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!

Crushing on Velvet

No matter where we’re shopping, lately we’ve been seeing more and more luxurious crushed velvet.  Whether we’re browsing through our favorite clothing stores or picking out fabrics for our clients, velvet seems to be more popular than ever before.  And, to say we have a crush on the stuff would be an understatement!

There are so many different ways to incorporate this cozy texture into your home, and we’ve compiled a few of our favorite looks to share with you.  If you love the look, but are hesitant on adding it to your decor, let us help you find your favorite velvet style!

 

Loving the look, and ready to commit to a piece of velvet furniture?  It’s perfect for an intimate space, adding a cozy texture to a comfortable area.

Wisteria

 

Lucite furniture paired with a velvet sectional help to really showcase the gorgeous depth and texture of the fabric.

ModShop

 

We love the dreamy feel of a sheepskin rug in a bedroom.  How can you take the look to the next level?  Add a velvet accent chair or duvet.  That’s how.

Jonathan Adler

 

 

West Elm

 

Since velvet is such a delicate fabric, it’s perfect for a glamorous touch to a more formal dining room.  Use it on your dining chairs, or try it on beautiful draperies!

Photo by Meridian Furniture – Look for dining room design inspiration

 

 

Anthropologie

 
 
 
 

Anthropologie

 

 

If the trend feels a bit too bold for your style, opt for decor that uses it as a subtle accent.  On the border of your table runner, your tablescape will be full of cozy, winter style!

Wisteria

 

This bedding set has the best of both worlds.  Super soft velvet downplayed by casual linen make for a perfect balance on your duvet.

Restoration Hardware

 

When all else fails, you can always toss in a few new throw pillows!  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Kate Spade

 

 

Surya

 

 

Who else is loving this glamorous trend?  Have you added it to your decor?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Wanderlust Edition

We all know someone who we think of as a free spirit, a traveler, and an adventure-seeker.  What do you gift to someone who has that special kind of wanderlust?  We’ve come up with a few ideas that they’re sure to love!

A piece for their wall that any curious mind would adore!

Kate Spade

 

This Mexican-style blanket is a fun pop of color to throw over the couch, or even for a picnic on the beach.

Lulu and Georgia

 

What’s their favorite city to visit?  Maybe a tote filled with some of their favorite travel goodies, or a trinket dish for their nightstand.

West Elm

 

 

Anthropologie

 

Who wouldn’t want to remember warmer climates on a cold, December day?  These cute sets would be a welcome sight from the bitter cold of winter!

Wisteria

 

 

Wisteria

 

 

Kouboo

 

Worldly spices that are seasonal and recipe-ready?  Sign us up!  RawSpiceBar sent us their quarterly spice package and we could not be more in love with these flavors.  Pair your spices with some adorable jars, and you have such a fun and unique gift!

Photo via Instagram @suhayinteriors, Spices courtesy of RawSpiceBar

 

RawSpiceBar

 

World Market

 

Arte Italica has some of the most gorgeous Italian designs- perfect to satisfy that wanderlust.  These plates add a casual, vintage, European touch that would be perfect on any traveler’s dining table.

Arte Italica

 

 

Which wanderlust-inspired gifts would you look most forward to receiving?  We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!  Happy Holidays!

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Couple

In our family, we love to give gifts that can be shared with one another.  Plus, it’s more fun for them, too!  Whether you’re gifting to your parents, newlyweds, or your favorite friends to double-date with, we’ve got you covered.  

I love this metal wall art (perfect for those newlyweds on your list!) because it’s simple, romantic, and elegant.

Pottery Barn

 

Every couple needs a cozy blanket to snuggle up to during movie nights!  For an extra thoughtful touch, have it personalized just for them.

Pottery Barn

 

Lots of couples save corks from bottles of wine that they’ve enjoyed during special occasions (or even just from their favorite wines).  This tray would be a beautiful way for them to showcase those wonderful memories!

Wine Enthusiast, Available at Bloomingdales

 

Nobody likes to drink alone, and this “yours, mine, and ours” set from Kate Spade is such an adorable way to share a drink together!

Kate Spade

 

 

Kate Spade

 

If your couple loves to craft a fancy cocktail, this smoking box is sure to be a smash hit.  Forget adding liquid smoke, and give them the real deal!

Williams Sonoma

 

Marble cheese boards are everywhere these days, but these ones from Anthropologie are my favorite!  Unique colors and personalization makes this a fun and thoughtful gift to add to your list.

Anthropologie

 

I’ve never met a couple who couldn’t use more Le Creuset stoneware in their home.  Whether they’ve been together for decades, or just starting out, Le Creuset products always seem to be the most used in the kitchen.  There are so many different types and colors that any home could always use more!

Le Creuset

 

 

What’s your favorite thing to gift to a couple?  Have you and yours ever been given something that you really loved?  We’d love to hear your stories in the comments!

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Party Host

The start of November marks the beginning of this wonderful holiday season for all hosts, hostesses, and party-goers!  Soon, we’ll be celebrating the holidays with family, friends, and (surely), lots of good food and drink.  

Dinner parties, happy hours, and holiday gatherings are right around the corner.  We want to make sure that as those invites start rolling in, you don’t have to worry about showing up empty-handed.  

A nice bottle of wine or a beautiful flower arrangement will always be a beautiful way to thank your host for their hospitality.  But, sometimes you may want to switch it up and bring something a bit more unique.  

Tip: Stock up on a few different host gifts to stash in your closet for any last-minute events that pop up, and save yourself the sweat!

 

I love this personalized recipe board as a thoughtful gift for a special friend or family member.  Maybe they have a favorite recipe that you could share, or perhaps you could have one made from an old family recipe passed down through the generations.  Just send the image of the recipe over to be personalized directly onto the board for that extra-special, handwritten touch!

Frontgate

 

For a more simple, modern take on this idea, mixed material cheese boards are a great option.  Marble, slate, wood- you name it, and it’s out there!

West Elm

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

Obviously, we LOVE everything Kate Spade.  And, we love their products even more to give as gifts because of how cute and clever everything always is.  This apron would make a fun, playful gift for your host.  Plus, the inside flap has all your measurement equivalents written down as a bonus little cheat-sheet!  

Kate Spade

 

Does your host have a favorite cocktail or drink that they’re always ordering at happy hour?  This cocktail shaker is perfect for foolproof recipes without having to look them up each time!

Sur La Table

 

A decanter for their finer liquors is always a nice gift, and this one is both festive and practical with numbered glasses for your guests to tell theirs apart.

Pottery Barn

 

Maybe your host prefers a nice bottle of wine?  This Clef du Vin helps to “age” your bottle of wine by one year for each second that it is submerged in a glass.  Plus, it even comes with a travel size version!

Frontgate

 

I love a nice warm cup of tea after dinner, and I bet your host would love this single-serve teapot and mug that they can use to treat themselves to nice cup in style.

Anthropologie

 

Sometimes I feel like there can never be enough coasters floating around at parties.  Any host would love to add a few more around their home as the drinks start being poured!  I love the simplicity of marble, but a beautiful gold leaf adds a unique twist here.

Crate & Barrel

 

Candle holders and napkin rings are a tried and true staple of host gifts, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!  A funky, modern pair of candle holders are perfect for the contemporary host, while napkin ring cuffs adorned with a sweet saying may be best for the more traditional one.  

Urban Outfitters

 

 

The Bella Cottage

 

What are some of your favorite host or hostess gifts to give?  Have you ever received one that really stood out?  Let us know your favorite ideas in the comments!  

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