Things We Love: Pea Gravel

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Howard Design Studio

 

Mom and I have both always loved infomercials. I know. They’re worse than reality TV. But it’s not like you set out to watch an infomercial. It’s something that just sort of happens. Not so much anymore, but, back in the days before DVR and OnDemand, we’d be up late, and one would just come on. And then we’d get sucked in, and, before we knew it, we were pulling out our credit card  (Well, Mom’s credit card. I was a child.) and ordering Yoga Booty Ballet because the next fifty callers got a free set of resistance bands.

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Hollander Designs

 

 

We already had three sets of resistance bands, but it’s something in that guy’s voice and all those women who went from a size 14 to a size 2 in three weeks and their asthma went away and they met the love of their life and won the lottery… 

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Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

So we ordered Yoga Booty Ballet. And Billy Blank’s Tae Bo. And this cool thing you used to sort cans in the fridge. And something I can’t remember the name of that involved step aerobics. (Mom is really good at step aerobics. She was a preschool mom in the early 90’s so, you know…)

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Robert Couturier  via CTC&G

 

But there was this one infomercial I always used to see that intrigued me. It was for these detoxifying foot pads. You’d put them on when you slept and they would pull all the toxins and heavy metals out of your body and when you woke up the foot pads were black with all of the gross stuff pulled out of your body!

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Hollander Design

 

Now, Mom still has a Tony Little Gazelle in the garage, but she made fun of me for thinking these things would work. So I never got them. 

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Stroudwater Design Group via Dering Hall

 

Yesterday, I was in TJ Maxx trying to be patient while Will examined two dozen lunch boxes when I saw them. Those foot pads! And they were $4.99, so I bought them, despite the lack of a free set if I ordered in the next eight minutes. And I woke up this morning and they were black just like on the infomercial, and I am quite sure that my insides are squeaky clean and toxin and heavy metal free just like that happy girl on TV all those years ago!

 

So, sure, yeah, it’s probably just some sort of reaction with the heat in my body that turns that little pad black. But it makes you feel so accomplished. I mean, for every win–like the foot pad and Billy Blanks–there’s a thigh master and a can sorter that cans don’t actually fit in. But that’s half the fun. And this is why we love infomercials. 

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Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Something we love that’s a little less risky? Pea gravel. We installed it in our backyard in Beaufort, and it has been a miracle for controlling moisture and keeping those pesky mosquitoes away.

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

 

Plus, it’s so pretty, which, frankly, was our initial appeal. The lack of Zika was just a happy side effect. So, no, it’s not great for heels. But in flats or flip flops, gravel makes the most satisfying crunch underneath your feet.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And it’s such a beautiful juxtaposition with surrounding grass.

 

So, no, you probably won’t get a free gift with purchase with your pea gravel. But, on the very bright side, it’s also probably not going to end up unused in your garage. Speaking of, I’m off to unearth those Yoga Booty Ballet DVDs I haven’t seen since college. They were great. And I’m having the strangest urge to hunt down this Fluidity Barre system that I used to see all the time… Although, it’s way less fun to order informercial products now that I have to use my own credit card!

Wishing you a wonderful day, chic friends!

 

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House Tour: Art Deco Revival

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You know we love simplicity in the interior. But when those clean lines and pared down color palettes translate to the exterior as well we couldn’t be more thrilled. This Buckhead home from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle is a stunning example of an Art Deco Revival.  Open, bright, light and with just the right amount of exterior detail, it goes without saying that we can’t wait to peek inside this beauty!

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Things We Love:Boxwood

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Hi, friends! Are you having a good week? We sure hope so! I had a signing for Lies and Other Acts of Love with one of my favorite authors, Mary Alice Monroe, day before yesterday, and Mom got to come too! Everyone had so much fun at the event that we didn’t get home until midnight and, in the shock of being out so late on a school night, we, um, forgot what day it was. Hence the sharing of our Friday favorites on Thursday. But any day is a good day to share favorite links from around the web, right? We hope you’ll forgive us!

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Bunny Williams On Garden Style

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Oh, Bunny Williams… We just love her. Don’t you? Getting to hear Bunny (we’re pretending we’re on a first name basis so let’s just go with that, okay?) speak at the Design Bloggers Conference was such a treat for us, and hearing that one of her amazing books was going to be re-released was almost as exciting!

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 The only thing as classic as Bunny herself is her timeless design sensibilities. She just keeps getting better!

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House Tour: Gloucester, MA

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 There’s something about gorgeous homes with cedar shakes and perfectly manicured lawns that always captures our hearts. Add a water view, and we’re totally sold. This beautiful Gloucester home hits all the high notes of that classic look that makes us swoon–and has a stunning interior to match. Take a look around. We think you’ll love it too!

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In Good Taste: Hollander Landscape Architects

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 We all know that interiors are crucial.

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 But, if the outside and landscape don’t match the insides, some of that prime beautiful space feels so wasted!

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