Bedding Upgrade With Boll & Branch

TGIF! I, for one, am looking forward to sleeping in a bit this weekend (although with small kiddos I'll likely be up at my normal 6am!)...what about you?

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Anyway, our new master bedroom is coming together, as you can see, and it's been such a breath of fresh air waking up every morning in this light filled room! 

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There are still things to get done in here...like layer the natural woven roman shades with heavy linen white drapes, figure out the wall situation (to shiplap or wallpaper, that is the question!), hang a few pieces of art and a mirror, and eventually upgrade our nightstands to something a bit more functional. But all in all this room is really shaping up to be the relaxing oasis I always dreamed of having!

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Beyond the new rug (which I'm going to dedicate a whole blog post to next week), my most favorite new addition to this room is our bedding. Holy cow, is it luxuriously soft! I had no idea I even needed to upgrade until Boll & Branch reached out about their new Striped Percale Sheet Set and subsequently sent over a generous box of all new bedding for us to try out.

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Since I only like to share brands and products I know, use, and love, I admit I was a tad bit skeptical of trying out something new. Creature of habit over here! I mean, obviously the striped part intrigued me because I've literally never turned down a stripe, but I wasn't all that eager to give new bedding a shot since I was content with what we already had. 

Fast forward to a few large packages arriving at our doorstep and I was quickly wooed. Inside were beautifully wrapped boxes with a sweet note. And I especially loved finding out that all Boll & Branch cotton is fair-trade and organic. They truly care about the environment and the social impact of their production. 

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Once I moved on from oohing and ahhing over the packaging and brand mission, I was immediately impressed with the look and feel of the sheetsduvetshams, and waffle blanket. I even hesitated to wash them at first since they were just so pristine and soft (but we all know washing sheets before sleeping on them is a must so to the laundry room it all went!). 

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Fresh out of the dryer I immediately noticed that everything felt like a favorite, well worn t-shirt. You know that comfy feel. I actually remember thinking "wow, I had no idea I needed these in my life" and was super impressed with how well everything washed. Boll & Branch even claims that their sheets are "designed to last a lifetime—and get even better with every wash" and I can honestly say that this is true! 

If and when you need new bedding, definitely check them out!

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Our New Annie Selke Family Room Rug

We’re back from our wonderful family vacation to Maine and it feels amazing to come home to the new house!

It was definitely a rollercoaster leading up to the move-in (perhaps I’ll share more of that crazy tale another time), but we really couldn’t be happier and feel beyond fortunate to start creating memories within these walls. 

Each room is coming together at its own pace (some faster than others) and it’s about time I shared some of the work-in-progress over here, don’t ya think!? Let’s start with the heart of our home: the family room. 

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First, let me just put into context that this house is significantly larger than all of our previous homes. The family room alone measures 17’ x 26’ -- which our first one-bedroom apartment in NYC could have easily fit into with wiggle room! -- and our old 9’ x 12’ rug from the townhouse would have been far too small in proportion to square footage.

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Enter, like magic, my fairy godmother Annie Selke! I've been a huge fan of the brand for years and years and was beyond excited when they offered to gift us a rug of our choice for the new house. I basically cried tears of rug loving joy when I heard this news! 

As background, we had their Samode Rug in Navy/White in our old old house (on the west coast of Florida), and toyed with the idea of getting it again, but decided we wanted to do something different and go more light neutral.

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The Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Platinum was our front runner and am so thrilled we chose this beauty! From the moment it arrived I’ve been all goo-goo eyed over the patterned design. It’s large and in charge at 12’ x 16’ and really anchors the whole space. It is ridiculously soft underfoot and our friends and family still don’t believe it’s indoor/outdoor! Plus, if anything spills, all I have to do is use a mild cleaner and blot with a wet rag and the stain will literally disappear. 

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Dash & Albert has been my recommended go-to for families with kids, pets, or anyone who likes to live life and entertain! Their rugs are washable, have ultra-durable construction, are water-resistant, and UV-treated for fade resistance….plus they’re low profile (so your doors swing open easily over them!), lightweight, and reversible! Oh, and did I mention they’re also scrubbable and bleachable. Seriously, it’s hard NOT to want them all over your home.

Fun fact: to date we have four Dash & Albert rugs in our home and I have my eye on this cabana striped guy for our dining room....remember my friends, rugs not drugs! ;)

I can’t wait to share more about our family room as it evolves! Until then, a big thanks to Annie Selke for giving us this amazing gift which we absolutely LOVE!

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Hope you all had a very lovely July 4th week and were able to have some summertime fun with the ones you love! I'm currently enjoying quality time with my family in our favorite place, Kennebunkport, Maine. Have you all been before?

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Maine is a state we've been vacationing in as a family since I was a little girl, and clearly the coastal environment has inspired me over the years! Being directly on the water, chilling out in beautiful weather, strolling around town and oohing and awwing over the gorgeous New England architecture holds a very special place in my heart. And let me tell you, Maine does stripes right! From striped awnings and umbrellas, to door mats and towels, I've been in stripe heaven all week long!

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If you know me at all you know I LOVE stripes. I'm either wearing them or designing with them, and it's a fact (in my world) that you can never own too many. They're classic, modern, and add a bit of patterned fun to any space! 

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And unlike other patterns, stripes are hard to get tired of, easy on the eyes, and will never go out of style! Neutral or bold, there's a stripe out there for everyone.

I've rounded up some of my favorite striped pieces below for your perusing pleasure...

 

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