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Saturday Morning Musings, June Edition

Perfect Dining Room | Covet Living

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Goooooooood MMMORNING!!!!!  Ahhh Happy Summer!  Hope your weekend’s off to a great start.  I’m currently doing what I do best on a Saturday morning, which is drinking my 10th cup of coffee to the sound of Gus destroying a bone at my feet, whilst I scroll back through my last few months’ worth of pins and marinate in the glory of all the inspo on my phone I’ve been stockpiling.  I just noticed everything I’m obsessing over right now is in washed-out shades of blues and whites… guess it’s à cause de summa.  Anyway – wanna play??

This Ann Sacks tile knocks my socks off.  It’s got such a calming, iridescent, under-the-sea, understated thing going on.  Also reminds me of the tile from that Steven Gambrel kitchen that served as inspo for my Bright Copper Kettles project.

Ann Sacks Medina Tile | Covet Living

I cannot even handle this baby fluff ball.  I mean, I *KINDA* wanna get married and have kids someday when I grow up, but I also KIIINDA wanna buy a farm and raise golden retrievers.  JUST KIDDING JAYNE JUST KIDDING.

Baby Golden | Covet Living

Saw this number on a friend of mine in a pic on Facebook and immediately demanded to know where it came from.  Perfect dress for summertime wedding-guesting, date night-ing, picnic-ing, etc.

Bella Maxi Dress | Covet Living

This Bevolo Lantern makes me weak at the knees.

Bevolo Governor Lantern | Covet Living

And so do these Billy Haines vintage chairs that I’d give my left nut to get my hands on…

Billy Haines Vintage Chairs, Chairish | Covet Living …and recover Walter G’s Kanoko Pacific Blue Linen (via Nicky Rising), which is about the most perfect fabric I’ve ever seen.

Kanoko Pacific Blue Linen, Walter G | Covet Living

Hows about making this for suppa tonight?  Caramelized Goat Cheese, Kale & Fig pizza.  Operation 6-pack can start tomorrow.

Carmelized Onion Goat Cheese Pizza | Covet Living

Dew drop glass hex tiles… I would do up an entire shower wall in these.  Can you imagine???

Dew Drop Hex Tile | Covet Living

Look past the light fixture/table to the cabinetry on the end of that dining room… Perfection.  I’ve had to design a lot of built-ins lately – especially for dining rooms – and it’s always a balance trying to get ample storage without looking like you just slapped a 12 ft wall with as much cabinetry as you could… that gets to feelin’ REAL HEAVY REAL FAST.  What I love that they did here was: a) left breathing room in the middle.  There’s obviously a window here, but even if there wasn’t, they added shiplap, which adds some visual interest and keeps the center portion from looking all cheese-stands-alone.  b) They did mirrored glass inserts with a wire mesh detail in the upper doors, which keeps it feeling open – like an extension of the window in the center.

Dining Cabinetry | Covet Living

This dress may look like Lilith Fair 2016 and you may hear Sarah Mac jamming when you look at it, but I’m telling you, it’s stunning on, and what’s more – it’s PJ status comfy.

Free People Other Days Maxi | Covet Living

Sigh… reminds me of how the light looks when the sun starts to go down on warm summer nights.  Heaven.

Fresh Farmhouse Shadow | Covet Living

I’m dying for one of these giant clam shells to corral – wuhhhl – I’ll let you know when I figure it out.  But I totally need it.

Giant Clam Bowl | Covet Living Please God can my hair dry like this?  Not that I don’t love having the albino version of Buckwheat’s hair / human pipe cleaners attached to my head when I get outta the ocean.

Hair Envy 2 | Covet Living

One of the most perfect blue-greens I’ve ever seen.

Hazel, Sherwin Williams | Covet Living

This chandelier in a room painted in that color above?  Yes please.

Vintage Gilt Chandy, Etsy | Covet Living

Saw these at Anthro the other day.  Great for summer entertaining al fresco.

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A to the Men, one thousand times over.  I cannot, cannot, CANNOT wrap my head around how quickly time passes.  I legit think the 90’s were like 10 minutes ago, and then I realize I was in high school 17 years ago.  It’s going too fast, and there’s just no time to not say what you feel and to not do all the things you’ve wanted to do. The nicest thing one of my friends ever said to me was that I was her only friend who she knew who would never have to live with any regrets… (which basically means I’m nuts enough to take any and every leap of faith).  I miss a lot for sure and it doesn’t always work out, but I do try my best to live by that mantra.  Also just means you never have to wonder.  So how bout them apples.

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Tabarka’s new collection is so unreal.  This might be my favorite yet.

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I really, REALLY want to use this for drapery panels in Karrie’s entry.  It’s understated without being boring and so, so soothing.  Pretty sure if Meryl could’ve made an extra pair of luscious draperies for the set of It’s Complicated, she would’ve used this.

