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This post might be inspired by the respite from numerous days of rain that we've been having here in the Carolinas. Today the sun is shining beautifully! Yellow ochre was my "it" color for Fall and it is still holding first place for Summer. It doesn't seem like I am the only one in love with this color as I've been seeing it everywhere; especially in the fashion and interior design industries. {image via} 

I adore this ochre bedding from Anthropologie


Love that jacket paired with the pink pants! Such a delicious color combo! 



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The perfect pop!


i love how the yellow chairs pop against the black and white tiles.

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Such a fun and cheery kids' bedroom!


Is yellow ochre a yay or nay for you? xx


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What are your plans for the weekend? There is rain and possible thunderstorms in the forecast for the entire weekend, so I might have to delay my gardening plans... Instead, I'll try to finish reading this amazing book.  Have a wonderful weekend friends! xx


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 It's been awhile since I've taken you inside a Parisian apartment. They never disappoint and this one featured today is quite swoon-worthy! I am drooling over all the furniture and that deep blue velvet sofa is so delicious! 


 OMG, these velvet chairs! really everything in this space and grounded by that animal print rug-definitely I'm swooning! I love the wild take on design approach by the renovating team, Champeau and Wilde studio.







I love the soothing palette in here and that mink blanket definitely adds the cozy factor!

Now that is a deep bath tub.  xx

images: Ricardo Labougle via Elle Espana


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 *This post is sponsored by Bassett Furniture but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s amazing the impact new furniture can have on a space! I recently had the pleasure of partnering with Bassett Furniture to give the sunroom a refresh. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. When designing a space, furniture selection is undoubtedly a big deal- some crucial elements such as durability, style, function, and style play a major role.



 When making my choices for the sunroom, I wanted pieces that not only expressed my design aesthetic but that were also functional and durable; especially as a Mama of 2 boys and a very active 18 month old. The furniture layout remained the space as it is the most efficient use of the space and the most accommodating of that ginormous diva of a fiddle leaf fig that is in the space.


 A velveted piece of furniture has been on my wish list for the longest time so since I would be able to replace the current sofa in the sunroom, I opted for the luscious deep and plush Hunter sofa pictured. The prior sofa in the space was very square and boxy and this time around, I wanted something with more curves, so the Hunter sofa with its rolled arms was the perfect choice.  I was able to customize the sofa which was actually handmade in Newton, North Carolina(about 3 hours from us here in Fayetteville NC). I chose the fabric I wanted to have it upholstered in and opted for Premium Velvet in Lagoon. I wanted a color that would complement the already existing blue grey wall color in the sunroom. As you can see Lagoon goes beautifully with the wall color and that premium velvet feels so good to the touch.

I love that Bassett Furniture offers customization options for almost all their pieces, so much that you can even basically start from scratch with their HGTV HOME Custom Upholstery line. 


 Here’s a before pic for reference 


Although I love the teak coffee table that was in the space before(see before pic above), it has sharp edges which can be a hazard for an 18 month old and Cheyenne enjoyed constantly opening and closing the drawers. The Axel round cocktail table that is pictured replaced the teak coffee table and it is not only beautiful in the space but it is round so no hazardous sharp edges for baby! I also like that there are no drawers so I don’t have to worry about Cheyenne potentially squashing her fingers while opening and closing a drawer.  

You might have noticed that I also switched out the rug. The existing rug was too small for the Axel Cocktail table so I replaced it with the zebra rug from the living room. The zebra rug is bigger but still has the same black and white palette as the other rug which works for the overall color scheme of the space. So what is now in the living room you might be wondering…? Well, I’ll show you that space shortly.


 The WheelWright accent table from Bassett Furniture’s New Antiquities line that recently launched is pictured to the side of the sofa and is such an elegant piece. I absolutely love the curves, the finish, and its versatility! 


The Dwight adjustable floor lamp also from Bassett Furniture, has a bit of an industrial edge that I like and it doesn’t compete with the rest of the space. 


A close up view without the table to better show you the beautiful lines of the sofa and the legs. 




It feels so good to sit here in the mornings with my cup of coffee and the sunlight streaming in and even the children love to hang out in here and sit on the sofa. 

NOW ONTO THE LIVING ROOM



I mentioned above that the zebra rug was originally here in the living room before it was relocated to the sunroom. The rug pictured above is the Clayton Rug(in Snow color) from Bassett Furniture and its 9x12 size is exactly what the space needed. It’s the perfect size for grounding the furniture pieces and the black and white motif acts as a neutral backdrop for the colorful pieces in the living room.

A before pic

As you can see in the before pic above, the zebra rug though beautiful barely fit the orange sectional. 


