Being that our house is still pretty new (well, newly renovated), we still have a running list of projects to complete. Most of the projects are decorating-related except for yard projects, but we’ll discuss that another time. I love that we chose shades of gray as a base, but we’ve been so wrapped up in finding big pieces that we’ve really only added more gray, white and gold-ish neutrals.
I’m using the change of season and warmer weather as an excuse to finish up some of these projects and picking up a few new things to bring in some color. Here are a few things I’m working on now, along with some tips to do this in your own house:
Pillows & Rugs // Here’s where the color comes in. Adding new pillows in different shapes, colors and prints is an easy way to change things up (and can be fairly cost-effective). I’m sort of leaning toward all things blue right now, which is becoming a really pretty accent in our house. We’ve also got rooms that desperately need some floor coverings, so a great rug that brings in the colors of the space can really pull everything together. And make sure to get a rug pad to keep it from slipping around when you walk, or in our case run/slide/drive toys over, on it.
Candles // This is definitely something I like to change seasonally. In the Spring, I try to keep our windows open as much as possible so I want our house to always smell light and fresh. To change up my candles, I like Tanzanian Freesia or Provence Lavender, as a nice change from richer, maybe heavier scents.
Random Decor// Every so often, I like to sort of review the photos in our frames and put in newer ones, especially of Jackson since he seems to change weekly! I also always keep my eyes open for unique “sit around items” to decorate our (still) quite empty bookshelves!
An easy way to dress up a house full of neutrals is to use flowers. I’ve been trying to keep fresh flowers around (which you think would be easier because my aunt actually owns a flower shop down the street from my house). It’s a little luxury that I especially love in the Spring and Summer, because it accomplishes both of my goals of adding color and texture. I often order arrangements for different parts of our house, but if I have a little bit of extra time, I’ll pick up a couple of bunches of flowers and arrange them myself. Lately I’ve been doing these three:
Succulents // These work great in a smaller, clear vase. I usually pick up some vase filler and cover the plant container with them. To do this one, I tilted the vase on its side and lout in a handful of rocks along that side, lay the succulent on and then tilt it back up and fill in the spaces with more rocks. These are also awesome because they require very little maintenance and they last a good long time!
Single Flower // My favorite place to put this one is a nightstand. The small, white clay vase is perfect for just a little bloom and a little green and it adds just enough color to brighten up your bedroom a bit. Just make sure you trim the stem of your flower when you bring it home and make sure to change the water frequently to help your blooms last longer!
A Fresh Bunch// This is one that I’ll often put in my kitchen. I personally like sticking with one color and type of flower, because it is simple and chic. These taller, clear glass vases are so good to keep around – and this oneis such good quality and at such a good price! I put a handful of rocks (these are vase filler, but I’ve also just grabbed them from one of the beds in our yard too) in the bottom and then trimmed my tulip stems before criss-crossing them in the vase. It’s a very natural look, but also just easy and beautiful. I also do this I receive an arrangement and have a few flowers that last longer than others. I mix those with some new flowers in the same color family to create my own arrangement!
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Another good reason to make some updates is because things are on sale and the World Market Friends & Family sale kicks off today! That means that EVERYTHING in this post is 25% off through Sunday with the code FFWEB.
Mother’s Day is just over a week away now, so that means it’s time to start shopping! It’s always great to spoil mom just a bit on Mother’s Day and buy her something she may not pick up for herself. One of my favorite mom gifts, as a mom, is a good monogram. I wear my Maya Brenner initial necklacewith Jackson’s initial every day and I really love it and think the necklace or bracelet would be a lovely gift. Oh and along with this yoga bag, you know you can find some of the cutest little personalized gifts at Mark & Graham.
I’m not sure what has gotten into me, but it seems as if everything I buy (or want to buy) lately is in shades of pink or blush (just got this and these) and neutrals. It’s probably going to be a nice change since most of my closet is black, navy and gray, but strange for me nonetheless.
I am also on the lookout for a new chambray dress for summer and this one from BB Dakota is just about perfect (and under $100). It would actually pair nicely with these J.Crew earrings. Have you seen their latest in jewelry? There are some really great, spring/summery items in store and they’re all 30% off right now.
A couple of other things not to be missed: tomorrow is the last day you can shop at Piperlime, so get any last minute deals while you still can. And finally, don’t forget to enter the Mother’s Day fragrance giveaway from Elizabeth Arden!
With Mother’s Day coming up, fragrance gifts are always really popular and it is pretty easy to understand why. We all know that certain scents trigger memories, and I do wonder if Jackson notices little things like my perfume, Clint’s cologne, or even the candles we burn at home. And what will it make him think of years from now when he smells those scents?
For as long as I can remember, my mom has worn Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium perfume, and I’d easily call it her signature scent. It’s a smell that I love and can recognize it anywhere. It always reminds me of being a little girl, playing in my mom’s makeup drawer and how her room would smell when she was getting ready.
Today I’m partnering with Elizabeth Ardento give away their lovely Untold Eau Fraiche to one lucky reader. It is a light and airy fragrance with notes of bright citrus and fresh florals. This is a very pretty scent for spring and will make a great gift for mom (or as a treat for yourself!). Just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below before 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 30, and I will notify the winner on Friday morning so that the prize will be sent out before Mother’s Day – good luck!
Clint and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary today! I went to create a post for today, I realized I’ve really never shared any wedding photos on the blog (since the wedding was a while before the HSS feed started), so I thought I would do that and tell you a little bit about our wedding.
We were married in 2010 (also pre-Pinterest!) at the Wedding Pavilion at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I grew up making lots and lots of trips to Disney World with my family and always wanted to get married there at the Wedding Pavilion. It’s a beautiful setting, overlooking the lagoon, with Cinderella’s castle in the background. It also provided the perfect setting for our friends and family to join us for a long weekend with lots to do. We had our reception at Disney’s BoardWalk hotel and then went to the One & Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas for our honeymoon.
Some of the wedding details I’m not sure I’ve ever shared:
Our cake was almond cake with white chocolate frosting and we never ate the top of it (even though we took it with us after the reception), because we left for the Bahamas the next day. We did finally get to have a replica of it near our 4th anniversary on a family trip to Disney, with Jackson in tow.
My dress is Palazzo from Casa de Novia in Houston, where I had the most amazing experience shopping for it!
Our first dance song was Once In a Blue Moon by Earl Thomas Conley, and Clint picked it out.
We played the fight songs of all three of our schools (Texas A&M, Florida State and Notre Dame) and also had cupcakes to represent each school made for our dessert table.
Five years have gone by in a blink! It sounds a little cliche, but I really feel so lucky to be married to the love of my life and my very best friend who is the best husband and best father to our sweet boy. Love you, Clint – happy anniversary!