How to Make a Modern Fall Wreath

Hey guys! FALL WREATH TIME! I love coming to you with faux floral tutorials, because they are so versatile and can be a great way to do something creative to refresh for the seasons. 

For this season’s wreath, I wanted to share some fun tips that go beyond just the basics of building a great wreath! For some basic instructions for beginners check out this post    or for help selecting good faux florals check this post for all your Faux Floral Basics

How to Make a Modern Fall Wreath

To begin, make sure you have:

A pair of wire cutters
scissors
floral wire  

a circular frame (you can also use any size, or even try a wooden embroidery hoop!)

A well-placed ribbon can be appropriate in a modern wreath when you use it in a simple way. Here I selected a classic black velvet ribbon. The color, texture, and 2 in width were great to make a statement and add a modern touch to my fall wreath. 

How to Make a Modern Fall Wreath

You will also need some “leafy” stems and a statement flower that will steal the show and be the main focus of your wreath.

How to Make a Modern Fall Wreath

Of course, I love my always versatile lamb’s ear, but these plum colored eucalyptus leaves added a nice touch of that dark sophisticated purple that Iwanted to incorporate into the design. I have no idea what kind of plant the spikey mauve paper flowers are trying to be…but they looked good in my bundle and adds a nice variation of texture and size that the wreath needed.

Hint: I like to have at least two “leafy options” and at least 2 sizes of a “floral” element as a basis for any wreath. 

How to Make a Modern Fall Wreath

When working with a very thin hoop, It is best to use the paper wrapped wire and bundle a few sprigs together before wiring them on. If you wire each piece separately you may have more trouble adjusting your layout as you build, and use too much wire.

Honestly, it’s also just easier to hold onto and attach the florals to the thin frame when you use this method.

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You can always fill in as needed. So don’t be afraid! Nothing is permanent here!

How to Make a Modern Fall Wreath

This year I went with a little more traditional color scheme, but with a fun twist!

I found this great orange spike flower in the tropical section of the florals! Tropical for fall?? If you want to try something new…take the floral out of its normal context to see if it will work for you. Once I removed the leaves, this “tropical” flower was a perfect accent to my modern fall wreath!

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As you have been layering your florals in one direction…eventually the question is..” How do I stop?!”

Well, you can go all the way around. But if you want to leave part of your wreath exposed, it is best to stop by reversing direction and filling in the holes. This means once you have gone about 2/3 of the way around what you want to cover, stop. Place your statement flower. Then add your remaining sprigs going the other direction and overlapping.

Then go back and fill over the hole as needed with a few more sprigs or add a ribbon!

How to Make a Modern Fall Wreath

I like to do an asymmetrical deep cut “v” on the ends of my ribbons. No reason. I just like how dramatic it looks.

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See what we did there?! No more gap!

How to Make a Modern Fall Wreath

Lastly, Consider leaving your ribbon tails VERY long. It adds another fun element to your design and is a unique look for your modern fall wreath.

I love my new fall wreath and I hope you do too! Give it a try and be sure to tag us so we can see your beautiful handiwork!

Shop the new Lily & Val Fall Collection filled with cozy pillows and meaningful hand-lettered art - this modern Fall wreath pairs perfectly

P.S. This Fall wreath pairs beautifully with the pillows and art from our new Fall Collection! 

Shop The Fall Collection Here

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Introducing the 2018 Fall Collection: Gather

The 2018 Lily & Val Fall Collection: Gather

Friends, today is one of my favorite days of the year – the day we launch the Fall collection in the shop! Each year, this signifies the start of Fall for me and by now you all know how much I looooove Fall.

This year, in particular, I’m excited to share the new designs, but perhaps even more so, I’m excited to share the heart behind them.

Introducing the GATHER Collection… Pumpkins, falling leaves, crisp air, the collection has all of it, but in addition to that, each piece holds a special meaning to me about being present and I hope you find it to be meaningful to you as well.

The 2018 Lily & Val Fall Home Decor and Stationery Collection: Gather

So what does the Gather Collection mean to us?

It’s a long-overdue hug. The smell of gravy on the stove. The laugh of your new niece. Cackling through a meal with your most cherished friends or celebrating your dad’s 70th. Telling your favorite people you love them again and again.

