Not-Your-Average Holiday Wreaths

As we enter the holiday season, it’s time to start pulling those festive decorations out of storage, and maybe think about adding a few fresh ones into the mix.  Holiday wreaths are a classic way to bring the holidays into your home, and there are so many fun options out there to experiment with.  There are plenty of gorgeous botanical style wreaths that we see every day- both fresh and dried.

But, if you look a little more outside the box, you’ll find wreaths created from many unique and interesting materials like metal, felt, wool, and tinsel- just to name a few.  Because these wreaths require no maintenance and are not made of fresh botanicals, they can also make for wonderful gifts (think: easy to pack or ship).  

We’ve rounded up a few of our current favorites, and hope they inspire a little creativity in your holiday decorating this year!

 

A colorful, metal wreath looks anything but cold on this front door!

Anthropologie

 

Light up little extra holiday “joy”… 

Target

 

If you prefer a more simplistic style, an all-white metal design screams “Winter Wonderland”.

The White Company

 

Live by the beach, or just love a little boho in your life?  Try a simple, woven wreath, or a bright and beachy accent with starfish or wood.

Anthropologie

 

 

Etsy (Shop: Mabel and Dot)

 

 

Pottery Barn

 

A felt wreath can be classic and beautiful- and oh so practical!

Pottery Barn Kids

 

 

And who says holiday decorations have to be in traditional colors?  

Annie Selke

 

 

Etsy (Shop: Elf House Finds)

 

 

Etsy (Shop: Fat Pom Poms)

 

We are loving the pom pom wreath trend- but if you’re not ready to fully commit, try adding a few pom poms to jazz up a more traditional wreath.

Etsy (Shop: Haven Wood Farm Co)

 

Alternatively, you could try a neutral monotone or subdued, earthy hues.

Etsy (Shop: Thread and Canvas Decor)

 

 

Etsy (Shop: Blue Pine Design Co)

 

 

What holiday wreath trends are you loving?  Have you found one you like best, or will you be trying a DIY project?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

 

Holiday Gift Guide: For Women (By Women)

Stumped on what to get the ladies on your gift list this year?  What about shopping for her AND supporting women-owned businesses at the same time?  There are so many amazing women-owned businesses out there, and we think this is the perfect guide to peek through when shopping for the ladies on your holiday gift list.

 

We discovered Langdon Ltd. one year at the Las Vegas Market, and totally fell in love with their textile products.  They sell gorgeous rugs, pillows, and accessories that are just as beautiful in quality as they are in style.  We adore these totes and clutches, and think they’d make for such a unique gift!

Langdon Ltd.

 

 

Langdon Ltd.

 

Between beach bags, farmer’s market bags, overnight bags…  I can never seem to have enough totes around for everything.  This pom-pom tote is perfect for a fun holiday surprise!

Pepper B. Design

 

Local & Lejos has some beautiful products to browse through, like this colorful, handcrafted bariku bowl.  Take a look through their gallery and learn where each item was made and a little bit about those artisans!

Local & Lejos

 

We love to support small businesses whenever we can, and Etsy is such a great place to find them.  One Fine Nest has tons of different items to choose from, and all kinds of throw pillows to fit any style or color palette.  

One Fine Nest, Available on Etsy

 

In an effort to be more “green”, our family has switched over to using exclusively cloth napkins instead of paper products.  And with prints and colors this sweet, it’s a no-brainer!

Hartford Prints

 

You can never go wrong with gifting flowers (for any occasion really).  So, how about a lovely vase to go with those beautiful blooms?

Caitlin Wilson

 

Serene Spaces Living

 

And when all else fails, who wouldn’t love a stunning new serving tray?  Caskata has plenty of unique gifts to choose from! 

Caskata

 

What women-owned businesses will you be supporting this holiday season?  We’d always love to hear about your favorites in the comments!

 

P.S.  For more ideas, check out Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gal Pal

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Foodie

If you’re stuck on what to give for someone on your list, they’re sure to love food…right?  We thought so.  For our favorite foodie-friendly picks this holiday season, look no further!

 

For those who are always cooking up something delicious, they probably go through kitchen towels pretty quickly.  And what foodie doesn’t love some good culinary wordplay?

Anthropologie

 

We LOVE these limited edition spatulas from Williams Sonoma.  Not just because they are unique and personalized by your favorite celebrities, but because every purchase benefits Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry”.  Gifts that give back are always the best, don’t you think? 

Williams Sonoma

 

A pretty set of cheese knives is perfect for the foodie who loves to entertain.  These ones from Anthropologie are so fun, that we think they may even get more compliments than the food!

