Here is the first picture I saved:
And here is what I found the other night:
So last night, well my husband was at his last class for his MBA (yay honey!) I passed the time by rearranging my mantel with things from around the house and a 'natural bouquet' I bought from Homegoods earlier that day for $6.99. Here is the mantel before:
O! Gross! My mirror was d-i-r-t-y! Here is another shot after a little windex:
And my first attempt at re-styling:
Peaceful and summery right? By the way, the artwork is by an amazing photographer, Sean Ruttkay and is printed on metal so you can actually hang his work outdoors. I have three of his works (they usually hang in our bedroom) and love them so much. Visit his website here for more info.
It is this wonderful website called Laplates.com and you can personalize plates for any occasion. And the plates are only $22! So a set of 4 would make a wonderful wedding gift, or even just one for a couple to use as display or a tray. I'm obsessed! Also super cute for new babies- you could easily put their birth information on it, or for bigger kids, you can personalize a placemat.
Love, love, love!
The greatness of Flor-Bama
4. Wrightsville Beach, NC
A while back, I posted that my family and I took an impromptu trip to the beach and that is where we went. Being in Winston, I love the proximity of it, but also the laid back attitude. If you are kidless, Wilmington actually has a really great nightlife and a surprising array of clubs and bars.
Sunrise on Wrightsville
3. Tybee Island, Georgia
Only 20 minutes from Savannah, this spot was one of our favorites when my husband was stationed at Ft. Stewart. It is pretty small, so you almost feel like part of the town when you are there. Walk out ont he pier, enjoy lunch at one the beachside restaurants, go into Savannah to shop when you get too sunburned!
2. OBX- The Outer Banks, NC
The Outer Banks has something for everyone; enormous houses for family get togethers (we once had 30 people in once house and plenty of room), to trailers for poor college students making the most of their summers, to the Wrights Brother's Museum and the sand dunes, there is much more to do aside from go to the beach. My husband likes it because the waves are good, I like it because the sun is good. Once of the best times we had was going there in the fall, the house was cheap, the restaurants were empty and it was still warm enough to visit with old friends and drink mimosa on the deserted beach.
My little family at OBX last fall.
1. Kiawah Island, SC
My all time favorite place to go. Like Tybee, Kiawah is the best of both world, the beach and a great city- it is located about 30 minutes from Charleston. Kiawah feels like a neighborhood, there are trees and vegetation, bike paths and no tacky, bright pink houses with sea turtles on the front. It is situated between several first class golf course and the elegant hotel, The Sanctuary. There is also a private beach club for members. When we go there I kinda feel like Patrick Sawzye will be coming out to do a dance number any minute.
The Lobby of The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island
Where's your favorite beach??
Greece and Honduras: Blue and White
Nigeria, Italy, Mexico, Portugal and Algeria: Green, White and Red
America, England, Chile, Australia, France, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, North Korea, Paraguay and New Zealand: The Red, White and Blue
*Images from House Beautiful, Southern Living, Southern Accents, Coastal Living and Domino.