It’s focusing on the hearts we share our four walls with daily and the ones we invite inside to enjoy a meal, a cup of tea, or just a slow chat.

The 2018 Lily & Val Fall Home Decor and Stationery Collection: Gather

Our mission this fall is to find joy right where it begins—at home.

It’s at home where these important connections, moments, and conversations are made. It’s the everyday, ordinary bits of life that become the markers of a life well-lived and  I truly believe in the simple beauty of surrounding ourselves with pieces that are not only pretty but meaningful as well. It is in that spirit, I create and hand-draw every piece. I want you to know what an honor it is when you choose to place a Lily & Val print, canvas, or pillow in this sacred space you call home. So, thank you!

My intention with the artwork is to fill your home with warmth and familiarity while gracefully nodding to modern style.

Here are a few of the pieces you can find in the collection:

The 2018 Lily & Val Fall Home Decor and Stationery Collection: Gather A print for the tea lovers! Fall Kitchen Decorating with Lily & Val Prints Fall Kitchen Decorating with Lily & Val Prints The 2018 Lily & Val Fall Home Decor and Stationery Collection: Gather Come as your are. Fall home decor art print Home sweet home chalkboard art print The 2018 Lily & Val Fall Home Decor and Stationery Collection: Gather You can't make old friends Lily & Val print The 2018 Lily & Val Fall Home Decor and Stationery Collection: Gather

This year’s collection also includes seasonal note cards! Because you never know who needs a note from you the most.

The 2018 Lily & Val Fall Home Decor and Stationery Collection: Gather Give thanks hand lettered notecard everything beautiful in its time hand lettered notecard A card for the pumpkin spice lover! You can't make old friends note card

I’m also thrilled to bring you L&V pillows for the season! They are handmade in Pittsburgh, PA, and pair perfectly with a Friday night in.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through the Gather collection! For a deeper look, I invite you to view our Fall Lookbook! Grab your coffee, tea, or pumpkin spice latte and take a peek.

You can also see all the collection items up-close and read in detail about each one in the shop.

I can’t wait to hear what you think! Happy Fall, my friends!

View the 2018 Lily & Val Fall Collection Lookbook

Shop the 2018 Fall Collection

Lily & Val Loves- Dorm Life Essentials

It’s time for all of our college friends to head back to school! We have collected some of our favorite items for a good home refresh…but more importantly, these are all the essentials to set up a modern and cozy dorm room that will be the envy of all your friends. An added bonus is that all of these items are inexpensive and on amazon prime!

Laundry is an important part of adulting. Make doing laundry a little more enjoyable with this adorable and neutral laundry bag.

having a stylish laundry bag can make chores a little more fun.

 

There are so many bedding options out there. I love this neutral linen duvet and pillow sham set. Having neutral bedding allows you to mix and match other elements of your room, or add fun throws and pillows to spice things up. Living in a small space also makes it extra important that your keep a neutral pallet for a neat and clean look. The little pom-poms add a fun detail to an otherwise plain bedding set.

adorable pillow shams with pom pom accents beautiful neutral duvet cover with pom pom details for fun!

Speaking of fun accent pillows…this set of 4 pillow covers is a great option for some new dorm decor. The trendy patterning and variety of textures (check out that leather) will make your space sophisticated and fun. I love pillow covers because you can easily store them folded and change out your designs as often as you like. Added bonus: they are super easy to throw into the wash when your roommate gets chocolate on them.

throw pillow covers that are neutral and easy to store

 

Complete the look in your room or dorm with these light and airy grey striped linen curtains. The texture and color of these sheer curtains are a great combination with so many color schemes, especially our other selections from this list. Use the to divide a space for privacy, or on your windows to allow lots of natural light into your space.

These curtains are light weight and have just enough detail for any space.

We all love the look of candles to complete that homey look, but dorms and many appartments do not allow candles. What to do?! Grab a few of these lovely lifelike flameless candles. They will add tons of  warmth and glow to your space!When you can't burn candles, these very realistic flameless options are perfect. They are a great addition to any dorm room or space where kids may be present

Organization is so important in college and life in general. We love these wall grid systems not only for their function but also because they are an attractive and modern way to display all of your essentials. Keeping a small space organized is essential to increasing your daily motivation and productivity.

these wall grids are a creative way to organize and display everything from necklaces to photos and notes from friends and family.