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Behold: the perfect little summer dress.  Courtesy of Free People.  I’m not small (5’9″ / not a stick) but that’s a size small, so it runs large.

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Bless you, nice lady who posted this Limoncello cocktail recipe that I’ll be making later today.

Limonchella Cocktail | Covet Living

LINDSAY COWLES could knock me down with a feather with the 4116 Caribbean bad boy on grasscloth that just hit the streets.  Also, girlfriend just had a babe – congrats, mama!!!!!

Lindsay Cowles, Grasscloth | Covet Living

These heels.  I cannot.

Heels | Covet Living

I accidentally tried this “Queen of the Sun” maxi on at Free People (do I live there?) the other day, then accidentally laid it on the counter and accidentally let them swipe my credit card.  It may not translate but this is one of those stunning dresses in person that you see like, once every 5 years and then still kick yourself 10 years later if you didn’t buy it. It’s ethereal and flowy and I’m totally wearing it to a wedding next weekend… right after I have a tailor tweak the boob situation.  PS, I’m usually a 6, and this sucker is a 2, so it runs large as well.

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Attention peeps on a budget with kiddos: Joanna Gaines’ new rug collection for Loloi does NOT disappoint, and this is my favorite one.  Bonus: it’s made of polypropylene which means your nuggets will have a tougher time screwing it up.

Joanna Gaines for Loloi EJ-05 Dark Blue | Covet Living

The old (fashioned) person – and the semi-southerner – in me wants a set of monogrammed linen cocktail napkins REAL bad.

Linen Cocktail Napkins | Covet Living

Please, please please can I put this in some friend of mine’s nursery????  Might be the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.

Pato Otomi Pendant | Covet Living

From Maven collection, and coming soon to an inspo board for my room at Casa Covet Living.

PInk Vintage Rug, Maven | Covet Living

I’m not a red person, and Lord knows whether or not I’ll ever see the aisle (cuz I’ll be REAL busy with my farm of baby Gusses), but I do NOT hate this bouquet.  Not even a little.

Red Bouquet | Covet Living

Please, sweet Safavieh chair, get in my beach house.

Safevieh Chair | Covet Living

I found this ditty from Lee Industries on Craigslist yesterday when I was trolling for cheap settees to recover for my dining room.  It’s not cheap ($800), but considering it retails for close to $3k and is almost brand new, that’s not unreasonable.  The lines of it are stunning – and unlike a lot of upholstered benches for a dining area, the back isn’t too reclined and it’ll keep you sittin’ up nice & straight so you don’t spill your Wheaties in your lap.

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I’d like to blow this Slim up super big time and also pop in said dining room.

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Hot hot hot.

Steve Madden Sassey | Covet Living

Perfect off-the-shoulder and perfect sunnies.

Summer off the Should | Covet Living

These wall sconces would be SO COZY flanking a big upholstered bed.

Sunset Plaza Sconce, VC | Covet Living

I may wear these on my next trip to CB.  Rawr.

Tassel Shorts | Covet Living

Thonet + Cane + Bleached Wood = heaven.

Thonet Chairs, Fresh Farmhouse | Covet Living

I’ll take my piña colada at the swing-up bar, svp.

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Those side chairs are to die.

Wicker Chairs | Covet Living

What I wanna live in all summer long.

Summer Whites | Covet Living

Come to my farm little muffin!

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Mama needs that hat.  (I am mama).

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Tabarka.  Seriously slaying me one tile at a time.

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Wishlist to the max.  I love the beige tortoise action.

 

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I insta’d this the other day when I looked up and realized my room looks a lot like what my life feels like.

Stephanie Ballard | Covet Living Interiors

Not to get all weird, but when I sat back and thought about it for a stitch, I also realized I wasn’t sure how/when my life became one where started my own business and make my own schedule and pick out beautiful things for people (and then they pay me – OMG), and also separately work for the nicest/best boss ever and get to design kitchens and bathrooms and learn everything you ever wanted to know about cabinets… or that I live this washed-out technicolor existence where I ride around this little beach town on my little mint green beach cruiser, run with Gus on the beach in the morning and inhale saltwater / feel sunshine on my shoulders all day, scoot to yoga in the mornings, scoot off to remote mountain wonderlands some weekends and fly fish with someone who will remain nameless for now but is a damn gem, slam fish tacos for about 2 meals a day, spend weekends in Malibu and at Casa Covet Living, live in the most beautiful place ever and have the best friends and family, ever.  Etc.  Two and a half years ago I remember a time when I COULD not see the light at the end of the tunnel and could not fathom that I wasn’t going to drown in that sadness.  Even a year ago, the residue of (that) was still pretty constant, and I was also in another pretty unsavory situation with someone who seemed to delight in telling me all the things I wasn’t capable of doing / couldn’t possibly handle.  Life’s too short and ain’t nobody got time for that, so if anyone’s doing that to you right now, dontchoodare listen to um… and know that that’s about them, not you. Anyhow.  Just shows to go ya how much can change for the better if you let go of all the things you know aren’t good for you, kindly say goodbye to the people who neither respect nor appreciate you, focus only on what you can control, put yourself and what you do best out into the universe and glean as MUCH positivity from every single situation that you possibly can.  And that you can ALWAYS start over.  So. That’s it for my monthly preach… ‘cept I’ll leave you with this:

Go For It | Covet Living

BOOM!  (( that was the sound of me dropping the mic )) Happy Weekend!

