Back again on this beautiful Sunday to share my favorite finds from the week along with my friends Cindy and Mary Ann. Today I’m sharing a podcast, a linen shirt I’ve been wearing from the GAP, and removable wallpaper that we will be installing at Madeline’s new apartment, plus a few other favorites!
Decorating Tips & Tricks
I’ve been listening to podcasts when I walk lately. I used to listen while driving, but since I’m not going anywhere these days, I listen while walking in my cute little neighborhood. One that I love is Decorating Tips & Tricks with Kelly Wilkniss and Anita Joyce. They seem to touch on so many design things that we all think about, but maybe don’t talk about enough. Like Episode 420 – Trends You May Regret. This is an important topic and I have to say, I was in agreement with them on each trend mentioned. I’m not going to give away more on the topic because it’s such a good listen that I think you’ll want to check it out!
A $20 Gap Popover Linen Shirt
This Popover Linen Shirt from the Gap. I’ve owned it for a week and have washed and worn it three times. I wash and then spray it with my DIY Wrinkle Release spray and no ironing necessary. Look for coupons, I got mine for $20 with free shipping! It runs a little big so I ordered one size down in tall. I love that it comes in tall, regular, and petite.
I used to use Downy Wrinkle Release spray on most of my clothing. Spraying it liberally in the laundry room and filling the air with that awful smell that I once used to like! Now I make my own using Thieves dish soap and a few drops of essential oil. You can read more about my love of using essential oils and how we switched in this post.
Window Swap – Have you heard of it? I think of all the businesses that are struggling due to the pandemic. It’s so sad and we have no idea when it will be over. We want to travel, but when will that be safe again? To fill that void, Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam have started a quarantine project they are calling Window Swap. The idea is that while we are all stuck at home, some of us would love to see through someone else’s window, somewhere in the world, just for a little while. You can submit your 10-minute video by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would have to say that both my friends Mary Ann who lives in San Francisco with stunning views out every window and Cindy who has gorgeous garden views of her lovely home and property would both be perfect for this project!
Livette’s Removable Wallpaper
Livette’s Wallpaper – Removable wallpaper. I love this idea on so many levels, but especially for home & apartment dwellers who rent. Madeline just moved into a new apartment and who knows when she’ll be returning to work in the office? It’s anyone’s guess, but there’s a lot of issues like getting to the office using mass transit and then once arriving at the office, taking an elevator to her floor, and then there’s the open office concept…so what does all this have to do with removable wallpaper? Well…while working from home there will be a lot of Zoom calls. She’s thrilled she is finally in an apartment where her bed no longer touches three walls, but still, there’s not a ton of space. When we set up her desk, we positioned it so that behind her is a door (not her bed). The door is just a sold blank door….read…boring! So that’s when I got the idea to use removable wallpaper to cover the door making her background more attractive. Livette’s Wallpaper has so many to choose from and you can narrow down the choices by selecting from styles like Modern Bohemian, Contemporary or Scandinavian to name just a few. I was thinking something like this or this. Madeline likes the three-dimensional cube pattern or the Pastel Pink Terrazzo. Bottom line…no more boring backgrounds for zoom calls! I can’t wait to see what her final decision is for the door and there’s talk of using it on their refrigerator too! So fun! What pattern would you choose??
Photo Via: Livette’s Wallpaper / Black Plaid
Photo via: Livette’s Wallpaper /
And a fun garden-to-table flower arrangement
My friend Marilyn is known for her beyond beautiful cupcakes and cookies, but lately, she’s been sharing her new passion for gardening. This garden to table arrangement caught my eye! She mixes zinnias, tomatoes oregano, basil, thyme, and jalapeño. She gardens from her home in Southern California and captures it beautifully with her amazing photography! You can follow her on Instagram @sweetstoimpress