PREPPY NAUTICAL NURSERY INSPIRATION

With less than four months until Baby Solt’s arrival, it’s time to begin planning and organizing the nursery!  Regardless of gender, I always knew I would go with a blue and white nautical theme.  Now that we know it’s a girl, I’m excited to have some fun with nautical inspired decor!

My goal for the nursery is to keep things bright, classic, and preppy [and expensive].  Using a blue and white color palette will keep things classic, but not too serious. [Cause we don’t want a serious baby!]  My mom has already spent the past few weeks painting the walls a bright white (thanks Mom!) – they were brown before – a color not in my palette.  The white walls did exactly what I wanted and brought such a fresh, new look to the room. [Kim made the walls great again]

I’ve had my heart set on hanging wallpaper on the wall where the crib will go.  For weeks I’ve been going back and forth between three prints – nautical sailboats, modern florals, or preppy peonies. [I hear those are the most well endowed peonies.]  After lots of trips into the nursery to stare at the samples during different times of the day, I’ve finally decided on the preppy peonies!  I think this print will be so pretty for a little girl’s room.  It will add the perfect amount of preppiness and color to the walls.

Target and Pottery Barn Kids have SO MUCH preppy nautical décor (in heaven).  From anchor lamps, to Lilly Pulitzer sheet sets, to sea faring art prints, they have so many cute pieces from which to choose.  I’ve included some of my favorite registry items below!

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A full nursery reveal will happen in a few weeks!  I’ll be sure to post some pictures – I’m so excited to share the final design with you all!

Preppy Nautical Sources

SAILBOAT ART PRINT | LILLY PULITZER MUSLIN SWADDLES | DOCK A TOT | CRAB TOY HOLDER | PINK WOVEN BASKET | ANCHOR LAMP | PREPPY PEONY WALLPAPER | BABYLETTO CRIB | LILLY PULITZER BEDDING

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

 

 

WHALE OUR LITTLE SAILOR BE A BOY OR GIRL?!

This past weekend we threw a gender reveal party for our parents and siblings and announced that we are having a baby girl! We are so excited to welcome sweet Lilly Marie to our little family in October!

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We can already tell she is going to have a strong willed personality! When we went for our 20-week ultrasound and anatomy scan, the feisty little thing had her legs crossed and her foot covering her genitals so the technicians could not 100% confirm she was a girl. [I have never been so proud of my unborn child.]  We were sent to an ultrasound boutique that has higher end technology.  After much movement on my end, this classy babe finally uncrossed her legs enough for the technician to confirm that she was indeed a female!

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It’s been so much fun the past few days picking out cute outfits, adding girly items to the registry, and planning our party!  I didn’t sleep for probably four nights in a row because of excitement.  I wanted a nautical theme for the gender reveal (who’s surprised?!), which wasn’t that hard considering I already have tons of nautical décor around the house.  My favorite piece though was this super cute boy or girl sign I found on Etsy.

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I made a Target run the day before the party and picked up the striped napkins, plates, and straws in pink and blue.  Rob and I made cupcakes the morning of the party and filled them with pink icing.  I had my heart set on whale toppers for the cupcakes, but after trying four different stores I sadly gave up on that idea.   The nautical water dispenser and monogrammed ice bucket were both wedding gifts and worked out perfectly for the party!

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Rob and I wanted to find out the baby’s gender and then surprise our families.  We bought a bunch of pink and blue balloons for decoration (and to throw them off if they were trying to guess), along with a giant black balloon filled with pink confetti.  It was so fun when we finally popped the balloon – keeping the gender a secret was the hardest secret to keep!

Now that the gender reveal is done, it’s time to start on the nursery!  I’ve been putting together an inspiration board that I will be sharing with you all soon!

Sláinte,

Shannon and [Rob]

 

 

 

BABY SOLT DOCKING FALL 2018

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a super fun announcement! We are expanding our brood! Baby Solt is due this October and we couldn’t be more excited!

Naturally I’m obsessed with all things baby and motherhood right now, so the blog will be taking a fun turn over the next few months as we share our experience with our first pregnancy.

