Fashion Friday: Henry Gates, Fashion Plate

To say I have fun dressing Henry is the understatement of the year. Picking out the day’s outfit brings me a generous amount of glee every morning! (He, however, is less thrilled- as of late getting him dressed is like trying to put a duvet cover on a fast moving comforter (a great quote from Jim Gaffigan- if you have not read his book “Dad Is Fat” you need to- I cried laughing).

And to say I have fun SHOPPING for Henry is the second understatement of the year.  When he finally started fitting into Crewcuts I nearly cried with joy.  I thought shopping for boys would be so boring compared to girls, but the options are so adorable now for little dudes (other than all the clothing with weird slogans like “Space Hunk” and “Mommy’s Boyfriend” — uh, NO).  I know in a few short years (months?) he’ll start having opinions about his attire, but until then I plan to dressing him how I want- which some days is Stockbroker On Nantucket Baby, others Hipster Brooklyn Baby and others still  Classic Country Rockwell Painting Baby. A lot of you ask me what Henry is wearing on Instagram so I wanted to do a post about what he wears- I shop a lot at H&M (best organic onesies out there- don’t bother with any others), Zara, Boden (20% off today), Joules, Gap Kids (40% off today), Crewcuts (30% off today), Carters, Oshkosh, Old Navy, Nordstrom, Tea Collection (20% off today) , Lands End, Target (Cat & Jack line is so cute), Gymboree….so, basically everywhere?

Today we went more Weekend Prepster….. (captured trying to put Ollie’s harness on the stone dog- die.)

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Trending Now: Botanical Sketch Prints

I’ve noticed a lot of goods coming out of retailers these days that use botanical sketches in cool ways- from bedding to rugs to personal accessories. I have always loved using botanical prints in my work, such as in my guest room below, but haven’t used them in any other application other than wall art.
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photo by Sarah Winchester

I came across this adorable bedding from IKEA in the new O Magazine and think it is perfectly darling for a little girls room (I’d pair the set with bordered sheets in green or pink and a solid blanket, to keep it from getting overwhelming!)

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Missing High Point!

Seeing all the imagery coming out of High Point right now is making me very sad I’m not there! My schedule is NUUUUUTS these days and I just couldn’t work int he trip.  But I am living vicariously through Instagram and rounded up some of my favorite images of the new goodies coming out soon! Click the link below each image to find out more from the original Instagrammer!

Everything Mark Sikes does I love.

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Fashion Friday: Blue & White Errrrrrrything.

I’ve probably posted about this 800 times, but blue and white, while a perennial favorite of mine, becomes an OBSESSION in warmer months. I want my whole house to be blue, white and linen right now and my wardrobe too. Pulling inspiration from the king of blue and white, Mark Sikes, I gathered up some fashion for spring that follows his lead!
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From preppy to bohemian, blue and white in small and large doses works well on ANYONE.

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(blouse at right from CellaJane blog and found here)

Here are some of my favorite blue and white items for spring- some I’ve already bought and LOVE (#2, #14 and #23), some I have on order (#1, #6 & #16) and the rest are on my wishlist!

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Updating my Kitchen/Dining Room To Be Kid Friendly

Yesterday we came to a crossroads in the battle of Henry vs. My Decor.  While most of my previous choices have been okay (and some changes made already, like my ottoman)- some have not. Namely the grasscloth in my dining area off the kitchen.  Last weekend I made Henry blueberry pancakes and blueberry juice ended up splattered on my paper.  After an incident with mashed beets and a close call with a crayon I’ve decided its best to replace it with vinyl grasscloth- which has gotten SO much better looking in recent years!  Sometimes its hard to tell the difference between the real deal and vinyl.

And while we’re at it, we decided we want more room in the dining area for Henry since he seems to love playing in there.  I loved our dining table set up and style since it’s our only dining area and currently provides some sense of formality- but we’re going to get a corner banquette instead so we can push the table into the corner and gain more floor space.  Since we NEVER have dinner parties there’s no point to having anything formal! So now basically I’m re-doing the whole room!

A reminder of what it looks like now (at 5:30 this morning- pardon the lack of light!).  We had to remove a window in order to make our garage big enough so I hung Ballard window-style mirrors there instead to make the room feel more open and reflect light.

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