Let’s Talk Pergolas

The to-do list for my home is a mile long, but near the top is the addition of a pergola. If you’re unfamiliar, a pergola is an architectural element originally used in ancient Greece and Rome to better define an outdoor space that’s gaining momentum in the current day. It usually consists of parallel colonnades that support an open roof of girders and cross rafters.

Pergolas are great privacy and shade solutions because, really, there are no rules. They can be built out of wood or steel, with a traditional or modern design or somewhere in between. Add fabric panels to the sides for additional privacy, let vining plants climb up to and cover the roof, add solar panels, or top it off with a plexiglas covering for protection from the rain. Your pergola can be freestanding in the middle of the backyard or built on top of a porch or deck, or maybe you’d just like to build one over your old concrete patio. See? Not many rules here.

I’d like mine to be similar to the second one below, but the wood painted white instead of black to keep the heat to a minimum during summer. Honeysuckle would climb all four colonnades and wind around the girders where it would mingle with strands of lights with edison bulbs. I’d have a few planter boxes on one or two of the sides that would blend in, and maybe a canvas tarp that could be attached to the four corners for shade on especially hot days.

But I haven’t put much thought into it.

 

Better Homes & Gardens

 

Helt Enkelt

 

Almost Makes Perfect

 

Homes to Love

 

Style Room

 

Better Homes & Gardens

 

Ernskie

 

Decoist

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11 Perfect White Tees

Few things in my wardrobe have been more elusive than the perfect white t-shirt. One that’s not too long or too short, too tight or too loose, with a neck that’s not too big or too small. It makes me feel like Goldielocks. When I think back, the closest I ever had was a sort of thin, boxy cut version from the Gap when I was in high school. (My Grandma actually found it at her house and we were reunited last year!) How about you, have a favorite white tee that just goes with everything?

 

Basic White Tee from Sabo Skirt // Relaxed Casual T-Shirt from James Perse // T-Shirt from Baserange

 

The Cotton Scoop-Neck Tee from Everlane // The Cotton V from Everlane // The Luxe Drape Deep V Tee from Everlane // The Perfect Pocket Tee from Levi’s

 

Remade Dancing Tee from Urban Renewal // V-Neck Tee from Wear Pact // Valmere T-Shirt from Talula // Whisper Cotton V-Neck Cotton Tee from Madewell

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16 Face Serums

You may have noticed during our monthly favorites posts just how obsessed I’ve become with face serums. I resisted for months, thinking that they’d probably only serve to clog my already problematic skin. Then in February I as convinced to try one and I’ve been hooked ever since – the hydration! the smoothing! the glow! I now use two different serums a day, vitamin C in the morning and a rejuvenating formula before bed. Do you have a favorite?

 

Aesop Lucent Facial Concentrate // Balm & Co. Glow Serum Nourishing Facial Oil // Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum // Deciem Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

 

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel // Fig + Yarrow Rosehip + Argan Facial Serum // First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum // Glossier Super Glow

 

IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Hydrating Sensory Awakening Serum // Kate Somerville Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum // Skin Inc. Hyaluronic Acid Serum Long-Lasting Hydration // Lapcos Blue Water Micro Serum Mist

 

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum // Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil // Vinter’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum // Youth to the People Kale Tri-peptide 37 Vitamin C Age Prevention Serum

 

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Let’s Talk Pantries + Organizational Tips

In my dream home I have an entire room as a pantry, a la Martha. But in the real world it’s about working with what you’ve got – whether that be a closet you can convert, a corner to build out, or a few existing cabinets that need to do all the heavy lifting. Or you can get creative, make it an entire wall of open shelving or a free-standing piece of furniture. Whatever the case, we all know food storage in the kitchen is a necessity, read on for some organizational tips and inspiration!

Keys to a keeping a super functional pantry:
1. Go through and clean it out regularly.
2. Use it for more than just food – serving pieces, cookbooks – if you have the space.
3. Have everything visible, or as much as possible. Risers work great!
4. Group like with like (cans, baking ingredients, etc).
5. Place the things you use most often at arm’s reach.
6. Think vertically as well as horizontally, store cookie sheets and serving trays upright.
7. Set shelves at different heights to use your space best.
8. Bring in baskets to collect dish towels and more.
9. Use glass containers to store dry goods, they’ll stay fresh longer and you’ll always know how much you have.
10. Take advantage of the inside of the door as well, it’s a great place to keep spices and food storage supplies.

 

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Arclinea

 

The Kitchn

 

Oh Happy Day

 

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Doormats for Dirty Soles

Adventure Doormat // Anchor Coir Doormat // DIY Winking Doormat // Fern Fronds Doormat

If you have kids or pets or simply wear shoes, rainy spring weather can really play havoc with your clean floors. A sturdy doormat with lots of texture is key to tracking the least amount of dirt into your space. I actually like to go with the one indoor/one outdoor combo during especially wet days for maximum grime grabbing and minimal cleanup.

 

Flow Doormat // Hello Sunshine Door Mat // Hey Good Lookin’ Coir Doormat // Picture Frame Doormats

 

Pineapples Doormat // The Crib Doormat // Welcome Doormat // Well Hello There Coir Doormat

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Panna Cotta 12 Ways

I’ve never tasted or made panda cotta, but I very much want to once the weather gets a bit warmer. My eyes have been open for some delicious options for that first foray and I’m sharing my twelve favorites with you below. Have you made it before? Any notable recipes or tips for a beginner?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on each image to go to the recipe.
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18 Apps You Need On Your Phone

Alder
Gives you one relevant political action everyday to keep you focused.

Bear
A beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes and prose.

BloomThat
The best way to send flowers and gifts – period.

Countable
Makes learning about what your government is up to easy and fun. Learn about issues you care about, influence Congress with one tap voting, and rally your friends around specific legislation.

 

CUPS
The key to finding and supporting your city’s independent cafes.

Daylight
Tells you about daylight changes and notifies you when the days are getting longer.

Everlance
Makes tracking your mileage and expenses effortless.

Jim.Coach
The gym workout app for normal people.

 

Pawprint
One place for your pet’s medical records, feeding instructions, reminders, and even photos.

PhotoScan
Lets you scan and save your favorite printed photos using your camera’s phone.

Planner 5D
Enables anyone to create beautiful and realistic home interior designs easily in 2D and 3D HD models online or offline.

Quik
In seconds this app analyzes your video footage to find great moments, adds beautiful transitions and effects, and syncs everything to the beat of music.

 

Radish
Gives you early access to the latest web fictions serials from top writers.

ScreenUse
Tracks the amount and length of your mobile sessions, getting you in control of your mobile consumption.

Sun Surveyor
This app takes the mystery out of the sunrise, sunset, and moon phases, allowing photographers and filmmakers to scout the best locations, plan effectively, and get the perfect shot.

Vivono Wine Scanner
Your partner in wine, always with you and ready to help you pick, remember and share your wines.

 

Voices
Support the groups and causes you care about.

Whistle
Anonymously share sexism anywhere, anytime. Where you work, play, study, while you watch TV – wherever you see or experience sexism.

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Hooks For Days

I’ve been on the hunt for some hooks to hang my bath towels on and have rounded up some of my favorites to share. Because of the metals and finishes on the fixtures, as well as other materials in the room, I’m leaning towards #4, #5, or #10. Which is your favorite design?

 

1/Birch Coat Hook  2/Brace Wall Hook  3/Brushed Brass Double Hook  4/Clara Single Wall Hook  5/Leaning Edge Wall Hook  6/Plywood Wall Hook  7/Print Hook  8/Q-Hook  9/Wire Hook  10/Woodblock Wall Hook

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