Spring Cocktails, A Day at the Races, & More: It’s the Top 4

Here's a quick glimpse at some of my favorite (and our most viewed) blogs. It's our top 4 for April. Stay tuned for May!

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of my favorite (and our most viewed) blogs. It’s our top 4 for April.  Writing blog content is something I love to do, and it’s always neat hearing and seeing what you like, too. Let me know what you’d like to see more of in the future. Stay tuned for May; I can’t wait to show you what’s up my sleeve.

Top 4 for April:

The Fortress: A Renovation Update from Italy 

It’s Coming Up Cocktails: My Favorite Spring Sips

A Day at the Races

Ikea’s Jassa Collection

xx Annette

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IKEA’s Jassa Collection: A Colorful Bazaar

Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar.

As you all know, Ikea is one of my stylist’s secrets. It’s a great place to find funky, affordable, and chic items for your home and beyond. I’ve even been known to use Ikea items for photoshoots from time to time.

Ikea’s latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It’s colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. It just screams outdoor entertaining and summer style.

Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar.

The textiles are bold, and the furniture is so fun. It’s just a little bit vintage, but full of modernity. I just love it all.

Toss the oversized pillows on the floor for additional cozy seating, grab a large basket or two to hold blankets or beach towels around the pool, or plan an dinner party around the royal blue splattered serving wear. Most of all, plan some springtime fun!

xx Annette

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My Favorite Easter Tablescape Inspirations

Hi Everyone! I’m Nicole, Annette’s web manager, and I’m back today to share some of my favorite Easter tablescapes. As you all know, Annette is renovating The Fortress in Italy. What you might not know, is that I started my own stateside renovation (on a much smaller scale) just a week after her.

As a result, we’ve been sharing our growing pains with renovations together, and it’s been so nice to lean on Annette for advice since this renovation isn’t her first rodeo. It’s always good to have someone to talk to!

Once our renovation is complete, we will finally have a real dining room. Until now, our home has had an eat-in kitchen, and our dining room space functioned as our office but not anymore! I am thrilled to have a real dining room table along with a space where I can host dinner parties for friends and family, especially for different holidays.

While we’re not quite ready for entertaining, I’ve been spending the past few weeks dreaming-up what my Easter tablescape would look like if I was hosting Easter this year. Sign me up for all the flowers, eggs, and bunnies, please!

Using tulips is not only seasonally appropriate but also a beautiful way to incorporate garden-like florals into your centerpieces. I also love the use of the green bunnies. It’s a cute way to be festive.

These egg place settings are sweet yet chic. It’s a great way to repurpose your dyed eggs (but make sure you save some for deviling!).

I know Annette likes to send guests home with a little something, and I think these baskets of miniature chocolate eggs would be perfect for exactly that. I would place them by the door, so no one forgets their treat!

What are your plans for your Easter tablescape this year?

xo, Nicole

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Color I’m Crushing On:: Buttercup

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Whenever I see yellow appear in stores, I know spring is officially here. While yellow can be quite bright, it’s also incredibly cheery and manages to punch up a room or outfit easily. Yellow is one of those colors you can’t help but to smile at; it’s such a mood lifter. This season, it’s all about buttercup. 

Add yellow to your wardrobe and your kitchen with anything from a pair of sneakers to a set of linen napkins. Below are some of my buttercup picks:

  1. Linen Market Napkin – a subtle color for a garden party
  2. Lemon Juicer – for all of those lemon twists this summer
  3. Superga sneakers – this subtle yellow tone in these is so fun
  4. Beautiful Briny Sea – salt made locally
  5. Le Creuset Dutch Oven – I love the idea of using your dutch oven both to cook in and serve in
  6. Nail Polish – I’ve been known to rock a fun color on my nails
  7. Tory Burch cross body – You can’t beat a cross body for any travel you have planned
  8. Empire State Finery necklace – this duo from Atlanta has some of the most fun and funky pieces
  9. Capri Blue Candles – one of my favorite scents to light and a favorite gift to give

xx, Annette

 

 

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Make it Fresh for Spring with Staples : Window Dressing

Staples Window dressing is something I know a lot about. Right out of college I was a window dresser.

My love for making pretty windows is near and dear to me. At Urban Cottage, a mother & daughter partnership, dressing-up the store is something they love to do together. Although they are busy with their interior design clients and retail customers, they always take some time every season to freshen their look. So, when they started looking for branding materials, they looked no further than Staples Copy & Print.

“It’s so seamless,” says Gail. “Making a big impact takes minimal effort when you use the right resource.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Remember, decorating your windows for spring is smart business. It’s easy to make your customers feel like you care by ringing in the season with a banner and customized promotional cards. All your collateral is easy to order from Staples Copy & Print. Even importing your logo is super easy. Check out what Urban Cottage Atlanta did for their spring promotion:

staples OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Urban Cottage offered customers a discount card to freshen their homes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And they gave away these useful branded tape measures. All these items can be found at Staples Inc Copy & Print.

Log-on to Staples Copy & Print to see all of the possibilities. Your small business can shine with a few branded touches and affordable and useful giveaways.

*Everything you will need is at Staples (in stores or order online at Staples.com with free delivery for rewards members or for orders over $49.99 (for non-members). This post is in partnership with Staples. All opinions are my own.

*Get 40% off large posters, banners, and lawn signs (other sizes also available on sale)
Offer valid 3/29-6/27/15
Link to design: http://www.staples.com/sbd/content/copyandprint/

*Get 50% off custom invitations and announcements
Offer valid 3/29-6/27/15
Coupon Code: Invite50
Link do design your cards: http://design.staples.com/cards/Category/Invitations

Photos by : Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn and Annette Joseph

 

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