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We wanted to make an announcement on social media and so we had my mom take our pictures down by our town’s boat club this past weekend and I’m so thrilled with how they turned out.  Our crazy three-year-old labradoodle did so good! Normally he won’t sit still long enough for a picture, but if you bribe him with some cheese, he will do anything! [Shannon will also try to bribe me with cheese, or beer].

If you’ve been following our blog the past year, you will have noticed it’s been pretty quiet the past few months.  I had a pretty rough first trimester – lots of morning sickness – and Instagram and blogging (really technology in general) made the nausea even worse.  But, now that I’m 19 weeks, I’m feeling much better and am ready to share our experience! [Funny it didn’t effect online shopping.  I was the one nauseous after I got the bill for the first wave of maternity clothes…]

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Despite the morning sickness, I had a TON of cravings.  Prior to becoming pregnant, my way of eating was pretty strict.  I didn’t eat sugar and I limited grains and dairy.  At about week five or six that way of eating completely went out the window.  The only food I could stomach eating included pasta, toast, pizza, tacos, potato chips, and pickles (LOTS of pickles).  [Like a jar every 2-3 days] The thought of any vegetable, grilled chicken, and coffee completely disgusted me.  This lasted until about week ten or eleven.  I can finally eat vegetables again (yay!).  On any given day I crave pickles (always dill), ice-cream sundaes, popcorn, graham crackers, fruit (any and all), lemonade, and waffles. [Planning for meals was always a real treat].

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Now that we are full swing in to the 2nd trimester, I’ve been spending pretty much all my free time scouring the internet for the best and safest baby products.  I’ve already started our registries and it’s been so much fun picking out cute things for Baby Solt! We find out the gender next month, so that will make registering that much more exciting.

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I’ve also LOVED shopping for maternity clothes. [And that’s not an understatement]. The trend nowadays for many expectant mamas seems to be wearing regular clothes in bigger sizes.  I’ve explored this route, but honestly the maternity clothes I’ve found are AMAZING – so soft and flattering.  I’ll share a post about my favorite finds over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for being patient as we took a mini vaca from blogging.  We are excited to be back at it and to share our pregnancy adventure with you all!

Slàinte,

Shannon and [Rob]

SHOP OUR LOOKS

PINK BLUSH DRESS | SAM EDELMAN SANDALS (SIMILAR) | SUGARFIX EARRINGS  J.CREW FACTORY SHORTS | J.CREW FACTORY SHIRT (SIMILAR)| ROB’S SPERRY’S | BABY SPERRY’S

SPRING FEVER

The arrival of March has brought a serious case of spring fever (who I am kidding? I’ve been ready for spring since November!).  I love this time of year because all the retailers are launching their new spring lines [And it is the best month of the year, my handsome husbands birthday month].  I’m particularly inspired by this year’s designs from J.Crew Factory.  I bought this pretty blue blouse a few weeks and looove it.  It’s so comfy and I love the ruffle and bell sleeve details. Plus, it looks great with jeans, black pants, or white denim.

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I’m equally in love with these leopard flats. [Rwaaaar!] They are the perfect neutral flat and they pair perfectly with this color blue.  And bonus, they are surprisingly very comfy – a win in my book!

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A few of my other favorite trends for this spring include bright colors, Americana details (think blue and white stripes), scallops, neck scarves, and fun florals.  I’ve linked a few of the items on my wish list, in addition to this outfits details below!

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As always, thanks for hanging out with us!

Slàinte,

Shannon [AND ROB]

PEPLUM BELL SLEEVE BLOUSE | JEANS | LEOPARD FLATS | SUNGLASSES | NECKLACE 

WISH LIST:

STRIPED TIE-SLEEVE T-SHIRT

SCALLOPED SIDEWALK SKIRT 

CHAMBRAY TIE-SLEEVE DRESS 

PRINTED SCALLOP CAMI

COLORFUL GEMSTONE NECKLACE 

CHAMBRAY DRAWSTRING PANT

STRIPED LINEN SHIRT DRESS 

HUARACHE SANDALS 

LONDON PRINTED BANDANA 

 

 

COASTAL OHIO ART GIVEAWAY

When people think of Ohio I very much doubt the word “coastal” comes to mind.  How wrong they are!  If you know your geography, then you know much of the northern border of Ohio lies along Lake Erie.  Many people who live in and between Toledo and Cleveland spend their summers boating, swimming, and fishing on Lake Erie.

