So, summer is in full swing. And if your entertaining menu is in need of a refresh, we've picked our top five cocktails from our friends from Williams-Sonoma to add to your rotation. Whatever your taste, citrus, bubbly, herbal, fruity, these cocktails are sure to please any crowd. Or just you and your bff on a random Wednesday night. Also shop our essentials in barware, accessories and gadgets also from WS and get 20% off your order with code FRIENDS.
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We interrupt our regularly scheduled home decor and design blog for a bit of fashion. Early Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts on 7/12 (credit card holders) and yes, even though it is only July, we're gonna just ignore the wool coats and boots for now and focus on stuff you can wear now AND stuff you can stash until November and be super excited to pull out when the temps dip below 60. If you are not a Nordstrom Credit Card holder, you can apply here. Otherwise, preview the sale catalog here and shop starting July 19.
So, what are the trends we are following? Bright bold colors, animal prints, and florals. But really, there is something for everyone. Here are some of our favorites.
BRIGHT AND BOLD
Shop early for best availability! We now return you to your regularly scheduled home decor and design.
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So, if you are in the market for anything for your home or patio, this is THE week to buy. The sales are ridiculous and well, one of the reasons for this post is so WE can figure out what's what and where we need to go spend some money. Check out the sales at our favorite brands and what's on our shopping lists:
Pottery Barn --Up to 75% off Outdoor
Serena & Lily -- 20% off with code GOCOASTAL
West Elm --20% off with code JULY4TH
Pier 1 Imports -- Extra 25% off with code FIREWORKS
World Market --20% off with code WMJULY4 (more of our faves here!)
St. Frank --20% off collection with code FIREWORKS
John Robshaw Textiles -- 50% off Summer Clearance
Want more great deals? Watch our Instagram story feed @shaunaglenn all week for great fashion and accessory picks.
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We have been known from time to time to bite off more than we can chew. Or more accurately, to think that "it'll just take an hour" to pull of a major project. Case in point was this patio at the home of our recent Playroom project. We had run to World Market for some last minute accessories and discovered all of their outdoor furniture at amazing deals. Wouldn't it be great to surprise our clients with a new patio too? So, load up the van with all the goodies and while it turned out amazing and our clients were thrilled, it DID take a bit more than an hour to set it all up. In the end though, totally worth it. Shop the entire look here.
And while you're at it, check out all the other fun products for your next outdoor party now up to 50% off at World Market.
1. Santiago Outdoor Collection
2. Acrylic Party Tub
3. Patchwork Placemat Set
4. Napa Acrylic Tumblers
5.LED String Lights
6. Avocado Pool Float
7. Unicorn Corn Cob Holders
8. Aqua Pacific Tumbler
9.Cactus Lidded Cups
10. Maraca Cocktail Shaker
11. Fruit Pong Game
12. Giant Tiki Checkers
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We were back in Aledo last week at the home of some of our favorite clients. Their kitchen, dining room and master bedroom were projects we tackled in 2018 and while they were out on vacation last week, we did our magic on three more rooms of their home. The first room used to be Dad's office. But we kicked him out and made it in to a playroom for the kids. The room is downstairs and just across from the kitchen and living room so Mom and Dad can easily keep an ear on what's going on, making it an easy decision to kick Dad out. He doesn't need any supervision. Normally. Our friend Captain Casual painted the custom mural on the wall and we couldn't be more thrilled with how it turned out.
Table and chairs: All Modern
Rug: Crate & Barrel
Giraffe: Melissa & Doug Toys
So, where did Dad's office go? Well, we incorporated it in to the adult space upstairs that used to be a family room/playroom. There is a wine cellar off this room (we knew there was a reason we liked these people!) so again, made sense to relocate Dad and all the other grown ups to this room. It still amazes us what a new coat of paint can do. Sherwin-Williams Modern Gray for the walls and Snowbound for the trim made this such a bright new space.
