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Creative Entertaining Ideas for Mother’s Day

Whether you’re planning to spend Mother’s Day with your own mom, or are looking to honor another important mother in your life, spending quality time together is probably at the top of her wish list. Make her day extra-special with a small gathering at home, plus a themed gift to go with it. Will it be a backyard picnic, literary lunch, or champagne brunch? Get the party how-to’s and gift ideas for Mother’s Day straight ahead.

Sugar and Charm
Sugar and Charm

The backyard picnic is such a fun way to entertain — it’s simple, casual, and seems to put everyone in a good mood. Make your Mother’s Day picnic feel special by bringing some soft, comfortable items from home. Think fringed throws, striped outdoor rugs, and big cushions for leaning on. Keep the menu simple with baguette sandwiches, sparkling lemonade, and a few fresh veggie salads picked up from a local market. Plus something sweet for dessert, of course! And remember, if you don’t have a big backyard you can always meet at a nearby park.

Sugar and Charm
Sugar and Charm

Picnic-Themed Gift Ideas:

- Tasty treats and specialty ingredients from a local market

- Pretty tasseled blanket

- Wide-brim sun hat

- Garden-inspired jewelry or scarf

- Tickets to an outdoor theater or music event

- Digital projector for backyard movie nights

- Any of the above items, packed up in a picnic basket for mom to keep

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Via Weddingomania

Does your mom love to read? Embrace her passion for all things literary with a book-themed party! Decorate the table with stacks of books with pretty covers, make bookmarks to use as the place cards, and serve up fare inspired by a favorite novel (Jane Austen tea party, anyone?). To make the party really special, coordinate ahead of time with the other guests to gift your mom a photo book including pictures from everyone involved.

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The Ardent Biblio

Gift Ideas:

- A pretty edition of one of mom’s all-time favorite books

- Gift certificate to a local, independent bookshop

- A cute new bookbag

- A new mug and delicious tea so she can sip while she reads

- Book-themed jewelry

- An art print with a quote from a favorite literary heroine

Sugar and Charm
Sugar and Charm

And finally, you can never go wrong with a classic Mother’s Day brunch. Hosting brunch at home is lovely because you can linger over the table as long as you like — and it doesn’t have to be a lot of effort. If you’d prefer not to cook ten different dishes, no problem! Pick up doughnuts and pastries (or bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon) from the best shop in town, pile up bowls with heaps of beautiful fresh fruit, and pop a bottle of champagne. Then spend some of the time you didn’t spend cooking to print out childhood photos of each guest, and use them as place cards. What mom wouldn’t love that?

Glitter Guide
The Glitter Guide

Brunch-Themed Gift Ideas:

- French press coffee set and a pound of really good coffee beans

- Passes for a sunrise yoga class that you can attend together

- A gorgeous new cookbook and recipe box

- Pretty tea towels and an apron

- French market basket and a date to walk to the farmer’s market together

- Bouquet of flowers in a lovely vase

- A bottle of bubbly

Mother’s Day Art Shopping Guide:

1.Timeless Endless Mother by Tara Moss;  2. Mother and Daughter by Cassandra Cushman; 3. Mother by Sherry DiPaolo Art; 4. Mother Nature’s Love by Sophia Rodionov; 5. You’re the Mom by American Flat;  6. Playing in the Water by Georgia Janisse.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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3 Textile Trends to Try in 2018

Just as in fashion, it can be fun to watch interior design trends from the sidelines — without feeling the need to try every trend that passes by. But at their root, trends are just new ideas, and some are bound to resonate more than others. I’ve rounded up a handful of textile looks trending in 2018 that are both fresh and doable. See which textiles trends you might like to take for a spin.

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Loaf

1. Rich-Hued Sofas

It’s no longer a given that your sofa has to be done in a (boring) neutral hue. From bright colors to wild patterns, pretty much anything goes when it comes to sofa upholstery in 2018. But my favorite take on the trend is a deep, rich blue like on the sofa shown above. Even better if it’s in a plush velvet-like fabric that you can’t wait to sink into! Pair with neutral walls and a nubby knit rug (another trend…we’ll cover that one next) for a surprisingly easygoing look.

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Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

2. Oversized Knits

Get out the big needles, Nelly — this isn’t your grandma’s knitting! Oversized knits have a decidedly modern-yet-crafty feel that works beautifully with a range of styles. Try this trend in an oversized knit throw at the foot of the bed, or in a nubby rug to provide welcome texture underfoot.

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Home Polish

Real Rugs in the Kitchen

This is a trend that’s been building for a while and shows no signs of slowing down. Instead of purchasing a rug intended for the kitchen, why not roll out a rug you truly love in this space? Sure, there will be occasional spills to handle, but since the kitchen tends to be a smaller space, it’s also easier (and less costly) to have the rug cleaned than, in say, the living room. It seems a bit counter-intuitive, but I prefer to go with rugs made from natural fibers like wool and cotton in the kitchen because they are easier to spot-clean at home.

