Simple Summer Table Setting

Happy Saturday!  We made it to the weekend.  🙂

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As you know, I have been fully embracing blue and white lately.  It’s Summertime, after all!  The jury is still out on whether or not I will keep all of this up throughout the rest of the year — ha!  But in the meantime, I am loving it.

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These small butterfly plates were a gift from my in-laws for my birthday.  They are so sweet and perfect for a small bite.  I pulled together some other table setting supplies from our hallway closet and quickly had a little theme going.  🙂

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Nothing fancy here, folks, just lots of layering — just the way I like it!  In my opinion, the blues don’t have to match in this case; this is about a collected and casual look.  The napkins (similar) were a lucky find from Sweet Salvage — they are a lovely denim color and they are soft and worn like a vintage napkin should be.

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I found the rattan napkin rings (similar) last Fall at a thrift shop and knew they would add the perfect Summer texture.  I love a simple nod to the season.  🙂

I hope you have a wonderful Saturday, friends!

Small Space Laundry Rooms

Hey, friends!  I hope you had a great week.  Ours was full of lots of work.  😉  Looking forward to the weekend!

In our little house, we have a small space laundry room — it is actually a laundry closet!  Even though the space is tiny, it has me dreaming.

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See that little hallway there?  That’s where our laundry closet lives!

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These are our bi-fold doors.  I honestly love them.  They are paneled like every other door in our house so they look pretty to me.  I found those glass knobs at a vintage market not long after we moved in and we switched out the existing hardware.  I honestly don’t even remember what the original hardware was anymore!

When the bi-fold doors are open, there is just our washer and dryer front and center.  The back wall is begging for wallpaper.  😉  There is also a standard boob light (grateful that we even have light hardwired in there!) that I can’t wait to switch out.  I want to utilize the side walls for some simple storage rather than the back wall — I feel like it will be too annoying to try to reach past the washer and dryer.  We can store two new hampers on top of them.

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This makes me happy just looking at it.  🙂  I wanted to round up some more small space laundry rooms for you for inspiration…

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Happy weekend!

Room Refresh: Pillow Swap

Welcome to Monday!  I hope that you had a great Holiday weekend.  I’m not quite feeling ready for the weekend to be over, but here we are.  😉

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My birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and I asked for some fun decorative things for our living room!  This lamp and this throw blanket were two items that I was wishing for that I ended up receiving.  The lamp is huge!  Just the way that I like ’em.  And the tassels on the throw blanket are ginormous and fun.

Room Refresh: Pillow Swap

I had some extra birthday money, and I decided that I wanted to do a whole pillow refresh in this room.  The pillows on our sofa were ones I had purchased before we moved into this house, and they were looking a little sad.  I never have the budget to buy a bunch of new pillows all at once, and that can make coming up with a whole scheme really difficult if you’re slowly piecing it together.  So my birthday money really came in handy!

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All four back pillows were HomeGoods finds.  Then I found this cute pillow at Target!  I love the tassels.

Room Refresh: Pillow Swap

This one is from Target, too.  I’m glad I went looking this time of the year because the lamp reads a bit on the cobalt blue side, which is the accent color of these pillows.  I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to find this color blue in Fall or Winter.  😉

Room Refresh: Pillow Swap

I completely fell in love with this adorable pillow.  It’s from World Market.  The fun thing about this one is that the block print design actually reads gray, but with all of the other blue in the room, it ends up looking like a true blue.  I loved this pillow so much in the store, so I carried it all around with a couple of other blue pillows placing it with them in different light to see what the color of the design did.  It read blue in all of the areas as long as it was around more blue, so I hoped it would work.  And it did!

Room Refresh: Pillow Swap

Room Refresh: Pillow Swap

Summer Scene

Room Refresh: Pillow Swap

The tassels on this blanket are so happy.  This throw is even better than I expected it to be.  It’s chunky and warm, and it’s big!  Grey and I can both fit underneath it while we’re watching TV on our sofa.  It’s just the best.

