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    Afresco Dining: Seaside Edition

    It's officially beach season here on Amelia Island. Our favorite time of the year! Last week we kicked off the festivities with a little seaside cocktail hour. Yummy appetizers, snacks in the sand and a view that can't be beat! Today we're sharing our essentials just in case you too want to take advantage of a little alfresco dining this summer! We can't recommend it enough. 

    Our Cocktail Hour Must-Haves: 

    - Kassatex Beach Towels: These fluffy stripe towels are big enough to serve as a blanket which makes them an essential for picnic style soirees! 

    - Cocktails: Y'all know we're partial to our Camp Craft Cocktail mixes! We always have a batch soaking so that we're ready to bring the party in a pinch! The local duo behind Camp Craft Cocktail created their product with community in mind, so they're designed to serve 12! Ps. The new aromatic citrus flavor is divine!

    - Uashmama Wine Cooler: Made in Italy from water and stain resistant paper (yes, you read that right!) our Uashmama wine tote is the perfect carrier for your favorite bottle of Rosé! These also make a unique gift for your host or hostess! 

    - Ice Bucket: Versatile and practical - our wrapped woven ice bucket is definitely a beachside necessity! 

    - Wine Glasses: Metal glasses are a must on the beach (or by the pool!), easy to clean and you don't have to worry about anything breaking! We're currently stocking beautiful gold metal glasses that fit right in with any decor! 

    - Wood Serving Board: If you haven't been serving your charcuterie out of a wooden fish, you've been doing it wrong! It's an unexpected detail that won't be forgotten. 

    - Cocktail Napkins: We've loaded up the shop with nautical inspired cocktail napkins perfect for summer entertaining. Lobsters, fish and shells... oh my! 

    - Woven Market Tote: Our best-selling tote this season is a gorgeous moroccan basket-like bag big enough to store all of your goodies! Our favorite detail? The stunning leather straps! 

    This summer we're bringing a few of the luxuries of the indoors... outdoors, and hoping for our best summer yet! Entertaining with our people and making memories at the beach! What more could we ask for?! 

    Behind The Design: How To Style Your Bed

    Making a beautiful bed is easier than you might think! To get the luxurious, fluffy, "jump right in" bed that we all long for... you'll only need to remember one rule. Yep, just one. 

    The Golden Rule of Bed Making: Layering Is everything! 

    Now that we've let you in on the big secret, let's dive a little deeper so you can achieve the look! Layering is essential because it adds volume, texture, and interest. Layering is also functional (especially in Florida!) because it provides adjustable warmth for you and your guests. Form and function, it's what we're all about. 

    Here's how it's done: 

    1. Start with your sheets of choice (be sure to lay your flat sheet wrong side up just incase you want to fold it over your duvet or quilt!) and then add on your duvet or quilt. If you're using a duvet, we recommend using two inserts in the cover or sizing up for added volume! That's where the "fluff" comes into play. If you prefer a quilt or lightweight coverlet, skip the folding over the flat sheet and instead fold the covering itself over twice. 

     2. If you're going the duvet route, we love the look of a folded quilt at the foot of the bed or casually draped on the corner. If you're using a coverlet or quilt as your primary bedding, you can get away with a simple lightweight throw blanket. This is a great time to introduce a fun pattern, new texture or pop of color! 

    3. It's pillow time. Start with Euro pillows (we typically recommend three for a king, two for a queen/full, and one for a twin!) for height. For your "sleeping pillows" as we like to call them, elect to use pillow shams instead of standard pillowcases for a more finished look. These can be matched to your sheets or used to layer in another color. Finish off with lumbar, boudoir, or throw pillows. The last step is always our favorite! This is a great time to experiment with color, embellishments, and variety in texture! Throw pillows are the easiest way to update a look so don't worry about committing to a pattern you won't love forever, you can always switch them out seasonally or when you're ready for a fresh look. 

    Pro tip: Hosting overnight guests? Bust out the steamer or iron to get that crisp & polished, in-store look just before your company arrives! We also love to spritz the linens with a Mer Sea room spray (available at Cape House!) - it's a thoughtful touch your guests are sure to appreciate! 

     Photography by Jessie Preza Photography // Design by Lola Interiors 

    5 Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas

    Mother's day is right around the corner (May 12th, write that down!) and it's a little to late to order online. That's no reason to worry though because we've got tons of thoughtful mother's day gifts on display at Cape House! Stop in and see us - we'd love to help you select something special for the most-deserving women in your life! 

    1. Wood Letter Board 

    Our handmade letter boards are a unique way for mom to display sweet messages, encouraging quotes, and favorite words around her home or in her kitchen. These also make for stunning photo props and party decor! Each wood letter board is handmade by fine artisans. She'll appreciate the thought and the amazing craftsmanship! We have two sizes available in store, our smaller board is shown below! 

    Ps. You'll get extra brownie points by starting her board off with a heartfelt message! 

    2. Uashmama Beauty Case

    Shown below in large and small, a Uashamama beauty case is an unexpected gift that mom is sure to use! Pretty and practical! Fun fact: these bags are made of washable PAPER! Yep, you read that right. You're sure to stay on mom's good side by filling one of these darling toiletry bags with a few items from our Uashamama beauty collection. Made with extra virgin olive oil, these serums and lotions are always a hit!

