ikat love

One of my favorite patterns (that I have yet to use in my own home) is this ikat.  It’s affordable, simple, and has a nice modern punch.  Funny, I have stared at this fabric on one of my pinterest boards for literally years.  I should just pull the trigger and use it in one of our rooms.  

It comes in several colors.  I like the sea foam, which of course is discontinued, but I found a little over here.

laura ashley ikat

Here it is in the color driftwood.  Really like.

laura ashley ikat for kravet

And with all the awesome Memorial Day sales, I couldn’t help but notice these skinnies on sale in my beloved ikat.  Adorable for summer!  Thinking of snagging these babies.

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Oh my gahhhh, just realized I went blue and white again.  Maybe my brain is cooked from the craziness of our schedule.  Well, there you have it – an official blue-and-white-themed week!  Ha ha.

Next week’s schedule is even nuttier with back to back end of school year events – recitals, field days, spring concerts, etc.  I need to borrow teleportation super powers.  Anyone else find that last week of school to be slightly daunting?  I’ll try to post at least once, but it will be toward the end of the week.

Hope you have a great holiday weekend!!

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white + chambray summer looks

Well I guess it’s blue and white week because I still have classic whites with accents of blue on the brain.  Starting with Gwyneth’s perfect entrance, an abode originally designed by Windsor Smith.

classic exterior

Temps here are now back to their regularly scheduled 90+ degrees.  I’ve started boxing up my cold weather duds to make more room for gauzy tops, white jeans, strappy sandals, and maxi dresses.  For a summer look, I always love a dose of crisp white.  And I especially love to see it with chambray.  Adore this classic spring/summer outfit via.  Any Floridian would actually roast in this ensemble, but it’s great for my peeps in cooler climates ; )


classic white


Here’s another version with chambray and stripes.  I snapped this pic on my phone while traveling last year.  Love me some chambray, white, and stripes all together.  Mmmm mmm.  Can’t remember the source.

striped skirt and chambray top

I won’t go too crazy sharing a bunch of links on chambray tops since they’re everywhere – and many of us already have at least three in our closet.  But jusssst in case you’re chambray deficient, I did find a tailored one with a nice price over here.

chambray top

Lands End kind of surprised me with a cute one on sale here.  Is it really that slim cut or is the shirt clamped for the photo??  Hmmm.

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If you like your chambray to have a more bohemian character, then you might try this one.

Would also like to try on this dip-dyed chambray tunic that’s on sale.  Looks like it could be either super cute or just heinous – my personal experience with Anthro clothes.  Their clothes all fit sooooo differently.

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I also love the versatility of chambray – you can dress it up with a blingy necklace or dress it down for a breezy casual vibe.  I usually like to wear my chambray top with messy rolled up sleeves and hair in side braid or low bun.

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affordable outdoor pillows

I stopped in my tracks when I saw this cleverly designed cafe seating area.  Really love all the finishes – the horizontal boarding in white, aged wood tables, mod sconces, and neutral upholstery with graphic navy accents.  It got me thinking about summertime and how outdoor pillows can really perk up a cozy seating area or bench.

bench and pillows
photo by chantelle grady

Back in the day I remember if you wanted an attractive and not hideous outdoor fabric, you had to have your pillows custom made.  But I’m amazed how many great-looking pillows there are out there these days – for hardly anything.  I say have fun with affordable ones since mildew and life-in-general happens to outdoor pillows.  Found some cute cheapies at Target.  Not sponsored post, more like a 411 since I’ve been looking around for our house.  

These navy lumbar pillows have a similar vibe as the pillows in the grouping above.  11 bucks.

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two great summer colors

Thinking happy thoughts and blue skies since it’s Friday.  Which makes me think of two of my favorite “happy” colors:  blue and mint, which look brilliant together in just about any environment.  Case in point – blooming hydrangeas and a fresh mint door from this amazing beach house.

mint + blue2

If you’re looking for fun mint paint color, try Mermaid Green #2039-50, by Benjamin Moore.

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