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diy: our favorite wallpaper 

From L:

You guys. I swoon every time I see Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper. I fantasize about using it in every room of my house: dining room, powder room, bedroom…CLOSET. But I have one problem: it’s kinda spency. I can’t bring myself to pull the trigger.

So imagine how excited I was to see this DIY on Simple Details blog for a look-alike. With just a few tweaks to a cheetah print stencil, you can paint your walls to look ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE the wallpaper of my dreams.

PSA: My husband, who owns a mold mitigation business, really likes this idea because – as a lot of folks will tell you – wallpaper can trap moisture, hide leaks, and create all manner of chaos in your home. Much better to stencil on paint walls!

View the real thing in these amazing rooms, then try your hand at the DIY!
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fall wish list: home.

L says:

Maybe it’s because I’ve been home for the last few days with a new baby. Or maybe it’s because fall always makes me think of a fresh start with new stuff (new school clothes! new school supplies!). IDK. Whatever it is, I have a bad case of the gimmes. Here’s what I’m craving for my house right now…

The Glitter Life Fall Wish List Home
need all of this.

Ikat Duchess Chair // I’m *real* obsessed with these ikat accent chairs from the obsession-worthy site Society Social. In a perfect world, two of these would flank my entry hall console table.

Duchess Chair
duchess chair // society social

Sputnik-esque Chandelier //  This light fixture from Lowe’s — LOWE’S — is my everything. It’s under $200 – insane! I have something similar in my dining room now, but it’s not this good.

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18-light chandelier// lowe’s

Gold Etagere // I’ve got the perfect place for – and plenty of objets to fill – this Ballard Designs etagere in my upstairs hallway. I would just use the center, pagoda-topped piece…but you could do all three components if you had the room.

Ballard Etagere
silvia etagere / ballard designs

Abstract Art by Britt Bass Turner // I’m a huge fan of Georgia artist Britt Bass Turner. Two of her abstract prints hang in my dining room. If I had unlimited funds, I’d put this gorgeous canvas in my entry hall (right between those two Ikat Duchess Chairs).

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jungle love // brit bass turner

Wall Sconce // I can’t stop staring at these bright orange double wall sconces from Candelabra. I just repainted my entire house a pale, pale grey (Benjamin Moore Simple White, actually)…and I can think of like twelve places I could put one (or two) of these.

Duke and Duchess Wall Sconce
dunes and duchess double sconce // candelabra

Linen Cocktail Napkins // J and I can never have enough cocktail napkins (see our other picks here, here and here), and we’re always looking for fresh designs. These sorbet leopard print beauties by Letter Made would be perfection topped with a glass of sauvignon blanc.

Letter Made Cocktail Napkins
leopard cocktail napkins // letter made

One or more of these pretties has a really good chance of winding up on my doorstep before the Vicodin wears off. Stay tuned for our fall fashion cravings!

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friday five: links we love.

Whew, we made it through another week! J’s been jetting around the South for work and L’s been getting used to having an infant in the house again…so we’re feeling especially grateful for the next 48-ish hours. Here’s hoping your weekend will be a mix of fancy cheese, champagne and DIY design!

1 // Modern cheese plate // Tailgating spreads don’t have to be fancy. Sometimes all you need is a little cheese and some cornichons. Cupcakes and cashmere shows us how to create a modern cheese plate here.

2 // Champagne // Apparently there are 22 reasons to have champagne on hand at your house. That’s 21 more than we needed.

Champagne
photo credit: domaine

3 // Sunburst Light Fixture // We’ve both been on renovation rampages at our houses. This (fairly) easy DIY sunburst light fixture from the girls at A Beautiful Mess just might fit into our weekend reno plans.

Sunburst Light Fixture
photo credit: a beautiful mess

4 // Stylish Survival Guide // No, we’re not coming to you live from #NYFW (this year)…but this “How To Survive Fashion Month” article by Whitney Port does have real life application for us. And for anyone who happens to be traveling out of town for “work.”

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photo credit: Bauble Bar

5 // Perfect Sunday Afternoon Project // After a weekend of football (and possibly struggling to re-wire that Sunburst Light Fixture), indulge your creative side and re-style your coffee table. Use this handy tutorial from Domino as a guide. As if we needed another excuse to purchase pink peonies! Happy Friday, yall.

Coffee Table Tutorial
photo cred: Domino
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design project: style your shelves.