    3. Indaba Robe

    An Indaba Robe is the most luxurious gift you can give mom this season! Treat her to a spa-like experience at home every day of the week! Shown in our Mirage Block Print, we have several patterns and styles to choose from! Trust us, she'll love it. Be sure to pair with a bottle of cab and a face mask for the gift of ultimate relaxation. 

    4. Mer Sea-Scents

    Mer-Sea is a Cape House favorite! Our newest scented candles include beautiful agate coasters, each one-of-a-kind and reusable! The beautiful combination of agate and a deliciously scented hand-poured candle make for the perfect gift! We highly recommend Coconut Sugar! Smells heavenly! 

    5. Amelia Island Tote

    Our Amelia Island Apolis Totes make a darling gift for island moms! Celebrate her love for Amelia Island with this Cape House Exclusive. Featuring quality leather straps and a waterproof interior, she can tote to the market or the beach! 

    Mom's have the most important job in the world! Treat them to something extra special this Mother's Day!

    We're open Monday-Saturday from 10am-6pm and we'd love to help you find the perfect gift! We look forward to seeing you! 

    Spring Trends We Can't Get Enough Of!

    Spring is here and we're pretty darn excited about it! We love spring because it means we get to celebrate a few of our favorites (Easter, Shrimp Fest, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day just to name a few!) and we get a little sneak peek of what summer has to offer! When it comes to home decor trends, spring is our sweet spot! This year we're seeing a nudge toward gorgeous gardens and the great outdoors! 

    Here are a few Spring 2019 trends we can get on board with! 

    1. Faux Floral Arrangements

     

    Gone are the days of having to keep indoor plants alive! Can we get an "AMEN"?! We're thrilled to share that it's now completely acceptable to adorn the spaces of your home with faux botanicals! We're currently stocking dozens of beautiful faux stems, topiaries, boxwoods and arrangements that would look great in any space! Come on in and let us help you create the perfect arrangement! Ps. We've got you covered on the vase front as well!

    2. Citrus

    Citrus is everywhere right now! From wrapping paper to Spring dresses, and even making an appearance in the textile department! We can't get enough of lemons and oranges this season. Our faux orange stems make a lovely spring centerpiece! Who can resist vibrant oranges and bold yellows?! Citrus is a trend we can get behind! We think you'll want to "squeeze" it in to your home this season as well! ;) 

    3. Botanical Prints

    This just in, Pinterest recently shared that pins of botanical prints have increased 75% globally in the past month! It's officially the internet's fastest growing home trend! Folks want to reconnect with nature in whatever way possible - botanical prints on textiles and around the house seem to help us accomplish that! Refreshing patterns and colors help us craft a serene look in our spaces. Our favorite use of botanical prints is in the bedroom. We can't get enough floral print bedding! 

    In summary, it looks like design trends this year are all pointing to nature! Natural fibers, rich textures, and organic prints are making their way onto everything this season and we couldn't be happier! 

    How do you feel about these Spring design trends?! 

    Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Design Consultation

    Coming in for a design consultation? I'm so excited to meet with you to help you complete your space! A little bit of prep work can help maximize our time together. Here are a few easy tips to help you plan ahead. - McKenzie

    ONE | PRIORITIZE YOUR NEEDS.

    The best place to begin is to start with where you'd like to end! What can we accomplish together during our consultation that would be a big "win" for you!? Would you like to nail down a new dining room scheme? Or perhaps you really need a few lamp options for your guest bedroom? Prioritizing your needs helps us spend our time together on what matters most to you!

    TWO | GET INSPIRED!

    I'm going to give you a bit of homework (it'll be fun, I promise!) Spend a few minutes prior to our meeting dreaming up what you'd like your space to look like. Visual inspiration helps me get to know your personal style which will translate into every aspect of our design consultation!

    Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas!

    • Flip through your favorite magazines (I personally love House Beautiful, Veranda, and Traditional Home!) and earmark or tear out a few rooms you love! This gives us a great starting point for our conversation! What do you like about the space and what don't you love?!
    • Not into periodicals? Create a Pinterest board with your favorite design ideas! What I love most about Pinterest is that you can easily add notes below photos to help illustrate what you like about the space!

    THREE | DON'T FORGET THE DETAILS!

    MEASUREMENTS

    If you don't have a floorplan of your home handy, a few simple measurements can help me determine the best scale and placement of furnishings. It's ideal to have overall dimensions of the room itself (especially if we're sourcing rugs!) as well as measurements for existing furniture that will remain in the space. The easiest way to share the dimensions is to draw a quick sketch of the room and then add in any relevant measurements pertaining to the layout, like window placement and distance from one door to the next!

    SAMPLES

    Have a sample of your existing window treatment or a pillow cover from your sofa? Bring it in! This will help me beautifully blend your existing pieces with any new additions!

    PHOTOS

    Taking photos or videos of your space (nothing fancy - an iPhone photo works just fine!) helps tremendously! This way we can take a look at pieces you already own and architectural details that may play a part in the design of your space. A few tips:

    1. A mobile phone video of you walking the space can easily capture all of the elements we'll need to consider!
    2. When taking photos or videos, take a few steps back and think "floor to ceiling", we'll want to see the entirety of your room!
    3. 3. Try to capture photos from different view points. I love to see a few different perspectives of each space!

    FOUR | WHAT'S HELPFUL TO BRING:

    Make your list and check it twice!

    • Measurements
    • Photos Of The Space
    • Inspiration Photos
    • Existing Fabric Samples