Those of us obsessed with the art of setting the table have been buzzing lately about the latest collaboration between Dodie Thayer and Tory Burch – an updated version of her iconic lettuce ware collection updated for the new traditional entertainer…

dodie thayer and tory burch modern lettuce ware

I think it might safe to say that lettuce ware has been topping easter tables for decades at this point – this WSJ article is proof -  as their green leaves are perfect for celebrating the coming of spring.

So what’s an avid entertainer to do when she can’t get her hands on a set of her own? Well dream up a tabletop worthy of an updated version of this classic, of course…


1. lemon tree charger // 2. lettuce ware dinner plate // 3. citron salad plate // 4. bamboo flatware // 5. linen napkin // 6. woven trays // 7. ombre citron glassware // 8. honeycomb cocktail picks

Like lettuce with a colorful punch. Since I’m obsessed with citron at the moment, I had to have a little of it in this setting, but I really love the punch of pink that comes through in the napkins! Just imagine if it were on a table with plenty of pink and yellow tulips…

Now I have to start planning for my actual Easter table. What are you all doing this year? Do you have dishes you use annually, or mix it up every year?

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This week’s room is serving as major inspiration for my own home right now…

lauren liess library room

It’s a practical, yet stylish room, and it’s (almost) exactly what I want to do to our little ‘breakfast nook’ area that is currently serving as a playroom just off the kitchen.


While the layout will have to be adjusted, the concept remains the same. A small sofa or settee. A tulip table from Ikea that the little one can do her best to damage, and an amazing little built-in nook. If I can actually pull this all off, I think I’ll be in heaven.


I see the room as the space where homework will be done, maybe some minor art projects, but also a space where I can cozy in for work instead of taking up the dining table.

Did I mention TONS of room for books? My guy and I both have entirely too many.

lauren liess loft library

Also? I’m completely obsessed with somehow getting that color in the sofa into our home somewhere. So perhaps it will be this room? And any excuse for brass sconces is good by me too…

images :: design by lauren liess // top and bottom images via domino

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  1. Deb

    Lauren has a great eye and I have admired this room since it first appeared in the magazine. Have you see her master bedroom! Worth a look.


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It may seem a bit ridiculous to some to be planning my summer wardrobe already, but lately I’ve been on a major wardrobe overhaul. Tweaking and refining my style to suit life as it is now… not life as it was 4 years ago. My only problem is that I live in a city that’s not LA. Because everything I want screams 72 and sunny.

poncho style from could i have that

My most recent obsession? The summer poncho.

I am such a west coast girl at heart, but Seattle style is very different from our friends down south. For weather reasons amongst others. Still – I’m determined to make it work. Something a bit more like this perhaps?

Liya Kedebe in a Lemlem top via harpers bazaar

I actually love the contrast between the summery, striped poncho and the leather skirt. I’m thinking I can do the same with my leather leggings, yes?

the daybook tunic and jeans

This simple outfit, however, is right up my everyday alley. And yes that top is sold out, so don’t even bother trying to hunt it down (I already did.) 

But if you’re interested in jumping on the poncho bandwagon with me…

summer poncho and tunic style // via coco+kelley

1. ulla johnson ‘cusco’ poncho // 2. koza ‘maria’ poncho // 3. dorian striped poncho // 4. lemlem stripe top for jcrew // 5. hackwith ‘finn’ top // 6. topshop fringed top

Try these babes on for size. And if you like something a bit more tunic-inspired, go for the stripes in a simple top that evokes the same feel. It might be a bit more flattering, depending on your body type.

Here are a few more selections to fit your personal style (and budget!)

images :: could i have that // harpers bazaar // the daybook

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  2. Carol Maryott

    I am so glad to see these ponchos. I bought 4 for my late winter/early spring go-to wardrobe must haves.

    I found my ponchos on the TV shopping channels and love This look. Now I want to find the lightweight versions for the sweltering Texas summer ahead.


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It’s funny how many people will claim they love color, and want to use more of it in their home, but then when faced with the reality of bold blue walls or citron sofas, they back away because – let’s be honest – color like that is quite the commitment.

So for you wanna-be embracers of bold, here are 10 ways you can easily infuse a little color into your home without overdosing…


1. Fabric Trims // If you’ve got straight edges on your furniture, this solution is for you. Without even having to fully commit to true trims, you can add a thick band of color to your cushions. Ready to fully commit? Buy some basic pillows or lampshades and add fun pom pom or ribbon trims on those too. I love the way it looks paired with a warm camel or nude.


