Colorful Silhouettes

 This post contains sponsored product from Minted.com. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

This post contains sponsored product from Minted.com. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow I find myself reflecting on everything I have to be thankful for; good health, friends, family, and a job I love. At the tippy top of my thankful list are my two children. I love them beyond measure, and I love finding ways to incorporate them into our home. I'm a firm believer that for a house to be a home it should reflect those who live in it.

A few years ago I got the idea in my head that I wanted to do silhouettes of my (then future) children. I was attending the wedding of one of my dearest friends in Newport, RI. The entire event was beyond chic; they were married at the same church as JFK and Jackie and the reception was a showstopper at the Castle Hill Inn. In lieu of a traditional guestbook, they hired 4 different silhouette artists to capture the likeness of each of the guests. It was fun to watch the artists at work, and so sweet to have a keepsake from the event. The wedding happened to be exactly 2 weeks before I gave birth to my daughter so to say I was hugely pregnant would be an understatement. I was READY TO POP. Everyone kept joking that I was going to go into labor on the dance floor. About halfway through the reception, the mother of the bride came up to me and asked if I had gotten my silhouette done.  I told her I had, showing her the profile of my head. She quickly said "I mean your whole silhouette with the baby! You have to!" as she motioned to my rotund belly. At the time, I wasn't really up for immortalizing my round physique, but I also wasn't going to say no to one of the nicest people in the world. So I put aside my self consciousness and went back for a silhouette including the bump. As much as I was embarrassed at the time, I now cherish the maternal memento. I have the silhouette on the first page of my daughter's baby book since in a way it's her first official portrait. 

Fast forward 3 years later and I now have two adorable little ones that I want to immortalize. Kids grow so unbelievably fast, and every now and then I feel like I need to freeze time to capture exactly how my children look in the moment. Currently my daughter and son are 3 years, and 3 months old respectively, so the cuteness level is off the charts. This is definitely a time to capture. 

I found these colorful silhouettes on Minted and I knew they would be absolutely perfect in our home!  Traditional silhouettes come in black and white and you have to sit still to have the artist capture your profile.  If you refer to the earlier mention of my kid's ages though, "sitting still" doesn't really happen in our house. Luckily, this process only required a digital photo of each child's profile and then Minted took care of the rest. I submitted the photos of both of them and just like magic got back the most adorable pictures!

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I went with blueberry and emerald for the silhouettes, but they offer just about every color under the sun. I chose these colors because they are somewhat traditional, but definitely a little more fun and modern.  You can find an affiliate link the to exact silhouette I did here.  If you're looking to create your own special memories, you can browse all of the different silhouette options here

I LOVE how they came out! I'm amazed how much they actually look like my kids just from going off of a picture. They managed to capture every wild curl on my daughter's head, and even the sweet peach fuzz from my son's.

I'm especially happy to have a little piece of my son in our house now. My daughter, being the first born, already has about a million framed pictures throughout our house. Even though my son is the newest addition, I'm trying to avoid the typical second child pitfall of forgetting to take/display pictures this time around. (My Husband and I are both second in the birth order, and we *may* be projecting our own personal issues). 

My only dilemma now is where to put them in our home! I originally ordered them for a spot in our living room above an antique secretary, but the colors honestly work well in just about every room in our house so I've been testing them out a few different places. 

 

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I hope you all get a moment this week to think about what you're thankful for, and to find a way to incorporate it into your own homes. Having a physical reminder of what's important is a great way to keep it top of mind. It helps us focus on what we're grateful for, and drown out all of the unimportant stuff.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

xx,

Kate

Garden Party

It's that time of year again. That magical moment in Connecticut when the flowers are in bloom, the sun is out late, and the backyard becomes our living room, dining room, and playroom all wrapped into one. Now, I know you may be thinking... isn't your site called Kate Smith INTERIORS?!? Yes, yes, title police you are correct. But the backyard is such an extension of the home, I think we can make an exception just this once, right? 

I'll start by saying that I adore our backyard, but I know it isn't "perfect". We eventually want to repoint the entire patio. I also know that the grass will never be technicolor green and there will always be some weeds because I am a firm believer in natural lawn care; my toddler and dog practically have competitions on who can roll the most in the grass so I need to make sure that stuff is 100% au naturale. Weeds and all, compared to my 10 years of city living, this backyard is an oasis! When my husband and I were first looking at this house, we walked outside for the first time, put our then 1 year old down on the grass to toddle around and we looked at her, and looked at each other and knew that this house had to be ours. I swear my husband would have made an offer regardless of what the inside looked like because he loved the yard THAT much. Luckily for me, I also fell in love with the charm and character of the house itself! I also lucked out that the previous owner had a major green thumb and left us with a beautiful border garden surrounding the entire property. It is chock full of low maintenance perennials which means very little work for me, and lots of color all spring and summer.

