Celebrate Summer Home Tour

Today I'm taking part in a "celebrate summer home tour" - created by Julie Blanner. I'm featuring some rooms of my home that I've filled up with favorite way to add a little color all year long, but especially in the summer.

Lately it's been unseasonably cold here in Connecticut, so most of these photos are from last spring and summer. The temps are supposed to heat up and stay up this week, so I'm hoping to finally fill up our front stoop pots with some fresh ferns and some boxwood topiaries this year.

I'm also planning to visit the Farmer's Market and pick up some more fresh flowers there. Of course, once it really warms up, I'll have my hydrangeas to pick and snip all summer long. Right now we're on the tail end of the lilacs, (I've placed them in little vases all over) but hopefully the rest our landscaping flowers won't be too far behind.





living room

dining room 

home office 

guest room

I hope you'll continue on this warm weather house tour by stopping by Boxwood Avenue and Finding Home Farms. Thanks for including me Julie!

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Weekend Wrap Up

Kicking the weekend off extra early today and heading over to Rye to see my artist friend, Jeanne McKay Hartmann in action, over at Nest Inspired Home. If you're not already familiar with Jeanne, she's an amazing artist and blogger (which is how we first met!) I pulled these fun watercolors off of Jeanne's Instagram, isn't her work great?! Head over to the Pretty Pink Tulips blog to learn more about this event OR if you're in the area - just head over to Nest!

A few more fun things of note:


15 Fabulous Throw Pillows To Zhush Up Your Home

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6
7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12
13 // 14 // 15

I had an entirely different post planned for today...but then I got a little sidetracked. Actually, it was more like entirely derailed. What started out completely out of curiosity, turned into a full blown search for chic throw pillow options. 

Backing up a little here, while getting our  back porch ready for spring I couldn't help but notice the sad condition our patio furniture pillows were in. After seven years with the same ones, it's time for a much needed change. A quick search of outdoor pillows yielded either ugly or crazy expensive ones, so I started to search for regular indoor throw pillows...

Since our porch is covered, I'm hoping that these pretty options will work. I found so many cute ideas for our white and navy couches, but I'm really leaning towards combining options 5, 6 and 9 OR going with options 1 and 8...although 7 and 14 could be really great together too! Which ones are your favorites?


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Blogger Home Tours: Lauren Nelson

This month's blogger home tour features Lauren Nelson's chic and sunny Manhattan apartment. Lauren and I have had a social media friendship through our respective blogs for years - going back to when Lauren lived in Chicago. Now that Lauren's close by in New York City, I'm sure we'll get to meet in person one day soon!

Until we do, it's always fun to get a glimpse of another blogger's abode, especially one that I admire so much. And, as you can see, Lauren's home is super stylish. I love that Lauren used our monogram shams as part of her fabulous bed set up! As for all of Lauren's other design sources, including that beautiful pale blue paint color, you can find everything listed and linked over on Lauren's blog. Thanks for sharing these fab photos of your home Lauren (all taken by Alexandra Wolf Photography).


Dining Room Wishlist

Today's round up is the top of my dining room decor wishlist. As I mentioned yesterday, our dining room's getting very close to completion. Coming off of the One Room Challenge, I'm newly motivated and ready to get this room done.  I've spent the last few days narrowing down what this room still needs and taking careful measurements. Now the fun part begins, as I start to scout various shops and sites for ideas and inspiration...


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