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Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #89

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #89, we’re documenting snapshots of our week. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #89 with coffee shop meetings, Dad's birthday and fun colors for spring

1. “I’m getting into new routines like our Friday morning team meeting now held at a coffee shop!” – Valerie

2. “February 16th was my Dad’s birthday! So happy I got to spend it celebrating with him.” – Valerie

3“Doing something special with these paint swatches! I can’t wait to show you what it is during our Spring Collection reveal!” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #89 with card sleeving parties, gorgeous white roses and spring floral bouquets

4“This is what behind-the-scenes looked like this week at L&V. We rented a room at the Marriott to stuff and assemble 11,000 cards for a national customer. Needless to say, we way underestimated how long that would take and ended up renting the room for a second night! It was a learning experience, but we did make it fun along the way! The L&V team and some reinforcements (my brother) really pulled through!” – Valerie

5. “From assembling cards to a photo shoot the next day! I couldn’t get over this beautiful rose. And here’s a tiny peek of something new we’re working on.” – Valerie

6. “Photo shoot leftovers brightening my entryway table!” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #89 with iPad Pro pencil sketches, L&V at home and boxer love

7. “Feels like spring on my iPad Pro this week.” – Valerie

8. “After the first night of prepping these cards, I took some home since I wouldn’t be able to help the second round. The last 300 cards ready to be sealed and onto the next phase!” – Nicole

9. “I’m not sure how this is even comfortable. But hey, I guess snuggles in any manner are good.” – Nicole

Lily & Val Loves #1- Spring Home Refresh

So, call me delusional, but once Valentine’s day is over… It’s time for SPRING!

If your reading this in a location that is moderately warm and sunny, bless you…but those of us who are still slinking through winter need a little cheering up on the inside.

My favorite way to get ready for warmer weather and improve my mid winter mood is to redecorate my house. No, I’m not crazy….not completely redecorate! But adding some new colors, textures, and fresh finds to your home can make everything seem a bit brighter.

If you keep the larger things in your home fairly neutral, or in a color you consistently love, then you can change out your accent pieces quickly and inexpensively to get a whole new look. Some of my favorite things to change with the seasons are throw pillows, linens (bed and kitchen), rugs, dishes, candles, and even sometimes curtains.

Let’s look at some of my favorite items that you can easily purchase online to bring a “spring worthy” color scheme into your home!

I began looking at some items that I knew I wanted to incorporate and came up with a color scheme that could easily be incorporated into my house.

This beautiful velvet throw pillow is one item that I love because the pink shade is so versatile and the sophisticated Pin-tuck style gives a nice clean look.

Pink Velvet Pillow for a Spring Refresh

Changing our kitchen linen is such a easy way to switch things up. The whole Lily & Val team loves these hand printed flour sack linens. The designs, made by June & December, are inspired by regional botanical elements and come in a variety of styles that also make beautiful wall hangings!

Hand printed floral flour sack tea towel

Of course, it’s not spring unless you have some flowers around. These handmade bud vases by Heirloom Studios are small enough to go anywhere and come in a beautiful coral glaze with gold striping.

Handmade Bud Vases for Spring

So it may seem silly, but I love changing our flatware. Having multiple inexpensive sets that are versatile let you change up your table for different gatherings. This set is lovely.

Change up your flatware for Spring!

Etsy is a great place to find GORGEOUS vintage linens. Some can be a little pricey for a spring refresh. A great alternative is to get some fun vintage linen napkins like these. They aren’t a huge commitment but can really add some flare to your table. And don’t be afraid to use them, they have made it this many years, they will probably survive your guests too.

Vintage linen napkins for Spring

I hope you check out some of these beautiful items and give you home a fun little facelift. Share what you do to get in the mood for spring below!

Happy decorating!

