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June 18, 2018

Updated Gallery Wall for Summer


Two years ago, I created a gallery of photos going up the staircase of our home.  It was quite a project- but it's one of our favorite spots in the entire house.  I made it by Gold Rub-n-buffing every random frame I owned.  They are different sizes and kinds of frames mixed in with my favorites that I carry in my store (restocking soon!).





After getting sort of used to the photos that were there, I found myself not really noticing them anymore.  I decided to give the area some new life this season by grouping our favorite photos from beach and seaside vacations + paintings + sketches + new Whale Prints ($4-8) from my online collection.



The Whales look best with the French Cream Mats for a tone on tone look.

This post is sort of bad timing, because I'm currently out of my favorite Gold Leaf Frames, but they will be back next month!











The photo on the left is of Emma when she was 2 in her Navy Gingham dress.  The one in the center is of us on our first trip to Seaside as a family.  The painting in the upper right was one I did in Seaside during Emma's first trip.  Middle Left : Emma in seaside at 4.  Bottom Center : Seaside when Emma was 3.  Top Right : On our way to Nantucket last year.  Top Middle : Emma's First Trip to the Beach at 5 months.  Top Left : Our Wedding in Seaside




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June 15, 2018

Cottage Inspiration | My Love for Stripes


What is it about Cottages that make us so easily swoon.  While the world is constantly telling us that more is more, bigger is better, we all go gaga over cottages.  Is it that we crave simplicity and the slowing down that surely happens inside this picket fence?  I imagine the grass is very green inside this cottage's garden gate.


So simple and lovely.  I wonder how they live without a basement full of junk they don't need? ; )  When I look at homes like these, I automatically think about the lifestyle that would go with a home like this.  I'm sure their kids don't want an iPad or LOL dolls (if you know what that is, then you are the mother of a 5-8 year old girl like me!).


These charming cottages and all of the feels I get from them have inspired my Summer Collection.  When I'm creating a new collection, I compile inspiration photos like the ones above and below, and visualize the rest of the picture.  What do I think hope the rest of home looks like?  

I also created this Pinterest Board of the collection and inspiration where you can find resources for these photos.  I've been getting back to Pinterest lately.  I find it so much more productive to look at than Instagram!  It is so inspiring on every level.   In this post, I've combined photos of exteriors and interiors that I would like to see inside of these homes and how I've designed my new products to feel the same way - all featuring simple ticking stripes.  




About ten years ago when Mike and I were decorating our first home, I remember a designer at a local home store bringing me fabric samples of toile and busy florals to "add some interest and excitement" (in her words) to my oatmeal linen and cream color palette.  I told her - "I'm not really going for "interesting" or "exciting" this is our home.  I'm going for classic, cozy and comfy."  

I still feel that way about interiors.  I really have little interest in "interesting" or designer trends.  But stripes?  I have always loved the sensibility and the charm of stripes.  They are so classically clean and smart.  

Here are some of my favorite interior stripes inspiration + cottage photos:




This photo was taken on a trip to East Hampton a couple of years ago.  The proportions are lovely.












Ok, so this one isn't so much a cottage, but still : )


This is our "cottage" aka house.  It is not on Nantucket, but it is in a darling little neighborhood that we love.  While we expanded our house three years ago (so I'm not sure it fits in the category anymore!), and we tried to make it feel as cozy and quaint as possible.  There is no sea salt misty air to silver our shakes, but the midwest humidity and relentless sun is doing the job : )


Now I'll show you how I've taken my inspiration photos and brought them into our home through my new Summer Collection.

This photo was taken just before dusk at our house.  The hydrangea are starting to fill in and the window boxes are taking off.  I love how the houses looks when lit up from inside.  It feels so warm and cozy.




Cottage Stripe Cushion Cover Collection :

22" Large Square, $46
20" Medium Square, $42
25x15" Rectangle, $38



Our Bedroom : 22" Large Square Covers, $46 on our all white bedding.  Whale Prints ($3-8) framed by the bedside.


Large-scale Cottage Stripe Table Runner mixed with Green Fleur Block Print Napkins.






The Cottage Stripe fabric is made of a medium blue center stripe surrounded by smaller grayish blue stripes.





Cottage Stripe Tea Towel (or a single napkin could be used) combined with my Blue Bicycle Stationery... oozing charm! ; )






Cottage Stripe Pillows Outdoor on our new patio furniture.





June 14, 2018

Nautical Watercolor Sugar Cookies | Sailboats, Lobsters & Whales


The Nautical Copper Cookie Cutters have been staples of my store for the last four years.  This year when I pulled them out I was in the mood to do a little something different.  I've been following ElisabethandButter and love her watercolor technique.  I thought it would be the perfect artistic take on these favorite shapes.

Nautical Copper Cookie Cutters come packaged in a Cello Gift Bag with my Sugar Cookie Recipe Card  and are tied with a ribbon.  They make a wonderful gift.


It was much easier than expected - though I'm not sure mine are quite as perfect as hers, of course!  I used butter icing - because I can't not use butter icing, though I'm sure royal would create a better surface for painting.  

For the sailboat, I added a bit of blue and black gel food coloring on the plate, then wet my paintbrush and mixed them together, little by little.  I brushed on some light strokes to create dimension (maybe some wind!) on the sail.  For the lobster, I mixed red and orange gel colors, then added black details with a small brush.  It took no time at all - in fact it was much easier than mixing multiple icing colors.  I can't wait to try this method on other shapes and style.  





I tried the watercolor technique on the Boat and the Lobster.



The handmade copper cutters are so wonderful by themselves - even if you don't plan to use them.  I have them sitting on the window sill over my baking counter.  The are just beautiful.


The new Navy Blue Wellies Gift Boxes are a great way to package them as a favor or a gift.  I think the lobster would look great in there, too.



This size of cookie fits nicely in a Large Cello Bag, tied with a ribbon.  The Whale fits perfectly in a Medium Sized Cello Bag.



This is how I have decorated the cookies in the past - classic summer!  I still love them : )



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