Wayfair is one of our most favorite sources for pretty much every category. We have yet to be disappointed in the quality or style of anything we bought there, and with free shipping you just can't go wrong. Their Labor Day Sale which lasts through Monday features up to 70% off in categories like Outdoor Furniture, Bedroom Furniture, Lighting, Storage..... well, you get the idea. But how? You say. Will I ever find the right thing for me with thousands of items on sale? Oh friends, that is what you have us for! And we won't tell if you all go buy the same thing.
By now you know that we are huge fans of colorful rugs. How gorgeous is this runner? Brighten up a dreary hallway or put in front of the sink in the kitchen. Other sizes also available.
Hussain Hand Woven Cotton Rug
You may have seen an Instagram post Shauna did earlier this week with some chairs she had reupholstered in a fabulous bird fabric. When you find a chair at 53% off you can afford to replace the upholstery. Even though we think this sky blue is pretty fab.
Coral Springs Armchair
You know that when you live in Texas, outdoor living season STARTS in September. Now's the perfect time to furnish your patio. Start with this adorable 3 piece set.
Klaus 3 Piece Conversation Set
The best time to buy new sheets is NOT when you need them. It's when you find 1000 thread count sheets for under $100 a set.
Italian Hotel 1000 TC Sheet Set
Benches are second only to stools in how versatile they are in your home. Put at the foot of the bed, or in front of the fireplace or as a seat at the table. Maybe you should get more than one.
Seapine Upholstered Bench
This adorable starburst wall decor set fits right in to that space next to that thing that you don't know what to put there. Click. Done.
3 Piece Metal Star Wall Decor Set
We have chairs similar to this in our office around the conference table and they are super comfy and easy to clean when someone spills ranch dressing on them at lunch. Sold 2 to a set, they come in 8 different colors so go crazy with those color pops in your dining room!
Quentin Dining Chair
Sale ends Monday. Happy Shopping!
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So, we have been working on creating a podcast for going on a month now. The parts we thought would be hard (recording the podcast) were actually pretty easy. And the parts we thought would be easy (submitting to iTunes for approval) were dang near impossible. BUT! We finally got confirmation last week that our podcast was approved and it is now live on iTunes!
The title of the podcast, Unfollow the Rules, was inspired by Shauna's design philosophy, which she explains further in the first episode. We are still working out a recording and release schedule amidst everything else going on, but we will definitely post all episodes on the blog and you can subscribe on iTunes and get every episode as it is released. Also available on Google Play and Spotify. So, without further ado, "Unfollow the Rules with Shauna Glenn".
Buy Shauna's book here.
Find Drew's podcast, radio show and everything else here.
Find all the recipes from our pie contest here.
Find the entire Proust Questionnaire here.
For the Defining Audacity podcast, go here.
Remember that fabulous Anthropologie rug we shared with you in the Before & After post earlier in the week? Well, it's 20% off. Along with everything else at Anthro now through Sunday. Here are some of our favorite picks. Happy shopping!
We all love Before and Afters, right? My favorite part of the HGTV shows is not the process by which they get to the end result but the final reveal. First 5 minutes and last 5 minutes are all I need to see. One of the recent projects we have been working on has a pretty amazing Before and After. It's a typical ranch home in the Tanglewood area in Fort Worth. Likely built in the 70s when wood paneling was a premium feature. The paneling in the family room here had already been painted so we just brightened it up and updated the furniture. Don't you just adore that rug from Anthropologie? I think it's one of our most favorite yet.
Sectional: Pottery Barn
End Table: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Arm Chair: Anthropologie
Pillows: West Elm
As much as we love natural accents, by painting the built-in shelving in the living room the same color as the wall it just opens up the space and makes it so much brighter. I bet you didn't even notice the piano in the "before" image? The styled bookshelves are 100% from books and decorative pieces that the homeowner already had. Trust me, you'll be amazed at what you already own that you can style with. Be sure to check out Shauna's bookshelf styling tips video below.
Sofa: Arhaus (similar here)
Chaise: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Accent Chairs: Pottery Barn
Coffee Table: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Sheepskin Throw: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Check out other Before and After posts on a chic lounge here, or kids' rooms here.