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #88

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #88, we’re documenting snapshots of our week. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #88 with blue California skies, Vanderpump puppies and healthy ice cream

1. “I took an impromptu weekend trip to LA with some of my girl friends! Loved this color inspiration and that blue CA sky!” – Valerie

2. “We stopped at Vanderpump Dogs during our trip. Look at that sweet face!! I wanted so badly to sneak a puppy in my carryon!” – Valerie

3“One thing I especially love about California – the availability of healthy food! This is a soft serve made with nuts, fruit, and vegetables by Pressed Juicery Freeze. It was amazing!” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #88 with iPad sketch flowers, the original Farmer's market and the Complete Book of Chalk Lettering

4“Flowers on my desk means Spring is coming soon!” – Valerie

5. “We visited the Original Farmers Market in LA! Farmers markets are one of my favorite things! I loved it.” – Valerie

6. “A project from The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering perfect for Valentine’s Day this week!” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #87

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #87, we’re documenting snapshots of our week. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #87 with bring life to a sketch with chalk, memories of Grandma and The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering 6th Edition

1. “Bringing a sketch to life in chalk!” – Valerie

2. “I stayed at my parent’s house over the weekend and went through a bunch of our old family photos. I came across this one of my sister and me with my Grandma. Such sweet, happy memories! I miss her.” – Valerie

3“The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering went into its 6th printing this week! What an honor. I continue to be humbled and blown away by the response to this book!” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #87 with iPad Pro floral sketches, paint swatches for upcoming projects and watercolor donuts

4“Drawing a pretty bouquet on my iPad pro using the Procreate app!” – Valerie

5. “We were playing with paint swatches and color palettes this week! Hint: thinking Spring!” – Valerie

6. “A cute little watercolor donut for a special project I’m working on behind the scenes!” – Valerie

Valerie McKeehan Named Top 10 Designers To Watch by Stationery Trends Magazine

Friends, I’m so unbelievably humbled to share this news with you! I was chosen as one of the Top 10 Designers to watch by Stationery Trends Magazine! Ahhh! This is such an honor and I’m so grateful.

 

Here’s the page out of the magazine! I loved answering this little interview and hope you enjoy reading it!

Thank you, Stationery Trends for this honor!

February Happy Mail Idea – A Valentine For Him

Happy Mail Idea - A Valentine For Him featuring Manready Mercantile Goods

Valentine’s Day is just a couple short weeks away! As part of our new card collection, we hoped to include cards that may appeal to a more masculine taste. This “you > everyone else card” is great for your main squeeze and we paired it with two items he’s sure to appreciate this Valentine’s Day!

This happy mail idea is all about HIM! It’s a cute, little gift for your boyfriend or husband this Valentine’s Day!

The Envelope:

We paired this card with a “smoke” envelope to up the masculine vibes! We recommend using a white gelly roll pen on to letter a message to your sweetheart. The white on charcoal looks beautiful!

The Gift:

Manready Mercantile is a wonderful small business with artisan goods for him made in the USA. We’ve included their best-selling beard treatment and Grandad’s leather treatment in this happy mail.

Happy Mail Idea - A Valentine For Him featuring Manready Mercantile GoodsHappy Mail Idea - A Valentine For Him featuring Manready Mercantile Goods

Sending happy mail doesn’t need to be on a big budget or a large scale. If you create a bit of happy mail inspired by ours, we would love to see! Use #LVhappymail on Instagram!

We’ll be sending these manready goods and note card to one lucky winner!  Check out our Happy Mail Instagram post to enter!

Happy Mail Idea - A Valentine For Him featuring Manready Mercantile Goods
Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #86

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #86, we’re documenting snapshots of our week. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #86 with the final erase, flashbacks from the store and Galentine's surprise boxes

1. “Erased the Lily & Val Flagship mantel for the last time. It was bittersweet, but I’m looking forward to the next, exciting chapter!” – Valerie

2. “Took a trip down memory lane before we walked out the door for the last time! This was one of our lists when we were opening the store! It was a great moment to look back on them with Mak and Emily. I won’t forget this day!” – Valerie

3“Galentine Surprise boxes ready for their new homes! Guys, we sold out in less than 15 minutes! The entire team was blown away by your support! You can be sure we will be offering more surprise boxes in the future and already have some in the works!” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #86 with surprise boxes, original dustless chalk and vintage pink Pyrex

