4.2.16

Quick Fix!

I needed to replace a pair of dingy white lamp shades when we moved, so I splurged on these black shades lined with tortoise shell. I love the warm glow it gives off at night and it completely transformed the lamps! I also used black shades with inexpensive lamp bases in our bedroom. Here's a great tutorial for painting white shades if you're up for a DIY project. You can also wrap the inside with wallpaper or fun marbled paper. Here's a roundup of my favorite rooms with black shades...
I just saw these Mercury Glass Lamps at Target that would be so fun with black lamp shades!!

31.1.16

Stock Up!


It was swimsuit weather this weekend (!) so I took advantage of sales for the kids. I also stocked up on boys' basics like khakis and white socks. And nude flip flops for moi!
(Extra 10% with code JACKPOT)

24.1.16

Dreaming of Spring!

Caitlyn McGauley is one of my favorite artists, especially this time of year!! She also designs wallpaper, available through Studio Four NYC.
 See more of Caitlyn's work on her website and Instagram... 

21.1.16

Coffee Table Essentials

The options are endless when it comes to styling your coffee table, depending on what you use it for and in my case, if you have small kids. Some nights we eat dinner around it and clear everything off for a dance party! 
The great thing about styling a coffee table, is that there's no rules! Layer it with whatever brings you joy. I love books and color, so I start with those things and then add texture, greenery, and momentos. Inspiration is everywhere!
When I'm entertaining, I set up another bar on the coffee table to help people congregate around the sofa.
It's always nice to have things like an ice bucket, extra glasses, and cocktail napkins out on the table. 
If you're having a dinner party with kids, you can turn your coffee table into their own cozy spot. Will's aunt always has hers set with food already on the table. It's such a treat for me and them! 
I've also noticed when the plates and napkins are fancy, the meal is much more civilized!
Don't forget about your outdoor spaces as well!!
Treat your porch the same as you would with any other room in the house. Lamps, throw pillows, and garden stools make it a cozy spot for coffee or entertaining.
 Chairish is a great source for buying and selling vintage furniture, especially coffee tables. You can browse all different styles, like this Chinese Black Lacquer table, or a Linen Wrapped table, and I'm loving this Blue and White Mosaic Tile coffee table. See more pictures and inspiration on my Pinterest Coffee Table board!

19.1.16

Neutral Shoes

I'm a big fan of nude shoes that can be worn year round and thrown on with anything. I've slowly been rebuilding my shoe closet since the flood, and so far it consists of various shades of nude. You can't go wrong with neutral strappy heelspumps, and ballet flats. I think Joie booties and sandals come in the best neutrals. For spring, I've already got my eye on these wedges and sandals
Last weekend I dressed up my elastic-waist African pants with some strappy heels (similar to these) and a black tee. So easy and SO comfortable!!

14.1.16

Be Our Guest!

Lela's room is also the guest room and fortunately, we've had lots of overnight guests since we moved in! My mom is coming today and we can't wait!! The room is 10'x11' so we had to get a little creative with the layout. We hung the big caterpillar above the crib, and the canvas bins underneath store diapers and toys. 
We've used the same crib bedding my Mom made for all three kids, made out of orange velvet and Ikea curtains for the cording and ties. I've gotten a new fitted crib sheet depending on if its a boy or girl. This one is from Serena & Lily, and I also like Rikshaw and Biscuit for fun prints.
The previous owners were SO kind and left this Ikea Daybed for us! I keep all of Lela's folded clothes in the drawers, which eliminates the need for a dresser. I reused the purple quilted pillows, which I dyed for Pearl's first bed, and some other throw pillows I made paired with a white quilt. 
Last week we had girls from the African Children's Choir stay with us, so I rearranged and pulled it out into a king size bed. We had so much fun!! I made the bed with white sheets, a pair of vintage embroidered pillowcases, and Anthropologie throw pillows.
(Vintage chairs we found for the girls this summer}
Since the mismatched bedside tables are different heights, I added books to make the lamps the same height. Easy fix!

13.1.16

Outerwear Looks

Keri Russell always seems to pull off a warm, yet put together look in the winter. She's usually juggling kids or a bike so it's also functional (minus the bare legs and stiletto pic!!) This is my favorite time to buy outerwear because there's so much on sale, like this long J.Crew Collarless Coatand this Zara oversized wool coat. I'm also into this Mango poncho that could be dressed up or down. I found P the cutest pink wool coat from Gap last year ($15!) that reminded me of this one. I've been rotating my grandmother's vintage fur coats with my Lands' End one (similar one here) and layering a lightweight J.Crew jacket with sweaters underneath.