A Sentimental Spring Table Setting

Hey there, friends.  I hope you’re gearing up for a fun weekend.  You can find me busy baking and cooking today in preparation for some goodies I’m bringing to our Easter celebration at my in-laws’ house on Sunday.  It’s one of my favorite days of the year with them and I can’t wait!

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So let me just tell you…  I have an amazing friend who I met in design school several years ago who has made such a huge impact on me.  She’s made me feel more confident in my skin, she’s helped me find direction when I was struggling, she’s one of my mentors and one of my biggest cheerleaders.  Basically, she is incredible and means so much to me.

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A couple of years ago she gave me the most incredible gift… a set of Limoges china that was her mother’s.  Now, when Grey and I were married, we didn’t register for china.  I wanted to, but I couldn’t decide upon anything that I wanted.  Plus when we got married I was twenty-one and thought that it was pretty likely that whatever I picked out in my early twenties I wouldn’t really be in love with later on in my life.  And I was probably right — over time, my tastes have developed, my style has been honed in, and I know that it will continue to do so as I get older.

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I couldn’t believe it when she gave this to me.  The pattern is simple — roses.  They remind me of a watercolor painting.

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Two years in a row now, during the Spring and Summer months, we pull these dishes out and they are a sweet reminder of friendship, gratitude, love, and happy happy times.

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The rosemary is from my sis-in-law’s backyard.  After I tucked these sprigs in, my hands smelled so good.  🙂  You could also smell the deliciousness radiating from the table itself.  It was kind of magical.

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The ticking stripe “runner” is actually just a piece of fabric that I have folded right now.  Maybe someday I’ll sew it, maybe not.  🙂  I knew I wanted a bigger black and white print for the napkins, and these buffalo check ones are such nice quality and were exactly what I needed to pair perfectly with the floral plates.

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A Sentimental Spring Table Setting {Details Blog}

I took these photos at nine o’clock in the morning and the sun was shining in so peacefully.  It’s moments like these that I breathe in that sweetness of joy and savor every moment of it.

Happy Easter to you — I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Spring Home Tour

Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was a wonderful one.  I’m inviting you into our home this morning for a little tour of our Spring decor.  🙂  Grab a cup of coffee and come on in!

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Last week I shared about the easy DIY wreath I created for our front door.  It’s still goin’ strong!

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This time of year our house is so bright and I just love it and live for it.  It can get a little warm sometimes but I don’t care — those windows stay wide open all day long.

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I wrote about our coffee table centerpiece a few weeks ago — still crazy about that faux fern score from Target!

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That lamp is a relatively new HomeGoods find.  I wanted something a little taller, a little bigger, and a little more cheerful than the brass one that was there before (which has been relocated to our kitchen — always musical lamps around here, ha!).

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The fun bunny banner is back again this year.  I found this at the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago.  I used it in our home last year and also when we lived at my in-laws’ house.  We’ve gotten good use out of it.

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Spring Home Tour {Details Blog}

Did you know that the Dollar Store sells packages of moss?  The days of me buying a $5 bag of moss at a craft store are over — $1 is my new jam.  The bags aren’t small, either.  Just passing that along.  This nest came in a pack of two at Hobby Lobby (similar).  The little dish is actually the bottom of a cloche that came from one of my trips to Highland Yard Vintage.

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Spring Home Tour {Details Blog}

Our kitchen has been infused with a little bit of Spring, too.  I looked around at Hobby Lobby for a black and white ticking stripe runner and couldn’t find anything but blue and white (which was also really cute, but not the color I wanted).  So it was off to the fabric department where I found the perfect fabric thanks to my sweet hubby who spotted it.

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I haven’t hemmed it, and who knows, maybe I never will — right now it’s folded and I’m good with it.  The napkins are vintage and I recently switched out our plates for these simpler square ones from when we got married.

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These glass squares are so cool and my mom-in-law brought them back for me from a trip to Washington.  She also brought the faux succulents back, too.  I filled the squares with rubber mulch, layered some stones on top, and then nestled the succulent in.

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Spring Home Tour {Details Blog}

This is our happy place.  This is home.  And we are grateful every day that we get to live here together and make all.the.memories.

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Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to stop by!  Happy Spring!  🙂

Simple DIY Spring Easter Wreath

Hey there — welcome to Wednesday.  😉  I hope the day is treating you well.

