The Perfect Beach House

Rhode Island Beach House

Rhode Island Beach House

Rhode Island Beach House

Rhode Island Beach House

Rhode Island Beach House

While it’s no secret that I’m an autumn girl, I still can’t resist a good beachfront property. Quaint, nautical, classic beach houses are probably my favorite photos to browse during the spring/summer months and since August is coming to a close, I figured I’d share one more of my favorites.

This Rhode Island home epitomizes nearly everything I’d want in my own [hypothetical] beach house. The upholstery is what first caught my eye… pretty much every surface is adorned with a fabric that I love. White chairs with piping, navy + white striped bar stools, and a whimsical tufted coffee table. How cool is that? Coffee table designs have become increasingly unique lately and while I usually see myself going a more traditional route for those kind of basics, I’m kinda digging this! This home also has the perfect amount of pattern mixing… it’s subtle, confined to the pillows, and all in the same color family.

Any particular elements call out to you? Maybe the really awesome dining room table or the fireplace? I think both are pretty great!

Images via Domino: A Modern Day Beach House Makeover

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Current Thoughts + The Best Lilly Pulitzer Sale

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Hi guys…Happy Monday! Just some brief thoughts today — lots going on over here but I wanted to pop in with these words that are currently inspiring me. As I mentioned on Friday, changes to the site are coming (very!) soon and I’m working with Meli to wrap things up. In the meantime, you can shop one of my favorite sales of the year — the Lilly Pulitzer semi-annual sale (known this year as the After Party Sale.) It starts at 8 a.m. today. This is by far the best time of the year to buy Lilly — all kind of products + styles are deeply discounted and shipping is still free. Make sure you complete your purchase as soon as you add something to your cart — just because it’s in your cart doesn’t mean it’s on hold. Since shipping is free, Lilly encourages you to make multiple purchases if necessary. The signature stores often partake in the sale as well, so it’s worth stopping by if there’s one nearby. Things notoriously go fast, so get shoppin’!

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10 Instagram Accounts I Love

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Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform. It’s a great way to share snippets of your life while still having lots of creative liberty in how you do so. I’m still trying to nail down my favorite editing techniques (I got on board pretty late in the game… as in last year. Oops!), but admire these ladies for their consistency, creativity, and inspiring posts. I don’t like following multiple accounts that post the same type/style of content, so here’s a little sampling of my absolute favorites… each one varies slightly with their style and type of content.

Any other favs you recommend I follow? Share them (and/or yours) below and I’ll check them out! Follow me here : )

ONE/ Lemon Stripes: Bright, witty, happy: those are three words to describe Julia’s Instagram. I feel like I’m right there with her in all of her posts– each one feels so accessible and realistic rather than overly staged and phony. She seriously knows what she’s doing, and it shows!
TWO/ Liz Schneider: Liz’s blog is one of my favorites and on Instagram, she posts the perfect mix of inspiration/fashion/blog content + her personal life. It’s always nice to feel like you know the writer in some capacity, and Liz definitely lets people in just enough without sharing too much.
THREE/ Loren Hope: One of my favorite “brand” accounts and the one that will inspire you to grab some bling and put a smile on your face. Her line has become one of my favorites in the past year and is proof that a great statement necklace can jazz up even the simplest tee + jeans.
FOUR/ Banks & Harry: Puppies are kind of the way to my heart and these two puppy brothers bring a smile to my face (usually a giggle/squeal if it’s a video) each day. It’s pretty hard to stage the behavior of two very energetic dogs, which means that Banks’ & Harry’s personalities are probably exactly as they appear in all their photos + videos. Plus, their mom has a prettttty good blog!
FIVE/ Summer Wind: Sydney’s preppy, clean style comes out so well in her instas and I kind of want to steal her closet. Also, she may love G&Ts just as much as I do… a girl after my own heart!
SIX/ Sarah KJP: Want to feel like you’re on an adventure or at the least, a really legit vacation? Sarah’s Instagram = basically her blog, which is immaculate, sophisticated, and one of my favorite sources of inspiration!
SEVEN/ Society Social: Roxy’s bar carts are on my long term wish list and she has the most adorable, upbeat captions I’ve probably ever seen on Instagram. She puts so much personality into her posts and makes you want to be her best friend. Just the kind of energy I’d want behind a new couch or bar cart! Not to mention, her small biz story is really inspiring.
EIGHT/ Gadabout: Hanna has great taste and the cutest little King Charles Cavalier Spaniels. Her account is the perfect dose of southern + country life, and I love the subdued color palette — it’s so refreshing.
NINE/ Domestikated Life: Nautical, great use of filters, and makes you want to throw an incredibly well-executed party at the spur of a moment. And that’s never a bad thing, especially in the middle of a long week…or on a Monday.
TEN/ Notes from Monroe: One of my newest follows and while overly colorful, ornately decorated shots are unfortunately in abundance and sometimes feel redundant on Instagram, this one has the perfect balance in my opinion. Lots of blue and white, too!

A Dose of Interior Inspiration

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Nightstand

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Maybe it’s that recent graduates are entering the workforce and moving to new places, or that August means Congress is in recess and DC clears out so people seem to be more relaxed and want to take on projects, but this time of year seems like the prime time for rearranging, moving, and/or redecorating. I’m a firm believer that your space will continue to evolve over time and that the decorative process should not be rushed — which is great, because it means that you get to add to your space whenever something catches you eye. Our apartment has taken great strides since we moved in in April, but I’m always thinking of new ways to change things up or build on what we’ve got. Each of the spaces I’ve included here have something or another that I want to incorporate into my space, yet each one is so different. I know my style is still evolving, but I’ve realized two things in the past year: I can’t live in stark white, minimalist spaces and I love traditional elements such as brass, wood, or classic color combinations like blue + white and brown + gold. It’s no surprise that a sizable portion of my decor inspiration comes from Pinterest (check out my decor board here), but there’s such an abyss that I actually get really excited when I find a “dream space” amid everything!

Do you have any key decorative elements that you gravitate towards or stay away from? It’s fun to hear everyone’s personalized and what each person would do to make their space different, so share away!

Images via (top to bottom): Domaine Home, Short & Loud, How to Decorate by Ballard Designs, Ronald F. De Mauro Architects on Houzz.com, Domaine Home, Pink Peonies by Rach Parcell, Cullman & Kravis

Outfit Inspiration

Stripes

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Red White Blue Stripes

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Beachy Stripes

White Shirt

After a long outfit post hiatus, I’m excited to have snapped some pics this weekend that will be making their way to the blog in the next couple of weeks. It’s a goal of mine to do more of these posts … I’m so inspired by my favorite bloggers’ style and really enjoy seeing the ways in which everyone’s taste is similar yet different from one another. It’s no secret that Pinterest is a huge go-to source of inspiration — and is also a place where I don’t attempt to hide my love for stripes, evidently. Here are some of my favorite stylesperations (can I make that a thing?). You can follow me on Pinterest here!

Images: one / two / three / four / five / six