Last spring, pink was touted as the color to wear. Cut to 2017. And guess what?! Pink is still being talked about as the color trend of the season, most specifically in the accessories department. And whereas last year blush pink was the “it” color, now it’s brighter pinks; from bubble gum to fuchsia. Sometimes it can be overwhelming if someone wears too much of it, but pink can be downright charming in small doses. Especially when those “small doses” are cute handbags and shoes!
Spring and summer fashion is so fun! Breezy tops, flirty sundresses, sandals (with bright pedicures!), cropped jeans, cut-offs, and straw bags. I love a good straw bag! Is there any bag that screams summer more than this one?!
Larger ones are great as totes to the beach or on vacation, but a small or medium sized one makes a great handbag for when the weather heats up. Made from raffia or straw, they are lightweight and can hold a ton. In fact, the straw bag originated in France. Women would take large woven straw bags to the farmer’s markets to load up with fresh fruits and vegetables. Leave it to the French to make even going to the market fashionable!
I’m sure you’re familiar with these bottles, even if you didn’t actually know the name for them. Antique demijohns have grown immensely popular in the last several years, so much so that even reproductions can be found. You know when the chain stores start copying them that they have morphed into a full-fledged trend!
An ottoman used as a coffee table, is actually one of my favorite decorating techniques. It’s a great way to have extra seating in a room, so they work really well in smaller homes. They also add a softness to a space, so if you have a lot of hard edges or your room is “all legs” (meaning you have no slipcovered furniture) they can also help even that out. Also, if you need a larger size coffee table which can sometimes be hard to find, an ottoman can often be ordered in a custom size to get exactly what you need. And of course, they are super comfortable to put your feet up on! For that reason, coffee table ottomans work especially well in family rooms.
I don’t live in a very large house, and I definitely don’t have a large kitchen, so one of the things I’m most drawn to is larger kitchens that have a ton of storage space (I have none!). And in my opinion, one of the most charming ways to have extra storage in a kitchen is with a butler’s pantry!
I have to confess that I love almost all white flowers, to the point that even the flowers that are otherwise unloved and unglamorous look better to me when they are white. However, I do play favorites! 🙂 There are a few I love more than others, and one of them is white tulips.