Style it Saturdays, May 8, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Style it Saturdays, where I share outfits from the week before! This week I am sharing some office outfits, date night outfits, and outfits perfect to wear as a guest to a wedding. As always, to find and shop for any of the pieces pictured, simply click on any photo to find my commissionable links for those items. Enjoy!

I really love the dress below. Not only is the color beautiful, but it can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair it with. I would definitely wear this to a wedding, but I would also wear it to a casual day out.

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This look below is definitely a little more casual than the last one. The dress is light and airy, perfect for a hot summer day. The jacket is relaxed and oversized, so size up or down depending on your personal preference. I’ve also included one of my all-time favorite perfumes and my favorite dry shampoo.

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I love the crisp, bold contrast of the outfit below. The black against the white is perfectly pulled together by this unique bag. I would wear this to dinner with my husband or out to brunch with friends.

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Here’s another one-shoulder look that is perfect for warm weather. This top is fun and classy with the jungle print and striped neckline.

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I love this dress below to wear to a wedding or event. You could add a blazer and wear it to the office, too. It’s a classic combination of French blue and black. It’s a piece that can stay in your wardrobe forever. I love how the pleats in the clutch compliment the dress.

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Here’s another blue dress below. This color is definitely on-trend this year! I love the cut on this one. It can add curves if you need some, but it is also flattering if you have curves already. For this look I’ve gone with a neutral shoe and bag. The block heel on the shoes are very comfortable if you will be spending a lot of time on your feet.

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For the last look this week I am sharing some of my favorite workout pieces. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I have RAVED about these leggings for a long time. They were discontinued at one point, but they are back and in multiple colors. I have four pairs in black, and I just added this pink pair below. Ladies, you need these. The top of the leggings don’t roll down. The pockets are perfect to hold your phone. I wear these every day! The running shoes are the only brand that my family wears. They provide the perfect amount of support and room in the toe box of the shoe. Some of us have wide feet and others have narrow feet – these shoes work for all of us!

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Until next time…have a great weekend!

Abby

Style it Saturdays, April 24, 2021

It’s time for another edition of Style it Saturdays, where I share a round-up of outfits from the week before. Just a reminder that you can find commissionable links for any of the outfits featured by clicking on the photos.

The Kentucky Derby is on May 1st, and it’s always a fun occasion to dress up and wear a hat. Here are a few outfit ideas for Derby Day!

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It’s almost summer! Here are a few bathing suit ensembles for you. Bathing suits don’t stay in stores very long, so don’t wait too long before you grab one.

I’ve shown this dress before, but I just wanted to show what it looked like on. There are functional buttons and pockets. It’s the perfect traveling dress because it can be styled multiple ways. Roll it up correctly, and you can pull it right out of your suitcase ready to go!

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I wanted to show this dress below, because there are multiple ways to style it if you remove the belt that comes with it. Using one of the other belts shown makes it look a little more polished and expensive than it actually is.

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Here are a few other outfits below from this week! Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments! Never miss a new outfit by following me on LIKETOKNOW.it.

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Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so here’s a gift guide with some unique ideas.

Sometimes it is really hard to think of something thoughtful, yet special, to give the moms in your life. Here are a few Mother’s Day gift ideas for you. You can click any of the photos in this post for commissionable links to the gift ideas pictured.

Below is a floral or botanical press that includes all of the tools and materials she’ll need to preserve special flowers and plants.

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Next up is a neat electric tea kettle. Preparing hot drinks is a snap with this one! We happen to think it’s pretty, too!

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This cute little on-the-go getaway kit includes a brush compact, toothbrush, floss, ear plugs, sleep mask, hair ties, bobby pins and emery boards. 

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Here’s a set of two cast iron rabbit bookends to hold mom’s favorite books. This might be my favorite gift featured today!

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This foldable trunk organizer is perfect for the on-the-go mom. Whether she uses it for her grocery pick ups or keeping things from rolling around the trunk, it gets the job done.