Anthropologie

 

When you love to cook and taste new things, you can really never have enough spices.  We partnered with RawSpiceBar again this year to test out a few of their new flavors, and they are more delicious than ever!  We even used their poultry seasoning on our Thanksgiving turkey, and it was fantastic!  RawSpiceBar makes the perfect gift because you can use them to create your own tasty meals, or follow their recipes online for some more inspiration.

RawSpiceBar

 

If you prefer to make your own homemade spices, try gifting them in a beautiful olive wood box for a thoughtful (and yummy) surprise.

Williams Sonoma

 

In an Italian house like ours, we can never seem to have enough basil.  If your climate doesn’t allow for an herb garden year-round, don’t skip on the fresh herbs just because it’s winter!  Now you can have your own herbs grown right inside your house, and it couldn’t be any easier. 

Available at Amazon

 

I always love seeing the fun designs that Draper James comes up with in their home and clothing lines, and these Southern-inspired mugs would sweeten up anyone’s early morning.

Draper James

 

Is it just me, or can you never have enough stoneware during the holidays?  Between hosting dinners and bringing dishes as a guest, my collection of Le Creuset stoneware gets worked overtime.  I love this festive plaid pattern because it can go right from your oven to the table in perfect style.

Le Creuset, Available at Williams Sonoma

 

For the foodie who loves to be up on the latest trends, check out Chrissy Teigen’s brand new line of home goods at Target.  Bonus: you can’t beat that price point!

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, Available at Target

 

One of our favorite cookbooks this year has tons of healthy, unique, and insanely delicious recipes that your foodie will adore.  Our favorite so far is the Coconut Banana Ice Cream with Three-Ingredient Chocolate Sauce- yum!!

“Eat Better Not Less”, Available at Amazon

 

Any other foodie favorites to add to our list?  Let us know in the comments!  Happy holidays, everyone!

 

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Health Enthusiast

Nowadays it seems like there are so many different fitness plans, diets, and easy ways to get fresh, beautiful ingredients to help fuel our bodies.  Chances are, there’s a health enthusiast on your list this season (or maybe it’s you!), and we’ve got some gift ideas to help keep them fit through the holidays.

 

First, our all-time, favorite, go-to cookbooks.  These recipes are made for athletes, with wholesome, nutritious ingredients to fuel your lifestyle.  Plus, we’ll take ALL the health tips we can get from Olympic athlete, Shalane Flanagan!

“Run Fast Eat Slow”,  Available at Amazon

“Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow”,  Available at Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With all that new recipe inspiration, they’ll need lots of storage to make meals throughout the week.  Might as well make it pretty!

ModCloth

 

 

This past year, our family has become so in love with drying fresh fruits and vegetables.  It’s a great way to make your produce last  so much longer, and is perfect for healthy snacking on-the-go!

Available at Kohl’s

 

 

I have yet to meet a health enthusiast who doesn’t want to put avocado on just about everything.  They’re creamy, nutritious, delicious, and apparently make for an adorable throw pillow.

Urban Outfitters

 

 

A necessary part of any healthy routine is taking the time to relax and recover.  A stylish floor pillow is the perfect place to meditate, stretch, and recuperate.

World Market

 

 

Having a vegetable garden is wonderful if you have the space.  Realistically, many of us living in the city don’t.  I love that this heirloom seed kit is such an easy, compact way to be able to grow your own ingredients- vegetable garden, or not!

Williams Sonoma

 

 

I really believe that plants are some of the best ways to decorate a home.  This book can help show you which ones you’ll want for your own healthy home!

Available at Amazon

 

 

Every week, our local farmer’s market is always the best place to go to find fresh, seasonal items.  This bag from The Little Market will help them bring some those healthy ingredients in style, and give back to the artisans in Bangladesh who created it.

The Little Market

 

 

Of course they’ll need somewhere to put all those fresh fruits and veggies when they get home.  A two-tiered bowl for their table will hold it all!

Lulu and Georgia

 

 

What other health-inspired gifts will be you gifting this year?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!  Happy holidays!

 

Best Indoor / Outdoor Picks for Summer

My favorite part about summer is the warm weather that allows for perfect evening barbecues.  To me, there’s nothing better than firing up the grill and having a nice cold drink with your friends and family.  

Since we love to spend so much time outside enjoying the warmth, it’s important that our backyard feels just as comfortable as our living room.  Luckily, there are so many different products that are great for both indoor and outdoor use.  This is perfect for when you need to grab extra chairs and cushions from inside to accommodate extra guests!

 

I love the playfulness of this hanging rattan chair.  We got to test a few out last year at the Design Market, and were pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they were!

