December 11, 2016

12 Gifts For Your Most Stressed Out Friends

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This year especially, we can all use a little more comfort and joy as we wrap up a tumultuous 2016. As a hardcore Type-A stress puppy, I feel pretty confident that any of these gifts can bring some moments of zen to your most frazzled friends.

I found the most gorgeously soft blanket, cozy microwaveable(!) slippers, a beefcake “activity book” and more to bring on the good kind of winter chill.

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December 4, 2016

Festive, Cozy Flannel Sheets for Kids + Adults

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The nights are dipping below freezing here so it’s finally starting to feel like flannel sheet season! Usually I wouldn’t advocate something that makes it that much harder to leave a warm bed in the morning, but jumping into this cozy nest at the end of the day is bliss.  A fun reindeer print also doesn’t hurt (these are hilarious). The kids don’t have flannel sheets yet and I’m looking forward to surprising them soon – their regular sheets just feel so freezing at bedtime (our old house is drafty, brr)! It’s also a sweet idea to have flannel sheets on guest beds during holiday stays. So welcoming and festive.

The good news is there are still really good options after the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, and most of these are still on sale! Check out my top picks for cool, cozy flannel sheets for kids and grown-ups.

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November 22, 2016

West Elm’s Holiday Sale: Up to 30% off everything

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Really good deals on west elm’s modern holiday decorations (30% off) and flatware, trays & glasses (25% off) for holiday entertaining happening now! I combed through the sale sections and picked my absolute faves from cozy throws, sleek barware, gorgeous ornaments and festive decor to get your home ready for holiday hosting.

Plus, there’s up to 30% off everything on the site with code SAVENOW – think gorgeous, timeless mid-century modern furniture, cool throw pillows and accessories, sofa, lighting and more! Need more chairs to accomodate holiday guests? We’ve got you covered.

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August 1, 2016

How to freshen up your gray color scheme

Gray. Oh, how I love thee. Rockport Gray to Revere Pewter to Gray Owl, picking a favorite paint color is like choosing a favorite child (changes daily). And I’m not the only one – a quick search on Pinterest, Houzz or any shelter blog brings up more articles on “how to pick the perfect gray” than I can count. It’s so popular because it’s virtually the only color (aside from white, technically not a color) that looks great in any room from the kitchen to nursery. But it’s been around for a minute, and chances are your gray sofa or bathroom could use some new accessories to update the same-old. Its chameleon-like ability to pair well with so many colors is another reason it’s so ubiquitous – but here’s an unexpected color to pair with gray that looks so modern and fresh.

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July 23, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Home Picks

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! I eagerly await the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale every summer ostensibly to shop for deeply discounted luxe holiday gifts, but always pick up a few things because the sale is that good. This year it’s all about high-quality basics, like down comforters, hydrocotton towels and supersoft throws (baby blankets for adults are back!); amazing Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rugs to use all over the house, and a few on-trend accessories to spice things up. It’s now open to the public instead of just Nordstrom cardholders, so of course mine arrived in the mail today – *facepalm*. Anyway, good thing I scouted the sale during the sneak peek, and happily all my picks are still available! For now…mama’s got a Nordy’s card to break in.

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July 5, 2016

How to Totally Update Your Bathroom – For Under $300

When we bought our house the top requirement was for it to be move-in ready since we were moving 500 miles with a newly-minted 2 year old and are lightly handy on a good day. So the old house we picked was recently flipped – new kitchen cabinets and counters, bathroom sinks and vanities, tile, etc. The drawback to that convenience? All the major pieces were builder basic, or whatever was on contractor’s discount at the local big-box DIY store. While I’d be ecstatic if we could change out the busy brown granite counters in the kitchen and bathrooms for something dreamy like soapstone, it ain’t exactly a small project in time or money.

But! I was browsing my local TJ Maxx/Homegoods/Marshall’s type-store the other day, and realized, Hey -there’s a really affordable* way to totally personalize the look of a room we use every day that takes about 5 minutes. It didn’t immediately come to mind because the bathroom mirrors that came with the house are totally serviceable and…”fine” but oh, so square. Literally. Ok, more like rectangles but yawn.

I’m still searching for the perfect statement mirror for the half-bath downstairs (or “powder room” if you’re fancy, which I am) – some of these finds are definite contenders. Check out these 5 tips on choosing a mirror that will completely change the look of your bathroom in less time than it takes to change a diaper. Especially if your toddler is freakishly strong like a tiny changing-table MMA fighter.

*$300 was my limit because, hi, it’s a mirror, but really it wasn’t too difficult to find some amazing options and many cost much less.

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June 15, 2016

The Coolest, Modern Graphic Beach Towels

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Hi lovelies, I’m super excited about this one since we actually need new beach towels. And by new I mean any. With two beyond-fair mini redheads and a handful of basal cell surgeries between my husband and me, we haven’t exactly been regulars on the beach scene – except last fall hubs found this awesome pop up beach tent that we’ve used for everything from backyard picnics to soccer games and this summer, for the tons of beaches nearby. (North Shore, MA locals: wear your sunnies, we’re going to be blinding.) Anyway, I found so many cool towel choices, I’m especially in love with the huge round ones.

Check out the cool, modern graphic beach towels I rounded up!

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June 3, 2016

7 Ways to Add Color to Your Home (for Minimalists)

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When I’m pinning home inspiration images lately, I’m increasingly drawn to clean, simple black and white. (The same is happening with clothing – I wore a charcoal gray shirt to a recent baby shower because it was the “happiest” color in my closet. Whatever, black can be cheerful, Mom.) Aspiring to colorless elegant interiors is one thing, actually living in completely neutral territory can feed cold and clinical or like living in a bowl of beige oatmeal. Our wall paint colors and major pieces of furniture are all neutral and calm but the rooms could definitely use a little edge to keep things interesting.  Colorful home accessories are a quick, inexpensive way to brighten things up, or splash out on larger pieces like rugs or wallpaper for a bigger statement – both look amazing in an otherwise neutral setting.  If it seems like a scary commitment or hard to live with daily, check out these 7 Pinspirational images to see how minimalists added much needed pops of color – our safe word can be “greige” or “white subway tile”, you choose.

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March 23, 2016

4 Modern Ways to Dress your Table in Spring’s Prettiest Trends

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I’m loving the spring fashion trends the Mom Edit ladies are posting about and wanted in on the fun – why not translate some of those to your table since we’re coming up on the spring party parade? I took four of the prettiest trends – watercolor florals, sunny yellow (big in home decor this season and a nice antidote to gray March skies), white-on-white and rose quartz – and created modern spring table looks perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, baby showers, bridal showers, brunches and whatever else is on your social calendar.

In the shot above, I gathered up some vintage milk bottles, a french striped linen table runner (on sale!), farm stand flowers and whatever bright yellow pops I could find – in this case, petite cafe au lait bowls (similar, I die and a fuzzy duckling from the toy box (i.e. living room floor) that makes the cutest place card holder – for a modern European-flavored country look.

I can’t wait to show you the rest of the spring table setting ideas, especially since some major holidays are coming up in the next few weeks!

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