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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March 3, 2016

Leesa Mattress for Kids Review + The Best Kids Bedding Sales

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A few times a week last fall my preschooler, Annika, would wake us up at some ungodly hour complaining that her mattress was “pushing on my body!” (in the way only very dramatic 4-year olds can). When pressed to describe what, exactly, was wrong with it, she said “it’s too pokey!” We had the same one on the guest bed that seemed fine so I shrugged it off as one of many creative excuses to stall bedtime – until one night when I stretched out on her bed for story time. Guess what? That mattress was pokey. So much so that I could feel individual springs in some places <insert mom guilt here>. It was one of those inexpensive big box store spring mattresses that we bought in a panic when we needed to transition her from the crib in time for the baby; I figured it would last at least a year. Turns out it didn’t stand up to nightly use even by a 25 lb kid.

So I started looking around online for a new mattress with a few criteria in mind – breathable because my kid’s a sweaty sleeper, firmer since she missed that from the crib mattress and reasonably priced.  Googling led me to a bunch of reviews for the foam type of “mattress in a box” and I was definitely intrigued. A lot of the marketing for these mattresses are aimed at adults but they checked off all the boxes on my list. At first it seemed kind of fancy for a kid’s bed, but if you’re replacing cheaper mattresses every few years – assuming the kid’s sleeping under your roof for at least 18 – math favors a better quality mattress.  I landed on Leesa because it claims better airflow and had great reviews for firm support (also I’m more than in love with the soft gray & white striped cover). Want to see what happened when we opened the box?

Full disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are mine (& Annika’s). Leesa provided product in exchange for an honest review.

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February 12, 2016

Watch, Drink, Wear: An Offbeat Valentine’s Day Guide To Celebrating At Home

Why do I only remember the most romantic day of the year when I’m ‘helping’ my preschooler address twenty My Little Pony valentines? Maybe it’s because I was never that into going out on Valentine’s Day – so much pressure to have the best.night.ever. in a crowded restaurant, dressed wildly inappropriately for February’s windchill? Uh-uh, girlfriends. Here’s a better idea – use the money you saved by dining in on some sexy little unmentionables and fire up Netflix. We’ll tell you what to wear, sip and snuggle under – who you snuggle with is ladies’ choice.

Funny story: when I polled the other Mom Editors on their fave romantic movies, their answers were…unexpected? The movies we picked are all technically love stories but their facebook status would definitely be “it’s complicated”. We’re keepin’ it real by celebrating love in all its messy, hilarious, ugly-cry-inducing forms. mwah!

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‘Spy’ Movie Night

Spy is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while; Melissa McCarthy is so flipping hilarious I can’t even stand it. Snuggle up fancy-style with a fruity champagne slush.

Cat sweatshirt: Karl’s cat is the chicest around and so are you in this comfy sweatshirt (also available as a hoodie with ears!). Also, this if you really want to commit.

Lace teddy: Here’s one way to make a cat sweatshirt sexier.

Diptyque Baies Candle: The most popular fancypants candle since forever? Pretty pretty Bulgarian rose scent. (Get it?)

Metallic Gold Throw: Keep your fancy toes warm, too!

“Stay Fancy” Wine Glass: See above.

Snakeskin Coaster: Reminds me of the private plane’s seats. If there’s a sexy way to protect furniture, I got your back.

This way for three more sweet Valentine’s movie date ideas…

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January 16, 2016

The No-Stress Guide To Cleaning Out Your Closet

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This is it. It’s time. It’s time to attack, head-on, the looming problem you face each morning: your closet.

You clear you schedule, set aside a weekend and vow that this time, THIS TIME, you will purge. You will be reasonable, sensible, and not be distracted by emotional attachments to inanimate objects.

You will take a good hard look at yourself and only choose the items you love. The items that represent you as a person.  The items that bring JOY.  And when you are finished…..ahhhh.

Visions of white, light-drenched spaces filled with a single eames chair and sheepskin rug (casually tossed onto the chair) come to mind. A single flower in a simple, colorful vase, matching hangers (rose gold, perhaps?) from which your artfully curated wardrobe will hang….yes. You can see it. You can feel it. You are almost there….

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You turn to your closet, wardrobe perfection shining brilliantly in your mind. You start off strong: Wrinkled blazer that you haven’t worn in 5 years? GONE.  Red sweater that washes you out because it’s not the right shade of red? GONE. Ugly skirt that was a gift? GONE. Bootcut jeans? GONE. No, wait. They might come back. Ok, keep those. Onward!! Stained tee? GONE. Plaid shirt you only wore once? GON- oh, it’s missing a button. Hunh. Maybe you didn’t wear it because it was missing a button? I mean, how can you evaluate it honestly if a button is missing? Ok, keep and fix the button, THEN decide.

“Stay strong!!” you vow, and continue….riiiiight up until the tshirts. I mean…they’re perfectly good tshirts. There’s nothing wrong with them, you paid good money for them, you just… don’t…. wear….them.
But it’s OK!!  You need to wear something to bed, right? And around the house?  Or to work out? OH THANK GOD. THE TSHIRTS CAN STAY. They are now just repurposed into house/bed/workout shirts. How clever you are!!

Then, you turn to your jeans. Most of them are designer. You can’t get rid of DESIGNER clothes, right? Shouldn’t you keep them for posterity? Your daughter/daugher-in-law/grand-daughter? Yes, of course you should. She will thank you later. Oh crap. What’s this?  A shirt with the tags on?  Ouch.  Maybe you could sell it?  Speaking of, maybe you could sell the designer bootcut jeans?  Shoot – you’ll need to start a “sell it” pile now.

Before long, after constantly second guessing and dithering and worrying (am I making the right choice?  am I facing future devastation years from now??)  the closet cleanout looks like this:

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Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Pretty much all of the closet cleanouts I’ve worked on have followed this pattern. Here’s how to break the cycle, and create a working closet you LOVE. I can’t promise pretty Pinterest anything, but I can help you conquest the wardrobe mess once and for all.

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