Serena & Lily

 

Serena & Lily

 

If you don’t have the right space for a hanging rattan chair, consider one like this to achieve that same beachy, laid back vibe.

World Market

 

Living on Cape Cod, we are admittedly a little Lilly Pulitzer obsessed.  So, when we heard about their collaboration with Pottery Barn, we knew it would be a dream come true.

Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn

 

Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn

 

Probably the indoor/outdoor product that we use most frequently is an easy-care rug.  Of course you need the outdoor rating if you will be using them outside, but they are a great option for homes with pets and children because of their low maintenance and incredible durability.

Surya

 

These same fabrics can be used to cover furniture like ottomans, too!

World Market

 

Garden stools come in all sorts of fun colors and patterns.  These are such a great way to add a funky pop to your decor!

Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie

 

We feel like no patio is truly complete without a drink station.  And a tropical-style rolling bar cart?  We’re sold.

Anthropologie

 

Our go-to placemats and table runners are perfect for your table inside or out.  Life is too short to worry about food stains on your table linens, so we love these products for their stress-free maintenance!

Chilewich

Chilewich

 

Williams Sonoma

 

We do love to have a set of outdoor drink ware in our cabinets that might be a bit more festive than your every day glasses.  How fun are these?!

Crate & Barrel

 

 

What products are your go-to for indoor/outdoor decor?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!  Happy BBQ-ing!

 

Our Favorite Multi-Functional Furniture Designs

With all of the new improvements in technology in today’s world, it seems like we’re constantly being “wow’ed” by new innovations in functional design.  When space is limited (and let’s be honest, it is for most of us!), it’s crucial to make the most out of every sq. foot we have.   

The good news is that there are plenty of creative ways to make your furniture multi-functional.  This may save on space, money, and reduce clutter.  

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to show you some of the multi-functional furniture out there that we think could be the perfect solutions for many!

 

We came across this sofa last year when we were shopping for a client who needed a small sofa that could double as a chaise or daybed.  What we love most about this one is that the back cushions are weighted and totally mobile!  You can remove them completely to sprawl out, move them to the sides to become a daybed, or even mix and match angles for customized support.  It’s also available with tufted cushions- perfect for any style!

West Elm

West Elm

 

Many of us may not have the luxury of extra guest bedrooms but still want the option to have friends or family stay during a visit.  A trundle bed like this one is an added bonus.  Not only do you get a pull-out twin mattress, but the back cushions on the sofa are removable to double your extra sleep space!

West Elm

West Elm

 

Since the dogs in our family are too big to be on any furniture, we’re always lounging down on the floor with them for some cuddle time.  A foldable cushion like this would be perfect to sprawl out on during a movie, or unfold it only partially to have a nice cushy seat and back rest!

Urban Outfitters

 

We are huge fans of modular coffee tables for so many reasons.  Many times you may need to change or move your tables while entertaining, and this one from Wisteria is a great combination of shapes and sizes.  The two end pieces can break apart to create end tables (and still leave a cocktail table in front of the sofa), or they can even be put together to create one large, round end table for somewhere else.  Genius!

Wisteria

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

We found this bar cabinet at Crate & Barrel for a client because we loved its versatility.  This bar on wheels has fold-out table space, and doors equipped with plenty of extra storage.  Compact, practical, and elegant!

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

If floor space is limited but you love this idea, you could even try a little fold-up wall shelf like this one.  Store your favorite drink inside and just fold down to serve when you’re ready!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Of course, the same concept can even apply to a desk, believe it or not!  Fold-up wall desks save on floor space, but still offer somewhere to work when you need it.  Pull up a side chair and get to it!

PBteen

PBteen

 

A leaning shelf desk, or a ladder desk, is a great way to create a home office space in an apartment.  Not only is it great for limited floor space, but it has shelves for extra storage to keep your supplies where you need them.

Available at Wayfair

 

If you love to accessorize on your way out the door, then this mirror is for you.  Throw on your scarves, purses, hats, (and anything else!) and you are set to go.

Urban Outfitters

 

At first glance you may think that this is just your average cocktail table and tray.  But if you were to slide the tray over, you’d see all the storage inside that you actually have- so sneaky!

CB2

CB2

 

A clear acrylic base allows for your storage cube to slide out, and a tray that doubles as either a lid to hide clutter, or a tray for on top of your coffee table.  

CB2

CB2

 

 

Which multi-functional piece could you use in your home?  Were there any that you never even knew existed?  We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

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

 

Surya

 

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.

Kouboo

 

 

Who else is ready for some Springtime style?!