Many of you know how much I love using coastal inspired artwork to decorate our home.  A few months ago I stumbled upon an extremely talented local artist – Michelle Brunner.  Michelle creates the most beautiful acrylic paintings of coastal Ohio life.  From the moment I saw her bright, colorful and impressionistic style I was hooked.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Michelle and we share many of the same passions for home decor, fashion, and a coastal inspired life.   I have been wanting to do a post about her artwork for some time so when Michelle reached out to do a collaboration I was ecstatic!  Below she shares a little bit about herself as an artist!

ACS_0062ACS_0059Growing up I spent my summers on the Lake Erie Islands and along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. I fell in love with the waves, islands and carefree life along the lake.  That feeling of being on the water carried over into my paintings.  My paintings reflect life on the islands.  Hollyhocks along the lake, hydrangeas in front of adorable cottages and sailboats racing across the lake.  I paint these scenes in an impressionistic style using acrylic paint to amplify these restful landscapes.

ACS_0061ACS_0064I have always loved art especially color and line.  Art class was my favorite class in school.  This inspired me to eventually make art education a career.  I received my Bachelors of Science in Art Education at Bowling Green State University and my Masters in Education in Technology from Cleveland State University.  I have taught art for over a decade at Perrysburg High School in the historic town of Perrysburg, Ohio. 

ACS_0066ACS_0068My style is somewhat abstracted and impressionistic.  I like to focus on color and my emotional reaction to a scene.  My paintings are completed mostly by intuitively laying down color and brushstrokes.  My aspiration is to have the viewer experience the joy I felt while painting each subject.  I want to bring the spirit and life of being along the lake into my paintings for my viewers to enjoy.

ACS_0060Michelle and I have teamed up to give one of our lucky followers a spring print of Michelle’s art!  To enter, simply follow us both on Instagram (Michelle/Shannon) and comment what you love most about the coastal life!  Winners will be selected randomly on Thursday!

Be sure to check out Michelle’s website and shop her beautiful prints!

Slàinte,

Shannon

RIVER JAUNT

I say it all the time, but I am no winter bunny.  [understatement of the century]. I have a reaaaally hard time finding the good once January and February hits.   This year I’ve tried to adopt the idea of living a “hygge” life.   Many of you may have heard of this Danish word (pronounced hue-guh).  [Sounds like a word from a certain Commander in Chief].  This word is used to acknowledge a feeling or moment of charm, cozy ,and warmth. Hygge requires you to slow down and enjoy the present, even if that means getting outside and enjoying the season.

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One way I’ve tried enjoying these insanely cold days is by bundling up in all my cute winter garb and attempting to get outside.   I may have spent a little extra time and funds to invest in some warm yet stylish items this year.  But hey, if I’m going to enjoy the outdoors, I better be warm and cozy!

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I bought this insanely adorable pom pom hat from my favorite boutique, Pink Pineapple Shop in Rhode Island, earlier this season and it’s been hands down my favorite accessory.  Gryff dog loves it too so I had to get him his own (toy version of course).  I get stopped almost everywhere I go when I wear this hat (and my navy one!).  I will admit it makes going outside way more fun.

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I also invested in a new pair of furry boots and a super warm puffer jacket this year.  Both have kept me warm and looking stylish.   Anyone else finding small little joys during these brutal winter months?  I’d love to hear how you enjoy winter in the comments below!

Thanks for indulging in A Dash of Solt this week!  Be sure to shop my outfit details below.

