BOTB 8.22.14

August 22nd, 2014

Well it’s official, the kids returned to school this week and we’re back to our normal routine. I love that annual trip to shop for school supplies, one of my favorite rituals, yours too? This weekend Matt and our little boy took a quick trip to Pennsylvania to see the finals of the Little League World Series with Matt’s brother and his son and from the texts I’ve been getting they’re having a great time. Of course we’re rooting for Team West, go Las Vegas! Here at our casa it’s a girl’s only weekend, we’ve got sleepovers and shopping and pedicures on the agenda, and other girl related fun.

It’s ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ weekend again, and Amanda and I rounded up our favorites from the past few weeks, enjoy these inspiring projects and ideas!

Build and paint a faux burl wood desk with acrylic legs with a tutorial at Brooke Eva.

faux burl wood desk

   

Tour a super cool shared modern boys superhero room at Classy Clutter.

modern superhero boys room

  

Make rainy days a bit sunnier with fruit slice umbrellas made by Studio DIY.

fruit slice umbrellas

 

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Trending: Copper for Fall

August 21st, 2014

As we were driving home from our month in the desert I kept lamenting how I just didn’t want summer to end. Not yet! The warm weather, the laid back days, the time spent outdoors. When I arrived home I spied the pile of mail and fall catalogs that awaited me on the dining room table. Swiping the bills aside for a later, I dove right into my fall catalogs and after an hour of perusing them it hit me: I think I might possibly be almost ready for fall. Harvest time, pumpkin spice lattes, scarves and cable knit sweaters. Yes, I’m almost ready.

While reading, one of the things that stood out was the presence of copper in decor. While we’ve seen it popping up everywhere since spring it seems copper is officially the “it” metal for fall. While you’ll never erase my love of antiqued brass and gold leaf finishes, bits of copper feel so lovely right now. This warm metal with its underlying rose/orange tone is a traditional one and centuries old in its use; it’s fun to see it sculpted into new shapes and contemporary looks.

copper trays

two’s company trays at burke decor

Copper has been a staple in professional kitchens for decades, and copper pans, kettles, and canisters have always felt nostalgic and homey. Have you always dreamed of a collection of copper cookware in the kitchen?

copper pots on rack

apartment therapy

Search for vintage finds on eBay or Etsy or start your collection new with these finds:

copper cookware

saucepans / mule mugs / hammered spoon + rest / 2 quart saucepan / tiered stand / stock pot / salt + pepper mills / hammered canisters

Copper pendants and sconces in modern shapes whether shiny or matte bring the warmth of this Old World metal to a dining room, kitchen, or bathroom.

copper pendants crate and barrel

copper pendants and sconces

dumont pendant / hammered pendant / tom dixon round pendant / drum copper pendant / fluted cone pendant / gooseneck / baker sconce

 

Copper finishes are big on the home decor scene this fall with accents and accessories available at many retailers, allowing you to incorporate this warm metal into a seasonal vignette.

copper tray west elm

mirrored trays at west elm

copper home decor

sequin pillow / soap dispenser / scented candle / webb candleholder / square tray / 3 piece candlestick set / curvy stool / wall clock / tolix chair

 

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