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Rug + Pillow Shopping Guide (Clockwise from top left): Surya DwellStudio Riad rug; Surya Textured Genevieve Pillow in khaki; Jaipur Rugs Scandinavia Dula Alta rug in natural white; Surya Textured Spiked Flower Pillow in charcoal.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Tips to Pretty Up Your Porch

Spring is here, and with the longer days and sweet birdsong comes the irresistible urge to start sprucing up those outdoor spaces. Get inspired to pretty up your porch, deck, or patio with these styling tips — and when you’re done sprucing, pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea and put your feet up. You deserve it!


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Look No. 1: Modern Classic

This look is a little bit farmhouse (but not rustic) and a little bit modern (but not trendy). If you love traditional style, but want an update, this could be just the ticket. To get a modern classic look for your front porch or back patio, look for natural fibers and materials like stone, jute, and zinc, and keep the color palette calm with gray, black, white, and lots of greenery.


Giannetti Architecture and Interiors

Key elements of modern classic style:

- Neatly trimmed topiary

- Zinc, concrete, slate, and bluestone

- Hydrangeas

- Classic lantern-style lighting

- Fresh white paint


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Look No. 2: Beachy

Craving a fun, fresh look for your outdoor spaces? Beach style could be a match made in heaven. This laid-back look is easygoing, carefree, and works with a number of architectural styles. And nope, you don’t have to live by the beach to channel beach style! Think of adding lightweight elements like breezy outdoor curtains, seagrass rugs, and bamboo furniture. And if you feel inspired to add a bar cart or a hanging chair, that would fit right in here!


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Key elements of beach style:

- Outdoor curtains

- Bamboo, rattan, and other lightweight furnishings

- Potted palms and ferns

- Hanging chairs and hammocks

- String lights

- A pop of fun, bright color


The Glitter Guide

Look No. 3: Bohemian

Are you artistic, creative, and adventurous? Channeling a bohemian look in your outdoor spaces will help bring your wild imagination to life. Boho outdoor spaces are all about warm, spicy layers, eclectic and worldly furnishings, and loads of plants and cushions. A bohemian outdoor space is ideal for entertaining.

Key elements of bohemian style:

- Moroccan and kilim rugs

- Layered textiles

- Floor cushions and leather poufs

- Hanging planters

- Cacti and succulents

- Pottery and woven accessories

Porch and Patio Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Surya Alfresco in sage, black and cream; Kaleen Sea Isle in gold; Safavieh Courtyard II in black and bone; Kaleen A Breath of Fresh Air in green and blue.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Tips to Welcome Spring To Your Home

After what’s proving to be an exceptionally long winter, signs of spring can’t come soon enough! Fully embrace the change of season with pretty patio ideas, spring cleaning, and oodles of flowers.

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The Everygirl

Above all, spring means longer days and more time spent outdoors. Perk up your outdoor nooks with potted flowers, a colorful indoor-outdoor rug, and fresh table linens. Even the tiniest patio or balcony can become a tranquil space to enjoy sipping a cup of morning coffee or tea when these details have been attended to.

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Farmhouse On Boone

Indoors, it’s time to talk bedding. Pack up those heavy duvets and thick flannel sheets, and trade them in for light, breezy linen and cotton bedding. A range of neutral hues — like the chambray, oyster, and white shown here — are effortless to mix and match. While you’re in the bedroom, clear off that bedside table and set out a pretty candle and a little cream pitcher with a few blooms snipped from the garden (or borrowed from a market bouquet). Woven accessories like a paint-dipped laundry basket and natural fiber rug are ideal for lightening up a spring bedroom.

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Clockwise from top left: A Beautiful Mess; SF Girl By Bay; Tidbits; Magnolia

It wouldn’t be spring without eggs and flowers, right? Whether or not you have kids, it’s fun to dye a batch of eggs to use as table decor — and then eat, of course! And I can’t think of a space that isn’t made better with the addition of a vase of fresh flowers. Keep an eye out at the grocery store and farmer’s market for good deals on seasonal blooms, and aim to bring home a fresh bundle each week. Or, for a longer-lasting alternative, force spring bulbs in recycled jam jars as shown above.

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Cupcakes and Cashmere

Of course, spring is also the time for spring cleaning — why not make it more fun by splurging on a set of really pretty (and good-smelling) cleaning products? A fresh new caddy and a new set of towels and scrub brushes will make chore time go more quickly. If you’re on a roll, collect clutter in bags or boxes while you clean, and make a trip to a local charity with your donations when you’re done. It will feel good!

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Magnolia

Last but certainly not least, consider adding a set of cafe lights to your outdoor space. It’s amazing what a difference a strand or two can make in the ambiance, and you’ll enjoy them all season long. Need a little motivation to get all of this spring cleaning and decorating done? Set a date to host a spring brunch or patio dinner, and the deadline is sure to get you going.

Spring Rugs
Indoor-Outdoor Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Momeni Baja in blue; Kaleen Yunque in blue, light teal and forest green; Liora Manne Sorrento Pinstripe in yellow; Momeni Baja in green.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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