Fall Craftiness: Hydrangea Wreath

My mom sent me a text the other day with this picture saying “Pretty, right?”.  I responded that the hydrangea wreath was, yes, completely gorgeous (especially against her shingled house). Turns out that crafty little Mom of mine made it. I’m not entirely, suprised seeing as she has the green thumb of all green thumbs (recall her gardens HERE).  But this is something so perfect for this time of year- pre-holiday wreath and not all full of Thanksgiving kitsch!

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So here’s how you can make one. Cut (or buy) some of those lovely purpley-green hydrangeas out right now and hang them upside down to dry for a few days. Then gather the supplies below:

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Cut the stems very short on the hydrangeas.  Wrap the wreath form in the burlap ribbon, securing the ends with a T-pin. The begin pinning the dried hydrangeas onto the form using a T-pin through the short stem of each bloom. Continue until wreath is covered on front and sides (leave the back exposed- hence the burlap ribbon- so it lays flat on the door or wall you are hanging it on).  Spray the flowers with hairspray to reduce petals falling and keeping everything secure. Voila!

All in the Family: The New Beach House

Over the weekend I took quick trip down to Connecticut to not only pick up some amazing side tables I had made for the shoot we’re doing of my house next week, but also to see the progress on my parent’s new beach house my Dad and his firm designed. To my amazement, it’s almost complete save for a few details and landscaping.  Look how adorable!

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Right down the street are a couple cute little lobster places with spectacular, quintessential New England coast views. I am pretty darn excited to have this place to escape to.

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I have the task of helping them decorate this beauty.  We already ordered these great Arteriors stools and some bold marine blue Windsor chairs from Ethan Allen as well as end chairs from Williams Sonoma.  We’re working on a much bigger table, rug and lighting.

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I’m thinking a stripey dhurrie like this one from Serena & Lily- but maybe bringing in aqua, the other color in the scheme we’ve been playing with.

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The kitchen is impossibly bright with gorgeous soapstone counters with white veining. Mom and I were joking that she might need to wear sunglasses while doing dishes.

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The view from the sink and the vaulted ceiling in the living room.

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The colors we’re working with, like this Mally Skok fabric and Sanderson’s Ooti in Indigo.

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The inside of their TV cabinet built in is painted Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic, one of my favorite colors and we’re thinking of adding in some throw pillows in Studio Bon’s Fuzz print to the seagrass Pottery Barn wingsbacks that flank it.

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View from the dining/kitchen area to the living room.

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The front door leads to the entry hall, at the end my Dad installed an old beautiful window we found at Brinfield five years ago and it looks so cool (behind it is a bar area and the pantry and laundry spaces).  To the right is the study, which Dad designed with wood trim and built ins to give it a more “old sea-captain’s house” feel.

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We’re thinking of using this vintage paper my parents have stock of in their barn somewhere in here- either under the chair rail or above.

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I’m loving these Thomas Paul pillows for the chairs in there too!

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The first floor bath has Nantucket beadboard made of PVC wrapping all the way into the shower and a sheet of glass, half milky half clear that swings over the window for privacy and to keep water out but lets the light in.

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The first floor has a guest room (aka my room).  I already did a little board showing some ideas for this space- these will be adjusted but it’s a jumping off point!

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Pottery Barn headboard // Stanley side tables // Stanley dresser // India Hicks for HSN skirt & shams // John Robshaw bedding // Jaipur rug // Teil Duncan art // West Elm lamps

Here’s the master bedroom (their bath not quite done yet) and the second floor guest bath, which I love.

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The glass subway is the prettiest shade of grey-green.  The Circa sconces are nautical and fun.

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A cool big antique anchor my mom and I found at an antique store and the pretty stone wall at the back of the lot overlooking the harbor.

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I’ll be keeping you guys abreast on decorating progress!!!

Sponsor Update: Laura U

I am so lucky to have so many wonderful companies that believe in what I do so much that they decide to sponsor this blog. Laura U is one of them. Laura Umansky is the designer and owner of the designer firm and shop and I wanted to share a few of her projects and shop items I am loving.

How whimsical and great is the use of the ostrich wallpaper (we used this in a project too!) The sofa is a totally unique color and it really works well with the neutral palette creating a focus.

