It’s time to get those patios and porches into shape for springtime, and now is such a good time because almost every place I like to shop is having sales on their outdoor items right now (OKL- 20% off, PB- up to 40% off, CB2- up to 20% off, World Market- up to 20% off free shipping, Pier 1- 25% off, WS Home – 20% off).
I rounded up some of my current favorites from all sorts of sources and price points!
Some tips for outdoor furniture purchasing:
- Don’t buy entire matching sets– mix it up! I like mixing iron and zinc finishes with rattan. Or keeping it light by mixing wood and natural wicker with sleeker white accents.
- Invest in good furniture covers- I just got these from Amazon and they are really affordable and work amazing! While outdoor cushions CAN get wet, they can still grow mildew and stain over time from continued wet conditions.
- If you want planters that last through winter seasons as well as summer avoid ceramic as it will crack in cold conditions.
Mother’s Day is fast approaching and this year Mark & Graham asked me to partner with them to celebrate moms and I was happy to oblige. Not only do I love personalized products as gifts, I also love when they are actually REALLY useful (and beautiful) to me as a mom. And right now everything on their site is 20% off with code “SUNSHINE”!
I have been on a neutral tear lately even though spring is supposed to have me craving all things bright, flowery and pastel. Well, maybe it’s because I just want dressing to be a little more effortless and easy that I keep stumbling back to my basics of white, beige, black and denim. Paired with some woven accents ( a MUST, MUST this spring) it can look as appropriate in springtime as it does in fall or winter.
Musings — April 17, 2019
It seems that everyone is always looking for a good book, and this morning we were discussing good books in the office and I said “Hey guys, I’m gonna make this today’s post!”- also because I’m still foggy from the stomach bug I had and did not have any other good ideas, to be honest. So here are some titles collected from everyone in the office, which is great because our interests in literature vary by subject, of the best things we read in the past year or so. Not all the titles are new, but perhaps ones you haven’t read yet! I just finished The Perfect Nanny, which holy sh*t guys, DO NOT read if you employ a nanny, and started Educated by Tara Westover, which has been lauded by everyone. So please share your favorites in comments so we can get a great list going!
(I’m always inspired by their bold combinations of pattern and color)
Anne and Suysel from are some of my FAVORITE people in this industry. I met them LONG ago, and we’ve been friends ever since. I remember going to see their work at the Hampton’s Showhouse and thinking it was beyond genius. I’ve been huge fans of their work ever since. We’ve used in our own projects and LOVE their wallpapers for ! So here is a great Q&A with them that shares with us their fave project, places to shop and paint colors!
Fashion — April 12, 2019
Guys, I am BEAT from the tour and after 6 days of Spanx and dresses I am ready for some COMFINESS. But even when craving comfy, I still want to look reasonably presentable. So all I could muster today for the blog are some fave comfy-but-polished items that let you feel at…
(these pots are from Frontagte– I have one on my back patio) I am on the last day of my big book tour and while I am SO tired, I’m really looking forward to my Chicago events today and tonight! But itching to get home to my Henry. Spending a little time…
You can’t print EVERY image you take in a book, so I thought today I’d quickly share some of the good ones that I still think are fabulous, but did not make the cut for the book for one reason or another! All by either Michael J. Lee or Sarah Winchester, who…
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