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Gift Guide #1: {Our} Wishlists

Happy Monday, Turkeys!  Hope you guys had a great weekend full of green bean casserole-induced food comas and a lot of tree trimming.  Now that the holidays are in full swing, we’re bringing a new GIFT GUIDE every day this week, and kicking off today with both of ours!  So Mom, Dad, Tim & Santa: these are a few of our faaaavorite things!  Readers: hope you love some of our picks, too!

Hey, it’s Steph!  I’ll go first….  Now.  That right there is the face of a child who is trying to either charm her way out of trouble, a child who just sharted, or a kid who is saying, “CHEEEESE SANTA!”  But for realz… I’m not saying I would turn down anything on my Christmas list if it magically appeared under my tree, but when it comes down to it, all I really want for Christmas is to get Gus home safely sans an international incident / TSA emergency…  to watch It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve with my family…  to take naps on my Dad’s couch and have cocktail hour at the kitchen table promptly every afternoon at 4:59pm… and to slam some Pizza King. Nonetheless, here we go

1 – Gigi New York Uber Clutch in Black Embossed Python, $145.  I don’t know what I love more about this – the tassel, the embossed leather, or the size of this bad boy (13″ x 9″).  It’s beyond perfect, and it’s in the top slot for a reason. #numberonepick

2 – Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm, $27.  Twenty seven dollars for lip balm is straight cray; I know.  Or rather, knew, until I dabbed by ring finger in the pot at Sephora and tried it on.  It is bliss – and incredibly flattering on. Otherwise, here’s my favorite budget-friendly lip gloss.  Either would be great stocking stuffers.

3 – Sole Society Deco Statement Necklace, $39.95 $27.97.  Heavens.  What a stunner.  The ballet slipper pink/emerald/seafoam color combo is great.  PS, fellas – dingdingdingdingding! – this is a good one for your lady.

4 – Everlane Slouchy Cashmere Tunic, $155.  This sweater makes me want to throw on comfy leggings, pop popcorn and curl up for movie night in.

5 – Fendi Blue Patchwork Sunglasses, 260 GPB.  Did I say I didn’t want anything on this list?  …I lied.  These are FAN-freakingtastic.  I stumbled across them on Helena’s blog a week or so ago and about fell over.

6 – Crème de la Crème tee, $38.  I’ve been eyeballing the Zoe Karssen $85 version of this forever, but I can never bring myself to spend $85 on a t-shirt, and it’s also almost always out of stock.  I know this bad boy’s been around the block for years, but je don’t care & je l’adore toujours.  (Can you tell I minored in French?  #fancy #franglaisorbust)

7 – Kate Spade 2015 17-month Large Agenda in Green Painterly Cheetah, $36. All the tech-y calendars and apps that keep me organized are great & all, but there’s just something charming about doing things the old fashioned way.  Plus, this would just make me happy to pull out of my bag every morning.  Note: I just saw this sell out on Kate Spade, but you can also find it here.

8 – JaxKelly Gold Dipped Turquoise Earrings from Pigment, $28.  I will ogle over flashy chandelier earrings all day long, but you know what I end up in every day?  Some version of denim, a white blouse and pearl stud earrings.  These little turquoise ditties punch up the pearls a notch or five.

9 – Lafco Pool House candle from Bixby & Ball, $60. Pool House is a the scent I make a point to take a long, luxurious sniff of whenever I’m at Bixby & Ball, but Betsy Bracken (one of the shop’s owners who – people of Muncie, holla! – is from our beloved hometown) introduced me to Kai’s Reed Diffuser ($78) earlier today, and I *might* have a new favorite.  Tuberose, Gardenia, Lily & Jasmine…  Betsy said it smells just like Hawaii…  I don’t know what it smells like, but it. is. wonderful. PS: Everything is 20% off today with code CYBERMON (!)

10 – Burning for You matches from Paper Luxe, $11.  Cheeky, adorable and a great pop of color for your coffee table!  I ran across them at Solo on Cedros today, but you can’t purchase from their website, so I pimped you out to Paper Luxe – who I wasn’t familiar with, but they have some great stuff, so do yourself a favor and snoop around.