True confessions: we’ve both been nesting lately (J’s a newlywed, and L’s expecting any day now!). Since a whole-house overhaul isn’t an option for either one of us, we’re always on the lookout for ways to improve/enhance our abodes with found objects and a little (or a lot!) creative styling. One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is to re-style a bookshelf or cabinet. Read on for our tips on styling your shelves.

First, a little inspiration from one of our favorite designers Windsor Smith:

Next, assess your books. Start by dividing them by spine color. Remember to peek under dust jackets – sometimes the actual book spine works better with your scheme than the shiny jacket. Give yourself options! If that doesn’t produce compelling results, try sorting by size. This process is trial and error – just keep rearranging your piles until you get several groupings you like. Don’t be scared to venture outside your living room – sometimes you can find the perfect size/color book in your kitchen, child’s room, etc. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!

Now, experiment with placement. Switch up your stacks on the shelves – place some books vertically, some horizontally. You can vary the arrangements within the same shelf, or do one shelf horizontally, the next vertically, etc.

Finally, incorporate non-books into your arrangements. Plants, textiles, pretty boxes, ceramic animals or bowls, etc are what give your shelves personality! Don’t run out and buy stuff – just go on a treasure hunt around your house. This cheat sheet from Domaine home is a great starting point.

To get you started, here are two shelfie looks using some of our favorite objects.

The Glitter Life Shelf Styling Traditional
leopard-bound books // malachite boxes // ginger jar // antler bowl // framed silhouette // loving cup // ceramic dogs // hydrangea arrangement // mark twain book collection

TRADITIONAL trappings like a chinoiserie ginger jar and gold loving cup get punched up with leopard-bound books and malachite boxes.

The Glitter Life Shelf Styling Glamorous
trays // peony arrangement // horn candlestick // rhino figurine // deer head bookends // pink box // puffin classics

GLAMOROUS black and white accessories are the perfect partner to pink and gold accents.

Now, start styling! And share your pics with us on instagram at @glitter_blog_xo!

Sources: Target and One Kings Lane

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going green.

J: True confessions: We’re a little succulent obsessed right now. What’s not to love? They’re gorgeous and low maintenance. Much like ourselves? I digress…

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L gave me this gem from Colonial House of Flowers as a hostess gift last month and I’m determined not to kill it. While these plants don’t require a ton of work, they do need a little TLC. We don’t want no scrubs, so these tips from Simplicity Relished are what we need to follow:

How To Avoid Killing Your Succulents

1) Use loose “cactus” soil.

Succulents need to drain well. They won’t survive in sand or rock, and some other soils hold too much moisture. You can purchase cactus potting soil from your local garden shop. Stick with that stuff.

2) Expose it to reasonable sun, shade, and temperatures.

All plants need sunshine (remember photosynthesis?), just varying levels of it. Succulents are flexible, but they won’t do well in darkness OR in sweltering direct sun. Moving the succulent in and out of reasonable levels of sunlight will help it thrive.

3) Don’t over-water.

This was definitely one of my rookie mistakes– too much TLC. The problem is, no one can really tell you how often to water your succulent; you have to monitor it yourself. Depending on your climate, the soil will dry out at varying speeds. Water only when the soil has completely dried from the previous watering. Succulents won’t quickly die for lack of water, but they do need it. Allowing the water to drain completely through the soil is the best way to avoid root rot. Otherwise, a misting bottle can be helpful to regulate water quantities.

4) “Plant food” is not a joke.

I used to think that “plant food” was just a marketing ploy. It’s not. Since these plants aren’t growing in their natural habitats, they can’t absorb the nutrients (e.g., calcium) that they naturally need. Cactus/succulent food is cheap and will last a long time; you only need one drop for every gallon of water.

5) Give them air circulation.

Contrary to popular belief, succulents won’t thrive in a closed container (like a terrarium with a lid). They need air.

6) They need room to grow.

Little succulents are cute and cheap, but they’ll stay that size unless you occasionally repot them. Some succulents can grow to be over ten feet tall, while others will comfortably grow within a foot or two. Occasionally repotting them might mean re-creating a pretty arrangement, but it will help the plants live longer.

7) Water before potting.

Unless the dirt is already damp, give the succulents some water before repotting. The new potting soil will be pretty dry, so the extra water will spread out.

 

Cheers to not killing our fun plants!

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party post: l’s baby shower.

