Wallpaper Love Affair

I’ve always liked wallpaper and its ability to transform a room, however the love affair has never gone beyond mere appreciation of this design element. That is, until recently. A little wallpaper bug must have bit me, as I have been daydreaming of wallpaper patterns 24/7 and visions of wallpaper for the boy’s rooms and our guest room dance in my head! Quadrille, Katie Ridder, Scalamandré, I could go on and on! I do still favor a home of mostly clean white walls accented with beautiful art, however small doses of wallpaper – grasscloth in a powder bath, baby blue stripe in a nursery, a feature wall in a guest room – bring spaces to life by adding unexpected color and character. I think you have to be careful with wallpaper, as too much of it can be overwhelming, and it’s so important to choose the right print for the right space. And so, here are a few of my favorites, and I hope these give you some inspiration. Enjoy!

Housewarming Gifts

Since we moved into our house earlier this summer, lots of friends have stopped by to see our new digs, and so many of them have been incredibly thoughtful and given us beautiful housewarming gifts, ranging from indulgent chocolate chip cookies to fabulous lotion and soap to stunning white orchids. One of our charming and darling new neighbors who I had the pleasure of having lunch with yesterday, dropped off the most gorgeous arrangement of flowers when she came to introduce herself – oh how I love southern hospitality! On the flip side, we have had several friends move into new homes as well, and so I’ve had fun choosing presents for them too. I surprised one friend with a box of delicious and decadent blueberry muffins, and another with an Ina cookbook and another with my favorite Charlotte Moss book.

Since we tend to keep a mental list of go-to gifts, I thought I would make it that much easier for you by sharing my favorite housewarming gifts. These are all tried and true, and work with any budget. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Housewarming Gift Ideas

My Top 5 Favorite Natural Cleaning Products

 

I love a clean house – who doesn’t? – and my desire for sparkling countertops and fresh laundry seems magnified since we moved into our new home. Ha, or it might be that our days are so chaotic (life with two spirited little boys!) that keeping the house pristine is a way for me to find some inner peace! Until a few years ago, I didn’t bat an eyelash when purchasing big brand detergent, soap and cleaning sprays, and was blissfully unaware of the toxic ingredients in these popular products. They kept their promises  – while filling the air with delicate scents of linen and lavender – and that seemed to be all that mattered. Fast forward to 2014 when I became pregnant with C, and suddenly, I had a thirst for knowledge about how to live as cleanly as possible. I took inventory of my makeup, body lotion, face wash, and of course all of the products that we used to clean our home.

Thanks to the EWG (if you haven’t yet discovered this website, you need to visit it ASAP!) and a better understanding of safe ingredients, we’ve traded many of the old products for new and safer ones. In reality, we didn’t toss every single spray, gel, and dishwasher pod – however we made major changes with as many as we could. I’ve rounded up five of my favorite cleaning products, including a hand soap, dishwashing soap, detergent, dryer sheets and cleaning spray. I hope you’ll give these a try, and enjoy them as much as we have!

 

Mrs. Meyers Hand soap 

Seventh Generation Dish soap

 

Biokleen Laundry Detergent or Mrs. Meyers Baby Laundry Detergent 

Better Life Dryer sheets

Method All Purpose Cleaning spray