 

Last but not least…. woven belly baskets. You are bound to have seen these beautiful baskets being used in photos all over Instagram. Belly baskets are truly a fantastic solution to attractively storing many unattractive essentials. I keep all of my shopping bags in one, plants in others, and scarves and other accessories in others in the top of my closet. The beauty is, you can leave these out on your shelf of on the floor as an accent piece that neatly hides away the things you need access to daily.

Belly baskets are more than trendy. They are great to store things that would clutter your space...scarves, shopping bags, sweaters, towels, linens and so much more .

Keep in mind that having a calm, cozy, and clean space will help you enjoy every day just a little more. It’s worth it to spend time making your new space feel like home. So do yourself a favor and take care to make your dorm a place you truly enjoy spending time. Happy Shopping!

Our Lily & Val Loves Series contains affiliate links. That means a little bit of your purchase through these posts helps us just a little too! This changes nothing about your purchase price, and we are not asked to feature these items. These are just things we carefully pic because we love them and think you will too! Thanks for helping spread the love! xo
Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is Now Available For Pre-Order

Friends, I have some BIG NEWS I’ve been bursting to share and today is the day…

We have a new BOOK coming! Introducing“Life of The Party Papercrafting”! (To my paper-loving friends, you are really going to love this!)

Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties

The book is an entire book of parties! Inside you’ll find tear-out coasters, postcards, menus, place cards, napkin rings, scrapbook paper, and more (all hand-drawn, of course)! Every piece is ready for you to add your special touch and beautifully coordinated to mix & match for your gathering.

Speaking of gathering, the heart behind this book is to encourage more in-person connection with the people you love this Fall.

It’s such an honor to get to share this with all of you!

Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties

The book has been broken out into three different party themes: Brunch, Indulgent and Formal, but each set will also coordinate with the other to make it simple! 🙂

Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties

Brunch Theme:

Here is just a small peek into the paper items you can expected to find in the “Brunch” party theme! I really love the mug and latte art illustrations in this one.

This would make an adorable addition to brunch bridal showers, tea parties, or garden parties!

Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties

Elegant Theme:

This party theme is more neutral and sophisticated. Add these coordinated pieces to your dinner parties for a pretty touch!

Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties

Indulgent Theme:

Cupcakes, ice cream, donuts, macarons, chocolate chip cookies & more are all present in this fun, indulgent theme! An ice cream social would be a perfect bash for these whimsical paper pieces.

Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely partiesLife of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties

I am so honored to work with the amazing team at Fox Chapel Publishing to bring this unique book to life! We hope you love it as much as we do!

The book releases on September 10th, but it is currently available for pre-order!

Life of The Party Paper Crafting by Lily & Val is filled with ready-to-use cards, tags, coasters, menus and more for throwing lovely parties

Pre-Order Your Copy Now!

August’s “Less Screens” FREE Desktop Download

Lily & Val's August Floral "Less Screens, More Summer" Desktop wallpaper download

The end of summer will be upon us soon! Let’s intentionally slow down this August. 

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll notice it’s been on my heart lately to talk about unplugging and being more intentional with our screen time. Speaking for myself, I’ve definitely felt the pull of imbalance in this area and decided to explore these feelings further! I love all the good that we experience through our devices, but I’m still attempting to understand these habits and work through the need for taking a break.

In the spirit of finding healthy balance and well-being in this area, I bring you August’s FREE desktop & iphone downloads! What better reminder than on our screens, to be intentional about how much time we’re spending on them? Here’s to more connection, outdoors, moments, family, friends…more SUMMER! Happy August, everyone.

I hope you enjoy these free, hand-drawn designs!

Free hand-drawn floral desktop background by Valerie McKeehan Free Lily & Val summer floral "Less Screens" iPhone background

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Lily & Val Loves- Favorite Items to Welcome Guests

If you are lucky enough to have a designated guest bedroom, you probably have struggled with making it a cohesive and beautiful place. So much of the time these extra spaces are an afterthought, and if you don’t have frequent visitors, the room has most likely become a catch all for many things.

