Wardrobe Style Boards: Spring Has Sprung!

A few new style boards to head into the weekend…

I spent last weekend in New Orleans and the beautiful, sunny weather offered the first glimpse of a warm spring that’s just around the corner. The weather called for a light jacket and shorts or a dress, it was great! Today we have just a bit of rain out here in Cali but I’m dreaming of a few great outfit ideas for spring.

A casual maxi dress paired with sandals is perfect for the beach, but the same dress matched with a higher heel, a little jean jacket and a few pieces of jewelry creates a dressed up, around-town outfit. I really love that Ella Moss striped dress and the simple Sashi leather necklace!

My go-to spring staple is a comfy pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans. They’re great layered with flowy blouses and tanks and the floral version below is ideal. How versatile is a cross body leather saddle bag? I’d love to add this Fossil version to my collection.

Did you know that Kohl’s carries different off-the-rack labels? I didn’t! I love this Lauren Conrad summer dress (at a steal of a price) and would pair it with one of my favorite J Crew Forever cardigans. My favorite dress secret is how perfectly a dress can be transformed into a tucked-in tank when you add a skirt as the next layer (especially a high-waisted skirt such as this). Love a versatile white leather carryall, a sturdy pair of cowboy boots and this adorable Zedena bird song necklace – which is perfect for spring – too.

Red Cardigan, Blue Skirt, Cowboy Boots,

For sources, pricing and other great ideas, head on over to the Wardrobe Style Boards page. Happy Friday!

Guest Posting Over at Freshmom

Hatton over at the adorable blog Freshmom asked me to put together favorite birthday party inspiration for a guest post. I was delighted to pull my Vintage Nesting Shower that I created for a friend last year out of the archives since the antique + spring details are just what I have in mind for a great birthday (for any age) this time of the year!

She also highlights a few interview questions such as how I got into design and about being a new mom. Head on over for the full post! Thanks, Hatton!

Building a Bathroom: Initial Inspiration

Our new guest bath design was originally inspired by the latest Decor & Trends project videos that were recently released by the Lowe’s PR team (not available on the website so be sure to check them out here). After hopping out to the Lowe’s website to explore additional how-to ideas (listed under Home Ideas and Projects on the site), I was surprised at how many great diy suggestions, articles and videos that they share online as well.

One particular video from the Decor & Trends section happened to feature a bathroom that rang very similar to what we had envisioned for our new guest bath and it was quickly added to the ‘inspiration folder’ on my desktop. Here’s a sneak peek:

Lowe's DIY Videos, Decor & Trends

What we loved about the bathroom decor was the simple integration of old-world style melded with modern furnishings and details. The white subway tile (a favorite of ours as we used a glass version in our kitchen remodel) brought in an original, traditional element that will stand the test of time, while the vanity, eco-friendly touches and rich colors keep the bathroom modern.

Having several visual images to work off of is so helpful for Kevin and me when remodeling – it helps to keep us on track with the overall look we’re trying to achieve (it’s easy to get distracted when you start shopping and there are so many choices out there) and since we’ve already decided on a plan it keeps us from mid-aisle disagreements about the shade of this paint over that. When the decisions get tough, we can pull out our handy inspirational images to see what color grout might be best or how various tile & paint colors work together in a final room.

The diy sections and videos are totally worth a look!

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