Gift Guide for the Traveler in Your Life

We all know someone who loves to travel – maybe it’s your mom, your sister-in-law, your bestie, or you! Since we all know someone who falls into this category I wanted to share my top 10 gifts for the traveler in your life. Ranging from $10 to $500 there is a wide variety to choose from here. Happy Shopping!

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These Boll & Branch sheets are the perfect gift for anyone who loves to travel often. Is there anything better than coming home to your own bed? I think not. These are really a great gift for anyone – parents, new home owners, newlyweds. I mean, everyone wants to own nice sheets but they’re so annoying to spend your own money on.

An oversized scratch-off gold map is SUCH a fun gift! Any family, couple, solo traveler, or person that loves to travel would have a lot of fun scratching off the places they’ve been and finding inspiration for the next trip. Bonus: it would look great in a white frame on the wall or in a kids playroom (just keep the glass off so you can scratch it when need be).

This calendar is so cute for anyone stuck in an office with a serious case of wanderlust. A great gift for college girls, working moms or organization freaks (like me!) who love using a physical calendar. Heck, even if you don’t use it – the pictures will inspire you! (Design tip: cut out the pictures & frame them for some cute, quirky wall art)

Whoever invented this Raden carry on suitcase is a genius. Not only is it TSA size approved with a hard cover (meaning it will fit no matter how much you shove in there), but this sucker has a built-in charger and…wait for it (<–no pun intended)…weighs itself! Yup, it takes all of the stress of flying away. Did I mention that it also locates itself? Basically it takes away 90% of the flying stress – no need to pay overage weight feed, hoard a wall plug or worry about the airline losing your luggage. This bag does it all itself. Absolutely genius!

With over 9,000 5-star review, this is supposedly the end all be all of travel masks. If you’re like me and can sleep anywhere on the plane, this is for you! Although if you have trouble sleeping on planes, maybe this is for you too! I’m eager to give it a try as I currently have my favorite sleep mask that I use on the reg & travel with everywhere.

Everyone needs a “go to” travel outfit and this cashmere wrap really saves the day. Pair with a black shirt and black leggings and you will be traveling in comfort while looking chic AF. Wraps are the best because they can be used as scarves, blankets, pillows, jackets or eye masks. Well worth the investment!

I’m pretty sure these made my gift guide list last year, but you can see why. Everyone needs a solid pair of headphones when fling, especially if it’s an overnight or international flight. Bye bye crying babies and loud airplane noises…enjoy your flight as these drown out the background noise so you can watch a movie or snooze and enjoy your flight.

Who doesn’t love getting a monthly magazine in the mail? I get Travel & Leisure each month and always enjoy reading about fun new places and seeing pictures of beautiful places around the world to add to my bucket list. An easy gift for someone who is tough to shop for!

Another good “go to ” gift for anyone really is a passport cover + luggage tag set. They’re gender neutral, great for all ages and you can never have enough – I mean, I personally have about 6 suitcases so I need at least 6 luggage tags! They’re also fun to get personalized and would be a fun hostess gift or Secret Santa gift.

A nice water bottle like the Bobble is a fail proof gift idea. Good for gym goers, travelers, hikers, or anyone on the go – this one is lightweight, super cute (7 color options) and has a built-in filter. It’s affordable too so you could pick it up for a few people on your list.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably recently saw in my pre-honeymoon Insta stories that I recently tried these packing cubes for a big trip and I absolutely loved them! First off, they hold a ton and I swear I could fit more in my bag. Secondly, they allow you to group your items and stay more organized while traveling. Lastly, and my favorite, they really help you know where everything is so you can find your items so quickly. It really made packing, getting dressed and re-packing so much easier.

What else should we add to this travel gift guide?!


Gift Guide for the Home Design Lover in Your Life

So last year I did quite a few gift guides; however, I find that every blogger out there does gift guide after gift guide and we tend to see the same items over and over. That being said, I’ll only be sharing two gift guides this year: design and travel. As you know, interior design and travel are my two passions and they are the very topics that this blog was founded on. Luckily the items are translatable to many other gift recipients – parent, sibling, friend, hostess, coworker, etc. Today is home design and tomorrow is travel!


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Every home can use a faux fur throw, even if they already have one! In winter, these are the best to take a nap with or cuddle up for a morning cup of coffee. I also like this gift for your in-laws, new home owners or a hostess gift. I’ve actually got this exact one and it’s the best!

