Black Friday Sales 2015

mini ginger bread houses via William Sonoma

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Now that it's officially the holiday season -  I'm determined to not get too overwhelmed. I tend to get swooped up in the stress of it all, when the truth is I should try to focus on all the fun fleeting things. I need to bask in the little things more...

As for Black Friday sales, I'm hoping to take advantage of them, but I know if I don't get around to it today-they'll be going on all weekend right through Cyber Monday.

Here's the top ten Black Friday sales I'm hoping to hit. For more gift giving inspiration see gifts under $100. here, hostess gifts here and gifts for teen girls here. Happy Savings!

1. Shopbop: Save 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 with code: GOBIG15
NOW thru Monday 11/30 (treating myself to this DVF silk blouse and my daughters to some TKEES). See even more Shopbop favorites here.

2. J.Crew: Save 30% off most full-price styles and an extra 40% off sale items with code: HOLIDAY  until 11/29 (loving the under $50 gift selection - especially the cute plaid PJs)

4. One Kings Lane: There's all kinds of amazing mark downs on home furnishings and accessories. I love this vintage framed New Yorker print and these little matchbooks !

5. Theory: Save 40% -  Now thru 11.30! My sister in-law's birthday is on Christmas, so I always like to get her something a little extra special, like this chic cashmere sweater.

6. West Elm: Save up to 25% off with code: MOREISMORE Now thru 11.30 (my husband loves his watches and I love to keep things looking neat, so this gift is a win/win)

7. Amazon Of course I'll be buying my kids some books (my 9 year old son loves the "who was" series) I know my girls would love to find more Fuji instax mini film in their stockings, BUT, there's also some great deals going on in the fashion department with 30% off select clothing and accessories. Use code: 30BLACKFRI

8. Nordstrom:   There's a lot of great looking designer clothes on sale. My oldest daughter will flip for this coat.

9. Saks:  Loving this fair isle cardigan for my mom.

10. ZHUSH.COM: Save 20% off site wide with code: SAVE20 offer ends 11/30
     (these Kate Spade photo frames are a great little gift idea)

Also of note:
Graphic Image is giving a gift with purchase today until 11/29.
Minted is offering up to 20% off your order of Holiday cards and gifts. I do nothing else today, I'll be ordering our cards!  Use code: BF2015
Rebecca Taylor: Take an extra 30% off sale items with code: THANKFUL


Hostess Gifts

This time last year we we're getting ready to host about twenty people for Thanksgiving. With a long to do list occupying my thoughts, I wrote this post about pre-party prepping (which I still go back and check regardless of the holiday). Fast forward to this year - our year off from hosting duties. So today I have only hostess gifts on my mind. A much easier thought process to say the least! 

Wishing you a very relaxing, delicious and Happy Thanksgiving! I'll be back on Friday with a list of Black Friday thru Cyber Monday sales and deals.



Progress Peeks: Our New Home

We've been living here in Connecticut for a year now. I'm still calling it our new home, mainly because it still very much feels like a new house (compared to the fourteen years we spent at our old one). On the one hand, I feel so settled and thankful that I can honestly write that. However, on the other hand, I thought we would be finished with the home's decor by this point - only now I see that wasn't really realistic.We are slowly finishing rooms. Our formal living room (above) is now done. Muse Interiors helped with my request for additional seating with this chic pair of poufs in front of the fireplace.

 I added a pair of nail head trim X benches to the foot of the guest room bed and as soon as I set them down it became clear to me that this room needs a pair of lamps on either side and possibly some bamboo shades.

Below are some other fun additions like a patterned Kilim runner in the kitchen and a great little accent table in my husband's office. There's also a photo (taken by Nicole Cohen) of the guest bathroom (completely finished as part of the one room challenge) since this project occupied so much of my time and energy this past month and a half.

We're hoping to get the dining room wallpaper installed before Christmas. It's the big projects that require multiple contractors here that I thought would be over by now. That part is not my favorite. So I keep adding the fun things like X benches and lamps and look forward to crossing another room off the list.


Obsession Du Jour: Jackbilt Homes

Last week I stumbled upon the above image over on Pinterest. I was so drawn to this one simple vignette and immediately wanted to see the rest of this charming space. A quick google images search led me to the site of Atlanta home builder, Jackbilt Homes (and I'm so glad that it did).

The stunning fixtures, built-ins and custom touches throughout these beautiful homes just took my breath away...hope you enjoy and find as much inspiration as I did!


The Weekend Wrap Up

This week flew by - not in a good way, but more in a "can't catch my breath, overwhelmed" way. I'm looking forward to some down time. I work best when I'm organized and not rushing to do too much. I used to think everyone felt this way but I've learned through the years there are people who really prefer to be busy, busy, busy all the time. I realized awhile ago that less is more for me and I'm hoping to honor that idiom this weekend, both literally (I"m looking to do a closet/pantry/basement purge) and figuratively (afterwards a Netflix binge).


Beautiful holiday table inspiration via The Fashionable Hostess.

The stunning kitchen above is from Lonny, check out the full home tour-it's a must see.

Sweater weather is officially upon us in Connecticut. I'll be cozied up in this one all weekend.

Have you seen Reese Witherspoon's new store Draper James yet? The home decor accessories selection is my favorite, especially this sweet little Beau box.

Speaking of sweet, I just picked up the most adorable book for my nephew. I'm a bit obsessed with Henley!

I've started my holiday shopping, but I'm still looking for some great ideas. If you are too, check out these gift guides: Gifts Under $100. and Gift Ideas for Teen Girls.


The story behind our front entry art.

A festive guest post from Katy Byrne of Designs by Katy. (I loved her One Room Challenge bedroom reveal!)

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