It’s time to take that extra space back, and earn yourself the reputation of “hostess with the mostess”!

I do not have a designated guest room yet, and I love these items for making any space feel special for your guests. You can add some thoughtful touches even if you are setting up camp for your overnight visitors in your living room.

Here are some of our favorite things to make your guest-room a thoughtful and tranquil space for each special visit.

A bedside drink set is a thoughtful addition to your guests stay.

A bedside water glass set is such a nice detail. Your guests will be impressed that you have this just for their comfort!

Make each guest feel at home with our favorite luggage rack

Having a place for your guest to put their things is the kind of detail that makes them feel welcome. When your guest feel like you thought about their stay, they feel like you want them there, and don’t we all love that feeling? I love this foldable luggage rack because it is easily stored and has so many potential uses.

Washable Cozy Slippers are a perfect addition to any guest stay at your home

Providing cozy slippers for your guests is just one more thing that will make their stay extra comfortable. These are especially nice if you keep a shoe free house! Make sure to select washable slippers so that you can launder them between guests.

Have a special throw blanket to keep your guests cozy during their stay

Keep your guests extra cozy by providing a throw blanket for their use during their stay. I especially love this handmade blanket with this welcoming phrase on it. The bonus is that it is a lovely addition to guest bedroom decor!

Make a guest comfortable anywhere with a bedside caddy.

Having a bedside caddy, like this stylish grey one, makes it easy for your guests to keep all of their essentials in one place. They can keep anything they like to have on hand at night right where their sleep, giving them a comfort of home. I love the bedside caddy especially when your have guests crashing on your couch or a rollaway…anywhere that you may not have the space for a nightstand.

I hope you enjoy our ideas for making your next house guest feel comfortable. I guarantee they will be overjoyed at the thoughtful ways you made them feel welcome.

Happy Hosting!

OUR LILY & VAL LOVES SERIES CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS. THAT MEANS A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR PURCHASE THROUGH THESE POSTS HELPS US JUST A LITTLE TOO! THIS CHANGES NOTHING ABOUT YOUR PURCHASE PRICE, AND WE ARE NOT ASKED TO FEATURE THESE ITEMS. THESE ARE JUST THINGS WE CAREFULLY PIC BECAUSE WE LOVE THEM AND THINK YOU WILL TOO! THANKS FOR HELPING SPREAD THE LOVE! XO
How To Decorate Open Kitchen Shelves

We have all seen those perfectly decorated shelves in Pinterest kitchens and magazine bookshelves “mine will never look that good”. The art of setting up an open shelf of any kind is actually pretty simple when you break it down and become intentional about what you choose to set out in your home.

These kitchen shelves were a very simple remodel that I completed recently, and I just love how they opened up our tiny kitchen space…. and I do mean tiny.Beautiful Kitchen inspiration- How to Style Your Open Kitchen Shelving

Tip #1: Keep Large Things Neutral

Try to keep big things neutral. I know I have given this tip before in decorating posts, but it truly makes your life so much simpler. Having a fun wallpaper or color on this wall would be lovely, but if you arent 100% confident in your overall design, this can just complicate things. Avoid a cluttered look and allow yourself some design wiggle room by keeping the space you are decorating neutral.

Learn how to decorate open kitchen shelves like a pro!

Tip #2: Leave Room To Breathe

Leave room to breathe. It’s hard to not use every nook and cranny on your shelves, especially if you are working with a small space. Trust me, you will be happier with the look of your open shelves if you leave a little space and group your items. This gives your eye a place to rest and keep things from looking cluttered.

Peaceful simple color Scheme for setting us your open kitchen shelving

Tip #3: Pick a Color Scheme

Pick a color scheme. This may be your scheme for the room or it may be based on the collection of favorite items you already know you want to display. Keep it simple.

Here I used black and white with natural wood and peachy toned accents. A little green never hurts to use in a kitchen shelving space because it is so natural.

Mixing old and new object is one of my favorite things to do! This combo of a Chemex and a vintage spice bottle is just lovely!

Mixing old and new items around the home give your house style and character.

Tip #4: Vary Sizes

Vary the size of your objects. This is really important to keep in mind when you are choosing items to store your not so beautiful things. Even open storage for your smaller items is a good idea. Again, this helps reduce clutter by keeping smaller items grouped and out of the way.