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We recently received a Fall 2018 Preview catalog from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and let me say, we've already got several pages dog-eared. With a collection named "Modern Bohemian" (excuse me, have we met?) inspired by free-spirited, unconventional looks, it is right up our alley. Saturated luxe velvets, textured neutrals, bold patterns and warm metallics all give us the warmth of fall with just a hint of a vintage vibe. Here are some of our favorites.
Here we are again, on the edge of another school year. And while we are ready for the order and structure a school year brings, there is just something about that freedom we feel in the summer to let the rules go. To throw a plate of cheese and crackers and grapes on the table for kids to grab and go as they run through the kitchen and call it dinner. To consider an afternoon spent in the pool an adequate substitute for an evening bath. And to finish binge watching whatever season of whatever show you are watching because the kids are roaming the neighborhood on their bikes.
In the chaos of the order though comes sports practices and music lessons so dinnertime all together can be a challenge. Being able to throw something together that is easy and tasty is key and if you can manage to squeeze in more than one family dinner a week, well, we think you are winning.
Sheet Pan Dinners
I love these because not only are prep and cleanup a breeze, you can also throw the pans on the grill instead of in the oven when it is still burning up outside. All recipes from tasteofhome.com
Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Bake
Speaking of pizzas, one of our favorite family dinners is DIY pizzas. It's amazing what your kids will eat when they make it themselves. Mushrooms, apples and corn on a pizza? Why not? Read more here.
Slow Cooker Dinners
Don't think the slow cooker is just for soup and chili. We even found a brownie recipe for the slow cooker so it's definitely something you should be using a lot. The website where we found these calls them Dump and Go Dinners. Perfect.
Next week we'll share with you some of our favorite after school snacks. Healthy and maybe not so healthy. Happy first day of school. Send us your pics! We'd love to hear from you!
We have had a devastating loss in the SGD family today. Our hearts are heavy and heads cannot even fathom how something so tragic could happen. As I write this, words escape me, but there are two things I know that can give comfort. The love of friends and family and the words from the Scripture. Y'all, life is precious. And fragile. And yet our lives are so amazingly fast paced, we forget this over and over again. Until something unfathomable happens.
So, here is your reminder to stop, take a breath and be thankful. Be thankful for those friends who see you through thick and thin. Let them know how much they mean to you. For your spouse who loves you, warts and all. For your children, who drive you crazy but who you love so much it hurts. Hug them just a bit tighter next time you see them. For your parents, who screwed up a few times but you still turned out pretty OK. Give them a call if you are lucky enough to still have them around. And when things DO get overwhelming and you just can't, remember that you are never alone.
You've likely heard the phrase, "Let go and let God". Seems too good to be true, right? I can just sit back and not worry and everything will turn out alright? Well, yeah. It IS true. But let me tell you, it's not as easy as it sounds. But by doing so, you lighten your burdens and relieve some pain and maybe sleep a little better at night. Give it a shot. Start small and have faith.
"Come to me, all you who are weary, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11: 25-30
Rest in peace, sweet Emerson.
For hundreds of years bone has been used as an accent to furniture to add a luminous, pearly finish. From traditional Islamic or Indian motifs to more geometric Art Deco designs, the art of bone inlay adds a luxurious quality to your home decor without being too over the top. Of course, we kinda love over the top, so our favorite pieces range from subtle tonal florals to bold colors and designs.
OK, so maybe not WORLD famous, but we are pretty sure that once you try this banana bread recipe you will buy on purpose those spotty over-ripe bananas for half price at the grocery store just to make it. Pop in the toaster for breakfast and top with cream cheese or chevre if you are fancy. Or warm in the microwave and add a scoop of Blue Bell Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and some caramel sauce drizzle. The great thing about this recipe is that it makes 2 loaves. One to eat now and one to freeze. Or give away. Or not. Enjoy, friends!
Preheat oven to 350.
4 large eggs
1 18.25oz package yellow cake mix (without pudding)
1 3.4oz package banana instant pudding mix
1 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 bananas mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Beat eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer until thick and pale. Add cake mix, pudding mix, water and oil. Mix well. Stir in bananas and nuts.
Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9 x 4 x 3 loaf pans.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Cool in loaf pans on wire racks for 10-15 minutes or until cool to the touch. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks before cutting.