some point they have to come indoors, and when they do, help them make their indoors as “garden beautiful” as their outdoor oasis.

 

I love the neutral green of these pillows.  I think they would go with just about anything!  And don’t they just make you feel like you’re outside?

Banana Palm Pillow, Lulu & Georgia

Banana Palm Pillow, Lulu & Georgia

 

We can find almost anything from our friends at Kouboo, and we love the versatility of these Ripple Porcelain Vases.  You provide the vase… your gardener will do the rest.

Ripple Porcelain Vases, Kouboo

Ripple Porcelain Vases, Kouboo

 

I know I’m dating myself, but I remember the macrame days when we all had these hanging in our homes.  Fast forward to 2014 and they’re back, better than ever!

Woven Jute Planter, Anthropologie

Woven Jute Planter, Anthropologie

 

Give your gardener some help bringing in those tender herbs from their garden with this conversation piece.  Flashback to Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman!

Fire Escape Wall Shelf, Urban Outfitters

Fire Escape Wall Shelf, Urban Outfitters

 

What’s old is new again, and that goes for the terrarium.  Here’s a new twist on a decades old treasure.  Add a few succulents, tie a bow around it, and your gardener will be so impressed!

Magical Thinking Geo Terrarium, Urban Outfitters

Magical Thinking Geo Terrarium, Urban Outfitters

 

Here’s a sweet bud vase that adds a little dimension.  Add a single rose for the traditionalist, or maybe a gerbera daisy or an orchid for something a little bit different!

Tower of Buds Vases, Wisteria

Tower of Buds Vases, Wisteria

 

Such a pretty mirror for that special someone!  Maybe your gardener could put it over their potter’s bench!

Decorative Floral Mirror, Pottery Barn

Decorative Floral Mirror, Pottery Barn

 

Gardener or not, this floral duvet is just sweet!

Bayside Floral Duvet Cover/Sham, The Company Store

Bayside Floral Duvet Cover/Sham, The Company Store

 

And this pillow and comforter just make me smile… think of how the gardener on your list will feel when they open it up!

Decorative Floral Pillows, LTD Commodities

Decorative Floral Pillows, LTD Commodities

 

Rosina Throw, Lush Decor (Available at Wayfair)

Rosina Throw, Lush Decor (Available at Wayfair)

 

I hope you found something from our collection of Home Decor ideas for your gardener.  Check back tomorrow when we post Day 3 of our Holiday Gift Guide: For the Free Spirit.

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Best Dressed, Nantucket: Which One Wore it Best?

I just came back from a day in Nantucket and couldn’t resist sharing some of the beautiful flowers that seemed to be everywhere.  Nantucket homes just BLOOM in Summer.  It’s like going on a garden tour just walking down the street!!  Here are some of my favorites:

 

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Susan Hayward Interiors

Susan Hayward Interiors

Susan Hayward Interiors

 

 

Send us yours, we’d love to share them!

 

Susan Hayward Interiors