I love nautical themed home decor! It fits so well with the blues and reds in my living room, our “porthole” looking out on the street, and our blue and white striped couch. This anchor tray from Jayson Home would be perfect on one of our sidetables!

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This week’s party is inspired by one of my own teapots and some new nailpolish. I was almost certain I’d featured this one before, but it doesn’t appear that I have so I’ll show it off a little!

I bought this pretty pink teapot at an antique mall I like to go to in St. Joseph. The shop actually had a green teapot that was very similar (same pattern) but I loved how feminine the design of this one was with the pink, the flowers, and the unique shape.

I also recently went out in search of a nude colored nailpolish and ended up with a bottle of Leotard Optional by Sephora by OPI.

I love it. Love it love it love it. It was quite a change from my previously bright yellow nails that then became bright yellow and chipped, but I just can’t enough of this color. I think it has something to do with it being fall. Mauve is the perfect pink for fall.

So this week let’s have a prim and proper fall pink tea party!

Large Cotton Crochet Pineapp…


Letterpress Thanksgiving Pla…


Earthy Charger Plate called …


Melmac Dishware by Sun Valle…


Pale Pink Mauve and Charcoal…


MYRA. Vintage Inspired handm…


Vintage 1950s Boy’s Clip…


Sandalwood Rose Scented Cup …


Vintage Cats Eye Glasses Eye…


1940s Vintage Buttons in Mau…


Vintage Samsonite Mauve Trai…


Amish quilt, vintage, hand-m…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

I added in some purples and less-muted pinks for this treasury.

I love the accessories, that bow-tie would be really cute turned into a bracelet or a headband, or even as a bowtie with a nice high-collar shirt.

And, don’t be fooled, those cupcakes are SOAP! What a cute party favor! I bet they smell wonderful.

I’ve gotten off the table with some home accessories like that beautiful purple vintage, hand-made Amish quilt which is one of my favorites. And $78 seems like such a great price to me!

Soon I’ll have to share my new American Tourister vintage travel case that got the mauve samsonite case in the treasury. I’m so excited for my first weekend trip so I can use my new bag.

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Jess’s Picks

  • In case you don’t intend to display lego campers or Lisa Frank vintage in your home anytime soon, I also want to pass along this hanging garden tutorial from Offbeat Home. It looks so pretty! If I get around to fixing up our yard for next summer, I might add these to some of our branches or even on our front porch.

Mary’s Picks

  • I’ve been really working on making my own headbands lately. You know those days when you just want to put your hair up, but your headband options from 5 years ago aren’t cutting it anymore. Or, is that just me? Needless to say, I’m busting out the sewing machine this weekend to create these DIY 50s Style Bowtie Headbands. Too. Cute. (via Ardor)
  • I’ve gone over and over again in my mind about purchasing book shelves for our guest/office room. But, I’m not entirely convinced that we need a large bulky piece of furniture in a small bedroom. Although, this Piano Shelf by Sebastian Errazuriz makes me itchin’ for some pretty sleek shelves. Also, sooo versatile! (via Shoebox Dwelling)
  • Two years ago, while in grad school I lived in a very small one bedroom apartment. My living space was long and narrow and it had one perfect spot for a loveseat. I searched all over Lubbock, Texas for a loveseat that wasn’t overstuffed and was affordable. During this search, most of the large furniture stores carried absolutely nothing of the sort. Everything just wasn’t my taste and I was finally able to settle on a Eurosuede (sounds more luxurious than it is) deep brown love seat that was majorly discounted do to a totally fixable tear in the upholstery. Long story short, I was so frustrated with how ugly the sofas were in most stores. It made me wonder just how much my ideal mid-century inspired sofa might be. Well, last week Pam over at Retro Renovation provided the best places to shop for an affordable mid-century inspired sofa! This guide is fantastic! Way to go, Pam!
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It’s still a hot summer around the Midwest but lately we’ve been getting great little breaks from the heat with cool non-stop rainy days. It’s really wonderful! And after weeks of 100+ degree days, I’m not going to complain that I need an umbrella and continually soak my flats. Of course, I will under no circumstances really ever complain about rain. And all of the back and forth means that sometimes I want nothing more than a cold ice tea to keep me refreshed after being outside in the heat and that other times I really just want to curl up with a hot tea and a good book (I’m devouring Harry Potter at the moment!). This week’s tea time is perfect for the hot sunny followed by cool rainy weather and even better preparation for Fall.

Allow me to demonstrate the awesome power of Freakers which will keep your hot tea hot.

And your cold drinks cold.

 And you looking fashionably accessorized.

Er, well, maybe Charlie Brown isn’t quite the fashion icon of our century, but people can’t seem to get enough of chevron so you can still justify it. Right?

Even better, the knit design also keeps your hands dry while you relax.

Their makers describe Freakers as a “one-size-fits-all knit koozie that functionally makes your beverage feel special. Presented in myriad of prismatic designs; the Freaker is a strong, tight knit that keeps your liquids insulated in style!” They are available at and all priced at a very affordable $8.

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Salt and Pepepr Cellars



These terrain: Salt & Pepper Cellars are so great! I love the text. (via With Style and Grace)


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