Cottage Chic

Brooke Giannetti Design

There’s something about Labor Day being right around the corner and the knowledge that the seasons will soon shift and that heat and humidity will give way to cool breezes that changes our focus from beach decor to cottage chic. 

Milk and Honey Home

 We begin dreaming of a charming cottage, on plenty of land, perfect for tending flowers and snuggling up by bonfires. The adorable touches in this charming living room are simple and lovely.


Things We Love: Mannequins

Made by Girl
We love unique, three-dimensional accessories that really make a room pop. If you’re looking to add interest and height to a small, awkward corner or other space that seems to “need” something that you can’t quite place, mannequins can be an unexpected option. We like them best in the bedroom because they double as a great place to hang necklaces, scarves or your party dress for tomorrow night. Just make sure you don’t wake up in the middle of the night thinking there’s someone lurking in your room! 

Restoration Hardware


Miki Duisterhof Photographer via Country Living

Joseph de Leo Photographer via Country Living

Desire to Inspire

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Does anyone else watch Bethenny Ever After? She just received one of these adorable iron mannequins for her birthday that is now in her bedroom. We love the iron ones because they are interesting all on their own, even if you don’t dress them up!


Kelly McGuill Galleries/ Heath Robbins Photography

Kelly McGuill Galleries/Webb Chappel Photography

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Piet Boon

Love the hat on this one!

Vain and Vapid
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Stella Nicolaisen Photographer

Happy Monday, friends! We hope you all have a wonderful week.


Things We Love: Blue Ceilings

Sophie Munro Photographer via Coastal Living

 The lovely and talented Sarah Richardson says that she hates white ceilings and does most anything to avoid them. Well, that’s not good news for my house because, in general, the ceilings are white, white, white. While creating a playroom for our new baby boy, though, we’re taking Sarah’s advice into consideration and going with a blue ceiling. Now to find that perfect shade… We’re crossing our fingers that these beautiful photos will get us started. Hope you enjoy!

Conceptual Kitchen and Millwork
We love this gray/blue shade, but every time we’ve attempted this one it comes out looking way too blue. Anyone know of a perfect grue? Yup. That’s gray and blue mashed together. Kind of like Brangelina. It also means “to shudder” if you’re studying for the SAT. We, thank heaven, are not.

Design Traveller


Ruthie Sommers Design

LOVE the striped walls, which is giving me another playroom idea… 

This Photographer’s Life

Herlong Architects

Isn’t this ceiling beautiful?

Turquoise, Tulips and Bliss

Turquoise, Tulips and Bliss
A tour guide in Charleston told me that painting your porch ceiling blue keeps the bugs away. Ours was blue in our old house in New Bern, and I actually think it helped!
Herlong Architects
Or maybe it was the ceiling fans that kept the bugs away. Either way, only steps from the river we had very little insect traffic.
This Photographer’s Life 

Country Living Magazine

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday and are getting back into the swing of things. It will be summer before we know it!


Things We Love: Porch Swings

House Beautiful

There are some days that are made for porch sitting. Whether the weather is beautiful or, like here, it’s pouring rain, there is nothing better than a warm cup of tea, a good book and a comfy porch swing to enjoy them in. Toss in a few coordinating pillows and some snazzy furniture, and you’ve got an outdoor space perfect for resting, daydreaming, or reading poetry and pretending you’re Allie from The Notebook… (Maybe that’s just me!)

My husband suggested that today’s post be entitled: Things We Love: Roofs that Don’t Leak. On that note, I’m going to go chat with the roofer about our (not-so-fun) rainy-day surprise! Whether it’s raining or shining where you are, we hope these images make your evening a little brighter!

A Life’s Design

Haskell Harris

J Savage Gibson for Coastal Living

John O’Hagan Photography

Country Living

Don Freeman via House Beautiful

Atlanta House and Home

Things We Love: Adirondack Chairs

Adirondack chairs

We cannot imagine a more charming house, and the touches of blue — the front door, umbrellas and adirondack chairs — only add to the architecture of this home. As if this home, photographed by Keith Scott Morton for Country Living, could get any cuter, these adirondack chairs, similar to this Blue Woodstock Adirondack Chair look like the perfect spot to curl up and watch the wind blow by.
Adirondack chairs

With a view like this one, we don’t care how cute the inside is, who would want to ever leave the front porch? These chairs, similar to these Cedar Adirondack Chairs, add a classic chic touch to this deck, featured in Coastal Living.

Adirondack Chairs
Captain’s Watch, this impossibly darling rental overlooking Hillsborough Bay, featured in Coastal Living, is one of those places where the outside living area is just as important as the inside. After all, when you’re right on the water, who wants to be inside anyway? A neutral-colored exterior is the perfect spot to add a punch of color with outdoor accessories, like these Yellow Painted Cedar Adirondack Chairs.

adirondack Chairs
This quaint outdoor space, photographed by Nathan Schroder for House Beautiful, features simple adirondack chairs like this Cedar Adirondack Chair. This patio is given a punch of color — and comfort — by these red and white stripe pillows.
adirondack chairs

Sure, we all love an adirondack chair outside. But inside? What a fabulous idea! This unique and interesting home, designed by architect Margaret McCurry, calls for decor that is far from ordinary. These adirondack chairs, similar to the Curved Back Adirondack Chair, look like they were born to go in this room.

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