Month: June 2016

Summer, Summer Summertime

I can feel it in the air – summer’s coming! Now, I don’t like to do an entire overhaul of my home each season, but I do like to add some small pieces here and there to reflect the change and bring the seasons inside. Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to bring summer into your own home!

Candles

Such an easy change to make! During the summer, I love fresh and light scents. I have some lanterns to place them in and they add another dimension to my decor.

   
   

Flowers

For me, fresh flowers are a must in the warmer months. I love the color and life they bring inside. Just a few simple blooms are all it takes to give a space a breath of fresh air. Side note – I can always find cheap and cheerful flowers at Trader Joe’s and they really last!

  
   
 

Pillows

Again, a quick change-up of pillows can update a room and take it from winter to summer. I just scored this one on clearance at Target!

  
What are some easy ways you transform your home each season?

When Life Gives You Lemons

When I received the new issue of HGTV Magazine in the mail, the first thing I noticed was the lemon wreath featured on the cover. Great, I thought. Perhaps there’s a tutorial inside about making the wreath. Unfortunately all there was was a price tag of over $100 to buy it on Etsy. 

Love the wreath, but not the price!

 
I decided I could make my own wreath to brighten up our front door and entryway. I searched for a few styles online and decided on a more simplified design. I picked out a grapevine wreath, a small bunch of lemons on sticks and some greenery along with a sheer aqua ribbon at the craft store.
  
Here’s how I put it all together:

1. I played around with the placement of the lemons and greens until I was satisfied then snipped off some length and hot glued each piece onto the wreath.

  
2. I cut the ribbon and made a bow to add in around the lemon and greens cluster.

  
3. I used another small loop of ribbon to tie around the top of the wreath to hang from door. 

  
I think it will look great with our new blue door (pics to come!)
Easy to make and the materials cost less than $20! What have you recently been inspired to create?

Shop Spotlight: Domestic Dry Goods Co.

Last week I finally stopped in to check out Domestic Dry Goods Co., a home decor and lifestyle shop located in Rye, NY. I’ve been wanting to visit for a while after seeing it featured in Westchester Magazine and it didn’t disappoint.


The shop features everything from home decor items, speciality foods, skin care and kids items. The products are well-priced and everything is made in the USA – many items being unique to the shop.


  

I got to talking with Erin, the owner of the shop and she told me that they’ll ship goods anywhere as well as personalize items and even create gift sets – perfect for end-of-the-year teacher appreciation.

At 3, Lady M has now discovered a love of lip balm so I bought her a set from S.W. Basics, a Brooklyn-based organic line featuring only a few ingredients. Seemingly much safer than the old Lip Smackers!


There were many other things in the shop that I could see myself getting – I may have to go back to get this cute Westchester tote bag! They also come in other designs such as The Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard and Paris.


If you’re looking for a cool hostess gift, birthday present or a little something for yourself, stop into Domestic Dry Goods Co. and help support local businesses!