Decorating for Spring

It’s a cold but brilliant almost spring day in Massachusetts. Magnolias are in full bloom (as evidenced by my early morning walk) and my garden is calling out to me. Unfortunately, it will be a few more days until it feels warm enough to get my hands dirty and start planting. I’m a novice gardener and am hoping to learn a lot this spring and summer.

I’ve been doing some spring shopping and buying a few outdoor items to spruce up the exterior of my house. My hunt for some sea-related items brought me to WEST ELM where I found this perfect outdoor mat. This was my first purchase from West Elm but I ended up buying a laundry basket soon after. I spent my Sunday flipping through the catalog and finding summertime inspiration.


People  have become so used to shopping online that we hardly ever flip through catalogs. It was enjoyable to just sit with the catalog and get some ideas. I also discovered that West Elm very cleverly uses Holly Becker from Decor8 to give decorating inspiration and advice. I think this is the first time I have ever seen a blogger mentioned (and profiled) in a catalog! Very innovative and smart.


So while my garden begins to sprout tiny glimpses of green and I wait with bated breath for the weather to turn in my favor, I will have to get my daily dose of flowers from the garden shop down the street.



IMG_0096Hope you are having a wonderfully relaxing Sunday!

I’m A Little Teapot

How much do you love this teapot? Found it at Bauer Pottery Company.

I love their simple lines and use of vibrant colors. Here’s a vase.

The Sea

Rosanna, Inc.

I love the combination of blue and white and the way that it immediately (and intensely) evokes thoughts of the sea. I have lived on the water all of my life and feel lucky and blessed. There is something calming, soothing and healing about the ocean.  I intend to incorporate an ocean theme in my home. This work is from Rosanna, Inc. Rosanna Bowles creates gorgeous and inspiring dishware that turns your table setting into a work of art or a relaxing escape. I just love her work! I discovered her through Elements of Style…a fantastic site that you will literally lose hours on just exploring the images she has collected.

Dream Bed

How can you not love the idea of crawling into this bed at the end of a long day? Or imagine spending an entire rainy day reading in bed! Rachel Ashwell has been creating fantastic lines for years and if I could decorate my entire house Shabby Chic, I think I would!