lately.

J: Hi. Busy life happening over here. We’ve missed you. Let’s catch up, shall we?

As you know, Jay and I are expecting a little boy in May and we are officially in FULL nursery planning/baby shopping mode. We will do a nursery reveal once we have the furniture installed, but here are a few items I’ve scooped so far:

Curtains: Had. To. Have. These. They’re pretty perfect for basically any room in your home.

Pottery Barn Pom Drapes

Accent Table: A table very similar to this was one of the first purchases I made for the nursery to go next to the glider. Super cute. Great price. Target wins AGAIN.

Target Table

Animal Heads: I obsessed over finding wall decor for the nursery that wasn’t cheesy. Really difficult task. BEHOLD the most precious white animal heads we came across at Z Gallerie and purchased on the spot.

Z Gallerie Animal Heads

And now for a few pregnancy must haves…

  1. My girlfriend, Annie turned me on to Mama Mio products and they are nothing short of amazing.
  2. This top. In every color. Perfect for the layering I’ve been doing in the chilly weather. Perfect fit. Super soft.
  3. Still sporting heels on the daily, but these slippers are sweet relief when I get home. And in gold. Naturally.

Promise we won’t stay gone long this time! We have Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day on the horizon after all!

how to: translating flowers into fashion.

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{notes from the presentation}

From L: Last week I had the fun opportunity to speak to a floral design class hosted by our sweet friends at Colonial House of Flowers (you’ve seen their work here, here and here – to say that we are obsessed with them is an understatement). I was super excited to be included, but…what to talk about? Because while I admire (and purchase!) their work on the reg, I’m a total dunce when it comes to floral design. I *do* know a little about creating outfits, however, and the more I thought about it the more I realized that arranging flowers in a beautiful way and creating an amazing outfit share the same principles.

I used this gorgeous front door featured on the Pottery Barn Blog and created by Lavin Label with the help of Kelli Boyd Photography, The Vine, Camp Makery and Colonial House as my inspiration to create a fall outfit.

 

Double Front Doors

{THIS DOOR}

After I finished drooling over these double doors, I got to work translating the floral design into a fall outfit (below). You can use floral design to inspire your fashion, too. Just follow these four principles…

Laura + Mannequin

{just a girl and her mannequin}. on mannequin: clothing + boots available at sole statesboro. on l: french connection sweater, spanx denim leggings, sole leopard heels (sold out).

  • First, build a basic structure or line using classic shapes. Monica of Lavin Label started with circular wreaths of classic greenery, which provide a great canvas for creativity. Of course, it helps that they’re hanging in front of gorgeous double doors! Similarly, I created the foundation of the outfit using three classic styles that work for a variety of ages and body types: a chambray button-down shirt, a corduroy A-line skirt and a cotton crewneck sweater.
  • Second, use rich, in-season neutrals. Fall provides the most amazing range of colors. Monica’s palette included navy, green, burgundy, gold, cream (floral examples include rose hips, amaranthus, bittersweet, olive branches and David Austin garden rose). I used the same palette for our outfit: the camel skirt references the matte gold stool, the cream scarf stands in for the cream roses. The olive anorak provides the “greenery,” and tan riding boots mimic the dark wooden doors and bronze lanterns. Originally I used a rich merlot HOBO clutch for the purple trailing flowers, but it sold at Sole right before the class, so I subbed in a ruby one. #improvise
  • Third, add texture. In both floral arranging and fashion, the more texture the better! Monica used natural branches and berries to create texture both on the wreaths and on the steps. I used skinny-waled corduroy, wool, and cotton cable-knit to create textural layers in our outfit. Cool-weather fabric offerings provide a wealth of texture – try tweed and cashmere, too.
  • Fourth, add points of focus. Light is essential in all design, whether home, floral or fashion. Monica added flameless candles in recycled glass lanterns, which plays off the subtle shine on the accent stool. The cream roses provide a point of light in the wreaths. We used a plaid scarf (any print creates interest) and added sparkly earrings to draw the eye upward. A note about sparkle: we absolutely believe in bright jewelry for day, no matter what the season…but it looks especially rich in the fall and winter when the rest of our palette gets darker. Other ways to add sparkle include a sequin top (ground it with a navy wool blazer or tweed jacket and jeans), a metallic leather clutch, and a pretty brooch pinned on a blanket scarf.

Key points to remember when creating your own masterpiece, whether floral or fashion:

  • Layer, layer layer textures and colors
  • Always include a point of focus or levity in your designs – Colonial House tucks tiny plastic animals into terrariums and other arrangements, and they make us so happy!
  • More is more this time of year – colors can be richer, go for more texture, add plenty of sparkle.

Fashion Credits: Sole Statesboro (@solestatesboro) and The Glitter Life (@glitterblogxo)

Double Door Styling and Photo Credits: the creative geniuses at Lavin Label, Camp Makery, The Vine, Kelli Boyd Photography and Colonial House of Flowers. Be sure to follow all our awesome friends @lavinlabel, @campmakery, @colonialhouseofflowers, @vinegardenmarket @kelliboydphotography and @colonialhouseofflowers on Insta!

Class dismissed!

 

gifting: the perfect pair.

This candle and adorable match box (gifts from a sweet friend) have been brightening up L’s living room recently.

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A pretty candle and witty matches are the perfect pick-me-up gift. Pair your favorite Voluspa candle (we love this one and this one) with any of these adorable matches:

Jonathan Adler Squirrel Match Strike

Good Dog Matches

Celebrate Matches

squirrel match strike // good dog company matches // celebrate! matches

So start gifting!

getting dishy with it.

L says: The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming! And with them the opportunity to entertain. I’ve had the same white dishes for twelve years now, and they’re looking pretty tired. I’ve been shopping around for a new table-top wardrobe. Here are my favorite combinations:

Dishes + Cutlery + Napkins + Glasses

 

Row 1 // Blue Italian Plate // Coral Cutlery // Metallic Napkin // Green Glass

Row 2 // Rose Park Plate // Gold Cutlery // Dip Dye Napkin // Black Stemware

Row 3 // Woodlands Plate // Bamboo Cutlery // Linen Napkin // Tortoise Glass

 

design project: white-out.

White after Labor Day? Yassss, especially when it’s in the form of an adorable animal objet d’art. Any of these would look amazing atop a stack of books on your shelves, or incorporate one or two into a winter-white tablescape for your next dinner party (what, it could happen).

 

 

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).

Jungle Love

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!