4“Brush lettering on the Galentine’s Surprise Boxes! I love adding little details like this.” – Valerie

5. “Mak and I went antiquing while in Gettysburg this past week and I found THIS! Possibly the first Crayola Anti-Dust chalk tin?! I had to have it!” – Valerie

6. “Vintage pink pyrex!! Ahhh! I want it all. So inspired by the patterns.” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #86 with new L&V packing tape, vintage tins and pink writing desks

7. “While in Gettysburg, we visited the L&V shipping department and tested out our new custom tape!” – Valerie

8. “Another beautiful vintage tin! I love the colors on this one!” – Valerie

9. “We moved the Sign & Seal station into my house! This was one of my absolute favorites parts of the store. I’ll be doing a blog post about it soon.” – Valerie

“Whole Latte Love” February Free Desktop Wallpaper Download

Hand-drawn coffee lovers art free desktop download

Happy February, everyone! I’ll admit it- I actually like the wintertime. If it’s still snowing in March, that’s another story, but during February I’m still in full-blown cozy-up-indoors mode. I thought celebrating the holiday of love with a warm drink seemed most appropriate. I hope you enjoy this month’s download!

Hand Illustrated Coffee art for desktop wallpaper

 

Download FEBRUARY DESKTOP WALLPAPER.

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS >> Click the “FEBRUARY DESKTOP WALLPAPER” link or the image above. When the image is opened in a new window, right-click the image and select “Save image” or drag it to your desktop (You may have to click twice to bring the image to its full size).  Once the image is saved, go to your System Preferences> Desktop/Screensaver and choose this image as your new wallpaper!
Coordinate your tech with this bonus iPhone wallpaper!
Hand-drawn Whole Latte Love iPhone wallpaper by Valerie McKeehan
Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #85

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #85, we’re documenting snapshots of our week. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #85 with L&V at Trader Joe's, surprise box packing goodies and chalk art flowers

1. “L&V spotted at Trader Joe’s!” – Valerie

2. “Pretty packing things rolling in for our next curated Surprise Box launching on Tuesday next week!! I can’t wait for you to see what we have planned!” – Valerie

3“In a chalk flower drawing mood lately (aka always)” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #85 with morning meetings, new recipe art and yoga mat thieves

4“Mak and I started instituting a weekly morning meeting to help us avoid talking about work ALL the time. #spousesinbusinessproblems” – Valerie

5. “A little sketch of a cocktail recipe idea!” – Valerie

6. “When you are trying to workout, but someone wants to snuggle… or steal my mat.” – Nicole

How to Make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine’s Day

How to Make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day

Hello, Lovelies! Valentine’s & Galentine’s day will always be a cute and kitschy holiday to me. It’s so fun to bust out some decorations that remind you of your elementary school Valentine exchanges.

Balloons are beautiful for all kinds of occasions and this little Valentine’s day heart would be a cute addition to any party or Galentine’s get together!

How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day

For this project you will need:

How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day

Pick a variety of shades of pinks, blush, and golds. Some accents of deeper or brighter colors make for a sophisticated color scheme. I used plum, red, and navy blue.

(You can flex your lungs or go the less exhausting route and use an air pump! No helium needed here!)

How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day

Put clear tape on each balloon to attach it to the wall or another surface (make sure you cant see the “knot” on your balloon when you place it.

How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day

Use your larger first in a few places to begin your heart shape.  Once you are happy with your shape overall, fill in with your smaller balloons making sure your colors are balanced throughout.

Don’t blow up the balloons before you need them…you will want to change the sizes as you find specific spots to place each one.

How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day

Once you have your heart shape completed. Use some floral blooms in a variety of colors and sizes to fill any small holes and spaces throughout.

How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day

That’s it! It’s so easy to make a beautiful balloon backdrop! A Lily & Val framed print looks so cute hanging inside, too!

You could also make a fully filled in heart especially to use for a fun selfie background for your gal pals!

Share your balloon backdrops with us at #lilyandvalliving so we can see your take on this fun festive project. xo Happy Valentines Day!

How to make a DIY Balloon and Flower Heart Backdrop For Valentine's Day