This marble & copper monogrammed board is one of the most versatile gifts on this guide – it’s literally able to be used for the home lover (as a decorative piece, on a shelf, as a cheese board, etc), for any hostess, for a secret santa, or really any female in your world. Or hey, just buy one for yourself!

Y’all know that my favorite candle had to make the list. When they go on sale I usually stock up because they seriously smell so great! I have them in my living room, bathrooms and bedrooms. I even gave these as thank you gifts to my wedding shower hosts. Everyone loves a good candle but nobody wants to spend the money on them – hence the perfect gift idea!

This is one of my favorite gifts for anyone who enjoys decorating their home. Picking out frames can be expensive and a Framebridge gift card really saves the day. Let their experienced staff help your gift recipient get the best frames for their space.

These brass cheese utensils are SO cute, I just love them! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good cheese board? Help your friend/hostess/mom step up their cheese plate game with some chic, stylish utensils. This is a gift sure to please.

Many people forget about magazines, but I think that a subscription to Elle Decor is a great, realistic gift for the design lover you know. If they already have Elle Decor, try Better Homes & Gardens, Domino Magazine, or Architectural Digest. Every time this person receives a new mag in the mail that month, you’ll be top of mind!

While I’m not one for faux plants, every home could use a good boxwood or two. They’re great to put atop a stack of books, to use as a pair framing the mantle, to decorate on shelves, etc. You can even gather a grouping as a centerpiece of a dining table.

A good set of tea towels is always a good “go to” gift for anyone who enjoys being at home or decorating their home. These get stained easily and need to be replaced often. Try their initials, monogram or state outline. I like to shop ETSY for reasonably priced, personalized gift towels.

These Anthropologie patterned bowls are such a great gift – they can be used to store jewelry, as a catchall bedside, to serve nuts, and more. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and can easily be mixed and matched. Also, they’re pretty affordable so you can give a set of 4 or 6 – I even registered for some for our registry.

Stay tuned tomorrow for my gift guide for the travel lover! What’s your “go to” gift for the interior design lover in your life?!

Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

Can y’all even believe that Thanksgiving is next week? Insane! Given all that we have going on right now (moving, new job for T, etc) we are pleased to be attending a Thanksgiving feast at our dear friends’ home in Newport, Rhode Island. Hopefully we will have a large dining room of our own in upcoming years and be able to host our own Thanksgiving day celebration for family & friends. So for my future reference, and for all of you wonderful host expecting a crowd, I’ve put together some tablescape inspiration for you:






So many pretty options to be inspired from! I’ve put together a mock table setting myself and hopefully it will inspire you even more! If I were hosting this year, here’s what my table would look a little something like:

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{napkins / chargers / plates / greenery / glasses / vase / napkin holders / place cards / runner / candle holders + candles}

Who’s hosting Thanksgiving this year? Is your table ready?!

Sister Bedrooms – Ages 3 & 5

We’re in full demo mode down in Atlanta at #proejctwatershineway. The homeowners move in about mid-September and in the mean time we are replacing flooring, adding a mudroom, renovating the master bath, painting the entire interior/exterior and getting the nursery ready for child #3, due a mere 6 weeks post-move in. Are we crazy yet?! HA!

This lovely family has two beautiful girls, ages 3 & 5. As most sisters that age are, they are the best of friends and want to do everything together. They are also in the stage of “I want what she’s having” so when one says she wants pink walls, the other wants more pink walls…you get what I’m saying. So in order to keep the rooms “separate yet equal”, we’ve decided to not have any overlapping colors. This way there is no room for comparison and they can each have a darling space, individual to them.

Additionally, the parents wanted a space that the girls could grow into a little bit. You’ll notice that neither is overly-girly or overly-baby. They’ve got some key pieces that can be mixed & matched in between the two rooms, as well as bedding & art that can be updated as the girls grow. All in all, I’m really pleased with how these design plans turned out and I can’t wait until 6 short weeks from now when it’s all installed!

Sloan, Age 5

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We decided on a gray/white/purple theme here in the 5 year old’s room. She’s getting a “big girl bed” so this adorable gray wooden full bed from PB Kids did the trick (comes in 4 colors!). Her walls will be a light purple with a deep purple accent wall where the bed is. She’s got fun, ruffled purple & silver bedding and a giant polka dotted bean bag to round out the space.

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Brooklyn, Age 3

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The 3 year old’s room is a little more playful & girly. We’re opting for a very, very light blue on the walls (almost a faint robin’s egg blue) with an accent wall of fun gold polka dots. Her ivory bed will be covered with a pinch pleat blush comforter and some cute elephant print accent pillows in blue & pink (mama is an Alabama fan, after all!). She’ll have some cute canvas bins for her toys and some cute, personalized art on the wall.

