Wednesday, November 14, 2018

THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE AT THE LOVELY COTTAGE



Dining Room Rug: Knotted Turkish Rug c/o
Table: Restoration Hardware
Chairs: Modani Furniture 
Light Fixture: Caitlin Wilson Design c/o
Dinnerware: West Elm
Flatware: West Elm
Water Glasses: Amanda Lindroth
Crock: Farmhouse Pottery c/o
Carafe: Amanda Lindroth
Antler: Etsy
Wine Glasses: Restoration Hardware
Hurricane: Farmhouse Pottery c/o
Linen Napkins: Serena & Lily c/o
Table Runner: Pottery Barn
Wooden Cheese Board: Vintage
Salt + Pepper Shakers: Vintage
Concrete Bench: CB2

This time last year, we were slowly moving into our home and didn't quite feel settled yet, so this year I was so excited to create a Fall tablescape for Thanksgiving!  I enlisted the help of my sweet friend Kelly and we cut fresh camellia's from the front yard, picked up mini pecan pies to use as place settings, and styled the table in a way to where we could leave it set all month long.  My newest obsession, Farmhouse Pottery, brought in a few natural elements and warm neutrals that really made the space.  The crock in the center might just be my favorite piece!  Aside from that, I've always had an obsession with dishes, glasses, and entertaining pieces, so we pulled pieces from around our kitchen and it all came together perfectly.  We've gathered so many of our friends + family around our table for cozy dinners in and can't wait to host Thanksgiving here again at the cottage!  After next week, we'll be finishing our holiday decor and switching things up for the holidays, so stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
MEG

Thursday, November 8, 2018

FALL FRONT PORCH AT @THELOVELYCOTTAGE



 Fall is always one of my favorite times of year to decorate our home!  Fall colors out the window, leaves all over the ground, pumpkins lining the front porch, and homemade apple pie in the oven make for one super cozy scene around the house.  My sweet friend Kelly and I had the best time driving all over town to find the perfect {neutral} pumpkins (and someone really should've been recording us trying to load + unload them - a few of these are massive!!) to fill our front porch.  J and I love drinking our coffee on the porch each morning and this cozy set up makes that so much sweeter.  

It's only November 8th, but Halloween is over and I already have the itch to start decorating for Christmas!!  What do you guys think - is it too soon?  We're hosting Thanksgiving (for the second year in a row at the cottage!) so part of me wants to leave this as is, but I'm also so ready for live greenery and pretty lights!  Maybe next week...stay tuned!

I hope you've all had a great week so far!  I'm so sorry I've been a bit MIA - traveling always kicks my butt a bit.  I mentioned on instagram a few weeks ago that I had 7 trips before Thanksgiving and in the last month alone I've crossed off Charleston, LA, Nashville, and New York.  Just one more trip left this weekend and we're home until Thanksgiving!  I love, love, love traveling, but there's something about being home around the holidays that's so special.  Anyway, life has been a bit crazy, but I'm excited to share a lot of fun, holiday content with you guys starting the next couple of weeks!

You guys are the best - thanks so much for reading!  XX.
M E G

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

HOW TO STYLE AN ENTRYWAY TABLE / @THELOVELYCOTTAGE

Antique Chest | Gold Mirror | Horse Print | Vintage Botanical Print | Feather Frame | Diptyque Candle | Vintage Brass Candle Holder | Vintage Gucci Ashtray | Dior Book | Chloè Book | Vintage Water Jug {love this}

Hi there, lovelies -

I hope you're all having a great week so far!  I'm so excited to finally share some of the content we shot a few weeks ago while styling the cottage for Fall!  As most of you may know from instastories, J and I found this antique chest a couple of months ago and thought it would totally complete our entry way.  We have two concrete benches on one wall with a large, round mirror and an acrylic trip-pod lamp beside it.  It's one of the only areas in our home that has a very modern, LA vibe to it, so we knew we wanted something vintage + cozy on the other (entryway) wall.  We love mixing old + new - opposites always attract, in my opinion!

  My sweet friend, Kelly from Ford Studio Designs, helped me style + bring this chest to life and I'm so in love with the way it turned out.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when styling a blank slate:

1. LAYER
None of these three framed pieces (the mirror, horse print, and botanical print) looked great for this space on their own, but layered, they add such character.  Also, I love that all three pieces have different texture/color.  The gold mirror serves as the perfect background, the horse print in the distressed frame adds a touch of vintage, and the botanical print brings in a neutral element.  Last but not least, I have to talk about my little Zsa Zsa feather.  As most of you probably know, we lost our sweet Zsa a couple of months ago and this little feather was one of the only feathers I was able to hold onto.  I thought about what to do with it for weeks and finally decided to frame it for this space.  Although bittersweet, it's such a sweet memory and I wouldn't take anything for it.

2. FRESH CLIPPINGS
I always love having fresh flowers in the house, but there's something about simple greenery that really makes a statement.  I just told the story of this vintage water jug on my instagram and love how oversized it is.  Our property is lined with camellia's (my favorite flower) so we're constantly cutting fresh clippings off of them to use inside.  The dark, bold leaves are so stunning!

