Life + Style

May 13, 2016

Friday Link List

Friday Links.  Because everyone else is doing it. 

* Abby's outdoor space made me swoon and her tips for summer entertaining are spot on.  Man I wish our backyard looked like this!  Time for a makeover and a lobster party :)

* I'm living out all my dark and moody room dreams through my sorority sister's blog, Scotch & Nonsense.  Arielle and her husband recently purchased an historic home in Church Hill and she's documenting her colorful vintage inspired decorating skills and killer cooking and cocktailing recipes.  It's like a modern day Mad Men over there.  Plus she's a crazy good photographer so it all looks extra pretty!

* A cool West Elm bench knockoff with free plans.  

* J.Crew has 25% off tops, shorts, sandals, dresses and more. Plus extra 30% off sale with code: SHOPNOW.  It might be the time to pull the trigger on this work dress and this one too.  I know, I know I need to make a big work announcement or at least update you.  It's coming.

Linda from Calling It Home successfully orchestrated another round of The One Room Challenge.  It's so fun to see how everyone's style is evolving.  I can't wait to start going through the linking participants rooms next. Did you join in this round?  Leave a link in the comments if you did so we can all go check it out!

* Matthew and I have been eating variations of this salad a lot lately after discovering the marinated grilled artichokes from Trader Joes.  So good!

* Father's Day Gift Guides are starting to show up.  Matthew's Birthday is also the same week so I really need to get on it!

* I'm trying to choose a gray paint color for two bookcases I just moved into the family room.  Any favorites?  I want it to have a driftwood vibe like the cabinet below.  We have classic gray on the walls in the surrounding rooms so it needs to flow but I want something with a bigger contrast against the decorators white paneling.  What are your go-to medium gray paint colors?

* Another pretty swimsuit

* A gorgeous home tour.  I'm obsessed with the whole house

* The latest book on my bedside table.

* My Summer hair inspiration.  Big hair don't care.  Might as well embrace it this time of year. And that color is spot on.



  1. Julia, as a Richmonder (well, Glen Allen-er) I am always on the lookout for good local blogs to follow. Thanks for introducing me to Scotch & Nonsense! I plan to spend some time perusing her archives! I love lists, so I would love for you to continue this Friday link list!

    1. sounds like a plan! You'll love her instagram too :)

  2. I participated in the One Room Challenge for the first time this go around and I would have never finished our guest bathroom if I hadn't had the deadline staring me in the face. Equal parts exhausting and rewarding, for sure.

  3. love your bathroom! And I will never be able to unsee what your husband pointed out-hahahahahaha!

  4. Julia! Thanks so much for the shout out and kind words. You know I love your blog and only wish I had your photography skills. Here's to some patio cocktailing this summer!

  5. Thanks for the share, Julia! Love your hair will never look like that :(

  6. We love Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. It does not pull any green or blue tones but it also is not beige-y. Just the right amount of warmth.

  7. I might be the new queen of grays for builtins/bookcases. My hubby built some awesome builtins in our dining room for the One Room Challenge, & I tested all sorts of grays before ending up with Fieldstone (an oldie but goodie from Ben Moore). If you're interested, here's the link 😊

    Just catching up on my blog reading after weeks of chaos; my oldest is also about to start kindergarten, & I'm feeling exactly as you described. Here's to a wonderful summer!


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