We’re so close to the end of summer, can you believe it? I love the month of August because of the warm summer nights it brings. I only have a few weekend getaways left through Labor Day including Montauk (twice) and back home to Cleveland for one of my good girlfriend’s weddings. Do you have any upcoming trips? P.s. if you need any Labor Day inspiration, My Domaine (my favorite website, like ever) included me on their Labor Day travel guide! You can check it out here. Any who, today I’m sharing a few end of summer favorites on my radar. From turkish towels for the last beach days to my favorite Ralph Lauren cable knit sweaters, today’s roundup has so much good stuff. Also, have you guys seen the latest new arrivals from Topshop for Nordstrom? This top is a perfect example of a piece that you can easily transition from summer to fall. I want everything!!! Have a great Thursday, ladies and gents! Xo. Lauren
I recently came across Jenny Keenan Interior Design and instantly fell in love with her portfolio. If I ever get to design a beach house, I know where I’m referring to for some major design eye candy. After browsing Jenny’s portfolio, I came across this Sullivan Island ocean front home and had to do a little home tour feature. I love the oversized globe in the kid’s playroom, I’m obsessed with the bunk bed room (how cute are the printed curtains?!) and the vibrant oversized photographs in the living room. Need to find the photographer / source, stat.
You can take a peep over at Jenny’s entire portfolio here. P.s. I enjoyed reading a bit of her blog as well and came across this quote below. Thought it was a good one. Happy Tuesday, ladies and gents!
“Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.” — Stella Adler
I came across this chic and sophisticated living room online and had to do a “get the look” post! I’m gearing up to do a major living room re-design (more on that later) so I’ve been scouring the web for some serious design inspiration. I have been a fan of Shae McGee’s work for quite some time now. She’s one half of the amazing design duo behind Studio McGee. If you aren’t familiar with their work, make sure to take a peep over at her website right here. I promise you will get lost in the archives of her portfolio which are made up of gorgeous living rooms, kitchens and more. From neutral tones to collected art to perfectly layered textiles, Shae McGee sure knows how to design a beautiful space.
Today I’m using this formal living room to inspire not only yours but my future living room design. I’ve picked out a few key pieces to help you “get the look.” When it comes to designing a space, one rule of thumb I’ve learned along the way is invest in natural fabrics when it comes to your big pieces like a couch. It’s easier to switch out pillows than it is to completely re-fabric an entire sofa ($$$). One of my all-time favorite styles is the rolling arm sofa. Serena and Lilly has a beautiful option although not as easy on the bank account. I’d personally invest in a slipcover sofa so when you spill, the slip cover can easily be cleaned. One Kings Lane is another great resource with plenty of rolling arm styled & slip covered couches. And let’s not forget about Pottery Barn!
Hello, friends! Happy Friday. Apologies for the radio silence around here – life has gotten a little crazy these past two weeks! That’s summer for ya, am I right?!
Today I’m so excited to FINALLY share photos from our Hampton’s Summer Soiree! If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you saw the overload of photos of baby breaths flower crowns, white fluffy pillows and pretty furniture displays. I teamed up with Christy Dormus of Crowns by Christy and Amanda S. Gluck of Fashionable Hostess to throw a fun white party to celebrate summer. Remember this flower crown party we did back in May? I knew doing something similar in the Hampton’s would be an absolute blast.
The party location this time around was at Christy’s house in Sagaponack. The house is absolutely gorgeous with a huge outdoor deck with a pool. As we we’re brainstorming ideas for the party, we knew we wanted the majority of guests mixing and mingling out back. Because we had so much room to work with, we decided to partner with some amazing brands to help us achieve the look – an all white party theme.
The team over at Pier 1 was nice enough to help supply a whole bunch of white pillows for us to display throughout the party. These were such a huge help as I styled numerous vignettes throughout the space. When it comes to styling outdoor spaces, using a mix of pillows is one of the easiest ways to dress up the space. How cute are these and these? They are so big and fluffy and were just the right size to use up against the railings on the deck. We also picked up some of these which are super versatile for outdoor spaces. One of my other recommendations when it comes to styling outdoor spaces is don’t be afraid to miss match sizes, materials and colors to achieve a layered look.
Because the party was scheduled from 6:00-9:00pm, we knew the sun was going to set around 8:30 when guests were still over. We also relied on Pier 1 to help us set the mood. We picked up several mini tea lights that we placed throughout the entire deck – these we’re honestly perfect to help keep some lighting outdoors well after the sun set. I highly recommend the Ivory LED candles with a timer (they also come with a remote control) which is awesome so you don’t have to go one by one to turn off the candles.
From a floral perspective, Christy and her team did an AMAZING job creating various floral displays throughout the space. Christy strung strands of rope over the pool that included hanging flowers. We spelled out our hashtag (#bloomingenblanc) in floating floral styrofoam letters. We lined every staircase with ginger jars full of white flowers and had various bucket of blooms everywhere! One of my other favorite flower displays were the little clear glass jars we strung down from the top overhang deck. We strung about 8 on each side with every other clear glass including a tea light candle and flowers.
Our party was honestly one of the best highlights so far from summer! I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into the fabulous Hamptons night. Check out more behind the scenes coverage on Instagram with hashtag #BloomingenBlanc. Last but not least, you can see how we totally transformed the outdoor space on my YouTube channel – you can hit subscribe right here!
A big, big, big thank you to Christy and Amanda for being the best co-hosts ever. To Victoria Natenzon of VictoriaMariePR.com. This party couldn’t have been done without you! To Samantha Penner of Peak of Tres Chic and Gabrielle Savoie of Savvy Home for your help all weekend long! And to all these fabulous girls below – you guys seriously rock for all of your hard work!
Photos by MSN Photography and Sunny Norton via Guest of a Guest