Last month, I purchased a faux boxwood wreath for our front door on Amazon, and I would link it here, but it has been discontinued!  There are tons of other options on Amazon for this type of wreath, though, so if you’re in the market for one, just search ‘faux boxwood wreath’ and lots will come up.  I’m so excited to use it all throughout Spring and Summer and change it up a little bit for each season.

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It’s pretty just as-is, but I had big plans for it for Spring and Easter!

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Pottery Barn 

I was inspired by this wreath that I saw in a Pottery Barn catalog — I love that cute nest with the eggs!

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Isn’t it fun?  I love how it turned out.  🙂  And it took me all of ten minutes.  Gotta love that, too.

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Originally I was planning on making the nest, but then I saw this one at Hobby Lobby and I realized that I couldn’t recreate this for less than the $2.99 price tag.  The bow was a nice little surprise as I didn’t initially plan on using it (honestly, I didn’t even notice it on the packaging!), but I wired that into the wreath as well.

The ‘Happy Easter’ sign is from the Target Dollar Spot last year and I did the same thing with our former Spring wreath that I have since donated.

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Target usually has signs like these for each season.  They come on a string and so I just hung the string on our command hook that holds our wreath, then hung the wreath and pulled the sign through.  It requires a little bit of messing with it, but it’s super easy.

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I’m so happy with how it turned out.  Makes me smile to see it.  😉  After Easter, I’ll take the sign down and this little wreath will take us through May!

Do you have a Spring wreath for your front door?  Do you like to make them or buy them?  Or semi-make them like me?  😉

Spring As a Feeling

Welcome to March!  🙂  I, for one, am super excited to see the Spring months on the horizon.  I think second to Fall, Spring is my favorite.  This year especially I feel really refreshed, revitalized, and renewed.  I’m really leaning in to the search for inspiration everywhere and it’s been making me live with more intention and gratitude since the New Year began.  I’m very thankful for that.

Spring as a feeling…  Organized spaces, easy breezy outfits, lots of greenery and flowers, of course.  I’m looking forward to beginning some Spring cleaning at our house over the coming weeks, putting up our Spring decor and implementing some fun ideas I’ve had swirling around in my head, and basking in the wonderful weather before the start of Summer.  This is what Spring feels like to me…

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Anouk Yve

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Dering Hall

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Luxe

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Coastal Living

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

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Sherwin-Williams

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Dina Holland Interiors

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Alyssa In the City

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BHG

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Residence

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The Cotton Stem Blog

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Glitter Guide

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A Thoughtful Place

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SF Girl

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Country Living

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What does Spring feel like to you?

Just A Little Flower Tip…

Hey, friends.  How’s your week going so far?  It appears that I have come down with some kind of bug!  I’m hoping it doesn’t last long.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

I wanted to share a little tip for “flower arranging” — and I use that term loosely because I am no expert arranger.  😉 (You all can go follow my amazing cousin, Haleigh, for that!).  But there’s a tried and true vessel that I use for my weekly Trader Joe’s blooms that I wanted to share.

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Meet the new and improved vase — the apothecary jar!

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You can find these pretty much anywhere.  I purchased the one on the left at HomeGoods a long time ago and the one on the right from a thrift store.  I just take the lids off and snip the flowers to my desired length, then plop ’em in.

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I think these work so well because the vessels themselves usually have some height due to the decorative bases, and the neck typically is a little more constricting than the bulk of it so there’s room for the flowers to kind of set in and flute out naturally.  They are also really inexpensive.

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As for keeping my flowers fresh, I change the water about mid-week, and add a hefty handful of ice cubes each morning when I’m going around the house picking up a bit.  I especially love tulips because they grow while they are in the water!  They’re so lively and vibrant — they make me so happy.  🙂

What are your tried and true flower tips / tricks?

Faux Fern Vignette

We are almost to Fri-yay!  😉  Have anything fun planned?  We have time with family in the books and a little day date on Sunday that I’m really looking forward to.  Bring on the weekend party time!  And by party time I mean lots of time spent in my pajamas.

Okay…so we need to talk about a faux fern that I love…and before it’s too late for you to go get one for yourself!  I was tipped off by Sherry @ Young House Love about these fake ferns from Target, and the other day while I was perusing the aisles of home stuff, I saw one and grabbed it!

