Such Style

I am always impressed with people who can dress well, and I even get a little jealous when they have nailed down their own classic style.  Working an out fit to get all the attention it needs takes a lot of thought, whether this is intentional or not.  There are a lot of elements that line up perfectly when an outfit is stunning, like knowing what you want to wear, how to wear it and then, knowing the right place to wear it is the tricky part, but when those three magically happen~ that’s what I call a “stunner”.  There usually is one person at every event I attend that I find to shine like a star.  They just have their style down and the perfect place to go wearing it.  You be the judge, but this gal, Isis is a “stunner” to me!  So jealous of her effortless style.  Here are a few of my favorite Isis looks!  Notice how well she mixes inexpensive and affordable items to create her signature style!

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Burberry Scarf, Alpaca poncho, Jbrand jeans in Gold dust, Coach padded hat, Harlow snake skin clutch, Vince Camuto red platform booties.

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Blazer, H&M fancy sequin pants, H&M jewelry

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Forever 21 high waisted shorts, Ella Moss vintage top

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Forever 21 dress, gold leather belt, jewelry H&M, Kate Spade Sunglasses

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Burberry brown sunglasses, coach scarf, James Perse button up, Ralph Lauren jeans, Ferragamo Belt, Sailing sneakers in metallic

Things that Inspire

NATURE

I think if using natural items from nature like recycling.

I come from Alaska and everyone hunts, not for sport but for food.  If you hunt, then why not use the bones…. not for everyone, but I find them to be beautiful.

Stone

Marble is one of my fav’s, but it is hard to take care of, but as a back splash- clever!

kitchens - pot filler marble subway tiles backsplash Kitchen cooktop with pot filler and marble subway tiles backsplash.

Wood

I really love drift wood and reclaimed barn wood.  I love how the wood was used to make a beautiful headboard.

Skins

Fur or animal skins, hopefully from sustainable hunting and not sport or faux!

bedrooms - taupe silk organze drapes gray tufted headboard chocolate brown faux fur throw layered yellow blanket zebra cowhide rug black chest

Trees

I love how this deck was built around and with the trees.  No need to cut them down!

home exteriors - Craftsman Pool Ipe Pool Ipe Stair Stadium Stairs Ipe Staircase Oak Trees Ipe Deck Ipe Decking Redwood Trellis Reclaimed Redwood Redwood Vertical Grain Redwood Clear Heart Ipe Daybed Ceramic Stool Garden Stool Ceramic Pot Pillow Wood Stump Board and Batten Redwood Shake Cedar Shake Shake Siding Cedar Shingle Red Cedar Western Red Cedar Traditional Teak Furniture Modern Urban Farm House French Window Japanese Siding Ranch House Ranch Home California Ranch

Flowers & Greens

The Perfect Wedding Gift

I enjoy doing anything creative, so naturally I love to wrap gifts, but mostly love giving them and try to create a unique gift if possible.  There is nothing like getting a gift that is so perfect for you and you love everything about it, from the way it was presented to you, to the packing, and of course the gift!

I bought a large frame from Crate & Barrel that had a custom mat where several size photos could go.  I made sure that the frame would be a good fit for the couples home style.  I took their wedding invitation and copied a couple of times so that I could create some custom cards using their invitation, quotes, monograms and their names.

The couples’ invitation.

I made their monogram on my computer and added my favorite quote, “And they lived happily ever after”!  I used  turquoise card stock to add another blue to the frame.

I cut their invitation anchor and added it with their names to tie the entire look together.  It is these details that make this gift look professional and very special.

I went to the store to shop for something else to add to their frame and ended up picking this blue water heart card out!  Love!

It just needed a little of Holly & Seth!

Here are some of the custom cards I created.  All with blue fonts.

I took the boarder of their invitation and cut it to fit perfectly around their ‘established’ card.

The final gift has plenty of space for wedding memories and photos.  I love that I started their memory frame, but they get to add their own touches to complete it perfectly for them!

I never give a gift in a bag, and with the scale of this gift I had no other choice but to use paper.

I love white and only white for a wedding.  This is handmade paper that was made through fair trade practices.

I used a strip of burlap fabric for an earthy looking bow.  I love contrasting everything- soft and rough.

To add their ‘blue’ wedding color I tied in a blue ribbon and monogram on their card.  To keep with the beach feeling, I placed an ornamental starfish.

The couple recently moved to the coastal area, so I liked the idea of also giving them a fresh set of Ralph Lauren beach towels.  I used a stripped paper, but kept things similar with the bows and starfish.  To combine the two gifts I added an extra layer of the fair trade floral paper to this gift.

You can’t go overboard with a newlywed couple and monograms!

And they lived happily ever after and I am happily gifting!

Maine, the way life should be

We’ve lived in Maine for the past eleven years and I love everything about it, but if I had to pick my most favorite thing about living here, hands down I’d pick our stunning coastline and welcoming beaches.  On any given summer day, I have 7 different beaches to choose from all being with in fifteen minutes from my house.  I have developed such a fondness for our beaches, I was inspired to create Maine compositions for my son’s room.

My boys combing a Maine beach for treasures!

Our beach finds.

I love how the wood, shells, watercolor, lobster claw and stickers work well to create a cohesive Maine collection.

When my kids found this lobster claw they felt like they found a diamond in the rough!

While antiquing I found these two Jonesort, Maine canned fish labels.  I love the way they look mounted together, so I attached them to a canvas that I painted bright yellow to add a punch of color.  Since they are in a child’s room, I added playful stickers.

I bought a nautical themed mirror from an inexpensive store, but on it’s own, it was too simple so I found this small handmade buoy created by a local Mainer!  Maine has several do it yourselfer’s so you never know what you’ll find in local shops.

Maine is also known as vacation land! Lucky Me!

Jewels of the Sea

Living on the East Coast, we always keep an eye out for sea glass.

I love how all the glass is so different, but goes together as a whole so well.

I attended a holiday craft show on the coast of Maine and bought these three awesome lobster cards.

This blue lobster made out of sea glass gave me the idea to hot glue my jewels of the sea to the frame.

When i think of lobsters, I think of red, which is why I went with a red background

The frame came from Michaels and was very inexpensive, but with these stunning cards and pieces of sea glass we turned our collection into a priceless sea of summer memories.

We LOVE FISH!

For my son’s fishing themed room, he needed a ‘wow’ piece, so I layered the closet with color, designs and texture.

I started with painting the entire closet red, then outlined in blue, and drew the fish onto the door with pencil.

To add dimension to the fish, lures & wording, I used metallic markers.

I added sticky lettering and fish stickers to add to the waves.

To make the lures shiny I added silver glitter glue.

We really love how this closet turned out.  It’s playful, unique & gives the room added interest.  My son loves it, so job well done!