Sofa: Restoration Hardware (similar here)
Swivel chairs: Scout Design Studio (similar here)
Coffee Table: Mitchell Gold-Bob Williams
Console: Lulu & Georgia
Rug: Empire Rugs (similar here)
Lamps: Ballard Designs
Light Fixture: Rejuvenation
Our last room was the guest room. The homeowners wanted to keep the bed and one of the nightstands so we found them a matching one, added some paint and brighter accessories and they for sure are gonna have a line of people waiting to stay over. Yes, we did put an area rug on top of the carpet. It's a great way to update a room without the huge investment and hassle of new carpet.
Good ol' Dad. Mower of lawn. Griller of burger. Wearer of cargo shorts. (Must to our dismay). Dad, who's needs are usually simple and is truly happy in those cargo shorts from 1993, he deserves better. We've recruited our token male in the office to help with picking the best gifts for Dad this Father's Day. No, Mike is not a dad. But we think he has pretty good taste after hanging out with Shauna and the crew for so long. His go-to store for cool stuff for dad? West Elm. Modern and moderately priced, it fits any budget and he'll be proud to show it off at the next guys night.
Metallic Base Decanter + Glassware Set Any man can have a bar. In fact, most men do. However, most men do not have a distinguished bar. This classic decanter and glassware set just screams CLASSY!
Deco Barware Collection - Nickel + Marble Have you ever heard someone brag about their bar tools? Neither have I. Until now. Check out this deco barware set. He’ll love it! Guaranteed!
Vintage Style Cooler Forget the generic Igloo. Keep drinks chilled in style with these vintage looking stainless steel coolers.
Gentleman's Hardware BBQ Tool Set Remember the Swiss Army knife? A bunch of tools all wrapped up in one tool. You have to see this concept applied to BBQ accessories. Pretty much the greatest Father’s Day present ever.
Deco Stacking Game Who doesn’t love Jenga? Throw in some alcoholic beverages to the mix and now you have a party. This upscale acrylic version of this classic game will absolutely entertain your discerning guests for hours.
Sonos PLAY 1: Wireless Speaker Compact in size (only 6.5" high!) but big on sound this wireless speaker brings the party where ever you are.
Matte Black Flatware Set Selfishly, I had to add this. The first time I saw this in the store, I wanted it. And it wasn’t even Father’s Day. This matte black flatware is definitely masculine while still emoting a strong sense of class. Give this set this year and it will be warmly received. Even better, you likely won’t find this at any of your friends’ homes.
Find more cool stuff for dad here.
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Hey friends, Kalen here. I know what you are thinking. Can a bathroom be both vintage and modern? How is that possible? Well, seeing as how it was my bathroom reno, let me tell you. I live in a 1926 bungalow that has seen its share of renovations over the last 20 years we have lived there. Gutted kitchen, addition of a master suite and swimming pool, and countless coats of paint. Even this little Jack and Jill bathroom that was situated between my daughters' rooms at one point got an "under the sea" paint job with blue paint covered with fish and seaweed. Now that they are grown though, and the bathroom needs to function more for guests than children, it was time for an update.
I debated about removing the 90 year old cast iron tub but considering there are still two other tubs in other bathrooms, and the tight layout of this one that really couldn't change, I decided to go shower instead. Therefore we took out the window and installed glass blocks in its place.
The built in vanity had to go because you couldn't open the doors all the way without crashing in to the toilet. However, that is the only storage in the bathroom so we needed some kind of solution for that. Which brings us to this wall.
This wall has always been a challenge for me. Can't put any furniture there because it blocks the doorway. Hard to hang anything because you'll bump your head. However, knowing that the plaster walls are like 4" thick, I had to think there was a way to get a shallow cabinet built in to the space and turned that little project over to my contractor to figure out.
I already knew the basics of what I wanted: pedestal sink, wainscoting subway tile, sloped shower entry with a barn door, a touch of brass somewhere. Then came Shauna. She was looking for more spaces to shoot for her coffee table book and it was a no-brainer to let her finish out the bathroom to add to her portfolio. The marble mosaic flooring added just enough texture and color to the white subway tile. And when it was time to pick wallpaper, it was a unanimous decision among everyone in my family to go with the Tilton Fenwick pattern from Hygge & West.
