Happy Easter weekend!  We’re off to my parent’s house for the long weekend.  My kids get so excited about waking up to Easter baskets and I get so excited about decorating the dinner table.  When it comes to table decor, I like to keep it simple and this year I think I will try something like this…

easter 1I love the simplicity of the glass bottles with a single flower and the branches for some height.   And to add a little fun to the table these will be perfect..

 

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These are the easiest and most delicious little treats!  Since my last name is Bird I’m pretty familiar with just about any treat that has to do with Birds!

Enjoy the long weekend!

 

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Front Porch Living

It’s yet to feel like Spring is here, but we had a little taste of it this weekend and I want more. One of my favorite things to do in the summer, is hand my kids a bunch of sidewalk chalk and hang out on my front porch. So what makes a good front porch?

For me, it starts with the basics: a good front door (I tend to go classic colors on mine like this rich BM Hale Navy), a great light with clear glass shade, simple accessories in contemporary numbers, doorbell and a no-frills mailbox. The next thing to bring in that is invaluable is two comfortable chairs and a combo of affordable pillows. I love these ones from IKEA for a covered porch. Then bring in a ceramic stool in a contrasting color so you have somewhere to set down that evening cocktail you’ll be enjoying while your kids ride bikes in front of your house (sound Americana enough??) I like to use boxwoods in varying sizes of the same pot; at the end up the summer you can plant the boxwoods and enjoy them all year.

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I like to keep my front porch design simple…nothing too showy from the road (maybe the modest Canadian part of me coming out!) Hopefully soon we’ll all be able to actually hang out outside soon.

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Boo!

Boo is the name given by my children to my new desk chair….

 

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turns out my family thought it was really funny when I told them I had purchased a ghost chair.

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I’ve been debating about this chair forever and decided to finally pull the trigger.  I have to admit, it was love at first sight!

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The ever-favorite ghost chair originates from Phillipe Starcke for Kartell.  It instantly gives any room a modern update but if you decide to purchase the original design it will set you back $410 dollars.  I recently stumbled upon an alternative version on LexMod and decided to order so I could see quality. Ordering a ghost chair through LexMod will cost you around $100 dollars per chair.  And, just in case you are skeptical about purchasing a knockoff ghost chair, Jackie over at York Avenue summed up all the research you need to know when comparing the real and the knockoff versions.

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There are so many different ways to utilize this chair in your home, whether it be for an office area, dining room table or as an occasional chair in your living room.

 

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Or consider putting one in an entry way where you don’t have much space.

 

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Or as an occasional chair in a living room…

 

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A ghost chair is always a great fit around a dining room or breakfast table….

 

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The possibilities are endless!

 

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