Monday, October 27, 2014

Preserve

Today I wanted to share a new lifestyle website with you that I find inspiring.  Blake Lively, my celebrity girl crush, has started her own lifestyle website called PRESERVE.  It is very organic, full of whimsy, a bit hipster and modern yet down to earth.  Each handpicked artisan tells their story and the background to the story features are very interesting.  But most of all, the photos are GORGEOUS.  Seriously, besides the cute, cool and beautiful products, the photoshoots are absolutely inspiring!

Here are just a few:






With Love, 
Brittany

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Decorating

Halloween is just a week away, and I don't know about you, but the partying has already begun.  With trick or treating just around the corner and pumpkin carving parties & sugar cookie decorating parties,  we all want to get our house spooked and decorated to the max.  We've had our decorations up for weeks now- but my kids LOVE decorating for holidays.  And I am always looking around for ways to add to it.  Wall decals (like bird cages, mice, spiders, etc) and simple and no fuss and always add a good impact to the room.  Also, you can never have too much spider web!  And use those glass bell jars…objects placed under those are instantly provoking.

Here are a few more ideas for parties, front porch ideas, and more.  Let your imagination run wild!


I like that you could use branches from outside…simple quick and creative

aren't these adorable? easy craft with kids too

the feather is very Edgar Allan Poe…..which would be a great spooky theme for an adult halloween party

I'm assuming this is cauliflower and apple cider…. looks creepy and gross



so cute and clever! you could add a quiddich broom for Harry Potter fans

Always gross. Like the guac tho.

With Love, 
Brittany


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Berkshire Inspiration

Fall foliage is well underway here in the NorthEast, and I am devouring every minute of it.  This past weekend we had the opportunity to escape to the country and enjoy a good ol' farm party complete with s'mores and country line dancing at a friend's farm.  The property is located in the Berkshires of Massachusettes.  It was a gorgeous drive! These pictures don't even do it justice.




On the same note, Domaine just featured a home tour of a modern farm house in Litchfield, CT (also out in the country, near the Berkshires).  It is a beautiful and interesting space….a mixture of modern and vintage.  Definitely inspiring!







You can read and see more about this beautiful home here. Enjoy!

With Love, 
Brittany

Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Tassle Garland and Fall Mantle

If you have been browsing the internet or pinterest at all, then you know these tassle garlands are all the rage.  While I did find a pre-made kit at target the other day, making it yourself allows you to choose your own color scheme and get a little DIY project under your belt (that is not too time consuming).

All you need is some tissue paper, scissors and bakers twine.  I wanted to make a garland for fall, so I chose white, gold and orange.  I took two sheets of each.


Fold in half, then half again, then half again.  Cut 1/2" strips with leaving about 2" on top hear the folded part.  when you unroll it all, you'll see you may need to cut some edges to separate them.  In the end you should have 8 pieces of each color.  fold in half around your finger and twist.


String the papers through in whatever pattern (I used a dull needle for this part).  You'll then want to pinch each one around the string to hold it in place.



This time of year I also love the pumpkin twigs from Trader Joes….for $7.99 how can you go wrong?

                                            


So there's the beginnings to a Fall Mantle.  Just a few cheap and easy additions can really bring in the warmth of the season.  Happy decorating!

With Love, 
Brittany


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Curl up for Autumn


With the nights cooling down and leaves starting to turn, no other season gets me more excited than AUTUMN.  The smells, the foods, the fashion, the colors, the decorations- I love everything about it! So I put together a little reading nook for you to curl up in and sip some hot apple cider.  I was inspired by this beautiful chair I found on Joss and Main…don't you just love the pattern?!?  Then adding some warm textures such as a kilim pillow and a fur throw and you've got yourself a cozy little reading spot.  



Ballard Side Table 
Gather Pillow
Daria Chair
Antique Metal Drum lamp
H&M Fur Throw
Anthropologie Pillow

To add to this cozy corner, tonight I cooked the most delicious vegetable dish to kick off the Autumn season.  Seriously, this side dish is like candy- I can hardly believe it's got brussel sprouts in it! (recipe courtesy Cinnamon spice and everything nice).


INGREDIENTS:
1 container fresh baby or regular brussels sprouts (about 12 ounces)
2 big sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper
3 slices bacon
2 - 3 tablespoons fresh grated Parmesan cheese
INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet or roasting pan generously with olive oil.
  2. Remove any tough outer leaves from the brussels sprouts and slice them in half, unless you are using baby ones, in that case leave them whole. Add to a large bowl along with the sweet potatoes, drizzle liberally with olive oil - about 2 tablespoons, sprinkle with thyme and season well with salt (about 1 teaspoon) and pepper.
  3. Toss with your hands rubbing the oil and spices into the vegetables and adding more olive oil if needed. Spread them out in one layer on the baking sheet and drizzle again lightly with olive oil.
  4. Bake about 25-30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender and brussels sprouts are lightly browned.
  5. Meanwhile cook bacon however you see fit, I like to put it in a separate baking pan and bake it about 12-15 minutes or until crispy. Drain on paper towels and crumble when cool enough to handle.
  6. Once the vegetables are cooked through sprinkle with Parmesan and bacon, toss and serve.
  7. E.A.T.

With Love, 
Brittany

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Refresher

I went into Paper Source the other day and was inspired to freshen up my mantle for the summer.  They always have the cutest crafts and paper.  They had giant paper popsicles, a really cute paper fishes, and some cute paper watermelons.

So I went home, dug out my craft papers, and put the kids to work.  It was a really simple and fun project! Just a little tracing (I found 3 different size bowls), some cutting and some glueing, and wa-la! Instant summer refresher for our mantle :)



In other news, I started an instagram account (it's about time, right?!?)  You can find me @brittanysimmonsdesigns.  Enjoy!

With Love, 
Brittany

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mother of Pearl



I have a client right now which I am inspired to use mother of pearl....specifically in a mirror.  I love that it can add another medium/material to the space as well as some sparkle and glam. Here are a few of my favorite mother of pearl findings:



Fiona Mirror from Made Goods




















Regina Andrew lamp


















Pier 1 frame



















ABC carpet and home dresser


With Love, 
Brittany


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