Give Your Guests a Home Away From Home

By Kim Vargo /

Fires are crackling, lights are twinkling, and before you know it, turkeys will be roasting and shiny paper will be peeled away, revealing thoughtful gifts and curiosities. All that to say, it’s that time of year in which friends and family come together, and chances are – to put it quite bluntly! – they’ll need a warm place to stay. Our calendar is already filling up with out-of-towners, which has been a great push to get our spare room up to snuff! We’ve been working on gathering all the guest room essentials, browsing inspiration photos and hard at work installing shelves, closet systems and whimsical wallpaper. Along the way, we’ve been focusing on all those things that make your guest room a warm and welcoming place to stay, and I’d like to share some of those checklist items with you, too.

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5 Ways to Host an Effortless Picnic with Friends

By Kim Vargo /

Over the course of this summer, Scott and I have hustled to make our front porch a place we love to hang out; a second living room, if you will. The patio was a huge selling point for us, and what started as a drab and poorly constructed space was slowly transformed into a welcoming, bright and cheery lounge. But what’s the perfect space for an afternoon drink if you can’t share it with your friends? We knew we’d want to host a lot more gatherings with our most recent project, and at the same time, our crew has voted our front porch as the official gathering spot as the summer winds down. Hosting a casual dinner – whether it’s for 4 or 10! – shouldn’t be stressful, so we put that to the test and came up with 5 ways to host an effortless picnic with friends.

 

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3-Ingredient Cool-Down Summer Cocktails

By Erin Phraner /

We all have our warm-weather favorites—I love a tall Gin & Tonic—and, let’s face it, some cocktail recipes have long (read: expensive) ingredient lists so its easy to find yourself in a drink rut. Not any more! I stirred up a whole collection of cool-down summer cocktails for you that only call for 3 ingredients each. They’re colorful, thirst-quenching, and easy on your wallet compared to other mixer-filled sips.

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Boys’ Summer Style

By Merrilee Liddiard /

We’re pining after an Indian Summer going into back-to-school season and therefore refusing to let summer end without squeezing in a few more camping trips (even in if they are in our own backyard) and soaking up the last of our lazy day explorations. And why not do it in style? With comfy linens, cottons and a button up that could double as a dapper school photo selection, these items will transition perfectly into your child’s early fall wardrobe!

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The Chic Blog Personalizes an Ice Cream Social Gift Box

By Pinhole Press /

We jumped at the chance to collaborate with Rachel at The Chic. Not only does she have great style, she’s a wonderful photographer and stylist. Her blog is a go-to resource when you are planning how to style your next party or event. For her son’s birthday, Rachel created the Pinhole Press Ice Cream Social Personalized Gift Box. To get all of the details and to view the full post, check out Rachel’s blog here.

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Gift Ideas for the Impossible to Shop for Friend or Family Member

By Kristin Appenbrink /

We all have that one person in our lives who is just impossible to find a gift for. It might be your dad because he says he doesn’t need anything, it might be your best friend who is so picky that whenever she finds something she likes she just buys it, or it might be your sister-in-law a.k.a. the queen of re-gifting. Whoever your difficult recipient is, there’s sure to be a great gift that will bring a smile to their face, and won’t end up in the re-gifting bin anytime soon.

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30 Minute DIY: Quick & Easy Vase Refresh

By Kim Vargo /

Since Scott and I purchased our big, bad fixer upper of a house last summer (we can hardly believe it’s been one year!), it’s easy to get caught up in one large project after another. Every now and then, we remind ourselves that it’s okay to slow down and mix in a few smaller projects – projects that give your whole mood a lift, brighten your home, and most importantly, do so with minimal amount of time and investment. Today, I’d like to share one of those projects!

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