We went with oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and accented with brass in the lights and mirror. Add a brass and glass shelf, some fun art, and a mango wood stool in the shower (with a plant? why not?) and voila! So, what about that wall you ask? Well, shout out to University Homes in Fort Worth for making it happen. I couldn't be happier!
If you didn't have plans to shop this Memorial Day Weekend, well, you might want to reconsider. The number of sales going on this weekend are staggering and with summer just around the corner, it's a good time to spruce up not only your home and patio but your wardrobe as well. Shop our favorite picks from Anthropologie (extra 40% off sale), Madewell (20% off dresses and sandals with code PERFECTMATCH), and Pottery Barn (up to 50% off outdoor).
Sales run through Monday. Happy Weekend, be safe. Don't shoot anyone.
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If you're looking for us this weekend, we'll be right here. With these fluffy towels from Serena & Lily and our latest favorite book. Their Memorial Day Sale starts today and y'all, 20% off everything! Use code SUMMERPREP to get your discount on our favorite things outdoor.
1. Summerland Outdoor Bell Pendant
2. Summerland Outdoor Bell Pendant, Gray
3. Surf Stripe Pillow Cover
4. Pacifica Bar Cart
5. Pacifica Sofa
6. Bamileke Outdoor Side Table
7. Whitewashed Rattan Hurricane
8. Santa Cruz Pillow Cover
9. Montecito Pillow Cover
10. Teak Sling Chair
11. Mallorca Beach Towel
12. Capistrano Outdoor Dining Chair
13. Terrace Round Dining Table
14. Outdoor Riviera Side Chair
15. Galliano Rug
Sale runs through May 28. Happy Memorial Day!
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Here in Texas, we are currently in the sweet spot when it comes to being outside. The spring rains are over (hopefully), temperatures are not oppressive, and evening breezes are still somewhat cool. Last weekend it didn't even get out of the 60s so we're feeling pretty lucky so far this May. Perfect timing for Wayfair's outdoor sale. If you need completely new furniture, they've got the best quality at great prices. Yes, shopping Wayfair can be a bit overwhelming but they key is to focus on the reviews. We've never been disappointed on anything we've bought that has at least 4 stars. One of our favorite pieces is the Ariana Planter Bench. Like bringing your favorite park bench right to you own yard.
So, furniture, check. Now for the fun part. There's no reason why your outdoor space shouldn't be as fun and colorful as your indoor spaces. Rugs, wall decor, pillows, everything you have inside should be outside as well. These days, you'd be surprised at the quality of outdoor rugs and fabrics. Style AND durability. Because we know, the chances of you remembering to bring in the cushions before the next rain storm are slim. Check out our top outdoor decor picks to spruce up your space.
1. Natoli Plastic Planter--Yes! Plastic. And self watering. Because remembering to water plants is the hardest part.
2. Hawaiian Cone Garden Torch--A sleek update from the old school bamboo torches.
3. Tabb Floral Outdoor Rug--Our favorite color combo of navy, coral and aqua brightens up any patio space.
4. Patina Sun Wall Decor--Who says wall decor is only for indoors?
5. Bezu Melamine Platter Set--Inspired by Italian ceramics, and entirely outdoor safe.
6. Coral Melamine Plate Set--You'd never guess these were melamine with their look of handcrafted ceramics.
7. Gravesend Acrylic Glass Set--A set of 8 with the look of recycled glass.
8. Canyon Adara Wood Lantern--Add a touch of the modern with this woven wood and glass hurricane.
9. Fish Tales Coastal Napkins--Choose from three color stories or, buy one of each and mix and match.
10. Cherrelle Wood Spring Riviera Birdhouse--If Shauna was a bird, you can bet she would live in this house.
11. Sakura Garden Stool--We love garden stools anywhere in the home, but they are perfect for an outdoor end table.
12. Brierley Wind Chime--Drown out the sounds of fighting kids with these multi-colored capiz shells.
13. Mount Vernon Outdoor Chandelier--Create the perfect ambience for your next outdoor dinner party.