Modern Maine Moodboard

My friend and former classmate Nikki (who I met in Spanish class my freshman year of college!) reached out the other day letting me know that she and her boyfriend just bought a house in downtown Freeport, Maine! They’re looking to create a “modern Maine look” featuring “mostly neutral colors with splashes of navy and a reddish coral,” and are hoping to mix in some antiques along with newer pieces.

Of course I immediately said I was on board to scour the internet for some fun pieces to match their style. After browsing a few of my favorite sites, I immediately found tons of amazing items that I’m hoping match the vision that she has for the house.

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Among adorable home goods from .L.Bean are this nautical door knocker and striped throw pillow, as well as the fitting Freeport sign.

 

A tall plant, whether real or fake, is always necessary to add some life to a space.

A velvet navy blue bench with gold legs brings some modern glam to the space–and would look great draped with this coral patterned throw–while the coral ottoman can double as a foot rest and extra seating for guests.

A coffee table book with a Maine touch is key!

These baskets are 100 percent functional for farmers market runs but also make great decorative accents.

Fun ceramic berry baskets play up the “Maine blueberry” connection and also add a touch of order to the kitchen.

The best wall art is witty without being cheesy. This historic phrase fits well with the Maine theme.

When putting a space like this together, it’s easy to achieve a cohesive, collected look by setting out with a color scheme as Nikki did and shopping around different types of stores–the worst mistake, in my opinion, that someone can make is ordering everything from the same place. Your space will look more like a showroom than a home, and you’ll miss out on finding those special finishing touches that tie the whole place together. Adding local finds is always a great choice–Nikki mentioned that the L.L.Bean flagship store in Freeport has some great Maine art that they don’t sell elsewhere–and eye-catching artwork also helps a space reflect its owners and truly feel like home.

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Colorful Rugs Under $150

My friend Sara texted me the other day looking for advice as she shopped for a rug for her entryway. She lives in an adorable studio apartment in my neighborhood and has the coolest mix of furniture and accessories–items she picked up while serving in the Peace Corps, like a set of woven African baskets, colorful artwork, and my favorite, an old-fashioned mint green diner table that she inherited from her great-grandmother.

Sara’s apartment largely is a mix of pink, mint, and brown, and she wants to find a rug that’s 1) under $150 and 2) is warm and welcoming. She has plenty of floor space to work with, but the trick is to find an affordable piece that ties the room together.

Here are a few of my favorite finds:

Turkish rugs are having a moment, and for good reason! I love the one I ordered on Etsy earlier this year and constantly swoon when I see pretty patterns in other people’s homes. The trick is finding a nice piece at the right price–Turkish rugs can go for hundreds. However, I’ve found many Etsy shops that have reasonable deals–for the real thing–and also ship items out speedily!

Sara and I liked this rug a lot, but it’s too small to meet her needs. However, the colors and pattern were just what she had in mind!

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This muted style would go well with her light pink duvet color and mint green accents.

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Similarly, this one would also look gorgeous in her space.

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Target has some great rugs that are larger and still more affordable. I particularly liked these two styles for her space.

This is technically $9 over budget, but it’s a great size and shade.

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This one is such a steal at less than $70!

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This one is such a steal at less than $70!

 

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Summer Bags on Poshmark

Lately, I’ve been all about narrowing down my collection of bags. I’ve always been more of a bag girl than anything else–although my appreciation for shoes has grown over the years (!)–and as a result, I’ve ended up with quite the mix! I’ve been looking to streamline in a bit, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help you guys shop…

One of my favorite places to pick up cute summer bags is actually…(wait for it)…Poshmark! I’ve become a huge fan of wicker/straw bags over the years, and I’ve found that they always have a great selection of one-of-a-kind, vintage-looking items. Of course, there’s (generally) only one of each style, so you have to act quickly, but because people are always buying and selling items, the selection gets replenished enough.

Here are a few of my current favorites (all of which are priced under $50!):

This piece looks just like many of the popular basket bags floating around Instagram and Pinterest at the moment, and for only $39, it’s a no-brainer for warmer months!

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This Cynthia Rowley bag has a little bit of character with the front pocket but is plain on the back. It’s roomy enough for a book and water bottle, and appears to be in great condition!

