July 20th, 2015 |
A lot has changed since I had a baby a year and a half ago. One of the biggest adjustments has been that my house went from being spotless to now things/messes/toys/shoes are EVERYWHERE all the time. Since I A) like a tidy house and B) love to have pop-in guests to entertain, I’m always looking for ways to keep things picked up and clean. Here are a few quick cleaning tips that have helped me:
I keep a large basket in each of the main living spaces in our house that hold some toys for Daniel to play with. This makes it simple to pull them out for last minute entertaining, but also quickly pick them up and contains the mess.
2) STOCK of SUPPLIES
I keep the hutch in my sunroom fully stocked with clean glasses, festive paper straws and personalized cocktail napkins, along with beer, wine and liqueur options. That way we are ready to roll when friends drop by for a quick cocktail and/or playdate.
3) STAY ON TOP of THE DIRT
I’m not going to lie, I’m not the most enthusiastic house cleaner. I can find a million other things I would rather be doing than cleaning. However, since I had Daniel and he started playing on my floors all of the time, that all changed. I’m constantly trying to keep up with the dirt so he doesn’t get into it when he’s crawling around, and I don’t have to be embarrassed by the food crumbs on my kitchen floor when friends stop by. The Dirt Devil® 360° Reach™ makes basic cleaning tasks a breeze! This handy, little tool has made my life so much easier!
It’s compact in size, making it handy to store (unlike my monster of a vacuum cleaner, which I hate hauling up and down stairs), and can tackle pretty much any mess from floor to ceiling. My favorite part is that it picks up heavy dirt & debris while the SWIPES™ microfiber pad captures the dust. That means that I clean my wood floors in just ONE step vs my standard 2-step process (vacuum and then clean), saving me time and energy!
I also love how easy it is to get to hard-to-reach cracks and crevices with the attachments. Little fingers and little treats get EVERYWHERE! This makes it effortless to clean up all of those goldfish crumbs!
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March 26th, 2015 |
Do you ever see those decorative Easter eggs at the store and think “I love these, but what would I do with them?!” Today, I’m sharing how I use them to decorate my own house for Easter. I like to keep my holiday decorations simple, and in keeping with the tone of the rest of my house.
I used a set of decorative Easter eggs to dress up the boxwood wreath on my door, as well as on a centerpiece for my dining room table. I love how it looks sophisticated, yet festive, and creates a cohesive look in my house.
How do you decorate for Easter?
March 9th, 2015 |
This Easter, surprise your friends and family with a PAPER PERFECT Easter basket, filled to the brim with personalized stationery. WH Hostess has a variety of preppy, personalized paper goods for you to choose from and we’ve put together a few ideas for styling the perfect basket below.
1. Find the most darling Easter basket in town. We love this greenvine basket from Pottery Barn (it comes in different sizes, too!).
2. Fill it with a fun writing utensil, such as patterned pencils, a polka dot pen, or our particular favorites: these green greek key patterned pens from IOMOI. (We use these at trunk shows since they match our branding so well, and clients BEG us to take them home with them!)
3. Choose a patterned notepad from WH Hostess’s new collection. There are so many darling designs to choose from, and each one can be color coordinated to your basket’s color scheme.
4. Select a coordinating notecard (flat or folded) from our social stationery collection. PS – there are darling designs just for kids too. The perfect addition to your kiddos’ Easter basket!
5. Fill up a cellophane bag with pastel candy (these are from Candywarehouse.com) and put a personalized Easter Bunny gift sticker on it.
6. Tie it up with a beautiful ribbon and….
7. Attach a personalized foil-stamped gift tag!
March 4th, 2015 |
When I start planning a party, one of the first things I think of is “how do I want to set the table?” To inspire your Easter celebrations, I put together a festive tablesetting that you can recreate using similar items.
I used a white herringbone tablecloth as the base for my table, and layered in a fresh centerpiece full of hydrangeas and fluffy green things (yes, that is their official name!;) ). I lined the inside of the vase with carrots to add a pop of orange, and also give a nod to Easter. White dinner plates and green ikat salad plates were layered with an orange napkin that I tied with ribbon to look like a bow.
I think my favorite part of the table are these darling “chocolate bunny” placecard holders. I found them at my local wholesale florist and just adore them. I think they would be darling on a food buffet as well.
No Easter celebration would be complete without dessert! Carrot cake cupcakes are one of my favorite treats! Stay tuned for the recipe tomorrow!
March 3rd, 2015 |
Now that March has arrived, it’s officially time to start planning our Easter celebrations! To help get you organized, I put together a few tips:
The shop is full of darling new products for Easter, ranging from party invitations, to gift stickers, and foil-stamped gift tags, straw flags and napkins. Not to mention THE cutest bunny plate in town. Hop on over to check it out!
November 10th, 2014 |
The most magical time of the year is upon us and it’s time to stock up on your holiday entertaining items and preppy, personalized gifts. We have so many festive items in the shop this year. Here are a few of our favorites:
Our gorgeous foil-stamped beverage napkins are the perfect addition to your bar cart, but also make a fabulous hostess gift!
Set festive table for a holiday dinner party, or surprise your kiddos with a special, personalized plate.
Hot chocolate tastes sweeter when served up in a darling ceramic mug. PS – these are also our #1 teacher gift!
Serve up drinks & desserts on our festive lucite trays. Removable inserts, and preppy, personalized patterns make this a must-have gift for any hostess!
Our exclusive Cake Plate Clingsdress up cake stands and serving dishes for any occasion! Acting as a modern doily, they are a non-adhesive, reusable decorative liner.
October 21st, 2013 |
We have been SO busy behind the scenes lately preparing for the book launch, as well as prepping our holiday collection to officially launch later this week. So, although we have Christmas and Hanukkah on our minds most days lately, I figured it was time to get some Halloween decorations up around here.
You all know I have an obsession with white pumpkins (see here and here), but this year, I decided to add a touch of glam to my display. I found this inspiration on our Halloween Pinterest board (take a look there for more festive ideas!) and am going to try to tackle it this week. Stay tuned for the finish product and some tips and tricks on how I make it work for me!
September 4th, 2013 |
As much as I adore lush, summer gardens, I am looking forward into moving my decor (both inside and out) into Fall. I love the rich colors, and the addition of pumpkins, gourds and moss to my home. While perusing around Pinterest the other day, I came across this image from a reader’s flickr account. Using trellises (empty after the summer season), they filled them with different gourds in a variety of shapes and colors. Totally unique to anything I have seen before! I think this could be a fabulous update for my front porch. What do you think?