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Isn’t it so cute?!  I love that it is potted in a pretty lil white bowl, and the size of it is good!  It is not a small arrangement.  It is a very convincing fake — the person ringing up my items thought it was real before she touched it and was all, “Oh!  That’s not real!”  Further confirming my need to bring it home with me.  😉

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I have had those two hurricanes sitting on the coffee table for over a month with nothing but the candles in them — not even the sand.  They’ve been kinda crooked in there, lol.  But I was just waiting for the perfect idea to strike…  That’s usually how my ideas come — all at once.

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This tray was a find during my last trip to Sweet Salvage.  Now, usually trays this size are in the $40 range even though they are silver plated.  I won’t pay that.  But this one was marked $16.  It was very dirty and needed a good wipe-down, but I loved the patina on it.  I’m not someone who polishes my silver…maybe every once in a blue moon.  I love the natural patina that it gets and I kind of get a weird thrill over seeing how the metal ages and changes.  Anyway, a great find and it’s in a shape that I don’t already have.

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Plop goes the fern.  Most times when putting together a vignette it’s best to start with your biggest item first.  And trays are awesome for vignettes — they’re the anchor.

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Faux Fern Vignette {Details Blog}

Originally I had these hurricanes switched around but I quickly realized I liked this staggered look better.  There’s a certain ‘click’ I get in my brain when something just feels right, and this gave me that click.  That click is my jam.

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And that, my friends, is the story of the faux fern find of a lifetime.  😉

Happy weekend to you!

Pretty Little Front Door

Hey there, friends!  How’s your Wednesday going?

I mentioned yesterday that I purchased a little something new for our front door, and today’s the day I’m going to show you!

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After wanting a faux boxwood wreath for over a year, I finally have one!  And I’m so excited about it.  🙂

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I purchased mine from Amazon after having a really hard time finding what I was looking for in stores.  Everything either looked way too cheap or was out of my price range.  I had a $25 Amazon gift card to use and so I applied it to this wreath, which was out of my price range, too, but with the gift card I could swing it.

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The quality is really amazing…  This is a wreath we will have for years to come so that justified the price for me.  The greenery on it is super lush and dense.  There is a grapevine base on the back but it is not visible from the front or even the sides of the wreath — it’s that hairy!  😉  It arrived in a really nice white box with a flip-top lid and I’ll use that to store it during the months it isn’t on our door.

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The wreath looks so cute with the gardenias that we planted a few weeks ago.  This sweet little plant hasn’t bloomed yet but there are finally buds on it that have appeared and I’m so excited.  I’ve been trying to take really good care of it and it’s so fun to see that I’m keeping it healthy.  If you like the planter, you can find that here.

But as for the wreath…  I’m planning on using it for Spring and Summer.  Last Summer my mom-in-law had a boxwood wreath that she used throughout the Spring and Summer months and I love what she did for the Summer season…

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I’m planning on doing something similar with mine.  She just wired those lil starfish in!  Brilliant.  🙂

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Pottery Barn

In a couple of weeks when we really get into Spring, I am going to make a little nest arrangement like the one on this Pottery Barn wreath and add it to my wreath.  I’ll keep ya posted!

Do you guys typically make or buy a wreath for Spring?  I’m loving that this one is going to pull double-duty for me!

Have a great rest of your day!

Weekend Wrap-Up / Sweet Salvage

Hey, guys.  Happy Tuesday!  🙂

Last week was super busy and Thursday brought on a work-day that didn’t end until after 11 PM.  This weekend was all about catching up on some self-care…  I did sneak away to Sweet Salvage and picked up a couple of treats that will be helpful for decorating for Spring in a couple of weeks.  I took Valentine’s Day down last week and I ordered an awesome wreath that came in the mail — one that will work for the next several months.  I will share about that soon.

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This Sweet Salvage show was called ‘Rustic Luxe’ and I think they pretty much nailed it.  Lots of glam touches with rustic treasures.  It’s also so fun to see little pops of greenery everywhere — a promise that Spring is on the horizon!

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Kuma’s weekend was full of lounging around outside on his new cushion and going for a little outing to Dutch Bros. where he enjoys the occasional pup cup.  😉

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My hubby surprised me with these beautiful flowers on Valentine’s Day.  I was so excited!  I love tulips, and roses are just an all-around great Valentine’s Day flower.  🙂

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He also bought me this shirt, and I seriously love it.  It’s super soft and the fit is great.  But besides that, it sends a really positive message to my heart.  I always try to do my best.  But my best looks different from day to day.  Sometimes my best is completely rocking it at work and getting everything crossed off my to-do list, making a healthy dinner, getting to bed early, and drinking plenty of water!  Other days, my best is getting out of bed and taking a shower.  Those are my off days, and we all have plenty of those.  But this shirt helps me to remind myself that after a great or hard day, I did my best all the same.