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How cute is this bag with the leather detailing? (Ok, a lot of these look pretty similar…but that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on multiple styles!).

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This wicker crossbody is perfect for nights out when you want to be hands-free. I love the shape!

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This basket purse is so fun, and the buckle closure is both cute and practical.

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…when you’re writing a post about streamlining your closet and you end up ordering this bag anyway (but for $8–and a zipper closure–how could I not?!).

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The Basket Purse + Our Roof + DIY Plans

Basket purses, while definitely not the most practical accessory, have become an obsession of mine. Sure, they’re super popular right now, but I also love how stylish and unique they are. You can truly find so many variations of the same overall style, and as someone who appreciates a good hunt, I’ve gotten a little obsessed with tracking down different styles (my collection could definitely stand to be pared down a bit!).

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The other night, I grabbed this basket purse that I snagged on Poshmark sometime last year–I’d highly recommend browsing for these kinds of bags on Poshmark, eBay, or Etsy, because you can find some great vintage styles that way!

I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on this bag and think it’s such a fun alternative to my usual crossbody or tote. They’re so laid back and summery!

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Speaking of summer, it’s officially rooftop season in DC! We’re having a small get together in a few weeks to celebrate having a little outdoor space. We’re so lucky to have a little outdoor area that’s only accessible via our unit. It’s been so relaxing to drink wine up there or catch up with each after work, and my roommate has done a great job making the space look super bright and peaceful with all of her plants (if only I, too, had a green thumb!).

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Do you have any outdoor entertaining plans? I brought a rattan bar cart back from my parents’ house the other day and am planning on spray painting it white to make it a little more crisp-looking. It’s a thrift store find that I picked up in Florida a few years back (we had driven down) and never got around to re-furbishing. It’ll be an easy little project and then we’ll have a little serving area when we entertain outside–I’ll just have to bring it inside in the evenings, as it probably shouldn’t get wet. I’ll be sure to share more on Instagram Stories when it’s complete!

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Spring Shopping Favorites

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Happy Monday! It’s back to the grind after a fun little getaway to Bermuda for a work trip last week. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to go but also that my passport was up-to-date! It expires next spring, so I need to get that taken care of…I would’ve been so disappointed if it was expired and forced me to say no to this experience!

Now that spring is finally in the air (as is tons of pollen…), I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites for the season. I’m lusting over all of these but am trying to curb my shopping a bit this month since I have a few trips coming up in June.

I’m a sucker for a good wicker bag and I spotted this one on Kate’s blog awhile back. It’s not back in stock but looks like it will be on its way later this month, so I’ve signed up for an alert. You would NEVER believe that it’s under $20!

By mow everyone probably knows about my obsession with all things cane/rattan, and these shoes do not disappoint…plus, they look pretty comfortable!

Speaking of shoes (which is funny, because I’m really not a shoe person…bags/tops are more my speed), these lemon slides look PERFECT and may have to go in my shopping bag…(actually, the palm leaf pattern is equally adorable, so now I’m undecided!).

I’ve been breezing through books and want to read this and this…adding to my wish list! I think Slone Crosley is hilarious and am bummed I couldn’t attend her book talk in DC in April!

Ok, I’m not getting this exact chair, because $$$$, but I want to find one like it for reading outside/inside. I sat in one in Savannah and fell in love. I’m so excited to spend more time out on our roof as the weather warms up!

What’s on your spring shopping list?

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Open House Inspiration

Does anyone else enjoy scouring real estate listings in their city? I love seeing what’s on the market in DC, although I didn’t think I’d find so much design inspiration in the process!

I’ll preface this post with a funny backstory…basically, I could’ve been a real estate agent in another life (or maybe I will be down the road, who knows!). Growing up, my dad and I went to open houses in our area almost every weekend. We both loved looking at what was out there–we’d find tons of listings and walk around various homes (sometimes just for fun, and sometimes to look at actual possibilities). We did end up moving houses when I was a sophomore in high school, but that hasn’t stopped us from still taking peeks at places in our current neighborhood when I’m home. We’d also do various drives throughout potential/dream neighborhoods. These would usually be over the summer, and we’d scope out tons of beautiful homes. It’s definitely sounds like a strange hobby as I describe it now, but we were (and still are) infatuated with real estate!