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Love the palette of this room too- the dusty coral with all that white and hints of tan and brown.

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This wall installation of a cluster of varying sizes of juju hats is awesome and something I haven’t seen before.

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Another yummy palette- similar to above.  A great look that shows off the natural woodwork of the space.

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We’ve used this Kravet fabric for drapes before too and it looks SO GOOD here! Such a great scale on this print!

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An incredibly fun Moroccan themed den- the lighting, the built ins (!!!!), the cabinetry……those BEAMS!

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ADORE this child’s room- that cobalt door is kind of everything, especially when paired with the bright colored accents.  And this bathroom wallpaper is one I have been DYING to use, so nice to see it in play!

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A great bath, especially that floor.

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An awesome little outdoor scheme. That umbrella and chairs? Perfect!

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Laura U’s shop is a little boutique of curated goods- from refurbished vintage finds to Voluspa candles and accessories- a couple finds:

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On My Radar: New Finds from Target & West Elm

These days there is no excuse for bad decor since there is SO MUCH good design going on at retail stores all over.  Here are my current faves from two I shop at constantly: Target and West Elm.

I have loved every collection that Nate Berkus has released with Target thus far, but this one may take the cake!  Done almost entirely in my favorite palette of black, gold, wood and white I am ALL OVER these great finds.

I’m thinking these brass and stone modern lamps would look awesome in our new office.  And this pillow is all sorts of hot stuff.

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LOVE this gold framed accent table, it look a hell of a lot more expensive then it is.  For more of a natural look try this woven stool.

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A super hip two tone mirror and gold accent piece perfect for dressing up a bookshelf or console table.

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A pair of folding metal campaign stools are great for the end of a bed or under a console table, and this gold candelabra would make a great centerpiece on a dining table in lieu of flowers.

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These faux marble trays and this faux bone inlay frame are fabulous accents for any space.

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And while we’re talking about Target, check out these other insanely great items from their Threshold line.  High style at a low price.  For example, a brass and wood bar cart for under $130 and a leather strap mirror for under $25.

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Totally crazy about these two side tables- both the brass and wood and brass wire.

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How about this sleek wood octagon mirror and gold based gourd lamp??

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And now onto West Elm, which is KILLING it right now too with their new releases! I mean, I can;t tell you how many time I sat up and yelled “SO GOOD!” while perusing the site.

First and foremost, these nailhead pieces, side table and dresser- DYYYYIIINNNNG.

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I was SO pumped to see they partnered with Boston based furniture maker Richard Watson to make an affordable version of his INCREDIBLE highboy (right) which I have been lusting after since seeing it at the gorgeous Beacon Hill shop Good.  Someday I will have one.

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A great daybed perfect for a space that serves double duty, like an office/guest room and a bar that look like perhaps it was vintage.

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AWESOME capiz shell fixtures that would look amazing above this wood dining table.

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LOVE the mid-century collection- especially the new black and brass pieces like the desk and dresser.

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LOVE this brass and black floor lamp, may have to get for my house. Also these simple stripe throws are great.

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Everyone needs a furry throw for fall and winter- faux fur or mongolian lamb adds great texture to your decor (and my dogs are obsessed with snuggling on mine).

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How sculptural and cool is this towel rack???? And these toasters with wood panels???

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Totally getting this gold rimmed jewelry box for my new dresser, absolutely gorgeous way to display your trinkets. For a bit of bling elsewhere, his gilded pillow will do.

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You all know I can’t say no to a good stripe- these wool pillows and bedding (not new, but rather re-released) are so awesome.

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Love the gold bottom weekender with stripes (kind of made for me) and this little anchor oven mit!!!!

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Fashion Friday: Classic, Sleek and Chic

I remember seeing this picture of Jennifer Connelly a long time ago and thinking “that is such a classic, gorgeous outfit.” Thanks to the awesomeness that is Pinterest, I recently saw it again yesterday and I STILL love it- proving in it’s timeless staying power. It’s classy but sexy and perfect for a fall dinner out or event.

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Here’s how us real folks can get this awesome look.  I added a modern, tone on tone necklace for a little evening edge.  The red lip is perfect, and you could even add a red pedicure under closed toe shoes, since it’s chilly. (P.S. That watch looks a heck of a lot like the Cartier Tank I love so much too, for way less!)

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