Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Spring/Summer 2015 TOAST UK Catalogue

Ah, springtime, and with it, another delightfully styled Toast UK collection. I love the specific feeling each of these catalogues evokes, and Early Spring + Spring/Summer 2015 Toast edition is no different. Can’t you just feel the strong, early morning Mediterranean sunshine pouring in through the windows and smell the percolated coffee wafting across the sleepy air?

Toast UK Early SS15 House and Home Lookbook -- Wooden tray, metal coffee percolator

Toast UK SS15 House and Home Lookbook -- Patterned bed linens

Toast UK SS15 House and Home Lookbook  -- Grey cushion covers

Toast UK SS15 House and Home Lookbook  -- Colorful and unusual bathroom towels

Toast UK SS15 House and Home Lookbook  -- Teapot and ceramics

Toast UK SS15 House and Home Lookbook -- Stools with colorful hairpin legs

Toast UK Early SS15 House and Home Lookbook -- Stack of quilts

Toast UK SS15 Women Lookbook  -- Baskets on a donkey

Toast UK SS15 Women Lookbook -- Linen Button-down

Toast UK SS15 Women Lookbook  -- Desert Sunrise

Toast UK Early SS15 Women Lookbook -- Mediterranean Style

Toast UK SS15 Men Lookbook -- Wooden Sunglasses

Can’t get enough of TOAST UK? Me neither! That’s why I’ve been posting these round-ups every year since 2010. You can keep on looking through the TOAST archives, or go directly to a particular season in the list below.

Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: H&M Home, Come to Mama!

H&M Home in the US - Oaxacaborn.com's picksWithin a few minutes of clicking onto the interwebs this morning, I got all the news. Snowden was released into Russia on temporary asylum. The weather in Orlando is going to be hot and muggy forever. And H&M Home is FINALLY available in the US.

If you know me, you know I’d rather by a rug or a set of curtains than a new pair of shoes or jeans. And I’ve been waiting for H&M Home for quite a while. (Actually, I didn’t wait. I had a UK friend buy a duvet cover there and mail it to me.)

Now join me in drooling over all this available-right-here-right-now goodness — just try not to drool on your keyboard. (Clicking on each photo will take you to the product listing on the H&M website).

Soap Dispensers H&M HOmeSugar Pillow H and M Home
Map Duvet Cover H&M Home
Paris Cushion H&M Home
Hand Towel H&M Home
Tea Towel with Script from H&M Home
Star Baby Quilt from H&M Home
Decorative letters from H&M Home
Cafe Noir Mug via H&M Home
Hot and Cold Baths 5c Towel via H&M Home

I exercised a great deal of restraint by only listing a few products. ;) Go ahead, view ALL the H&M Home things!

Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Cleaning and Organizing Inspiration (and a Confession)

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Glass Hand Soap Bottle
Glass Hand Soap Bottle via Mrs. Meyer’s

As I sit down this afternoon to share the prettiest kind of cleaning and organizing inspiration with you, I have to be honest and say that sometimes when I clean, things get ugly.

You should have seen me in the kitchen earlier today. I decided to take apart the entire crisper drawer and lower shelf assembly inside the fridge, so I could give it a good scrubbing. That was fine. But putting it back together was another story, since all the parts disconnected from each other when I took them out of the fridge.

An hour later — sweating, frustrated, and nearly in tears — I finally managed to get everything back into place. (At one point I even downloaded the owner’s manual PDF from the manufacturer’s website. The only help it offered on the plastic piece in question? “Note: Be sure to replace center support before reinstalling glass shelf.” Gee, thanks!)

I’m not sure why I allow things like that to get me so riled up and frustrated. A whole lot of pride and indignation, I suppose, “I should be better at this! If this is still taken apart when Josiah gets home, I’ll be so embarrassed!” But it’s a ridiculous sort of thing to get angry about.

It’s just a fridge drawer (or rather, a series of pieces, which, when properly aligned, magically comprise a set of drawers.) And contrary to the arbitrary pressures I put on myself constantly — news flash! — I don’t actually have to be good at everything (like making crisper drawers out of puzzling plastic parts.) I don’t have to be an expert at all the things. I don’t have to be an expert at all. And I don’t have to be perfect.

Now why is that such a hard lesson for me to learn?

Organized Swedish pantry via jordgubbar med mjolk
Organized Swedish pantry via Jordgubbar Med Mjolk

Wicker laundry basket from Crate and Barrel
Wicker laundry basket via Crate & Barrel

Coffee art print via Billy & Scarlet
Coffee art print via Billy & Scarlet

Linen and Burlap Towels Hanging on Nails with Soap from the Portfolio of Johanna Pilfalk
Towels and soap via the portfolio of Johanna Pilfalk

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Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: For the Love of White – 7 Bright Interiors

Sometimes, on Mondays, I need just a little more sunlight, a little bit less clutter on the countertops, a little more music, and a little more coffee.

You too?

Here are seven pretty rooms I’ve had my eye on this past week.

Caroline Coehorst image, styling Femke Pastijn
via Caroline Coehorst, styling by Femke Pastijn

via ledansla
via le dans la

Mini Empire wallpaper as seen on ladnebebe
Mini Empire wallpaper via Ladnebebe

organized shelves via Hildas Hem
via Hildas Hem

Mikael Axelsson photo via Feel Inspired blog
Mikael Axelsson photo via Feel Inspired

Child's room via Baby Ramen
via Baby Ramen

Studio Oink as seen on Bloesem
Studio Oink via Bloesem

Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Even More Stars (10 to be Exact)

#5 LES CALISSONS ÉTOILES À L’ORANGE ET AU GINGEMBRE via Carnets Parisiens
Star gingerbread via via Carnets Parisiens

wooden star by avec un o
Wooden star via Avec Un O

Star Shaped Pillows via ColetteBream
Star Shaped Pillows via ColetteBream

sewn star garland via Marie Claire Idees
Sewn stars via Marie Claire Idées

Twig Star via the House of Philia
Twig Star via the House of Philia

Gingerbread stars by Butterfly Foodie
Gingerbread stars by Butterfly Foodie

Make a paper star garland via the Cherry Blossom Blog
Make a paper star garland via the Cherry Blossom Blog

DIY Scandinavian-inspired clay star garland via the Creature Comforts Blog
DIY Scandinavian-inspired clay star garland via the Creature Comforts Blog

Stars Hanging from Chandelier via Marie Claire Idees
Stars Hanging from Chandelier via Marie Claire Idées

Russian Stars via Plumo
Russian Stars via Plümo