L:

J and three sweet friends threw the most amazing baby shower for Baby Ed and me at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro. You may have seen a few pics on Instagram. These are a few more of our favorites! We’ll start from the beginning…

Our favorite girls at Colonial House of Flowers set the mood with this gorgeous centerpiece. See more of their work here and here.

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we love every single thing the girls at colonial house of flowers come up with.

I was so glad my mom was able to make the trip. We all missed my mother-in-law, who was (smartly) cruising in cooler temps.

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big brother-to-be joe, my mom jan and me. our coordinating lilly pulitzer outfits were unplanned.

My favorite surprise of the day was…a FLOWER CROWN! I have never been so excited (or so glad that I didn’t do my hair in a top-knot). I had a really hard time taking it off at the end of the day brunch.

Laura + Jennifer + Kate
from left: jennifer, me, kate.

I was so excited and flattered that three of the hostesses were repping my stores! From left: Christa is wearing a skirt from Social Statesboro and Jack Rogers “Georgica” sandals from Sole Statesboro. J’s wearing an ASOS gypsy dress and fringe booties from Lulu’s (sold out, similar here). I’m wearing a vintage Lilly Pulitzer dress (a hand-me-down from my mom – I actually wore this five years ago to a baby shower for Joe!) and Tory Burch heels (incredibly old, also seen here). Kate’s wearing a Love Poppy leather tassel necklace from Sole Statesboro. Niki’s wearing Spanx cropped denim leggings (they’re also a favorite of mine), Jack Rogers “Lauren” sandals and a Sneak Peek top, all from Sole Statesboro.

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photo op before the guests arrived…

Everyone who knows me knows I live for brunch. I was so happy to see quiche and mini-pancakes on the menu!

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i crushed two *big* pieces of quiche before the brunch was over.
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a little cheese, a little fruit…
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i heart printed straws.

Jennifer brought cupcakes from the Atlanta outpost of Georgetown Cupcake. I am obsessed with peanut butter, so she set aside one of those just for me. #truefriend The “E” flags are from Etsy.

Georgetown Cupcakes
dry ice may or may not have been involved in the transport of these beauties from atlanta.

I had the cutest little helpers opening gifts: Joe and his BBFL Leo.

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these two were so excited to open all the presents!
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joe is going to be a great big brother.
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oh hi, christa and jennifer!
Valerie + Shellie
my friend Val (left) is exactly two weeks ahead of me…she’s due any day now!
Joe Cupcake
this was joe’s SECOND red velvet cupcake of the morning.

Kate arranged these simple and cute rock candy favors. Joe was fascinated with these…and then he really flipped when he realized it was actual CANDY.

Rock Candy Favors
a little something sweet for guests to take home.
Hostess Gifts
gifts for the hostesses with the mostestes.

Each hostess received a small succulent in mercury glass from Colonial House.

Hostess Gifts
succulents are my jam. because i kill pretty much every other plant.

Post-shower, Joe and I hung out in Ed’s new nursery. He told me “Mom, that was a GREAT PARTY.”…and I totally agree. I was overwhelmed at how beautiful everything was, and how these four friends nailed all of my favorite things. Baby Ed and I are so lucky to have four such incredible women in our lives.

Laura + Joe Nursery
five hours later and i’m still wearing the flower crown.
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friday five: tropical fever.

It’s Friday, and we’re dreaming of blue skies and palm trees. In fact, the insane Georgia heat is giving us both a touch of tropical fever. We’re feeling these five pretties right now…

1 // No Guilt Mixer // We’re thirsty…and dying to try every variety of Be Mixed mixers. Hello, NO CALORIES. Shop the site here.

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just add tequila (j) or seltzer (l, for now) for a refreshing treat.

2 // Pineapple Mango Bar Soap + Dish // This cute soap set would make a perfect hostess gift. Now, quick. Someone invite us to your beach house.

Target Pineapple Mango Soap Set
reward the hostess with the mostess with this set.

3 // Palm Print Bench DIY // L whipped up this quick DIY last weekend using leftover paint from Ed’s nursery and our favorite Tommy Bahama Swaying Palm fabric. J’s going to do something similar on Sunday.

Palm print bench
freshen up a stale interior with fresh aloe paint and palm print fabric.

4 // Tropicana Dress // Channel a tropical climate in this cute neoprene dress from Shop Sole Dish.

Shop Sole Dish Tropicana Dress
use promo code GLITTER to save 10% on this dress (and everything else!) on www.shopsoledish.com.

