Sometimes people just aren't the "baby shower" type. Tiffany's sister Dana and her husband Todd are expecting their first child in July, and instead of the traditional shower, they opted for a co-ed eventwith friends and family.Everyone loves a good backyard barbecue, so we threw 'em a BABY-Q! The goal here: absolutely no fuss. We kept things simple, traditional, and of course, delicious. The menu included chicken wings on the Green Egg and pork sliders, made infinitely easier with the help of atrusty slowcooker (we kept that pig theme going withpigs in a blanketand iced pig cookies). A barbecue wouldn't be complete without mac 'n cheese - we opted for a handheld version, making it easy for guests to serve themselves one (or three). We rounded out the spread with fruit kabobs, coleslaw, and of course, banana pudding! With a little boy on the way, we chose a soft blue check with navy accents for all the decor. We purchased inexpensive fabric cuttings to make a table runner; instead of purchasing decorations, we created printouts for the food table and used frames we already had around the house. We used the same printout design to also create a banner for the gift table and the precious tags on the barbecue sauce favors, printed with "Sweet Baby O's Baby-Q Sauce." Combine easy recipes and a gorgeous outdoor setting, and the result isa laid-back afternoon affair loved by mom & dad-to-be (and all the guests, too)!
A couple of weeks ago, our team traveled to North Carolina for High Point's Spring Market. While looking to make our last few inventory selections, we found inspiration around every corner - and rounded up our favorite trends below.
JUNGLE-INSPIREDWe've seen palm leaves, rattan, and other globally-inspired goods for months now - and Market was no different! Existingin a beach town, we feel right at home with all the natural, and somewhat tropical, elements of this trend. It's pure summer - what's not to love? Standouts from High Point included new interpretations of jute rugs (like this Feizy patchwork jute rug and Jaipur Living geometric woven); play withglobal pattern (like in this Selamat dining chair and Jaipur Living zipper pillow); fun prints (like the Eastern Accents Lanai Collection); and rattan pieces (like this Benton sideboard and Coco mirror from Palacek).
TASSELS, TASSELS, TASSELSTasselearrings are everywhere in fashion; they're a unique way to add detail and color to an outfit. The same is true in home goods; we loved seeing an abundance of tassels and other passementerie detailsin a variety of ways across many showrooms. Our favorites included Kate Spade New York's pillows and blankets with Jaipur Livingandthese Peruvian framed tassels from Imagine Home.
We'll never get enough all-white-everything - but we can't say we're sad to see cool grays and blues take abackseat to warmer and richer tones this year. Saturated jewel tones - like navys and deep greens (a nod to Pantone's 2017 color of the year, Greenery) - covered everything from upholstery to lighting, accessories and more, combined with warm metallics and pale pinks and blushes (swoon). Standouts pictured above include the Rowe Nolan Chair, Palacek Gregory Side Table, "In a Dream" by Wendover Art Group, Ombre Indigo Pillow by Elaine Smith, and Visual Comfort Larabee Sconce.
ORGANIC MEETS GEOMETRICWe loved seeing a casual approach to geometric patterns. These new interpretations felt fresh, organic, and coastal - perfect for our island location. Our favorite iterations came in the form of rugs, like this Jaipur Living Kate Spade New York Gramercy Rug and Feizy Twain Rug.
THE NEW NURSERY
We were interested to learn that Millenials will outspend Baby Boomers in 2017, and further, older Millenials are settling down and starting families. The result: anabundance of unique baby and kid items - from cheeky felt mobiles and canvas bins by Petite Pehr, to this chic glider by Rowe Furniture. Personalization was also key - whether traditional monograms or these nautical flags by Imagine Home, which can be purchased in any combination, spelling your family name or baby's name (how perfect for a beach town?)!
We can't wait to bring some of these trends - interpreted in our own clean, coastal style - to you this Summer! In the meantime, let us know which is your favorite below in the comments.
It's beginning to feel a lot like Summer here on Amelia Island, which means it's time to give away all our beach favorites: a Yeti Roadie, a pair of Telescope Casual beach chairs, and two Turkish beach towels, valued at $575! Enter now, and we'll announce a winner on Thursday, May 25th, just in time for Memorial Day. It's easy - get started below (and tell everyone you know because friends don't let friends miss great giveaways).
Flying into Cape Town, South Africa was amazing; I have always believed the most beautiful landscape is where the mountains meet the ocean. I mean, why pick just one?! As we began our descent, I had a unique vantage point - one that we are not typically privy to unlessin flight. From that small plane window, I noticed the lushness of the landscape in the valley of the mountain range. Being a Florida girl, I don't know much about mountains, so I leaned over and asked my husband why. His answer was simple, and something I probably should have known (I blame exhaustion from the 23-hour flight), but the way he said it hit me... "There's fertile soil in the valleys." My heart skipped a beat. This is so true. We went on about our trip and explored as much as we could in the 8 days we had there. A few days were spent in those lush valleys enjoying small tastes of its fruit's juice and great food, the others, spent working our way to the mountain tops to soak in the views. As we "hiked" (in our flip flops) to the peaks, we were tired and (some of us) needed to catch our breath along the way. But once we arrived, we instantly forgot the pain it took to get there because of the spectacular views - the ones that photographs can't even begin to capture. Thefunny thing, once we were able to take a look around, and snap a couple selfies, we couldn't (and honestly wouldn't want to) stay there all day. I believe this is why people make millions selling t-shirts and other souvenirs at the top. You can't stay there forever, but you want something to help you remember the feeling, the view, and to be able to tell others about your experience - proof you have been there. Beyond said souvenir stand, there is not much work to be done at the top. That's not where the most fertile soil is. The valleys are where we grow, where our faith grows, and where the fruit is produced - where we learn more about who God created us to be, who He is, and what He wants to do through us. I had the opportunity to visit some of our very best friends' church, The Journey Church Livonia, this past weekend, and while teaching on God's promises, Pastor Bill Comai said,"The gap between when God says it and when you see it is where faith grows." That's the valley, friends. Valleys aren't bad - they are necessary, and without them, there would be no peaks. See, from where I was in that plane - above it all - I had a grander perspective. I could see the mountaintops and the valleys. The whole picture. From God's perspective (like mine in the plane that day), He knows where we are and where we are headed. He has ordained it all - the mountains we are facing from the valley or the peaks we are standing atop. As we prepare to launch Cape House, some days feel like an uphill climb - like we are never going to be able to relax and take a selfie of that view from the top. But I am reminded as long as we stay planted, fully rooted in the One who guides, we can be confident that He will produce fruit through us along the way. So, if you are in the valley, huffing and puffing in your flip flops, remember to keep your eyes fixed on the One who knows your next step. If you are on your mountaintop, take a moment to acknowledge the valley you just came out of, thank God for what He did in your life while you were there, and then keep moving - there is more work to be done. xo,