Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, so lots of seasonal sales kick off this weekend with some great discounts. For me, summer means much more time to peruse latest product releases, observe current trends, and fill my shopping cart a bit with a lot things I don’t need, of course. I loved picking my favorites from these great sales going on this weekend. I’m eyeing these desk accessories, this graceful task lamp, a dramatic bull print, and this metal faceted vase. After shopping these sales and making some red, white, and blue desserts, you’ll want to make sure you’re entered in the two giveaways I’m running this week. Enter to win a task lamp from LampsPlus here and enter to win a $200 gift card to Waiting on Martha here. WOM has some great discounts for Memorial Day, but you can still use THOUSWELL for 20% off your order. Peruse my picks below and let me know if you shop any great deals…
Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Mandy of Waiting on Martha, a blogger, designer, shop owner and fellow Atlantan. She’s an incredibly kind and creative #BossLady who’s passionate about the design community here in Atlanta. I collaborated with Mandy for my One Room Challenge to find the styling accessories and finishing touches to polish off my room, and I’m excited to share some of my favorite pieces from her shop on the blog today, plus a $200 giveaway to shop the decor, entertaining, and accessories for yourself!
Although I usually like to break out of the traditional holiday color combinations, it’s hard to do that with the red, white and blue Memorial Day palette! To celebrate the theme, I’ve rounded up some delicious desserts recipes in each colorway. Although you can always top any dessert off with some appropriately-colored berries, some of these dessert ideas have some interesting flavors that you may not want to pass up. Although simple at first glance, the berries and coconut cream second-from-the-left is calling my name with its non-traditional flavors and vanilla-infused fruit. The blueberry and goat cheese popsicles also sound divine, and interesting enough to serve as a formal dessert! Take a peek below and let me know what might make it to your Memorial Day menu.
Steve McKenzie’s was a recent find for me, and I can’t believe I only discovered this year! Tucked into West Midtown, it’s truly one of the best home stores in Atlanta, but the best part of the discovering this store was getting to know the duo behind the shop. Steve and Jill McKenzie are avid design lovers and vibrant members of Atlanta’s design community, often hosting events in the store for artists and designers in the area or passing through. Of the pieces in the store, they say “We don’t sell anything we wouldn’t use in our own home!” Steve is a painter, and his own line of fabrics can be found on upholstery and pillows throughout the vignettes in their store. Besides running the shop, the duo also works on residential design projects, translating their design style to clients’ homes (see their latest feature in Atlanta Magazine’s next issue of HOME)! Take a tour of the store below, and shop their online selection on their website (like Eddie Ross’s new book shown below). Read More
Although my last Swell Shopping post was a Parisian dining room, I can’t help but share another French dining room today, especially since I’m starting a big dining room makeover this summer! This space is more traditional, but the brilliant gold chandelier immediately caught my eye and brought the space to life for me. The pale blue walls (reminds me of Suzanne Kasler’s dining room in the Southeastern Showhouse), the mirrored wall, and the pale neutrals on the chairs and fireplace balances the heavy dining table and gives the room a contemporary air with the lighter colors. The architecture is incredible, of course, but I also loved the detail of the color on the backs of the chairs, the sconces reflected in the mirrored wall, and the carved fireplace mantel. I loved recreating this look, and discovered the huge selection of Renaissance art prints on Art.com. When you can’t have the real thing, a canvas print of these old pieces brings a similar feel with an interesting subject matter. Click through to shop the look! Read More