5) Girl’s Pineapple Dress // Got a mini-me? We love this adorable gold pineapple print dress – wish it came in our size.

Target Pineapple Dress
mini-me tropical style. available in sizes newborn – 24 months.

Speaking of tropical, J is traveling further south to Statesboro this weekend to help host a baby shower for L. Follow along on Instagram @glitter_blog_xo!

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design project: baby ed’s nursery

L:

It’s hard to believe (for me, anyway), but Baby Ed is due in less than six weeks! I thought I would share the progress I’ve made on his nursery. It’s not 100% finished (I don’t think I’ve ever been totally “finished” with any project), but it’s definitely getting there. Baby Joe and I have had a lot of fun shopping and organizing – it’s definitely helped him get excited about the new addition to our family. If he only knew how his world is about to change…

Nursery Collage

Animal Illustrations // Etsy (check out these two inexpensive framing options from Walmart and Target)

Grey Babyletto “Hudson” Crib // Target

Stuffed Owl // Pier 1 (no longer available, similar here)

“Flynn” Navy Nailhead Chair // Lamps Plus (I actually found mine several years ago at TJ Maxx – it’s been living in our den)

Nate Berkus Gold Side Table // Target (this style is no longer available, but I love this one for a similar look)

Knit Fox Rattle // Land of Nod

“Aloe” Paint // Sherwin Williams (for the changing table and chest of drawers)

Changing Table // Pottery Barn (mine is several years old and was used in Joe’s nursery)

Moose Antlers (spray painted white) // One Kings Lane (no longer available, but similar here)

Fabric // Arizona Canyon (changing table pad), Mint Triangles (crib sheets), Navy Horizon (for this crib quilt that I haven’t pulled the trigger on yet! Hint, hint, Mom…)

Distressed Wood Mirror // Walmart (love this option from Target)

“Vinnie” Cradle Rocker // Overstock

I hope Baby Ed likes his nursery as much as I do!

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friday five: things we love.

We have a sneaking suspicion that the weather is not going to cooperate with our pool/beach plans this weekend…so we might just spend the next 48 hours shopping on our phones. These five things top our must-have list!

1 // Gingham Shirtdress. Timeless and seasonless. This cotton dress by Shop Social Dish is easy and breezy now paired with sandals; it’ll also work in the fall with classic riding boots. Use secret code GLITTER when you check out to get 10% off!

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1 // Gingham Shirtdress

2 // Pineapple Phone Case. We actually love several of the offerings at this Etsy shop. L is probably ordering this pineapple case as we speak.

 

Pineapple Phone Case
2 // Pineapple Phone Case

3// Kate Spade Tote. We’re more than in love with this light grey Cove Street Tote. Perfect color, great shape…oh, and it’s on sale.

Kate Spade Cove Street Tote
3 // Kate Spade Tote

4 // ASOS Larissa Flats. J actually scooped these crazy cute flats earlier this week. So summer-y paired with a chambray shirt and white ripped skinnies. They also come in black, for those of you who aren’t as into pineapples as we are.

4 // Pineapple Print Flats
4 // ASOS Larissa Flats

5 // South China Seas Pillow. L continues to be obsessed with all things chinoiserie. This coral pillow (the print is Thibaut’s South China Seas) would be amazing on a navy sofa. We’ve used this Etsy seller before – great stuff. So. Many. Pillows.

Thibaut South China Seas Pillow
5 // South China Seas Pillow

Share your favorite things with us (and see snaps from our holiday weekend adventures) on Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo,

 

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friday four: links we love.

Happy Friday, glitter girls! Check out these links to what we’re loving today. There are only four because we have had a TIME this week (who says #MayMayhem is over?!)

Friday Four The Glitter Life

1 ΙΙ Delish Snack Recipe. We’re definitely into brown-bagging (more money to spend on our nails!), so we’re totes baking a batch of Rosemary Parmesan Chickpeas for lunch next week.

2 ΙΙ Cocktail Napkins. Our love affair with linen cocktail napkins continues. How cute would these be at your next backyard fiesta?

3 ΙΙ Inspiring Words. You may have already seen Sheryl Sandberg’s essay on the death of her husband. If you haven’t, this beautifully-written perspective on love and loss is worth the read.

4 ΙΙ Happy Dance. If watching this video doesn’t make you want to throw a dance party, nothing will. In fact, we’re going to do just that when we go to the lake next weekend!

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