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.

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!

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.

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
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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.” –

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.
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!


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Holiday Decor Trends

Home trends influence the season in the most beautiful of ways for 2016.

Bottom wallpaper pattern: ‘Jeweled Monarch’ – All other images found on Pinterest.

Visions of Sugar Plums: While holiday decorating with frosty retro pastels is a modern classic, add their neon cousins and trending compliments to the mix for the panache of the divinely sophisticated, taking Christmas past into Christmas future.

Bottom wallpaper pattern: ‘Regent’s Glen’ – All other images found on Pinterest.

Hipster Holiday: Edgy and whimsical, today’s bright new generation invents their own version of all things seasonal by using classics in stronger, individual ways; so mistletoe the dog, have your Christmas tree in a cup, or wrinkle the wrap. Have fun with it, people, no rules for the yule!

Bottom wallpaper pattern: ‘Velocity’ – All other images found on Pinterest.

Golden Season’s Greetings: Gold has become an international sensation and is stepping out to claim the status of the only metallic to use in 2016. Do not fear gold with colour, use blue, blush or even the “new neutral” grey. Remember, Gold is the new silver and grey is the new beige!

Bottom wallpaper pattern: ‘Irongate Trellis’ – All other images found on Pinterest.

Natural Noel: Creative new ways to use organic materials have filtered into holiday décor and this year the look is cleaner and simpler than ever. Don’t overdo, just let winter tell its enchanting story. Saving the world, one organic decoration at a time…..



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