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I’m already thinking that the addition of a couple of red pillows will make this really cute and cozy for Winter.  😉

What are your favorite color combinations?  Have you refreshed any of your spaces this Summer?  Let me know in the comments!

Summer Scene

Hi, friends!  I hope you are having a nice Holiday week so far.  I wanted to share a little Summer vignette that I put together in our living room earlier this season.  I am going very minimal with decorations this Summer.  Usually I have vignettes all over the house, but I am finding myself taking a bit of a different approach with seasonal decorating these past several months.  Instead of anything being super theme-y, I’m embracing texture, fresh greenery, and creating yummy seasonal scents with my new essential oils and diffuser.  🙂

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Our living room got a little pillow refresh — more on that another time!  😉

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This IKEA buffet is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our house.  It holds so much!  Starting in January, I went on a journey of purging and organizing our whole house and I just finished last week!  It took a lot of time but was so worth it.  Maybe I’ll post about some of our organization solutions sometime…  it’s nothing fancy.  😉  But this piece of furniture holds all of our decorative accents.  That’s it!  I worked really hard to get everything in a specific “category” in one place.

The lamps are so cute and were a Target find — I think they were less than $10 each but they’re not sold anymore.  The little bit of gold that is showing was actually chrome when I bought them, but since I don’t have any chrome in our living room, I just painted that part gold.  It’s kind of messy so don’t look too close – ha!  I figured done was better than perfect so I called it good.

But back to the Summer vignette…!

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Don’t twinkle lights make everything prettier?  These are our Summer treasures.  The driftwood was a HomeGoods find many many years ago, and the brown-colored sand and bright white rocks are from Michael’s, also from long ago.

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The stones and shells came from our trips to Oceanside.  🙂  I like to send Greyson looking for them and he finds the best ones!  We have been there twice and it is our most favorite place.  It’s so fun to have these treasures out on display this time of year.  They warm our heart!

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We scooped up some sand last time we were there and took it home with us.  When I opened the container to pour it into this apothecary jar, it smelled just like the ocean.  Go figure.  😉  It was such a fun little memory trigger and it made me so happy.  I love how our sense of smell is so capable of doing that.

Do you decorate for Summer?  Are there any scents that remind you of this season?  Let me know in the comments!

Welcome to Summer :-)

It’s been a joyful season of growth, opportunity, and real happiness since the start of the New Year.  Not every day has been great, of course, but there is a new peace that I have come to know that I am reveling in.  There has been a slower pace in the projects around the house and even my typical abundant-decorating for each season has come to a pause.  It’s been a wonderful thing to bring out Spring eggs and Summer seashells sparingly this year because I am truly enjoying simpler nods to each season — namely lots of plants that I have been taking really good care of and lots of good texture.

This is the perfect time for nesting rituals that make you feel mindful of the season because they allow you to really experience it!  For me, this can be as simple as tucking away our Limoges china that I pull out each Spring and shining up our Summer glassware.  🙂

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A Sentimental Spring Table Setting

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With all of the fresh fruit in abundance this time of year, I’ve felt inspired to do a little bit of early-morning baking.  This blueberry cake recipe from Ina Garten is delicious and super easy to make — and quick enough for a weekday morning.

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Textural table runners and baskets, happy plants thriving in sunshine, the occasional seashell or two… this is what Summer feels like to me this year.

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This little wreath took no time at all — I just wrapped wire around the starfish and the wreath, tucked the wire in the greenery so that you can’t see it, and called it good.  Our front door makes me so happy.  We recently added some wind chimes and our planter is filled with bright green potato vine that is spilling out in the most graceful way.  I love going outside to give it a little water at the start of my day each morning.

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So far, there have been lots of Summer snoozes for this guy, too.  I’ve been filling all of his spots with all the cozy textures I can and he seems to love them!