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

SHOP THIS LOOK

J.CREW FACTORY COAT | FUR BOOTS | CHUNKY KNIT SWEATER | BUTTON UP SHIRT (SIMILAR) | POM POM HAT

 

CUSTOM COFFEE TABLE

A year and a half.  That’s how long we spent looking for a square coffee table for our family room.   We spent months scouring Wayfair, Overstock, Pier 1, Pottery Barn, etc. looking for a solid wood square coffee table that was white.  [Not to mention dragging her husband to dozens of stores.] This past fall we finally found one at Pier 1 that were were interested in but THREE times they shipped it to us broken.

After the third broken table (it wasn’t even real wood!) I remember seeing on social media a few months back that a friend from high school had a woodworking business in Toledo.   We decided to reach out and see if Mike at Wood Appeal Furnishing could build us a custom table.  To our utter excitement, he agreed!

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We are just beyond thrilled with how the table turned out.  We sent Mike two different ideas of what we wanted and he was able to combine all the design elements into one.  It’s the perfect amount of coastal, but also simple and elegant.   The red oak stain on the shiplap inspired top is just beautiful.   It’s amazing how much the white base brightens up the room.   Plus, we were able to customize the size to exactly what we wanted and what fit for the room.

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I already had an idea of how I wanted to style it but I was pleasantly surprised as it all came together.  Every coffee table needs to have personal items (all the books and gorgeous blue bowl from Rob’s sister), some height, some greenery, and a nice tray to keep things organized.   I have a hard time focusing on watching my favorite shows now because my eyes just love everything about the coffee table.

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If you are looking for quality craftsmanship and stunning design, we highly recommend contacting Wood Appeal Furnishing (you can also follow him on Instagram!) and working with Mike!  The turnaround time was amazing and he was so easy to work with.  We’ve even talked about having him build us some matching end tables (everything has to flow am I right?).

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We hope you like this table as much as we do! It really has transformed our family room and we love showing it off to our family and friends (and of course our blog readers!).

As always, thanks for following along with us as we navigate this exciting time in our lives!

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

SHOP OUR TABLE! 

AUDREY HEPBURN BOOK | CASTLES OF THE WORLD BOOK | DOMINO BOOK| AUDREY 100 BOOK | TRAY (SIMILAR)| GRACE NOT PERFECTION BOOK | SUCCULENT AND POT | STRIPED VASE (SIMILAR) | NAUTICAL ROPE

TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART

“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

I feel so fortunate that Toledo is home to one of the most prestigious museums in the world.  Founded in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) is home to over 30,000 works of art.  I’ve visited countless times, but it wasn’t until my twenties that I really appreciated the significance of the TMA’s global reputation and all it has to offer.

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This past week I dragged two of my sisters and brother-in-law to the museum with me.  I’ve always been interested in the arts, but it wasn’t until I studied abroad in London that I really fell in love with it.  I would spend hours at the museums in London and New York, finding inspiration and endless amounts of creativity.

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It was during my time in London and New York that I discovered my favorite artists – Monet, Degas, and Van Gogh.  When I was studying fashion, I found SO much inspiration by scouring museums and studying the work of different artists.  We have several coffee table books and prints around our home from these artists, but nothing compares to seeing the actual pieces at the museum.

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One of my favorite paintings – Ophelia by Arthur Hughes

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One of the most famous and most beautiful of Claude Monet’s paintings. [And a fancy fireplace!]
TMA is home to 45 galleries!  We spent about two hours walking around the museum and the majority of that was in the classics section (obviously because impressionism is my fav).  The museum has an entire section dedicated to modern and contemporary art, as well as ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works.

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Gallery wall of my dreams! [Good news, we can afford the paint].
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This beaut is titled “Scottish Highlands” by Gustave Doré. [Freeeeeedooooom!!].
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Hubby’s favorite painting! Architect’s Dream by Thomas Cole. [It is quite magical.].
If you are ever in the Northwest Ohio area, I highly recommend checking out this beautiful museum.  I promise that you will not be disappointed!

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As always, thank you for following along on our adventures!  Props and thanks to my sisters for acting as my photographers for the day. [The usual photographer had to work his dayjob…]

I hope you had a joyful holiday season and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

p.s. I’ve tagged my outfit details below!