11 – Vintage Brass Monogram Ring from Bixby & Ball, call for pricing.  Everything is 20% off today with code CYBERMON!  This one (on my ring finger) isn’t online, but you can call (858.436.7214) and order it, have it monogrammed and they’ll ship it to you easy peasy.  As with the bit about jeans & white tees & pearls, I lean towards classic, timeless, everyday pieces when it comes to jewelry, and this I love.  I first spied this on Kristin’s right hand (girlfriend has the best and most perfectly curated jewelry collection of anyone I know) ut hers has a “P” on it. For her hubby’s name. How sweet is that??

12 – Everyone’s a Dumb Whore cross stitch from Furbish, $48.  (Cyber Monday: 20% off of orders of $75 or more with code HOLLADAY).  I feel like I’m already getting a look of disapproval long-distance style from Jayne, but every time I read this I cackle out loud.  Karrie actually posted about Subversive Cross Stitch 3 years ago and has one of these in her bathroom that says “Home Sweet F*cking Home.” Bwhahahaha.  If you have time to DIY, pop over to Subversive’s site.

13 – Aloha Splash-Proof Pouches, $24-32. I need one of these splash-proof, Tyvek-coated pouches for beach days and yoga days…  cuz otherwise what am I gonna do with my sopping wet gym clothes or my wet bathing suit?  Not that the plastic Piggly Wiggly bag in the bottom of my other bag isn’t always a fun solution – or just letting ’em soak & stank up everything else they touch.  The small version would also make a great makeup bag.

14 – Charlotte Olympia Kitty Velvet Flats in Black, $495.  I should be smacked for putting $500 kitty cat flats on a gift list, but c’mon.  They’re seriously adorable. Image credit: Sincerely Jules

That’s all I got!  Wait I totally lied.  This peel is amazing.  Ok now I’m done…  Until Wednesday (Gift Guide #2 for Guys), Thursday (Gift Guide #3 for the Gourmand), and Friday (Gift Guide #4 for Gals)!

xoxo!

FOR STEPH’S PREVIOUS YEARS’ PICKS: 2013 | 2012 | 2010

It’s hard to believe it’s been another year since last Christmas, it really is. And that it’s been approximately 30+ years since that photo was taken above. GAH. This year it took me a while to think about the things I’ve been lusting after for my Dear Santa list… and I think that’s cause, like Steph wrote last year, I don’t need anything, really. I’m truly grateful for all that I have, right now. But hey – I’m a bloggess – and what does a bloggess do around Xmastime?  She makes a freaking Santa List. Here goes – some of the things I’m asking St. Nick to deliver to me, thank YOU.

1. A buncha versatile, all-sorts-of-fun shoes (clockwise from top left): J Slides Slip On Sneakers – How cute are these?! I can see these with some black ripped – or boyfriend – jeans | Black Patent Leather Oxfords from Clark’s – so shiny, so versatile |  Steve Madden Caveat – F Boots are biker chic; love em | NikeWomen’s Free Flyknit 4.0 Running Shoes are lightweight and totally cute enough to wear with regular ol’ street clothes.

2. The Courtney Bib from BaubleBar: Repeat Offender Alert. Yup, this bib necklace was on my Dear Santa list from last year, but I must’ve been a bad gal, cause Santy neglected to drop it off in my stocking. So I’m asking for it again!

3. Ina Garten: Make It Ahead: The newest collection of recipes from my perennial homegirl, Ms. Ina Garten, which are curated to be made ahead of time. Because we’re all busy these days, and that includes Ina, who in my mind is hunkered down in her Hamptons home making roast chicken and a perfect martini for Jeffrey:

4. BaubleBar ear jackets: I am LOVING the latest trend of ear jackets. Super edgy yet classy at the same time – available here and here:

5. A couple inexpensive, cozy cardigans!: Left: Black Long Sleeve Front Zip Cardigan – Only $29! | Right: Graduated Colorblock Cardigan – Only $24!

6. Smartphone Photo Cube Printer: Am I the only one a little sad that Facebook and Insta have all but made printed out photos obsolete??? Ok, so enter this cute little gadget, which is compatible with all portable devices and prints out photos in three sizes.

7. These sets of pillows from Furbish: How downright droolworthy are these, available here and here:


8. Michael Kors Slim Runway watch: Sleek, masculine, and glam all at once.

9. Entertainment Weekly subscription – You guys. Do you love pop culture like I do? Movies and TV and books and celeb gossip and everything in between?  I am a bit of a pop culture whore, and for that reason, Entertainment Weekly is the best mag to read. It’s chalk full of juicy up to date morsels of pop culture goodness.

“We’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f—ing Kaye.” – Clark Griswold

Here’s to a wonderful holiday season, honeys!

xoxo,

FOR KARRIE’S PREVIOUS YEARS’ PICKS: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010





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