How do you nest for Summer?  What feels like Summer to you?  Let me know in the comments!  🙂

Welcoming Spring

Spring is off to a steady start in our home with amazing new work opportunities, lots of inspiration, a mix of fast and slow pace, and squeezing in as much time together as we can in the midst of all of the business.  We are hanging in there, people!

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I’ve pared down a lot of the decor in our house for now (pretty much since after Christmas) and I am loving having less out.  Usually this time of year I have so many decorations for Spring and I just felt like doing things a lot simpler this year.  I’ve become a plant lady!  We have lots of thriving plants throughout our house now and I don’t know what took me so long!  Flowers die… our plants are ALIVE!

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That fiddle leaf in the corner is fake, by the way.  I’m not that good…yet.  😉 I pull out the Limoges when my Spring mood strikes each year.  An amazing friend of mine gave this to me several years ago and I treasure it so much.  It was her mother’s.  ❤ I don’t take out all service for twelve, and I don’t take out every type of plate or bowl — just the basics.  We like to eat off of the dishes while sitting on the sofa at our coffee table.  I usually light some candles and we eat on our laps.  And with a slipcovered sofa we don’t even have to worry about pasta sauce.  🙂

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The copper pot for our stovetop scents has been put away until Fall, and out comes my Spring teapot.  😉  I’m ready for some fresh dish towels, too.  We’ll see what I find in the coming weeks.  It’s been fun to nest in this way for the season… Not feeling like I need to add eggs to every corner of our house or bunny banners.  I’ve just been decluttering, organizing, puttering…simplifying.

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This guy has my heart.  I love to see him find and enjoy all of the cozy spots around our little house.

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Sniffing the camera.  🙂

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Just a little update…  Wishing you a Happy Easter!

Goodwill Art Upgrade

We’re almost to the weekend!  🙂  I hope you’re having a great week so far.  Mine has been super productive and I’m so grateful for that!

Back in January, I stopped into Goodwill on Dollar Day (Thursday!) to see if I could find anything that caught my eye.  I have been waiting to find the perfect artwork to put over by our kitchen table since we moved into this house — I mentioned on the blog that I usually don’t go searching for artwork, I wait until it finds me!  And I stumbled upon something good!

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These two “prints” inspired me.  But before I tell you why, let me tell you that I am using the term “prints” very loosely…ha.  These were literally printed off images on cheap computer paper stuffed into two very ill-fitting and flimsy frames, lol.  Nothing fancy here, folks.  I paid 99 cents each for this artwork and knew that my next order of business was finding some good frames.

The reason these pictures spoke to me is because I love making my house smell good with natural stovetop scents, and I’ve written about that on the blog here and here.  These pictures totally reminded me of some of the ingredients I use in my recipes!

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DIY Cleansing Stovetop Scent

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My Favorite Simple Stovetop Scent

The pictures themselves are not very large — about 8″ x 10″ — and the space in our kitchen calls for something pretty substantial.  I was looking for large, neutral frames with a chunky white mat.  A couple of months later, I was perusing HomeGoods, and I found just what I had been picturing in my head.  I love when things work out like that!

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The frames were a bit banged up so I asked for a discount and then repaired them as best I could at home.  They’re not perfect, but nothing in our house is, and I like things that have character.  🙂

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To the left of this is our buffet with our coffee station and a couple of chalkboards above.  I love how this dining area feels like its own separate and defined space now.

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I found this table runner in the Target Dollar section.  I think it’s so cute and perfect for Spring.  The tassels add a fun element to it.  I’m a sucker for anything with tassels, lol.  The metal pail came from there, too.  I plopped in a plant from Trader Joe’s.

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I love stringing lights in our faux trees for a pretty nighttime glow.  It’s my new favorite decorating “trick.”

This was such an inexpensive project and it took some time to complete because I was waiting for things to find me, but it was worth it!  This art wall feels so representative of our little family now.  I love it!  And I hung these up myself, which was a major accomplishment.  I used a level, guys!  Lol…  Greyson is usually the hanger-upper, so I was pretty proud of myself that I got these up on my own.

Have a great rest of your day!