Friday Reader Roundup

Organized Pantry

Mary’s Picks

  • How lovely and organized is this pantry from Jenny Komenda at Little Green Notebook? She’s got some great tips in that post but my favorite things are just the little simple details that she’s added. Like the rug, the rose gold hooks she painted on the peg board, and the chalk board labels on her bins. Super organized and a great little space!
  • Father’s Day is this Sunday and it’s always difficult to figure out what to buy. I usually just settle for a card unless I get to actually be with my dad. I loved Emily Henderson’s list of Dad gifts because it provided me some ideas at least. If anything, I got some good gift ideas from her list for Brendan in the future. The Dollar Shave Club she mentions on there, Brendan has. It’s awesome. He upgraded to the $6 one, and the razors are serious quality and totally a money saver if your man goes through razors like I go through chocolate.

Jess’s Picks

  • I may have mentioned that we are trying to only eat two lunches and one dinner out a week for the month of June. It’s going so well! It’s a 30 Days of Good challenge from Good magazine that inspired this attempt and this week one of their Make Your Own Meals tip was to roast your own nuts! I’m excited to give the suggestions a try.

Headboard Inspiration

Mad Men Tufted Headboard

Because we’ve been rewatching Mad Men, but I can’t get this beautiful tufted headboard out of my mind. The color, tufting, and shape is so pretty.

Simple DIY Tufted Headboard

I’ve already bought the fabric (just going with a simple navy) for the DIY headboard I plan to do using Jenny Komenda’s tutorial (photo above). She gives detailed instructions about how to do it and my absolute most favorite is that she suggests using a pegboard that’s cut to size. I mean, genius right?

Triangle Geometric Navy Yellow Gray Fabric

Also, Jenny’s above post inspired my purchase of this fabric for a square bolster pillow. I think it’ll go perfect with my navy headboard.

Purple Tufted Headboard

Now, I’m just trying to decide if I want to go fancy or not. I love the frame on the purple headboard above that’s also from Jenny at Little Green Notebook. Maybe I could go with just simple lines and possibly some nail head trim? I think that my bedroom needs the texture and depth a tufted headboard offers though.

Dwell Studio Headboard

I’m also loving this headboard shape from Dwell Studio. It’s pretty beautiful and yet simple. But that’d require a bit more skill and I’m not so sure I’ve got the time or patience for it.

It’s taken me a long time (two years) to start really working on my bedroom. But if it turns out like anything I’ve been planning in my head, it’s going to be awesome!

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Eeek!!! I can’t express how badly I want this print from Peachlings on Etsy! I’m on a money spending freeze to save up for some things, so right now it’ll have to wait. Sad. Face. If you’re a Hunger Games fan then I’m assuming you’re right there with me. Such a simple pretty print.

 How sweet is this mountain scene? Makes a great nod to vintage paint by numbers while still feeling modern. I love those colors.

The simple heart and cute background flowers push this print over the edge for me. Adorable. This would be perfect in a baby room. Boy or girl.

Peachlings is headed up by Bec Nolan who resides in Australia. You should check out her Pinterest and her blog. Great things on there.

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Jess’s Picks




Um, I want to live here. This room is designed by Emily Henderson for an iRobot Roomba commercial. It is not perfect for me, but that’s why I love it. Crazy beautiful color palette. The mixture of the feminine pink with the masculine wood tones. Perfect. Those chairs totally wouldn’t work in my house but I love them here. The lighting is great because without the natural lighting this space might look a bit dark. This room also proves to me the importance of timeless lines. If you stripped this room of its “on trend” accessories (gold planters, throw pillows, and artwork) you’d be left with the substantial pieces (couch, end tables, chairs) as a base for something you can build/add on. What I mean is, in my opinion, good design equals great foundations. Rooms that lend themselves to being super transitional as trends change. Such a beautiful space.

Jess’s Picks

Mary’s Picks

  • For some reason, I’ve been a bit obsessed with party planning. Do I have a party coming up to plan? Nope. Just really like the idea, I guess. I love these cross-stitch cookies featured on Design Sponge this week. How cute would these be to make for any party? The designs would be endless and I love incorporating modern ideas for embroidery into anything.
  • Have you heard of the Wedding Snap App? This seems really cool and a great way to collect phone photos from all of your guests. I wish they wouldn’t have named it Wedding Snap though. Because it would still be great to use at any party, right?

Ombré Inspired by Nature

Nature gives us some of the absolute best inspiration for color, patterns, and textures. If you look at the top trends, you’ll find them in nature. Somewhere and somehow. Although, nature is always better at it. I think.

Take ombré. It’s everywhere. Yet, more refined and more subtle. These are from just in my backyard and house.

I love ombré in nature because it shows motion or progress.

Green baby tomatoes.

The shades of red tell me if the tomato is ready or almost ready.

My pickling cucumbers are the best example.

Such creative pattern. Ombré in a circle? Hmm, inspiration for a new project maybe?

Shades of different colors.

My poor hydrangea is about to die but the shades of blue are beautiful.

Hope you enjoy your Monday! Don’t forget to look to nature for your inspiration.


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