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There is an amazing faux flower store in Scottsdale that we frequent for client needs and I am obsessed with the aisles upon aisles of every type of flower you can think of (and every one you can’t think of!).  It’s an inspiring place and all that is missing from a real flower shop is the smell.  🙂

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Weekend Wrap-Up / Sweet Salvage {Details Blog}

I also popped into West Elm for some work-related things and it was nice to wander around that store again.  I haven’t been in a long time but they had some really cool stuff for Spring and also plenty of greenery to make me smile!

I hope you all have a great rest of your day!

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Wreath

Hey, friends!  I hope you’re enjoying your Wednesday.  I’m already looking forward to the weekend!  😉

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I thought I would hop on here and share our Valentine’s Day wreath.  This is the same one that I shared last year and it held up really well.  I stored it in a garbage bag in the garage and it was a-okay when I took it out this season.

This wreath really could not be simpler.  It’s just a grapevine wreath that you can purchase at any craft store, some fake flowers, pearl sprigs, and a banner.  I think I bought everything at JoAnn’s.

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Usually when I make wreaths, I make them with a grapevine wreath as my base.  It’s just too easy.  Cut all of your blooms and stick ’em in.  I thought the pearl sprigs were a fun little touch.  The green leaves came from the flowers — I just stuffed the bottoms in the wreath.  I did that second-to-last.  The last step was the banner — and I cut off a section, then tied it on the wreath.  Over the past year I have used the rest of the banner for gift tags or table decor.

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I must admit that inside our house, there’s not much Valentine’s Day decor to be seen.  I have even taken a little centerpiece down already because I kept knocking it over and it was bugging me, lol!  Just a few garlands here and there, but maybe I’ll take a few pictures to share…

Have a great rest of your day!

Pantone 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Hey, guys!  Happy Tuesday!  🙂  I hope you’re in the midst of a beautiful and productive week.

I always look forward to blogging about the Pantone Color of the Year.  It’s a little something I wait for in December.  How about you?  I like being introduced to the color, reading up on it, and then looking out for it!  It’s kind of fun bein’ on the hunt.  😉

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I have to admit that this year’s color took a little bit of time for me to warm up to it.  It reminded me so much of a cartoon-y purple and I was a little bit disappointed.

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In preparation for this post, I read up on it and the energy put forth behind this color is really awesome.  We’re in a time when we need all the positivity we can get!  And the fact that this color is a color of hope and promise?  I kind of love that.

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Better Homes & Gardens

We’re in luck with this color, too — purple goes with everything!  It’s a universal color, lending itself to whatever else you have in a room.

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Elle Decor

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Style at Home

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Architectural Digest

Ultra violet is all about vibrancy.  I think that is what I do really like about it.  It’s not a flat color — it’s dimensional and full of life.  Slightly neon maybe?

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House Beautiful

It can also be muted, like these chairs.  They’re still punchy, but they’re a little on the subdued side.

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Veranda

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House Beautiful

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Elle Decor

Blues look exceptionally pretty with ultra violet, too.  I love the mix of shades of all of the colors in this living space.  It’s simply a blue and purple color palette thrown a bunch of different ways!  Green is the secret BFF of any purple, though.  They’re always buddies.

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Claudia Pelizzari Interior Design

Playful color, playful application.  🙂

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I mean who wouldn’t want to see this when they arrived home every day?!  I wish I knew the source!  😦

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House Beautiful

A little bit of regency, anybody?  A favorite of mine.

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House Beautiful

Of course, in a large application of ultra violet like this foyer, black and white is a great way to break it up / ground the space.  Black and white’s just good at that.  🙂

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Cottages & Gardens

I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat wondering if ultra violet has found its way into fashion and that answer would be yes!  😉  Admittedly, my daily wardrobe borderlines more with faSHUN than fashion, but here’s some fun eye candy…

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Vogue

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Vogue

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The Telegraph

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Harper’s Bazaar

If you’ve made it this far, whew, thank you!

Will you be using ultra violet somewhere in your home this year?  Pillows and flowers are very non-committal…  Would not suggest the purple carpet.  😉