Mixing old and new items around the home give your house style and character.- How to Decorate Your Open Kitchen Shelving

Tip #5: Vary Materials & Purposes

Vary your materials and purposes. In a kitchen shelving situation, you will need canisters, of course! But don’t be afraid to display a couple of items that are purely decorative. This vase with a single flower serves no purpose, but it is a great place to store a vase and ties the look together. This will make your shelf styling look intentional and beautiful.

Bonus: For Kitchens…take things out of their packages. Canisters don’t just hold flour and coffee. They can be for your families favorite snack, cereals, and supplies you don’t often use (piping bags anyone?).

Take kitchen items out of their package and put them into attractive canisters and vessels. - How to decorate your open kitchen shelving.

Tip #6: Include Baskets

Find some large baskets that are fairly neutral for your space. If you have a dark wooden bookshelf, look for a nice dark wicker. I love these baskets because they are a nice white (which allows them to blend into the walls), but they also have that natural wood accent we need for the color scheme.

You will want open and closed containers for different items. Keep in mind, if you are going to be accessing the items often don’t bother with a lid. Lids can end up being another thing that clutters up your space.

Take kitchen items out of their package and put them into attractive canisters and vessels. - How to decorate your open kitchen shelving.

Tip #7: Create Groupings

Group your items. Create little groupings to disperse objects of different color, texture, and size. Here I used these groupings to structure the space of these very long shelves. Think about making little moments you would want to snap a picture of, then step back and adjust the overall look as needed.

How to Decorate Open Shelving- Kitchen edition!

Tip #8: Layer

Layer some items, but not too many to avoid cluttering the space.

How to Decorate Open Shelving- Kitchen edition!

Tip #9: Tie It Together

Adding in a large, decorative element is a great way to tie a shelf together. I love the colors of the “Everything beautiful in its time” print (It will be releasing next month in the Lily & Val 2018 Fall Collection!) This 11×14 was perfect to add some scale to the shelf design.

New Fall Print Sneak Peek! -How to Decorate Open Shelving- Kitchen edition!

By leaving yourself spaces that seem too large, you give yourself permission to play around with the decorative elements of your shelf.

New Fall Print Sneak Peek! -How to Decorate Open Shelving- Kitchen edition!

I hope you give your open shelves a refresh! Let us know how they turned out and tag us on IG @lilyandval. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Happy decorating!

New Fall Print Sneak Peek! -How to Decorate Open Shelving- Kitchen edition!

The fall collection launches on August 16th. So if you love this print as much as I do check it out! There are so many other great options for any color scheme in the collection too…I’m in love!

New Fall Print Sneak Peek! -How to Decorate Open Shelving- Kitchen edition! How to Decorate Open Shelving- Kitchen edition!
Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #95

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

For this month’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #95, we’re documenting snapshots of our month. 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 #95 with Fall launch sneak peeks, selfies with Luke Bryan and coconut water sipping1. “Black sketchy leaves for Fall! I can’t wait to reveal the entire collection!” – Valerie

2. “Ok, this is NOT ordinary at all – I got to meet Luke Bryan! What an amazing evening and a great concert!” – Valerie

3“I randomly bought a coconut the other day and sipped the water out of it through a straw at my desk! A little tropical vibe really brightened my workday. It’s the little things!” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #95 with personal training with family, open shelving with sneak peeks for Fall and summer selfies4“I’m not going to lie, there are benefits to having a brother that is a personal trainer. He just started his new business, Henderson Personal Training & Performance, and I am so proud of him!” – Valerie

5. “Fall photo shoot peek! I couldn’t get over this open kitchen shelving!” – Valerie

6. “Summer weekend selfie!” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #95 with pretty messes, croissants from France and poppies in the weeds7. “We have pretty messes on shoot days!” – Valerie

8. “The first croissant of each visit is always the best!” – Emily

9. “Poppies are my favorite flower…mostly because they just grow everywhere they can. The “weeds” of France are just so beautiful!” – Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #95 with quiet morning sketches, simply elegant centerpieces and summer picnic spreads10. “Spent some quiet mornings on our trip to France sketching some of my favorite places.” – Emily

