I’m sure you’ve noticed that the temps are rising and the days are getting longer (love!), which means you might be planning weekend trips/ vacations to stay with friends and family soon.

Do you have what it takes to be the best houseguest ever? Well, here are some cute host/hostess gifts to guarantee you’ll be asked back! 🙂

1. For the happy hour enthusiast: Wine Wars; the game at West Elm. $19.99.

2. For the bird watcher dear to your heart: Cute, felt birdhouses; from Patina Stores. $19.99 each.

3. For the host that has everything: Picnic basket at Target. $160.99.

4. For the foodie wannabe: Mo’s bacon, chocolate chip pancake mix available online at www.vosgeschocolate.com $12.00 for 16.

5. For the decorating guy or gal in your life: Domino: The Book of Decorating at Barnes & Noble. $20.00. 

6. For the bathing beauty: Bath cookies and sweets available online at www.swankysweetpeas.com. $10/ bag of 3 cookies.

april showers…

April 26, 2011

rainy day products

The saying goes: “April Shower Bring May Flowers”. Well, so far it seems like April showers bring MORE April showers!

I think rainy days are good for staying in and catching up with your latest book while sipping hot tea or popping in a movie or two and enjoying some cuddle time on the sofa. What are your favorite rainy day activities?

Here are some ‘rainy day products’ to get you through the next couple of rainy days. Then hopefully we will see some May flowers next week!

(Top left to bottom right:  Swarovski Crystal raindrop chandelier; Chrysanthemum umbrella from Bibelot Shops, Sassy plaid rain boots from Target; Weather shower curtain from CB2; Smart rain slicker from Anthropologie; Copper rain chain from Patina Stores, Retro raindrop wallpaper and fabric pattern from Romo.)

Wake up! The latest (and my favorite) color combo is Front and Center this season!

If you have been out and about lately, whether it’s in Crate and Barrel, Target, or to the showrooms at Interational Market Square, you have certainly noticed grey, white and yellow popping onto everything from tableware to dresses to the latest upholstery fabrics.

The past few months have certainly proven to us that neutrals, greys, and whites are everywhere. They provide a sense of stability and calm. The economy has a great infulence on color trends, and that has led us to where we are today with all of the grey.  But thankfully, yellow has stepped up and rustled the feathers of her neutral sisters! She is large and in charge. She is out to make you smile and put a little pep in your step! Is it working?

Have you noticed yourself gravitating a little farther away from the beiges and greys of yesterday and toward the fresh new idea of citron, lemon, sunshine… yellow?

The picture illustrates some of the fabulous new fabrics that are out and available to you as window treatments, pillows, or even on your sofa!

Be bold.

Be beautiful with the hot color combo: grey, white and yellow!