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A Modern Neutral Nursery Tour

This modern, neutral space is a total dream. And that dream works for baby boys AND baby girls and is anything but boring. Designed by Megan Opel Interiors for her sweet little guy, Oliver, it’s stuffed to the gills with animals, great reading material and layers of cozy textures. Find even more captured by Danielle Moss right here.

I had so much fun decorating my son Oliver’s nursery. The rest of my home is full of bright colors and vintage pieces, but deep down I wanted to do something totally different in the nursery because it an enclosed space off the rest of the house. So I chose to go with a clean, modern scheme with lots of grey, taupe, black, and white and touches of natural wood, faux fur, stars, and stripes, which will be appropriate for both boys and girls in years to come. And let’s be honest – this is totally my “mom cave” so the calming palette was 100% intended for me! However, I do love how the book covers in the bookcase add a nice splash of color. I adore zoo animals in baby’s rooms so I threw in some elephant, giraffe, zebra, and lion accents, plus a few deer heads in there for good measure because who doesn’t love a good deer head? 

The nursery is a mix of pieces I already owned, gifts from family and friends, DIY projects, secondhand Craigslist items, IKEA and Target bargains, and a few name-brand items. I tried not to buy anything at full retail price because that’s just against my religion but I also wanted to stay focused on my scheme. So I woke up every morning and scoured Chicago-area Craigslist, shopped sales and used coupons, rewards certificates, and credit card points whenever I could. I also have to credit my amazing husband for installing everything!

Photography: Danielle Moss | Design: Megan Opel Interiors | "Oh My Deer Print By Stephanie Sterjovski : Lulu & Georgia | 16x20" Gallery Frames: West Elm | 3-shelf Bookrack: Pottery Barn Kids | Amerock Birch Wood Cabinet Knobs: Lowe's | Baby Giraffe Print: Sharon Montrose | Baby Zebra Print: Sharon Montrose | Ceiling Drum Pendant: West Elm | Ceramic Deer Head: Land Of Nod | Chambray One-Piece Outfit: GapKids | Changer Basket: Land Of Nod | Crib: Land Of Nod | Faux Sheepskin Pillow: Land Of Nod | Fox Print Blanket: Monica + Andy | Giraffe Toy, Lion Toy, And Puppy Toy: Jellycat | Glider: Land Of Nod | Grommet Window Panels: Target | Jaipur Rugs Pura Vida Tierra Rug: RugsUSA | Knit Bunny Doll: Blabla Kids | Lamp: Land Of Nod | Lion Pull Toy: RH Baby & Child | Llama Animal Shaker: Land Of Nod | Owl Closet Knobs: Anthropologie | Paper-mache Elephant Head: RH Baby And Child | Pouf Ottoman: Land Of Nod | Sheepskin: IKEA | Star Changing Pad Cover: Aden + Anais | Star Crib Sheet: Aden + Anais | Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Cloud White | Weegoamigo Knitted Elephant Print Blanket: Diapers.com | White Wall Knobs: Land Of Nod | Wool Deer Head: World Market | Woven Hamper: Target | Woven Storage Bins: Serena & Lily | X-base Side Table: Target | Zebra Wood Toy: Manny & Simon

Rosé Slushy Recipe

I am in full, complete denial that the calendar is moving towards fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love a pumpkin spice latte as much as the next person, but summer is my happy place. And that’s partly due to my slight obsession with all things rosé. So since we still have some warm days in our future, I whipped up an amazing why-didn’t-I-think-of-this-sooner rosé slushy recipe that will have you toasting to a never ending summer season right along with me. Cheers. xoxo, Abby Capalbo

Rosé Slushy Recipe
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  • Bottle of Rosé
  • 4 oz Belvoir Elderflower & Rose lemonade
  • Ice Cubes
  • Sprig of Lavender
Instructions
  1. Freeze bottle of rosé in ice cube trays (overnight)
  2. Combine frozen rosé, Belvoir Rose Edleflower and a handful of ice cubes in a blender
  3. Blend until all ice cubes have been crushed and when it's at your desired consistency
  4. Serve in a cute coupe with a sprig of lavender

Photography: Erin McGinn | Styling & Recipe: Abby Capalbo

Abby Capalbo

Design, Styling, Parties
Create the Perfect #Shelfie With Interior Designer Windsor Smith

If there is one thing I love to switch up around my home, it’s my bookshelves. It is the easiest and chicest way to make a statement. And with Instagram #shelfies becoming the ultimate source of inspiration, there’s no end in sight for this trend! Thanks to some help from interior designer Windsor Smith and Vogue, you’ll have the perfect shelf worthy of a #shelfie in no time!

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A Summer Night’s Soiree

Outdoor entertaining is about to be a distant memory of warm summer nights and rosé a flowin but there’s still time to host that perfect backyard get together. We’re soaking up every last ounce of alfresco entertaining and taking a cue from this perfect evening crafted by Amelia Marie Design + The Lovely Ave + imagery by Molly Whitmore Photography. Get inspired to bid summer a proper adieu right here.

