Anyone else feel those mid-winter blues this week? January’s half-way point has come and gone, and we’re just starting to realize how much cold weather we have left.
Have no fear — there are some incredibly easy and affordable ways to beat the winter blues until Spring arrives. Take a look at 5 of our favorites!
1. Eat something sweet and sunny. The bright taste of lemon is an instant pick-me-up. These 27 delicious (and gorgeous) lemony dessert recipes (Hello, warm lemon pudding cake!) are a great place to start. (via Buzzfeed)
2. Bring a little life into your home. It’s a fact — having a little bit of plant life makes even the dreariest day seem brighter. Create your own indoor jungle with this guide. (via Apartment Therapy)
3. Play with pops of color. Just because it’s dull and gray outside doesn’t mean your home has to match. Paint one bright accent wall in one of your living spaces! Don’t want to paint? Try something temporary and super playful to brighten your mood, like this paint swatch wall! (via Poppytalk)
4. Organize it! Clearing out all of the old junk from last year and starting with a blank slate is a lot of work, but well worth it, considering how it will make spending time indoors that much more enjoyable. Use these expert tips to organize your home room by room.
5. Treat yourself. Everyone deserves a little luxury! Take an hour to give yourself a little spa treatment — we love this easy avocado face mask. (via Sincerely, Kinsey)
Tell us: How do you like to kick the winter blues?
Whether it’s Pretty in Pink or Extreme Home Makeover, everyone loves a good before and after — including us! We love getting inspired by home makeovers — it’s amazing to see what elbow grease, paint, and great taste can accomplish. Take a look at 5 of our favorite home makeovers and before and afters, below.
1. Bedroom Makeover: Luxurious Neutrals with Erin Gates
TIP: Want to spice up your neutral color palette? Mix and match patterns to make things interesting without having to repaint any walls.
2. Before and After: Sarah Dorsey Design’s Entryway Makeover
TIP: Make the most of awkward spaces. Sarah didn’t let her entryway’s sloped ceiling get in the way of storage — these built-ins maximize square footage.
3. Before and After: Jonathan Stiers’ Breezeway Refresh
TIP: Don’t be afraid of giving an outdoor space the same luxuries — curtains, fluffy pillows and rugs — that you would give an indoor space. When you purchase the right materials, it’ll last you for many summer seasons to come!
4. A Family Room Makeover Fit for Chic Fun
TIP: If you have a thing for white sofas, slipcovers are the way to go. Just wash them when the spaghetti sauce strikes! Plus, we love the way they look extra shabby-chic as they wear.
5. Before and After: Jonathan’s Incredible Kitchen Renovation
TIP: Having open shelves were high on Jonathan’s priority list, so he used an over-sized clock to break up all of the lines in the space.
See more of our favorite spaces here.
When you live in Southern California, there’s never an inappropriate season for outdoor entertaining. This feminine, cozy get-together from Anna Delores Photography, Stella Bloom Designs and Vanessa Noel Events does the perfect job of embracing the gorgeous great outdoors in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Despite the warm weather, this talented team still gave the setting some festive, seasonal flair with chunky knits, sparkle, and a touch of leather and fur.
See the full feature on Style Me Pretty!
Most Wonderful Time Sign, Metal Lantern, Wooden Lantern, Red Blanket, and Pillows: Pottery Barn
Photography: Anna Delores Photography
Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs
Reception Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch
Jewelry: 31 Bits
Calligraphy: Jamie Ellen Paperie
Cake & Desserts: MJB Cakes
Cocktails: Savour This Kitchen
Styling & Coordination: Vanessa Noel Events
Spending time with our family and friends during the holidays always makes us appreciate the little — and big! — things in life. This year, we’re celebrating them all with our new series: Give Thanks.
This week, we asked designer and blogger Kirsten Krason to share what she’s thankful for this year:
“During the Holidays I’m most grateful for my cozy bedroom. I stay in bed as long as possible on snowy days here in Utah. My kids usually climb into bed with me and we cuddle under the blankets.”
“I love the big windows in my room as well. It’s magical to watch the snow falling as we get ready for the day. Lighting a holiday candle sets the mood even more. These cozy moments remind me what life is all about.”
Photos by Jylare Smith
Seen in photo: Lily Task Lamp, Gold Leaf Tray
See what designers Becki Owens and Nicole Davis are grateful for, too. (Hint: It takes place in one seriously stunning kitchen.)
Something borrowed, something blue — follow us on Instagram today, we have something special for you!
We’re so excited to swap Instagrams with Loverly today. Follow them to see all of our favorite winter wedding inspiration, and follow us to see their favorite decorating tips, gleaned from their most gorgeous wedding features.
You can see all of our photos at #loverlytakeover and #potterybarntakeover!
Every holiday season, we find ourselves thinking about what we’re most grateful for in life. Isn’t that what’s great about Thanksgiving? It’s the perfect time to reflect on the good things in life.
This year, we’re giving thanks with some of our favorite designers in a new series. We asked them one simple question: What are you most thankful for this time of year?
We love designer Becki and Nicole of Owens & Davis‘s answer: “We are most grateful at this time of year for the time spent gathered around family meals in our homes.”
With so many dinners, parties and other entertaining events during the holiday season, it’s important to step away from the chaos and spend time with those we love.
Owens’ spread with our Vintage Wood Pizza Paddleboard and Vintage Wood Oval Tray is a simply tasty (and healthy!) way to kick off the holiday entertaining season.
PS: How gorgeous is her all white kitchen? Amazing!
PPS: What are you thankful for this year?
A romantic, sun-drenched engagement shoot in Greece — we can’t think of a better way to start down the path as a soon-to-be married couple, can you?
Kristin and Scott chose the talented Eric Kelley to shoot these special photos. We love how the couple embraced the environment’s bright hues and casual style (that coral maxi dress is amazing).
Take a look at their gorgeous engagement shoot in Greece, plus our quick tips for destination engagement shoots, below.
Our 3 top tips for destination engagement shoots:
1. Find a photographer that both of you are comfortable with. Whether he/she is traveling with you, or you’re meeting them there, it’s worth it to be picky here — your pictures will definitely reflect how much fun (or lack thereof) you were having that day.
2. Make sure either you or the photographer are familiar with possible locations at your destination. If your photographer is a local, make sure you tell him/her what you’re looking to get out of this shoot. If your photographer is traveling with you, do your research ahead of time and map out locations that you’ll want to visit/shoot at in advance.
3. Check the weather and plan accordingly. Weather is an issue for any engagement shoot, but if you’re doing this on vacation, you’ll want to be extra careful. Have backup indoor locations on your list, and plenty of weather-friendly wardrobe options.