{ paint | bedding | pillow | gold dots | mirror | art }

Since the two share a Jack & Jill style bathroom in between their bedrooms, we’ll be sure to incorporate pink and purple into it so that it really feels like a mix of the two.

What do you think?!

Life Lately, Vol. 13

Happy Friday y’all! I’ve got one thing on the agenda this weekend and it is b-e-a-c-h! We’re headed to the NJ shore (not that one – no Snookie’s here) to take the puppy home to grandmas (where we’ll leave her for the next month due to lots of travel), to meet two new babies in our friend group (!!) and to hopefully work on my end-of-the-summer tan. Is summer really coming to an end? WAH. I can’t even think about it.


The most charming front door in South End neighborhood

Reading: Some tips for combining finances when married. I’m sure everyone has their own way of doing things but we’re trying to find what works best for us. Whether that means combining 100%, only partially, or none at all. We’re in the “research” phase. I found a few good articles here, here and here. Any advice?

Inspired: by THIS home tour! I swear, every home tour in AD just gets better and better. I’m not sure what I love more – her stunning, HUGE lawn, the cool color pallet & incredible light that’s in her bigger than my apartment double living room or her absolutely perfect master bedroom. I would never leave the house.

Shopping: for some new fall booties! My absolute favorite pair of light brown booties are on their last leg (no pun intended) so I need to snag some before all of the good ones are gone! I purchased these Rag & Bone ones during the #nsale but they were too narrow. Also I apparently don’t have any black booties (maybe I lost them?) so I need those too! I am loving these cognac Madewell,  these Sole Society in mushroom suede & these black ones. Who has a great pair that they’re willing to share?


An exciting Tufts 10K announcement

Iceland: What to pack

Life Lately: Vol. 12



An “Adult” Living Space Under $4,000

When I moved in with my fiancee husband (<– still SO weird to say!), we went through the typical “combining of pieces”. This meant his frat-house looking dark green sofa would be adjacent to my cute, tufted cream colored sofa. The dart board got the boot, but the surfing picture stayed. Compromises were made, but now that we’ve been in the space for well over 12 months, I am o-v-e-r it. As in, every time I walk into the living room & see that damn green sofa I get a serious case of the skeevies. Old stained sofa be gone!

So, we are currently plotting how to redecorate our space while (a) keeping it gender neutral (b) purchasing spaces that we can repurpose in the future and (c) stay within budget. Here’s what I’m thinking:


Put together by these pieces…


Of course, we’ll keep a few art pieces we have (especially this one and these frames with our black & white Paris pictures) as well as my favorite candle, ginger jar & pillow. Add in a few good coffee table books (this, this & this) and we’re done!

{rug | sofa | chairs | lamp | coffee table | mirror | vases}

What are your tips for redecorating a space while staying within budget & gender neutral?! Any amazing pieces out there right now for the living room?!

Blue Dining Room

Happy Friday Folks!

Today I’m sharing a really fun post with you. I was recently inspired by Arhaus with an interesting challenge that I couldn’t refuse. The task? To create a design board based on one of their seven different Color Guide graphics in hopes to inspire others on how to design a dream room around their favorite shades. Since we all know color is key when it comes to design (and I usually choose neutrals!), I thought this would be fun! They provided me with seven color guides:


At first, I was tempted to go with black (I still may do another one – bathroom with black walls…could be ah-mazing!) But for this go around, I chose the blue. I consider blue to practically be a neutral (we all know my love for BM’s Hale Navy) and it’s a real calm, serene, gender neutral color that’s versatile in practically any room.


For some reason, I was drawn to designing a dining room (though I came real close to choosing a master bedroom). Maybe it’s because we’ve been unwrapping gift after gift from Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel and we have no place to put it. Basically, I’m dying to host a dinner party in a new non-existent dining room.

Nonetheless, here’s what I came up with:

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What do you think? I am IN LOVE with it all – the classic chairs & rug, mixed with the abstract art and that KILLER chandlier (I know y’all have seen it before – it’s a show stopper!) Tie it all together with this moody blue wall paint by Farrow & Ball and I just can’t even handle it. Someone let me bring this vision to life in your home please! Check out more dining room furniture here.

{ paint | rug | dining table | chandelier |art | chairs }

Your turn! Which color would you choose? What’s your favorite way to incorporate blue into home design?