So what do recovering city dwellers do when they get a backyard in the suburbs?! Entertain, of course! I love to throw a good party and whether it's just dinner for our family, or full blown bash with all our friends, I love celebrating in our little eden. Today I'm sharing pictures of our base outdoor set-up that we use all summer long. It's filled with shades of green, and of course some blue and white touches. I like to keep the design simple so that the focus can be on the natural beauty of the yard itself. Besides, who wants "fussy" when it's summer time?  To me, it's all about bare feet in the grass, rustic food, delicious drinks and great company.  I hope this inspires you to get outside in your own yard!

xx,Kate

One Room Challenge- Week 2- Inspiration and Game Plan

It's week 2 of the One Room Challenge, and today I want to talk a little bit about the inspiration for the space and also walk you through my game plan for getting everything done. 

The second I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to do the baby's room for this round of the ORC. I really didn't think I would be doing a baby boy's room though. Truth be told, I was so (irrationally) convinced I was having another girl that I actually designed and sourced an entirely different nursery for a daughter! So, when I recently got the exciting news I'd be having a boy, I had to start back at square one for the design.

Luckily around this same time I was out sourcing product for another project of mine and I stumbled upon some great finds in the kid's shop at Serena and Lily. First, I found an amazing herringbone wallpaper that will lend lots of texture and pattern to the room. And then I found an adorable nautical throw pillow. I instantly fell in love with the color, and the print reminded me of my childhood summers on the shore in Rhode Island. It has the exact feel of a New England beach town, and since I now live in a New England beach town full time it seemed perfect. Just like that, I had my inspiration piece!

 Me and my girl back in 2015. I spent my childhood summers in a sleepy beach town on the Rhode Island Coast, called Quonochontaug. Long before Watch Hill, RI became a hot spot for  T-swift and her pals , I would go with my family for carrousel rides along the strip. We'd pop into the  candy box  for some penuche, and would sit outside watching the sailboats and waiting for the sugar rush to kick in. All these years later, it is still a favorite spot to bring my own family. My daughter LOVES the beach, and already talks about how excited she is to bring her "baby brudder"

Me and my girl back in 2015. I spent my childhood summers in a sleepy beach town on the Rhode Island Coast, called Quonochontaug. Long before Watch Hill, RI became a hot spot for T-swift and her pals, I would go with my family for carrousel rides along the strip. We'd pop into the candy box for some penuche, and would sit outside watching the sailboats and waiting for the sugar rush to kick in. All these years later, it is still a favorite spot to bring my own family. My daughter LOVES the beach, and already talks about how excited she is to bring her "baby brudder"

While I'm definitely inspired by this beachy vibe,  I want to avoid going for a full blown nautical theme. Instead I'm using the print as my roadmap, and adding in some other elements to try and make the space feel unique. Some preppy gingham, a painterly chevron, some boho ikat and lots of natural fibers and pops of solid colors will be rounding out the space. I'll  be getting an amazing custom lacquered dresser from the talented team at Broome Street Studios, and some really fun accessories like this brushstroke lamp from Jana Bek Design. Keeping the color palette classic, but adding in a mix of styles should help to keep the space looking fresh, and avoid the biggest nursery trap of all; having everything being overly matchy matchy. 

 

Luckily, after I picked out the wallpaper and pillow, most everything else in the design plan came together pretty easily.  I say most because I still have a few big decisions up in the air. What will I do for the window treatments and artwork? At this point, your guess is as good as mine, and the clock is ticking!

Indecision on some items aside, I'm feeling fairly optimistic about being able to tackle this space within the 6 week period since the work is almost entirely cosmetic. The biggest project that needs to be done is to wallpaper the entire space, and we've already gotten the work underway. Once the wallpaper is all up I can move in all of the furniture and really hone in on the details. So, as of right now, my game plan is as follows:

  • Install Wallpaper (As I mentioned we already have some progress here, but check back next week for the full reveal!)
  • Finalize floor plan and layout
  • Set furniture in place (I can't WAIT to show you guys the changing table! Hint- it isn't shy on color!)
  • Decide on and install window treatments
  • Style all soft elements (pillows, blankets, rug etc)
  • Add in additional accessories
  • Choose artwork for above the crib
  • Deliver and raise a baby (I'm pretty sure that this will be the really hard one!)

Thanks so much for following along. Make sure to check out all of the other ORC participants here and check back next week to see the progress on the room as well as my ever growing baby bump.

xx, Kate