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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Little Spring in the Kitchen

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Hi there sunshines! Today I am sharing a few touches of spring I have added to the kitchen. I am slowly but surely in "defrost" mode getting the house spring-i-fied. So excited that temps are going to be above 70 today. (and I am ignoring the fact that the low tomorrow is back in the 20's...) 

First up, the sideboard got a few spring-y touches. Do you see that fun cloche? It's Pottery Barn, but I found it at the thrift store for $5! I think it will get year round use, but is just so perfect for spring!  I just added some Dollar Tree moss and eggs. 

You know I adore milk glass and am always adding to my collection. There is just something about it that screams SPRING to me so I love using it in my decor this time of year.

See those eggs? They used to be plastic Easter eggs.  I will be back next week to show how I made them look natural. Hint, it was REALLY easy. 

I may or may not have stolen this collection of Peter Rabbit books from the little guy. It's all about using what you have, right?

Moving on...
This clam. 

I am pretty much giddy about this clam. Because it houses the first Orchid I have owned since college. And it was a DIY. More to come on that too! 

I love using flowers in the kitchen. I usually grab some inexpensive flowers from the grocery store and find ways to gussy them up. Of course, once the yard starts to bloom I will be all over that too. The sweet lady that lived here before us was a major gardener and every spring I say a thank you to her! Flowers really do make the perfect spring accessory! 

One thing that definitely gets me in spring mode is fresh scents. I am loving this Kitchen Citrus Bliss for my kitchen sink, but all of the Softsoap Liquid Foaming Handwash scents smell great- Kitchen Citrus Bliss, Jasmine and White Cotton, and Whipped Cocoa Butter. 

I found all three scents at Walmart. 

What do you do to add a little spring to your house? Are you excited about the warmer temps?

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

7 Perfectly Preppy Eclectic Decorated Rooms

GUILTY!!! I have gotten into the Bachelor this season. Do you watch it?
Who do you think he will end up with?!?!?

Last week I shared a name for my decorating style- Preppy Eclectic.  Many of you shared the name of your style and it was so much fun hearing about the different names you have come up with to define your style. 

Such as "Comfortable Farmhouse Traditional"- LOVE this because the comfortable offsets the traditional and the traditional offsets the farmhouse. 
Also, "Charleston Rustic" - Um, can I please come over?!?! 
This one- "Beachy-Eclectic-Homey"- yes please! 
As I sit here watching the Bachelor, I figured I would round up some beautiful rooms for you to enjoy. 
There are just some homes that I seriously never tire of. 
Homes that I repeatedly find myself drawn to and wanting more. 
Homes that if I walked in the door, I am pretty sure I would never want to leave! (does that make me creeper status?!)

But I finally figured out why these homes have always spoken to me. 

They all have the "Preppy Eclectic" vibe.  Here are 7 rooms for your viewing pleasure- the links below will take you to their blogs with even more amazing pics. You are welcome.

Monday, March 2, 2015

But First, Coffee


Lunch with a girlfriend. 

Hotel room service.

Isn't it such a treat when you get to have these little indulgences?

With two little ones, these kinds of personal indulgences are few and far between. These days I truly savor 30 minutes on Pinterest or reading blogs with a cup of coffee and a sweet treat (preferably Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies). I find that giving myself these little indulgences in my busy week really get me recharged for the crazy day ahead. 

As you know we recently took our ten-year anniversary trip. 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party February Faves

Thanks to all of you who linked up at our February Pretty Preppy Party last week. I am always amazed by how much inspiration I get from you all. Today I'm sharing my favorite Pretty Preppy Party projects. In addition to these, you can also see all the inspiration on our Party Pinterest Board HERE.
Pretty Preppy Party Blog Linky Party | 11 Magnolia Lane

Monday, February 23, 2015

Defining My Style: Preppy Eclectic

Do you have a "name" for your style? 

Lately I have been thinking about the best words to define my style. A couple words that when I say them, people will just...get it.

However, since I am drawn to so many different styles and types of room decor, this exercise ended up being much harder than I thought it would be. 

So I started writing down words that I thought described my style. I just kept a running list on my phone and added words to it when I thought of them. Still, nothing felt like the perfect description of my style.

And then it hit me when I was driving the other day.  

Preppy Eclectic. 

You are probably thinking to yourself...wait, these two words feel like exact opposites!


Preppy Eclectic Style

To me, Preppy Eclectic means traditional interiors with pops of the unexpected. The charm is in the mix of it. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Funday Inspiration

Happy Sunday! I am popping in today with a few fun things from blogland that recently caught me eye. Because who doesn't love a little Sunday Funday? :)

While our Sunday Fundays have certainly evolved over the past couple years from low key afternoons to all-hands-on-deck kiddo fun, I still cherish the weekends spent with my loved ones. 

First up, this jewelry display over at Charming in Charlotte. I first spotted this months ago but I honestly haven't been able to get it out of my mind ever since. It is just to die for! The stripes. The earrings. The gold hardware.  


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party {February}

Welcome to our February Pretty Preppy Party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to! 

Pretty Preppy Party Blog Linky Party | 11 Magnolia Lane  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

{St Thomas} What I Wore

It has been really fun to chronicle our adventure here and hope you have enjoyed a little virtual getaway in these freezing temps. Today I am giving a quick run-down on what I wore on the trip. Hubby and I have a "no-check" policy, as in, we don't check our bags when we fly. Honestly, at first this beloved little rule annoyed me, but there hasn't been a time that I wish I had more clothes with me once we got to our destination. It actually forces me to pack smarter and edit my clothes to mix and match. 

Pretty much everything I brought on this trip was clothes from my closet, mainly because there really wasn't any beach clothes to tempt me in the stores this time of year. :)

I did however, have one splurge. When I saw this "Off-Duty" sweater at Lilly Pulitzer, I just had to do it. It just summed up how I felt about the trip so perfectly! This is what I wore for travel day, and the layers were perfect for the warmer temps once we arrived.  
Lilly Pulitzer Off Duty Sweater
Lilly Pulitzer Off Duty Sweater, J Crew Gingham Shirt, 
Seven white jeans, Tory Burch wedge