Brazilian Beauty

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games start this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Rio, as most people refer to the city, is known for its golden white sand beaches, its impressive statue of “Christ the Redeemer,” which sits a top of Corcovado mountain, and hosting the world’s largest Carnival.  Want to bring the colorful and vivacious attitude of Rio into your home?  Here are three distinct looks inspired by the city and landscape of Rio…

Brazilian Boho: Beachfront bohemian style with mad color and just a dash of artistic eclecticism.

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From left to right: York Wallcoverings wallpaper, Serena & lily chandelier, Houzz mirror, Loloi pillow, Pier 1 poof, Land of Nod floor basket, Serena & lily chair, York Wallcoverings wallpaper

Sophisticated Sizzle: As the Carnival capital of the world, Rio is the place where cultures converge and the nightlife is hot, hot, hot!

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From left to right: York Wallcoverings wallpaper, World’s Away mirror, Loloi pillow, World’s Away stool, Loloi rug, Pottery Barn jewelry tray, Serena & Lily light, York Wallcoverings wallpaper

Bold Naturals: The tropical paradise of South America encourages living in the sun, so extend home spaces to encompass the warm and welcoming outdoors.

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York Wallcoverings wallpaper, Crate & Barrel bench, Serena & Lily cloth napkin, CB2 light, Serena & Lily hanging chair, Pier 1 clock, Pier 1 succulents, York Wallcoverings wallpaper

Dapper Dads

Dapper: A compliment made to someone who looks incredibly
smart and stylish.

Father’s Day will arrive with all the ties, tools and fanfare we can muster for the most influential of men in our lives, but did you know he’s been a fashion icon since time began?

Stylin’ for summer: Seersucker, foulards, and classic stripes define summer days in light airy color and the brightest of whites with Pop’s “pop” of color.

Patterns “Pragmatic” and “Ralph Stripe” are from the Carey Lind “Menswear” collection. All other images found on Shutterstock.

Patterns “Pragmatic” and “Ralph Stripe” are from the Carey Lind “Menswear” collection. All other images found on Shutterstock.

Travel and leisure: Before he met you, he saw some things and did some exploring, and now he shares all that with you. Here’s to his spirit of adventure!

"The Old Course” and “Double Down” are from the Carey Lind “Menswear” collection. All other images found on Shutterstock.

“The Old Course” and “Double Down” are from the Carey Lind “Menswear” collection. All other images found on Shutterstock.

Shaken not stirred: Dad can be one smooth operator; putting the ‘dash’ in haberdashery. No one will get bored when he’s in the boardroom!

Patterns “Hemmingway” and “Crocodile” are from the Carey Lind “Menswear” collection. All other images found on Shutterstock.

Patterns “Hemmingway” and “Crocodile” are from the Carey Lind “Menswear” collection. All other images found on Shutterstock.

Making Memorial Weekend Memories

“Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.” –History.com

Most Americans commemorate this holiday by opening their pools for the start of the summer swim season, attending parades, and hosting picnics with friends and family.  Memorial Day seems to be the un-official start to summer, and my husband and I look forward to it every year.

Being eight months pregnant with our first child seems to complicate the plans a little… no tubing down our favorite creek or camping this year.  But, that doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating!

Kick start your Memorial Day festivities with a festive table scape, fresh at home cooking and star spangled DIY projects.

Here is an easy recipe to impress your friends from The Cookie Rookie.

Here is an easy salad recipe  that’s perfect for summer, and is sure to impress your friends, from The Cookie Rookie.

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A great way to add some color and pattern to your table is by creating paper placemats, like this one from Martha Stewart! You can use scrapbook paper, but wallpaper works especially well if you want to make a long table runner. Our blue Stars wallpaper would be a festive option for Memorial Day or the 4th of July.

And, if you have a few extra minutes, add some flair to your favorite pair of jeans with just a few simple steps!

And, if you have a few extra minutes, add some star spangled flair to your favorite pair of jeans, courtesy of Free People.

No matter where you are, or what you do this long holiday weekend, take a few minutes to recognize all those in your life who have served in the military and helped to protect our great country.  Happy Memorial Day!