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Save the bees! What about a print of a vintage bee image? This print comes unframed, but no need for a custom frame…it is a standard 11 x 14 size that you can find a frame for anywhere. (Try this one.)

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Moms can dress up birthday cards, Christmas cards, or invitations with a wax sealing kit. Everything she’ll need to get started is included.

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Here are some special bracelets just for mom! Buy one, a mother/daughter set, or a stacking set. We personally love the stacking set that says, “home is where mom is!” Click the caption on each picture for a commissionable link to purchase.

Is mom a wine lover? Then she’ll love this vintners standing wine opener!

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This vitruvi white stone essential oil diffuser is perfect for Mother’s Day. It’s beautiful and well made – just like mom likes.

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Not only is this a beautiful vase, it is perfect as a piece of decorative artwork. Mom will love it!

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We love this beach bag/beach hat combo! Perfect for the mom headed to travel to the beach or pool.

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We hope these ideas were helpful! Happy Mother’s Day!

A Quick Tour of Historic Homes in Madison, Georgia

Madison, Georgia is a convenient meeting spot for when we want to meet our son, Jackson, for dinner or drop something off without driving all the way to his little college town. Madison is a tiny little city east of Atlanta, easily accessible by I-20 or GA HWY 441. It was spared the wrath of Sherman on his march to Savannah. (Did he really have to burn EVERYTHING?) And it is a stunning showcase of many styles of homes, not just the typical Greek Revival architecture that you’d expect to find in the deep south.

After meeting up with Jackson in Madison this weekend I decided to park and take a stroll to get some pictures to share. The weather was absolutely perfect, and to top it off, the azaleas were in high bloom. Serendipitous! Enjoy my photos below, and be sure to check out the 20th annual Madison Antiques Show & Sale May 20-22, 2021.

The Presbyterian Church
Multiple pictures of this one because I loved it!

How To Arrange a Grocery Store Bouquet of Flowers

Well, I’ve been saying for a while now over on my Instagram that I would give some pointers on arranging flowers. The problem is that every time I start to do so, it turns out to be way too long for Instagram stories or Reels. One day I’ll get around to make an IGTV or YouTube video. For today I thought I would give some basic tips for arranging a grocery store bouquet of flowers, which can sometimes be the most frustrating to arrange.

Tip #1 Cutting

You never want to unwrap your grocery store bouquet of flowers and just plop them into a vase of water. Not only do each and every one of the stems need a fresh snip so that they can drink water, the flowers aren’t meant to all be the same height. You will want to cut some shorter or taller so that your arrangement has shape and all of the flowers can be seen.

Tip #2 Focal Point

Speaking of cutting flowers, you will want to decide which flower or flowers you want to be the focal point. That flower will need to be one of 3 places: bottom and center, middle and center, or top and center. Unwrap your grocery store bouquet and separate out what you have. Usually grocery store bouquets will give you only one of a special flower, and that flower is meant to be the focal point. In my picture and video you can see that the white hydrangea is the focal point. That was the only flower in the bouquet that there was only one of.

Tip #3 The right size vase

If you find that your grocery store bouquet looks very sparse in your vase, try finding a smaller container to use as a vase. Teapots, vintage drinking glasses, and even small pitchers make great alternative vases. If your arrangement is too big for your vase, try turning it into several smaller arrangements. Another option is to use multiple bouquets to fill up a vase.

Tip #4 Keeping them alive and fresh

Usually bouquets come with a little packet of flower food to add to the water in the vase. I usually only use half of the packet and save the other half in a baggie. After a couple of days, change out the water in the vase and use the other half of the flower food packet. My number one tip for keeping your flowers fresh is to make sure there is nothing but stems below the water line – no leaves, no flowers, no greenery of any kind. This will keep your flowers fresh longer!

Here’s a quick time-lapse video of me arranging this grocery store bouquet!

