Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Basket Inspiration

I took advantage of the boys being in school this morning to put their Easter baskets together.  I have said in prior years that I like to keep the baskets pretty simple, we just don't have the space for more plastic toys and knick-knacks, so I try to treat them to something small and fun that they've had their eye on, a few sweets, and usually a book.  I bought this one for Charlie this year and I can't wait to read it with him - it looks sooo sweet.  Since their baskets aren't filled to the brim, I do like to package everything up in a pretty way to make it even more special.  Truthfully, I probably get more joy out of the packaging + presentation than they do, but that's ok.  Here are my basket packaging essentials this year...

Easter basket from Williams Sonoma//dot paper from Target// bunny tags//kraft bags//bunny stamp on muslin bag from Michaels last year//ribbon on spool - vintage//ribbon on packages 

^^ To make the bags I typed a regular document in Pages (you can do the same in Word) and then found an bunny image online and dragged it into my file.  I googled "vintage bunny drawing" for my search.  I thought he was rather handsome for boy Easter baskets and he went well with the other bunny tags.  I printed on the bag exactly the same as I would a sheet of paper.  I was worried it would jam up the printer because this was my first attempt printing on a bag, but it went through without any trouble.  The paper source bags are very thin and designed to run through the printer, I'm not sure all treat bags would work as well.  I put a big chocolate bunny inside the kraft bag and chocolate eggs inside the muslin bag.^^

^^ here is the basket all packaged up. (the natural colored grass is also from Williams Sonoma)  I wrapped it up in clear cellophane, tied it with lots of the green vintage ribbon and another bunny tag! ;)^^


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Fashion | The Classic Trench (When Burberry Isn't an Option)

Well.... I said to myself a while back that I wasn't going to do any more fashion posts.  They are by far my least favorite to write, the most awkward to photograph (oh, hello neighbors!  Just me standing in my driveway while my husband takes photos of me.  I mean, really.) and just all around not the best.  But.... I felt this find was worth sharing, so here goes... (fashion bloggers, how do you do it?!)

I tend to only add a few new clothing items each season to my closet.  I really try to find pieces that will have some longevity, at least those that are more than $50.  Every spring and fall, for the last several years, I've been on the hunt for the perfect classic trench coat.  Not too short, not too long, fitted but still roomy enough to layer over a sweater, just the right color and so on and so forth.  Yes, I'd love a Burberry and no, it's not in my budget.  I've tried a number of more reasonably priced designers and sadly I typically end up swimming in the coat and humming the theme song from Inspector Gadget. Until this spring, thanks to J.Crew.  (This is not a sponsored post.)



I ordered the J.Crew Factory Trench and the J.Crew Icon (the name alone made me hopeful) Trench and then compared.  There is about a $150 difference in price between the two coats.  After receiving them, I still couldn't make up my mind.  Having Jimmy take pictures sealed the deal and I knew right away which one would stay in my closet.  (Cue the awkward photo session...)





^^I know you are scrolling up about right now because you don't see a difference, right?  Well, there are a few minor differences.  The collar on the Factory Trench is a bit rounded and has tiny pleats in back so it needs to stay down, the Icon Trench has a pop-able, straighter collar, which I prefer.  The Factory Trench color is a bit warmer versus the Icon Trench.  The buttons are a different color and the Factory Trench has the slightest flare versus the very straight lines here.  They are identical in length, hitting high thigh for me, the ideal length because it looks equally good with a dress as it does with jeans or pants.^^



They are both really pretty coats.  If I'd only ordered one I would have been super happy with the cut and fit for the price, but after comparing the two, I actually found the Factory Trench to be more flattering on me.  Mostly, I prefer the color.  So there you have it.  Why I waited this long to try J. Crew for a trench coat, I don't know.  Add the perfect classic trench to my wardrobe, check. :)

(For reference, I'm 5'7", wearing a size 0 in both jackets.  The cut in the shoulders is very narrow and small across the chest.  I probably could/should have gone up a size, but feared it wouldn't be as fitted.  I'm wearing it with a thin sweater and still found it very comfortable, any thicker though, and it would have been snug in the shoulders. If in doubt, size up one from your usual J.Crew sizing.)



Monday, February 23, 2015

Everything But The House | My Favorite Estate Sale Picks + A Giveaway

This is a sponsored post.  All content and opinions are my own.

