3 pretty things

A simple list of pretty white things to inspire some midweek fun before the weekend.

1.  A playful eyelet romper perfect for hot summer nights.

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2.  A pretty outdoor pouf to kick up your heels in style.

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3.  And a perfect kitchen desk area for organizing inspiration.

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Happy Wednesday!

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cutest cottage ever + design ideas

Hello, summertime! Had to share this adorable restored cottage, built in 1889, spotted over here.  This first pic makes me think of hours spent rocking on the porch on sizzling hot summer nights in my early childhood years in Mississippi (not to sound like Steve Martin from The Jerk or anything).  I can still hear the slow creak of the porch swing and singing cicadas in my head.  My favorite drink was an ice-cold cream soda in a bottle.

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The whole space is style perfection.

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Simple, simple, simple.  I love it.  This little cottage is actually a rental in South Carolina – more pics and rental info on it here.  I’m ready to pack up and go there now!

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One of the things that makes a home beautiful is edited style.  If I could give any design advice on how to create a well-designed space, it would be edit, edit, edit your furniture and accessories.  If you don’t love something, donate, recycle, or sell it.  I’m constantly working on this in our home.  It is definitely a process!

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DESIGN TIP:  it’s better to have a few nicely edited decor items versus a huge collection of many different things which ultimately distract the eye and take away focal points.

With budget in mind, I put together a few affordable items that can help you achieve this simple, classic cottage look in your own home.  One of my pet peeves is when design bloggers link to items that all are so crazy expensive that even a portion of the project is unrealistic to implement.  Sure, I can totally swing that $2,700 chandelier.  Not.  That being said, everything in this grouping is modestly priced (numbers below are linked to items).

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1 brass sconce / 2 dishware (I have the mugs from this set and love!)  / 3 sea grass pouf / 4 cotton throws – only $32 / 5 white pillow on sale / 6 less than $100 / 7  surf print (also love this sailboat pic)/ 8 antique brass wall lamp / 9 succulent set

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On a personal note, thanks for your patience while I finished up our big month of activities in May and settled our family into a summer schedule.  Even though it’s already busier than ever, for the first time in years I feel super good about our summer.  Usually I’m flying by the seat of my pants and reacting as we go along, but this year I planned in advance and have a grip on our schedule with activities and jobs that are right for each of our kids.  Consequently, it means a lot of driving (again) for Peter and me, but I know it’s worth it.  While we are all super busy many days, we are also carving out a good bit of quality family “down time” on the weekends, late afternoons, and evenings.

My posts will be a little more simplified for summertime – this is the best way for me to manage writing and staying committed to our family activities and a little fun.  I do love blogging and connecting with you and always appreciate your thoughts!  Anytime you feel inspired to leave a comment, please do so.  I truly enjoy and read every comment.  Feedback inspires my writing : )

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a perfect pause

Wow.  It’s been a wild and wonderful 24 days.  But who’s counting, ha.  Our Seaside Dance Gala over the past weekend was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen.  Everyone was raving and the audience was so in tune with the performers.  It was inspirational!  I think what made it so wonderful was the variety of talent (thank you, dance artists and choreographers) combined with the magical Seaside setting.  I can’t wait to share pics of the performances with you.  Stay tuned on that.

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While my dance life has been in the fast lane, so has our family.  We have two kiddos graduating this week (one is graduating from Elementary school and one is moving on to high school, sniff) plus other big events happening with them all.  It’s a very special time in our family.  I want to give 100% to my kiddos and soak up every moment possible.  I also need a little break after working so hard for months on end with our dance series.

I will miss you all, but also look forward to a little chill time to recharge the creative batteries.  Be back mid to late next week!  xoxo

P.S.  The pretty off-white romper I shared with you in this post is now on sale 40% off – I just snagged one!

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3 pretty white things + one big show

A little fashionably late to our Wednesday White party, but better late than never, right?  Lots of good stuff, so here we go!

1.  A pair of perfect espadrilles that look fun and flirty with shorts, skirts, and dresses.  They elongate the leg’s line yet feel comfy enough to wear day to day.  These are surely a summer staple.  You can find them over here.

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2.  Feelin’ the whole off-white umbrella vibe for summer.

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Remember this home showing off-white umbrellas i a glorious poolside scene from  this recent post?  Yep, still obsessed.  I found three options for you, in order by price.

Umbrella one for less than $55 here.

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Umbrella two for $80 hereYou order frame and umbrella separately here and here

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Umbrella three for $125 here.

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3.  I’ve had many emails from fellow Southerners asking what my summer basics are.  It’s roasting hot and humid here for at least four months starting in May, so I wear a lot of classic pieces in cotton and linen.  Lots of simple dresses and skirts.  I always incorporate white basics with either stripes, linen, chambray, or gingham.  As I was looking around, I found this super cute romper (want!).  Totally my favorite look – simple and classic with a little graphic element.  I would wear this so much!

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OUR BIG SHOW IN SEASIDE THIS WEEKEND…

I’m currently preparing for our final SEASIDE Dance Month performance, which will be in the SEASIDE Amphitheater this Saturday, May 21st, at 6:00pm.  You can find details/info here.  This dance series has been so beautiful, inspiring, and fun!!!

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Tomorrow we are flying in soloists from around the country (New York City Ballet, Ballet of Canada, Complexions Contemporary Dance, and more) to perform in our show.  It’s going to be AMAZING!!!  Hope to see you there!

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