Mar 24, 2015

Buffalo Checks Feel Fresh

I used to think of buffalo checks as being awfully "country" - for me, the term conjured up images of ruffled valances in the Country Curtains catalog and overstuffed chairs in a log cabin.   But I've recently had to completely re-think this classic pattern after seeing it featured in some of these spaces, where it turns up looking quite sophisticated.

Looks so good in these contemporary / transitional rooms ~

Design by Bryan Patrick Flynn as seen in Country Living

the hotel L'Apogee Courchevel - as seen on

as seen in Southern Living

fashion designer Jenni Kayne's home as seen in

And is equally stylish in these more traditional spaces, where it lends a fresh, casual feel ~

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design by Nell Hill

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I'm a total convert.

Of course, once I started noticing it in interiors, it dawned on me that I've been pinning buffalo check outfits like crazy since last fall.  And while I thought of those checked shirts that were all the rage as being a cozy, layer-with-a-down-vest look for fall, these pics have me realizing just how well it works for this winter-into-spring season too.  

paired with soft gray, black, and white jeans - pinterest

more crisp white jeans & gold accessories - a house in the hills

love the bright jeans for sunny spring days - from hello fashion

in dress form for full-on summertime - gal meets glam

And my version of this trend ~

buffalo checks

Mar 20, 2015

Affordable Easter Wreath - that works all Spring

One of the things I love about living in a house now, as opposed to an apartment building, is that I get to "redecorate" my front door every couple of months with pretty wreaths.  When I moved here, I was shocked at how expensive some of the fresh wreaths from nurseries and shops like Williams Sonoma were, so I have made it my mission to find inexpensive wreaths I can dress up on my own.

Enter, the Cream & Green Pussy Willow Vine Wreath from Joann Fabric & Crafts.

It's regularly priced at $39.99, but all spring floral is currently 40% off, so it's now only $24.  (Btw, I feel like things are almost always on sale at Joann's - they typically post coupon codes on the top of their homepage.)

Though some of their floral wreaths would look really pretty and colorful when viewed from the road, I was worried they would look too fake when you actually got up to the door.  Plus, I think the pussy willow is spare enough to not look totally out of place if we get any more snow this spring - a very real possibility here in Ohio!

To dress it up for Easter, I simply added these glittery Eggs Picks - I got mine in the store, but they don't seem to have them on the Joann website.  You can order similar ones from the Dollar Tree  or Etsy.

I purchased the egg picks, rather than just pretty eggs, so I could easily tie the sticks to the wreath's branches and remove them after Easter.  I plan to re-accessorize this wreath after the holiday and stretch it through the rest of spring.  

To attach them, I simply cut down the stick a bit, then used the attached ribbon to tie each pick to a branch.  The whole project took about 10 minutes - and that included getting Lulu a cup of milk in the middle of it.

Ready for Easter!  

After Easter, I'll simply take off the eggs and replace them with a few of these pretties...

and my wreath will carry through the Spring.

I also picked up the faux flower branches at JoAnn's.  I think I spent about $8 on all of them, thanks to the sale.  So for around $35, I got an Easter wreath and a Spring wreath.  So my savings can go towards more important things, like chocolate malted easter eggs : )

I can hardly believe Easter is just 2 weeks away!  

Mar 19, 2015

Fun Shop: Annechovie's Notecards, Matchbooks, and More

You know when you're hunting around the internet and click a link, and then just keep clicking, and suddenly find yourself in some amazing online shop or sight and have no real idea of how you got there in the first place?  Happens to me all the time : )  If I had to retrace my steps, I think this find started in a One Kings Lane sale....  but I ultimately ended up in the Etsy shop Annechovie  - a treasure trove of charming, pretty little things.

Anne Harwell McElhaney, the artist behind the shop, must be a decorator at heart, because her whimsical illustrations feature some of the all-time BEST rooms to grace the old issues of Domino. I swear I have tear sheets of all these pictures in my big ol' idea binder.  These pretty notecards are the perfect correspondence for anyone who loves design, and they would be so pretty framed and grouped together.

Also love her take on the blue and white ginger jar trend ~ 

Such a great way to bring this trend home if you're low on tabletop space.  Or, if you're like me and have a 2 year old who likes to knock over breakables!  

I'm always on the hunt for pretty matchboxes to set out next to my scented candles.  I love that these can be personalized ~ perfect for putting together a little candle vignette on the bedside table, vanity, or in the powder room.

These old fashioned calling cards are pretty much the perfect card for a decorator or upholsterer.  I'm in the market for some new business cards, and these chic, simple ones are currently topping the list.

Love this tote for lugging my supplies* to auctions, the antiques fair, and all the upcoming flea markets and garage sales.  (*I always, always carry my tape measure, granola bars, and shopping list with ideal dimensions during "garage sale season," as I like to call it.)  But it would equally great for a Farmer's Market run or trip to the library.

She has lots of other goodies in her space on Etsy - happy shopping!

Mar 16, 2015

White & Gold Accents

I love white and gold for spring.  (I know it's still winter, but I'm so DONE with it!)  Lately I've traded my favorite black Alexis Bittar cuff for this stack of white and gold bracelets in an attempt to channel spring weather.  We haven't had snow since I started wearing these, so it must be working : )

I also like this color combo in the home.  It's fresh and airy and glamorous, all of which I'm in dire need of with all this slush, mush, and melting snow outside.  Because though I'm sure Olivia Palermo could manage it, I just don't feel very glam in muck boots.

White & Gold Accents

Notebook / Small Bone Box / Knob / Pillow / Tray / Bud Vase / Jar

Here's hoping those bracelets keep working!

Mar 13, 2015

Let's Talk About... Polka Dots

Haven't posted in an age because we have been SO sick here.  We all got some terrible virus with fevers and wracking coughs, plus throw in double ear infections and a bad case of pink eye for Lulu and you're starting to get the picture.  This winter has just really done us in!  We've finally had a little warm weather (44* woo hoo!), and I'm praying that the sub zero temps and blizzards are behind us.

This spring, I'm feeling the polka dots for both home and fashion.  I just can't get enough.  I love that this trend is so easy to mix with whatever you already have - in your home or your wardrobe.  Which means that for this decorator /mommy /budgetista, it's actually do-able.

Love dots on accent pieces like these ~

Designed by Bethany of Dwellings by Devore

Designed by Jaime Mears of Furbish Studio, as seen in Lonny Mag

And in big doses, like these wallpapers ~

Designed by Patrick Mele

Office of Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha, found on

design by Megan Morrow  - This isn't the Hinson fireworks paper - she actually stenciled these walls!!  

And while I won't be throwing out any of my 400 striped tee shirts (my official Mommy uniform, it would seem), I'll definitely be bringing in some polka dots - maybe even mixing them together. I think these are all such great looks ~

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Miranda Kerr per Who What Wear

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Bring the polka dots home with these easy pieces~

pointillism fabric from - this fabric would be so great on an ottoman, seat cushions, or even for drapery

And just for fun ~ 

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