Happy Fourth of July, everyone! This has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I hope your long weekend is full of laughs, food, fireworks, friends, and family! Before you’re too busy enjoying all of the festivities, whatever they might be, take a look at these cuties:
This USA Cake from Oh Happy Day might just be the most adorable (and geographically accurate) cake I’ve ever seen. This sweet dessert is definitely a crowd-pleaser that’s easy enough to make for even the most baking-illiterate of us.
I love the summery, sophisticated look of this laced back dress featured on Stripes & Sequins. Add a pair of flashy red heels and a couple red accessories, and you’ve automatically got an outfit that screams July Fourth.
If you’ve always wanted a hammock (like me), and live somewhere with a couple good trees to tie one up to (unlike me), let this Simple Summer Hammock DIY from Design Sponge inspire you to get to work! A couple yards of flashy fabric will add even more color to a blooming garden, and a space for you to relax and enjoy the summer days!
If you’re throwing a party over the weekend and need a last-minute red, white, and blue decoration idea, try this bright blue Seashell Vase I spotted on Brewed Together. Patriotic enough to stand out for the Fourth, but subtle enough to earn a permanent place in any room.
And lastly, check out this tutorial on how to make burger balloons from Studio DIY. They gave me a good chuckle, I hope they’ll do the same for you.
Image created via Polyvore
I’m shocked, mystified—and maybe just a little bit excited. Sales of Birkenstocks have spiked, and once again, the German orthopedic sandals have stepped into the sartorial zeitgeist. Since spring, the two-strap version called the Arizona has been popping up on fashion blogs and city streets, and now the style is frequently selling out at retailers like J.Crew, Zappos, and ASOS. Introduced by the company in 1973, you may also recall that the shoe cycled back into closets in the 90s. I saved up my babysitting money and—cringe—proudly wore mine with flannel shirts, baggy jeans, and baby T’s. Full disclosure: These fashion flashbacks have kept me from actually opening my wallet the second time around, though I’m close to caving. Here’s my justification: While I’m still not sold on the way the super-chunky Arizonas look with dresses, they feel fresh with distressed jeans and a white T-shirt. And, unlike strappy sandals, ballet flats, or flip flops—this summer shoe is actually good for your feet. What do you think? Is this comfy trend worth trying?
New Years is in just a few days. With that comes spring cleaning, organizing and throwing away those things that just don’t matter anymore. I love removing things from my decor that are adding clutter instead of adding beauty. A lovely palette that can take your space from too much stuff to being minimalist awesome is black, white and silver. Of course color is the best and can always be introduced but if you are craving a more simple space, this is your color palette! Here’s the look:
Products: 1. Dining Table 2. Table Lamp 3. Candle Holder 4. Teapot 5. Candlestick Holders 6. Tray 7. Bowl 8. Dining Chair For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.
Color Inspiration: Jacket
Introduce Samovar Silver in accessories and even wood furniture pieces.
Color Inspiration: Pants
I’m all for black accent walls. Domino creates the perfect dramatic wall to showcase your whites, silvers and other tones.
Color Inspiration: Shirt
Extra White is a great bright white that looks awesome on the walls, furniture and accessories.
Outfit Photo via Sincerely Jules. Paint via Sherwin Williams.
We a see a stylish, minimalist space below using the black, white and silver color palette.
Image: VT Wonen
This holiday season, I have strayed away from the classic red and green color palette and focused on a more modern palette which includes gold, white and a little cream. The reason I am so keen on this color family is because it’s a nice transition into the New Year, and it gives off a more sophisticated vibe. A lot like the ensemble below, this color palette is classic, trendy and full of style. Try this holiday palette in your dining room and your guests will be sure to give some Ooh’s and Aah’s. Here’s the look:
Products: 1. Teapot 2. Flatware 3. Fur Throw 4. Chair 5. Wall Decor 6. Wallpaper 7. Placemats 8. Dining Table For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.
Color Inspiration: Jacket.
Folky Gold is a pretty hue to introduce in textiles, wall art and other accessories.
Color Inspiration: Shirt
Paint your walls a bright white, like Pure White, to allow all of the pretty tones to pop.
Color Inspiration: Pants
Venetian Lace is perfect for painted furniture and tabletop accessories.
Outfit Photo via Apartment 34. Paint via Sherwin Williams.
Image: Coco Lapine Design
When I think of the color green, there are hundreds of tones that come to mind. Mostly because there are so many versions of green available. Forest, emerald, lime and celadon just to name a few. Whatever green that you fancy, try pairing it with silver and white. It gives the green a chance to pop and look stylish and trendy at the same time. I focus a lot on living spaces when I write this column. Today I want to style a bedroom using green, white and silver. Inspired by the skirt seen below, here’s the look:
Products: 1. Bedding 2. Table Lamp 3. Pillow 4. Mirror 5. Rug 6. Pillow For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.
Color Inspiration: Skirt.
For a rich green to use in upholstered pieces, bedding, pillows and other accessories, try Garden Grove or Evergreens.
Pair your green with a white like Extra White and silver like Samovar Silver.
Outfit Photo via Style Sight. Paint via Sherwin Williams.
Below is a stunning bedroom, showcasing a beautiful, bold green. Would you decorate using this color palette?
Image: Because I’m Addicted
One color that doesn’t get the credit it deserves is plum. It can feel like a intimidating color to use in a space. Because it is a vibrant hue, it needs to be paired with neutral tones. When pairing it with neutral tones, it has an easier time showcasing itself. You don’t want to have an over abundance of plum in your space. It’s better to introduce it in small portions. If you choose to use it in a large piece of furniture, don’t introduce it in much more unless it’s a vase or throw pillow. Using a plum wallpaper would be a striking addition to your space and would be a better choice than painting an entire wall plum. The pattern in the wallpaper will break up this color choice and allow it to not feel so overwhelming. Inspired by the outfit below, here’s the look:
Products: 1. Loveseat 2. Pillow 3. Floor Lamp 4. Bookcase 5. Pendant 6. Ottoman 7. Chair For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.
Color Inspiration: Dress.
A hue like Grandeur Plum should be used sparingly. Try it one large piece, in wallpaper, accent wood furniture and small accessories.
Neutral colors like Summit Gray, Pure White and Raisin are perfect complimentary colors. If you want to add another vibrant color, try Rainstorm or Red Tomato.
Outfit Photo via Mary’s Cup of Tea. Paint via Sherwin Williams.
Below is a beautiful living space incorporating plum. What are your thoughts? Would you decorate using plum?