Spring is here (tomorrow, officially) and that means revisiting my love of landscape renovation. Do you feel like that too? March gets here and we are blessed with a handful of warm days, and all I can think about is gardening. I wish I could get out there and start digging up plants and putting down brick pavers, like I've done in years past... but, my enormously growing belly is telling me that strenuous gardening ain't gonna happen this year. With a baby due in May, I think the majority of my "gardening" may be regulated to Pinterest. We've done SO MUCH over the years, and our yard is still a disaster and nowhere near finished. I'm okay with that though. You can't do everything, I realize this. But, I would love to finish it someday before I die.
For now, here are some gardening ideas that are totally inspiring me this year-- and maybe they will inspire you too. Please indulge me...
This precious picket fence has my heart a flutter. A few years ago, I'm not sure I would have swayed this way. But, time has changed me. Our backyard is pretty big, so I would love to enclose half of it between the carriage house and the backdoor. Not for privacy, but something to contain the children and maybe a dog someday (did I just say "dog"? These days, I can hardly keep my head on straight and I'm thinking about a dog? Yes, let's get a dog.). This simple yet classic picket fence is my inspiration.
To go with my new picket fence, I'll take this lovely gate and arbor, thanks. :) Is this not idyllic? I can imagine parking my car in the carriage house, and then walking through this gate to the backdoor. That would be lovely.
I would also settle for something like this. :)
If I get my fence and my gate (and my arbor), I'll need a new walkway from the carriage house to the back door. So, I think we'll need some brick. You might remember a few years back, we repaved our front walk with reclaimed brick. I still adore the look of it and I want MORE. I spotted this chic pattern awhile back and have saved it as inspiration for future hardscaping. Isn't this great? Thank you, Ruthie Sommers.
And, while we're at it, let's throw in a swimming pool. This picture has been my go-to for years now. I'm obsessed with it and would die to have anything that remotely resembles this someday. Love the complete privacy with those thick evergreens (I think that might be my favorite part)... and the rectangular pool, modern furniture, and potted plants. Wrapped it up and ship it to me.
This is also fabulous.
And, this. I mean. Hello, gorgeous. Pea gravel, black planters, stacked rock, perfectly green lawn, potted boxwood. Perfection.
Our new candles have arrived and they are divine! I only wish you could smell them through this blog because they really do smell fantastic. And, the packaging is awesome-- we've brought in polished copper tumblers, and mercury glass vessels... not to mention the classic blue candle pots and faceted glass. Over the last week, we've been testing out a few lines in the studio and the fragrances are so calming. I didn't expect that. So now, I like to have a candle burning whenever I'm at work. The smell just makes me happy. Isn't it funny how such a simple thing can affect your mood in that way?
This past weekend, I photographed each new candle for the website and was so impressed by the quality. I know you will be too. And, to celebrate the new line, we're offering everyone 20% off the entire collection now through March 17th! Just use the discount code SPRING20.
Happy Friday! I hope you have lovely plans for this weekend. It's finally warming up here and it feels heavenly. :)
We did a photoshoot in the store this week, promoting our new Moscow Mule Mugs(which are really fun to use), and I've attached the pictures from the newsletter below. We also shared our favorite Moscow Mule recipe with our email list. I thought I would share it here on the blog, too. Just in case any of you are interested in making one, try this recipe first-- it's my favorite. If you ask me, the Moscow Mule is a perfect springtime cocktail (and it's easy to make into a "mocktail" for the non-drinkers or pregnant mamas, like me-- just substitute non-alcoholic ginger beer and add soda water).
Have you ever had a Moscow Mule? I recommend chilling the mugs in the freezer for awhile before mixing up a batch. That will help you get the ultimate frosty glass. :) Cheers!
Now, in the 7th month of my second pregnancy, I can surely no longer wear regular pants (believe me, I've tried-- that elastic hair band can only stretch so far). And, when my trusty GAP maternity jeans ripped in a place that only reinforced my growing size, I reluctantly went on the hunt for a new pair. After ordering--and returning--a whopping seven pairs online, I finally found these.
In case you are pregnant, or know someone who is pregnant, I thought I would pass this revelation along to you. I LOVE these "Jimmy Jimmy" jeans from Paige Denim. Stretchy and cute. I actually like the distressed look here. The best part is the expanding waistband and NO belly band. So, after the baby is born, I can throw on a belt and wear these like regular jeans (this is the plan, and thoughtful justification for the price point).
I've got a couple of new design projects on the horizon that are beachy and coastal-inspired. And, THANK GOD for that because, outside my office, my car is covered in ice. And, we're getting more snow tomorrow. So, dreaming and scheming about summertime is just what the doctor ordered over here.
Here are the images that are covering my desktop this week. And, to me, they scream WARM WEATHER. I am so drawn to using mercury glass this year. But, in tiny doses (think bud vases, a chic table lamp, and mercury glass candles). Also, copper. The rosey cousin to brass. Are you guys liking this new trend? Again, I love copper in small doses-- perhaps a tiny table lamp, a collection of bowls, or hit of copper hardware. Both of these fresh metallics are coming to the store this month-- I've been really jazzed about it. :)
Also on my radar: anything that feels like it's been faded in the sun. Think heavy woven textures (like rope), sun faded colors (like misty blue, minty green, and washed out denim) and crisp whites. Always crisp whites.
High Street Market shop co-founder, interior designer, wife to Dave, and mommy to William and June. Living in Philadelphia, born and raised in California. Renovating a historic home and trying to enjoy all the beautiful things in life.