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The Picket Fence Project Home Tour

You know, all too often the term shabby chic gets a bad wrap. Most people typically picture grandma’s used hand-me-down furniture. But to me, shabby chic embodies a place that feels lived in, loved, and basically perfect. Enter: The Picket Fence Project’s home tour.  Filled to the brim with cozy country vibes with a traditional twist. In other news? I hope Caitlin is looking for a roommate because I’m ready to move in. With photos from Bruce Plotkin, there’s more right here!

From Caitlin… I wanted our master bedroom to be a place in which we were happy to end our day. It’s calm, serene, and slightly coastal. One of my favorite parts of the room is the planked wall that my husband and I did together. For a complete source list and links to our DIY projects in this room, you can visit here!

My son’s nursery is by far my favorite room that I have decorated. It’s a combination of store bought splurges, garage sale finds, and DIY projects. I wanted the room to be calming with a coastal inspiration. For a complete source list and links to our DIY projects, you can visit here!

Although the front door is seldom used (most guests come through the kitchen door), the foyer is a very visible part of our house as you must pass through it to get to the living room. It’s a space that is still a work in progress (I would love to give our door a makeover) and one that is filled with secondhand finds.

This room is what sold me on the house. The planked ceiling, exposed beams, large windows, and floor to ceiling built-ins pack the room with character.

I wanted our dining room to be an informal room we actually eat in. Thanks to the rustic dining table that my husband made, I think we achieved that. It’s a casual and inviting space we use often.

Photography: Bruce Plotkin

DINING ROOM: Dining table: custom made by my husband, read about it here | Dining chairs: Restoration Hardware | Hutch: garage sale
Light fixture: Pottery Barn

LIVING ROOM: Couch – Crate and Barrel purchased secondhand | Coffee table: Ikea hack project you can read about here | Rattan arm chairs: Pottery Barn purchased secondhand

FOYER: Ice chest: garage sale | Lamp: Home Goods | Shoe rack: Consignment Shop | Shelf: Garage Sale

NURSERY: Crib: restoration hardware baby and child | Rug: Pottery barn kids | Rocker: ikea hack project | Changing table: DIY project | Whale Tapestry: etsy | Nightstands: garage sale | Rope lamps: Target | Small white table and chairs: Garage sale | Wire hamper on wheels: home goods | Book Shelves: DIY project

MASTER BEDROOM: Bed: Overstock | Nighstands: Garage sale | Silver lamps: home goods | Rug: Rugs usa | Bedding: Pottery barn | Framed new england map: home goods | Wooden bench: Garage sale | Dresser: Consignment shop

PATIO: Teak table and chairs: Garage sale | Canvas sling back chairs: Garage sale | Wooden bar: Custom made by my husband. You can read about it here

Bed: overstock | Nighstands: garage sale | White lamps: target | Striped rug: Crate & Barrel

Jacquelyn Clark

A Backyard Garden Party

I think that the group of designers behind this next little lovely captured it perfectly when they said that they set out to design “a playground of pretty” for their nearest and dearest. Her Lovely Heart, the organization behind this fabulous fete, is designed to bring small creative business owners together in a way that feels inspiring and fun. And that was the reason that they threw this beautiful little gathering…doesn’t that just sound good?

On a (surprisingly!) sunny afternoon, a team of photographers from Her Lovely Heart gathered together for a casual garden mixer. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to surround ourselves with prettiness, with very simple measures we transformed a bog standard garden into a playground of pretty for adults. It elevated a simple get-together into a celebration, a celebration of seeing the beautiful side of life, and for taking any opportunity to surround ourselves with something inspiring.

We also had some help from some of our favourite people. Steph from Fairynuff Flowers provided the gorgeous flowers, and Rose from Rose & Ruby Paper Co. designed our gorgeous place cards (which are included in a free printable download on our site) especially for Her Lovely Heart.

The purpose of Her Lovely Heart is to provide inspiration, resources and training for artists who want to run their own businesses. To act as a mentor and a spark to those who are intimidated by the seemingly rigid and colourless world of business, and reveal all the colour that artists can bring to their businesses. Her Lovely Heart also has it’s own team of photographers, picked for their artistic potential, their gentle spirit, and their ability to see beyond the mundane. While this mixer was first and foremost about getting together with a team which is spread across the country, it was also about inspiring others to see how easy it is to make any every day event more beautiful.

Photography: Marianne Taylor Photography | Styling: Her Lovely Heart | Flowers: Fairynuff | Her Lovely Heart Handlettered Logo: Berinmade | Party Supplies: Ginger Ray | Place Cards: Rose & Ruby Paper Co. | Sequinned Chevron Runner: The Sweet Hostess

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Halloween Marshmallow Ghost Toppers

Tis the season for ghosts, goblins and everything else Halloween! And in this house, the kids want every last treat transformed into something spooky. We started with these chocolate cobwebs and next we tackled Marshmallow Ghosts. These are the easiest DIY project ever and can be used to top cupcakes, all white cakes (how cute would that be with 5-6 marshmallow ghosts), apple slices or just about anything else!