Prepping your patio to be 'party-ready' //

Before the fourth of July rolls around and all of the other summer festivities begin, we wanted to leave you guys with a few easy/quick fixes for your outdoor space or patio! It can be overwhelming to host parties or cookouts and we hope these little tips will make decorating the outdoors a little easier! 

1. String a few Edison lights 

(This adds warmth to the space & creates a 'room' without walls. It can make a big patio or deck feel more cozy and inviting)

You can find them here

 

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2. Add some fun new throw pillows 

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New outdoor pillows can go a long way! They can bring in fresh new colors and layers to the existing furniture! 

3. Fill up your bar-cart with cold drinks, plants and vases 

4. Potted plants / different sizes 

Create various height on your patio or deck with plant stands and different size potted plants. It may seem crazy to bring in lots of plants to the outdoor space but this only adds more layers and depth to the space. 

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5. Add colorful poufs or garden stools

This is an easy way to add additional seating and surface space for drinks & food!

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Let us know if this simple tips helped you spruce up your outdoor space and prepare for your next cookout or party! 

Now, back to prepping for a day on the beach and a little vitamin D!

 

Fun fabrics and pillow combos.. easy as 1,2,3.

Holy, moly! How has it been 6 months since our last blog post?! I promise this month we are going to be cranking out lots of fun and exciting posts that are crammed pack with tips and tricks for the home! So, be sure to check back weekly for inspiration, ideas and support! :) 

This week, I wanted to focus on selecting fabric and pillows for the bed (or anywhere to be honest! Large sofas, built-in seating, outdoor patios, etc).

I will be giving you 3 main 'rules' I try to stick to when selecting fabrics for pillows or ready-made options! Are you ready? I promise its not a lot to jot down, but take notes if you want to make selecting pillows a tadddddd easier for your next project! (these are just MY guidelines - so feel free to create what works for you:))  Okay, let's get started!

1. Create a combination that varies in scale

---> by this I mean, make sure your fabrics' patterns aren't all the same size and scale as they sit together on the sofa or bed, etc. You want to add dimension to the space but selecting patterns that vary in their scale. This also helps each one stand out a little more and take it's on stage! 

(a few pics for examples of SCALE variation - all pics via Pinterest)

These combinations show lots of range in scale - small dots, paired with large florals and big geometrics. And because they're so different they're able to really stand out TOGETHER and not get taken over by one another.

2. Solids aren't always bad or boring! 

So often, some of my favorite combos for pillow selections incorporate a fun solid! Did you hear that? FUN! This is where you can play around with texture on the solid or let it be a grounding piece to a more bold pattern! Check out some of these samples! 

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This was a client's master bedroom that we were able to 'dress up the solid' lumbar a little with some trim and a monogram, but it's my favorite pillow on the bed and it's SOLID! Here's a few more.. 

The final tip I would give you when selecting pillow combinations is...

3. Pick one you LOVE and compliment it! 

Okay, confusing I know... What this means is, find that ONE fabric you just cannot live without! Maybe its a super bold pattern or floral or print! Maybe it's even a small dot that you love the coloration of.. Whatever it may be, compliment it. (using these little tips). So, make sure you compliment with varying scale and do not be afraid of solids! 

Let me walk you through this a little more. Okay, let's pretend I am creating a whole space around this beautiful Lulie Wallace print below:

.. (by the way, I LOOOOVE this fabric and would do my entire house in her textiles and art if I could).

But, I may pair this pretty print with a small simple print or large stripe (varying scale) and a really pretty velvet solid. 

The lavender pillow is from Light and Dwell's online shop! And the solid velvet number is from an all-time favorite shop: McGee and Co. 

So, there ya have it! A few easy tips and tricks that I like to go by when selecting pillows for clients and for our own home! 

I hope this was helpful & we can't wait to share some more fun things this month to make designing and decorating a little less of a pain ;)

OH, and if you haven't yet, be sure to sign up to be a SSD Insider! We will also be sending out behind the scenes of projects and more tricks of the trade that we love!

A holly, jolly Christmas tour ..

Happy December 1st, y'all! I cannot believe this season is already here! This year has absolutely flown by for our family. We have experienced so much change and goodness in the past 12 months. Going into this Christmas and holiday season, our hope is that yours is full of joy, love, peace and sweet memories! .. okay, now pour another cup of coffee, grab a blanket and keep scrolling.

Join me on this little holiday tour of our home! 

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We kept the front door and porch simple and classic.

And meet one of our cute little greeters, Ryleigh (the golden retriever) :)

I loved that we were able to purchase our wreath from a local tree stand here at the beach that donates its entire profit to local charities! It always makes the purchase even sweeter.

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The 'P' stocking is my favorite! It still seems surreal that we have a little one for the holidays and that this is her 2nd Christmas with us! Time sure does fly by way. too. fast.

Next to hers, are her brothers (fur brothers) stockings, awaiting their bones and goodies from Santa.

Our Christmas tree is full of very special ornaments and memories! Hanging those on the tree as a family (yes, Kevin insisted Piper HELP US) .. was one of my favorite nights so far! :)

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Just like the front door, we kept the mantle and decor inside simple and classic. My husband would not let me move the sound bar from the mantle, sooooo... what's a girl to do? Design OVER it of course! ;) The garland is actually clippings from the tree stand (where we purchased our wreath and Christmas tree). They were sweet enough to let me raid the huge pile of leftovers for a few spare limbs for decorating with! 

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More tree clippings shown here.. in a beautiful vase we have had and used throughout the year in our home! 

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This Christmas pillow was one of the very few things we purchased this year for decor. I saw it in Target and just had to have it! I wanted it to be the base of our holiday decorations and color palette. 

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Next up.. our quaint dining area off the living room..

I was able to use salad plates that we had to layer to our everyday white china for another simple table setting, that added JUST enough Christmas to this area..

With a few berry accents on the napkins, mixed with the gold silverware, it's the perfect little coastal holiday setting!

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How easy is this!? Go grab some pine cones from outside and throw them in a textured bowl or vase! I love the dimension this little combination adds (with the woven basket).

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The rest of the rooms in the house still need a little Christmas cheer, but for now, I'm going to bask in this season we are in and enjoy moments with my girl. (And also count how many time she will pull the ornaments off the tree and throw them at her brothers). 

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Thank you for joining me on this holly, jolly Christmas tour of our home! I can't wait to see some of your holiday decor in YOUR homes and see just how you're using simple items in and around your home to dress up the simplest spaces! 

Merry, merry Christmas you guys! Stay tuned for lots of new goodies this coming year! 

xo-