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?

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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!

From Eyesore to Knockout

When we first looked at our house as a potential candidate, I noticed it had a cute archway set over the stairs in the stone wall. I thought it was really charming but in major need of some TLC. The whole thing was rusted and looked like it had been there since the house was built in 1957. But I knew I wanted to keep it nonetheless. 

 

Charming but in need of some love

  

The rusting was pretty bad

 
We moved in late summer so I didn’t have a chance to work on it. Then I was pregnant last summer and not feeling well, so it was neglected for yet another season. I finally decided to tackle it this year.

Armed with two cans of flat white spray paint, I set to work on re-beautifying this lovely arch. Little did I know, I’d need two more cans to finish the job. So off to the store I went to complete my project.
 

Also happy to see the herb and vegetable garden thriving in the background

  

It’s all in the details

 
I added some solar-operated twinkle lights to up the charm factor – great for those nights spent roasting marshmallows in the fire pit. 

 

It’s not perfect but I’m happy with the outcome. I’d like to think I’ve given it a new life.

What recent home project makes you feel proud?

A Nook of My Own

Do you ever feel like there’s a space in your house you just don’t know what to do with? That’s how I’m feeling right now about one corner of our master bedroom. It’s a big room but I find there’s this one area of wasted space that’s too small to do much with since it sits right in between two closets.

My idea is to create a small (read: cozy) reading nook where I can go to sit and relax. It’s only large enough to fit a chair and side table but really, what more do you need? Add in a comfy throw, pretty table lamp and some candles and you’re all set! Here are some of the spaces that I’m finding inspiring. You’ll have to check back in a bit to see the final reveal!

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Images via Pinterest

 

Summer Wardrobe Essentials

The weather in NY is finally getting warm and lovely (here’s hoping it stays like this!) With all of this beautiful weather, it’s made me realize one thing – I need new summer clothes! 😉

But seriously, I am on the hunt for a few new pieces that I think will help make my warm-weather wardrobe complete. In no particular order here are a few of the pieces I’m currently coveting:

Chambray dress

I feel like I’ve been trying to find the perfect one for a few years now with no luck! This Gap dress may do the trick (and it’s on sale now too!)

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White flat sandals

Another elusive find for me. I had a fantastic DKNY pair years ago and I was so sad when I had to finally admit they were falling apart and toss them. I haven’t found a pair to live up to them since. But here are some that may fit the bill.

 

Sleeveless tops

I feel like you can never have too many of these. They’re perfect to wear with jeans or skirts and so easy to layer with a lightweight cardigan when the weather cools down. I’d love some new tops with bright pops of color and bold patterns.

 

What items do you want to add to your summer wardrobe?

 

Images via Google

The Met Gala

Tonight, all of the pretty people will emerge through the rain and gloom to attend one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year – the Met Gala.

This year’s event, which benefits the Met’s Costume Institute will reflect on its new exhibit Manus x Machina – Fashion in an Age of Technology.

   
   
Some memorable galas in recent past celebrated fashions influenced by China and punk. What will everyone be wearing tonight? Well since it’s all about technology, the possibilities are endless. Don’t you wish you had a ticket???