Americana Interior Design style

Today I want to share with you a little about the interior design style called “Americana.” Americana style has made an enormous surge in popularity this year. But make no mistake, it is a classic design style and never really goes out of style.

Americana interior design
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What is Americana? Americana is actually quite a broad category of interior design. It can encompass everything from coastal Nantucket to Native American to colonial farmhouse styles. Sometimes you will find touches of each of them crossing over to each other.

This is a new kitchen made to look old. Source for photo HERE.

Americana styles of furniture can be both rough and rustic and also lean towards early American styles. You will often find a mixture of dark wood stains with some painted wood pieces. You won’t often find light wood tones in the Americana style. Americana furniture lines will almost always be very traditional rather than contemporary.

Fabrics in the Americana style will also be traditional. Southwest Americana designs often mix leather and fabrics featuring Native American designs. Coastal and farmhouse Americana styles often use grain sack, ticking, natural unbleached fibers, and chambray or denim.

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When decorating in the Americana style, American and state flag motifs are often used on accent pieces and artwork. Other patriotic symbols can be used as well. Rugs are often made of hides or natural fiber materials.

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Overall, Americana is a casual, lived-in interior design style. These spaces are inviting and relaxing.

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Ralph Lauren is one example of a designer with Americana style interiors. You can find many of his Americana interior design images on Pinterest or Google. Below are three books that I recommend if you are interested in seeing and learning more about Americana interior design. You can click on the captions to purchase them through Amazon or you can find them on my LiketoKnow.it HERE.

Spring capsule wardrobe

Style It Saturdays, April 17, 2021

Hi! It’s time for Style it Saturdays, where I show you a round-up of outfits from the week before. As always, you can shop any of these looks through my commissionable links. Just click any of the photos, and you will be taken directly to the outfit on my LiketoKnow.it page.

First up I want to show you a spring capsule wardrobe. Just in case you aren’t familiar with what a capsule wardrobe is, it’s a wardrobe where you only use a few basic pieces for the entire season. Throughout the season you will mix and match them to create hundreds of possible outfits. Check out this one that I’ve created below. Layers are important in spring when daily temperatures can fluctuate drastically. These layers also make it possible to create quite a few different looks. Depending on which combinations you use, there are many dressy or casual styles that you can create with these pieces.

Spring capsule wardrobe
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For this next look I have used classic black and white with a pop of color. A lot of businesses will allow their employees to wear denim as long as there are no rips. These white denim pants, combined with the black shirt, are great from going from work to dinner. It would also be a great date night look.

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Memorial Day will be here in a few weeks, so I’m sharing an outfit that you can wear to your BBQ or picnic. This look can work for Fourth of July and casual weddings, too.

Summer dress outfit
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For this next look I put together a fun, flirty option for what you could wear to attend a summer wedding.

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Today I am throwing in a look for the guys. Sometimes when it gets warm my husband and I want to go eat dinner on a restaurant patio. My husband want to look nice, but doesn’t want to spend the evening sweating. This is a great look that he’ll be wearing this summer.

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Below are the last few outfits from this week. Don’t forget to subscribe so that you never miss a post. You can follow me on LiketoKnow.it and Instagram to shop any of my interior design plans or outfits. Have a great weekend!

Bathing suits 2021
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Style it Saturdays April 10, 2021

It’s time for our weekly edition of Style it Saturdays, where I show you a round up of outfits from the week!

As always, you can find all of the commissionable links for these outfits on my LiketoKnow.it page. Something special happening this weekend is the LTK spring sale. Certain brands are offering special discounts to LTK shoppers, some of them will even let you stack the LTK coupon code on top of their other coupon codes this weekend.

With the exception of a couple of this week’s outfits, most of them are a little more on the casual side. This one below is one of my favorites this week. The stacking bangles and fun shoes give loads of personality to these comfy, basic pieces. Click HERE or on the picture to find these pieces.