2. Floating Plexi // I wouldn’t have thought about this option at all had I not stumbled upon a few awesome plexi DIY’s online. This box is a super cool way to display a fabulous object. I also saw colorful plexi floating shelves as well – unexpected and a great way to introduce a new material into the mix.


3. The Mini Wall // I’ve seen a couple examples of this painted mini wall, and I have to admit – I have been searching all over the new house for the perfect spot to incorporate this. I’m thinking I might do it at the bottom of our stairwell that leads to the upstairs. So much easier to paint over than an entire room too!


4. Railway to Heaven // Speaking of stairwells – this is a really great way to spice up an otherwise simple space in the house. The black stairs help too, but I would love to see a bold blue or coral with natural wood steps. PS – another place where this pop would be similar in style would be a garment rack – paint those poles, people!


5. The Bold Door // One of my favorite unexpected moment in any home – a colored door. In this case the neon green works well against all the neutrals. I say pick your door wisely though – and don’t get too carried away. Not every door in the hall needs it – maybe just one fun main area?


6. The Window of Color // THIS is happening. I’m doing it in a client’s house and I want to do it in my little closet room at home too. Pick a space that’s well lit and playful and just go for it! Maybe just pick a smaller accent window to start…


7. Get Edgy // Find an edge and paint it. I love this mirror idea, because I happen to have a similar one, but I also think that painting just the top of the baseboards here is genius. The inside of any door will do as well. Take a peek around your house and find the edge of something boring – then spice it right up.


8. Furniture Trim // Putting bold color in places that you’re less likely to constantly see it is a trick many interior designers employ – hence the number of super wallpapered, crazy powder rooms. (It’s not like you’re spending hours in there.) This idea kind of incorporates the same concept – trim items like tables or chair legs in mini pops that your eye will overlook half the time. It feels less intrusive that way.


9. Take the Stairs // It used to be that painted floors were a cheap refinishing solution, but I have to say I’m envious of anyone who can lacquer up their wood! Especially jealous if you have stairs like these to add a little jolt to. My parents have a sunken living room in their home and now I’m determined to make this happen. Another cool place for this trick? Stairs leading up to the house outside!


10 Washi it Up // And finally, for you true commitment-phobes out there… there’s always washi! You can stick this stuff everywhere, so you have zero excuse not to try it! Make some faux molding on a door, frame a piece of art, or trim your kitchen counter for a week. Just have fun!


  1. Silvia

    I just love these ideas! The door and windowframe are on my top-list. I’ll keep them in mind as soon as I move into my new home!

    Have a lovely day!

  2. Deb

    Wow..some really different ideas. Love the painted interior door idea as well as the mini wall. I am looking with a more critical eye at my house to find a spot to incorporate some of these.

  3. The Office Stylist

    I definitely don’t shy away when it comes to color. I love adding bright and bold furniture and decor to my home. I am totally loving the idea of painting furniture trims and windows bold colors too. Got to give that one a shot.

  4. Forrest Glover Design

    Great examples. Using a neon accent color looks amazing in an otherwise neutral room. I especially love the orange accent on the bench and the brightly painted mini wall. I’ve been searching for mini walls to paint here too.


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DULY NOTED :: 3.20

It’s officially the first day of SPRING!! And I will probably be spending it inside all day watching basketball because this might just be my most favorite time of year. And if yesterday was any indication, this tourney is gonna be a crazy one!

But on to other things. Like brightly colored homes, DIY’s and shoes that are screaming sunshine and warmer weather! So no matter what your weather, treat yourself to a virtual spring awakening…


1 // Good news. You don’t have to hunt all over the internet for the best egg DIY for Easter because it’s right hereBouffant egg heads? I die.

2 // As if I needed an excuse for some spring entertaining … these sweet linens will be topping my tables for sure!

3 // They may not be as striking as the single flower earrings we blogged yesterday, but these Kate Spade floral studs are just as gorgeous… and probably a bit more suitable for everyday spring accessorizing.

4 // The cutest little studio belonging to Sugar & Cloth is motivating me to finally put the finishing touches on our studio kitchen. I want that mint Smeg fridge!

5 // A perfect quote for spring! Be happy my friends!

6 // I mean, those heelsI don’t need to explain myself do I? Also, we’ve got a ton more spring favorites selected in the ‘shop’ at the moment so pop on over!

Happy weekend and Go Zags! ;)

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