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Summer rooms and three simple design solutions!


House of Turquoise


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"I  think of  summers of the past, adjust the base and let the alpine blast. Pop in my cd and let me run a rhyme. And put your car on cruise and lay back cause this is summertime" --DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

 
Are you feelin' the summer vibe here?

How can you make your home feel more "summery"?

Try adding more bright white, crisp navy and soft colors throughout your home.

Here's a few summer must-haves:


Furbish Art
Joy & Revelry

Peeps you have to join Joy and Revelry flash sale website!!
These designers/bloggers know their stuff and sell the best items for your home:).


Serena & Lily throw

High Street Market

West Elm

Serena & Lily


Lulu & Georgia pouf
 
Anthropologie book

Lulu & Georgia rug


 
Lulu & Georgia rug



Potterybarn

Okay today I'm spilling the beans...

Guess what three items I will not and can not live without?

3M Command Strips

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Are you still hanging art with a hammer and nails?

That's just crazy talk. You need to try command strips they securely hold large pictures, lightweight mirrors, art canvases and pretty much anything you need to hang on the wall.

I LOVE them. Let me say that again. I LOVE them.

No stress or pressure about hanging something and damaging a wall or changing my mind a week later ... just pull off the velcro strips no problem. But please read the directions and I wouldn't hang anything crazy heavy with  them either. You can read more about them here.

Crazy Awesome Rug Pad

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In my opinion,  this is the perfect rug pad. Not too thick not too thin, holds onto that rug like it's his job. Perfect and reasonably priced.

And for the Outdoor Room?
Six plants that repel mosquitoes

Oh yeah ....  it's summer.  I don't know about you but mosquitoes love me. I can't go outside without coming back in with at least ten new bites. The solution? Plant flowers that mosquitoes hate!

So I'll be planting these babies this summer on my deck and I'll let you know if it works:)

Lavender
Lemon Balm
Marigolds
Basil
Catnip
Citronella Grass
You can read the article here. I found it on my local gardening supply website Keystone Gardens.

How do you get your house summer-ready? I'd love to know!

Want to make your house feel more summer-like? contact me at kraussteph@yahoo.com


 

Bookcase styled three ways!

Part II - Of a bookcase restyled

 
Before
 
After
 
Blue is Beautiful, don't you think?


 
 
 
 
 
Paint color on bookshelves - sleigh bells Benjamin Moore
 

Okay, in my opinion this is probably the most liveable and lively version. I added various shades of blue throughout the bookcase for this monochromatic look.
 
I added some blue water bottles and I used navy and various shades of blue books (this is key --vary the shades of blue throughout the display). Teapot and small cups were owners. See the blue ball above next to the coral? ... kids toy - a mini blue bowling ball. Whatever works, right?

Even the flowers... knockout roses from the front yard.
 
To get a similar look:

Check out my first version here. And then add:
 
 
Jewelry box -  c wonder
Teapot  - c wonder
Plate - anthropologie

Next time I will reveal the most colorful of the bunch!

Also have you seen the latest Matchbook Magazine?

 No? Check it out here!

Happy Monday!

 
 


More Outdoor Fun ... can you stand it?


Errbody...
The sunny weekend weather has put me in a mood!

Is anyone else thinking about this ???
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 or this??
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I am. 
Not too long before we're beachin' it folks!!

OK, let's continue building our own outdoor oasis with some great planters I found to go with the loungey furniture you just bought.


Planter Round-up
love these planters in white don't you?


Warning: prices below range from reasonable to the ridiculous:)

Medium Planters 14"- 22" high


West Elm
14" height
$49


Home Depot
 14" height $39.00


Home Depot
 18" height $59.98




Lows
20" height $119

Lowes
21" height
$144


Frontgate
19" height
$199


Restoration Hardware
16" height
$220



Restoration Hardware
medium 18" height $505

Large Planters 23"


Target
Smith & Hawkin
$49.99
23" height

Grandin Road
what a color. totally bananas.
23" height
 $129

Crate and Barrel
24" medium jar
$159


Amazon
23" height
 $131



Restoration Hardware
 30" height
$180

Restoration Hardware
 28 1/2 " height
$160


Grandid Road
kinda crazy huh?
26 1/2" height
$169




Frontgate
24" height
$229



Frontgate
27" height
$1195



So once you have the planters, what do you do with them?

I don't know about you but I'm going simple this year with ...





Boxwoods and loads of creeping jenny


And, window boxes filled with white begonias and impatience.






Done.

Totally Random

Here's what I bought and am LOVING....

For the home

Suzanne Kasler
Circa Lighting


Bought for a client but am secretly hoping she hates it and I will have to keep.

Why allow a perfectly awesome lantern to go back to a cold, lonely, dark warehouse?

For myself...

Incredible skinny jeans
Anthroplogie
Pilco Jeans
$78 on sale. hello?
I have them in white. I didn't see them online in white but check the store in Wayne. So comfortable and flattering. Best fit ever and guess what? They won't strangle your poor ankles like other skinny jeans do.

And...these from Louella...

I bought it in this color ...

So wearing it to the beach this summer.

Have you been to Louella yet? If not "prep" yourself for some fun with these ladies. Incredible clothes and your guaranteed to leave there in style with some fun summer pieces!

And one last item on the agenda....

Have you ever seen this? Of course you have! Humor me and watch it again. I just L O V E  JT and JF together:)


 The latest History of Rap aired a few weeks ago.
The best is  History of Rap Part 1 -- go find it on youtube.

Looking to spruce up the inside or outside of your home? Contact me at kraussteph@yahoo.com.