3. CANDLES + BOOKS
In my opinion, you can never have enough candles or books.  I have them in every room, basically on every table.  Candles not only add fragrance to your home, but also bring such a cozy ambiance to your space after dark.  Lamps and candlelight are everything, especially when entertaining!  No one likes a harsh, overhead light.  As far as books go, we have so many that we LOVE.  I've collected fashion books for years, but also a few home + garden books, too.  We especially love picking them up while traveling to add to our collection!  Regardless of what they're about, books are so easy to add to any space and instantly bring texture + meaning to your space.  

These three tips have helped us so much and are usually so easy for pulling together things you already have lying around the house.  Let me know on instagram or in the comments below if you want to see more how to's and before/afters!

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

METALLIC PUMPS TO DRESS UP YOUR BASICS




Sweater: BB Dakota | Denim: Re/Done | Shoes: Kenneth Cole | Handbag: Chanel | Sunglasses: Gucci | Necklace: Vintage Chanel

When it comes to what I throw on on a daily basis, it's usually pretty basic, as I constantly gravitate towards my closet staples.  An oversized sweater + classic denim isn't exactly groundbreaking, but sometimes simply switching up your shoes can totally change your look.  I'm such a fan of metallics and fell in love with these leather stiletto's the moment I laid my eyes on them.  I wore this look with sneakers earlier in the day for running around town and promptly changed into these chic pumps before meeting J for happy hour.  It really is amazing what switching up your footwear can do for your basics!

Here are a few other styles I'm loving for Fall:

Thank you to Kenneth Cole for partnering on this post!

Monday, October 15, 2018

THE PERFECT BOOTS FOR FALL

Turtleneck: Lovers + Friends | Skirt: Free People {also love THIS}  | Boots: Stuart Weitzman {also have these + these  | Handbag: Louis Vuitton

When it comes to Fall fashion - Stuart Weitzman is always my go to.  From booties and mid-calf boots to OTK booties and sock booties - Stuart Weitzman has me covered for my Fall rotation.  The minute I laid my eyes on these boots, I knew they were perfect for any neutral outfit (aka, all I wear). The black suede is such a closet staple and I love the option of either a slouchy or a sleek fit.  Regardless, they're perfect for Fall and a pair I will gravitate towards again and again!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  We finally finished the chicken coop on Saturday and got our chicks in safe and sound.  I can't wait to share the first look of the completed project with you all on @thelovelycottage!

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
M E G

Thanks to Stuart Weitzman for partnering on this post!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

VEUVE CLICQUOT POLO MATCH 2018


My favorite event of the entire year - the Veuve Clicquot Polo Match in Los Angeles, California!  I always say I live my best life with a glass of Veuve in hand - but top that with this environment, ENDLESS champagne, surrounded by friends, + perfect weather - it just doesn't get any better than that.  

Last year was our first year attending the event and we vowed then and there it would be our new tradition.  Sadly, J couldn't make the stars align to go with me this year (something about a job over champagne?  I'm not really sure.), but I was so bummed to go without him.  As most of you know, he's not only my person (husband, aka best friend, aka love of my life - you get it, I'll spare you the rest), but he's also my photographer and the reason For All Things Lovely continues to thrive most days.  However, he didn't want his work schedule to effect me not being able to attend and of course, pushed me to hop on that plane and fulfill our vow with him in spirit.  

That said, no one likes to drink alone, so I called one of my favorite 'YES girls' (sidenote: a friend who is always there and never turns down a good time) and my sweet friend Jenni couldn't say yes fast enough.  

Once we made it to the event, walking in was an absolute DREAM.  Veuve spares no expense when it comes to making the Polo Match magical and they thought of every single detail.  We snagged a table with our sweet friends Jenn + Bob.  (Throughout the day, I realized that Bob is literally J's twin and they don't even know it.  They are both possibly the kindest men on the planet.  Since J couldn't make it, Bob was nice enough to snap a few photos for me + allow me to use a few of his images for this post, so I can't thank him enough!)  For at least the next hour, we all walked around wide-eyed, taking it all in. 

Our Veuve Clicquot family was nice enough to upgrade us to the VIP section this year and it was everything I imagined it would be - and more.  Bottles of champagne + rosè every direction you looked, a long table with a beautiful spread of food, and endless lines of white, stunning furniture boarding the polo field.  Surprisingly, the vibe was so calm + relaxed and it was easy to feel right at home.  Of course, you know your girl here was a little starstruck by a few of the major celebs walking through the door and we had the perfect seat to watch it all from!  Without a doubt, my highlight of the day was dancing it out with Ellen Pompeo for an hour and a half.  About half way through the event, she started a dance party right beside the DJ booth and my girl Jenni and I were the first to join in!  In that moment, I thought to myself - YES, this is by far my. best. life.

My Outfit Details:
Dress: Ulla Johnson | Shoes: Schutz | Sunglasses: Gucci | Handbag: Chanel

Thank you so much to our friends at Veuve Clicquot for inviting us to this year's Polo Match!  Our partnership means so much to me and I'm beyond grateful to work with such an amazing brand that I genuinely love.  We're already looking forward to next year!

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