Anyway, fast forward about 15 years from when this obsession began…the other day, I was browsing Zillow and found the CUTEST apartment that I just had to share as design inspo (ok, mostly because of the pink SMEG fridge. But also, EXPOSED brick, which everyone knows by now is my weakness).

I mean…how perfect is this setup?

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Pinterest perfect rustic shelves and a pink fridge.

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The living room is nice and spacious and looks like it gets a lot of light, which is important.

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Wouldn’t this be the cutest bachelorette pad?

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Gorgeous built ins…

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I also love the bedroom. I’d change several things about it, but it has good bones, so to speak.

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I mean, wouldn’t you move in here? Also, should I make these posts a thing?!

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Patagonia for Less

I was reading Mackenzie’s blog post the other day about how she has scored RL sweaters in kids sizes for a much lower price, and I was inspired to do some searching of my own. In the past, I’ve bought NorthFace/Patagonia pieces in kids sizes and it’s worked out just fine! Since I’m on the taller side (I’m 5’7″) I do have to be careful about arm length (my friends who are 5 feet tall and really little have many more options–kids Burberry, Barbour, and the like all fit on them!). I’ve found that fleeces generally are ok; I just probably would steer clear of more fitted pieces.

It turns out that Patagonia is currently having a great sale on tons of kids items! I picked up this girls XL sweater for only $39 plus shipping and can’t wait to wear it this spring (is anyone else ready to put away the heavy layers for good at this point?!). I love the blue and have another better sweater in gray that’s held up wonderfully over the years (I’ve had it since I studied abroad in 2012!).

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Here are some of my other favorite sale picks from the Web Specials section (just hurry, as quantities are limited!):

Girls snap-T:

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Boys snap-T:

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Girls lightweight jacket:

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Old vs. New

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I posted on my Insta stories the other day about Target’s new Opalhouse line which launches this weekend and is full of amazing pieces (think cane, faux bamboo, and more, all at great prices). But it had me wondering…when it comes to furniture and accessories, do you like “old” or “new” better?

I personally like a mix of both, but I think overall, I’m going to have to go with old. This is definitely a preference that I’ve developed with age as I’ve started to see the value and charm in certain vintage pieces (plus, furniture was just made so much better in the past than it is now!). While I like the Target line and the looks that the brand is trying to recreate, I think I’d rather do a bit of digging and find a more one-of-a-kind piece that has a story. I’m not a huge fan of rooms that can easily be recreated with the click of a few buttons online, as I think they often are lacking in personality and just look too curated as opposed to collected. (That said, I’m eager to check out the collection in stores–I think with Target in particular, it can really help to see their pieces in person as opposed to just online).

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As for new-to-me “old” furniture, I recently lucked out on Craigslist and scored a gorgeous midcentury modern dresser for a very cheap price. In the market for something similar? I love Heather’s post on how she found the vintage furniture in her apartment. Etsy, Craigslist, and flea markets are certainly the way to go!

What are your thoughts? Do you prefer vintage, brand new, or brand new items that look vintage (i.e.: West Elm midcentury pieces and the like)? I’d love to hear!

Photos by Heather Bien

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Artist I Love: Juniper Briggs

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Have you heard of Juniper Briggs? I discovered her art last year and promptly ordered this print off of Minted, which made an appearance in my AT home tour (above). She’s also a local, working out of Bristow, VA. I’ve since wanted to expand my collection after seeing how gorgeous her work looks in so many different kinds of rooms, from offices to living rooms and more.

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Note that the work on her website is pretty expensive, so the best way to snag a piece of your own is going through Minted (unfortunately, the options are limited, but I’m loving this black and white face piece and may have to add it to my own cart…).

I love the below examples of how people have styled her art in their homes:

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Home Decor Articles I’m Loving

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Whenever I read an interesting article, I’ll email it to myself to post it on the blog, but that doesn’t always happen…whoops. However, I’m popping in with a quick post today because I wanted to share the articles below (and maybe this will become a regular thing!). I hope you enjoy them as much as I did…

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