The beautiful Tahiti lamp table from Bassett Furniture’s New Antiquities line add a nice organic touch to the space and its round shape helps to break up the square shapes in the living room and add a touch of softness. I also love that subtle design motif.

What a difference! 

I couldn't be more thrilled with all the pieces from Bassett Furniture and the beauty and function they add to the sunroom and living room.  Also guess what?, Bassett Furniture is currently having a Memorial Day Sale, featuring 25% off Storewide, including up to 50% off Memorial Day Specials, through June 2nd. That's definitely worth checking out... 

So, do you have a favorite piece from the items I shared? xx
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Installing an outdoor shower has been on our to do list for awhile. The hubby especially is obsessed with the idea of installing an outdoor shower and have even carved out a spot in the backyard that he thinks is ideal. Can you imagine soaking up the sun's rays in that pink bath above. I guess that would be more of a bath experience instead of  a shower but just as delightful.  O.K., let's drool over the others, shall we?







 Image of Hotel Azúcar in Mexico via Condé Nast Traveller





Do you have a fave? xx


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Sometimes a little rainbow motif is all it takes to add immediate cheer to our lives and spaces.  These 12 spaces provide great examples of this. I love how the addition of the rainbow motif above enlivens the space (source) and add contrast to the white walls. 

A great way to add cheer and fill that blank space behind the wall is with a lovely rainbow rug like the one pictured. Check out the rest of these great examples below. 










 Naturally since I love the rainbow motif so much and since Cheyenne is a rainbow baby, the rainbow is sprinkled throughout her nursery as you can see above... Rainbow art on wall is by Tess Guinery

This Blabla pillow is one of my faves and if you look closely in some of the other spaces, you will see that others seems to love it as much as I do. xx


pic of Cheyenne's nursery: Lea Hartman  


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  Over the weekend, I was busy pulling weeds from the garden as I excitedly planned what flowers I would be planting this year. Gardening is one of my favorite activities and I find it to be therapeutic too. When I look at our outdoor space as it is pictured above and remember what it was, I can't help but smile with pride regarding its transformation. I have to thank Home Depot again for their partnership that led to this amazing transformation.  You can read the article and see before pics HERE I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! xx
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If you're looking for a bit of weekend reading, I am over on the Society6 blog enthusiastically sharing about that maximalist life in my interview with Danielle. You can read it HERE


Have a great weekend everyone. xx

images: Lea Hartman
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     A loss of a loved one is never easy and although my mother-in law would've recently turned 90, it doesn't make it any less painful realizing that she is no longer here. Nonetheless, I do take solace knowing that she lived a long and full life and was deeply loved. We affectionately referred to her as Grandma Birdie, always sporting a twinkle in her eyes with the most contagious giggle/laughter. Grandma Birdie has touched countless lives and will always be remembered in the fondest of ways. I especially am grateful of the time we shared and that she was able to bless of the children's lives with her presence.  Though she lived in the United States, it was her wish and there was never any doubt that she would be laid to rest amongst her ancestors and other  family members in her beloved home district of Trelawny, Jamaica. Hence, the bit of quiet here on the blog as we prepared for travel to Jamaica with the children. 

   She received the most wonderful send off, very deserving of  the amazing matriarch and community servant that she was. I know she must've been beaming with pride. Whilst this was undoubtedly a bittersweet trip, Jamaica and its beauty has a way of salvaging ones wounds and we embraced that with open arms. It was the children's very first time here and observing them enjoying the beauty of Jamaica, one would think they were born here. They were right at home.  Here are some pics from our trip.  These were all snapped with an Iphone.


In the country where we spent a bit of our time

a visit to Devon House was a must-the kids absolutely loved it there




We spent a few days in Portland too and it was the best! Everything was so lush and beautiful there!
Portland, Jamaica

A resort in Ocho Rios



hanging at Miss T's kitchen in Ocho Rios

stalls at the Blue Lagoon

the most beautiful blue at the Blue Lagoon


Negril, Jamaica

Ricks cafe never disappoints

Since we've returned,  the boys have been talking about Jamaica nonstop. They are already anticipating and talking about returning. xx
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Do you remember when I unveiled the bedroom refresh earlier this year? I mentioned in that post that I might have the perfect art piece for behind the bed, and it couldn't be more perfect! It's like it was custom made specifically for this room, the colors go so beautifully.  I had it framed at a steep discount at A C Moore and I love how it turned out. This is a quick iphone snap but the beauty still shines through. It's by Justina Blakeney- i love all her work! And it's available here.

a close up - so beautiful! 


Better pics coming soon. xx


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