The minute it went on sale this week, I gifted myself a second STATE tote bag (25% off with code MDW25.)
I bagged the exact same bag I’ve been carrying for months, simply because it’s on sale. I liken this to when you find the perfect jeans, and buy two pairs immediately for fear you’ll never find perfect jeans again (Hey Linzi — you and all those MOTHER Denim Load!) It’s a bag-love insurance policy. More on that below, and why I am so obsessed with this bag that I now own two.
Then I got to work on all the early access, for all the things that are on Memorial Day sale right now, and likely won’t be priced this low again anytime soon for all the clients and friends. That shopping, has become brain + muscle memory over the past many years, and it always starts with Parachute Home (20% off Everything, ends Monday.) S is a believer, as is Linzi, and basically all of TME + a boatload of happy clients and friends. Sleep matters, great sheets help, showers with great towels are like taking a vacation at home, and the time to get them is when they are on sale (and won’t be again for months.) More pillow + shower talk below.
The skeeters are back, in full force. In addition to spray, sticks and battery-operated tricks, we’ve hung these little works of mosquito repellant art everywhere possible, and they are adorable! They come in various burn sizes. It’s going to be a long hot summer; I ordered the 150 hour — for everywhere.
There are so many great patterns and graphics, and these floor pillows are by far, the best-priced outdoor floor pillows to be found. And possibly the cutest too. Oh, and if you need some fun outdoor throw pillows, you can coordinate or mix and match!
This bag is rubberized. So when I forgot that I tucked my YETI with a straw in it, which promptly spilled when I hopped on my bike with it over my shoulder and bounced my way home over all the potholes…no problem! (at least not for the bag.) People compliment this bag every day, all day. And everyone wants to touch it; it’s texture is fabulous! I ordered a second because in addition to carrying it for work, it has also been tested for picnics, farmer’s market shopping, travel, golf, beach, brunch, lunch and dinner out. My work is often on very dusty construction sites. We get dirty on site visits, and so have the white super-comfortable to carry straps. So I’ll keep the A bag, as my work tote and let it keep collecting construction dust. And the B Bag will be my everything-other-than-work-tote all year long. I love this bag. (Currently wondering if two is enough?)
I have tested all the sheets, done all the research, and am regularly asked these questions: Favorite sheets? Parachute. Linen or Percale? I have a set of each I rotate back and forth because I have them from said research. If I had to pick one? Linen. Top sheet? Nope, I like European-fitted + duvet + duvet cover, but all the power to the top-sheet lovers. Add a light quilt for summer? The Duvet comes in a lighter summer weight and a year-round/all season weight. If that’s still too much for a hot sleeper, the light quilt is also gorgeous and makes a nice bed folded at the end over the covered duvet. King or standard pillows? On a king bed, six standard pillows. Which pillows? Depends on how you sleep. I toss and turn, am usually on my side, and prefer firm. For pillows and inserts, down or down alternative? Down alternative if anyone has any allergies and for easy launder as needed. Pillow cases, end or envelope? Envelope: it’s a cleaner look on a made bed, unless you are a mid-night-pillow-flipper; then, end. Additional questions? I’m happy to pillow talk all rainy day long, ask away!
Kids LOVE fun + cozy. There’s a beam in that ceiling somewhere. Add a fun swing to their room and it gives them a great little hangout and chill spot where you’ll find them reading, coloring, (OK fine –possibly on a screen,) but most importantly-content. Swings are calming and fun, all at the same time! Ohhhh…and if you have a covered porch, a finished basement or some such thing, these are great there too! OOO la la…there’s also a Momma sized one on sale too!
Love of white towels is no secret around here, and they are always a great choice. But these grey speckled ones also now have my whole heart! The bundles are sold out, so go to the individual options and put together your own set of these subtle sweet things; they are just enough of a little something special!
Oh west elm,…The Radius were on sale when I started this post, they are not right this minute, they will be again, so maybe check back on them. For today, we know for sure that this next gorgeous set is on sale, for sure, right now:
I might even prefer these, and…I’d also order both and mix them together for a modern + transitional container garden. I especially love this composition of a trough planter for an easy, outdoor, tabletop, kitchen herb garden.
Watering the garden, hosing down the patio, washing the car…all way more fun with a pop of color hose! If you want to choose your color, this is best price on Dramm hoses today.
Choose propane if you don’t have a gas line, choose natural gas if you do. If you are going to self assemble (my 12-year-old did ours in less than two hours) and he’s my calm, measured, deep thinking, moves like molasses rolling uphill kid. Pro Tip: follow the instructions (all of them), and you’ll be fine! Oh, and Home Depot has a few of them on sale for MDW, so figure out which one you want, and then price compare, plus factor in when it will ship to you if that matters.
Best vacuum investment ever. Especially helpful when kids are responsible for cleaning up their own messes. And when it’s my job to clean up the mess, I am more happy to do so with this little stick trick.
Top Memorial Day Home Sale Picks
The striation is what keeps this sustainably sourced, fair traded, handcrafted beauty from being a boring rug. Love it in grey always; the natural is also beautiful. It’s a well-made, understatedly elegant, great room grounder. Memorial Day weekend is a great time to find rugs on sale, and west elm has a great selection of them. I also love this indoor outdoor cord strip beauty, this flat weave Dhurrie for it’s pattern and colorway, and what’s not to love about classic well bordered jute, always!Especially for layering! Picking one is hard with so many great choices!
Think long summer nights and happy hour; nights where you don’t so much cook, and set yummy food on a tray, and everyone is happy. Great for serving a raw platter, or cheese and crackers and olives, a mix-your-own fruit salad, crudite, all the deliciousness.
Le Creuset is where we make the beans and legumes, the soups, the scampi, all the yummies around here. I’m not an Instantpotter, I’m old school-French + Dutch ovens and braisers all day. And this color way is gorgeous.
These are by far my favorite open bookshelves and I love the white/oak mix especially. They rarely go on sale, they group well…make a whole wall of three or four side by each, and they are especially great for creating a nice look in a tight space like a city home.
All of Parachute Home is 20% off through Memorial Day, and won’t be again soon…but there are a few last chance items that are 50% off! Go…go now, they sell out quickly and are limited stock.
Among many favorites from C&B is this easy-on-the-eyes and takes-up just the right amount of visual space coffee table.
Melamine, for outdoor, everyday, all day, and it’s speckled, free ship (orders over $149) on sale (code SUNSHINE) and perfect!
Love this chair and its sexy lines and finish. Also available in a stool. And is super comfy!!!! Amazing way to accent.
That’s enough to get started on this lovely rainy day where we shop, chill and hug our loves until the sun comes out!
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