Favorite Things

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas #BloggerFavThings

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Hello everyone, welcome to another week! I spent the weekend sprucing up an outdoor space at our house and I’ll have more pictures of it later this week. Today I wanted to share a really fun experience among blog friends that originated with Jennifer of Rambling Renovators and Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone

The two came up with this idea to get a group together to exchange a few favorite things and mail them to each other in anticipation of Mother’s Day and as a feel good way to embrace our community of fellow bloggers. The gift giver was kept a secret until the package arrived, which they all did a few weeks ago, it was a lot of fun!

A group of companies was involved and sent a few more things our way, and it was such a delight to receive treats from them too. A big thank you to the following brands and companies for all the gifts:  Wrist Soiree, The New York Times Store; The Company Store; Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.; Home Decorators; Minted; and Delta Faucets.

blogger fav things exchange

pareo / bracelet / cutting board / personalized cards

Nicole of Making it Lovely was my giftee, so I sent her some of my favorite things including a Kate Spade pencil case, personalized pencils, some Chocolove (the sea salt + dark chocolate + almonds is TDF) and my favorite skin primer (takes five years off!) 

making it lovely instagram

via Making It Lovely on Instagram

Reichel of Copy Cat Chic got me and I was so excited to see here name when my package arrive, I’ve followed her blog for years. She sent me some wonderful treats all in a black and white palette (so chic!) and so thoughtful too.  


I was charmed by this mug by Wandersketch on Etsy that Reichel had personalized with a drawing of my home!

mug with sketch of house


So… if some of you are still thinking about gift ideas for Mother’s Day for all the moms you love, hop on over to Brooklyn Limestone today to see the full Gift Guide including everything we all gave each other, I’m sure you’ll find something among the collection for a great mom in your life !

blogger fave things

blogger favthings


Check out all the posts on the #BloggerFavThings Gift Exchange at these participating blogs.

Brooklyn Limestone / Rambling Renovators / Making it Lovely / 6th Street Design School / House*Tweaking / Copy Cat Chic / Danielle Oakey / Hi Sugarplum / Freckles Chick / A Thoughtful Place / Just Bella / North Story


Get Some Green

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

This post is sponsored by H&R Block’s Emerald Card.

Raise your hand if you’re completely over winter and ready for all things spring? Count me among you! With St. Patrick’s Day arriving next week and tiny little buds appearing on the trees outside my home, I cannot help but get excited the season and the idea of bringing shades of green indoors.

Nature is the first place I look to for inspiration during the seasons and in spring, green takes the spotlight. When shopping for new accessories, I’m always looking for ways to get a high end look for less, whether it’s shopping flash sales, frequenting retail stores that feature discounted designer goods, or transforming pieces I chance upon in a thrift store or on Craigslist.

When it comes to decorating your home, I know one thing to be true. Anyone can have a stylish home on a budget, no interior designer needed, no “to the trade” furnishings required. Much like you, I don’t want to compromise style or quality, but I don’t want to spend any more than I have to.

The most important thing is to pay attention and be aware. What inspires you? What trends do you welcome or reject? Knowing what makes you happy, what colors you respond to, and what style you favor most keeps you grounded in your purchases. Patience is also key, resisting any impulse buys, and purchasing only what your budget allows.

We all know one of the easiest and cheapest ways to bring color into the home is with paint. I can’t think of any color that doesn’t go with green, after all green partners with every hue in nature so why not in home decor too. Blues, pinks, yellows, and the color of the year orchid all look beautiful with green.

apple green paint in bedroom

kelly green walls bhg

apple green paint on walls

mint green paint orchid chairs

house beautiful / better homes & gardens / country living / marmalade interiors

An alternative approach to paint is wallpaper, but a more affordable one is the use of a wall stencil – it’s a far more budget friendly way to achieve the look of wallpaper without the expense. This fern motif can be recreated with two slightly different green paints and a fern stencil applied to a wall in symmetrical repeat.

living room fern wallpaper

house to home

One of my most favorite ways to use green paint is with a painted piece of furniture as an accent in a space. These three examples show just how beautiful green paint can be!

green kitchen hutch bhg


green cabinet inspiredbycharm

green painted cabinet

 better homes & gardens / inspired by charm  / design*sponge

I think critics of green too often associate the hue with the Crayola version. I don’t see green that way at all. I see green as a cool and sophisticated classic.

We see so much “lawn green” in our daily routine that when decorating it’s better to move away from those predictable shades and deepen the intensity of green to jade or emerald, or adding a dose of blue undertone, or going the other way and lightening with a few drops of white or gray. Even a yellow undertone is appealing, like we see in the moss that grows on mature oak trees. Bright lime greens are fun for summer, and more olive tones are inviting come fall.

I painted my kitchen island and walls, family room, and dining room a soft gray green in 2011 and I’ve never looked back. Years later, it still feels fresh just as much as these cabinets in this kitchen from House Beautiful.

pale green painted cabinets

I pulled out all my fan decks and the hundreds of paint samples inside my big basket I keep, my thoughts turning to walls and furniture and I narrowed down nine favorites. Picture them paired with polished chrome or antique brass lighting or hardware, stunning!

 fresh green paint colors

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