Colors of 2018

By now, you’ve probably been seeing all of the “Colors of the Year” for 2018.  It can be hard to keep track of all of them, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites for you.  We’ve even added in some ideas of how to include these colors in your home!  

 

Sherwin Williams- “Oceanside”

First up is a bold and beautiful hue that we would just love to see more of in 2018.  Sherwin Williams’s “Oceanside” is a gorgeous mix of blues and greens that make for a perfect pop of color this new year.

Sherwin Williams

 

Sherwin Williams

 

Wisteria

 

Studio|A

 

West Elm

 

Behr- “In the Moment”

A bit more subtle than “Oceanside”, Behr predicts that 2018 will call for a soft, laid-back look with their color, “In the Moment”.  While “Oceanside” could be a great accent hue, “In the Moment” would be a fabulous choice for a larger area.  Transform a kitchen or even a piece of furniture with this soft color.

Behr

 

Behr

 

Anthropologie

 

Wisteria

 

Jonathan Adler

 

Currey & Co

 

 

Pantone- “Ultra Violet”

Perhaps the most widely known of all the color predictions, Pantone sets the bar high with a bold choice this year.  A statement color in the truest sense of the word, we could see “Ultra Violet” as a a stunning accent to your decor.  We’ve found a few ideas to get you started!

Pantone

 

Pottery Barn

 

Studio|A

 

Anthropologie

 

Currey & Co

 

Benjamin Moore- “Caliente”

We love a bold red in the right space, and Benjamin Moore’s “Caliente” might just be the perfect choice for that.  Would you be funky enough to try a wall in this color?  

Benjamin Moore

 

Benjamin Moore

 

Tempaper

 

Wisteria

 

 

These may be just a few of the color predictions for 2018, but we can’t wait to see which one we’ll see most of!  What’s your prediction?

Terrazzo Styles We Love

Terrazzo – it’s everywhere!  But what is it?  

It originally was a composite material, poured in place or precast, usually just for floors or counters.  It had pieces of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or just about any kind and size of chips added in the mix.  Now terrazzo is a look – and it is popping up on backslashes, rugs, tabletops, walls, lights, accessories…and everything in between!

 

Although commonly found on countertops and backsplashes, you can still create a beautiful, contemporary look like this one by Dzek.

Dzek

 

 

Ever thought to use it in stairs?  What a fun idea!

Divisare, Photo by: Imagen Subliminal

 

Rugs have even adopted the shapes of terrazzo to create a similar feel with a little more coziness underfoot.

Anthropologie

 

Used as an accent on a lighting fixture, West Elm proves a little goes a long way!

West Elm

 

A terrazzo table may be a bold move, but we think that in the right space, this look would be fabulous!

Dzek

 

Not ready to commit to a a piece too large?  The terrazzo print sideboard is a stylish accent piece in a contemporary room!

Deny Designs

 

You can never go wrong with smaller decor items like a throw pillow or drawer pulls!

Redbubble

 

 

Anthropologie

 

If you’re thinking about adding some style to your walls, maybe a framed print (or two) is the perfect option.  

Available on Etsy by depeapa

 

 

Available on Etsy by depeapa

 

Feeling extra bold? Try wallpaper!

Murals Wallpaper

 

 

Ferm Living

 

 

What do you think about all of the new ways to use this classic look?  Where else would you love to see terrazzo?  Let us know in the comments! 

Lace Isn’t Just for Your Fabrics!

A classic look that’s been around for ages, lace continues to be one of our all-time favorite details in home decor.  From classic fabrics to printed detailing, we want to show you some of our favorite inspired decor!

 

It doesn’t get more traditional than a doily… but what about on a rug?  We LOVE this twist on a classic look!

Urban Outfitters

 

Bedding is always a perfect place to find some romantic lace detailing.

Restoration Hardware

 

 

Pom Pom At Home

 

If you love the look of lace, but can’t find the right place for a fabric so delicate, try some options that capture its style without having to worry about its maintenance!  What do you think about an accent wall like this?  We love it!

York Wallcoverings

 

If you’re frantically worrying about spills on your beautiful table linens, boy have we got the thing for you.  Famous for their durability, Chilewich lacey metallic placemats can be cleaned with a quick and easy wipe.

Chilewich

 

I’m a huge fan of white dinnerware because of how nicely it complements food.  If plain white is too simple for you, lace-inspired borders add an elegant touch to your table without breaking your color scheme!

Arte Italica

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

Does lace feel too traditional for your style?  We love how Wisteria proves you can mix and match lace with metals!

Wisteria

 

 

What other inspired ideas have you seen?  We’d love to hear from you!