Inspired Fridays

Hey guys!  Let's get inspired for the weekend! I wanted to share with you all a few things that have caught my attention throughout the week that have got my creative gears turning.  Enjoy!

//For Kids//

I mentioned earlier in a post that my husband and I are working on a few changes in our living room. We are just updating and adding some furniture and such.  In the past I have been a pretty big stickler about our daughters toys being in their bedroom and in their bedroom only.  I also tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and I really like things clean and tidy. I got to thinking recently though, that we are a family and our household involves our children and having toys out in the living room is OK!  I want our house to be our home not just my home and I want it to be playful and fun for our kiddos.  So with that idea in mind I wanted to create a little play/reading area in our living room (I still like tidy, so I am going to do this Gabbie style). So what I did was I went and got a cute basket that matches the rest of our esthetic to put some of their toys in.  The next step is to hang a bookshelf ledge above it, right at three year old level so that I can fill it with some of Ezrah's favorite books.  I found this adorable cloud shaped bookshelf at Target.  It's playful and whimsical and it will just be the perfect finishing touch! I will be sure to share it with you guys when it's finished! 

Speaking of whimsy, I can just never have enough of it!  I would love to add this swan ballerina to my girls' room!  I know Ezrah would love it too! 


If you know me at all then you know it is no secret that I love macarons.  Recently I stumbled across Mac Lab Bakery on Instagram.  Unfortunately for me they are located in Georgia but I just love scrolling through their feed!  How amazing are these unicorn macarons?  I want to do a unicorn theme for Ezrah's birthday this year so I may try and recreate these, although I know I will hardly to them justice! 


The statement sleeve.  I have been seeing really over the top sleeves literally everywhere lately and I'm definitely not mad about it.  It's one of my favorite trends right now and I am especially loving these two looks from Storets.  I can't wait to start shopping for Spring! 

If I love statement sleeves then I am obsessed with adult hair bows.  I am seriously so excited about this trend, it's just so feminine it's not even funny!  I mean who said that my three year old daughter is the only one that can have fun with hair bows?  This could be a super easy DIY too, all you need to do is tie a pretty ribbon on a hair tie and that way it will sit tight in your hair all day. 


So I just recently discovered Jenny Cipoletti who is behind the style blog, Margo & Me and I seriously feel like I've been living under a rock because of it.  I can't believe I didn't know about her blog sooner!  Jenny is an absolute beauty and her blog so gorgeous so naturally, I have spent the past week scrolling through all of her posts.  I'm also currently obsessed with her YouTube channel as well.  If you love fashion and all things feminine then I know you will love her too! 

Well that's it you guys!  I hope you are all feeling as inspired as I am and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 


Pretty books to help you elevate your space

Hey everyone! Today we are talking about one on my favorite things, books! I seriously love beautiful books both for their insides and outsides but today we are breaking some rules and judging these books by their covers.  I love to decorate with books so I am always looking for pretty additions that I can display around my home.  All the books I am about to share with you guys don't just sit on my bookshelf but are actually displayed in some way around my home.  I hope you have fun reading through this post and I hope you feel inspired to have fun with decorating your own homes with some of your favorite books! 

1. Vintage Cakes 

"Each recipe in Vintage Cakes is a confectionary stroll down memory lane."

I have this recipe book displayed on a buffet table in my dining room.  If there was a color palette to perfectly describe my style it would be this.  I just think this is such a beautiful book and adds the perfect touch.  I have also tried some of the recipes in this book and I just have to mention if you own this book or are thinking of owning it you must try the double dip caramel cake, it is absolutely delicious!

author:  Julie Richardson 
photography:  Erin Kunkel 

2. Emma 

"Dear papa, you cannot think that I will leave off match-making!"

This book is part of the Vintage Classic Jane Austen series, which as you can see this one happens to be Emma.  I have the complete set of six but this one is my absolute favorite!  I love the colors and the water color finish it's just so gorgeous!  You would have seen this in a stack with two other in my last post about how to decorate the top of your bookcase.  

author:  Jane Austen 
cover design:  Leanne Shapton

3. Harry Potter 

"Your mother died to save you.  If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love."

I obviously couldn't complete this list without including the gorgeous illustrated editions of Harry Potter, which are perfect for my coffee table.  As of now the first two books are the only ones available in this edition but as far as I know eventually all seven will be available (I can't wait!).  I actually wasn't allowed to read Harry Potter when I was younger so I just started reading them a little over a year ago.  I am enjoying myself so much that I am spacing them out as much as possible because I don't want them to end!  I am just so in love with this series, the world, and the characters and I will be so heartbroken when it's over!  I am, however, strongly looking forward to re-reading them all in these illustrated versions.  I think it will add a whole new element to the experience!  

author: J.K. Rowling 
cover art and illustration:  Jim Kay 

4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

This book is part of the Puffin in Bloom editions and is also full of the cutest illustrations.  It is the perfect way to add a bit of whimsy to your home! 

author:  Lewis Carroll 
cover art and illustrations:  Anna Bond 

5. Pride and Prejudice 

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

This is another one of those books that when I saw it I just had to have it!  It's so bright and fun and filled with quirky illustrations.  It has fully earned it's right to be specially displayed on my bookcase!  This is also one of my favorite stories and I will definitely be re-reading it soon in this version! 

author:  Jane Austen 
cover art and illustration:  Alice Pattullo 

Well there you have it, some of my favorite books to decorate with!  I really hope you enjoyed this post and were inspired to add books into your own personal spaces.  What are some of your favorite books?

Have a great week, see you again soon!