Monday, March 20, 2017

Toddler Easter Basket Ideas

I've confessed my love for celebrating holidays with little ones before, and Easter is no exception. You can see how I decked out Lexie's first Easter basket last year here. She was tiny then, and is definitely more of a toddler now, so I know she'll really enjoy the little gifts we've picked up for her.

I don't like to go overboard on the "smaller holidays" (ie not Christmas/birthday), but it is usually a good excuse for a couple new toys to keep her interested, or a new outfit or two with a change of seasons. Plus I just really love watching her discover new ways to play!

1. Lamb Plush | Bunny Plush - Sweet, charming keepsakes.
2. Bunny Ears - these are from Target, and are only sold in stores. So cute for $2! I'm planning on adding some faux flowers to ours for a sweet touch.
3. Felt Flower Headband - to go with the perfectly chosen Easter dress
4. Bunny Book | Marshmallow Book - can you ever have too many books? We would read all day if Lexie had her way.
5. Easter Bunny Pajamas - Just so cute!
6. Play Vegetable Garden Set - Mr. McGregor would be jealous!
7. Bunny Sippy Cup - Again...can you ever have too many with a toddler around?
8. Play Eggs - Pretend food is a current favorite.
9. Bunny Egg Decorating Set
10. Flower Play Set - Springy and great for fine motor skills.
11. Fairy Reusable Sticker Set - I am so excited to give Lexie her new sticker sets...I think she'll love them!

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Friday, March 10, 2017


We're still in the planning stages of our 30th birthday trip to Charleston, and this new boutique hotel has me swooning. Even if you don't plan on staying, their Instagram is worth following.

This bathroom reno from The Leslie Style is stunning! I love her point about the accessories making the room, too.

While we're on the subject of bathrooms, how about this beauty from Heather Bullard? All the heart eyes!

Ikea's latest sofa is really lovely, with a bit more sophistication than most of their usual offerings.

A whole lot of eye candy in this sweet shop themed birthday party (yes...birthday party)

I made this one-pot recipe last week and it was a hit and so easy!

Wisteria is offering up to 30% off anything you can set a drink on - so all their gorgeous chests, tables, trays, etc. You guys know I'm a budget shopper, but sometimes a stunning heirloom-quality piece is worth the splurge, and that's totally what Wisteria's beautiful furniture is. I'm eyeing a couple really special things for our new house.

Top row: chest | tray | bench
Bottom: tray | trunk | chest

Happy weekend, everyone!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Get the Look: Layered Rugs

I shared a few weeks ago that our living room got a new addition – a second rug. We already had this great classic jute in a 9x12 size that filled the space perfectly and added tons of texture, but I wanted to change things up a bit.

Layering a second, smaller rug over a larger natural fiber one is a design trick I'm seeing more and more. It adds tons of depth and interest to a room, and can even introduce a different mood or color palette. In our case I wanted to lighten things up a bit and break up all the brown, so I chose this very affordable ivory and gray 5x7 to go on top. On its own it would be far too small for the space, but since the jute rug is the proper size, it's a nice contrast.

Usually natural fiber rugs are fairly affordable, so this is a great way to save a bit if you need to fill a large space but still want that wow that a statement rug brings – it's certainly much cheaper to buy a 5x7 vintage oushak than a 9x12!

It's also great for those of us who like to change things up often. A natural fiber rug like jute or sisal is timeless and can last you through many trend changes. But it's so simple to give a space a different feel by just adding a secondary rug on top.

The possibilities are pretty endless here - add a pop of color with an overdyed rug, extra detail with an intricate kilim, or even more texture with a shag, fur or hide rug.

I rounded up a few picks for inspiration if you're looking to do some layering of your own. Most any natural fiber rug would be a great base, although I'd love to try it with a white jute on bottom and then more of a pop on top. Which is your favorite?

G E T  T H E  L O O K

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The 15 Best Interior Designers to Follow on Instagram

Ya'll know I love me some Instagram. Daily inspiration from talented people around the world, plus connecting with others, plus behind-the-scenes peeks at work and life with Stories. It's just my fave. I especially love seeing the work of true interior designers. There are so many gorgeous interior feeds out there (I shared my 16 favorites here), but there's just something about the professionals that are unlike any other. So these are my 15 favorite interior designers to follow on Instagram. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

S T U D I O  M C G E E

(hands-down my favorite designer, on Insta or anywhere else!)

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