Last weekend one of my friends was wearing this amazing poncho (and basically the entire first outfit I pulled together below) and I was OBSESSED with it. I tackled her to look and see who made it and found it was by Ulla Johnson, whose designs I’ve seen a couple times in passing at Barney’s. But when I went online to find said poncho, I fell madly in love with almost every single thing she is making for spring! It’s glamorous bohemian in the best way possible (and so. many. tassels. y’all.) Unfortunately, on me -who is taller and broader in the shoulders than my friend who wore it best- it gave me the silhouette of an overgrown, vaguely ethnic SpongeBob SquarePants. Sadness. But there are other items I will be snapping up for summer (a few really good ones on sale too!)
My aunt sent me a link to this property, Hidden Valley B&B the other week and I was amazed I had never heard of it or seen anything published about it. It’s a lovely three bedroom property in quiet Wishington Depot, CT and you can not only stay there as a B&B but also rent the entire property as a vacation rental through VRBO!
That was the cheesiest title, no? I couldn’t help myself.
Black and white in any combination with always be classic- and that stands doubly true for exterior and patio decor! I love a good black and white patio scheme- it’s so crisp and classic and gives you perfect base to add a pop of color or just let your greenery and scenery be the vibrant focus of the space. My favorite places to shop for outdoor decor are Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, CB2, Crate & Barrel, World Market, Williams Sonoma Home, Target, Homegoods, Ballard, Frontgate and Terrain.
My few tips on outdoor decorating:
- Always make sure you are using the right materials in the right spots- not all furniture deemed for “outdoor use” can withstand the elements- many labeled as such are for covered patio use only. A good example are many of the bistro style chairs we all love- the woven seats can take just about anything, but if the frame is made of real rattan or bamboo they can’t be left out in the rain and snow.
- To really be safe and maintain the quality of any patio furniture invest in a set of covers!
- Avoid buying everything in sets- sure, having a matching sofa and chairs can look great, but don’t buy the coffee table and side tables too. Mix up styles, finishes (woven wicker with sleek metal for example) and vendors for a unique look.
I am packing up this morning to jet over to Nantucket (a.k.a. my happy place) with a bunch of girlfriends for the Nantucket Wine Fest! I could not be more excited (and yet will probably ugly cry over missing my tiny Henry numerous times). But momma NEEDS this and I am so excited. I’m packing a mix of things, mostly blue, white and red, and a mix of preppy and…PREPPY, because it’s Nantucket y’all. But these items would work just about anywhere.