I remember when I bought my first piece of art for my home – I felt like a real adult! Choosing art can be tricky – however I believe that it should speak to you, it should be something that you see and think “I absolutely need this in my life”. Art can be expensive – however it doesn’t have to be, and if it is – it’s an investment that is worth making. While I’m no curator – I wanted to share a few inexpensive pieces, all under $300 that I love, maybe something to get you started – or to add to your existing collection. Art truly makes a house HOME.
Some of my favorite places to shop – West Elm, Pottery Barn & Studio McGee.
This week on IG I shared a few images of our living room and had so many great questions on styling and purchasing. You guys – you seriously make my ENTIRE week when you send me these sweet little messages asking for my opinion or where I found something. I am by no means a professional interior designer ** I wish! – but I absolutely love styling homes and making spaces extra pretty. I first wanted to write here to say THANK YOU – and second to answer any sourcing questions on this space in our home – and maybe offer a little design inspiration too!
I’ve mentioned before here and over on IG that I rarely pay full price for anything – check out my post below for a few tips on how I make this happen. It for sure takes some patience, budgeting and planning – but definitely pays off in the long run so I can spend a little extra in other areas of my home.
Our TV cabinet is no longer offered from Pottery Barn, but it’s from the Benchwright Collection if searching – and I’m linking their current entertainment center here in the same finish. The pictured house plants are a monstera leaf in the white pot and a fiddle leaf fig in the terracotta. Both from local nurseries. The pretty Two Chickens painting is by a local artist – I’m linking his website and the faux deer mount is also out of stock from West Elm, but linking a similar option here.
Wind chime, mini-macrame wall hanging and cactus are all from Target, Madera Modern letter board – I have the 8 X 11 size in hickory and the natural sea grass floppy basket. My rug – also from Target is out of stock – linking a super similar option here. I LOVE the black and white – and the tassels of course. The iron horse head hooks are also from Pottery Barn – but about 10 years old – and not available anymore. Heartbreaking, I know. However – here’s a few other options that I love – H&M Home wooden hanger, Pottery Barn cast iron hooks and All Modern Ophelia wood hooks. The Paulowina Wood vases were purchased at a local design shop here in Utah – but after some internet searching, I could only find them in stock here. These vases are so versatile – I move them around my home all the time and they are always easy to display. My entry way table is linked here, nothing a little gold spray paint can’t change! A favorite design tip – grab a couple of design books and use them as decor or to add a little height and dimension on your entry or coffee table. If I could suggest just a few entry way essentials – a table, cabinet or bench, rug and two to three pieces of decor you love – just this will get you started or be a complete look.
When putting together this room – (let’s be honest, STILL putting together this room – isn’t style ever changing and evolving?) I really wanted it to feel cozy but stylish, inviting – and someplace you want to be with family & friends. Our front door opens to this room – and we have an open concept with the kitchen, it’s important that everything flows. Thanks for reading friends – happy, happy weekend! Xoxo.
Just a few short weeks ago I spent a weekend in Amsterdam with one of my sweetest friends & favorite travel partners. It was such a quiet escape from the usual hustle and bustle of the other European cities I’ve been fortunate to visit. As much as I love that city buzz – it was a welcomed break and I can’t wait to take my husband back. Amsterdam, also known as the “Venice of the north” has 165 canals and 1281 bridges and probably 2 million bikes. It’s also famous for a few absolutely amazing museums, the Anne Frank House and TULIPS! So, if your headed to this gorgeous city – here’s a few things you absolutely cannot miss.
You absolutely can’t go wrong in this city with just the wandering. There’s so many gorgeous shaker style buildings, flora fauna and cute little cafes and shops to stop in. While your planning – and once you have some specific dates, hop online and grab tickets in advance to these few places. They sell out quickly – and you’ll be extra sad to miss them. Anne Frank House, Rembrandt Museum and Van Gogh. I promise having these ahead of time is going to save you some stress in trying to get in line for tickets the day of – especially if your on a specific time frame.
Next. lodging. We stayed at the prettiest little corner hotel – great location for walking or hopping on the train, clean and felt very safe. Check out the Hotel Notting Hill (yes, in Amsterdam, not London) – I honestly think I’ll stay here again next time I visit – we loved it that much. They also offer breakfast and a bar for drinks in the evening.
Let’s talk about food. And the fact eating usually makes up about 75 % of every single travel. And I’m very much okay with that. A few recommendations:
For brunch or high tea – Greenwoods. They serve an awesome English breakfast with a twist. Fantastic coffee, tea and fresh beet juice. We sat right on the water for brunch – they also have some inside dining as well.
Another great brunch spot – Little Collins, near Albert Cuyp Market and just a few blocks away from Hotel Notting hill – the food and drinks are absolutely to die for. It’s a foodie heaven spot – patio seating, a few tables inside or get lucky enough to sit at the bar and watch the chef prepare each dish. Halloumi & Brioche French toast, yes please.
A couple of dinner options – for great Italian and adorable patio seating, Ristorante Isola Bella – I had the carbonara and a glass of red wine, both absolutely delicious. Or Pazzi Slow Food – super small and cozy vibe, flat bread pizza – beer and wine.
Get a fresh stroop waffle – you can find them all over the city, and while your at it – try a fruit and cream topped one too!
For an afternoon pick me up, Cafe de Baron – and it’s conveniently located just a block or two from the Albert Cuyp Market.
A couple of stops you should definitely make. The Red Light District – it’s not what you’d expect, I promise. And if you want to really learn about the history of this area – visit a sex museum, there’s several to choose from. We toured the Red Light Secrets – super informative, probably not for children – but so interesting to learn about and tour an old prostitution house.
Albert Cuyp Market – it’s the most famous market in the Netherlands and has everything from cheap touristy items to one of a kind hand made pieces. There’s several food, drink and dessert stops along the way. They have some unique plant shops, fabric and clothing stores along the way too.
Last minute we decided to take an evening canal cruise – I am SO happy we decided on this and would recommend it to everyone. It’s such a gorgeous way to tour the city – especially at sunset. There are several companies along the canals – we found Flagship on Trip Advisor and went with them. Our guide was super informative and not too noisy, we really got to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Amsterdam is famous for it’s tulips- if your lucky be there during the festival in April, all the heart eyes. I’ll let the flowers do the talking for themselves. Make sure to wander Bloemenmarkt – a floating flower shop that runs along the canal.