Hi there friends! Today is the day, I am finally sharing my new outdoor privacy screen!!! It's a nice blend of modern & rustic and it gives us a little more privacy from the road. We live on a corner lot across from the bay on a very small piece of property. So any additional coverage that makes it feel like a retreat away from the rest of the world is exactly what we need. I decided to go with a stain rather than paint because I have a good amount of painted surfaces in this space. I also wanted to balance the warmer wood tones since I tend to gravitate towards driftwood gray. My friends at Sherwin-Williams made it easy to select a color. They were extremely helpful … [Read More...]
Happy Monday friends!! I am so excited to share this fun, easy & super stylish summer project with you today! Our collection of driftwood has grown each year, as "hunting for treasure" is a favorite summer pastime. No matter how old my boys get they still like the adventure, you honestly never know what you will find washed up ashore. We have found some pretty awesome pieces lately and it got me thinking, what else could we make with them? I love dimensional & sculptural objects, they add a flavor to open shelving & vignettes that no other accessory can. As I began to see some of the driftwood we found together as art, we all agreed these would make beautiful wood sculptures. … [Read More...]
It’s been one hot, gorgeous summer and the homegrown harvests have been nothing short of raaadicchio. See what I did there? I know, total pork (pun dork). A free spirit and entrepreneur at heart, my 11-year old neighbor, Lily, has been working odd jobs for family-friends in exchange for fresh grown produce. When she showed up at my door a couple weeks ago with a head of radicchio, I knew exactly how to incorporate this beautifully bitter leafy green into a dish made for this hot-as-all-hell summer: chilled avocado mint soup with roasted radicchio. Queue drooling. This recipe combines a few of my favorite things: silky avocados, tapas-style (and healthy) eating, and a dish with … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! I have a fantastic before & after to share with you today! Living close to the water my backyard furniture can get worn very quickly. This year I decided it was time to give my outdoor dining table a refresh. With the help of my friends at Sherwin-Williams I was able to find the perfect color & products for this makeover. The Sherwin-Williams store locator made finding a location close to my house easy. I am lucky I have 2 stores near by but for this project I decided to give the Riverhead, NY store for a visit. They are incredibly helpful each time I stop in, this time was no exception. I was appreciative for the advice they gave for this particular project … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! As some of you may know I have been participating in a rug challenge over on Annie Selke's Instagram feed (aka Dash & Albert). They are taking the top 10 and producing them under a "Blogger Collection." I would love this opportunity more than you know, it would be a dream come true to say the least. This rug challenge has really got me thinking about desire, dreams, humility, gratitude & grace and taking my own advice. My boys both wear these bracelets they got from camp that say "NEVER GIVE UP." Yesterday Jack gave me his to wear when he went in the water and I had it on for most of the day. As we drove home from the beach I glanced down at the words across my … [Read More...]
Happy Friday!!! As most of you know I am working on finishing up my backyard right now and it has me in the mood to entertain. You know when you get your space exactly how you want it and decide to throw a party to show it off?! Well if are feelin the hosting vibe right now like me then you will love these summer entertaining essentials. They are classic outdoor musts with a super pretty look. And who isn't loving all the indigo, wicker and warm woods? This post contains affiliate links 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Next week I will be sharing part 1 of my backyard, my updated outdoor dining space including a simple table refresh and … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! Happy hump day to you! I hope you are all enjoying your summer! I have a confession to make, I haven't officially decorated my house for summer yet. In fact I am still working on my backyard, which I will be sharing over the next few weeks. I went from the deserving family makeover right into the Anne Selke rug challenge, then school ended, we went away and that was it, my brain was in summer vacation mode. But....not to fret, I have been going room to room and giving each a simple refresh. It's actually pretty easy to make small changes for a big impact. Here are 8 simple ways to freshen your space for summer or any season.... Change your art. You can do this by … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! Today is my birthday and what better way to celebrate than to share my 3 rug designs for the Annie Selke Rug Challenge!! In case you are not familiar, Annie Selke is the founder/designer of Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert. A few months ago they asked me to join in on a Rug Challenge with 14 other bloggers and today I can finally share my the 3 designs I have been working on!! The really cool thing is, the top 10 winning designs with the most votes will be produced and showcased for the first time next April at the High Point Market! Voting begins today at 10 am and will run through July 20th and it's ALL on their Instagram! I need your help!! Please head on over and … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday! It seems as though I blinked and summer was actually here. I am enjoying the lazy mornings out on the porch with my early riser (Jack) and Denver. It is really nice to go at a slower pace and not be in such a rush. We have been spending lots of time at the beach already, which you can probably tell by Instagram feed. My stress level has already gone down and I feel like me again, yay! Whether it’s the beach, the pool or all the summer activities, this season comes with a ton of extra stuff. Beach stuff, camp stuff, pool stuff, sports stuff, it can be a lot to think about and put away. So I decided to create some much needed extra storage under my stairway nook.
I don’t know about you, but this broad is a soup-all-year-round kinda gal. Recently, I took a work trip to Syracuse, New York with my bestie and fortuitously feasted on the best French Onion Soup I’ve ever had. There simply couldn’t be enough of that cheesy, perfectly bowl-covering crust. I love when I find my new city staples. Thank youuuu, Internet.
Happy summer friends, it’s official!! We have 2 days left of school here on Long Island but they are only half days, so I am already feelin the summer vibe. I am eager to hit the beach, go for a swim, take it all at a slower pace and maybe enjoy a cocktail or 2. This year more than ever I am committed to watching what I put into my body. I realize in my 40’s that what I eat directly impacts how I feel. That means keeping it natural and trying to keep the sugars down as much as possible. So I have come up with a clean and refreshing summer cocktail that is under 100 calories, all natural (besides the vodka) and guilt free, a Skinny Watermelon-Basil Martini.
Hi there friends! I wanted to share something personal with you today. Growing up I was a shy kid, who was very unsure of my place in the world. I was creative but I don’t remember much value being placed on it at the time, I did know that if you were smart it opened these doors and […]