ANN TAYLOR PANTS | J.CREW FACTORY BUTTON DOWN (SIMILAR) | NORDSTROM BOOTIES (SIMILAR) | STARFISH PROJECT NECKLACE | LONGCHAMP BAG  | GREY PONCHO

HOLIDAY OUTFIT INSPIRATION

I love this time of year, not only for the magical spirit, but also because I have excuse after excuse to dress up! I had a hard time choosing an outfit to style for you guys, but ended up choosing an outfit for Christmas Day.  [In case you were wondering, I wore a lovely fashion forward grey hoodie, jeans and tennis shoes while taking the photos]

Christmas Day tends to be less casual than Christmas Eve for us.  Since there is so much eating and present gifting, I like to look nice but also be super comfy.

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I’m not a huge fan of red, but I love a good burgundy or wine colored piece [emphasis on the “wine”], so this one is perfect.  Not only is the color fab, but the ruffle details on the front and the layering in the back makes it the perfect top for Christmas dining.

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Pairing this easy top with black skinny pants and booties adds the perfect amount of dressiness.  Rob’s mom gifted me the gorgeous Kate Spade scarf and earrings for my birthday and they add an extra pop of color (I’m seriously obsessed with the print on this scarf!  This one is sold out, but I’ve linked one with similar colors below!).   Adding a scarf is always a good idea – not only does it complete a look, but it keeps you extra warm!

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I’ve linked everything I’m wearing (or something similar) below.  We hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

ANN TAYLOR TOP (THIS YEAR’S VERSION) | ANN TAYLOR PANTS | NORDSTROM BOOTIES (SIMILAR) | KATE SPADE SCARF (SIMILAR) | KATE SPADE EARRINGS (SIMILAR) 

O CHRISTMAS TREE

Decorating the tree is one of my favorite Christmas traditions! Growing up, it was tradition to decorate the tree on Thanksgiving morning while watching the Macy’s Day Parade.  Rob and I have our own tradition now of setting it up the day after Thanksgiving (aka in between shopping for Black Friday). [It’s the lesser of two evils: shopping or decorating]

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The last two years I chose a silver and gold theme for the tree.  Although I still love this classy combo, I decided to switch it up this year.  I didn’t want the traditional red and green theme because we really don’t have any red and green in our house!  We tend to use shades of blue, gray, and white so it only made sense to make the Christmas tree that color scheme as well.

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I spent a lot of time on Pinterest searching for inspiration for “coastal Christmas.”  I was overwhelmed by all the amazing ideas so this year I pretty much stuck to one room (I plan on adding pieces each year so that eventually the entire house will be coastal Christmas themed). [Yay! Can’t wait]

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The white and silver flowers I already had from our silver and gold themed decor.  I went out and bought those nautical inspired stars from Pier 1 and they were the perfect addition!  Last year I used gold ribbon for the garland but this year I knew I wanted nautical rope, which I ended finding at Michaels.  I found a giant package of the blue ornaments from Hobby Lobby and that made a huge difference in brightening up the tree!  And of course, I’ve slowly been collecting nautical ornaments over the past few years and that made everything come together (p.s. how cute is that sailboat ornament?!).

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As you can see I had a helper this year!  Gryff loves to play a game called eating the ornaments at the bottom (you’ll notice we don’t put ornaments on the lowest branches).   All in all though I’m quite happy with the tree this year.  I spent over a week perfecting everything so it does look a little different than the pictures above (aka the right side of the tree by the fireplace have way more ornaments now).

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While we are talking Christmas decor, I thought I’d share a few other details of our decorating.  Every year for St. Nick’s Day, St. Nick (aka my mom) gifts us a Jim Shore Angel.  I have been collecting them for years and have about 14 of them now!  This year I split them between the fireplace in the family room and above the piano in the living room.  I love how each one is different and has such beautiful details.

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And I can’t end this post without talking about our personalized stockings!  Rob’s parents gifted us these when we got engaged (four years ago this Christmas!) and we both adore them.  My stocking is a lighthouse [who’s surprised?!] and Rob’s is a Christmas train.  {Chooo Chooo!] They are the perfect touch to our Christmas decorating.

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We hope you are enjoying this joyful holiday season!  From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]