Amelia Marie Design created a poolside, tablescape and lounge area for guests to enjoy a leisure evening. The tablescape featured a DIY sponged table linen, custom-made dessert plates, and a vibrant arrangement of handcrafted paper flowers. Fruity, Popsicle drinks and decadent desserts were served as the blazing sun set in the distance. A nearby lounge area, furnished with custom throw pillows and cozy blankets from Tiny Prints, offered relaxation and a prime spot to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Photography: Molly Whitmore Photography | Event Design: Amelia Marie Design | Floral Design: The Lovely Ave | Catering: Heritage Bakery & Cafe | Event Venue: The Crawford Pool | Handcrafted Dessert Plates : Susan Layne Pottery | Home Décor Products: Tiny Prints

Behind the Blog: McKenna Bleu

It never fails, whenever I start to put together a Behind the Blog feature, I instantly feel like I made a new best friend. And that is definitely the case with the gorgeous McKenna Bleu. I could sit on that gorgeous white couch of hers and chat about all of our travel dreams over a big ‘ol glass of wine for hours. Until that happens, I plan on getting lost in all these picture perfect images of her gorgeous home.

SMP: Tell us a little about McKenna Bleu

I’m a lover of bright colors, sunshine, one way tickets, pink lipstick, and living in the moment. This blog is my creative outlet that’s turning my dreams into plans.

SMP: Some words you live by?

Work hard, stay humble. Life is better in color!

SMP: Any guilty pleasures?

Oh where do I start, Oreo’s, red wine, online shopping, eating outdoors & Dr. Pepper!

SMP: What did you think your dream job was before your dream job found you?

I always thought I would be amazing as a nail polish namer, how cool would that be?!

SMP: What’s your favorite quote that describes your creative process?

If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it!

SMP: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?

That it’s never too late. Whether it’s starting a new career path, traveling to unknown places or changing your wardrobe. I’m a big fan of living out of your comfort zone, if your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough.

SMP: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?

It’s easy to look back and say I should have done this and wish I knew that but at the end of the day it lead me to this place here today. A place of happiness, motivation and content. No regrets here…

SMP: What is one piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out?

Celebrate each step! Do not compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Whether it’s 100 or 150K Instagram followers be proud of each accomplishment.

SMP: What is your favorite item in your home?

My world map, it’s a constant reminder that the world is a big place. I plan to see it all.

SMP: What’s your best tip for balancing work and personal life?

Plan ahead. If you know you need blog photos or an Instagram be sure you know exactly what you need, get it done first thing in the morning and be present, especially when traveling. Social media never sleeps so I post when I need to and do not spend my day scrolling through my Instagram feed. I give myself time when I wake up and when I go to bed to catch up on what I missed throughout the day.

SMP: Stranded on a desert island question… what’s the one cocktail you would take with you?
Hands down, Blue Moon! Can you make it a case?! Ha

SMP: What color do you think will stand the test of trend time?

Pink! Even if I’m the only person rocking it, you can always count on pink being in my closet.

SMP: Three things every home should have?

Wine glasses, a cozy blanket and good company

SMP: Your most prized possession?

My white couch! I’ve dreamed about this couch for as long as I can remember, I smile every time I walk in my apt.

SMP: One thing you can’t live without?

Love.

SMP: Your secret to success?

Staying true to myself, my brand and building a relationship with my readers.

SMP: One small design change that can make a big impact?

Changing out your pillows, I like to rotate mine for the seasons.

SMP: Number one interior design tip?

Keep it simple!

SMP: Your top 5 design tips?

Use white as your focus color, less is more, splurge on forever pieces, add sentimental items & keep it clean.

SMP: Best moment of your career so far?

Being invited to The House White for the 4th of July party, a memorable moment for me for sure.

SMP: Advice you’d give to your younger self?

Kiss all the boys, haha

SMP: Your favorite instagrammer?

@thefatjewish, laughter is necessary everyday

SMP: Your go-to recipe?

Ordering Thai food

SMP: Your most memorable moment?

Standing in the crowd in Coachella watching Ellie Goulding perform, unreal moment realizing my job brought me here.

SMP: If you could dine with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Anna Wintour, I’ve got a lot to learn.

SMP: The best advice you’ve ever received?

To follow my instincts and take the risk!

SMP: One place everyone must visit in their lifetime?

Switzerland, by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.

SMP: What’s one thing you really want to do, but have never done?

I really want to skydive, I will only do in in Dubai over Palm Island. It’s on my list, it will happen soon!

SMP: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Living overseas living out of a suitcase, mark my words.

Photography: McKenna Bleu | Interior Design & Styling: McKenna Bleu