Looking for light these days — lately, been inspired by a few lovely photos found on Pinterest. First: the above photo of the Kennedys. I used it as a sign to order this linen romper I’d been eyeing for micro forever (currently 25% off!). I added this gingham romper and coordinating hat (if you have a girl, this is precious, too!) and daydream of coordinating with him while wearing this. I also ordered him this preppy pullover to pair with white jeans.
Also deeply inspired by fresh produce — what a miracle! Among the many changes COVID19 has made in my life: a deep and abiding appreciation for fresh fruit and vegetables, which have been difficult to come by over the past few weeks, not so much because they aren’t available but because deliveries are increasingly challenging to sort out. (Mr. Magpie has gone to such extremes as attempting to legitimize the purchase of a bushel of artichokes for $54 from a restaurant supplier — ha!) Below, a few of our absolute favorite vegetable-forward cookbooks:
SALT FAT ACID HEAT (LOVE HER SALAD RECIPES)
The above photo inspired me to re-think my bedside table–and my tray game. Such a clever way to introduce color/pattern and texture/depth to any vignette in your home — the sunny yellow scalloped tray above is such a fun surprise, and it draws out the yellow in that lovely pillowcase! A few other trays I love:
THIS MINT LACQUER ONE (AFFORDABLE!)
FOR KITCHEN: THIS MARBLE STYLE (GREAT WAY TO CORRAL OUR PEPPER/SALT/OLIVE OIL)
A few other lovely finds if you’re looking to upgrade your bedside table vignette: scalloped picture frames, a Herend trinket dish (you can find many amazing vintage styles on Etsy), a tiny vase for bedside buds, and a new lamp (we have Robert Abbey’s double gourd lamps in gray on our bedside tables, but I also love this feminine style and this affordable classic).
And if you need to upgrade your bedside table: I love this classic white style, especially with that genius pull-out tray for your nightly water (!) and this affordable steal (the scalloped detail is lovely).
Also majorly crushing over the scalloped floral shams seen above — makes me wonder if I shouldn’t add more pattern to our muted gray and white bedding set. Love this Matouk print, this affordable Pine Cone Hill, Schweitzer Linen hearts (looks remarkably like D Porthault’s iconic coeurs print, but for way less), Biscuit Home, and, of course, D. Porthault.
Have you seen the new collaboration between interior designer Ariel Okin and furniture line Society Social? Absolutely epic. Love the caned side tables (shown above) and this upholstered, wicker ottoman. The collection has a custom-made feel that fits the ambient grandmillennial style beautifully. (And on that note: this affordable wicker desk would fit right in with this entire aesthetic.)
Finally, inspired by the above photo of their royal highnesses Kate, William, and children, I am reminding myself to lean into the smallest and simplest of joys with my children. Building forts, lazy Sunday afternoon snuggles on the couch, infinity art projects, painfully slow-moving board games where rules are ignored and I suddenly find myself making weird, high-pitched voices to represent the characters on the board, hide and seek where certain participants don’t ever actually hide but simply cover their eyes with their hands…all treasures, really. Golden moments in the making. But don’t mistake me, friends: I, too, have tired of the messages that tell me to “savor this time at home with your children.” Let me be blunt: this is hard. It takes effort to elbow my way through the gloom and fear and exhaustion in order to recognize the sunny spots. This, from someone who is blessed in so many ways, including the fact that my work can be done late at night or in little bursts of productivity throughout the day and I am usually organized enough that I can go a stretch of days without sitting down at my computer if need be. I honestly cannot imagine how parents are getting through long days of child-rearing while shouldering more traditional, full-time jobs, with phone calls and deadlines and expectations from other people. Or parents with itty bitty babies and no sisters or mothers or babysitters to ease the burden! My God. I am so tired for you. Bless you. Take a deep breath. You can do this. But on the days where you find yourself lifted by God’s grace, breathing a little easier, maybe you, too, can find inspiration in the photo above.
P.P.S. This showstopping swimsuit is on sale (more of my favorite picks here); your ticket to an easy-to-wear, ultra-comfortable, pulled-together everyday look; and a slightly more polished way to wear a ponytail.