One of my favorite places to hunt for antiques is on Everything But The House, an online estate sale website and organization.  While based in Cincinnati, their current markets also include Nashville, Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis and Columbus.  Their expansion plans for this year include Southwest Florida, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, Denver, LA and Boston.  Some of my favorite pieces that have come from EBTH include: our antique pine harvest dining table, the antique English bench in front of our staircase, and recently, a vintage Bokhara rug and English oak bachelor's chest for Jimmy's office (both of which I have yet to share here on the blog).

I've taken a peek at their current sales and rounded up some of my favorites. I've paired them with inspiration pictures for how I would use them in a home, either mine or yours. ;)  While I'm excited to share this source with you, the best news is that they are offering a $100 EBTH giftcard to a lucky reader to use in an upcoming auction of their choosing.  Trust me, $100 goes far! I've found some beautiful pieces that I could never have afforded if I'd purchased them from a dealer.  The rules to enter are listed at the end of this post...

^^ From EBTH: Cincinnati Consignment Sale
Having original art and antiques make a home. 
I often start searching under art when I go to EBTH's website. ^^


^^Inspiration: Old portraits going up a stairwell instead of family pictures.^^

^^ Inspiration: As part of a gallery wall, they add so much graphic interest, especially when paired with a collection of muted etchings or drawings.^^

^^ Inspiration: They look very classic in an entry too. Instantly add a sense of history to a home.  I like the term "borrowed ancestors". ^^

^^ From EBTH: A collection of pewter.  I'm love finding simple pieces like these.  They look so pretty in glass front cabinets or on open shelving and are perfect for small flower arrangements and groupings. ^^

^^Inspiration: Picture from Helen Norman.  Ivory, green and pewter is such a lovely combination.^^

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^^ From EBTH: Antique chest in Lexington sale ^^

^^ From EBTH: From Cincinnati sale.  I almost always recommend an antique chest in the living rooms and dens that I design for clients.  If there is space, it is nice to mix among lots of upholstered pieces.  There are often gorgeous chests on EBTH.  They often make a room.  Also lovely in a bathroom, entry and bedroom.^^

^^Inspiration: In a living room, topped simply with a lamp, a couple accessories, and mirror on the wall.  This is how we have ours in our living room, except with lots of family photos in place of the accessories.  It looks so pretty at Christmas to add a wreath over the mirror. ^^

^^ Inspiration: In an entry.^^

^^ From EBTH: Cincinnati Consignment Sale^^

^^ Inspiration: You can pair one of the antique chests with a nautical painting.^^

^^ From EBTH: Nashville sale, a classic antique Windsor chair.  I think it is so charming to have little antique chairs mixed, almost like art, in different rooms.  They are functional too, when extra seating is needed for parties or entertaining.^^

^^ Inspiration: In an entry or mudroom^^

^^ Inspiration: In a bedroom^^

^^ Inspiration: In a bathroom ^^

^^ Inspiration: In front of stairs ^^

^^ From EBTH : Nashville sale.  If you have a home with bookcases and no books, stocking up at estate sales is the way to go.  There are options at sales in almost every city.  I like a styled or streamlined bookcase every now and then, but my favorite ones are those filled with books. ^^

^^ From EBTH: Vintage Nancy Drew, perfect for a little girl's room. ^^

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^^ From EBTH: From Cincinnati sale.  I like to include antique tables in many rooms too.  Especially gate legs or flip tops, like this one, because they don't take up much space but can be so practical when entertaining.  We have a gate leg table in our dining room that easily moves in front of the fireplace when we want to eat dinner there. ^^

^^ Inspiration: I love to add an antique basket underneath when I can. ^^

^^ From EBTH: Lexington sale.  An antique secretary can be added almost anywhere too.  Office, bathroom, bedroom, living room... ^^

^^ Inspiration: In a bedroom ^^

^^ Inspiration: Painted in a sitting room ^^

^^ Inspiration: Filled with white towels in a bathroom.  I wish I had room to do this! ^^

^^ Inspiration: Paired with a modern seat in a living room ^^

**RULES TO ENTER $100 GIVEAWAY**
1. Go to EBTH website: click here, take a look at their current sales 
and find an item you would want.  
Leave a comment, along with the item description, in the comment section below.

2. Do at least one of the following: 
Follow EBTH on Pinterest 
or 
Like their Facebook Page
or
Follow on Instagram

3.  Provide a link to your email, or leave your email 
in comment section so we can contact you if you win!

GOOD LUCK!!

******CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED******
WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED AND NOTIFIED!
Thanks for entering!!