This outfit below is what I like to call my “farmers market” outfit. Comfy, but still cute. And don’t forget the fun bag to put your farmers market purchases in. HERE is the outfit on LTK.

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This outfit below is the perfect weekend outfit to run errands in! It’s also perfect to take along while travelling.

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Here’s a cute outfit below to wear to a bbq or baseball game! This fun headband keep your hair looking cute, while the cross-body purse keeps your hands free.

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Sometimes you just want to wear something basic, and that is this outfit! Your basic, but flattering, white tee with jeans and tennies. This is a great white tee because it is double layered…no see-through worries.

Okay, now for some outfits that are not quite as casual, but still ready for fun…This cute gingham dress has been really popular. I think it would look great with a belt at the waist to make it look a little more put together. The dress is a little on the shorter side, so size up if the hemline is a concern for you.

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I personally really like this outfit for the times you want to wear a skirt or dress, but you know it is going to be hot outside. The double-layer tank is going to keep you covered, and the light cotton skirt is going to keep you cool.

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This outfit below is one that is perfect for a summer wedding or graduation. The necklace lays really nicely with the neckline of the dress.

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Lastly, here are few more outfits below from the week. Until next time! Have a great weekend. 🙂

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Accepting Substitutes in Your Design Plans

Today I want to talk about what to do when you fall in love with a piece for your room that blows your budget out of the water.

We’ve all been there… You find the perfect sofa, but it’s three times what you planned on spending. Or maybe it’s the dresser, or a lamp, or a piece of artwork that is not in budget. In those cases, here’s what you need to do: accept a substitute. Yes, a substitute. Or as I like to call them over on my LiketoKnow.it – a dupe. A “dupe” is a duplicate or similar item that is almost identical, but is much more affordable.

The only time that I wouldn’t try to do this is if someone is hand-crafting a custom piece for you. But if you are buying something that is not custom made, chances are you can find something very similar in a lower price point. Let me show you an example below.

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These two spindle chairs are so similar that if you needed to buy the less expensive one for budget reasons, your overall room aesthetic would not be affected. I recommend searching for similar wood and fabric tones to find what is in your budget. What you are probably sacrificing in these two designs is the filling material in the cushions. Below is another example of how you can find something similar to an expensive piece that fits into your own budget.

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As you can see the most expensive bench has a white, upholstered seat with a brass frame. There are many other options that also have white, upholstered seats with brass frames. Choosing one of the more affordable options will not change the overall design aesthetic of your room.

These dressers are similar enough to equally considered for a space. Both have brass metal accents and blue textured surfaces. What I recommend in this case to carefully compared the dimensions of the pieces to make sure their size is comparable as well. In the photos below, you can see that you will often find alternatives in lower price points. Sometimes the materials used are less expensive (leather vs. vegan leather). Other times there are slight differences in the design. But when you are working on a budget, accepting a substitute item (or dupe) will sometimes solve your design dilemmas. As always you can click any of the images to find commissionable links for sources. Never miss a dupe or design plan by following my blog, following me on LiketoKnow.it, and following me on Instagram!

How to Combine Traditional with Contemporary Decor

Today I am sharing how I combine the styles of traditional and contemporary/modern in a design plan.

It’s fairly simple. When trying to combine traditional and contemporary designs, I like to keep all of the furniture lines clean and sleek. Then, I will keep all of the textiles and patterns traditional. I find that when I do these two things in a design, it turns out just right!

As you look at this dining room design board that I created below, notice that: 1) The furniture lines are sleek, clean, modern, and contemporary. 2) The fabrics, textiles, and wallpaper are traditional. You can create a happy mix of the two with your accessories and accent pieces.

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This dining table is a high-gloss white lacquer. Notice that the edges are very modern and angular. The chairs have a traditional rattan caning material, but the lines of the arms are very contemporary.

Above is the color palette used for this space. As always, everything pictured in this design has been linked on my LiketoKnow.it. You can find all of the commissionable links there.

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