11. “My dear cousin threw a little get together the other night…and she makes the most simple gatherings so beautiful!” – Emily

12. “These are the kind of picnics that inspired my picnic blog series a while back. Love tomato on baguettes!” – Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #95 with historic details, art from the Louvre and fireworks shows

13. “The details of historic places are always the best.” – Emily

14. “The Louvre has a special Delacroix exhibit right now. He is one of my favorite artists, so seeing his sketch books, journals, and palettes was incredible!” – Emily

15. “What is better than a great fireworks show? Being able to watch the whole show from your neighbor’s yard.” – Nicole

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #95 with Indianapolis architecture, boys will be boys and Lily & Val in our home

16. “I visited Indianapolis for a conference and was blown away by how beautiful it was! So much gorgeous architecture and incredible food!” – Nicole

17. “He came running in the house saying ‘we painted ourselves mom!’ After yelling at him to get out of the house, I had to laugh and document. Boys will be boys, right?” – Nicole

18. “Added a new print to my dining room and I would say it fits perfectly with the new paint job!” – Nicole

 

Staycation Surprise Box Launching on Thursday, July 26th

Dear Friends, I think it’s safe to say we could all use a little R&R this summer before the hustle and routines of Fall set in!  As nice as it is to travel and go on vacation, sometimes the best retreats can be right from the comfort of your home! Inspired by the idea of vacating wherever you are and whenever you need it – we’ve curated and specially designed our latest Surprise Box with a STAYCATION theme!

Get ready, this special Staycation Surprise Box will be launching on Thursday, July 26th at noon Est!

Although we have increased quantities each time, our Surprise Boxes sell out very quickly! Our previous boxes have sold out in under an hour Ahh! We’re thrilled you guys are loving these boxes so much and we’re doing our best to offer more, but still a VERY limited number. So, set those alarms!

Lily & Val Staycation Surprise Box Launching on Thursday, July 26th

About L&V Surprise Boxes:

Our curated boxes are filled with L&V products, gifts & goodies from makers we love and one-of-a-kind items handmade by us and only available exclusively through the box! We don’t just throw together random objects, each piece has been thoughtfully designed and selected to create a wonderful experience for you. We put them for sale at an AMAZING price (which includes shipping) and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!

Lily & Val Staycation Surprise Box Launching on Thursday, July 26th

A peek at what you can expect to find in this Summer Staycation In A Box:

I have to say, this might be one of my favorite boxes we’ve done so far! I want to share everything, but I know there’s no fun in giving all the secrets away!  I did, however, want to share just a tiny peek of what you can expect to find as part of your Summer Staycation in a box!

Box Exclusive Lily & Val Hand-Lettered Print:

Our environment has so much to do with how we feel, so we wanted to give you an exclusive piece of art to display and bring those comforting vibes! I love this quote and thought it was just perfect for our theme. I also love the soothing tones and colors in these fine art prints! Your box will come with one of these two designs! It’s a surprise which one you will receive and you can’t find them anywhere else!

Lily & Val Staycation Surprise Box Launching on Thursday, July 26th Lily & Val Staycation Surprise Box Launching on Thursday, July 26th

“An Intentional Life” by Karen Stott:

What’s a vacation without a book on your reading list?! I have read An Intentional Life TWICE this summer and it has been truly life-changing for me. When we had the idea to include a book in the box, I knew I had to reach out to author Karen Stott. Reading the book is like having a conversation with a dear friend. It’s a breath of fresh air and I’m thrilled to get these into your hands through the Staycation Box!

An Intentional Life Book by Karen Stott as part of Lily & Val Staycation Surprise Box Launching on Thursday, July 26th An Intentional Life Book by Karen Stott as part of Lily & Val Staycation Surprise Box Launching on Thursday, July 26th

Box Exclusive Candle by Rockaway Candle Co:

I had the privilege of connecting with Morgan Mack, owner of The Rockaway Candle Co., and I absolutely love her story! She is a 22 year old college student, in Rockaway Beach NY who started making candles as a hobby and is now transitioning to selling them full time! She handmakes and handpours each candle using 100% natural, organic ingredients and all components of the products are completely sourced in the U.S.

When I talked to Morgan about creating a custom Staycation candle – she came up with THIS:

Staycation combines top notes of sweet orange and wildflower honey with middle notes of water lilies and roses to create a beautifully airy, floral fragrance. Hints of woody amber and musk in the base provide a rich, earthy balance to the clean floral notes. Orange and lemon essential oils enhance the bright freshness of this ozonic fragrance. This candle has a marine freshness that’s infused with rose petals for a soft, romantic character perfect to help washrooms and living areas maintain that just-cleaned scent. This fragrance is infused with natural essential oils, including Orange, Lemon, and Tagete.

What more can I say?! Amazing.

Exclusive Rockaway Candle as part of Lily & Val Staycation Surprise Box Launching on Thursday, July 26th Exclusive Rockaway Candle as part of Lily & Val Staycation Surprise Box Launching on Thursday, July 26th

A Full Experience:

We truly wanted this box to transport you – to give you an excuse to take time for yourself, to unplug and unwind. We wanted to offer you more than amazing items (which the box certainly has), but a full experience. So, in addition to the contents of the box, we are doing something completely new this time…

Everyone who purchases the box will also receive special, exclusive content delivered to your inbox in order to make your Staycation more fruitful and fun. 

Staycation Surprise Box Launching on Thursday, July 26th

That is all I’m going to say before I reveal too much! What I can say is that not only will this Staycation Surprise Box likely be the cheapest “vacation” you could take, but we are going to back it up with valuable content.  With a total value of almost $150 in products, you’ll be ready to give yourself some pampering and self-care this Summer.

Exclusive Rockaway Candle as part of Lily & Val Staycation Surprise Box Launching on Thursday, July 26th

Set Those Alarms

The day before the box goes on sale (July 25th at noon EST), we will be jumping on Facebook LIVE to show you even more!

A few other announcements to answer your questions before the boxes go on sale:

* The price of the box includes shipping! The value of this Staycation box is approximately $150 so we can assure you it’s going to be an amazing deal!
* Because the box is already priced as such, no other discounts or coupon codes will apply.
* Boxes are currently only available in the U.S. (international friends, we are very sorry and hope to have a future solution!)
*You guys are just the best. We love you!

Sign up to receive L&V emails and be notified when the box is on sale! And don’t forget to set those alarms- Thursday,  July 26th at noon EST! We expect to sell out quickly!

 

How to Decorate with A Lavender & Terracotta Color Palette

You have probably noticed that we got into lavender this summer. Obviously we are on team pink here at Lily & Val, but a little lavender is a nice fresh change.

Decorating with any color is a delicate balance. When you are using these light pastel shades, it’s important to be careful how you balance your colors to keep things sophisticated.

I love the use of a lavender, grey and terracotta  with touches of black and white to keep things grounded.

Terra cotta and lavender are a great combination!

Another important thing to remember is to keep your textures diverse. I like to use porcelain, jute, and raw wood textures on the table to make things more interesting. Adding small  lavender florals is a great way to bring more of the featured color on the scene.

Keep those color details small and your neutrals everywhere for an easy color change

A good linen table cloth is always a great investment. This grey/lavender linen is one that I use with so many color schemes. Putting other shades of purple with this linen really brings out the lavender tones. Consider the shades you can play with when deciding on a color for these kind of staples. Some greys lean more to the warm brown tones, so it all depends on whether you are a warm or a cool color person.

lavender grey linen for texture that makes any table more homey

Another one of my favorite examples of a good lavender/grey tone is in the Live Simply  print from our Spring Flora Collection. The background of this print is really a nice neutral grey, but when you use lavenders and mauves to decorate, the lavender tone really comes through.

You don’t have to use actual terracotta to bring this color into your space. Wood frames, furniture, and other small accents that have a terracotta tone to them add both texture and color to your decor.


Lavender grey background on this print goes beautifully with any color scheme

The summer floral pillow in lavender goes perfectly with this terracotta wall hanging. Here you have a great variety of materials, textures, and color all on a neutral palette with clean lines. This keeps your space looking sophisticated and clean.

Little Hints of lavender in this handmade pillow add a nice touch of color in so many settings!

Grab a few lavender items from our summer collection and give this color scheme a try. Pick any color and try these tips for a modern fun update to your space.

Happy Decorating!